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Shop Small on the North Fork; Candlelight Tour & Tree Lightings

This weekend features two sorts of North Fork traditions. One is shopping small, as our historical societies, historic museum farm, and small businesses of all kinds showcase their unique best. Unlike the big box madness, here you can enjoy the shopping experience--browse in peace, and step back out of the store onto a quaint street, village green or other pleasant place. The other tradition is Southold Historical Society's Candlelight Tour and Tree Lighting, and Mattituck Laurel Historical Society's open house and tree lighting. Southold is on Saturday, features many historic buildings beautifully decorated, Santa, and a tree lighting with carols. Saturday it's Mattituck-Laurel's turn, also featuring an open house, Santa and a tree lighting.

Our arts are also on display, with a new exhibit opening, an artist hosting an open house and theater in town. Vineyards host live music and a special art show, as well as collecting Toys for Tots.

The Highlights

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Special Holiday Shopping and Events

The North Fork displays its traditional, creative, top quality best.

Food, Farm & Vineyard

Clovis Point collects Toys for Tots; Osprey's Dominion hosts an art show; plus, the usual tours and tastings.

Live Music

The live music season is winding down, but there's about a dozen shows this weekend.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes to Greenport; an exhibit opens with a reception; an artist hosts an open house.

History

Southold and Mattituck-Laurel host holiday open house events; see Holiday Shopping Specials and Events.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Stargaze at Custer; meet turtles & a turtle rescue organization

Special Holiday Shopping and Events

Friday

  • Southold Historical Society: Candlelit Tour & Tree Lighting, Southold. All historic buildings will be decorated for the holiday season and open to the public. Farm and home craft demonstrations will take place in the various buildings, strolling musicians will be on the grounds, Santa will be visiting, and refreshments will be served. The annual tree lighting at 5:00 p.m. will be accompanied by caroling led by the Southold High School Chorus Ensemble. 3-6 pm. Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: Country Parlor Holiday Craft Show & ShopSound Avenue. Find handcarved santas and elves, gift baskets of local soaps, handhooked rugs and ornaments, handwoven baskets, kandknit shawls, scarves, mittens and gloves, jewelry and trinkets, ornaments, Santas for decorating or for gift-giving, and ornaments! Vintage glassware and collectible pieces, tree trimmings and notions, rugs and the finest handmade holiday decor. Plus, house tours of the historic Cichanowicz Farmhouse and Homestead, plus holiday shopping specials at Miss Ella’s Gift Shop in the Hudson House. Fri & Sat 9 am-3 pm. Sun. 10 am-2 pm. Details.

Saturday: Small Business Saturday 

  • Small Business Saturday: Shop Southold's Historic Hamlets, the North Fork. The antidote to Black Friday and big box mass consumerism is the mom & pop shop. Embrace the neighborhood, and find gifts your loved ones will treasure. All the Details.
  • Oysterponds Historical Society: The Beach Plum Shop, Orient. Unique gifts, North Fork art, traditional crafts, ornaments and much, much more. Open noon-4 pm. Details
  • Peconic Landing: Holiday Gift Showcase, Greenport.  More than 30 local businesses will be selling their homemade products and gifts. Participating vendors include: Clarks Garden, The Giving Tree, Greenport Wine and Spirits, Alicia’s Jewelry, Robert’s Jewelry, Mary Kay Jewelry, Swarovski Jewelry, Dreaming Buddha Artwork and Paintings, cHarissa Spices among others. 10 am - 3 pm. Details.
  • Southold Historical Society: The Treasure Exchange, Southold. If shopping, antiquing, or gift-giving is your favorite pastime, then come and hunt for that elusive salt shaker, piece of fine art, or that uniquely crafted piece of pottery or jewelry. 10 am -4 pm. Details
  • Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council: The Carriage House Christmas Shop, Cutchogue. Find that special gift. 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society: Holiday Open House, Mattituck. Enjoy the historic building and special events--Chinese Auction (noon-4 pm); Visit with Santa (1-4 pm); Tree Lighting (5 pm). Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: Country Parlor Holiday Craft Show & ShopSound Avenue. Find handcarved santas and elves, gift baskets of local soaps, handhooked rugs and ornaments, handwoven baskets, kandknit shawls, scarves, mittens and gloves, jewelry and trinkets, ornaments, Santas for decorating or for gift-giving, and ornaments! Vintage glassware and collectible pieces, tree trimmings and notions, rugs and the finest handmade holiday decor. Plus, house tours of the historic Cichanowicz Farmhouse and Homestead, plus holiday shopping specials at Miss Ella’s Gift Shop in the Hudson House. Fri & Sat 9 am-3 pm. Sun. 10 am-2 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.
  • Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council: The Carriage House Christmas ShopCutchogue. Find that special gift. 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: Country Parlor Holiday Craft Show & Shop, Sound Avenue. Find handcarved santas and elves, gift baskets of local soaps, handhooked rugs and ornaments, handwoven baskets, kandknit shawls, scarves, mittens and gloves, jewelry and trinkets, ornaments, Santas for decorating or for gift-giving, and ornaments! Vintage glassware and collectible pieces, tree trimmings and notions, rugs and the finest handmade holiday decor. Plus, house tours of the historic Cichanowicz Farmhouse and Homestead, plus holiday shopping specials at Miss Ella’s Gift Shop in the Hudson House. Fri & Sat 9 am-3 pm. Sun. 10 am-2 pm. Details.
Food, Farm and Vineyard

