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January
20

Get Ready for Long Island Winterfest 2020

Long Island Winterfest 2020 - Coach Realtors

Bundle up and bring the family to Long Island Winterfest 2020. The annual event returns to the East End for its thirteenth year of magic in the winter. Our REALTORS® love this five-week celebration of local culture, and we're sure you will too! We've gathered everything you need to know about prior events and how to prepare for Winterfest 2020.

Winterfest 2020

  • Date: February 7th – March 8th, 2020
  • Where: Venues throughout the East End of Long Island

The East End hosts festivals and events throughout the year, and if you haven't checked out any of their previous Winterfest celebrations, you've been missing out! Offering authentic experiences of Riverhead, the North Fork, and the South Fork, last year 30 unique venues in the North Fork and Hamptons hosted Winterfest events. People from all over the state came to meet the local farmers, bakers, makers, performers, artists, musicians, and chefs that make Long Island such a unique part of New York.

New this year is the Winterfest VIP Founders Club and its corresponding VIP Passport Card. Join the club and receive a card and lanyard holder qualifying you for substantial savings on participating festival restaurants, hotels, and entertainment. With your VIP Passport Card, gain access to the After Hours Party following the Winterfest Kick Off Party (a $20 value), a $20 Bistro 72 gift card, and 10 percent off overnight bookings at Hotel Indigo Riverhead. Purchase your VIP Passport Card here.

Last year's events included trivia nights, live concerts, theatrical performances, and family-friendly activities for kids and adults. This year will be no different, with a variety of events to enjoy, including:

  • 13th Annual Winterfest Kick Off Party at Hotel Indigo Long Island East End - 1830 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 7 - 10 pm
    Winter may be in full swing, but Winterfest is just heating up with the 13th Annual Winterfest Kick Off Party. Celebrate the night with live music, food, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, and plenty of other fun surprises. Overnight packages including a ticket and lodging at the Hotel Indigo will also be available if you'd like to make it a weekend getaway. Presale tickets are $55 until Feb. 7, and tickets at the door are $65.

  • Pints, Flights, & Trivia Night at Jamesport Farm Brewery - 5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Feb. 7, 6:30  - 7:30 pm
    Test your knowledge and enjoy great craft beer at Jamesport Farm Brewery in Riverhead, NY. Prizes include free beer, so this is one event you (and your trivia-loving friends) won't want to miss.

  • Smoked Craft Cocktail Demonstration at Long Island Spirits - 2182 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow, NY 11933 | Feb. 8, 3 - 5 p.m.
    In addition to live demonstrations of how these impressive cocktails are made, attendees can see how the art of torching barrel staves is achieved. All this and live music, too!

  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at The Suffolk Theater - 118 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Feb. 8, 8 pm
    Get ready to rock out to the "Godfathers of the Jersey Sound"! In addition to having collaborated with big names in the industry like Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny is also a member of the NJ Hall of Fame.

​​​​​​​We invite you to join us at Winterfest 2020! As always, contact us if you'd like help buying or selling our warm and welcoming homes around Long Island.

October
7

Having a Scary Good Time Around Long Island

Long Island Halloween Events - Coach REALTORS

Looking to have a scary good time around Long Island this October? Our REALTORS® love exploring Long Island from end to end, searching for awesome Halloween activities for friends and families. Trust us — there are tons of ghoulishly great events happening throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties all month long! Here are five frighteningly fun activities to put on your spooky schedule.

  • Halloween Family Fun Fest at The Madison Theatre at Molloy College — 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 | Oct. 26
    The annual Halloween Family Fun Fest outside of the Madison Theatre at Molloy College is a great place to celebrate Halloween with your little ones. An entire afternoon is dedicated to pumpkin picking and decorating, mask making, trick or treating, and more! With a bounce house, haunted house, petting zoo, games, and other fun activities, this event is one of the best on Long Island. Be sure to bring a costume to wear after you've checked out our Rockville Centre homes for sale.

