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Celebrating Our Unity Table Of Contents FOOD
Snowy treats on a cold day
Warm winter cocktails
Holiday dining guide: Where to find the tastiest meals
Slow cooking for wintry days
Wine down with winter recipes
Make sure every dollar counts MUSIC & BOOKS
Winter concert listings
Cozy up with a good book
The essential party-prep checklist FASHION
Stay warm and chic with trendy picks
Winter gardening tips from Hicks Nurseries
Fashion forward fireplaces
Winter backyard birding
Backyard living essentials
Summer fashion ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration
Dashing through the snow
Lake Placid travel
The sweetest place on earth: Hershey, PA
Things to do this winter
Ice skating on Long Island
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Snowy Treats BY CHRISTINA CLAUS
inter is a hectic time filled with holiday parties and snow days with the kids. Usually, this exciting time of the year means a lot of baking and new holiday recipes. Here are some snowy treats you can bake for parties or on snow days with your kids to get in a festive winter mood:
Hot Cocoa Cookies
Why just drink hot cocoa when you can eat it too? Of course, the chocolate and marshmallow treat in cookie form is just as festive and delicious. Ingredients: ½ cup butter 12 oz Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ tsp salt ¼ cup cocoa powder 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1¼ cups brown sugar 1½ tsp baking powder 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 24-25 large marshmallows 3 Hershey bars
Directions: Melt chocolate chips and butter together in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Combine dry ingredients: salt, cocoa powder, flour and baking powder. Set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add the melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients slowly while stirring. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until mixture is firm. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Roll the now-firm dough into 1½ to 2-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Bake for 10 minutes until cookies begin to crack. While the cookies are baking, cut marshmallows in half and cut chocolate bar pieces in half. After 10 minutes, top each cookie with a half of a piece from the bar and a half of marshmallow. Bake for another 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle grated chocolate over each cookie as an added decoration. —Recipe courtesy of Like Mother Like Daughter blog at www.lmld.org. 4B | WINTERTIME! 2016
The simplest wintertime treat will be fun for the kids to decorate on a snowy day. The cookies and cream truffle with an Oreo center and white chocolate coating decorated as little snowmen are great additions to any wintertime gathering. Ingredients: 1 (16 oz) package of Oreo cookies 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened 1 (24 oz) bag of Nestle Premier White Morsels 1 tub orange sprinkles 1 (8 oz) bag mini Oreo cookies 1 (0.67 oz) tube Betty Crocker gel black icing Directions: Crush all but nine Oreo cookies in a food processor to fine crumbs and place in a medium bowl. Add cream cheese and mix well until there are no more crumbs. Roll truffle mixture into one-inch balls and place on a wax paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate for one hour. Follow the instructions on the Nestle Premier White Morsels package to melt them down in a microwave safe bowl. Dip truffle balls into the melted chocolate, fully covering them. Place back on wax paper. Quickly add the mini Oreo top hat and a long orange sprinkle as a carrot nose before the chocolate hardens. After all truffles are finished, place back into refrigerator for one hour. Once chocolate hardens, add the two coal eyes and mouth using the tube of gel black icing. Store the truffles in the refrigerator or place in mini cupcake liners to serve. Yields about 38 truffles. —Recipe Courtesy of Christy Denney, writer of The Girl Who Ate Everything blog. Visit www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com for more recipes. Cont’d on page 6B
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Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes
Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes are sure to be a hit at any winter party and the endangered creatures need as much exposure as they can get. Ingredients: Cupcakes: 1¾ cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar ¾ cup cocoa powder 1½ tsp. baking soda 1½ tsp. baking powder 1 tsp salt 2 eggs 1 cup milk ½ cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla 1 cup boiled water Decorations: 1 (16 oz) canister of Betty Crocker vanilla frosting 1 (14 oz) package of unsweetened coconut flakes 24 York Peppermint Patties or Oreo cookies 72 Chocolate covered raisins
Directions: If you do not have time to whip up cupcakes from scratch, you can use your favorite boxed cake mix and follow the instructions for cupcakes. For the cupcakes, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, milk, canola oil and vanilla. Beat for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the hot water a little at a time. Line a cupcake pan with liners and fill each about halfway with cupcake batter. Should yield about 24 cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. To test if done, slide a knife into the center of one. If it comes out clean without any batter on it, they are ready. Set on a cooling rack for about a half hour. Coat each cupcake with a layer of vanilla frosting. Place a York Peppermint Patty or Oreo cookie in the middle depending on your taste. Add three chocolate covered raisins equally separated above the Patty or cookie. These create the paw pads of a Polar Bear. Dip the cupcake in coconut flakes to add a furry texture. —Recipes courtesy of One Little Project blog at www.onelittleproject.com.
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inter is a time of togetherness and reuniting with loved ones despite the chill in the air. What better way to unite friends and family and keep cozy at the same time than to indulge in these warm wintery cocktails? From the chocoholic, to the coffee craver, the sweet tooth sufferer and the chronic brunch-goer, there’s an easy-to-make drink for all. And if staying sober is on the agenda, there’s no need to worry, as each drink has a convenient non-alcoholic variation. These four beverages, whether boozy or not, are sure to warm both the tastebuds and the heart.
Peppermint bark is the quintessential Christmas-time treat, and this drink is just that in liquid form. Ingredients: ¾ c whole milk ¼ c half and half 2 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate 1 dash peppermint extract 1 Tbsp peppermint schnapps ½ ounce Bailey’s Irish cream whipped cream chopped candy canes Bring the whole milk and half and half to a boil in a medium saucepan. Slowly begin to stir in the chopped chocolate morsels and peppermint extract until the mixture is uniform. Remove the mixture from heat and pour in the peppermint schnapps and Bailey’s Irish cream. This step can be omitted for the non-alcoholic type. For the finishing touch, swirl whipped cream on top and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
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Coffee may be the perfect morning pick-me-up, but who says it can’t get you a little tipsy too? With a splash of whiskey, this drink is the ideal blend of caffeine and alcohol. Ingredients: 1 c coffee 1 oz Irish whiskey 1 Tbsp hazelnut liqueur 1 Tbsp Nutella whipped cream chocolate shavings Combine hot coffee and Nutella with an Irish whiskey and hazelnut liqueur of your choice and mix well. Top it off with whipped Cont’d on page 10B
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Combine all the listed ingredients and heat on a stovetop with a medium flame until the mixture reaches a desired temperature. For garnishes, make use of leftover vegetables and finger foods from what’s being served at the party. Between the pre-dinner snacks and the meal itself, there’s likely enough pickles, carrots, celery and cocktail shrimp to make garnishes that will impress guests. For the non-alcoholic variation, simply leave out the vodka and enjoy.
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Add the cider and nutmeg in a medium saucepan over a low flame. Slice the vanilla bean pod in half and add to the mixture. Let the liquid simmer for five to 10 minutes to allow the nutmeg and vanilla to infuse in the apple cider. Pour the warmed beverage into a cup and add the cinnamon stick, which can also serve as a convenient stirrer. For the alcohol-free version use fresh pear juice instead of pear liqueur.
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Holiday Dining Guide Where to find the best deals for holiday meals BY NICOLE LOCKWOOD
erhaps the most exciting part of the upcoming holiday season is the feasting that will ensue. Though family and friends look forward to spending time together over a homemade meal, cooking can sometimes prove to be a daunting task, requiring endless hours of preparation and the eventual cleanup. To ease the process, certain local restaurants are offering special holiday deals such as fixed price or buffet options. It’s an ideal way to enjoy a memorable holiday meal surrounded by loved ones with no effort or frustration in the kitchen.
