12/21/14 7:00am

Christmas is next week, a holy and joyful day filled with memories of the past and dreams for the future. An early memory for me is midnight Mass in the convent on the corner of University Avenue and the Washington Bridge — long gone, replaced by public housing. It was a magical service, highlighted by the cloistered nuns, hidden from sight, chanting and singing in their high-pitched voices. I’m not going to dwell on religion, though, mine or yours. Joy is the theme, and the laughter that joy can bring.

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12/20/14 4:00pm
A group of children wait for Santa's arrival at Brecknock Hall in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

A group of children waiting for Santa’s arrival on Friday in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

Peconic Landing and the Brecknock Hall Foundation held a holiday celebration on Friday at Brecknock Hall in Greenport.

Children waited for Santa’s arrival after they decorated gingerbread cookies and enjoyed carols sung by Greenport School District’s a cappella choral group.

After Santa made his entrance, he sat with the group of children and read Clement C. Moore’s classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

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12/20/14 2:00pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The following is The Suffolk Times’ annual listing of Christmas services and special events hosted by local churches.

Oysterponds

Orient united methodist Church
Sunday, Dec. 21: Service of Lessons and Carols with focus on children, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Candlelight Christmas Eve service, 11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 4: Epiphany service, 10 a.m.

Orient Congregational Church
Sunday, Dec. 21: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in style of King’s Chapel of Cambridge, England, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas pageant and candlelight service, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 28: Carol-sing service, 10:30 a.m.

Greenport

First Baptist Church of Greenport
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Candlelight service with East Marion Community Church, 7 p.m.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Sunday, Dec. 21: Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Candlelight Eucharist of Christmas, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 28: Holy Eucharist services, 8 and 10 a.m.

ST. Agnes R.C. Church
Monday, Dec. 22: Advent penance service, with Sacrament of Reconciliation and individual confession and absolution, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Masses, 4, 6, 7:30 (Spanish) p.m. and midnight.

Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Masses, 8 and 10 a.m.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services, 4 and 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day service, 10 a.m.

Southold

First Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve family service, 4 p.m.; candlelight service, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas dinner, 4 p.m. All welcome; RSVP before Dec. 23: 765-2597.

First Universalist Church
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Candlelight concert service with pianist Charlotte Day, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 28: Welcome 2015 service around the fireplace, 10:30 a.m.

St. Patrick R.C. Church
Saturday, Dec. 20: Mass and Christmas pageant, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Family Mass, 4 p.m.; Mass, 9 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Masses, 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Mass, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Day Masses, 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 4: Epiphany Masses, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Cutchogue

Cutchogue Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons and carols, 5 p.m.

First Baptist Church
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Watch Night service, 10 p.m.

North Fork United Methodist Church
Sunday, Dec. 21: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ service for all ages, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve family service, 5 p.m.

Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church
Tuesday, Dec. 23: Concert, “A Candlelit Christmas,” featuring organist William Roslak and friends.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas pageant, 3:30 p.m.; Christmas Vigil Masses, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Midnight Mass (Polish/English).

Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas Masses, 8, 9:30 (Polish) and 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Vigil Mass (Polish/English), 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Day Masses, 8, 9:30 (Polish) and 11 a.m.

True Light Church
Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day service, 10:30 a.m.

Mattituck

Advent Lutheran Church
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight-communion service, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Festival Eucharist, 10 a.m.

Church of the Redeemer
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services, 4 and 6 p.m.

Mattituck Presbyterian Church
Sunday, Dec. 21: Christmas pageant and potluck dinner, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve worship, 4, 7 and 10 p.m.

Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church
Wednesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Masses, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Masses, 8 and 10 a.m.

12/18/14 6:00am
12/18/2014 6:00 AM

’Tis the season for friends and family to reconnect and catch up. Andrew Ennis has been studying abroad in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, since August and will return today, Dec. 18. He is currently studying political science and Mandarin Chinese at Norwich College in Vermont, where he also plays rugby. After Christmas break he heads back to Norwich until graduation. (more…)

12/16/14 5:54pm
12/16/2014 5:54 PM
(Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Hudson Kaufer, 11, of Cutchogue lights a menorah Tuesday, the first night of Hanukkah. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

North Fork Reform Synagogue and Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Council commemorated the start of Hanukkah Tuesday afternoon with a menorah lighting celebration at Cutchogue Village Green.  (more…)

12/14/14 2:00pm
12/14/2014 2:00 PM
Natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald of Cutchogue, wearing a shawl she made, demonstrates how she sets up the loom in her home studio before starting work on a new piece. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald of Cutchogue, wearing a shawl she made, demonstrates how she sets up the loom in her home studio before starting work on a new piece. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Time doesn’t exist when natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald is at her loom.

“It’s hard to say,” she said when asked how long it took her to complete a double-woven reversible jacket on view at “Weaving My World,” her exhibit at Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library. “I have no sense of time at all.”

Patience, on the other hand, is something she has in abundance.  (more…)

12/13/14 7:00am
12/13/2014 7:00 AM

I know it’s been some time since we last saw snow, so I wonder if you all remember how much I love snow. Just as a refresher: Yes, every beautifully crisp day I hope for snow. I hope that during this incredibly hectic time of year, you’re able to take a few calm moments to enjoy the beauty of the season.  (more…)