Over a month has passed since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the east coast and left many communities flooded, without power, some were even left in ruins. Some of the more severely impacted areas, such as Long Beach, N.Y. and Rockaway Beach, N.Y., have gained the attention of the national news media and disaster relief efforts such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and ragtag efforts like Occupy Sandy, many smaller, but still greatly affected communities have fallen by the wayside. Continue reading
Saturday was a perfect fall day for hard cider – sunny, nearly 70 degrees, good company and hardly a cloud in the sky.
More than 700 people came out to the Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue, N.Y. to guzzle hard cider and craft beer at the sold-out Pour The Core hard cider festival on Oct. 20. Grapevines surrounded the tents and the tables, creating an intimate green space.
“Everyone is enjoying dozens of ciders from around the world, a lot of them from New York State,” said Jim Silver, the General Manager of the Peconic Bay Winery, which hosted the event. The hard cider festival is the first on Long Island, Silver said.
A day filled with apple pies, apple carvings, and even apple-curry soup, the 23rd Annual Long Island Apple Festival in East Setauket was a place to discover local organizations and celebrate one of the season’s favorite fruits: the apple.
Surrounded by apple trees over 100 years old, families from the area and outward were immediately met with the sight of freshly baked apple pies, which were soon to be judged and auctioned off. An “everyman” judge was even chosen out of the festival-goers to help choose the winning pie.
When I went searching for a “compelling” story and gallery combo, I didn’t think I would find any that weren’t about politics or the national conventions, let alone one that hit so close to home.