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Delight in all kinds of holiday excitement at Planting Fields including caroling by the Barber Shop Quartet, House of the Red Hart Singers, Hot Cocoa and refreshments at the Hay Barn/Visitor Center by COFFEED INC., Coe Hall will be decorated for the season and will be open for self-guided visits with Jack Kohl performing in the Great Hall! Visit with Santa until 7:30pm in the Hay Barn! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 2016
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The event hall and popular dining destination will be offering a special Christmas dinner two days before the holiday itself on Friday, Dec. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. No specific menu has been created yet, but according to The Carltun kitchen staff, it is likely to be a three-course fixed price meal featuring choices of appetizers, a main entree and dessert. Prices will be $55 per adult and $25 per child.
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For those who enjoy a satisfying morning meal over dinner, the Polo Steak House and Lounge, part of the Garden City Hotel, will be hosting a Christmas Buffet Brunch. Prices will be $99 per adult, $49.50 per child age 4 to 12 and free for children 3 years old and under. If Christmas Day is too busy to squeeze in a brunching session, the Polo Steak House will also be holding a Breakfast With Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 8 to 11 a.m., where kids can meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus while the whole family enjoys their meal. Every child will receive a special present and a picture with Santa. No menus have been revealed just yet, so be sure to check with the restaurant as the dates near. 45 Seventh St., Garden City 516-747-3000 www.polosteakhouseny.com
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This classic American-style restaurant and bar won’t have any fixed price menu, but will be offering diners a special à la carte menu on Christmas Day. This menu will be similar to the style of cuisine on the regular menus, but will feature some specialty appetizers, entrees and desserts. Though the menu has not been finalized, it is likely that these Christmas dishes will align with the values of the restaurant, aiming to serve “classic favorites with modern twists.” 117 N. New York Ave., Huntington, 631-385-1515 www.restaurantprime.com
City Cellar Wine Bar
This new American eatery, which specializes in brick-oven pizzas, steaks and seafood, and has a vast wine selection, will be closed on Christmas Day, but will be featuring a special menu on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Eve menu, which has not yet been revealed, will be an optional fixed price menu aside from the normal dinner options available on a daily basis. The large open space, high ceilings, and private booth-style seating at this popular local hot spot make it a perfect holiday destination for families big and small. 1080 Corporate Dr., Westbury 516-693-5400 www.citycellarny.com
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The Milleridge Inn In an effort to restore The Milleridge Inn’s once noteworthy reputation as a community center of gathering and entertainment, the famed catering hall and restaurant will be hosting “An Olde Fashioned Breakfast with Santa” over the course of two weekends. On, Saturday, Dec. 3, Sunday, Dec. 4, Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, guests will be able to choose from seating times every half hour from 9 to 11 a.m. The grand breakfast buffet will include items such as homemade danishes, muffins and rolls, fresh fruits, eggs, sausage, bacon, French toast, home fries and waffles, and will feature a customizable omelette station. The price is $32.95 for adults, and $16.95 for children ages 2 through 10. Children under the age of 2 are free, and any child will have the opportunity to take a complimentary photo with Santa. Reservations are required for all dates and time slots, so be sure to call or head to their website to reserve a table as soon as possible.
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All-Day Wintry Meals In The Slow Cooker BY CHRISTY HINKO
othing says cozy days like all-day meals cooking into greatness in the slow cooker. The ease of cooking with a slow cooker is preferred because it’s typically a one-pot dish with minimal fix-it and forget-it preparation steps. Some recipes call for a small amount of stovetop cooking, usually to brown meats (which do not brown on their own in the slow cooker). A tiny bit of prep work yields a soul-satisfying culmination. Here are four of my personal slow cooker recipes.
Slow Cooker Chicken
Seasoned salt Minced garlic Dried parsley 1 c water 4 chicken bouillon cubes whole cut-up chicken 4 Tbsp butter Add 1 c water and 4 chicken bouillon cubes to slow cooker. Place chicken cuts in slow
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cooker. Season to taste with seasoned salt (I use Lawry’s or Goya seasoning salt, but use whichever you prefer), minced garlic and dried parsley. Cut small 1 Tbsp pats of butter and place randomly over cuts of chicken. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. .............
Brats & Kraut
5 bratwurst links, cut into 1-inch pieces 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 27 oz sauerkraut, rinsed and drained 1 medium tart green apple, chopped 1 small onion, chopped ¼ c packed brown sugar ½ tsp salt In a large skillet, brown pieces of bratwurst on all sides. In slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Stir in brats and pan drippings. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or until potatoes and apple are tender. .............
Slow Cooked Cabbage Rolls
½ c cooked white rice 12 leaves cabbage 1 egg, beaten ¼ c milk ¼ c minced onion
1 lb extra-lean ground beef 1¼ tsp salt 1¼ tsp ground black pepper 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil cabbage leaves 2 minutes; drain. In large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked rice, egg, milk, onion, ground beef, salt and pepper; stir well to combine. Place about ¼ cup of meat mixture in center of each cabbage leaf, and roll up, tucking in ends. Place rolls in slow cooker, tucked side down. In small bowl, combine tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and
Worcestershire. Pour over cabbage rolls. Cover and cook on low 8 to 9 hours. .............
Slow Cooked Tortellini
1 lb ground beef 1 lb Italian sausage 30 oz marinara sauce 1 c sliced mushrooms 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained 18 oz tortellini, premade-frozen 2 c shredded mozzarella cheese Brown and drain meat. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Cook meat, sauce, mushrooms and tomatoes for 7 hours on low. Sauce will be thick. Stir in frozen tortellini and cheese. Cook 15 minutes and serve.
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Wine Down With Winter Recipes BY JENNIFER FAUCI
hether you are looking for an alternative pregame pour to complement your favorite snack or planning an intimate winter gathering with friends and family, Mark West pinot noir is a seasonal staple. An addition to any tailgating party, Friendsgiving or holiday party, the California pinot noir has hints of spice, dark fruit and smoky oak, perfect for the chilly season. Retails for $10.99. Autumn Breeze
Serves 1 2 oz Mark West pinot noir 2 oz gin 1 tsp ground ginger ½ tsp lemon juice 1. In a cocktail shaker, mix ingredients and strain over ice into cocktail class. 2. Garnish with a lemon twist. .............
Spicy Grilled Pumpkin Seeds
Makes: 2-3 cups 2-3 cups pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp brown sugar 2 Tbsp nutmeg 1 Tbsp wasabi powder Olive oil 1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except pumpkin seeds. 2. Spread pumpkin seeds on a roasting pan, before drizzling mixture across both sides. 3. Roast in an oven for 35 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit before serving.
Sweet Buffalo Wings Serves 3-4
1 lb chicken wings ⅓ cup apple cider 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp salt ⅓ cup brown sugar Salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix all ingredients (but chicken wings) in a bowl. 2. Lay washed chicken wings on a pan and evenly coat mixture on each wing. 3. After coating wings with marinade, place on grill and cook
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Serves 10 Brine: 5 quarts water 1 cup kosher salt ¾ cup white granulated sugar 1½ cups brown sugar 1 Tbsp chili powder 2 bay leaves 10 turkey legs (8-10 lbs) 1. Add all brine ingredients to a large pot. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat. Allow to cool completely.
