The Best Week October 2013

Life takes on a different shade when fall descends upon Long Island. There is reason for both outdoor and indoor hangs, along with plenty of natural bounty to make harvest time a great time to have the best week…

3 Can’t Miss Events:

October 1
3rd Annual Children In Bloom Luncheon
Westbury House, Old Westbury Gardens

Long Island philanthropist Nancy DeMatteis will be honored at this benefit for children’s programs at the Gardens. A veritable who’s who will attend.

October 5
Long Island Pour the Core: A Hard Cider Festival
Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchogue

More than 30 cider brands will be on tap making this the ideal place to sample the next trend in artisanal sips.

October 12
Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck
Theatre at Westbury

A collaboration between the genius behind classic Beach Boys tunes and a lauded guitar god. Keep an eye out for a few other members of Wilson’s old band.

7 Great Days

Embrace our region’s wine country and idle in her hip tasting rooms bursting with world-class libations. Which ones deserve a visit? North Fork Winery Tours is Pulse’s first annual roadmap for white, red and fun lovers.

Embrace Arts Alive LI, the month-long multi-disciplinary arts celebration, by visiting a host venue near you. The Berndt Toast Gang will be hanging at Molloy College’s Kaiser Art Gallery. While in RVC, enjoy tapas and vino at Sangre de Uva.

Play hooky! Give up the office for the brisk fall outdoors and pick apples. Fully embrace this local legacy as the sun goes down: Drink (hard) cider. Eat pie. Repeat.

It’s hump day, spend it nesting. Redo any room using our Great How-To or plan a wallpaper exhibit on an accent wall guided by Chasing Paper. Master builder Stephen Fanuka and our Designer Showcase may lend inspiration.

If you’re only going to have one terrific Thursday, make it opening night at Hamptons International Film Festival. Continue stargazing over dinner at Nick & Toni’s, an Italian favorite of visiting celebrities.

What’s Halloween time without a good scare? Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse has the tricks, melding classic theater with the season’s moribund pursuits. Before or after, savor treats at Le Soir. The classic French restaurant has reopened in Bayport.

Enjoy ambling in autumn-time East Hampton. The shopping is uncrowded, the restaurants are open (also lacking the summer throngs) and Chuck Close looms larger than life. His innovative portraits (and enormous selfie) hang at Guild Hall.