President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will trade blows on Wednesday at the first presidential debate, and Patch plans to make a great local gathering out of the occasion by hosting both a viewing party in Stony Brook and a live blog throughout the entire Northern Suffolk and East End region.
On Wednesday starting at 8:30 p.m., Patch will host a live viewing party at The Bench in Stony Brook, and we already expect to pack the place with a mix of locals, students and area leaders. There's still room at the venue. There will be food, giveaways and, most importantly, the opportunity to have smart conversations about the election with engaged locals.
Here's the invite. We'd love to see you RSVP if you haven't already.
But for locals not in the area we will be hosting a live blog on our sites in northern Suffolk County and the East End, overseeing the only conversation on Long Island that gives locals from Commack to Montauk a chance to share their thoughts on the candidates' answers on the issues.
Our live blog will be featured on the homepages of Patch sites in Commack, Kings Park, Hauppauge, Smithtown, Three Village, Port Jefferson, Miller Place-Rocky Point, North Fork, Riverhead, Westhampton-Hampton Bays, Southampton and East Hampton, and anyone can join the conversation.
We'll kick it off a few minutes before the debate starts at 9 p.m.
It's going to be an awesome party. Can't wait to have you join us.