BBQ Sauce: 2 cans tomato paste (11 oz total) 1 cup ketchup 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce 1 cup red wine vinegar 1 cup Mark West pinot noir ½ cup dark molasses 2 Tbsp smoked paprika 1 Tbsp dry mustard powder 1 Tbsp onion powder 1 Tbsp garlic powder 2 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp cayenne pepper Salt and pepper
BBQ sauce every 10 minutes. Turkey legs are finished cooking when the internal temperature is 180 degrees. 5. Remove turkey legs from the grill, baste with BBQ sauce and serve immediately.
1. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and whisk together. Place saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer. 2. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Set sauce aside to cool.
Caramel Apple Galette
Serves 4-6 Dough: 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup spelt flour 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, cubed, very cold ½ cup ice water
BBQ Turkey Legs: 1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees. 2. Drain brined turkey legs and pat dry with a clean paper towel. 3. Place turkey legs on the grill and sear on each side for 3 minutes. 4. Brush each turkey leg with BBQ sauce and close the grill lid. Cook for 40-50 minutes, basting each leg with
Filling: ¼ cup sugar 1 Tbsp Mark West pinot noir 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp allspice
2 large honey crisp apples 1. To make the dough, add flours, sugar and cold butter to food processor. Pulse several times, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add one tablespoon of water at a time and continue pulsing the mixture until it holds together when squeezed, but is not sticky. 2. Gather dough into a ball. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 3. Combine sugar and pinot noir in a large saucepan over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until a dark amber caramel is achieved. Add spices and apples and toss to combine. Continue cooking for 5-6 minutes or until apples have softened. Allow to cool. 4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 5. Place dough ball on a floured surface and roll into a circular ¼-inch thick shape. Transfer dough to a parchment-lined sheet pan. Place cooled apples in the center of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. Fold the border of the galette up towards the center, crimping and pinching it as you go. 6. Cook for 40-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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until outside begins to caramelize and inside of chicken cooks through; flipping often to avoid burning. 4. Serve with a glass of pinot noir and enjoy.
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Make Sure Every Dollar You Give To Charity Counts BY NATHANIEL SILLIN SPECIALSECTIONS@ANTONMEDIAGROUP.COM
eciding to make a charitable contribution can arise from a desire to help others, a passionate commitment to a cause or the aim to give back to a group that once helped you or a loved one. Choosing which organizations you want to support can be difficult. There are more than a million public charities in the United States, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, and every dollar you give to Charity A is a dollar you might not be able to match for Charity B.
Whether it’s a friend’s charity run or supporting an animal rescue, often the decision to give comes down to a mix of internal and external factors. You have to determine which causes are most important to you, and with outside help you can compare how effective various charities are at using their funding. Many nonprofits do incredible work, but it’s always smart to verify their claims. You can start your due diligence by double checking an organization’s tax-exempt status using the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool. Once you verify its nonprofit status, you want to make sure it’s well run and makes a significant impact. There are several nonprofits that evaluate and rate charities. You
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can find their guidance online and use it to compare charities and inform your gifting. Sometimes a specific event rather than a general cause can spur you into action. When this happens, if you want to be sure that your money goes to support that particular cause you might want to narrow your search to charities that let you specify how your donation will be used. Otherwise, your money might not directly support those affected by the crisis. Donating to a nonprofit with effective programs and processes is the way to go if you’re trying to help as many people as possible, but you can also make contributions to individuals or families through a crowd-funding website. There’s something special about knowing exactly who and how you’re helping, and they’ll appreciate the aid from a stranger. Similarly, you can help entrepreneurs by making a microfinance loan through a nonprofit. You can relend the money you’re paid back to continue supporting small
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businesses. If you’re looking for ways to increase your contribution, ask your employer if it has a matching program. Some companies will double, or even triple, your gift to select nonprofits. If your company doesn’t offer such a program, you could speak to your human resources department or boss about establishing one. Third-parties also fund matching campaigns for charities. You can ask a charity if there’s a campaign running and make sure your donation qualifies. Unless there’s a pressing reason to make a donation today, you may want to put your money aside and wait until a matching campaign starts. You might be able to increase your financial impact without outside help if you can claim a tax deduction for your donation. Calculate your tax savings each year and put the money back into your charity fund. Donationrelated deductions can sometimes be confusing, and you may want to check with a tax professional or look online for tips from the IRS.
Your charitable gift could be the start of a legacy of giving among your family. By making donations a regular event during your children’s formative years, you’re establishing charitable giving as a family value that they can take into their adult lives. To engage children, make a donation to support a child’s favorite cause and show them how the money makes a difference. For example, you could follow up a donation to a nonprofit animal rescue with a visit to the shelter to see how the money helps the staff take care of the animals. Bottom line: Making a donation is one way to support a cause you believe in and ensure your gift has a meaningful impact. You can do this by having money available when it’s needed, donating to worthwhile charities, looking for ways to increase your financial impact and passing on a legacy of giving. Nathaniel Sillin directs Visa’s financial education programs.
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Blackberry Smoke, Nov. 18 at the Beacon Theatre
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Winter Concert Listings BY DAVE GIL DE RUBIO
ith Old Man Winter practically knocking on our collective doors, the best way to stay warm during these cold months is to stay cozy with the multitude of live entertainment options available throughout Long Island and New York City over the next few months.
Nov. 16 & 17 - Ingrid Michaelson Nov. 18 - Blackberry Smoke Nov. 19 - Hot Tuna Nov. 21 - Goo Goo Dolls Nov. 22 - Elle King Nov. 25 - Guster Nov. 29 - Norah Jones Nov. 30 - WFUV Holiday Cheer: Amos Lee/Lucinda Williams/ Corinne Bailey Rae/The Record Company Dec. 2 - Jerry Seinfeld Dec. 3 - Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays Dec. 5, 7 & 8, 13 & 14 - Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas is You Dec. 30 & 31 - Gov’t Mule .............
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Nov. 19 - Keith Urban Dec. 9 - Holiday in Brooklyn: James Taylor/Jimmy Buffett/Sarah McLachlan Jan. 20 - Twenty One Pilots Jan. 27 - Eric Church ............. 74th Street & Broadway, NYC 866-858-0008 www.beacontheatre.com
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Winter Concert Listings Cont’d from page 25B Dec. 16, 17 & 22 - Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti Dec. 18 - Kings of Chaos featuring members of Linkin Park, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots and Guns ‘N’ Roses Dec. 29 & 30 - O.A.R. Dec. 31 - Bush .............
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Cozy Up With A Winter Book BY CHRISTINA CLAUS
hen the chill in the air is too much to bear and the snow is falling down outside, stay in, sit by the fireplace with a blanket, grab a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and open up a winter book. Winter is the perfect time of the year for adults, teens and children to pick up a book that gets them in the winter mood. Here are 10 books to read when you’re cozied up on a winter night:
The Snowy Day
By Ezra Jack Keats Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day never fails to capture the magic of the first snowfall as it remains a popular and classic children’s book. The winter picture book details the playful day of a young child named Peter as he wakes up to find the world covered in snow. 102616_LH_Ad_8.75x5.5.pdf
The Mitten By Jan Brett
When a young boy drops his mitten in the snow, he continues on his path without realizing it is gone. As he walks along, animals, including a bear, begin to crawl into the lost mitten. The classic story comes in hardcover, paperback and board book format for all young readers. .............
Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story
By Naomi Howland After Sadie performs a generous act, she is given a magical frying pan that cooks up latkes on command. But things go awry when Sadie’s mischievous brothers
get a hold of the magic pan and can’t get it to stop cooking. The book teaches kids about the charity of the Jewish religion and traditions associated with the holiday. .............
Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #6)
By Jeff Kinney The iconic Greg Heffley is in trouble because he has become the prime suspect when school property is damaged. Greg is innocent, sort of. As the police are closing in, Greg becomes trapped indoors with his family for the holidays after a huge blizzard hits. But Greg knows that when the storm is over, he will have to talk to the police.
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Cozy Up With A Winter Book Cont’d from page 27B Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances
By John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle This adorable young adult wintertime book written by three bestselling teen authors follows three interconnected holiday romances to warm your heart for the holiday season. A cold hike, a trek through four feet of snow to a Waffle House and a shift at Starbucks all begin the tales of holiday romance. .............
The Snow Child
By Eowyn Ivey After a couple moves to Alaska, they build a child out of snow during
the season’s first snowfall. The next morning the snow child is gone and the couple finds a child in the woods, soon growing to love her as their own daughter. The magical and moving fairy-tale like novel is perfect for a wintertime read. .............
One Night in Winter: A Novel
By Simon Sebag Montefiore For those who love political thrillers, One Night in Winter: A Novel proves to be rich in history as it takes place in the wintery days of Stalin’s Moscow during World War II. The book begins as Moscow celebrates their victory over the Nazis and the son and daughter of high-ranking Soviet officials are killed. The novel attempts to investigate whether or not it was an accident and an attack against Stalin.
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
By Margaret Atwood If you’re interested in dark winter tales, Atwood delivers. The winter-themed short stories include a tale of a woman guided through the snowy night by her husband’s voice, a story called “The FreezeDried Bridegroom” and more. .............
By John Grisham Instead of putting up a tree, stringing up the lights or going to Christmas parties, Luther and Nora Krank decided this year they are going to skip Christmas and take a Caribbean cruise instead. But the
couple soon discovers that skipping Christmas is no easy feat. .............
The Christmas Train
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Stay warm and chic with trendy picks BY KIMBERLY DIJKSTRA
s lovely as warm weather can be, there’s something special about the winter season. Roaring fires, hot cocoa, holiday parties and the clothes. In the words of Lorelai Gilmore, “Everything’s magical when it snows. Everything looks pretty. The clothes are great. Coats, scarves, gloves, hats.” With that in mind, expand your winter wardrobe and pick up some new accessories from these local shops and online outlets.
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Charcoal Shearling Coat and Floral Paisley Scarf
Winter is all about the coats. This shearling coat hits mid-thigh and provides a neutral palette for your favorite scarf. Lucky Brandâ€™s Floral Printed Scarf is crafted from fine Gigi wool gauze, providing warmth without the bulk. Coat, $228; scarf $49.50. Find at Lucky Brand Jeans in Roosevelt Field, Garden City, or online at www.luckybrand.com.
Wool Cashmere Beanie With Fur Pom-Pom
Hats can be functional and fashionable. Made of soft wool and cashmere, this beanie also features an on-trend two-tone fox fur pom-pom to add a pop of color to your noggin. Available in camel, navy and grey melange. $450. Available at Burberry, Roosevelt Field, Garden City, or online at www.us.burberry.com.
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Get cold-weather ready with these soft suede over-the-knee boots by Sigerson Morrison. Pair with a pretty sweater dress, skinny jeans or winter leggings. Intricate top-stitching delivers sexy contrast. $795. Find at The Shoe Box, Americana Manhasset; Lord & Taylor, 1200 Franklin Ave., Garden City; or online at www.sigersonmorrison.com.
Embellished SplitBack Sweater
Mixed-metal embellishments decorate the front of this lightweight pullover, further enhanced by a flyaway back, which exposes a woven chiffon under layer. Depending on accessories, this sweater is glitzy enough for a holiday party, yet casual enough for everyday. $110. Find at White House Black Market, Roosevelt Field, Garden City, and at 1950 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, or online at whitehouseblackmarket.com.
Make a statement with this single-sole strappy sandal wrapped in lush two-tone mink fur, offset by a stiletto heel and crafted from luxe suede in a viola hue. The fur will keep your ankles warm, and the 3.75-inch heel will keep your feet out of the snowâ€Ś mostly. $498. Find at Stuart Weitzman, Roosevelt Field, Garden City, or online at www.stuartweitzman.com. see WINTER WEAR on page 36B WINTERTIME! 2016 | 35B
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Layers. Layer it up this winter and top it all off with this sturdy duffel coat, made from pure double-faced wool with signature tartan plaid on the inside. Real horn toggles and brown leather straps add a finishing touch to this must-have piece. Available in navy (shown) and camel. $698. Find at Brooks Brothers, Americana Manhasset, in Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale, or online at www.brooks brothers.com.
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This wool cap, crafted in Germany, has a brown plaid design with a water repellent finished. Tucked fleece earflaps will keep you warm when the wind picks up. Stylish and versatile, you can’t go wrong with this one. $63. Find at www.fedoras.com.
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filled with frozen snow and ice through the cold winter months. .............
hanksgiving is almost here and although you may be focused on turkey and stuffing, your garden is also calling. Get out in the yard, enjoy the sunshine, and complete a few simple garden tasks now. You’ll thank yourself next spring.
Birds & Ponds
Clean and fill your bird feeders with suet and black oil sunflower seeds. Their fats and oils will help birds to survive cold winter temperatures. Place a net over your pond to keep leaves and critters out, and test your pond heater now before you need it. .............
If you have not done so already, pick up any debris that may have accumulated throughout the garden. This could include fallen
leaves, branches and summer annuals that have died back. Now is also the perfect time to clean your shovels, rakes and other tools before closing up the shed for winter. And while you’re at it, move your snow shovels and snow blower—if you have one—to the front of the garage or shed. Snow will be here before you know it. .............
Light pruning is OK in November. Prune branches that are already broken or branches
that are crossing and rubbing on each other. Leave plants such as black-eyed susans, purple coneflower, and other fruit and seed producing plants alone. Their seeds and berries will help to feed birds throughout the winter. I would also suggest you do not cut down ornamental grasses. They provide beauty and movement to the garden when it’s otherwise empty. Roses, lavender and hydrangea are plants that should not be cut down or pruned during this time of year. .............
Late fall is a great time to enjoy the warmth of a fire pit outdoors. Pull up the Adirondack chairs, put out some warm blankets, and invite family and friends over to enjoy a cool fall night. Gardening does not end with Labor Day. If you’re willing, there are many things you can do throughout the fall and winter. This is not only good for the garden— it’s good for your soul. So get out there and get gardening! Karen Musgrave, CNLP, is the marketing and education specialist at Hicks Nurseries.
Mulch acts like an insulator during winter months. Either purchase mulch at your local garden center or use your lawn mower to shred leaves from your yard. Place the mulch around your roses for winter protection. .............
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he seasons may come and go, but a fireplace is forever. With the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to jazz up the living room focal point with wintertime decor. Any home, whether modern, rustic or beachy, could use a fashion-forward fireplace that is sure to impress guests.
