The Arts at Ashawagh
A Celebration of the Arts, opening at Ashawagh Hall on Tuesday evening, will highlight the Springs School’s visiting artists program, with work by both students and artists from the community who worked with them. Student films will be screened at the opening reception, which will run from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will be on view through next Thursday.
The visiting artists program is a school community response to budget cuts affecting arts programs, run with the cooperation of the school’s art teacher, Colleen McGowan. A raffle offering a range of prizes from local businesses will raise money to pay the artists who work in the school. Prizes include such things as four weeks of summer art camp at the Ross School, a week at the Pathfinder Day Camp in Montauk, a package of tickets to the Stephen Talkhouse, Guild Hall, or the Bay Street Theatre, and gift certificates for Whitmores, Sportime, Gurney’s Inn and Spa, the Harvest or East by Northeast restaurants in Montauk, Bostwick’s or Indian Wells Tavern, massages, and even teeth whitening.
Tickets cost $5 each or $20 for five and can be purchased at the Golden Eagle art store in East Hampton, Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett, Round Swamp Farm on Three Mile Harbor Road, or the Springs School. The drawing will be held on May 21 at the spring concert. Winners do not need to attend the concert.
The young actors of Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, will bring “Grease” to the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor this weekend, with performances Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2. Tickets cost $15.
First performed on Broadway in 1972, “Grease” was brought to the big screen in 1978, with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the starring roles. The Stages production is directed and choreographed by Helene Leonard and features over 30 actors between the ages of 8 and 18, with musical accompaniment by Amanda Jones on piano and James Benard on percussion and bass.
Nature-Themed Fun Day
A morning of free hands-on fun and games, arts and crafts, seed planting, a marine touch tank, and guided hikes is in store during a Peconic Family Fun Day on Saturday at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton.
The activities, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon, aim to teach kids 5 to 10 about water management, sustainable agriculture, recycling, and environmental stewardship. The event is co-sponsored by CMEE, the South Fork Natural History Museum, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Peconic Estuary Program, EECO Farm, Group for the East End, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, the Ross School, Sylvester Manor, and the Peconic Land Trust.
In addition to the activities at CMEE, the South Fork Natural History Museum across the street will have family nature walks at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.
May Fair in Sag Harbor
Our Sons and Daughters School will welcome spring with a May fair open to all in Sag Harbor on Saturday. There will be crafts and games, puppet shows, face painting, and baked goods and snacks from 1 to 3 p.m. at 11 Carroll Street, off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike and opposite Bay Burger. The event is a fund-raiser for the school, a preschool and kindergarten program inspired by the Waldorf movement. Tickets cost $5, plus extra for crafts and games.
Folk Music and Dance
A festival of cultures at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will feature traditional folk dances and music, family art workshops, and museum tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free with museum admission, but space is limited, and advance registration has been suggested.
On Cinco de Mayo
Kids can celebrate the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo on Tres de Mayo, that is, Sunday, at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. A fiesta starting at 3 p.m. will include Mexican crafts, a pinata, food, readings, and dancing on the library’s back deck.
Maracas and More
A fiesta story and craft time is on the schedule Saturday at the Amagansett Library. The family program will have kids singing and dancing and making their own maracas. The fun will start at 3:30 p.m. Advance registration has been requested.
For Mother’s Day
At the East Hampton Library and the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, kids will have a number of chances to make something special for their moms in advance of Mother’s Day.
Kindergartners through third graders can paint spring flower picture frames on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at John Jermain. On Wednesday at the East Hampton Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m., those 7 and up will make notebooks and flower pens for their moms. And next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. there’s a Mother’s Day story and craft time at the library for kids 4 to 6 with an adult. Shh, don’t tell Mom. Advance sign-up is required for each of the programs.
Young artists can channel their inner Picasso during a four-week art class starting Saturday at the Golden Eagle in East Hampton. Participants will study a different period from the artist’s career each week, then create their own art in that style. Karyn Mannix will be the teacher for the class, which will meet weekly from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $120. Advance registration is required as space is limited.