Islandwide Events this Weekend
SHAKESPEARE IN MONTAUK
The Bard heads east as the cast and crew of the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival put on "A Midsummer's Night Dream." It starts this weekend and runs through most of August at the Theododre Roosevelt County Park in Montauk. For more information, call
631.267.0105 or visit www.hamptons-shakespeare.org.
SAILING AROUND LONG ISLAND
This year's "Around Long Island Regatta" takes place throughout the weekend and you can follow the progress of the sailboats via a GPS tracking system seen at www.alir.org. Live coverage of the 36-hour race will include "On-Board" camera footage and continuous audio commentary directly from the boats. You can also find out the best places to watch
by visiting www.alir.org.
STEAMERS ON LONG ISLAND
The Long Island Live Steamers Summer Meet takes place on Sunday, July 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Southaven County Park in Suffolk County. For more information call 631.345.0499 or visit them online.
Islandwide Picks for Thursday, July 28
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TEXAS HOLD'EM TOURNAMENT
Raise the ante on hope at a Texas Hold'em poker tournament to benefit the ACS Hope Lodge, a free home away from home for people undergoing cancer treatment. A donation of $150 includes poker, complete dinner and an open bar. The event will be held at Chateau Briand on Old Country Road in Carle Place at 6:00 p.m. The top twenty finishers win trips and prizes. For more information, call 800.ACS.2345.
A TOUCH OF ELVIS
"A Touch of Elvis with Steve Mitchell" is a three-course dinner show at Brindisi, located at 111 Jericho Turnpike in Jericho. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., the show will follow at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $42.50 per person and it is a reservation only event. More information can be found at www.brindisirestaurant.com.
Every Thursday from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., Rhythms & Soul (1686 Newbridge Road in Bellmore) holds a one hour club-style Salsa lesson, followed by an open practice session. No partner necessary and light refreshments are served. Cost is $10 per person or 10 sessions for $90. For more information, call 516.473.6717.
TAI CHI PUSH HANDS
Push Hands is for those with some Tai Chi experience. It is the second level of Tai Chi. Work with a partner. Learn to listen with all your senses. Participate at Yoga Moments (439B Main Street in Islip). For more information, call 631.206.0847.
BUDDY HOLLY TRIBUTE
Turn back the hands of time and enjoy the enduring melodies of Buddy Holly, including "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue," "Everyday," and more... plus a few other 50's selections and a swing dancing demonstration sure to thrill. Be there or be square at the Bayport-Blue Point Library (203 Blue Point Avenue) from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, call Rob Walsh at 631.243.4004.
News from Long Island Restaurants
CLAMBAKE WEDNESDAYS AT THE INN SPOT ON THE BAY
The Inn Spot on the Bay (32 Lighthouse Road in Hampton Bays) is now offering diners an authentic clambake every Wednesday night. The special clambake includes a 1-pound lobster, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and potatoes for $25 per person. The clambake is prepared in the classic style, with all of the items cooked together in a traditional bucket. The clambake is also available "to go" for $30 per person. The Inn Spot on the Bay is open for dinner seven days a week from 5:00 p.m. and lunch Thursday - Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For reservations or more information, call 631.728.1200 or visit www.theinnspot.com.
WEEKDAY SUMMER PRIX FIXE AT THE PATIO
The Patio (54 Main Street in Westhampton Beach) has announced the addition of a new three-course prix fixe available all evening Sunday through Thursday for $28 per person. Chef Matthew also offers a few wine pairing suggestions to accompany his ambitious fusion menu. Additionally, The Patio features live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Sunday evening, along with a daily happy hour from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. For reservations or more information, call The Patio at 631.288.4878.
EXPLORE LONG ISLAND WINES EVERY THURSDAY AT FRESNO
Fresno (8 Fresno Place in East Hampton) has announced the introduction of a new "Winemaker Tasting Menu" that will be available every Thursday evening. Guests can enjoy a little local flavor with tasting portions of specially selected Long Island wines paired with a menu of local fare created by chef John Yashinowsky. The cost of this special three-course menu is $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. The first winemaker dinner in this new series will feature Channing Daughters Winery's Channing Perrine Wines from the Mudd Vineyard in Southold on the North Fork. The menu and wines will change every few weeks to explore various wines from Long Island. Fresno now offers al fresco dining on their patio and remains open seven days a week for dinner from 5:30 p.m. For reservations or more information, please call Fresno at 631.324.8700.
MICHAELS AT MAIDSTONE BEACH ANNOUNCES NEW NIGHTLY PRIX FIXE
Michaels at Maidstone Beach (28 Maidstone Park Road in East Hampton) has announced a new nightly prix fixe available seven days a week from 5:00 p.m. to close. The new three-course prix fixe includes choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for $24.95. For reservations or more information, call 631.324.0725.
