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So tired…the stress of everything going on in my life lately has been giving me nightmares.  I woke up at 4AM-ish after dreaming that my property manager had cancelled my lease and couldn’t get back to sleep.  So now I’ve been being bad and indulging in caffiene to try and make it through the night at work…but I’ve got some new goodies to let you all know about!  See below…

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Single and loving it?

This Thursday from 7-8:45PM, the Middle Country Public Library has a different kind of singles event. Instead of speed dating or some kind of single-mingle sort of thing, the MCPL is having a “Singles Fair” where various groups and organizations will be at their Centereach location to create awareness about things you can do without a date…like hiking, sailing, kayaking and so on.  This event is FREE, and I did meet a very nice (and decidedly not creepy) gentleman who is going to be there while I was in a class at MCPL earlier today…if he’s any indication of the calibre of people who will be at this event, this really should be worth attending.  (If you have ever tried dating sites to meet someone, you know the creepy factor can be pretty high…)

What hump?

Speaking of creepy things, Igor has to be one of the most beloved of creepy characters. The Town of Huntington is pleased to announce the FREE movie line up for summer 2009. Mark your calendars and get ready to pack up the family, blankets, lawn chairs and picnic supper and enjoy the movie! On Monday, June 29th, there will be a lawn performance at Dix Hills Park (by the pool) of “IGOR” (rated PG).

Under separate cover

Now I usually don’t post cover bands on here, but this FREE show will be at Shorefront Park in Patchogue on Friday from 6-9PM and will be featuring my friend Donny (aka Captain Don and the Toucan Band).  If you like the Beatles and Buffet, bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy what is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend by the bay.

On Saturday, there will be an Irish Night Concert (also FREE) at Brady Park in Massapequa Park. Enjoy an evening of Irish entertainment, with live traditional Irish music, homemade Irish soda bread, and giftware and refreshments will also be available. 

Also on Saturday, the Baiting Hollow Farm Winery will be playing host to another buddy of mine (Jay) and his band Smoking Gun.  Enjoy a bit of the grape with some blues this weekend!

All for now, you kooky cats!  Have something that should be here?  Let me know at cheapdateli@gmail.com!  Don’t forget to scroll down for more great things to do this weekend as this was just an add on!

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I know, I know…it’s been raining a lot, which makes it very difficult to get on out and do some of the OUTDOOR activities I often list here.  (In fact, with the rain they are forecasting for tonight, I’m tempted to start rounding up two of every animal…the end of the world must be coming!)  However, as I do list indoor activities as well, get on out there and do something…look at heading out into a storm as an adventure and have some fun with it!  Wear those crazy, ugly boots you bought who knows how long ago, don the raingear, and snuggle up under a tiny umbrella…run out to a local hole in the wall for some pub fare and a brew, and enjoy a nice, low key night!

I, on the other hand, will be staying in tonight and doing one of my geeky theme nights–and tonight’s theme is cheese, as in wine and cheese, cheesy movies, and maybe even cheesecake for dessert.  I know, I need help–lots of it.  How my honey puts up with me, I will never know!

Let’s hope the rain lets up soon, as some of these events sound too good to miss!

A horse of any other color…

Old Field Farm is hosting their Gold Coast Classic next weekend!  If you like horses, love horse shows, but want to go a bit lower key and less crowded than the Hampton Classic, this is a can’t miss event!

Teach a man to fish…

…and he’ll have a great time!  Lake Ronkonkoma, the NY State DEC Sea Grant Program and I Fish NY are hosting a free fishing day from 10-4 next Sunday!  On this free NY State Fishing Day (freshwater fishing license requirements are waived), loaner rods and free bait are provided. Casting demonstrations and various activities will also be offered. $2.00 parking fee will apply. No pre-registration required.  Ummmm, guys?  Lots of us gals LOVE to fish, so this is a GREAT date idea!

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium is another place I loved going to as a kid…I’d really like to get over there again sometime soon.  It’s not very big, but pretty and quaint–and very affordable at $6 for adults and $4 for children. 