  • A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three —2 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 | Oct. 5-26
    Interested in a hauntingly fun trip to the theater? Then be sure to buy tickets to A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three this October! This family-friendly musical tells the tale of a ghost who — believe it or not — is afraid of the dark! Abner Perkins is a spirit who is easily scared. Join him and his friends as they learn the power of helping others in this fun play. There is also a special Sensory Sensitive Performance on Oct 6! Take a break from visiting Port Jefferson homes for sale and sit back for a fun show!

  • Elwood Pumpkin Farm — 1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743 | Sept. 21 – Oct. 31
    Nothing says Halloween quite like a visit to the pumpkin patch. Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm is the most western pumpkin farm on Long Island, offering visitors and residents alike the chance to come and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Grown right there on the farm, your children can pick a pumpkin straight from the vine, run through a corn maze, and enjoy a hayride. Open from September 21, be sure to schedule a visit next time you're considering looking at Huntington homes for sale.

  • Sleepy Hollow and the Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze with Long Island Museum — 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790 | Oct. 16
    Here's a fun Halloween event that is educational and exciting. The Fall Bus Trip hosted by the Long Island Museum heads to Sleepy Hollow and the Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze. Attendees will first tour Sunnyside, the home of famous writer Washington Irving who penned The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The tour will also travel to The Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze at Van Cortland Manor, where you'll see dozens of artfully carved pumpkins lighting up the night. This is a full day trip so consider scheduling viewings of Stony Brook homes for sale the day prior or after.

  • Hoyt Farm Monster Mash — 200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725 | Oct. 19-20
    Are you looking for an exclusive Halloween treat that's great for the whole family? Then get ready to do the mash at Hoyt Farm! The Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is open to Smithtown residents only and limits tickets to no more than four family members. This exciting children's Halloween festival is a must-do for families of all ages. Crafts, face painting, pony rides, games, pumpkin picking, hayrides, haunted houses, and more are included in your ticket price. The Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is a creative way to spend the afternoon after visiting new Commack homes for sale.

Trick or treating for more great homes throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties? Contact us today, and we'll make sure you get a sweet treat without the tricks!

August
5

August Summer Concerts on Long Island

Long Island August Concert Schedule

The Concerts Continue on Long Island

Concerts are a big part of summer, and our REALTORS® want you in on the fun!

Long Island is known for its thriving music scene. Everything from the most refined orchestral scores to the iconic garage bands can be found on its shores. Concerts are a wonderful way to expand your musical taste and wind down the summer this August.

Many of them even take place outside so you can have a family picnic.

Free public performances are happening all over Long Island this summer. In fact, many towns and cities throughout the region have maintained these concerts for years. They're just one more reason you'll love to live in Long Island.

Let's look at some of the best summer concerts in August 2019:

  1. Northport Harbor Family Nights – Northport Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
    Northport homes for sale benefit from many wonderful cultural events, most of them free. You can attend Northport Harbor Family Nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays in August. Participants will enjoy live music and dining sponsored by top local restaurants. Vendors will be on hand with art and souvenirs, and an eye-catching selection of classic cars will be displayed.
  2. Port Jefferson's Sunset Concerts – Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Port Jefferson homes for sale aren't far from one of the most beautiful historic parks in New York. Sunset Concerts take place at Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday through August. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks and picnic out by the water as they take in performances by Pat Wictor, Marci Geller, the Dave Christian Project, and more.
  3. Dennis Cannataro Family Concert Series – 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787
    Smithtown homes for sale are part of an active and welcoming community. Events like the Dennis Cannataro Family Concert Series mean there's always something to see and do! The performances will run from mid-July to mid-August, starting at 8 p.m. each Thursday. Tribute bands will deliver amazing covers of Beach Party, Billy Joel, and The Beatles.
  4. Summer Performances at Manorhaven Beach Park – Manorhaven Boulevard Port Washington, NY 11050
    Summer Performances at Manorhaven Beach Park will give you a night to remember near Port Washington homes for sale. This festive occasion will feature cover bands in August and July. Things will really heat up in August thanks to the Arethra Franklin tribute show, "Step," that gets started at 7:30 p.m. on Friday the 2nd.
  5. Summer Concerts on the Village Green – 129 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Stony Brook homes for sale are some of the most sought-after on Long Island. Imagine having Summer Concerts on the Village Green just around the corner! On Sundays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the town will be presenting a compilation of Music Through Time. In August, you can hear hits from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, all led by Long Island's Got Talent 2019 Finalists.