Islandwide Picks for Wednesday, July 27
STONY BROOK FILM FESTIVAL
The Stony Brook Film Fesitval celebrates 10 years of great new feature and short films through July 30. See movies with such stars as Marisa Tomei, Danny DeVito, John Heard and Lesley Ann Warren. This year films include a 2005 Sundance Film Festival entry, the first feature film about the Scottsboro Boys trial and films from Canada, China, the Netherlands, and France. Short films include stories about elevator love (Lift), a girl who sees the Virgin Mary (Mary), and a sword and salad epic (Oedipus). For more details visit www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.
THE JAKE BROWER FUNDRAISER
A benefit concert featuring the Rockats at Mulcahy's (3232 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh) for 6-year old Jake Brower, a Long Island boy with a terrible brain disease. Admission is $20 at the door and includes a full buffet, raffles, surprise celebrity guests & live music. All proceeds go directly to The Jake Brower Fund. The event will be held 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Call 516.897.8448 for more information.
GENERATE YOUR OWN ELECTRICITY SEMINAR
Long Island home and business owners can learn how to generate their own electricity at a free Solar Seminar at SUNY Farmingdale. The event is sponsored by Renewable Energy Long Island. RELI is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Bridgehampton, that promotes clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. For more information, visit www.RenewableEnergyLongIsland.org or call 800.692.2626.
Arena Players' Summer Season Schedule
Performances are at the Arena Plaza complex at 296 Route 109 in East Farmingdale, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Arena Players at 516.293.0674 or visit them online at www.arenaplayers.org.
Everything In The Garden
By Edward Albee
July 7 - July 31
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
A Broadway success. This brilliant, biting play blends humor, irony and suspense in it's scathing examinations of contemporary suburban mores. Jenny and Richard are having a tough time making ends meet. Into their lives comes Mrs. Toothe who offers them the chance to make more money that they ever dreamed. Admission: Thursday $16, Friday & Sunday $18, Saturday $22
Any Friend of Percy D'Angelino is a Friend of Mine
By Jason Milligan
June 17 - July 24
Fridays & Saturdays at 9:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
This side-splitting Mafia comedy begin with a mysterious stranger arriving at the Long Island estate owned by a renowned mob boss. Why is "Tony" there? To kill venerable Frankie? To work for him? The mobster's bombshell wife has her own theories. Hilarious antics designed to divine Tony's purpose ends with hilarious results. Admission: Friday & Sunday $18, Saturday $22
Arena Players Summer Festival - Shakespeare at the Vanderbilt
The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
July 1 - July 29
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in the Courtyard Theatre, 180 Little Neck Road in Centerport (631.854.5550)
Shakespeare's lively, sometimes bawdy tale of the rambunctious Kate and her love affair with Petruchio. This classic is performed outdoors in the palatial setting of the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard. Admission: $12
Children's Theatre at the Planetarium
The Wizard of Oz
July 2 - August 28
Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum at the Planetarium (631.854.5550)
Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they journey down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz in this delightful musical, with audience participation of the classic story. Performances will be held in the Planetarium with exciting special effects. Admission: $8
Double Up On Dating
Anyone who struck out at happy hour on Friday and then had an equally rough night of club hopping on Saturday is in luck. They can start over with two chances to get back in the game.
That first opportunity comes on Monday, July 25 when 8 Minute Dating holds one of its speed dating events. As the name implies, daters get to meet members of the opposite sex for 8 minutes. The name is also sort of a double entendre, because participants each have 8 dates. The event, which begins at 8:00 p.m., is for men 22-32 and women 21-28, and will be held at The Irish Times Pub in Holbrook. For more information, visit www.8minutedating.com or contact The Irish Times pub online at www.irishtimespubny.com, or by calling 631.467.4330.
The second chance is on Wednesday, July 27 at Hurry Date's speed dating event. Hurry Date differs from 8 Minute Dating by having its dates last for 4 minutes, and by having participants meet between 12 and 20 members of the opposite sex. The event, which is for men and women between 25 and 35, is being held at The Race Palace at Maxwell and Dunne's Steakhouse in Plainview. Start time is 8:00 p.m. For more information, go to www.hurrydate.com, visit The Race Palace's web site, www.mdsteakhouse.com, or call 516.694.6200.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
SUMMER UNDER THE STARS
At sunset each Thursday in July, a free outdoor showing of a classic film is presented on a large movie screen at Eisenhower Park's Lakeside Theatre. This Thursday, July 21, the feature screened will be "The Wizard of Oz." 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.
