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LIM awarded for workplace excellence The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook was recently awarded the 2016 SmartCEO Magazine’s Corporate Culture Award. The Corporate Culture Awards program honors companies that foster a creative, collaborative workplace culture to enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. The Long Island Museum was one of 38 companies honored at the first Long Island Corporate Culture Awards ceremonies at Chateau Briand in Carle Place. According to SmartCEO, “Smart leaders understand that culture is a company’s greatest asset, driving performance and growth. What’s more, a successful culture is actively and intentionally cultivated and developed.” “The most significant aspects of our corporate culture are teamwork and timing,” said Long Island Museum Executive Director Neil Watson. “With a very lean

staff, we work cohesively to deliver compelling exhibitions and engaging programs for diversified audiences. We’re constantly changing and people’s experience are changing when they’re here. The success of our corporate culture comes when we engage new and existing audiences in new ways,” he said. Above, LIM staff members gather in the Carriage Museum’s Core Gallery to celebrate. Clockwise from left, Neil Watson, Executive Director; Jonathan Olly, Assistant Curator; Alexandria D’Auria, Development Associate; Andrea Abrahamsen, Curatorial Assistant; Joshua Ruff, Director of Collections and Interpretation; Lisa Unander, Director of Education; Emma Backfish, Public Programs Coordinator; Julie Diamond, Director of Communications; Louise Anderson, Executive Assistant; and Regina Miano, Special Events Manager.

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Healthy Holiday Eating The holiday season presents all kinds of temptations that can make sticking to a healthy eating plan a challenge. Join registered dietician Patrick Moran of Northwell Health at the Northport Public LIbrary, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. for a presentation on how to eat healthy while still enjoying all the holidays have to offer. Questions? Call 631-261-6930.

Prostate Cancer Support John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, 75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson will host a Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 7:30 to

9:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1. Come for their year-end Christmas Party. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Craig at 631-846-4377.

Medicine Collection Day The Northport Police Department and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will collect unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications at the Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport (items in pill form only) and East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Road, E. Northport (items in pill form and liquids) on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. No questions asked and no personal information is required. Call 631261-6930 for more information.

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Care for the family caregiver Editors Note: Having recently recognized the dedication of family caregivers nationwide, we offer a timely suggestion for this season. Holiday gatherings are also an ideal opportunity to take note of any changing needs for loved ones that we may see infrequently, and a chance to plan proactively for them in the coming year “My wife has dementia and I am going to do what I can to keep her at home.” “My father died recently and Mom needs our help.” “My 90-year-old uncle lives across town all alone, so someone in our family visits him every day.”

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Family caregivers are some of our nation’s most dedicated heroes — devoted men and women who tirelessly attend to loved ones with an illness, disability or limitations of aging. Each November, America celebrates National Family Caregivers Month to recognize and honor family caregivers across our country. From metropolitan brownstones and urban care facilities to rolling farmsteads and rural assisted living centers, family caregivers compassionately assist parents, spouses, extended family, friends and neighbors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 34 million unpaid caregivers nationwide care for someone age 18 or older who is dealing with sickness or disability. These millions represent roughly 21 percent of all U.S. households. Family caregivers come from diverse backgrounds and care circumstances. She may be the granddaughter stopping by her grandparents’ home twice a week with fresh produce, or the son driving 300 miles every other week to take his father to

his cancer treatments. Fueled by love and sacrifice, the role of a volunteer caregiver knows few limits. Fortunately, a plethora of national and local organizations and online resources are available to family caregivers. For a local list of services and organizations, caregivers can contact federal, county and state government agencies including the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, social services departments and public health departments. The social services department of local hospitals and medical clinics or adult daycare centers and faith-based agencies are other avenues for learning about services and programs available to family caregivers and care recipients. The following is a summary list of national family caregiver resources: Family Caregiver Alliance offers services and publications based on caregiver needs at the local, state and national levels. The group’s website offers a wealth of helpful information from caregiving tips and fact sheets to personal stories and newsletters. National Alliance for Caregiving is a nonprofit coalition of national organizations whose website connects family caregivers with information, videos, books and more that the alliance reviews and approves as providing beneficial information for caregivers., the official U.S. government site for Medicare, presents easy access to useful information about Medicare and other proven resources to help with family caregiving. The site includes links to partner organizations and essential caregiver information, such as “What type of care is best for your loved one?” and “What every caregiver needs to know.”

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Creating holiday magic in the Vanderbilt Mansion Interior designers and garden clubs deck the elegant halls of the Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport each year, and hundreds of visitors see the results beginning the day after Thanksgiving. The decorators create enchanted rooms with lighted trees, boughs, ornaments, wreaths, ribbons and elegantly wrapped faux gifts. Lance Reinheimer, executive director of the museum, said, “These generous volunteers use their time and talent to create an atmosphere of charming holiday grandeur and sophisticated living. We’re grateful to them for bringing magic to this historic house.” Stephanie Gress, the museum’s director of curatorial affairs, said “Most of these garden clubs and designers have been decorating the mansion for more than 20 years. We look forward to seeing them each year, and to how they use their creative skills to bring elegant holiday charm to the house.”

JoAnn Canino chairs the Three Village Garden Club (Old Field, Setauket and Stony Brook), which has decorated a mansion room every year for more than a decade. “The Portuguese Sitting Room is very masculine,” she said. “We wanted to bring out the colors of the rug and of the sculpture of the knight on the horse — teal, turquoise, pinks, blues and greens.” In addition to decorating the tree, club members added boughs, ribbons and ornaments to the centuries-old mantelpiece. The Dix Hills Garden Club decorated the striking paneled library, the grandest room in the 24-room Spanish Revival mansion. “It’s a dark room, with not much natural light coming in,” said Christine Lagana. “So we added a wide deep-red ribbon that winds down from the top of the tree. The ‘pop’ of the red brightens the tree in that dark space.”

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From left, Samantha Bendl, Claudia Dowling and Ian Daly of Claudia Dowling Interiors in Huntington decorate a Vanderbilt Mansion guest room.

The club used many gold ornaments and enhanced the mantel of the imposing fireplace with green boughs and gold ornaments. “Since this is a museum, we can’t use glue or nails on the carved wood,” Lagana said. “So we wrapped hidden bricks in dark-green felt and used them to secure the boughs, which are intertwined with golden ribbons. Then we were able to hang ornaments securely from the large length of bough that runs along the mantelpiece.” Claudia Dowling of Claudia Dowling Interiors in Huntington said, “We’re blessed to help decorate the Vanderbilt Mansion. It’s such a beautiful historic, Long Island treasure. In one of the guest rooms, we used gold and cream and a very traditional tree, in keeping with the original concept of how the Vanderbilt rooms were designed and decorated. We added subtle ‘whisper’ touches in one of the guest rooms — a garland on the mantelpiece and surprise gifts on the club chair.” Jenny Holmes, vice president of the Nathan Hale Garden Club, and her friends decorated the upstairs Organ Room, a paneled parlor with an Aeolian pipe organ, large fireplace and sofa, and a table for playing cards and board games. “Because Mr. Vanderbilt loved the sea, we created a nautical theme with lots of shells from the beach — including a gold-sprayed horseshoe crab shell — and added pine cones and large magnolia leaves,” Holmes said. Mary Schlotter and her daughter, Krishtia McCord — who operate the Centerport design firm Harbor Homestead & Co. — decorated Rosamund Vanderbilt’s mirrored dressing room and the family’s breakfast hallway. Using a dress-form mannequin, they added green boughs as a skirt. “Our friend, dress designer Lorri Kessler-Toth of Couture Creations, created a fitted turquoise-blue velvet cover for the dress-form torso,” Schlotter said. “We added a necklace of chandelier crystals and a pendant, and embellished the skirt with teal ornaments, champagne ribbon, and filigreed poinsettia leaves. This is a dressing room, so we created a Christmas dress,” added Schlotter. They also added chandelier crystals and champagne poinsettia leaves to the bough that decorates the mantelpiece on the marble fireplace. The crystals on the mantel complement those that hang from the sconces in the mirrored, hexagonal dressing room. Finally, The Centerport Garden Club decorated the dining room and Mr. Vanderbilt’s bedroom, and the Honey Hills club decorated Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.


The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport will give guided tours of the decorated mansion each Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday and each day during the week between Christmas and the New Year through Dec. 30. Special Twilight Tours will be given on Dec. 26 and 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 631-854-5579 or visit


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Stroke remains one of the top five causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States (1). As a result, we have a wealth of studies that inform us on issues ranging from identifying chronic diseases that increase stroke risk to examining the roles of medications and lifestyle in managing risk.

Impact of chronic diseases There are several studies that show chronic diseases — such as age-related macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis and migraine with aura — increase the risk for stroke. Therefore, patients with these diseases must be monitored. In the ARIC study, stroke risk was apBy David proximately 50 perDunaief, M.D. cent greater in patients who had AMD compared to those who did not — 7.6 percent versus 4.9 percent, respectively (2). This increase was seen in both types of stroke: ischemic (complete blockage of blood flow in the brain) and hemorrhagic (bleeding in the brain). The risk was greater for hemorrhagic stroke than for ischemic, 2.64 vs. 1.42 times increased risk. However, there was a smaller overall number of hemorrhagic strokes, which may have skewed the results. This was a 13-year observational study involving 591 patients, ages 45 to 64, who were diagnosed with AMD. Most patients had early AMD. If you have AMD, you should be followed closely by both an ophthalmologist and a primary care physician.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) In an observational study, patients with RA had a 30 percent increased risk of stroke, and those under 50 years old with RA had a threefold elevated risk (3). This study involved 18,247 patients followed for a 13year period. There was also a 40 percent increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), a type of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat. Generally, AF causes increased stroke risk; however, the authors were not sure if AF contributed to the increased risk of stroke seen here. They suggested checking regularly for AF in RA patients, and they surmised that inflammation may be an underlying cause for the higher number of stroke events.

Migraine with aura In the Women’s Health Study, an observational study, the risk of stroke increased twofold in women who had migraine with aura (4). Only about 20 percent of migraines include an aura, and the incidence of stroke in this population is still rather rare, so put this in context (5).

