Gala reception for sculpture garden exhibition at Brecknock Hall, Greenport, Saturday, July 17, 5-7 p.m., presented by Peconic Landing and East End Arts Council. Tickets $60; 727-0900 or eastendarts.org. Proceeds benefit EEAC. Meet the artists, silent auction, wines by Bedell Cellars. On view through Sept. 26, Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.
Country Western Barn Dance, Friday, July 16, 7-11 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead, to benefit Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. Music by Double J, dance lessons 7-8 p.m., assortment of desserts from local bakeries, raffles, prizes and more. Tickets $30 online; $40 at door. 369-1234, timothyhillranch.org.
Old Town Art and Crafts Guild members’ yard sale, Saturday, July 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on grounds, Main Road, Cutchogue. 734-6382.
Family Flick: ‘Lightning Thief,’ Friday, July 16, 4 p.m. at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Cutchogue. Rated PG. 734-6360.
‘Away From Her,’ Friday, July 16, 1:30 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Julie Christie stars in film about the growth of love and the limits of the mind. Free; all welcome. 298-4134.
Food and Drink
Lobster Fest 2010, Saturday, July 31, 5-8 p.m. at The Wharf House at Founders Landing, Southold. Music by The Wild Mangos until 9:30 p.m. Cash bar, wine, beer and soft drinks. Presented by Greenport and Southold Rotary Clubs. Advance $35; at gate $40; children 12 and under $7. Tickets available at Winter Harbor Gallery and Capital One Bank, Greenport; Bridgehampton National Bank and Ameriprise Financial, Southold; Suffolk County National Bank, Cutchogue; and any Rotarian. Call 987-5264; 765-5100; 298-5868.
Culinary Tour, Wednesday, July 21, 5-6:30 p.m. features Summer Small Gatherings — Peaches and Fun and Fast Finger Foods with Paula Croteau at Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School, 1450 South Harbor Road, Southold. Students learn to make quick appetizers, use peaches in savory and sweet recipes and more. Frozen peach blender drinks served. Class fee $20; residents $15. Bring apron and $25 ingredient fee to class. Space limited to 15; register: 765-5182. Confirm prior to class: 765-6032, [email protected] Offered by Southold Town Recreation Department.
Extreme Dining: The Best and Worst of Eating Out, Wednesday, July 21, 6-7:30 p.m. at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. Explore menus of popular restaurants, discuss healthy options and more. Free; register: 727-3228, ext. 0, riverheadlibrary.org.
Community Picnic, Saturday, July 17, 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, Mattituck, organized by Friends of Mattituck-Laurel Library, Bring supper, family and friends, games and white elephant item. All welcome. 298-4134.
North Fork Italian-American Club’s annual barbecue and picnic, Sunday, July 18, noon, Veterans Memorial Park, Mattituck. Admission $17; members $12; children under 12 $10; under 4 free. Food, drinks, music, games, dessert-tasting contest and 50/50 drawing. Tickets: 478-1608, 298-1145.
For All Ages
The Gizmo Guys, Wednesday,July 21, 7 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Rapid-fire juggling act is fun for all ages. Free. 298-4134.
For Bargain Hunters
Historic Greenport Antiques Show, Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at American Legion Hall, features over 50 exhibitors. Elias Pekale Shows Ltd. Fee for adults; children free. 516-868-2751.
OHS Kids: Outrageous Outfitters, Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m.-noon for ages 7-12 at Oysterponds Historical Society, Orient. Tour of OHS summer exhibit “A Stitch in Time: What We Wore, 1776-1976″ before workshop, where kids explore why our clothes look the way they do and design a model outfit for their next adventure. Fee $2; parents welcome. Reservations recommended. 323-2480, [email protected]
Southold Mothers’ Club: Berry picking/farm play, Friday, July 16, 11 a.m. at Harbes, Farm, Mattituck. Bring lunch or buy food there. Small fee for play area. RSVP [email protected] Seventh annual Children’s Storytelling and Music Festival, Sunday, July 18, 2-5 p.m. in Greenport’s Mitchell Park. Music by Opus Ditty, storyteller Jonathan Kruk telling pirate, mermaid and wandering whale tales, gymnastics demo, balloons, tattoos and more. Ice Cream and Carousel Ride, Friday, July 23, meet 10 a.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport. For grades K-3. Registration required; call Joe Cortale, 477-0660.
For History Buffs
Old Burying Ground visit, Southold Presbyterian Church with Melissa, Wednesday, July 21, 6 p.m.; meet at entrance of Southold Free Library. Free. 765-2077.
