What’s to celebrate in a frozen shore town in winter? In Sag Harbor, on February 23, the answer is everything from ice carving to fireworks. So bundle up, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and enjoy the shore without the sunscreen at the 9th annual Harborfrost.
It’s a busy day in Sag Harbor - get downtown by 11:30 a.m. to sign up for the Culinary Stroll, where expert local foodies will chauffeur you through the edible delights across town. At 2 PM, you can burn (or maybe freeze?) off the calories in the Frosty Plunge, where the truly courageous take an ice-cold swim at Windmill Beach to benefit the local Volunteer Ambulance company. Dry off, warm up, and get ready for an afternoon of ice carving, fire dancers and jugglers, live music galore, and shopping, snacks, drinks, and general cheer all across town. Kids in tow? There are (indoor!) children’s activities all day across the village: free glitter tattoos at the Wharf Shop; free face painting at Stella and Ruby; even a meet-and-greet with everybody’s favorite Disney ice princess, Elsa at Sag Harbor Variety. And to top it all off, the day ends with a spectacular set of fireworks over the harbor by world-renowned Fireworks by Grucci.
Harborfrost 2019 is a one-day-only affair and happens on Saturday, February 23rd from roughly noon to 6:15 p.m., when the fireworks go off. No entry fee is required - thanks to generous local sponsors and the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, almost all of the day is free to attend (including all the children’s events!) Tickets for the Culinary Stroll are $50 and can be bought day-of at starting point Il Cappuccino. And if you’re looking to spend the night in town after the festivities, local eco-hotel Forever Bungalows (https://foreverbungalows.org) is offering special discounted rates - give them a call for more details.