05/03/16 6:03am
Young Farmer's Camp at Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder) Katharine Schroeder Photo

Young Farmer’s Camp at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It’s time to start thinking about how your little North Forkers are going to spend their time off from school.

The following is a partial list of summer camps. Please call or check websites for detailed information on camp activities, schedules and fees.

If we forgot any, be sure to tell us in the comment section.

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05/03/16 6:01am
Whole Le Crepe at last year's Taste of the East End event (Credit: Long Island Aquarium)

Tina Paola of Whole Le Crepe at last year’s Taste of the East End event (Credit: Long Island Aquarium)

Sample all the East End has to offer at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center’s second annual Taste the East End event, scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 29.

It’s an evening that highlights the foods, craft beverages and wines that are locally sourced, cultivated and brewed on both of Long Island’s forks.

“We wanted an event that showcases everything that the East End has to offer all in one special night,” said Long Island Aquarium event coordinator Nicole Buckley. (more…)

05/02/16 6:07am
Greenport Village during the Tall Ships festival earlier this month. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A bustling Greenport Village during the 2015 Tall Ships festival. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Take mom shopping in Greenport on Saturday, May 7 for the first-ever Mom-a-thon, a pre-Mother’s Day sidewalk sale full of food, fun and deals.

Sponsored by the Greenport Business Improvement District, local merchants and village officials hope to draw visitors in the same tradition as the annual Greenport Maritime Festival and last year’s Tall Ships Festival.

“We’re trying to enliven the business district for the coming season and kicking it off with this Mother’s Day event,” said Caroline Waloski, BID Promotion Liaison and owner of The Sirens’ Song Gallery in Greenport. (more…)

05/02/16 6:03am
Veterans Beach Park

Jackson Parpan rides the slide at Veterans Beach Park. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

One day early this spring my two-year-old son Jackson woke up and asked me a question about how he was going to spend his day.

It was a Monday morning, so my wife and I were headed to work and him to daycare, but something else was on his mind.

“I go park?,” he asked, his voice quiet and optimistic.

“You have to go to school today,” I responded.

“NO,” he said loudly, and with concern. “I GO PARK.”

Playgrounds are the little man’s latest obsession, following in the footsteps of animated Disney films, binkies and Pirate’s Booty. When our boy is into something, he really goes all in. I once watched “The Incredibles” 10 times in a week.

With winter over and summer on the horizon, I recognize the television sets must be turned off. So we’ve started filling our time at the many great parks the North Fork has to offer. Jack can’t get enough. (more…)