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Long Island’s 2018 Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day only comes around once a year, but there are celebrations all month long on Long Island including parades, bar crawls and other festivities where you can show your Irish pride. Here are some fun ways to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

102.3 WBAB Presents Roger & JP’s 18th Annual Corned Beef & Chaos

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-1-5pm

Location: Stereo Garden

9 Railroad Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772

Phone: 631-714-4486

Cost: Free Event

Join Roger & JP from WBAB as they host the 18th Annual Corned Beef and Chaos at Stereo Garden in Patchogue. Enjoy free corned beef and cabbage, limited edition t-shirts and Miller Lite for only $1.02. Rock out to the cover band 2U, play games and win fun prizes. Long Island’s own Scotty the Leprechaun will also be making an appearance.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-10-2pm

Location: Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980

Phone: 631-852-4600

Cost: $6

Get ready to hunt for the leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Go to the Suffolk Farm and Education Center’s for the annual Pot O’ Gold Hunt. The scavenger hunt also includes a wagon ride, refreshments and you can feed the animals on the farm. This is a fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with the entire family.

 

Irish Comedy Night at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 17th- 8pm

Location: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787

Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $40

Website: www.smithtownpac.org/theatre-schedule/special-events/irish-comedy

If you think leprechauns are funny, get ready to chuckle during Irish Comedy Night at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. See some of the funniest comedians on Long Island this St. Patrick’s Day.

 

7-in-Heaven Spring Fling Dinner/Dance – St Patty’s Day

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-6:30-10:30pm

Location: Residence Marriot Inn (Terrace Room)

9 Gerhard Rd
Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: 631-592-9804

Cost: $44 in advance/ $49 at the door (*Cash Bar)

Long Island singles, don’t miss the Spring Fling dinner and dance on St. Patrick’s Day at the Plainview, Marriot. Enjoy a three course meal and green beer for toasting. Grooveline Entertainers will be playing upbeat, feel good songs so you can dance the night away.

 

LepreCon Long Island Irish Pride Bar Crawl in Farmingdale

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 3rd-12:00pm

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door (this event is 21 and over)

Website: www.uniquebarcrawls.com/leprecon-long-island.html

Get ready for the hottest St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl on Long Island, Leprecon! Purchase a wristband and enjoy food and drink specials at the best bars and eateries on Main Street in Farmingdale. Locations include Library Café, Jade Palace, Croxley’s Ale House, Vintage Wine Bar, Blue Hawaiian Bar, Lithology Brewing, Daytona’s, Dark Horse Tavern and The Nutty Irishman. Proceeds benefit the Ashley Wade Foundation, a charity that raises money for children battling chronic illnesses. Admission will also get you into the after party and costume contest at The Nutty Irishman.

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Best Easter Egg Hunts on Long Island

Easter Sunday is a hop, skip, and a jump away. One of the best ways to celebrate is taking your children to a local Easter Egg Hunt. Enjoy collecting seasonal goodies, fun activities and you can even snag a photo with the Easter Bunny himself.

Here are some upcoming Easter Egg Hunts on Long Island

2018 Easter Egg Hunt in Northport Village

Date/Time: Sunday, April 1st-1pm

Rain Date: Sunday, April 8th-1pm

Location: Northport Village Park

Main Street, Northport, NY 11731

Cost: Free Event

Website: villageofnorthport.com/events

Be sure to wear your bonnet with all the frills upon it for the enormous Easter Egg hunt across Northport Village Park on Easter Sunday.

 

Long Island 2018 Easter Egg Hunt Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce New York

Date/Time: March 24th-11am-2pm

Location: The American Legion Hall in Babylon

22 Grove Place, Babylon, NY 11702

Phone: 631-669-0094

This Easter Egg Hunt is presented by the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to register to find out where you can find clues to collect eggs. Return the tickets inside the eggs after the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes.

 

Egg-Cellent Celebration

Date/Time: Saturday, March 31st

1 -2 pm (ages 2-4)

3 – 4 pm (ages 5-7)

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

301 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Cost: $12 parent/child pair and $4 per sibling

Website: www.cshwhalingmuseum.org/calendar.html

Go on an egg hunt inside the Whaling Museum and decorate a Faberge “style” egg, a lavish egg that was made for royalty and is covered with gold and jewels. If your children are into animals, stay and learn about egg-laying creatures and even see a carved Ostrich egg.

