Eclipse Fever on the South Fork

Behind the East Hampton Library, kids got to watch the eclipse through special glasses safe for direct solar viewing. Jackie Pape

At around 2:15 p.m., everything began to feel a little different in the yard behind the East Hampton Library. The hot, 80-degree weather suddenly felt cooler, and the bright summer sky slowly became an eerie gray color.

In terms of crowds and viewers, the great American solar eclipse was all it was made out to be. A line to sign up for solar eclipse glasses began at the library at 7 a.m., and it was not long before it stretched down the block.

Once the celestial event began around 1:30 p.m., men, women, children, and teens — about 60 in all — meandered into the backyard to find a spot to sit. Some set up picnic blankets and others had beach chairs, and when the ice cream truck arrived around 2, people briefly took a break from gazing into the sky.

Most attendees had glasses, but for those without them it was commonplace to borrow a stranger’s pair. Others also had handmade pinhole projectors, which were made out of cereal boxes and aluminum foil.

Until the moment of most totality — when about 70 percent of the sun was blocked out — everything seemed normal without the glasses, but when on, kids were in awe of the “yellow moon.”

Although New York did not have complete totality, people were entranced by the moon’s crossing up until the very end.

The line started early at the East Hampton Library, which gave out special viewing glasses to children.David E. Rattray
By 8:45, the line to sign up for solar eclipse glasses at the East Hampton Library was already down the block. While all the adult glasses were spoken for by the time Aimee Geehreng got to the head of the line, her daughters Yvonne and Jackie were lucky enough to secure kids' glasses. Carissa Katz
For some, a cereal box and foil became a handmade pinhole projector, allowing a tiny view of the eclipse inside the box. Jackie Pape
Jackie Pape
Bridget Fleming, the county legislator, was at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton to check out the eclipse. Durell Godfrey
Durell Godfrey
Jade Samuelson and family enjoyed the eclipse from the lawn at John M. Marshall Elementary School.Carissa Katz
John and Barbara Allen watched the eclipse in Montauk.