Apple Picking out East

Can one get sick from eating too many apples?

We are about to find out in my house! We basically raided the inventory off the trees at Lewin Apple Orchard in Calverton yesterday.

We took 25a instead of the Long Island Expressway to enjoy a more scenic drive. Some traffic caught us about 5 miles out and we mistakenly parked at Lewin Farms on Sound Avenue first; this is where the farm stand, corn maze, flowers and small pumpkin patch are located. We headed a few miles further to reach the Orchard on Fresh Pond Road. It was crowded parking along the grass on both sides of the road so unless you visit early expect to walk for several minutes. This is important as you may be leaving with a heavy purchase!

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Fall Friday

It was a long work week – didn’t get to see the kids much so looking forward to some outdoor fun!  It’s feeling a bit cool and I’m slipping and sliding on lots of leaves on my runs through the Long Island Greenbelt Trail.  Busted 2 toes today on a tree root, but that’s good kind of pain 🙂

Every year I say let’s forget about paying for Fall cleanup and try to take care of it myself.  I guess I am having delusions about how much raking the kids can handle and I usually make it through half the yard – the front usually, not the full back.  I’ll see the kids lounging on the couch doing nothing or hear the Giants game and I cave and call someone to finish my ‘attempt’.

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Finally, Friday…

Couldn’t have come a moment sooner.  A cold was passed around between the kids this week, and it hit me Wednesday.  Drained me pretty bad but I have the Great Cow Harbor 10k in Northport early Saturday (Brandon is in the Kids Run) so time to suck it up.  This train ride would be tolerable if this guy across from me wasn’t Continue reading

Walk to Defeat ALS in Eisenhower Park 9/22

This coming Sunday, September 22, the annual Walk to Defeat ALS will take place.  Please consider coming out to Eisenhower Park, getting in some morning exercise with a 3 mile walk and showing your support for those on Long Island and all over that are afflicted with this disease!

More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year.

Here is a link to the main Long Island Walk to Defeat ALS website.  Here you can find out more information about ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the Association’s mission and goals, create your own walk team or join an existing team to walk or donate needed funds:

Walk to Defeat ALS Long Island

Alternatively, the 1Quest2theNext family has a team walking in this Continue reading

Sands Point Preserve: A Gold Coast Gem

One of our favorite spots to explore on Long Island is located on the North Shore in Port Washington. The Sands Point Preserve is a unique mix of woodlands, sandy beachfront, breathtaking scenic landscapes, historic education and….FUN!

The estate was created by Howard Gould, the son of financier and railroad tycoon Jay Gould, who purchased the land in 1900. Castle Gould was built with Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle as inspiration. Visitors park in a grassy field nearby as they enter the Preserve and can explore the grounds surrounding the castle and take an exhibit tour.

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Choose your own Adventure

So the ducklings’ Autumn migration has begun, your workload is getting out of control and the kids are back to school and their routine.  Lots of time management and re-organizing in progress, I bet.  Well, a bright spot on the horizon; the weather outlook is pretty mild for this weekend.  Not too hot, no cold front and lots of things to do to enjoy every minute of your time off!

Exploring the South side of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve – regularly access is only for fishing; learning how to live as a naturalist @ Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Sunday or dancing a jig at the Irish Festival hosted @ Hofstra University are just the beginning of the fun planned for our Long Island community.  It starts as soon as your last conference call ends and the kids get off the bus this afternoon!  Make lots of new memories this weekend!!

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Kids need attention

Special thanks to @Erin Geismar, the Online Community News Editor for Long Island’s Newsday newspaper for featuring Sofia and Brandon (2/5ths of 1Quest2theNext’s editors) and our Twitter feed in today’s paper on page 27.  The kids were excited when I got home from work and look forward to our next quest!


Greenport Maritime Festival

The annual Greenport Maritime Festival is a bright spot in the Fall that attracts over 40,000 visitors each year to Eastern Long Island.  While a highlight is the Tall Ships docked through the weekend, those that converge on the village have many delightful adventures to choose from throughout the weekend!

Families and friends can browse through booth after booth of nautical-centric arts & crafts, view classic wooden boats, and lots of ‘local’; bands, seafood, produce, wine and beer from the area.

There are also several family-oriented activities, including a carousel, pirate show and fireworks at night.  And we can’t forget about the many ice cream shops, cotton candy and all kinds of treats!

From Mia, 2:  “Me like to go on the carousel!”


From Brandon, 10:  “When we went on the Tall Ships we got to go to the lower level of the boat and sit in some of the beds.  We were able to use the steering wheel and look at the big compass on board.  Newsday was there and they took my picture to put on their website!”

You can also take a cruise to view the 8 lighthouses surrounding Greenport.  Bug Light is the favorite to many!   Located between Orient Harbor and Gardiner’s Bay, Bug Light was first lit in 1871. Burned by vandals in 1963, it was restored fully in 1990 and now shines brightly.  It did receive significant damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  Much of the damage has been repaired but fundraising efforts remain to complete the work.  100 tons of rock need to be added to Bug Light’s base to help protect it.

If interested, visit this site:


From Sofia, 7:  “So….it was hot out and there were a lot of people so it took a long time to find a place to get lunch.  My tummy was so hungry so that even after lunch I needed more.  So later we got ice cream AND cotton candy BOTH!  It was soooo sooo good!”

If you want to board the Tall Ships, we suggest visiting early morning or perhaps early evening, as line do get quite long.  You will be able to speak to the ships’ captains, learn about the history of the ships and hear nautical tales from sailors as well as explore the various interesting sections of the vessels.  The authenticity of the ships combined with the exciting adventures they have been a part of make up for an exciting time at the Festival!

the key to a kid's heart...sugar!

the key to a kid’s heart…sugar!

There are many restaurants by the water, both fancy and more modest (but with exceptional local oysters, clams, lobster and more).

This year the 24th Annual Greenport Maritime Festival is scheduled for September 20-22.  The theme for 2013 is a celebration of Greenport’s 175th year of being established.  Replacing the clam chowder contest of previous festivals will be an Oyster shucking contest that fits in more with the history of Greenport.

Here is the daily schedule for this years Festival:

We hope you have fun out East!  Leave us a comment and let us know if you do or any other tips or memories from previous visits to the Greenport Maritime Festival…

Not time to hibernate just yet!

Some say this is the twilight of the Summer; or that it’s already over.  No more beach, boating, nightlife in Huntington, day camp; we’re home from vacation, back to school or off to work.

It’s all in your mind!!  So what if a few leaves have started to fall this week and you are buying new backpacks and anxious about your kids’ new teacher!  There still a window of time to get out, put your feet in the sand at Robert Moses field 4 (with less fees), enjoy the feast at the annual Italian Festival, run a race for a great cause or hike a trail at Caumsett with a chance to see some wildlife.  Explore the grounds of a Gold Coast estate or the shoreline.

Don’t give in to the ‘End of Summer’ conspiracy!  Check out the 1Quest2theNext calendar of activities on Long Island this weekend:

Brandon F, 10, Amateur Photographer and 1Quest2theNext co-editor

Brandon F, 10, Amateur Photographer and 1Quest2theNext co-editor