Long Island Fall Family Fairs and Festivals 1363

Leaves are turning, and the smell of apple cider and pumpkin spice fills the air.  Fall is certainly here and Fall fair and festival season is well underway.    Halloween is almost here, but no matter where you live on Long Island there’s still plenty of family fun to be had.  Grab your favorite person and a sweater and get out to enjoy fall!

Below is a list of  Long Island fairs and festivals that you can still attend in the 2018 Fall Season:

Visit the famed Long Island nursery, where patrons can visit “Otto the Ghost”, enjoy hayrides and pet farm animals. There will be pumpkins, fresh-picked apples, fudge, apple cider, candy apples, and other tasty treats.
Hicks Nursery. 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, hicksnurseries.com Saturdays and Sundays, Now through-October 28th. Admission is $20

Huntington’s longest Fall festival is back for its latest go-around, packed with activities, from the expected (pumpkin-picking, a magic show) to the out-of-left-field (Tricks for Treats Exotic Bird Show). A variety of fall foods will also be available, from roasted corn to fresh baked pies.
White Post Farms. 250 Old Country Road, Melville. whitepostfarms.com  Saturdays and Sundays, Now through October 28th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is$22.10

Head to Fink’s and spend your weekend enjoying hay rides, a 5-acre corn maze, kiddie train rides, U-Pick pumpkins and a fully stocked farm stand featuring the freshest autumn produce.
Fink’s Country Farm, 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River. finksfarm.com Saturdays and Sundays, Now through October 28th, 9:30 a.m.-5 .pm. Admission is $15

Ring in the fall every weekend in October at this extravaganza featuring pumpkin picking, gem mining, a petting zoo and a corn maze.
Dees’ Nursery, 69 Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside. deesnursery.com.  Saturdays and Sundays, Now through October 28th, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free Event

Borella’s farm stands Fall Festival offers hay rides, pumpkin picking, fresh apple cider, inflatable rides, candied apples, live entertainment, duck races and so much more.
Borella’s Farm Stand. 485 Edgewood Avenue, St. James.. borellasfarmstand.com/     Saturdays and Sundays, Now through October 28th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $11, Children under 3 are Free

Put on your Halloween costume and head to the Madison Theatre at Molloy College for a spooky good time. Admission includes a magic show, a haunted house, children’s games, live entertainment, face painting pumpkin picking and decorating, cupcake decorating, a duck pluck game, balloon creations, food trucks, entertainment, and a costume contest.
Madison Theatre at Molloy College. 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org. October 27th, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rain Date October 29th. Ticket Prices TBA

The Islip Chamber of Commerce’s second annual fall festival will be bursting with entertainment, line dancing, a pumpkin patch, kids’ costume parade, face painting, and food, art & craft vendors.
401 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751 Saturday, October 27th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Free Event

Sit back and enjoy live Bluegrass music in a farm setting. Proust! Local craft beer from Garden of Eve Organic Farm hosts this annual event that features craft beer for adults and Family Fun Fields for kids. The family attractions include hay rides, a pedal kart track, maze, lovely lavender labyrinth, and farm animals. Fresh food such as roasted sweet corn and squash, fresh-squeezed lemonade and hot dogs will be available for purchase.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market. 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com.  October 27th &  28th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Event

At this family event at Belmont Lake State Park, the first 50 carved pumpkins brought by attendees are placed on flotation devices and lit with candles and then sailed by kayaks around Belmont Lake at the end of the evening. Throughout the day there will be entertainment for all ages including- balloon twisting, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, children’s crafts and bouncy houses.
Belmont Lake State Park. Southern State Pkwy. Exit 38, North Babylon. Saturday, October 27th, 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.. Pumpkin Sail begins at 6:15 p.m.- Free Event

FreedomFest is a showcase of the diverse range of food and beverage options available in Suffolk County.  The event is organized by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.  After participating in the Suffolk Marathon, visitors and runners can wind down with a celebration and some of the best craft food and drink Long Island has to offer.
Patchogue Village.  suffolkmarathon.com/FreedomFest.aspx. Sunday October 28th, All day, Free Event

The Halloween Boat Burning has been a tradition at Long Island Maritime Museum for nearly three decades, and it continues this October with an event to remember.
88 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796 (631)-HISTORY. Friday, October 26th, 5 p.m., Rain date Saturday, October 27th.  $5 Admission, Children Under 5 Free

Kids, adults, and even pets are encouraged to show off their costumes during this parade down Main Street in Sag Harbor. The parade ends at the Custom House Lawn, where games and a bake sale are planned.
Nassau Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 Sunday, October 28th at 1 p.m., Free Event

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Don’t Miss LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 26th- February 2nd, 2020 2491

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 2298

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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