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Cutchogue Holiday House Tour, Greenport Shellabration, Santa Day! Special Concerts & More

This weekend, the North Fork embraces the holiday spirit: Enjoy live holiday music from the Colonial era, or more modern times; join in Santa Day! in Mattituck, share in a Christmas Tree lighting or a Menorah lighting, watch a parade; take the 3rd Annual Holiday House Tour; shop for that unique, high quality handcrafted gift no big box store will offer at the Southold Historical Society's annual fair; or visit with Santa at the Railroad Museum. A special event that's both holiday season and not is offered by the North Fork Community Theater, which performs It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, both Saturday and Sunday. For farm-to-table freshness, head to Greenport for the 4th Annual Shellabration. Enjoy a raw bar and wonderful restaurant stroll, enjoy an art opening or two or three in Greenport also.

The Highlights

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Special Holiday Events & Holiday Shopping 

Christmas Trees are lit in Cutchogue and Greenport, and a Menorah is lit in Greenport. Greenport features a Christmas parade, and Santa comes to the Railroad Museum. Southold Historical Society organizes a special craft fair for unique gifts, and the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild has a special Holiday Open House. Cutchogue businesses come together for the 3rd Annual Holiday House Tour. Mattituck stages Santa Day!, full of family fun.

Food, Farm & Vineyard

Shellabration! in Greenport is a foodie delight; Love Lane First Friday offers delicious tastes & sips; our vineyards offer live music, game night, mulled wine & cookies, barrel tastings & more. Our Christmas Tree Farms are in full swing.

Live Music

Three special holiday concerts, live acoustic rock and much more.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

The North Fork Community Theater stages It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play; three art galleries have openings and special open houses; Peconic Landing re-broadcasts Hamlet by the National Theater in HD.

History

Enjoy our historic buildings and their special Christmas Shops, open & offering that unique item for your special someone.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

The weather has been cooperating, so there's still time to enjoy our gorgeous outdoors.

Special Holiday Shopping and Holiday Events

Toys for Tots drop off locations, through December 12:

Clovis Point WineryJamesport and Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound Avenue Patrons and guests can drop off a new, unwrapped toys to the tasting room where collection bins are located.  The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Details and Details.

Friday

  • Peconic Landing: The Harbor Bells Holiday Concert, Greenport. Traditional holiday favorites performed live by a unique musical group. A great way to get in the holiday spirit! 7:30-9 pm. Details.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting, Mitchell Park. 5 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Oysterponds Historical Society: The Beach Plum ShopOrient. Unique gifts, North Fork art, traditional crafts, ornaments and much, much more. Open noon-4 pm. Details
  • Railroad Museum Holiday Open House & Santa Visit, Greenport. Gifts will be given to good girls and boys; Santa arrives at noon. The gift shop will be open and a “LIONEL” Polar Express, “O” Gauge toy train set will be given away. Details.
  • Southold Historical Society: Holiday FairPeconic. Carefully selected vendors will have a variety of holiday gifts and cards available; because of the screening only the best hand-made items will be for sale. 10 am -4 pm. Details.
  • Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council: The Carriage House Christmas ShopCutchogue. Find that special gift. 1-4 pm. Details
  • 3rd Annual Holiday House Tour, Cutchogue.  B&Bs, wineries, farms, restaurants and shops unite to create the perfect start to the holiday season. Your ticket gives you access to six locations. Each of the three B&Bs–Sannino Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, The North Fork Guest House and Sunny Side Up B&B,–are beautifully decorated, and offering music, tastes & sips and more. The North Fork's first vineyard--Castello diBorghese--is on the tour too, as is 8 Hands Farm. End on the Cutchogue Green, with the village tree lighting ceremony. Ticket holders receive a 10% discount at Blooms by Design, North Fork Natural, Phoebe & Belle and a 20% discount at the Jamesport Country Store. After the tree lighting, head down the street to Touch of Venice  and receive a $20 gift certificate towards dinner. Part of the proceeds benefit the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society. 10 am-4 pm, tree lighting at 4:30 pm. Tickets and more details here. (Scroll down.)
  • Tree Lighting & Carols on the Village Green, Cutchogue. 4:30 pm. Details
  • Mattituck-Laurel Library: Holiday Magic ConcertMattituckAlex Wu & Company. Concert pianist Alexander Wu and his trio take listeners on a winter’s journey around the world through classical, jazz, folk and contemporary styles of songs & music. 1:30-2:45 pm. Details.
  • Santa Day! Mattituck. The festivities start with a free movie at the Mattituck Movie Theater (10 am), followed by free Hot Chocolate from Starbucks (11:30 am). Santa Arrives by Mattituck Fire Truck at noon, and takes pictures with kids at Rite-Aid. Nabisco provides free cookies. The festivities are capped with the Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Caroling with the Mattituck Cutchogue School Choir at the Park in front of CVS (5 pm). All in all, 10 am - 5 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Oysterponds Historical Society: The Beach Plum ShopOrient. Unique gifts, North Fork art, traditional crafts, ornaments and much, much more. Open noon-4 pm. Details
  • Greenport Fire Department Christmas Parade, Greenport. Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus at Greenport’s annual Christmas Parade! Parade makes its way along Front Street and ends at the fire station. 1 pm. Details.
  • Menorah Lighting, Mitchell Park. Congregation Tifereth Israel invites everyone to enjoy the unveiling and lighting of a new menorah, constructed by artisan furniture maker David Nyce. The annual lighting of the menorah will take place this year on the first night of Hanukkah. In the spirit of ecumenism, the menorah will remain lighted throughout the holiday season, sharing the park with Greenport Village’s Christmas tree. 5 pm. Details.
  • Railroad Museum Holiday Open House & Santa VisitGreenport. Gifts will be given to good girls and boys; Santa arrives at noon. The gift shop will be open and a “LIONEL” Polar Express, “O” Gauge toy train set will be given away. Details.
  • Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council: The Carriage House Christmas ShopCutchogue. Find that special gift. 1-4 pm. Details
  • Southold Library: Colonial American Holiday MusicSouthold. A live concert featuring performers in colonial costume playing a variety of instruments, singing songs and hymns. Refreshments will be served. 3 pm. Details.
Food, Farm and Vineyard

