Nick Fodera


Procol Harum Makes Rockin’ Return to Long Island

From left to right: Matt Pegg (bass), Geoff Dunn (drums, percussion), Gary Brooker (lead vocals, piano), Josh Phillips (Hammond organ) and Geoff Whitehorn (guitar) tour and record as the latest incarnation of Procol Harum. The band will perform at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on February 28, 2019. Photo Credit: Alex Asprey

Legendary ’60s rock band Procol Harum, known for the 1967 hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” will play its first Long Island show in five years at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on February 28. Lead singer and pianist Gary Brooker expects nothing less than a very warm welcome.

“I think Long Island has always had a soft spot for Procol Harum and vice versa,” the 73-year-old Brooker tells the Press from his home in London.

He’s long regarded LI as a staple of the band’s East Coast tour, but audiences should not expect only a play-the-hits nostalgia trip. The band has incorporated several cuts from its most recent album, 2017’s Novum, a collaboration between the band and songwriter Pete Brown.

The group in its current incarnation includes jazz-rock virtuoso Geoff Whitehorn on guitar, Jethro Tull bassist Matt Pegg, session organist and composer Josh Phillips, and ex-Manfred Mann’s Earth Band drummer Geoff Dunn. Despite the numerous lineup changes, Brooker’s dexterous, jazz-inflected piano work and soulful, plaintive vocals have been a hallmark of the band’s sound.

The son of a virtuoso Hawaiian steel guitar player, Brooker spent his formative years in Middlesex, a small county in southeast England, where he was fully immersed in music, his father’s influence readily apparent.

“My father sent me to piano lessons when I was five, but I grew up thinking that all music was Hawaiian,” he recalls.

But even at a very young age, Brooker was attracted to the American music emanating from the family radio and from café jukeboxes.

“The first records that really caught my attention were the early rock ’n’ roll records,” Brooker says. “It might’ve been something by Little Richard, or Jerry Lee [Lewis] or Ray Charles.”

Never once, however, did Brooker imagine that playing music would lead to a career in it, a feeling that followed him to the formation of one of his early bands, The Paramounts, along with his childhood friend (and future Procol Harum guitarist) Robin Trower.

“We used to do it just because we liked doing it,” Brooker says. “One day somebody actually paid us to do it, so that was quite nice.”

Earning his keep in the same rough-and-tumble British R&B scene that birthed bands like The Beatles, the Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones, Brooker eventually tired of performing covers and helped form Procol Harum, sporting a multilayered fusion of rock with progressive elements such as baroque and soul music. Every album that the band releases is meant to sound different from the last and push the group forward creatively.

“We always try to move forward in some way, rather than keep on doing the same old thing,” Brooker notes.

One of the things that Brooker has learned in his nearly 52 years in the business is how to forge a personal connection with the audience. In his view, getting to know the crowd, even if only for a short while, makes for better music. In the end, it is the positive reactions he strives for while under the bright lights.

“I like to see people smile,” Brooker says.

3 New Restaurants To Try On Long Island


Garden City’s new barbeque sensation brings all manner of smoked meats to the table.

All of the usual suspects you’d expect in a barbeque joint are present and accounted for, from smoked chicken ($10), pulled pork ($11), brisket ($14) and baby back ribs ($20-$32), to some internationally-inspired surprises, like Porchetta ($13) and beef and lamb gyro ($16). All can be served a la carte or part of group meals.

Be sure to order the wings ($6-$12) dressed in your choice of four different sauces. Add to that a litany of sides, from fries and mac-and-cheese to falafel and guacamole, and you’ve got an outside-the-box choice for some down-home favorites.

7 12th St., Garden City. 5168336633.


Nassau County’s newest pizza spot is no run-of-the-mill slice joint.

These purveyors of pies specialize in authentic Roman-style Pizza al Taglio, a regional cross between Sicilian and Grandma-style pizza, served in huge rectangular pans and sold by the slice. Their specially-formulated dough is fermented for up to 36 hours before being topped with all manner of meats, cheeses, sauces and vegetables.

Be sure to check out the White pizza ($3.50 slice, $19 pie) here slathered with fresh ricotta, mozzarella and parsley. For the adventurous, there is the Sausage and Broccoli Rabe ($4.50, $25), studded with fresh hunks of Italian sausage and garlicky broccoli rabe.

