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North Fork Escape: Candlelight Tour, Folk Art, & Christmas at the Show House 

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If ‘Black Friday’ at the mall is not your idea of post-Thanksgiving fun, come to the North Fork this weekend; we’re the antidote to the alienating experience of mass shopping at big box stores.

On Friday you can rebel against crass commercialism by joining in a free, decades-old local tradition, the Southold Historical Society’s Candlelight Tour and Tree Lighting.  And all weekend, people who would rather give unique, hand crafted gifts made locally instead of whatever bits of plastic have been shipped from China to fill big box store shelves have several special shopping opportunities.

For example, all weekend you can shop the 23rd Annual Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift Show at the Hallockville Museum Farm for the best handcrafted gifts on the East End. Or enjoy a spectacular designer show house and ‘Best of the North Fork’ emporium set in a transformed 1835 manse, otherwise known as ‘Christmas at the Show House’.

While these rare events headline the weekend’s happenings, they’re not the only things going on. For a full list, check out GoNorthFork.org on Wednesday afternoon to see the latest just as it’s published, or better still visit the site now and sign up for the free newsletter; that way you’ll be in the know just by checking your email.

Best of all, you can enjoy your stay at a discount. Visitors who wish to be properly pampered can take advantage of a Shorecrest special deal, while families wishing to bring the kids, or the dog, or people otherwise seeking a house instead of a B&B can scoop up a vacation rental at a special rate. Check out all the special discounts here.

The Candlelight Tour

Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Southold Historical Society welcomes the public to a candlelit tour of the many historic buildings in its Maple Lane complex. At each location hosts in period dress welcome you and can explain the local history in as much detail as you wish.

The tour highlights  include Santa and his elves in old Pine Neck Barn and a blacksmith crafting nails and tools in the Blacksmith Shop. Crafty visitors can learn about traditional holiday arts including embroidery, rug hooking and knitting by watching demonstrations in the Ann Currie-Bell House. Kids who hang out by the old-fashioned cast iron stove in the Bay View Schoolhouse can make ornaments for the school tree.  Period music beckons from the cozy Thomas Moore House, providing a perfect background for exploring the beautiful, traditional decorations there.

Speaking of music, musicians in period costume wander the grounds, entertaining the crowd as it visits the many buildings, which also include a print shop, corn crib, icehouse and more.

No mall schlock here; these centuries’ old houses and workplaces are carefully and beautifully decorated, with no two alike. The tour is free, and runs from 3-6 pm. The tree lighting, including carols, is at 5 pm.

The 23rd Annual Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift Show

Set in Hallockville Museum Farm’s historic Naugles Barn, this event is the East End’s most unique fine folk art and craft show. It runs all day Friday and Saturday, and much of Sunday. The handmade crafts and gifts include tree trimmings, baskets, rugs, Santas, vintage and rustic home decor and gifts. And the organizers really do mean “hand made”: hand stitched, hand carved, hand hooked, hand woven and hand crafted! It’s hard to imagine a more powerful pushback against the Black Friday mass-produced plastic Christmas shopping experience than this deeply traditional shopping opportunity.


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Christmas at the Show House

A group of local designers has transformed the historic albeit staid Cutchogue Presbyterian 1835 manse into a beautiful showcase of holiday design and an emporium of local art, crafts, furnishings and goods. While there’s a small admission fee to the house—which goes to local charities—the experience of wandering the rooms and halls more than justifies having to buy a charity-supporting ticket.

North Fork long island Christmas shopping special designer show house emporium Cutchogue

What’s more, you’ll surely find a perfect gift or two (or dozen) from one of the many vendors. Check out the Facebook page or website for all the details. While this terrific event is open all weekend, unlike the events above, it will return for the two weekends thereafter. So come this weekend, and if you can’t get to the show house, come back again the following weekend and do it then.

 

North Fork Vacation Rentals

Shorecrest Properties has some great deals for North Fork vacation rentals this summer.

We still have weeks available in July and August for some of our two, three and four bedroom houses sleeping  from 4 to 8,  some overlooking water and all  walk to or close to beaches and some PET FRIENDLY! All our homes are newly renovated or updated, well maintained and spotless! Plus we offer exclusive discounts and free offers to local businesses and wineries, maps and guides and local knowledge to help you plan your visit to the North Fork.