A whale of a good time

I think anyone who knows me knows I love whales, the history of whaling, etc, etc…and speaking of Cold Spring Harbor, their Whaling Museum is tiny but worth checking out…I love the scrimshaw collection!  If you are out East, you have two great options–the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, or (and this one has me very excited!) CRESLI now has whale watching day trips that start in July out of Montauk!  A bit over budget, but a day you will never forget!  I went on the Offshore Trip last year, and the whales really are RIGHT THERE!  Don’t let this summer go by without going on at least one of these trips!

Chatanooga choo choo

Also next Sunday, Long Island Live Steamers Run Day from 10:30-3 at Southaven County Park–promoting the hobby of building steam engines of all kinds, their steam, diesel and electric trains accomodate passengers of all ages! For more information, call (631) 345-0499.

Go green for a good cause!

On Saturday, June 27 from 9-1 there will be a Native Plant Sale to benefit the Long Island Native Grass Initiative at Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus Greenhouse in Riverhead.  All plants are produced from seeds collected from native plant populations across Long Island.

The use of native plants in landscaping and restoration activities on Long Island are being increasingly encouraged by local government, environmental organizations and scientists, as the impacts of invasive species and development on biodiversity are understood. In response, there is an increasing demand for such plant material by the public. Unfortunately, such sales have been stifled due to a lack of the initial source of plant material needed to create commercially available native plants.
LINGI is a cooperative effort of over 30 non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and nursery professionals whose mission is to bridge the gap between supply and demand by providing/producing the initial source of plant material that is native to Long Island for use by seed producers, nursery growers, and in habitat restorations.

This plant sale is one of their efforts to provide this plant material to the public! Please help support this program which operates solely on volunteer support!  The species currently available for sale include:  Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Little Bluestem (Schizachryium scoparium), Big Blue Stem (Andropogon gerardii), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Purple Top (Tridens flavus) and various forbs.

In wine, truth.

A few wine events of note this week–F and W Wine Cellar will be hosting a FREE wine tasting on Friday, and Jazz n’ Grapes is hosting one on Saturday.

Over budget, but worth mentioning is the Pinot Noir Tasting on Tuesday June 23 at Collins & Main from 7-9PM, $30 per person, and there are nine spots left!  As with all the classes, professional tasting sheets will be provided along with information about the wines and how to properly discern what you are tasting. Light snacks will be served.  To reserve your spot, contact Houdek’s ASAP!

Also over budget but worth a mention is the Matinecock Masonic Historical Society’s Cask Festival…there is only a limited number of tickets available for this event, so ACT NOW!

Sing me a song

Wednesday

Acoustic Long Island features a performance by Marc Douglas Berardo, 8PM, FREE.

Pat Wictor kicks-off the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council’s new concert series, the Picnic Supper Harborside Park Concerts at Harborside Park on the water next to the Port Jefferson Village Center. Call 631-473-5220 for more info. FREE. Bring picnic dinners and blankets or lawn chairs.

Saturday

The Hamptons Roots Music Festival featuring Caroline Doctorow, Pete and Maura Kennedy, and Barbara Lamb at the Southampton Cultural Center, 7PM. $25 tickets for the concert benefiting radio stations WPKN and WPKM may be reserved by calling 31-687-9040 or sending email to rootsmusicfest@gmail.com.

The Prodigals (love them!) kick off the 44th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival at Heckscher Park’s Chapin Rainbow Stage, 8:30PM FREE. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic supper.

Sunday

Carrie Rodriguez and Lucky 13 perform at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival as well. 8:30PM. FREE. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Hey, musicians…if I can’t find your web pages, I CAN’T LINK TO YOU!  If you are mentioned on here with no link, send one to me so I can add it!  And if you don’t have a website, at least do a MySpace page or something!  I’ve got a pretty solid base of regular readers who want to know about you, so let’s work together to make it happen!

All for now, you kooky cats!  Got something that should be here?  Feel free to let me know by sending an email at cheapdateli@gmail.com!

