So Much to Do on Columbus Day Weekend

Jeff Williams and Murray were among the participants at a previous year's Stroll to the Sea, an Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons fund-raiser, happening Saturday morning in East Hampton. Durell Godfrey

Columbus Day weekend will be a busy one, with the Hamptons International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, running through Monday, not to mention the big Fall Festival in Montauk on Saturday and Sunday, a car show in Amagansett and a road rally in Bridgehampton, and smaller festivals and events across the South Fork. 


Film festival screenings run all day and into the evening, and there are panel discussions, special presentations, and other events connected with the festival through Monday, primarily in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Southampton. Information can be found in the Star's film festival guide or online at

Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett will host an educational, family-friendly pizza-making workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Participants will be taught how to work with dough and build their own pizza pies. The $30 fee includes dough for a 12-inch pizza. Stations will be set up with cheese and sauce, and two people, or one adult and two children, may share a station. A chef will offer tips and tricks for the best way to roll out the dough. Reservations are suggested.

"Mostly Abstract 5," a show of work by 10 artists who approach abstraction in different ways, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs Friday through Monday. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.


The Bridgehampton Museum's 25th annual Road Rally, celebrating the hamlet's racing heritage, will begin at the museum's Corwith House at 9 a.m. Gates open to the public at 10 and will remain open until 4 p.m. Cars built in 1969 or earlier are eligible to enter and newer vintages are considered on a case-by-case basis. Motorcycles built before 1960 are eligible for the rally, too. 

The rally car entry fee is $125. The route is about 60 miles, with cars from 1969 and new cars leaving the grounds at noon, followed by older vintages. It takes about three to four hours to complete the route. Once all participants have returned to the Corwith House, an awards ceremony will begin. There will also be a classic car tour for car owners not interested in competing in the rally. It is open to any vehicle built before Dec. 31, 1959. Admission is free.

Registration for the Animal Rescue Fund's Stroll to the Sea, a two-mile walk to the ocean and back, begins at 9 a.m. at the Mulford Farm on James Lane in East Hampton. Online sign-ups in advance at are $30; the day of the event they rise to $35. There will be refreshments for people and dogs alike, a T-shirt giveaway with a design by Isaac Mizrahi, a free ARF tote bag, contests, music, and a dog agility course.

A similar event in Southampton, Paws on Parade, will include a stroll from the Southampton Historical Museum's Rogers Mansion to the beach, a 23-minute walk, and then back. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10:30. St. John's Church will host a blessing of the animals and water stations will be set up. The fee is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the walk. Back at the grounds of the Southampton Historical Museum, there will be an agility course, photo ops with the costumed cast of the Stages musical "Frankenstein Follies," face painting, auctions, and more. The event raises money for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and restoration programs at the Southampton Historical Museum. There is no rain date. 

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Montauk Fall Festival — food, live music, and fun for children — will take place on the downtown green. The clam chowder contest, a highlight of the event, will kick things off first thing on Saturday at 11 a.m. On both days there will be Octoberfest food, such as grilled corn, sausage and peppers, bratwurst, hot dogs and hamburgers, local oysters and clams, and Long Island beers and wine, as well as face painting, pumpkin decorating, a farmers market, inflatable slides, a bouncy house, and a free 30-horse carousel. Lynn Blue will play on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., and the Three B's will get the crowd dancing on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. On Sunday, a paper auction will begin at 11 a.m. in the tent, with the drawing to be held at 3:45, and the Cash Catch raffle drawing will begin at 4:30. 

The rummage sale at the Montauk Community Church will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon with lots of new offerings. For sale will be clothing for all ages, household items and linens, among other items. 

In Sag Harbor, the final sidewalk sale of 2017 will take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participating merchants include In Home, Lifestyle, the Sag Harbor Pharmacy, the Sag Harbor Variety Store, Relax, Stella and Ruby, Fishers Home Furnishings, Canio's Books, DJ Hart, Windswept by the Sea, Country Lane, and Flying Point Surf Shop, among others.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the community garden stand at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church Parish Center in Montauk will sell fresh produce, eggs, organic honey, herbs, and flowers.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett has invited children to participate in morning chores, including feeding animals, collecting eggs, and tending the "explorer's garden." From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Amber Waves, Jessica Heberle, an artist, will lead a hands-on botanical watercolor class. The fee is $75. 

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will host a free roundtable discussion on voles in the John LoGerfo Library at the Bridgehampton Community House from 10 a.m. to noon. 

People can discover the Long Pond Greenbelt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., during the 19th annual celebration. The family event, held at Vineyard Field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, is free. There will be a hike at 10 a.m., at 11 a.m., people can meet animals from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, then at noon, Chris Chapin will lead a search for reptiles. Throughout the day, there will be games and crafts and complimentary Joe and Liza's Ice Cream. The celebration happens rain or shine. 

Hook Mill and the Pantigo Windmill on James Lane in East Hampton will be open for visitors on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weather permitting, the sailcloth will be up on the Hook Mill and will turn in the breeze. At 2 p.m. both days, Hugh King will give tours of the Gardiner Mill on James Lane. The meeting spot is the Home, Sweet Home Museum.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Groundworks at Hren's in East Hampton will celebrate fall with games, food, and kids' activities. Admission is $20 per person, free for children 10 and under. There will be a bounce house, hay bale maze, and a nine-hole miniature golf course. Food will include doughnuts, pizza, vegan chili, pumpkin bread, and apple cider. On Sunday only there will be a petting zoo and pony rides. 

