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Shellabration and other Food & Wine Fun, plus Christmas Concerts, Trees & Pop Up Shops

Greenport steals much of the spotlight this weekend, as it hosts so many great events: The 3rd Annual Shellabration, a tree lighting and a Christmas Parade, Christmas at the Railroad Museum, the 2nd Annual Prohibition Party, and more. But Greenport's not the only happening North Fork Hamlet. Cutchogue is hosting a Holiday House Tour, lighting its Village Green tree (replete with carols), showcasing Christmas at the Show House and welcoming visitors to the Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild. Other hamlets are hosting events as well, from way out east at Orient Beach State Park (a tree lighting and concert) to the western end of the Fork in Jamesport (a Christmas concert at the beautiful Jamesport Meeting House.) The wineries have lots going on as usual, both at their tasting rooms and in concert with restaurants--Chef Noah ends in 2014 Winemakers dinner series with Wolffer Estates, while aMano teams up with McCall wines and Sparkling Pointe does brunch with Jedediah Hawkins Inn. At the vineyards proper the special events range from an opera concert (Sparkling Pointe) to photo ops with Santa for your pooch (Martha Clara) to hot mulled wine and cookies samples (Pindar) to a trunk show (Bedell) and much more.

The Highlights

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Festivals & Charity Events

The big event is Shellabration, though trees are lit with carols and cocoa up and down the fork and other smaller events pop up as well.

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

In addition to Shellabration, the three restaurant/winery meal events above and the usual touring and tasting fun, enjoy the winemaker's education series hosted by Lieb Cellars and the 2nd Annual Prohibition Party at First and South.

Live Music

As ever, the vineyards offer several options for live music, but this weekend the churches and other venues have large lineups of Christmas concerts.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Film, a pop up art exhibit and calendar signing, a free comedic play, and Truman Capote's Christmas Memory are this weekend's options.

History

A Hallockville Christmas is a portal to the past, as are exhibits on local prostitution history and a local war of 1812 battle.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Take a full moon walk and then find a place to hang out and watch the heavens for streaking Geminid meteors.

Festivals & Charity Events

Friday

  • Tree Lighting at Orient Beach State Park, Orient Point. A fun holiday tradition in a beautiful setting. Santa arrives on his sleigh, escorted by the Orient Fire Department, Oysterponds Elementary kids perform holiday music. 6:30-7:30. Details.

Saturday & Sunday

  • 3rd Annual SHELLABRATION!, Greenport. The annual celebration of the North Forks maritime and aquacultural heritage involves discounted pairings of local wine and special dishes crafted from our Peconic Bay's tasty bounty at 14 restaurants around town, all to benefit worthy charities. Noon to 4 pm each day. Details
  • Railroad Museum of Long Island Holiday Open House, Greenport. The museum says: "Santa arrives at noon with gifts and goodies. Refreshments, gift shop open. Raffle for a Lionel Polar Express and a Thomas the Tank Engine Wooden Railway set." 11 am - 3 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Mitchell Park Christmas Tree Lighting, Greenport. Caroling, ice skating, hot chocolate, and of course, the tree. 5 pm. Details.
  • Holiday House Tour and Tree Lighting, Cutchogue. Buy a ticket, take a tour: Four beautifully decorated homes welcome guests to enjoy wine tasting, appetizers /desserts provided by a vineyard and a restaurant.  Homes include Sannino Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, the private home of designer, Connie Cross and Shades of Gray Cottage. Additional stops are Santa's Christmas Tree Farm, the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society, 8 Hands farm and the Designer Showcase House & Emporium. End at Cutchogue Village Green with Christmas carols, lighting of the Christmas tree and refreshments. 11 am - 4 pm; Tree lighting 4:30-7:30 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Christmas Parade, Greenport.  Santa and Mrs. Claus in Greenport’s annual Christmas Parade! 1 pm. Details.
  • North Fork Audubon Society Holiday Celebration, Greenport. Enjoy dinner, live music, and more, in support of the organization. 4 pm. Details.
  • Ornament Decorating and Tree Lighting with Little Creek Oysters, Greenport. Help decorate Little Creek's tree--they'll give you oyster shells and other supplies, you use your crafting skills. 2:30 - 5 pm.  Details.
  • Christmas at Hallockville, Riverhead East. As the museum farm explains: "Celebrate the season the old-fashioned way with guided tours of historic homes decorated for the season, holiday music and special exhibits, children's activities and event a special guest from the North Pole! The Hallock Homestead will be decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas, complete with antique toy displays, mince meat tarts baking in the wood stove and costumed interpreters. The Cichanowicz Farmhouse will depict a Depression-era Polish farming family's Christmas traditions. Plus craft demonstrations, holiday shopping, homemade baked goods and more!" 12-3:30 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
  • 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.
  • Holiday Open House Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild, Cutchogue. The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild is a local institution. Shop original art by local artists; handcrafted gifts; refreshments. 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

Saturday only

  • Southold Historical Society Holiday Fair, Peconic. Holiday gifts and cards from vendors carefully screened to ensure only the best hand-made items would be for sale. The Railroad Museum of Long Island showcases an elaborate model train display; kids can get their faces painted, do crafts, and receive a small gift from Santa, including a free photo with him.  Enjoy a bake sale and cafe, participate in a raffle with prizes donated from variety of local merchants, farmers, and local artists. Details.