Taglio Pizza also specializes in all manner of panini, served between fresh baked bread.

85 Mineola Blvd., Mineola. 5167410379


This new fast-casual joint gives a little Greek-American flair to Suffolk County, offering homemade hummus and tzatziki spreads ($5.50-$6) served up with warm pita chips.

Other Greek specialties include chicken or pork souvlaki ($8.50), Gyros with lamb, beef, chicken or pork ($8.50) and specialty moussaka, an amalgam of potatoes, ground beef, marinated eggplant and creamy bechamel sauce, layered and baked like a casserole.

Save room for dessert, which features the walnut-stuffed, honey-sweetened Greek Pastry Baklava ($5) and a selection of hand-spun milkshakes, from the standard vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to the more decadent cookies and cream or brownie.

2521 West Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays. 6318564101.

Restaurant Roundup: New Spots To Try

Artfully crafted sushi of every stripe ends up beautifully plated and well on its way to your mouth at Sushi Kaiyo in Mineola.


Experience the flavors of Mexico at this Rockville Center joint slinging tacos and other south-of-the-border fare.

While the space is cozy, interiors are bright and colorful, festooned with murals dedicated to Dia de los Muertos and artist Frida Kahlo.

All tacos are served on house-made corn tortillas with fillings ranging from the familiar ground beef ($3.95) to the strangely inventive hot dog taco ($3.95) here nestled with refried beans, caramelized onions, peppers and cheese. The ingenuity doesn’t stop there, as Rock A Taco also pumps out left-field options like the mia-milla ($8.95) a quesadilla stuffed with Muenster cheese, spinach and hummus.

280 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre. 516-992-0477


Ever see a restaurant that serves pancakes with craft beer? At this breakfast-and-lunch-only spot, all the heavy hitters of the morning and afternoon are plated up with a delightfully left-of-center aplomb.

The decor fuses modern layout with classic greasy-spoon aesthetic, sporting granite countertops and warm, welcoming lighting.

Both the breakfast and lunch menus offer that same diner-meets-gastropub flair, featuring fresh buttermilk pancakes stuffed with Nutella or peanut butter ($12.95), golden-brown brioche French toast slices sandwiched between layers of cannoli cream and chocolate sauce ($12.95) and the flamethrower breakfast burrito ($13.95) packed with eggs, Sriracha-marinated chicken and blue cheese. Come lunchtime, check out the specialty Buttermilk’s chicken sandwich ($13.95), featuring a crispy chicken breast topped with Cheddar, lettuce and tomato and drizzled with homemade ranch.

76 West Main St., Patchogue. 631-654-6455.


At this Mineola eatery, authenticity is the name of the game, as Kaiyo features more than 40 kinds of sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls.

The interior evokes a classic Tokyo sushi house, all clean lines and elegant use of wood and steel, extending all the way to the restaurant’s outdoor seating.

The menu sports various takes on Japanese fare. Order the Fluke usuzukuri ($12) featuring fresh-caught fluke and scallions with ponzu sauce, or for  the more adventurous, try the Daruma ($12) with chicken tempura, cucumber and a spicy salmon topping. The menu also features a full lineup of udon noodle dishes, fresh dumplings and the panko breadcrumb-crusted katsu cutlet,($20) with a choice of pork or chicken.

92 Main St., Mineola. 516-739-0093.

Restaurant Roundup: New Spots To Try


Celebrate summer year-round at the newest neighborhood hang located right in the heart of Bay Shore, where everything is unfussy, unhurried and delightfully unexpected.

The décor is bright and breezy, evoking an East Coast gastropub with a decidedly West Coast flair.

All the usual bar food staples are here with a unique tropical twist, from the nachos ($14) studded with shredded chicken and house-made chipotle queso, to Coastal’s take on a Cubano sandwich ($15) presented with house-cured ham, Cuban roast pork and dark rum molasses mustard.

Wash it down with a fully stocked menu of cocktails and of course, daiquiris.

Pass the time with Coastal’s selection of games, from pool to darts and even shuffleboard.

12 East Main St., Bay Shore, 631-665-3030,


New to Valley Stream is this Italian café cranking out Old World cooking in a dignified yet casual dining atmosphere. Reservations are a must.

