Welcome the Patchogue Beer Project 891

With the official opening of The Patchogue Beer Project this Saturday & Sunday, January 6th & 7th, Patchogue welcomes its third brewery. The Patchogue Beer Project is the vision of two Long Island residents: Mike Philbrick, the owner of Port Jeff Brewing Co., and restaurateur Ryan DiSpirito.

The Beer Project seeks to fill a niche in the craft beer market by collaborating with other breweries that have opened across Long Island in the past few years.  Since The Patchogue Beer Project is operating under a farm brewery license, it is is able to also serve New York State made whiskey, ciders and wine.  So, in addition to delicious craft beer, The Beer Project will offer a few specialty cocktails and New York Whiskeys.    Small snacks are currently offered and soon food will be available from neighboring Local Burger Co.

Patchogue Beer Project is located on the East Side of Railroad Avenue across from BrickHouse Brewery, right behind Buttermilks Kitchen and Local Burger Co.  The new tasting room has an open floor plan with plenty of seating and viewing panes which allow visitors to check out the operations of the fermenting room and the cold room.

The tasting room is open from noon to 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, from noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 8 p.m. on.

Stop by to check out Patchogue’s Newest Brewery and #DrinkPatchogue!

 

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Famous April Fool’s Day Pranks 226

April Fool’s Day is an annual celebration held on April 1st where people play practical jokes and pranks on unsuspecting “April fools”.  Many go to great lengths to create elaborate April Fool’s Day hoaxes.  For decades Newspapers,  TV and Radio stations, and Web sites have carried out the April 1st tradition of reporting outrageous fictional stories that have fooled thousands.  On this April Fool’s Day, check out this list we have put together with some of the most famous pranks ever played.

 

Spaghetti grows on trees: One of the most famous April Fool’s Day pranks of all time is the BBC’s famous “spaghetti harvest” segment. On April 1, 1957, a news broadcaster told his British audience that Ticino, a Swiss town near the Italian border, had had “an exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop” that year. They went on to explain that thanks to a very mild winter and the total elimination of the dreaded “spaghetti weevil”, it was one of the best harvests they had ever had.  The camera cut to footage of people picking spaghetti off of trees and bushes, then sitting down at a table to eat some of their “home-grown spaghetti.” The BBC was deluged with requests from viewers who wanted to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. The BBC’s stock diplomatic answer was, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

 

Instant color TV: In 1962, the Swedish national network brought their technical expert onto the news to inform the public that, thanks to a new technology, viewers could convert their existing black-and-white sets to display color reception. At the time, there was only the one TV channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white, so this was big news. The expert explained that all viewers had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their tv screen, and the mesh would cause the light to bend in such a way that it would appear as if the image was in color. He proceeded to demonstrate the process. Thousands of people were fooled by the broadcast, with many searching for stockings to place over their TV sets.

 

Decreasing Gravity: During an early-morning interview on BBC Radio 2, the British astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at 9:47 AM on April 1st, 1976, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur. He claimed that Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, and this planetary alignment would temporarily diminish the Earth’s gravity. Moore advised further that that if they leaped in the air at that exact moment, they would experience a fantastic floating sensation. The station received hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. it is said that one listener even called to report that she and her friends had floated from their chairs and hovered around the room.

 

San Seriff: On April 1, 1977 The British publication, the Guardian published a seven-page supplement detailing the idyllic features of a small island located in the Indian Ocean named San Serriffe.  San Serriffe was said to consist of several semi-colon-shaped islands located in the Indian Ocean. The supllement contained a series of articles describing the geography and culture of this unknown nation. Its two main islands were named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. Its capital was named Bodoni, and its leader was General Pica. The Guardian’s phones rang all day with calls from members of the public wanting to know more about this up-and-coming holiday destination, not knowing that the fake island was named after printer’s terminology.

