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Chop Down Your Own Christmas Tree at These Long Island Farms

For those who prefer real Christmas trees, check out these local farms and fields where you can bring your family and friends to chop down a tree down yourself this holiday season.

Dart’s Christmas Tree Farm
Although they are not offering cut-your-own trees in their fields this year, Dart’s Christmas Tree Farm will have premium pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir in their Magic Forest Area. Stop by anytime between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. starting the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve and if you come on a weekend, you may get a special visit from Santa Claus himself. 2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold. 631-765-4148. dartschristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Elwood Christmas Tree Farm
Starting on Friday, Nov. 24, you can cut your own tree at this farm, which is only open during the day and asks you to bring your own hand saw to cut your tree. 1500 East Jericho Tpke., Huntington. 631-368-8626. elwoodpumpkinfarm.com 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Nov. 24-26, by appointment Nov. 27-30, 3 p.m.-7p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.- 7p.m. weekends Dec. 1- 24. Additional times available by appointment.

Lewin Farms
Bring the family after Thanksgiving to cut your own tree, pick up a pre-cut or get a “live” balled tree. Trees range in size from one to 15 feet and are on sale for a flat rate of $40, whether they be pre-cut or you-cut. You can rent saws for a fee or bring your own. Tractor rides are provided. Lewin Farms stresses to arrive as early as possible to allow yourself ample time before dark to cut your tree. Tree varieties available include Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Pine. Lewin Farms’ Baiting Hollow Nursery, Fresh Pond Ave., Calverton. 631-929-4327. lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily Nov. 25-Dec. 8

Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm
Every day except Tuesday, choose between a selection of 10,000 trees ranging from two to 10 feet in height. You can find Norway Spruces, Blue Spruces, White Spruces, Serbian Spruces, Balsam Firs, and Concolor Firs and the staff will provide you with everything you need to bring the perfect tree home like bow saws, trailer rides back to your car, netting, loading and tying assistance and candy canes for the kids. Pre-cut trees are also available and leashed-dogs are welcome. 323 Weeks Ave., Manorville. 631-874-3551 alsonetworks.com 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m daily except Tuesdays. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Muller’s Tree Farm
Stop in for you-cut trees of the White Pine, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and White Spruce varieties. 338 Woodland Ave., Manorville. 631-878-1060 tinyurl.com/y7ju4757 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11.

Paul’s Christmas Tree Farm
This farm has nine different tree varieties to choose from. Not only that but they also sell wreaths and novelties in their gift shop and provide tree wrapping, tree stands, pre-cut trees, potted trees, saws for cutting and decorations at your convenience. 40 Frowein Rd., Center Moriches. 631-878-8645. ctfany.org 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm
Choose from over 23 acres of Christmas trees at Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm where tailgating, picnics and football toss are encouraged. You won’t have trouble finding the perfect tree to bring home here, with an estimated 45,000 trees growing on the farm at a given time. 30105 Main St., Cutchogue. 631-734-8641. santaschristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
Since 1987, this farm has been selling Christmas trees, holiday decorations, treats and gifts as well as hosting carolers and wine tastings for the holiday season. Bring the kids for train rides around the farm and even a visit from Santa Claus who stops by the farm on the weekends. 20685 Main Rd., Mattituck. 631-298-4619. shamrockchristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec.24.

Tilden Lane Farm
Bring the family, your leashed dog and Santa hat this winter to pick your own Christmas tree or buy holly and wreaths. Note that they only take cash or checks here and you should wear sturdy and warm footwear. 48 Wyckoff St., Greenlawn. 631-261-6392 tildenlanefarm.com 9 a.m.- 3p.m. Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10.

Zuhoski Farms
Cut your own tree at the farm during Christmas season and enjoy free hot cocoa, cider and popcorn. The brothers also sell wreaths and other holiday decorations.11825 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-5036. zuhoskifarms.com 9 a.m.-dusk. Saturdays and Sundays.

9 Instagram-Worthy Spots on Long Island 

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Using Instagram can be fun, but posting the same types of pictures over and over can get boring. Whether using Instagram for business, to showcase your artwork, or to stay in touch with friends, check out some of these unique, photogenic places on Long Island where you can snap the perfect shot.

9. Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Kings Park

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This abandoned Psychiatric Center open from 1885 to 1996 is said to be haunted by the spirits of those who died there. Fun fact about Kings Park: the staff made patients feed live stock and work on a farm for therapy. If you’re looking for a spot to do an edgy photoshoot or take urban-esque photos, then check out this hidden spot.

8. Sunflower Fields, Mattituck

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There’s nothing like a nice sunflower field to brighten up your Instagram feed. There are always sunflower fields out east, like this one off of Pike Street in Mattituck. Sunflower fields are the best for spring or summer trips.

7. Jones Beach, Wantagh

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Jones Beach has always been a popular Long Island photography spot year-round, whether it be for weddings, Christmas cards or graduation ceremonies. You can almost always find someone with a camera or cell phone pointed toward a Jones Beach sunset. 

6. Montauk Lighthouse, Montauk

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When you think of Long Island, you think of lighthouses and nautical vibes. The Montauk Lighthouse is a perfect spot for taking photos between the rocks. With awesome sunsets and view of the ocean, it’s hard to find an angle that doesn’t work here. 

5. Avalon Park and Reserve, Stony Brook

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If you’re more of an outdoorsy type and willing to trade in your flip flops for hiking boots then Avalon Park and Reserve is a good place to go. From their walking trails to ponds, you can take a picture solid enough to land you on the Instagram Discover page.

4. Sunken Forest, Fire Island

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The Sunken Forest on Fire Island is a hidden gem. You can go in the summer to chill by the beach and take photos in the sand, or checkout the walkways with one of the world’s only maritime holly forests.

3. Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve, Merrick

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The Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve in Merrick has a great nature trail where you can take pics of geese and birds while walking through nature. The entire trail is seven miles long. 

2. Seventh Street, Garden City
If you’re looking for a romantic dinner-date spot or pretty lights, check out Seventh street in Garden City at night for a good photo-op. Not only are there strings of  lights on all of the trees along the street, but a lot of the restaurants have a certain ambience that looks great with an Instagram filter. 

1. Lavender by the Bay, East Marion

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Drive up to East Marion and find yourself lost in a sea of lavender plants at Lavender by the Bay. This field is perfect for dream-like photo shoots, wedding photos or family pictures.

Volunteer Boxers Train for Long Island Fight for Charity

Members of the Long Island business community and volunteers are hitting the gym, drinking raw eggs and running up stairs to the Rocky theme song as they train for the 14th annual Long Island Fight for Charity fundraiser next month.

This group of mostly first-time boxers are hard at work preparing for what’s billed as the only all-volunteer charity boxing match in the nation. This week, fighters found out who they’ll be facing at the main event in Melville on Monday, Nov. 20.

“There’s a part of Long Island that will actually take a punch for charity,” said Bill Corbett, a spokesman for the event. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience that’s really unique and something very special.”

In preparation for the event, organizers hosted the Inaugural Chips for Charity Poker Tournament on Oct. 3 at the SIMPLAY Sport Simulator Center in Hauppauge, where they also revealed the 2017 match up.

Beneficiaries of The Long Island Fight For Charity include charities supported by event co-founders Matt Silver, Jamie Austin and Jeff Cohen, such as Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. (FREE), the Long Island Community Chest and The Genesis School to benefit causes ranging from providing the relief of bills for struggling Long Islanders, offering services and programs for people and families with developmental and physical disabilities, along with youth programs.

“One of our board members has a son that’s attended The Genesis School since he was a little child and they do amazing things,” Silver said. “FREE helps approx 10,000 people a day and the people that run it and work there are so dedicated. Money isn’t what they’re interested in making, they’re not worried about their salaries. They’re worried about helping individuals.”

The match ups are as follows:

Christen “The Princess of Pain” Pellegrini from Eden II Programs in East Meadow will be fighting Stephany Giannazzo from Adelphi University in Garden City.

Brooke “The Heavy Hitter” DeLio from Brown’s Jeep Chrysler in Patchogue will be fighting Lauren “The Belmont Brawler” Powers from the New York Racing Association in Jamaica.

Johnathan “Lethal Motion” Cartelli, Eq. from the Law Office of Johnathan Cartelli in Middle Village is going up against Brain “The Punisher Weiner” from Telephonics Corp. in Huntington.

Paolo (Moiria) “Pretty Face” Salomon from NYSC Long Beach is fighting Mike Signorelli from Heavy Hitters in Ronkonkoma.

