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Truman Capote, Santa Visits, Vineyard Fun, and Look Up! The Geminid Meteors Arrive

The North Fork is full of the holiday spirit, with special concerts, performances, shops, a house tour and a visit from Santa. Our downtowns are decorated with lights and garlands and joy is in the air. Enjoy live music, see an art exhibit, find your Christmas tree at one of our many farms. Vineyards host paint night, trivia night, and a craft fair; pair wines and bubbly with delicious treats like pie, cookies, and oysters. The only thing that's not classic right now is the weather; it's been shockingly warm. Everyone's taking advantage to get their fill of the great outdoors, and this weekend offers a special opportunity--the Gemini meteor shower. So look up at our dark skies when you're here..

The Highlights

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Special Holiday Events & Holiday Shopping 

Events: Truman Capote's Christmas Memory; holiday house tour; Santa comes to Cutchogue; special concerts; oyster ornaments; more. Special hopping: Beach Plum Shop, Carriage House, Vineyard Barn Boutique, more.

Food, Farm & Vineyard

Vineyards host: paint night; trivia night; holiday craft fair; cooking classes; pie, cookies, more.

Live Music

Special concerts, both holiday and not.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Enjoy many ongoing exhibits and a special performance of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory.

History

Enjoy our historic buildings and their special Christmas Shops, open & offering that unique item for your special someone.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Look up to see the Geminid meteor shower; bring the kids to a program about bears.

Special Holiday Shopping and Holiday Events

Toys for Tots drop off locations, through December 12: 

Clovis Point WineryJamesport and Martha Clara VineyardsSound Avenue 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 and Details.

Friday

  • Santa's Christmas Tree Farm: Free Family Fun with Santa & More, Cutchogue. Santa, fresh off performances on Good Morning America, poses for free pictures and hands out small gifts. Free hayrides, face painting & more. 10 am-3 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Oysterponds Historical Society: Annual Holiday House TourOrient. Features old and new homes in Oysterponds dressed in their seasonal finery. noon- 4 pm. Details
  • Oysterponds Historical Society: The Beach Plum ShopOrient. Unique gifts, North Fork art, traditional crafts, ornaments and much, much more. Open noon-4 pm. Details
  • Floyd Memorial Library: Truman Capote's Christmas MemoryGreenport. A special presentation of this classic holiday story. Refreshments will be served following the performance. 3 pm Details.
  • Osprey's Dominion: Christmas Craft FairPeconic. Five local vendors includes jewelry, wine glasses, candles and more. Santa arrives 1-3 pm. Live music with the Como Brothers 1-3:30 pm. 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Pindar: Holiday Piano MusicPeconic. Joe Caggiano plays holiday songs and standards on piano from 1-5 pm. Details
  • Santa's Christmas Tree Farm: Free Family Fun with Santa & MoreCutchogue. Santa, fresh off performances on Good Morning America, poses for free pictures and hands out small gifts. Free hayrides, face painting & more. 10 am-4 pm. Details.
  • Santa Comes to Cutchogue!, Cutchogue. The Cutchogue Firehouse presents a magic show, refreshments, and Santa arriving by helicopter. Then Santa travels to the Library where children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before they must return to the North Pole for Christmas Eve. A memory filled family event. Sponsored by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce. 11 am+ Details.
  • Cutchogue Library: Holiday Open House & Concert, Cutchogue. Enjoy the holiday music of Sheree M.C. Elder, a singer songwriter whose pieces combine her own music, which she describes as a combination of pop, soul and R&B, and holiday music. Light refreshments. 2 pm. Details.
  • Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council: The Carriage House Christmas ShopCutchogue. Find that special gift. 1-4 pm. Details
  • Holiday Vineyard Barn BoutiqueMattituck.  An annual event featuring a collection of women-owned businesses and artisans – the line up changes each year. This year features: Luxurious Mary Kay skin care & Cosmetics, One of a Kind Handcrafted Jewelry, Indulgent Baked Goods and Granola, Wood Crafted Canadian Geese, Artisanal Preserves. Organized by Sharna Nicholson. 10 am–5 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.
  • Oysterponds Historical Society: Winter SingOrient. Oysterponds school chorus; Greenport High School a cappella. 4 pm. Details
  • Little Creek Oysters: 'Oyster-ment' Decorating Party, Greenport. Make your own oyster-ornaments and help Little Creek deck the halls and dress the tree, or make one to take home.  All supplies provided, all designs welcome! 3-5 pm. Details
  • Santa's Christmas Tree Farm: Free Family Fun with Santa & MoreCutchogue. Santa, fresh off performances on Good Morning America, poses for free pictures and hands out small gifts. Free hayrides, face painting & more. 10 am-4 pm. Details.
  • Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council: The Carriage House Christmas ShopCutchogue. Find that special gift. 1-4 pm. Details
  • Holiday Vineyard Barn BoutiqueMattituck.  An annual event featuring a collection of women-owned businesses and artisans – the line up changes each year. This year features: Luxurious Mary Kay skin care & Cosmetics, One of a Kind Handcrafted Jewelry, Indulgent Baked Goods and Granola, Wood Crafted Canadian Geese, Artisanal Preserves. Organized by Sharna Nicholson. 10 am–5 pm. Details.
Food, Farm and Vineyard

