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Inaugural Queens Beer Festival Welcomes Long Island Breweries Oct. 15 & 16

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Three Long Island craft breweries will be among more than two dozen artisan brew producers from across the region taking part in the first annual Queens Beer Festival next month in Long Island City.

Queens Beer Festival

New York is home to an exploding craft beer scene and now ranks within the top five nationally in both the number of breweries and economic impact. As for Long Island, there are more than 30 craft breweries dotting the region, and several others in the works.

Long Island’s trio joins many of the top microbreweries from throughout the five boroughs on hand the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16 in Long Island City for the inaugural Queens Beer Festival.

Attendees will have an opportunity to taste a wide selection of hand-crafted beers from breweries in Queens, along with a curated selection of brews from Long Island, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island.

RELATED: Ultimate Long Island Craft Beer & Brewery Guide

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The three Long Island breweries on tap for unlimited tastings at the Queens Beer Festival include: 1) Garvies Point Brewery, located in Glen Cove, serving up such contemporary craft beers as Prybil Pale Ale, Port Service Porter, White Squall and Gold Coast, the latter of which celebrates the iconic history of the Long Island Gold Coast. 2) Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., located in a restored historical firehouse in Greenport, is the brainchild of college buddies determined to make great beer right on the North Fork of LI. 3) Blue Point Brewing Co., where the owners’ passion for the collision between the art and science of brewing led to award-winning beer with a Long Island sensibility. Toasted Lager, their first beer brewed, is its flagship.

While sampling IPAs, an abundance of ales, savory lagers, and whatever else these creative brewers can come up with, revelers can enjoy views of Midtown Manhattan with live music and global food vendors representing the ethnic diversity in Queens.

What You Need To Know

The event will take place at the popular LIC Flea & Food Market, at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street in Long Island City.

Tickets start at just $29 for each session. Enter the “LIPRESS” discount code at checkout for 10 percent off admission!

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.QueensBeerFestival.com.

Hofstra Students: Clinton Beat Trump In Presidential Debate

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Hofstra University students packed its main dining hall to watch the historic first 2016 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sept. 26. (Long Island Press / Jaime Franchi)

By Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi & Christopher Twarowski

A random sampling of Hofstra University students who watched the presidential debate on a giant projector screen inside its main dining hall Monday gave Hillary Clinton the nod for outperforming her rival, Donald Trump, during the 90-minute contest held on campus nearby.

“Trump was all over the place,” Chinenye Oguejiofor, a 20-year-old senior majoring in finance, told the Press minutes after the historic, oftentimes heated showdown. “She was strong, powerful, composed. She has her facts.”

“Donald Trump kept going on and on about different things,” explained Daniel Maldonado, a junior from Texas. “He wasn’t really answering the question. Hillary went straight to the question.”

“Hillary won by a mile!” said Kemi Anazodo, a 19-year-old freshwoman majoring in mass media studies, global studies and geography. “She knows what she is talking about, and she tells us exactly what she is going to do. I know what to expect from her presidency. Trump is an isolationist.”

Cheyenne Davis, a junior from Baltimore, agreed with Anazodo’s assessment of Trump’s foreign policy.

“He’s definitely going to create problems with different countries, and we don’t need that right now,” she said. “So Hillary is best for us.”

The first of three such presidential debates this election cycle—and a record-setting third consecutive for Hofstra—was characterized by frequently tense barbs between Democratic nominee Clinton and Republican Trump, with topics ranging from national security and race relations to the state of the economy and foreign policy (and Trump’s refusal to make public his tax returns), among others. The matchup was moderated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt.

Students packed the university’s cafeteria to view the two candidates battle it out and broke into collective applause and cheers on several occasions, most notably when student debt and criminal justice reform were discussed. They laughed loudly when Trump proclaimed he had a “much better temperament” than Clinton. She rebuked him with a comical “Whooo, okay. ” Then she followed up his assertion by saying: “A man who can be provoked by a Tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes.”

Related: Clinton, Trump Spar at 1st Presidential Debate at Hofstra

On the home front, two Hofstra students, both from the Bronx, took issue with Trump’s dire description of urban conditions for African Americans like them.

“I think that African American communities have a lot of problems, but they also have a lot of promise,” said Adrie Bailey, who just graduated with a degree in finance. “I am a Democrat, but in another election I could vote for a Republican, but not Donald Trump, because he doesn’t care enough about the African American community. He doesn’t care enough about the voters whose lives are affected by the government to actually learn about the issues and to come up with concrete policy proposals or even an understanding of what those communities face. And that, to me as an African American, is an insult.”

“Just going to a black church once in this campaign season doesn’t really show you the issues,” said Courtney Moore, a senior majoring in journalism. She said she found Trump’s portrayal of her community an insult, and she took umbrage at Trump’s support of the unconstitutional “stop and frisk” police program that disproportionately targeted African American men.

“He thinks he knows the answers better than anyone else, and he really doesn’t,” said Moore. She did offer the Republican candidate some suggestions.

“I think he needs to find better advisors, since he obviously is not an African American male himself,” she said. She wanted Trump to use current statistics when talking about urban crime and not just data from when “Giuliani was mayor.” Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was one of Trump’s invited guests at Hofstra.

Trump’s debating style also came under criticism from this handful of students.

“I think he acted like a child,” freshman drama major Sam Kaufman told the Press shortly after the showdown, concluding that Clinton won “hands down” and came across as “more intelligent” and “more professional” than Trump—noting that she also “didn’t interrupt” moderators, as Trump had.

“I honestly think Hillary destroyed it,” observed Trey Jackson, a junior from Seattle. “Donald Trump either just evaded the question or just tried to attack Hillary. And when he tried to attack her, she usually had a better comeback. Then she went off the comeback into an actual plan.”

“She actually had real answers, and she didn’t get frustrated,” said Moore. “She was very pragmatic.”

“Secretary Clinton crushed it tonight,” added Bailey. “She really forced Trump to fight over the specifics, and he wasn’t able to convince anyone he had the specifics. He started off strong, but she really got under his skin. And I think that’s the whole point. She was trying to show America that he can’t be trusted. He doesn’t have tough enough skin to lead the country.”

Asked about her fellow millennials who reportedly tend to support Green Party candidate Jill Stein instead of Clinton or Trump, Moore doubted that Clinton’s dominating performance at the debate won any of them over.

“If you’re still with Jill Stein, you’re still going to be with Jill Stein at this point,” she said with a laugh.

And that’s an observation that Clinton, who’s trying to be the first American woman elected president, probably doesn’t want to hear.