That quote right there is for my dear friend Christopher, who struggles with the dilemma of how to handle crowds that talk over the music at the Live in the Lobby shows…see, they are all good bands…people just are inclined to talk over good music!

No, really, this is also a plea to those of you who come to these gigs and feel a need to chat loudly over the music.  If you need to talk to someone for more than a second or louder than a whisper, please take it outside!  I’ve had more than a few artists at different venues and shows approach me thinking that they had done a sub-par performance and asking me how they sounded…and add to that, it is distracting to the people around you who are trying to listen.

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

For a good cause!

For Sophia's Cure

For Sophia's Cure

Sophia’s Cure has been getting a lot of press lately, and for good reason.  I didn’t realize just how sad this story was until I went to the website and read up on this family’s situation.  There is a fundraiser coming up on Saturday, June 20th at Fins Pub.  Please read the story and try to go or make a donation…it could save a baby’s life!

Sing me a song

Like to sing or know someone who does?  The Choral Festival  at Brookhaven still has room for a few more talented singers!  Call 451-9070 for info.

Local folk…

For some reason, people seem to have this misconception as to what folk music really is…picturing something like the trippy chicks and their acoustic guitar from The Magic Garden.  And yes, you will sometimes find performers like this, but you will also find bluegrass, blues, jam bands, metal, chanties, and more.  What folk music is really about is having traditional roots (i.e.; classical) and that it is not written for profit (like most of the overproduced mass market muck you hear on the radio today).  Think Dylan, think Beck, think Phish, and even early Iron Maiden.  All have ties to folk music…who knew, huh?  Lots of open mics and a local folk festival to tell you about for this week, so get on out there and check out the burgeoning LI folk scene!

On Monday, there are open mics at Brickhouse Brewery and Napper Tandy’s. Tuesday has Strings n’ Things; and Wednesday is Acoustic Long Island with an hour-long open mic followed by Kelly Flint, and an open mic at Cool Beanz.  On Thursday, there’s an acoustic open mic at Toomey’s Tavern hosted by Joe Vicino, and Acoustic Thursdays, hosted by Dave Drew, features Todd Evans, Hank Stone, Allan Fox and Bob Blatchley at Lefty’s Candlelight Bar & Grill.  On Friday, one of my faves–Caroline Doctorow will be performing for the Hard Luck Cafe music series at the Huntington Public Library.

I certainly don’t want to miss this!  The North Fork Folk Festival takes place as part of the annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival and features local artists Gathering Time, Lucky 13, Red River Ramblers, Debra Lynne and Chris Tursi,and Joe Iadanza and Josh Joffen, on Route 48 in Mattituck. 12 noon to 5PM,  $5 gets you in,  $3 for the wee ones!

Take a hike…

There are a couple of easy to moderate hikes going on this coming week…I’m just going to copy and paste the info:

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 10:30AM

Hike, David Weld Preserve–David Weld Preserve, Nissequogue, off  Boney Lane. A short 3 mile somewhat hilly walk including a stop on the L.I. Sound, views of a pond, open fields, woods, a kettle hole and a rather large glacial erratic (i.e. a BIG rock). Beverage suggested. Parking in the dirt area on the right side of Boney Lane is very limited. Rain cancels.

Friday, June 19, 2009, 9:00AM

HIKE  joint w L.I. Greenbelt–Pine Barrens, Manorville. 4 miles easy to moderate on flat terrain. Start at the Trails Information Center in Manorville (1/4 mile north of LIE Exit 70 on the right side). Walk to Wading River-Manor Road and back. Bring water. Rain cancels.

Sunday, June 21, 2009, 1:30PM

HIKE joint w. L.I. Greenbelt–3 miles of easy flat terrain in Lakeland County Park and the north section of Connetquot Park. Good for beginners. Rain cancels. Meet at Lakeland County Park (L.I.E. Exit 58, south on Old Nichols Rd to Johnson Ave, left to park OR L.I.E. exit 59 south on Ocean Ave to Johnson, right to park).

