The Howlin' Thurstons: More Than a Three-Hour Tour
by Derek Grosso
The Howlin' Thurstons have been described as punk, surf, garage-rock and East Coast edgy. Big Apple boys they are, but they have a soft spot for Long Island, playing regular gigs and performing at benefit concerts around the Island. The Fender Forum writes that the group is "punk surf with some Jimi & Jazz thrown in. Only [The Howlin' Thurstons] can drop a Sinatra line in a surf tune." "This is the type of music you play to get your heart pumping, to catch a break from the rigors of life," said Loud Underground. You want East Coast edgy? Their most recent show (June 24) was at The Pussycat Lounge on Greenwich Street.
The Howlin' Thurstons are DJ "Hacksaw" on guitar, Dave "Fang" on drums, Kevin "The Crippler" on bass guitar, and Peter "The Stump" also on guitar.
Where were you all born and where do you currently reside?
Peter is originally from Iowa, now living in Manhattan with Dave, who's originally from Brooklyn. Kevin was born in the Bronx and now resides in Levittown. DJ was born in Palookaville and currently lives on the wrong side of the tracks in the state of Confusion.
Please give us a quick history of the band.
"After the accident where they put that plate in my head, I had to do something to drown out the voices," said guitarist Peter. "So I formed the Howlin' Thurstons with DJ, another bass player and drummer who left the band in 2001 and was replaced by Kevin and Dave."
Where did you come up with your name, The Howlin' Thurstons?
It was our second choice. The Beatles was already taken.
Let us in on a funny/interesting story you have about one of your shows.
Good question! It could be the one at the Bitter End where our sonic assault actually shook some pieces of ceiling down onto a couple seated in front... we bought 'em a beer. Or it could be the Glen Cove Street Fair we played in the rain. Or it could be the one with the rats!
Who are some of your musical influences?
As a band, we draw a lot from Link Wray and all guitar-driven bands from the 50s and 60s through the present, such as Sonic youth, Yo La Teng, AC/DC, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iggy Pop, Henry Mancini, The Ventures; fingernails on a chalkboard and air escaping a balloon.
If you weren't playing music what would you be doing?
Listening to music.
Tell us what's in store for the HT's fans.
New CD... New CD... New CD!
What is your favorite restaurant?
Any one with a liquor license!
What is this, "The Actor's Studio??"
Favorite vacation spot?
A three hour boat tour... what else?
Favorite local sports team?
We're fans of the skinny guy who always wins the Nathans' hot dog eating contest.
Favorite place on Long Island?
Anywhere except the L.I.E. during rush hour.
Best Halloween costume you've seen (or been)?
It's DJ... his face is scary enough without a costume.
Most recent book read or movie seen?
"Festival Express" and "House of Flying Daggers" kicked ass.
Most dynamic duo, real or fictional?
Starsky & Hutch (the original TV show, not the movie), Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse, and The Three Stooges (the drummer can't count).
Historic figure you would most like to meet, living or dead?
Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Link Wray, and we'd like them to be alive when we meet them.
Person you would most like to have as a groupie?
Any generous multi-millionaire
Who would you like to see run for President?
I'd vote for Shemp, he was always the underrated Stooge.
You can play a gig anywhere in the country. Where is it and give us the details?
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival or anywhere else with warm sunshine, good food and cold beer!
What's the wildest place you've played on Long Island?
Crazy Donkey was a cool place! (1058 Route 110 in Farmingdale)
What has been the band's greatest/proudest accomplishment thus far?
Writing, playing and recording music that is unlike anything else out there.
What makes Long Island special?
The abundance of expressways that run North and South, and of course the traffic.
For more on the band, or to check out where they will be playing next, visit www.howlinthurstons.com
Fourth Fun Gets Off to a "Crazy" Start
The perfect mix of pub & club.
This is the slogan of The Crazy Donkey, and although nothing is perfect, the Donkey should be high on the list of clubs to visit during the Fourth of July weekend. One of the features of the Donkey is a Thursday Corporate Happy Hour, which is perfect for anyone lucky enough to have off on Friday. For those who have to work, the Donkey also has a Friday Happy Hour. Both Happy Hours feature a BBQ on the 2,000 square foot outside deck from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Friday party then spreads inside the facility and into the 6,000 sq. ft. dance club.