Photo Credit: The Guardian

 

An Iceberg in Sydney: Australian businessman Dick Smith had been talking about towing an iceberg from Antarctica to Sydney as a source of fresh water for areas prone to drought. By 1978, he hadn’t yet managed to do so, but instead decided it would make a great prank.  He said that he was going to carve the berg into small ice cubes, which he would sell to the public for ten cents each. These fresh Antarctic cubes were promised to improve the flavor of any drink they entered. Smith and his co-conspirators docked a barge outside the harbor, and covered it with firefighting foam and shaving cream to mimic an iceberg. They started towing the creation toward the harbor and hundreds of Smith’s employees called in to local radio stations and newspapers to report seeing the “iceberg,” and soon the shoreline was packed with people. The media provided blow-by-blow coverage of the scene and christened the iceberg, “Dickenberg 1.”  The prank was going well until it rained, and the foam and shaving cream on the fake iceberg began to wash away.

Photo Credit: The Daily Telegraph

 

Nixon for President, Again: On April 1st, 1992 National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation reported that Richard Nixon was running for President again. The segment included a clip of Nixon announcing his candidacy and his new campaign slogan, “I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.”  Thousands of listeners were outraged by the announcement and responded by flooding the show with calls expressing shock and anger. During the second half of the show host John Hockenberry finally revealed that the announcement was a practical joke and that Nixon’s voice was impersonated by comedian Rich Little.

Photo Credit: Biography.com

 

Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, the Taco Bell Corporation took out a full-page ad that appeared in over a half dozen major newspapers across the U.S. announcing it had bought the Liberty Bell “in an effort to help the national debt.”  The ad advised that the historic landmark would remain open to the American public, but would be renamed as the “Taco Liberty Bell.”  Hundreds of outraged citizens called the National Historic Park in Philadelphia where the bell was housed to express their anger. Taco Bell revealed, a few hours later, that it was all a practical joke. When then-White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale he responded with a joke of his own. McCurry stated that the Ford Motor company was joining in the monument refurbishment effort and had purchased the Lincoln Memorial and accordingly, it would be renamed the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

 

Photo Credit: NY Times

 

The Left-handed Whopper: In 1998 Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu, a “Left-Handed Whopper” specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included all of the same ingredients as the original Whopper. However, the left-handed whopper had “all the condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger.”  In the days following, Burger King issued a follow-up release stating that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich.

Photo Credit:: USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Updated 4.7.19* Suffolk County’s Most Eggcellent Easter Egg Hunts, Parades & Brunches 1129

Easter Sunday is now just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Since Easter is arriving almost a month later this year, we have plenty of time to enjoy the many local egg hunts, parades, and brunches. Celebrations begin this weekend and last through Easter Sunday, which is on April 21st this year. Below, we have compiled an egg-stensive list of Suffolk County Easter Events.  With so many egg-silaratring options you are sure to find something that will get all of your little bunnies hopping for joy!

Easter Bunny Breakfast
Saturday, March 30th from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself!  Breakfast sponsored by Long Island Suffolk Center for Speech.Children will receive a light breakfast, free goodie bag, crafts and entertainment. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please call Guest Services at 631-724-8066 to register, limited to the first 200 children.

HOP-PY Easter at Wood Kingdom
Saturday, April 6th, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Wood Kingdom East and Mae Shed & Playground, 544 Middle Country Rd, Coram, New York
Enjoy unlimited open play inside Wood Kingdoms awesome playground with bounce houses and slides, while enjoying the company of the Easter Bunny and EVERYONE’S favorite little red monster Elmo! This will be an absolutely amazing event and fun for all ages!There will be photo opportunities with all the characters, and afterwards get ready to have a dance party with your favorite characters. You must purchase your tickets in advance for this event as tickets will NOT be sold at the door. There is Limited space available for this event, make sure you buy in advance. Remember to bring your socks! Kid’s Ticket: $20 (includes admission for one child and one adult) Additional Adult Ticket: $5

Easter Bounce Party at BounceU
Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
BounceU , 62 Lake Ave S, Bldg 33, Nesconset, New York
Enjoy unlimited open play inside BounceUs playground with bounce houses and slides, while enjoying the company of the Easter Bunny. This will be an absolutely amazing event and fun for all ages! There will be photo opportunities and afterwards get ready to have a dance party with the Easter Bunny. You must purchase your tickets in advance for this event as tickets will NOT be sold at the door. There is Limited space available for this event, make sure you buy in advance. Remember to bring your socks! Tickets Prices: Kid’s Ticket: $20 (includes admission for one child and one adult) Additional Adult Ticket: $5

Rocky Point Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 6th 12 p.m.- 3 pm.
Robert Miner Park (Rocketship Park), Hallock Landing Rd
Starting at Noon, stop by and enjoy the vendors that are their offering crafts, face painting, dancing and more! At around 1:45 groups will get ready for the Egg Hunt that will begin at 2 p.m.  Event is free!

