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A cup of Aldo’s hot chocolate. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

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Perhaps the highlight of November on the North Fork — more than Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season — is the beginning of the Peconic Bay scallop harvest. But enjoying the jewels of the Peconic is just one of 30 things we recommend doing on the North Fork this November.

From benefits to artisan craft fairs to the return of the Riverhead Farmers Market, here is something to do every day this month.

Nov. 1
Stirling Historical Society Harvest Benefit

The Margaret E. Ireland House is home to the Stirling Historical Society of Greenport. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Dinner includes choice of sauerbraten or flounder and comes with salad and dessert. Tickets are $25 and the event runs from noon until 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (631) 456.9044. Townsend Manor Inn, 714 Main St., Greenport.

Nov. 2
Taps, Tacos & Telescopes at Corey Creek

The bar at Bedell Cellars Tap Room at Corey Creek. (Credit: David Benthal)

The Tap Room at Corey Creek hosts the Custer Institute which will bring telescope equipment to provide stellar views of the night sky. By the glass specials and a fresh local taco menu from Noah’s on the Road food truck will also be available. Stargazing starts at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation. Bedell Cellars The Tap Room at Corey Creek, 45470 Main Rd., Southold,

Nov. 3
Greenport Gallery Walk

The South Street Gallery & Framers, pictured here, is included in the tour.

On the first Friday of each month from June to December, Greenport art galleries remain open late, allowing visitors to stroll through the village and enjoy the artwork. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. A list of participating businesses can be found here.

Nov. 4
Full Moon Hike

A trail at Mashomack Preserve. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

Night hike among the normally off-limits Major’s Harbor shore at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Bring flashlights. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mashomack Preserve, 47 S. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island. More info here.

Nov. 5
Astronomy Jamboree

Custer Observatory in Southold (File photo)

The Custer Institute in Southold hosts its annual weekend dedicated to astronomy lectures and stargazing. Sunday’s schedule features a breakfast, solar gazing and a walk. Click here for the complete lineup.

Nov. 6
Community Bird Feeder Watch Meeting

Looking up at Downs Farm Preserve. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue needs volunteers to assist in its bird feeder watch program. Volunteers are asked to count and identify birds visiting the feeders for a minimum of 15 minutes on the assigned observation day. For more information or to register for the informational meeting, please contact Aaron Virgin at (631) 765-6450 ext. 218 or (631) 377-1303 or [email protected]. Downs Farm Preserve, 23800 Main Rd., Cutchogue.

Nov. 7
Get Your Scallops

Southold Fish Market owner Charlie Manwaring shucks a Peconic Bay scallop at the Main Road store.

Peconic Bay scallop season started on Monday, Nov. 6. Visit Southold Fish Market or Braun Seafood Co. for your fresh catch.

Nov. 8
Trivia at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Credit: Katelyn Knapp, file photo

Weekly trivia night. $50 gift card to the winning team. Signup at 5:15 p.m. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., 42155 Main Rd., Peconic.

Nov. 9
Harvest Dinner at O’Mally’s for Southold Historical Society

Inside O’Mally’s in Southold. (Credit: file photo)

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door. Choose between pot roast, salmon or vegetarian entrée options. The event runs from noon to 8 p.m. O’Mally’s, 44780 Rt. 48, Southold.

Nov. 10
Dinner from 8 Hands Farm

Inside the 8 Hands Farm store. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Pick up dinner at the 8 Hands Farm‘s farm store in Cutchogue. They offer fresh farm-raised meat, as well as prepared items. Remember all this when creating your Thanksgiving menu. 8 Hands Farm, 3735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue,

Nov. 11
East End Arts Craft Fair Opens

East End Arts Holiday Boutique
Hand painted porcelain kiln fired ornaments available at the 2015 Holiday Boutique. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

East End Arts Craft Fair opens today. Handmade ornaments, one-of-a-kind jewelry and wearables, unique home goods, crafts and more. Boutique runs from Nov. 11 through Dec. 24. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Click here for more info. East End Arts, 133 E. Main St., Riverhead.

Nov. 12
Grocery Shop for the Week

Sang Lee winter CSA carrot
Sang Lee Farms carrots.(Credit: Vera Chinese)

Get the good stuff. Organic veggies at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic, premium coffee from North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold, eggs from Browder’s Birds in Mattituck and ingredients to cook a fantastic Italian dinner from Lombardi’s Love Lane Market.

Nov. 13
Cheese and Escargot from Village Cheese Shop

Owner and snail wrangler Taylor Knapp holds up a snail at Peconic Escargot in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Get creative with your Monday night dinner. Pick up fresh snails from Peconic Escargot, which are carried at the Mattituck shop. Don’t forget the fromage. Village Cheese Shop, 105 Love Lane, Mattituck.

Nov. 14
Greek Feast at Hellenic

Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Fundraiser for the Greenport Express Miniature Railroad initiative. Three-course dinner with salad and dessert. Adults are $25 and kids under 12 are $15. Seating from 5 to 8 p.m. with takeout available. Organized by the Greenport Rotary. More info (631) 276-1729. Hellenic Restaurant, 5145 Main Road
East Marion.

