It’s June 20—do you know what that means? It’s officially the first day of summer! Today marks the first solstice of the year, meaning that the sun will be at its northernmost point, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. This rare occurrence also marks the longest day of the year, with the sun blazing overhead for more than 15 hours. The East End is going to have a beautiful week ahead and you should take advantage of the lasting daylight. Enjoy these events for some fun in the summer sun before the weekend.
Strawberry Moon Night Hike – Monday, June 20, 8 p.m.
Are you more of a night owl than an early bird? Then get your hiking boots on and get ready for a nighttime hike that the entire family will enjoy. The hike, in honor of the summer solstice, begins at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Road, 631-653-4771). Hike up to North Pond while searching for creatures of the night. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. quoguewildliferefuge.org
The Nancy Atlas Project – Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m.
There is nothing like watching the sunset over a body of water, but what if we told you that you can listen to some live music while you’re at it? On Wednesday, the Nancy Atlas Project will be performing classic rock covers and some of their own music at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor (31 West Water Street, 631-725-2100). This is a great opportunity to sit back, relax, watch the sunset and listen to vibe-y live music. This show is a part of live music Wednesdays at the cove. This event is open to all ages and admission will be free. nancyatlas.com/gigs
Mary Mattingly’s WetLand – through Thursday, June 23, 12–5 p.m.
Coming to the Hamptons, you may notice how eco-friendly people are. Mary Mattingly is one woman who is exceptionally environmentally friendly. Through Thursday, Mattingly is displaying WetLand, her modified houseboat. Mattingly stresses how all people have some impact on the environment and demonstrates the importance of sustainability through WetLand’s features including solar power, vegetable gardening and more. Part of the Radical Seafaring exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum, WetLand is located on the Long Wharf Village Pier in Sag Harbor (Wharf Street, 631-283-2118). wet-land.org
Art Hamptons Ribbon Cutting – Thursday, June 23, 5 p.m.
The annual ArtHamptons international art fair will be back later this week along with a plethora of special opening events. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday at ArtHamptons in Bridgehampton, hosted by Co-Chairs Maria and Kenneth Fishel and Jack Lenor Larsen. The hosts will be joined by Dr. Samuel Waxman and his wife Marion from the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Later that night, visitors will be able to walk through ArtHamptons’ doors to take an exclusive first look at the art on view. The gallery will be open through June 26. Tickets range from $20 to $100. arthamptons.com