Clinton, Trump Spar at 1st Presidential Debate at Hofstra

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By Timothy Bolger and Rashed Mian

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival, Donald Trump, traded barbs in frequently tense exchanges when they shared a stage for the first time Monday during the presidential debate at Hofstra University.

Clinton and Trump each alternated between detailing policy proposals, attacking one another’s records and defending past mistakes during the 90-minute televised debate moderated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt. Topics ranged from the economy to national security and race relations, although the candidates occasionally side-stepped Holt and directly responded to one another as each sought to prove themselves to America’s undecided voters.

“A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes,” Clinton said, reiterating a one-liner from her nomination acceptance speech that alluded to Trump’s frequent Twitter feuds.

Trump, who said the line was getting old, maintained that he has the better temperament to be president and questioned the quality of her credentials.

“Hillary has experience, but it’s bad experience,” Trump said.

The debate—the third for Hofstra and the first of three for the candidates this election cycle—was expected to draw ratings rivaling the Super Bowl. As it neared the end, the live studio audience disregarded Holt’s request that they not cheer. And once it was over, the campaigns for both candidates were quick to claim victory.

At no point were the differences between the two candidates more stark than when they discussed their policy plans. For example, Clinton said she backed alternatives to incarceration and doing away with minimum mandatory sentencing, among other ideas, to reverse systemic racism in the criminal justice system. Trump, on the other hand, said he would restore the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policies in New York City, which Holt noted were struck down as unconstitutional. Trump claimed that ruling would have been overturned if the city had appealed.

While the exchanges were often testy, the gloves really came off when Holt asked Trump about his tax returns. Trump, who maintained he can’t release them because he’s being audited, said he will do that “once she releases her 33,000 emails.” Clinton apologized for her role in using a private email server when she was Secretary of State and said it was a mistake, but asserted that Trump’s real reason for not releasing his tax returns is they will show that he’s neither as rich as he publicly claims, nor as charitable.

“She talked to the American people about jobs, about having prosperity that is shared across the spectrum.” – Donna Brazile, acting DNC chairwoman

For all the tit-for-tat, there were also a few moments of levity and agreement. Trump said he agrees with Clinton’s call for barring those on the no-fly list from buying guns as well as the need for child care reform. Trump sparked laughs when he alluded to a 400-lb. hacker sitting on his bed somewhere and Clinton got chuckles when she urged fact-checkers to get to work on Trump’s debate claims.

But those moments were fleeting. In a stunning denunciation, Clinton called Trump racist for challenging the citizenship of America’s first black president.

“He tried to put the whole racist birther lie to bed. But it can’t be dismissed that easily,” Clinton said. “He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it, but he persisted—he persisted year after year because some of his supporters, people that he was trying to bring into his fold, apparently believed it or wanted to believe it.”

Trump, as Holt noted, did not cease questioning Obama’s citizenship after the president produced his birth certificate in 2011—but continued even into the presidential primary.

“He has a long record of engaging in racist behavior, and the birther lie was a very hurtful one,” Clinton said, referring to two Justice Department probes into Trump’s alleged racial discrimination in his real estate business in the ’70s.

Trump claimed it was Clinton’s camp who started digging into Obama’s past during the 2008 primary. Holt reiterated that it was him.

The debate kicked off with questions about how each candidate would move the economy further. Clinton said it was vital to build an economy that “works for everybody, not just those on top.” She would do that by investing in infrastructure, manufacturing, technological innovations and clean renewable energy.

That’s when Trump pounced, criticizing her past support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and her husband’s implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump contested that other nations, mainly China and Mexico, are stealing American jobs and companies.

Of China, he said: “They’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild” their economy.

“He was presidential but he was also tough.” – Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford)

Trump, who has made trade deals a central issue of his campaign, said his plan to reduce taxes on the wealthy would lead to more jobs.

Trump, the self-proclaimed “Law and Order” candidate, demurred when asked about what he’d do about homegrown terror. Instead he placed the blame of ISIS’ rise in the Middle East on Clinton and Obama for creating a power “vacuum” by pulling American troops out of Iraq.

Clinton shrugged off the criticism as untrue, claiming it was President George W. Bush who had agreed to the date in which troops would be pulled out, and the Iraqi government wouldn’t relent upon their insistence the American soldiers leave the country.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said afterward in the spin room at Hofstra that he was pleased with Trump’s performance, adding that he thought the billionaire looked presidential.

“To me, he conducted himself extremely well tonight,” King said. “He was presidential but he was also tough.”

Unsurprisingly, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus proclaimed Trump the winner.

“I think Donald Trump did a great job,” he said, adding that the American people want to “pick the change candidate and want to see the next president of the United States on stage, and I think that’s what they saw.”

Acting Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile said Clinton was effective in speaking directly to the American people.

“I thought Secretary Clinton did a fantastic job tonight,” she said. “She talked to the American people about jobs, about having prosperity that is shared across the spectrum. She talked to the American public about the future of this country.”

The debate amounted to a streamlined version of both nominating conventions in which Trump focused on the purported problems in America today, while Clinton expressed a desire to continue the success of the Obama administration.

But, at the end of the day, it’s on American voters to decide which narrative they relate to more.

Long Island First Presidential Debate Viewing Parties

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Long Islanders who want to watch the first presidential debate but couldn’t get tickets to see it live at Hofstra University can meet up at more than a half dozen local viewing parties.

Republican candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to face off against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, at 9 p.m. Monday in the first of three debates. It will be broadcast live on all the major networks as well as online.

Here are a few of the local venues hosting free Presidential Debate Viewing Parties:

Long Island Debate Viewing Party
Holiday Inn  Express, 3131 Nesconsett Hwy., Stony Brook. 7:30 p.m.

Huntington Republican Committee
VFW Post 1469, 210 West Pulaski Rd., Huntington Station. 7:30 p.m.

Debate Watch
Hofstra University, Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. 8 p.m.

Press Club of Long Island
Black Forest Brew Haus, 2015 New Hwy., Farmingdale. 8:30 p.m.

Hillary for New York Official Debate Watch Party
The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. 8:30 p.m.

Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City, Blogett 109 8:30 p.m.

Cinema Arts Center, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 9 p.m.

Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. 9 p.m.

Silent No Longer: Brentwood Residents Detail MS-13’s “Control Through Fear”

By Kevin Deutsch ‎

Cesar Hernandez felt a bone in his cheek crack as the Brentwood gangsters pummeled his face, the sound reminding him of a “branch breaking, like a crunch.”

It was a rainy afternoon in June 2013, and Hernandez, then 16, had just been attacked by four members of one of Long Island’s most notorious MS-13 sets: The Brentwood Locos Salvatruchas, also known as B.L.S.

