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Aquebogue News: Fall Festival at Hallockville a big success

Sean Kelly, 3, of East Moriches mimics riders in the tractor pull competition.
Sean Kelly, 3, of East Moriches mimics riders in the tractor pull competition.

The weather is changing and it’s beginning to look a lot like fall on the North Fork!

Hallockville Museum Farm’s Fall Festival was a huge success; lots of people, crafts and fall fun. There is always something interesting happening at Hallockville. Over the summer they opened an exhibit, “Defense of the Eagle,” which highlights and celebrates the 200th anniversary of an overlooked battle that took place right here on the shores of Long Island during the War of 1812. At a lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Richard Wines will take an in-depth look at this battle. Suggested donation is $3. Register by calling 298-5292 or emailing [email protected].

Then on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hallockville will host the Antique Automobile Club of America Car Show, presented by the Peconic Bay Region chapter. This year’s show celebrates 100 years of Dodge and 50 years of the Ford Mustang. Enjoy the classic cars, picnic area, food and refreshments. Adults are $5; children ages 12 and under are free. All proceeds will go to the Peconic Bay Region chapter of the club. For information about including your car in the show, visit

Mark your calendars for Sept. 27, the day to get your haircut and make a donation to the North Fork Animal Welfare League. Carolyn’s Salon in Aquebogue will donate $5 from each haircut to NFAWL. Pet adoption will also be available in the salon parking lot. Call 722-5023 to schedule an appointment. For more information visit

The Riverhead Garden Club will host its scholarship fundraiser Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Inn at East Wind in Wading River. Tickets are $42 and include luncheon, guest floral designers and raffles. For tickets, call 722-2651 or 722-4288.

How do you know it’s fall on the North Fork? The mums and pumpkins are covering the farm stands with a bright array of orange, red and gold; and, of course, there’s the traffic on the North and Main roads. Someone asked me the other day if the traffic drives me nuts. I have to say that I’m grateful for the busy tourist seasons that keep the local businesses doing business and affords us all the opportunity to live in this beautiful area year round. Besides, I always remind myself and my family that we are pumpkin-pickers who stayed.

I wish you a peaceful transition in this change of season.

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 833-1897.