But before the first band of the weekend takes the stage, the spotlight is split for a few hours between the booming house blends that are being played and the early evening baseball that is being played. Both the Mets and Yankees games will be shown on the numerous televisions and large screens in the facility.
After the games, the house jams stop and the live bands start. The Crazy Donkey has had a great deal of diversity with regard to the musical acts that have performed, but the club has become known on Long Island for featuring live rock music. The Fourth of July weekend will be no different. Hipnotic kicks off a trio of the club's favorites with a late night set on Friday. Maniac is up next on Saturday. The Green Machine bats cleanup on Sunday, as the Crazy Donkey will expand its live band schedule to a third night for the holiday weekend.
The Crazy Donkey, located at 1058 Route 110 in Farmingdale, can be contacted at 631.753.1975 or via its web site www.thecrazydonkey.com.
Ninth Annual Island Harvest Golf Classic to Tee Off
Computer Associates is the Classic Tournament Sponsor for this year's golf outing.
The Classic will begin at 10:30 a.m. with brunch and registration, followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, and will conclude with a beach party and awards celebration at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will also feature a Hole-In-One, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin contest. Golf registration including the beach party is $750 per player, $3,000 for a foursome and it will cost $150 for non-players to attend the beach party immediately following the tournament.
To register for the 9th Annual Golf Classic or to inquire about sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please contact Dee Doherty at 516.294.8528, ext. 16.
For more information on Island Harvest, visit them online at www.islandharvest.org
Artists Alliance of East Hampton Celebrates Anniversary of Summer Tour
"This summer tour provides an exclusive opportunity to visit the studios, homes and gardens of established and emerging artists," said Tom Steele, a fine art photographer and President of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton. "Art collectors and art lovers will have the unique opportunity to meet the artists in their own studios and to purchase original works of art from the source."
A ticket provides access to all the studios on the tour at any time between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., as well as a variety of additional benefits, including four days of admission to Guild Hall for "East End 10: Artists of the Region Invitational," The Parrish Art Museum with its "Contemporary Photography and the Garden - Deceits and Fantasies" exhibition, and the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center (the former studio and home of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner) which will feature an exhibition of the works of Perle Fine. Ticketholders are also invited to a special Curator's Breakfast talk with Christina Mossaides Strassfield at Guild Hall on Saturday, July 16th, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
A mid-tour Studio Party will be held on Friday, July 15th, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Resort (located at 44 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton). Enjoy local wines from Bedell Cellars, hors d'ouvres and live music while mingling with artists and fellow studio tour participants. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door.
Tour tickets are $40 if purchased on or before June 28, and $50 each after June 28. This year's tour is sponsored by Bridgehampton National Bank, Corey Creek Vineyards, Gary E. Spencer of the Corcoran Group, and Cook, Hall & Hyde, Inc. Call 631.324.2225 or visit www.aaeh.org for more information.
Corporate Golf Classic raises close to $100K for the American Heart Association
Golfers had the opportunity to "Drive for the Chrysler," where if they got a hole-in-one on the thirteenth hole, they would drive home in a brand new Chrysler 300. There was also a putting contest and awards were given for longest drive, closest to the pin and straightest drive.
More than 170 attended the dinner afterwards where guests had the opportunity to hear from this year's Corporate Classic honoree, Jay M. Herman, Partner at the East Meadow law firm of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP. Also speaking that evening were Shelby Caban, 11-year old heart transplant survivor and Todd Slattery, father of 2-year old Aiden who is also a heart survivor. Their stories of survival not only moved the crowd but showed them that their contributions to the American Heart Association were hard at work saving lives.
During the dinner, attendees were given the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets, bid on silent auction items and participate in a live auction.
"I want to acknowledge the special contributions to the Corporate Golf Classic made by our sponsors -- Liberty Land Title Agency, LLC, Preferred Empire Mortgage Company, Healthworld and Hercules Group," said Frank Tauches, Jr., Chairman of the event. This year, the Classic was presented by Certilman Balin Attorneys and Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
"This year's Corporate Golf Classic raised more than $96,000 for the American Heart Association and the funds raised will go to research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs so people across America can live stronger, longer lives," said Tanya Bissell, Special Event Director for the American Heart Association.
