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I THE COLUMNS I
A Letter from the Editor
This is, perhaps, my most favorite issue, The Irish Issue. 26% of the population of Long Island claim to be of Irish heritage. I guess this might account for the popularity of this issue last year. I am very excited to have more from the National Historian of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Michael McCormack, in this issue. He is genuine resource for Irish history and respected across the country. There is so much to share with you with regard to this publication. Most obvious is the departure of friend, Douglas MacKaye Harrington. Below you will find a parting note from Doug as he has stepped away from The North Shoreian to pursue other passions and callings. We bid farewell to Eco-Passionate, Jennifer Garvey, and her Clean, Green and Renew column. We thank her, sincerely, for her participation. We also say goodbye, perhaps for now, to Michael X. Zelenak, The Improper Cinephile, who will be working on finishing a book that he has been trying to get done. I have decided to rerun Michael’s column from the Irish Issue 2008 as it is a great read. I will dispense with any other musings at this time because as I write this letter, I have learned, as the world has, of the passing of an Artistic giant that is Alfred Zerries. The North Shoreian community lost a valued treasure this morning, February 27th. It was only last week when the renowned artist and North Shoreian put the finishing touches to a life size self portrait of him with his two faithful canines. Al went out for a run on Wednesday morning, February 25th, with his dogs, when he was apparently the victim of a hit and run driver. Found on the road only a short distance from his Lloyd Harbor home by a neighbor, Al was transported to the hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries. A prolific painter of portraits, Al Zerries was the embodiment of a renaissance man in the truest sense. His art was not limited to the canvas and brush but extended to the written word as well. Al wrote “The Lost Van Gogh” and only recently finished his second novel with his bride, Jean. Alfred Zerries, a loving husband to Jean, and father to Zachary and Z. Morgan, was an award winning painter whose work is often found in art magazines and galleries around the world. With permission from his family, we will profile and feature Al in the next issue of The North Shoreian. For now, our hearts and prayers go out for the Zerries family and we thank them for sharing the wonderful talents of their man, Al Zerries. Charles McKenna, Publisher & Editor
The opinions expressed in the columns are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the editorial viewpoint of the Publishers of the Improper North Shoreian Magazine.
I On Money With Mark Financial Advice and Commentary
by Mark Snyder, ChFC
As Wall St. Searches for Stability What Can You Do?
It’s often been said the two emotional motivators of the stock market are greed and fear. We lived in the greed stage for a long time as an unprecedented bull market created wealth for many of us. Now we’re squarely in the fear stage of the market as plunging stock prices, falling house prices, financial instability, growing unemployment and a credit tightening have aligned to form a perfect storm for investors and those who depend on the stock market for such things as reliable dividends. Scandals have not made our lives any easier and for many of us we’ve found it difficult to trust anyone with our financial futures. But the truth is each of us needs some form of long-term financial planning. The reasons for this include such things as ever-increasing life spans and a questionable Social Security system. But going back to the trust issue, several trends or tip-off signs have emerged that should have been warning bells to investors and Wall St. regulators. There is virtually no investment As we mentioned above, while most of us are in the history of finance that in the fear stage of the market cycle, a few of has had no down years. us remain in the greed stage, which is why they invested in so-called plans that could steadily earn them hefty annual gains in the 12-15% range with no “down” years. This is pure fiction. There is virtually no investment in the history of finance that has had no down years. That’s why whenever we meet with new clients we ask them about their risk tolerance and expectations. Not to broadcast a cliché but whenever something sounds too good to be true, it usually is – and should be avoided. That being said, a guarantee in regard to an investment is not necessarily a negative. Insurance companies make their living by “guaranteeing” steady rates of return. However, the trick is to recognize that when any return is guaranteed it means that the investor will receive a less substantial return in exchange for the low amount of risk he’s taking. Be ready to sacrifice potential return in exchange for any guarantee. In the case of some recent scandals, the guarantees were sky high and as we learned, impossible to maintain without reverting to some form of investor manipulation and fraud. What else can you do? Have you checked the credentials of whoever is entrusted with managing your Another important consideration money? Are they affiliated with such organizations as the Financial Planning Assowhen choosing an adviser is the prociation (www.fpanet.org)? Such organizations hold members to ethical and profescess they use to uncover your needs, sional standards and can also refer you to members practicing in your area. Advigoals and risk tolerance. sors who earn professional designations such as the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation show extraordinary commitment to their profession plus Another important consideration meet extensive ethical and educational when choosing an adviser is the requirements. process they use to uncover your If you’re still not sure about who needs, goals and risk tolerance. to choose, ask for recommendations. While friends and relatives can be a good place to start, business associates such as lawyers and accountants may also be able to refer you to a trustworthy financial adviser. Our firm will provide references from clients when asked to do so. Be sure you understand in what you’re invested. Are you investing in publicly traded securities whose prices can be easily verified? Are you using reputable companies? Those using so-called “private money managers,” investing in non-regulated securities may be taking great risks as there’s usually very little one can do in order to validate claims. Similarly, examine the evidence. Any fund manager worth considering should have a record documenting his investment performance across various markets, including down cycles. Any graphs that steadily edge higher with no down years is highly unusual and worth questioning. And speaking of evidence, a great place to check out a broker is FINRA BrokerCheck (www.finra.org). This is a free online tool to help investors learn the
Farewell from the Douglas MacKaye Harrington, Editor
The seasons change and so too do the directions of our lives. That being said, I write this to tell you, our readers, that I am leaving the magazine to go in another direction in my life. Do not worry, the magazine will continue, as you can obviously see by what you are holding in your hand. My Co-Publisher, Charlie McKenna, will take the helm as Editor-in-Chief with my sincere best wishes and support. For my part, I have a novel to finish writing and an Actors Equity card to dust off, as I may attempt to renew my career as an actor/playwright on the New York stage. It has been a pleasure and privilege to have worked with the fine writers and artists that helped Charlie and I create and bring to the street The North Shoreian Magazine. I cannot find the words to fully express my gratitude to each and every one of them for the contributions they have made to this publication. I also want to thank the advertisers that have supported this free magazine and once again urge you to return the favor by supporting them in their businesses and services. I would also like to thank you, our readers, for the passion you have shown for the magazine by literally picking up every issue, every month and expressing your appreciation by the kind letters and personal comments you have shared with me since the beginning. Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends for their support. You know who you are and I love you all very much. Once again, thank you! DMH
Letters to the Editor Oh Joy! Hoping, worrying, missing your magazine, innumerable calls to the book store- FINALLY! The NORTH SHOREIAN! Coming up ROSES! Your January/February cover art! It made my day. Thank goodness you’re back! As for the missing “IMPROPER” (which is usually repeated as a question, with raised eyebrows) your explanation should placate anyone. Keep up your fine work... more power to you! Sincerely, Ruth Semon Fahlbusch I recently picked up your current issue and thought that it was a great publication with an interesting target audience. Amy Amato I picked up & enjoyed your publication, The North Shoreian Vol. 2/Issue 1, at my doctor’s office. I live in Fort Salonga & would like to know where I could pick up an issue locally. Thanks! Ilze Ubelis
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professional background of current and former FINRA-registered securities firms and brokers. It should be one of the first resources investors turn to when choosing whether to do business with a particular broker or brokerage firm. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, be sure your adviser uses an “independent custodian” to prepare statements. Mark J. Snyder Financial Services uses an independent third-party. It reports all account activity to our clients. This acts as an extra “security layer.” We also use an independent broker-dealer and each fund manager we select meets all FINRA and SIPC compliance and accounting standards. We use no private, non-regulated money managers. When it comes to statements, can you easily understand yours? What about when you ask someone in the office to explain it? Can they help or do they discourage you from asking questions? A convoluted explanation may be a smokescreen. Clients are welcome to call or visit our office any time for clarification. Lastly, do you know how your adviser is being paid? Advisors are paid by either commission or a fee schedule that’s usually based on the amount of assets they manage for you. Either way, you should know how they’ll be compensated before you agree to do business. Another important consideration when choosing an adviser is the process they use to uncover your needs, goals and risk tolerance. Are they looking at the big picture, the key objectives you’re trying to obtain as a whole or only one small piece of the puzzle? How much information did they ask for? Was a financial plan prepared on your behalf that reflects your needs and goals? What constraints does your adviser have when making recommendations? Are they independent, which means they’re free to recommend the most efficient products and services for you or are they bound to a “product list” or quota? Your adviser’s independence is an important factor. To whom is he allied – his clients or his employer? An independent financial adviser is free of these conflicts. You should be too which is why times like these point out the value of an independent financial adviser providing independent financial advice. Mark J. Snyder, ChFC, is an independent financial adviser in Medford. For a free, no-obligation copy of his newsletter, The Snyder Report, please call his office: 631289-4224.