JOHNNY MATHIS AT NORTH FORK THEATRE
Male vocalist and Grammy Hall of Famer Johnny Mathis comes to the North Fork Theatre at Westbury on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 for two 8:00 p.m. shows. The theatre is located at 960 Brush Hollow Road and doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more on Mathis, visit www.johnnymathis.com.
LATE NIGHTS AT THE CRAZY DONKEY
The Green Machine will be playing live at The Crazy Donkey on Friday, July 22. Dr. Mudd is on stage Saturday night (July 23), following "All About the Ladies Night," (free admission until midnight with website invite). Also check out their After Work Dance Party on Friday (4:00 - 8:00 p.m.) with complimentary admission, drink specials and a lavish new buffet. The Donkey is located at 1058 Route 110 in Farmingdale. For more information, visit www.thecrazydonkey.com.
THIRD ANNUAL GRILL KINGS BBQ COOK-OFF
Put your grilling skills to the test in the 3rd Annual Long Island BBQ Cook-Off. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24 at Heckscher State Park in East Islip. For details about the competition or to find out how you can get an invitation to sample the finest in Long Island BBQ, visit www.grillkings.com.
BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
A special concert to benefit Soldier Ride and the Central Suffolk Hospital will be held at Martha Clara Vineyard (located at 6025 Sound Avenue in Riverhead) on Sunday, July 24 from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. See related article.
Aisle on the Isle: "Everything in the Garden"
A man with the mildly comical name of Skeeter Boxberger is one of the finest dramatic actors around. Period.
And you can see him, right now, in Farmingdale.
I have seen Sir Derek Jacobi in the one man tour de force, "Breaking the Code;" seen Christopher Plummer (an actor the New York Times called "the most accomplished classical actor in North America") in "Hamlet." Both on Broadway.
It is not hyperbole to say that Mr. Boxberger's performance in the Arena Players' production of Edward Albee's "Everything in the Garden" is comparable to the best.
Supported by an outstanding team of players throughout the production and paired with the talented Christine Ann Sullivan as his wife, Boxberger brings subtlety and nuance to the complex role of Richard, a suburban husband in 1960s America.
Earnest, intelligent and hard working, Richard is well aware that his honest but modest income is not quite sufficient to meet the monetary and social desires of his wife. Yet he steadfastly refuses to "allow" his wife Jenny to work. Jenny is bored and restless with their only son away at school, and is eager to supplant the family income, but Richard will have none of it. How she, and ultimately they as a couple, choose to resolve this issue is the substantive basis for the entire piece.
Albee's plays can be challenging to the point of exhaustion for the audience, saturated, as they so often are, with tension, conflict and social chaos. From "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," written in 1961 and a current Broadway revival, to the controversial 2002 production, "The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?," his work resonates with symbolism, sarcasm and satire.
In "Everything in the Garden," Albee toys with the juxtaposition of real values against those stated or implied by his characters and society, both his and our own. He examines this juxtaposition in "Garden" through the prism of a marriage, and the relationship the people in that marriage have with their friends, their pseudo-friends, their son and each other. Unanswered questions about friendship, money, marriage and morals form and fall from the stage to the audience like bits of shattered light. It is not an easy play to stage, to perform, to watch.
However, under the experienced and deft hand of director/producer Fred DeFeis, the Arena Players Repertory Company does a truly admirable job. The leads are remarkable, the secondary leads, accomplished actors Michael Lang as Jack and Linda Rameizi as Mrs. Toothe, perfectly suited to their roles as genuine and questionable friends, respectively. John Kupres seems a bit young for the stated age of the couple's son, but handles the role nicely.
The sextet of Jenny and Richard's friends (Adrienne Pellegrino, John Lucas, Autumn Bradley, Conrad Schabauer, Lenny Leventon and Jenna Pollack) are largely caricatures of their time as written by Albee. Nevertheless, the actors give more than proficient performances as ignorant racists -- and maybe, something more -- disguised in sophistication and country club membership, the women cool and beautiful, the men self-satisfied and self-deluded.
The first half of the first act is a bit bland, the fault of no one but the playwright. Soon, however, through engrossing plot developments and a more thorough fleshing out of characters, the audience is enticed into Albee's idiosyncratic world, ensnared to a riveting conclusion.
Through outstanding acting and direction, the Arena Players Repertory Company transform a good play into something better, presenting a truly satisfying theater experience with "Everything in the Garden."
Don't miss it.
"Everything in the Garden," runs through July 31 at the Arena Players Repertory Company of Long Island, 296 Route 109 in East Farmingdale. Call 516.293.0674 for more information or visit www.arenaplayers.org.