You'll have a swing in your step and a song in your heart when you find your Long Island dream home. At Coach, we make it easy for you. Contact us to learn more today.

June
24

Celebrating July 4 on Long Island

Long Island July 4
It's almost time to enjoy one of Long Island's most popular holidays with July 4 fireworks, cruises, and celebrations throughout our local communities.

Long Island hosts some of the country's most spectacular fireworks displays on Independence Day. Whether you're looking to explore local history, settle in with the family for a night of fun, or hit the water for an evening of dining, drinks, and spectacular fireworks shows, you'll find a Long Island event right for you. Our REALTORS® have the details about how you can celebrate America this July 4 on Long Island.

  1. Stars Over Montauk - Umbrella Beach, Old Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954
    Suffolk County homes for sale offer easy access to the Stars Over Montauk July 4 celebration, which always ranks as one of the biggest on Long Island. Presented by the acclaimed Grucci Fireworks team, Stars Over Montauk is a spectacular show that only seems to get bigger and better every year. The fireworks begin at 9:30 pm and are visible from a variety of beachfront locations.

  2. Long Island Ducks Fireworks - 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip 11722
    Head out for an evening of baseball, fireworks, and family fun when the Long Island Ducks take on the Sugarland Skeeters.  The Long Island Ducks Fireworks Spectacular is easy to reach from East Islip homes for sale, and games are popular local gathering places throughout the summer. The fireworks don't start until after the game ends, so this event provides a full evening of fun.

  3. Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular - 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh 11793
    Nassau County homes for sale make it easy to watch the Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular, which features some of the most creative pyrotechnics that you'll find anywhere on July 4. Watch a brilliant display of fireworks, set to an array of patriotic songs, surrounded by the beautiful setting of Jones Beach.

  4. Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise - 412 W Lake Dr., Montauk 11954
    If you want to experience Stars Over Montauk from a unique point of view, be sure to reserve your spot on the Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise. The cruise features a buffet, drinks, music, dancing, and unmatched views of the fireworks.

  5. Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise - 31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport 11520
    Heading to Jones Beach, instead? There's a fireworks cruise there, too! The Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise has a live DJ, cash bar, snacks, and a smooth ride to the best seats in the house for the fireworks show.

  6. Parade of American Flags  – 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai 11766
    Looking for something fun and educational to do before all of the great fireworks start? Head to the Avenue of America for the Parade of American Flags, located close to Mount Sinai homes for sale. Here you'll find a collection of 100 national, state, and territorial flags spanning the history of America. Learn about the history of each flag and discover the symbols that make each flag special. This free event is open to all ages and is a great way to experience some patriotic pride on Independence Day.

Are you searching for a home of your own, close to all of the great holiday events on Long Island throughout the year? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

April
22

Celebrate Long Island Living at the Montauk Music Festival

Montauk Music Festival
Montauk residents and music lovers from across the state are anxiously awaiting the 10th annual Montauk Music Festival (MMF). This year, the four-day event will feature over 400 up-and-coming musical artists from a variety of genres including rock, alternative, pop, hip-hop, folk, jazz, reggae, blues, country, and more!

Our real estate agents rank MMF as one of their favorite events of the year, and once you check it out, you'll understand why. Here's everything you need to know so you and your family can get the most out of this not-to-be-missed event.