floaters are above an area in which the pool is four feet deep. A small child could easily drown on either side of it. But this division of the waters allows multiple pool usages. The sport of swimming usually takes place in the deeper half. In the shallower square, the sports are different. Here, the hydro-athletes come equipped with long foam “noodles” of different colors. The floating devices help them hydro-walk, hydro-bob and hydro-chat with minimum effort. When the air is cool, it’s pleasant to meet friends in waters warmer than the surroundings. When the air is hot, what could be more refreshing than discuss condo politics and exchange “early-birds” addresses than in cooler water? The swimmer eager to do complete laps has to pass from the deep to the less deep part of the pool, by swimming under the rope. Once arrived in the shallow part, the zigzag swimming between unwelcoming standing non-swimmers starts. Luckily enough, the Atlantic Ocean is within walking distance. I just wish it contained more warm currents and fewer shark. I almost forgot. This is the Irish issue: ERIN GO BRAGH ! Once entered, you are supposed to obey the 13 aquatic commandments (thou shalt not run, thou shalt not eat, thou shalt not drink from glass containers, thou shalt not bring animals, thou shalt not play ball, etc., etc.) posted in the pool area
Joseph J. Neuschatz M.D. lives in Port Jefferson and was born in Romania, hates writing...loves being published, retired anesthesiologist, refuses to become an American Idle. Featured in the New York Times, Newsday, Vogue, The New York Doctor, Greenwood Press etc. and author of “terrO.R.”
Special Election Brookhaven Town Supervisor
A View Askew Wit and a Little Wisdom
By Joe Neuschatz
Condo Water Sports
I feel guilty, very guilty. It is hard to explain how guilty I feel. To celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, this March 2009 North Shoreian issue is scheduled to be an Irish issue and I know nothing about Ireland. On top of it, I also feel guilty about the fact that here I am under the sunny skies of Southern Florida while you, my readers (I wish I knew how many you are), are freezing on the North Shore of Long Island. It is very My pet peeves have nothing to annoying. And somehow, the beautiful do with pets. What annoys me presence of the warm sun, doesn’t seem lately is our swimming pool. able to stop me from getting rid of my crabby mood. My pet peeves have nothing to do with pets. What annoys me lately is our swimming pool (pool peeves?). We have here a private water-filled rectangle, belonging to our condominium and reserved to its inhabitants and their guests. There is neither a lifeguard nor on-site security. The people coming to enjoy the facilities carry no condo identifying papers either. To enter the pool area, you do need a gate key but, if for some reason you don’t seem to have one, all you have to do is wait. The next person arriving or leaving will let you in, no questions asked. This happens every couple of minutes. The pool gate lets you know how often it happens. It was built with a powerful closing mechanism and a powerful banging noise is heard each and every time it closes. Mixed with the blaring music coming from our outdoor loudspeakers, the cacophony is on its way. The noisy dragging of metallic pool chairs by the newly arrived (toward the sun or away from the sun, next to friends or just away from strangers), completes the symphony. Remember: don’t come to our condo pool planning to take a nap in the sun. Once entered, you are supposed to obey the 13 aquatic commandments (thou shalt not run, thou shalt not eat, thou shalt not drink from glass containers, thou shalt not bring animals, thou shalt not play ball, etc., etc.) posted in the pool area. The 13 rules are attached to the pool fence behind a plastic table, and legible only if you dare ask the people playing cards on the table in front of them, to please move. One of the rules involves the obligatory taking of a shower before entering the water. The shower is available on the premises but the showering tenet is seldom obeyed. Even by yours truly. The water is much too cold for the Sunshine State. Only the “No Diving” order seems to be strictly followed. The condo kids don’t dive in the pool. They jump. By local ordinance, the pool is divided, by a floating rope, in two equal squares. Why? Nobody seems to know. This safety line protects nobody but, over the time, it became a perfect wet-playground location for kids eager to ride “the water horse.” Its
VOTE March 31, 2009
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Senator Kenneth P. LaValle
Conservative Political Commentary
by Tom Adkins
Raid on SUNY Tuition Increase
Singing the Song of Socialism
It seems that the ghost of Jesse James resides in the Governor’s mansion and that the legendary Wild West robber has coached Governor David Paterson and his Democrat allies in their recent raid on the State University of New York (SUNY). Under the Governor’s plan, the unprecedented $68.5 million heist, which was stolen directly from the pockets of middle-class families, will be diverted to the State’s General Fund to pay for expenses wholly unrelated to higher education. As the ranking Republican on the New York State Senate Higher Education Committee, I understand that SUNY is a vibrant component of the state’s ongoing economic development efforts. With New Yorkers facing the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression, this is not the time to stop investing in the SUNY system and risk the loss of thousands In a Jesse James like style, more jobs across the state. Governor Paterson and the state The SUNY Board of Trustees apDemocrats have shamelessly proved a $310 per student tuition increase for the 2009 spring semester raided SUNY revenues. to help offset harmful higher education cuts advanced n the Governor’s Budget. Rather than using that increase to build a stronger foundation for SUNY, State Democrats have conspired to steal 90 cents of every dollar received, allowing SUNY to use only 10 cents of every dollar toward the education of its students. To add insult to injury, the Governor’s deficit reduction package includes an additional $310 increase for the 2009 fall semester. SUNY parents are working harder than ever to pay for college while staring down the barrel of a loaded gun that robs $210 million from their children’s education. Without the ability to keep the revenues from the tuition increases, SUNY campuses will be forced to reduce services to students, limit enrollment, increase class sizes, eliminate course selections, and layoff faculty and support staff. In a Jesse James like style, Governor Paterson and the state Democrats have shamelessly raided SUNY revenues. At a time when we are trying to compete with other public school systems, most notably California, stealing investments from our SUNY system jeopardizes not only the quality of education but also a student’s ability to graduate in four years. Senate Republicans are prepared to stand up to this criminal behavior and do whatever it takes to ensure that SUNY continues to be the crown jewel of the nation’s higher education systems. NYS Senator Kenneth LaValle Ranking Republican, Senate Higher Education Committee
My old music teacher once told me Aretha Franklin could sing the telephone book and make it sound like Jesus was about to descend from the heavens. So I’m watching Barak Obama’s first joint session of Congress. And I’m listening to the guy talk. Man…he’s good. Really good. Sure, it’s all TelePromptered up. But Obama is incredible. And I say he’s better than Queen Aretha. Why? Because Barak Obama can do something far more impressive than make you believe Jesus is coming. Obama can make Americans sing the praises of socialism. And right now, 60% of us are chanting the “Gimme Free Beer” Chorus. How good is Obama? Fact check his plans, and you’ll discover half is sincere while half is outright lies. ($4 billion to ACORN isn’t an earmark?) But the lies aren’t the worst part…the sincere stuff is far more frightening. His trillion-dollar, Nancy Pelosi written “stimulus” bill is one massive earmark, a barely disguised gift to virtually every left-wing constituent that ever mooched a buck from the taxpayer. His new budget will hit our businesses with a crushing tax hike. Our health care will become the miserable wait-your-turn Canadian death-care system. Earmarks and favors are trumped only by unprecedented bureaucratic expansion. But the average American doesn’t have a clue what’s in this multi-trillion assault on American capitalism. It just sounds good. We’re humming along without even knowing the words. That’s great delivery, folks. So why doesn’t somebody say something? Well, who did you have in mind? You saw the first press conference. A nation watched as a room full of swooning reporters earned their presidential kneepads with 13 questions that could have been confused for an intern’s breathless come-hither whispers… “…there’s a Pentagon policy that bans media coverage of the flag-draped coffins from coming in to Dover Air Force Base…Will you overturn that policy so the American people can see the full human cost of war?” “What is your reaction to Alex Rodriguez’s admission that he used steroids…?” “…are you