If you’re wondering what happened to the sunny, summery weather in the Hamptons this weekend, you’re not alone. The clouds, the rain, the cool temps—not ideal beach weather. But just because there’s a lack of sun doesn’t mean there’s a lack of fun. We’ll keep hope alive that the sun will fight its way through, but just in case we serve up five things to do on this damp day on the East End.
Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead is one of the few places where you can have rays feeding out of your hands and sharks swimming by your head—all without slipping into your scuba gear (although that’s an option). While you’re there, go congratulate harbor seal Buoy on the birth of her baby girl, Calypso.
Get Beers and Cheers
Wine tasting is a great way to pass any day, rain or shine, but drizzles pair particularly well with a draft at the Brewer’s Brunch at Southampton Publick House. You might even want to hang out all day and watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight. Those of you who have to go back to work on Monday…pace yourselves!
Visit the Big Duck
This national landmark on Route 24 in Flanders has its Special 80th Birthday Celebration at Big Duck Ranch on June 18 (and an 80th Birthday Gala in Southampton on July 9), but here’s a chance for a more intimate experience with one of Long Island’s quirkiest, coolest icons. Make sure to send us your photos of the Big Duck!
Get Your Creep On
Rainy days and movies were made for each other—especially movies like Super 8, the new sci-fi flick from Lost creator J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg that opened this weekend. We’ve been pining for the supernatural buzz of the Montauk Monster, but the freakiest thing we’ve seen so far this season was a guy wearing bright blue tube socks with sandals in Bridgehampton last Friday.
Hear Art Brought to Life
Reading great poetry is one thing. Hearing the poets themselves interpreting their work—and then getting to meet them in person—takes the experience to another level as Carol Muske-Dukes and Tom Healy come together in East Hampton for Poetry Pairs at Guild Hall.
Free Bonus Idea: Hit the Beach
Chance of rain? C’mon, it’s only water! The sands will be much less crowded, the winds can make for some awesome kite-flying, you won’t break a sweat, and there’s a chance you’ll already be pre-soaked if the urge to jump in the ocean strikes. [/expand]