Summer Almanac 2013 – Get Out

By Sal Vaglica

We know that when summer hits, the golf is calling. This is where you work off the tension, work in some deals and spend a day outdoors with friends. But that’s the stuff of any given Saturday, no? If you’re looking to put your leisure time to good use—and you should be—a charity golf outing is your ticket to better networking and a potentially better game. And you might even get to play a private course. Not to mention your fees go to a worthy cause. We suggest:

June 11
Sisters of St. Joseph Golf Classic
Rock Hill Country Club

Do your part to raise funds for this Brentwood-based Christian ministry.

July 11
Center for Developmental Disabilities
14th Annual Golf Classic
Muttontown Club, East Norwich

Help differently abled adults and children overcome their unique difficulties, enabling them to thrive.

June 17
Farmingdale State College Tech Island Golf Classic
Cold Spring Country Club, Cold Spring Harbor

Support those who will help reshape the world for the future.

Dial-In Your Swing
GolfTEC, Carle Place & Lake Grove

This national company innovated five interlocking techniques that will lead to a stellar stroke. In a nutshell: Figuring out what’s wrong and using video analysis plus proven lessons and precision-matched clubs. Consider this your golf clinic supercharged.


Glory Days
By Sal Vaglica

This is Long Island, it’s about the beach. But you can’t just sit there the whole summer. Get up and embrace sand’s most beloved pastime, volleyball. No? Not feeling your inner 90s Sideout deadbeat? Relive your glory days by visiting a sport center or joining a team. This is not the time to get all your exercise in the gym.

The Men’s Senior and Men’s Adult Leagues

Played a little ball back in the day but aren’t quite ready for the semi-retirement of softball? Then this Melville-based league’s inclusion of competition nationwide is guaranteed to put you to the test.

Coastal Sports, Hauppauge

Enjoy a league organizing various skill levels for co-ed players in a climate-controlled building.

LI Athletics, Massapequa

Get together with other adults who play during the week, on weekends or any free time they get. For the glory of competition at any age.

East End Volleyball, Hampton Bays

They’ve been organizing men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams for almost 40 years. If you’re good enough you’ll find yourself playing in tourneys from Newport, RI to the Keys.

Afraid of Commitment?
Batter Up Batting Range, Bethpage

You can go it alone here, without the pressure of a firm schedule. This cage has a machine that mimics a pitcher’s windup, helping your timing.

imageNatural Born Explorers
By Jacqueline Sweet

Child development experts say that even though children spend a lot of time outside in organized activities, there’s something about free access to nature that is crucial to happiness and learning. Whether it’s a morning playing in the mud, a day spying bugs and butterflies, or scrambling over fallen trees in the woods, give your kids the gift of the natural world this summer—no touch screens required.

Muttontown Preserve
The 500-acre preserve was pieced together from several old estates and the traces of many buildings remain dotted among the wildflowers and hardwoods. Don’t miss: The ruins of Knollwood Estate, previously owned by King Zog, the last king of Albania.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge
The best nature walks for kids with seven miles of hiking, the 205-acre preserve showcases Pine Barrens, bogs, wetlands, fields and tidal estuaries. A wildlife rehabilitation center is home to a bobcat, owls and eagles that are too injured to return to the wild. Don’t miss: The rare Dwarf Pines Pine Barrens area, one of only three examples of this ecosystem in the world.

South Shore Nature Center
This 206-acre preserve and education center has boardwalk trails and a pond with bellowing, jumping frogs and resident deer families—tailor-made just for children seeking bramble-filled woods and swampy wetlands. Don’t miss: The boardwalk marshland walk, where kids can see what South Shore bay coastlines look like without bulkheads and houses.

Tackapausha Preserve, Seaford
84-acres that offers a glimpse of what was here before: Ponds, creeks and upland woodlands. The kid-friendly trails wind from Merrick Road north of Sunrise Highway. Don’t miss: Nassau County’s largest Atlantic White Cedar stand.


Vineyard Events
By Sal Vaglica

Long Island’s storied wine region shines in the summer when the air is filled with the sounds of live music, the smells of dining alfresco and the sights of open landscapes. As if extra incentive to head out East and imbibe is necessary, these highlights should be prompting enough:

July 13
Dine and Dash
North Fork

This gastronomical adventure starts with a Chef Lia Fallon-prepared lunch at Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport before heading to aMano Osteria and Wine Bar in Mattituck, where Chef Tom Schaudel has course two waiting for you. Wrap up with Chef Tom Fazio at Waters Crest Winery, where he’ll man the grill. What’s this got to do with wine? At each point winemaker Jim Waters will pair your meal with a glass of Waters Crest wine.