willing to rule out right here and now any prosecution of Bush administration officials?” “What has this experience with the stimulus led you to think about when you think about these future challenges?” I retch. And what have Republicans, vanguards of the constitution, defenders of liberty, standard-bearers of America Freedom done when confronted with this vicious assault on the American way of life? They sent Lindsey Graham, the affable puppy dog, who barely got out a “gee, whiz” on a few Sunday morning shows. If Republicans had any guts, they’d form a united chorus line on the Capital steps, and belt out a damned good case against this frightening onslaught of socialist idiocy. But in the American political barfights, Democrats smash a beer bottle and scream “LET’S RUMMBAALLLLLLL,” And Republicans politely respond, “Rook to Queen four, please.” Republicans just don’t seem to learn that you better have a damned good songand-dance routine every day, or you’ll get swept off the stage. For reference, please consider the 2008 elections. Thus, we have to give Barak Obama and his crew a serious round of applause. This is an extraordinary performance. After all, we live in America, the most successful nation in history, built on freedom and free markets. Heck…our poor live better than the rich of most other nations. Yet Barak Obama is successfully selling poison to the people. His socialist plans have been tried many times before, and always failed. Yet he’s successfully convincing Americans to drink the Kool-Aid. In the end, everyone has a different concept of salesmanship. Some sing. Some dance.. Some baffle. Some dazzle. I got my start in a real estate office, where Joe, the old curmudgeon in the corner used to spit out disgusting words of wisdom that offended everyone while actually making sense. After listening to me botch a floor call, he once noted, “Son…what’s the difference between rape and seduction? The approach!!!!” Well, right now I’m watching Barak Obama singing a magnificent aria about how his crew is going to rape America, and America is grabbing our ankles, humming this catchy new song. But then again…is it rape if we’re really asking for it? Especially if we’re in such apparent harmony? Known for biting wit, Tom has left people laughing, crying, angry, but always thinking about the issues. Beneath Tom’s ironic style, lies deep theoretical detail. It is not uncommon for readers to finish a Tom Adkins piece saying, “This is what I wanted to say, but I didn’t know how to say it.” Until they read it! For more about or to contact Tom please be sure to visit www.commonconservative.com.
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The Improper Vinophile
The Spirit World
Adventures in Wine
Commentary on the Potent Potables
In Memoriam: Palmer and Wölffer
The Long Island wine industry lost two icons recently. 70 year-old Christian Wölffer died on New Year’s Eve in a tragic boating accident while vacationing in Brazil. Robert Palmer died of septicemia in Huntington, N.Y. on January 16th. Palmer was 74 Both Palmer and Wölffer had established thriving wineries on the North and South forks of Long Island. Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue on the North Fork paved the way for North Fork wineries as a tourist and day-tripper destination. The establishment of Wölffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack on the South Fork was the culmination of a life-long dream for Christian Wölffer, a banker and venture capitalist. Wölffer enjoyed swimming in the waters of the ocean near his vineyard and The Long Island wine inwas swimming at the time of his death. dustry will certainly miss Robert Palmer forged a career in advertising without the benefit of a college these two visionaries. education and went on to become the chief executive of the Manhattan based advertising firm Kelly Nason in 1970. After selling his interest in that company, Palmer’s entrepreneurial nature led him to purchase an Aquebogue farm on which he established the Palmer Vineyards in 1983. The Long Island wine industry was in its infancy at the time but Palmer was undeterred and opened the winery and tasting house three years later. The patron-friendly establishment paved the way for other wineries and laid the groundwork for other investors and oenophiles. The tasting room at Palmer was designed after an authentic English pub. The winery’s 90 acres produce14,000 cases of wine annually with varietals that include: Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Although Palmer was not much of a wine enthusiast he did say in a past interview that he strived to produce quality wines because his name was on every bottle. Palmer’s 2004 Cabernet Franc Proprietor’s Reserve won a gold medal at the New York Wine and Food Classic. In addition, the 2004 Merlot won a silver medal and the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 Pinot Blanc both won bronze medals. Robert Palmer also served as President of the Long Island Wine Council, an organization dedicated to promoting Long Island wines. Palmer’s enthusiasm for Long Island wines was exemplified by his message in the Long Island Wine Press. He wrote, “For the past three decades, we’ve had to learn what varieties will grow in our cool climate, how to train our vines and the best way to protect them from birds, deer and disease. It was certainly worth the effort, because our vineyards are now considered world-class, and their product – our grapes – is at the top of its form. The result of all the care and attention that have gone into the growing process is a collection of excellent wines.” In contrast to the English pub-like atmosphere at Palmer, the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack is nearly monastic and decorated with a Tuscan motif. The fiftyfive acre farm includes a vineyard and an equestrian facility. Wölffer was established in 1988 and winemaker Roman Roth makes 16,000 cases of wine annually. Christian Wölffer enticed Roman Roth to come to Long Island from his native Germany in 1992 and they forged a relationship dedicated to producing the finest wines Long Island soil could muster. The Wölffer estate boasts the first Long Island wine to sell for $100, the 2002 Premier Cru Merlot, sold individually in an elegant wooden box. The winery also houses a wine cellar where a number of Wölffer wines are aging gracefully, a common practice among the great wineries of France. The climate of Long Island and the variety of grapes produced have been compared to the gold standard of Bordeaux. Wölffer was trying to prove it by meticulous vineyard practices such as sacrificing as much as 40% of the grapes to reduce yields and concentrate flavors. The wine library may one day prove him right. In addition to Merlot, the Wölffer winery produces Rosé, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and a Sparkling Cuveé Brut Méthode Champenoise. The 2005 Caya Cabernet Franc, 2005 Cassango Cabernet Sauvignon and 2007 Late Harvest Chardonnay all won Silver medals at this past New York Wine and Food Classic. The Long Island wine industry will certainly miss these two visionaries. However, their legacy will be the wines of the future and the wineries they both worked to establish and promote through many years of hard work and dedication. Anthony Frasca is a freelance writer and photographer. He lives in Setauket with his wife and three children. Comments to the wine editor can be made at email@example.com
What could he be possibly thinking? I’m referring, of course, to my good friend Douglas McKaye Harrington, of the newly renamed North Shoreian magazine. “I think that you should do this month’s article on Scotch he opined.” It was one of those moments you take the phone away from your ear and look at it as though you had just heard something so unbelievable that certainly the speaker’s body must have been taken over by an alien being from outer space. Write about Scotch in the month of March? The Month in which we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, by the wearing of the green, watching the parade, or visiting our local public house for a yearly Guinness or two, not on this Mick’s watch. Maybe when in the month of March we have a Saint Angus day, a Martin Luther MacDuff or an Abraham MacDougal Day. Nay Laddie, not until then will I do an article on Scotch in the month of March. However, his desperation for consideration was quite well put when he suggested that “Scots are Gaelic too.” Can you think of any brand of spirit that has been named after a hero indigenous to his or her country? Pepe Lopez Tequila not a hero, Louis X111Cognac not a hero, Johnnie Walker Scotch not a hero, John Jameson Irish whiskey not a hero, Shakespeare Vodka, should you consider William to be a hero of literature can’t possibly qualify because its country of origin is Poland (Made from 100% Polish rye). That being said if, the “Big Fellow” knew the distinction that has been bestowed upon him I wonder what he would say. Michael Collins Irish Whiskeys are blended, distilled, aged and bottled by the only independent Irish owned distillery in Ireland. Michael Collins hand crafted whiskey comes in two styles, the first of which is a refined blend of double-distilled malt Irish whiskey, carefully blended to be well balanced and