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Cocoa All Around: It’s HarborFrost Weekend

Thu, 02/01/2024 - 11:11
Ice-carving at the 2023 HarborFrost. This year there will be live ice-sculpting at Long Wharf by Ice Melodies starting at 2:30 on Saturday.
Durell Godfrey

A culinary stroll, fireworks over the water, ice-carving, fire-dancing, live music, and a whole lotta hot cocoa will heat things up in Sag Harbor Village on Saturday during the chamber of commerce’s annual HarborFrost celebration.

The fun kicks off with a Taste of Sag Harbor party at the Sag Harbor Cinema tomorrow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Although there were a handful of $60 tickets ($50 for acinema members) still available Tuesday, there’s a good chance they’ll be gone by press time. Not to worry: There’s plenty more happening inside and out on Saturday.

Highlights of the day include live ice-sculpting at Long Wharf by Ice Melodies starting at 2:30, followed by the fire-dancing of Keith Leaf and His Flaming Friends from Team Fun at 4:45.

At 2, it’s the Breakwater Yacht Club’s Ice Breaker Sailing Regatta, with small, single-handed laser sailboats racing off Long Wharf. At 5, the yacht club, on Bay Street, opens its doors for an open house and fireworks-viewing party. Fireworks by Grucci will be set off over the harbor at 5:30.

On the food front, the Sag Harbor Hysterical Society will lead the culinary stroll beginning at Il Capuccino at 11:30 a.m. A $50 ticket includes bites there and at eLTacobar, Page at 63 Main, Vin Sur Vingt, and K Pasa, and prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated chef’s hat. Reservations are required with Charlie Canavan at 631-379-2169.

At Sen the whole family can learn to roll sushi in a two-hour class beginning at 12:30 p.m. Kids will roll up veggies, adults will try their hand at fish, and miso soup will be served. The cost is $20 for kids, $30 for adults. At the Old Whalers Church on Union Street, there’s live music and hot soup to eat in or take out for $10 from 5:30 to 7:30.

At the cinema, free Dreamy hot cocoa samples will be given out all day and the Green Room Bar on the third floor will open at 2, with live music beginning at 3. Chili will be on offer as will a rooftop view of the evening’s fireworks.

The John Jermain Memorial Library will have a hot chocolate bar set up all day along with a green screen for fun photos. Hot cocoa with toppings will also be available at the Sage and Madison shop and at Hudson and Grace, and Boy Scouts will set up a stand for the treat at the windmill on Long Wharf from 1 to 3 p.m. Dragon Hemp on Main Street will serve “ceremonial cacao” at noon, 2, and 3 p.m., offering a different take on this warm chocolate treat, using “a pure Criollo cacao bean paste that contains a higher quantity of beneficial and mood-elevating compounds.”

For families, Dai Dayton, president of the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, will lead a 30-minute walk along the Storywalk Trail of the greenbelt at 10 a.m. starting from the bleachers at Mashashimuet Park. Kids can stop in at the Wharf Shop from 2 to 4 for glitter tattoos, or at Stella and Ruby from 1 to 5 for face “bling.”

Music lovers can dance their way around the village as they take in various acts: Steve Skoldberg at Dragon Hemp from 12:20 to 1:20, Brad Penuel and Friday Night Traditional at Kidd Squid Brewing Company on Spring Street from 1:40 to 2:40 and again from 6 to 7, Telly Karoussos at the Green Room at 3, and Sara Mundy at Sen from 4:20 to 5:20.

That night it’s the Mercer Quintet playing hip-hop, avant-garde and contemporary jazz, and folk at The Church from 6 to 8 ($25, or $15 for members, thechurchsagharbor.org); Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks at Bay Street at 8 ($37, baystreet.org), and Jake Lear at the Masonic Temple across from the library, also at 8 ($20, masonicmusicseries.com).

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