Sunday only

  • Bedell Wines: Calypso St. Barth's Trunk Show, Cutchogue. Sip Bedell wines while shopping holiday fashions. 1-3 pm. Details.
Food, Farm & Vineyard

Friday

  • 2nd Annual Prohibition Party! Greenport. First and South  offers a 1920′s/30′s Prohibition Pre-fixe from 5-9 pm, followed by a dance party 9:30pm to close. Details.
  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 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 weekly festive food and wine pairing series this week features brunch with the Jedediah Hawkins Inn. Noon to 5 pm. Details.
  • Pindar: Hot Mulled Wine & Cookies, Peconic. Enjoy the complimentary mulled wine and cookies while you shop for holiday gifts. 11 am - 5 pm. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards--Winemaker's Walk, Cutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details.
  • Winemakers Education Series at The Tasting GroupMattituck. A once-a-month series, featuring various winemakers and wine topics, this month features Russel Hearn of T'Jara Vineyards. The event includes a"Behind the wine" tour of Premium Wine Group (usually closed to the public); wine tasting and "The Grapes of New York" lesson; and Aperitivo Hour in the Barrel Room with artisanal meats, cheeses and gourmet snacks. 3-5 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 SeriesGreenport. The last 2014 session of Chef Noah's annual series of five course prix fixes, pairing a local winery with his fabulous local food. This week: Wolffer Estate Vineyards, paired with this menu. Winemaker – Roman Roth. In the private dining room, starting at 6 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.
  • 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.
  • Bedell Wines: Calypso St. Barth's Trunk ShowCutchogue. Sip Bedell wines while shopping holiday fashions. 1-3 pm. Details.
  • McCall & aMano: An Evening of Italian Food & L.I. Wines, Mattituck. Four courses, each paired with a McCall wine, and dessert. 5:30 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.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Vines & Canines, plus Puppy Pics with Santa, Riverhead east.  Take an educational stroll through the vines with your dog (provided you bring a food donation for a local shelter) and afterward hang out to have your pup take pictures with Santa. The vines walk starts at 10 am; the Santa pics run from 11 am -2 pm. Details.
Live Music

Friday

  • The Harbor Bells, Greenport. A 12 piece bell choir performs traditional holiday music. 7:30-9 pm. Details.
  • North Fork Chorale Winter Concert, Southold. The First Presbyterian Church hosts.  8-10 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon RoadCutchogue.  Points East 6-9 pm. Details.
  • A Touch of VeniceCutchogueThe ToneKats, (In the bar) 6-9 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Lieb Cellars Oregon RoadCutchogueNina Et Cetera. 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, Cutchogue.  Cabaret with Marjorie Volants, 2-4 pm.  Details.
  • North Fork Chorale Winter ConcertMattituck. The Mattituck Presbyterian Church hosts.  8-10 pm. Details.
  • Dilberto WineryJamesportTBA 1:30-4:30 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesport Erin Chase 2-5 pm. Details.
  • A Christmas To Remember, Jamesport. A 45-member chorus sings classic Christmas songs at the historic Jamesport Meeting House. 7:30-9 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead eastJoe Taylor. 2-5 pm. Details.

Sunday

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • The Servant's Last Serve-A ComedyShelter Island. Free performance of the comedy written by Shelter Islanders John & Karl Kaasik.  Details.
  • Matinee Film: The Secret in Their EyesMattituckIMDb:  "A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later." 1:30 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Truman Capote's Christmas Memory,  Greenport. A special presentation of this classic story, followed by refreshments. 3 pm. Details

Saturday and Sunday

Ongoing

  • Oyster Ponds Historical SocietyOrient. Quilty Pleasures: Four Centuries of Quilts. Thurs, Sat & Sun 2-5 pm;  Details.
  • Shelter Island LibraryShelter Island. Holiday 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Geminids Meteor Shower. One of the North Fork's beauties is our dark skies. Enjoy them this weekend in particular, as our Observatory--the Custer Institute--says the "Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak." Details.
  • December Full Moon Walk, Cutchogue. The Group for the East End hosts this beautiful, crisp moonlit walk in the woods where Corchaug Indians once inhabited. 5-6:30  Details.

Ongoing