The reason for the “beatdown,” these gang members told him: Hernandez’s older brother had been spotted selling marijuana within MS-13’s sprawling territory. Since they’d been unable to track his brother down and retaliate for the territorial infraction, it was Cesar, they said, who’d have to pay the price.

“I didn’t get a chance to say anything to them,” Hernandez recalled Wednesday, sharing his account of the gang assault with a reporter for the first time. “They jumped me when I was walking home and… just started pounding on me.”

The blows rained down on Hernandez’s face, head, chest, arms, and ribs, leaving him with several broken bones in his face, two black eyes, and a handful of cracked ribs, he says. Hernandez was treated at a local hospital, and police took a report on the incident. The gang members responsible for the assault all ended up in jail or prison within a year, locked up on a host of weapons, drug, and assault charges unrelated to Hernandez’s case, he recalls.

But it wasn’t long before those gangsters were replaced by more aggressive members—young men who’d risen rapidly through the B.L.S. hierarchy, and were anxious to make a name for themselves in the Long Island underworld.

“They got too many [members] for the police to get rid of them completely,” Hernandez says of B.L.S., adding that the set’s members have long been involved in a small number of heroin, marijuana, and cocaine operations in Brentwood and surrounding areas. In addition, several of the gang’s leaders oversee protection rackets that extort illegal immigrants and off-the-books workers in the area. They also sell stolen cars, commit robberies, and fence stolen goods to fund their criminal enterprises, authorities and victims say.

“If you don’t pay them, they beat on you, they cut you, they come after your people,” says Wilfredo Ortiz, 43, a Brentwood cook who says his food truck was vandalized by MS-13 members after he refused to pay them protection money in 2014.

“They took away our family’s livelihood,” says Ortiz’s sister, Yvette. “They want to control people. They want to control through fear.”

“We can’t be silent about it anymore,” she adds.

Interviews this week with more than a dozen Brentwood residents who say they’ve had run-ins with B.L.S. highlight the extent to which members of MS-13 in general, and B.L.S. in particular, have ingrained themselves in the fabric of life in this community—and created a climate of fear.

Brentwood residents’ fear is for good reason. The community was ranked as having the highest concentration of gang members in the county, according to a 2012 report by the Suffolk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (SCCJCC). The study counted 4,103 gang members concentrated in neighborhoods with high poverty rates.

MS-13 boasts numerous sets across LI, police officials say, but nowhere are the gang’s ranks larger—or its members more brazen—than in Suffolk County, which by some estimates has been home to more than 1,000 MS-13 members over the past decade, according to a retired law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of anti-gang operations on the Island. That’s double the number of MS-13 members the SCCJCC study tallied.

Adding to the problem in Brentwood are rival gangs such as the Bloods, Crips, and Salvadorans With Pride, whose members are locked in perpetual conflict with MS-13. Violence between the groups can break out for any number of reasons, ranging from an incident of perceived disrespect to an improper incursion onto another gang’s turf, authorities say.

B.L.S. is considered particularly dangerous because of its routine targeting not just of rival gangs, but of civilians, suspected police informants, and even its own members.

“If they think you might talk to the cops, to anybody with a badge, you’re not going to be around, believe me,” says one Brentwood 17-year-old, who spoke through a translator and asked to remain anonymous out of fear MS-13 members would harm him. “Even if you’ve been in [MS-13] for a long time, if you go against the rules or they don’t trust you…” Here, the teenager mimes cutting his neck. “That’s it.”

The issue of gang violence in Suffolk returned to the spotlight in the past two weeks when police discovered the remains of four teenagers, all of whom authorities suspect may have been victims of gang violence linked to MS-13, sources say.

The bodies of Brentwood High School students Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, were badly beaten, police said. In a wooded area about two miles from the elementary school near where the girls were found, police discovered the skeletal remains of 19-year-old Oscar Acosta, who was reported missing under suspicious circumstances in May, and Miguel Moran, 15.

Police have not publicly confirmed that they suspect MS-13 is responsible for all four killings, but the retired law enforcement official with knowledge of local gangs said B.L.S. members are a focus of the probe. An active law enforcement official, also with knowledge of the probe, substantiated that information.

“This is their MO,” the retired official said of B.L.S. “They consider themselves the baddest of the bad.”

Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini has said authorities are doing “everything in their power” to solve the killings and target local gangs. They also scoured the grounds of Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center this week, which Sini called “doing our due diligence to fully investigate the area for evidence.”

The commissioner put the gangs on notice while touting his department’s enhanced patrols, increased cooperation with the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force and having a gang member in federal custody. The crackdown, a host of community meetings on the issue and re-energized community watches are much like the reaction to an even deadlier spate of gang violence in the community seven years ago.

“The only people in Brentwood who have something to fear are the criminals,” Sini said. “And we are going to do everything in our power to bring those accountable to justice.”

For Yvette Ortiz and other locals long accustomed to gang violence, the commissioner’s words have brought little comfort.

“I believe they’re doing everything they can” to stop B.L.S, Ortiz says of law enforcement. “But they’ve [gang members] been here a long time. It’s not going to be so easy.”

Long-Running Fight Over Downtown Development Finally Turns a Corner

By Neal Lewis 

Vacancy rates for stores in Farmingdale are down to just 3 percent. There’s a new buzz of activity with family events and after-work concerts all signaling that this downtown is on the rise. It creates an infectious energy that underpins the growing appeal of Long Island’s latest downtown developments.

For over a decade I’ve served on the Nassau County Planning Commission, and it’s remarkable how the discussions of proposed multifamily housing have evolved. The questions frequently asked today are: Is the proposed development in a downtown? Is it near transit? Is it consistent with “smart growth” Is it walkable, with stores nearby? Is it affordable?

Increasingly, proposed projects come to the commission with community support already established, because developers understand that they must address local concerns about traffic, parking, impact on schools, and street-appeal.

The change in tone is due in part to ongoing public education by entities like the Long Island Index, which has highlighted the competitive positioning of LI and the “brain drain” of college graduates leaving the Island for regions with more housing options. Credit is also due to Vision Long Island, which focuses on working with communities “from the bottom up.” This nonprofit group recognizes projects that successfully implement “smart growth” principles such as walkability, mixed-use, transit access, community collaboration, and a clear sense of place.

Both organizations have emphasized the advantages of transit-oriented downtown developments that increase density where it can be handled most efficiently and decrease pressure to build on open space that should be preserved.