Mother/Daughter waterfront cottage in Southold, with detached studio, sleeps 5-7. Stunning views and sunsets from your living room and patio, steps from private Shelter Bay sandy beach. New on market –   July 4th week available! $3400 per week in July, $3800 per week in August – take $400 dollars off if you book any week or more by July 1st . PET FRIENDLY

Mother daughter Southold beach on Shelter Bay

Mother daughter Southold beach on Shelter Bay

Mother daughter in Southold

Mother daughter in Southold

 

 90 feet of waterfront in Southold, kayak from your dock, with private beach rights. Luxury all new renovation spacious 3 bedroom with pull out sofa in one of 3 living areas, master suite, two large full baths and one half bath, outside shower. A couple of weeks still available in July and August. PET FRIENDLY

North Fork Waterfront inlet beach

North Fork Waterfront inlet beach

 

 

 Orient by the Sea, 3 bedroom with detached studio, large fenced in yard in safe quiet community. Private beach, ball field and play area minutes from Orient State Park and the Cross Sound ferry. Sleeps 7 in beds, inflatable mattress for two more permitted. Some weeks available in August. July sold out

Orient by the Sea garden studio

Orient by the Sea garden studio

 

 Southold 2 bedroom, 1 bath, beautifully renovated with enormous sunroom, all new open plan kitchen, patio and outdoor dining, steps to private sand beach and short drive to Goose Creek. Some weeks left in July and August. PET FRIENDLY

2 bedroom cottage large sunroom/den with dining area

2 bedroom cottage large sunroom/den with dining area

 

 

 Cutchogue 2 bedroom in the heart of wine country. Newly renovated with pull out sofa in living room, sleeps 6, 1 full, 1 half bath, outdoor dining and barbecue, views of inlet, kayak launch and lovely sandy shelter bay beach close by. A great deal at $2500 per week in July and August. PET FRIENDLY

Cutchogue wine country welcome wreath

Cutchogue wine country welcome wreath

Call Shorecrest Properties, 631 765 1570 to book today!

 

 

 

 

“Coast” into the center of Southold’s shopping district

The front of "Coast" in the heart of Southold's shopping district.

The front of “Coast” in the heart of Southold’s shopping district.

This is the third in a series of articles I am writing about a group of stores in Southold town and the second store I am blogging about. This blog is about the boutique store “Coast,” which is located one store west of Beckwith on Main in the heart of Southold town. As the name implies, this adorable little store focuses on the seashore and beach and all things associated with it. Think beach glass, driftwood, pictures of the seaside and sea creatures of all kinds. A shelf of open-mouthed fish jugs in at least 8 different colors caught my eye as I walked into the small but well-appointed space. I overheard another patron saying “I have never spent so much time in such a small store!”  It seems proprieter Maggie Merrill specializes in rustic signs on driftwood and will custom create them to your order. She also sells on etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoastalEffects, has a nice Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/coastaleffects, Pinterst http://www.pinterest.com/coastaleffects/coastal-effects-on-etsy/site and Tweets https://twitter.com/coastaleffects.

I think if I had wandered into this store after a great day on the beach, I would go into a fresh salt air and sun kissed skin induced buying spree! Maggie was so sweet, very helpful and accommodating. The shop offers the perfect accouterments for a beach themed room, a great accent or just a momento of your weekend at the beach on the North Fork.

Even though it's a small store, Coast is packed with items that will make you reminisce about your days by the shore.

Even though it’s a small store, Coast is packed with items that will make you reminisce about your days by the shore.

If you can't find the driftwood sign that you are looking for,  you can have them custom made.

If you can’t find the driftwood sign that you are looking for, you can have them custom made.

North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association Discount Card

The North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association Discount Card is one of the big perks that guests receive when they stay at Shorecrest and all B&Bs that are members of the NFBBA. In cooperation with all of the generous local business, restaurants and wineries, the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association created discount cards which we give to our guests upon their arrival.