Medications with beneficial effects Two medications have shown positive impacts on reducing stroke risk: statins and valsartan. Statins are used to lower cholesterol and inflammation, and valsartan is

used to treat high blood pressure. Statins do have side effects, such as increased risks of diabetes, cognitive impairment and myopathy (muscle pain). However, used in the right setting, statins are very effective. In one study, there was reduced mortality from stroke in patients who were on statins at the time of the event (6). Patients who were on a statin to treat high cholesterol had an almost sixfold reduction in mortality, compared to those with high cholesterol who were not on therapy. There was also significant mortality reduction in those on a statin without high cholesterol, but with diabetes or heart disease. The authors surmise that this result might be from an anti-inflammatory effect of the statins. Of course, if you have side effects, you should contact your physician immediately. Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker that works on the kidney to reduce blood pressure. However, in the post-hoc analysis (looking back at a completed trial) of the Kyoto Heart Study data, valsartan used as an add-on to other blood pressure medications showed a significant reduction, 41 percent, in the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events for patients who have coronary artery disease (7). It is important to recognize that chronic disease increases stroke risk. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are two of the most significant risk factors. Fortunately, statins can reduce cholesterol, and valsartan may be a valuable add-on to prevent stroke in those patients with coronary artery disease.

are about 50 million patients who take aspirin chronically in the United States. If these patients all took 325 mg of aspirin per day — an adult dose — it would result in 900,000 major bleeding events per year (10).

Lifestyle modifications A prospective study of 20,000 participants showed that consuming white fleshy fruits — apples, pears, bananas, etc. — and vegetables — cauliflower, mushrooms, etc. — decreased ischemic stroke risk by 52 percent (11). Additionally, the Nurses’ Health Study showed that foods with flavanones, found mainly in citrus fruits, decreased the risk of ischemic stroke by 19 percent (12). The authors suggest that the reasons for the reduction may have to do with the ability of flavanones to reduce inflammation and/or improve blood vessel function. I mention both of these trials together because of the importance of fruits in prevention of ischemic (clot-based) stroke.

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Fiber also plays a key role in reducing the risk of a hemorrhagic stroke. In a study involving over 78,000 women, those who consumed the most fiber had a total stroke risk reduction of 34 percent and a 49 percent risk reduction in hemorrhagic stroke. The type of fiber used in this study was cereal fiber, or fiber from whole grains. Refined grains, however, increased the risk of hemorrhagic stroke twofold (13). When eating grains, it is important to have whole grains. Read labels carefully, since some products that claim to have whole Medication combination: grains contain unbleached or bleached negative impact wheat flour, which is refined. Fortunately, there are many options to There are two anti-platelet medications that are sometimes given together in the hopes help reduce the risk or the recurrence of of reducing stroke recurrence — aspirin and a stroke. Ideally, the best option would inPlavix (clopidogrel). The assumption is that volve lifestyle modifications. Some patients may need to take statins, these medications together will even with lifestyle modificawork better than either alone. tions. However, statins’ side However, in a randomized coneffect profile is dose related. trolled trial, the gold standard Therefore, if you need to take of studies, this combination a statin, lifestyle changes may not only didn’t demonstrate help lower your dose and efficacy improvement but sigavoid harsh side effects. Once nificantly increased the risk of you have had a stroke, it is major bleed and death (8, 9). likely that you will remain Major bleeding risk was 2.1 at least one medication — percent with the combination Consuming white on low-dose aspirin — since the versus 1.1 percent with aspirin alone, an almost twofold in- fleshy fruits such as risk of a second stroke is high. crease. In addition, there was pears may decrease References: a 50 percent increased risk of ischemic stroke risk (1) (2) Stroke onall-cause death with the comline 2012. (3) BMJ 2012; bination, compared to aspirin by as much as 52 MarApril 8;344:e1257. (4) Neurolalone. Patients were given percent. ogy 2008 Aug 12; 71:505. (5) 325 mg of aspirin and either Neurology. 2009;73(8):576. a placebo or 75 mg of Plavix. The study was halted due to these deleterious (6) AAN conference: April 2012. (7) Am J effects. The American Heart Association rec- Cardiol 2012; 109(9):1308-1314. (8) ISC ommends monotherapy for the prevention of 2012; Abstract LB 9-4504; (9) www.clinirecurrent stroke. If you are on this combina- NCT00059306. (10) JAMA 2007;297:2018-2024. (11) Stroke. 2011; 42: tion of drugs, please consult your physician. 3190-3195. (12) J. Nutr. 2011;141(8):1552Aspirin: low dose vs. high dose 1558. (13) Am J Epidemiol. 2005 Jan 15;161(2):161-169. Greater hemorrhagic (bleed) risk is also a Dr. Dunaief is a speaker, author and local concern with daily aspirin regimens greater than 81 mg, which is the equivalent of a sin- lifestyle medicine physician focusing on the gle baby aspirin. Aspirin’s effects are cumu- integration of medicine, nutrition, fitness lative; therefore, a lower dose is better over and stress management. For further inforthe long term. Even 100 mg taken every other mation, visit day was shown to be effective in trials. There or consult your personal physician.

Flag collection American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 will have its Old Glory Flag Deposit Box at the Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor from Dec. 2 to 30. Residents can drop off their worn, frayed and soiled flags to be retired. For more information, call 631-692-6820.

Holiday Wreath workshop Join the folks at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown for a Holiday Wreath workshop on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create a lovely wreath for your door or give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special. $4 per person. Seating is limited. Advance registration required by calling 631-265-1054.

Wine tasting fundraiser Sweetbriar Nature Center will hold a wine tasting fundraiser, A Toast to the Wild!, on Friday, Dec. 9 at The Wine Guy, 220 W. Main St. Smithtown from 8 to 10 p.m. Live animal presentations! Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Donation of $20 per person may be made by visiting, by calling 631-979-6344 or at the door. Proceeds will help support the center’s mission of wildlife rehabilitation and natural science education.

Book signing Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington will welcome front man of the band Skid Row, actor and author Sebastian Bach who will be signing copies of his new book, “18 and Life on Skid Row,” on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. For further information, call 631-271-1442.

Kindred in concert As part of its Musical Moments series, the Kings Park Civic Association and Chamber of Commerce will present Kindred (Joe Roche and Caitlin Grossman) in concert (Irish, country, rock and folk music) at Discover Church, 25 W. Main St., Kings Park on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Free. Questions? Call Christine at 631-269-6160.

Holiday Tea & Antiques Appraisal fundraiser The Wading River Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Tea & Antiques Appraisal on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Wading River Congregational Church auditorium, North Country Road, Wading River at 7 p.m. Come enjoy a musical performance by Shoreham Wading River High School students, an antiques appraisal by Lloyd’ Antiques and Appraisals, raffles, door prizes and a delicious dessert tea. Attendees are asked to bring their own teacups. Tickets are $15 per person at the door and includes one appraisal. For reservations or information please call Debra at 631-929-7257.


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DOWN 1. Pack like sardines 2. Denim innovator 3. Maple, to a botanist 4. Scarecrow stuffing 5. “The Goldbergs,” e.g. 6. Arc de Triomphe, e.g. 7. Leave speechless 8. Big mess 9. Between mini and maxi 10. Short for “it will” 11. He plus she 12. “Ever” to a poet 15. Marine gastropod 20. Olden day blood-drawing equipment 22. Priest’s vestment 24. Like a knight in shining armor? 25. *Billy Bob Thorton’s was bad 26. Love, to Napoleon and Josephine 27. Nobody 29. ____ Candies, chocolatier 31. Treat without respect 32. ____ vs. pathos 33. Popular cook-off dish 34. *”Home Alone” main character 36. *Jim Carrey’s was green when he stole Christmas 38. *It’s wonderful? 42. Three-masted vessel 45. Tabby’s favorite herb 49. Pollen ____ 51. Feeling at a funeral 54. Holiday feeling 56. Hustle and bustle sound 57. Tar to feathers 58. Tiny river 59. Wading bird 60. Dried up 61. Norse deity 62. Turned to the right 63. Makes mistakes 64. Gobbled up 66. *”Jingle All the ____” *Theme related clue.

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Noah Hallock House Christmas Tour The Rocky Point Historical Society will offer Christmas tours of the Noah Hallock Homestead (c. 1721), 172 Hallock Landing Road, Rocky Point on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Docents dressed in period costumes will portray members of the historic Rocky Point Hallock family and lead you through the festively decorated home. Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation $5. For more information, please call Natalie at 631-255-4304.

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Handler and Levesque in concert On Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m., Le Petit Salon de Musique, 380 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will welcome the exotic classical guitar and mandolin duo of Judy Handler and Mark Levesque in concert. The husband and wife team are known worldwide for their sophisticated sound that blends classical, Brazilian, Latin, jazz, gypsy and folk music in unique, expressive arrangements. Included in the program will be music from the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East as well as a few holiday favorites. Tickets at the door are $20 adults ($15 online), $15 seniors ($10 online) and $5 students. For more information, visit

Messiah Sing-Along Stony Brook University’s Department of Music will present its annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along in the Recital Hall of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. The seasonal traditional concert will feature members of the University Orchestra, vocal soloists including Anna Betka, Catherine Sandstedt, Erynn McLeod, Colin Champagne, Zen Kuriyama and Daniel Nwatu, and conductors Michael Thomas Asmus, Susan Deaver, Zen Kuriyama, Gregory Quevedo and Xin Ben Yu. Admission is free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase for $10 at the door. Choruses from Part One, Worthy is the Lamb/Amen and the Hallelujah Chorus will all be sung by the audience. For further information, call 631-632-7330 or visit

Parent Leadership Initiative The Parent Leadership Initiative (PLI) of the Child Care Council of Suffolk will host an Information Café on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at the South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. All parents and caregivers are welcome and participation is free. Dinner and childcare will be provided. To register or for more information please email westernsuffolkpli@ or call 631-462-0303, ext. 165.

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The Smithtown Historical Society will host a Holiday Luncheon at the Frank Brush Barn, located at 211 Middle Country Road, Smithtown, on Friday, Dec. 2 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Treat your staff and yourself to a traditional tetrazzini lunch, served with salad, roll, drinks and dessert. Shop for homemade goodies and unique gifts at a Holiday Boutique. Purchase raffle tickets for festive prizes and holiday wreaths. $15 per person. Reservations required by calling 631-265-6768.


photo of the week Holiday Light Show Girls Scouts of Suffolk County and County Executive Steve Bellone (D) will present a Holiday drive-thru Light Show at Smith Point County Park, County Road 46, Shirley through Dec. 23. Now in its 13th year with a new location, the light show is better than ever with more lights, more displays and more festive family fun! Hours through Dec. 17 are Monday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Hours from Dec. 18 to 23 are 5 to 11 p.m. $20 per car. Credit card only at the gate. For more information, call 631-543-6622 or visit

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SUPERMOON POWERS Gene Sprouse captured this photo on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 5:17 p.m. with his Nikon D5500 with a 18-200mm zoon lens at 44mm focal length. He took three shots at 0, −2 and +2 and used Photomatix to generate an HDR composite picture. He writes, “The Supermoon [on Nov. 13] caused an unusually low tide, and I took this picture at West Meadow Beach at sunset. In all of my years in Stony Brook, I have never seen the sandbars out so far.”

