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HERITAGE DAY ON THE NORTH FORK

James Andrew, the North Fork. Photo Scott McBee

James Andrew, the North Fork. Photo Scott McBee

Independence Day weekend on the North Fork is one of those genuine slices of Americana that mostly only ever exists in movies and books these days — and it is exactly this small-town yesteryear vibe one longs for after a week of hubbub and worries in the big-town of NYC.

Heritage Day parade,  Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

You’ll have to agree, these shots of the Heritage Day parade in Orient village are full-blown Norman Rockwell — the folks there have the most marvelous parade with bicycling children, vintage tractors, fire engines, and so-on — you get the picture — a full 20 minutes of Aunt Bee approved apple pie for the eyes that concludes with a heartfelt reading of the Declaration of Independence no less — plenty of hotdogs follow, and they are served on a great lawn to all present!

Heritage Day parade,  Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Later, we topped off the idyllic day with dinner served al fresco – glasses of rose raised to celebrate! I’m captured here (top photo) on a pre-dinner stroll — photo by our beloved Scott McBee. I’m wearing a Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit shawl collared cardigan, Michael Bastian white denim pants, Uniqlo white cotton polo shirt, Kiel James Patrick woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, Adidas Stan Smith white leather tennis shoes, Creed Acqua Originale Vetiver Geranium and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to provide bit of a sun kissed glow.

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9 Comments

  1. Michael Hampton says:

    James,

    Have you read the novel, Orient? Coincidentally, I just finished reading it. Being a murder mystery it portrays a dark side to the town, which is pure fiction judging by the lovely images youve included. Regardless, its a great read!

    Cheers,

    Michael

  2. Dean Farris says:

    James,

    This post made me think of Oliver and Lisa Douglas, the manhattanites in the television show “Green Acres”

    It was fun to see the way you’ve portrayed this tiny, quaint hamlet…

    Dean

  3. Karena says:

    Loved Dean’s remark, James! Sometimes it is good to remember my roots! Going to the country to visit my cousins in the summer was much like this including county fairs etc.

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Stems Soiree

  4. Love love love!

    Some year (while I am still alive!!) Please you two come to the 4th in Montecito! It is also adorable! antique fire engine; dogs dressed up…(lots of dogs dressed up!!) and all sorts of great sprit!

    Happy Fourth of July!!!

    XXOO

    You and McBee…right up there with our favorite guests!!

    TAHDAH!!!!

    XXOO

    Penny

  5. I forgot to say!! St
    ay in our tiny guest house!!!

    We loved having you here!!!

    Who doesn’t???

  6. James Andrew says:

    Dear Michael Hampton,

    I have not read this- but perhaps could make for some good reading on my next visit to the North Fork!

    Cheers

    JA

  7. James Andrew says:

    Darling Dean Farris I love you but give me Park Avenue!!!

    Ha ha – of course – loved that show!

    Cheers

    JA

  8. James Andrew says:

    Dear Karena,

    It is indeed!!!

    SO lovely to experience these charming and quaint towns – such a nice change of pace from NYC.

    Cheers

    JA

  9. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    I am packing my bags as we speak- with an offer like that!

    There is so much more to see and explore in your part of the world!

    Miss you terribly!

    Love

    JA

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