"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.
Islandwide Picks for Tuesday, July 19
LONG ISLAND JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING
The LIJC is a non-profit organization for young professionals pursuing community service, business, networking and leadership opportunities. Their next meeting is tonight at Papa Razzi, located at 1500 Jericho Turnpike in Westbury, at 7:00 p.m. Cost: free to mingle or cost of dinner. For more information, visit www.lijc.com.
HUNTINGTON SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL: FAMILY NIGHT
As part of a 52-night free concert series, the Huntington Summer Arts Festival invites audience members to join in the balloon show, a journey to see the Lizard of Oz. Enjoy the show at 7:30 p.m at Hecksher Park on Main Street in Huntington Village. For more information, visit the Huntington Arts Council online at www.huntingtonarts.org.
HOT SALSA TUESDAYS
The Long Island Dance Connection hosts their weekly Salsa dance lesson, followed by dancing to a hot mix of classic and new Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Merengue & Cumbia Hits, along with a few Hustle & Swing requests. The workshop is held at CLUB 56 -- 56th Fighter Group Restaurant & Lounge -- located on Route 110 at Republic Airport (between Rte. 109 and Conklin Street) in Farmingdale. $12 includes dance lessons and hot & cold buffet dinner. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. Singles and partners are welcome. For more information, visit www.lidance.org or call 631.694.8280.
ST. JOSEPH'S FAMILY FESTIVAL
St. Joseph's Annual Family Festival runs all week long (July 18 - 22) at 45 Church Street in Ronkonkoma. Starting at 6:00 p.m., enjoy great rides, entertainment and food. Pay one price Thursday and Sunday, with "Vegas Nights" on Friday and Saturday. Call 631.981.6888 for more information.
Tom Barella: Looking for Love in Unique Places
by Derek Grosso
"He's looked far and wide. He's 'put himself out there.' He's tried all the dating services. And yet, that one special woman, the one who was meant to captivate him, has eluded him. When he meets her, he'll know. When she meets him, she'll know. Do you know that woman? Are you that woman? Help the Captain find his first mate, his soul mate." So says Tom Barella's website, www.see-tom.com, a unique attempt to help search for that special someone, utilizing the world wide web. The 41-year old single man from Massapequa made headlines recently for purchasing a $20,000 billboard just outside of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, advertising his marital status and catchy web address.
Where were you born and where do you currently reside?
I was born in Plainview and currently reside in Massapequa.
Let's get right to it. You purchased a personal ad on a billboard outside the Midtown Tunnel just before the Fourth of July weekend. How much did it cost you and what were you thinking?
The billboard cost $20,000. I was thinking that I needed to do something dramatic to make myself known to women who might never meet me. Many women still don't do Internet dating, and those who do can easily pass by me as I'm amongst a sea of other single guys.
How has the response been so far? Promising?
Thankfully, the response has been very promising. The AP picked up the story, and it ran all over the world, so I've heard from women as far as Argentina, Japan, and New Zealand.. I am concentrating on the women who are closer to home, and have already met several who I simply would not have met if I didn't do this.
What other ideas did you consider, but turn down... newspapers, TV ads, satellite?
I didn't consider anything else. The idea of using a single billboard to interest women in coming to my web site, and then telling my story on the site just seemed simple and manageable. I didn't want to think about the cost of a "multi-media" campaign. I did, however, think about having a plane fly a see-tom.com banner along Jones Beach on the July 4th weekend, but didn't pursue it!
Your hope is to find your soul mate. Please describe for us the perfect woman in five words or less.
Adventurous, passionate, honest, inquisitive, feminine.
Now describe the perfect date.
The perfect date is one where we can communicate and get to know one another while doing something fun. Fun activities can be anything from rollerblading to preparing a meal to taking a boat ride.
Please explain why someone should respond to your ads.
One of the nice things about having my own web site is that women have a chance to really get a feel for what I'm about in an anonymous way. For many, I won't be their cup of tea, and that's fine. It's the women who recognize and value what I have to offer that I'm hearing from. I'm not big on tooting my own horn, so I suggest women visit the site if they're curious.
Tell us about your website, www.see-tom.com.
It's a site that's a mix of entertainment and information. I tried to create aspects of the site that were fun and that would convey my irreverent side. I don't take life or myself too seriously. Hopefully, that comes across. I also have a section on what I'm doing with my life in the way of my career in teaching and my hobbies. Another part of the site is testimonials from family and close friends who talk about me in their words. Of course, there's also a way that women can ask me for a date.
What is your favorite restaurant?
