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The Holiday Festivities Begin

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 21:47
Thousands of lights will be turned on at the Montauk Lighthouse on Saturday, marking the beginning of the holiday season.
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The holiday season will get off to a busy start on the South Fork. There is plenty to do, from the annual Christmas open house at Marders garden shop to Southampton Village's Parade of Lights, which even includes a fireworks show over Lake Agawam. Need to work off that Thanksgiving stuffing? There are several opportunities to be outdoors — as long as the weather holds up. Here is a handy list to help you figure out your post-Thanksgiving weekend plans. 

Friday, November 29

CHILDREN’S READING: Katharine Holabird, the author the “Angelina Ballerina” and “Twinkle” series, will be joined by a local dancer, $15, free for members, advance registration strongly encouraged, Children’s Mus­eum of the East End, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m. 

OPEN HOUSE: Cookies and cider, Marders garden shop, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., live music, 1-4 p.m.; birds of prey demonstration, 1-3 p.m. Also Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.  

POP-UP SHOP: Holiday items for home, unique accessories, artful tabletop items, the debut of Parrish Honey, and museum gift memberships, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Also Nov 30 and Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WALK-IT OFF HIKE: Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Registration required with Dai Dayton at 631-745-0689. Meet at the end of Round Pond Lane, Sag Harbor, 10 a.m.-noon.

HIKE: Three-mile loop through Jacob’s Farm, an oak, hickory, and beech tree forest, plus a side trip to Green River Cemetery, Springs, with East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Richard Poveromo leads, 631-283-4591, or 917-584-7280 day of the hike. Meet on Red Dirt Road, quarter-mile east of Accabonac Road, 10 a.m.

BEACH CLEANUP: Hosted by the Surfrider Foundation, Eastern Long Island Chapter, meet at George’s Lighthouse Cafe, Montauk Point, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

CLAY ART GUILD GIFT SHOW: Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 15, Bridgehampton Museum Archives Building, 2539a Montauk Highway, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE: Christmas trees and holiday décor, East Hampton Gardens, 16 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Santa arrives at noon on Saturday.

INDONESION TEXTILE EXHIBIT AND SALE: Batik clothing, tapestries, Ikat weavings from Southeast Asia, masks, baskets, wood carvings, musical instruments, Hindu prayer flags, and more, Ashawagh Hall, Springs, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Also Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR PREVIEW PARTY: For East Hampton Historical Society, tickets start at $200 and include entrance to the tour on Nov. 30, Maidstone Club, East Hampton, 6-8 p.m. 

Saturday, November 30

CHRISTMAS SALE: Holiday decorations, toys, and other gifts, plus rummage rooms, Montauk Community Church, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

FARMERS MARKET: Riverhead Indoor Market, 54 Main Street, on Small Business Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays through April 27.

HOLIDAY BOOK SALE: New and used books and holiday gifts, offered by Friends of the Montauk Library, at the library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Also Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

HIKE: Seven-mile Hither Hills trek with East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Shuttle to the beginning of the hike on Napeague Harbor Road to take Paumanok Path, a.k.a. the Stephen Talkhouse Trail, and return to the parking lot on the hilly Serpent’s Back Trail. Judy Kossover leads, 631-267-6747, or 845-548-7604 after 9:30 on the morning of the hike. Take a snack and plenty of water. Meet at the Hither Hills West Overlook, east of the Route 27/Old Montauk Highway split, 10 a.m. 

HIKE: 2.5-miles in the ocean dunes led by Steve Murray, 917-767-6265. Meet in the small parking area for Napeague State Park on the south side of Route 27, about 1.6 miles east of where Bluff Road and Cranberry Hole Road intersect the highway, 10 a.m. 

OPEN HOUSE: Nature crafts, face-painting, and more, South Fork Natural History Museum, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with free admission till 2; live animal show, 2-3 p.m., $15, $10 children, or $10 and $5 for members.

FAMILY HIKE: Two miles on the new Long Springs Trail with the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Register with Eric and Hilary Woodward, 631-283-0554. Meet at the corner of Majors Path and Edge of Woods Road, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

FAMILY TREASURE HUNT: Maps at Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, between noon and 12:15 p.m., with stops at the Southampton Village Police Department, Southampton Fire Department, and Ye Olde Bake Shoppe for a treat before arriving at Book Shop in Cooper Hall to choose a book by 2 p.m. 

HORSE AND BUGGY RIDES: Part of Southampton Chamber of Commerce’s It’s a Wonderful Village promotion, from Southampton Village Hall, 23 Main Street, noon-3 p.m.

SEAL WALK: Three-mile round-trip hike to seal haul-out spot. Advanced reservations required by calling 631-668-5000. Meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground, 2 p.m.

POTLUCK LUNCH: For young adults, take leftovers to share, East Hampton Library, 3-4:30 p.m.

LIGHTING OF THE LIGHTHOUSE: Free admission. Montauk Lighthouse gates open 4-7 p.m., lighting ceremony around 5:15 p.m.

LIGHTING OF THE LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE: $25 for anyone 13 and over benefits the Lighthouse. Viking Superstar departs Montauk Harbor, 4 p.m. 

PARADE OF LIGHTS: Sponsored by Southampton Chamber of Commerce. Fire trucks lit up on Main Street and Job’s Lane, Southampton, 4:45 p.m., followed by tree lighting and fireworks display at Agawam Park, and party with Santa visit and refreshments, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane. 

HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR: East Hampton Historical Society, tickets can be picked up Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Nov. 30, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., at Clinton Academy, East Hampton, $65 in advance, $75 day of tour, 1-4:30 p.m. 

Sunday, December 1

TRAIL RIDE: Southampton Trails Preservation Society’s Horses on Trails (HOT) Ride. Take your own horse and helmet. Membership required due to insurance. Registration required with Leslie Lowery at 631-603-8661. Time to be determined. 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Hosted by the Southampton Fire Department Juniors, $10 adults, $5 children 3 to 10, Hampton Road Firehouse, 8 a.m.-noon. 

HIKE: Advance registration required with the South Fork Natural History Museum. Hither Woods, Montauk, 10:30 a.m. 

CHRISTMAS AT THE LIGHTHOUSE: Santa visits and music, free, Montauk Lighthouse, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

ARTISANS HOLIDAY MARKET: Host­ed by Grain Surfboard and Stick + Stone, 11 Indian Wells Highway, Amagansett, noon-5 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE: Refreshments, caroling, and story time and book signing with Billy Baldwin, author of “The Cookie That Saved Christmas,” Annie Cooper Boyd House, 174 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 2-4 p.m. 

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