Nov. 15
Wednesday Night Shuckers’ Club

Ian Wile shucking at Little Creek Oysters in Greenport on a Saturday afternoon in July. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Are you an oyster fan? Then the Wednesday Night Shuckers Club at Little Creek Oysters is for you. This event is held every Wednesday night from 5 to 8 p.m. with $5 Greenport Harbor beer, U-shuck specials and shucked oyster specials. Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market, 37 Front Street, Greenport.

Nov. 16
Meet at the Barre

Drop in for a barre class at The Barre Room in Mattituck. Visit for the schedule. Dance Center of Mattituck, 445 Pike St., Mattituck.

Nov. 17
Live Music at Lieb Cellars

Lieb Cellars in Cutchogue stays open late on Friday nights. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Friday night music series at Lieb Cellars. Points East performs from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here to make a reservation. Lieb Cellars, 13050 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue.

Nov. 18
Halyard Disco Party

The Halyard dining room. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Embrace the glam and glitz of the 1970’s during The Halyard’s Disco Party, co-hosted by Greenport vintage shop The Times Vintage. Prize will be awarded for the best 70’s costume. The event is $10 per person and is for those 21 and over. The Halyard, 58775 Rt. 48, Greenport.

Nov. 19
Biking for Bacon with BodyRite

Paige Romanowski, owner of BodyRite Training in Jamesport. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)

Join BodyRite Training at 9 a.m. for a group ride around the North Fork. Breakfast included. All proceeds will benefit Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach. Entry fee is $35 per person with corporate sponsorships available for $150. The event runs from 8 a.m. until noon. (631) 276-9407 for more info. BodyRite Training, 1604 Main Rd., Jamesport.

Nov. 20
Grab a Hot Chocolate

A cup of Aldo’s Hot Chocolate. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It’s getting nippy out. Treat yourself with a decadent cup of hot chocolate from Aldo’s. Aldo’s, 103-105 Front St., Greenport.

Nov. 21
Get Your Cider …

Apples at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: David Benthal)

Stock-up on local cider for your Thanksgiving celebration. Visit Breeze Hill Farm in Peconic or Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue.

Nov. 22
… And Your Pie

Briermere Farms’ chocolate cream pie (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Pick up a famous Briermere Farms’ fresh-baked pie for your Thanksgiving table. They offer many varieties of fruit pies, cream pies and, of course, pumpkin. Briermere Farms, 4414 Sound Avenue, Riverhead (631) 722-3931

Nov. 23
Mattituck Turkey Trot

Runners take on the 2013 Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers Association 5K Turkey Trot. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The annual 5K Wall/run kicks off at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers Association. Participants can pre-register here for $25. Day of registration from 7:45 a.m. until 8:45 a.m and is $30. Mattituck High School, 15125 Main Rd., Mattituck.

Nov. 24
Hallockville Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift Show

Christmastime at Hallockville Museum Farm. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Avoid the Black Friday madness. The Country Parlor sells handmade gifts, holiday décor and treasures for everyone on your list. The fair opens at 9 a.m. Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead.

Nov. 25
Riverhead Farmers Market Opens and Small Business Saturday

Riverhead Farmers Market
Lucy Senesac at the Riverhead Farmers Market in 2015. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The weekly indoor Riverhead Farmers Market returns for the season today, which is also Small Business Saturday. Remember to shop local. Riverhead Farmers Market, 117 E. Main St., Riverhead.

Nov. 26
Cut Your Own Tree

Santa's Christmas Tree Farm, Cutchogue
Credit: Northforker file photo

Cut your own Christmas tree at Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm in Cutchogue. Don’t forget to browse the 2,500-square-foot gift shop, which is filled with handmade wreaths, kissing balls, swags, custom gifts, decorations, ornaments and collectibles. Here is a list of other places to cut your own tree on the North Fork. Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm, 30105 Main Road, Cutchogue.

Nov. 27
A.M. Fitness Class

Katie Peters
Katie Peters inside her new Southold fitness studio, Underground Training. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Start the day in high gear with a class at Underground Training in Southold. Visit for class details. Underground Training, 53345 Main Rd., Feather Hill Unit 10-1, Southold.

Nov. 28
Time to Give

CAST North Fork
CAST is a great North Fork charity to remember this Giving Tuesday. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

It’s Giving Tuesday. Make a donation to a North Fork Charity like CAST or Maureen’s Haven.

Nov. 29
Elbow Room Happy Hour and Dinner

Credit: Google Maps

Cliff’s Elbow Room in Jamesport offers a happy hour specials weekdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Half price appetizers with beer and drink specials. Stay for a dinner of their famous marinated steaks. Cliff’s Elbow Room, 1549 Main Rd., Jamesport.

Nov. 30
Dinner at Lucharitos

Lucharitos in Greenport. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Start the weekend early with tacos and margaritas. And now with locations on both ends of the North Fork, you likely won’t have to travel far. Lucharitos, 119 Main St., Greenport and 487 Main Rd., Aquebogue.