If you are a fair-skinned person as I am, sometimes the thought of spending the afternoon roasting at the beach is a little scary. In less than an hour, I turn from a pale peach to a red raspberry color no matter how much sunblock I slather on. For those who share my summertime dermatological malady don’t fear, there is a host of fun events off the beach for everyone to enjoy coming up in and around Southampton.
Those of age can head over to Lamplighter Wines and Liquors on Jagger Lane on Sundays, from 2 to 4 p.m. for free wine tastings. It’s a great way to try something new without breaking the bank.
If a party is what you’re after, Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons will host its Blue Dream fundraising gala benefiting Wounded Warriors Through Sports and featuring music by Yanni Papastefanou and his orchestra on Saturday, July 20, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at The Farm on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Since the church had to cancel its annual Greek Festival due to scheduling conflicts, this is a good way to support the church and have a great time. Tickets to the gala start at $350. Call (201) 248-7012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Southampton Artists Association will hold its annual Art-In-The-Park show on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., both days, in Agawam Park. Admission is free. Visit www.southamptonartists.org for more information.
Southampton art-lovers don’t have to trek over to Bridgehampton to see world-class art anymore. Now in its second year, Art Southampton presented by Art Miami will kick off with a VIP preview party on Thursday, July 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Elks Lodge in Southampton. The fair continues on Friday, July 26, through Sunday, July 28, from noon to 7 p.m. each day and Monday, July 29, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission starts at $15 for a one-day pass and $30 for a multi-day pass. Visit www.art-southampton.com to get a full schedule of events and to check out all the galleries involved.
The art doesn’t stop there! St. John’s Church on South Main Street will kick off its 46th annual Art Exhibition featuring works by more than 50 artists with a preview cocktail party on Saturday, July 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and more, all while giving patrons first dibs on all of the magnificent art on display. And the best part; tickets are only $50. Afterward, any remaining art will be up for grabs Monday, July 29, through August 4, from 10 a.m. to noon each day.
The art show, founded in 1967 by Mrs. Clyde Newhouse and Mrs. Winston Frost, provides funds for the church’s various outreach programs that support both domestic and national causes. For more information call (631) 283-0549.
Garden lovers don’t despair, there is something for you, too! The Southampton Garden Club will hold a Lecture and Garden Tour in honor of its centennial year starting on Friday, July 26. The exciting day will begin with a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center. At 10 a.m., Rosalind Creasy, pioneering landscape designer, photographer and award-winning author of 17 books, will give a talk, “The Edible Landscape.” From noon to 5 p.m. self-guided tours will be held of five Southampton area gardens, with several open to the public for the first time. Tickets are $100 per person and the tours will be held rain or shine. Email email@example.com for more information.
And if outdoor events are not your speed, check out the sumptuous interiors at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse instead. This year’s showhouse, located on Brick Kiln Road in Bridgehampton will kick off with a gala party on Saturday, July 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The house will be open to the public from Sunday, July 21, through September 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Children under 6, pets and strollers are not permitted. Proceeds benefit Southampton Hospital and tickets are $35, or $225 including the gala party. Visit www.hamptondesignershowhouse.com.
If family fun is what you crave, take the kids to the Cole Bros. Circus Of The Stars on Monday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 23, for a show at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m., on the Shinnecock Indian Nation powwow grounds. Advance adult tickets start at $16 and are free for kids age 12 and under via the circus’s website, gotothecircus.com through Sunday, July 21.
Take a midday break to listen to some captivating and timeless stories at Once Upon a Time … a Story Time for Grown-ups on Friday, July 19, at 12:05 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library.
“Searching For Sugarman,” will screen on Monday, July 22, at 3 p.m.
The Friday Morning Summer Book Group at the Library will welcome author Evi Blaikie to discuss her memoir, “Magda’s Daughter: A Hidden Child’s Journey Home,” on Friday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m., in the Library’s Cooper Hall.
You can register for any program by calling (631) 283-0774 or by visiting myrml.org.