Monthly Archives: March 2013

Don’t Miss: An ‘Eggstravagant’ Weekend In Riverhead

From Riverhead Patch:

easter egg huntThe Riverhead Recreation Department presents free fun at Stotzky Park.

Don’t miss a fun weekend of free Easter-themed activities at Stotzky Park in Riverhead.

Snow might have fallen Thursday but that won’t stop a full slate of fun family Easter activities scheduled for the weekend.

The Riverhead Town recreation department presents “An Eggstravagant Weekend,” featuring a full slate of free family activities at Stotzky Park all weekend long.

Here’s a schedule of events so you won’t miss a thing:

Friday, March 22

Flashlight Egg Hunt: 7:45 p.m.

Children ages 10 to 14 are invited to bring flashlights and baskets or bags to compete in a first-ever evening egg hunt. Prizes will be awarded for special eggs.

Drive-In Movie: “Hop,” 8:30 p.m.

Families are invited down to watch the movie “Hop” on the big screen in their cars, just like in the good old days of drive-in movies. Audio will be transmitted through car radios. Popcorn and coffee or hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

Saturday, March 23

Egg Hunts:

Parents can bring the kids to the park to play games, meet the Easter Bunny, and hunt for eggs. Prizes will be given for special eggs. Participants should bring their own baskets and bags.

10:00 a.m.: Children ages 0-3

10:30 a.m.: Children ages 4 and 5

11:00 a.m.: Children ages 6 and 7

11:30 a.m.: Children ages 8 and 9

For children ages 0 through 5, only one adult will be allowed to enter the field with a child; no older siblings will be allowed to help.

Children ages 6 through 9 must participate by themselves.

Participants should plan to arrive early.

For more information in case of inclement weather, call 631-727-5744 ext. 30.

Check your local Patch and other papers for Passover and Easter activities close to you!

Make a Daffodil Pinwheel

Spring is tomorrow (even if it doesn’t feel like it!) Here is an easy craft to celebrate the start of Spring!

Daffodil Pinwheel Craft

This cute daffodil craft uses the basic pinwheel with a cup on the front to form a daffodil.  pinwheel-daffodil

You can use the templates I’ve provided or design your own using:

  • construction paper and stickers
  • fun foam, or
  • thin pieces of plastic (like one would use for overhead projectors)

Fun foam ones are nice and sturdy, but you’ll need to use straight pins instead of push pins to make them.


  • paper
  • printer
  • something to color with
  • pencil with eraser at the end (unsharpened is best, I think)
  • push pin or straight pin
  • optional:  a small bead (like a pony bead)
  • optional:  green paint


  • Optional:  paint your pencil green so it looks like the stem of a flower.
  • Optional:  you can print the B&W template on yellow paper.
  • Take the circle and crimp it along the lines to make an orange cup shape.
  • Fold the rectangular template piece on the dashed line to make a square decorated on both sides.
  • Glue the square together so you have a square decorated on both sides.
  • Cut on the diagonal dotted lines (don’t cut all the way into the middle).
  • Bend each corner to the center dot, but don’t crease your folds.
  • Place the cup in the middle of the pinwheel.
  • Push a pin through the center into the eraser of a pencil (don’t push it super tight)
  • Optional:  put a bead in between the eraser and the paper … some people find it spins a bit better this way… I’ve never noticed the difference (maybe it’s the type of pencil eraser?  I use fresh, unsharpened school pencils)
  • Place it in a vase or pot and decorate your springtime table.



St. Patrick’s Day Parades!

Irish BrunaSt. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17. This day marks the accepted date in 493 CE of St. Patrick’s death.  Here is a picture of Bruna, a Brazilian former Au Pair celebrating St. Patrick’s Day here in Suffolk County.

As St. Patrick is the figure most prominently associated with bringing Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland as a solemnity and holy day of obligation.  The day is marked with special liturgical programs and a breaking of Lenten fasts.

Few historical details are known about St. Patrick’s mission to Ireland, although innumerable popular legends are associated with his work and play a major role in Irish culture. The shamrock’s association with St. Patrick’s Day comes from the popular myth that says St. Patrick used the three leaves of the plant to explain Catholicism’s holy trinity to the Irish.

The holiday is also widely celebrated as a secular celebration of Irish culture. Cities around the world hold St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals to mark the occasion, with many people participating in the “wearing of the green.” Popularized by Irish immigrant communities, festivities usually include traditional Irish food and drink such as corned beef and Guinness beer.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades 2013





Patchogue March 17 @ 12:30 PM Main Street – starts at Rte. 112


Rocky Point March 17 @ 1 PM

But be there early!!

Police close 25A at noon!!!  Get to your viewing spot early

Begins at 25A & Harrison Ave, Miller Place and continues East through Rocky Point on Broadway!
Hampton Bays March 23 @ 11 AM Starts at Hampton Bays Elementary School and west to Hampton Atrium parking lot.
St. James March 16 @ 1 PM Lake Avenue from Woodlawn to Railroad Avenue Contact parade chairperson Kerry Maher at the St. James Funeral Home at 631-584-5200.

Montauk March 17 @ 11:30 AM Edgemere Rd. then onto Main Street
NYC March 16 @ 11 AM The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11:00 am. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street to 79th Street, where the parade finishes at around 4:30 – 5:00 pm

March is Red Cross Month

Did you know that Au Pair in America will pay for the cost of a Red Cross class providing you have at least six months left on your visa and you are taking one of several approved childcare/child safety related classes, such as infant/child CPR or Community First Aid and Safety.  Check with your counselor for details!