Get Into The Spirit! 2018 Local Holiday Events 316

The Holidays are fast approaching and celebrations start soon across Suffolk County.  Communities will host parades, festivals, tree lighting ceremonies and more. Add additional Magic to your Holiday Season by attending these local events with friends and family!

 

PATCHOGUE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE

WHEN November 18th, 6 p.m.

WHAT Santa captains his own vessel acting as the caboose to a dozen long trolley of fantastically adorned boats draped in holiday lights and decorations.  The theme of this year’s Patchogue Village Christmas Holiday Boat Parade is “A Cartoon Christmas.” A preview of the boats and “People’s Choice Award” contest will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 5-9 p.m. at the Off Key Tikki.

WHERE Patchogue River waterfront.  Viewing locations are available at Drift 82, Off Key Tikki, The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill, Harbor Crab as well as the ferry terminals.

INFO 631-804-0595,https://patchogueboatparade.org, free event

 

THE 2018 PATCHOGUE CHRISTMAS PARADE

WHEN November 24th, 6 p.m.

WHAT The Village of Patchogue Christmas Parade comes to Main Street again!  The theme this year is “Christmas at the Movies.”  Join Patchogue Village as it welcomes Santa to Main Street.  Be sure to stick around after the parade for the annual tree lighting at Capital One Plaza.

WHERE Main Street in Patchogue, from West Avenue to Rider Avenue

INFO 631-475-4302

 

LIGHTING THE MONTAUK POINT LIGHTHOUSE

WHEN November 24th, 4 p.m.

WHAT The Montauk Historical Society decorates the lighthouse for the holidays. Includes holiday music, caroling and an appearance by Santa.

WHERE 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

INFO https://montauklighthouse.com/events/lighting/

 

BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

WHEN December 1st, 4:15 p.m.

WHAT  Belmont Lake State Park will host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. This popular holiday event includes an ice sculptor, holiday songs sung by the North Babylon School District elementary school chorus, magic show, and more! All activities are free. The tree will be lit by Santa immediately followed by a fireworks display.

WHERE 625 Belmont Avenue, West Babylon

INFO 631-667-5055, Click here for more info, free.

 

POLAR EXPRESS / NORTH FORK TROLLEY RIDE

WHEN Weekends and select weekdays from November 23rd to December 23rd

WHAT Families can take a trolley ride to the North Pole. On the way listen to a reading of The Polar Express and interact with movie characters. Upon arrival at the “North Pole”, you will disembark the trolley and visit with Santa!

WHERE North Fork trips depart from The All-Star Bowling Alley, 96 Main Road, Riverhead, (Route 25/County Route 58 just west of route 105).   South Fork trips depart from The Omni, Hampton Jitney Terminal, Southampton, (County Route 39A, 9/10’s of a mile east of the 7-11 in Southampton).

INFO 631-369-3031, $55 a person, tickets available at northforktrolley.com

 

VANDERBILT MANSION’S FESTIVE HOLIDAY DINNERS

WHEN December 1st, two dinner times 6 p.m. and 8 p.m

WHAT Dine where Hollywood stars and European royalty once dined with members of one of America’s most famous families. The grand mansion – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is decorated for the holidays each year by local designers and garden clubs, adding charm and magic to this exclusive evening. Tickets include a guided tour of the Vanderbilt Museum.

WHERE 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport

INFO 631-854-5579, Clink for Event Info, $135 a person, $125 for members, reservations required.

 

RIVERHEAD’S BONFIRE AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

WHEN December 9th, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHAT See Santa riding in a horse-drawn carriage to the Peconic riverfront. Enjoy Holiday music, hot cocoa and free candy canes.

WHERE Behind the East End Arts Building, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead

INFO 631-591-0722, riverheadbid.com, free event!

 

GREATER PATCHOGUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIDNIGHT ON MAIN STREET


Photo Credit: Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

WHEN New Year’s Eve, beginning at 8 p.m.

WHAT Gather on Main Street, to usher in the New Year with great food and drinks; music and dancing; Fireworks display by Grucci Fireworks; and, in the center of it all, the specially designed Patchogue New Year’s Eve ball that will help us to count down to 2019.

WHERE Main Street, Patchogue

INFO  631-207-1000, info@patchogue.com

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Bayport-Blue Point Welcomes Students! 226

Bayport-Blue Point School District welcomed students back for the 2019-20 School year, below are a few photos from a successful first day!

Students enrolled in Kimberly Rall’s fourth grade class at Academy Street Elementary School settled in for a day of learning on the first day of school.

 

Students from James Wilson Young Middle School are pictured with new principal John Andruszkiewicz on the first day of school.

 

A number of Bayport-Blue Point High School students are pictured on the first day of school with, from left, Bayport-Blue Point High School Assistant Principal Neil Zarcone, Dean of Students Michael Zafonte and new Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Robert Haas.

 

Photos courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District

 

Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 113

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:

Zara
Mufasa
Bandit

Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.brookhavenny.gov/animalshelter or call 631-451-6950.

 

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