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How To Commemorate Earth Day In The Hamptons: Festivals, Open Houses, Community Cleanups And More

Nicole Barylski

Take part in a beach cleanup and help restore the natural treasure to its pristine condition. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Looking for a unique way to commemorate Mother Nature on Earth Day? Join in on one of these East End festivities.

eARThHAMPTONS 2017, an Earth Day Friendly Art and Design Weekend Celebration at Ashawagh Hall (780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton), will take place from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23rd. The three day festival will include an eclectic art exhibit, a presentation of the 2017 Wealth Report by Knight Frank Residential - Douglas Elliman led by Dawn Watson, an Earth Day chat moderated by Pamela Willoughby, an outdoor pop-up with Amber Waves Farm, and more. For more information, visit www.earthhamptons.com.

Westhampton Beach Earth Day Festival will take place at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: www.facebook.com)

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than helping tidy up some of everyone's favorite East End spots? Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM) and 18 community partners are hosting the Great Montauk Clean Up on Saturday, April 22. Starting at 9 a.m. you can pick up free trash bags and gloves at the Kirk Park Parking Lot (next to the Montauk IGA) and then choose a Montauk beach, park or anywhere else that's in need of some spring cleaning and restore it to its natural pristine condition. For more information, visit www.preservemontauk.org.

Additionally, the Great East End Clean-Up, which will cover public areas throughout all of Southampton Town, will be held on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. For more information, visit www.southamptontownny.gov.

Group for the East End (G4EE) will host its 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Downs Farm Preserve (23800 Main Road, Cutchogue) on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. G4EE will be joined by several local organizations/artisans during the family friendly event that will feature a guided nature walk, fun nature crafts, live animal demonstrations, live music, and much more. For more information, visit www.groupfortheeastend.org.

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton) is hosting its 12th annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22. The free open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Shinnecock Indian Nation Visits SoFo with family crafts, music, dancing, food sampling, and field walks focused on plant conservation, use and traditions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and animal face painting for children all ages, and a snapping turtle challenge game for children ages five and up from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jungle Bob will present Jungle Bob's All New Live Animal Extravaganza for families at 2 p.m. Admission to Jungle Bob's show is $10 for adults and teens (SoFo Members); $15 for adults and teens (non-members); $5 for children ages two to 12 (SoFo Members); and $8 for children (non-members). For more information, visit sofo.org.

Earth Day at SoFo will include Shinnecock Indian Nation Visits SoFo. (Courtesy Photo)

The 9th Annual Greater Westhampton Beach Earth Day Festival will take place at Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Road, Quouge) on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the annual e-waste collection sponsored by EcoManagement (where you can get rid old computers, gaming systems, tablets, phones, keyboards, printers, faxes, radios and more), the event will feature kayaking, bird walks and talks with the Audubon Society, a scavenger hunt, eco-crafts, face painting, animal encounters, and more. For more information, visit www.facebook.com.

Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton) will unveil Cindy Pease Roe's Whale Tail sculpture, a whale tail armature that was crafted from steel and upcycled derelict lobster traps retrieved from Long Island Sound by Cornell Extension's Marine Removal and Prevention Project, on Saturday, April 22. The complimentary Earth Day event, which will take place from 2 to 5 p.m., will bring together many environmental organizations and passionate individuals, including Cornell Cooperative Extension, Montauk Oceans Institute, the Surfrider Foundation, and more. The afternoon will also include children's activities with Macaroni Kid, Perfect Earth Project, and Gimme 5, and test drives with Tesla Motors. For more information, visit southamptonartscenter.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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