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Hops & Props Was Tops: From Belmont State Park to Montauk, Long Island is known for its array of outstanding craft beer and food festivals. The Cradle Of Aviation Museum in Garden City recently hosted the third annual Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival, and again many Long Island breweries participated in this huge event. For the first time, this year’s show was 100 percent craft and draft beer,

giving attendees great blends of home-brewed beers and ciders from throughout the area. Among the many companies throughout the museum’s flight-themed venue were Barrier Brewery, HandGrenades HomeBrew Club, and Black Hog Brewing Company, who offered delicous hand-crafted fare. Each brewing company took pride in their latest blends, and poured each four-ounce glass with anticipation, as some batches were finished just weeks before this event. This beer fest provided an enjoyable introduction to local breweries’ latest handcrafted

The Guess Who At Tropicana

Text & photos by Christopher Jon Smaragdas

creations. Providing more than just beers and ciders, Hops & Props was stocked with food vendors as well. Made with the

Classic rockers, take heed: A slew of legends and stars will be invading the area's casinos and resorts this spring and summer. The Tropicana (Atlantic City): “The Trop” is getting to be known as a classic rock mecca, and the concerts booked in the coming weeks and months bear that out: On the schedule (tickets for all shows are available via are Three Dog Night (April 16), Pat Benatar & Neil Girlado

Casinos & Resorts

on the same bill with Melissa Etheridge (July 16), and KC & The Sunshine Band (August 27).

same pride and care as the beer crafters, offered were bacon fudge and truffles, BBQ pulled pork sliders, tacos, The Jerky Hut’s whiskey beef jerky, Madd House Creations’ candied cayenne bacon, and more. Added to the food and drink was unique merchandise including items such as “Stairway To Heaven” T-shirts by Distinkt Tees, Gabby’s Kitchen Hot Pepper Jam, and Peck’s of Maine’s Mainer Christmas Jam. Given the success of the festival, it seems likely to continue to return to Long Island for years to come. Check out for more events – and don’t miss their upcoming Bacon Festival as well.

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Whitesnake At Mohegan Sun & Trump

member of Deep Purple. “We are truly excited and looking forward to playing at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City in 2016 on what will be our ‘Greatest Hits World Tour,’ and most likely my personal farewell to arena rock after over 40 years of writing and performing rock music,” said Coverdale. “I am honored to have toured this incredible world we share for over 40 years, celebrating and enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people, all of whom have shared this amazing journey with me. I truly love the shared experience and simply love my job and always will.” For tickets and info: Mohegan Sun (Poconos): If AC is too far, Whitesnake will also slither into Pennsylvania as its big tour will touch down at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s

Keystone Grand Ballroom on July 2. Also coming to “The Trop” is Tickets are at and the bassist Jim Kale's current edition of casino's box office. The Guess Who on May 28. Kale and Resorts World (Queens): drummer Garry Peterson are the origiJamaica's casino keeps it going with a nal members in this touring act, which also includes Derek Sharp (vocals and massive “Anthems” night of club hits, featuring an array of superstars in guitars), Leonard Shaw (keyboards, Long Island's Kim Sozzi, Reina, Inaya flute, sax and vocals), and Laurie Day, Luz Davina, and Veronica on MacKenzie (guitars and vocals). This April 23 at 9 pm. Learn more at version of the band will perform the hits from the original group's catalog, including “American Kim Sozzi Woman,” “No Sugar At Resorts Tonight/New Mother Nature,” “Bus Rider,” “Share World The Land,” “Hand Me Down World,” “No Time,” and many more. Learn more about upcoming shows at Trump Taj Mahal (Atlantic City): This opulent showplace also will feature classic sounds. Just announced is an appearance by Tom Scholz' current version of Boston (August 13), which is hitting AC as part of its 2016 40th annivesary tour. Also on the entertainment calendar is Whitesnake on July 1, which still features its charismatic lead singer David Coverdale, a former

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