The Corchaug Singers, led by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church on Friday. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)
Remembering the true meaning of Christmas is the spirit behind Friday’s annual Candlelit Christmas Concert at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church in Cutchogue.
The concert is loosely based on the Nine Lessons and Carols service, which has been performed at Kings College in Cambridge, England, since 1878. It celebrates the birth of Jesus in nine short bible readings, interspersed with Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.
“We take a more secular approach; it’s less formatted,” said Southold resident William Roslak, who leads the group. “We don’t have nine lessons. We have five readings: one is biblical and the others are pieces of poetry.” (more…)
Dried hydrangeas adorning a Christmas tree are some of the first things you will see upon walking into the Fig and Olive Bed and Breakfast in Cutchogue.
The flowers were grown and harvested by owner Lisa Haase, who cut and preserved them to use as decorations during the holiday season. The second tree in her house is decorated with fun, colorful lights.
Those are just some of the North Fork-inspired holiday sights participants saw on the fourth annual Cutchogue Holiday House Tour Saturday, which featured stops at local inns, gorgeously decorated for the holidays.(more…)
Geraldo Rais supervises as apple pulp drops onto a waiting canvas tarp, where it is prepared for the cider press. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
Fresh-pressed apple cider isn’t a luxury on the North Fork. In fact, those who shop at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue — which has been pressing its own juice for more than 50 years — might consider it a necessity.
At 112 years old, Wickham’s cider press is just a few years older than the nearly century-old barn in which it resides.
“It was built in 1904 and has never missed a season of operation,” said farm manager Tom Wickham.
The press was originally owned and operated by the former Billard Farm in Cutchogue, where a King Kullen supermarket is now located. The Wickhams brought their apples to be pressed at the farm on an annual basis until the early 1960s, when owner Irving Billard sold them his press.(more…)