Hampton Hot Picks: Big Weekend Happenings


A ZIMA! treasure hunt is headed to Montauk again this Saturday. Yippee!                             Photo by Keri Lamparter, from last year’s festivities. 

Believe it or not, this is going to be  a pretty big weekend in the Hamptons and on the North Fork with two really big happenings–HarborFrost and Winterfest: Live on the Vine–to be enjoyed. But wait, there’s even more! Actually, there’s LOTS more!


The Citizens for Access Rights hosts Trivia Night tonight, Friday, January 26, at the Amagansett American Legion Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. Teams and singles are invited to join. All proceeds will go to CfAR to protect beach access on the East End.


Also in Friday night, Corky Laing and Kofi Baker will take the Bay Street stage at 8 p.m. Gene Casey is playing on Saturday night.

ZIMA! returns big on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. The Neo-Political Cowgirls crowd-pleaser, held this year in conjunction with the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation, will host an interactive theatrical scavenger hunt for all ages, held throughout Montauk village. ZIMA! (Polish for “winter”) begins at the Montauk village green gazebo, where participants are offered a riddle to solve. Participants solve the riddle piece by piece by visiting several staged vignettes throughout Montauk village, each featuring elaborately costumed actors who offer clues via brief theatrical performances. At the end, participants are invited to the Playhouse for refreshments and to see if they solved the riddle. New groups will leave every 20 minutes, starting at 1 p.m.  


The Fiery Sensations dance troup wowed the crowd on Long Wharf as dusk fell during the inaugural Sag Harbor HarborFrost celebration on Saturday, 2/5/11

In Sag Harbor on Saturday, February 26, there’s lots of fire and ice. The sixth annual HarborFrost festivities will start with the Frosty Plunge at Windmill Beach at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m.,  it’s time for the live ice carving on Long Wharf, followed by fire juggling by Keith Leaf at 3 p.m. and the always fun to watch Fire Dancers at 5:45 p.m. Fireworks by Grucci will be shot off at approximately 6:15 p.m.

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Winterfest concerts will be held in a variety of locations across the North and South Forks.


The East Hampton Library will screen Academy Award-nominated “Trumbo” on Saturday, February 27, at 1 p.m. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you do. This was one of my favorites of the entire year.


Dawn Watson photo to illustrate the dark page-turner “The Winter Girl” by Matt Marinovich. 

Author Matt Marinovich will visit Southampton Books on Saturday, February 27, at 4 p.m. for a book signing and author talk on “The Winter Girl.” Read all about the book in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival returns with a heckofa concert, “Bach’s World,” at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 27, at 6 p.m. Spring comes early in a program of Baroque delights that revolves around the life and times of Johann Sebastian Bach. The program will include “Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1039″ by JS Bach; ” Flute Sonata in G minor (formerly BWV 1020)” by CPE Bach; “Quartet in D major for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 19, No. 2” by JC Bach; “Sonata in B-flat major for Flute and Two Violins” by Fasch; “Trio Sonata in A major, Op. 3, No. 12” by Corelli; and “Tafelmusik Quartet in D minor for Flute, Two Violins, Cello, and Harpsichord, TWV 43:d1” by Telemann. Performers will include: Marya Martin, flute; Bella Hristova, violin; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin/viola; Edward Arron, cello; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord.






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