50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day: Win the Murf’s Ring Toss

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Cha-ching! Win the Murf’s Ring Toss! Photo: Courtesy Murf’s Backstreet Tavern, Oliver Peterson

Memorial Day weekend is less than a month away, and while we at Dan’s Papers can’t wait, we also know there are many things we have to squeeze in during the next few weeks on the East End, lest we lose our chance with all that summer brings. We know that if we don’t get out and do these now, we’ll have to wait until after Labor Day before we try again…and so will you!

We continue our countdown of things to do before Memorial Day weekend on the East End with #29: Win the Murf’s Ring Toss

Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor is among the last bastions of the Hamptons’ rough-around-the-edges past, and it’s better for it. The bar is home to good drinks and good cheer, as well as a few games, including darts and the infamous Murf’s ring toss. This simple (but far from easy) skill game asks patrons to swing a small metal ring (hanging from the ceiling by a length of fishing line) and catch it onto an equally small metal hook, screwed into a nearby post.

Anyone who frequents the place will tell you, the Murf’s ring toss is not as easy as it looks — and it’s not something you master while battling summer crowds. Just ask Jimmy Fallon.

You’ve got a little less than a month to practice without the distraction of drunken tourists and yacht-crew transients bumping into you at every turn. As silly as it sounds, conquering this challenge to the point of nailing it every time will make you the belle of the backstreet ball. And if you’re really brave, try the new Murf’s ring toss, just installed out back — set in the unpredictable outdoors, taming this beast should be an especially brutal task.

Come back tomorrow for 50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day in the Hamptons #28.

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