• We’re expecting showers today, mainly before 4 p.m., with a high temperature near 55 degrees and light and variable winds becoming southwest 9 to 14 miles per hour in the morning. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 34. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 52. Showers are likely on Sunday, mainly after 1 p.m, with a high temperature near 59 degrees.
• There’s currently a critical blood shortage in New York State, and the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center and the Eastport Fire Department are holding New York Blood Center blood drives today to help meet the dire need. The Westhampton Beach PAC’s blood drive is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here. The Eastport Fire Department’s blood drive is from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. and appointments can be made here.
• The East End Seaport Museum will an Artist Reception for “Peconic Bay Seascapes,” an exhibition of paintings on display by North Fork artist Max Moran, this afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. A portion of all sales will go directly to support the museum. Here’s more info.
• The Friends of the Shelter Island Library’s annual Turkey Plunge returns to Crescent Beach tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. — it will be held rain, snow or shine. Participants are welcome to come in costume — literary characters are a favorite. The registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the plunge. Register online here.
• Holiday Lightings begin this weekend, with the Southampton Village Parade of Lights on Saturday (festivities begin at noon, with the parade at 4:30 p.m, the Montauk Lighthouse Lighting Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. and next week, the lighting of the Big Duck in Flanders on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Here are more details.
Local holiday shopping abounds on the East End this weekend. Here are some highlights:
• The Southampton Arts Center will host an Indigenous Artisan and Literary Fair on Friday from noon to 5 p.m., featuring artisans from the Shinnecock Nation and local bookshops highlighting their favorite selection of readings about trees, in conjunction with the current exhibition, “A Celebration of Trees.” Shinnecock Tribal Member Shane Weeks will give a talk on native history at 3 p.m. Admission is free, and more details are at southamptonartscenter.org.
• Hallockville Museum Farm on Sound Avenue in Riverhead will hold its annual Country Parlor Craft Show, where fine folk artists and craftspeople transform the historic Naugles Barn into a winter wonderland, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Admission is free, and more details are at hallockville.org.
• The Oysterponds Historical Society’s Beach Plum Holiday Shop will be open again this year, starting on Saturday, Nov. 26, from noon to 4 p.m., with unique gifts, decorations, ornaments, North Fork art, traditional crafts, and OHS merchandise. Here’s more info.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:14 a.m., 10:46 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:22 a.m., 9:54 p.m.
Greenport: 10:51 a.m., 11:23 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:48 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:46 a.m., 11:18 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:13 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:01 a.m., 12:20 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:27 a.m., 9:56 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:36 a.m., 8:05 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:08 a.m., 11:41 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:16 a.m., 10:49 p.m.
Greenport: 11:45 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:26 a.m., 12:40 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:40 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:45 a.m., 1:07 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:52 a.m., 1:14 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:19 a.m., 10:54 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:28 a.m., 9:03 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.