03/14/15 3:00pm
03/14/2015 3:00 PM
‘Building and Grounds workers were at the Fresh Pond School house Thursday morning doing renovations to the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

‘Building and Grounds workers were at the Fresh Pond School house Thursday morning doing renovations to the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

Built in 1821, the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse was once one of 15 single-room schoolhouses in Riverhead Town. Boys would sit on one side of the room; girls, on the other side.

The schools were heated by wood stoves, fueled by wood brought inside by the students themselves.

These days, the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse — located on the ground of East End Arts — is in the process of getting a top-to-bottom renovation, soon to be in use by the arts nonprofit as a multi-use building for events such as poetry readings and film presentations. (more…)

01/22/15 9:48am
01/22/2015 9:48 AM
Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks perform at Jamesport Vineyard. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks perform at Jamesport Vineyard during a previous Winterfest concert. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Winterfest: Live of the Vine, now in its eighth year of providing cabin fever-suffering East Enders with a respite from the winter doldrums, returns with live concerts and more with a kickoff party at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead Feb. 6.

Read the full story on northforker.com.

11/22/14 9:30am
11/22/2014 9:30 AM
East End Arts School new director Diane Giardi on the porch of the school last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

East End Arts School new director Diane Giardi on the porch of the school last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

An artist with a holistic approach to lesson planning has been named East End Arts’ newest education director.

Diane Giardi, who began work in the downtown Riverhead office last week, said she’s excited to help teachers prepare curriculums and to build relationships with local artists and community groups.

“One thing I’d like to incorporate is some text in courses — poetry and other aspects of writing and the narrative,” she said. “It would also be nice to bring a little more theater back.”

(more…)

11/13/14 8:00am
11/13/2014 8:00 AM

Brandon Boardman (at piano) and his teacher, Billy Johnson, perform at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 23. Mr. Boardman, a Riverhead resident who has Asperger's syndrome, received a standing ovation following the performance. (Credit: Long Island Music Hall of Fame photos)

Brandon Boardman (at piano) and his teacher, Billy Johnson, perform at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 23. Mr. Boardman, a Riverhead resident who has Asperger’s syndrome, received a standing ovation following the performance. (Credit: Long Island Music Hall of Fame photos)

You won’t see Brandon Boardman using sheet music when he plays piano. That’s because the 20-year-old Riverhead musician can bang out an entire tune — mistake-free — after hearing it just once.

Mr. Boardman, who has Asperger Syndrome, was one of just a handful of performers to receive a standing ovation during last month’s Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala at The Paramount in Huntington. (more…)

10/28/14 5:00am
10/28/2014 5:00 AM

A family pumpkin carving workshop at East End Arts in Riverhead is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Pumpkins, carving tools, stencils and templates will be provided. Children must be accompanied by adult. Pre-registration required. The cost is $5 per family.

Pumpkins may be entered in the Carved Pumpkin contest immediately following the workshop. Entries must be submitted between 1 and 3:30 p.m. for public voting scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. One entry per family.

All pumpkins must be picked up between 5 and 5:45 p.m.

To register and for more information, call 631-369-2171.

09/27/14 6:01pm
09/27/2014 6:01 PM
The East End Arts gallery on East Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: File)

The East End Arts gallery on East Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: File)

Six artists judged best in show during East End Arts’ 2013 exhibits will be featured in the annual Winners’ Show at the Riverhead gallery.

The artists are Central Islip poet Dolores Cinquemani, East Hampton poet Toby Haynes, Riverhead photographer Katherine Liepe-Levinson, East Quogue mixed media artist Jonathan Pearlman, New York photographer Nancy Scherl and painter Win Zibeon of Blauvelt, N.Y.  (more…)

08/19/14 10:20am
08/19/2014 10:20 AM
This hydrant on E. Main Street will be painted soon. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

This hydrant on E. Main Street will be painted soon. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

Fire hydrants are a prime example of functionality over aesthetics. They’ll get you water in an emergency, but no one’s ever insisted they have to look good doing it.

Still, the folks at East End Arts believe it wouldn’t hurt to try. (more…)