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The North Fork Heads into the Holidays with Carols, Cookies and...Pickles???

The North Fork is growing quieter, as we start gathering with family for the peak holiday season. Nonetheless, visitors and locals alike still have many options for fun: Christmas concerts, a pickle (and oysters and beer) festival, special shopping opportunities, champagne and sushi, so much more... Our weather has managed to remain mild, and North Fork beauty is out in full force. Thankfully, however, we're not overcrowded; now is a time when locals relax, left turns on to the Main Road are easy, and visitors can get a deeply authentic experience just by walking around. Southold is coming up on its 375th anniversary (or its 366th, depending on who you ask) and you can feel that sense of time and place with every step.

The Highlights

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Festivals & Charity Events

Historic and beautiful Brecknock Hall hosts Santa, carolers, cookies and cider, while a Greenport synagogue invites the community to light the menorah in Mitchell Park.

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 a pickle fest, with locally grown and crafted goodness from Little Creek Oysters, Backyard Brine and Greenport Harbor Brewing, plus all the usual tours, tastings and treats.

Live Music

In addition to the many live shows at vineyards, enjoy a Christmas opera concert in Greenport and carols & cookies at the historic Jamesport Meeting House.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Enjoy a couple of good films or a nature lecture.

History

This weekend is nearly your last chance to see an exhibit about a local war of 1812 battle.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Saturday gaze at stars at the Custer Institute Observatory, the moon will be perfect.

Festivals & Charity Events

Friday

  • A Holiday Celebration at Brecknock Hall, Greenport. Decorate gingerbread cookies and enjoy warm apple cider while listening to Greenport High School carolers. Santa does a reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas” and poses for pics. 6-7:30 pm.  Details.

Sunday

  • Community Menorah Lighting, Greenport. Congregation Tifereth Israel invites everyone to witness the lighting of Greenport’s Hanukkah menorah on the sixth night of the eight-night holiday. In the spirit of ecumenism, the menorah will remain lighted throughout the holiday season, sharing the park with the Village’s Christmas tree. 5 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

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
Food, Farm & Vineyard

Friday

  • 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

  • PickleFest! A Greenport Brine Riot, Greenport. Little Creek Oysters, Backyard Brine, and Greenport Harbor Brewing. Yum! Details.
  • Sparkling Pointe: Eat, Drink & Be Sparkling!Southold. This weekly festive food and wine pairing series this week features Sushi by the Blue Canoe. 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
Live Music

Friday

  • Lieb Cellars Oregon RoadCutchogue.  Cass Dillon, 6-9 pm. Details. 
  • A Touch of VeniceCutchogueThe ToneKats, (In the bar) 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Carols & Cookies, Jamesport. The historic Jamesport Meeting House hosts the Riverhead High School Chamber Chorus, which sings seasonal selections and leads the rest of us in a sing-along of popular carols. Then comes the magic moment--raising the century-old roll-up door to reveal all the cookies and mulled cider in the adjacent Lecture Room. Details.

Saturday

Sunday

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Lecture: A Nature's Journal, Greenport. Science teacher, past Southold Town Trustee and oyster grower John Holzapfel shares a little science, lots of pictures, and a timely discussion of nature’s activities for the month. 4 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Southold. IMDb: "The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend." 12:30 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: Like Father Like SonMattituckIMDb:  "Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own...." 1:30 pm. Details.

Ongoing

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

Ongoing