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'HarborFrost' returns to heat up The Hamptons

Tiffany Scarlato of Sag Harbor is getting ready

Tiffany Scarlato of Sag Harbor is getting ready to drop her mink to prepare for the polar bear plunge as part of the HarborFrost 2011 celebration. (Feb. 5, 2011) (Credit: Daniel Gonzalez)

Ask year-round living, fun-seeking Hamptonites what they think of “HarborFrost,” and chances are you’ll receive a rave review.

It’s one of those happenings that seems to evade the attention of many Long Islanders east of Westhampton Beach, but this weekend-long festival – returning for its third year – is certainly worthy of the entire Island’s attention.

Based in Sag Harbor, it’s an event filled with family-friendly activities held around the town in various locations, from Feb. 8-10. The main day is Saturday, Feb. 9, when such happenings as story reading and craft-making for children (at 10:30 a.m.; for kids 3 and older), ice carving exhibitions (at noon and 2 p.m.), a polar bear plunge (1 p.m.), an art walk and a performance from fire dancers (5 p.m.), as well as special sales and deals at businesses and restaurants along Sag’s Main Street are scheduled to take place throughout the day – all culminating with a nighttime fireworks display (6 p.m.).

However, there are also some related proceedings that are for “grown-ups only” during this three-day winter blowout:

Frost Ball 2013

WHERE Muse in the Harbor: 16 Main St., Sag Harbor, 631-899-4810

WHEN Friday, Feb. 8; 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

THE DEAL All ticket holders score an open bar, all-you-can-eat hors d’oeuvres and entry to win a door prize, with a 50/50 raffle also taking place. This event supports the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce; tickets are $75 and are available in advance online at

Mardi Gras Ball

WHERE Bay Street Theatre: Main Street and Bay Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-9500

WHEN Saturday, Feb. 9; starts at 8 p.m.

THE DEAL Beads and masks will be on-hand for all who attend this Fat Tuesday-themed gathering, with live music from bands Joe Lauro’s Hoodoo Loungers and Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks. Tickets will be $25 at the door, but are available for $15 in advance online at and

Sag Harbor Booster FoundationFun'raiser Quiz Show Contest

WHERE The Stella Maris Regional School gymnasium: 135 Division St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-2525

WHEN Saturday, Feb. 9; 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

THE DEAL Ticket holders are invited to arrive in teams of four or eight to battle wits during a competition built on answering general trivia questions (those who want to participate but don’t have a squad of their own will be assigned). There will be snacks, prizes and a cash bar. Tickets are $25 a person and are available in advance – go to for purchase information.


High Tea & Thrift Fashion Fundraiserat the American Hotel

WHERE The American Hotel: 49 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-3535

WHEN Sunday, Feb. 10; 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

THE DEAL Organized to benefit the nonprofit home health agency Dominican Sisters Family Health Service (DSFHS), this event will feature tea sandwiches and pastries, tea and sparkling wine, a silent auction and clothing selected from DSFHS thrift shops. Tickets are $40 each. Call 631-728-0937 or email for purchase.

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