Nassau And Suffolk County Fall Festivals You Can't Miss!

Nassau And Suffolk County Fall Festivals You Can't Miss!

With pumpkin and hoodie weather just around the corner it's time to get a jump start on fall festivities!
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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The way the trees fade into waves of green, orange, and yellow is just amazing. Since Autumn is around the corner now is the perfect time to get a jump start on fall festivities! Here are a few Long Island that kick off the fall season.

40th Annual Greek Festival
Presented by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Where: 20 Field Avenue, Hicksville
Date: September 9 - 11, 2016
Time: 12:00PM - 11:00PM
Cost: Free



This is a must for anyone who loves the amazing food that is Greek. This is the 40th annual festival so expect great things from the three day festival. Check out the Sensational Hellenic Dancers of the Holy Trinity, live Bouzouki music, church tours and countless raffles.

12th Annual Long Island Garlic Festival
Presented by Garden Of Eve Organic Farm And Market
Where: Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market, Riverhead
Date: September 17 - 18, 2016
Time: 10:00AM - 6:00AM
Cost: just $5 per person at the door, children under 6 free. (Rain or Shine)



This is a clear and obvious for those who are garlic fanatics! Come check out all the garlic vendors have to offer, live music, workshops and all the garlic drenched food you can image! Be sure to stick around for the Iron Chef Garlic competition to walk away with the winning recipe!

24th Annual Italian Festival Experience
Presented by Hofstra University
Where: South Campus, Hempstead
Date: September 18, 2016
Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Cost: Admission: $5.00 Seniors/$6.00 Adults/children Under 12 Free



Come celebrate the 24th Italian festival! Learn about the history Long Island has with Italy while enjoying delicious food and fantastic vendors. Music, Poetry, dance, handmade crafts, and thousands of people are to be expected!

Long Island Apple Festival
Presented by SPLIA
Where: 55 Old Post Road, East Setauket
Date: September 25, 2016
Time: 11AM - 4:30PM
Cost: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors And Kids 2-12



Come and enjoy some fun apple festivities. This is great for kids and adults alike! Pick some fresh apples while watching or participating in tug-o-war, relay races, and apple pie baking contests. There is also opportunities to hike on a nature trail and learn more about the historic Sherwood-Jayne house.

Great Cow Harbor Day Weekend
Presented by Northport Village
Where: Village Park, Northport
Date: September 18-19th
Time: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Cost: Free




Be one of the 25,000 people that visit this fantastic festival. Friday is dedicated to the Cow Harbor 10K while Sunday is when all the fun happens. The parade starts at 12pm after you can find a sea of vendors selling handmade goods or food in the park and seaside you will find boats decorated for the Lighted Boat contest.

6th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival
Presented by Association for Mental Health Awareness
Where: 939 Johnson Avenue, Ronkonkoma
Date: October 15th, 2016
Time: 12:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost: Free



Come check out the Chili Cook-Off where both meat and vegan chili dishes will be served from restaurants, businesses, and local talent! Enjoy the vendors and food while exploring what Ronkonkoma has to offer. Be sure to stick around for the Halloween costume contest for kids. Prices will be given out throughout the day and all proceeds go to the Association for Mental Health Awareness.

Patchogue’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival
Presented by Patchogue Village
Where: Main Street, Patchogue
Date: October 15th, 2016
Time: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Cost: Free



This year’s festival includes events for both kids and adults alike! Come by any time after 12 pm to enjoy the chili and chowder contests, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, face painting, live music and more!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Shows And Movies We Loved As Kids And What Those People Are Doing Now

I wanted to know what some of my favor actors and actresses are up to now.

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I was scrolling through Netflix the other day and came across the movie "Spy Kids." Now I don't know about you guys but I LOVE this movie and was very excited when I saw it. Obviously, I watched it, and the second and the third cause what else would you do on a weekend? It got me thinking I wonder what some of our favorite movie/show characters are doing now and what their life is like.

Alexa Vega also is known as Carmen Cortez in "Spy Kids" is now 30 years old and doing great! Alexa is married to...wait for it: Carlos PenaVega. You might be thinking who even is that. If you watched "Big Time Rush" it's Carlos from BTR!! They got married in the year 2014 and they have a baby boy together named Ocean and they just posted on their Instagram they are expecting another baby boy.

Next, on our list, we have Jonathan Lipnicki also known for some great movies like "The Little Vampire" and "Stuart Little," He is now 28 years old and you can now find him on some television shows such as "Family Tools" and "Worst Cooks in America."

Danielle Fishel was known as Topanga Lawrence on "Boy Meets World" and later "Girl Meets World." You could catch her on Disney Channel in those shows. She is 37 years old and now she is married to Jensen Karp. Ben Savage, also known as our beloved Cory Matthews on "Boy Meets World" and "Girl Meets World," is now 38 years old. One of the quotes that have stuck with me is:

"A lot of the problems teenagers go through, it's better for them to go through them on their own. If you always have a crutch, you don't learn anything."

Daniel Radcliffe also is known as "Harry Potter" (favorite movie ) is now 29 years old. If you have never seen these movies I recommend them to anyone, and if you don't like them.. well, we are done talking. Anywho he is in the upcoming animation movie "Playmobil: The Movie."

Emma Watson also is known as the gorgeous and smart Hermione Granger now at 29 years old. Something you might not know is that her alma mater is Brown University. Emma is in a movie coming out December 25th, 2019 called "Little Women."

Robert Pattinson or how a lot of people know him as Edward Cullins from the "Twilight" series is now 32 years old and is in the upcoming movies "Waiting for the Barbarians" (2020) and "The Devil All The Time" (2020).

Taylor Lautner (I will always be Team Jacob and we can forever argue about it ) is known as Jacob Black in the "Twilight" series but you might also remember him from the movie "Abduction" in 2011 and the movie "Sharkboy and Lavagirl" in 2005, "Grown Ups 2" in 2013, another good one was "Cheaper By The Dozen 2" in 2005 and I could go on and on talking about him. Taylor is now 27 years old and in a few shows such as "Scream Queens" and "My Wife and Kids."

Anna Kendrick also from the "Twilight" series but also from "Pitch Perfect" known as Beca is now 33 years old and working on an upcoming movie "Noelle" coming November 2019

Rebel Wilson in the movie "Pitch Perfect" known as Fat Amy. A fun little tidbit, when the movie came out I changed my twitter name to "Fat Hannah"... and now that I think about it I was a stupid kid and why would I do that to myself. Anyway, Rebel is known for her funny personality and she is in an upcoming movie "The Hustle" May 10th, 2019 with fellow actress Anne Hathaway.

These are just a few of some of the actors and actresses from some of my favorite movies I have watched over the years and wondered what they were doing now with their lives.

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