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Ian J. Stark

A Halloween party on Fire Island

Cherry?s in Cherry Grove dressed up its awning

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Oct. 31 may be weeks away, but over on Fire Island, the late-night Halloween scene is already rolling.

While most Long Island nightspots haven't officially announced what sort of spooky-themed get-togethers are in the works for this year, Cherry’s (Bayview Walk, Cherry Grove, 631-597-7859) already threw its Halloween shindig on Sept. 27 — but, as late October falls somewhat outside the seasonal...

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Long Beach Irish Day 2014

A trio of the about 20,000 spectators attending

(Credit: ExploreLI Street Team, 2012)

It's very probable that green clothing will be especially in vogue in the "City By the Sea" on Saturday.

Most Long Islanders are likely aware that March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day — an annual holiday that famously inspires massive crowds to venture out to LI bars, pubs and clubs in order to rejoice with music, dancing and the wearing of emerald-hued fashion — not to mention the digestion of corned...

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A Blarney Stone to kiss at Flanagan’s in Ronkonkoma

The Flanagan?s Pub Blarney stone. According to the

(Credit: Flanagan’s Pub)

It’s not news that there are dozens of pubs located across Long Island – and in the competition for customers, bars have been known to renovate, hire hot local bands or start serving the latest in cocktails and craft beer in order to grab attract patrons. On the other hand, as promotions go, the adding of a new rock – as in a real stone – is not exactly a typical move.

However, Flanagan’s,...

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‘All Pumpkin Everything’ at The Cortland

Lots and lots of pumpkins. On Thursday, Sept.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Ever wonder why pumpkin-flavored products are so popular in autumn? If so, you're not alone in your curiosity.

Any simple web search using the words “pumpkin” and “flavor” will turn up several offers for food and drink augmented by the winter squash -- and almost as many online articles that question why the arrival of September signals restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and other establishments...

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‘Color Me Wild’ color run

Hannah Steinhauer gets coated by blue dye during

(Credit: Cheryl Steinhauer / Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center)

Despite the fact that the once-blazing summer sun has recently begun its transition into a less-powerful autumn version, one can still go outside most clear September days and catch a tan – but of course, medical professionals tend to warn against such a skin-damaging undertaking -- so why not go out and get blue instead? Or green, maybe red or a combination of striking tones?

The Evelyn Alexander...

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Off The Walls II with SPARKBOOM

LI-based band Nonstop to Cairo will be among

(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

As it did in 2013, SPARKBOOM will once again host an afternoon street fair, giving all who attended a fresh opportunity to experience the sort of locally sourced art and music that the Huntington-based arts collective strives to nourish.

Created via the collaboration of nonprofit organizations (such as the Huntington Arts Council, Fotofoto Gallery, the Art League of Long Island and the Heckscher...

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Jeremih to perform at The Emporium

R&B singer Jeremih, seen here at the Hammerstein

(Credit: Getty Images / Andrew H. Walker)

If new school R&B is your sort of sound, you may want to keep Saturday, Sept. 20, open as singer Jeremih has been scheduled to perform that evening at The Emporium in Patchogue.

Jeremih (aka Jeremih Felton) is a 27-year-old Chicagoan whose musical efforts receive regular local radio play, and should be familiar to LI club aficionados as his collaborations with such rap stars as 50 Cent...

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Melanie Iglesias to appear at Aura

Model and actress Melanie Iglesias, pictured here at

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Now that fall semesters at local colleges are underway, area students are already getting back to dealing with such mundane-to-unpleasant realities as the daily hunt for parking spots at school, the buying of textbooks, regular homework and steady sessions of studying – not to mention the stress associated with just having to get out of bed every morning.

However, those among the undergraduate...

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Halfway to St. Patrick's Day parties on LI

Flanagan?s Ronkonkoma, during the 2014 St. Patrick's Day

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Even the most casual of pub party observers would likely agree St. Patrick's Day is hands-down the biggest holiday for bar bashes, bar none. Unfortunately, for those among us who can't wait for the green clothes, drink deals, bagpipers, removable shamrock tattoos, cabbage, corned beef and copious crowds that tend to accompany related events held on March 17 is that -- as of this writing -- it is...

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‘Liquid Mondays’ summer closing party

Guests at a Liquid Mondays party at Woodbury

(Credit: Martin Willard)

September can be somewhat of an adjustment period for those Long Islanders who enjoy partying outdoors — especially as the month’s summerlike temperatures tend to keep things hot enough to make open-air affairs still feasible.

Nonetheless, by the time October arrives, most happenings that count on warm weather will be shuttered until at least mid-2015 — with one of those doings being the weekly...

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