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Star party at Custer

It's not your typical Saturday night party -- but that's a good thing. Folks will gather at the Custer Institute and Observatory Saturday, Aug. 14, to watch the Perseids meteor shower -- the evening will be complete with live entertainment.

Besides the show, you can enjoy poetry, watcher painters and experience performance art from nearly 40 artists and performers including Columbia University graduate students and artists from Miami, Belgium, Norway and across Long Island.

“Even though Saturday won’t be the peak day for the meteor shower, Perseids is such a prolific meteor that you’ll see quite a few an hour,” said Donna McCormick, president of the nonprofit Custer Institute.

The performances (outside and inside) will run from 6-8 p.m. Viewing starts at about 9 p.m. In addition to the meteor shower, if the skies are clear, you’ll likely catch glimpses of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Feel free to bring a picnic basket or snack to enjoy during the evening. Refreshments also will be provided by Custer Institute.

This Custer Institute and Observatory is at 1115 Main Bayview Rd. in Southold, off Route 25. For more information, call 631-765-2626 or visit

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