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Loving Long Island Newsletter #18 - It's Memorial Day Weekend!
May 25, 2012

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May 25, 2012
Issue #18

On Long Island (and may other places as well) Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial first day of summer. Yes, I know all about June 21, but if you think about it that's the day when the days start getting shorter. It's the beginning of the end as far as I'm concerned; a sure sign that fall will soon be upon us.


I'll start my Long Island summer on Memorial Day Weekend and, as long as we're on the subject of when things start, I'd like to mention when my summer ends. That would be Columbus Day weekend, not Labor Day weekend. But I'll save that rant for another time...

Memorial Day Weekend is when we officially shift from late winter/springtime thinking into summertime mentality. Coats and jackets are replaced by shorts and bathing suits. Ski poles are replaced by fishing poles, the boats are launched and Long Island becomes a land of beaches, boats, tans, outdoor music, food, and shops... It's like we're so happy to be outside after the cold winter that we take everything outside with us. Darn right we do!

But there could be a monkey wrench in the works for Memorial Day this year however. I just checked the weather forecast and boy is it disappointing. I was hoping for 3 straight days of sun. Instead it looks like we'll have partly sunny at best, rain at worst. Yikes! Let's keep our fingers crossed for a change in the weather.


Well if it's raining I might have beer at Kingston's Clam Bar. I like to sit inside with the rain pounding the window right next to me. There's just something cool about being that close to a storm. If it's sunny I'd like to have lunch at Flo's Famous Luncheonette or maybe take a ride up to Oyster Bay for hot dog at Bonanza's and then some fried clams at the brand new (as in opening on Saturday) Butler's Flat in Port Washington.

There are festivals and parties scheduled in almost every town across Long Island. Most notable are the tall ships scheduled to be in Greenport on Saturday. That, along with all the other things to do in Greenport, should be a lot of fun.

The weekend is only 3 days long so it's hard to see or do everything that Long Island offers, but it is fun making plans for the rest of the summer. Here's a short list of some of my favorite places to visit on Long Island:

There's a lot more, but that list is a start and maybe it'll give you some ideas to help solidify your planes for the weekend. By the way, if you have any plans of visiting Sagamore Hill like I did last year keep in mind that the house is closed for renovations for the next 2-3 years. The grounds will be open, but the house is closed.

Happy Memorial Day everyone and please don't forget what this holiday is really all about...

Man standing over BBQ wondering if he forgot anything (like our servicemen and women.)
Let's not forget...


That's all for now...

Best regards,
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