Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and the official start of the East End’s busy summer season is around the corner, so now’s the time to take advantage of all the special things that will be nonexistent or difficult to enjoy in the Hamptons once the crowds arrive from points west.
We continue our countdown of 20 things to do before Memorial Day on the East End with:
#19: Picnic on the Beach
Head to your favorite East End beach with family or friends (or both!), bring a sheet/blanket and picnic basket or cooler for a lovely day of relaxing by the sea. Memorial Day weekend will be a busy beach weekend, so now is the perfect time to go. And because you’re in the Hamptons, your picnic basket can be filled with local goodies.
Sample Hamptons Picnic Basket Contents
Sandwiches from local hotspots like Luigi’s, Mary’s Marvelous, Villa Italian Specialties and others
North Fork Potato Chips
Canned beer from Montauk Brewing Company (make sure it’s legal to drink at the beach you’re visiting)
Of course, no picnic is complete without fun and games. There are always your typical outdoor games like frisbee and volleyball, but you can get creative! Here’s a popular picnic game for groups of seven or more.
You may also know this fun game of deception as “Mafia.” One person is the narrator, or moderator, passes around a hat with slips of paper to the other players. If a player gets an empty slip of paper, they’re a villager; if a player gets a slip of paper with a W on it, they’re werewolves. There are usually two werewolves. Don’t tell anyone what you are! The game then consists of three phases. In the first, “Night,” everyone closes their eyes. The narrator says, “Werewolves, identify yourselves!” and the werewolves open their eyes and meet each other silently. They then decide who to feast on. After silently identifying their dinner (one villager), everyone wakes up for the “day” phase. The narrator announces who was eaten, and the villagers debate who they think the culprits are. The third phase, “Trial,” occurs when the villagers decide on who they think the werewolf is. The suspect is “killed,” and the narrator either identifies the suspect as a villager or a werewolf. The phases repeat until the villagers snuff out the killers, or the wolves feast on everyone.
Or try Rampshot!
Hamptons Beach Guide