Black Friday is upon us and shopping is on many people's minds. Never fear--creative gifts and objects made by hand can easily be part of holiday shopping. On the East End, authors, artists, artisans and creative gift vendors are pulling out the stops in time for the first rush of holiday shopping. Holiday markets and special events are popping up in The Hamptons and East End starting today. Expect to find a merry atmosphere and holiday cheer accompanying the shopping experience along with art and artisan gifts and items for fans of design. All of the following markets and special gift events appear for the holidays and disappear just as quickly. My advice? Catch them while you can.
Holiday Market and Party at the Parrish
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is hosting its annual Hamptons Holiday Party and Market on Friday and Saturday. There's extra fun on Friday night with the Patrons Party.
Taking place from 5 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music while shopping during special hours for the Holiday Market. They can also meet authors at the book signing—including artist Donald Sultan signing copies of “Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings.”
Other featured authors include Erica Abeel, “Wild Girls,” and Jon Gilman and April Gornik, “God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook,” among others. Patrons Party tickets start at $200, or $150 for museum members.
The Holiday Market is open for shopping on Friday, November 25, from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with museum admission. The Parrish Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976. Click here for more event details.
Marder's 40th Annual Open House
Taking place from Friday through Sunday, Marder's Open House is a tradition, for many, to get into the holiday spirit and pick up creative gifts for the holidays at the garden shop and landscape design company. Homemade Cookies and Hot Cider will be served and live music takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Genesis Gospel Choir performs from 10 a.m. to noon. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marder's is located 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. www.marders.com.
Clay Art Guild of The Hamptons Holiday Show
Featuring ceramics as handmade gifts for the season made by the artists of the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons, there are two locations this year. Both located in Bridgehampton, expect to find art shopping at The Bridgehampton Museum Archives at 2539-A Montauk Highway and Celadon Clay Art Gallery & Shop at 128 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. The 2016 Holiday Show takes place November 26 through December 18, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday only. Click here for details.
LongHouse Holiday Gathering
While the primary focus of LongHouse's Holiday Gathering on Saturday, November 26, 2016 is to toast the holiday season with Apple Old Fashioneds or Hot Toddies and explore the landscaped gardens and sculpture, it also provides a change to browse their INstore shop for creative gifts and small artworks. Click here to see a selection of gifts available which can include ceramics, Dale Chihuly-designed blankets, books, plants and more. LongHouse Holiday Gathering takes place from 2 to 4 pm. (rain or shine). There is a $10 admission for non-members and free for members. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, N.Y. 11937. www.longhouse.org.
East End Pop Ups at Amagansett's American Legion Post
East End Pop Ups holds its 2nd Annual Holiday Market at the American Legion Post at 15 Montauk Highway in Amgansett. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, and again on Saturday, December 17, expect to find items from local artists and craftspeople presented by around 20 vendors. Includes photography, natural soaps, candles, jewelry and more. Click here for details.
Madoo Holiday Market
Madoo Holiday Market is a one-day only event and takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the gardens and conservatory. Features homemade gifts, gardening books and more. The Bridgehampton High School Band perfoms holiday music and a bonfire will roar. Hot cidar and vin chaud help ward off any chill during the festivities. At 1 p.m., Andy Brand of Broken Arrow Nursery leads a holiday wreath workshop. Reservations required and the cost is $60 for non-members. Attending the Holiday Market is free. The Madoo Conservancy is located at 362 Sagaponack Main Street, Sagaponack, NY 11962. www.madoo.org.
Wooden Wonderland: Wood Carvers Holiday Show & Sale
The annual Wooden Wonderland takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead. Held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the holiday sales presents dozens of handmade carvings and artisan-crafted gifts made by Long Island artisans. Live woodcarving and woodworking demonstrations take place throughout the event. Admission is free. Click here for details. The Suffolk County Historical Society is located at 300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901. The museum's galleries feature various exhibitions revealing Long Island history. www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
East End Art's Holiday Gift Boutique
Taking place from November 12 to December 24, 2016, the holiday sale features works by local artists, hand made gifts, jewelry, wearables, books and more. Located at East End Arts Gallery, 133 East main Street, Riverhead, NY. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays. Click here for details. www.eastendarts.org.
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