Austin “The Cell King” Fierstadt from the Fuel Your Body Cafe in Hicksville is boxing George Castro.

Eliud “The Vortex” Custodio from ICD Publications in Islandia is dueling Lance “The Divorcer” Simon PLLC in Commack.

Gregg “Long Range Strike” Armanda from GE Aviation LLC in Bohemia is fighting David “Double-Click” Tan from CHIPS Technology Group in Syosset.

Kyle “The Real Deal” Burkhardt from Cushman & Wakefield in Melville is boxing against John “The Imperial Knight” Kraft from IMC in Huntington.

Billy Rizzi from The Lawn-Brokers Landscaping in South Hempstead is fighting Addison “The Assassin” Lemay from Smithtown.

Ed “Formerly Fast Eddie” Parry from LuHi Summer Programs in Brookville’s appointment is TBA

The Long Island Fight for Charity is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at Hilton Long Island, 598 Route 110 in Melville. Tickets cost $134-$250. For more information, visit lifightforcharity.org.

Long Island Halloween Haunted Houses 2017

Wanna get spooked? Walk, run and scream your way through some of the best haunted houses on Long Island. With a good mix of family-friendly and downright terrifying, you’ll be sure to find exactly the scare you’re looking for this fall. Here are some places to catch a fright:

Animated Children’s Story featuring Otto the Ghost
“Otto’s Special Pumpkin,” an animated story for kids, will be playing at Hick’s Nurseries for free! Hicks Nurseries, Inc. 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury. Hicksnurseries.com Free admission. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. through Oct. 31.

Bayville Scream Park
This adventure park will seriously terrify you with a half-dozen attractions including Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, The Cage, Evil in the Woods, Zombie Pirates, Temple of Terror and the curse of the zombie pirates and new this year-the Scream Machine. Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvillescreampark.com $10.75-$49.75. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, 11-12 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Sunday, 5-10p.m. Weekdays through Nov. 5.

Blood Manor Presents: Crypts of The Coliseum
Cutting edge theme rooms, cooridors and a labyrinth of passageways designed to maximize one’s fear will do just that. NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nycblive.com $30-$40. Times vary. Open most days except Mondays and Tuesday Oct. 5-31.

The Haunted Mansion of Melville
Voted Long Island’s No. 1 scariest haunted house, the Haunted Mansion of Melville will keep you on your toes. Not only is it scary but it has spooks fit for Long Islanders of all ages. 26 Pinelawn Road, Melville. Ticket prices TBA. schmittshaunt.com 7 p.m.- midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11p.m. Sundays from Oct. 6-31.

Yaphank Trail of Terror
The Yaphank Trail of Terror, a volunteer charity fundraiser for the Yaphank Presbyterian Church, has been named a top Long Island attraction three years in a row by LIHauntedhouses.com. 65 Main Street, Yaphank. Yaphanktrail.wixsite.com 7-11 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28.

Spooky Fest
Come get festive at the Spooky Fest this fall hosted by The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) with the whole family. There will be exhibits, festivities and characters along wooded paths, rain or shine! 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. $10-$15. Cstl.org 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 20, 22, 27, 28, 29.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck’s Spooky Walk
Walk a fundraiser hosted by the hosted by the Moriches Paquatuck Squaws to benefit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, a camp for children and adults with special needs. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, 2 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches. Spookywalk.com $20. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28.

Chamber of Horrors
This year, the “Trilogy of Fear” at the Chamber of Horrors returns with something new: Long Island’s only three-minute escape room and virtual reality haunted house. The Chamber of Horrors is also home to three other scare attractions such as Manic Manor; 3,2,1 Blackout and Slaughter House. Chamber of Horrors is located inside of Matt Guiliano’s Play Like A Pro at 1745 Express Dr. N., Hauppauge chamberofhorrorsny.com $25-$45. 7:30-11p.m. Friday-Sundays through October, plus Oct. 26-31.

Darkside Haunted House
Named one of the “25 Haunted Houses Across America That Will Scare the Crap Out of You” by Buzzfeed, the Darkside Haunted House in Calverton is an open field that will, well, scare the crap out of you. The attraction is said to be family-friendly before 5 p.m., but not suitable for kids under 12 after that. 5184 Route 25A, Calverton. darksideproductions.com $7-$25. Times vary each day through Oct. 31.