Toys for Tots drop off location, through December 12: Clovis Point WineryJamesport.

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.

Saturday: Small Business Saturday

  • Sparkling Pointe: Winter TrufflesSouthold. Sparkling Pointe pairs up with The Petulant Wino to pair winter truffles and 2006 Brut Seduction. Noon-5 pm. Details
  • Osprey's Dominion: Fall Art ShowPeconic. Featuring artists Maureen E. Carey, Celina Bialt, Donna Dertinger, Elizabeth Lopez, Jenn Murphy, Katherine Patterson, Barbara Van Wagner, Noon-5 pm. Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Vine To Wine TourPeconic. 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.
  • Waters Crest Winery: Barrel TastingsCutchogue. Enjoy the 2014 reds straight from the barrel. 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.

Sunday

  • Waters Crest Winery: Barrel TastingsCutchogue. Enjoy the 2014 reds straight from the barrel. 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.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: [Grateful] Dead SundaysMattituck. Check out vintage Grateful Dead concerts on the big screen in the wine library, continuously playing all day. Details.
Live Music

Friday

Saturday: Small Business Saturday 

Sunday

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Cindy Pease Roe Gallery: 5th Annual Open HouseGreenport. The artist hosts; light refreshments. 10 am- 5 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: Theory of EverythingMattituck. "A look at the relationship between the famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, and his wife."  1:30 pm. Details.  

Saturday: Small Business Saturday

  • Cindy Pease Roe Gallery: 5th Annual Open House, Greenport. The artist hosts; light refreshments. 10 am- 5 pm. Details.
  • Theater: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Greenport. TheatreworksUSA performs this enchanting musical based on C.S. Lewis’ adventure story about four children who climb through a magic wardrobe and accidentally enter the land of Narnia. These unlikely saviors battle and defeat the evil White Witch and restore sunshine and peace to the spell-bound Narnia and return the great Lion King Aslan to his throne. Recommended for ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. 4 pm. Details.
  • Alex Ferrone Gallery: Exhibit Opening & Reception, Cutchogue Small Works 2015 features 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. Refreshments by Osprey's Dominion vineyard. 6-8 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Film: Captain Pat Mundus, Greenport. "This film is an homage to a woman who has spent her life dedicated to the sea and now  embraces Greenport’s working waterfront." 3 pm. Details.
  • Cindy Pease Roe Gallery: 5th Annual Open HouseGreenport. The artist hosts; light refreshments. 10 am- 5 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Downs Farm Preserve: Turtle Rescue Center of the Hamptons, Cutchogue. In November, turtles are hibernating to escape the cold winter months, but in the spring and summer they move around and can be seen. Learn about this excellent rescue organization and how you can help. Explore the lives of turtles and see some up close. 10-11:30 am. 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.