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Rain Date: Sunday, March 25th

Time(s): 3 years & under -10:00 a.m.

4 year olds-10:30 a.m.

5 year olds- 11:00 a.m.

6 year olds- 11:30 a.m.

7 year olds- 12:00 p.m.

8 & 9 year olds-12:30 p.m.

Location: Long Beach Recreation Campus

700 Magnolia Blvd, Long Beach, NY 11561

(Recreation fields are located on Magnolia Boulevard and the Bay next to the Long Beach Ice Arena)

Website: www.longbeachny.gov

Bring your Easter Baskets and get ready for the Long Beach Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kids in the same age groups will gather eggs together. Prizes will be awarded to kids in each age group.

 

LI State Parks Recreation

Date/Time: Saturday, March 24 at 12 PM – 2 PM (new hunt every 15 minutes)

Location: Belmont Lake State Park

Exit 38, Southern State Parkway, NY, North Babylon, New York 11703

Phone: 631-321-3510

Age: Children 9 and under

Cost: Free

Don’t miss the 25th annual Belmont Lake State Park Egg Hunt in Babylon. Egg hunts will be conducted every 15 minutes. The first egg hunt will begin at 12:15pm and the last hunt is at 1:45pm. There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, food vendors, games and much more. The Easter Bunny will also be there taking selfies with all the kids.

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Best Flowers to Plant for Spring

flowers

One of the most exciting parts of the end of winter is planting  flowers. To get a beautiful garden flourishing, you need to get started in spring. However, knowing what type of flowers to plant the beginning of spring can be confusing. Here are some flowers to get your green thumbs on, the moment the snow disappears.

Pansy
Since pansies prefer the cool weather, they can be planted after the snow has cleared. However, if you get a few flecks of snow, pansies can survive. Pansies grow best under the sun or in partly shaded area, and prefer their soil to be moist and well-drained. These flowers can grow up to be 10 inches tall and provide a refreshing bout of color.

Yellow Trillium
Yellow trilliums have rich green leaves spotted with silver and bright yellow blooms.Yellow trilliums will in bloom in April, but die out in June. They also prefer shady conditions and well-drained, moist soil. These flowers can grow up to 16 inches tall.

Hellebore
Often called Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose, since these yellow flowers grow well in cool conditions. Hellebore’s are resilient, elegant and can even survive the frost in the winter. On average, they are expected to grow up to 12 inches tall.

Bloodrot
Despite its garish name, bloodroots are actually quite innocent in appearance. They resemble daisies except they are white with little dots of yellow. They grow in March and their bloom lasts until the end of the spring. They grow in shaded areas and since springtime is not always sunny, they are perfect flowers for planting. Bloodrots prefer moist soil and can grow up to six inches tall.

Lilac
Whether you wish to grow a shrub or a tree, your lilacs will grow provided they are given plenty of sunlight and drained soil. Keep in mind, blossoms prefer to bloom on old wood, so do not to prune the tree or shrub until after the blossoms have died off. With its sweet smell and beautiful color, lilacs are the perfect cure after a dark and dreary winter.

Tulip
Tulips are one of the best flowers to plant in spring. The tulip comes in a plethora of colors to choose from and can grow up to two feet tall. For those who wish to have smaller tulips, there are several varieties available. With plenty of sunlight, these flowers are perfect for romantic settings or for highlighting a casual garden.

Grand Maitre Crocus
The beautiful, delicate purple flowers of the crocus heralds the end of winter and beginning of spring. Of course, there are other colors you can select from as well; including, pink, yellow, and white. In order to grow to a full six inches, the crocus requires full sunlight and well-drained soil.

Puschkinia
Puschkinias comes in different colors and once its petals open, its striped coloration is revealed. They grow the best in sunlight and partly-shady areas and can grow up to eight inches tall and six inches wide.