This is no run-of-the-mill red sauce joint, as Pomodorino is slinging authentic Neapolitan pizza with familiar but fresh flavors. Noteworthy is the Amatriciana ($17.50), a pizza loaded with San Marzano tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and cured pork jowl. Feeling adventurous? Try the la rosa ($18.50), a fried pizza topped with creamy burrata cheese, roasted red peppers and prosciutto.

Even pasta is given a twist, as in the spaghetti al pomodorino ($19.50), featuring cherry tomatoes and fresh garlic served tableside. Event and party packages are available, featuring unlimited wine and sangria.

47 Franklin Ave., Valley Stream, 516-812-6171,


Enjoy the best the ocean has to offer at this Westbury eatery sporting a bright, stylish décor and a -dock-to-dish ethos, with an emphasis on freshness and quality.

The menu features upscale takes on standard seafood fare, from the undersea charcuterie (MP) featuring an assortment of fresh-caught raw fish and octopus, to the tempura-fried cod fish and chips, presented in the authentic British style with mushy peas and malt vinegar-spiked remoulade. The menu and prices are subject to change, however, depending on what the tide brings in.

Kingfish is open for lunch Monday through Friday and Happy Hour features half-price drinks and oysters. Reservations are available via OpenTable.

990 Corporate Dr, Westbury, 516-640-5777,

Cope Foundation: Easing Parents’ Grief

The COPE Foundation’s annual COPE Walk raised $28,106 on Sept. 30. The money will support the nonprofit’s mission to help parents who’ve lost a child.

Jane Bell of Merrick tragically lost her daughter, Jennifer, in 2009, but like many parents who’ve had to bury their children, she found comfort through the COPE Foundation (Connecting Our Paths Eternally).

The Roslyn-based nonprofit grief organization is dedicated to supporting families living with the loss of a child. Jane, a COPE Foundation board member, found support in her meetings with other parents who had experienced the same trauma.

“You realize that you thought that this was the worst thing that could ever happen, and it is, but these people understand,” she says. “I wasn’t alone.”

Lillian Julien founded the organization in 1996, four years after her daughter, Michelle, passed, meeting informally with other parents who’d lost a child. They gathered in the comfort and safety of each other’s homes sharing their grief. The organization grew, offering facilitated groups and additional programs until officially recognized as a nonprofit in 1999.

Today, the COPE Foundation serves more than 1,000 families across Long Island and New York City in 10 locations. According to COPE’s Executive Director Adam Rabinovitch, “We have a whole suite of programs and workshops which give family members the tools to live and the tools to grieve.”

Programs include healing workshops, meditation, yoga, writing, art and music therapy, along with Camp Erin® NYC, a weekend bereavement camp for children and adolescents who’ve lost a loved one. The camp was awarded the prestigious 2014 Roger E. Joseph prize. Julien also won the 2016 Imagine Award for Leadership Excellence.

For Julien herself, COPE’s work is a fulfillment of a dream. After her daughter passed she was inspired to reach out and help other families in grief so no parent or child had to grieve alone.

“When COPE first became a nonprofit, the goal was to help others with the healing tools that had helped me on my own grief journey. And in helping others, I helped myself,” Julien said.

For more information about the COPE Foundation, visit

Long Island Halloween Haunted House Guide 2018

Bayville Scream ParkWhere the thrills and gothic horror of a haunted house meet the sprawling expanse of an amusement park, there’s Bayville Scream Park. Joining the park’s bone-chilling repertoireof five scare-a-minute attractions is Bayville Haunted Asylum. Attractions in the daytime are much less intense for the younger set. 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville 516-624-4678. $21.75-$25.75, 6-Attraction unlimited ticket: $75. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 6-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. through Nov. 4.  

Chamber of HorrorsVoted New York State’s No. 1 haunted house by, the largest indoor haunted house returns. Featuring three haunted attractions, a horror stage show and over 40 live actors itching to go bump in the night. 1745 Expy Dr N., Hauppauge, 516-710-1845. $35, R.I.P. Pass: $45. Fri.-Sun. every weekend in October and Oct. 30-31.

Crypts of The Coliseum
Blood-curdling terror makes its way to one of Long Island’s most famous venues, the Nassau Coliseum, with Blood Manor’s attraction Crypts of the Coliseum. $30. 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale 212-290-2825. 6-10 p.m. Sun., 7-11 p.m. Weds.-Thurs., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat. through Nov. 3

Darkside Haunted House

The legendary haunted attraction celebrates two decades in the business of scaring everyone with top-notch set design, special effects and realistic costumes and makeup guaranteed to fill patrons with cold, cold fear. 5184 NY-25A, Calverton, 631-369-7227. $30-$40. 6-10 p.m. Sun., 7-11 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri., 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Sat. through Nov. 3.

