06/15/12 5:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The 2010 Strawberry Queen, Veronica Stelzer, helps 2011 Queen Kaitlyn Doorhy with her cape.

It’s a big weekend on the North Fork and there are a lot of great events happening. Best advice I have for this week: go to events.timesreview.com for complete schedules of all of the events happening this weekend.

One important piece of advice for the Strawberry Festival. There are no fireworks on Saturday night this year. The fireworks are tonight at 10 p.m. Read more information here.

The Riverhead Blues festival is happening behind the riverfront. Find one of the Times Review folks and grab a Riverhead-News Review bracelet. Before you go, check out this Q & A with musical legend Johnny Winter. Very cool story.

Times Review folks will also be on Shelter Island for the 33rd annual Shelter Island 10K. Grab a Shelter Island Reporter bracelet at the finish line. This year the 10k celebrates “Olympic Spirit”, and there are a few people who help bring this spirt back to Shelter Island. Read more about them in the 10K journal.

Those are the big three … but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other great things to do this weekend.

Tonight at East End Arts Council, the Metaphysical & Paranormal Investigations of New York will be reporting its findings of some of the Council’s unexplainable mysteries. You can see more about the event and also find out more about MPI of NY.

Looking for that special someone? Speed Dating will be at Hotel Indigo this Saturday night. You have to register in advance, so call or click before tomorrow.

Blue Point Brewery and Jamesport Vineyards have teamed up to present a “Wine, Beer and Oyster festival.” Perfect way to spend time with Dad on Father’s Day.

And last but not least, if the North Fork is going to be too busy for you this weekend, and you want to get away for a day, you can still get tickets for the Cutchogue New-Suffolk Library bus trip into New York City.

If your event wasn’t mentioned, make sure it’s on Events. If you need help posting your event, email mainroadred@timesreview.com, and I’ll be happy to help you.

Have a great weekend!  Get out and enjoy.

06/08/12 2:30pm

 

Last weekend I sent everyone to yard sales. In the rain. Whoops! Let’s hope this weekend’s weather is a little better. There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms every afternoon from now until Labor Day, but that’s summer on the North Fork. Get out and (hopefully…) enjoy.

One of the biggest event happening out here this weekend is the Porch and Patio tour, presented by Elegant Bed and Breakfasts of the North Fork. Tickets are no longer available on the website, so call 631-734-7549 to get your tickets today.

Wine, cheese and…fracking? Group for the East End is hosting a reception Friday night for the exhibit “Women Speak Out on Gas Drilling.”

Another big event is Southold Historical Society’s annual yard sale. They have everything from furniture to photographs, and they’ve been collecting all year long.

Take the family to the Phillips Ave School for their annual PTO community festival. Lots of things for the kids including face painting, bounce houses and the Scholastic Book fair. Then get up early on Sunday morning and participate in “Healthy Riders, Healthy Riverhead”, a 5-, 15- or 25-mile bike ride around Riverhead. Don’t forget to bring your helmet.

And last but not least…if you’re in the market for a boat, head to Mitchell Park marina Saturday or Sunday to the in-water Boat Show. Get a glimpse of the newest models from dealers all over Long Island. Great way to start your summer!

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06/01/12 2:56pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Mamie Stokley of Riverhead and sher son Michael Davis have a Madonna & child painting on newspaper appraised by Michael Myers of Greenport at last year's Antiques on the Riverfront.

If you’re a fan of “stuff” like I am, you’re going to enjoy your trip out to the North Fork this weekend. Many local organizations are hosting yard or antique sales. You can also pick up a copy of the Suffolk Times or Riverhead News-Review and check out the Yard-Salers corner in the classified section. Just rip it out of the paper and take it with your everywhere.

