Hello Spring!

The Pints For Paws closing event will be held on Saturday at Montauk Brewing Co. Enjoy a Tail Ale (above).
The Pints For Paws closing event will be held on Saturday at Montauk Brewing Co. Enjoy a Tail Ale (above).

Hello spring! There’s already so much to look forward to on the East End as winter comes to an end, as the trees begin to bloom, and there are new openings on the Main Streets of our towns. In the words of William Shakespeare, “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

Last weekend, THAW Fest kicked off the spring with arts events all around the East End. It’s a reminder that the time has come to once again get out and stay out.

Just this weekend alone, there are a handful of events to look forward to. The Ladles of Love fundraiser, benefitting the East Hampton and Amagansett food pantries, will be held at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Friday, March 29, from 7 to 11 PM.

It’s also Restaurant Week starting Sunday. It’s a perfect opportunity to test out the new spring menus at your favorite East End restaurants.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation presents its “In The Pink” breast-cancer benefit on Saturday, March 30, from 6:30 to 10 PM at 230 Elm in Southampton. The Independent is a proud media sponsor of this event. The party will honor Rita Wasserman, a breast cancer survivor, for a lifetime of community service. Guests will also enjoy chef tastings, a live auction with Angela LaGreca serving as auctioneer, and music by The HooDoo Loungers.

Saturday, March 30, also marks the closing event for “Pints For Paws,” a month-long activation to raise funds for the Southampton Animal Shelter, at Montauk Brewing Co. Twenty-five percent of MBC’s Tail Ale will go to benefit the shelter. On Saturday, from 1 to 4 PM, there will be a raffle and cornhole tournament. The Independent is also a sponsor.

And speaking of paws, Indy is hosting a Cutest Pet Contest. The winner will be announced at the ARF’s Alumni Reunion and Pet Celebration Day on Saturday, May 4. If you haven’t yet, submit a picture of your furry friend to our pet contest.

Coming up, there’s the A Moveable Feast benefit for Slow Food East End and the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation. Enjoy bites from the likes of Baron’s Cove, Art of Eating, Claude’s at Southampton Inn, noah’s, North Fork Table, Honest Man Restaurant Group, and many others. It’s held at Dodds & Eder in Sag Harbor on Sunday, April 7, from 4 to 7 PM.

There’s no better way to celebrate spring than at The Parrish Art Museum’s Spring Fling on Saturday, April 13. Tickets start at $150. Enjoy open bar and hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs, music by DJ Twilo, and bid on Hamptons experiences in the silent action.

As the weather turns warmer, hike Camp Hero, picnic on the beach, or go wine tasting. It’s time to come alive and enjoy the natural beauty that the East End has to offer.

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