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How the New Tax Plan Will Affect You

United States President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax and Jobs Cut Act last December 22, 2017. The law’s provision reduces the corporate tax rate from 35 down to 21 percent beginning this January. It also decreases individual tax rates to 37%. In essence, the Tax and Jobs Cut Act achieves three goals:

  • Cuts down income tax rates
  • Multiplies standard deductions by two
  • Eliminate personal exemptions

The corporate cuts become permanent. Individual amendments terminate by the end of the year 2025. Millions of American citizens have conflicting opinions and comments about this piece of legislation. However, some people see the most significant revision of the US individual and corporate tax system in the last three decades in this perspective. It provides massive tax reductions to developers, banking institutions, and the oil sector thereby promoting more the interests of business owners.

Tax Classifications and Standard Deductions

This legislation maintains the seven income tax categories but reduces the tax rates. The workforce can view adjustments in withholding taxes on their February wages. The 2017 rates revert to the original tariff in 2026. The deduction of an individual (Single Category) multiplies from only $6, 350 to $12, 000. For married couples and joint filing, the figures increase from $12, 700 to $24, 000.

You can expect more than 90% of taxpayers to opt for the average deduction which goes back to the present level eight years from today. However, reports pointed out that the National Association of Realtors, as well as the National Association of Home Builders, opposed this law. Fewer consumers will adopt the mortgage interest cutback by taking on the standard deduction. It lowers housing costs although the real property market remains in a bubble (run-up of prices) that could lead to a probable meltdown.

Personal Exemptions

The Tax and Jobs Cut Act abolishes personal exemptions. Before the passage of this statute, taxpayers took away $4, 150 from income for every claim. Henceforth, households with many kids pay higher taxes notwithstanding the augmented standard deductions. This latest enactment gets rid of nearly all itemized deductions including relocation expenditures. Only members of the United States armed forces remain exempted. You can no longer subtract payment of child support, but recipients can still deduct the alimony. Divorces granted this year can avail of the deduction beginning 2019.

This decree maintains deductions for interests in student loans, charitable donations, and individual retirement savings. It puts a cap on cuts for mortgage interest to the initial $750, 000 of the investment. You can no longer withhold interest on lines of credit for home equities. Nonetheless, the ruling does not impact Americans with existing mortgages. At the same time, taxpayers can now deduct a maximum of $10, 000 in local and state taxes. As a taxpayer, you must choose between the property, sale, or income taxes.

The law rescinded the Obamacare tax for citizens who do not have health insurance coverage in 2019. According to the Congressional Budget Office, around 13 million Americans will discontinue their plans without the authorization. The government, in return, saves about $338 billion as it will no longer answer for subsidies. However, health care expenses will inevitably increase with fewer people getting the necessary preventative care. Finally, the Tax and Jobs Cut Act boosts two times property tax exemption to $11.2 million for single taxpayers and $22.4 million for spouses.

Perceived Effects of the Act

Popular opinion of many Americans indicates that the redrafting of the United States Tax Policy favors enterprises more than the ordinary citizens. Business tax cutbacks become permanent. Individual reductions last only up to 2025. The decree boosts high-income families more than those belonging to the lower and middle-income groups. It makes the country’s growing income tax more in reverse. Taxpayers with the highest earnings benefit most from reduced tax rates.

The rise in the standard deduction favors roughly six million taxpayers (47.5% of people who file income taxes). It does not cancel out lost deductions. In fact, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation stated this law raises the shortfall by $1 trillion during the next ten years. At the same time, it increases growth by 0.7% every year and reduces a portion of the revenue loss from the $1.5 trillion tax decreases. Meanwhile, the Tax Foundation asserted the Act adds nearly $448 billion to the shortage over the next decade (2028).

According to officials of the United States Treasury, the legislation generates approximately $1.8 trillion in additional earnings with an estimated growth of 2.9% annually on the average. The government agency’s report assumes the government will implement all stipulations in President Trump’s program. The bearing on the country’s $20 trillion national debt will go beyond projections.

An upsurge in sovereign debt dulls economic progress in the long-term. Investors consider this development more as a tax increase on future generations. A World Bank study discovered each percentage point of arrears costs the United States around 1.7% in growth. Many conglomerates affirmed not using tax reductions to create employment opportunities for the jobless. Ironically, the corporate tax cuts will not generate opportunities and only increase stock prices.

The truth remains. Hefty tax cuts must benefit the working middle class who will most likely spend every cent earned. Rich people use these deductions for investments or savings which boosts stock markets but fail to spur demand. Tax cuts for the middle class produce more jobs. The most effective remedy for unemployment should be government spending that will develop infrastructure and create work opportunities directly.

