Pick Your Own Tree On LI This Year 522

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; Facebook Page

 

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 17, 2018 (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 17th until December 22nd, 2018, 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 2018 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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Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive Scheduled for November 10th 24

The Brookhaven Youth Bureau is teaming up with All Suffolk Car Clubs to present their Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive on Sunday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This annual event is sure to be fun for the entire family, as club members will be displaying their cars at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville, to raise donations for families in need through the Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE Program.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive and new, unwrapped toys for children to open during the holiday season. Last year’s event raised $2,900 for turkeys and 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food, along with more than $20,000 worth of toys. Admission is free and cash donations are accepted. There will be no judging of the vehicles and trophies will not be rewarded. Free hot dogs and beverages will be served and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. The event is rain or shine. For further information, please call Maxine at 516-658-1977 or Steve at 631-224-9517.

INTERFACE is a partnership between individuals, good corporate neighbors and the Town of Brookhaven in a common effort to provide help to Brookhaven’s less fortunate residents. It provides goods and services to those in need and addresses local social issues. There are approximately 150 corporations, not-for-profit agencies and community and fraternal organizations that make up INTERFACE. To learn more about the Town’s INTERFACE Program, visit brookhavenny.gov or call 631-451-8026.

Dress for Success Donates Clothing to Boots on the Ground for Veterans in Need 109

On November 1st, Supervisor Ed Romaine (pictured on the right below) and Sharon Boyd, Executive Director of Dress for Success Brookhaven (pictured on the left below) announced that Dress for Success Brookhaven will donate women’s clothing to “Boots on the Ground,” a not-for-profit humanitarian aid and charitable organization dedicated to empowering veterans and qualified civilians. “Boots on the Ground” provides in-field emergency and primary medical care, and other assistance required to sustain life, facilitate recovery, and to encourage and promote long-term development, stability, and peace in underserved areas of the world. The clothing will be distributed to “Boots on the Ground” on November 7th.

Dress for Success is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the developmental tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Established in 1999 with the support of the Town of Brookhaven, the Division of Women’s Services and more than 50 volunteers, Dress for Success Brookhaven has been instrumental in helping more than 6,000 women achieve their goal of becoming self-sufficient and economically independent. For more information about Dress for Success Brookhaven, visit www.brookhavenny.gov or call 631-451-9127.

More About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

 

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