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The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook will hold an Open House on Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Take a break from holiday preparations and enjoy the museum’s world-class exhibitions including Long Island in the Sixties, Through Our Eyes, LIMarts: Inspired by. Admission is free all day. For further information, call 631-751-0066.

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By Melissa arnold

If you haven’t been to a library in a while, you probably still envision it as little more than rows of books and people reading. But times have changed, and these days, libraries are about so much more than checking out an old book. Just ask thousands of families across Long Island who have benefitted from their library’s Museum Pass Program. The premise is a simple one: When you become a patron of your local library, which is free, you’ll get access to everything it has to offer. Collections run the gamut from traditional books and magazines to video games and digital content. The majority of Suffolk County’s libraries also allow their patrons the chance to borrow a family pass for a number of area museums, both on Long Island and in New York City. While the participating museums vary for each library, popular destinations such as the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City and the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan are almost universally available. Each library’s Museum Pass Program is funded through its own budget or with assistance from their local support organization. While it’s not clear which library on Long Island first offered museum passes, similar programs have existed for decades across the country. According to Samantha Alberts of Suffolk County Library Services, libraries in Ohio were providing passes as early as the 1980s. In 2008, Sachem Public Library became one of the first local libraries to offer passes. “We try to be a source of inspiration and education for people, whether that’s on-site or out in the community, so it seemed like a natural fit to introduce people to new experiences,” said Lauren Gilbert, head of community services for the Sachem Public Library. They began approaching local museums to purchase family memberships — the same annual passes anyone can buy. Each museum has slightly different rules, but multiple adults and children can be admitted with just one pass. Gilbert said that in 2015 alone, passes to 17 museums were borrowed more than 2,000 times at Sachem. Other participating libraries have seen similarly impressive numbers, and the program’s popularity grows every year. For the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library in Setauket, the Museum Pass Program is a more recent addition to their offerings. “Earlier in 2013, we did a survey of our patrons asking about the kinds of services they’d want to see at the library,” explained Lisa

DeVerna, head of the library’s Department of Community Outreach and Public Relations. “When we looked at the responses, people asked over and over again for museum passes.” They launched their program modestly, with 10 museums in the first year. Now, they have passes for 21 museums, including seven in New York City. More than 1,000 passes were checked out at Emma Clark in 2015, and they’re on track to meet or surpass that number this year. “It’s so easy to use. I’m a patron here [at Emma Clark], and I’ve done it myself with my kids,” DeVerna said. “You just pick up the pass the day before your visit and bring it back before noon the day after. [At our library], you can even renew the pass for use the next day as long as there’s not a reservation on it already.” Each library has its own policies for the program, but most will allow patrons to borrow passes several times a month, and sometimes more than one museum at a time. And with the option to reserve the pass online or by phone, it couldn’t be more convenient. Therese Nielsen, department head of Adult and Reference Services at the Huntington Central Library, said that each museum’s popularity varies over time, and that they occasionally add new museums based on patrons’ requests. “Certain places tend to spike in popularity on a seasonal basis,” Nielsen explained. “The Old Westbury Gardens are popular in the fall and spring when everything is in bloom, people like to visit the Intrepid [Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City] when it’s not terribly hot outside. At the holidays, a lot of people like to visit Old Bethpage Village. The MoMA and Guggenheim [Museum, both in New York City] are popular throughout the year, as are the Long Island Children’s Museum and the Cradle of Aviation [both in Garden City].” The museums Nielsen mentioned are only a slice of what’s available. The librarians were quick to say there’s something for everyone, and the program saves families the money they’d normally spend on a museum trip, where a family of four could pay $50 or more for admission. “I think that part of the benefit of living in this area is all the great access to cultural institutions. There’s so much to offer here and people have been so excited to take advantage of that,” DeVerna said. “And you no longer have to worry about it being too expensive because it’s right here for free.” Contact your local library for details about the Museum Pass Program in your area.


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Northport Historical Society looks to ‘Deck the Halls’ this holiday season

By Melissa arnold

For many families, nothing says it’s the holiday season quite like admiring the neighborhood in lights. If you agree, then Northport is where you’ll want to be on Sunday, Dec. 11, as they celebrate their annual holiday tour. The self-guided tour is a highly anticipated event in the village with several hundred attendees coming out last year, according to Tracy Pfaff, director of the Northport Historical Society. Previously called “Homes for the Holidays,” the tour has been renamed “Deck the Halls Holiday Tour” this year to reflect the inclusion of more than just decorated homes. “Our inclusion of historic sites as well as private homes is a different spin on the house tour concept,” said Pfaff, who assumed the role of director earlier this year. “It allows us more freedom to welcome vendors, offer refreshments and entertainment without inconveniencing a homeowner.” The iconic Thompson Building, located on Woodbine Avenue, is one of the properties set to be decorated to the nines for the tour. While there, visitors will be treated to live music and the opportunity to purchase a variety of gifts from local vendors. The building served as headquarters for the Thompson Law Book Company when it was first built in 1883, Pfaff said. The company quickly became the largest employer in Northport — well-educated lawyers, writers and editors came to

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a decorated mantle rings in the holidays at a northport home during a previous tour. work at the company and would later settle in Northport, which led to the construction of homes, businesses and facilities to support the growing population. Brú na Bó, a store featuring art, home decor, furniture and more designed by local craftsmen, will also be a stop on the tour this year. Located at 33 Scudder Ave., the property was completely transformed after once serving as storage space for the Thompson Law Book Company. Another stop on the tour is the historic Lewis Oliver Farm, which is located on

Burt Avenue. Since the 1800s, the farm has raised a variety of animals, including cows, alpacas, sheep, geese and more. In the past, it was also a dairy farm. While dairy production has ceased now, the farm is still home to a variety of animals and features a country store. Of course, elaborately decorated homes are still a crucial part of the tour, with three families graciously opening their doors to visitors for the occasion. Each home is decorated exclusively by the residents, and each has its own unique story, Pfaff said.

“The houses we showcase on this tour are a combination of historically significant and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Naturally, there are only so many homes that have significant ties to [the village’s] earliest days, but every home still has a story to tell and a part to play in the history of Northport, including the recent past and today,” she said. Tour attendees will receive a map on their arrival identifying the locations of each decorated home and building. They are free to travel from place to place at their leisure between noon and 4 p.m. Volunteers will greet visitors at each stop to share information and answer questions. There will be something different to enjoy at each stop on the tour, including entertainment, sweet treats, raffles and opportunities for shopping. “Northport is such a charming town with an interesting history, beautiful homes and exquisite harbor views,” Pfaff said. “This tour is a perfect way to experience it.” “Deck the Halls Holiday Tour” will be held on Dec. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets purchased by Dec. 10 are $31, $26 members. Tickets purchased on the day of the tour are $36, $31 members. For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 631-757- 9859.

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The iconic 1883 Thompson Building will be one of the stops during the holiday tour.

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By BaRBaRa BeltRami Hello, all you cooks and bakers! I’m back after a 25-year vacation and will once again be bringing you my favorite recipes; usually easy, original, healthful, calling for quality ingredients and sometimes modified from other recipes and tested. For a good beginning to this column and to any company or holiday meal, what else but hors d’oeuvres? In the tradition of the season, what else but cookies? While the kids are wolfing down sugar cookies and gingerbread people (we must be politically correct and not call them gingerbread men anymore) from Grandmas’s treasured recipes, the grown-ups will be sitting around calmly sipping their cocktails and wine and nibbling (or binging) on these savory cookies. Think thin biscotti with black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts. Imagine Parmesan wafers with pungent rosemary. So pour yourself a drink, preheat that oven and start baking!

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Biscotti with Black Olives, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Walnuts YIELD: 3 1/2 dozen biscotti INGREDIENTS: • 1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour • 4 ounces freshly and coarsely grated Parmesan cheese (don’t use the packaged kind) • 1/4 teaspoon salt • freshly ground black pepper, to taste • one stick of unsalted butter, sliced into ½-inch pieces • ¼ cup Italian or Greek black olives, pitted and chopped • ½ cup oil-packed and drained sun-dried tomatoes, chopped • ½ cup chopped walnuts • 2 ½ tablespoons milk • one large egg DIRECTIONS: In a bowl, combine flour, cheese, salt and pepper. With a pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in olives, tomatoes and walnuts. In a small bowl, beat together the milk and egg; combine egg mixture with dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Shape dough into a ball. Divide dough in half; pat and roll each piece into a 6- to 8-inch log and place each on a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and refrigerate till firm, preferably overnight, but at least 6 hours. Preheat oven to 400 F. Butter two large baking sheets. Diagonally cut the logs into ¼-inch slices and place one inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake until the biscotti are just brown around the edges (10 to 12 minutes). With a spatula, transfer to wire racks to cool. Please note: Both recipes are best if served immediately; otherwise reheat to crisp.



Choosing festive indoor plants for the holiday season

By EllEn BarcEl It’s getting to be that time — the time of year when the stores are filled with irresistible holiday plants. Before you make that purchase or purchases, there are some things to remember. First, little kids and pets have a very bad habit of putting everything they see in their mouths. While some plants are safe, others are toxic. Make sure that your children and grandchildren as well as your dogs and cats can’t get at your holiday plants. A trip to the ER should not be part of your holiday experience. Second, if you are treating that plant as you would a bouquet of flowers, that is, a decoration for a brief time, then of course put those plants where they do the best for the décor. If, on the other hand, you wish to keep your holiday plants growing year round, then you must treat them kindly. Put them where they will get enough light. Remember to water them accordingly. Don’t overwater any cactus plant, for example, but don’t let your poinsettias dry out. Some plants need enough humidity, like the Norfolk Island pine, which is so popular this time of year. Frequently decorated with sparkles and red bows, it makes a nice alternative to a full-sized Christmas tree. I’ve seen them in the supermarket, moderately priced, for about three feet tall. Add a few of your own decorations and you have a really nice holiday tree. I kept one growing for a

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look for poinsettias with the yellow center flowers still closed. They will last longer. number of years before the dry house air in winter finally did it in. If you are planning to have amaryllis blooming for the holidays, you need to have that bulb planted approximately four to six weeks before the desired bloom date. While most are a bright red, there are white, pink and variegated varieties. To keep them blooming for the next year, remove the spent flower but keep the green leaves

growing. You need to fertilize the plant as it is growing, since this year’s bloom is based on what the grower did the year before you bought it. The bulb will then go dormant for a number of months. If you’ve treated the bulb right, it should start to grow and bloom again in November of next year. If you choose a poinsettia, make sure that the yellow flowers (the tiny part in the center of the “bloom”) are tightly closed,

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Thursday 1 Book signing

Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington will welcome author Jean Mellano who will be speaking and signing copies of her new memoir, "Slipped Away," at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Winter concerts

The Department of Music at Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Road, Selden, will present winter concerts featuring student performance ensembles today and Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Islip Arts Building. Concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. For more information call 451-4346.


