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Weekend Planner: NoFo Films at Fest, Santa’s Here, Eat & Drink Local

This weekend offers a chance to see films about local people in the spotlight and plenty of opportunities to see Santa Claus.

The weather brings a warm first weekend of December this year and exciting events such as the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival — which this year features three North Fork-based films, a unique Christmas shopping opportunity with local vendors at Southold High School, and opportunities to see Santa with the kids:

• The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival happens this weekend beginning Friday evening. The three-day festival, now in its fifth year, will be held at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Tickets cost $15 for each film; $100 for a festival pass to all the films; tickets can be purchased at the Bay Street Theatre box office (725-9500) or at ht2ff.com. Catch the following North Fork-related films:

"Shelter Island: Art + Friendship + Discovery" (77 min.) on Friday, Nov. 30 at 8:15 p.m. by director Mike Canzoniero, about the poignant relationship between gas station owner Jimmy Olinkiewicz and outsider artist Harold Olson on Shelter Island. Q&A afterwards with the director, emceed by Andrew Botsford.

"Long May You Shine" (43 min.) on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6:45 p.m. by director Mark Costello Higgins about restoration of the beautiful Victorian Long Beach Bar Lighthouse in Greenport. Q&A afterwards with the director, emceed by arts writer/film critic Andrew Botsford.

"Harry Hellfire" (97 min.) on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. by director Jim Morrison of Greenport, about a great but unknown rock musician who lives in a tent behind the seaside graveyard in Greenport. Q&A afterwards with the director, emceed by Andrew Botsford.

• Get some Christmas shopping done and support your local businesses and the Southold Parent-Teachers Association this Friday at the PTA’s first-annual Ladies’ Night Out. The event happens at the Southold Elementary School and features over 40 local small businesses showcasing their wares. The vendor fee for tables is $30. Admission to the event (for the public) is $5. Contact Erin Kaelin at erinkaelin21@yahoo.com for more information.

• A Leadership Series for Women happens on Saturday at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch included) at 272 Park Avenue in Mattituck. For $75, take a workshop that will leave you with a deeper, richer understanding of emotional intelligence skills and techniques to apply these skills to the relationships in their lives. They will learn to recognize the themes of their lives and how these themes are manifested in their relationships. Call 631-298-7230 for more information.

• Don't miss an opportunity to see Santa on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Railroad Museum in Greenport. Admission is free. Santa arrives at noon. There will be refreshments, gifts for good girls and boys and the gift shop will be open. Go to www.rmli.us for more information.

• Another chance to see Santa takes place at the annual C.A.S.T. Holiday Happening on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Southold Town Recreation Center. The event is free to all ages and includes photos with Santa 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., vendors and local artists, baked goods, craft room, face painting, a raffle, and a train display. Call 631-765-5182 for more information.

• Get a $45 ticket to , an event that begins Saturday at 12 p.m. and runs every weekend in December, and get a tasting of three wines and food pairing at Sparkling Pointe, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Water's Crest Winery, and the Winemaker Studio. Click here to purchase tickets.

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