Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.-Miller

June 20, 2009

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I know, I know…it’s been raining a lot, which makes it very difficult to get on out and do some of the OUTDOOR activities I often list here.  (In fact, with the rain they are forecasting for tonight, I’m tempted to start rounding up two of every animal…the end of the world must be coming!)  However, as I do list indoor activities as well, get on out there and do something…look at heading out into a storm as an adventure and have some fun with it!  Wear those crazy, ugly boots you bought who knows how long ago, don the raingear, and snuggle up under a tiny umbrella…run out to a local hole in the wall for some pub fare and a brew, and enjoy a nice, low key night!

I, on the other hand, will be staying in tonight and doing one of my geeky theme nights–and tonight’s theme is cheese, as in wine and cheese, cheesy movies, and maybe even cheesecake for dessert.  I know, I need help–lots of it.  How my honey puts up with me, I will never know!

Let’s hope the rain lets up soon, as some of these events sound too good to miss!

A horse of any other color…

Old Field Farm is hosting their Gold Coast Classic next weekend!  If you like horses, love horse shows, but want to go a bit lower key and less crowded than the Hampton Classic, this is a can’t miss event!

Teach a man to fish…

…and he’ll have a great time!  Lake Ronkonkoma, the NY State DEC Sea Grant Program and I Fish NY are hosting a free fishing day from 10-4 next Sunday!  On this free NY State Fishing Day (freshwater fishing license requirements are waived), loaner rods and free bait are provided. Casting demonstrations and various activities will also be offered. $2.00 parking fee will apply. No pre-registration required.  Ummmm, guys?  Lots of us gals LOVE to fish, so this is a GREAT date idea!

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium is another place I loved going to as a kid…I’d really like to get over there again sometime soon.  It’s not very big, but pretty and quaint–and very affordable at $6 for adults and $4 for children. 

A whale of a good time

I think anyone who knows me knows I love whales, the history of whaling, etc, etc…and speaking of Cold Spring Harbor, their Whaling Museum is tiny but worth checking out…I love the scrimshaw collection!  If you are out East, you have two great options–the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, or (and this one has me very excited!) CRESLI now has whale watching day trips that start in July out of Montauk!  A bit over budget, but a day you will never forget!  I went on the Offshore Trip last year, and the whales really are RIGHT THERE!  Don’t let this summer go by without going on at least one of these trips!

Chatanooga choo choo

Also next Sunday, Long Island Live Steamers Run Day from 10:30-3 at Southaven County Park–promoting the hobby of building steam engines of all kinds, their steam, diesel and electric trains accomodate passengers of all ages! For more information, call (631) 345-0499.

Go green for a good cause!

On Saturday, June 27 from 9-1 there will be a Native Plant Sale to benefit the Long Island Native Grass Initiative at Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus Greenhouse in Riverhead.  All plants are produced from seeds collected from native plant populations across Long Island.

The use of native plants in landscaping and restoration activities on Long Island are being increasingly encouraged by local government, environmental organizations and scientists, as the impacts of invasive species and development on biodiversity are understood. In response, there is an increasing demand for such plant material by the public. Unfortunately, such sales have been stifled due to a lack of the initial source of plant material needed to create commercially available native plants.
LINGI is a cooperative effort of over 30 non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and nursery professionals whose mission is to bridge the gap between supply and demand by providing/producing the initial source of plant material that is native to Long Island for use by seed producers, nursery growers, and in habitat restorations.

This plant sale is one of their efforts to provide this plant material to the public! Please help support this program which operates solely on volunteer support!  The species currently available for sale include:  Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Little Bluestem (Schizachryium scoparium), Big Blue Stem (Andropogon gerardii), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Purple Top (Tridens flavus) and various forbs.

In wine, truth.

A few wine events of note this week–F and W Wine Cellar will be hosting a FREE wine tasting on Friday, and Jazz n’ Grapes is hosting one on Saturday.

Over budget, but worth mentioning is the Pinot Noir Tasting on Tuesday June 23 at Collins & Main from 7-9PM, $30 per person, and there are nine spots left!  As with all the classes, professional tasting sheets will be provided along with information about the wines and how to properly discern what you are tasting. Light snacks will be served.  To reserve your spot, contact Houdek’s ASAP!

Also over budget but worth a mention is the Matinecock Masonic Historical Society’s Cask Festival…there is only a limited number of tickets available for this event, so ACT NOW!

Sing me a song

Wednesday

Acoustic Long Island features a performance by Marc Douglas Berardo, 8PM, FREE.

Pat Wictor kicks-off the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council’s new concert series, the Picnic Supper Harborside Park Concerts at Harborside Park on the water next to the Port Jefferson Village Center. Call 631-473-5220 for more info. FREE. Bring picnic dinners and blankets or lawn chairs.

Saturday

The Hamptons Roots Music Festival featuring Caroline Doctorow, Pete and Maura Kennedy, and Barbara Lamb at the Southampton Cultural Center, 7PM. $25 tickets for the concert benefiting radio stations WPKN and WPKM may be reserved by calling 31-687-9040 or sending email to rootsmusicfest@gmail.com.

The Prodigals (love them!) kick off the 44th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival at Heckscher Park’s Chapin Rainbow Stage, 8:30PM FREE. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic supper.

Sunday

Carrie Rodriguez and Lucky 13 perform at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival as well. 8:30PM. FREE. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Hey, musicians…if I can’t find your web pages, I CAN’T LINK TO YOU!  If you are mentioned on here with no link, send one to me so I can add it!  And if you don’t have a website, at least do a MySpace page or something!  I’ve got a pretty solid base of regular readers who want to know about you, so let’s work together to make it happen!

All for now, you kooky cats!  Got something that should be here?  Feel free to let me know by sending an email at cheapdateli@gmail.com!

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