Oysterponds: Orient Congressional Church Christmas Fair Saturday

JENN WISSEMANN COURTESY PHOTO It’s in the bag Oysterponds School students filled 24 bags with leaves they raked recently from around the Oysterponds Historical Society buildings in Orient. Master gardener Rich Milligan (back row) talked with the children about the importance of raking and preparing gardens and lawns for winter.

Here we go. It’s the time of year again where we try to squeeze 10 pounds of sugar in a five-pound bag for the holidays. There’s so much to do and only a month to do it in.
The Orient Congregational Church youth group will hold a Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 20, in Fellowship Hall, featuring gifts, ornaments and baked goods. The proceeds will help with expenses for the group to attend the UCC General Synod in July in Tampa.
Oysterponds School is opening its annual Thanksgiving Program to the community and all are welcome on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1 to 2 p.m. You can call the school at 323-2410 for more info.
The North Fork Chorale’s holiday concert series includes a performance at Orient Congregational Church on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. Other dates are Dec. 3 and 4 in Southold and Mattituck, respectively, at 8 p.m. Chris Franke is selling the $10 tickets. Call her at 323-3833 to reserve.
The annual OHS holiday soiree at Webb House will be Saturday, Dec. 4, and is open to all. Please call 323-2480 for details and to sign on.
Hold onto your hats the weekend of Dec. 11! The annual House Tour on the 11th will feature 13 stops, including the former Coast Guard Reserve station in East Marion. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. And on that weekend only, the Beach Plum Christmas Shop will be open in the Old Point Schoolhouse from noon to 4 p.m. each day.
Dec. 11 also brings the first of the two-part Scottish series. Back by popular demand will be Jean Redpath, who performs at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for open seating or $60 for reserved seating, which includes a post-concert reception. (The second concert on Jan. 8 will feature Alasdair Fraser accompanied by cellist Natalie Haas.) For more info or tickets, call OHS at 323-2480.
On Sunday, Dec. 12, there will be a free community singalong hosted by OCA, OHS, EMCA and OA. It will be held in Poquatuck Hall, and as you sing along and tap your feet, perhaps you’ll be inspired to contribute to the desperately needed new floor. Am I a broken record or what?
Healing wishes to Elinor Williams, who is having issues with her health these days. We all wish you well.
Because of Thanksgiving, the deadline for my next column is tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 19, by 10 a.m. Perhaps you’d like to share with me what you’re grateful for this year. Keep it clean.
As I typed “Do I sound like a broken record?” it struck a chord. I started thinking: Do I sound like a broken eight-track? Perhaps cassette? CD? DVD? Blu-ray? iTune download? Technology sure is speedy — and mind-boggling — these days.