The businesses offer different types of discounts, but in general, the wineries offer discounts on tastings, free glasses of wine or a percentage off your bill or purchase; the restaurants offer a percentage off your bill, or free glass of wine: and the businesses offer a percentage off you purchase. All the businesses that participate are top notch and have received rave reviews from our guests and on-line.

Guests are always thrilled to receive the card because not only does it offer them big savings, but it helps guide them through their stay on the North Fork and highlights the types of places that they want to do business with.

Attached is an image of a combined front and back version of the card we displayed as a poster at the recent North Fork Promotional Council tourist booth opening so you can see who is participating on our 2014 card. Actual cards need to be signed and stamped in order for them to be accepted.

This has been a great thing for our guests, our association and our local businesses and shows what can be accomplished when we all work together! Thanks to all who participated.

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Shorecrest & NFBBA at NFPC Booth Opening- “Taste the North Fork”

On Saturday, May 17, 12-5pm at the Greenport Tourist Information Booth on the Main Road in Greenport, the North Fork Promotional Council turned the season opening of the booths and distribution of the North Fork Directory into an event called “Taste the North Fork.”  The event was designed to showcase the North Fork’s best kept secrets from the farms, vines, sea and land.

Promotional photo with NFPC members, including myself and Wilfred Joseph of the NFBBA.

Promotional photo with NFPC members, including myself and Wilfred Joseph of the NFBBA.

At scheduled intervals, booths went up featuring; farmers produce including North Fork Table Food Truck, Taste of the North Fork & cHarissa, Race Rock Oysters, Goodale Farms, Garden Fusion, Invincible Summer Farms, Southold School Garden, Browder’s Birds, Blue Duck Bakery.

The Blue Duck Bakery, one of the many booths offering their wares at the event.

The Blue Duck Bakery, one of the many booths offering their wares at the event.

Local winemakers including Mattabella Vineyards Chris Tobin, Mark Tobin and Maryse Bransfield. Raphael Vineyards Joann DeAngelo poured a selection of their wines.

Raphael Vineyards offered tastings of their wines, as did other wineries of the North Fork.

Raphael Vineyards offered tastings of their wines, as did other wineries of the North Fork.

Chefs also offered samples of dishes they make for their local restaurants and local businesses were featured as well.

Chef Rosa Ross of Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport, offered tastes of some of the dishes she prepares for her menu.

Chef Rosa Ross of Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport, offered tastes of some of the dishes she prepares for her menu.

From noon to 5, spanning the course of the event, the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association had a booth, giving everyone the opportunity to “meet the innkeepers” and answer questions about our bed and breakfasts.

Marilyn Marks and Sylvia Daley were a few of the many B&B owners who were featured at the NFBBA booth and available to chat and answer questions during the "meet the innkeepers" segment at the event.

Marilyn Marks and Sylvia Daley were a few of the many B&B owners who were featured at the NFBBA booth and available to chat and answer questions during the “meet the innkeepers” segment at the event.

We offered homemade cookies, beverages and treats and enjoyed speaking with everyone that stopped by.

Several interesting beverages and lots of treats were available for everyone at the NFBBA table.

Several interesting beverages and lots of treats were available for everyone at the NFBBA table.

The weather cooperated and the effect was that of a multi-faceted farmers market featuring the best of what the North Fork has to offer. It was a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to meet and network with local business owners.

Just some of the treats and information that was available at the NFBBA Booth during the event.

Just some of the treats and information that was available at the NFBBA Booth during the event.

Unique Antique Designs part of Southold’s business district revitalization

This is the storefront on Main Street in Southold.

This is the storefront on Main Street in Southold.

I recently wrote a blog on the resurgence of the business district of Southold town. While I was researching the blog, I visited 3 shops on the corner of Main Road and Beckwith; Unique Antique Designs, Coast and White Flower Farmhouse. I so enjoyed my visit to these stores I decided to write separate blogs on each one.

I am starting with Unique Antique Designs. (Check out their Facebook page.) The store is located one store west of Beckwith on Main and is operated by Daryl Malter, who was very inviting and helpful. The store is filled with antiques and vintage items from rustic to elegant. The items are artfully arranged and conveniently categorized. Unlike antique shops with a narrow focus, Daryl tries to find something for everyone. I was impressed with her section of local antiques which not only features items that commemorate the area, but items she specifically found at local estate and yard sales.

