12/11/16 8:12am

A cold wintery day didn’t stop a cadre of Santas from storming downtown Riverhead for the third annual Santacon Pub Crawl.

The event, which started off slow but picked up steam as the sun set and the night grew colder, was set up in part to support a good cause. Proceeds from bracelet sales at Santacon benefitted RSVP Animal Welfare & Rescue Group, a nonprofit group that works against animal abuse and neglect. (more…)

12/03/16 6:01am

Revelers dressed as Santa filled downtown Riverhead at the first SantaCon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Revelers dressed as Santa filled downtown Riverhead at the first SantaCon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

It’s time to get your Santa on.

SantaCon, Riverhead’s annual holiday pub crawl, returns on Saturday, December 10 for a third year. (more…)

12/06/15 6:05am
Dee Deluca of Shirley, Nancy Froth of Riverhead, Olga Turner of Aquebogue, Kathleen Walsh of Aquebogue and Ann Beauman of South Jamesport, Maddy Cavaluzzi of Calverton and Donna Trojanowski of Jamesport.

(left to right) Kathleen Walsh of Aquebogue, Dee Deluca of Shirley, Nancy Froth of Riverhead, Olga Turner of Aquebogue, Maddy Cavaluzzi of Calverton, Donna Trojanowski of Jamesport (back) and Ann Beauman of South Jamesport (front).

Faux-fur trimmed red suits and battery-operated necklaces were the preferred attire at the second annual Riverhead Santacon, held at downtown bars and eateries on Saturday.

Hundreds of revelers enjoyed drink and food specials at watering holes along Main Street from Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. to Sonoma Grill.

Wristbands were needed to participate, the proceeds of which benefit The Bread and More Soup Kitchen and the restoration fund for the First Congregational Church of Riverhead.

Attendance estimates were not immediately available.

To see some of the below pics in print, pick up the Dec. 10 copy of the News-Review. (more…)

11/17/15 6:10am

Revelers dressed as Santa filled downtown Riverhead Saturday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry, you’d better not pout, I’m telling you why, SantaCon is coming to town  — again.

That’s right: Mark your calendars because Riverhead’s second annual SantaCon Pub Crawl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.

(more…)

10/13/15 10:58am
halloween north fork events

Photo by Katharine Schroeder

From haunted houses to real ghost stories to spooky hayrides, there are plenty of Halloween activities on the North Fork this month to put a chill in the air and keep you up at night. Here’s a rundown of the Halloween fun: (more…)

03/04/15 6:00am
A March pub crawl will raise money for the East end Emerald Society, which hosts the Jamesport St. Patrick's Day parade. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file photo)

A March pub crawl will raise money for the East end Emerald Society, which hosts the Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day parade. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file photo)

Bust out your shamrock-adorned T-shirts and polyester red beards — a St. Patrick’s Day-themed pub crawl is coming to Riverhead.

Piggybacking on the success of the Santacon pub crawl in December, the event, dubbed “The March of the Leprechauns,” will raise money for the homeless outreach group Maureen’s Haven and the East End Emerald Society. The latter is raising funds to pay for pipe and drum bands in the Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day parade. (more…)

12/10/14 11:43am
A scene from Santacon on Saturday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A scene from Santacon on Saturday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Can Santa get a little service over here?

Ordering a drink at Joe’s Garage and Grill on Saturday wasn’t exactly easy for Jolly Old Saint Nick — or really my friend Jaan in a cheap red suit — as he stood at the end of the bar waving a $20 bill. That’s not a knock on the downtown eatery; it was just slammed with scores of fake-white-bearded customers clamoring for a bartender’s attention.  (more…)