There are significant environmental benefits to “smart growth” developments that reduce reliance on cars, maximize the use of infrastructure, and concentrate vitality. Sustainability is enhanced when all of that is achieved.

The greatest challenge now is to make downtown developments affordable, so that those earning more modest incomes, including recent college graduates, can live on their own on Long Island. Typically, the multifamily rental housing that is being proposed is either luxury or senior housing.

New York State requires that 10 percent of new multifamily housing be affordable, but only under certain circumstances. The requirement does not apply to rental properties, and it only applies to subdivisions when a “density bonus” incentive is sought. Even then, the developer can build the affordable units in another community or avoid the requirement altogether by paying into a fund.

A policy recently adopted by the Village of Garden City may provide a better solution. It comes in the wake of lengthy litigation and responds to a federal judicial ruling, which may signal that federal courts will no longer tolerate exclusionary zoning.

The policy requires that new multifamily subdivisions be at least 10-percent affordable. The affordable units must be built at the same time and in the same community; there is no option to pay into a fund, and the 10-percent affordable set-aside is mandatory, rather than merely incentivized.

Another solution is to revisit the minimum size of apartments as required in local codes. Smaller apartments with newly designed, space-efficient, convertible furniture could enable costs to be reduced without reducing functionality.

The demand for affordable downtown housing is clear. At the smart growth developments that are being built, there are few vacancies. The question is: Will the Long Islanders who want to live downtown be able to?

Long Islanders increasingly prefer that option for themselves and their children. A recent survey by the Long Island Index found that while 15 percent of Long Islanders currently live in an apartment, a condo or a townhouse, 29 percent said they want to live in one of those options in five years. In addition, a majority of LI residents supported raising height limits in local downtowns to build apartments—a change supported by 70 percent of residents aged 18-34. And 60 percent of the Island’s residents said the lack of affordable housing is a very or extremely serious problem.

Long Islanders want more affordable housing downtown. Although most of the new units being built are not affordable, there has been a change in tone and substance heard in planning board and town board hearings across Long Island. Many new multifamily projects have already been approved and built. This experience should pave the way for more downtown housing options in our future.

Neal Lewis, a resident of Massapequa, is executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and a member of the Nassau County Planning Commission.

Illustration by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Walt Handelsman

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events September 22–28

Kathryn Bari-Petritis
This talented health chef and local author will be sharing her culinary knowledge and signing copies of her new cookbook, Health Transforming Foods: Their Stories and Recipes. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. Sept. 22.

A Tribute To The King
Join Steve Mitchell as he pays tribute to Elvis Presley with hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Mitchell looks and acts the part of The King, and his voice is a close match, too. Mitchell’s quest is to remind people of Elvis’s greatness, and his performance is sure to bring back memories—and create new ones as well. Be sure to break out your blue suede shoes, as you get ready to dance the night away to favorites like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Thank ya, thank ya very much! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. Sept. 22.

Ring in this historic election year with this classic Tony Award-winning musical based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This unique show presents Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Frankin and John Adams in all their captivating, revolutionary complexity. Beloved songs such as “Sit Down, John” and “Cool, Considerate Men” are just some of the songs to be performed. You will leave this show with a reminder of how far America has come, and a giant smile on your face. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $71-$76. Sept. 22-Nov. 6.

Miles To Dayton
This harmonizing local folk band features a husband-wife singing duet, incorporates classical and funk, as well as improvising violin and cello players—who also rock the guitar, accordion and trumpet. Miles to Dayton’s music happens at a personal level. Their message of love blends elements of folk, rock, classical, and funk into an irresistible invitation. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $20. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Fall Festivals and Fairs 2016

D.L. Hughley & Charlie Murphy
Two dynamic comedians on the same stage in one night? Yes, you read that right! D.L. Hughley is best known as the original host of ComicView and star of ABC’s original series The Hughleys. You also might have seen him on Dancing With The Stars! Charlie Murphy, Eddie’s older brother, is known for rip-roaring performances on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, and playing a small role in Night at the Museum and Norbit. These two comedy stars are sure to put on an incredible show! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$149.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 23.

Frank Caliendo
Whether it’s his insane antics on MadTV, his sideline snipes and belly busters as Fox NFL Sunday‘s chief prognosticator, or his absolutely knee-slapping, oh-my-God-my-britches-hurt-too-much-from-side-splitting stand-up comedy, this funnyman dishes out the laughter, in over-sized portions. His impressions? Can you say: “Thank you, sir, may we have another?” Of course you will! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$75. 8 p.m. Sept. 23.

Dr K’s Motown Revue
The sound of Motown has left an everlasting brand on the hearts and souls of generations of fans worldwide. Motown can be remembered through many artists such as The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Supremes. This No. 1 Motown revue band is keeping the soulful sound alive. You will relieve the ’60s era with each song, and dance all night to popular hits like “My Girl” and “Baby Love.” Special guest, Double A Band, will also be taking the stage to ensure a night filled with lots of funk! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $20-$30. 8 p.m. Sept. 23.

Lex Grey
This rock diva is known as the singer with the 24Kt gold voice, and she sure lives up to that name. Grey, as well as her four-piece band, The Urban Pioneers, is an award-winning recording artist. The soul of the band, she brings together old school blues and classic rock. Grey sings with pure passion and power, and that combination can be heard throughout their newest album “Heal My Soul.” This show is not to be missed! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Sept. 23.

MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Oktoberfest 2016 Events

Adam Ferrara
The stand-up comedian and actor who Entertainment Weekly dubbed “Hilarious” hosts the critically acclaimed BBC sensation, Top Gear US, airing on the History Channel. He has also co-starred alongside Kevin James in the hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and in Definitely Maybe with Ryan Reynolds and Isla Fisher. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. Sept. 23, 7, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

Tanya Tucker
This country music star released her debut single “Delta Dawn” in 1972. Three decades later, she continues to rock on. With several Grammy nominations, many chart-topping singles, and the 1991 prestigious title “CMA Female Vocalist of the Year,” Tanya Tucker has been a musical sensation for years. She is set to perform a variety of songs, including hits off her newest album Don’t Believe My Heart. Joining her is special guest, country/rock n’ roll band, Shotgun Wedding. Get your cowboy boots ready; there will be lots of two-step dancing! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $34.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 24.

Andranik Madadian, aka Andy, is known for his unique Armenian-Iranian music style. He has recently been called the Best Armenian International Singer of the Year. Many know him as “The Prince of Persia.” Andy is a singer, an actor and a producer. He has made a large contribution to the music world. A night full of dancing is in store, as his exotic music will lift your spirits to the stratosphere and your feet will follow! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$85. 9 p.m. Sept 24.