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Silver Glitter Berry Wreath (above) Pier 1 Imports, $31.96 This wreath is a perfect match to the draped garland mentioned below. The added metallic accent aligns with the sophistication of the rest of the home, while still reminding guests that the holidays are right around the corner. White Faux Berry and Pine Garland Pier 1 Imports, $23.96-39.96 The simplicity of this garland is just enough to add some holiday spirit to the modern fireplace. Naturally drape the handcrafted garland, comprised of fake glittered berries and long white pine needles, over the mantle. Faceted Solid Brass Vessel Cont’d on page 40B
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Fashion Forward Fireplace Cont’d from page 38B Restoration Hardware, $55-135 These multipurpose bowls are both practical and beautiful. Use them to hold candles or your favorite holiday treats. Silver LED String Lights Pottery Barn, $24.50 The fireplace is already the main attraction of the room, but illuminate it even more with simple string lights. The small bulbs and thin wires will blend seamlessly with existing mantle decorations and brighten the room.
Starfish Garland Pier 1 Imports, $23.96 What’s a beach home without a starfish here and there? This string of starfish and seashells can be draped across the front of a fireplace, or mounted on the above wall. Beaded Ball String Lights Pottery Barn, $59 The fine off-white beads covering the lights resemble either freshly fallen snow or a patch of sand, a fitting combination for the beachy home during the holidays.
Whether living near the beach is a year-round luxury or a seasonal escape, decorating a wintertime coastal-themed fireplace is simple. Aim to blend ocean-inspired statement pieces with classic white accents for the desired nautical, yet holiday-like look. Coastal Shells Wreath (Right) Pier 1 Imports, $47.97 Dried grasses and seashells painted in white and shades of soft blue make up this coastal looking wreath. Above a mantle, it will remind guests of the upcoming holidays while paying homage to the nearby beach.
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In a rustic-style home, you can expect to see outdoorsy elements that create a homey and hospitable environment. When it comes to the fireplace, choose pieces that reflect the vibe of the rest of the house by making use of raw textures and neutral colors. Pre-Lit Snowy Pine Wreath Pier 1 Imports, $63.96 Place this glittering wreath above the fireplace to accentuate the rustic feel of the home. Though it is made of faux pine branches, it has a natural look that will match the rest of the decor.
Red Glitter Berry Garland Pier 1 Imports, $23.96 Continuing with the outdoor theme, these faux berries appear authentic while also providing that holiday glisten.
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When I retired nearly 13 years ago, my wife and I started to spend winters in Longboat Key, FL. That’s when I first became momentarily confused about the seasons. Most days it’s shorts and T-shirt weather. One typical winter day I saw an article in the paper about a hockey game. Hockey? That’s in winter; it must be a preseason game. The paper’s month, day and year read otherwise. A few weeks ago at Gerry Park in Roslyn, the sun was gleaming off the water and there were dozens of Canada geese and ducks on it. Was it spring? It felt more like summer. I wear shorts and T-shirts, long- and short-sleeved, all but six weeks of the year so it always seems warm. My mixups last a few seconds and I’m bemused that I can still become confused. It’s not hard to tell that it’s
fall in October and November because of the leaves, nature’s silent symphony. This year the turning leaves seem to be lasting longer than in prior years. There are deep reds, bright yellows, golds, light greens, dark greens and withered browns on the ground. Looking at an entrance to Rte. 135 from Old Country Road, the tree’s colors were wonderfully intertwined. It seemed that to go down that on-ramp would be like going down a magic corridor. I’ve watched a red tree for a few weeks from our kitchen window. Now the top branches are bare. Others will follow. Other trees have some bare limbs that curve and twist, reaching upward. They are like arms reaching toward the heavens asking about the coming winter’s weather. Will it be mild?
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I wonder about the starlings which in the past have appeared en mass at the end of October and the beginning of November. I have seen them only once at this writing, which is just after Election Day, as they converged Cont’d on page 42B
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November’s Passing, Winter’s Ahead Cont’d from page 41B on the grass on the side of the LIE. In the condo where I live in Woodbury, there have been times in the past during the morning Starling when the starlings (Photos by swooped down in a Christy Hinko) constellation landing on trees or the grass. They would stay awhile and suddenly some would fly off followed by others until the last ones left. They would fly to other trees or a lawn and then fly off over roof tops. A few years ago, early one morning, hard light illuminated the side of a unit that were rising above. Moving shadows fell on the building’s side as their bodies rose, making it seem like so many more than were actually flying. Then in a long instant they were gone. I don’t know why they mass or how they can fly in unison like magnetic particles being drawn as one by an invisible source. I never knew when they would come or why. Coupled with their short duration
it always seemed like an event not to be missed and I miss those events. When starlings stay in the trees or on the ground, through binoculars, these 8½-inch birds show dull white steaks on their dark breast, some shimmering iridescent green plumage and a yellow bill. For that reason I affectionately refer to them as the “dirty birds” They were introduced to the U.S. in the 1890s from Europe and since have adapted very well. The original 60 birds have swelled to 150 million Goose in North America. Interestingly, Mozart had a pet starling that could sing part of his Piano Concerto in G Major.
While I’ve not been here for winter in many years, I have been seeing birds from the car that should be here for winter watching. The other day while driving on 135, a group of 20 Canada geese flew
north overhead. They appeared like specks in a line, became larger and passed. Later on the Northern State extension a much Robin larger group were flying in a very uneven V formation which had many more birds clumped up on one side. They were flying east, not migrating southward. Interestingly, I see pigeons on power lines and on the arms of lights on the LIE lined up and wonder what they are doing. They don’t migrate and if they are removed from their location can find their way back. One bird that also should be here over the winter is the house sparrow. The tend to like the safety of bushes. I remember one winter day Sparrow long ago when a light dusting of snow had fallen and many were on a metal fence
chirping. When I came along they all disappeared into the bushes. Some woodpeckers and cardinals should be here as well but you’ll probably have to wait for spring to see robins, as most migrate. My focus however is on winter in Florida. I receive daily emails about what is being seen by naturalists at a Sarasota birding hot spot. One naturalist reported that she had a British couple at her site during her watch who had been in the area for a month but had changed their departure date Cardinal from the day before Election Day to the day after in order to stay for the election. It only cost them a hundred dollars to make the change. “One said “it’s going to be historic, don’t you think?” I wondered if they had an inkling that a Brexit would happen here. Meanwhile November’s peak foliage is still here and winter is around the corner.
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Dashing Through The Snow BY JOSEPH CATRONE
he temperature outside has been dropping lately, which means it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be digging up our winter coats from the backs of our closets. But it also means that snow is just around the corner and it’s time to think about that sled that’s been collecting dust in the garage since last winter. Though some traditions fade through the years, there’s something about slipping and sliding down a snowy slope that remains timeless. Luckily, there are plenty of fun spots around Long Island and New York City that are ideal for sledding. After all, all you really need is a nice hill. Eisenhower Park
At 930 acres, Eisenhower Park, located in East Meadow on Merrick Avenue, is one of the largest parks in the metropolitan area and boasts several activities, not the least of which is sledding. Spend an afternoon on one of the many hills and, if that starts to gets old, check out the aquatics center, which includes a work-out facility, or dine at Carlton on the Park Restaurant. A leisure pass and fee are required for the aquatic center. Call 516-572-0347 for more information.
Though it isn’t exactly around the block, no sledding list would be complete without Central Park in New York City. Visitors can enjoy the steep slopes of Pilgrim Hill or the popular Cedar Hill, which is divided into sections for both experienced and inexperienced riders. An abundance of restaurants are available in and around the park, so those in need of refreshments or relief from the cold won’t have to look far.