This new version of the Tax and Jobs Cut Act restricts the capacity of private corporations to minus interest expense at 30% of income. From 2018 up to 2022, salary depends on the principle of Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA). The move makes it more costly for financial entities to borrow. Corporations will refrain from issuing bonds and reacquire their stocks. Stock prices will likely decline, but the threshold or cutoff point generates earnings to settle other tax breaks.

Now that you have read through the ins and outs of the Republican tax law, you can decide if it favors the majority of the American people or not.

 

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Easy Ways to Save on Your Taxes

Taxes

Resourceful taxpayers will always look for strategies to reduce yearly tax obligations. You should see the positive side. Many options remain open for Americans hoping to cut back on taxes or probably add to the number of refunds without breaking the rule of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Remember the revenue agency modifies its policies time and again, so deductions and credits also vary.

Know the Fundamentals

Ignorance of how things should work can cause you problems in the long run. To avoid this predicament, learn the essentials of federal tax legislation which includes saving tips. By claiming more deductions, you can get more refunds once the tax year ends. Spouses who get married or have a new baby also qualify for extra tax breaks. The government allows certain concessions like expenses taken away from gross income to lower taxable earnings. Other often- ignored tax cuts consist of deductions from the following:

  • Relocation expenses
  • Transportation costs while doing volunteer work
  • Payments in looking for employment
  • Charitable contributions

Eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credits

This type of credit benefits taxpayers with low and moderate incomes. The IRS laid down the guidelines for taxpayers who can claim Earned Income Credits:

  • Receive regular earned income
  • United States citizen or resident alien for the whole tax year
  • Hold a valid Social Security Number for the taxpayer, spouses (for joint filing), and qualifying dependents on your returns
  • Investment income must no go beyond $3, 450
  • File a tax return with the following status: Married (filing together); Single; Head of Household; or Widower even if the IRS does not require you to submit returns.

Contribute to Individual Retirement Accounts

Pay contributions to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or 401K. The tax due depends on adjusted gross income (AGI). You need to make adjustments, or you owe the government more. Reduce the overall amount by depositing pre-tax contributions into tax-deductible IRA. You decrease AGI as well as the amount you owe (taxes) by increasing contributions to your 401K. Two years ago, maximum 401K and Individual Retirement Account contribution limits consisted of $5, 500 and $18, 000 in that order for taxpayers (49 years old and below).

Anybody with age 50 years and above can add $1, 000 to the IRA cap and $6, 000 to the 401K ceiling. You do not pay capital tax gains while your money grows annually. The IRS does not require payment of income tax on any money withdrawn from these accounts. However, you fall under a lower income tax category upon retirement. Thus, you pay a reduced rate on these withdrawn funds.

Save for Retirement

Think short-term. Increasing your retirement contributions voluntarily while getting a lower take-home pay can disrupt your finances. Nonetheless, you get a couple of benefits from this approach. First, you augment retirement benefits. Second, you bring down tax burdens. The money you channel into specific retirement accounts means tax deductions with certain limitations.

Fund your Flexible Spending Account

Take advantage of the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that employers offer to reduce your tax payment. The Internal Revenue Service permits channeling of tax-free USD from your paycheck directly into your FSA annually. Last year, the IRS-prescribed limit reached $2, 600. This year, the threshold increased to $2, 650. However, you need to spend that money during the current calendar year for medical and dental bills, daily first-aid stuff, pregnancy testing kits, acupuncture (needle treatment), or breast pumps. Your dependents also qualify. In fact, individual employers allow employees to carry a maximum of $5, 000 to the following year.

Funding for Dependent Care FSA

The DFCSA refers to a pre-tax benefit account for paying off entitled dependent care services including pre-school, summer camp, (before or after) school programs, and child or grownup daycare. This employer-sponsored scheme also reduces your tax bill. The IRS excludes a maximum of $5, 000 from your pay that the employer will redirect to the Dependent Care account. It benefits parents with children below 13 years of age. Make sure to check out the plan’s documents carefully.

