Step-by-step Pumpkin Carving Guide 409

Pumpkin carving and displaying Jack-o-lanterns is an age-old tradition enjoyed annually by young and old alike. (click here for our post “History of the Jack-o-lantern”) Whether you are or holding a pumpkin carving party with your friends or just  this Although carving a Jack-o- Lantern might seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be – you really don’t need to be that crafty to create something spectacularly spooky!

Most people now use carving kit carve out their pumpkins. A pumpkin carving kit generally has a few different saws – one to cut the top/bottom off the pumpkin, and smaller ones to cut the design out. Most also have a pick to punch holes and a flesh scraping tool.

Pumpkin Masters has pumpkin carving kits that both you and the kiddos can utilize. Their kits, like the one pictured to the left, include tons of unique patterns and come with all the tools to help put together the perfect creation. They also offer additional carving patterns for free on their website, which is great for if you’re looking for something special or to create something different year after year!

 

 

Now that you know where to find the tools you will need, see our guide below.  We’ve simplified the steps and included some useful tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin this Halloween!

Step by Step Guide to Pumpkin Carving

  • Cut a Hole in the Pumpkin. This is a job for Adults children should not handle knives, saws or other sharp tools.  Cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin that is large enough to fit your hand into. Insert the knife on an angle to prevent your lid from falling into the pumpkin.
    Slice off the stringy flesh from the underside of your Jack-o-Lantern lid.

  • Scoop out flesh, pulp, and seeds. Remove the seeds and stringy bits first – no better way to do this than by getting your hands dirty! Separate and set aside the seeds for roasting and reserve the flesh to make pumpkin pie. Then start removing the flesh. Scrape the inside walls of the pumpkin clean with a plaster scraper or fleshing tool. Pay most attention to the areas you will be carving, you want areas where you will cut through the pumpkin in your design to be about ½” thick.

  • Transfer Your Design to your pumpkin. Use a marker, a pencil, or stencil to draw a design on your pumpkin. Download and print template or pick up a kit that has stencils included. With scissors, cut away excess part of template. Attach design to pumpkin with masking tape.  Using a thumbtack, pushpin or T pin, prick every 1/4 inch along outlines of template. Some patterns have dots on them to guide you, or just go along at short intervals. Remove template but keep it nearby for reference during carving.

 

  • Carve your masterpiece. When the pattern is marked out, you can start carving. Remove the template and carve along the pattern outline with a miniature saw or linoleum carving tool, depending on desired depth.  Start with the outside of the design and work inward. You can also start with the small intricate sections first, and then the larger sections. Work carefully and slowly and refer to the pattern if you become confused at all the dots in front of you!

 

No matter what your style, it’s time to get started and allow your creative side to come out.  Happy Carving!

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Don’t Miss LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 26th- February 2nd, 2020 531

Long Island Restaurant Week Winter 2020

Join us for our Winter Long Island Restaurant Week January 26th – February 2nd, 2020. As always during restaurant week, participating restaurants will offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe all night every night they are open from Sunday to Sunday, except Saturday when it only has to be offered until 7 p.m. 

There are new restaurants participating this winter. Why not take this opportunity to get out and try a new spot, or head back to some of your favorites. With so many different cuisines and options to choose from, you are sure to find something to suit your palate. Bon Appétit!

Here is the list of participating Suffolk County restaurants, click on the Restaurant name for menu options or to make a reservation :

Alexandros Kitchen and Bar (631) 979-9700  Suffolk – Smithtown, Mediterranean

Alexandros Restaurant (631) 928- 8600  Suffolk – Mount Sinai, Mediterranean

Athenian Greek Taverna  (631) 499-7660  Suffolk – Commack, Greek

Avino’s Italian Table (631) 803-6416  Suffolk – Bellport, Italian

Babylon Carriage House (631) 422-5161  Suffolk – Babylon, American

Barmani’s Kitchen and Bar (631) 659-3889  Suffolk – Huntington, Continental

Bella Vie  (631) 500-9045 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Italian

Besito Mexican  (516) 620-3222  Suffolk – West Islip, Mexican

Besito Mexican  (631) 549-0100  Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Bistro 25   (631) 589-7775  Suffolk – Sayville, New American

Bistro 58 (631) 881-6013  Suffolk – Islandia, American

Bistro Cassis Huntington (631) 881- 6013  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Café Buenos Aires (631) 603- 3600  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Cafe Havana Bar And Grill  (631) 670-6277  Suffolk – Smithtown, Cuban

Café Joelle (631) 589-4600  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Captain Bill’s  (631) 665-6262 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Seafood

Casa Rustica  (631) 265-9265  Suffolk – Smithtown, Italian

Chachama (631) 758-7640  Suffolk – East Patchogue, New American

Chop Shop Bar and Grill (631) 360-3380  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

Cinque Terre Ristorante  (631) 923-1255  Suffolk – Huntington Sta., Italian

Drift 82  (631) 714-4950  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Garden Grill Restaurant  (631) 265-8771  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