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Arguably more famous for its golf courses, Bethpage State Park also counts sledding among its popular activities. There’s plenty of open space and steep hills, not to mention a hill specifically reserved for snowboarding as well. Visitors can park for free in the golf course lot and are only permitted to use steerable sleds; inflatable sleds are not allowed. Make sure to call the park office at 516-249-0701 prior to arriving.
Cedar Creek Park
The sled hills at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh are open in January and February, after the chaotic holidays have wrapped up and with plenty of winter still ahead. The park’s picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis and reserved areas can be accessed with a leisure pass. There is also a dog run, popular with pet owners, near field number 7.
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hether you’re looking for (LPOC) an advenThe LPOC houses a turous adrenaline rush variety of different venues or a relaxing, nature including the Olympic Museum, multiple ice-sur- filled vacation, Lake face arenas, and a new Placid is the winter conference center. The destination for you. museum houses original Located just five hours sporting equipment, skating uniforms, Olympic north of New York City, torches, several Olympic Lake Placid was the medals, and other memorabilia. Perhaps one of the home of the 1932 and most memorable moments 1980 Winter Olympic of the 1980 Games was Games and boasts a the USA vs. USSR hockey rich sporting history game, which would later for nature lovers, go on to be remembered thrill-seeking skiers/ as the “Miracle on Ice,” where a group of US colsnowboarders, and lege students and amateur history loving buffs. hockey players went on to Here are some of the beat the defending gold top attractions you medal team, ultimately winning gold two days won’t want to miss.
Whiteface mountain peak viewed from the frozen Paradox Bay
later. Today the LPOC continues to host international sporting competitions and concerts. If you’re interested in attending an event or receiving information about public skating sessions call 518-523-1655.
Perhaps the most common reason people visit Lake Placid is to hit the slopes of Whiteface Mountain. Located in nearby Wilmington, Whiteface Mountain is
the 5th highest mountain in New York and one of the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks. On a clear day its summit offers 360-degree views, with glimpses of Vermont and Canada. With 80+ different trails to Cont’d on page 46B
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Winter Travel Guide: Lake Placid Edition Cont’d from page 45B choose from, skiers of all levels can spend the day hitting the slopes. However, if shredding some powder is not for you, take a ride on the CloudSplitting Gondola up to Little Whiteface Peak, elevation 3676’ and enjoy the breath-taking views. For more information visit www.whiteface.com. .............
Olympic Sports Complex
If riding down a mountain is not your cup of tea, but you still want that adrenaline rush, visit the OSC and take a ride on the icy tracks with professional bobsledders. Those who prefer to observe also have the opportunity to experience the bobsledders thunder across the ice at exhilarating speeds and cross the finish line of the 1932/1980 Olympic and Combined bobsled/luge/skeleton tracks. Call 518-523-4436 for more information on the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience.
The Olympic Center houses the Olympic Museum, multiple ice-surfaces, and a new conference center.
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Olympic Jumping Complex Tour (OJC)
Visitors of the OJC can ride a chairlift up the base of the ski jump towers, take a glass enclosed elevator to the observation deck of the 120m ski jump and marvel at the heights and the views professional ski jumpers take in before propelling themselves over the distance of a football field. The top of the towers offers a panoramic view of the High Peaks and the OJC is open year-round to visitors and athletes alike.
Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Bobsled Run used in 1980 Winter Olympics
Call 518-523-2202 for more information. .............
A true nature lovers delight, Lake Placid offers beautiful scenery all year-round. Home to Buck, Moose, and Hawk Islands, Lake Placid is fed by springs and Adirondack mountain streams. Loons, osprey and more than 200 camps dot the shoreline, which offers great views of Whiteface Mountain and calm waters offer a great opportunity for kayaking/ canoeing. .............
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Christmastime At The Sweetest Place On Earth BY CHRISTINA CLAUS
ooking for a way to sweeten up your holidays? As one of the chocolate capitals of America, Hershey has earned its name as a summer destination. But the theme park has plenty to offer in the colder months as well. Whether you’re looking for a spa retreat, theme park thrills or family-friendly fun, Hershey Park has plenty of holiday attractions that will keep people of all ages merry. The Christmas Candylane will feature roller-coaster rides such as Wildcat, SooperDooperLooper, Cocoa Cruise and Laff Trakk with holiday themes. The Wild Mouse and Howler have been added to Candylane for more thrills this season. Candylane will be lit up with four million holiday lights to add to the excitement as you walk through the park. Throughout the day, there will be a new holiday show, A
Meals at Hershey are extra special as well. Hershey holiday dining options include Holiday with Dickens at The Hotel Hershey, a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, on Dec. 4. The Holly Jolly Hot Chocolate Station at Hershey Lodge provides families with piping hot cups of chocolatey goodness all day long. Parents and kids can eat breakfast with the big man himself, Santa Claus, and his wife on Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 24. Holiday shows will also be featured at the Hershey Theatre throughout the season. The performances include Straight No Chaser on Dec. 4, Elf from Dec. 6-8 and The
Music Box Christmas, and activities such as Santa and his live reindeer, Rudolph’s Skating Pond and the Christmas light show, NOEL. One of the park’s highlights is Hershey Sweet Lights, where guests can delight in nearly 600 illuminated light displays spanning almost two miles, from the comfort of their car. Set to the soundtrack of holiday music, the drive-through is open nightly through Jan. 1.
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Piano Guys on Dec. 10. The Hershey Story Museum has plenty of holiday workshops for kids of all ages. Among the seasonal activities are a Little Elves Workshop for kids of all ages to roll, cut and ice their own ornaments out of chocolate clay as well as design their own packaging. During Snowball Saturdays, on Dec. 3, 10 and 17, kids can join in on the friendly snowball fights, visit Coco the Bear and a snowman and listen to snowy stories in the museum. Holiday-themed 45-minute Chocolate Lab classes teach the family how chocolate is made. Throughout the Candy Cane Bark, Chocolate Reindeer, Create a Kris Kringle or Make a Very Merry Bar themed class, guests make their own chocolate treats. On Dec. 31, kids can also participate in the bubble wrap stomp to ring in the New Year. Other family fun available is the Christmas Trolley Adventure, with caroling, stories, and a visit from a jolly old elf. Behold the Hershey’s
Holiday Chocolate House covered in confectionary products. Immerse yourself in chocolate world with a stay at one of Hersheypark’s two resorts, which offer deluxe accommodations for families. The Woodside Cottages at The Hershey Hotel offers individual
or full cottages for reservations and a spa with seasonal packages such as the Holiday Season Sampler, Peppermint Hot Chocolate Immersion and Peppermint Mocha Manicure and Pedicure. Hershey Lodge recently added an indoor pool complex, Hershey’s Water
Works, with two interactive indoor pools, Twizzler Twists Slides, Reese’s Water Walk, water play structures and the Cocoa Cabana bar. Both The Hershey Hotel and Hershey Lodge have special holiday packages for families looking to celebrate the holiday season while on vacation. Each resort offers three packages for families to choose from. The Christmas Candyland package, Breakfast with Santa package and Lunch with Santa package all include holiday festivities such as one-day admission to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane per person, admission for one vehicle to Hershey Sweet Lights, seasonal admission to Hershey Gardens and admission to The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience. The Hersheypark holiday season runs through Jan. 1, offering chocolate-lovers the perfect place to get away for a winter wonderland vacation. Visit www.Hersheypark. com or call 717-534-3900 for more information.