flavorful. The second selection the “Big Fellow” is a single malt which is doubled distilled in copper pot stills from 100% malted barley, some of which is Can you think of any brand of spirit dried over peat fires to give a unique, that has been named after a hero lightly peated flavor. indigenous to his or her country? Over the last forty or so years the liquor industry has gone through some remarkable changes. The age of the purist, although not over, has been rapidly making room for the embellishers of liquor products. While nursing his Bushmill’s whiskey, I remember one such purist of obvious Irish descent saying “If I wanted my vodka to taste like orange, I’d put orange juice in it”. Today we have vodka infused and blended with spice, fruit and in some cases even with vegetable. Is it fun or has it gone too far? Tequila and kiwi, cognac and passion fruit, I don’t want it to sound like I don’t appreciate the efforts of those who want to do the embellishing but can we draw the line at this beauty, Wide Eye MANGO CHILI SCHNAPPS? The reason that I wanted to bring this embellishment of products to your attention is to have you know that yes I’m guilty. I’m guilty of being an embellisher. I believe that I, alone, have improved upon the traditional Irish coffee. Order it anywhere and you’re going to get Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar and cream served in a glass. The purist wants Jameson’s or some other notable Irish whiskey, fresh hot coffee, and this is the most important part, “real whipped cream”, along with sugar on the side to be added as desired. From the purist point of view any other version is considered to be, at the very least, totally unacceptable. The word sacrilegious came to mind but I thought it was a little harsh so I didn’t use it. The embellisher probably from England, Scotland or Angola wants to take the liberty of improving upon this traditional beverage, he or she wants to dribble green crème de menthe or Irish Mist over the top of the hopefully “fresh whipped cream”, Others have been known to substitute Irish Mist for the Irish whiskey in an effort to improve the sweetness factor. Up until now it’s obvious that I’m taking the side of the purist, however I did pompously state that I alone have improved upon this traditional Irish beverage. It’s all about the sugar, the sugar, the presentation of the sugar, before the basic components go into the glass I want the glass to be frosted with sugar. What do you think? The hot coffee being slowly sipped through the melting sugar as it marries with the fresh cream and Irish whiskey? Yeah baby! That’s what I’m talking about. I’m an embellisher. I know that I’m not the only one out there with too much time on their hands. I know that some of you have had your Irish coffee in this manner either by family tradition or through a little inventive thought process, and I’m sure there are those of you that add your own little embellishments. Whatever your fancy to be, be it a whisky, liqueur, wine or beer, make sure you raise your glass this month of March and wish (Slainte Mhath) Good Health and (Sonas) happiness to those you hold dear. Here’s my toast to you, “May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going and the insight to know when you’re going too far”. Jim Bliss is a 35 year veteran of the liquor business on Long Island. You would be hard pressed to find a restaurant or bar owner on the North Shore whose hand he hasn’t shook.
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Epicurean Quartet Fine Dining Review and Profile
Shaughnessy Anne McKenna Dusling
Vintage Prime Steakhouse
enough for everyone to share. The menu gives no suggestion of what was to come, and when it arrived at the table it was a beautiful surprise. This salad was both From a literal perspective, Vintage Prime Steakhouse aesthetically pleasing and sensational tasting. Mesculin is a brilliant name for the restaurant in St. James. Acmixed greens, fresh walnuts, lots of fresh strawbercording to the Oxford English Dictionary, Vintage is ries and grilled pears were finished off with a fruit both a noun and an adjective. In vinaigrette the noun form, Vintage refers to dressing These prime cut medallions were smotha superior wine. As an adjective, and GorVintage means recognized, of imgonzola ered in Gorgonzola cheese, and finished portance or quality. Both definicheese. with a port wine reduction and garnished tions provide an excellent insight The comwith crispy fried onion strings. into what lies within the aptly bination named Vintage Prime Steakhouse. of the dry Vintage offers an extensive wine flavored list ranging from affordable to lavish vintage preserved cheese and the fresh fruit was spectacular. We all for your special occasion. Adding validity to its name, agreed that if the meal were to end with this salad, we the quality of service, food and drink is also superior. would all be satisfied. For the past eight years, North Shorieans have been of Taso told us about the different dinner fered an opportunity to experience this dining masterspecials offered for the evening. Charlie selected piece. the Porterhouse Steak for One ($59), this large, 33 From the moment we walked in the door of Vintage, ounce T-bone steak was cooked to medium rare as he we were greeted by an attentive and professional preferred. It was juicy and sumptuous. It was served staff. Our coats were immediately taken and hung up ala cart, so he selected some sides to share with the as we were escorted to a beautiful corner table of the table. The Vintage Stuffed Potato ($6) was a large restaurant. The restaurant itself is decorated in a vintage fashion, the walls are painted to replicate an old stain, replica muskets, guns and horns hang around the room. Above the mantle resides a stuffed bison, along with other various stuffed game around the restaurant. The chairs are all upholstered in cow hide. As Charlie pointed out, “this is a real man’s restaurant.” Taso, our server for the evening greeted us and presented us with menus and the prolific wine list. We did not venture deep into the wines that were offered, however, Kevin selected a wine by the glass. His choice, a Pinot Noir, the Smoking Loon, from the Sonoma Coast was a rich dry selection and he enjoyed it. ($10) We began our meal with an arrangement of appetizers. Each and every one is worth mentioning by name because they were all incredible. Charlie preferred the Maryland Crab Cakes ($13), these crab cakes were large in portion, prepared with plenty of crab meat, and served piping hot. My selection of Fresh Mozzarella, beefsteak tomato and roasted red pepper ($9), was fresh and refreshing. Kevin chose the Thai Calamari ($10), this heaping portion of fresh calamari was lightly breaded and tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce. The calamari flavors were enhanced by this delicious sauce. The most impressive appetizer of the evening was Cyndi’s selection, the potato mixed with sour cream, bacon, and onion, then Grilled Pear Salad ($10). This large salad was big it was double baked in its skin. It was delicious and
big enough for everyone to taste. We also sampled the Mashed Potato ($5), and Roasted Vegetables ($8), both delicious. Kevin ordered the Vintage specialty, Filet Mignon Medallions ($32). These prime cut medallions were smothered in Gorgonzola cheese, and finished with a port wine reduction and garnished with crispy fried onion strings. Kevin enjoyed the cut but next time he will request to have the reduction sauce on the side as it was powerful on his palate. Cynthia opted
for the Sesame Crusted Yellowfin Tuna ($29), this large fillet of fish was served alongside a citrus salad, wasabi and a ginger vinaigrette. Cynthia enjoyed this dish. I tried the Long Island Duck ($28), it was roasted crisp and finished with a raspberry pinot noir reduction and served with mashed sweet potato. I thought that the duck was wonderful as well as the sweet mash, the sauce is sweet and delicious but were I to order it again I would likely ask for less as the serving is so generous. Overall, entrees were absolutely wonderful and everyone was happy with what they ordered. For dessert, we thoroughly enjoyed the Vintage Apple Cobbler, Pecan Pie and NY Style Cheescake with raspberry sauce. Each dessert was $8. We savored every last bite. Vintage was nothing short of a wonderful dining experience, we enjoyed every item we ordered and the professional, top notch service typically found at the finest dining establishments in New York City made it all that much more enjoyable. I strongly suggest that North Shoreians from all across the expanse of Long Island, and anyone else, experience Vintage for its quality food and upscale service. Vintage is open year round, and would make for a great place to celebrate with the men, an important business meeting, or even a romantic evening with your loved ones. Vintage Prime Steakhouse 433 North Country Rd. St. James, NY 11780-1704 631-862-6440 Overall Consensus: NYC fine dining quality without the snobbery Reservations: Are Recommended Special Features: Business Lunch/Dinner, Private front dining room Wheelchair Access: Ramp at entrance Price Range: Appetizers, $6-16; Entree, $28-117; Dessert, $8 Wine Selection: Among the best we have seen yet.
