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Setting Sail For Santaport 

Pictured during last year’s event, the Centerport United Methodist Church family shows off some of the treasures available at the annual Santaport Christmas fair on Nov. 23.

If it’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving, it means that an old-fashioned holiday tradition is coming back to Centerport United Methodist Church.

Their annual Santaport Christmas fair, scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23, has become a tradition in Northport and Centerport because of the fellowship the event encourages, said Connie Kozlowski, the church’s administrative assistant.

“We have such a good time and a grand set of people that are here. We just have a lot of fun,” she said. “Everyone almost always finds something.”

Church members power the sale – there are no vendors at Santaport, Kozlowski said. The church sells donated household goods, handcrafted goods, jewelry, baked goods, toys, holiday ornaments and more. Lunches prepared by church volunteers will also be sold, and a silent auction is planned, featuring local merchants’ gift cards, art and more. All money raised supports the Centerport United Methodist Church.

Choir members will also be floating around the fair singing Christmas carols, and Santa will be on hand for close-ups with the kids. The church’s youth group will also be on hand to play games and arrange activities for the kids while their parents are shopping.

“It’s just an atmosphere that’s around this place that makes people want to be here,” Kozlowski said. “It’s the old-fashioned type of church fair.”

For more information about Santaport, email the church at or call 631-261-5222.

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