In the back the shop there was a section of colorful vintage clothing, something that could ad funky fun to everyone’s life! This section had a rainbow array of many vintage scarves to choose from. There was even a section she called “mantiques,” which included dinner jackets, war memorabilia, tools, ties and musical instruments, amongst other things.

The shop housed all sorts of collectibles and included reclaimed furnishings. She has many more sections and interesting items, but even if you don’t find something you want, just looking around at all the fascinating items makes for an interesting afternoon.  Daryl offers interior design services and can be reached at uniqueantiquedesigns@gmail.com.

Colorful scarves brighten up the vintage clothing sections toward the back of the store.

Colorful scarves brighten up the vintage clothing sections toward the back of the store.

Something every North Fork antiques store should have: a local section.

Something every North Fork antiques store should have: a local section.

Something interesting for the men: 'Mantiques,' dinner jackets, accessories, military items, tools and the like.

Something interesting for the men: ‘Mantiques,’ dinner jackets, accessories, military items, tools and the like.

 

 

Visit the East End for Great Food, Live Music & More, May 3rd and 4th

Restaurant Week, Live Music

Great Food, Live Music & More, May 3rd and 4th

So much is happening this weekend!

For fine dining at a discount, enjoy Restaurant Week’s final days. For a listing of participants and my special offer, check out my previous post.

Beyond inexpensive fine dining, there’s a wide range of live music, art openings, and food, farm & vineyard treats happening up and down the North Fork on the East End of Long Island. Full listings follow the summary.

If you’re a foodie or just want to get closer to the land, tour an organic farm, sample food and chat with the farmer.  Or play winemaker for a day. Or perhaps you’d rather craft your own vinegar and vinaigrette with locally grown ingredients. 

If live music is what moves you, you’ve plenty of choices. On Saturday afternoon, several vineyards are showcasing musicians. Unfortunately, a lot of the shows happen at the same time, so you can’t do them all. On Sunday a couple of vineyards offer more live music, plus there’s a special, non-vineyard concert. 

If you’d rather spend your time in galleries, gazing at beauty, this weekend features two art openings. One features modernist paintings and one urban photography. In addition there’s a fun ongoing exhibit.

And if you’re coming from New York City (or any other urban area) you know that one of the nicest features of the East End is that it gets properly dark at night, making stargazing fun. So on Saturday, from dark to midnight, you can visit the Custer Institute observatory in Southold for a guided tours of the heavens, clouds permitting. Details.

 

The Listings:

Food, Farm & Vineyard Treats

All of these events are offered on both Saturday and Sunday with the same details unless otherwise noted:

From East to West:

Soundview Restaurant in Greenport is having its annual Kentucky Derby festivities in its Red Bar starting at 4 pm. Enjoy mint juleps and show off your hat. Details.

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic offers its “Tour Taste Talk” farm tour from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Details.

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic invites you to be a winemaker for a day, from noon to 3 pm, Saturday Only. Note, reservations required. Details.

Castello Di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue invites you to tour its winery and production facility, and taste its wine. From 1-3 pm. Details.

Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse in Mattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn and taste four wines from 1:30 to 2 pm, Details, or tour the winery and barrel center starting at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.

Vinegars and Vinaigrettes Workshop, held in Riverhead (near the Southold Town line) Saturday Only.  Sponsored by A Taste of the North Fork and the Hallockville Museum Farm. Craft your own using fresh, local healthy ingredients, take two bottles home and enjoy samples of various vinegars/ vinaigrettes during the class. From 1-4, reservations required. Details.

Sherwood House Vineyard  in Jamesport is serving “Wine & Wings” from noon to 6pm, Saturday Only. The wings are crafted by celebrity chef and Emmy Award winning news anchor, Julian Phillips. Details.

 

Live Music Saturday

From East to West:

Osprey Dominion Vineyards in Peconic presents solo guitarist & singer Bob Stack from 1pm to 5pm, details here.

Castello DiBorghesi Vineyards in Cutchogue goes cabaret with Marjorie Volants from 2 pm to 4 pm, Details.

Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead (near Southold Town border) offers the Eastbound Freight Bluegrass Band from 2pm to 5 pm. Details.

Clovis Point Vineyards in Jamesport is playing contemporary R&B and rock with 25 to Red from 2 pm to 5 pm. Details.

Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport is offering the acoustic music of George Barry, starting at 2 pm. Details.

 

Live Music Sunday 

From East to West:

Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead (near Southold Town line) showcases the Keith Maguire Acoustic Duo from 2-5 pm. Details.

Clovis Point in Jamesport offers Brian Gallo and his alt-country and wistful pop. Details.

Jason’s Vineyard  in Jamesport offers Craig Rose and his classic band from 1-5. Details.

For something different, check out the Recorder Orchestra of New York, which is giving a concert at the Jamesport Meeting House from 4 to 5 pm. Details.

 

Visual Arts

This weekend features two art openings, one modernist paintings and one urban photography. In addition there’s a fun ongoing exhibit.

South Street Gallery in Greenport opens North Fork Modernism on Saturday, open Sunday too. Noon to 5 pm. Details.

Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery, Cutchogue, presents “Metropolis” featuring three award winning photographers. The opening reception is Saturday 6-9 pm and features Lenz wines and small bites. Details.

An ongoing fun exhibit:

Greenport Brewery, Greenport, hosts “Working Girls of New York Harbor: A Sketchbook of Dredges, Tugs and Ships” by artist Christina Sun through May 31. Have a beer and ogle the working girls. Details.

New shops revitalize Southold Town

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The White Flower Farmhouse at the corner of Beckwith and Main in Southold Town

When you see articles in the press lately about the North Fork, you read about the abundant wineries of Cutchogue and the much-extolled beauty of Greenport town, but rarely does Southold town come up. In past years Southold had become a “drive-through” town, with shuttered storefronts, realtors and only a few retail shops. But recently there has been a resurgence in Southold. In the past few years, stores have been opening- interesting, cute, quaint stores. These are the kind of stores that coax you to linger and offer you the unusual, handmade, quixotic and distinctive.

The heart of the town has become the corner of Beckwith and Main. At the corner, White Flower Farmhouse Antiques moved from Peconic Lane along with Taste of the North Fork. White Flower Farmhouse has been offering a clean cottage style of farmhouse antiques in vintage items for years. Taste of the North Fork has been offering Jams, Jellies preserves and items made food grown on the North Fork. Coast, a little shop that sells found and handmade items from the shore and Unique Antique Designs, and unusual antiques store that offers something for everyone, opened further east on Main and  a tag sale and clean out services store called Lost and Found opened down Beckwith. These stores linked existing stores like T&J Schlect Jewelry, the Drug store and further down the road, Complement the Chef (a great store that sell everything you need for your gourmet kitchen.) The historical societies’ Treasure Exchange has been offering local antiques, local interest books and other North Fork memorabilia for quite a while. There is Carol’s Kids Corner and Bath & Linens of Southold. Cap it off with the shops of the Feather Hill shopping center, which include Robert’s Jewelers and Elmer’s Custom Amish Furniture and you can have a nice lunch at Michelangelo’s or Wednesday’s table. Down the street is Jeni’s Main Street Grill. Across the way is the Southold Emporium Variety store and Rothman’s Dept. Store and Ye Olde Party Store housed in a medieval looking slate-roofed brick building.

Southold is really coming into its’ own and is now a place where you can spend an enjoyable afternoon, strolling up and down Main, shopping and having a bit to eat, enjoying all the charm of an old country town. We will be featuring some the shops of Southold in future blogs, so check back. And if your interest in local real estate, the realtors are still they’re too!

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Compliment The Chef has been selling a wide variety of gourmet cooking implements, recipe books and tableware for over 10 years in Southold Town.

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This slate roofed, brick building, one of the oldest buildings in town, houses “Ye Olde Party Shoppe” where you can browse through an extensive array of party supplies.

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Taste of the North Fork recently moved from Peconic Lane in Peconic. The still sell a host of delicious food stuffs made form the bounty of the North Fork.

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Coast and White Flower Farmhouse on the Main Road in Southold.

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