I'm not big on pomp and circumstance, but a few months back I did enjoy a great meal at Piccolos in Huntington.
Favorite vacation spot?
I really like the Club Med concept. I've been to the one in Paradise Island and would like to go to the one on Turks and Caicos. It's great to be seated at dinner with people from other countries and find out how the world's looking from their vantage points. During the day, we can relax, dive, or do any of a host of other water sports.
Favorite pick-up line?
I really don't get into the bar scene. If I did introduce myself, I wouldn't use a line. The funniest line I've heard goes something like this:
Man: "Are you from the South?"
Man: "Cause you’re the only 10 I see!"
Favorite local sports team?
The Rangers, although they don't have the best record. I'm looking forward to watching them win a few more when the strike is over.
Favorite place on Long Island?
Any charming town along 25A.
Best Halloween costume you've seen (or been)?
I've seen people not wearing much of anything except elaborately airbrushed design that incorporates the various parts of their bodies.
Are you an Elvis person or a Beatles person?
Most recent book read or movie seen?
I recently rented Master and Commander. Russell Crowe is a great actor.
I would like a lifetime subscription to _________ magazine?
O (the Oprah) magazine. Just kidding!
Female celebrity you would most like to date?
Do I have to answer that? I can already hear my students offering up their cell phones to me: "So and so is on the phone for you."
Male celebrity you most resemble / identify with?
I've never really had anybody tell me that I resembled certain actor, so I don't have a good answer where looks are concerned. I don't really identify with actors because we don't have a lot in common. Sorry about giving you another non-answer answer.
Most dynamic duo, real or fictional?
Batman and Robin.
Who would you like to see run for President?
Historic figure you would most like to meet, living or dead?
After finding your special someone, where would you like to settle down?
Right here in the home I built. It has plenty of room for the Mrs. and kids.
Tell us about something else that we haven't already talked about?
A lot of people have asked me if I really expect to find the right woman this way. No, I don't expect to. I hope to. It's simply something I'm trying.
What makes Long Island special?
The water, the great villages and towns, the proximity to the city, and having family nearby.
Benefit Concert at Martha Clara Vineyard to Support our Troops
Hosted by WEHM, The Stephen Talkhouse and Martha Clara Vineyard, the concert will feature The Funk Brothers with Joan Osborne, Mary Wilson and The Supremes, and The Nancy Atlas Project. Other special guests, still to be determined, will also performing. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling 631.267.3117.
Soldier Ride began in 2004 with a group of East Hampton citizens and a bicycle ride across the country to raise funds and awareness for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The inaugural Soldier Ride from Montauk to San Diego in 2004 was an unprecedented success, featured in over 100 media outlets and raising millions of dollars. The goal for Soldier Ride II is to raise $5 million to fund various programs to support wounded soldiers.
For more information on Soldier Ride or this benefit, visit www.soldierride.com
Islandwide Events this Weekend
ULTRA LOUNGE CONTINUES GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
The newly opened Ultra Lounge in Centereach will conclude its grand opening celebration as Carmella Decesare, Playboy's 2004 Playmate of the Year, joins the scene on Friday, July 15. Ultra Lounge's creators traveled coast to coast to create an atmosphere that reflects a posh, upper-class environment for Long Islanders to enjoy. The past weeks have included Vinny Pastore of "The Sopranos" (July 1) and MTV's PoweR Girls (July 8). Party 105 will also be broadcasting live from the lounge to help celebrate. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a happy hour pre-party, with bottle service at 9:00 p.m. The Ultra Lounge (1500 Middlecountry Road) will be open for reservations with a minimum purchase of two bottles, one premium bottle of liquor and one bottle of wine. Call 631.732.3339 for reservations.
WHALING VILLAGE WALKING TOUR
On Saturday, July 16, learn about the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a 19th century whaling port comes alive with a guided stroll down "Bedlam Street" at 11:00 a.m. beginning at the Whaling Museum on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor. A film will be shown at the museum after the tour. It's free for members or $6 for non-members, and reservations are required. For more information, call 631.367.3418 or visit www.cshwhalingmuseum.org.
AN EVENING WITH THE BLUR DIVISION
Interested in experiencing an evening of innovative, contemporary music? Then you are invited to attend the Saturday, July 16 performance of the New York-based trio, The Blur Division. The show will demonstrate the limitless possibilities of three exploratory musicians getting together to craft their own original compositions and reconcile history with the future, tradition with technology, and jazz with a unique approach that resists categorization. The trio will perform for free at Andrew's By The Pond, located at 2028 North Country Road in Wading River, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 631.929.3900.