Mark your calendars and join us next year at the 2006 Corporate Golf Classic. For more information about heart disease and stroke, call your local office of the American Heart Association, visit the web at www.americanheart.org or call 1.800.AHA.USA1.
Aisle on the Isle: "Joe Jencks in Concert"
Joe Jencks refers to himself as "musician, vocalist, songwriter, bard." An accurate enough self-assessment, but one to which I would add, "balladeer."
Expecting nothing more than a summer evening of pleasant folk music, I was happily surprised at the depth and complexity of Mr. Jencks' performance at the Santosha Center for the Arts in Amityville. The Santosha Center is a venue small in size, but lovely in ambiance and furnishing, with outstanding acoustics. A deceptively plain storefront entrance hides this charming performance space, and it proved a worthy setting for the warm intimacy of Mr. Jencks' songs and stories.
"Ballad" is defined in Merriam-Webster as "a simple song." Superficially, some of Mr. Jencks' songs meet this criteria in both lyric and melody, but beneath most lie a depth of thought and perspective worthy of any sociologist, psychologist or philosopher. Particularly noteworthy in this respect is the playful "Men Are Good," a non-chest-thumping ode to the virtues of the male members of our species. "Men are Good" was wisely placed as the follow up to the more serious, message-imbued, "What Kind of Brother?," a meaningful social commentary seeking a little self examination from men who feel free to endlessly comment on female countenance and form at all times, and in all manner.
Mr. Jencks takes us into his life and world with self revelatory anecdotes, offering insight into the origin and development of his work. Saturated with spirituality, influenced by the Catholicism of his youth and the Buddhism of present study, his insightful lyrics seek to touch the soul as well as the heart and mind, and most often, succeed. "What Have You Done in My Name?" asks Jencks' Christ in song, an astute and moving rhetorical musical question.
Though he eschews love songs, claiming to be "allergic," one of the most lovely and moving songs of the evening was "Dance with Me," a tender and eloquent love ballad. Pure in lyric, profound in emotional impact, it is a few moments of musical transport worthy of the most accomplished balladeer.
Mr. Jencks is a talented acoustic guitar player with a richly resonant tenor voice. The intelligence, emotion, and humor he brings to his compositions and presentation makes an evening of his music a pleasure not to be missed. He is currently touring throughout the Northeast.
Opening the evening with an all-too-brief set was Long Island native Glen Roethel. Mr. Roethel's allegorical and romantic lyrics combine with finely elegant guitar playing to sweet and soothing rhythmic effect. Catch him when you can, as well.
Find more information at www.joejencks.com; www.inspireline.com (Mr. Roethel); and www.Santosha.com.
"Aisle on the Isle" is a series of reviews of Long Island theater and music events by Aliceann Donnelly, former attorney and college professor, and incurable, lifelong theater and music junkie.
Three Village Inn Provides "A Taste of America"
A two-hour outdoor welcome reception kicks things off at 7:00 p.m., featuring fabulous grilled foods, cold displays and butlered canapes from across the U.S.A., along with over 30 selections of sample regional wines at the All American Wine Bar.
This is followed by the three-course candlelight dinner. Each gourmet course is served with an accompaniment of fine wine. The cost is $90 including tax and gratuity and advance purchase is required.
For more information and the night's menu, call 631.751.0555 or visit www.threevillageinn.com.
Old Hollywood Comes to Long Island
Turner Classic Movies and DIRECTV are the presenting sponsors of the 2005 Summer Under the Stars Festival, featuring four classic movies from TCM's extensive library. At sunset each Thursday in July, a free outdoor showing of a classic film will be presented on a large movie screen at the Lakeside Theatre. The festival begins Thursday, July 7, with a screening of Billy Wilder's comedy classic "Some Like It Hot," featuring a live introduction by one of the movie's stars, Tony Curtis. Also featured at the festival will be the Oscar-winning wartime romance, "Casablanca," the perennial family favorite "The Wizard of Oz" and the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "North by Northwest."
