Why is it when there is a great week coming up with a ton of things to do, I’m wiped out from all the things I tried to do the week before?  I NEED SLEEP……

Anyhow, there are so many things going on, I’m just going to jump right in:

Play me a song…


Buddy Merriam and Back Roads will be at the Mary Jane Davies Green in Manhasset. 7:30PM. FREE. Bring lawn chairs.

Open mic with Miles to Dayton’s Dave March, Once & For All, Patchogue at 8PM. Have a Palm while you’re there!


Gathering Time will be performing for the Brown Bag Concert series, 12:30PM, FREE. Bring lawn chairs.


Acoustic Long Island features Will Knox this week at Deepwells Mansion, 7:30PM, FREE.


Acoustic Thursdays hosted by Dave Drew and featuring Corrientes (they’re very good!) and more at Lefty’s Candlelight Bar, 8PM, no cover charge.

The Doc Marshalls will be performing as part of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival at the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park, Huntington, 8:30PM, bring lawn chairs.


Joe Iadanza performs for Pagan Place House Concerts in Huntington Station, call 631-420-4317 for reservations.

Princess Peapod performs as part of the “Happenings on Main Street” series in Northport, 7PM, FREE.


The Fourth Annual Huntington Folk Festival features a headline performance by Peter Rowan with the Rowan Brothers both backing and opening for him on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. The afternoon will feature instrumental workshops, an open jam and song swap, and acoustic music showcases. 3-11PM, bring lawn chairs.

See stars, hear music. Open mic hosted by singer-songwriter Liza Coppola at the Custer Institute, 7PM, FREE.

Of special note…The Blue Hit (out of Texas) will be here at Once and for All this Saturday night!  Don’t miss this very rare local appearance!

Of grape and grain

Don’t miss out!  Sign up by Thursday for Martha Clara’s Chip n Dipped Wine and Chocolate pairing…this Sunday 12-4, $10 per person.

Every Thursday this summer, Raphael Vineyards will remain open until 10PM and feature live music in the tasting room. FREE, pay by the glass.

Of creatures great and small

Come on out for a Sunset Walk 6-7:30PM at Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown. Wind down with Cornell Cooperative Extension as they look for wildlife around Stump Pond. As sunset approaches, it’s a great time of day to look and listen for frogs, fish, birds, turtles and any other animals who have been hiding in the shade all day. Meet in the parking lot of the northern entrance to the park off of New Mill Road and dress for the weather. Program is FREE but pre-registration is required;  call (631) 897-3530.

Movie madness

Old Field Farm Summer Film Festival presents The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 7:30PM at Old Field Farm in Setauket, FREE. Bring a blanket or beach chair, picnic, flashlight and friends for a fun filled evening.

It’s been a while since I posted one of these on here, but make an effort to catch this week’s edition of “Anything But Silent” at the Cinema Arts Center, featuring Greta Garbo in “Flesh and the Devil” with organ accompaniment by MoMA’s Ben Model, $12 per person.

All for now you kooky cats!  Have something that should be here?  Email me at cheapdateli@gmail.com!


nablo09.90x33Ah, summer…we’ve finally had a few beautiful days and now they’re calling for rain again!  It’s fine with me as I’m working late every night this week, but let’s just hope that for all of you who are heading out that it rains somewhere other than where YOU are.

Living la vida loca

I was remiss in not letting you know about Alive After 5 last week…I thought I was going to have some down time to update the blog and add it in closer to Friday, but that just didn’t happen.  However, Patchogue’s Alive After 5 is back again this week, and if it’s anything like last week, it’s going to be packed!  Four stages, four bands, beer stations, cigar rollers, vendors, food…with no admission fee!  That’s right, it’s FREE to get in!  (18 and over only, please!) Do yourself a favor, though, and get there early.  I overheard quite a few people saying that it took them almost an hour to find parking once this event was in full swing.