Hempstead House Haunt: Dante’s Inferno
Come experience Dante’s journey through the nine circles of hell at the Sands Point Preserve. Set in 1300, just as the famous epic poem, Inferno, this haunted experience is sure to spook you with powerful symbolism and crazy visuals. Hope you find your way out of this 18+ horror. 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $25 for Conservancy members, $30 for non-members. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25-31.

Haunted Hendrickson’s House of Horror: Afterlife
“Journey through the realms of death” this October come rain or shine for two nights of terror you’ll never forget. Portions of proceeds for this haunted house will be donated to Camp Anchor and The Valley Stream Youth Council. Valley Stream Pool Complex, 123 West Merrick Rd., Valley Stream. $10. vsvny.org 7-11p.m. Oct. 27-28.

Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse
Come see professional actors scare you to tears like they did to News 12’s Elisa DiStefano who said, “The Gateway Playhouse of Horrors was terrible—in a good way.” 215 South Country Road, Bellport. General Admission $15, Fast Pass $25. gatewayshauntedplayhouse.com 7-11:30 p.m. Weekends through Halloween.

Haunted Tales
The Bethpage Village Restoration will be hosting its Haunted Tales event this October with details TBA. Check out their website for updates. 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. Obvrnassau.com 5-10 p.m. Weekends in October.

Manor Farm Haunted Trail Nights
Come walk a spooky trail with Manor Farm Fridays and Saturdays in October. Worried about the kids? There’s also a “Not-So-Spooky Trail Oct. 27-28 at 5 p.m. Manor Farm, 210 Manor Rd, Huntington. $7-10. Manorfarmhauntedtrailnights.webs.com 7-11 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28.

NYZ Apocalypse
Try something different this October and grab a group of your friends to check out an interactive live-action theatrical production. 450 Commack Rd, Deer Park. Prices vary. Nyzapocalypse.com 6-11p.m. Saturdays.

Restless Souls Haunted House Complex
This October visit Restless Souls Haunted House Complex’s four terrifying attractions: “The Shack” about a Huntington haunted shack with a lunatic; “Klownkatraz 3D” featuring a 3D clown-inspired nightmare and the last two attractions to be determined. Portions of proceeds go to the West Hills United Methodist Church in Huntington Station. 301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station. $5-$17. restlesssoulsli.com 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. Sundays in October.

Rise of the Jack-o’-lanterns
The Garden of Gourds at the Old Westbury Gardens is hosting its sixth-annual Rise of the Jack-o’lanterns. Bring the whole family to walk amongst 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack-o’-lanterns on a spooky path! Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. $22-$26. Therise.org 6:30-10:30 p.m. Weekends in October.

Woodside Nursery Garden Haunted Tunnel
Bring the kids to check out the family-friendly Haunted Tunnel while pumpkin picking at the Woodside Nursery Garden. 134 East Woodside Ave, N. Patchogue. woodsidenurseryandgarden.com/haunted-tunnel 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily.

Family Fun: Halloween Nature Trail
Spend your Saturday seeing who’s in the woods from Mashomack’s band of costumed characters with the whole family. Attendees should bring a flashlight and children should be accompanied by an adult. Uplands Farm Sanctuary, 250 Lawrence Hill Road, Cold Spring Harbor. $5. Nature.org 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Joe Allocco’s The Franklin Square Horror
Franklin Square is home to one of the scariest home haunts in America by Fearnet.com. It’s so scary, it’s one night only. 1148 Norbay Street, Franklin Square. 6 p.m. Oct. 31.

Long Island Pumpkin Picking Guide 2017

What better way to start the fall season than to pick the perfect pumpkin at a local patch?

“I’m really excited that there’s some twists and turns in the season with the weather and it appears this is the best crop I’ve ever had in my life,” said Jim Stakey, owner and operator of Stakey’s pumpkin patch in Aquebogue for over 40 years. “I started in 1976 at 15…and this appears to be the best crop—if it’s not the best it’s certainly one of the best.”

