Merry and bright holiday shows light up Long Island

With Thanksgiving upon us, holiday decorations have begun lighting up the neighborhoods and familiar tunes of “dreaming of a white Christmas” play on the radio – it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! We, too, can start to celebrate the holiday season now; and, we can do so from the comfort of our own cars by driving through the magical light shows offered at these three parks: Jones Beach State Park, Long Island Sports Park and Smith Point County Park.

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Veteran-themed activities and free-admission specials offered over the next few days

With Veteran’s Day observed, in honor of the bravery of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, this Sunday, there are veteran-themed activities and free-admission specials being offered at the following LI venues. So, whether you are a veteran or want to bring a special veteran with you – I think you might enjoy one or more of these activities.

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Model train swap meets and shows are coming to town

An intricate train display — with realistic locomotives, tracks and details, like scaled-to-exacting-size foliage — may find you nostalgic for the holiday tradition your parents held of model trains beneath the Christmas tree. You can get up close to see model trains that you associated the holidays with, or, as a true hobbyist, that you love year-round, at shows and meets held just before Thanksgiving.

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Get into the Halloween spirit at LI events with a ghoulish, or not-too ghoulish, vibe

While I’m not someone who enjoys screaming in fright, I do like to participate in a little bit of spooky fun this time of year. Here are four events I’ve chosen, with some appealing to the faint of heart, like me, and some for those more daring.

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Top three picks for home and garden tours — offered this weekend

There’s something about magnificent mansions and perfectly manicured gardens that entice the history buff, and photographer, in me; so, I’ve picked few tours and events that might get you on board to explore stunning and historical venues this weekend.

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The East End has it going on with plenty to see and do this weekend

I have a special place in my heart for the Eastern End of Long Island; as a Nassau resident, it is truly a getaway for me. And, I look forward to getting out there, now, especially with all the attractions, shows and festivals held in the summer.

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