October is for all Things Beautiful…and Not So Beautiful.

October is here and it is time for one last romp outside before the hustle and bustle of the holidays strikes.  This month I offer you something for your eyes, your health, and your munchkins.

Let’s start with the beauty.  Visit New York Botanical Gardens from now until the 21st and see the spectacular Monet’s Gardens to enjoy the botanical beauty that inspired his best works.
waterlilies

Photoof Monet’s Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge  from Wikipedia.com.

Stop in October 6th through the 8th and check out the Spooktacular Pumpkin Party from 12-5. There will be music, stories, and even live bats. Yes, live bats.
bat

Photo of a Vampire Bat from Nationalgrographic.com

After the bats, you may need a little relaxation. How about a leisurely paddle around Mashomack Point?  The Nature Conservatory will be hosting a kayak expedition through the salt marshes off of Shelter Island.  October 06, 2012    9 a.m. — 12 p.m.

They also host informative hikes just about every Saturday. Check out their site for details: Nature Conservatory
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Photo from of Mashomack Point from nature.org.
Oh, and lest we forget the humble pumpkin.  If you have kids, you will get a pumpkin.  Even if you don’t have kids, you will buy a pumpkin. Fortunately, there are plenty of lovely  places to pick your traditional pumpkin and grab a few good looking gourds.  There are even a few organic options, such as Organics Today in East Islip.  If gourds aren’t your thing, they have plenty of cider and donuts to keep you warm while waiting for the kids to pick the perfect pumpkin.
pumpkin
Photo from organicstodayfarms.com

Have a great October!

-Brandi

 

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