Easter Bunny Adventures
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 at 10-11:30 a.m.; Sunday, April 7, 2019 12 -1:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Monday, April 15, 2019 10-11:30 a.m.
Adventure Kids, 5676 Sunrise Highway, Sayville
Head down and enjoy Easter Bunny Adventures including: Easter Egg Hunt, Meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, Easter craft & Games, Easter Basket to Collect Eggs, Bagels, Coffee & juice & Open Play
Costs are $25.00 children 2 and up , $15.00 children 7-23 months, $10 adults.  Call to reserve your spot 631-319-5737

Sayville Spring Fest 2019
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 11 AM – 4 PM
Gillette Park Sayville, NY
This years event will include: Petting Zoo, Talent Stage, Magician, Juggler/Stilt-Walker, Superhero & Princesses, Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, Raffles, Vendors, Spring Bonnet Contest & more.

Easter Egg Hoppening
Saturday, April 13th, 2019- Three time slots available: 9:00-10:00 a.m., 10:00-11:00 a.m.,  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Heritage Center, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai
Three opportunities to participate in this Easter Egg Hoppening. This 1 hour event includes an egg hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and a light morning snack. Egg Hunt is for participants up to age 12. $10 registration is required for all participants – Parents and Guardians are not required to register.

Annual Easter Brunch
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Plasterkraze, 1310 Middle Country Rd, Selden
Join Plasterkraze for its Annual Easter Brunch and enjoy painting, food, music, dancing, games and of course pictures with the Easter Bunny. You must pre-register for this event as space is limited. Please call us at 631-689-5231 for additional details or to reserve your spot.

Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Pkwy Exit 38, North Babylon
Attend the 26th annual Spring Egg Hunt at Belmont Lake State Park.  The egg hunts will take place on the open field and will begin at 12:15 pm. Additional hunts will occur at 15 minute intervals with the last one at 1:45 pm. The hunts will be divided into three age categories: ages 4 & under; ages 5 & 6 and ages 7-9. There is a 3 egg limit per child per hunt to ensure everyone goes home with a special treat. Please bring a small bag or basket for your child to put their eggs in.
In addition to the egg hunt, there will be food vendors and free children’s activities, educational display by the Environmental Department, funny photos and an inflatable bounce (weather permitting). You can also visit and take pictures with the Spring Bunny. The $8 vehicle use fee will be in effect. For more information please call 631-321-3510. See you at the park!

Town of Babylon Eggstravaganza 2019
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Town of Babylon Parks, 151 Phelps Lane, North Babylon
Join the Town of Babylon Parks and Recreation Department for their annual Eggstravaganza! A petting zoo, bouncy house, and egg hunt will be available to all children 10 and under! The Spring Bunny will also be at the event! Don’t forget your cameras and Easter baskets! Any questions or for more information, please call the Parks Department at 631-893-2100.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Sunday, April 14th at 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Village Idiot Pub, 8 E Main St, Patchogue
Hippity hop your way to Patchogue and get ready for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! We’ll have a special menu available along with our full breakfast menu as well! Mike Desmond will be here strumming us through the morning too – make your reservations today, you don’t want to miss it!

Pancakes with the Easter Bunny
Sunday, April 14th at 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mount Sinai Fire Department, 746 Mt Sinai Coram Rd, Mount Sinai
10th annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Bring your camera and get a picture with the bunny. Enter for a chance to win a Samsung LED TV, XBOX ONE and many other prizes.

Egg-stravaganza
Friday, April 19th at 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Suffolk County Farm & Education Center, 350 Yaphank Ave, Yaphank
Admission includes wagon rides, chick interactions, photos with rabbits, and an egg-speriment station.  Cost is $5 per person ages 3 and overFor an additional fee: Barn Yard Bites Café, Basket Raffle,Animal Feed.  All Proceeds help fund the Colorado-New York 4-H Cornell. NO preregistration is required.

