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The Dark Side Of The Park

Adventureland enters the spook market

Most Long Islanders can recall more than a few fond memories from their youth at Adventureland in Farmingdale; long teenage nights spent riding the Hurricane roller coaster dozens of times, eating those incredible sugar-coated donuts and, of course, laughing at the hilariously goofy haunted house.

But recently, something happened at Adventureland – something horrifying.

The amusement park, family run for more than 50 years, unveiled “Nightmare on the Midway” Oct. 5 with Halloween and horror attractions that raise the scary stakes to levels never before seen at the park. With help from the twisted minds at HauntedProps.com, Adventureland uses state-of-the-art audio animatronics, custom set pieces and dozens of live actors to give teens and adults a frightful night to remember.

Among the new, custom attractions are Slappy’s Sadistic Circusland, Zombie Asylum, 1313 Cemetery Way and the Evil Express, a truly traumatic train ride packed with chilling images, gross acts of carnage and surprise spooks that will elicit shrieks from even the most seasoned Halloween fans.

The actors are the demented soul of Adventureland’s new attractions; creepy clowns, zombies, chainsaw wielding maniacs and more all roaming around, ready to creep out visitors.

Admission includes unlimited access to these attractions in addition to all the other rides at the park.

But Adventureland did not forget about its easily scared younger guests or even highly sensitive adults. The park hosts family-friendly Halloween events by day, including a pumpkin patch, live performers and face-painting.

And all this scaring is for a good cause. In addition to providing a safe, local and trusted environment for Halloween fun, Adventureland’s “Nightmare on the Midway” also supports The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Helping Hands Foundation, which supports the community by increasing awareness about local issues and initiatives and provides educational resources for community residents.

Adventureland’s “Nightmare on the Midway” is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., through November 2, including Halloween night.

News

If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.

 

“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”

 

Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present. 

Two inventors, one local and one international, have come together to launch an online fundraising campaign for a product they hope to bring to the market by the end of the year. 

 

Farmingdale resident Rafael Avila is one half of the duo behind the Chocolazer, which is a hot glue gun used to melt chocolate for culinary purposes. 

 

The Chocolazer is branded as a no-mess product that is meant to inspire people to be creative with chocolate. The gadget features a removable heating barrel, wherein special chocolate sticks are melted down into a manageable liquid form. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 6

Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)

 

Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)

Runners and walkers from Farmingdale and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.

 

The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.  


Calendar

Wounded Warrior Dinner - July 16

Youth Council Concert - July 17

Roller Rebels Tryouts - July 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com