In an effort to draw continued attention to various locations within Suffolk County as shooting locales for the New York City film and entertainment industry, the county's Film Commission will be stopping off in Three Village before heading to the Hamptons.
The trip comes in the wake of the kick-off to the Hamptons International Film Festival, which starts on Thursday and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Dubbed a "familiarization tour," the Film Commission's trip – which will include city film industry producers and television location managers – will hit the area starting with a stop at the Three Village Inn and Avalon Park on Wednesday, before making their east Wednesday evening. Thursday morning, the group make their way out to Greenport before jumping over to Sag Harbor. Over 20 stops will be made in two days, starting in Centerport and ending in East Hampton.
The bus will leave New York City at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Prior to arriving at the Three Village Inn, the group will tour the Vanderbilt Museum, Scully Estate, Deepwell's Farm and other areas.
Three Village Inn will host lunch, and then the group will continue through Stony Brook to stop at the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Avalon Park, Port Jefferson and the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant before making a stop in Calverton to finish the day.
According to a history of the Inn, the original structure dates back to 1751. At one point it was owned by Jonas Smith, a prominent shipbuilder, and later was owned by Mrs. Frank Melville, who established a women's exchange and eventually a tea room there.
According to the Film Commission: "The [Grist] Mill dates back to 1699. Avalon Park is a re-creation of the natural environment that greeted the first indigenous people to settle New York State, from a rich lowland swamp adjacent to the Mill Pond to the Beech Forest, labyrinth and wildflower meadow at the top of the hill."