Darkness RisingThis intense horror experience is back in a new location, with several thousand more square feet to scare the stuffing out of patrons. Proceeds for the 2018 season will be donated in support of YES Community Counseling Center and Patient Airlift Services. 450 Commack Rd., Deer Park,, 516-799-4747. $25. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 6-10 p.m. Sun., Wed.-Thurs. through Nov. 3.

Gateway’s Haunted PlayhouseWant to get scared for a good cause? Look no further than this Bellport haunted house that raises money for The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County. Caution: Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. 215 South Country Rd., Bellport,, 631-286-1133. $30-$45. 7-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7-10 p.m. Sun., Wed.-Thurs. through Nov. 3.

Haunted Trail NightsManor Farm returns to the Halloween game with this nighttime trail attraction. A less-intense, “Not-So-Spooky Trail” is open at p.m., while the main trail readies two hours later. $7-$10. 210 Manor Rd., Huntington, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26, 27.

Joe Allocco’s Franklin Square Horror
Franklin Square Horror will scare your socks off! One of the biggest and scariest haunted walk-throughs on Long Island, Franklin Square Horror is a tradition for thousands of Long Island families and friends. Upon entering, you will be immersed in hundreds of feet of pure terror! See if your family and friends can make it through the different terror-filled chambers and pockets of fright without running for the hills. Every season, Joe Allocco’s Franklin Square is host to an exciting and terrifying array of ghoulish horrors that will give you an evening you will never forget. 1148 Norbay St., Franklin Square, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 31.

Milleridge Halloween Village and Haunted House 

Visitors can enjoy a haunted house, tarot card readers, spooky rides, spooky story teller, a magician, pumpkin patch, spooky face painting, a fire eater, trackless train and stilt walker. Also, new this year is a wax museum, featuring Twisty the Clown from American Horror story, Freddy Krueger and assorted witches! 585 North Bwy., Jericho,, 516-931-2201. Admission: Free. Pumpkin Patch, Haunted House, Tarot Cards, Wax Museum: $8. Train: $6. Bounce House: $4. 6-10 p.m. Fri., 1-11 p.m. Sat., 12-6 p.m. Sun. Oct. 12-28.

The Rise

Dinosaur skeletons made from jack ‘o lanterns star in Rise of the Jack ‘O Lanterns (Kafel Benn)

Sporting over 60 different carved pumpkins featuring all manner of art, this family friendly exhibit is primed to show off a Halloween staple, like you’ve never seen them before. 71 Old Westbury Rd. Old Westbury,, 516-252-3392. $22-$26. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 19, 21, 26-28.

Restless Souls Haunted House Complex

Restless Souls returns to Long Island with a 3D show called “Klownkatraz,” a spine-tingling outdoor attraction and even an escape room. 301 West Hills Rd., Huntington Station, 631-319-9662. $27. 6-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5-9 p.m. Sun. Oct. 12-14, Oct. 19-21, Oct. 26-28.

Schmitt’s Farm Haunted House
A haunted mansion and a haunted corn trail are all on display at this staple attraction, sure to unnerve even the most seasoned haunted house veterans. 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville,, 631-271-3276. $15. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Oct. 5-8, Oct. 12-14, Oct. 19-21, Oct. 25-28, Oct. 30-31.

Spooky Fest

Those looking for a less terrifying experience for the younger set need look no further, as this family-friendly Halloween exhibit features a walk in the woods, face-painting and a live animal exhibit. 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre 516-764-0045. $10-$15. 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 5-7, Oct. 12-14, Oct. 18-21, Oct. 25-29.

Spooky Walk

Feel sheer terror grip your spine as you walk down the 45-minute-long haunted trail, the longest-lasting walk on Long Island. All proceeds go to benefit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, a camp for children and adults with disabilities. 2 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches,, 631-878-1070. $20. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27.

Vampires LairFor a limited time only, guests at Hempstead House will be in for a bloody good time as the grounds will be crawling with vampires as a part of this brand-new attraction. Evade these infernal creatures, and you just may survive the night. Children under 12 will not be admitted. 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point
516-304-5076. $30-$35. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25-26, Oct. 28-29, Oct. 30-31.