CARMINA BURANA AT TILLES CENTER
The Long Island Choral Festival and Institute will present a free concert of Carmina Burana and selections from "Ragtime" at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post on Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. Free tickets are only available by calling 631.262.0200. Visit www.tillescenter.org for more information.
MORGAN PARK SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
World class pianist Jeffrey Biegel plays the music of George Gershwin on Sunday, July 17, at this free performance in Glen Cove's Morgan Park (Germaine Street and Landing Road). Broadway and opera trained singers will also perform the lyrics of Ira Gershwin. Bring blankets or chairs and picnic in a beautiful setting overlooking the harbor. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 516.671.0017 for details.
Want to Be Popular on the Weekend?
Anyone who has always wanted more dates than they can count on their fingers can finally have their wish granted. Weekend Dating, a local company based in Bayside, Queens, sets up singles with up to 20 dates in one evening.
The only similarities to other speed dating events are that participants all go to a venue and then rotate dates in order to meet everyone of the opposite sex. How are these events different from those hosted by other companies? Weekend Dating is one of the few companies to have speed dating events on Long Island, and it is the only company that holds all of its events on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.
The events, which consist of dates lasting from 4-5 minutes, are age specific and all participants are required to show identification as proof of age. Unlike other speed dating companies, Weekend Dating provides one-way matches so daters have a chance to change their minds. They also collect scores at the end of the event and e-mail the results the following day, so participants don't have to log on to the site and put in their scores.
This weekend, Weekend Dating is holding two events. The first is Friday the 15th at the Sly Fox Inn, located at 172-43 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows (Queens). Male participants must be between 47 and 59, while female participants must be between 42 and 55. The event begins at 8:00 p.m.
The second event is Saturday the 16th at RC Dugans (2316 Hempstead Turnpike) in East Meadow. Women daters must be 22-35 and men daters must be 24-34. Start time is also 8:00 p.m. The event is temporarily sold out for males unless they have a female friend sign-up.
Weekend Dating can be contacted via its web site, www.weekenddating.com, or by calling 516.908.9638 or 718.757.6933.
July Dancing Workshops at CLUB 56
For more information, visit www.lidance.org or call George Morse, Events Coordinator of the Long Island Dance Connection, at 631.694.8280.
ARGENTINE TANGO MONDAYS
Weekly Argentine Tango workshops at CLUB 56, followed by dancing to Traditional Argentine Tango, Milonga & Vals, as well as a few Salsa & Latin tunes thrown into the mix.
On Monday, July 25, celebrate the fifth anniversary of Long Island Tango, with live music by The Buenos Aires Tango Trio, professional performances and more.
HOT SALSA & LATIN TUESDAYS
Weekly Salsa dance lesson, followed by dancing to a hot mix of classic and new Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Merengue & Cumbia Hits, along with a few Hustle & Swing requests mixed in by DJ Cody.
SASSY SWING & HUSTLE WEDNESDAYS
Weekly Hustle and Swing dance lesson, followed by dancing to a hot "California" Mix of Classic and New West Coast Swing, Hustle, East Coast Swing, Country Two Step, Cha Cha & Waltz tunes, along with a few Latin requests thrown into the mix.
Noted Children's Author David A. Adler Teams Up with First Book-Long Island
Mr. Adler will be present at the kick-off celebration of First Book-Long Island, "Read Under the Stars." The event will be held on Thursday, August 4 at Echo Park in West Hempstead from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The rain date is August 11.
First Book is a national non-profit organization with a goal to provide children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. In the past three years alone, First Book distributed 20 million books to children in need in hundreds of communities across the country. To contact First Book-Long Island, call 516.428.5267.
Islandwide Picks for Tuesday, July 12
HUNTINGTON SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL: FAMILY NIGHT
As part of a 52-night free concert series, the Huntington Summer Arts Festival brings you the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, with their performances of "Peter and the Wolf" and "The Sound Mall" for the Tuesday night family series show at Hecksher Park on Main Street in Huntington Village. The performances are scheduled to run from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Huntington Arts Council online at www.huntingtonarts.org.
BAY STREET THEATRE PRESENTS "SLEUTH"
Bay Street Theatre will present the Tony Award winning thriller, Sleuth, from now until July 31. Called "good bloody fun" by The New York Times, the show stars Tony Roberts and will have various evening and matinee shows throughout the month. Bay Street Theatre is at the foot of Main Street (and the corner of Bay Street) on the Long Wharf, opposite the windmill in Sag Harbor. For more information, visit www.baystreet.org.
THREE-COURSE LUNCH ON THE PATIO
Enjoy a three-course lunch with a complimentary glass of wine on the patio of de Seversky from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. for $19.95 ++ per person. The restaurant is located on the campus of NYIT at Old Westbury, off Northern Boulevard. Call 516.686.7675 for a detailed menu or visit the restaurant online for more info.
