What’s a twentysomething-year-old to do in the middle-of-the-island town otherwise known as Commack? That’s exactly why I'm here—so you don’t have to spend your own time trying to figure it out by your lonesome.
I was born and bred in Commack. I grew up dancing at a local studio, running across soccer fields in an attempt to score a goal with the Commack Soccer League, painting funny-shaped figurines and dancing away at birthday parties at , and sledding and swinging ‘till I was completely exhausted at the park off of Wicks Road.
Eventually I grew up (a little), and went to . I participated in practically every Cougars football game as a member of both the Cougarettes kickline danceline team and the Marching Band while juggling the ever-increasing course load of the International Baccalaureate program. Like practically everyone else my age, I enjoyed the pleasures of a centrally located complete with assorted comfy chairs, the delicious , and an always-amusing late night activity—bowling at followed by a late night pasta salad run at . It was during this time that I realized it was becoming more and more difficult to find entertaining things to do in this seemingly shrinking town.
As a result, I spent four amazing years studying at the rainy Binghamton University (with about 20 or so of my high school classmates). I was sure that an occupation would just fall in my lap upon my graduation after four years of hard work, boring seminars, and thirty page papers. Otherwise, what was the point of all that college ejukation?
Then, as you all know, the economy took a nosedive, and I ended up back here...in my parents’ house...in Commack. Though I was lucky enough to find a job so as to not be completely and hopelessly broke, this is not at all what I had planned for my first year after college.
For the past few months I have been actively searching for new things to do in Commack to keep myself from going stir-crazy and dying of imminent boredom. I found that it’s actually a lot tougher than I thought to find something new and amusing to do if you happen to be in the 20-30 age range… and even tougher to find any information on such a subject online. But worry not young reader, that’s why I’m here—to save you from countless hours of online searches and useless drives across town in search of something—anything to do.
This column will serve not only as a guide of things to do and places to go in Commack, but a narrative of sorts of what it’s like to actually live in Commack, to grow up in the geographical center of Long Island, and to be a new college graduate in a time when jobs are as hard to come by as reasonably priced apartments. So please, read on and enjoy the ride with me.