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Long Island Comedy Festival at Martha Clara Vineyard

Feeling stressed?  Than travel to the east end of Long Island and enjoy some comedy!  The Martha Clara Vineyard will be hosting the 5th Annual Long Island Comedy Festival on Saturday, February 20th.  Featured will be live stand-up performances by established favorites such as Keith Anthony and Keri Karavas and other upcoming comedians.  The evening’s line-up has yet to be announced, but with over 50 of New York’s favorite comedians participating in the Long Island Comedy Festival, you will be sure to have a good laugh!

The Long Island Comedy Festival’s mission is first, to bring stand-up comedy back to Long Island; and second, to give up and coming comedians the chance to showcase their talents.  The Martha Clara Vineyard is just one of the stops planned for the 2010 Long Island Comedy Festival.  The schedule continues on Saturday, March 27th with two performances the same evening.  Join them at either the Avram Theater in Southhampton or the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown.  All performances begin at 8 P.M. and tickets are $20.00 each with advance purchase and $25 at the door.

Surely in the middle of winter, this is just what is needed to get you through until spring arrives.

Valentine’s Day Wine & Cheese Pairing and Jazz on the Vine

Jazz on the Vine and Valentine’s Day pair up at the Peconic Bay Winery on February 14th.  This is sure to be a special Valentine’s Day with a special visit to Peconic Bay Winery.  From 1-3 P.M. saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning will be perform with Shatter & the Glass Quartet.  Originally from New England, Sarah Manning is now back on the East Coast and sounding better than ever, with her own unique voice.  

The performance will then be followed by a special Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Pairing from 4-6 P.M. which will feature a variety of fine local cheeses from The Village Cheese Shop and of course, locally grown wine from Peconic Bay Winery.  The Valentine’s Wine and Cheese Pairing will feature a variety of five cheeses, each paired with two different wines.  Thus, showing the diversity of the wines and how different wines can be paired with a specific cheese.  Of course, the Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Pairing would not be complete with a chocolate surprise!  

While the jazz performance will be free of charge, the Wine and Cheese Pairing is $29.00 person and reservations are required.  This is a very popular event and call 761-734-7361 for reservations. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Wine & Cheese Pairing and Jazz on the Vine

Jazz on the Vine and Valentine’s Day pair up at the Peconic Bay Winery on February 14th.  This is sure to be a special Valentine’s Day with a special visit to Peconic Bay Winery.  From 1-3 P.M. saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning will be perform with Shatter & the Glass Quartet.  Originally from New England, Sarah Manning is now back on the East Coast and sounding better than ever, with her own unique voice.  

The performance will then be followed by a special Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Pairing from 4-6 P.M. which will feature a variety of fine local cheeses from The Village Cheese Shop and of course, locally grown wine from Peconic Bay Winery.  The Valentine’s Wine and Cheese Pairing will feature a variety of five cheeses, each paired with two different wines.  Thus, showing the diversity of the wines and how different wines can be paired with a specific cheese.  Of course, the Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Pairing would not be complete with a chocolate surprise!  

While the jazz performance will be free of charge, the Wine and Cheese Pairing is $29.00 person and reservations are required.  This is a very popular event and call 761-734-7361 for reservations. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Long Island Jazz on the Vine

It is time for Long Island Winterfest and for the third year in a row, the theme will be Jazz on the Vine.  For six consecutive weekends from February 13th to March 21st over 70 free jazz concerts will be offered at winery tasting rooms on the East End of Long Island.  This is sure to be a cure for mid-winter doldrums!

A major highlight of this year’s Winterfest will be the Steinway Series.  Steinway & Sons is moving at least seven of its grand pianos into select vineyards for special performances, including two Jazz on the Vine kick-off concerts.  On February 6th JaLaLa, reminiscent of a contemporary version of the Andrews Sisters, will perform at Raphael Vineyard.  Lauren Kinham of LaLaLa also will sing with New York Voices.  The second concert is planned for February 12th at Wolffer Estate Vineyards.  Judy Carmichael and her band will transport listeners back to the golden age of Jazz.  Another great way to kick-off Jazz on the Vine!

A complete calendar of events for Jazz on the Vine will keep your weekends busy through March 21st.  We encourage you to make your room reservations in advance for your visit to the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast.

