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Valentine and Winterfest celebrations on North Fork, Long Island

Heart shaped rocks collected by family and guests found walking the Shorecrest Long Island Sound Beach

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is celebrating the weekend before Valentine’s day with great offers when you come to stay at the only BandB on the Long Island Sound. Choose from a free wine class or champagne picnic with a two night stay or discount on massage for one or two in our spa porch. We have packages which include dinner and a wine tour and always check our website for last minute cancellations when we offer a ‘Procrastinators special’. Visit our reservation calendar or call us at 631 765 1570 to plan your East End getaway.

Jazz on the Vine is the theme for this years Long Island Winterfest event which kicks off this weekend with the first of a three event series of one-hour talks presented by the East End Arts Council at locations in Greenport, Southampton and Riverhead.

The series launches at 1pm on Saturday February 12 at Brecknock Hall in Greenport with internationally renowned saxophonist David Liebman; author, scholar and pianist Dr. Lewis Porter and hosted by trombonist Ray Anderson. They will be discussing the recordings of John Coltrane in ‘Trane’s Travels: Giant Steps to Ascension’, and demonstrating musical examples by performing them in the elegant surroundings of Brecknock Hall.

Wineries throughout the North Fork will be hosting musical talent each weekend. Below is a calendar of the events taking place.  For maps of the locations visit the Area Attractions page of the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast web site and click on the Vineyards map page tab; to learn more about the musicians who will be performing visit the East End Arts Council musicians page for a complete list of performers and links to their own websites:

Saturday February 12th:

1.30pm – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Nick Demopoulos Trio

3 pm – Bedell Cellars Jazz on the Half Shell

3pm – Laurel Lake Vineyards Carloz Jimenez

4.30pm – Sherwood House Vineyards  – Lobenstein Solerno

4.30pm – Raphael – David Liebman and Lewis Porter

Sunday February 13th

2pm – Castello di Borghese – David Amram Quartet

2pm – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Dan Aran Trio

3.30pm – Osprey’s Dominion – Carl Burnett

3.30pm – Clovis Point – Julian Waterfall Pollack

Jazz and Dancing on the North Fork of Long Island

Ready for some Long Island romance?  Long Island Winterfest may be coming to the end for its season, but Peconic Bay Winery is taking it to another level with Mambo Loco on March 20 from 1-5 P.M..  Let the Latin music of Mambo Loco take you to new heights as you listen to the best of “Old School” Latin music.  Mambo Loco is of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican origin and they are regulars at bringing Latin music to the Long Island residents.  This year Peconic Bay Winery wants to get everyone into the spirit of dance is taking it another step further and getting everyone up and dancing.

Kelly Ficara, owner of Rhythms & Soul Dance Studio, will be on-hand from 1-3 P.M. and will be teaching free Salsa and Mambo dance lessons.  Kelly has been dancing professionally for 15 years and as an established Latin dance instructor, she is sure to get your “hips moving”.

This is will be an energetic afternoon and a great way to share a special a romantic getaway with loved one or friends!

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!