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North Fork Holiday Fun, Both Traditional & (Very) New

This weekend the North Fork's holiday celebrations continue with events traditional and très nouveau: from a historical society holiday house tour, community Christmas sing and a church hosted performance of Handel's Messiah to an ugly Christmas sweater competition for dogs (and their owners.) For time with Santa, head to Cutchogue; he'll arrive by helicopter after the magic show at the firehouse, then hand out gifts at the library. (Visitors, all the action takes place in about a block and a half, easily done by kids young and old).

Shoppers wanting to avoid big box stores have lots of options for handcrafted gifts--enough to make an entire weekend of it: Harbes Vineyard hosts a weekend long fair, joining the Christmas Show House and Best of the North Fork Emporium, the Beach Plum, the Carriage House, Miss Ella's and the Vineyard Barn Boutique. Beyond those specialty holiday shops, each of our downtowns offers many unique retailers.

The arts highlight of the weekend is the North Fork Community Theater's production of It's A Wonderful Life, staged as a 1940s radio play.

The Highlights

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Festivals & Charity Events

From dogs in ugly Christmas sweaters to holiday house tours and community sings, the North Fork offers lots of seasonal fun.

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

Enjoy champagne and paired with pie; compete at trivia night; be winemaker for a day; sip wine and paint fine art; tour and taste your days away.

Live Music

In addition to the many live shows at vineyards, enjoy a traditional holiday treat: Handel's Messiah and more performed by the Peconic Bay Masterworks Choir.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

This weekend's don't miss arts event is the North Fork Community Theater's staging of Its a Wonderful Life as a 1940s radio play.

History

This weekend is your last chance to catch the exhibit on local prostitution history, and nearly last for one about a local war of 1812 battle.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Saturday gaze at stars at the Custer Institute Observatory.

Festivals & Charity Events

Saturday

  • Oysterponds Historical Society Holiday House Tour, Orient. Old and new homes dressed in seasonal finery, noon-4pm. Details.
  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party for dogs (and owners!), Greenport. Harbor Pet explains: "In honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Harbor Pet is hosting Long Island’s very first Ugly Christmas Sweater party for dogs (and their owners)! This funny and festive event encourages pet owners to bring their dogs in their own ugly Christmas sweaters. Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest sweater, most creative, best owner and dog ugly sweater combo and more! ...A photographer will be on hand to capture pet parents and their pups in all their ugly Christmas sweater glory." 1- 5 pm. Details.
  • Cutchogue Christmas, Cutchogue. Start with a magic show at the firehouse, then head across the street to the field to see Santa arrives by helicopter, then off to the the library a block away for pictures with Santa and a small gift for each kid. 9:30 am.

Sunday

  • Community Christmas SingOrient. Classic carols, warm cider, and crunchy cookies with special guests Greenport High School A cappella Choir and the Oysterponds School Chorus. Details.
  • Holiday Open House, Cutchogue. Long Island Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines performs, light refreshments served, family fun. 2 pm. Details.
  • Benefit for RSVP Inc. Animal Welfare & Rescue, Aquebogue. Dinner, cocktails, comedy and dance performances. 3-7 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
  • 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 ShopCutchogue. 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
  • Harbes Holiday Fair, Mattituck. Harbes hosts local artists , crafters and gift makers in their vineyard tasting room; shop locally and for the unique items unavailable on big box shelves.  noon to 5 pm. Details.
Food, Farm & Vineyard

Friday

Saturday

  • Sparkling Pointe: Eat, Drink & Be Sparkling!Southold. This weekly festive food and wine pairing series this week features holiday pie with Four and Twenty Blackbirds Orient Pop Up. Noon to 5 pm. Details.
  • Pindar: Hot Mulled Wine & CookiesPeconic. Enjoy the complimentary mulled wine and cookies while you shop for holiday gifts. 11 am - 5 pm. Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard-Winemaker for a day, Peconic. Tour the winery, learn the winemaking process, taste Long Island varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and more, blend your own custom bottle. Reservations required. 1 pm. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards--Winemaker's Walk, Cutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details.
  • Build a Gingerbread House, Cutchogue. Grownups can enjoy crafting gingerbread houses as much as kids do, and this session is adults only. Bring your delicious creation home. 11 am. 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

  • Pindar: Hot Mulled Wine & CookiesPeconic. Enjoy the complimentary mulled wine and cookies while you shop for holiday gifts. 11 am - 5 pm. Details.
  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard-Vine To Wine Tour, Peconic. The most comprehensive wine tour in the region, at the first custom winemaking center on the North Fork, hosted  by Anthony Sannino, owner and winemaker.  Reservations required. 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.
  • Dilberto Winery-Barrel Tasting & ToursJamesport. Every Sunday in the fall, sample straight from the barrel. At 11 am and 1 pm. Details.
  • Palmer Vineyards-Paint & Sip, Riverhead East. The Painted Canvas hosts Paint and Sip; includes all painting supplies and a glass of wine. Reservations Required. starts at 3 pm. Details.
Live Music

Friday

  • Lieb Cellars Oregon RoadCutchogue.  Jon Divello 6-9 pm. Details. 
  • A Touch of VeniceCutchogueThe ToneKats, (In the bar) 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Peconic Bay Masterworks Choir 2014, Mattituck. The Messiah by Handel and much more, hosted by Mattituck Presbetyrian Church. 8 pm.

Saturday

  • Duck Walk Vineyards (No1rth), SoutholdTBA, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon RoadCutchogueNina Et Cetera. 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, Cutchogue.  Cabaret with Marjorie Volants, 2-4 pm.  Details.
  • Peconic Bay Masterworks Choir 2014Mattituck. The Messiah by Handel and much more, hosted by Mattituck Presbetyrian Church. 8 pm.
  • Dilberto WineryJamesportTBA 1:30-4:30 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesport Bob Blatchley, 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead eastJim Brown & The Gallagher Brothers. 2-5 pm. Details.

Sunday

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts
Friday
  • Matinee Film: GabrielleMattituckIMDb:  "Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they..." 1:30 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • It's A Wonderful Life Radio Play, Mattituck. The North Fork Community Theater stages this holiday treat. 8 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • It's A Wonderful Life Radio PlayMattituck. The North Fork Community Theater stages this holiday treat. 2:30 pm. Details.

Ongoing

  • Oyster Ponds Historical SocietyOrient. Quilty Pleasures: Four Centuries of Quilts. Thurs, Sat & Sun 2-5 pm;  Details.
  • Shelter Island LibraryShelter IslandHoliday Village. 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.
  • Closing Saturday! 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 The Arrival of Spring in Mashomack, Photographs by Virginia Khuri. 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.
  • Closing Saturday! 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

  • Stargazing at the Custer Institute, Southold. Weather and moon permitting, stargaze through the oldest public observatory on Long Island, starting at 7 pm. Details.

Ongoing