Before I update y’all on some great Halloweenie things to do, I am going to take a stand against something that is REALLY ticking me off.  Why is it that some people feel that their beliefs, etc., are the ones that are the most correct, and will resort to email bullying to push their point?  Let me explain:

I recently expressed my opinion about an event that I felt was a bit too “biased” in terms of pushing one particular religion, especially as the event itself is NOT a religious event, not even close.  I am now being inundated with emails pushing God (the one that gets capitalized, not the concept that is the base of many theologies) and painting those of us who don’t agree with this view as atheists.  I am not an atheist or an agnostic.  I am, however, spiritual and believe that there are many different kinds of people and that religion is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition.  I was raised Catholic and minored in Theology for my first degree, and believe first and foremost that the holiday season is a time of many religious celebrations and ALL should be given the same amount of respect and exposure.  For someone to threaten to withhold financial backing of a commercial event so that they can push their religious agenda to me is blind to the world around them. And to paint me with a brush of the wrong color is ignorant, at best.  (As an FYI, I will be celebrating Christmas at home with family and friends, and I do have a creche…and I will also be celebrating Hanukkah, Eid-al-Adha, and Kwanzaa with friends, and Diwali has already passed.)

Pfffttt!  I think someone needs to read Smith’s “The Religions of Man”.

And, I’m off the soapbox now…

It’s almost Halloween weekend, and if you don’t have your costume and plans yet, it’s not too late…you do have options!

Need a costume in a hurry?  Check out this list of shops for something that goes beyond the typical store bought varieties.

Friday night–I know I mentioned the boat burning at the Maritime Museum in a previous post, but it really is worth  checking out.  For $5 per person and kids under 12 FREE…well, this is a great family bargain.

Saturday is Halloween…and I’m sure everyone will be busy checking out the costumes on all the boys and ghouls that come a-knocking, but if you’re in the mood for something a bit more grown up, the Cinema Arts Center will be hosting a costume party and doling out a douple dollop of Vincent Price for $12 per person.

Sunday features a very special Live in the Lobby with the CD release party for Katie Pearlman.  $10 gets you in.

It’s time for me to sign off, so I’ll be back in just a few days with more great Cheap Dates…chat soon!


As promised, this edition is dedicated to all things Halloween-ie!  (I may include some gigs and such if I don’t run out of time while writing this…)

Ooooh, spooky…

I’m going to cheat a bit here and lift some info that is already out on another website…Long Island Haunted Houses is a site that lists, well, all the haunted houses here on LI (I’m talking about the ones with the actors here, not the ones that you’d find on Ghost Hunters).

Speaking of Ghost Hunters, there are a lot of people who really enjoy researching the paranormal…I get to hear many of the stories as I research folklore as a hobby.  Long Island Oddities has pages dedicated to the strange stories that are attributed to many abandoned or historic sites, as well as UFO sightings, the Montauk Project, and more.

Pumpkins, cornstalks, and more

There’s little I like better than dressing up my deck in the colors of the season.  Mums and astors, pumpkins and cornstalks…find them all here at Pick Your Own.

American Pie

Nothing says Fall like pie…and no one makes pies quite like Briermere Farms!  Take a road trip and pick up one of these delectable delights, and get your holiday orders in NOW!

A little this ‘n’ that

No party?  No problem!  There are still plenty of things to do on Halloween…just click here for a list!

Well, here come the students for tonight’s workshop…gotta run!  Have an event that should be here?  Email me at…chat soon, you kooky cats!

Another night covering the library.  I can’t complain…the money is good, it’s pretty easy work, and considering I came down with a killer cold this weekend and am just recovering now, I’m really grateful I’m not teaching tonight.  I’ve been home most of the weekend, enjoying my fireplace while nursing a glass of wine in my jammies and watching movies while having the cat shiatsu take care of my aching shoulders.  I’ve kept the lights out so my Peeping Tom can’t see too much (though he WAS in his underwear, sitting on his floor and looking in my window yet again Saturday night), and caught up on some much needed rest, so in another day or two, I will be back on the horse and ready to start living large on a tiny budget once more!

Hold me…I’m scared!

No kidding–I’m horrified!  Proclaimed to be one of the worst movies of all time, Troll 2 has developed a cult following and will be the featured film at this week’s Theatre of the Wild at the Cinema Arts Centre.  I just wish I wasn’t working late that night!

If you can’t make it Wednesday night, there are plenty of really bad horror flicks out there that are worth checking out!  Save yourself the Blockbuster fees and get yourself to your nearest library…believe it or not, many have a wide selection of movies available, and can do an ILL (inter-library loan) if you find that the movie you want is not at your branch.  My picks for some really fun bad movies:  look for anything by George Romero, Ed Wood, or produced in the 80’s.