4 Days of Entertainment at Montauk Music Festival

MMF kicks off on Thursday, May 16th with an opening party at The Montauk Yacht Club from 7 p.m. to midnight. For the next three days, visitors will be able to choose from a variety of free concerts at over 40 different venues throughout the city.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., there will also be open-air concerts at the Montauk Lighthouse. Grab a blanket, some chairs, and your family and friends, and plan to spend the day there. There will be food, soda, and alcoholic beverages for sale as well as a variety of interesting vendors including a pop-up store for Rudy's Custom & Vintage Guitars. You'll also find a variety of workshops and exhibitions at the Ocean's Institute located at the foot of the lighthouse. 

"Ask the Experts" Event

If you're an aspiring musician or are interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look into the music industry, you won't want to miss the "Ask the Experts" event on Friday, May 17th. It will be held at the Lighthouse from noon until 5 p.m. Last year's event included yoga, one-on-one mentoring sessions with the artists, an industry panel, a group listening session, and a wellness workshop. When the 2019 schedule is released, it will be updated on the MMF Ask the Experts page

Getting to MMF

Depending on where you're coming from, your best transportation options may be the Hampton Jitney, Long Island Railroad, or the Hampton Hopper free shuttles. The Montauk Yacht Club is located at 32 Star Island Road, and the Montauk Lighthouse is located at 2000 Montauk Highway.  

Although the open-air concerts are free, those going to the outdoor concerts will have to pay for museum admission. The cost for all three days is just $11 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. The full admission price goes towards supporting the lighthouse, and your ticket also gives you the opportunity to tour the museum and climb to the top of the 200-year-old lighthouse.

For an inexpensive, fun, and family-friendly weekend, you can't go wrong with the Montauk Music Festival.  

Your Montauk Real Estate Professionals

The thriving music scene is just one of the many things to love about living in Montauk. If you're thinking about moving here, we would love to show you around. Contact us today to get started!

April
1

Long Island Easter Events for Your Family

Long Island Easter Events
Spring will be here before you know it, and that means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and, of course, the Easter Bunny! One of the things our real estate agents love about living in Long Island is that there are always so many family-friendly things to do, and celebrating Easter is no exception. Here's a rundown of some of the area's most popular Easter attractions. 

  1. Long Island City Annual Egg Hunt and Festival: Gantry Park | 4-09 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 10007
    Head out to Gantry Park on Saturday, April 20th for the Long Island City Annual Egg Hunt and Festival. This event runs from 10 am until noon and features three separate Easter egg hunts to ensure that kids of all ages can have a safe and enjoyable experience.

    Although the event is free, tickets are required and won't be sold that day, so make sure you go online and complete your registration!
  1. Easter Kids Party Cruise: Skyport Marina | 2430 FDR Drive, New York, NY 10010
    Kids and parents will both enjoy the Easter Kids Party Cruise hosted by the Easter Bunny himself! With six different cruise times over Easter weekend, you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch this not-to-be-missed event.

    Enjoy two stories of music and family fun featuring face painting, clowns, balloons, dancing, and a magic show. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door if they're still available. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
  1. Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival: 5th Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets
    The annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival is a New York City tradition that stretches back to the 1870s. This loosely-formed parade is different than what you'd expect from a traditional NYC parade. Instead of fancy floats, here you'll find "paraders" marching down the streets dressed in all kinds of themed costumes and Easter bonnets. There are also always plenty of costumed pets.