For more information on any of these hikes, please contact Jane Fasullo 631-689-1568, jfas1@optonline.net.

Wining and dining

Pop on down to Mora’s on Saturday from 3 to 6PM for their FREE wine tasting of wines from Osprey’s Dominion. Scott Redmond will be on hand to pour and discuss his range of wines.

Movies for free!

On Friday the 19th, there will be several FREE showings of some popular movies:  

East Islip Library–“Doubt,” rated PG-13, 2PM.

Smithtown Library (Kings Park)–“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” rated PG, snacks provided, children younger than 12 must bring a parent or adult guardian, 4PM.

Freeport Library–“The Incredible Hulk”, rated PG-13, TWO SHOWINGS, 3PM, 7PM.

Westhampton Community Center in Westhampton Beach–“Gran Torino,” rated R, 12PM.

And for a small fee…

Cinema Arts Center always shows some of the coolest flicks around and this week is no exception.  On Wednesday, Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels is playing,  and on Saturday the Summer Camp Cinema Series goes a bit gonzo with Terry Gilliam’s (of Monty Python fame) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Brazil!

All for now, you kooky cats!  I’ll be back next week with all new Cheap Date ideas!

Have something that should be on here?  Email me at cheapdateli@gmail.com!

Well, it’s Saturday, and that means I’m at the library.  I am currently recovering from a trip yesterday into NYC to the MoMA.  Why recovering?  Because I am a knucklehead who decided to wear cute driving moccasins with no socks to walk around the city.  In the pouring rain.  In case you need me to explain, water got in my shoes…my feet were soaked…the leather dye stained my feet a strange blackish purple that makes them look like I have gangrene…I have blisters from the wet leather rubbing against my heels…and since I had to walk funny as my feet were hurting so badly by the end of the day, my back and hips are out of whack as well.  My poor honey (who is a foot taller than I am, with much longer legs; and therefore can walk way faster than I can) had to keep slowing down to allow me to keep up (and therefore staying in the rain way longer than he had to), and had to put up with my crankiness from feeling pretty lousy at the end of the day.  He’s a good man.  I think I’ll keep him. 

There’s a reason I am telling you all this. 

Art farts

A masterpiece of Futurism.

A masterpiece of Futurism by Boccioni.

Upon our arrival, we saw a long line of people waiting to get in to the MoMA (which almost made us leave as I HATE crowds and lines!) and I couldn’t figure out why.  There were no exhibits going on that I knew of that would warrant that sort of attendance on a rainy Friday evening.  It turns out that Target has an arrangement with the MoMA for FREE admission on Friday nites!  Considering the cost to get in is normally $20 per person, this is a great deal!  Be advised…you will be waiting on a long line outside, the museum will be really busy, and WEAR COMFY SHOES!

I’ll be getting my art on again tomorrow at the Gallery on the Hill (x63N off the LIE, follow the signs for Bald Hill), where I will be sitting in the gallery for this Sunday and next.  Come and see some incredible works by local artists, and say HI to me while you’re at it…FREE!

Coming up next weekend will be the opening reception for Little Black Book at the Mills Pond Gallery.  This looks good…I may just have to check this out…

The Circle Gallery also has a juried art show called Long Island Summer opening next weekend…call 516.322.0809 or 631.598.2182 for more info.

Wine me, dine me…

There are a few choice picks for wine events next weekend.  Post Wines in Syosset will be hosting a FREE Welcome Summer wine tasting next Saturday…Marth Clara (where I’m headed today after the library!) is hosting a book signing with Jane Starwood…and Mora’s is doing their FREE wine tasting as well!

Sing me a song…

This week is jam packed with great gigs, so I’m going to list them by day…

Monday

Music From the Hive singer/songwriter series at Mirelle’s Restaurant, 8PM

Wednesday

Acoustic Long Island is back to their old format of an open mic followed by a performance by Telly. FREE.