Use Health Savings Accounts

Health Savings Accounts stand for tax-exempt programs utilized in paying costs of hospitalization. You can ease your tax load if you own a high-deductible health care policy by contributing to the HSA. All contributions qualify for tax reductions with tax-free withdrawals provided you earmark them for authorized medical expenditures. Last year, the ceiling for contributions stood at $3, 400 for the self-only, high-deductible health cover. The cap for 2018 increased to $3, 450. For family coverage, the 2017 rate stayed at $6, 750 and rose to $6, 900 this year. Many employers offer the HSA, but you also have the choice of opening a private account in an accredited bank.

Become a Full-Pledged Entrepreneur

You can also save on taxes by starting your enterprise. Business owners can control their tax payments. If you are an entrepreneur, you may keep more funds in the company instead of declaring the money as revenues. Business proprietors also consider specific activities as expenditures. Tax specialists offer services to assist startups or small enterprises in dealing with the rules of the IRS on certified expenses. Neophytes will need professionals to guide them through the long and tedious processes. Part-time or outsourced work provides substantial tax deductions for the following:

  • Office supplies
  • Vehicle mileage
  • Computers
  • Phone services
  • Internet access
  • Business travel and meals
  • Part of home utility bills

The Broad Objective

Look at the bottom line with the magic words being SAVINGS and TAXES. Try to prepare your tax returns instead of hiring an accountant or bookkeeper unless you have a flourishing business with lots of requirements and financial concerns. You can save a great deal by performing this function than pay another person. Besides, you need not get stressed about things like beating tax filing deadlines. Review the guidelines for the Internal Revenue Service published online. You will surely learn plenty of tips from the agency’s website.

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Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas on Long Island

Valentine’s Day is a romantic day to spend with your significant other. Many people go to an overpriced dinner, crowded movie and buy red roses and a heart shaped box of candy, so cliché. This year surprise your Valentine with one of the unique date ideas below.

Be Mine Valentine’s Day Beer and Wine Couples Tour

Date: February 18-11am
Cost: $160 per couple
Website: LIBeerBus.com
Phone: (631) 913-3817

If you’re a craft beer-loving couple, join Tapped Enterprises for a Valentine’s Day Beer and Wine tour. This five hour tour includes round trip transportation, a wine tasting at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, a beer tasting at Jamesport Farm Brewery, gourmet fromage from American Cheese Shop, decadent chocolates, a couple photo and Valentine’s Day candy.

The Cast of Beatlemania – Beatles Love Songs

Date: February 14-8:00pm
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $50
Sing along to the most famous love songs written by The Beatles performed by the cast of Beatlemania. Hold your Valentine’s hand and let these Brit Rockers serenade you with their most iconic hits.

Shakespeare In Love

Date(s): February 3 – March 4
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $20 – $35
The highly acclaimed movie Shakespeare In Love (a film that won seven Academy Awards) has been adapted from screen to stage. Sweep your date off her feet with a Shakespeare’s sonnet and take her to see this timeless romantic tale.

View the Planets & Moon through a Telescope

Date(s): December 18, 2017 through May 3, 2018 7pm – 8:30pm
Northport Harbor Park
Bottom End of Main St. at Woodbine Ave.
Northport, NY 11731
Phone: 631-486-4818
Cost: Free Event Website: Visit telescope.hereweb.com for any last-minute cancellations
There’s nothing more romantic that gazing up at the stars. Northport Harbor Park offers free telescope gazing and lessons on how to navigate the night sky. Go to Staracle.com and you can even name a star after your date for free.

Cross-Country Skiing in the Parks

Date(s): December 15, 2017 – April 30, 2018 1pm – 5pm
Heckscher Park
Prime Ave
Huntington, NY 11746 (Map)
Phone: 631-486-4818 (Call first, they only do this is there is sufficient snow.)
Cost: Free event
Spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart on the slopes. Learn how to cross-country ski on Long Island from an experienced ski instructor. Avoid lift lines, long road trips and expensive tickets. Master the ski basics including walking and turning. Equipment will be provided.

Long Island 2018 Valentine’s ChocoVino Chocolate Wine Sensational Tasting Experience

Date: February 14-8pm
Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead
431 E Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: 631-208-9200 x 426
Cost: $195.00 plus tax per couple ages  21+ (reservations required)

Spend your Valentine’s Day enjoying a five-course dinner, sipping on wine and indulging in sweets at the Valentine’s ChocoVino Chocolate Wine Sensational Tasting Experience at the Long Island Aquarium. Satisfy your sweet tooth with decadent desserts while viewing soothing sea exhibits.