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Best Long Island St. Patrick’s Day Parades MARCH 8 Huntington 75th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2 p.m on Route 110 just north of Huntington train station. The oldest and largest on Long Island, and is organized by the Huntington AOH Div. 4 MARCH 14 St. James The Chamber of Commerce hosts its St. Patrick’s Parade. The Parade will begin at Smithtown High School East parking lot on Woodlawn Avenue, St. James and proceed east turning left on Lake Avenue and ending at the L.I.R.R. parking lot.
MARCH 21 Rockville Centre Noon. rvcstpatrickparade.com Starts from North Long Beach Road and Sunrise Highway at Parking Field 12, goes down Maple Avenue, past the Village Hall to Quealy Place, and ends at the parking lot on Washington St. Grand Marshal: Fran Murray. MARCH 22 Montauk 12:30 p.m. Starts at Montauk Rail Road Station and goes through town, ending near IGA supermarket on Main Street
MARCH 15 Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade The parade began in 1951 and continues along the original three mile course down Rt 25. . MARCH 15 Bayport-Blue Point 11:30 a.m., Bayportbluepoint.com 19th Annual. Goes from Snedecor Avenue to Blue Point Avenue along Montauk Highway. Grand Marshal: Seth Needelman 12 Improper Northshoerian March 20010 10
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Interior Design Nancy Dorney
The Irish Times, January 15, 2009: “Obama’s new interior designer hates colour of the White House…’I am sick of the paint colour!’”, they quoted Michael Smith. Changing the color (or colour) in a room or rooms, can be a daunting process. When choosing a paint color, the best of us can lose all of our confidence. You walk in the paint store to find those long walls filled with millions of color squares are all jumping up and down saying,” Pick me! Pick me!” Do you go Ralph ? To help a big, barn of … Martha ? … Benjamin? … Flat? …Eggshell? …Semi-gloss? Take a really deep breath and take it a room feel warm and step by step. If like me, many of the rooms in your home inviting, use medium need freshening, I usually suggest starting with the tones or warm neutrals. more formal areas. The living room, dining room or foyer is good place to start. An over-all color scheme is easily worked from there. I often recommend deciding first what furniture and floor coverings will remain in the room. A color scheme is quite easy if you pull the color from a prominent pattern or piece in the room….sofa, painting over the fireplace or Oriental rug. Have you always loved that eggshell blue in the rug or how about the reds in the ottoman in front of the sofa. What will be the wall color and what might be the accents? Light in a room is super important. Remember the black car, white car theory? The white car reflects the summer heat while the black absorbs it. The same applies in a room. Always remember that a large room with lots of wall space that gets little sun will look dreary or down right dim if painted a deep, strong color. It needs the reflective qualities of a lighter color. On the other hand, that cozy den with good natural light most of the day, that has lots of built in white bookcases and heavy, white cornice moldings, can take a shot of color. In general, to make a room appear larger, use light, cool or neutral colors. To help a big, barn of a room feel warm and inviting, use medium tones or warm neutrals. To make ceilings look as if they were higher, use a lighter shade than the walls and try deepening the crown molding by adding another strip of narrow trim a bit below it, painting from ceiling down including the added trim, white or the color of the trim in the room. The eye can’t see the added trim and the ceiling appears as though it were 12’ high instead of only the normal 8’-9’. To widen a long, narrow room, paint the short wall or walls a deeper tone to make them advance or lighter to recede. In the same vein, to make a wide room less so, use deeper tones on long walls and lighter on the short. How to pick the correct shade of your chosen color? The tall paint cards with many samples are usually based on the deepest tone, often at the bottom. What is safe? Somewhere in the middle or one or two up from it are often the best choices. I do like decorator or pure white for trim as I find, besides appearing nice and crisp, it presents the true color you have chosen for the wall. Now it’s time to head back to the paint or hardware store. Get ready by filling a shopping bag with any pictures of “inspiration rooms” or other ideas you have ruthlessly clipped from decorator magazines, scraps of fabrics, arm or pillow covers from the room in question as well as photographs as friendly reminders. Go back to that paint department and tell those little paint squares to sit down, that now you are in control! Get a good fist full of colors that you think will work and head back home to see how they will look in the room itself. This is extremely important! They will look quite different in your home than they do under the florescent lights in the store. When you have made your choice, go back again to the paint department and get to know the man behind the counter. “You want semi-gloss for your walls …” Do you? Again, it’s all about light and this time, it’s about how light reflects off that paint. It is also about durability. Semi-gloss was always suggested for kitchens and bathrooms as it washed better. Today, they make a flat paint that is equally durable. For trim, gloss or semi gloss is best. Walls? I like flat, maybe eggshell in the kitchen. You will have your own favorite. Ask to see samples of all finishes and try them against each other. I do like the look of crisp gloss trim against the flat wall but you may choose the semi-gloss. Brands? Everyone has their favorite. Just remember that this paint should be up on those walls for awhile. Get good paint. There is really no reason to buy an inexpensive one. You will find that different companies have different colors….one has better blues….another has more choices of neutrals, etc. If you love to paint and do a good job, then do it, but prepare the walls first! Wash the walls down, spackle and prime. I don’t pretend to be a painting guru. I do a fairly decent job and I complain all the way. If I can bribe any member of my family to help….I grab them! If the budget lets me bring in a painter, believe me I do! When the room smiles at you with its coat of new paint, finish the job. Wash the windows, buy new switch plates and clean and wax the floors or clean the carpet. Do have the window treatments cleaned. Before you move the furniture back in, take another deep breath and remember that this is the time to try alternative placement. Get a friend over and be creative. Try the sofa where you never thought it would go…switch pieces in from another room…have fun with it! We may not be the Obama’s new interior designer for the White House, but we can pick great “colours” and create gorgeous rooms!
