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TAKE A FARM TOUR It's a good way (Credit: Randee Daddona)

TAKE A FARM TOUR

It's a good way to connect with the land and what you eat. More and more working farms are inviting the public to tour their operations. Hallockville Farm Museum in Riverhead runs guided tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $5-$7. You'll see fields, farm animals, tractors and such (noon-4 p.m., 631-298-5292, hallockville.com). Here, a cow named Darla eats grass in the pasture at the farm museum. (May 21, 2013)

10 things to do on the East End

From the foodie agri-tainment on the North Fork to the glitz of the Hamptons, Long Island's East End is a worthy destination for day-trippers. There's a significant new museum in the Hamptons and a string of farms that invite visitors into their fields. ExploreLI's summer kickoff continues today with 10 ways to explore the East End.

SEND YOURSELF TO WINE CAMP It's a sleepaway
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SEND YOURSELF TO WINE CAMP

It's a sleepaway camp -- for adults. The 4-day, 3-night "wine camp" experience immerses participants in winemaking over a long weekend. Campers bunk at the Ellis House in Southold or Harvest Inn in Peconic and have a rull roster of hands-on classes between daily breakfasts, al fresco vineyard lunches, a dinner at the venerable North Fork Table and a farewell soiree at Castello DiBorghese Vineyard. At $1,299 per person, it's a splurge. Good thing it includes a case of wine (June 20-23 or July 15-18, 631-495-9744, www.winecamp.org). Here, during last year's camp, Paumanok Vineyards owner Charles Massoud explains the growing process. (July 16, 2012)

ATTEND A CHAMBER CONCERT Celebrate Bridgehampton Chamber Music
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ATTEND A CHAMBER CONCERT

Celebrate Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival’s 30th anniversary by raising a toast at the “Midnight in Paris” concert Aug. 9, featuring Stephane Wrembel, who composed the theme for Woody Allen’s movie. It’s the annual memorial concert and wine-tasting honoring William Brian Little in the Channing Daughters Winery sculpture garden. Tickets are $100-$150. If that’s too steep (or you want to introduce your kids to classical music), go to the free opening-night show July 24, outdoors at Bridgehampton Historical Society. Other concerts are at Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church (July 28-Aug. 11, 212-741-9403, 631-537-6368 starting July 20, bcmf.org).

HIT THE HAMPTONS ON A WEEKDAY Some say
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HIT THE HAMPTONS ON A WEEKDAY

Some say there's never a traffic-free moment between Memorial Day and Labor Day -- but you can hope. Drive east on a midweek morning and you'll have a far more pleasant time roaming the shops of Southampton and making your way around tony East Hampton. May we suggest: Taking a stroll to see the swans gliding ever-so-elegantly on Town Pond. You might even nab a dinner reservation, too. (June 19, 2012)

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SEE A REAL WIGWAM Shinnecock Nation Cultural
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SEE A REAL WIGWAM

Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum in Southampton debuted its outdoor living history village over Memorial Day weekend. There’s a full-size wigwam done up with a working fire and historical artifacts; elsewhere on the 2-acre site, visitors can see firsthand how tribe members lived 200 years ago through craft and cooking demonstrations and storytelling 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Museum and village combo price is $15 for adults and $8.50 ages 5-12; 631-287-4923, shinnecockmuseum.com (March 15, 2013)

PICK-YOUR-OWN VEGGIES There's more to U-pick than strawberries,
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PICK-YOUR-OWN VEGGIES

There's more to U-pick than strawberries, apples and pumpkins. Try Cooper Farms in Mattituck, where you can pick your own everything -- from tomatoes to watermelon (631-298-5195). Then there's Lenny Bruno Farms in Manorville, which allows visitors to U-pick peppers, eggplants and beans, among other veggies (631-591-3592, lennybrunofarms.com). Here, Alex Demetropolos from New Jersey makes a weekly visit to Cooper Farms. (July 30, 2011)

DISCOVER RIVERHEAD It's all happening in Riverhead. Main
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DISCOVER RIVERHEAD

It's all happening in Riverhead. Main Street hops with old and new draws -- treat yourself to a classic sundae at Star Confectionary's soda fountain before you go dancing at the newly restored Art Deco Suffolk Theater supper club (it's blues night Friday). Elsewhere in town you can witness competitive car wrecks at Riverhead Raceway's demolition derby, dive with sharks at the Long Island Aquarium or shop the day away at Tanger Outlets. Here, a fireworks display lights up the crowd and the night sky on "I Love America" night at Riverhead Raceway. (August 20, 2011)

TAKE A FARM TOUR It's a good way
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

TAKE A FARM TOUR

It's a good way to connect with the land and what you eat. More and more working farms are inviting the public to tour their operations. Hallockville Farm Museum in Riverhead runs guided tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $5-$7. You'll see fields, farm animals, tractors and such (noon-4 p.m., 631-298-5292, hallockville.com). Here, a cow named Darla eats grass in the pasture at the farm museum. (May 21, 2013)

HANG AT THE NEW PARRISH Of course you
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HANG AT THE NEW PARRISH

Of course you go to a museum to see the art, but in this case -- the first summer at the new Water Mill space for the Parrish -- it may be to see the museum. One of the enjoyable things to this summer will be to hang out on the terrace overlooking the meadow and take in a Jazz en Plein Air concert (starting May 31) or an East End or Busk concert launching June 22. The terrace is just outside a cafe catered by Art of Eating, where you can nosh on a smoked salmon terrine or flatbread pizza and sip wine from nearby Channing Daughters or Bedell wineries or a brew from Southampton Publick House (631-283-2118, parrishart.org). Here, a view looking toward the museum's front. (Oct. 22, 2012)

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FARMSTAND HOP Drive east along Sound Avenue and
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FARMSTAND HOP

Drive east along Sound Avenue and you can make an easy afternoon of stopping at farm stands to pick up homegrown potatoes, corn, carrots, juicy strawberries and other veggies and fruits. Other stands sell pies, jams and goat milk, and there's always "fresh eggs" signs along the way. Bring cash -- most stands don't take credit cards. Here, Kathy Stickel, 41, right, and her friend Andrea Gerard of Central Islip browse the large selection of fresh produce sold at Briermere Farm in Riverhead. (Oct. 8, 2011)

SEE THE SHOWHOUSE Trend-setting home decor is always
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SEE THE SHOWHOUSE

Trend-setting home decor is always on full display at the annual Hamptons Designer Showhouse, which opens in July in Bridgehamtpon. While there's no telling what this year's talker will be (giant preserved insects made for three-dimensional wallpaper a few years back), you're sure to pick up a few do's and don'ts (July 21-Sept. 2, $35, hamptondesignershowhouse.com). (2009)

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