I have jazz on my mind and can not wait for the series to begin!

Winter Harbor Gallery in Greenport, Long Island

What is there to do in the winter in Greenport?  This is a perfect time of the year to visit a gallery and Winter Harbor Gallery is just lovely.  It opened in November, 2007 and in June, 2009 relocated to its new location on 211 Main Street.  In the winter months, the Winter Harbor Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M.  

The Winter Harbor Gallery is a two story building and prides itself on being very friendly. The gallery is home to 31 artists, 28 of which are local to the North Fork.  Their artists are a very eclectic mix and range in age from 20 to 80 years of age.  Visitors to the gallery will not only find art, but artisans as well.  Art is varied and features paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing, pottery, and more. 

 The Winter Harbor Gallery is also a member of the Greenport Gallery Walk and East Ends Arts Council.  Make sure to visit them on your next stay at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and explore the treasures created by local artists and artisans!

North Fork Community Theater

The North Fork Community Theater is just like home, sweet home.  Located in  Mattituck, Long Island the North Fork Community Theater is a non-profit community theater dedicated to bringing performances from major theaters to the North Fork of Long Island.  The North Fork Community Theater is run by volunteers and they are currently raising funds to assist them in the purchase of their building in Mattituck.  The building is actually an old church and is perfect for their theater performances. 

They have an active calendar for the first half of the 2010 and their performances include Arsenic & Old Lace directed by Shawn Snyder.  Arsenic & Old Lace will be performed January 14-17, 22-24, and 29-31.  Tickets are $15.00 per performance and all performances are at 8 P.M., except Sundays are matinee performances at 2 P.M.  Other upcoming performances include Love Letters in February, Anything Goes in March, 110 in the Shade in May, and Kiss me Kate in July and August.  Tickets are available on-line or by calling 631-298-NFCT. 

North Fork Community Theater are always looking for volunteers to assist with ushering, costume design, poster distribution and other important aspects of the North Fork Community Theater.  Is theater your calling?

Southport Historical Society Holiday Candlelight Tour

Christmas on the North Fork would not be complete without the Southport Historical Society’s Candlelight Tour.  This year it is scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, on November 27th from 3-6 PM.  If you have never enjoyed the tour, then this is the year to begin.  This is noted as one of the most fun and entertaining events of the year for the Historical Society as each year a different group of local residents decorate the various areas of the Museum Complex in true Holiday style. 

Each period building will be expertly decorated and arranged for visitors.  No two buildings will be decorated the same and many Holiday themed objects from the Society’s collection will appear in displays.  Tour guides will be dressed in period costumes and will guide guests along the many buildings of the Southport Historical Society.  Of course, the Christmas decorations would not be complete without Santa and his elves and rumor have it that they will be found in the Pine Neck Barn!

 As guests stroll along the complex, musicians and chorus singers will be performing Holiday music which is sure to get everyone in the true spirit of the season!  The lighting of the Hamlet Christmas Tree is always an exciting part of the tour and it will happen at 5 PM in front of the Ann Currie-Bell House.  Finish the evening with a little shopping at the Treasure Exchange or the Museum Gift Shop and you will be on your way to a delightful Holiday Season!

Gallery Walk in Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island

The last Greenport Gallery Walk of the 2009 season will happen on Saturday, November 21st at 6 P.M.   Visit Greenport for an evening of gallery hopping, gallery talks and refreshments.   Gallery Walks are a wonderful way to spend an evening with family, friends, or a night on the town with the girls!  The whole village comes alive with restaurants and shops staying open late and a festive feeling radiates from all involved.

Eight of Greenport’s finest galleries including Siren’s Song, the Light Registry, Atellier Fine Art, Gallery M, Artist’s Gallery, South Street Gallery, and deCordova Studio will participate in the Gallery Walk.  Each gallery will host a featured artist and demonstrations and presentations will be done according to the artists’ specialty.  Visitors to the galleries will be sure to enjoy a variety of sculpture, computer graphics, painting, watercolors, and crafts

Siren’s Song Gallery will feature local artist S. Neil Fujita who is well known for his graphic design for the “God Father” and “In Cold Blood”.  He is a very special renaissance man and the gallery will be displaying 10 of his recent paintings.  This is just a sampling of what the local galleries will have to offer visitors. 

Sounds like an evening of fun to me!

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