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Port Jefferson Village will host the 21st annual Charles Dickens Festival today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The village will magically transform into the Dickensian era with streets filled with roaming characters, fairs, musical performances, magic shows, Festival of Trees, ice skating and so much more. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Christmas Craft Fair

Messiah Lutheran Church, 465 Pond Path, East Setauket will hold its 4th annual Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring handmade items, baked goods, basket raffle and vendors. Call 751-1775 for additional questions.

North Shore United Methodist Church, 260 Route 25A, Wading River will host its annual Christmas Craft Fair today and Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. featuring unique handmade gifts, holiday decorations and a bake sale. For further information, call 929-6075.

Tree lighting in Holtsville

Christmas Fair HOLIDAY CONCERT Pianist Rexa Han will be featured at the Northport Symphony Orchestra's Into Winter Concert on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Back in Time, the tour will feature five homes, Gallery North and the Three Village Historical Society, all decorated for the holidays. For ticket prices and more information, call 751-3730.

First Friday at the Heckscher

The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington invites the community to celebrate an evening of holiday music performed by guitarist/singer Mike Munzer from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of its First Friday series. Explore the museum’s exhibits for free from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Questions? Call 351-3250.

Wading River tree lighting Little Flower Children’s Services, 2450 North Wading River Road, Wading River invites the community to its 2nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting from 5 to 7 p.m. Come take part in a cookie swap, enjoy music and refreshments and take a chance on a raffle. For further questions, call Maureen at 718-875-3500, ext. 5040.

STAC Open House

The Town of Brookhaven invites the community to its annual Christmas tree lighting at the Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville at 6 p.m. Get a preview of this year’s Holiday Light Show, meet costumed characters, enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes and meet Santa Claus who will be arriving by helicopter! Call 451-TOWN for more information.

The Smithtown Township Arts Council and St. James Model Railroad Club will hold their annual Holiday Open House weekend today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mills Pond House, 429 Route 25A, St. James. Enjoy a train display, art exhibit and Holiday Market featuring die-cast models, jewelry, collectible dolls and more. Admission to the train display is $2 adults, 50 cents for children. For additional information, call 862-6575.

Candlelight House Tour

Elvis Costello Tribute

The Three Village Historical Society will present its 38th annual Candlelight House Tour today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Titled Visions of Historic Setauket: A Look

Christmas/Craft Festival

Charles Dickens Festival

Christmas Craft Fair

The annual Christmas/Craft Festival at St. Gerard Majella Church, 300 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station takes place today from 4 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for unique crafts, vendor items, jewelry and white elephant specials. Kids can enjoy games, photos with Santa and a special shopping area. For information, call 473-2900.

See Dec. 2 listing.

See Dec. 2 listing.

See Dec. 2 listing.

Christmas/Craft Festival

Christmas Boutique

STAC Open House

Winter concerts

North Shore Public Library, 250 Route 25A, Shoreham will welcome Hungrytown in concert at 2 p.m. The folk duo will perform songs off of their latest album, "Further West." Free and open to all. For info, call 929-4488.

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See Dec. 2 listing.

Friday 2

Hungrytown in concert

Christmas Craft Fair

Candlelight House Tour

Temple Beth El, 660 Park Ave., Huntington will present Dance on Film on Dec. 1, 8 and 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Film historian Philip Harwood will speak about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and queens of tap, Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller and how they shaped the Hollywood musical and advanced the genre with the perpetual evolution of dance on film. Open to all. Free of charge. Call 421-5835 or visit for more information.

The United Methodist Women of the Smithtown UM Church, 230 Middle Country Road, Smithtown will hold its annual Christmas Boutique today and Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights include handmade crafts, a cookie walk, bake sale, Christmas ornaments, holiday gifts, wreaths and poinsettia plants, refreshments and a visit from Santa. A light lunch will be available. Please call 265-6945 for further information.

Saturday 3

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Dance on Film

Christmas Boutique

Second Stage from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. $15 per person. Cash only. For ages 16 and up. For more information, call 928-9100.

The Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St., Huntington will welcome Elvis Costello tribute band, Costello’s Flying Circus, in concert at 7 p.m. Free and open to all. To register, call 427-5165.

Drumming circle

Hope Academy at Little Portion Friary, 48 Old Post Road, Mount Sinai will host a drumming circle with John and Heidi Kowalchyk from 7 to 8 p.m. Free will donation. All are welcome. Call 473-0553.

Ballroom dancing

Learn the foxtrot at Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook at 7:30 p.m. Instructor Kelly Ficarra of Rhythms & Soul Dance Studio will teach this ballroom classic. All levels welcome. Come alone or bring a partner. Open to all. To register, call 588-5024.

Canta Libre in concert

Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport will welcome harp quintet Canta Libre in concert at 7:30 p.m. Featuring works by Roussel, Schulhoff, Beethoven and Sir Arnold Bax. A reception with refreshments will follow. Free and open to all. Call 261-2900 for more information.

Into winter concert

The Northport Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Hyman, will present a free concert at Northport High School, Laurel Hill Road, Northport from 8 to 9:30 p.m. featuring pianist Rexa Han, who will perform Piano Concerto No. 2 by Frederick Chopin. The orchestra will also perform Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven as well as music of Bruckner. No tickets required. Visit for further information.

Friday Night Face Off

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will host Friday Night Face Off, Long Island’s longest running Improv Comedy Show, on the

Caroline Church of Brookhaven, 1 Dyke Road, Setauket will hold its annual Christmas Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring a cookie walk, jewelry table, bake sale and many gift ideas. Lunch will be available. For information, call 751-8809.

Christmas Market and Cookie Walk St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 309 Route 112, Port Jefferson will hold a Christmas Market and Cookie Walk from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For further questions, call 473-2236.

Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair

The Art League of Long Island, 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills will present its 53rd annual Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair today and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring one-ofa-kind art and craft work created by 70 exhibitors. Meet the artists, see live art demos, join in on a hands-on art activity and enjoy live music. Free admission. For additional information, call 462-5400 or visit

Wooden Wonderland

Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 West Main St., Riverhead will host the 6th annual Wooden Wonderland: Carvers’ Holiday Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring dozens of vendors, handmade carvings, local artisan-crafted holiday gifts and unique wooden items plus live woodcarving and woodworking demonstrations. Admission is free. Call 727-2881 for additional information.

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale

The Yaphank Presbyterian Church Community Center, 65 Main St., Yaphank will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 924-3723 for more information. Santa Claus (and in some cases Mrs. Claus too) is expected to make an appearance wherever you see this symbol.

* All numbers are in (631) area code unless otherwise noted.


Deepwells Holiday Boutique

Deepwells Farm Historic Mansion, 497 Moriches Road, St. James will host a Holiday Boutique today, Dec. 4, 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thirty artisans will feature hand-crafted gifts, stained glass, jewelry, dolls, painted Santas and more. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies in the beautifully decorated mansion and get a glimpse into the past while supporting the Deepwells Farm Historical Society. Admission is $5, free for under 12. Questions? Call 563-8551.

Fire & Ice Candles

A Fire & Ice Candle workshop will be held at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 3 p.m. Using hot wax and cold ice, create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. Lots of decorations available to add, but you may bring some from home too. Class is limited. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 265-1054.

Northport Craft Fair

The 23rd annual winter Northport Craft Fair will be held at the Northport High School, 154 Laurel Hill Road, Northport today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 200 exhibitors will offer art, crafts and select gift items. Refreshments, entertainment and a shopping experience like no other. Proceeds will benefit the Northport High School DECA Club. Free admission. For more information, call 846-1459.

St. Nicholas Bazaar

The St. Nicholas Bazaar returns to Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with exciting vendors, crafts, Chinese auction, cookie walk, raffles, holiday wreaths, white elephant table and more. Santa will be in the house! For additional information, call 261-7670.

Cookie Walk & Christmas Fair

First United Methodist Church, 603 Main St., Port Jefferson will hold its annual Cookie Walk & Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homemade Christmas cookies, holiday items, crafts, baked goods, country store, lunch and a special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, call 9282357.

Winter Ornaments Workshop

Join the staff at Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket for a Winter Ornaments Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make your own holiday ornaments by needle felting, tin punching and more. $40 per person. To register, call 6898172 or visit

Holiday Fair

Church of Lake Ronkonkoma, 792 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove at 3 p.m. Program includes "The Nutcracker Suite," "Let it Snow," "Sleigh Ride" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." Free. Questions? Call 516-795-7745.

the corner of Broadway and Prince Street. Hot chocolate will be served. Call 744-1643.

Tree lighting in Port Jeff. Station

The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, 5 Randall Road, Shoreham will host its 4th annual tree lighting ceremony from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tree lit and a visit from Santa at 4:15 p.m. Call 886-2632.

The Northern Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its annual tree lighting and visit with Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chamber Train at the corner of Routes 112 and 347. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookie. For more information, call 821-1313.

Heritage Country Christmas Fair

Tapestry in concert

Shoreham tree lighting

Smithtown Historical Society, 239 E. Main St., Smithtown will hold its annual Heritage Country Christmas Fair today from 3 to 7 p.m. Featuring a Victorian holiday craft, Lionel train exhibit, winter hay ride, bonfire and caroling, Christmas Shadow Puppet Show, community wreath contest, a holiday sing-a-long and bluegrass and colonial music. Meet Santa Claus and enjoy refreshments. Pet photos with Santa from 2 to 3 p.m. General admission is $5 adults, $3 children. For more information, call 265-6768.

Tree lighting in Kings Park

A Christmas tree lighting will be held at the Smithtown Library – Kings Park Branch, 1 Church Street, Kings Park at 4:30 p.m. Call 269-7678 for more information.

St. James tree lighting

Deepwells Farm County Park at the corner of Route 25A and Moriches Road, St. James will host a Christmas tree lighting and a visit with Santa at 4:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Call 584-8510.