Friday

  • Love Lane: First Friday, Love Lane. The Village Cheese Shop, Roanoke Vineyards, and many more specialty merchants invite you to enjoy your evening at this block party. 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Macari Vineyards: Paint & Taste, Mattituck. Kait's Angels Paint & Taste hosts Macari's first annual  Paint & Taste; sip wine and make your own masterpiece. Reservations required. 7 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • 4th Annual Shellabration, Greenport. A delicious tribute to our aquacultural treasures: oysters, scallops, clams and fish, and to our farm-to-table culture. Buy a wristband, and start at a raw bar at either Greenport Harbor Brewing or Little Creek Oysters. Then stroll from one fabulous restaurant to the next, sampling the special treats, each thoughtfully paired with a  local beer or wine. The proceeds from the wristband you buy to gain access to goodness support the bay-restoring work of the Cornell Cooperative Extension's Back to the Bays and SPAT program. Details.
  • Sparkling Pointe: Champagne BrunchSouthold. Sparkling Pointe pairs up with Grace & Grit and 2009 Brut. 11 am -2 pm. Details
  • Pindar: Hot Mulled Wine & Cookies, Peconic.  Enjoy the cozy drink made from Sweet Scarlet and nibble the treats while shopping for wine gift baskets and packages; they'll even give you the recipe. 11 am-5:30 pm. Details.
  • Waters Crest Winery: Barrel TastingsCutchogue. Enjoy the 2014 reds straight from the barrel. Weekends through Dec. 13. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Winemaker's WalkCutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: ToursMattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn, Learn about sustainable, organic and Biodynamic winegrowing. Taste four wines. 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Details. Prefer to be indoors? Tour the winery and barrel center starting at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards: Game Night, Laurel. Wine, cheese, fondue & games! 5-8 pm. Details.
  • Diliberto Winery: Behind the Scenes--Homemade Pasta, Jamesport. The tasting room is closed for the season, but every Saturday you're invited for a behind-the-scenes look as they prepare for Sundays with Grandma dinners by making fresh, homemade pasta. Stop by, enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, shop for gifts. 1-5 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • 4th Annual Shellabration, Greenport. A delicious tribute to our aquacultural treasures: oysters, scallops, clams and fish, and to our farm-to-table culture. Buy a wristband, and start at a raw bar at either Greenport Harbor Brewing or Little Creek Oysters. Then stroll from one fabulous restaurant to the next, sampling the special treats, each thoughtfully paired with a  local beer or wine. The proceeds from the wristband you buy to gain access to goodness support the bay-restoring work of the Cornell Cooperative Extension's Back to the Bays and SPAT program. Details
  • Sparkling Pointe: Holiday Opera with Belle VociSouthold. Join Sparkling Pointe for this annual event featuring Holiday classics and opera standards performed by Belle Voci (Dana Kowalsick and Kathryn Zukowski). 2-5 pm. Details
  • Pindar: Hot Mulled Wine & Cookies, Peconic.  Enjoy the cozy drink made from Sweet Scarlet and nibble the treats while shopping for wine gift baskets and packages; they'll even give you the recipe. 11 am-5:30 pm. Details.
  • Waters Crest Winery: Barrel TastingsCutchogue. Enjoy the 2014 reds straight from the barrel. Weekends through Dec. 13. Details.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: ToursMattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn, Learn about sustainable, organic and Biodynamic winegrowing. Taste four wines. 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Details. Prefer to be indoors? Tour the winery and barrel center at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.
Live Music