Long Island Fingerstyle Guitar Club presents a DADADE tuning techniques workshop and a performance by Jeff Curtis at the Westbury Friends Community Center. 8PM. $10 gets you in.

Thursday

Acoustic open mic, hosted by Joe Vicino at Toomey’s Tavern, 8PM.

Acoustic Thursdays, hosted by Dave Drew at Lefty’s Candlelight Bar & Grill, 8PM.

Tine Kindermann sings German folk songs with the aid of Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics at Barbes followed by a set by noted klezmer musician Andy Statman, 8PM.

Friday

Arlon Bennett will be at the Grounds and Sounds Café, preceded by an open mic at 8PM. $10 gets you in.

The nautical musical stylings of the Dave Rowe Trio closes out the season for the Our Times Coffeehouse at the Ethical Humanist Society, 8PM $15.

Saturday

Grand Folk Railroad will be at the Village Lanterne, 6PM.

Homegrown String Band will be playing their old timey tunes at the West Babylon Public Library, 2PM, FREE.

Claudia Jacobs performs for Real Musik House Concerts in Setauket at 8PM, $15 donation for performers. Reservations required, call 631-374-6740 or e-mail realmusik@optonline.net.

Pedro Pereira performs an hour-long set at Cool Beanz, 7:30PM.

Sunday

Folk Jam & Sing-Along sponsored by the Folk Music Society of Huntington at the Huntington Public Library, 1-4:30PM, FREE.

Homegrown String Band is back again! Wantagh Public Library, 2PM. FREE.

For a good cause

I’m just going to copy and paste this one to make sure I don’t leave anything out!  Please do your best to attend this event:

Join us June 20th for an all out assault on SMA when some of the Island’s hottest bands unite at Fin’s Pub in Oakdale!

Special thanks to Paul and Live Fast Die Fast for coordinating the effort, and to Tom Sinclair who is donating 100% of the door proceeds to Sophia’s Cure. And again thank you to all of you who can play and help out the cause.

$15 Charge at the door – 18 years and older

Fin’s Pub – 4608 Sunrise Hwy – Oakdale, NY 11769

(631)589-9525 (631)218-1875

Exit 48 Sunrise Hwy South Service Rd (Behind Shell Station)

http://www.finspub.com

13 Bands confirmed so far: WITHOUT NOTICE, SET AT SEA, BROOKSITE, HANDS LIKE FEET, SHEPHERDS, DEVIL SITS SHOTGUN, THE AWAKENING, UNDYING MORALS, WOLVERINE, BRING OUT YOUR DEAD, OUT OF STEP, SUPERBUICK, STIGMA, LIVE FAST DIE FAST.

All for now, you kooky cats!  Check back next Saturday for more hawt posts!  Got something that should be here?  Email me at cheapdateli@gmail.com, and make sure you follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss out on the latest updates!

Well, I’m still trying to get myself sorted out, what with me temping at one job in the AM and working at the library at night, trying to get into a new school with a lower tuition so I can keep working on my Master’s degree, keeping up with the job search, etc, etc…  It can be very overwhelming, disheartening, and just plain old exhausting.  The past week just ran me into the ground and I didn’t have time to post new events over the weekend.  I apologize, and I’m going to start things off with a “bang”–pun definitely intended!

I’m seeing stars!

I opened up my email today to find Grucci Fireworks schedule emailed over as a word document.  I’m going to take the liberty of cutting and pasting the info, as there’s quite a bit!

Long Island Schedule

The Gruccis’, world-renowned firework artists from Long Island with Heritage dating  back  to 1850, Bari Italy, producers of the World’s largest fireworks program in Dubai, for the Grand Openings of the Atlantis Resort and the Palm Jumeriah, and 7 consecutive Presidential Inaugurations, announce their 2009 Long Island Schedule as follows..