Holiday Spectacular

The Town of Brookhaven will hold its annual Holiday Spectacular, a walk-through holiday light show, at the Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville today, Dec. 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 to 18. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Tour the indoor walk and take photos with Santa. $5 per person, children 3 and under free. Photo with Santa extra fee. Proceeds will benefit the more than 100 animals residing at the Ecology Site. For further information, call 758-9664.

Tree lighting in Cold Spring Harbor Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor will hold a tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and tea. Call 516-692-6768.

Rocky Point tree lighting

Rocky Point will hold its 32nd annual Christmas tree lighting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at

The Port Jefferson Village Center, 101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson will welcome Tapestry in a concert titled Brilliant as the Sun at 7 p.m. as part of its Classical Music Series. Free. Call 802-2160 for further information.

John Gorka in concert

The Folk Music Society of Huntington will welcome acclaimed singer-songwriter John Gorka in concert at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport at 8:30 p.m. Preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, $25 members and may be purchased online with a credit card at www. or at the door (cash or check only). For additional information, call 425-2925.

Holiday concert in Huntington

The Huntington Men’s Chorus will usher in the holiday season with songs by the world’s greatest composers and arrangers at Huntington High School, 188 Oakwood Road, Huntington at 8 p.m. Featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, John Rutter along with a tribute to John Denver and a holiday sing-along. Tickets are $14 adults, $12 seniors and children at the door. For more information, visit

Sunday 4 STAC Open House See Dec. 2 listing.

Charles Dickens Festival See Dec. 3 listing.

Christmas Craft Fair

Time to start your holiday shopping! St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 800 Portion Road, Lake Ronkonkoma will hold its annual Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with crafts, baked goods, vendors, raffles, refreshments and more. Take a holiday photo with Santa and his elves. For further information, call 737-4388.

Holiday House Tour

The Huntington Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday House Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Titled Historic Houses at the Holidays, the tour will include five local homes, the Conklin House Museum and the Dr. Daniel Kissam House. Enjoy refreshments at the Conklin Barn during or after the tour. Tickets are $40, $35 members until Dec. 2. To order, call 427-7045, ext. 401, or visit

History of Caumsett hike

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington will host a two-mile adult hike from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to study the park’s social, economic, architectural and political history. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 423-1770.

Holiday Festival in Stony Brook

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will host its annual Holiday Festival at the Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street, Stony Brook from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Caroling throughout the day, a holiday train display, petting zoo, the Holiday Festival Promenade of Trees, and much more. Visit with Santa from 2 to 5 p.m. and then stay for the tree lighting on the Village Green at 5:30 p.m. Call 631-751-2244 for further information.

Historical Society Open House

The Port Jefferson Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House at the Mather House Museum, 115 Prospect St., Port Jefferson from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy refreshments including mulled cider. For further questions, call 473-2665.

Nesconset Holiday Celebration

See Dec. 3 listing.

Northport Craft Fair

Historical Society Celebration

See Dec. 3 listing.

Deepwells Holiday Boutique See Dec. 3 listing.

Holiday Chocolate Workshop

Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor will hold a Holiday Chocolate Workshop with Lucy Van Horn at 1 p.m. Learn how to make delicious chocolates suitable for desserts or gifts. $5 per person. To register, please call 692-6820.

The Northport Historical Society, 215 Main St., Northport invites the community for a special holiday celebration in its museum gallery at 2 p.m. Titled Here We Come a Wassailing, the afternoon will feature local John Corr who will play an assortment of instruments including guitar, banjo, tin whistle, bodhran and Irish wood flute and will tell a few stories as well. Enjoy a special holiday tree trimming activity, refreshments, traditional winter wassail, homemade cookies and a special visit from Santa. $5 per person, free for members. For more information, call 757-9859.

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Greenery Boutique

The Three Village Garden Club will present its annual Greenery Boutique at the Setauket Neighborhood House, 95 Main St., Setauket from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring wreaths, boxwood table trees, kissing balls, holiday crafts and much more.

The Long Island Flute Club will present its annual Holiday Concert at the United Methodist

See Dec. 3 listing.

The Nesconset Chamber of Commerce will present its 27th annual Holiday Celebration at the Gazebo across from the Nesconset Plaza, 127 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset at 1 p.m. with music, hot chocolate, cookies, a tree lighting and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Call 724-2543.

Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair

American Legion Post 360, 1 Mill Dam Road, Halesite will host A Little Naughty & Nice Holiday 2016 Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Holiday gift ideas galore plus a visit from Santa. Questions? Call 870-9843.

Holiday flute concert

Holiday Spectacular

STEP IN TIME Luke Hawking (Bert) and ensemble perform 'Step in Time' during a performance of 'Mary Poppins' currently in production at the John W. Engeman Theater through Jan. 1. Photo by Keith Kowalsky

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such as the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Tickets range from $71 to $76. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

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Tree lighting in Greenlawn

'Holiday Wishes from Mary Martin & Dinah Shore'

Harborfields Public Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn will hold a Christmas tree lighting from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy music, hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will arrive by fire truck. Questions? Call 757-4200.

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization's Educational and Cultural Center, 97P Main St., Stony Brook will present a St. George Production, "Holiday Wishes from Mary Martin & Dinah Shore" through Jan. 11, 2017. Featuring a musical theater tribute performance and high-tea luncheon catered by Crazy Beans. Tickets are $50, $48 seniors. Advance reservations required by calling 689-5888. For further information, visit

Smithtown tree lighting A tree lighting ceremony will be held on the front lawn of the Smithtown Library, 1 North Country Road, Smithtown at 4 p.m. Take part in a sing-a-long of traditional carols and seasonal favorites led by Mary Peck. Santa Claus will drop by. Call 360-2480.

'The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical'

Tree lighting in Mount Sinai The Heritage Center, 633 Mount SinaiCoram Road, Mount Sinai will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Come listen to Christmas carols, hang out with Santa Claus and enjoy hot chocolate after the tree lighting. Free. Call 509-0882.

Selden tree lighting

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus in lighting the Christmas tree at the Selden Fire Department, 44 Woodmere Place, Selden at 6:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and donuts will be served. Call 7321234 for more information.

International Folk Dancing

The Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown will host an evening of International Folk Dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. All are welcome. No partner necessary. Dances will be reviewed and/or taught. $8 donation requested. For more information, call 516-781-3552 or 650-3174.

Monday 5 Holiday Candy Bark workshop

Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport will present a Holiday Candy Bark workshop at 7 p.m. With the guidance from the baking coach, make peppermint, white chocolate, cranberry and marble pretzel crunch barks to give as a gift this holiday season. Open to all. Call 261-6930 to register.

Apollo Link: We Three Kings

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will welcome Broadway’s premiere vocal trio, Apollo Link, in concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. To order, call 261-2900

Tuesday 6 Emerson String Quartet in concert

The Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University will present the world famous Emerson String Quartet at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Program includes works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Grieg. Tickets are $48. To order, call 632-2787 or visit

Wednesday 7 Pasta dinner fundraiser

American Legion Hall 1766 will hold a Pasta Dinner fundraiser at Country Corner, 270 Main St., Setauket from 4 to 9 p.m. $15 per person includes pasta with Rick’s homemade sauce, Jackie’s special meatballs, sausage, salad and bread. Cash bar. Eat in or take out. Proceeds will benefit the Hall’s Building and Restoration Fund. For reservations, call 7512800. Walk-ins welcome.

LIVE BOLDLY. PUSH YOURSELF. DON'T SETTLE. Emma S. Clark Library in Setauket will screen 'Me Before You' on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Tree lighting in Centereach The Centereach Civic Association will host a tree lighting from 7 to 8 p.m. in front of Capital One Bank at 2100 Middle Country Road (across from the Suffolk Diner). Students from Centereach High School and Dawnwood choirs will sing Christmas carols; Santa will stop by. Enjoy hot cocoa, candy canes and cookies as you celebrate the season. Rain date will be Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Visit

Winter hiking on Long Island

Author and outdoor enthusiast Lee McAllister will visit the Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport at 7 p.m. to discuss the many hiking opportunities available on Long Island during the winter. Free and open to all. Call 261-6930.

Thursday 8 Dance on Film See Dec. 1 listing.

Hadassah meeting

The Seaport Chapter of Hadassah will meet at the Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station at 12:30 p.m. Join them for a candle-lighting Hanukkah celebration and installation of officers. Refreshments will be served. For info, call 924-6313.

Behind the Curtain w/ ‘A Christmas Carol’

Join Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson for a special event, Behind the Curtain with "A Christmas Carol" at 5 p.m. Executive Artistic Director Jeffrey Sanzel, who has appeared as Scrooge for over 1,000 performances, will guide you through the history of the story, its many adaptations and the journey of Theatre Three’s 33 years of presenting the Dickens classic. $30 per person includes a buffet dinner and talk. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance may be purchased separately. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

Theater 'The Nutcracker'

Harbor Ballet Theatre will present its 25th anniversary production of "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., Dec. 3 at 3 and 8 p.m. and

Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Performances are held at the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School, 350 Old Post Road, Port Jefferson. Tickets are $25, seniors $23. For more information and ticket purchase, call 331-3149.

'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol'

The Arena Players Theater Company will present "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" by Tom Mula through Dec. 4 in the Carriage House Theater, Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Tickets for Friday and Sunday shows are $20 and $18 for seniors. Saturday tickets are $25. For more info, call 516-557-1207 or 516-293-0674 or visit

Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ The Minstrel Players will present a production of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church’s Houghton Hall, 130 Main St., Northport. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors, children and groups. To order, call 516-557-1207 or visit www.

‘The Nutcracker’

The Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will present Seiskaya Ballet’s "Nutcracker" on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Dec. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 18 at 1 and 6 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 adults, $34 children and seniors, $30 groups of 20 or more. To order, call 632-2787. For more information, visit

‘The Androids Lodge’

Bare Bones Theater Company, 57 Main St., Northport will present "The Androids Lodge," a comedy by Tom Rizzuto, on Dec. 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., and on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, $15 students. To order, visit www. or call 800-838-3006. For more information, call 606-0026.

‘A Christmas Carol’

Celebrate the season with a holiday favorite! Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present its 33rd annual production of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens through Dec. 30. Tickets range from $20 to $35. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

'Mary Poppins'

Join the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport for a jolly holiday with "Mary Poppins" through Jan. 1. Based on the classic Disney film, the show features beloved songs

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will present the holiday sequel to its 2009 hit, "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical," through Dec. 18. Rated R for language. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors, $20 students. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

On Dec. 18, the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown will present "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at 7:30 p.m. Five actors will perform the dozens of characters as well as produce the sound effects. Tickets are $35 adults, $32 seniors and $20 students. To order, call 724-3700 or visit


Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present the howlingly comic valentine "Sylvia" by A.R. Gurney from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4 on the Mainstage. Tickets are $35 adults, $20 children ages 5 to 12. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

‘The Full Monty’

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present the 10-time Tony Award nominee "The Full Monty" from Jan. 19 to March 5. Tickets range from $71 to $76. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

From Jan. 14 to Feb. 25 the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will present "Peter and the Starcatcher." Tickets are $35. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

Film 'Me Before You'

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main St., Setauket will screen "Me Before You" on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Open to all. No registration required. Call 941-4080 for additional information.