Boogie woogie bugle boy…

Ever wanted to learn how to swing dance but the lessons were too expensive?  This Thursday at Harborfields Library you can take a FREE lesson from 7-8:30PM.  Reserve your spot now!

My heart skipped a beat

I went to one of these once and it was so cool!  Wednesdays, from 6:30-8PM, the East End Arts Council is hosting FREE community drum circles!  Borrow an instrument or bring your own, no experience necessary.  Contact the EEAC for location and directions.

Let the music play

As I’ve been doing lately, I’m just going to list my picks by day:


Acoustic Long Island at Deepwells Mansion features Jen Kearney and Will Cox. FREE.

Babylon’s BayFest costs just $5 to get in and will be hosting bands such as Beaucoup Blue and the Red River Ramblers.


Caroline Doctorow will be playing as part of the Westhampton Concerts on the Green series, FREE.


Miller’s Crossing will be at Happenings on Main Street in Northport. Don’t miss them, they’re outstanding!


Art in the Park, presented by the Northport Arts Coalition features art, music and poetry from 10AM-5PM. Local acoustic artists performing include Andrea Cetlin, Kenny Baum, Princess Peapod, Maria Fairchild, Denise Romas and Lora Kendall. Northport Village Park, FREE.

Wine me, dine me…

…get yer mind out of the gutter!  It’s kind of a quiet week as far as affordable wine, beer and spirits events go…on Saturday, visit Stephen Lang at the Ripe Art Gallery from 4-7PM for his show “Rides, Rust & Heels”. Borghese Vineyard will be sponsoring wine for this FREE event.

Take a hike, pal!

I just found a site with info about most of the trails on our Isle of Long…and I definitely plan on checking some of these out!  The best part is that this site also lists how to save money on admission fees for applicable parks.  It’s definitely worth a quick once (or twice) thru!

Want a hit?

Cheech and Chong are back with this week’s Summer Camp Cinema with a double feature of Up in Smoke and Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie. $12 gets you in.

All for now, you kooky cats!  I’ll be back in just a few days with more great Cheap Dates!  Have something that should be on here?  Let me know at cheapdateli@gmail.com!

nablo09_90x33An apology in advance–the link tool does not seem to be working today…sorry!

I’ve been trying to post my picks of the day, but life gets so hectic sometimes!  This leads to rushing through things and I decided today that I wasn’t just going to throw away all the junk mail I get, but to at least open it and look at it first, as I usually just pull out bills and letters and toss the rest.  Good thing I did!  One letter was advising me that I had money in a flex account (which will come in handy as I have hospital bills from April) which I forgot about, and a survey from Arbitron which had two brand spanking new dollar bills in it to thank me in advance for answering.  Lesson here…slow down and take the time to notice everything around you, even if it doesn’t seem worth it at first.  You might end up with a pleasant surprise!

When I hear music…

This week is jam packed with events!  I’m just going to list them by day to keep it organized.


“Music from the Hive” at Mirelle’s Restaurant, Westbury,  8PM.

Open mic with Dave March at Once & For All, Patchogue, 8PM.


Open mic at Cool Beanz,St. James, 8PM.


Acoustic Long Island features an hour-long open mic, followed by Julian Peterson, Deepwells Mansion, St. James, 8PM. FREE.

Gathering Time will be performing as part of the Picnic Supper Concerts series.  Harborside Park on the water, next to the Port Jefferson Village Center, 6:30-8PM. FREE. Bring blankets or chairs. 


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

Acoustic Thursdays is hosted by Dave Drew, and featuring local performers Valerie Griggs, Simply Stated, Jaclyn Shaw and Otan Vargas at Lefty’s Candlelight Bar & Grill, Lindenhurst. 8PM.

Gathering Timewill be performing at Great Neck’s Bond Street Promenade. 5:30PM.  FREE.

Strings n’ Things Open Mic Night at the Mills Pond House, Smithtown. 8-10:30PM. Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE.


Gathering Time will be at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater, East Meadow. 7:30PM. FREE. Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Miller’s Crossing, (one of my faves) will be at Grey Horse Tavern, , Bayport. 8:30PM.