 

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How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Your BFFs

Galentine’s Day, a holiday for ladies celebrating ladies, was created on an episode of Parks and Recreation. The concept is to show love for your gal pals on February 13, the day before you spend Valentine’s Day with your spouse or boyfriend. This holiday went from fiction to tradition, finding a niche among real-life women. Commemorate your relationship with your BFFs and kick it breakfast style just like they did in Parks and Recreation. Plan an epic brunch for your girl squad with the helpful tips below.

 

Girls Brunch

Brunch is the best type of party, it is early enough for everyone to attend and still have time later in the day for whatever they need to do. There is no better way to start the day than enjoying a good meal and drinks with your girls.

 

Invites

Send out an e-invite to everyone you want to attend and to get a headcount on how many ladies are coming. Thoroughly plan every detail to guarantee success. Make lists and be meticulous about every item being handled.

 

Dress Code

Tell your friends to dress comfortably so they can sit on giant floor pillows (like Beyoncé’s house on MTV Cribs) for more intimate conversations or they can dress up and you provide adequate seating for everyone.

 

Tablescape

Create a beautiful tablescape using greenery from the backyard or a local nursery. Break out the china and silverware and use a pink festive tablecloth and napkins – cloth, not vinyl or paper. You can even put down place cards so everyone knows where to sit.

 

Drinks

Mimosas are a standard for brunch, but you can create your own signature drink. Your girls will appreciate the thought and personalization that went into creating your cocktail. As each guest arrives, greet her with a glass of champagne and tell her why she is special to you.

 

Food

Put out a nice spread of options for your friends. Purchase assorted canapés, pre-made frittatas, sausages, assorted breads and fresh fruit.

 

Set the Atmosphere

Create a festive atmosphere, by bringing the outdoors in by filling your party space with greenery and flowers. Make a playlist that everyone will enjoy and remind them of special times and adventures spent together.

Load an electronic frame with assorted pictures from the various occasions you have gone to together and have it streaming on a large screen TV or a blank wall. This will remind everyone of all the fun times spent together.

 

Gifts

In advance, pull names and ask each person to bring a gift to the person whose name they pulled to shows how special she is to her. Present gifts to each other, with each person sharing the reason she chose the gift for her friend. Most likely, you will need a box of tissues because it might get emotional.

Follow the tips above and plan a Galentine’s Day that you and your girls will treasure for many years to come.

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Where to U-Pick Christmas Trees on Long Island

Christmas Trees

Have an old fashion family Christmas and cut down you own tree just like the Griswold’s did in Christmas Vacation. Gather the family, bundle up and get ready for a U-Pick Christmas Tree outing that they will remember for years to come. Nothing can beat the smell of a real Christmas tree and it’s also environmentally-friendly and recyclable. Supporting community tree farmers also benefits the local economy.

Dart’s Christmas Tree Farm

2355 Main Bayview Road

Southold, NY, 11791

(631) 765-4148

Dates: Starting the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm/ Weekends 12-4pm

Tree Varieties: Pre-cut Fraser fir & Concolor fir

Website: http://www.dartstreefarm.com/

Dart’s is a three generation owned tree farm located on the North Fork on the Eastern end of Long Island. Walk through the Magic Forest and pick out the Christmas tree of your dreams, they will even cut it down for you.

 

Tilden Lane Farm

48 Wyckoff Street

Greenlawn, NY 11740

(631) 261-6392

Dates: Saturday November 25- Sunday November 26 Saturday December 2 – Sunday December 3 Saturday December 9 – Sunday December 10

Hours: 9 am – 3 pm

Tree Varieties: Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, Canaan Fir, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Austrian Pine, Serbian Spruce, Nordmann Fir, Grand Fir and Norway Spruce.

Pet Friendly: Leashed dogs are welcomed

Website: http://www.christmastreesny.org/

Tilden Lane Farms is a member of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York. Tilden Lane is family-owned and operated Christmas tree farm since 1793. They offer pre-cut trees as well and u-pick trees.