Yaphank Trail of Terror
Go on a guided tour with up to three people in your party as you encounter all sorts of apparitions and monsters in an elaborate attraction. 6 Laurie Blvd., Centereach, 631-676-4619. Free. 6-10:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26-27.

Long Island Advance Publisher John T. Tuthill Dies

John T. Tuthill III

A titan of local news has been lost as the publisher of the Long Island Advance, John T. Tuthill III,  passed away at the age of 86 on September 22.

A graduate of Colgate University, Tuthill had been chief of the Advance since 1972, when he took over for his father Captain John Tuthill, Jr,.

Tuthill III was active in the Bellport and Patchogue communities as a private citizen, and a patron of local journalism in both his stewardship of the newspaper and as the president of the Board of Directors for the New York Press Association.

Tuthill passed away peacefully at Long Island Community Hospital surrounded by family. In addition to his son, Terry, he is survived by his wife, Lorelei. 

A public memorial will be held Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Robertaccio Funeral Home in Medford, with a private memorial to follow on Friday.

COPE Walk in Long Beach To Support Grief Support Nonprofit

Members of the COPE and CAMP Erin NYC gather at last year’s COPE Walk in Long Beach. Photo Credit: COPE Foundation

Hundreds of people will converge upon Long Beach on Sunday for the 16th annual COPE Walk, a fundraiser for the nonprofit grief counseling organization that supports those who’ve suffered the loss of a child or loved one.

The event is the brainchild of the Connecting Our Paths Eternally (COPE) Foundation President Lillian Julien, who sees the walk as less an opportunity to raise money for the organization than a chance to unite those who share a common bond in both grief and  healing.

“It’s fundraising,” Julien said, “but the focus is bringing parents, families and children together.”

The event has garnered a generous amount of support from individuals and corporate sponsors, raising $22,175 in donations for the Melville-based group during last year’s event alone.

The COPE Walk will unite the various groups under the COPE banner, along with members of the organization’s affiliated grief counseling camp called Camp Erin NYC.

The walk will start at the Laurelton Boulevard section of the Long Beach boardwalk and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 30.

To sign up for the event, donate or for more information, visit

Long Island Fall Festivals and Fairs 2018

Get ready for the turning leaves at the famed Long Island nursery, where patrons can enjoy hayrides, petting farm animals, fresh-picked apples, fudge, apple cider, candy apples and much, much more. Hicks Nursery. $20 per person. 100 Jericho Tpke., Sept. 15-Oct. 28. 

Give summer one last sendoff with amusement rides, craft vendors, a petting zoo, boardwalk games and live music featuring tributes to Journey and The Beatles. Lido Beach Town Park. 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22, 23. 

Huntington’s longest Fall festival is back for its latest go-around, packed with activities, from the expected (pumpkin-picking, a magic show) to the out-of-left-field (Tricks for Treats Exotic Bird Show). A variety of fall foods will also be available, from roasted corn to fresh baked pies. White Post Farms. $22.10. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Sept. 22-Oct. 28 and Columbus Day.

The annual autumn festival is a family-friendly blowout of activities, including a petting zoo, pony rides, wagon rides, bouncy castles, refreshments and various contests, from pumpkin weighing to build-a-scarecrow. Wildwood State Park, 790 Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22.

Enjoy the sun and seafood while it lasts, featuring children’s attractions, flyboarding, craft food vendors, live music and an appearance from the Long Island Aquarium Shark Truck. Bay Shore Marina, South Clinton Ave., Bay Shore.  12-6 p.m. Sept. 22.

Spend your weekends in October with hay rides, a 5-acre corn maze, kiddie train rides, U-Pick pumpkins and a fully stocked farm stand featuring the freshest autumn produce. Fink’s Country Farm, 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. $15. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 22.-Oct. 28. 

Coastally-inclined guests can enjoy a full slate of activities, demonstrations, live music, classic boat exhibits and food and drink tastings. East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation.  Mitchell Park, Greenport. Sept. 22-23. 10:00am-5:00pm

This fair is all about a litany of activities, from cornhusking, flower shows, advanced hobbies and needlework, camelback riding, a petting zoo, pumpkin weighing and “The Ninja Experience.” Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. Adults: $15, Children ages 5-12: $13, Children under 5: Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22-23.