Usdan University Back by Popular Demand
The one-day "be an arts camper" experience, now in its third year, was created out of years of requests by parents and alumni to create something "for me too," and so "I can come back." Participants can major in a wealth of choices, including Broadway jazz dance, ballet, musical theater, painting, drawing, ceramics, chorus, pottery and nature studies. Usdan University teachers have featured a Rockette and award-winning musicians and artists. Also included are a gourmet lunch catered by Suburban Eats, swimming in Usdan Center's Olympic-sized woodland pools, an ice cream finale, and a diploma at the end of the day.
Promising "grads" may also have the opportunity to perform onstage at commencement, in the Center's 1,000-seat McKinley Ampitheater, with an additional special performance that day by Usdan Center students.
The all-inclusive cost of Usdan University, which will go on rain or shine, is $50. To register for the event, call the Center at 631.643.7900 or visit www.usdan.com.
Islandwide Picks for Monday, July 11
TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA CONCERT
Jerry Cardone's masterful tribute to Old Blue Eyes has endeared him to a multitude of fans everywhere. Featuring the incredible Danny Vincent Orchestra, this will be a concert not to miss, as special guest swing dancers Rob & Patty also take the stage. Rath Park in Hempstead at 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact 516.735.8408 or visit www.jerrycardone.com.
LONG ISLAND SPEED NETWORKING
Meet potential business contacts for about 5 minutes, exchange ideas, brainstorm and give/receive advice. Held at Jillian's Westbury, located at 1504 Old Country Road, the cost to attend is $50, which includes appetizers and a free 15-minute massage. Reservations are required and space is limited. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Contact Jay at 516.908.9638 or visit www.facetofacenetworking.com for more information.
FIRST MONDAYS FOR SENIORS
The Parrish Art Museum, 25 Job's Lane in Southampton, presents "First Mondays for Seniors" at 1:00 p.m. Seniors enjoy free admission and a tour of the current exhibition the first Monday of each month. Light refreshments are served. Free Admission for seniors. Call Emily Raynor at 631.283.2118. for more information.
See Tom Pimp Himself Out
"I'm looking for an exceptional woman, so I had to take exceptional measures," said Barrella. "I've done the conventional dating thing and at this point it's gotten old. I want to find a companion to share my life with, I want to meet the love of my life, and I'll do whatever it takes."
Barrella, a 41 year-old high school business teacher from Massapequa, was once an entrepreneur in Atlanta, but decided he wanted to be closer to his family. Five years ago he moved back to New York and now teaches at his alma mater. He says he is ready to start a family of his own and that begins with the right woman.
Barrella decided it was time to step out from the crowd -- and he meant business -- he skipped the local personal ads, by-passed online dating, and hired a full-service communications firm to design and launch a website with one message: Tom seeks his match.
The see-tom.com website uniquely displays Barrella's interests, hobbies, and personality. Barrella wanted to convey personality through the site by including sections such as "Dress Tom," which lets visitors virtually dress him in various outfits, to interactive games like "Bop Tom" which challenges visitors to "bop" images of Barrella's head in Whac-a-Mole-like fashion. There is also a "Date Tom" page that allows visitors to submit information and ask Tom for a date. Submissions are required to ensure only serious bachelorettes are inquiring.
July Events at the Santosha Center
Comedy Night Featuring Comic Chris Monty
Hosted by Long Island Comic Chris Roach
Friday, July 15 at 9:00 p.m.
It was at age six when Chris Monty's older cousins dressed him up like Ed Norton from "The Honeymooner's" at a family gathering, then sent him into the living room to perform comedic bits from the classic show and belt out his version of "New York, New York" to a big round of applause. That's how it all started many years ago. Monty began his Comedy Club resume at Governor's in Levittown in the late 1990's. Now he performs regularly all over the country including such rooms as The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. He also has opened for such acts as Bobby Slayton, Jim David, Adam Ferrera and Jim Norton. He is a very talented comedian whose fast rise in comedy is only the beginning.
Music of China with the Melody of Dragon Trio
Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.
The Melody of Dragon, a Chinese music ensemble based in New York City, was founded in 1998 by virtuoso musicians from the leading conservatories in China to introduce and promote Chinese musical repertory in the United States. The group hopes to build a bridge of musical and cultural exchange between the two nations through performances of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary music of China. Since February 1998, Melody of Dragon has performed and lectured at many prestigious institutions including Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, China Institute in America, Japan Society in NY, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rutgers University, Columbia University, Wesleyan University and the Downtown Music at a Glance Music Festival in Westchester.
