If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.-Tolkein

January 13, 2009

Ah…food, merriment, and song!  Not much makes me happier (except for a snowy morning that I can sleep in, the furbabies are gently waking me up with a cat shiatsu, and the coffee is brewing…) and there’s LOTS of it I’ll be posting here for you! 


The Patchogue Winter Arts Festival is coming up next weekend!  This is a can’t miss event, starting with an artist’s reception, a walking tour of art displays in the storefronts provided by the Patchogue Arts Council, a poetry reading, and a concert on the Theatre stage by some of the best local musicians around!  Tickets start at $10 per person.  Why not get your Cheap Date on and support the local arts at the same time? 

While enjoying the Festival, don’t forget to check out some of the local cheap (but good) eats available to you right on Main Street (or right off it as well)?  One of my new faves is MuChaChos Grill…I had the quesadilla from there the other night-lots of cheese, tender chicken, and killer fresh salsa with red onions (did I mention it was HUGE?) for $7.99 make this a winner!  However, the burrito battle is on in a big way with Pura Vida right down the block…these young fellas are doing it right with fresh ingredients, huge servings, and original art on the walls.  Let’s keep these upstarts in business and pack the place in on the 24th!

The DelFiore Pizza Co. is a pizza lover’s dream!  Being a pizza snob myself, I have to say this is some good pie! 

Now, I’m not a big fan of chain restaurants, but this is a small LI based chain, so they made the cut…JR Steakhouse has a darn good steak for the money.  Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the site for the “free food” coupons!

Just down the road apiece in Blue Point is Cavanuagh’s.  Typical pub, but the food is really good, not expensive, and they run some great specials!

Now this exceeds guidelines, but if you’re going to make a day of it…

The Blue Point Brewery Cask Ale Festival will also be going on that day!  I know, I know, the tickets are $35 each, but well worth it!

Movin’ on up…and out…

To a bit more north, the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council has some great events coming up as well!  At Gallery I, the Annual Membership Show will be running starting January 15 (dropoff is January 12). All media is invited.

The Phoenix Gallery will be presenting Wild Kingdom starting January 14, with an artists’ reception on January 18. Come celebrate the untamed power of nature with this show!

The Port Jeff Arts Council has their Art Walks on the first Thursday of every month…

The Smithtown Arts Council has their Winner’s Showcase Exhibition running now!  I have every intention of checking this out…it looks great! 

While my guitar gently weeps…

Jazz in the Living Room is back!  $5 to play, FREE to listen.  My friend Doug popped down one night…no slouch of a guitar player be he, but he was astounded by the talent at this venue!

Open mics abound!  Strings and Things is a happenin’ this week, Monday nights Once and for All presents one hosted by Miles to Dayton’s Dave March, and the Nutty Irishman has one as well…as well as the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall with their Original Voices at the Vail series.

WoodSongs at the Movies features Princess Peapod this week…

Dinner and a movie

For those of you who read this blog regularly, you know I like the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington…especially the Theatre in the Wild, Anything but Silent, and Summer Camp Series.  This week’s Theatre of the Wild features Ashes of Time Redux…redone with a lush soundtrack by Yo Yo Ma and others, this Asian action flick is not to be missed!

All for now, you kooky cats!  I’m back with a vengeance…check back in a few days for lots more Cheap Date ideas!  Got a gig or an event?  Let me know at cheapdateli@gmail.com!


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