Festivities include a craft mall, a mechanical riding bull, a rock wall, live music, inflatable children’s rides and more. Franklin Ave., Franklin Square. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23.

Including craft vendors and live entertainment for all ages. 3 Higby Ln., West Islip. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23.

Join the Seaford Historical Society in marking 375 years with this anniversary celebration, featuring contests, food, a pumpkin patch, kids’ activities and live entertainment including cabaret and a special performance by Seaford High School Marching Band. Trolly service to shuttle visitors from the Seaford Library parking lot and the Seasons at Seaford. 3890 Waverly Ave., Seaford. Free. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23

Four days’ worth of rides, food, fireworks and other carnival fun can be found at Heritage Park, for thrill seekers and casuals alike. Heritage Park, 633 Mount Sinai-Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai. $23. 6-10 p.m. Sept. 27. 6-11 p.m. Sept. 28, 12-11 p.m., Sept. 29, 12-6 p.m. Sept. 30.

Celebrate the vibrant culture of this wonderful town with a shindig supporting its local businesses, music, food and charity organizations. Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29. 

Featuring handcrafted gifts and local merchants and vendors. St. Bernard’s School Gym. 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29. 

Eat, drink and be merry at this legendary festival celebrating the vibrant Italian-American community on Long Island. Featuring live entertainment, fireworks, food and artisan vendors, food eating contests and even a car show. Good Ground Rd., Hampton Bays. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29-30.

Gather together and celebrate all things pumpkinesque, as PumpkinFest offers pony rides, a children’s craft area, live science demonstrations, live music and of course, pumpkin picking and decorating. Suffolk County Farm, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. $12. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29-30. 

Ring in the fall every weekend in October at this extravaganza featuring pumpkin picking, gem mining, a petting zoo and a corn maze. Dees’ Nursery, 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 29-Oct. 28. 

All through October, Borella’s farm stand offers hay rides, pumpkin picking, fresh apple cider, inflatable rides, candied apples, live entertainment, duck races and so much more at their annual autumn celebration. Borella’s Farm Stand. 485 Edgewood Ave., St. James. General Admission: $11. Children under 3: Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekends and Columbus Day, Sept. 29-Oct. 28. 

Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce’s biggest annual event, the fall festival features art, craft making, vendors and more at this countywide celebration. 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30. 

For the 29th year in a row, Sherwood-Jayne Farm hosts this Suffolk celebration of all things red and delicious, featuring live music, tug-o-war, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, hay and pony rides and an apple pie baking contest. Fresh pressed apple juice and other food will also be available. Sherwood-Jayne Farm. 55 Old Post Rd., Setauket. $5 for Children, Seniors and Members, $7 for Adults. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 30. 

Bring everyone you know to this fall blowout sponsored by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. Festivities include live music, a farmer’s market, pony rides, a petting zoo, dozens of local craft food and drink vendors and even a full-size carnival. Tickets available individually. Heckscher Park. 11 Prime Ave., Huntington. $ Oct. 5-8.

Chow down on the best apples New York has to offer at this celebration of the humble fruit. Apple Doughnuts, pies, cider, turnovers and other baked goods are available for the more adventurous, along with live music, karate and dance demonstrations. Park Avenue School. 140 Park Ave., Amityville. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6. 

This bonanza tribute to the bivalve features live entertainment, pirate shows, kids activities and food and beer vendors. Westhampton Beach Marina. 1 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach. $5 per person, $25 per family. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6.

A Long Island institution for 61 years, this family-operated festival features baked goods, apples, fresh produce, face painting, children’s activities and Manor House tours all to raise money for the hearing impaired. Mill Neck Manor. 40 Frost Mill Rd., Mill Neck. $10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6-7. 

The much-loved clam chowder contest makes its way to Montauk on the Green, along with street painting, sand art, Oktoberfest-style food and drink, a 30-horse carousel and raffles. The Montauk Green. 742 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. $50. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, 12-5 p.m. Oct 8. 

Kick off Columbus Day in style with 100,000 square feet of everything fall, from agricultural, homemaking and needlecraft competitions to food vendors, live music and craft goods. Main St., Riverhead. Free. Fri. Oct. 7.

