Indian summer on the way this weekend? I don’t know but I’ll take sunshiny days in the 70s any day when it’s the end of September. I’m glad that Mother Nature looks to be cooperating as we’ve got one heck of a weekend planned—with two major festivals, a Harvest Fair and lots and lots of awesome activities to attend.
* First off, The fourth annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival kicks off at Old Whalers Church with Christian McBride and friends on Friday, September 26, at 8 p.m. The free music and festivities continue on Saturday, September 27, throughout the day. http://www.sagharbormusic.org
* Also on Friday, the fourth annual Southampton Septemberfest begins with a kickoff party at Agawam Park starting at 6:30 p.m. with music by New Life Crisis and and the BeauNatra Tribute to Frank Sinatra. The festival will continue in the village through Sunday, September 28. Don’t miss the Teresa Fellion BodyStories performance, held in conjunction with the Southampton Cultural Center’s fantastic new Dance Fusion program, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. www.scc-arts.org http://www.southamptonseptfest.org
* Over at the Southampton Arts Center, “Béatrice Coron: Cut Worlds” opens on Friday, September 26, and will be on view through November 2. www.southamptonartscenter.org.
* And last but not least, the Media Mavens Mixed Media Art Show will open at Dodds & Eder in Sag Harbor on Friday at 3 p.m. with work from more than 35 local artists on view. http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org
* On Saturday, September 27, Mecox in East Hampton will host a book party reception for Anthony Iannacci’s “Design in the Hamptons” from 5 to 7 p.m. Featured designers—which include Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, John Barman, Fox-Nahem, Thad Hayes, Tony Ingrao, Todd Merrill, Roman & Williams, and Joe d’Urso—will be in attendance.
* The Southampton Historical Museum will host its annual Harvest Day Fair at Rogers Mansion in Southampton on Saturday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by and check out costumed trade and craft people demonstrating decoy carving, beekeeping, blacksmithing, candle making, basketry, and many other traditional skills; Civil War re-enactors making camp, shooting rifles, and parading; and a re-enactment of a Whaling Captain Wedding. http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org
* Also on Saturday, September 27, stop by Guild Hall in East Hampton for the free Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets/ Free admission http://www.GuildHall.org.
* Artists Jerry Schwabe and Kirsten Benfield will show their work at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend. The exhibit opens on Friday and continues through Sunday. www.ashawagh-hall.org
* Over at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill “Platform: Maya Lin Related Programs” will be held on Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, jointly organized with The Nature Conservancy to raise awareness about East End ecological issues. On Saturday, it’s Watershed at 11 a.m. with eight speakers—including architects, writers, scientists, artists, local political leaders, and water advocates—who will give short-format presentations of 20 slides for 20 seconds each on water issues in the region. On Sunday, September 28 at 10 a.m., two guides from The Nature Conservancy will lead a one-hour guided walking tour of Accabonac Harbor’s marsh and upland habitat, one of the area’s most important tidal marsh systems. The tour begins at the Merrill Lake Sanctuary and ends at East Hampton-based Landscape Architect Edwina von Gal’s property, where participants can see Maya Lin’s installation, “Avalanche.” http://www.parrishart.org
* Learn about sustainability while sampling the wares of some of the East End’s top chefs, farmers, fishermen, wineries and breweries at S.E.E.D. (Sustainable East End Development) on Sunday, September 28, at the Westhampton Beach Country Club from 4 to 7 p.m. http://www.acfelichefs.org
* Finally, looking ahead, just wanted to let you know that Kate Mueth & The Neo-Political Cowgirls will present an 8-week Children’s Theater Workshop for Girls at Guild Hall in East Hampton starting Saturday, October 4, and running through November 23. A final performance is planned for November 24 at 7 p.m. http://www.npcowgirls.org
Cheers to a wonderful weekend and beyond!