The following is a complete schedule for the 2005 Summer Under the Stars Festival:
Thursday, July 7 || SOME LIKE IT HOT
Special Introduction by Tony Curtis
Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, Joe E. Browne and George Raft.
Thursday, July 14 || CASABLANCA
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Berman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.
Thursday, July 21 || THE WIZARD OF OZ
Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Hale, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan and Margaret Hamilton.
Thursday, July 28 || NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll and Martin Landau.
As a consideration to others, Summer Under the Stars moviegoers are asked to leave pets at home and to put trash in proper receptacles throughout the park. Umbrellas and high-backed chairs are strongly discouraged to allow visibility for all viewers. Grills of any sort are strictly prohibited.
Admission and parking are free, and the event will be held rain or shine. More information about the festival can be obtained by calling 800.861.7525 or visiting www.turnerclassicmovies.com/sus.
The Prelude to the Party Comes to the Cafe
With everyone fleeing for the Hamptons, the town of Huntington is pretty dull during the Fourth of July weekend. Apparently the La Madonna Cafe plans to make up for this the weekend before.
The Maxim Bud Light Exposure hits the Cafe on Friday, June 24. The Exposure is a tour that will stop in forty cities and have Maxim Bud Light talent scouts checking out the best bars. While at the bars, the scouts will pick people to put on the exclusive guest list for this year's Maxim Bud Light Exposure Party. Each of the stops on the way to THE Party (as the official site puts it) features "a sexy photo shoot theme." Women receive free exposure (there seems to be a theme here) to Maxim magazine, while men can play with the Maxim Virtual Girl. For more information about the Exposure and The Party, go to www.maximexposure.com.
During a normal week, live music from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. is provided by different bands on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. At 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only, spinning at the Cafe is resident DJ Anthony Troffa. There is also a happy hour on Friday.
In addition to its diverse menu and martini bar, the Cafe features The Da Vinci Room, which is a private lounge above the club that can be rented.
The La Madonna Cafe, located at 1 Clinton Avenue in Huntington, can be contacted at 631.271.1800 or via its web site, www.lamadonnacafe.com.
Guild Hall presents "An Evening with Barbara Carrol"
Carrol is an elegant Jazz pianist, composer and vocalist who has been regarded as one of the most fascinating purveyors of swinging jazz piano and rhythmic vocals on Broadway, in concert halls, jazz clubs and around the world. Harnar is an award-winning New York Cabaret and recording artist who has made several appearances at Carnegie Hall.
The duo have created several musical surprises specifically for Guild Hall audiences, celebrating the 1959 Broadway Songbook in harmony and blending their distinct styles and electric musical chemistry in "An Evening with Barbara Carrol with Special Guest Jeff Harnar," at Guild Hall's John Drew Theatre (158 Main Street) in East Hampton on Friday, June 24.
The event is priced at $40 for members, $45 for non-members; with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the Box Office at 631.324.4050 or visit Guild Hall online.
Hamptons Home & Garden Show
The price of admission is $20, and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 631.283.5505 or visit www.hhgshow.com.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
The Special Olympics comes to Hofstra University this weekend (through Sunday, June 19). Nearly 3,000 athletes and coaches will compete in the 2005 Summer Games, which will conclude on Sunday with a Celebration and Victory Dance. Call 212.661.5217 or visit www.nyso.org for more information.
The Strawberry Festival comes to Mattitiuck this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 17 - 19 on Sound Avenue. Festivities include entertainment, craft vendors and displays. Strawberry pie, chocolate-covered strawberries, jam and more also featured. Call 631.298.2222 or visit The 51st Annual Strawberry Festival.
WALLED GARDEN TEA
Old Westbury Gardens hosts a Walled Garden Tea on Saturday, June 18 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a gracious afternoon of learning how the Walled Garden has developed. After the tour, an outdoor tea served just outside the garden gates. Registration is limited for this event, and the raindate is June 25. Call 516.333.0048 ext. 301 or visit www.oldwestburygardens.org.