    The parade begins at 10 am and continues until around 4 pm on Easter Sunday. The route goes right past St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is one of the best viewing spots. Since this is an informal event, you might even want to don your best bonnet and join in on the parade!
  1. Easter Kid's Disco and Egg Hunt: Doha Nightclub | 38-34, 31st Street, Long Island City, New York 11101
    Perfect for the little ones and their parents, the Easter Kid's Disco and Egg Hunt at Doha nightclub is an Egg-citing good time! From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th, your kids will get to meet the Easter Bunny while enjoying plenty of music and dancing, face painting, a magic show, and, of course, tons of candy! There will also be a balloon egg hunt and a toy raffle. 
  1. Spring Fun Hunt at Wantagh Park:  Wantagh Park Children's Playground | 1 King Rd, Wantagh, NY 11793
    On Sunday, April 14th, the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Spring Fun Hunt at Wantagh Park. Bring your little ones to meet the Easter Bunny and search for over 4,000 hidden eggs. There will also be treats, raffles, and more. This popular community event is always a hit!

Want to learn more about what makes Long Island one of the best places to raise a family? Contact us! We would love to show you around the area and help you find your dream home. 

March
4

The Hamptons Arts Weekend Festival - THAW Fest 2019

Hamptons Arts Festival Thaw Fest 2019
It's almost time to shake off the winter cold, thaw out for the spring, and enjoy one of Long Island's most popular festivals. THAW Fest 2019, presented by the Hamptons Art Network, features a full weekend of exciting, art-related events. There will be art exhibitions, live music, comedy shows, open houses, live performances, and plenty of great parties to complement all of the action. If you've been looking for the perfect opportunity to celebrate the return of spring, this is your chance. Our REALTORS® have all of the key details on what to expect from THAW Fest 2019, and how to enjoy the weekend's events.

THAW Fest 2019: Celebrate the Arts and the Start of Spring 

The Festival: THAW Fest 2019 – Presented by the Hamptons Art Network
Dates: 
March 22 - March 24, 2019
Times: 
Events Friday Evening, All Day Saturday and Sunday
Location: Art Galleries, Performance Venues, and Businesses in the Hamptons

Kick Off THAW Fest 2019 with a Friday Night Full of Events

  • Cocktail Party and Comedy Show – 5 pm to 8 pm – Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor – The weekend's events kick off on Friday night, with an invite-only cocktail party featuring live music from Dwayne Kerr.

  • DJ and Dancing with Open Galleries – 7 pm to 9 pm – Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill – Enjoy a night of dancing, music, and art with DJ Twilo at the Parish Art Museum. The galleries will also be open so that you can explore all that the museum has to offer.

Spend Your Saturday and Sunday Exploring Local Art

Southampton Events

  • Art Exhibition and Garden Tour – Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm – The Madoo ConservancyExplore the gorgeous gardens of the Madoo Conservancy, and enjoy browsing through the extensive art exhibition on display.

  • Visit the Watermill Center – Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm – The Watermill CenterHead to the Watermill Center in Southampton for a tour of the facilities, and a chance to hear from musician Marina Rosenfeld.

  • Film Screening with Hamptons DocFest – Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm – Parrish Art MuseumReturn to the Parish Art Museum for a film screening and discussion with a special guest speaker to close out the weekend.

Bridgehampton Events

  • Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival – Saturday 6 pm to 8 pm – Bridgehampton – Enjoy a delightful evening of chamber music, featuring a two-piano program that you won't soon forget.

Easthampton Events

  • Visit Historic Mulford Farm – Saturday 10 am to 3 pm – Historic Mulford FarmMake a trip to one of the area's most charming historic farms for a special decorative arts tour.

  • Explore Spectacular Gardens and Art Collections – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm – Longhouse ReserveVisit a true one-of-a-kind property to soak in the beautiful gardens, fantastic sculpture collection, and vibrant art at the Longhouse Reserve.

Learn More about the Hamptons Art Network

While ThawFest is a marquee event each year, the Hamptons Art Network also works throughout the year to build and grow the art community in the Hamptons. The Hamptons Art Network is made up of a variety of local non-profit organizations, which includes art galleries, festival organizers, performance venues, cultural organizations, and museums. Thaw Fest is a chance for these organizations to show off the work that they do all year long.

Are you still searching for the perfect home close to legendary Long Island festivals like THAW Fest? We are here to help. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes in the Hamptons and throughout all of the Long Island real estate market.

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