 

Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm

30105 Main Street

Cutchogue, NY11935

(631) 734-8641

Dates & Times: 7 days a week 9am-6pm

Types of Trees: Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Blue Spruce.

Pet Friendly: Leashed dogs are welcome

Website: santaschristmastreefarm.com

Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm is a great place for family outings, school trips, and Boy and Girl Scout trips. They have a tree shaker, provide free saws, and trim the bottom branches off the tree if needed. You have a large selection of trees to choose from, there are 45K trees that grow on the farm.

 

Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm

20685 Main Road

Mattituck, NY, 11952

(631) 298-4619

Dates: Opening on Black Friday (November 25th) through Christmas Eve (December 24th) 7 days a week

Hours: 9am -5 pm

Tree Varieties: Douglas Fir Trees, Fraser Fir, Spruce Trees, Balled trees and Charlie Brown Trees

Pet Policy: No pets allowed

Website: shamrockchristmastreefarm.com

Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm is family owned and operated since 1987. Shamrock grows some of the most beautiful trees on over 20 acres of land.

 

Matt and Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm

323 Weeks Ave

Manorville NY, 11949

(631) 874-3551

Dates: Open every day except Tuesday, starting the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.

Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Tree Varieties: Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, etc.

Pet Friendly: Leashed dogs welcome

Website: mattschristmastreefarm.com

Matt and Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm provides you all the tools you need to cut down your Christmas tree including, bow saws, a trailer ride back and forth, netting, loading and tying assistance and even candy canes for the kids. They also have live trees in pots, burlap balls or you can have a tree dug from the field.

 

Lewin Farm

812 Sound Avenue

Wading River, NY, 11792

(631) 929-4327

Dates: Dates are approximate, please call to confirm

Hours: 9am-4pm (arrive by 3pm to have enough time)

Tree Varieties: Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Pine

Website: www.lewinfarm.com/christmas-trees/

The Baiting Hollow Nursery at Lewin Farms is a great place to find a Christmas tree. They provide tractor rides out to the field and back, rent saws for $5, wrap the trees and help customers tie them onto their car.

 

Zuhoski Farm

11825 Oregon Road

Cutchogue, NY, 11935

(The Northwest corner of Bridge Lane & Route 48, Cutchogue, New York 11935)

(631) 734-5036

Date & Time: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am to dusk

Tree Varieties: Fraser and Douglas Fir

Website: zuhoskifarms.com

Zuhoski Farms has been around since the early 1900’s. During the holiday season, you can cut your own Christmas trees and buy wreaths, white pine roping, kissing balls, grave blankets and more.

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Fun Things to do with your Pets during the Holidays

pets & holidays

Santa Claus is coming to town! Children aren’t the only ones are taking posed photos with Santa anymore, fur babies and other domestic pets are welcome now too. Bring your pets to take some festive photos with St. Nick. Capture magical moments with keepsake photos and make memories that will last a lifetime. This holiday season; engage your pets in fun seasonal activities and traditions such as taking photos with Santa and bringing them to an ugly sweater party for pets and owners.

Paws & Claus (domestic pets only)

Broadway Commons

358 N Broadway

Hicksville, NY 11801

(516) 939-0679

Time: 7-9pm

Dates: November 21, 28 and December 5, 12, 19.

Time for Paws and Claus! Pets get an exclusive photo session with Santa at the Broadway Commons. Get ready for Christmas card photos, dress up your pet in a Christmas outfit or show off a shiny winter coat.

 

Pet Photos With Santa

Walt Whitman Shops

160 Walt Whitman Rd

Huntington Station, NY 11746

(Santa is in Center Court)

(631) 271-1746

Times: 7-9pm

Dates: Sunday, November 12 and December 10

Sit, stay and pose for pet photos with Santa. Bring your furry friends and pose with Santa in Center Court of the Walt Whitman Shops.

 

STAR Foundation Annual Fundraiser

Agway

295 NY-25A

Mt Sinai, NY 11766

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 11am to 3pm

Price: $10.00 for one beautiful color photo with a frame.

Additional copies (same pose/no frame) $5.00 each.

If you use own camera, there is $7.00 sitting fee (no portrait given.)