Fetty Wap
Hey, what’s up, hello! Fetty Wap is best known for his No. 1 smash hit “Trap Queen,” which led him to fame in 2015. Following his hit single, he released a solo self-titled album, which included 17 R&B tracks. He is set to take the stage to perform many songs off that album. And who knows? He’ll possibly perform some new songs from his upcoming album, King Zoo. This concert is guaranteed to “Make You Feel Good.” The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $35. 10 p.m. Sept. 24.

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TLC & En Vogue
Two fierce girl groups back-to-back, in one night?! Yay! TLC, best known for their wildly popular ’90s hit “No Scrubs,” are set to make a comeback after a 14-year hiatus. They will be performing some of their biggest hits, and maybe some songs from their new and currently untitled album. Grammy-nominated girl group En Vogue will be showing off their killer dance moves, and singing a variety of their smash hits. Get ready because a girl power storm is brewing! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 25.

Alton Brown
Host of Cutthroat Kitchen, Good Eats and Iron Chef America, Alton Brown will be speaking about his expertise around a hot stove and signing his new book, Every Day Cook. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

Most Likely To Succeed
An eye-opening portrait of schools that are breaking away from outdated teaching methods and embracing new models that can awaken students’ love of learning. Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America’s new college graduates are reportedly unable to find employment. Director Greg Whiteley locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers and has changed little since, despite radical developments in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor. Screening followed by a panel discussion. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave. Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

-Compiled by Natalie Coloprisco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Forget The Constitution: Trump’s Three Branches of Government Are ‘Me, Myself And I’

Trump Redecorate White House
Would Donald Trump redecorate the White House in the styles of his hotels and casinos should he be elected president?

By Arnold Dodge

As America gets ready for four years of stewardship from Donald Trump, a reality that is inconceivable but every day looks more and more likely, we may want to ask ourselves a question: With all we know about this man’s inadequacy to be president—for starters, his ignorance of domestic and foreign policy—what else should we be aware of?

Daily, the Hillary Clinton camp beats the drum that Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president, a charge that seems obvious if you believe that a steady hand is required in the Oval Office. There is, however, certifiable evidence that brings the temperament criticism to a whole new level.

Direct from the Mayo Clinic—not from Dr. Oz—is a word-for-word description of a narcissistic personality disorder. Hold onto your hats.

As the Mayo Clinic staff describes it, you have a personality disorder if you have a “rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. A person with a personality disorder has trouble perceiving and relating to situations and to people. This causes significant problems and limitations in relationships, social encounters, work and school. In some case, you may not realize that you have a personality disorder because your way of thinking and behaving seems natural to you. And you may blame others for the challenges you face.”

Many experts use the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, to diagnose mental conditions. DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:

Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it

Exaggerating your achievements and talents

Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate

Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people

Requiring constant admiration

Having a sense of entitlement

Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations

Taking advantage of others to get what you want

Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others

Being envious of others and believing others envy you

Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

There you have it. Frightening isn’t strong enough. Terrifying is more like it. The most powerful person in the world will soon be someone who has—by definition—a personality disorder. Choosing a shameless, vainglorious self-promoter as our leader will surely be seen by other nations as a failure of our democracy, one that will haunt America for generations to come.

Unlike FDR’s polio, which did not hamper his ability to govern with compassion and dignity, Trump’s medical condition is freighted with destructive impulses. Sad to say, the Mayo Clinic does not offer much hope for recovery given the severity of Trump’s affliction:

“When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may not want to think that anything could be wrong because doing so wouldn’t fit with your self-image of power and perfection. People with narcissistic personality disorder are most likely to seek treatment when they develop symptoms of depression, often from perceived criticisms or rejections. If you recognize aspects of your personality that are common to narcissistic personality disorder or you’re feeling overwhelmed by sadness, consider reaching out to a trusted doctor or mental health provider. Getting the right treatment can help make your life more rewarding and enjoyable.”

But would White House doctors present this recommendation to President Trump? Here’s a guess what his answer might be: “Depression? Rejection? Overwhelming sadness? I’ve hired thousands and thousands of depressed, rejected and sad workers, many of them Hispanic. I love these people.”

Should Trump become president, one can only imagine the salvos he will launch against those who question his brilliance. And what about the most dangerous moment when he succumbs to his trigger-happy inclinations (aka the nuclear option) to prove he is “king of the world”?

After his inauguration, Trump, you can be sure, will be designing a new hat for himself, emblazoned with a slogan to trumpet his title:

There’s no “you” in America—there’s only me.

Arnold Dodge, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where he serves as the chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Dodge is a former teacher, principal and superintendent. In his 45th year in education, he is particularly focused on the effects of high-stakes testing on schools.

Long Island Fall Festivals and Fairs 2016

Long Island Fall Festivals

Aside from leaves changing colors beautifully and delicious pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks arousing our senses, the best part of autumn has to be the annual return of fall festivals and street fairs to Long Island.

From the farms on the East End celebrating their harvest to Nassau communities hosting autumn-themed carnivals, there is no shortage of upcoming events to revel in the season like picking pumpkins, going on hay rides and navigating corn mazes while enjoying some apple cider, pumpkin pie or a great many other fresh goodies.

Here are more than three dozen Long Island fall festivals and fairs this season:

The 37th Annual Pickle Festival
This is an event for those pickle-loving Long Islanders who get into heated debates over which pickles reign supreme (uber-sour pickles, of course). The nearly four-decade old festival includes pickles-on-a-stick, specialty pickles, pickle displays, and such ubiquitous fall favorites as roasted corn, hayrides, a corn maze and so much more. John Gardiner Farm, 900 Park Ave., Huntington. www.greenlawncenterporthistorical.org $5 donation, children under 12 free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17.

Garden City Fall Street Fair and Homecoming Parade
Come to a day of great food, fun and a fantastic football game! Nassau Blvd., Garden City. gardencitychamberny.chambermaster.com Noon-10 p.m. Sept. 17

Starting off with a wonderful cocktail party on Friday and continuing with an exhibition of Southampton’s art and goods, this festival is sure to wow people of all ages. 76 Main St., Southampton. southamptonseptfest.org Free. Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. kickoff cocktail party. Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4p.m. (Farmers’ Market), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Art Vendors in the Park), Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Farmers’ Market), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Art vendors in the Park).

Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
The fair is purported to be one of oldest agricultural festivals in the country, featuring everything from pony and carnival rides, live music, exotic animals, magic shows, a petting zoo and historical entertainment. Families will get a taste of what life was like on Long Island nearly two centuries ago with demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving and candle-making. One of the main attractions is the Old Time Baseball league game played the way it was in the mid-19th century. So much to do! Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. lifair.org $12 adults, $8 children and seniors (60-plus), weekend rate is $7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.  Sept. 24, 25, 30, Oct. 1, 2.

West Hempstead Street Fair
Vendors, food, arts and crafts, plus a whole lot of fun! Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead Free. westhempsteadchamberofcommerce.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 25. Rain date Oct. 9

Syosset Street Fair
Jackson Ave., Syosset. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25.

Harvest Day Festival
This fair celebrates Southampton life in the 1800s with hands-on activities that allow visitors to experience a different kind of life. 17 Meeting House Ln., Southampton. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org Free. 11 a.m. Sept. 28.

Valley Stream Community Fest 2016
An annual, one-day event that celebrates the special qualities of Valley Stream. Rockaway Avenue, between Sunrise Highway and Merrick Rd. vscommunityfest.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24. Rain date Oct. 1.

St. Margaret’s Fall Fair
This festival allows everyone to enjoy vendors, great baked goods, raffles and treasures of all kinds. 1000 Washington Ave., Plainview. stmargaretepiscopal.org Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24. Rain date Sept. 25.

Wildwood Fall Festival
A family-oriented fall festival featuring fall games, wagon rides, pony rides and craft vendors. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing autumn day! 790 Hulse Landing Rd. Wading River. nysparks.com $10 parking, free with Empire Pass. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24.

Fish Hatchery Fish Festival
This festival will include fishing for kids, a pumpkin patch, an inflatable castle bouncer, and a petting zoo. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, 1660 NY-25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfishhatchery.org $6 adults, $4 kids and seniors, $2 kids 2 and under, members free. 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Rain date Oct. 1.

RELATED: Long Island Oktoberfest 2016

Family Festival by the Sea
Come to Lido Beach for a weekend full of live concerts, good food, crafts and novelty vendors, sand sculptures and more. They also feature kid-friendly attractions such as animal acts, pony rides and puppet shows. 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. Free. toh.li 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept 24, 25.

Long Island Fall Festivals

Seaford Annual Harvest Fair
This annual fair will have regularly scheduled entertainment, a wide assortment of kids’ games, and great vendors. Seaford Historical Society. 3890 Waverly Ave., Seaford. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25.

Long Island Apple Festival
This is the apple-picking experience you’ve been waiting for. Families get the opportunity to peruse an 18th century farmhouse as they enjoy apple-relay races, tug-o-war, apple-head doll making, pony rides and a host of other activities. Sherwood-Jayne Farm, 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket. splia.org $7 adults, $5 seniors and children (2-12). 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

West Islip Country Fair
Come to see over 300 craft vendors, in addition to a petting zoo, a magic show, face painting and much more! West Islip Public Library Grounds, 3 Higbie Ln., West Islip. westislipcountryfair.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. Raine date Oct. 2.

Caleb Smith State Park Fall Festival
This festival allows participants to embrace the natural features of this state park, including fishing, free pumpkins and nature tours. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, West Jericho Turnpike (Route 25), Smithtown. friendsofcalebsmith.org $10 per person. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

Heritage Trust Fall into Fun Carnival
To usher in the fall, you’ll want some really, really fun rides. You’ll want food, of course also, but not just any run-of-the-mill foodstuffs. You’ll want spectacular food, food that you’ll be feasting upon and then dreaming about, long, long after the multi-colored lights glowing from atop the fishbowl ping-pong trailers have gone to bed. And of course, you’ll want games. This annual mega-extravaganza has all of these critical components, and truly, just so much more. C’mon, now. Let’s do this! Heritage Park, Mt. Sinai Road, Mt. Sinai. msheritagetrust.org Free. 6-10 p.m. Sept. 29. 6- 11 p.m. Sept 30. 12-11 p.m. Oct. 1. 12-7 p.m. Oct. 2.

Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair
If you’re looking for a family day full of shopping, entertainment and food, this craft fair is the place to go. Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1.

Sayville Apple Festival
Come to the Islip Grange for a day full of crafts, music, pony rides, and of course, an apple-themed cooking contest! 10 Broadway Ave., 
Sayville. greatersayvillechamber.com Free. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Rain date Oct. 2.

Amityville Apple Festival
The Amityville Apple Festival features a day of face painting, pumpkins and tons of fresh apples and apple-related products. Amityville High School, 150 Park Ave., Amityville and Lauder Museum, 170 Broadway, Amityville. facebook.com 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1.

Cornell Cooperative Extension PumpkinFest
Wagon rides, live bands, family games, corn mazes, and more family-oriented activities to celebrate PumkinFest! Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. ccesuffolk.org $12. Children under three free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1, 2.

The San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons Committee
We Long Islanders love to eat; that’s why we can’t get enough of carnivals and the ubiquitous smell of sausages and other belly-warming treats wafting through the air. Don’t miss this carnival. Good Ground Rd., Hampton Bays. (Long Island Rail Road Station). sangennarofeastofthehamptons.com 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 2.Long Island Fall Festivals Fall Festival at Sagtikos Manor
Prepare to travel back into colonial times, with quilters, potters, basket weavers and old-fashioned games for children at this historic Long Island spot where Gen. George Washington once slept–after the British army left. Imagine three centuries of history under one roof, and the grounds are beautiful, too. 677 Montauk Hwy., Bay Shore. sagtikosmanor.org/events $7. Children under three free. $25 special family event fee. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2.

Mill Neck Manor Fall Harvest Festival
Come to the Mill Neck Manor for the best of the autumn season, including handmade crafts, ripe apples, and grilled bratwurst. Mill Neck Manor, 40 Frost Mill Rd., Mill Neck. millneck.org $15 parking, $10 ticket. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8, 9.

Montauk Fall Festival
This festival kicks off with their famous clam chowder contest at 11 a.m. on Saturday. It includes crab races, rides, a farmers’ market, live music and incorporates elements of Octoberfest. Grab a hot, steaming pumpkin latte or some good old-fashioned piping hot apple cider, stroll out toward the East End and gaze out west over the woods. 742 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. montauk-online.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8, 9.

Gordon Werner Arts and Crafts Show
This is an arts-and-crafts show organized by Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce full of exhibitors. Village Green, 152 Main St., Westhampton. festivalnet.com Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9.

RELATED: The Ultimate Long Island Apple Picking 2016 Guide

Annual Fall Festival at Montauk Chamber of Commerce
The annual fall festival presented by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce features the famous Clam Chowder Contest. 742 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. montauk-online.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8, 9.