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Long Island’s Holiday Spectaculars Cont’d from page 51B Jingle Bell Bottom Ball
Join in on the Jingle Bell fun at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. to enjoy the third annual Jingle Bell Bottom Ball featuring Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Trammps, France Joli, Bonnie Pointer, Odyssey, Melba Moore, Carl Carlton, Lime, Machine and Disco Unlimited. Standard tickets start at $49.50, while premium tickets run for $205.50. The theater is located at 960 Brush Hollow Rd. in Westbury. For information visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com or call 516-334-0800.
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The Paramount will have a Home for the Holidays Concert presented by 106.1 BLI and will feature Long Island’s Jon Bellion and Nick Tangorra on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. The holiday concert will serve as a benefit for Cohen’s Children Medical Center. The Paramount is located at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington. For ticket information, visit www.wbli.com or call 631-673-7300.
Ring in the holiday season with The Madison Theatre (1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre) at Molloy College’s first production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. The classic will be performed by international ballet stars and young dancers from around the area. Tickets range from $25 to $39. Visit www. madisontheatreny.org or call 516-323-4444 for details.
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Sing along to your favorite holiday songs with Broadway performers at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $45. The Madison Theatre is located at 1000 Hempstead Ave. in Rockville Centre. Visit www.madisontheatreny.org or call 516-323-4444 for more information.
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Join Cherish the Ladies at Landmark on Main Street Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. as the Ladies perform classic Christmas carols using Celtic instrumentation. Standard tickets are $35, while premium tickets are $45. The Landmark is located at 232 Main St., Suite 1 in Port Washington. Call 516-7671384 or visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org for more information.
A Christmas Carol
Channel your inner Ebenezer Scrooge and head down to the Tilles Center on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. or Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. for a performance of Charles Dickensâ€™ classic Christmas ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ticket prices range from $20, $35 and $50. The Tilles Center is located at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville. For more information visit www.tillescenter.org or call 516-299-3100.
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20 Things To Do In December BY JOSEPH CATRONE
eeping busy in the month of December may not seem like too difficult a task. Between gifts, cards and holiday dinners, there’s plenty to do. Oftentimes the challenge lies in dealing with the stress the holiday season provides. Sometimes a fun seasonal activity can solve everything, while other times the solution is to turn an unexciting task on its head. Here are 20 things to do in the month of December. Throw a Party
It can be an ugly sweater party or just a simple potluck dinner, but no matter the theme, there can never be too many holiday parties. Rotating hosting duties with friends is a good way to keep the fun going throughout the month without feeling the burden of making eggnog week after week.
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When it comes to door-to-door visits, there’s strength in numbers, so bring a good-sized group; the more the merrier. Watching the mix of joy and confusion on each homeowner’s face is its own kind of thrill.
Enjoy The Snow
Snow can be a hassle, especially when shoveling is required, so it pays to make the best of it. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight or make a snow angel. An afternoon in the snow makes the hot chocolate taste even better.
Do Some Shopping
Procrastinators who missed out on Black Friday aren’t completely out of luck. Shopping deals start to pop up as it gets closer and closer to Christmas, with discounts especially prominent in outlet stores. And while many feel the mad rush of Black Friday is exciting, scrambling for a gift at the last minute can be just as fun. Just don’t tell anyone.
Ice skating can help most anyone get into the winter spirit. It’s also a great way to get exercise without having to deal with the snow. Go around the rink, pick up a little speed with each lap and you’ll be comfortable in no time.
Holiday decorating can feel like a chore, but once the process is over, it’s that much easier to get into the spirit. The end of the year is also a good time to do some general redecorating around the house. As the expression goes, out with the old and in with the new.
One reason to pray for snow is that without it, sledding wouldn’t be possible. Climb to the top of the hill, ride the sled all the way down to the bottom and do it all over again. It’s as simple as that.
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20 Things To Do In December Cont’d from page 55B Set a Personal Goal
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New Year’s resolutions are usually reserved for this, but if you’re looking for a challenge, set an attainable goal for the month of December and give it a New Year’s Eve deadline. Then, spend each day chipping away at it. Sometimes a little pressure can be a good thing.
Most series go on hiatus in December and with a little extra time off, there’s a golden opportunity to binge-watch the episodes you’ve missed in the passing weeks, without having to worry about falling further behind. It’s an especially good activity for those days or nights of being snowed in.
Donate To Those In Need
Everyone knows the holidays are about giving, but there’s no need to stop at friends and family. Churches and community centers accept non-perishable food items to give to people in need and giving just one item can go a long way in brightening the holidays for others.
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Netflix typically has a nice selection and TV networks can always be counted on for marathons. The only real question is where to begin. With movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and countless others, there’s never enough time to get to all of them.
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Though the annual drive-thru show went dormant for a few years, it started up again in 2014. The display of Christmas lights is beautifully arranged into depictions of Christmas symbols and popular characters. Tune in to the simulcasted radio channel to enhance the experience.
It’s often said that New York City is beautiful around Christmastime and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is a big reason why. The tree will be lit on Nov. 30 and will be available for viewing all December long.
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One way to spice up gift-giving between friends is to make the identity of each giver a secret. That way it’s much harder to predict what kind of gift you’ll end up opening. Plus, it’s always interesting when the time comes to guess who your gift is from; you may not know your friends as well as you think.
Put together a playlist of your favorite holiday music and enlist a friend to help. It’s a fun activity and is a great way to organize the songs that go neglected for the other 11 months of the year, so that when the time comes to have guests over, you’re ready.
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Take a Trip
Cold temperatures and snow have become so synonymous with Christmas that it’s easy to forget that those things may not be for everyone. Sometimes spending a few days away from home can be the perfect way to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Warm locales are a popular choice, but merely seeing an unfamiliar place might be relief enough.
Catch Up With Loved Ones
Not every holiday plan has to be overly elaborate. The holidays often bring people together and December could be the only chance to spend time with friends or relatives who live farther away. Catching up with someone you haven’t seen in a while can be its own kind of gift, so be sure to double-check that guest list.
