Holiday season is officially in full swing on the East End. Here our five favorite weekend events, from tree-trimming parties to live performances of Handel’s Messiah, to keep you feeling festive.
Art Opening: Charles Henry Miller
Friday, December 2, 6–8 p.m. Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 West Main Street, Riverhead
The Suffolk County Historical Society presents an opening reception for the new exhibit “Charles Henry Miller: Painter of Long Island.” Curated by Geoffrey K. Fleming, Director of the Southold Historical Society, the new exhibit will feature paintings, sketchbooks and other historical memorabilia relating to the life and career of noted Long Island painter Charles Henry Miller, N.A. (1842-1922). The exhibit will be on view through February 11, 2012.
Holiday Open House at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Road, Quogue
It’s a Holiday Tree Trimming party at the Refuge! The fire will be so delightful as everyone enjoys story time, hot chocolate, refreshments and live holiday music, while kids can make an ornament for the Refuge tree or to take home.
Crossroads Music Presents On the Air @ Guild Hall
Friday, December 2, 7 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street East Hampton
Mamalee Rose & Friends, Inda Eaton, The Third Estate, Rashid Lanie, BrainCake, Susan Gabriel, Robert Bruey, Martha Mooke, Daisy Jopling, Escola D’Boom, InCircles, Joe Delia & the Thieves, Dalton Portella, LoLa, Maria Fairchild, Michael Weiskopf, and the House Band: Mick Hargreaves, Klyph Black, Randolph Hudson III, Tali “Icepack” Jackson, Joe Delia, James Benard and Anthony Liberatore are set to perform as Grammy-winner Cynthia Daniels records the live performance for a show to air on her radio program, Monk Music Radio, WPPB 88.3 FM and WEER 88.7 FM. For tickets and more info, go to GuildHall.org
Choral Society of the Hamptons Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 4, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway Bridgehampton
The Choral Society of the Hamptons and South Fork Chamber Ensemble will present Handel’s “Messiah” in two concerts (a benefit brunch before the first concert will be held at Pierre’s restaurant in Bridgehampton at 12:30 p.m.). Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door; preferred seating available at $50. For tickets and more info, visit www.choralsocietyofthehamptons.org or call 631-204-9402
December Wildlife on Dune Road
Sunday, December 4, 9–11 a.m. Dune Road, Hampton Bays
Dress warm and come see what types of waterfowl, harbor seals and other creatures might be out for their own morning jaunt along Dune Road. Sponsored by Group for the East End. For reservations or more info, contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or email@example.com.