10/10/17 6:03am

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in October 2016

When someone steps inside Darkside Haunted House in Wading River, owner Mike Meola said, it’s like they’re the star of their own horror movie.

“The haunted house was created from a love of Halloween,” said Mr. Meola, whose Route 25 attraction is now in its 19th year.

For Mr. Meola, Halloween starts around June, when he begins to create most of the attraction’s props and sets.

“The attention to detail and everything we put into the show — from the sets to the costumes to how we train our actors — is what really sets us apart,” he said. (more…)

10/09/17 6:00am

The LIRR stop in Greenport. The getaway deals listed below, however, stop in Ronkonkoma. (Credit: Northforker file photo.)

It’s no secret that the North Fork is at its hottest during the cool fall months.

For city dwellers who want to enjoy the charm of a North Fork autumn day while avoiding pumpkin picking traffic, the Long Island Rail Road is offering a few getaway options this season.

Don’t forget the North Fork Promotion Council is also providing a trolley service to various North Fork stops on Saturdays through November 11. Take the train to Mattituck and tour the trolley stops from Love Lane to Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic. Download the Go North Fork app for stop times and locations.

Check out the LIRR deals below or visit http://web.mta.info/lirr/getaways/longisland/index.htm for more information.

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09/29/17 6:00am
Wickham's Fruit Farm

October is a great time to pick up apple cider grown and pressed at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: David Benthal)

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Pumpkin picking might be synonymous with October on the North Fork, but there is so much more to do here during the fall.

From festivals and mid-week dinner deals to haunted houses, here are 31 events to check out — one for each day of the month. As always, visit northforker.com/events for even more listings. (more…)

09/29/17 6:00am

Members of Greenport Rotary took its miniature train on the road Saturday for the Greenport Maritime Festival parade. The group hopes to set the train and its station up on Moore’s Lane. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

All aboard!

The “Greenport Express” made its public debut last weekend in the annual East End Maritime Festival parade, where the Greenport Rotary Club put the miniature train’s locomotive and three cars on a trailer and paraded down Front Street.

“This is kind of the kickoff right here,” Rotarian Joe Cherepowich said afterward. (more…)

09/20/17 6:04am
The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 23, 24 and 25. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 22, 23 and 24. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Some might argue that harvest is the best time on the East End.

With plenty of fall festivals, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and more, it certainly is often the busiest season.

Here are 9 festivals and events for fun on the North Fork this autumn. (more…)

09/07/17 6:00am

A scene from the Harborfest boat race (Credit: Pamela V. White/Flickr, file photo)

HarborFest, which takes place in Sag Harbor each year, and is back again. The three-day event is set for Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, September 10 at locales all over the village.

Some favorite events of HarborFest, which is sponsored by Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, include the arts and crafts fair in Marine Park, the sidewalk sale outside Main Street businesses, visits to village museums, entertainment at Bay Street Theatre and the ever raucous and rollicking Whale Boat Races which attract large crowds of spectators all along on Long Wharf. (more…)