The Amityville Fire Department's 100th anniversary carnival takes place on West Oak Street in Amityville from Friday, June 17 through Saturday June 18. P-O-P unlimited rides, fireworks on Saturday night. Call 1.800.464.1448 for details.
Ultra Lounge Grand Opening to feature Vinny Pastore from The Sopranos
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a happy hour pre-party and bottle service starts at 9:00 p.m. The Ultra Lounge will be open for reservations with a minimum purchase of two bottles.
Ultra Lounge's creators traveled coast to coast to create an atmosphere that reflects an upper class posh environment for Long Islanders to enjoy. For reservations or more information, please call 631.732.3339.
Aisle on the Isle: "Gypsy"
"Gypsy" at The Stage Theatre in Merrick, is as lovely and loving a community theater production as you're likely to see on Long Island.
Lovely because the material is by the cream of Broadway talent -- Arthur Laurents ("The Way We Were," "West Side Story") wrote the book, Jules Styne ("Funny Girl," "Bells Are Ringing") the music, Stephen Sondheim ("West Side Story," "A Little Night Music," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum") the lyrics -- and loving because the marvelously talented performers clearly relish the wonderful parts within which they showcase their talents.
"Gypsy" is named for (and ostensibly based upon the life of) the lead character, stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. But the story and the real star of the show is Gypsy's mother, the ultimate of all stage mothers, Mamma Rose.
As written, the character of Rose could easily disappear into one dimensional caricature: a manipulative and lying woman betraying, however unwittingly, the best interests of her daughters. Portrayed with nuance and subtlety by the marvelous Heddy Zirin, Rose is a multifaceted, complicated woman. While clearly living the life she wanted for herself through her reluctant children, Zirin's Rose is nevertheless complex and grounded in real, often opposing, emotion. The desire for love faces off against the desire for freedom; the need to do what is best for one's children faces the desire to do what is best for one's self. A terrific singer, a must for a role which requires the belting out of "Everything's Coming Up Roses," and "Rose's Turn," Zirin also possesses great acting skills, so much so that one wonders if this is a role tailor-made for her, as it seems, or if she is just that good an actress. I suspect it is the latter.
Marc Courtade portrays Herbie, the sweetly indulgent agent who left show business only to return for no other purpose than to be near to his beloved Rose. Mr. Courtade brings intelligence and quiet sophistication to the role. Herbie often dutifully capitulates to Rose's desires to pursue success in vaudeville at any cost, and often it is against his own better judgment. The dignity of his presence on stage is a perfect match for the character, and the duets (particularly "Small World") performed by Herbie and Rose are a treat.
Danielle Crinnion's Louise, who is to become the woman known as Gypsy Rose Lee, is appropriately sweet and shy, sincere and reliable. She is willing to remain in the background as her sister June (Natalie Fabian) is endlessly promoted by Rose, to the combined, comical exasperation of both daughters as expressed in the duet, "If Momma Were Married." When finally coerced by Rose to perform a burlesque number onstage, it is only the hard learned lessons of three old hand strippers (Andria Amarosa's hysterical butterfly, Tessie Tura; Judy Lerner's brassy, trumpet-blaring Mazeppa; and Lu Petronelli's illuminating Electra -- fabulous and funny actresses, all) that gives Louise the courage to try a less than revealing first strip.
All the performers have singing and dancing talent far greater than expected in community theater. Of special note are child actresses Emily Tenenbaum and Makenzie Russo as Baby June and Baby Louise, respectively, who sing and dance like old pros, and Andrew Newhook as Tulsa, the object of the young Louise's unspoken adoration, whose performance is a mid-show delight.
Congratulations to director Bruce Bider and choreographer Rosemary Topol for putting together a first rate evening of musical theater.
Everyone in this production -- including the oh, so brief appearance of John Pane as the momentarily befuddled Mr. Goldstone -- performs with clarity, energy and enthusiasm. They all seem to be having a great time.
You will, too.
"Gypsy," plays at The Stage Theatre, 2222 Hewlett Avenue in Merrick, through June 25. Call 516.868.6400 for more information.