Long Beach Fall Festival
All are invited to this Long Beach tradition featuring live music, children’s entertainment, a petting zoo and a marvelous pumpkin patch waiting to be picked clean! Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov $20 daily. $30 weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8, 9.

Huntington Long Island Fall Festival
Come to this fall festival to experience a world-class carnival, two international food courts, and four stages of live entertainment. Heckscher Park, Route 25A & Prime Ave., Huntington. huntingtonchamber.chambermaster.com 5-9 p.m. Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10.

Riverhead Country Fair
Come prepared because the fair is set on 100,000 square feet of land so families can enjoy a host of activities, including carnival rides, folk music, homemaking displays, competitions and more. Main Street, Riverhead. riverheadcountryfair.com Free, except for fees for some rides and activities. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9.

Harvest Festival
This is a great day of pumpkin picking and great old-fashioned music at a farm! Benner’s Farm, 58 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. bennersfarm.com $8 adults, $6 kids. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9.

Fall Harvest Festival and Street Fair
Babylon village. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15. Rain date Oct. 22.

Fall Festival and Swap Meet
Fall games, rides, music, pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, crafts, vendors and more. Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp and Riding School, 250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville. Free. 1-5 p.m. Oct. 22.

Village Day Fall Festival
The Sands Point Preserve celebrates the fall harvest season with outdoor activities for children of all ages. 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $10 per car for members, $20 non-members. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 16. Rain date Oct. 23.

Fall Harvest Festival
The Borella’s Farm Stand throws a festival not to be forgotten, including pumpkin picking, a dizzying corn maze, face painting, live DJ Entertainment and lots of food! Borella’s Farm Stand, 485 Edgewood Ave., St. James. borellasfarmstand.com $12. Children under three years old are free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every weekend in October, plus Columbus Day, Oct. 12.

Levittown Chamber of Commerce Fall Family Festival and Street Fair
Come to this festival for a day of exhibits, crafts and great entertainment! St. Bernard’s School Gym, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown. levittownchamber.com Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15.

Fall Family Fishing Festival
A family-oriented annual fishing festival that integrates fishing with fall activities. Hempstead Lake State Park, Eagle Ave., West Hempstead. nysparks.com Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15.

Oysterfest Oyster Bay

Oyster Festival
Come for a fun mixture of activities including live entertainment, tall ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, midway rides, and the iconic oyster-eating and oyster-shucking contest. Here the world is your oyster. Theodore Roosevelt Park, 200 Central Park West, Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free (except for select activities.) 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15.

Huntington Apple Festival
Scarecrow-making, hayrides and traditional games are signature features of this festival held at the venerable Kissam House, built in 1795, and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Kissam House, 434 Park Ave., Huntington. huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org 12 p.m.-4 a.m. Oct. 16.

Pumpkin Fest
The Village of Islandia’s annual Pumpkin Fest is back for another day of hayrides, pumpkins (of course), treats and all-around family fun. Islandia Village Hall, 100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. newvillageofislandia.com Free. Oct. 22.

Rock Hall County Fair
Join the Red Hawk Native American Arts Council for a day of drumming, dancing and storytelling. Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence. toh.li Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22, 23.

Great Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
This is a fall celebration unlike any other. The first 50 carved pumpkins will be placed on flotation devices as they set sail around the lake behind a fleet of kayaks. If that’s not all, the pumpkins will also be illuminated with candles, making the aquatic journey that much more enjoyable to watch. For kids, there’s also something called the “Spooky Den” and plenty of other opportunities for games and crafts. Belmont Lake State Park (Exit 38 Southern State Parkway), North Babylon. facebook.com/events Free. 3-6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

The FreedomFest Taste of Long Island Festival
Immediately after the Suffolk County Marathon. The event will feature live musical entertainment and will highlight our local craft breweries, award winning wines, and local food and produce. Patchogue village. suffolkmarathon.com 9 a.m. Oct. 30.

Harvest Fest
Come to the Harvest Festival for Clam Chowder, music, and great children’s activities. Port Jeff Chamber Visitors Center, 118 West Broadway, Port Jefferson. portjeffchamber.com Free. 12-5 p.m Oct. 30.

Long Island Antique Book, Paper and Art Fair
Books are the heart and soul of the human experience. They record, they enlighten and they inspire. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind collision of the written word and arts and crafts that will make your heart bend and soul absolutely just break out into song and sing, sing, sing! C.W. Post University Library Hutchins Gallery. libookfair.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6.

Long Island Antiquarian Book and Paper Fair
Come browse through stacks of books and piles of collectible memorabilia, and pick up some great post cards, too! CW Post Library Hutchins Gallery, 720 Northern Blvd (NY 25A), Brookville. libookfair.com Adults $7, free for children under 12, $1 discount w/ad. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6.

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Long Island Oktoberfest 2016 Events


By Natalie Coloprisco

Saturday, Sept. 17 marks the start of the 16-day-long German festival of Wiesn, or as most people know it, Oktoberfest, which debuts in Munich with the traditional tapping of the beer keg.

Hopping on a plane to Germany is an option, but revelers can also celebrate Oktoberfest here on Long Island, where many bars, restaurants, breweries and parks will be hosting related festivities.

German food such as schnitzel, sauerbraten and bratwurst are just some of the Bavarian delicacies that are being served. There will also be a large selection of fall-themed beverages to choose from, including pumpkin ales, hard ciders and so much more!

Raise a glass and say “Prost” (that’s German for cheers) during Oktoberfest 2016 at one of more than two dozen events!

This restaurant serves Bavarian cuisine year round, but during Oktoberfest season they also have German music and dancers on weekends in addition to a dozen German beers on tap. Reservations recommended. The Village Lantern, 155 North Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. thevillagelanterne.com Sept. 17-Oct. 1.

Ten authentic German beers on tap and Bavarian pretzels. The Black Sheep, 78 2nd Street, Mineola. blacksheepalehouse.com Sept. 17-Oct. 1.

After they tap the ceremonial keg and pour $5 Fest bier while supplies last, there will be Oktoberfest specialty menu every weekend and accordion music to set the mood! Prost Grill & Garten, 652 Franklin Ave., Garden City. prostgrill.com Sept. 17-Oct. 31.

This massive German restaurant, catering hall and beer garden kicks off their Oktoberfest celebration with Ompahfest, aka German-American Day. There will be live music, authentic Bavarian specialties—including giant pretzels imported from Munich—traditional German dancing lessons, drinking songs, games, children’s activities and so much more! Plattduetsche Biergarten, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square. parkrestaurant.com Sept. 18-Oct. 22.