Evening of Poetry, Music & Song
Featured Artist: Long Island Poet Laureate Daniel Thomas Moran
Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: By donation
Daniel Thomas Moran is a Massapequa native who now lives on Shelter Island. He is also Vice-President of The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association in West Hills and the author of five collections of poetry. His work has appeared in numerous journals. "He is a wonderful, natural poet," said Manhattan poet Samuel Menashe, who served as poet in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in 2003. "He has a very open, accessible style." The performance will be followed by an open microphone section for all musicians, poets, singers, actors, dancers, comedians, storytellers and others who wish to perform.
Sacred Music, Song & Dance of Tibet with Penpa Tsering
Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Penpa Tsering, a world-class musician, singer and dancer, was born in 1963 in the Ritsatsang family in Chamdo, Kham (Eastern Tibet). There he began his musical training as a small child under the guidance of his father and uncle. He later joined a dance and music school in Chamdo with whom he performed all over Tibet. During these exciting travels Tsering was able to further refine his mastery by studying with many great musicians, singers and dancers from various nomadic groups throughout his vast homeland. The night's fascinating presentation will feature Tsering performing on sixteen traditional Tibetan instruments, including strings, pipes, flutes and horns as well as dance demonstrations and explanations of Tibetan philosophy and religion.
Cooking with Chef Lia
Written by Lia Soscia for Greenlight Long Island Magazine
Summer is here and with it brings endless opportunities for cooking fabulous foods for picnics, boat trips, road trips and barbeques. Seasonal cuisine is rich with salads, grilled meats and fruit. What's better than enjoying all those fresh foods than at your favorite outdoor spot.
I find cooking outside, grilling vegetables and meats an enjoyable and rewarding culinary experience. You get to enjoy the fabulous aromas, mingle with friends while you cook and enjoy the view. My favorite part is that you get an opportunity to bring many friends to the table without all the indoor dining room limitations. (I don't know about you, but having 20 people over for dinner in my dining room is impossible!) Outdoor dining on the patio or at a park lends a certain atmosphere where people truly savor the entire eating experience.
Recently there have been a plethora of cookbooks that specialize in recipes for the great outdoors. Here are a couple titles that can give you some alternative ideas from the traditional barbeque fare:
It's important to keep in mind that during the summer months, it is especially important to take extra precautions and practice safe food handling when preparing perishable foods such as meat, poultry, seafood and egg products. The warmer weather conditions provide a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly and cause foodborne illness. Follow the suggestions below to help fight bacteria and reduce the risk of foodborne illness this summer. (Courtesy of the Partnership for Food Safety Education)
Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands (as in Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Always, wash your hands with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.
When marinating for long periods of time, it is important to keep foods refrigerated. Don't use sauce that was used to marinate raw meat or poultry on cooked food. Boil used marinade before applying to cooked food.
Hot, Hot, Hot
When grilling foods, preheat the coals on your grill for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the coals are lightly coated with ash.
Use a meat thermometer to insure that food reaches a safe internal temperature.
Where's the Beef? Chicken and Fish?
Hamburgers should be cooked to 160º F, while large cuts of beef such as roasts and steaks may be cooked to 145º F for medium rare or to 160º F for medium. Cook ground poultry to 165° F and poultry parts to 170° F. Fish should be opaque and flake easily.
Stay Away from that Same Old Plate
When taking foods off the grill, do not put cooked food items back on the same plate that previously held raw food.
A full cooler will maintain its cold temperatures longer than one that is partially filled so it is important to pack plenty of extra ice or freezer packs to insure a constant cold temperature.
And for those of you that enjoy boating on Long Island, here are recommendations on how to safely handle your foods while out on the water:
For more detailed food safety information you can also visit www.fightbac.org.
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 with summer food safety, 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.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
COMMERCE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
It's a weekend of family fun on the golf course as Jim Thorpe looks to capture the Commerce Bank Championship for the third straight time at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The event will also feature a "Family Fun Village," as well as numerous other activities, including a junior golf clinic and fireworks on Saturday night. For more information click here.
As part of a 52-night free concert series, the North Shore Dance Theater & The Red Hot Mamas will put on a show Sunday, July 3 filled with Broadway show-stoppers, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical dance at Hecksher Park in Huntington on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.huntingtonarts.org for more information.
DIXIELAND JAZZ IN RIVERHEAD
The Riverhead Summer Concert Series continues with the Sunnyland Jazz Band featuring "Dixie Land and stuff" on Friday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. along the Peconic Riverfront on East End Arts & Humanities Council Property (located on Main Street in Riverhead). For more information call 631.727.1215.