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Many of us above the age allowed to imbibe have venture once or twice on a good ol’ fashioned pub crawl. You may have called it bar hopping or touring, whatever it is you call it, you and your friends are roaming from place to place. In this, the Irish Issue [my favorite if you can’t tell!] I am going to endeavor to provide you with a fairly comprehensive crawl of Irish Pubs across this great home of ours, Long Ireland. Starting in the west and heading east, I have selected pubs that have the charm and character that you might come to expect at a great Irish Pub but right here at home. The general criteria are ambiance, cuisine and music because you cannot have a true Irish Pub without the music. Finn MacCool’s, Main Street, Port Washington, www. finnmaccoolsny.com Named after a giant, semi-mythical character from ancient Gaelic Legends. An active social bar where daily specials - baked clams, shepherd’s pie, hot pot roast, hamburgers, pizza’s or their fresh, crisp “adventurous” salads served in cozy booths. For more formal dining the main room is decorated with prints from the Book of Kells. Come on Saturday night or on Sunday afternoon and enjoy the melodic and soothing sounds of the harpist.
Sullivan’s Quay [pronounced Key], 541 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington www.sullivansquay.com Walls in the dining room decorated with murals of scenes from 19th century County Cork. White linens, deep and rich woodwork abounds. Fantastic food and authentic atmosphere, along with plenty of Trad music. Especially this month. Cannon’s Blackthorn, 49 North Village Road, Rockville Centre, www.cannonsblackthronrvc.com When you walk up to the doors you get the sense that this is the real deal. If not the best, certainly very near the top. Live Traditional Irish music every Sunday. If you want to experience a genuine feel without the flight, Cannon’s is your choice. Paddy’s Loft, 1286 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, www.paddysloft.com Another one near the top and true to the traditional Irish Pub. One of the few that offers the full spectrum of music, from Trad to contemporary. Great place to catch Tommy Mulvihill. Great food too. Katie Daly’s, 5705 Merrick Road, Massapequa, www.katiedalys.com
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White linen and raised paneling, you know you are out but you feel at home. Under new ownership and management since I have been there. Letâ€™s hope that accentuate the positive. Great diversity in the music and plenty of it. Jackie Reillyâ€™s, 3964 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage www.jackiereillys.com Same owner as Katie Dalyâ€™s. More casual than Katieâ€™s but no less authentic. Good Trad music every Tuesday with Kevin Smith. You will be sure to have a good time here. Meehanâ€™s of Huntington, 371 New York Avenue, Huntington, www.meehansrestaurant.com Another one of those places where you step up to the doors, you are not even inside yet, and you know that you are about to embark on a trip to the other side of the pond but are still in Huntington Village. I really love the look of this place, if I were to ever open my own, it would be like this. Plenty of music but I wish they would have more Trad. This place is screaming for a weekly SeisiĂşn. Shandon Court, 115 East Main Street,East Islip, www.shandoncourt.com Without a doubt, one of the absolute best. Gerry Finlay did a great job with the place and he is true to the music. You NEED to get there are hear him croon. Just as importantly, the food is just great! Irish Coffee Pub, 131 Carlton Avenue, East Islip, www.IrishCoffeePub.com Listen, if you are Irish or Irish American, living on Long Island, and you HAVENâ€™T been to the Irish Coffee Pub you should have the Mc or Oâ€™ removed from your name. The never leave a detail out. They have authenticity to the maximum level, plenty of music, delicious food, plenty of parking, and even are one of the best caterers on Long Island. When you go, and you should, tell Leo Harrington that Charlie sent you. Molly Maloneâ€™s Pub, 124 Maple Avenue, Bay Shore, www.mollymalonesbayshore. com Go for the music, come back over and over again for the food. Their website sums it up, â€œA Friendly Taste of Ireland located on the Great South Bay!â€? Lots of great music. Rumor has it that the Wolfetones are coming for a visit. Great dockside dining in good weather. The Nutty Irishman, 60 East Main Street, Bay Shore, www.thenuttyirishman.com Recently renovated, rocking out most nights with tremendous entertainment for non-traditionalist but simply great rock. If you are really lucky you will be able to catch Black 47 here. There seems to be ALWAYS something going on at The Nutty Irishman. Irish Times Pub, 975 Main Street, Holbrook, www.irishtimespubny.com A traditional Irish Pub with all of the modern benefits. Live music every Friday. Fun outdoor bar in the good weather. If you are sports fan, you can have the best of both worlds, an Irish Pub with 20 large screen TVâ€™s. Good food, good fun and great craic!
Buckleyâ€™s Inn Between, 139 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, www.bucklysirishpub.com Would like to see more Irish Music but this is a great gathering place. Hugely popular pub on eastern Long Island. This is your neighborhood Irish Pub on steroids. Bring a few friends, make a few more while you are there, and you will be sure to have a good time. Fiercely Irish pride abounds in this pub.
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So there you have it, I wish there were more but alas, there are not. That doesnâ€™t mean that there are not a lot of fine pubs across Long Ireland where you can have a great time. They just didnâ€™t make the cut for the criteria selected. If you want a few places on the North Shore for an Irish flavor with a sports bar feel be sure to check out Napper Tandyâ€™s in Northport, Napper Tandyâ€™s in Smithtown, just a few doors down from there you will find the Horse and Jockey. In Port Jefferson be sure to stop in at Tommyâ€™s Place for a GREAT burger and good fun. A little further east in Miller Place you have yet another Napper Tandyâ€™s. Further still, in beautiful Rocky Point, you will find a real attractive pub with great food called, thatâ€™s right, Tommyâ€™s Place. Hopefully one of these fine places will come around to bringing in the Trad music and a few SeisiĂşns. As a disclaimer of sorts, please, please, drink responsibly. Have a designated driver and great craic will be had by all.