"Aisle on the Isle" is a series of reviews of Long Island theater events by Aliceann Donnelly, former attorney and college professor, and incurable, lifelong theater junkie.
Annual Concert in Islip Does Care
Limon Dance Co. Performance on June 27 Opens 2005 Season at Usdan Center
Festival performances are at noon at the 1,000-seat McKinley Ampitheater, part of the Center's magnificent 200-acre woodland setting at 185 Colonial Springs Road in Huntington.
Usdan Center, America's largest summer arts day camp, has introduced the visual and performing arts to more than 40,000 young people ages 6 to 18, with an alumni group that includes actress Natalie Portman, and singers Jane Monheit and Mariah Carey. This festival is one of the many ways Usdan introduces young people to the arts.
Subsequent performances include jazz singer Jane Monheit on June 28; the 2005 Yiddish Theater Festival hosted by Joanne Borts; pianist Jeffrey Siegel; "Voices From Broadway" -- singers from Broadway's "The Producers," "Beauty and the Beast," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Wicked;" and the Chicago Ballet Ensemble, featuring dancers from the Joffrey Ballet. Celebrity performances are presented for the first few weeks of the season, with student classes performing onstage during the second half. A complete schedule and more information is available at www.usdan.com.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
COMING UP ROSES
The Long Island Rose Society's 49th Annual Rose Show, 'Carnival of Roses,' will be held at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay on Sunday, June 12, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Hundreds of the sweet-smelling flowers will be on exhibit for the Long Island Rose Society and American Rose Society awards for specimens, collections and arrangements. Rose-related arts and crafts will be on display as well. Admission to the rose show is free. The Arboretum entrance fee is $6 per car. For more info visit the Planting Fields online.
THE BELMONT STAKES
The 137th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place this Saturday, June 11 with a Post Time of 6:33 p.m. (EST). Click here for all the information you need about watching or attending.
BLESSING OF THE FLEET
The Montauk Harbor Festival/Blessing of the Fleet also takes place this weekend, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. Celebrate Montauk's Working Harbor at the Montauk Festival and Blessing of the Fleet. Saturday's family friendly festival features games, activities, food, live music retail booths and three contests: Clam Shucking, Fish Filleting and Best Baked Clam Bake. Sunday at 5:00 p.m. is the Blessing of the Fleet at the town dock. For more information call 631.668.2428.
Long Island CVB Launches Funonli.com
Funonli.com is the new online home of the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission. Don't let the mile-long name of the organization fool you. There's plenty of good stuff on their website for us locals to enjoy, too.
The Commission was established in 1978 to develop the Island's nearly $5 billion travel and tourism industry. Though the site's target audience is clearly business travelers and tourists, with categories such as golf, recreation, restaurant, activities and shopping (found through the "What to Do" link), if you can't find something of interest, hey, you're just not trying. The proverbial A to Z is at your fingertips: from aquariums and arboretums to farm stands and lighthouses, from museums and mansions to zoos, it's all here in easily accessible form.
Between the list of restaurants (you can't possibly have been to all 59 already, can you?) and the 29 listed wineries, there is a summer's worth of happy indulgence right there.
Off-site references under "Useful Links" are exactly that -- extremely useful. You'll find government sites for the twin counties (Nassau's is so loaded with information for future reference that, as a Nassau resident, I immediately stored it as a "Favorite"), as well as local chambers of commerce and tourism commissions. You can also sign up for a travel guide, to make sure you really do know all our Island has to offer.
The calendar of events is a winner. Click on any date and you'll likely get an overwhelming choice of activities -- 52 for the date I checked (June 6) -- including hikes, nature walks, museum shows, art festivals, programs to teach children, programs to entertain children, a string quartet and other musical events, designer showcases and even a wetlands cruise.
All that, on what I thought would be an ordinary, nothing special, generic kind of Monday.
Bored on Long Island and think there's nothing new to do? Nuh-uh, not any more. Go to funonli.com (or www.licvb.com). Then go do something fun!