Celebrate fall through the lens of post-Colonial Long Island at Sagtikos Manor. Guests will experience a mock Victorian wake and craft demonstrations such as spinning, broom weaving, sheep-shearing, quilting, leatherworking, metalsmithing, cooking, pottery and even beekeeping as the 3rd NY regiment is on hand to perform maneuvers and demonstrate life for a soldier almost 2 centuries ago. Sagtikos Manor. 677 Montauk Hwy., Bay Shore. $10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7. 

Featuring live music, inflatable rides, a huge Craft Fair and an extensive food court, all stretching on for a half-mile. Nassau Blvd. at Hall’s Pond. West Hempstead. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7. 

The second largest annual event on Long Island and one of the largest oyster fests on the East Coast. Theodore Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13, 14.

Visit the Huntington Historical Society at the famous Kissam House for a haunted hayride, pumpkin painting, bee-keeping, scarecrow-building and a pet adoption event, along with the exhibit “Poetry in Thread” proudly on display. Dr. Daniel W Kissam House. 434 Park Ave., Huntington. Free. 12-4 p.m. Oct. 14. 

For those who want something different for their fall festivals, this outdoor excursion mashes up all the fall staples with a fishing theme, such as casting for pumpkins, fly fishing instruction, and pumpkin decorating. Hempstead Lake State Park. Lakeside Dr., West Hempstead. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20. 

Visit Islip Grange for a busy day of live exhibits, pony rides, a carousel, a petting zoo and a cooking contest featuring the festival’s namesake, apples. Islip Grange. 10 Broadway Ave., Sayville. For Paid Members Only, $19.95-$34.95 to join. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 20. 10:00am-4:30pm.

Not to be outdone, Massapequa is hosting an apple-themed get-together of its very own, featuring face painting, arts and crafts, raffles, live music and plenty of fresh, local apples. Downtown, Massapequa. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20. 

Come and celebrate the fall with the best Center Moriches has to offer. Main St., Center Moriches. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20. 

Nassau County’s famous Rock Hall celebrates the turning of the leaves by turning back the clock. This two-day event features farm and pony rides, craft and food vendors, presentations by colonial historians, a children’s pumpkin picking patch and the Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show. Rock Hall Museum. 199 Broadway, Lawrence. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20-21.

Take to the streets and show your fall spirit at this block party featuring balloon animals, a petting zoo, parades, inflatable rides for children and more. Fire Island Ave., Babylon. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 20. Rain Date: Oct. 27.

Over 30 restauranteurs and purveyors will be showcased at this annual expo for all things food and drink, including domestic and imported wines, beers and other spirits, along with live music to spice up the evening. Harborfront Park. 101-A East Broadway, Port Jefferson. Prices TBA. 6-10 p.m. Oct 20. 

Spend the weekend at Benner’s Farm’s annual fall celebration, where you can indulge in cider-making, pumpkin picking, live music, hayrides and the farm’s own fresh produce. 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. Free. Oct. 20-21.

Attractions at this family-oriented festival include pumpkin picking, mask making, balloon making, a magic show, a haunted house, children’s games, live entertainment and face painting. Madison Theatre at Molloy College. 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Ticket prices TBA. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27. Rain Date Oct. 29.

Proust! Local craft beer from Garden of Eve Farm’s on-site brewery meets local bluegrass music from Buddy Merriam and the Backroads as Oktoberfest comes to Suffolk County. Other attractions include  hayrides, a pedal kart track, a maze, pumpkin picking, and fresh food such as roasted sweet corn and squash, fresh-squeezed lemonade and hot dogs. Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market. 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27-Oct. 28. 

Join the community in ringing in an afternoon of fun, rides, games, pumpkins and a Halloween costume contest. Islandia Village Hall. 100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. Free. Oct. 27.

Ring in the spookiest time of the year with balloon twisting, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, children’s crafts, inflatables and funny photo ops. As if that wasn’t enough, the first 50 pumpkins to be carved by guests will be lit from the inside with candles, placed on floatation devices and sent for a sail around Belmont Lake at the end of the festivities! Belmont Lake State Park. Southern State Pkwy. Exit 38, North Babylon. Free. Sat. Oct. 27. 3-6 p.m. Pumpkin Sail begins at 6:15pm.

After participating in the Suffolk Marathon, visitors can wind down with a celebration of the best craft food and drink Long Island has to offer, from craft brews and wines to fresh, exciting food, along with live music. Free samples will be given to marathon participants. Patchogue Village. Free entrance. Oct. 28.