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Summer on the North Fork

Wander Through a Lavender Field…

Whether you head to Calverton or East Marion, there’s nothing like the smell and color of fresh lavender. Open Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to visit before the end of July to catch the lavender field in full bloom. Note: follow @lavenderbythebay on Instagram to watch their colorful feed. Purchase tickets for either field at, lavenderbythebay.com

Sip on Local Fine Wine…

Head to Pindar Vineyards Friday, July 16th (11AM-8PM) for Cigars, Jazz & Wine. Lefty’s Specialty Cigars Truck will have hand rolled cigars; crafted with the finest Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan tobacco, filler, and leaf. Founders Oysters will also be on site, plus you can enjoy live music by the Jazz Loft Trio from 5-8PM.

Become winemaker for the day at Sannino Vineyard Sunday, July 18th (11:00AM–1:30PM). Learn how to blend a custom bottle of wine as you discover life as a vintner from winemaker, Anthony Sannino. Reservations required, visit sanninovineyard.com. Note: one ticket is good for two people.

Sweet Corn Harvest…

Enjoy live music and Harbes famous roasted sweet corn, the weekend of July 17th-18th (10AM-7PM). There will be tons of food including a mouthwatering selection of homemade ice cream – sweet corn flavor being one of them. Saturday, singer-songwriter, Glenn Jochum, is scheduled to play his traditional mix of folk, soul, rock, blues and country while Sunday, singer-guitarist, Matt Taylor, will take the stage.

For the Country Lover’s…

The North Fork Road House hosts their first ever North
Fork Country Festival Sunday, July 18th (2-5PM). Performing will be the prominent, SouthBound Band (known for playing country and classic rock – voted best cover band by Newsday two years in a row). Tickets, which include one free wine or beer, will be on sale until July 15th. Food will also be available for purchase, and all proceeds will go towards helping the local community.

Celebrate the Bees…

Saturday, July 24th (10AM-2PM), the Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market in Riverhead, celebrates the season with their annual Honey & Bee Festival. The day will feature honey and beeswax vendors, beekeeping demonstrations, honey tasting, great photo ops and more! Honey hayrides will take place every hour, on the hour to bring you into a one-acre field of fresh sunflowers – one included for take home!

Whatever Floats Your Boat…

Come down to the Peconic Riverfront Saturday, August 7th (9AM-2PM) for the 12th Annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race. Whether you build your own vessel – out of cardboard and duct tape, or cheer from the sidelines, it’s a fun day for all! There will be multiple winners and prizes, for categories like best constructed, most creative, etc.! Rain Date: August 8th. Visit downtownriverhead.org for more info.
P.S. don’t forget to stop at Magic Fountain, a landmark dessert spot on the North Fork, known for serving up homemade ice cream in traditional and custom flavors.
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Poolside Picks

Dive into your summer reading list

(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

Find more titles to add to your summer reading list at Facebook.com/WilliamMorrowBooks .


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