Check out some places on Long Island to go pumpkin picking this fall:

Benner’s Farm
Starting on Sept. 30 through Halloweekend you can pick pumpkins at Benner’s Farm. 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket. 631-689-8172. bennersfarm.com 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Borella’s Farm Stand Fall Harvest Festival
For over 60 years Borella’s Farm Stand has been growing and selling fresh vegetables, flowers and pumpkins on Long Island. During every weekend in October as part of their Fall Harvest Festival Long Islanders can pick pumpkins, go for hayrides or get lost in a corn maze. 485 Edgewood Avenue, St. James. 631-862-7330. Borellasfarmstand.com11a.m.-5p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Brightwaters farm
Pick pumpkins at the oldest operating farm on the South Shore of Long Island this fall starting Sept. 30. 1624 Manatuck Blvd, Bay Shore. 631-665-5411. Brightwatersfarms.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
Buy pumpkins at the Crossroads Farm pumpkin patch at Grossmann’s in October. 480 Hempstead Ave, Malverne. 516-881-7900. Xroadsfamily.com 10a.m.-6p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

Dee’s Frontier Family Fun
Every weekend in October starting Sept.30, Dee’s nursery has pumpkins as part of their Frontier Family Fun event that also features gem mining, an interactive petting zoo, childrens’ corn maze, a spooky walk through, pumpkin painting, corn stalks and hay bales. 69 Atlantic Ave, Oceanside. 516-678-3535. blog.deesnursery.com 11a.m.-5p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
Billed as “Long Island’s best pumpkin picking,” open weekdays and weeknights. 1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington. 631-368-8626. elwoodpumpkinfarm.com 10a.m.-5p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 3p.m.-5p.m. Monday-Friday.

Fairview Farm
Pick up a pumpkin at the farm stand and walk through the eight-acre corn maze at Fairview Farm this fall. 19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton. 631-537-6154 fairviewfarmatmecox.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and holidays.

Fink’s Country Farm
Looking for some weekend fun? Stop by Fink’s Country Farm for pumpkin picking, a five-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, train rides and a slide for the kids. 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. 631-886-2272 finksfarm.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

F&W Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival
Pick pumpkins seven days a week at the F&W Schmitt Family Farm as part of their fall festival. 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. 631-271-FARM. schmittfarms.com 10 a.m.-5p.m. Daily

Gabrielsen’s Country Farm
Now through Halloween stop by Gabrielsen’s Country Farm in North Park for their fall festival featuring pumpkin picking, hay rides, train rides, bouncy houses, a corn crib, kiddie maze, farm animals, a giant pumpkin a Restoration Schoolhouse, an old fashioned church, a picnic area, pedal tractors and live music on weekends. 200 Herricks Ln., Jamesport. 631-722-3259. gabrielsenscountryfarm.com 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Garden of Eve Organic Farm Market
Pick up a pumpkin from the organic dynamic-duo in Riverhead at their farm. 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-722-8777. Gardenofevefarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Glover Farms
Starting Oct.1 visit Glover Farms, a local patch on Long Island since 1952, to find a perfect pumpkin and get lost in the 10-acre corn maze. 633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven. 631-327-8559. gloverfarmsbrookhaven.com 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day.

Greenland Family Farm
This fall come to the Greenland Family Farm for all-you-can-pick pumpkins! 17155 County Road 48, Cutchogue. 631-734-5791. Greenlandfamilyfarms.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Hank’s Pumpkintown
It’s no surprise that Hank’s Pumpkintown in Water Mill has over 7,000 likes on Facebook. Swing by to pick up pumpkins seven days a week. 240 Montauk Hwy.,Watermill. 631-726-8015 hankspumpkintown.com 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily.

Harbes Family Farm
Pick a pumpkin off of the vine at their Mattituck location or visit their patches in Jamesport and Riverhead. Not only can you take home the perfect pumpkin from each location but all three also have corn mazes and other attractions for the whole family. 631-298-0800. harbesfamilyfarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Jamesport and Mattituck farms, weekends only at the Riverhead orchard.

Organics Today
Visit Organics Today, open every day from 9a.m.-6p.m. till Halloween to pick pumpkins, go for a hayride and munch on some seasonal goodies such as roasted corn, hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, baked apples, pumpkin pie and apple pie. 169 Washington Street, East Islip. 631-650-4426. Organicstodayfarms.com 9a.m.-6p.m. Daily.

