Widgets Magazine

Escape the Plastic: Enjoy Traditional Christmas Fun on the North Fork

This weekend the North Fork starts celebrating the holiday season. Unlike the ubiquitous blaring Black Friday ads and tinny carol recordings, the celebrating and shopping here is authentic, traditional, and hand made. Friday and Saturday you can get in the spirit with in historical tours and tree lightings starring Santa, carols, and beautiful buildings decorated with original hand made decor. Friday is the Southold Historical Society's larger, more elaborate event; Saturday is the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society's Victorian Christmas.

Holiday gift shoppers alienated by the crass commercialism of the big box stores have some spectacular opportunities to buy unique, locally hand crafted items. For example, this weekend Christmas at the Show House opens--the cover photo is the show house--featuring designers and a 'best of the North Fork' emporium.

For a truly traditional focus, visit the 23rd Annual Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift Show and shop its extremely high quality hand made gifts.  Smaller but still very special pop up shops include Miss Ella's, the Beach Plum shop, the Carriage House, and the Vineyard Barn Boutique.

Oenophiles can scoop up local vintages at bargain prices at Osprey's Dominion and Martha Clara Vineyards.

Food and wine lovers can savor Noah's food and Waters Crest wines at the next to last Winemakers Dinner, or relish the pairing of Sparkling Pointe and the trufflicious creations of the Petulant Wino.

Art aficionados can take in two artists' receptions and an opening; enjoy a book signing, or see an indie film. Music lovers have lots of options, including a 21 yrs and older Billy Joel tribute concert at Martha Clara Vineyards.

If you like critters and the beautiful outdoors (and if you coming here, surely you do) you can meet local wild animals at Shelter Island's glorious Mashomack preserve. Or gaze at our beautiful dark skies, casually or through our observatory.

The Highlights

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Festivals & Charity Events

Our historical societies usher in the Christmas season in heart-warmingly traditional style.

Holiday Shopping Specials

Anyone looking for that special something that can't be gotten anywhere else--that high quality, hand crafted antithesis of plastic mass produced in China--has a lot of options.

Food, Farm & Vineyard

Food and wine are mighty fine, at least when thoughtfully paired, as they have been at Noah's and at Sparkling Pointe.

Live Music

As ever, the vineyards offer several options for live music. Two headline evening concerts are a Billy Joel Tribute and a jazz and swing band.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Artist receptions and an opening; a book signing, an indie film, and galleries galore.

History

Don't miss our Historical Societies Christmas celebrations, which offer unique tours of our many beautiful, old buildings guided by costumed docents. Also, peek at an exhibit on local prostitution history or study one about a local war of 1812 battle.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Meet critters at Mashomack or wtar gaze or just go outside and enjoy the beauty that is the North Fork.

Festivals & Charity Events

Friday

  • Candlelight Tour and Tree Lighting, Southold. The annual Candlelight Tour of the Society's historic buildings and grounds on the Main Road is a must do. The many historic buildings are period decorated for the holiday season. Farm and home craft demonstrations take place in the various buildings, including the blacksmith's shop. Musicians stroll the grounds, and Santa visits. 3-6 pm. Tree lighting (and carols by the Southold High School Chorus Ensemble) at 5 pm.  Details.

Saturday

  • A Victorian Christmas, Mattituck. The Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society's annual house tour and tree lighting. Tour the Tuthill Museum, meet Santa. Tree lighting and refreshments at 5 pm; entire event 1-5:30 pm. Details.
Holiday Shopping Specials

