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‘All Pumpkin Everything’ at The Cortland

Lots and lots of pumpkins. On Thursday, Sept.

Lots and lots of pumpkins. On Thursday, Sept. 18, The Cortland pub in Bay Shore is holding an “All Pumpkin Everything” event that will feature several forms of drink and snack enhanced by pumpkin flavor. 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 to lean so hard on pumpkin-powered potables and promotions in the first place.

On the other hand, most spots don't switch to menus consisting of only pumpkin-enhanced items -- but Thursday night, The Cortland pub in Bay Shore is actually taking such a turn.

Already known as both a place for unique events and unusual drinks (especially hard-to-find, locally sourced craft beer), The Cortland has put together “All Pumpkin Everything,” an evening that could potentially satiate (or even cure) one’s cravings for pumpkin by offering no less than 40 different options of libation or bite that feature some sort of pumpkin boost -- such as various jack o’lantern-spiked cocktails, infusions, shakes, ciders, hot cocoas, teas, coffees and beers -- and although the bar doesn't have a kitchen, it will also serve up a few similarly-styled snacks (including pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake cookies). In addition, the night will feature a performance from popular Bay Shore musician Justin “J-Haus” Haus.

The pumpkin onslaught begins at 8 p.m. with no cover charge; for more information check out The Cortland at facebook.com/thecortland.

The Cortland: 27 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-206-2220