Chaplin Essanay Shorts

As part of its Anything But Silent series, the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington will screen three of Charlie Chaplin’s movies produced by the Essanay Company including "A Night in the Show," "The Bank" and "The Tramp" on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 members. To order, call 423-7611.

‘Notes on Blindness’

The Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington will screen "Notes on Blindness" on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Spirituality Through Cinema series. Hosted by Fred Craden. Tickets are $12, $7 members. For further information, call 423-7611.

* All numbers are in (631) area code unless otherwise noted.



STONY BROOK CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Connecting to God, Each Other and the World

400 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket (631) 689–1127 • Fax (631) 689–1215 Pastor Troy Reid Weekly Schedule Sunday Worship w/nursery 10 am Kidmo Children’s Church • Ignited Youth Fellowship and Food Always to Follow Tuesday Evening Prayer: 7 pm Thursday Morning Bible Study w/Coffee & Bagels: 10 am Friday Night Experience “FNX” for Pre K-Middle School: 6:30 pm Ignite Youth Ministry: 7:30 pm Check out our website for other events and times


38 Mayflower Avenue, Smithtown NY 11787 631–759–6083 Father Tyler A. Strand, Administrator, Joseph S. Durko, Cantor Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 11:15 am Holy Days: See website or phone for information Sunday School Sundays at 9:15 am Adult Faith Formation/Bible Study: Mondays at 7:00 pm. PrayerAnon Prayer Group for substance addictions, Wednesdays at 7 pm A Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite under the Eparchy of Passaic.

CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST. GERARD MAJELLA 300 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station (631) 473–2900 • Fax (631) 473–0015 All are Welcome to Begin Again. Come Pray With Us. Rev. Jerry DiSpigno, Pastor Office of Christian Formation • 928–2550 We celebrate Eucharist Saturday evening 5 pm, Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 am Weekday Mass Monday–Friday 9 am We celebrate Baptism Third weekend of each month during any of our weekend Masses We celebrate Marriage Arrangements can be made at the church with our Pastor or Deacon We celebrate Reconciliation Confession is celebrated on Saturdays from 4–5 pm We celebrate You! Visit Our Thrift Shop Mon. – Fri. 10 am–4 pm + Sat. 10 am–2 pm

INFANT JESUS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 Myrtle Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 (631) 473-0165 • Fax (631) 331-8094

©143610 Reverend Patrick M. Riegger, Pastor Associates: Rev. Francis Lasrado & Rev. Rolando Ticllasuca To schedule Baptisms and Weddings, Please call the Rectory Confessions: Saturdays 12:30-1:15 pm in the Lower Church Religious Ed.: (631) 928-0447 • Parish Outreach: (631) 331-6145 Weekly Masses: 6:50 and 9 am in the Church, 12 pm in the Chapel* Weekend Masses: Saturday at 5 pm in the Church, 5:15 pm in the Chapel* Sunday at 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, and 5 pm in the Church and at 8:30 am, 10 am, and 11:30 am (Family Mass) in the Chapel* Spanish Masses: Sunday at 8:45 am and Wednesday at 6 pm in the Church *Held at the Infant Jesus Chapel at St. Charles Hospital Religious Education: (631) 928-0447 Parish Outreach: (631) 331-6145

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ST. JAMES ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 429 Rt. 25A, Setauket, NY 11733 Phone/Fax: (631) 941–4141

Mission Statement: In faith we come together to celebrate the Eucharist as a Parish Family; and as a Catholic community of faith, we are sent to be Christ to the world around us. Rev. James-Patrick Mannion, Pastor Rev. Gerald Cestare, Associate Pastor Rev. Jon Fitzgerald, In Residence Weekday Masses: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil 5:00 pm Sunday 8:00am, 9:30 am (family), 11:30 am (choir), 6:00 pm (Youth) Office Hours: Monday–Thursday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Baptisms: Sundays at 1:30 pm (except during Lent) Reconciliation: Saturdays 4:00 – 4:45 pm or by appointment Anointing Of The Sick: by request Holy Matrimony: contact the office at least 9 months before desired date


233 North Country Road, Mt. Sinai • (631) 473–1582

“No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here” Worship hour is 8:30 am and 10 am Sunday School and Childcare offered at 10:00 am open to all children (infants to 8th grade). The last Sunday of every month is our Welcome Sunday Service. This service has been intentionally designed to include persons of differing abilities from local group homes. We are an Open and Affirming Congregation.


Meeting at the Heritage Community Center 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai (631)734-0204 Pastor Lesaya Kelly Weekly Schedule: Sunday Worship w/Children’s Church 9:30 - 11am We offer weekly small groups and monthly meetings for men and women Christmas series starting 12/4 & Sing For Your Supper Christmas Party 12/9 @ 7 pm located at Comfort Inn, Rte,112, Medford, NY. $10 pp for buffet dinner. RSVP 631-734-0204 We exist to love God with everything we have. We are a small, vibrant community reaching out to our world with love in action.


ALL SOULS EPISCOPAL CHURCH “Our little historic church on the hill” across from the Stony Brook Duck Pond

Main Street, Stony Brook • (631) 751–0034

www.allsouls– • Please come and welcome our new Priest: The Rev. Farrell D. Graves, Ph.D., Vicar Sunday Holy Eucharist: 8 and 9:30 am Religious instruction for children follows the 9:30 am Service This is a small eclectic Episcopal congregation that has a personal touch. We welcome all regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey. Walk with us.

To be listed in the Religious Directory, please call 631–751–7663


CAROLINE CHURCH OF BROOKHAVEN The Rev. Cn. Dr. Richard D. Visconti, Rector

1 Dyke Road on the Village Green, Setauket Web site: Parish Office email: (631) 941–4245

Sunday Services: 8 am, 9:30 am and 11:15 am Church School/Child Care at 9:30 am Church School classes now forming. Call 631-941-4245 for registration. Weekday holy Eucharist’s: Thursday 12 pm and First Friday of the month 7:30 pm (rotating: call Parish Office for location) Youth, Music and Service Programs offered. Let God walk with you as part of our family–friendly community.

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 127 Barnum Ave., Port Jefferson (631) 473–0273 email:

Father Anthony DiLorenzo: Priest–In–Charge Sunday Services 8 am & 10 am Sunday Eucharist: 8 am and 10 am/Wednesday 10 in our chapel Sunday School and Nursery Registration for Sunday School starting Sunday after the 10 am Eucharist Our ministries: Welcome Inn on Mondays at 5:45 pm AA meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm/Prayer Group on Wednesdays at 10:30 am/Bible Study on Thursdays at 10 am. Join us for the Dickens Festival Dec. 3 & 4 • 11am - 4pm. Chocolate & Homemade Soup. It is the mission of the people of Christ Church to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and to make his love known to all through our lives and ministry. We at Christ Church are a joyful, welcoming community. Wherever you are in your journey of life we want to be part of it.


322 Route 25A, East Setauket • (631) 941–3670

Lead Pastor Josh Moody Sunday Worship Schedule 9:15 am:Worship Service Sunday School (Pre–K – Adult), Nursery 10:30 am: Bagel/Coffee Fellowship 11:00 am: Worship, Nursery, Pre–K, Cornerstone Kids (Gr. K–4) We offer weekly Teen Programs, Small Groups, Women’s Bible Studies (day & evening) & Men’s Bible Study Faith Nursery School for ages 3 & 4 Join us as we celebrate 55 years of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ!


430 Sheep Pasture Rd., Port Jefferson 11777 Tel: 631-473-0894 • Fax: 631-928-5131 •

Rev. Demetrios N. Calogredes, Protopresbyter Sunday Services Orthros 8:30 am - Devine Liturgy 10 am Services conducted in both Greek & English* Books available to follow in English* Sunday Catechism School, 10:15 am - 11:15 am* Greek Language School, Tuesdays 5 pm - 8 pm* Bible Study & Adult Catechism Classes Available* Golden Age & Youth Groups* Thrift Store* Banquet Hall available for Rental* For information please call Church office*



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“Judaism with a smile”


Future site: East side of Nicolls Rd, North of Rte 347 –Next to Fire Dept. Current location: 821 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove (631) 585–0521 • (800) My–Torah •

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Knowledge seeKers

SBU’s Gopalan explores DNA clues and age for criminal cases

By Daniel Dunaief The Museum of Natural History in New York City features a slice of a 1,400-year-old sequoia tree that was cut down in California in 1891. The cross section of the tree offers a testament to history on its inside. That’s where the tree rings that grow every year mark the passing of another year. As it turns out, humans have something in common with trees. While people may not have rings in bones that an observer can see, they do have agerelated changes in their genetic material, or DNA. Human genes go through a process called methylation in which a methyl group comprised of a carbon and three hydrogens attaches to DNA. Methylation upstream of a gene generally reduces transcription, or the copying of that gene into messenger RNA that can then begin the process of building proteins. Using broad time-based methylation changes, Shyamalika Gopalan, who is earning her doctorate at Stony Brook University in the Department of Ecology and Evolution,

recently received a three-year grant from the Department of Justice to refine an understanding of methylation and aging. The DOJ would like to use this kind of analysis to gather more information from a scene at which the remaining clues include DNA that isn’t in one of its databases. Gopalan isn’t the first scientist to study genetic methylation and aging. Other scientists have used blood, saliva and other tissues. She is starting with one type of tissue in the bone. “I’m trying to make” the analysis “more specific to bones,” she said. She doesn’t know how much variation she will find in the age-related methylation patterns depending on ethnicity and lifestyle. “It does appear that some sites are remarkably ‘clock-like,’” she said. “It is these types of sites I’m hoping to find and use in my research.” Gopalan explained that millions of sites can be methylated. She’s hoping to hone in on those that act more like a clock and that change in a linear manner with time. She’s not sure how many sites she’ll use and said some changes in methylation involve removing methyl groups.

