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Town Focus: Day 4 in Riverhead

Storefronts on Main Street in Riverhead.

Storefronts on Main Street in Riverhead. Credit: Erin Geismar, 2011

It’s my second-to-last day in Riverhead. I’m stopping by Riverhead Town Hall’s art gallery exhibit “Land & Sea,” created by graphic designer George Camalich, to speak with Jane Kirkwood, gallery director of East End Arts, about the town’s artistic culture.

But before that, I’m checking out the progress of the Brendan House, which will serve as a home for the disabled in Riverhead. There will be county inmates with skilled labor backgrounds there assisting in building the home on a weekly-basis.

Nancy Reyer, the mother of a 17-year-old who suffered from third-degree burns covering over 40 percent of his body after an accident in 2011, will be there to talk about how her son, will be one of the 10 people with disabilities moving into the house.

In the afternoon, I plan to stop by Hallockville Museum Farm on Sound Avenue, which I’ve been told will give me a taste of early settlement and immigration life in Riverhead. Just last month, a couple from out of town had their zombie-themed wedding there. The pictures are “to die for,” yet tasteful. Perhaps they’ll share some of those pictures with us.

I received so many suggestions this past week that I’m afraid I won’t get to everything, but I want to mention some of the things readers have suggested and stated about Riverhead.

I was told to have a cappuccino, beer, glass of wine or coffee at Vines and Hops on East Main, so I think I’ll have to make it there. I’ll try a buffalo burger for the first time at Tweed’s Restaurant & Buffalo Bar on Main Street. I was also told to check out the owner’s roaming buffaloes at the corner of Reeves and Roanoke avenues. I had no idea they were there. Did you?

I’ve been getting many positive comments about the community from readers.

"Riverhead has come a long way and is a great place to spend a weekend any season,” one said. “No where else can you find old fashion farms, wineries, beaches, water park, aquarium, great shopping, restaurants and breweries."

Another reader understands that the area can get a bad rap, but feels it’s on track to becoming a destination on Long Island’s East End.

"I’m impressed at how Riverhead has changed for the better,” the reader said. “I remember when I was younger, it was a place to steer clear of. Now, I take my family there and love how it has been ‘reborn.’”

It’s never too early for Thanksgiving pie. I don’t see why I couldn’t grab some pies on my way out of Riverhead from Briermere Farms. What’s your favorite pie from there?

As I finish out the week, continue to follow me and keep the suggestions coming. You can contact me via Twitter @Brittanywait, Instagram at brittanyhwait, email or the comments below.

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