Here are some of the sales happening this weekend:

Yard Sale on the Green: Saturday, 8 a.m., Cutchogue

Annual Community Yard Sale: Saturday, 8 a.m., Hallockville Museum Farm

Flea Market: Saturday 8 a.m., Unity Baptist Church, Mattituck

Yard Sale Fundraiser to benefit River and Roots Community Garden, 8 a.m., 275 Newton Ave., Riverhead

Yard Sale to raise funds for community projects: Saturday, 8 a.m. at the VFW Post 2476 in Riverhead

Indoor Yard Sale: Saturday, 9 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist in Riverhead

“Thrift Daze” Sale: Saturday, 9 a.m. at the First Universalist Church in Southold

Antiques on the Riverfront: Saturday, 10 a.m. along the Peconic River

This is also your last weekend to see The King & I at North Fork Community Theatre. Call 631-298-NFCT or go to nfct.com.  The Sunday show has sold out already, so get your tickets fast.

Do you know what SUP is?  Head to the New Suffolk Waterfront Sunday morning and find out.

Two important benefits happening this weekend are the Southold Relay for Life, to benefit the American Cancer Society, and the East End Hospice annual North Fork Pig Roast. These amazing organizations do so much work to help sick people and their families, so please get out and support them.

For more events and ideas, check out events.timesreview.com.

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05/25/12 12:00pm

JOHN NEELY FILE PHOTO | Riverhead will once again be hosting the annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival this weekend.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Everyone’s talking about the Tall Ships arriving in Greenport, but there are other great events happening this weekend. Visit events.timesreview.com to view all of the events and stay with timesreview.com for complete coverage of the Tall Ships.

Memorial Day is a time for reflection and acknowledgement of servicemen and women who have fought for our country. Hope for the Warriors is having a 100-mile Relay Saturday. Read more about it here.

Another organization working to help support soldiers is the Wounded Warrior Project. They will be hosting a Car Show at Martha Clara on Saturday.

New Suffolk’s Annual Chowder festival is taking place at the New Suffolk waterfront on Saturday. They’ve got everything from chowder to live music and a sailboat auction.

Head down to Main Street, Riverhead for the 16th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival whether there are plenty of activities for adults and children.

Many organizations are having open houses, like the Long Island Antique Power Authority in Riverhead and Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Check the events pages or pick up a copy of the Suffolk Times or Riverhead News-Review for more information.

Don’t forget about the Memorial Day parades. Here are the local parades with start times and locations:

Orient — 7:30 a..m., starting at Tabor Road.

Southold Town — 10 a.m., starting at Boisseau Avenue.

Riverhead Town — 10 a.m., starting at the corner of Pulaski Street and Osborne.

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

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05/18/12 3:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | 'The King and I' opened at North Fork Community Theatre Thursday.

Still not sure what to do this weekend? Main Road Red is here to help you figure out your weekend plans.

‘The King & I’ starts this weekend at North Fork Community Theatre and Times Review’s own Lauren Sisson has one of the starring roles. Check here for time and ticket information.

Looking to shop til you drop? Try the Big Duck Craft Fair or the Relay for Life- Vendors Shopping Extravaganza.

Exercise for a good cause. Check out the North Shore Bike tour to benefit the N.Y. Organ Donor Network or the 3rd annual Healing Heart 5K to benefit the American Heart Association.

Want to see a Llama run an obstacle course? How about a sheep-shearing demonstration? Join Hallockville for their annual Fleece & Fiber Fair. Martha Clara will also be on-hand for wine tasting.

Waters Crest winery is hosting a Master Chef Challenge. The object: to create the best food pairing for the 2011 Waters Crest Dry Rosé. Which chef do you think will win?

Little kids love ducks. Take the kids to the annual Duck Pond Day in Wading River for face-painting, crafts and much more.

Riverhead Town Skate Park is hosting a “Huge Scooter Contest,” featuring scooter competitions and demonstrations, plus lots of giveaways and prizes.

