The weather warms, the flowers bloom, the Fork begins to buzz. May is welcomed with arms wide open and calendars eager to be filled.
Here are 10 picks of things to do across the North Fork this month.
BRING THE KIDS TO THE FARM
On Saturday, May 14 visit Browder’s Birds farm in Mattituck for a children’s storytime in the field with local librarians followed by egg collecting on the farm. The cost is $10 per child and includes eggs to take home. No registration is required.
CREATE WITH CLAY
Snag tickets to a Plants and Clay workshop this month where you’ll be guided through a slab hand-building clay session. Although there are a few workshops planned for the month, the Spring Planter Workshop planned for Wednesday, May 4 especially piques our interest. Hosted in Greenport from 6 – 8:30 p.m. this session will include a guided hand-building with all clay and tools provided to create your own designed planter. There will also be treats provided. Run to get your tickets here as workshops have been quickly selling out.
HAVE A LOOK AT THE NIGHT SKY
Every Saturday evening from 7 p.m. to midnight, weather permitting, Custer Institute & Observatory in Southold is open to the public for night sky lovers to gaze at stars, planets, nebulas, galaxies, and more through their powerful telescopes. You’ll especially want to head there the night of Saturday, May 7 when the Eta Aquariids meteor shower will be at its peak.
At first glance, a trip to Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck may sound like it’s all about the kids but we have four words for you: wine barn is open. On Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, head to Harbes Family Farm for their reopening weekend, where moms receive free admission to the Barnyard Adventure. Then treat her to some wine from Harbes Vineyard, of course.
RELAX WITH BREATHWORK AND BEER
On Saturday, May 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. then again on Sunday, May 15 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lauri Spitz of Lauri Breathes will guide breathwork and sound bath sessions where participants will learn to calm their mind, body, and spirit through meditation. After, the group will enjoy a complimentary pint from übergeek Brewing Company, where the sessions will be hosted. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased here.
PERFECT YOUR BIRDING
Join Group for the East End at Downs Farm Preserve in celebration of National Migratory Bird Day. Sound over your head? (Ha!) It’s quite simple, actually, and a perfect thing to do with the whole family. On Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, attendees will learn all of the birding basics — why birds migrate, basic identification skills, and how to build a bird-friendly yard — all while on a one-mile nature walk through the preserve. Registration is required as space is limited. Visit groupfortheeastend.org for more info and to register.
ARRANGE FLOWERS AND SIP WINE
Give mom what she really wants with this flower workshop complete with wine and dessert. On Friday, May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chronicle Wines Peconic tasting room, local flower designer True Elizabeth will guide participants in creating a beautiful arrangement made with local, fresh blooms. Dessert by local chef and baker Jess Dunne will be served along with wines by Chronicle Wines. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased here.
EXPERIENCE A WEEKEND OF ART
Art Basil is back at Treiber Farms for its second year. On Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. you’ll want to visit the Peconic farm for a multi-faceted presentation of food and farm-related art held in The Old Barn.
ATTEND A FASHION SHOW
Benefit fashion show, Decked Out, is an event you won’t want to miss. Held on Saturday, May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the George D. Costello Roller Rink, this fundraiser will benefit the Greenport Skate Park and will feature local models, local food and drink, and local designers. There will also be music, raffles and auctions, vendors, and more. For tickets visit, greenportskatepark.org.
DINE ON OYSTERS AND WINE
Cheers to unofficial summer with oysters and wine! On Sunday, May 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. enjoy Southold Shindig oysters on the half shell by Southold Bay Oysters and a glass (or two!) of wine from Suhru Wines at Suhru’s tasting house on Main Road in Cutchogue.