A Weekend of Sports at the Race Palace
There will be a doubleheader at the Race Palace at Maxwell and Dunne's Steakhouse on June 10, but don't look for any baseball. Legends from two other sports will be involved instead. From 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Ron Turcotte, the jockey of Secretariat, will discuss this year's Belmont Stakes. Batting cleanup will be Walt Frazier, a guard on the New York Knicks 1970 and 1973 World Championship teams. Frazier, who is appearing from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., will be discussing this year's NBA playoffs.
On June 11, the Belmont Stakes will be shown on the numerous huge screens inside the Race Palace teletheater. There will be wireless betting and cashiers as well.
As could be guessed from the name, Maxwell and Dunne's Steakhouse houses more than the Race Palace. The main attraction is actually the restaurant that has a vast array of foods, not just steaks. There is also a bar and a cigar lounge.
Maxwell and Dunne's, located at 1600 Round Swamp Road in Plainview, was formerly the home of the now defunct club/concert hall The Vanderbilt. For more information call 516.694.6200 or visit www.mdsteakhouse.com.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
DOCK DAY & CRAFT FAIR
The 15th Annual Dock Day/Craft Fair takes place at the Town Dock on lower Main Street in Port Washington this Sunday, June 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Over 80 booths with handmade crafts, rides, games, entertainment, food and more on the Dock overlooking the beautiful Bay. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 516.883.6566.
SPRING FISHING RODEO
The Spring Fishing Rodeo takes places this weekend at Captree State Park in West Islip. Fish will include flounder, fluke, striped bass and weakfish, and all species must meet the minimum state size requirements. Fish must be also be caught within the waters between Jones and Moriches Inlets from a private boat, charter/party boat, shore or pier location. Equipment and cash prizes awarded. Call State Parks at 631.669.1000 x247.
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY CELEBRATION
The National Trails Day Celebration takes place Saturday, June 4 starting at 9:00 a.m. Walk 5.4 miles of mostly flat terrain at Blydenburgh County Park of Route 347. Refreshments will be served. Heavy rain cancels. Visit www.hike-li.com for more information.
Cooking with Chef Lia
Written by Lia Soscia for Greenlight Long Island Magazine
One of the greatest gifts the earth gives to a cook is being able to prepare meals with the vibrant colors and delicious aromas of fruits and vegetables in season. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we will see an abundance of fresh produce filling up our grocery stores from our own Long Island farms. We have seen, over the last 10 years, a growing source of "out of season" vegetables appearing year-round due to imports and scientific farming advances, but nothing beats the fresh taste of locally grown produce. And, as Long Islanders who love to cook, we should rely heavily on produce from our local farm stands.
Produce that comes from other countries, although a good substitute, is usually weeks old by the time it makes it to your local supermarket. If you haven't had the chance to visit your local farm stand, you really need to. Once you've tasted a pie or shortcake or even fresh corn right off the cornstalk, there is no going back to produce substitutes.
Many cooks will take a stab at growing their own produce in their backyards. And, if you spend enough time, the culinary rewards are memorable. Years ago, I grew my own corn and other vegetables in the backyard of my first house. It was a good summer. The stalks grew 10 feet high and I had many ears of corn and other assorted vegetables to enjoy. After picking some corn right from the stalk, I stuck them for a few minutes in a pot to boil, added some salt and butter and I was in taste bud heaven. The kernels were popping with sweetness and the butter and salt topped it off!
Another fond fresh vegetable memory is the day my daughter was born. Has it been 14 years already! I had so many eggplants that I decided to cook them up and freeze them for later use. Needless to say, my husband was eating eggplant for many nights after we came home from the hospital. Maybe that's why he doesn't like it anymore?!
Although we have a fairly short growing season on Long Island, our farmers have much to share with us this summer and fall. To give you a head start in your search for your favorite farm stand, you need to visit The Long Island Farm Bureau website. Here you will find all the information you need regarding Long Island's farming community, such as popular crops of Long Island, the harvest calendar, and a detailed list of all the farm stands in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
There are many benefits to cooking in season. Just-picked produce contains more vitamins and minerals and the taste is unmatched. To see what I mean, just take a few fresh tomatoes, cut them into bite size pieces, toss with some fresh minced garlic and basil, put a dash of good quality olive oil, and balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. You too will be in taste bud heaven!
