A colleague of mine at this newspaper used to refer to the North Fork’s easternmost hamlet as The People’s Republic of Orient. The implication was that residents of Orient considered themselves and their hamlet separate and apart from the rest of Southold Town — a humorous suggestion that was, at the very least, partially reality-based. READ
This week was a big one for many Orient residents.
On Monday night, and again on Tuesday, residents of the hamlet at the tip of the North Fork rose up and spoke their minds to elected and appointed Southold Town officials about what they would not accept for the beautiful land and vistas in their community.
Outspoken residents of Orient packed Southold Town Hall Monday night demanding that the Planning Board reject a Manhattan-based restaurant chain’s proposal to build a large barn and raise animals on a tract of farmland adjacent to Narrow River Road.
Southold Town plans to take legal action to shut down a covert camping and musical festival in Orient known as Burning Kouch, which is scheduled to begin Friday. The festival, which dates back to 2010, typically attracts between 150 and 400 people, according to an online description of the event.
Hi, I’m Alison O’Malley, owner of Eagle’s Neck Paddling Company in Orient Beach State Park.
This is our 15th season here and we’ve been in business for 28 years. It’s kind of just been a labor of love. It was a business that my father had run since I was little, so when he passed away and I took over it’s kind of connecting me to him.
The fifth annual New York Festival of Song is coming to the North Fork this Sunday, Aug. 27.
The concert is billed as “Red, Whites & Blues: An Afternoon of French and American Song.” Performers include Steven Blier, piano; Mikaela Bennett, soprano; Sam Grosby, tenor; and Robert Mellon, baritone. A complimentary reception with the artists will follow the performance.
The Orient Historic District is considerably larger than Southold Town has believed. Members of the town Historic Preservation Commission said the town has been relying on incorrect maps that leave about 50 parcels out of the district.