Phil Minissale and friends play Once & For All, Patchogue. 9:30PM. This is Phil’s last scheduled LI club appearance before he heads off to the Republic of Georgia, where he will be the sole American artist performing in the Tibilisi Independent Music Festival.

The Vienna Teng Trio will be at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center,  Westhampton Beach.  8:30PM. $15-$35.


Jen Chapin and John Flor perform in concert at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival at the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park, Huntington.  8:30PM. FREE.  Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

The Long Island Blues Festival will be going on along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead Saturday and Sunday. Artists include Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, former Long Island Little Toby Walker, David Jacobs-Strain, and Phil Minissale, plus such local artists as Ahmad Ali, Ken “The Rocket” Korb, Bruce MacDonald, and Bob Westcott & the Daydreamers. A two-day bracelet is $15; daily admission is $10; children ages 12 and under admitted FREE.

Larry Moser and Mary Nagin will be performing at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum, Melville.  12-4PM.

Wine me, dine me…

Raphael Vineyards now stays open late on Thursdays (til 10) with live music…FREE…just pay for your wine!

F and W Wine Sellers in Central Islip will be sampling the wines of Macari Vineyards this Friday…FREE…cheese and light refreshments will be served.

Martha Clara is hosting a 30 and over Singles Mingle this Friday…RSVP by July 15…$10 in advance, $15 at the door.  FREE music, pay for wine by the glass. 

All for now…I’ll be back tomorrow or the next day with more great things to do!  Chat soon, you kooky cats!

nablo09_90x33It was busy in the library today, so I didn’t get to do my usual Saturday post, but my Cheap Date pick of the day has to be the Great South Bay Music Festival…beer, breezes, the bay, and a bunch of great acts make this the place to be this weekend!  I’ll be back with the weekly post either tomorrow or Monday!

Hawt Post

July 9, 2009

nablo09_90x33I’m a bad blogger…I forgot to post my pick for tonight!  Over by Setauket, in Old Field at the great lawn, will be a FREE movie on the grass…bring a blanket or lawn chair, some snacks and the family, and catch “Clue” with Tim Curry!  And just in case I forget tomorrow…there will be a street fair on Patchogue Village’s Main Street with food, music, a rock climbing wall and more!

nablo09.90x33 Today’s pick:  Acoustic Long Island at Deepwells in St. James.  This FREE concert is on the grounds of a beautiful restored mansion, and snacks and beverages are available for purchase.  I’ve never been disappointed with any show I’ve seen here.  It’s beautiful outside, it’s free, it’s a great time (I promise)—JUST GO!!!

Quick and dirty…

July 7, 2009

nablo09.90x33 Really quick…someone just sent me an email about the LI Discount Card, which provides discounts to restaurants, stores, bars, you name it!  I’m signing up today!  Click here for more info.

nablo09.90x33It’s amazing to me how many things we pass by each day, while we remain completely oblivious to everything around us.  I wish I had more hours in every day…it’s not just about trying to get more things done (though that would be a perk), but I see so many places and things I’d like to check out just driving from one place to another.  Ice cream parlors, farmers’ markets, street fairs, the list goes on.  Hence, I live vicariously through you–my readers.  I love getting feedback when you check out something I’ve posted here!  Keep it coming!

For a good cause

The Cemetery Restoration Committee of Patchogue presents a “Chinese Auction in the Village” on Friday, July 10 at the Patchogue Fire Department. Doors open at 6:00PM. Entrance Fee–$5 per person and includes 25 tickets, coffee/tea and dessert. Extra sheets (25 tickets) are $3 each or 2 for $5. Food/refreshments will be available for purchase.  50/50 raffle–donate an old cell phone and receive 5 free 50/50 tickets. All proceeds to be used for the restoration and upkeep of the cemeteries located on the corner of West Main Street and Waverly Avenue in Patchogue Village. For advance tickets sales and information please call (631) 475-3478 or (631) 758-5669 or visit them at http://www.cemeteryrestorationcommittee.com.