George Martin’s Strip Steak (631) 650-6777  Suffolk – Great River, Steakhouse

H20 East Islip  (631) 277-4800  Suffolk – East Islip, Seafood

H20 Smithtown   (631) 361-6464  Suffolk – Smithtown, Seafood

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails  (631) 421-6900  Suffolk – Huntington, American

Imperial Meat Company (631) 824-6222  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Irish Coffee Pub   (631) 277-0007  Suffolk – East Islip, Continental

ITA Kitchen (631) 267-5916  Suffolk – Bayshore, Italian

Jonathan’s Ristorante  (631) 549-0055  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Konoba Huntington (631) 824-7712  Suffolk – Huntington, Mediterranean

La Parma II Italian Restaurant (631) 367-6360  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

LaTavola (631) 750-6900  Suffolk – Sayville, Italian

Le Soir Restaurant  (631) 472-9090  Suffolk – Bayport, French

Lombardi’s on the Bay (631) 654- 8970  Suffolk – Patchogue, Italian

Mac’s Steakhouse (631) 549-5300  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Maria’s (631) 979-7724  Suffolk – Nesconset, Latin

Matteo’s of Huntington (631) 421- 6001  Suffolk – Huntington Station, Italian

Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern (631) 751-0555 Suffolk – Stony Brook, French

Mission Taco (631) 614-8226 Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Monsoon   (631) 587-4400  Suffolk – Babylon, Asian

Nantuckets  (631) 509-4848  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Orto  (631) 473-0014  Suffolk – Miller Place, Italian

Pasta Pasta  (631) 331-5335  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Italian

Piccola Bussola Ristorante (631) 692- 6300  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Piccola Mondo (631) 462-0718 Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Pietro Cucina Italiana (631) 862-6129  Suffolk – St. James, Italian

Pine Grove Inn Steakhouse & Seafood (732) 900-4978  Suffolk – East Patchogue, American

Raimo’s of Amityville (631) 608-3260  Suffolk – Amityville, Italian

Recipe Seven Cocktails and Kitchen (631) 331-5454 Suffolk – Miller Place, American

RHUM Island Inspired Cuisine & Rum Bar  (631) 569-5944  Suffolk – Patchogue, Eclectic

Ristegio’s (631) 731- 3663  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Salt & Barrel  (631) 647-8818  Suffolk – BayShore, Seafood

Sandbar Restaurant (631) 498-6188  Suffolk – Cold Spring Harbor, American

Sea Basin Restaurant (631) 744-1643 Suffolk – Rocky Point, Seafood

Snapper Inn  (631) 589-0248  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Taormina Ristorante (631) 499-6900  Suffolk – Commack, Italian

The Blue (631) 446-4233  Suffolk – Islip, American

The Fish Store (631) 472-3018  Suffolk – Bayport, Seafood

The LakeHouse Restaurant (631) 666-0995  Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

The Main Event (631) 522-1030  Suffolk – Farmingdale, American

The Sayville Inn (631) 319- 6774  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Ting Restaurant (631) 425-7788  Suffolk – Huntington, Asian

Verace  (631) 277-3800  Suffolk – Islip, Italian

View Restaurant  (631) 589-2694  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse (631) 264-3333  Suffolk – Amityville, Steakhouse

Wave Steakhouse and Seafood (631) 928-5200  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Whalers (631) 647-9300 Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

Long Island Restaurant Week is a tri-annual event designed to garner positive publicity and additional business for the region’s restaurants. Since 2006, it has been an annual November promotion until the first spring Long Island Restaurant Week was launched in April 2011 and then winter was added in January of 2016, due to popular customer and restaurateur demand.  Don’t miss out, get out and be a part of this popular event!

 

Bellport High School Robotics Team Attends First LI TECH Challenge Qualifier 281

Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 participated in the FIRST Long Island TECH Challenge qualifier, a robotics competition, held at William Floyd High School on Jan. 11. Under the direction of high school technology teacher Jaime Canjura and alumnus Brian Larkin, the 11-member robotics team competed against 21 Long Island teams from Suffolk and Nassau counties.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge each year. The team’s next competition will be held on Feb. 2 at the Long Island School for The Gifted in Huntington.

Since the 2018-19 school year, the team has doubled in size and hopes to continue growing due to the interest of incoming eighth grade students participating in the Bellport Middle School FIRST Lego League.

“The team’s philosophy is to inspire students to be and do their best,” Mr. Canjura explained. “We follow the concept of Gracious Professionalism, a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.”

The South Country Central School District extends team members Joseph Balsamo (lead software engineer and programmer), Jake D’Esposito (programmer and IT), Robert Gronenthal (secretary and robot chassis designer), Isaiah James (team president and lead designer), Chris Lannon, Thomas Miller (treasurer), Ainesis Reid (media, marketing and programming), Soteria Reid (media and marketing specialist), Antonio Suarez (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee), Jack Stark (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee) and Michael Vengroski (team captain and lead designer) best wishes for success.

Photo caption: Members of Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 held their robot designed for the FIRST robotics competitions.

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

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