Helen’s Greenhouse Family Farm
Stop in and say hello to some farm animals, taste some homemade pies and pick a pumpkin at Helen’s Greenhouse Family Farm. 987 Union Ave., Aquebogue. 631-722-5076 helensfarm.com 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Kaufold Country Florist and Farm
Pick up a pumpkin or some flowers at the Kaufold Country Florist and Farm. 724 Middle Country Rd., Ridge. 631-924-1265. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Krupski Farms
Visit the pumpkin patch in North Fork to pick up a pumpkin and other seasonal favorites. 38030 Route 25, Peconic. 631-734-7841. Facebook.com/Krupski-Farms 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Lenny Bruno Farms
Pick-your-own pumpkin at Lenny Bruno Farms.740 Wading River Rd., Manorville 631-591-3592 lennybrunofarms.com 9-6 p.m. daily.

Lewin Farms
Call ahead to confirm the daily schedules at Lewin Farms and pick your own pumpkins and apples through late October! 812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-929-4327 Lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays.

May’s Farm Stand
Find a pumpkin, go for a hayride, get lost in a corn maze and enjoy apple cider at May’s Farm Stand. 6361 Route 25A, Wading River. 631-929-6654. maysfarmny.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Milk-Pail Farm and Orchard
With over 60 different varieties of pumpkins from mini ones for your desk to giant ones over 150 pounds that are grown on site, there’s no doubt you will find the perfect one. 1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-537-2565. Milk-pail.com 9.30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday- Saturday. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm
Throughout the fall check out the pumpkin fields at Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm. 2287 Sound Ave, Baiting Hollow. 631-727-1786. tinyurl.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.

Seven Ponds Orchard
Seven Ponds Orchard, an entirely You-Pick Farm, which allows you to pick all of your own fruits and vegetables, also has a pumpkin patch and rides for kids this fall. 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill. 631-726-8015. Facebook.com/Seven-Ponds-Orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Schmitt’s Family Farm Fall Festival
Go to Schmitt’s Family Farm on Saturdays and Sundays starting on Sept. 16 through Oct.31 to pumpkin pick at Schmitt’s Family Farm Fall Festival. 6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills. 631-549-FARM. Schmittsfamilyfarms.com 9 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm
Buy as many pumpkins as you can carry for $30. Not only that but for a small fee you can go for a hayride, find your way through a corn maze, bounce in a bounce-house and get your face painted. 270 West Lane Aquebogue. 631-722-3467. Stakeyspumpkinfarm.com 12 p.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.

W&K Farm
This Manorville farm has fresh fruits and veggies all year long so swing by this fall for some pumpkins. Corner of Wading River Road and South Street, Manorville. Facebook.com/WK-Farms 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

White Post Farm
Open seven days a week, the White Post Farm has a month-long fall festival through Halloweekend with pumpkin picking, animals, live shows, a train ride and a bouncy house. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day.

Windy Acres
Windy Acres Farm is known for its fresh apples and other fruits and veggies, so it’s no doubt you can find some awesome pumpkins there too. Not only do they have perfect produce but you can also bring the kids for fun tractor rides and delicious baked goods. 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. Facebook.com/Windy-Acres-Farm 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Woodside nursery and garden center
Now through Oct. 31 pick pumpkins. at the Woodside Nursery and Garden Center, a Long Island staple since 1987. 134 East Woodside Ave, N. Patchogue. 631-758-1491. woodsidenurseryandgarden.com Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor OKs Sale to RXR

Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor approved the sale of the century-old lodge Monday, making it the latest in a string of Long Island country clubs to be put on the market.

The board of directors voted to sell the club’s assets—including its 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, pool and clubhouse—to RXR Realty Investments Inc., the largest commercial real estate owner on LI, which plans to keep the club open but signaled that it plans to develop part of the 210-acre property.

“The board will now proceed with the negotiation and execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement and the closing of the transaction,” the country club’s board said Tuesday in a letter to members obtained by the Press.

The news comes five months after Weiss Properties and 2020 Acquisitions purchased the 109-year-old Woodmere Club in Woodmere. The new owners of that golf course plan to build luxury housing on the property after renovating the club to boost membership.

“The Woodmere Club for several years, like many golf clubs across the country, has experienced a shrinking membership,” said Woodmere Club President John Wiener. “This sale is our solution to sustain the club in its current form without sacrificing service and amenities.”

In addition, the 125-acre Cedarbrook Club in Old Brookville was put up for sale in 2015, the 107-acre Woodcrest Country Club in Muttontown sold for $19 million in ’10 and the North Shore Country Club in Glen Head purchased for $12.5 million in ‘09. Also in negotiations for sale and partial development is the 168-acre Cold Spring Country Club that adjoins Oheka Castle.

