Best of LI 2019 Pick Your Own Tree 716

Holidays are about tradition.  Decorating a Christmas tree is a favorite holiday tradition in many of our homes.  Why not make selecting your tree as much of a tradition as decorating it?  Bundle up and head to a local Long Island Tree farm to cut down your own tree this Christmas season.

Before you go, here are a few things that you should know:

  • What type of tree do you want?  Here are the 4 most common and their characteristics:
    • Douglas Fir -The most popular and versatile Christmas Tree, which we have the most of and grow very full;

    • Blue Spruce -Beautiful blue tinted tree with very strong branches for heavy ornaments, but spiny. Some are blue green while others are more straight blue;

    • Norway Spruce -Similar to blue spruce with strong branches and sharp needles but have beautiful dark green needles. Slightly less sharp than Blue Spruce;

    • White Pine -Strong branches, more “bushy” looking trees with very long needles.

  • If you are looking for a Blue Spruce or and White Pine, make sure to go early in the season as they tend to sell out early.
  • While some places provide handsaws and rope, not all provide both.  Make sure you know what is provided or pack both just in case.
  • Dress appropriately. These farms are all open fields and wind tends to make them much chillier than other areas. Make sure little ones are bundled up.
  • Not all places take credit or debit cards. Call Ahead or bring cash just in case.

 

Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm

Matt’s offers the following species: Norway, blue and white spruces, balsam and concolor firs. They provide you with everything you need to choose and cut the perfect tree. Bow saws, and netting are available.  Matt’s also offers trailer rides back with your tree and loading assistance.  Candy canes are given to each child.    Live trees in either pots or burlap balls available of  you may also choose to have a tree dug from the fields (weather permitting). Leashed dogs welcome. Cost: $12-$17 per foot.

WHERE 305 Weeks Avenue, Manorville

WHEN Open every day from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. except Tuesdays,  8:00 am to 4:30 pm

INFO (631) 875-1465

Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm

Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm is a family-owned business with thousands of trees to choose from. Cutting your own tree at Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm is a wonderful way to enhance your family’s holiday experience.  Mikes carries a good selection of Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce and others. Saws are provided, balled and burlapped trees are also available.  All Christmas Trees (except Blue Spruce) $13 per foot, Blue Spruce $17 per foot.

WHEN Open Every Day from Day After Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

WHERE 323 Weeks Avenue, Manorville, NY  

INFO (631) 874-355; www.mikeschristmastreefarm.com

 

Carter Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm

Have some old-fashioned holiday fun cutting your own fresh Christmas tree.  Carters has a variety of trees to select from including Scotch Pine, White Spruce, Blue Spruce, and Norway Spruce. Trees range in height from 3 to 9 feet tall.  Bring your own hand saw, or borrow one of theirs (no chainsaws permitted).  Pre-tagging is available, starting November 16 (trees must be paid for in full on the day of selection)  Tree wrapping is provided for most  trees. Be sure to bring a sturdy rope to fasten your tree to your vehicle.

WHEN Open Saturdays and Sundays, November 16th until December 22nd,  from 9 am – 4:30 pm

WHERE 123 North Country Road, Miller Place

INFO (631) 331-4699

 

Lewins Farms Baiting Hollow Nursery

Lewins offers 4 varieties of trees: Douglas Fir ,Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Pine. Customers are permitted to bring their own saws or can rent one for a $5 deposit. Tractor rides are available out to the field and back to the front. Customers can also walk straight out to field and carry their trees back themselves. Trees wrapping is provided as well as the rope/twine for tying to cars. Securing the trees to the cars is the responsibility of the customer. Pre-cut trees and “live” balled trees are available at the front of Entrance.

WHEN Field Opens Friday after Thanksgiving, weather permitting, Open everyday but Tuesday for 2019 season, from 9 am to 4 pm

WHERE Located on Fresh Pond Avenue in Calverton / Baiting Hollow

INFO (631) 929-4327; http://www.lewinfarm.com/

 

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Don’t Miss LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 26th- February 2nd, 2020 663

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 443

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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