Wait, you didn’t see your event listed on our events page? Then e-mail Main Road Red and she’ll help make sure that doesn’t happen again. And don’t forget to keep sending me your events, tips and tricks and don’t forget to follow/like me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

05/11/12 1:00pm

Riverhead Garden Club volunteers (from left) Kathy Banschback, Mary Rogers and Doramay Pearce, all of Aquebogue, on Thursday afternoon during the first day of the Peconic Bay Medical Center's 17th annual East End Garden Festival held this year in the Staples Shopping Center parking lot on Route 58.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! If you are scrambling to try to find that special place to take Mom, pick up a copy of the Suffolk Times, Riverhead News-Review or Shelter Island Reporter and check out the restaurant menus and specials. And check out events.timesreview.com to find other cool things to do with Mom this weekend.

There’s still time to pick up last minute plants for Mom. Peconic Bay Medical Center and Greenport PTA are running their annual plant sales through the weekend.

Riverhead School district is hosting the Art In Action Show tonight, featuring artwork from every student in grades K-12. An amazing effort that is sure to be a great event.

Want to hear some great music and support a great cause? Bishop Mc-Gann Mercy is hosting “Battle of the Bands for Ronald McDonald House.” Mattituck and McGann Mercy are just some of the local high schools participating.

Get up and go to the May Mile on Saturday morning! You can run the 5K or walk around the beautiful grounds at Peconic Landing. Stick around for the party afterwards.

The North Fork Education Initiative is hosting GROW: a fundraiser for the new Peconic Community School. A great event for children and families. Haven’t heard of the North Fork Education Initative? Read more about them here.

Have a great weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine and warm temps.

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05/04/12 1:50pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | 2011 Spring Festival at Hallockville

Cinco de Mayo is this weekend and there are some great events happening. Temps are warming up, and we should have nice weather for most of the weekend. Get outside and do something fun.

• Martha Clara is hosting a Santana tribute band and a vineyard walk in recognition of Cinco de Mayo. There are also a bunch of local restaurants having Cinco de Mayo drink and dinner specials. Pick up a copy of the Suffolk Times, Riverhead News-Review or Shelter Island Reporter to view specials in your area.

• There’s a bike rodeo happening Saturday for Riverhead area kids at Stotzky Park. Make sure you wear your helmets.

• Spring has sprung at Hallockville, one of my favorite North Fork places. Learn about spring on the farm. A fun event for the whole family.

• Have fun while supporting the local environment at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s “Hops for Habitat” art exhibit opening.

• Racing season is back at Riverhead Raceway. Click here for information about opening day events and keep reading the News-Review in print and online for updated racing information.

• Do you have your Supermoon plans set yet? Check out Moon Appreciation Night.

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04/27/12 11:00am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Coach Spinelli and Riverhead girls basketball team were honored at Riverhead Town Hall last month.

Get set to put on your jackets and head outside this weekend.Where to, you ask? Main Road Red has got some great suggestions for you during these chilly days of spring.

First up, Riverhead. This town is a sporting place to be this weekend. There’s the highly anticipated parade down Main Street for the L.I. Champion Blue Waves girls basketball team Sunday. We’ve also got Riverhead Little League’s opening day Saturday. The league will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in style with an expected appearance by former Mets legend Mookie Wilson. And don’t forget the annual fundraiser for the Riverhead High School baseball team.

East End Arts Council and the Suffolk County Historical Society are taking on an interesting topic: death. (Wouldn’t this be more appropriate for fall?) Click on those links more information about their shows.

For animals lovers, the Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter group will be present at two events: the opening of the town’s first dog park and a Hogs and Hot Rods –Rock the Shelter fundraiser. And if you still can’t get enough of the pooches, try Mutts and Mimosas at Palmer Vineyards

Have you ever been to the Custer Institute in Southold? The institute offers great family-friendly events enjoyable for science buffs young and old.

This week the focus is on Saturn. Check them out.

Join JABS and other organizations for the 2nd annual Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser in Honor of Camryn Koke. Camryn is seven years old, and those involved in the efforts are hoping to raise money for a drug that could mean a huge breakthrough for Camryn and others with her type of CF.

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