Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

January 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Without boating to distract us from the bleak and frozen landscape outside our door, it’s easy to catch a bad case of cabin fever. However, you’re holding magical medicine in your hand: stories on the boating lifestyle that will cure (almost) anything that ails you! The antidote to boating withdrawal is immersing yourself in the […]

Fun Voyages and Adventures Await!

Fun Voyages and Adventures Await!

January 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

At each boat show, there’s always a moaner who says, “Boating gets boring because there’s nothing to do except head to _________ over and over again.” We hand them a copy of our magazine, show them our website and its routing feature, and introduce them to one or more of the many readers who come […]

What’s on Long Island’s Menus?

What’s on Long Island’s Menus?

January 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Scouting out flavorsome restaurants is part of our mission to help you have fun on your boat. You can also visit these eateries by auto — a scrumptious meal in a scenic spot is pleasurable no matter how you go! Here’s a roundup of the restaurants we reviewed last year, with a snippet from each […]

Boating on Melted Snow?

Boating on Melted Snow?

December 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you ever think about where the water under your boat comes from? Could it possibly come from that white stuff that falls from the sky in winter? Yes, it can. Water’s forms — liquid, solid, and gas — are found on the ground but also above and below it. You’ve likely studied the water […]

What Other Words are in EVAPORATION?

What Other Words are in EVAPORATION?

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Unscramble the words below: PIETRAN ARTAP RNOPITO VAITEN IERTVN TPNRAE PEOAR EPATRI                   Answers: PIETRAN is PAINTER ARTAP is APART RNOPITO is PORTION VAITEN is NATIVE IERTVN is INVERT TPNRAE is PARENT PEOAR is OPERA EPATRI is PIRATE

Custer Institute and Observatory

Custer Institute and Observatory

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The evening sky puts on a wonderful show, especially as you head east on Long Island to scenic Southold. The Custer Institute and Observatory, located at 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold, was established in 1927, making it Long Island’s oldest public observatory. It is open to the public every Saturday 7:00 pm through midnight […]

Keeping Pain at Bay

Keeping Pain at Bay

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The advice “pace yourself” is often expressed when someone appears in danger of burning out by doing too much, too fast. It’s also excellent counsel to persons trying to cope with painful or fatiguing health conditions including arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart conditions, lupus, fibromyalgia, and depression. The concept known as activity pacing “involves […]

HarborFrost in Sag Harbor

HarborFrost in Sag Harbor

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Why escape the cold when you can celebrate it in scenic Sag Harbor?   On Saturday, February 24 fire and ice combine at HarborFrost on the Long Wharf and at different venues in the village from noon until 6:00 pm. There’ll be musical cool licks and hot jams, icy sculpting and hot soup, plunging into […]

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach

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The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) leads beach walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park on the following dates and times: Sunday, January 14 at 10:00 am Sunday, January 28 at 9:00 am Saturday, February 10 at 8:00 am Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 am Saturday, February 17 at 1:00 pm Sunday, […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

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If it’s not your habit to check a marina’s hours of operation when you pick up or discharge guests or crew you might be in for a surprise. Three of us were heading out to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts at the end of September, looking forward to uncrowded anchorages along the way. The first night we […]

SOUPer Bowl in Port Washington

SOUPer Bowl in Port Washington

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Nothing says warmth in winter like soup. And if one soup chases away the chill, think about how toasty it will be to sample many soups. On Saturday, February 3, from noon until 3:00 pm, the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 100 Fairway Drive in Port Washington, is filled with gallons and gallons of tasty […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

December 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Are you ready to become new and improved, or are you just looking for some down time to catch your breath and feel refreshed? This month can offer you both if you’re open to it. Resolution “experts” all seem to agree that making lofty, pie-in-the-sky resolutions are likely to result in quick […]

Protecting Fire Island’s Creatures

Protecting Fire Island’s Creatures

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It’s not unusual for John McCollum to be riding his bike on Fire Island with deer following behind. As president of The Fire Island Welfare Animal Society (its motto is “Preserve and Protect”), he’s been a hero to the animals of Fire Island for 35 years. He works with his wife, Shoshanna McCollum, the editor […]

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) leads beach walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park on the following dates and times: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:30 am Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00 am Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 11:30 am Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 9:00 am Sunday, January 14, […]

Polar Plunges

Polar Plunges

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Freeeeeeeeeeezing and Fundraising! Gather up your courage and toss off your parka as you plunge into cold (or downright icy) waters while raising funds for good causes including Special Olympics. Choose a location, sign up, gather pledges, and jump in — or stay toasty and just make a pledge. We won’t judge. See websites below […]

Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa

Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Not all Santa stories involve reindeer. At the Reenactment of the Flying Santa at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Santa is delivered to his destination via a historic plane, much to the delight of the gathered children. The Flying Santa started in 1929 when the late Captain Bill Wincapaw brought packages of candy, toys, and other […]

Salud! Drink to Your Health

Salud! Drink to Your Health

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Ancient Mariner may have bemoaned his thirst (”Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”) but we live in an age and area that allows us access to clean water. Yet the fact is that plenty of us take in too little water to keep our minds and bodies going full-tilt. I promise this […]

Moving and Shifting

Moving and Shifting

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  When you’re on the boat, you’re always moving, even when you seem not to be going anyplace. Although you’re tied to a dock or attached by an anchor or mooring, the wind and current moves you. Perhaps there’s wave activity as well. But that’s not all, as far beneath you there’s movement of the […]

West End Electric Light Parade

West End Electric Light Parade

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On Saturday, December 9 the annual Long Beach Electric Light Parade features a festive array of decorated floats, antique cars, fire trucks, and bicycles. The parade starts at 6:30 pm on Ohio Avenue and then heads east on Beech Street to New York Avenue. Hot chocolate will be available on the parade route, and area […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

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There’s plenty of notice that the holiday season is approaching. Stores smell like cinnamon, carols fill radio playlists, invitations arrive, and, boom, we’re up to our ears in tinsel, cranberries, and nog! Yet despite the multiple warning signs, December still seems to arrive before I’m ready. I need a little more time to organize and […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

We pulled away from the dock behind our house shortly after sunrise on a clear, calm August morning and entered the canal to join friends for a cruise. My wife and guests were drinking coffee in our 35-foot Chris Craft Catalina aft cabin while I was at the helm. We met up with Bob and […]

Midnight on Main Street

Midnight on Main Street

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Patchogue puts on its party hats and cranks its noisemakers and tunes on Sunday, December 31. Though called “Midnight on Main Street,” the two-hour street party starts at the family-friendly time of 7:00 pm. When Patchogue’s version of the New Year’s ball drops at 9:00 pm, the sky will erupt in fireworks. Food vendors will […]

Whalers

Whalers

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Before stepping inside Whalers’ restaurant, you feel its brightness and warm charm. That giant “Whalers” sign and two floors of open windows overlooking the Great South Bay make you anticipate a welcoming atmosphere and a good meal. After moving through a pleasant waiting area, you’ll glimpse a large bar and multiple TVs. You’ll notice the […]

Off-Season Boating Tips

Off-Season Boating Tips

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of my particular boating stressors disappear once the temperature drops. The water becomes a serene and peaceful place without the jet skiers playing chicken with my wake, boaters cranking out loud music, and the maddening traffic. The silence comes from an absence of boaters, which means that it isn’t all good news. There’s some […]

Cold Water Boating Safety

Cold Water Boating Safety

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

   At this time of year, temperatures plummet while water safety precautions rise. Though you practice safe boating in the summer, the other three seasons have two additional perils. The first is the inhospitable (life-threatening) coldness of the water and the other is the lack of other boaters to lend a hand or call for […]

Fun Family Days

Fun Family Days

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Colder days don’t mean hibernation. Instead, they mean chances to visit one of Long Island’s many museums, historical sites, recreation venues, refuges, and nature centers. Each spot on our list is a lot of fun to keep you busy and smiling!   Bailey Arboretum 516-571-8020 https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2818/Bailey-Arboretum Fire Island Lighthouse 631-687-4750 https://www.nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/fireislandlighthouse.htm   Ice skating Brooklyn […]

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Buying, wrapping, and sharing gifts are easier than coming up with gift ideas. This holiday season, we’ve done the thinking for you, no matter your budget.   No Break, No Spill Glasses They hold breakfast smoothies as easily as evening libations, they don’t break, and they roll with the flow rather than topple over. At […]

Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether looking for them or not, cold weather boaters often spot whales (and other marine mammals). Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division doesn’t want to discourage recreational boaters and cruisers from enjoying the sight of whales […]

Cold Weather Skin Care

Cold Weather Skin Care

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

      When the air turns frosty and the indoor heat turns on, skin reacts in a negative way. We may become quite itchy or develop flaky patches. However, it’s not just a matter of discomfort or unsightliness. Cold weather changes may be more than skin-deep — vulnerable skin can’t act as a barrier […]

The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Technically, the Long Island Sound is not a sound. In geography, a sound is a sizeable sea or ocean inlet or a narrow sea or ocean channel between two bodies of land. In actuality, the Long Island Sound is an estuary, and a vast one at that. It has 600 miles of coastline embracing New […]

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