Say an official hello to autumn on Saturday. Take a moment to remember summer by adding your photos to our Summer 2012 gallery, and then celebrate the arrival of autumn. Here are 10 ways to do just that in Three Village.
1. When the leaves eventually begin to change, grab your camera and head down to Avalon Park or Frank Melville Memorial Park to snap some gorgeous pictures. Don't forget to share them with the Patch community by posting some in our Pics & Clips gallery!
2. While you're out there, collect some colored leaves for a decorating project. Place them in between some tissue paper then put them inside the pages of a big heavy book. In two to three weeks they will be dry and you can use them as decorations on your dining room table or with kids' crafts.
3. Fall is synonymous with football, and luckily, there's plenty of that happening in town. In fact, Saturday is Homecoming at Stony Brook University – a.k.a. Wolfstock – and Sept. 29 is Homecoming at Ward Melville High School.
4. The flavors of the season are pumpkin and apple, and with pumpkin spice lattés and caramel apple cider at Starbucks, and flavors like caramel apple, pumpkin spice, cranberry apple, and cinammon apple at Robinson's Tea Room, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it.
5. Pumpkin is also a popular flavor in the world of craft beer. Not only does Stony Brook Beverage have pumpkin ale, but John Harvard's also makes a mean pumpkin ale.
6. Speaking of pumpkins, they've arrived at the local farmstands and supermarkets. Time to scoop 'em up!
7. It's festival season. Saturday features harvest festivals at Minnesauke, Nassakeag, and Mount elementary schools, each starting at noon, and Sunday is the annual Apple Festival.
8. Each fall, the Three Village Kiwanis Club sponsors its Duck Race for charity. This year's Duck Race is set for Oct. 20 at East Setauket Pond Park at 11 a.m.
9. Fall is when the Staller Center launches its new season, and there's lots to be excited about. Check out the lineup here.
10. It's still several weeks away, but it's not too early to decide on your costumes and make plans to go to the Halloween festival at the Stony Brook Village Center, set for Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.