The Engineers Country Club initially told members of their financial troubles in a July newsletter. The club then hired country club sales consultant Dennis Hiller, who put it on the market. After 31 expressions of interest, 18 signed non-disclosure agreements, nine tours of property and three letters of intent, an undisclosed offer was made by RXR, according to club correspondence.

“It is RXR’s intention to operate ECC as a full service county club, including golf, tennis, pool and food and beverage services,” the club said in another letter to its members.

But RXR requested extension on closing once it “learned that the property it intended to build on was in the Village of Roslyn Harbor,” which recently instituted a moratorium on subdivisions, the club told members. The sale is expected to close on Nov. 1.

Neither the club nor representatives for RXR immediately responded to requests for comment.

Le Diner en Blanc to Make Long Island Debut

Le Dîner en Blanc
Le Dîner en Blanc

Imagine a picture-esque Long Island destination packed with 15,000 foodies and fashionistas dancing, dining and partying under the stars while dressed head to toe in white—despite it being well after Labor Day.

That scene is set to play out when Le Dîner en Blanc, an annual pop-up picnic held in cities worldwide, makes its Long Island debut on Oct. 6, with one catch: the time and location are secret until those lucky enough to be invited meet at pre-event rendezvous points.

“Long Island is such a booming place right now…we thought that this would be the best place to have Le Dîner en Blanc,” said Bridget O’Brien, a spokeswoman for and co-host of the event. “There’s so many fashionistas on Long Island, there’s so many foodies, and bringing all of them together at one place would be a phenomenal event.”

François Pasquier devised Le Dîner en Blanc, which has been held in iconic locales worldwide such as the Eiffel Tower and in over 30 cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Montreal and San Juan, since starting in Paris in 1988.

“Why not us?” asked Donyshia Boston-Hill, CEO of the Brand Marketing & Digital Agency, who is also co-hosting the event. “Why should we be left out of this amazing, magical evening?”

Attendees must be invited by an insider, register online with their invitation code and bring a date—as the traditional event culture thrives on coupled attendance. After registering, attendees sign up to meet at one of the nine designated departure places on LI so they can arrive in unison at the final, secret destination.

Guests will arrive with a white square folding-table and two white chairs, a white picnic basket and/or bag, a gourmet meal for two, a white tablecloth, cloth-napkins, cutlery, dishware, glassware, a white garbage bag and their white-clad selves.

Upon arrival, guests will be accompanied by their assigned Table Leader, who will give them a precise seating location to set up their table. After the table’s entire row has been set up the guests can sit.

Once all of the guests are seated, they participate in a symbolic wave of the napkin signaling that they may start dancing. As they dance, they will light sparklers, creating a summer-like ambiance.

“In NYC, the napkin wave was literally 7,000 people waving their napkins all at the same time to start the event,” O’Brien said. “It’s really something you’ll be talking about for quite some time.”

The event is also hosted by Shanoy “Mr. Nightlife” Skeete, and Graphic Designer Daphne Charlost. Event sponsors include Lord and Taylor Manhasset, Vera Moore Cosmetics, The Garden City Hotel, Discover Long Island, Nassau County Museum of Art, Audi of Lynbrook and Long Island Press.

Registration for Le Dîner en Blanc is $49 per person. Make sure to register for this unique experience before it sells out. The event is rain or shine. For more information about Le Dîner en Blanc’s Long Island debut, visit longisland.dinerenblanc.com 

Peak Pumpkin? Maple Surges in Battle of Autumn Flavors

The big debate this fall is maple versus pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin spice flavoring is reportedly losing its popularity to new maple products after years of pumpkin invading our stomachs, souls and coffee cups with autumn vibes—although not all of Long Island is ready to make the switch.

“I feel like the fact that [pumpkin spice is] around for a short amount of time and it’s different than vanilla and hazelnut with that little extra spice—and then it’s gone—it creates an excitement for it to come back,” said Valley Stream resident Stephanie Pontillo, manager of the Babylon Bean Coffee House. “Even though you can technically get it all year long, we have pumpkin bread all year long, other people I know cut themselves off after a certain amount of time.”

Not everyone is so pro-pumpkin.