“Some methylation increases and some decreases,” she said. “If you know the pattern with age at any site, you can start to build an estimate from those.” Methylation occurs with age for several possible reasons. “A major theory for these changes in methylation level with age is that the epigenetic patterns are drifting from the optimum,” she said. “This may explain some, or even most, of the changes we observe, but I don’t think it is universally true for all sites in the genome.” Still, there probably is a biologically relevant reason why some of these sites are changing, she suggested. Gopalan said we know that these methylation patterns are crucial in early development, from conception to birth and she suggested it probably doesn’t completely stop changing there. Some sites are probably regulated throughout life. Gopalan is hoping to have the bone data prepared by this summer and then believes she’ll be able to get methylation types and start working on a computer algorithm to build a predictor for the next year. After her initial work, she will also shift to saliva and blood. Like a scene from “Law & Order” or other crime shows, the DNA methylation test may be another clue for police officers or prosecutors to use to rule in or out potential suspects from a crime scene where DNA, but not a driver’s license, is left behind. If the genetic material is not in a da-


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above, Shyamalika Gopalan. The image on the screen shows methylation levels with age. Krishna Veeramah, an assistant tabase, “you could build a profile and it could be useful for narrow- professor of primate genomics at ing down suspects,” Gopalan said. Stony Brook and the chair of her At this point, she is taking data thesis committee, described Gopalfor people of age classes but with an as an “intellectually engaged studifferent ethnicities and lifestyles dent who is always eager to absorb and comparing them to people of information.” Veeramah explained in an a different age with a similar range email that he thinks “there is of backgrounds and lifestyles. Gopalan is using samples from scope for this work to transition medical schools around the New from basic research” to an appliYork area, borrowing from anat- cation “in criminal forensics and omy departments where people related areas. It will certainly rehave donated their bodies to re- quire more work and testing.” Gopalan has been at SBU search or teaching. More broadly, she is interested in studying diverse for over three years. She lives in populations, especially in Africa. Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and She has worked with her thesis commutes about 90 minutes each advisor Brenna Henn, exploring way most days. She enjoys the methylation from two different beaches, farms, apple picking and populations. These are the ‡Kho- the natural beauty of the area. Gopalan would like to conmani San of South Africa and the tinue to perform research after Baka of Cameroon. Gopalan was interested in she earns her doctorate, whether working with methylation as a that’s with a company, a research biomarker for aging when she institution or with a university. came across this funding oppor- She is excited about extracting tunity from the DOJ. “It was a and working with DNA, particugood fit for what I had already larly from archeological sites. These samples “come from a been studying,” she said, adding that she hopes this method will be field and, once you dust them off, used in the future in forensics to it makes it personal. This is a part of a story.” assist in criminal investigations.

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Women’s hoops grinds out 55-50 victory

Above, Elizabeth Manner leaps up to the rim. Right, Aaliyah Worley drives around an opponent as she moves the ball up the court.

Senior Elizabeth Manner recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Aaliyah Worley added a season-high 13 points as the Stony Brook women’s basketball team (2-3) earned its second straight win with a 55-50 victory at Manhattan College Nov. 26. “It wasn’t the prettiest game, but it was a gutsy road win,” Stony Brook head coach Caroline McCombs said. “We have played in a lot of tight games and we are getting better at managing end-of-game situations. It showed today as we made the plays we needed to make in the final minute.” The Seawolves held a 48-41 lead with four minutes to play in the fourth quarter before the Jaspers rattled off eight straight points to take a 49-48 lead with 1:16 to go. Worley responded with an aggressive drive to the hole to earn two free throws. The junior guard made both to put Stony Brook in front for good. Senior guard Kori Bayne-Walker made all four of her free throw attempts down the stretch to close out the win. Stony Brook held Manhattan to 15-for-50 shooting from the field, while the Seawolves went 16-for-51. The Jaspers hit six of 19 three-point shots, while Stony Brook went four for 17. Stony Brook was solid from the free-throw line, hitting 19-of-24 attempts. Stony Brook had its best rebounding perfor-

The Stony Brook men’s basketball team rallied in the second half to earn its first win of the season, topping Hampton University 76-66 Nov. 26. The victory is the first for firsttime head coach Jeff Boals and moves the Seawolves to 1-4 on the year, while Hampton drops to 1-5. “It feels really good,” Boals said about the win. “We knew we needed to change things up on defense and that gave us a great momentum swing.” Stony Brook played catch-up for much of the first half, but kept it within two possessions until the midway point. Hampton put together a 10-0 run with just over 10 minutes until halftime and held a double-digit lead at the break. A dunk from junior guard and forward Roland Nyama and a three-pointer less than a minute later got the Seawolves back within four early in the second half. Stony Brook hovered around a one-possession differential until a pair of free throws from redshirt freshman Akwasi Yeboah with 6:38 remaining gave the Seawolves their first lead of the game. Senior Lucas Woodhouse came up with a big steal as Stony Brook pressed following the foul shots, and he laid the ball in to extend the lead.

Woodhouse hit back-to-back threes the next two times down the court to help continue what would be a 12-2 run for Stony Brook. The Seawolves led by as many as 12 in the final minutes, and outscored Hampton 50-30 in the second half. “In the second half, we did a great job of keeping them on the perimeter more,” Boals said. “They were only 2-for-10 from three in the second half, so that zone was effective. I think the biggest thing was at halftime. I really challenged Lucas [Woodhouse] and Kam [Mitchell], our seniors and captains, and I said I want to see what they’re made of. I wanted to see 20 minutes of effort and fight and competitiveness, and those two definitely made it happen.” Woodhouse’s 17 points, all scored in the second half, matched his Stony Brook career high. The game marked the fourth straight Yeboah has scored in double figures. It was the first time this season the Seawolves had four different players score in double figures. Stony Brook forced a season-high 17 turnovers and was able to score 14 points off the Hampton mishaps. The Seawolves returned home to host Loyola University Nov. 30, after a three-game road trip. Results were not readily available.

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mance of the season, hauling in 46 rebounds to just 31 for Manhattan. The Seawolves outscored the Jaspers 24-18 in the paint. Manner’s 11 rebounds were a career-high for the senior forward. Worley chipped in with seven boards, while senior guard Christa Scognamiglio and sophomore guard Davion Wingate added six. Wingate joined Worley and Manner in double figures with 10 points, all of which came in the first half, while Bayne-Walker sat with foul trouble. Bayne-Walker tied her season-high with five assists to go along with eight points. Stony Brook took on St. Bonaventure University Nov. 30, but results were not available by press time.

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Above, Lucas Woodhouse moves the ball past a defender during a previous game. Left, Roland nyama dribbles up the court.


theater review By Erika rilEy

‘Frosty’ comes to life at the Engeman Theater

The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport kicked off its holiday season last Saturday with the opening of an annual favorite, “Frosty.” Richard T. Dolce skillfully directs the children-friendly classic with the help of a talented adult cast of five. The story of “Frosty” will be familiar to fans of the “Frosty the Snowman” movie, with a few twists and turns along the way. Kate Keating returns to reprise her role as Jenny, the energetic young girl who builds a snowman and magically brings him to life. Keating effortlessly slips into the role of a little kid, and audience members will connect with her as soon as she sings a melancholy rendition of “No Friends.” Keating works alongside Courtney Fekete, who plays the role of Jenny’s mom and is also the mayor of Chillsville. She is tricked into signing a contract with the evil Ethel Pierpot (Samantha Carroll) who builds a machine to get rid of all the snow in Chillsville, sending Frosty and Jenny into a panic. Together, Jenny, her mom, Frosty and the audience must find a way to keep Frosty from melting. The narrator, played by “Frosty” newcomer Jacqueline Hughes, draws the most laughs from the audience, as she helps tell the story with excellent comedic timing. During the Saturday opening, the children giggled as Hughes returned to the stage

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The cast of ‘Frosty,’ from left, Courtney Fekete, kate keating, Matthew rafanelli, Jacqueline Hughes and Samantha Carroll with maracas and a sombrero while Frosty and Jenny sang “One Friend Is Better Than No Friends.” The narrator slips into several roles during the show, including a train conductor, Ethel Pierpot’s assistant, and more, bringing life and energy to each. Frosty, played by Matthew Rafanelli, instantly wins over the hearts of both the audience and Jenny when he comes to life

for the first time with the help of a magic wool scarf. The children all applaud as he sings, slides and dances his way to help save the day. Perhaps the most unique part of this wonderful show is the constant audience participation. The children are not expected to sit still and quiet in their seats but instead are encouraged to sing along

to songs like “Snow” and the titular “Frosty the Snowman.” During intermission, Hughes asks the audience to come up with solutions for Frosty and Jenny’s dilemma. When the show continues, the children can share their ideas with the cast. The kids also help Jenny write a letter to her mom and even get to wish for snow at the end of the show, and, spoiler alert, are rewarded with snowfall right before their eyes. At several points in the show, the actors come into the audience, including the final scene when Jenny, Frosty and Jenny’s mom try to catch Ethel Pierpot. They run through the theater, asking where Ethel went, as the children help point the way. Frosty even high-fives audience members as he makes his way up and down the aisles. Meet the cast in the lobby after the show for photos. The children can also have their programs signed by the cast members. An autograph page is located toward the back of the program. The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present “Frosty” through Dec. 31. All seats are $15. To order, call 631261-2900 or visit About the author: Stony Brook resident Erika Riley is a sophomore at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She is interning at TBR during her winter break and hopes to advance in the world of journalism and publishing after graduation.



Kids Calendar

Santa Claus will be visiting the St. James General Store this holiday season.


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Polar Express Party

The Village of Port Jefferson will host tours of Santa’s Workshop, located at the corner of Barnum Ave. and West Broadway, on Dec. 3 and 4 and Dec. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Free. For additional information, call 473-4724.

Save the date! Port Jeff Bowl, 31 Cherub Lane, Port Jefferson Station will host a Polar Express Party on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. $15 adults, $5 children (15 and under) includes bowling, pizza, soda, hot coca, cookies and a visit with Santa. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For further information, call 4733300 or visit

Santa comes to Longwood

Santa Claus visits St. James

Santa’s Workshop

Longwood Estate, at the corner of Smith and Longwood Road, Ridge will welcome Santa Claus on Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children can make a holiday craft, enjoy hot chocolate, enjoy a train display and visit with Santa. Interface Program will be collecting new unwrapped toys for children in need. $2 per child. To register, call 824-1820.

‘Snowkus Pocus’

The Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will present Cirquetacular’s winter-themed circus, “Snowkus Pocus,” on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. on the Main Stage. Tickets are $20 per person. To order, call 632-2787.

