Skip to main content

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,; Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks at Bay Street at 8 ($37,, and Jake Lear at the Masonic Temple across from the library, also at 8 ($20,


Item of the Week: Perle Fine Stretches a Canvas

In the photo seen here from The Star’s archive, Perle Fine prepares a painting for a show at the Upstairs Gallery on Newtown Lane in the 1970s.

Apr 11, 2024

The East End, Shaken and Stirred

About the earthquake centered in New Jersey and felt here on Friday: “In actuality this is, on a relative basis, a big deal, but yet 4.8 is not big by global standards,” William Holt, a professor of geophysics at Stony Brook University, said that day, a few hours after the shaking stopped. “We’ve had smaller ones, three or four over the last 30 years, in the Long Island area.”

Apr 11, 2024

Eclipse Fever Gripped the South Fork, Too

During the solar eclipse on Monday, when approximately 89 percent of the sun was blocked out by the moon here, it was both a communal and a solitary experience for those taking it in at a watch party at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. The field behind the museum was dotted with 100-plus voyeurs, in small groupings on lawn chairs and blankets, staring with solar-safe spectacles, taking in every second of the hot action.

Apr 11, 2024

Your support for The East Hampton Star helps us deliver the news, arts, and community information you need. Whether you are an online subscriber, get the paper in the mail, delivered to your door in Manhattan, or are just passing through, every reader counts. We value you for being part of The Star family.

Your subscription to The Star does more than get you great arts, news, sports, and outdoors stories. It makes everything we do possible.