“I prefer maple spice but I hate pumpkin flavoring,” said Carly Hayes, manager of Bellmore Bean Cafe. “I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin.”

Hayes isn’t the only maple fan. There is a 49 percent increase of pumpkin spice products in the national market, but each year their sales only go up 21 percent, according to a report by MarketWatch that cited a study by 1010data, an analytics company. That means people aren’t consuming pumpkin spice products—from pumpkin spice coffee to pumpkin spice gum—at the rate they’re being sold. The study also found sales of non-alcoholic maple beverages are up 86 percent this year.

“We may be at peak spice, and we’ll quickly know whether pumpkin spice has jumped the shark as this season’s sales roll in,” Samir Bhavnani, area vice president at 1010data, told MarketWatch.

While there are reports that pumpkin spice is going out of style, many local business owners, national coffee chains and all around pumpkin fans still swear by the seasonal flavor.

“For our guests, seasons evoke feelings of nostalgia, and when seasons change our fans are looking for products that are going to evoke those feelings and memories,” said Justin Drake, senior manager of public relations for Dunkin’ Brands—a chain with 200 locations in Nassau and Suffolk.

In a Twitter poll, people on the Island voted for Pumpkin Spice versus Maple, 58 to 44 percent. So don’t expect the classics to retire anytime soon.

“The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is an annual tradition for many customers and baristas…while we have offered maple products to customers in the past, there are no maple items currently on our menu,” said a spokesperson from Starbucks, crafter of the famous of Pumpkin Spice Latte. “The Pumpkin Spice Latte is Starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage of all time.”

While the spice’s market dominance may be softening, Starbucks’ rival, Dunkin’ Donuts, isn’t dumping pumpkin anytime soon. But they are riding the maple wave.

“Pumpkin has been great for us and it’s not going anywhere,” Drake said. “But we want to continue introducing exciting new flavors that we think are relevant for this time of year, such as our new Maple Pecan flavor for our coffee and espresso beverages, as well as our Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich.” 

Long Islanders Hold Hurricane Harvey Charity Drives, Fundraisers

Texas National Guard Soldiers arrive in Houston to rescue stranded residents in flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 27, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by/1st Lt. Zachary West)

To repay the outpouring of help they received after Superstorm Sandy, Long Islanders are holding charity fundraisers and drives to support survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last week.

Storm recovery is an issue that hits close to home for Long Island, where many residents lost homes, property, businesses, loved ones and personal belongings in 2012—with some still recovering. As a way to give back, some are hosting donation drives to send assistance to survivors while others travel to Houston to volunteer.

“We know the exhaustion factor, the physical and emotional toll these catastrophic events have,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, which is sending three teams of 40 volunteers to Houston. “I thank those volunteers who have responded to this call to action, and every team member who has expressed a desire to help those who are suffering.”

Check out some ways you can help benefit those impacted by Hurricane Harvey:

Adelphi FTA School Supply Drive
Adelphi University University Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. 11a.m.-3p.m. Sept.5-8.

BBQ Fundraiser
Atria Plainview, 12 Washington Ave., Plainview. $20. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6.

Help for Houston
Mulchany’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. $20 online and at the door. 5-9p.m. Sept. 6

LIU Cares Hurricane Relief Drive
LIU Post Campus Concierge in Hillwood Commons, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. 9a.m.-5p.m. Sept.7.

BRG Benefit for Hurricane Harvey
Monsoon Steak & Sushi, 48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon. $50 online and at the door. 6 p.m. Sept.8.

Bring Donations to Congressman Thomas Souzzi’s Office
Bring donations such as cleaning supplies, baby products, flashlights, personal hygiene products, first aid supplies, gift cards (please note that no cash or check donations will be accepted) and non-perishable food items or canned goods. 478A Park Ave., Huntington or 250-02 Northern Blvd., Little Neck.

Donate to Island Harvest Food Bank
Bring donations to an Island Harvest Food Bank location. 15 Grumman Road West, Ste.1450, Bethpage; Hauppauge Distribution Center, 40 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge; Uniondale Distribution Center, 875 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale. 9a.m.-3:30p.m. Weekdays (Continuing)

Other ways to help?

The Red Cross
Donate $10 by texting HARVEY to 90999, visiting redcross.org or calling 1-855-999-GIVE.

United Way Relief Fund
Text UWFLOOD to 41444.

The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.