All Weekend

  • Miss Ella's Gift ShopRiverhead East. Sales benefit Hallockville Museum Farm. Farm-inspired art, imported Polish pottery, new Hallockville farm truck t-shirts, books, souvenirs and memorabilia of local interest, handcrafted jewelry, birdhouses, carvings and duck decoys made by local artisans and a wide range of seasonal, holiday merchandise including ornaments, gift baskets ready for giving, wrapping paper & notions and greeting cards. Weekends through December 21st. 12-4 pm. Details
  • 23rd Annual Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift ShowRiverhead East. The beautiful and historic Hallockville Museum farm hosts. Shop for traditional, hand crafted seasonal and home decor such as folk art, baskets, ornaments, dolls, dried-flower wreaths and arrangements, gift baskets, handwoven scarves, woodcarvings and decoys and so much more. Vendors carefully curated to offer only the highest quality, unique items. Fri/Sat 9 am- 3 pm; Sun. 10 am -2 pm. Details.
  • Christmas at the Show House, Cutchogue. The wildly successful Designer Show House returns, with new interior designers and a special "Best of the North Fork" emporium of home furnishings, holiday decorations, gifts, food, candy, apparel, toys and more.  Check out the Facebook page for pictures. A portion of the proceeds goes to local charities: Wounded Warriors, Families in Need and Mondays at Racine. 11 am -5 pm.   Details.
  • The Vineyard Barn Boutique, Mattituck. The Holiday Vineyard Barn Boutique is an annual event featuring a collection of women artisans-the line up changes each year. Although open as an event only one weekend, which already happened-all of the goodies are on sale by appointment through December 15th. Contact organizer Sharna Nicholson at (631) 298-7723 to schedule an appointment.

Saturday & Sunday Only

  • Beach Plum Holiday Shop, Orient. The Oysterponds Historical Society's annual emporium. Unique gifts, North Fork art, traditional crafts, ornaments and much, much more.  Noon-4pm. Details.
  • Carriage House Old Fashioned Christmas Shop, Cutchogue. The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society opens its traditional Christmas shop in its historic Carriage House on the Cutchogue Village Green 1-4 pm. Details

Friday

  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Osprey's Dominion: Black Friday Wine Sale, Peconic. Double discounts on bottles, case sales. Live music too! Sales all day, music 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Friday at Dilberto WineryJamesport. Fresh baked pizza & two glasses of wine for $25. Details.

Saturday

  • Sparkling Pointe: Eat, Drink & Be Sparkling!, Southold. This festive food and wine pairing series starts this week with 'Winter Truffles with the Petulant Wino.' Noon to 5 pm. Details.
  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards--Winemaker's Walk, Cutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse-Tours, Mattituck 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.

Sunday

  • Noah's: Winemakers' Dinner SeriesGreenportChef Noah's annual series of five course prix fixes, pairing a local winery with his fabulous local food. This week: Waters Crest Vineyards, paired with this menu. Winemaker – Jim Waters. In the private dining room, starting at 6 pm.  Details.
  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse-Tours, Mattituck 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.
  • Dilberto Winery-Barrel Tasting & ToursJamesport. Every Sunday in the fall, sample straight from the barrel. At 11 am and 1 pm. Details.
Live Music

Friday

  • Osprey's DominionPeconic. Band TBA. Bonus: Black Friday wine sale. Sales all day, music 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon RoadCutchogue.  Cass Dillon and friends 6-9 pm. Bonus: Noah's on the Road food truck from 5-9 pm. Details.
  • A Touch of VeniceCutchogueThe ToneKats, (In the bar) 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Black Friday Double Concert and Sale, Riverhead east. The wine discounts start early, at 8 am, and the deals decrease as the day goes on. As to music, first up, and open to all, is Double Play. 1-4 pm. In the evening is an adults-only (21+) Billy Joel tribute concert. 7 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Lieb Cellars Oregon RoadCutchogueNina Et Cetera. 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Double Concert, Cutchogue.  In the afternoon, enjoy cabaret with Marjorie Volants, 2-4 pm. In the evening, enjoy The Island Jazz Express Swing Band 7-9 pm. Details.
  • Dilberto WineryJamesportTBA 1:30-4:30 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesport County Line 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead east. Jon and Anthony's Acoustic Jam. 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Palmer VineyardsRiverhead EastSmall Island, 12-4 pm. Details.

Sunday

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Friday Night Dialogue: Walking the Camino de Santiago with P.A.T. HuntShelter Island. Shelter Islanders who've walked the Camino share the experience.  Details.
  • Matinee Film: The Lego MovieMattituckIMDb:  "An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis." 1:30 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Film: North Fork Indie Premiere Indie Showcase: Fort McCoy, Greenport. Starring Eric Stolz and Kate Connor. A tale of home front life during World War II. 7:30-10 pm.  Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road: Artist ReceptionCutchogue. Celebrating Eileen Dawn Skretch, a landscape painter who paints on wood. Wine specials available during the reception. 5- 7 pm. Details.
  • Alex Ferrone Gallery: Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception, Cutchogue. Celebrating 15 award-winning regional photographers and opening their showcase of Small Works: The Botanical Exhibit. Wine and light bites. 5-8 pm. Details.

