Celebrate the holidays at Shelter Island Historical Society’s open house this Sunday, Dec. 6, which will feature shopping, arts and crafts, treats and even a visit from Santa himself.
“We get over 300 people,” said historical society executive director Nanette Breiner-Lawrenson. “A lot of families come, including Santa and Mrs. Claus.”
There will be shopping at the Havens House gift store — which sells a variety of items, including jewelry, soaps, ceramics, toys, books and ornaments made by local artisans — from 1 to 4 p.m. Now available at the store is the historical society’s holiday card, which is a rendition of the Havens House fireplace created by local artist Kirsten Lewis.
“We’re very proud of our new holiday card,” said Breiner-Lawrenson. “It can be purchased here, [or] people can just call up and we can do it over the phone.”
Hot chocolate, cider, popcorn and sweets will also be served during Sunday’s event.
While shoppers take advantage of the Havens gift store, there will also be craft activities, caroling and visits with Santa in the nearby Havens Barn.
Local author Patricia Shillingburg will sign copies of her new book, “Six Lives: Revolution’s Children,” and local musical group “Island Folk” will perform holiday songs. Everyone is welcome to join in for the music.
For the third year in a row the historical society has partnered with The Retreat, an East Hampton organization that provides domestic violence services on the East End, to help those in need. The Havens Barn is also where the decorated “Giving Tree,” which offers people an opportunity to donate items to The Retreat, will be on view.
Sunday is the deadline for people to deliver items purchased from The Retreat’s wish list (available at the historical society’s office) and place them under the Giving Tree.
Santa will personally thank everyone who donates and put each benefactor’s name/or message on a specially decorated ornament to be displayed on the tree.
The Shelter Island Historical Society is located at 16 South Ferry Road on Shelter Island. For more information, visit shelterislandhistorical.org or call (631) 749-0025.