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The Shamrock of the Sea Commodore John Barry by Mike McCormack, AOH National Historian
September 13 is Commodore John Barry Day and it was once commemorated on the American national calendar. There were even statues erected in his honor back in the days when Americans remembered with gratitude the contributions of this dedicated man. Today, how many remember his deeds? The American Heritage dictionary doesn’t even list his name, and his statue which stands in front of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, serves as a platform for pigeons unnoticed by passers-by. It is truly sad that so few remember because, during his lifetime, Barry gave so much to America at a time when she needed it most. It was even said that had it not been for John Barry, the American Revolution would have been lost. Dr. Benjamin Rush said in his eulogy at Barry’s grave side, “He was born in Ireland, but America was the object of his devotion, and the theater of his usefulness.” Yes, Commodore John Barry was born in Ireland; in Co. Wexford to be specific, in the year 1745. He grew up with a great love for the sea, and while still a young man, emigrated to the Crown colonies in America. By 1760, he was employed in a shipbuilding firm in Philadelphia and in 1766, at the age of 21, he went to sea as Captain of the ship, Barbados. The young Irishman seemed destined for a prosperous career in the colonies, but his integrity and sense of justice led him to risk all in a dangerous venture. In 1775, years of smoldering unrest erupted in open rebellion as the American colonies declared their independence from the Crown and England prepared to regain control of the situation. The colonies formed a Continental Congress and a military force to defend their recently declared independence, but experienced men were hard to find. Captain John Barry, an early champion of the patriot cause, promptly volunteered his service. With nine years experience as a seagoing Captain, the young Irishman was warmly welcomed. On Dec. 7, 1775, Captain John Barry took the helm of a
new 14-gun vessel aptly named, Lexington. He quickly trained a crew, and began the task of supplying and supporting Washington’s ground forces. On April 7, 1776, he provided a necessary boost to the moral of the continental forces by capturing the British ship, Edward, and her cargo - the first American war prize. On June 6, he was given command of the new cruiser, Effingham, and captured two more British ships. In spite of Barry’s successes, the war was not going well for the Americans: Philadelphia was in the hands of the British, the British Navy had bottled up the Delaware River, General Benedict Arnold had betrayed West Point, and Washington’s troops were in dire need. A victory was essential to boost their sagging morale. Barry captured an armed British vessel when ammunition was scarce and a supply ship when food was at a premium. When Washington planned to cross the Delaware and attack Trenton, Barry organized seamen and joined the land forces which crossed the river in boats supplied by Barry’s friend, Patrick Colvin who owned a nearby ferry. Barry was held in such high esteem that, after the Delaware crossing and the subsequent victories at Trenton and Princeton, in which he served as an aide to Washington, Lord Howe made a flattering offer to Barry to desert the patriot cause. Not the value or command of the whole British fleet, Barry replied, can lure me from the cause of my country which is liberty and freedom. In addition to commanding naval operations for the Continental Congress, Barry supervised the building of their ships. In command of one of those ships in 1781, when Washington was again in need, Barry captured four important British vessels. Washington personally thanked him for the boost it provided, and sent his fearless Captain back into the fray.
During a confrontation on May 28, 1781, Barry was wounded and taken below. Subsequently, his First Officer informed him that the battle was going against them, and Barry ordered that he be carried back on deck. When the British demanded his surrender, Barry defiantly refused and
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sparked his crew to victory. The wounded Captain returned with yet another prize. The last sea battle of the American Revolution took place on March 10, 1783, as Barry was returning with a shipload of bullion from Havana. He was set upon by three British ships. The resourceful Captain engaged and destroyed one, and outdistanced the other two, returning with the precious cargo which was used to establish a National Bank for the new nation. Even after the war, this tireless seaman assisted America by transporting Virginia tobacco to Holland to repay America’s war debts. Far from the war at sea, Barry also assisted at the Federal Convention held in 1787 to adopt the new constitution. During the Convention, a small group, opposed to the adoption of the new constitution, absented themselves, preventing a quorum from being formed. Barry organized a group called ‘The Compellers’, and physically forced enough of the seceding members back to form a quorum. The vote was taken, and the constitution was approved. People cheered and church bells rang as the Irishman scored yet another victory for his adopted nation. In recognition of his vast experience and dedication, Washington demonstrated Barry’s immense value to the new nation when, on June 14, 1794, he authorized the popular naval hero to form and train a class of midshipmen, who would then be commissioned as Ensigns, and form the nucleus of the new American Navy. Barry himself was named the ranking officer, and granted Commission number one. He was one of the most popular leaders in the new nation and in 1956, a statue of Commodore Barry was presented to the town of Wexford by the United States. But what has happened since then? Sadly, the mists of time clouded the memory of this great Irish American and the tales of his heroic exploits were forgotten by the general public while the memory of John Paul Jones remained prominent. Some even referred to Jones as the Father of the American Navy. Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Irish Brigade Association knew better and began to lobby to restore proper recognition for America’s early naval hero. With support from the Naval Reserve Association, the Sons of the Revolution, the Naval Militia Association and several Commodore John Barry clubs, elected representatives joined a growing group of Barry advocates. After a decade of lobbying, Senator Daniel P Moynihan introduced Senate
Joint Resolution 49 in July, 2000 to officially recognize Commodore Barry as the First Flag Officer of the U.S. Navy. Several years of lobbying and letter writing led to Congressman Peter King introducing House Joint Resolution 38 on St. Patrick’s Day, 2005. It became Public Law 109-142 when it was signed by President Bush on December 22, 2005 officially recognizing Commodore Barry as the First Flag Officer of the U.S. Navy. The proof of that position in the original commission number 1 signed by President George Washington and that document was recently found unceremoniously hanging on a side wall in the Naval Museum at Annapolis. To complete the story, the AOH offered to have the now faded document professionally restored. The Navy agreed to the restoration of that historic document and the original U.S. Navy Commission No. 1, signed by George Washington making Barry the first officer in the new U.S. Navy will soon be as good as new and hanging in a special place in the newly renovated Naval Museum. Commodore John Barry had many firsts to his credit from being the first to fly the new American flag in battle to escorting America’s famous ally, General Lafayette, back to France, but the first that he should always be remembered for his position as Father of the American Navy.
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The Hibernian Historian by Michael McCormack
leaders for their mentor was paramount. Just prior to the rising, when the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was drawn up, the man given the honor of having his name affixed first was the veteran Fenian, Thomas J. Clarke. In 1983, a sentence in an old biography of Tom Clarke led to a remarkable search. It referred to his relocation to Suffolk County, Long
An Irish Memorial In Suffolk
In Ireland’s struggle for independence, the Easter Rising of 1916 is the landmark rising that led to today’s Republic of Ireland. Padraig Pearse and James Connolly are the personifications of that Rising, yet its architect who also gave his life in its cause was Thomas J. Clarke. Born in 1857 and raised in County Tyrone, Clarke joined
the ranks of the outlawed Fenian Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), a secret revolutionary organization seeking Irish independence. In 1881, he came to America, settled in New York, and became active in Clan na Gael, the American branch of the Fenian movement. On a trip to England in 1883, he was imprisoned for Fenian activiA strong advocate of revolutionary ties. After torture was verified, action, Clarke set the course that he was released in 1898 and led to the Easter Rising. returned to the U.S. where he married Miss Kattie Daly and settled in Brooklyn. Employed by an Irish-American newspaper, he soon returned to Fenian activities. He moved to Suffolk County in 1906, but was called to rejuvenate Ireland’s IRB in December, 1907. As a trusted link with the Irish exiles of Clan na Gael, he was soon on the IRB Supreme Council. He replaced inactive members of the Council with young militants and attracted new blood into the movement. In 1913, he recruited Padraic Pearse. A strong advocate of revolutionary action, Clarke set the course that led to the Easter Rising. With the start of the Irish Volunteer movement in 1913, Clarke insured that Pearse was on the Volunteers committee as the critical link between the two groups. In May of 1915, Clarke established an IRB Military Council and, by year’s end, had set a date for a rising. Clarke brought labor leader, James Connolly into the Council, thereby insuring the support of the Irish Citizen Army - a group formed to protect workers during strikes. In February, he informed the NY Clan that a rising would take place in Dublin on Easter Sunday and signal the start of a nation-wide rebellion. A confusion of events caused by Volunteer Chief of Staff MacNeill’s discovery of the plans, upset the original schedule and caused the historic On May 8, 1987, 71 years after his decision to rise on the followexecution, a 2-ton obelisk of Wicking day - Easter Monday. It low Granite was erected on the was not the rising that Clarke land Tom Clarke walked in life. had planned, but a braver and more hopeless one in military terms since hope had vanished for a subsequent rising on a national scale. Yet, it altered the course of the Irish nation, for resentment to the brutality with which the rising was crushed led to the War of Independence. The Easter Rising was led by the principal patriots of the day – all of whom were executed for their dreams. Yet, the respect of these
Island and Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) County Historian Mike McCormack was given the task of finding that home site. A committee was set up and intensive research through old books and conversations with recognized experts revealed nothing; history had forgotten that Tom Clarke ever lived in Suffolk. Finally, a search of thousands of deeds in the Town of Brookhaven archives produced not one, but two deeds showing that Thomas J. Clarke of Brooklyn, New York, had purchased 30 acres in Manorville in 1906, and an adjoining 30 in 1907. The name on those deeds is the same as that found in the primary position on the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. It was a find of considerable historic significance. Brookhaven Town politicians were lobbied to declare the site a historic landmark, and the AOH began a national fund-raising effort to erect a suitable monument. Irish PM Charlie Haughey arranged for an obelisk of Wicklow Granite to be quarried, carved and engraved in Ireland and sent to New York. Then came the Irish-led labor unions. Teddy Gleason’s longshoremen unloaded the monument and handed it over to the teamsters who trucked it to the Manorville site where Charlie Duffy’s Operating Engineers erected it. On May 8, 1987, 71 years after his execution, a 2-ton obelisk of Wicklow Granite was erected on the land Tom Clarke walked in life. In attendance were Suffolk’s leading dignitaries and the Irish Ambassador as letters of congratulations were read from the Presidents of Ireland and the United States. The monument stands today as a reminder of the sacrifice of a few for the welfare of many. Each year, on a Sunday closest to the date of the Easter Rising (April 24-30), the Suffolk AOH hosts a commemorative ceremony at the site in memory of all who fought for freedom. They lay a wreath of 32 Easter lilies (one for each county in Ireland) and an American Beauty Rose (for Irish America) at the monument on County Road 111 just south of LIE exit 70. and adjourn to a Mass and communion breakfast at the nearby Rock Hill Country Club with a celebrity speaker. This year the ceremony will begin at 9 AM on April 26 and all are invited. More information on the monument or the ceremony can be had at (631) 846-3106.