Sunday

Ongoing

  • Oyster Ponds Historical SocietyOrient. Quilty Pleasures: Four Centuries of Quilts. Thurs, Sat & Sun 2-5 pm;  Details.
  • Shelter Island LibraryShelter Island. Nancy Fredericks’ Quilt Patches. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Floyd Memorial LibraryGreenportOil & Water, by Carol Halliburton & Sally Gelling; paintings & photographs. Open when the library is.  Details.
  • South Street GalleryGreenport. Showing original paintings by the North Fork critique group ‘Cloud 9.’ A portion of the exhibit proceeds go toward the restoration and revitalization of the Greenport Waterfront.  Open Thurs-Mon 12-5 pm.  Details.
  • Cindy Pease Roe Studio & Gallery, Greenport. Open by appointment. Details.
  • Gallery M.  Greenport. Open 11-7 Weekend Days.  Details.
  • A History of Prostitution on the North Fork, Southold. The Southold Historical Society stages the exhibition, which features "a number of panels discussing the various madams who operated brothels in Greenport as well as the streetwalkers who were known to ply their trade there. It also discusses the life and career of Dr. J. Mott Heath, who not only provided much needed health care for the women involved but who also served as the long-time county coroner, as well as being the chief of staff and president of the board for Eastern Long Island Hospital." Through Dec. 13th. Thurs-Sat 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Southold Library GallerySouthold. Paintings by Cathy Campbell. Open daily. Details.
  • Old Town Arts & Crafts GuildCutchogue. Artist of the Month Gayle Wagner exhibits her nature photography and watercolor paintings, and quilting, soap making, silk ribbon embroidery, pressed flower art, and herbs. Mon-Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm.  Details.
  • Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogue, Exhibiting Barbara Ringwald's fiber art, open when the library is.   Details.
  • Alex Ferrone GalleryCutchogueSmall Works: The Botanical Exhibit. Works by 15 award-winning regional photographers. Through February 15th. Open Thurs-Sun 11-6 pm.  Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel LibraryMattituck.  A Photographic Potpourri 2013-2014 by photographer Steve Berger. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Rosalie Dimon Gallery at Jamesport Manor InnJamesport. Showing the paintings of Ine Wijtvliet & Natalia Clark. Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 10 pm. Details.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week; listings here.

History

Ongoing

  • Oyster Ponds Historical SocietyOrient. The OHS has multiple galleries in several buildings, exhibiting works from four centuries. Thurs, Sat and Sun 2-5 pm;  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.
  • Southold Indian MuseumSouthold. Current Special Exhibit: Tobacco, Sacred to Profane, 5000 years of tobacco history on Long Island. Large permanent collection  includes the largest collection of Algonquin ceramic pottery and other treasures. Sunday 1-4:30 pm. Details.
  • A History of Prostitution on the North Fork, Southold. The Southold Historical Society stages the exhibition, which features "a number of panels discussing the various madams who operated brothels in Greenport as well as the streetwalkers who were known to ply their trade there. It also discusses the life and career of Dr. J. Mott Heath, who not only provided much needed health care for the women involved but who also served as the long-time county coroner, as well as being the chief of staff and president of the board for Eastern Long Island Hospital." Thurs-Sat 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm--"Defense of the Eagle"Riverhead East.   Learn about an overlooked naval battle that took place right here on the shores of the Long Island Sound during the War of 1812! Hallockville commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the Eagle which took place over three days in 1814. Fri-Sun 12-4 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Saturday

  • Wild Long Island: A Live Animal Presentation, Shelter Island. "Learn and be entertained by a naturalist from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary while getting a close-up view of mammals, birds and reptiles that represent the diversity of life in our own region." 1-2 pm. Details.
  • Stargazing at the Custer InstituteSouthold. Weather and moon permitting, stargaze through the oldest public observatory on Long Island, starting at 8 pm. Details.

Ongoing