Friday

  • Peconic Landing: The Harbor Bells Holiday Concert, Greenport. Traditional holiday favorites performed live by a unique musical group. A great way to get in the holiday spirit! 7:30-9 pm. Details.
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicNick Kerzner, 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon RoadCutchogue.  Jon Divello, 6-9 pm. Details. 
  • Pace's DocksideMattituckWho Are Those Guys, 5:30 pm. Details.

Saturday: 

  • Osprey's DominionPeconic. Sahara, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicJon Divello Duo, 3-6 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road, Cutchogue.  Ian Petillo, 3-6 pm Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, Cutchogue.  Cabaret with Marguerite Volonts, 2-4 pm.  Details.
  • Vineyard 48Cutchogue. DJ, 1-6 pm. Details 
  • Mattituck-Laurel Library: Holiday Magic Concert, Mattituck. Alex Wu & Company. Concert pianist Alexander Wu and his trio take listeners on a winter’s journey around the world through classical, jazz, folk and contemporary styles of songs & music. 1:30-2:45 pm. Details.
  • Pace's DocksideMattituckChris Hurley, 5:30 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesportBBQ Bruce & the Brisket Brothers, 2-5 pm. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound Avenue. The Lucky Tones, 2-5 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Southold Library: Colonial American Holiday Music, Southold. A live concert featuring performers in colonial costume playing a variety of instruments, singing songs and hymns. Refreshments will be served. 3 pm. Details.
  • Raphael Vineyard, PeconicNick Kerzner, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Vineyard 48Cutchogue. Live DJ, 1-6 pm. Details
  • Clovis PointJamesportIan Petillo, 1:30-5 pm. Details.
  • Jason's Vineyard, Jamesport. TBA  1-5 pmDetails.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound AvenueSteel Drum Mania, 1-4 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Matinee Film: AlohaMattituck. "A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him."  1:30 pm. Details.  

Saturday

  • Sirens' Song Gallery: Art Opening & Reception, Greenport. Showing Vitamin Sea: Wave 2, Noon - 7 pm (refreshments 4-7 pm.) Details.
  • Floyd Memorial Library: Art Opening & Reception, GreenportFall & Winter Drawings by Patrick Lofthouse. On exhibit through January 9. 3-5 pm. Details.
  • South Street Gallery: 9th Annual 10x10 =100 Charity Art Show & Sale, Greenport. Featuring 10" x 10" works, each priced at $100, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the North Fork Environmental Council. 6 pm. Details. 
  • Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild: Holiday Open House, Cutchogue. Refreshments and special holiday items, 10 am - 5 pm. Details
  • North Fork Community Theater: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Mattituck.  Visit George Bailey and Bedford Falls in a 1940s-style radio play based on the classic holiday movie. Five actors — Peggy Ashton Straub, Mike Hipp, Rusty Kransky, Kimet Speed and Phil Wilcox — portray more than 30 characters. 8 p.m. Details.

Sunday

  • National Theatre: Hamlet (Encore!), Greenport. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Captured Live in HD! 3-6 pm. Details.
  • Sirens' Song Gallery: Vitamin Sea: Wave 2Greenport. Noon - 2 pm. Details.
  • Author Event, Greenport. Fredrica Wachsberger presents her biography In Her Own Name: A Nineteenth-Century Wife and Her Pursuit of Financial Independence. Reading, Signing, Q&A. Fredrica Wachsberger is a retired Professor of Art History, Brooklyn College, CUNY, who lives in Orient. 3 pm. Details
  • North Fork Community Theater: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Mattituck.  Visit George Bailey and Bedford Falls in a 1940s-style radio play based on the classic holiday movie. Five actors — Peggy Ashton Straub, Mike Hipp, Rusty Kransky, Kimet Speed and Phil Wilcox — portray more than 30 characters. 2:30 pm. Details.

