It’s Oscars weekend and Hollywood is buzzing, but there is plenty to do in the Hamptons before they start handing out little golden guys on Sunday night. Are you in the mood to sleep with some sharks or hang out at Guild Hall and listen to Alec Baldwin discuss Oliver Twist? Then this is the weekend for you to come out and enjoy some of the wonderful things that the East End has to offer.
Sleepover with the Sharks!
Friday, February 24. 6 pm – 7 am at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY, 11901
This unforgettable overnight sleepover is the ultimate shark-lover’s experience! Discover the truths surrounding these top ocean predators during this activity-filled overnight. Take part in hands-on activities in the Shark Discovery Lab and crafts station. With an expert guide, take a nocturnal prowl through the Aquarium’s animal care areas, including a visit to the food-prep area to learn how thye care for and feed the sharks and rays. Dare to walk behind-the-scenes, where sharks swim silently just inches from you. Sleep in the underwater viewing area with the sharks sleeping close by. Before bed, test your shark knowledge with an Aquarium version of Jeopardy, where one lucky winner will win a Shark Dive adventure like no other! In the morning, you’ll wake up with the fishes and enjoy a continental breakfast.
$60.00* (Aquarium Members: $40.00*) Children 2 & Under: Free Reservations required – call 631.208.9200, ext. H2O (426). Limit: 100 participants; no refunds or exchanges.
The Wiz of the West at WHBPAC
Friday, February 24, 7 p.m., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
The Wiz of the West is the classic story The Wizard of Oz, but with a twist…or should we say, twister? Follow Tinhorn, Lionel, Scared Crow, Dotty and, of course, her little dog Mooch through a saga of Western adventure and personal discovery. First they tangle with Mad Dog’s gang of bad, barkin’, back-bitin’ hounds who work for the meanest old witch in the West, Hawknose Halley. Then they encounter the brainless Buzzards and the terrifying Tarantulas. The singin’ Coyotes help move things along while Ma and Pa Munch and the rest of the Munch Kin point out the way to Dr. Ozzy, the Wizard of Frontier Medicine. Which way is that? Why Westward, o’ course! THE WIZ OF THE WEST…a fairy tale with a twang!
Goodale Farms Basic Cheese Class and Dairy Tour
Saturday, February 25. 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Kevin Dunathan, 250 Main Rd, Aquebogue, NY 11931
Join the folks at Goodale Farms for an inside look at Long Island’s only full-service dairy farm. They begin in the milking room for some hands-on demonstrations. Then head for a farm tour viewing the pasture areas, open barns, kidding area and finish in thr beautifully restored farm house. The farm house is where you learn the basic cheese making process, first by a lecture in the conference room, then into the Cheese Making Room for some more hands-on excitment. Finish the day with an amazing cheese and cider tasting.
Alec Baldwin Reads from “Oliver Twist” at Bookhampton
Saturday, February 25. 2 p.m., Bookhampton, 41 Main Street, East Hampton.
Alec Baldwin reads from the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist this afternoon, setting the stage for what promises to be an incredible evening with Oliver and Co. (see below!)
The Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall present OLIVER TWIST hosted by Alec Baldwin
Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
Legendary filmmaker David Lean’s (Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago) second adaptation of a Charles Dickens novel is a masterpiece of cinema, featuring a searing performance by Robert Newton as criminal Bill Sikes. The stunningly expressionistic cinematography by Guy Green places the viewer in a dark and furtive 19th century England, but one where hope still exists. Acclaimed writer Jon Robin Baitz (creator of ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and the play Other Desert Cities, currently on Broadway) will join host Alec Baldwin following the screening for a discussion of literary adaptations.
Tickets: $17/15 members. Tickets available online at GuildHall.org or at Box Office 3 hours prior to curtain; theatermania.com; or 1-866-811-4111
Saturday, February 25. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday February 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ashawagh Hall, 780 Springs Fireplace Road.
More than 50 photographers will show off their work in this rare opportunity to see the best of local photographers showcasing their visions.
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts and Live Action Shorts Free Screening
Saturday, February 25. 1 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on 76 Main Street, Westhampton.
Before the winners are announced on Sunday night, watch Oscar-nominated films on the big screen at WHBPAC. Totally free to the public, no tickets will be sold, seating is come first, first served. The five animated shorts that are being shown can be found here. The five live action shorts that are filming can be found here.
SOFO Eastern Tiger Salamander Search
Saturday, February 25. 7:30 p.m. Call for directions—631-537-9735
Walk with Andy Sabin, SOFO’s Board of Director President Herpetologist, to discover the largest native salamanders in the nighttime woods of Bridgehampton.
Winter Garden Lectures at Madoo
Sunday, February 26. 12 p.m. at the Madoo Conservancy at 618 Sag Main Street, Sagaponack
Join author Paula Deitz for a lecture about gardening. Reception to follow lecture with hors d’oeuvres and Bloody Mary’s.
Seating is limited. Contact 631-537-8200 to register.