Chef Lia Soscia is a personal chef and owner of Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chef Services on Long Island. She has been cooking for almost 30 years for friends and family. Lia's Personal Chef Services include home meal preparation, cooking lessons & parties, recipe research and more.
If you have any questions or need help finding more recipes that take advantage of produce in season, please visit Chef Lia at www.ChefLia.com or write her at Lia@ChefLia.com. She looks forward to hearing your comments and questions. And continue to check back for more "Cooking With Chef Lia," only in Greenlight Long Island Magazine.
June Concert Schedule for The Blue Waves
The Blue Waves are a New York-based cover band that bring together several seasoned veterans of the Motown and Blues scene in a new dynamic combo. They have been performing regularly in Nassau County and the Rockaways.
Founded in 1995, the band's versatile sound takes the audience on a trip through the Motown days, then to Woodstock, back again to the Downtown New York Blues scene. Their unique ability to fuse the 60's psychedelic flavor with blues influences help deliver a wide genre of material. Check out the band's website for more information.
Saturday, June 4 || 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Woodstock Tribute Festival
The Blue Parrot
5460 Merrick Road in Massapequa
Saturday, June 1 || 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Little Buster's Hideaway
190 Glen Cove Avenue in Glen Cove
Friday, June 17 || 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Mim's Restaurant & Lounge
235 Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights
Saturday, June 18 || 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
828 South Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville
Saturday, June 25 || 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Mim's Restaurant & Lounge
235 Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights
Wednesday, June 29 || 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monthly Open Blues Jam
2732 Grand Avenue in Bellmore
June Events at the Santosha Center
Comedy Night Featuring Comic Harry Freedman
Hosted by Long Island Comic Chris Roach
Friday, June 10 at 9:00 p.m.
"If I don't know it, nobody does!" says Harry Freedman. Is he serious? Of course not. Yet from comedy clubs to corporate events to television shows, audiences take Harry Freedman very, very seriously -- right up until the moment they realize they have been had! As "the nation's leading expert," comedian Harry Freedman convinces audiences he is a doctor, bureaucrat, presidential adviser, or a psychologist -- and the list goes on. But who is he? Harry Freedman is really the king of comedy put-ons. It's hard to imagine how audiences are hoodwinked by a comedian whose TV credits include "America's Funniest People," "Comedy On The Road," "Stand-Up Spotlight" with Rosie O'Donnell, and who has written for the highly acclaimed sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," and Showtime Specials. Harry has also been profiled in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Miami Herald and Convention South.
Art Gallery Exhibit & Reception by Watercolorist Marilyn Gartelmann
Sunday, June 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Marilyn Gartelmann, a native of the North Fork of Long Island, has been a student of many famous watercolorists among them Edgar Whitney, Frank Webb, Claude Croney, Ray Loos and Edythe Kane. After painting with oils for a few years she was drawn to the lightness and freshness of watercolors and has stayed with this medium ever since. Within the watercolor world she is considered a "loose painter" which refers to the use of a painting technique whereby the normally rigid boundaries between objects is softened and less defined. Marilyn has won many ribbons for her painting and is now passing on the art of watercolor to her students.
Singer-Songwriter Joe Jencks in Concert
Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m.
With his outstanding tenor voice, Joe Jencks has an inspiring ability to connect genuinely and intimately with audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds. He has a warmth and sincerity in his voice which allows the well pondered messages of his songs to penetrate that much deeper into the heart of the listener. It's as if he telling you a long lost secret that you've known all along but have forgotten in the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. Joe's newest CD, "I Hear Your Voice" was released in January 2003, and is being hailed as a significant work of modern folk music.
Singer-Songwriter Seth Davis in Concert
Sunday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Family, spirit, suffering, bliss, sex, betrayal & love du jour are all fair game for Davis' lyrical wit & wisdom and his honest, passionate delivery. Self-conscious and romantic, irreverently sarcastic, dark as a sandbox at dawn, Davis displays an uncommon aptitude for marrying conversational honesty with musical grace. An accomplished vegan chef at some of the healthiest eateries in NY, Davis has played hundreds of gigs from the subways of London to New York's best acoustic venues.