The Riverhead weekend guide: A free concert, a yard sale for charity and a waterfront 5k

Looking for something local and relatively inexpensive to do this weekend? The Riverhead News-Review weekend guide has got you covered. Check out our listing of this weekend’s happenings. Or, you could visit our weekly calendar, listed under the community tab on our homepage.

Also, check out the events at the region’s wineries.

•  Filling the Void, a two-day art and music fest will take place at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Friday and Saturday night. The two-day event, sponsored by FRESH L.I and Live @ Recording Studios, will feature live bands and art installations. Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for two days. For more information visit

• On Friday, the Riverhead summer concert series continues with Buddy’s Mandolin & Jazz, 7 p.m. on the grounds of East End Arts on East Main Street. The event is free.

• For the runners in the family, the annual New Suffolk Waterfront 5K Race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. A 1K kids’ run will be held at 8:15 a.m. After, spend the day at the beach where the race begins and ends, kayak in Cutchogue Harbor, or play volleyball. Bring a picnic lunch. Hosted by NSWF to support acquisition of property for community. Fee $20; pre-register at

• And for the bargain hunters, Maureen’s Haven hosts its annual yard sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Main Road in Aquebogue. Furniture, electronics, beds and bedding, appliances, exercise equipment, bicycles, tools, luggage, musical instruments and gently used clothing will be available. Call 727-6831 for more info.

• On Sunday the Riverhead Elks Lodge will sponsor its annual Lobster Chicken BBQ. The event is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 1239 East Main St.

There will be lobster, chicken, shrimp, potato salad, baked beans, cuke salad, corn on the cob, watermelon, beer, wine and 4 different raffles. Tickets are $40. For more info, contact [email protected]. 727-2027.

Other events:

Friday, August 12

Who let the alligators out? 10-10:30 a.m. for ages 2-3 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road. Register: 734-7360.

‘Ice Cream : A Global History,’ 11 a.m. with Laura B. Weiss at Southold Free Library, Main Road. Book talk, signing, refreshing ice cream treat, history of ice cream sprinkled with fun factoids. 765-2077.

North Fork X North Fork art show, noon-9 p.m. at New Suffolk waterfront; portion of sales benefits New Suffolk Waterfront Fund.

Movie ‘Another Year,’ 1:30 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Happy couple fends off neediness of friends. Free. 298-4134.

‘Songs of the Railroad’ performed by Timothy Fitall and Dan Skabeikis, 7 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. real Americana program with banjo, jazz violin and other instruments and singing, sponsored by Friends of Library. 765-2077.

Family movie ‘Toy Story 3’ screened at dusk at Tasker Park, Peconic Lane, Peconic, hosted by Town of Southold Youth Bureau and Youth Advisory Council. Refreshments. Bring chairs and blankets. Rain date Friday, Aug. 26.

North Fork Audubon Society: Born Here: North Fork Native Plants with Polly Weigand, 7 p.m. at Red House, Inlet Pond County Park, 65275 Route 48, Greenport. Dessert and pre-meeting stroll around gardens at Red House to see how garden committee volunteers are creating “Pollination Destination” for bees, birds and butterflies. Lecture 7:30 p.m. by Polly Weigand, founder and coordinator of Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI), which focuses on encouraging use of genetically native plants. Limited selection of native plants available for sale to benefit LINPI. Info: Diana Van Buren at [email protected] or call 917-623-5373.

Greenport Band presents outdoor concert, 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Park, Greenport, directed by Colin Van Tuyl. Bring lawn chairs. Free. 553-8443.

North Fork Community Theatre presents Youth on Stage Production of ‘Footloose!’ performance at 8 p.m. See Thursday.

Saturday, August 13

North Fork Environmental Council’s 3rd annual Bike What’s Left: Two bike loops for all skill levels: 18-mile loop starts at 10 a.m. for experienced riders, biking from Matittuck to Horton’s Point Lighthouse and back through Route 25 to New Suffolk, 10-mile loop starts at 11 a.m. for families and more recreational riders and goes from Mattituck through New Suffolk. NFEC Members: $10, non-members $15. Reservations required: 298-8880. BBQ back at NFEC office, hot dogs and refreshments.

OHS Kids ‘Water, Water, Everywhere! workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Village Lane, Orient. Kids tour Oysterponds Historical Society’s summer exhibition “Oysterponds’ Changing Face: The First Millennium” before workshop. For ages 7-12, $2 per workshop per child (parents welcome), Reservations requested: 323-2480 or email OHSOrient@optonline.

The Business of Show Business, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with Kathleen Furey, SAG, AFTRA at East End Arts Council’s Carriage House, behind School of the Arts, 141 E. Main St., Riverhead. Designed for parents of children in the performing arts and for adult performers: practical, intensive course that covers agents, unions, pay scales, managers, contracts, headshots, resumes, portfolios, do’s & don’ts, getting the most mileage for your investment, and detailed overview (the “anatomy & physiology”) of performing arts industry. For those who are planning a career as performers, the professional seeking the edge to break into next level and/or those who are considering possibilities. Mature kids/teens encouraged to attend with parent(s). $50 members EEAC/$75 nonmembers. Register: 369-2171 or email [email protected].