Eighteenth annual Long Island Antique Power Association show, Saturday-Sunday, July 17-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Hallockville Museum Farm, Riverhead. Old-time farming demonstrations, vintage race cars, garden tractors, antique engine display, tractor pulls, kids’ corner, antique truck display and more. Admission $5; under 12 free. 526-2161, 727-7943, 666-4912.
Surfer Jewelry, Wednesday, July 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m. for grades 7-12 at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Make cool ceramic jewelry. Free. 298-4134.
Third annual Summer Jam 2010, Saturday, July 17, 6-9 p.m. for Southold youth at Southold Town Recreation Center campus, Peconic. Music, games, barbecue and more. southoldtown.northfork.net.
Vail-Leavitt Music Hall presents 12th annual Riverhead Blues and Music Festival, Saturday, July 17, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, July 18, noon-9 p.m. in downtown Riverhead behind East Main Street and Peconic Avenue along the river. Featured performers include Sean Chambers, Little Toby Walker, Tommy Keys Band and others. Adults and kids over 10, $10 one-day pass. Two-day pass $16 if prepaid online at www.rhblues.com. Ages 10 and under free. Tickets available at event both days.
The Arts in Southold Town presents The Perlman Music Program, Wednesday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. at Southold High School auditorium. Students at Summer Music School @ PMP on Shelter Island perform choral and instrumental music. Tickets $20; available at Cecily’s Love Lane Gallery, Mattituck; Peconic Liquors, Cutchogue; Old Country Charm, Southold; JET’s Dream, Greenport; Barth’s Pharmacy, Riverhead; or by MasterCard and Visa at 734-6320. Portion of concert proceeds benefits PMP.
Summer Showcase Concert Series on Town Green at Silversmith’s Corner, Southold, Wednesday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. features The Isotope Stompers — Dixieland Jazz Band. Bring seating. Rain location Southold United Methodist Church. Free; donations appreciated. All welcome. 765-3598.
The Natural World
Beach Exploration on New Suffolk Waterfront, Tuesday, July 20, 1-3 p.m., hosted by Peconic Land Trust, with NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation educator Ron Gelardi. Collect and release sea creatures that swim at the shore using a small seine net; learn about crabs, fish, mollusks and shrimp, more. Free hands-on family program. Wear water shoes and be ready to get wet. Reserve: 283-3195, [email protected] Rain cancels.
‘Water Poodles,’ performance by Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, Saturday, July 17, 6 p.m. at Horton Point Lighthouse, Southold. Modern dance piece inspired bysynchronized swimming and 1950s star Esther Williams. Tickets $15; kids under 12 free. Available at door. southoldhistoricalsociety.org, 765-5500.
North Fork Community Theatre presents 2010 Youth on Stage production ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Thursday, July 22-Sunday, Aug. 8. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Evening performances 8 p.m.; matinee 2:30 p.m.; opening night reception 7 p.m. ; ice cream nights, July 29 and Aug. 5 7 p.m. Tickets $20; 298-NFCT, wwwNFCT.com.
Tours and Trips
Lighthouse and Maritime History Cruise aboard Peconic Star II, Saturday, July 17 departs from Greenport railroad dock at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by East End Lighthouses. Members, $85; nonmembers, $95. Includes meal and L.I. wine. Casual attire, boat shoes or sneakers, windbreaker or sweater. Reserve at eastendlighthouses.org.
The Written Word
Reading/book signing by James Mauro, author of “Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder and the 1939 World’s Fair on the Brink of War.” Wednesday, July 21, 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Southold. Reservations suggested: call Southold Historical Society at 765-5500.
Summer Lunch Break Story Theater for adults, Tuesday, July 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport. Bring lunch and listen to a reader performing a short story, in new garden space or indoors. All welcome. 477-0660.
Friends book sale, Wednesday,July 21, 3-6 p.m., Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Books, music, videos, games and more at bargain prices. 298-4134.
Book discussions at Mattituck-Laurel Library: ‘Death at La Fenice’ by Donna Leon, Tuesday, July 13, 4 p.m.; ‘A Drink Before the War’ by Dennis Lehane, Wednesday, July 27, 4 p.m. Led by Bev Wowak. Copies available. 298-4134, ext. 6.
Book Club, Thursdays, July 22 and 29, 5:15 p.m. in community room at Congregation Tifereth Israel, Greenport. Both sessions focus on “My Mother’s Sabbath Days” by Chaim Grade. Moderated by Rabbi Myron Fenster. All welcome. 477-0813.