Sea Glass Ornaments workshop

On Dec. 4 The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor will hold a Sea Glass Ornaments workshop at 1 p.m. See 19th-century glass artifacts and create a sparkly ornament to put on your tree. Admission plus $5 craft fee. Call 367-3418 for details.

Yuletide Family Day

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station will present a Yuletide Family Day on Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. Take part in a holiday sing-along, decorate a cookie, make an ornament to hang on your tree, visit with Santa (bring your wish list) and play games. Fee is $9 per child, chaperones free. To register, call Carolyn at 427-5240, ext. 113.

Menorah workshop

The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor will host a Menorah workshop on Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Learn about whale oil and olive oil, see oil lamps and create your own tiled menorah. Admission plus $5 craft fee. For more information, call 367-3418.

The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook will present Hands-On History for grades K through 4 on Dec. 8 and Jan. 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Make the past come alive through activities and objects. Visit a different gallery each month and explore history. $10 per class, $8 members. To register, call 751-0066, ext. 212.

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All Souls Church to host annual Youth Christmas Concert To celebrate the joy and wonder of the season, All Souls Church, 61 Main St., Stony Brook Village will present its annual Youth Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Step away from your shopping and busy schedule and experience an hour of Christmas carols sung by the youth choir, accompanied by a folk guitar, cello, violin, bass and other instruments played by the choir as well as the church’s historic tracker organ, used continuously at worship services for the past 160 years. The youth choir will sing traditional cherished classics such as “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “Un Flambeau Jeannette Isabella” (lyrics in French) along with more modern carols such as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Feliz Navidad.” The audience will be invited to sing along with the choir for some of the most popular carols. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to all. For more

information, please call 631655-7798.

Film ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’

In conjunction with the 21st annual Dickens Festival, the Port Jefferson Free Library, 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson will screen “The Muppet Christmas Carol” continuously on Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. Running time: 1 hours 30 minutes. Rated PG. Popcorn will be served. Free. Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required. Call 473-0022 for more information.




Staller Center for the Arts Stony Brook University Box office (631) 632-ARTS

Theater ‘Elf Jr.’

Just in time for the holidays, the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will present the musical “Elf Jr.” through Dec. 31 with daily shows from Dec. 26 to 30. Follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Tickets are $15 each. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

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December 16 thru 19 Friday at 7PM Saturday at 2PM & 7PM Sunday at 1PM & 6PM Monday at 7PM

‘Barnaby Saves Christmas’

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson celebrates the 13th anniversary of “Barnaby Saves Christmas” through Dec. 30. Join Santa’s littlest elf Barnaby and his reindeer friend Franklynne as they set off on a journey to save Christmas. All tickets are $10. To order, call 928-9100 or visit


A holiday favorite, “Frosty,” returns to the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport through Dec. 31. Join Jenny and Frosty on their winter adventure as they try to save the town of Chillsville from the mean old Ethel Pierpot. Tickets are $15 each. To order, call 261-2900 or visit www.

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“A Delicious Holiday Confection for Young and Old” Bernstein, Newsday


Hands-On History

Santa Claus will return to the historic St. James General Store, 516 Moriches Road, St. James to meet with children and hear their wishes on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. through Dec. 18. Free. Don’t forget your camera to capture the perfect photo for your holiday card. For more information, call 854-3740.

The All Souls Church Youth Choir at last year’s concert.


one on one

with Mrs. Dilber a.k.a. JANET EMILY DEMAREST By Kevin Redding

couple years, I’ve realized that it’s so much fun trying to put history and Christmas together and make it interesting for people.

Janet Emily Demarest of Huntington has dedicated most of her adulthood to inspiring people through the combination of history and storytelling. A popular lecturer, Demarest has appeared on stage, at universities, museums and libraries across Long Island to teach about storytelling and perform historical theatrical works she’s written. Most people on the North Shore, however, know her best as Mrs. Dilber, the energetic host of “Scrooge: The Inside Story,” the wildly popular audience participation show that has become a staple at the Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival, which returns to the village this weekend. I recently had the opportunity to speak to Demarest about the show, the importance of performing for people, and what made her want to don a mop cap and become Mrs. Dilber.

Have you always been interested in performing?

What is ‘Scrooge: The Inside Story’ about? Mrs. Dilber, the character that I’m playing, is actually mentioned in Charles Dickens’ book, “A Christmas Carol.” She is Scrooge’s housekeeper. The way that I’ve kind of reimagined the story is that Mrs. Dilber knows all of the little crazier things that actually went on. What [the show] really does is it allows me as a performer to be able to have an audience participation telling of “A Christmas Carol” utilizing adults as the major characters ... by not so much giving them lines, but by giving them situations to react to, and then have the audience react to them. It’s kind of “commedia dell’arte” (improvised performance based on scenarios) but certainly not as fancy as all that. I’m basically the facilitator. I tell the story but I select nine people from the audience to play Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the ghosts, Tiny Tim and so on. These are all people that are just randomly selected from the audience. Just after years and years of doing theater, I have a pretty good sense of who’s going to be able to sit still on stage and who looks the part. So many people that I do choose wind up really warming up to it and it winds up being a great show. I’ll get a Scrooge out of nowhere and he’ll go and sit with a little top hat, and anytime that I’ll say “let’s hear it for Scrooge!” everybody gives him the raspberries. It’s a sillier kind of version but we do stay very close to the story. It’s a little bit improvisation, it’s a little bit of theatrical and visual comedy, and above all, it’s a means of everyone having fun together.

How did the show come about? For many years I have worked as the historic storyteller at Old Bethpage Village Restoration and I’ve performed at the Long Island Fair. One of my colleagues over there, Pat Darienzo who is a magician, had expressed to me “Oh you need to be at the Dickens Festival!” because he had been performing there for a number of years himself [as The Great Wizard of the North]. So he gave me the contact information, put me in touch with the woman at the time who was doing the coordination, and we spoke and she booked me for the one event and the

Photo from Janet E. Demarest

Janet emily demarest will reprise her role as Mrs. dilber, ebenezer Scrooge’s long-suffering housekeeper, at this year’s dickens Festival in Port Jefferson. rest, darling, as they say, is history. I have been playing Mrs. Dilber ... I think this is going to be my fifth year.

So you wrote the show and serve as the only professional actor? Absolutely. Well, I wrote it based on Dickens of course. (Speaking in an upscale London accent) “As Mrs. Dilber, you know, that gentleman down the block, you know, I told him that story and he wrote it all down and then sold it for millions, the little Dickens!”

What made you want to have your own spin on this story? Oh I love “A Christmas Carol.” I love every iteration ... I love every single movie; I love the Broadway show; I love the book! It’s just such a beautiful story about getting outside yourself and being able to see how our littlest actions really affect other people, so it’s a story that really speaks to me. And I love the fact that it doesn’t matter if you celebrate Christmas or not. It doesn’t matter because being the kind of person that thinks about other people is universal. That’s what’s really appealing to me.

What is the most rewarding part about playing Mrs. Dilber and performing for people? Something happened a year or two ago, and I will never forget it and it will always mean a lot to me. I selected somebody for the show, and after the show the gentleman came to me and said, “I had the best time and I didn’t even wanna come!” And I looked at him and I was like, “Oh, who wouldn’t wanna come to this?!” And he said, “No you don’t understand ... I just

lost my wife to cancer a few months ago. I didn’t want to come; I didn’t want to celebrate Christmas. My friends insisted that I come, and I don’t know what made you hone in on me in the audience, but I think it must’ve been my wife trying to tell you that I needed this.” So to be able to give somebody back a sense of the joy of the simplest things of Christmas ... that’s what it’s all about. It’s so important to take that time to be with your family, and take that time to be silly.

Whether it was a classroom or I was playing Tevye’s wife in “Fiddler on the Roof,” there was always an audience there. I graduated with an MBA in Organizational Behavior, which is an offshoot of management that I never really utilized as a career because I immediately had my kids and I really wanted to spend time with them. My oldest son’s second-grade teacher was a spectacular woman; she knew more about human nature — adults and children alike — more than anyone I ever met. And so she encouraged me: “You’ve got this theatrical background, let’s try to make a safety video for the children.” So I started writing for children and writing shows, putting on shows, and in the meantime I had started doing some local theater for Plaza Theatrical, that used to do all these tours all over Long Island and the tri-state area. I would be touring with them and teaching and raising the kids and all that. As I got a little bit older and I started writing some historically based shows, I started my relationship with Old Bethpage Village. I went over there to borrow a costume and next thing I know they said, “We could really use a storyteller.”

Where do you get your costume? I make my costume out of rags and riches, of course! It’s just a mop cap and whatever funky looking blouse I can find that looks period. And then I add some flowers and some aprons. I’ve got big, bulky, hobnail boot-looking things ... like a housekeeper from the early 1800s. I’m channeling Carol Burnett!

What do you do when you’re not Mrs. Dilber?

What makes the Dickens Festival so special? Why should people go?

I’ve taught marketing and managing courses, mostly at Nassau Community College and also at New York Institute of Technology, and occasionally in other places as well ... like Hofstra. This past year I’ve been doing a lot of college lecturing for lifelong learners. I have worked for Molloy College, LIU Post — they’ve got an award-winning lecture series up there called The Hutton House Lectures and I’ve been fortunate to lecture for them. I’ve been focused on Long Island history and the historical background of certain things that we know and love as a college lecturer. Two years ago, I published my first book. It’s called “Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island.” It deals with all of those little legends on Long Island that you’ve heard of, like the Smithtown Bull or Mile-a-Minute Murphy or Goody Garlick and the very first witch trial on Long Island, which took place 30 years before Salem. On Nov. 1 of this year, I came out with my second book called “A Merry, Very Victorian Christmas!: Trivia, Tales and Traditions from 19th Century America.” From gathering more and more information over the past

People should go to the Dickens Festival because it gives families an opportunity to have a fun experience together. When you go there and see things a little bit more historically based, it gives families the opportunity to open up a dialogue about traditions, like “what I did as a child …” Grandpa’s not necessarily walking through the five miles of snow, but he may say, “Well this is how I did it …” And then the grandkids say, “Ooh, let’s do it the way Grandpa did it!” It seems to expand the Christmas culture as it is for families, so the younger people understand why things were done the way they were in the past ... so it opens up a dialogue about what’s considered an established culture for Christmas. Performances of “Scrooge: The Inside Story” by Mrs. Dilber will be held during Port Jefferson’s Charles Dickens Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, at noon and 1:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4., at noon in the Sail Loft Room, third floor, of the Port Jefferson Village Center, at 101A E. Broadway. This show is free to the public. For more information, please call 631-802-2160.

Arts & Lifestyles - December 1, 2016