The fourth annual Tyler Valcich Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Amagansett Firehouse. The event, which will include raffles, food and drinks, and live music by the Roses Grove Band and the 3Bs. The registration fee for each car is $25. For spectators, admission is $10; children under 5 will be admitted free. 

Edwina von Gal of the Perfect Earth Project will be the speaker at the Southampton Rose Society's annual members meeting and lecture from 11 a.m. to noon at the Meadow Club. The lunch and lecture follow the regular meeting. Admission is $100 per person. Guests who are not members will be welcomed, but tickets are limited. Registration is online at

Open houses for an exhibition of the Pitts-Burke-Cullum Collection of family records, memorabilia, and archival photographs at the Montauk Library will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Maura Feeney, Montauk's local history librarian, will discuss the library's archival collection and what it means to be a family archivist. 

At 1 p.m., there will be a screening of "The Monolith," a documentary about the work of the artist Gwyneth Leech at the East Hampton Library. Ms. Leech will be in attendance and will take part in a question-and-answer session following the short film. Ms. Leech is a realist painter and portraitist also known for works using paper coffee cups as her canvases. 

Later, at 3:30 p.m., Haunted Hamptons will be the theme of a storytelling session. Guests have been invited to share their own tales of ghosts or the mysterious, and there will be a program of spine-tingling stories involving lighthouses, manors, and main streets.

At 2 p.m., Jean Mellano, the author of "Slipped Away," about Steve Tarpinian, her partner of 30 years who committed suicide in 2015 at the age of 54, will speak at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. Her talk is tied to National Mental Health Awareness Week, and information about crisis and suicide prevention resources will be available to attendees. 

The opening event for a pop-up art exhibition at 1 Cobblers Court in East Hampton, mounted by the Gallery at 46 Green Street Studios in Hudson, N.Y., will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., but artwork can be previewed between 1 and 3 p.m. The show will include work by 16 artists from the Hudson Valley, New York City, and the Hamptons. It will also be open on Sunday, from 2 to 6.

Nicole Krauss will read from her novel "Forest Dark" at BookHampton in East Hampton at 5 p.m. "Forest Dark" is a story of personal transformation in which an older lawyer and a young writer seek metamorphosis in the Israel desert.

Also at 5 p.m., Ties and Tails, a cocktail party with a jazz era theme connected to Paws on Parade earlier in the day, will take place at the Rogers Mansion in Southampton. A $150 ticket admits two. Advance tickets for the party or the walk can be purchased online at

"R&R," an exhibition of paintings by Mari Rantanen and sculpture by Bonnie Rychlak, will have an opening reception at Ille Arts in Amagansett from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 23.

"Sag and the City," an exhibition of scenes painted on the East End and in New York City, will host an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor.

An opening reception for "Impressions in the Sand," an exhibition of photographs by Nancy Breakstone, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery at Grain Surfboards, at 11 Indian Wells Highway in Amagansett. The evening will include a raffle to benefit the Eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. The winner will take home one of Ms. Breakstone's works, "Amagansett Wave." The exhibition will continue through Oct. 20.


The Montauk Fire Department and the Montauk Point Lions Club will co-host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the firehouse. The cost for a stack with sausage, juice, and coffee is $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will go toward the holiday dinner for senior citizens, to be held on Dec. 3.

The East Hampton Fire Department will conduct fire safety and vehicle extraction demonstrations during an open house at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, giveaways, a display of antique firefighting equipment, and rides in the tower ladder bucket for the brave. The winners of a fire-prevention poster contest will be announced. The rain date is Oct. 15.

Also at 10 a.m., bulbs will be the focus of a lecture at Marders Nursery on Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton. Don Tyson of Netherland Bulbs will talk about his fall bulb favorites and the best way to add color and interest to your spring garden. 

The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will hold its first seal-watching hike of the season on at 10 a.m. The seals usually arrive later in the fall, but an occasional seal may be seen basking on the rocks. The meeting place is Camp Hero Road in Montauk, one mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch, and those who attend have been asked to park with all wheels off the pavement. Carol Andrews will lead the hike and can be reached at 631-668-5429. 

At 10:30 a.m., the Serpent's Back Duathlon, a 2.4-mile run, 13-mile mountain bike, and 2.4-mile run will take place at Ed Ecker County Park, located on Navy Road in Montauk.

"Art in the Barn," a one-day benefit sale of paintings by Paton Miller and sculpture by the late Don Saco to benefit the Southampton Cultural Center, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mr. Miller's house at 459 Magee Street, in Southampton. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the North Sea Tavern will host a concert to raise money to help with Puerto Rican hurricane relief efforts. One hundred percent of the money raised is being donated to disaster relief in the United States territory. The cover charge is $10. Frankie Goodrich, Under Cover, Earthreal, and John Jiggs will perform. The North Sea Tavern is at 1271 North Sea Road. 

Rose Pellicano, an award-winning artist, will talk about contemporary botanical art from 3 to 4 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. In addition to a short lecture, she will demonstrate the traditional watercolor techniques used to paint flowers realistically. Registration is required.

A hot dog eating contest will take place at John's Drive-In in Montauk at 4 p.m. There will be three divisions: male, female and youth (12 and under). Registration will be open until 3:45 p.m. The first 12 to register and compete will get a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top hot dog eaters in each division.