Capture the magic of season with a beautiful color photograph; bring your pet for a posed picture with Santa Claus. Pets will receive a special treat after visiting with Santa. All proceeds benefit the Save The Animals Rescue Foundation. STAR rescues and provides rehabilitation services for injured and orphaned Long Island animals and releases them back into their natural habitat.

 

Harbor Pets Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

Harbor Pets

120 Main St

Greenport, NY 11944

(631)-477-1518

Time: 5-8 pm

Date: December 16th

National Ugly Sweater Day is December 16th. Cats, dogs and other domestic pets can join the party now too at Harbor Pets Ugly Sweater Holiday Party. Join other felines and canines and pet owners for great photo ops, an ugly sweater contest and refreshments.

 

Petco Photos with Santa (Digital Photo Experience)

Location: At your local Petco or Unleashed by Petco stores

(Call your local store for more details)

Dates & Times: Saturday, December 2nd (1–4 pm)

Saturday, December 9th (1-4pm)

Saturday, December 16th (1–4 pm)

Cost: $9.95 donation

Bring your pets to take a photo with Santa while helping homeless animals in need. Petco is partnering with Santa’s Helpers for a digital photo experience. 100% of donations go to homeless animals through the All for Holiday Homes fundraiser. If you are looking for a holiday gift for an animal loving friend or family member, purchase the 2018 Petco Foundation calendar and coupon book for only $15. All proceeds help animals find good homes.

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The Best Holiday Shows Based on Christmas Movies

Holiday Shows

Did you know that some of the best holiday and Christmas movies are also plays and musicals?  The best part is you don’t have to travel all the way into NYC to see these plays; they are located right on Long Island. Make the holidays magical and memorable; plan a family outing to one of these holiday shows.

A Christmas Story

Dates: December 15, 2017 – December 27, 2017

Location: Patchogue Theatre

71 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772

Price: From $29-89 & Student Rush: $35 (1 hr before show with student ID)

Tickets: thegateway.org

A Christmas Story, The Musical depicts the timeless holiday favorite where Ralphie tries to convince his parents that they should buy him a Red Ryder B.B for Christmas. Enjoy iconic scenes like Flick getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole, the leg lamp in the window and the pink bunny suit. Get your tickets now, I triple-dog-dare you!

 

Frosty

Location: John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street

Northport, NY 11768

Dates: November 18 – December 31, 2017

Tickets: engemantheater.com

Frosty the Snowman is not just a beloved holiday song and childhood cartoon, it’s also a play. Frosty tries to save the town of Chillsville when Ethel Pierpot’s evil machine starts melting all the snow. Will Frosty make it back to the North Pole? Head over the hills of snow in Northport and see this timeless classic.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live

Location: Madison Theatre at Molloy College

1000 Hempstead Avenue

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Public Square Lobby

Dates: December 28 – December 30, 2017

Tickets: madisontheatreny.org

Price: $45-$95

The animated special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, aired over 50 years ago on television. Watch this story come to life in a stage adaptation featuring your favorite Peanut characters and classic score by Vince Guaraldi. Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Location: Tilles Center

720 Northern Boulevard Brookville, NY 11548-1300

Date: November 26, 2017 (Family workshop 1pm, Show starts 2pm)

Tickets: tillescenter.org

Tilles Your Way: (Buy 3 or more) prices: $53, $44, $35 (Prices reflect a 10% subscription discount and include a $3 facility fee)

Prices: Regular prices: $58, $48, $38 (prices include a $3 facility fee)

Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? That’s right, Rudolf! The 1964 animated television special is soaring off the screen and hitting the stage. Join Rudolf, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster as they help Santa save Christmas.

 

It’s A Wonderful Life

Location: Suffolk Theater

118 E Main Street

Riverhead, NY 11901

Date & Time: Sunday December 17, 2017 at 6:00PM  (Bar & Restaurant open at 4:30 Show at 6pm)

Price: $15, $20, $30 (Ticket options for this event includes row seating and cabaret seating)

Tickets: www.suffolktheater.com

The 1946 film, A Wonderful Life, is based on the short story, The Greatest Gift. After George Bailey wishes he was never been born, an angel is sent to earth to show him how many lives he impacted and how life would be different if he was never born. Watch A Wonderful Life performed live in the style of an old time radio show at Suffolk Theater’s state of the art marquee.