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06/17/12 5:00am
06/17/2012 5:00 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Caitlin Penny of Mattituck was crowned the Strawberry Queen Saturday afternoon.

It’s your final chance to head down to Strawberry Fields in Mattituck for the 58th annual Strawberry Festival today.

Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Penny of Mattituck accepted the traditional crown, scepter and robe from outgoing Strawberry Queen, Kaitlyn Doorhy, at an afternoon ceremony yesterday.

Here are some photos for you to enjoy from the three-day event:

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06/15/12 5:00pm
06/15/2012 5:00 PM

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 [email protected], and I’ll be happy to help you.

Have a great weekend!  Get out and enjoy.

06/15/12 3:00pm

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | (From left) Alex Seifert, Andrew Seifert, Eddie Ward and Ben Ward enjoy the festivities at the Strawberry Festival.

Hulling night began with a bang as all the strawberries were prepared for the weekend within two hours last night. The rest of the evening was filled with daiquiris, short cake, tons of carnival rides and games for all, as well as a fireworks display.

“Tonight is kind of like a thank you to everyone who helped out,” said Mattituck Lion’s Club past president, Dr. Phil Centonze, to a WLNG correspondent after hulling was completed under the festival’s main tent.

The Dutch Wheel ferris wheel ties together more than 15 rides, including the Sizzler, Tornado, and Avalanche, at this weekend’s festival. Carnival games, food booths and tents containing clothing, jewelry and other items for sale are also peppered throughout the grounds.

Fireworks will again take place at 9 p.m. tonight.

This year’s strawberry queen will be crowned at 3 p.m. Saturday on the main stage. Fathers get free admission to the festival and rides on Father’s Day with a paid child.

Check out our video sizing up some of the entertainment to be found at the festival.

06/13/12 9:31am
06/13/2012 9:31 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Cassie Whalen of Suffern was 11 months old when she visited the Mattituck Lions Club's Strawberry Festival last June. Maybe this year, she'll stay awake.

The 58th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival promises to be the biggest — and perhaps the best — yet, with fireworks scheduled not only for Friday’s opening night, but on Thursday night as well.

Thursday is traditionally “hulling night,” when volunteers gather under the big tent at Strawberry Fields on Route 48 in Mattituck and prepare the juicy berries by taking off their green-stemmed tops. The carnival will offer free admission that night, opening at 6:30 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.

Opening night begins at 5 p.m. Friday, kicking off the festival with virgin daiquiris, shortcake, dipped berries and carnival rides for kids and adults of all ages until 11 p.m. The second fireworks display will hit the skies at 9 p.m.

Long Island country band Southbound will perform on the main stage between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.

The event, a fundraiser for the Mattituck Lions Club and the community and nonprofit organizations it supports, continues throughout the weekend, opening at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The festival closes at 11 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, Father’s Day.

The crowning of this year’s Strawberry Queen will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. on the main stage.

Arts and crafts vendors will be selling their wares Friday through Sunday and fresh berries and plants will be on sale Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Who Are Those Guys? will provide musical entertainment on the main stage between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Souled Out takes the stage from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

In between bands, from 4 to 6 p.m., fairgoers can take in a martial arts demonstration on the main stage.

As has been the case during the past few years, off-site parking will be available at Martha Clara Vineyards, just west of the fairgrounds, with shuttle service on Saturday and Sunday.

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06/19/11 7:52am
06/19/2011 7:52 AM

Thousands flocked to the North Fork this weekend for the Mattituck Lions Club’s 54th annual Strawberry Festival.

Residents strolled through the field nibbling on chocolate-covered strawberries, taking bites of strawberry shortcake and sipping strawberry daiquiris. Small children spun in giant strawberry-shaped cars.

And the much anticipated 2011 Strawberry Queen was announced, with Kaitlyn Doorhy, 17, of Mattituck taking the crown.

The festival is open until 11 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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

05/25/11 12:26pm
05/25/2011 12:26 PM

The Mattituck Lions hosted their annual Strawberry Festival Queen judging event at Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue Tuesday night.

The winner will be announced on June 18, day two of the three-day annual Strawberry Festival.

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SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTOS | Finalists Emily Demarest, 17, of Orient; Kaitlyn Doorhy, 16, of Mattituck; 2010 Queen Veronica Stelzer, 18, of Mattituck; Anne Davey, 16, of Southold; and Savanna Campbell, 17, of Mattituck at Tuesday's judging event.