Wine me…

Every Thursday this summer, Raphael Vineyard will remain open until 10PM and feature live music in the tasting room. Admission is FREE, pay for your wine.

On Friday,  join F and W Wines in Central Islip at 4PM for a FREE tasting of selected Spanish wines. Cheese and crackers will be served.

Pop’s Wine and Spirits in Island Park will be hosting a FREE wine tasting event on Saturday, July 11, from 11:30AM to 3PM featuring a Santa Florentina Torrontes produced by La Riojana, one of Argentina’s largest wineries located in the Famatina Valley.

Also this Saturday…make your reservations NOW to Party for the Animals at Martha Clara Vineyards!  Click here for more info!

Castello di Borghese Vineyards is hosting a North Fork Green Drinks networking event to showcase Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Viticulture Program–a grape research and education program which serves the growing LI wine industry on Thursday, July 16 from 6-9PM  at the Castello di Borghese Vineyards. The evening will provide networking opportunities, especially for those interested in sustainability and “green” businesses, organizations and activities, and will feature wines and local food. There will be a cash bar for wine, opportunities to win fun wine-related door prizes and a raffle to win an all expenses paid “Wine Camp” experience for two, a 4-day adventure in wine country on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island.

Eat your vegetables…

funny-pictures-rabbit-sticks-his-tongue-outAnyone who knows me is aware of my obsession with farm stands.  I love the taste of garden fresh veggies as compared to store bought, and really, isn’t it kind of a fun date to go picking out veggies with your honey, then going home and opening a bottle of wine and cooking dinner together?  Let’s not forget, many also carry home-baked items as well!  Click here to view the most current list from Cornell Cooperative Extension! And by patronizing these businesses, you’re helping support local agriculture!

Of course, if you’d rather pick your own, you can do that too! Here’s the 2009 list of pick-your-own farms!

Rock me gently

The Great South Bay Music Festival–it’s one great show not to be missed…lots of amazing live bands and local performers such as Miles to Dayton, Steve Adelson, Caroline Doctorow, and the ElectrixClick here to find out about discounted tickets when purchased online! Don’t miss the fireworks on Saturday night!

All for now you kooky cats…I’ll be back in just a few days with lots more to see and do on the cheap!  Have something that should be here?  Let me know at cheapdateli@gmail.com!

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Miss Chris

The holiday weekend is upon us, and HOORAY–they’re saying it should be beautiful for the Fourth!  Get on out there and run barefoot in the grass (watch out for slugs and pooch poop though!), fall asleep in a hammock, watch the fireworks, eat lots of nitrate filled foods, and do it JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!  There are so many great things going on this week into next, so I’m just going to jump right in and list my picks for each day before I get into the usual lists of gigs and such.

TONIGHT–Acoustic Long Island hosts its annual outdoor concert on the lawn at Deepwells.  I went to this last year and had a great time.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a few friends, and make sure you grab some munchies while you are there…7-10PM…FREE!

Saturday–The Brookhaven Choral Festival at Bald Hill has something for everyone…with a pops concert and a fireworks show after, this is a great event for the whole family…FREE, but there’s a $2 parking fee.  Earlier in the day in Bellport Village will be Art on the Lane…an open air art show.  Walk around this quaint village and support the local arts and artists.  Jones Beach will also be hosting their fireworks event Saturday night.  For a listing of all the Grucci fireworks shows happening for 2009, scroll back a few posts (I’m having problems adding links today, sorry!).

Sunday–I’d have to say my pick would be the Knight’s 4th Fest…this carnival is going on throughout the weekend at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, and I’ve been passing by it every day–it’s busy with a lot to check out.

I’ll be back either later or tomorrow with upcoming events for the week…I’m a PC, forced to work on a Mac today for the first time in my life…it’s nice but taking me too long to figure out how to add links, etc., as I can’t open separate windows on this.  I’ll add more when I can get my hands on my PC…chat soon!