Sing me a song…

It seems to be a quiet week gig-wise (however, that could be because certain musicians don’t post their gigs on their websites–come on, folks!  If you want to be seen, you have to update your sites!  If you are desperate and a complete luddite, start a blog…all you do is type, publish, and then email a link out to people so they can be kept up on your latest and greatest!  I REALLY should do a workshop on this sometime…) but the gigs I have found look really good–quality over quantity is always my preference!

This Thursday, catch a Miss Chris fave–Gathering Time is playing the Dine Huntington Outdoor Promenade…Wall Street, FREE!

This Friday, Tom Chapin performs at the Our Times Coffeehouse, 8PM, $15.  Also, Finch Mountain House Concerts features Terence Martin and Dan Bonis (with Ken Korb opening). For reservations and directions, call 631-661-1278. Potluck supper at 7PM followed by 8PM concert. $20 suggested donation per person.

This Saturday, catch Jenee Halstead and James O’Malley at the Hard Luck Cafe...$10 gets you in. Or catch the Rhythm Kings Acoustic Duo at one of my favorite places, the Grey Horse Tavern…

And rounding out the week on Sunday, University Cafe presents Willie Nile…don’t miss this show!  $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

(I’m really hoping my schedule lightens up again…my poor guitar has been relegated to a corner and has been untouched for the better part of a year now…I’d like to go back to taking lessons again!  However, methinks this time it won’t be with some 20 year old trying to teach me in the local music store where people who know me are walking around and making fun of me!)

Wine me, dine me…

…get yer mind out of the gutter!  And again, I must bitch and complain…why, oh, why are all the vineyards pricing their events way out of the budgets of most normal folk?  It really makes me crazy when I see event prices of $100 and up!  There’s a reason I only feature the same vineyards and wineries on this site again and again–they cater to the working class pocketbook.  I make a pretty decent living, and have been known to spend some serious coin on a wine if I feel it’s worth it.  However, I think I’m going to repost a link that’s been on this site before…Wine Spectator’s online courses are well reviewed and come in at well under the cost of tastings at most of the local vineyards.  Grab some friends, head on over to Swiftway for a few decent bottles, and make a night of it.

I’ve got an art on for you…

Okay…I KNOW it’s a really bad pun…but those who know me know I have a bawdy at best, and crude at worst sense of humor!  Sorry!  Anyhow, a couple of things worth checking out…the Heckscher Museum has a few new exhibits, and the Phoenix Gallery in Bellport just installed a new show this week…

All for now…next post will feature all things Halloweenie, so check back soon!  Have something that should be here?  Email me at…chat soon, you kooky cats!

Well, it’s been a while…I started a new job that keeps me insanely busy, so it’s been hard to find the time to post updates.  I’m either going to do one big monthly post or bring on an intern, build a full fledged site and grow this thing into what it really can be.  Ugh…decisions!

Anyhow, let me get right to some of the great things that are going on around this Isle of Long, and forgive me if it takes a while for me to post again…

Ooooh, spooky!

Anyone who knows me knows that this is my favorite time of the year, with fall festivals, corn mazes, and haunted houses all around…and here’s a list of my picks–please note that many of the websites have coupons on them for less trafficked days/nights, so make sure you look for them!

Haunted houses

Darkside in Wading River has a kiddie version during the day, and a grown up version in the evenings…I went for opening night and they were still getting into the groove of things, so give it a week or so…

Mills Pond House…one of the scariest in Suffolk County!  Art gallery by day, and terror fest at night.  Make a point of seeing both sides of this historic home!

The Bayville Haunted Fire House has been around for eighteen years for good reason.  Do yourself a favor and get there early or you may find yourself waiting on line for up to two hours!

Schmitt’s Farm in Melville has both a corn maze and a haunted house…again, be advised that lines can be very long!

…and a boat burning!

The Sayville Maritime Museum has one of the most bizarre Halloween events around–every year, they select a boat that is too damaged to restore and set it on fire.  This takeoff of a Viking funeral attracts young and old alike.

Pumpkin picking and more…

Just because there’s a nip in the air doesn’t mean it’s time to quit the farmstands!  In fact, this is the BEST time of year to get locally grown fruits and veggies, pumpkins, cornstalks and more!  Many farmstands also carry locally baked goods as well these days, so make a point of checking out the best of local agriculture by clicking here!

For our furry friends

Several service providers of veterinary care, grooming supplies and more have banded together to help our furbabies weather the economic uncertainty.  Click here to learn more.

Across the universe

This Thursday, don’t miss Lennon in the Lobby, a one of a kind event featuring the best of LI’s original singer/songwriters performing songs by John Lennon.

All for now…let’s hope my schedule lightens up soon!