July 15-18
Wine Camp
North Fork

Find a sitter because this is the kind of camp where the adults are sent away. This four-day romp through the North Fork of Long Island includes accommodations for three evenings, interactive wine making lessons, tastings—lots of tastings—breakfasts, alfresco lunches by the vines and dinner. The Food & Wine Pairing Event marries six different wines with a five-course meal. Like any good camp, this one has a participation award, in the form of an entire case of wine.

August 7-8
Vine University
Water Crest Winery, Cutchogue

Unlike Psych 101 in your undergraduate years, this is the class you won’t want to sleep through. This two day, all-inclusive event is centered on a winemaking class where you make and bottle about 2 1/2 cases of wine of your private reserve. Add to that a two-night stay at an area b&b, meals at restaurants like North Fork Oyster Company and tours and wine tastings at area vineyards and you’ve got the makings of a fine week indeed.

August 17
The Winemakers’ Smackdown
Roanoke Vineyards, Riverhead

Watch a handful of winemakers battle for top billing while you sit back and partake in wines from around the world. There’s food, wine, good company and friendly competition.

August 18
Bedell Cellars, Cutchogue

If you want to go deeper than the casual wine fan, this walking tour is perfect. Hosted by Bedell’s CEO Trent Preszler Ph.D., guests learn how wine grapes are grown, tour the vineyards and cottage gardens at Bedell Cellars including its native pollinator field, honeybee apiary and Audubon Bluebird Trail.

August 24
Harvest East End
McCall Vineyard & Ranch, Cutchogue

Join 42 winemakers when they pour some of their most coveted reserves while 32 chefs from the region prepare local, seasonal dishes for you. Fill your hearts, along with your belly, because the event benefits East End Hospice, Group for the East End, the Peconic Land Trust and Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation.

September 7
12th Annual Oktoberfest
Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead

Try as you might, man can’t subsist on wine alone. The wine region’s take on the beer festival pairs German food with beer and music. Lederhosen not required, but encouraged.

Dog Days
By Michael Isenbek

imageYour dog is not a child replacement, just ask his child psychiatrist. Rita Rudner said that, but there is truth in jest. We have become a dog-crazed society, taking our best friends with us virtually everywhere. Strange, but good, we suppose. To live up to expectations, there are now more venues than ever offering pooch access, allowing you to enjoy the summer days with your four-legged pal almost anywhere.

Dog Shows
June 15
Fifth Annual Dog Day Afternoon Agility Expo & Pet Fair
St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue

Run by a local shelter in existence since the ’20s. Can your dog master the agility course?

July 13
Riverhead Kennel Club All Breed Junior Showmanship
Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank

An American Kennel Club-sanctioned event, prepare to be wowed by the pedigrees and skills.

Puppy Charity Event
August 17
Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons Bow Wow Meow Ball
ARF Adoption Center, Wainscott

Classy music, dinner and dancing to benefit a no-kill pet adoption center.

Dog Parks
Some of LI’s many parks allow dogs and owners to share the paths or live the Hollywood fantasy of striding through a grassy field while your dog runs free. Just be sure to follow the rules and scoop the poop.

Blydenburgh County Park, Smithtown
Two acres of unleashed area and a generous 627 of leashed. Large and small dogs have their own areas.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration Dog Run
Probably the richest ambiance of LI dog parks. It even includes a rainwater collection system so Spot can have a drink.

Canines en Shoreline
The Fire Island National Seashore and Montauk parks are havens for beach doggies. Rules vary, but generally keep Fido away from any facilities and on a 6-foot max leash.,

Dog-Friendly Hotels
The Andrew Hotel, Great Neck
Luxury boutique lodging for both man and his best friend. Opt for their Pampered Pet Package, which includes amenities, complimentary dog walks and plenty of treats.

c/o The Maidstone, East Hampton
The Maidstone openly declares their love for “well-groomed and well-behaved” dogs. Not only are they welcomed in rooms, but owners can nosh alongside Fido in the lauded Living Room restaurant, selecting haute canine vittles from the Woof Menu.

Golf Photo by LC Lambrecht/Sebonack Golf Club, Photo of Volleyball at Long Beach by Ecindy Stein, Sunken Forest by