Shelter Island Library to host craft fair & tree lighting

Attendees encircle the ÔTree of LightsÕ at the 2013 ceremony (Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

Attendees around the “Tree of Lights” at the 2013 ceremony (Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

Shop for the holidays and commemorate loved ones lost with a special tree lighting ceremony on Shelter Island this weekend.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, Friends of the Shelter Island Library will host its annual Holiday Craft Fair. Local artists and handcrafters will sell their wares in the Library’s lower level from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers can support local artisans by shopping comfortably indoors for many unique and one of a kind gift items. Products for sale will include everything from handmade jewelry, quilted items and ceramics to food products like homegrown honey, herbs and olive oil.

“It’s a very popular craft festival,” said Shelter Island Library Director Terry Lucas. “We get a lot of vendors, I think we have 13 vendors right now.”

Following the fair at 2:30 p.m., East End Hospice will hold its third annual “Tree of Lights” ceremony in front of the library.  A Christmas tree will be lit and decorated with ornaments bearing the names of loved ones who are gone, but not forgotten. The interfaith ceremony will also include a reading of names of those who have passed. Refreshments will be served inside the library, following the ceremony.

“We will have local clergy there and local music,” said East End Hospice development coordinator Christine Michne. “We read the names of the deceased and it’s a nice outdoor service memorializing those who have passed.”

On Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m., East End Hospice will hold simultaneous memorial ceremonies and tree lightings in Cutchogue, East Hampton and Westhampton.

The Shelter Island Library is located at 37 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island. For more information about the Holiday Craft Fair call (631) 749- 7806.

For more on the Tree of Lights ceremony go to eeh.org.