Long Island Authors and Writers Society Members Sign Books at Summer Festival

Authors of children's, young adult and family friendly books will sign books and meet readers during Harbes Family Farm Sweet Corn Festival on July 13.

Mattituck, NY (June 21, 2013) -- Amid an array of singing hayrides, pig races, farm animals, antique tractors, beekeeping exhibits and bushels of what has been called by Newsday, the 'best corn on Long Island', author members of Long Island Authors and Writers Society will be at Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck on Saturday, July 13 from 11 AM until 3 PM during Harbes Farms Sweet Corn Festival.

Included in the lineup of LIAWS authors are: ten-time award winning children's author and children's motivational speaker, Yvonne Capitelli, children's book author Dr. Loraine Alderman, an advocate for children with learning disabilities who recently received Book of the Year Award, on-air radio personality and children's book author, Lisa A. Dabrowski, elementary educator Valerie Pfundstein the author of Veterans, Heroes In Our Neighborhood, and author Tom Gahan, whose novel Harmony Bay was influenced by places and events on eastern Long Island during the American Revolution and became required reading at several Long Island high schools.

The author's works represent several subjects including character-building, farm life, history, science, and community relations. "We feel this is a good matchup of writing talents and titles with this venue. We look forward to meeting writers and aspiring authors from around Long Island," says Tom Gahan, president of the not-for-profit LIAWS that mentors and develops writers at all levels.

"Harbes Farm is an amazing place. Their attention to detail, variety and focusing on the wants and needs of children is outstanding," says Capitelli. "It's a place where all ages can enjoy themselves. There's something for everyone. We are honored to be included in Harbes Sweet Corn Festival activities."

During Harbes' Annual Sweet Corn Festival, which this year celebrates 25 years of growing super-sweet corn on their Mattituck farm, many children-friendly activities are planned. For adults the farm also features a vineyard and a 100-year-old barn for wine tasting where Harbes award-winning wines can be sampled.

"I too am delighted to be part of the annual Sweet Corn festival this year," added Dabrowski. "As a North Fork native, I am very proud of my own family's agricultural heritage and feel that it is important we continue our farming traditions on the East End. Harbes Farm is playing a vital role in doing that."

These notable LIAWS authors will be on hand at Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, NY from 11 AM until 3 PM on Saturday, July 13.

More about LIAWS:
The Long Island Authors and Writers Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to support and promote the craft of writing through supporting one another, mentoring its members, educational programs, in-school programs, book events and events related to writing, and community outreach to residents of Long Island interested in writing. LIAWS nurtures writers and authors at all levels of development in a mutually beneficial environment. LIAWS: provides a trusting atmosphere where authors and writers can come together to meet their individual needs and share information for the good of the whole, supplies strong motivational programs of interest to all writers, offers the opportunity for members to network on different levels according to their needs, provides an environment that promotes authors, and encourages writers to strive to publish their work. All members pledge to support one another and to be involved in supporting the activities of the organization. For further information, please visit http://www.liaws.org.

More about Harbes Family Farm:
Harbes Family Farms, based in Mattituck, Long Island New York has 5 unique agro-tourism properties spread across more than 200 acres. In the farms situated in Mattituck, NY and Jamesport, NY are planted: sweet corn, field corn, grape vineyards, berries, melons, pumpkins and other produce. Farm stands, family based farm activities, and wine tasting rooms compliment the working farms. The Harbes family has been farming Long Island for 13 generations. For further information, please visit: http://www.harbesfamilyfarm.com.

Media Contact:
Tom Gahan
Tel: 631-369-0063

The Great North Fork Awakening Takes Place August 3

Strawberry Fields in Mattituck, becomes a Field of Hope on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 from noon until 8 PM.

Mattituck, NY (June 21, 2013) -- In fulfillment of the shared vision and years of prayer by many Christians, The Great North Fork Awakening -- Where You'll Meet God comes to life on Saturday, August 3 at Strawberry Fields on Route 48 in Mattituck. A day of music, prayer, sermons, and people sharing the Gospel and their own amazing stories is scheduled from noon until 8 PM.

Tents will be erected to protect event goers from the elements for this rain or shine event. Although food vendors will be on hand, the public is invited to bring their own picnic basket and bottled water. Admission is free.

"North Fork Awakening is an opportune time to help people find faith as a way of life, to refresh those who have become overwhelmed by life and to speak hope to a community already loved by God!," says Pastor Lesaya Kelly of Crossover Christian Church in Mount Sinai. Pastor Kelly has served in pastoral ministry for 25 years, both here in the States and in her home country, South Africa.

Event organizers agree that Strawberry Fields in Mattituck will be the place to "find the missing peace in your life" on August 3.

"This will truly be a glorious day for the North Fork of Long Island to witness and attend a good 'ole fashion tent revival. Faith and art on display for the whole community. This is not religion, but the Gospel at its best. If anybody needs some lovin' this is the place to be," says Mattituck Presbyterian Church's pastor, George Gaffga.

The Great North Fork Awakening -- Where You'll Meet God is an interdenominational event and all are welcome, whether they are the deeply faithful, or the un-churched seeking spiritual direction. "It's free GPS," says event chairperson, Alex Nyilas, who had an idea for such an event almost two years ago. "That is, God's Positioning System. And, upgrades are always available at no charge."

"This is an opportunity to experience the church without walls as many people from many local congregations gather together to show our community real love," added Pastor Mike Jankowski of Lamb's Chapel in Center Moriches.

Dennis Bambino, a sought after speaker for churches, seminars and conferences, will be among the speakers at the Great North Fork Awakening. He is scheduled to speak at 6 PM on Saturday, August 3. Bambino has been ministering for over 30 years: as a church planter and Senior Pastor, ministering in 27 countries, Director of Christ for the Nations Institute of Biblical Studies and initiator of church and prayer networks.

He currently serves: on the apostolic counsel of Christ Covenant Coalition under Bishop Joseph Mattera, as founder of Petra Institute of Biblical Training, Long Island, overseer of Christian Family Fellowship International, as a Lifeforming Leadership Coach and consultant to individuals, churches and businesses for leadership development and strategic planning.

Also included in the schedule along with other music presentations is the popular Long Island based Christian band, Crossing Jordan.

WHO: Anyone who is interested in renewing their faith, seeking spiritual direction, or those who may have questions about beginning a relationship with God. It is being put on by volunteers from a variety of Long Island churches.
WHAT: Music, sermons by various members of the Long Island clergy.
WHEN: Saturday, August 3, noon - 8 PM.
WHERE: Strawberry Fields, Route 48 Mattituck.

For more info contact:
Monica Harbes