By Kitty Merrill
"The bells were ringing, our souls were singing, do you remember, never a cloudy day – yow!" Visitors to Southampton will remember the 28th (and 29th) of September as SeptemberFest fills the village with music, food and fun.
Organized by community leaders and civic organizations, Southampton SeptemberFest is designed to highlight the area's rich cultural heritage and close connection to land and sea.
It all starts Friday at a Kick-off Party held in Agawam Park.
Revelers will get to try local wine and craft beer, plus delicacies served from gourmet food trucks.
One of the Hampton's favorite bands, Paul Mahos and New Life Crisis will rock the harvest. The party runs from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and tickets are $25 in advance at the Southampton Chamber or $35 at the door.
On Saturday a Harvest Day Fair begins at 10 AM on the grounds of the historical society museum. Same time, a farmers' market takes place at 25 Jobs Lane and a juried art show opens at the cultural center.
At 11 AM, an art projects workshop is held on the steps of the Parrish Art Museum, while the Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library at the institution host a book sale. Street music is offered by Jim Turner and Nick Kerzner. More kids crafts including airbrush tattoos, face painting and pumpkin carving begin at 11 AM and run till 4 PM at 25 Jobs Lane; Jester Jim delights the kiddies at the locale at 11:30 AM. Manic Pumpkin Carvers ply their craft on the steps of village hall.
In Agawam Park folks have the chance to take a ride in an authentic Wells Fargo stagecoach throughout the day.
Things really start to cook -- figuratively and literally -- at noon, as Project Vibe provides the first of the day's concerts in Agawam Park. Also performing throughout the day are the Montauk Project, Goldspot, Miles to Dayton, and Rhett Miller & Serial Lady Killers. Concurrently, street music throughout downtown is on tap.
And what fall festival would be complete without a chowder contest? Over a dozen of the finest restaurants and cafes in Southampton are contributing chowder competing to see who is the Best of the Hamptons. The contest starts in Agawam Park at noon, as does "Taste of Southampton," serving local food, wine, and craft beer.
Check out the SeptemberFest website and visit them on Facebook for updates to the schedule.