2nd annual Family Day at the Farm, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ag Center at Charnews Farm, Youngs Avenue, Southold, hosted by Peconic Land Trust, along with Southold Mothers’ Club and 4EC. Meet farm animals and watch professional sheep shearing demonstration, take a pony ride and listen as educators from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge display various birds of prey and discuss their care. Arts and crafts, face-painting and husk-doll making, three-legged and sack races. Slow Food educators offer tastings. Beverages and baked goods available for purchase. 283-3195.

Greenport Fire Department Standard Hose No.4 holds Chili Cook-off, 11 a.m. at Greenport Farmers Market, First and Adams Streets. Free. 566-2350.

North Fork X North Fork art show, noon-9 p.m. at New Suffolk waterfront. See Friday.

North Fork Audubon Society 5th  Annual Family Dragonfly Day, 1-4 p.m. at Skipper Horton Wentworth Park, 72250 Main Road, Greenport. Rain date Sunday, Aug. 14. Annette Oliveira will help you identify local “odonates” (dragonflies and damselflies) that breed and feed at ponds here. Leave with personal dragonfly and damselfly checklist of species you’ve seen. For adults and children of all ages. Crafts, storytelling, refreshments. $5 per person; $20 for families of 4 or more, includes a one year membership to NFAS. Information: or contact Diana Van Buren at [email protected] or call 917-623-5373.

‘Playdate’ by Thelma Adams, book reading and signing, 3 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport. Free. 477-0660.

Riverhead United Methodist Church’s annual Chicken BBQ, 4-6 p.m., 204 E. Main St. Eat in or take out. Menu: half chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, cole slaw, and dessert. Tickets $15 adults, $9 children under 12; family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children under 12) $42. Tickets or information call 727-2327.

32nd annual Douglas Moore Music Festival on Cutchogue Village Green: 5 p.m. — Community picnic, bring chairs, food and beverages. Prizes awarded for unique picnic spreads. 6:30 p.m. — oboist Adam Dart of Peconic performs “Metamorphoses After Ovid.” 6:45 p.m. — The Moore Family Singers performs “Kiss Me, Naomi, My Restaurant Queen.” 7 p.m. — Picnic and raffle prizes awarded. 7:30 p.m. — 32nd Annual Douglas Moore Concert by Sound Symphony, “Comedy Tonight!” conducted by Dorothy Savitch. Also the 55th anniversary of the first performance of Mr. Moore’s “Ballad of Baby Doe,” which starred an ingenue named Beverly Sills. Admission free; collection will be taken to help defray costs. 734-7503.

ELIH Annual Summer Gala, 5-8 p.m. at McCall Vineyard & Preserve, Cutchogue. Continuous bounty of Native American cuisine overlooking the vines. Tickets $175, featured guest Terry Wallace, American art historian and author. Luxury raffle and live auction. Reserve online at or call 477-5164. Proceeds benefit Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport.

Johnny Cuomo in Concert, 6-7 p.m. at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold. Native Long Islander and international musician, author, storyteller and folk-flavored acoustic roots artist with influences in rock and traditional Irish music, which he plays on variety of contemporary and traditonal instruments. Formerly lead singer for folk-rock band, “Voice of the Turtle,” he has played solo across the U. S. and Ireland, opening for such bands as the Ramones and The Bogemen. Suggested Donation $13, $10 members, $8 full-time students. Includes stargazing session later (weather permitting). 765-2626.

Poquatuck Hall in Orient hosts first of two-concert series featuring Steven Blier, 8 p.m., renowned pianist and artistic director of The New York Festival of Song. Darius de Haas and Mr. Blier offer songs from their new album on Bridge Records, “Quiet Please.” Admission: $30 ($50 for series) or $50 for limited front row seats ($90 for series). Proceeds benefit ongoing renovations at Poquatuck Hall. Information and reservations call Jane Smith at 323-1378 or email [email protected].

Howard Oboler presents ‘Hollywood Dances,’ 8 p.m. at Peconic Landing Auditorium, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport. Film series lecture on solos, duets, ensemble numbers and ballets from Hollywood’s golden era musicals, with  focus on Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding,” Shirley Temple and Bojangles in “The Little Colonel,” Ginger Rogers in “Gold Diggers of 1933” and Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in “An American in Paris.” Free. 477-3800.

North Fork Community Theatre’s Youth on Stage Production of ‘Footloose!’ performance at 8 p.m. See Thursday.

Sunday, August 14

The Back Room huge tag sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., hosted by The Daughters of Israel, sisterhood group of Congregation Tifereth Israel, at synagogue, 519 Fourth Street, Greenport. Housewares, garden supplies, tools, dishes, silver, games and puzzles, bric-a-brac, toys, books, paintings, jewelry, small appliances, sporting goods, serving pieces, leather goods, and other household items. Information: 917-957-4964 or e-mail [email protected]/.

North Fork X North Fork art show, noon-9 p.m. at New Suffolk waterfront. See Friday.

Shelter Island Historical Society presents Sundays in the Barn Series, 2 p.m., Bill Clark III presents history of South Ferry from late 1700s when Samuel G. Clark came to Shelter Island from Connecticut and opened a ferry to Greenport, to present day operation that connects the island to South Fork. Free, donations accepted. Talk takes place on grounds of 1743 James Havens Homestead at 16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island. 749-0025.

North Fork Community Theatre’s Youth on Stage Production of ‘Footloose!’ matinee at 2:30 p.m. See Thursday. Final performance.

BOB LIEPA PHOTO | Runners in last yeat's New Suffolk Waterfront 5k.

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