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NESTLED IN PRIME LOCATIONS Manhasset | $2,324,000 | Flower Hill home with Old World details. Four large fireplaces, vast living and entertaining areas present infinite future possibilities to build or renovate on an acre of flat land. Web# 2863230. Connie Liappas C: 516.319.3274
ARCHITECTURALLY SLEEK Upper Brookville | $1,998,000 | All-brick custom-built 4/5-bedroom, 4-bath home on 2.6 landscaped acres exemplifies easy and elegant living with oversized entertaining spaces and luxe private quarters. Web# 2842168. Jyll Kata C: 516.330.2321; Maggie Keats C: 516.449.7598
CLASSIC NORTH FORK BEACH HOUSE Aquebogue | $1,399,000 | On one of the best bay beaches, water views abound from the floor-to-ceiling windows in this stylish open concept 4-5-bedroom beach house. Web# 2891831. Gayle Marriner-Smith O: 631.298.6132, C: 631.807.7792
SPACIOUS WARM COLONIAL Cold Spring Harbor | $1,199,000 Four-bedroom, 3-bath residence set on 2+ flat acres. So very convenient to all. Lloyd Harbor and Eagle Dock Beach amenities. Low taxes. Web# 2886265. Susan Morgan C: 516.297.4759
PICTURE PERFECT Manhasset | $1,175,000 | Beautifully redone 3/4-bedroom, 2 full-bath brick Colonial. Wonderful light throughout. Living room with gas fireplace and formal dining room. Gourmet eat-in kitchen with granite. Minutes to train and town. Web# 2893941. Irene Rallis, Esq. C: 516.241.9848
ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Roslyn Heights | $1,149,000 | One-acre lot in the desirable area of Roslyn Harbor. Master on main with in-ground pool and sunroom. Newly redone hardwood floors. Endless possibilities. Web# 2842106. Chris Pappas C: 516.659.6508; Connie Liappas C: 516.319.3274
PARADISE ON THE WATER Massapequa | $990,000 | Beautiful 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath Ranch in Old Harbour Green with full, finished basement. Resort-style property offers brick patio and in-ground pool. Web# 2865743. Andréa Sorrentino C: 516.639.2596; Anthony Piscopio C: 516.395.1556
NATURE LOVERS’ PARADISE Oyster Bay Cove | $888,000 | Spacious 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath Center Hall Colonial set on 2+ secluded acres. Located just minutes away from town, village beach and mooring. Web# 2842824. Taryn Peel C: 516.567.8652
HAMLET EAST Jericho | $798,999 | Golf course view, spacious 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with fully finished basement. Gated community with pool and tennis. Includes 2-car garage. Web# 2893683. Aileen Murstein O: 516.629.2291, C: 516.317.6007
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OWL HILL Ft. Salonga | $6,450,000 | A classic and elegant 6,500+ square foot residence on a secluded estate on 27.63 acres on Long Island’s North Shore. 50 miles from New York City. Minutes from the LI Sound. Web# *1267722. Kelley J. Taylor O: 631.549.4400, C: 631.553.6923
NEW CONSTRUCTION New Construction | $4,600,000 | This exquisite 8,000 square foot brick Colonial majestically set in cul-de-sac location is the epitome of luxury. Featuring 20-foot entry and 2-room master suite. Won’t last. Web# 2877443. Susan Cherney O: 516.629.2236, C: 516.639.8100
STATELY AND GRAND Plandome Manor | $4,398,000 | Exceptional 16-room English manor, on 1 acre of lush grounds, blending Old World charm with modern luxury. Seasonal water views with beach and mooring rights, 7 fireplaces, stunning master suite. Web# 2859337. Traci Conway Clinton C: 516.857.0987
BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED Manhasset | $3,498,000 | Impressive brick Center Hall Colonial on a magnificent half-acre lot with exceptional gardens and terraces. Almost 7,000 square feet, all with amazing details. Smart house in every way. Web# 2883274. Connie Liappas C: 516.319.3274
NEW CONSTRUCTION East Hills | $2,999,995 | Fabulous new construction by top East Hills builder. Top end finishes, butler’s pantry, office/library, mudroom, and walk-in pantry. Floor plans and renderings available. Web# 2888251. Rhonda Sadur O: 516.629.2225/, C: 516.446.4311
OPEN HOUSE | SUN, NOV, 20 | 1 - 2:30 PM 296 CRABAPPLE RD, MANHASSET | $2,998,000 Newly constructed 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath Flower Hill Center Hall Colonial on 1/3-acre. Approximately 6,200 square feet of luxury, including lower level. Web# 2882295. Traci Conway Clinton C: 516.857.0987
FLOWER HILL RETREAT Manhasset | $2,425,000 | Stately custom Colonial situated on 1.41 pristine acres with heated gunite pool and Jacuzzi, waterfalls, built-in barbecue, tennis/sports court and full finished basement. Web# 2822064. Irene (Renee) Rallis C: 516.241.9848
BROOKVILLE COLONIAL Brookville | $2,400,000 | Six bedrooms, 4.5 baths, living room, dining room, expanded den with fireplace and eat-in kitchen. Includes nanny’s-room with bath. Finished basement. Two acres with gated pool. Web# 2873397. Aileen Murstein O: 516.629.2291, C: 516.317.6007
ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE Manhasset | $4,250,000 | Newly constructed home in desirable Plandome Manor with elegant rooms, 4,600+ square foot finished basement, 3- car garage, 12-zone heat, gourmet kitchen, 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths on .66 acres. Web# 2894241. Connie Liappas C: 516.319.3274
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ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Try A Figure 8 BY JOSEPH CATRONE
o, which scenario sounds more fun: being indoors and avoiding the winter cold or being indoors and still feeling a little chilly? If you went with the second option, chances are you’re into ice skating. Admittedly, ice skating may not be for everybody, since there’s usually a good deal of falling involved for those who are new to it. Nonetheless, the thrill of finally circling the rink without having to clutch the wall or hold a stronger skater’s hand can feel very rewarding. Long Island has plenty of places that offer ice skating and other fun activities, so start trying on skates and remember: if you fall, dust yourself off and get back up. It’s part of the fun. Iceland
No, not the country; this one’s much closer. Iceland, located at 3345 Hillside Ave. in New Hyde Park, offers group ice skating sessions for children and adults, as well as group or private lessons for skaters who are looking to improve. Iceland also has a house hockey league and is home to the oldest figure skating club on Long Island, the Metropolitan Figure Skating Club. For more information on sign-ups, visit www. icelandlongisland.com. .............
Port Washington Skating Center
The Port Washington Skating Center is an excellent place to go for ice skating and hockey, but it also offers visitors the opportunity to rent the ice for up to an hour and a half. Ice rentals for work groups are a nice way for coworkers to bond and rentals can also be used for fundraisers, school reunions and hockey teams. The rink offers discounts for ice rentals later than 10:30 p.m. or for morning hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit www.pwskating.com to find out more. .............
Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Rink
Located at 1001 Stewart Ave. in Bethpage, this rink balances a variety of skill levels, with programs designed to support beginners and more experienced skaters that are divided by age group rather than
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skating experience. Participants will have the opportunity to develop skills in figure skating or ice hockey. For those interested in more casual visits, the rink offers general admission skating throughout the winter. Call 516433-7465 for further information. .............
Famous for being the official practice facility of the New York Islanders, Ice Works in Syosset is also a great place for beginners, particularly kids, to take skating lessons. There is a youth program for 2- to 5-year-olds and a group program for ages 6 to adult. Skaters who already know the ropes can participate in freestyle classes in which they can develop figure skating routines. For information on how to sign up, visit www.islanders.ice.nhl.com. .............
Tanger Ice Rink
Tanger Ice Rink is located at 455 Commack Rd. in Deer Park and is another outdoor rink. In addition to offering ice skating lessons, the rink offers a deal on ice rentals for large groups. Groups of 12 or more people can call in advance and get
a discount on their skate rentals. Admission is $10 with an additional $4 for skate rentals. Tanger club members can rent skates for free. The rink opens on Nov. 20. For information on scheduling or group ice rentals, visit www. tangericerink.com.
Christopher Morley Park
Not all ice skating rinks are indoors. Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn offers an outdoor rink that is host to various local hockey teams and enjoyed by recreational skaters around Long Island. The rink, around since 1966, also allows for ice rental, private parties and group skating lessons. The skating season begins the Saturday following Thanksgiving and wraps up in March, weather permitting. Ice times vary by day. Visit www. nassaucountyny.gov/2794/ Christopher-Morley-Park for further information.
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