Friday

  • Laurel Lake Vineyards: Paint NightLaurel. PaintNite hosts, create your own masterpiece. 6-8 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Paint NightSound Avenue. A fun night of wine and paint, hosted by Potter Designs. Paint two glasses. 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Palmer Vineyards: Trivia Night, Sound Avenue. Former Jeopardy Champion Matt Cereola leads the trivia fun. 7-9 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Sparkling Pointe: Holiday PieSouthold. Sparkling Pointe pairs up with Four and Twenty Blackbirds to offer salty honey pie paired with NV Cuvee Carnavale Blanc. Reservations Required. noon- 5 pm. Details
  • Osprey's Dominion: Christmas Craft FairPeconic. Five local vendors includes jewelry, wine glasses, candles and more. Santa arrives 1-3 pm. Live music with the Como Brothers 1-4 pm. Noon-5 pm. Details.
  • Pindar: Hot Mulled Wine & CookiesPeconic.  Enjoy the cozy drink made from Sweet Scarlet and nibble the treats while shopping for wine gift baskets and packages; they'll even give you the recipe. 11 am-5:30 pm. Details.
  • Waters Crest Winery: Barrel TastingsCutchogue. Enjoy the 2014 reds straight from the barrel. Weekends through Dec. 13. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Winemaker's WalkCutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Harvest Moon Shellfish CoCutchogue. Enjoy scallops and oysters paired with Borghese's award-winning sauvignon blanc; starts at 11 am-closing. 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.
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards: Cooking for the Holidays – Cooking ClassLaurel. Chef Chris from CJ’s American Grill schools folks; back by popular demand. 6-8 pm. Details.
  • Diliberto Winery: Behind the Scenes--Homemade PastaJamesport. The tasting room is closed for the season, but every Saturday you're invited for a behind-the-scenes look as they prepare for Sundays with Grandma dinners by making fresh, homemade pasta. Stop by, enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, shop for gifts. 1-5 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Pindar: Hot Mulled Wine & CookiesPeconic.  Enjoy the cozy drink made from Sweet Scarlet and nibble the treats while shopping for wine gift baskets and packages; they'll even give you the recipe. 11 am-5:30 pm. Details
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Winemaker for a dayPeconic. 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. Noon. Details.
  • Waters Crest Winery: Barrel TastingsCutchogue. Enjoy the 2014 reds straight from the barrel. Weekends through Dec. 13. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Harvest Moon Shellfish CoCutchogue. Enjoy scallops and oysters paired with Borghese's award-winning sauvignon blanc; starts at 11 am-closing. 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.
Live Music

Friday

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Sunday

  • Floyd Memorial Library: Listen to My Heart a Tribute to Nancy LaMott, Greenport. A tribute to the late cabaret singer. Music from the American Songbook with a few Christmas songs. 3 pm. Details.
  • East End Kids Presents: Radio Tribute to the 70's, 45 RPM, Southold. Great music, great cause (education). 7-9 pm. Details.
  • Raphael Vineyard, PeconicMarty Attridge, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Cutchogue Library: Holiday Open House & ConcertCutchogue. Enjoy the holiday music of Sheree M.C. Elder, a singer songwriter whose pieces combine her own music, which she describes as a combination of pop, soul and R&B, and holiday music. Light refreshments. 2 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesport.  Mirapoix, 1:30-5 pm. Details.
  • Jason's Vineyard, Jamesport. TBA  1-5 pmDetails.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound AvenueEd Travers, 1-4 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Matinee Film: TomorrowlandMattituck. "Two optimistic teens embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place know ony as 'Tomorrowland.'"  1:30 pm. Details.  

Saturday

  • Floyd Memorial Library: Truman Capote's Christmas Memory, Greenport. A special presentation of this classic holiday story. Refreshments will be served following the performance. 3 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.
  • South Street Gallery: 9th Annual 10x10 =100 Charity Art Show & SaleGreenport. Featuring 10" x 10" works, each priced at $100, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the North Fork Environmental Council. Details. 
  • Floyd Memorial LibraryGreenportFall & Winter Drawings by Patrick Lofthouse. On exhibit through January 9. Open when the library is. 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.
  • Alex Ferrone Gallery: Small Works 2015Cutchogue. 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. Th - Sun 11 am - 6 pm (5 pm Sundays); or by appointment. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel LibraryMattituckHappy Holidays — Paintings by Jo-Ann Corretti. 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: Stargazing & the Geminid Meteor ShowerSouthold. The oldest public observatory is open for viewing, weather permitting. Note, viewing is best with less moon. Enjoy the peak Geminid show too. Here's the moon calendar.  8 pm - midnight. Details.
  • Group for the East End: Bears in Winter (Family Fun),  Cutchogue. Bears are getting ready for their winter sleep. Join Tepee Ted at Downs Farm Preserve and visit with hibernating Black Bears of Maine through slides of a winter trek to their dens. Touch skins and bones of bears and see how a typical bear home is created. Informative for all ages with memorable photo opportunities. 10:30 am-Noon. 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.