Authentic Bavarian restaurant serving German specialties year round will feature performance by accordionist 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Oak Chalet, 1940 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore. oakchalet.net Prices vary. Sept. 22-Oct. 26.

One of Long Island’s only brew pubs, and the only one serving authentic Bavarian food all year, will celebrate Oktoberfest with live German music every weekend. Black Forest Brew Haus, 2015 New Hwy, Farmingdale. blackforestbrewhaus.com Prices and times vary.  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 23-Oct. 15.

German food, beer gardens, a carnival, vendors, live German entertainment and more. Ticket includes one beer or soft drink. Proceeds go toward the childrens’ summer camp hosting the event. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, 1 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches. camppaquatuck.com $10, under 21 free. 6-11 p.m. Sept. 23, 12-11 p.m. Sept. 24, 12-6 p.m. Sept. 25.
OK, so this one isn’t very German. But it is an autumn-themed beer festival featuring more than 50 craft breweries and a large selection of pumpkin beers, Oktoberfests and hard ciders. Local bands performing include Oogee Wawa, Ground Swell, The Offshore Regulars, Bukntownfalls, Soundswell and Nonstop to Cairo. Brightwaters Farms, 1624 Manatuck Blvd., Bay Shore. pumpkinfields.com $45. 1 p.m. Sept. 24.
Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
Celebrate with a four-course Oktoberfest beer pairing dinner including potato soup, potato pancakes, Jaeger Schnitzel and apple strudel, among other German menu items at 7 p.m. Sept. 28. An Oktoberfest food and beverage menu available through Oct. 3. Library Café, 274 Main St., Farmingdale. lessings.com $40, plus tip. Sept. 28-Oct. 3.

This weekend-long Oktoberfest street fair and festival include rides, games and traditional German food in the heart of downtown Lindenhurst. Corner of West Hoffman Avenue and School Street, Lindenhurst. facebook.com/LindenhurstRotary 5-9 p.m. Sept. 30, 2-9 p.m. Oct. 1, 12-5 p.m. Oct. 3.

First annual Oktoberfest, featuring more than 20 beers, live music and a hot dog eating contest. L.I. Pour House Bar and Grill, 650 Rt. 112, Port Jefferson Station. Tickets can be purchased on Groupon or Eventbrite. lipourhouse.com 12-4 p.m. Oct. 1

Pour The Core: Long Island
Maybe this isn’t German, but it’s a fall-themed beverage fest in October. That counts, right? Hard cider fanatics join forces for this third annual festival featuring more than 75 ciders from around the country and the world, plus some from the North Fork, such as Woodside Orchards and Rumor Mill Hard Cider. Long Island Sports Park, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton. pourthecore.com $45, $65 Door, $12 DD. 12:30- 4 p.m., Oct. 1.

A selection of the strongest pumpkin beers from four different breweries. Hoptron Brewtique, 22 West Main St., Pachogue.  Prices vary. hoptronbrewtique.com 4-7 p.m. Oct. 1.

RELATED STORY: The Ultimate Guide to Craft Breweries on Long Island

German food, beer and fun. Southside, 5 3rd Ave., Bay Shore. lessings.com Oct. 6-10.

Try up to eight different craft pumpkin beers and Oktobfest brews on tap, including local and national selections. Effin Gruven, 2562 Sunrise Hwy., Bellmore. facebook.com/Effin-Gruven 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Oct 7.

Oktoberfest Celebration
Potato Pancake topped with braised pork and caraway sauerkraut. Gerwurztraminer Apple Soup with pretzel chips. Beer Glazed Bratwurst Sandwiches topped with Swiss, sauteed onions and mustard served with German potato salad. Not to mention the German chocolate cake. Plus so much more to choose from on this special weekend-long Oktoberfest menu. Post Office Café, 130 West Main St., Babylon. lessings.com Oct. 7-9.

Oktoberfest Celebration
A special Oktoberfest menu will be available, featuring Bavarian pretzel bites, sauerbraten sliders, potato soup, slow-cooked German short ribs, wurst platter and more! Maxwell’s, 501 Main St., Islip. lessings.com Prices vary. Oct. 6-9
Musical performance by die Schlauberger. Bratwurst, hot dogs, German potato salad, red cabbage and German beer and wine. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 420 Stewart Ave., Garden City. resgc.org $30, $10 for kids 12 and under. Kids 3 and under free. 4-10:30 p.m. Oct. 8
Fourth annual celebration, featuring tractor rides, a pumpkin maze, live music, German food and beverages, bounce houses and vendors. Eisenhower Park Field 6, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov Free. 12–5 p.m. Oct. 8 & 9

Oktoberfest Montauk
Live music with Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa’s playing multiple sets. There will be broiled chicken, pork shank, giant pretzels and imported German beers. Zum Schneider Montauk, 4 South Elmwood Ave., Montauk. zumschneider.com Prices vary. 12–11 p.m., Oct. 15 & 12-7 p.m., Oct. 16. 12-11 p.m., Oct. 22, 12-7 p.m., Oct. 23.

Pumpkin Fest
More than 20 different varieties of pumpkin beers on tap and casks including local brews from Long Ireland, Fire Island Beer Co., Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. and Blue Point Brewing Co. First 200 guests drink out of mini-pumpkins. 42 East Main St., Bay Shore. tjfinleys.com Free. 6 p.m., Oct. 15.

German grub, Bavarian beer and traditional tunes all week long! Shippy’s Pumpernickels, 36 Windmill Lane, Southampon shippyspumpernickels.com Oct. 17-23.

Crossroads Oktoberfest
Fourth Annual Oktoberfest. Each ticketholder receives a souvenir Farm mug and two pours. $25, $30 door. Crossroads Farm, 480 Hempstead Ave., Malverne. xroadsfarmliny.com 1-7 p.m. Oct. 22.

More than 100 mostly pumpkin-flavored and German-style brews from 50 different breweries, as well as Bavarian fare and performances by five live punk rock bands. Lederhosen optional. Great South Bay Brewery, 25 Drexel Dr., Bay Shore. greatsouthbaybrewery.com $50, $65 VIP, $15 DD. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

Bands, Craft Beer, pumpkin picking, farm tours, vendors and more. Garden of Eve Farm, corner of Sound Avenue and Northville Turnpike, Aquebogue. gardenofevefarm.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29, 30.

Everyday Is Oktoberfest
This authentic German restaurant serves up traditional Bavarian food and beverages year round! Pumpernickels, 640 Main St., Northport. pumpernickelsofnorthport.com

hofstra transfer day today
hofstra transfer day today