PMYCS Pancacke Breakfast
Saturday, April 20th- Featuring 2 seatings: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. & 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Patchogue Fire Department, 15 Jennings Ave, Patchogue
Come and join us at the Patchogue Fire Department for our annual Pancake Breakfast! There will be fun activities for the kids and pictures with the Easter Bunny! All proceeds support programs and services provided by PMYCS!  $12 per person and kids under 12 eat free!

Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 20th, Two Sessions Available : 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue
Inspect the Refuge egg & nest collection for ideas to create your own fun nest craft. You may want to bring a smock or an old shirt with you. We will decorate our own ‘nests’ and color and decorate hard-boiled eggs to take home! A program for children ages 5-12.  Dress appropriately, as the program may take place outside.Cost is $10.00 per child.  Reservations required, as space and supplies are limited. Register by calling the office at 631.653.4771.

Egg Hunt and Spring Festival
Saturday, April 20th from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Sweetbriar Nature Center. 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown
Join Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown for a day filled with events, fun, and a lot of wonderful animals.They will have egg hunts throughout the day with prizes, as well as a separate egg hunt for 2-4 year olds to do with their parents. there will also be games, live animal presentations, crafts, face painting and more! The Easter Bunny will be available for photo opportunities. Food, refreshments and Easter plants will be available for additional purchase. Event Cost is $15 for children, $5 for adults.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Three Village Church, 322 Main St, East Setauket
FREE Easter Egg Hunt with lots of activities for kids from the littlest ones through grade 4! Rain or shine! No tickets needed – come any time between 10 & 12 as fits your family’s schedule! (The egg hunt will be at regularly scheduled intervals, with new eggs each time and a safe space for the littlest crawlers/walkers.) Bring your friends & neighbors – all are welcome!

Easter Celebration at The Shoppes
Saturday, April 20th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Shoppes at East Wind, 5768 Route 25A, Wading River
Join the Easter Celebration at The Shoppes. Ride the Easter Bunny on the Carousel, enjoy the Bounce House, visit The Shoppes for special deals and treats.  Face Painting and Open Paint at The Painted Canvas from 12:30 – 4:30
Don’t forget your Easter Basket because the Easter Bunny will be giving out eggs!! They will also be collecting non-perishable food items to help local families in need.

Easter Egg Hunt at The Farm
Saturday, April 20th & Sunday April 21st, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Benner’s Farm. 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket
With a different field for each age group participating, all your little ones will be able to egg hunt at their own pace! Craft vendors each day and frequent Easter Bunny sightings make the pastoral setting of Benner’s farm an ideal place for Easter festivities! No registration required.   $8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.

Eggstravaganza at Boomers!
Saturday, April 20th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Boomers Long Island, 655 Long Island Avenue, Medford
Don’t miss the 2nd annual Eggstravaganza! Egg Patch is open 12pm-3pm with a free train ride! All kids will hunt for eggs and turn eggs in for an AMAZING prize pack!  The DJ will be spinning hits from 12 p.m. – 6 p. m. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance inside at 1-1:40pm and again 4-4:40pm! There will be so much FUN happening and discounted ride bands ALL DAY!

Easter Brunch at The Aquarium
Sunday April 21st, Three seating available : 10 a.m., 12 p.m. &  2 p.m.
Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead.
Hunt for eggs among sea anemone and exotic fish! This eggcentric adventure features an incredible brunch in the Sea Star Ballroom, craft stations, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and full admission to the aquariums many exhibits! Reservation required.  Costs for Adults is $54.95, Children 3-12 $26.95, Children 2 & under free.

Easter Parade and Egg Hunt
Saturday April 21st from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Port Jefferson Village, 101 East Bway., Port Jefferson
A lovely Easter Parade in Port Jefferson’s scenic village will be followed by an egg hunt extravaganza for the whole family!  Event is Free.

Easter Sunday Brunch
Sunday, April 21st from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lombardi’s on the Bay, 600 S Ocean Ave, Patchogue
Easter Sunday Brunch on Sunday, April 21st beginning at 11am at both locations, Villa Lombardi’s and Lombardi’s on the Bay. They’re be plenty of fun for the whole family, including a full Easter Buffet, wine & mimosas, Easter eggs and our special guest, The Easter Bunny!
Reservations by Phone at 631-471-6609.

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