Busy weekend at Suffolk County Historical Society

Charles H. Miller, "Girl in a Boat," 1880, watercolor on paper.
Charles H. Miller, "Girl in a Boat," 1880, watercolor on paper.

Two notable events are set for this weekend at the Suffolk County Historical Society on Riverhead’s West Main Street.

“Charles Henry Miller: Painter of Long Island” opens Friday, Dec. 2, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit includes paintings, sketchbooks and other memorabilia illuminating the artist’s life and career. Many works on display — including Mr. Miller’s first painting, created when he was just 16 — have never been seen publicly. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 11, coincides with the release of a book of the same title written by show curator Geoffrey Fleming, director of the Southold Historical Society, and Ruth Ann Bramson, the artist’s great-granddaughter. The book is available at the SCHS Weathervane Gift Shop.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCHS presents “Wooden Wonderland,” a special holiday show and sale featuring the work of over a dozen Long Island woodworkers. Hand-carved Santas, gnomes, ornaments, birds, duck decoys and fish will be available for sale, and craftsmen will demonstrate a variety of carving skills and techniques. A donation to the society is suggested at the door.

For information, call 727-2881.