 

   

Class of

Date

          Event or Host

           Location

Fireworks

May

30 Long Island Ducks Citibank Park, Central Islip, NY

City

May

31 Queenboro Bridge 100th Anniversary Roosevelt Island, NY

State

Jun

20 Long Island Ducks Citibank Park, Central Islip, NY

City

Jun

27 TD Bank Celebrates America Eisenhower Park, Uniondale

World

Jul

1 Central Astoria Independence Celebration Astoria Park, Queens

State

Jul

2-4 Long Island Ducks Citibank Park, Central Islip, NY

City

Jul

3 Point O’Woods Fire Department Point O’Woods Fire Company

City

Jul

3 Southampton Fresh Air Home Benefit Shinnecock Bay 

National

 

          For Tickets call 631-283-5847  

 

Jul

4 Brookhaven Star Spangled Blast Bald Hill, Farmingville, NY

National

Jul

4 Devon Yacht Club East Hampton, NY

State

Jul

4 East Islip Fire Department Carnival Connetquot Ave., East Islip, NY

City

Jul

4 Fund In The Sun Foundation The Pines, NY

State

Jul

4 Stars Over Montauk Umbrella Beach, Montauk, NY

State

Jul

7 Oyster Bay’s Salute To America John J. Burns Park, Massapequa, NY

City

Jul

15 & 18 Terryville Fire Department Terryville, NY

City

Jul

18 Long Island Philharmonic Concert Heckscher State Park, E. Islip, NY

State

Aug

8 Long Island Ducks Citibank Park, Central Islip, NY

City

Aug

29 Island Park Labor Day Celebration Island Park, NY

City

Sep

7,8 &19 Long Island Ducks Citibank Park, Central Islip, NY

City

Sep

26 CDM Chamber of Commerce Music Festival & Carnival Cedar Beach, Mount Sinai, NY

City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An insect by any other name

…is still an insect.  Horseshoe crabs are not crabs at all, but arthopods much more closely related to ticks, spiders, and scorpions.  However, these gentle giants provide much enjoyment to kids of all ages when they are found on the beach.  The Fire Island National Seashore is hosting their Lighthouse Horseshoe Crab Program on Saturday, June 6 at 7PM. $3 per person and reservations required.

Who’s the fairest of them all?

The Brookhaven County Fair is going on for one more weekend…that’s right, this weekend is the last one.  For free admission tickets and directions, click here.

With a song in my heart

There are some truly notable gigs going on this week!  On Wednesday, Acoustic Long Island brings back its open mic and features Rosi Golan.  FREE.

Thursday, Live in the Lobby wraps up its 2008-2009 season with a performance by bluesman Phil Minissale, along with Michael Korb and Shannon and Natalie.  $10 gets you in…say hi to me as I take your money!

Peacesmiths Coffeehouse closes out its current season this Friday with “Signals of Peace” featuring Andy Greenhouse, poet Russ Green and musical duo Left-on-Red, plus an open mic, at the First United Methodist Church, 8PM $7 door includes coffee, tea and snacks. Call 631-798-0778 for more info.

Red Molly, an all female Americana band DEFINITELY worth seeing will be playing at the Garden Stage this Friday.  A bit over budget, but a show that should not be missed!

Wining and dining

The 6th looks like a day for wine! Both Jazz n Grapes and Mora’s are hosting FREE tasting events, and Borghese Vineyards is running one of its Winemaker Walks ($15 per person). 

And talking about cheap dates (and food), I’m not sure if it’s open yet, but Five Guys Burgers was under construction on Vet’s Highway in Hauppauge a few weeks ago, and I did a little research…this is a chain that delivers in a big way if the reviews I’ve been reading are true.  Huge burgers, Hebrew National hotdogs, and nothing frozen, EVER.  I don’t usually push chains, but it looks like they get high marks for how they treat their employees and for giving back to the community, so I’m willing to put a good word out for them.

Rock the boat

Did you know you could get a FREE kayak lesson at The Dinghy Shop at South Bay Sailing Center? 

‘Nuff for now…I’ll be back Saturday with all the best happenings for the coming week.  Check back for updates…and if you have something that should be here, let me know at cheapdateli@gmail.com.