The Best Week July 2014

Summer’s in full swing and there’s no better time to enjoy the benefits of Island living. The sun is shining, the beaches are thrumming and our villages are hopping with activity…get out and enjoy the best week of the best season.

Start the week with a little chill factor, like on the back porch of a local winery listening to live music. While on the North Fork, stop by The Jedediah Hawkins Inn to experience what chef Craig Attwood can do with a combi oven and a little improvisation.

Deny a case of the Mondays with some “me” time. Choose a new best seller, light a locally rolled cigar and sip a new beer.

No need to get crazy and attempt five-plus miles like the diehards tackling the annual Cross Bay Swim, but it’s still a good day to start the morning in the water and make it to the office on time, sort of. Swim trunks? Check. Killer goggles? Check. Underwater beats machine? Oh you better believe that’s a check.

Get rolling with bocce—everybody’s doing it. Hump day spent with friends in the backyard or at a local park is a Wednesday well spent. It’s made all the better with a resting point cocktail of strawberries and tequila (drinking responsibly, always).

It’s gallery night in Midtown, but the culture doesn’t end there. Off-the-beaten path tunes (as in subterranean) are at SubCulture in NoHo. Or keep it closer to home, like in Port Jeff. The Summer Harborside Concert Series is in full swing there.

’Tis the season for High Weekends in the Hamptons. Check into Montauk Yacht Club early, there are more than just sea vessels to grab your attention. As daylight starts to wane, the stars come out (especially at Guild Hall).

Put those summer whites to good use. Pack a bubbly picnic and watch the sport of kings at Bridgehampton Polo Club. Take in some art at the Parrish or grab some eye-candy at Lawrence Fine Art Gallery. Both are Pop-ing off this summer.

3 can’t miss events

July 4th
Fourth Fireworks by Grucci Family

On the hallowed date, you can catch the Grucci’s signature exploding lights show at Umbrella Beach in Montauk, Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville, the Southampton Fresh Air Home and the Great South Bay off Fire Island. Don’t worry if you miss one of these; their rockets go off throughout July across the Island.

July 18-20
8th Annual Great South Bay Music Festival

Shorefront Park, Patchogue
This three-day music and arts event will feature over 50 musicians. It’s the largest fest of its kind on Long Island, headlined this year by B.B. King, moe. and Taking Back Sunday (interview with moe. on pg. 86). There will be the Kidzone to educate and entertain the young ones and the Artisan Market will have handmade and import crafts.

August 23-24
23rd Annual Long Island Maritime Museum Seafood Festival 2014

Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville
Food sponsor Blue Island Shellfish/Naked Cowboy Oysters will provide the seafood bounty, while tribute acts like Songs in the Attic, Bad Medicine and Evolution play music. There will also be artisans, pirate performances, pony rides, a petting zoo and treasures hunts.