 Ongoing

  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: Hops for HabitatGreenport. A special exhibit featuring local artists and their work inspired by the local marine environment. Proceeds split between the local artist and CCE’s Marine Meadows Program. Featured local artists include: Christina Sun; Lindsay Hoffmann; Amy Worth; Kathleen Bifulco; Hector DeCordova; Randee Daddona; Julianne Karsten; Corey Solinger; Cynthia Wells; Diane Burke; Cindy Pease Roe; Scott Bluedorn; Jackie Black; Liz Schaeffler; Matthew M. Salerno; Maggie Merrill; Chris Paparo; Melissa Hyatt; Margaret Knowlden; Mark Terry; Caroline Waloski.  Open when the tasting room isDetails.
  • Nova Constellatio GalleryGreenport. Exhibiting these paintings. Thurs-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5. Details.
  • Sirens' Song Gallery, Greenport.  Sat-Mon. 12:30-6 pm. Details.
  • Gallery M.  Greenport. Open 11-7 Weekend Days.  Details.
  • Floyd Memorial LibraryGreenportFall & Winter Drawings by Patrick Lofthouse. On exhibit through January 9. Open when the library is. Details.
  • Southold LibrarySouthold. Paintings of Margaret Knowlden. Open when the library isDetails
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, CutchogueTwo exhibits:  Jazz Horse Series by Candace Eaton series through Jan. 7, and Pomme© by Artist Robert Perez. Open when the tasting room isDetails.
  • Jacqueline Penney Gallery & StudioCutchogue. A huge collection of the artist's acrylic landscapes and other works.  Open year round. Details.
  • The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild, Cutchogue. Group show. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Sun noon-5 pm. Details.
  • Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogueHow They Look Today. Images of Cutchogue and New Suffolk Historic Buildings Updated photographs from 1986 Southold Town Survey.  Open when the library is.  Through December 31. Details.
  • Alex Ferrone Gallery: Small Works 2015Cutchogue. An eclectic selection of 70+ works by twenty-two regional photographers, including: Patricia Beary, Karen Bell, Karen Celella, Carolyn Conrad, Tom D’Emic, Susan Dooley, Rich Faron, Scott Farrell, Alex Ferrone, Ray Germann, Gerry Giliberti, Nijole Kudirka, Jacques LeBlanc, Jim Lennon, Katherine Liepe-Levinson, Mike McLaughlin, Bruce Milne, Chris Randall, Jim Sabiston, Jeff Schultz, Jim Slezak, and Mary Trentalange. Th - Sun 11 am - 6 pm (5 pm Sundays); or by appointment. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel LibraryMattituckNorth Fork Posters, photography by Steve Berger. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Jamesport Manor Inn: Artists Scott McIntire & Madeline DaversaJamesport. "Painter Scott McIntire's hybrid style comes from a courtship with photorealism, pop art, op art, and abstraction." "Printmaker Madeline Daversa's artwork reflects a love for the natural environment of Long Island's East End."  On display Wed. - Sun., noon to 10 pm. through February 3. Details.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week;  listings here.

History

Ongoing

  • Shelter Island Historical SocietyShelter Island. Museum open Sat and Sun 10am-2pm. Details
  • Fire Fighter MuseumGreenport. The Fire Fighter is a famous and historic fireboat open for free tours Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5. Details.
  • The East End Seaport MuseumGreenport. The museum boasts an array of exhibits on the maritime heritage of the area, including displays on the Greenport menhaden fishing industry, the oyster industry, lighthouse lenses, a model ship of the USS Ohio, and more. Sat & Sun 1-6 pm. Details
  • Southold Indian MuseumSouthold. A rich collection of primarily Algonquin art and artifacts. Sunday 1-4:30 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Saturday

  • The Custer Institute: StargazingSouthold. The oldest public observatory is open for viewing, weather permitting. Note, viewing is best with less moon. This summer Saturn, Jupiter and Venus are easily visible.  Here's the moon calendar.  8 pm - midnight. Details.

Ongoing

  • Orient Beach State ParkOrient Point, offers a huge range of outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, paddle boarding, and swimming. Details.
  • Harbor Cruises, sailboatGreenport. Sail the harbor on the Virgin Star and check out the tall ships from sea; the expert crew will give historical background on each ship. Newly built 52’ Virgin Star is a large spacious trimaran that offers a comfortable stable sail, USCG certified for 47 passengers.  1:30-3 pm; 3:30-5 pm; 6:30-8:30 pm (Sunset Sail). Details.