Stepping Out

A bygone era revisited at the Long Island Fair

A local tradition embraces the 21st century this weekend


Stepping Back In Time

Long Island Fair

The Long Island Fair, Old Bethpage Village Restoration’s recreation of a 19th century county fair, is an eagerly anticipated fall tradition. Take a break from the fast pace of modern life with a glimpse of days gone by, with activities for all ages. Visit animals in the livestock barn, take part in corn husking and potato sack races, and test your skill and strength at the two-person cross-cut sawing in friendly competition. Enjoy historical period entertainment with musicians, dancers, jugglers, and mime. along with the Old Time Baseball League’s end-of-season matches.

Friday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $8 seniors and children ages 5-12; Dollar Day” admission on Sunday. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. (516) 572-8400.

Art Adventures

Craft and Fine Art Festival

Nassau County Museum of Art’s grounds provide the lush setting for a fall showcase of the best of the nation’s crafts artists — including talented artisans from our area. Browse among functional and decorative pottery, precious and nontraditional jewelry, blown and stained glass, furniture, wearable art, and much more. The family-friendly event features entertainment, workshops and demonstrations, including alpaca shearing.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $8, children under 12 free. Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Dr. (off Northern Blvd.), Roslyn Harbor. (516) 484-9337 or

Exploring Nature

Wildflowers Walk

Enjoy a relaxing walk through Muttontown Preserve during this delightful season. Take in the vibrant colors and delicate scents of wildflowers while hiking through the preserve’s miles of nature trails. Explore fall’s beauty with the help of an experienced guide, while strolling along paths and fields, including a spectacular view in the main field.

Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. Enrollment is limited and registration required. Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, Muttowntown La., East Norwich. (516) 571-8500.