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Hibernian Images by Kevin Oâ€™Malley Defensores Fidei (Defenders of the Faith) represents the early days of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) when members assembled at their clericâ€™s call to defend Church property against the antiIrish, Catholic nativist Know Nothings. The KN had burned churches and convents from Boston to Philadelphia. Because of the presence of the Defenders, attacks were few, but the long nights of vigil were many.
Keep the Tradition Alive is a piece of art that represents an Irish immigrant family living in the poverty of a tenement slum. The father is returning from work as a day laborer, the mother is preparing to go to work at her night job as a cleaning maid and the child has returned from school. The child is standing at the kitchen table because the family has only two chairs, yet, as poor as they are in material possessions, they still make time for the important things in their life and in this brief time that they have together each day, they gather to say the rosary.
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North Shore Music Review and Commentary
“The pipes, the pipes are callin’…”
Performing hither and thence on Long Island, John Corr brings traditional Irish melodies to audiences young and old. John Corr grew up hearing the traditional songs and melodies that would stick with him throughout his life. His parents, originally from the emerald isle, and he spent many of his childhood summers there with their extended family. Having no formal musical training, John learned to play by ear, the way his father had. And when he, at the age of nine, got his first instrument (a Hohner harmonica which he still has) it was both the beginning of a life filled with music and a continuation of an ages-old musical legacy. Traditional Irish music has its roots in rural Ireland and comes to contemporary performers primarily through oral transmission. Nicholas Carolan, writing for Oxford Music Online, describes that, “[T]he reasons for the strength of Irish traditional music are partly historical and social: political conditions have fostered the oral arts of song, instrumental music, dance and storytelling rather than the visual and plastic arts; traditional rural society, non-industrial and conservative, survived longer in Ireland than in western Europe generally; and the relative smallness of the country and its population enables easy access to all varieties of live performance. There seems also to be a particular affinity to music in the Irish national character.” The majority of the traditional Irish musical canon is not learned from notated music, but rather by listening to and learning from other players. The 1960’s and 70’s saw a resurgence of folk music in America and artists like Simon and Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, and the Clancy brothers were the standard by which the coming generation of musi
Having grown up immersed in the music and culture of both Ireland and America, a product of the folk resurgence of the 60’s and 70’s, he offers a true representation of traditional Irish music both as it was and as it is. cians, Corr among them, would model their musical concepts. For John, in the 1960’s, the Clancy bros. were the archetypal Irish folk music performers. He modeled his playing after them and admits to learning many songs by listening to their albums and reproducing what he heard. By the 1970’s John was an English teacher at Longwood High School in Middle Island. There, along with fellow teachers Stephen Sanfilippo, and John Trubisz, he formed the Longwood Folk Music Workshop. John and his workshop students performed regularly. “We took them camping at the National Folk Festival in Vienna, Virginia, the Hartford Folk Festival, and the Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival).” In 1981, in response to budget cuts, all school clubs were cancelled at Longwood High School. The Longwood Folk Music Work-
shop was discontinued, but Corr, Sanfilipo and Trubisz continued to play and, with the addition of Larry Moser, formed “Paddy Doyle’s Boots”. “We played all over Long Island for 26 years. We were the perennial opening concert for the Islip Arts Council’s summer series, and we were regulars at the Brookhaven Town Fair, Riverhead Fair, Sayville Seafood Festival, Kings Park Day, Greenport festivals, Stony Brook evening concerts on the green, and at practically every library in Nassau and Suffolk. We also played in dozens of bars and for years we were the house band at The Quiet Man Inn in Southold and at The Printer’s Devil in Port Jefferson.” They were joined by (and learned many songs from) top-notch Donegal fiddle player Ed Keeney and the renowned button accordion player Eugene Kelly, and they had the privilege of performing with Mike McCormack, who Corr describes as, “a marvelous raconteur and bodhran player.” Paddy Doyle’s boots continued to play until 2008, when Sanfilipo and Trubisz moved upstate. Since then John has done more solo work and occasionally performs with Larry Moser’s band “Fiddler’s Green”. He maintains a busy performing schedule and has two CDs (Tappin’ the Boots, and Come ‘Round Ye Northeast Mariners) which are available at several Long Island Merchants. Corr sings as well as plays and is accomplished on the guitar (6and 12-string), banjo, tin whistle, Irish wood flute, bamboo fife, bodhran, and the spoons (you try to play ‘em!). His style is traditional but he welcomes more contemporary instruments in his performances. Traditional Irish music employs a small group of instruments, not all of which are Irish. The harp, although not as popular in contemporary performance, is closely tied to the music of Ireland, as well as the fiddle, bagpipes and the bodhran (a circular, hand-held drum). The tin (penny) whistle, accordion, and concertina are widely accepted as traditional instruments and are regularly employed. The banjo, mandolin, guitar, and Greek bouzouki make up a group that is not considered traditional by all, but are nevertheless popular with contemporary performers. In his solo performances, as well as with “Paddy Doyle’s Boots”, Corr regularly includes the banjo, guitar, jaw harp, spoons, and harmonica, which are more closely associated with American folk music and emphasize the American influence on Irish music. Despite his 20th century influences, his performance practice remains more traditional than contemporary. Corr holds to the monophonic (only one note sounding at a time, no harmony) melodies that are essential in traditional Irish music. He includes the prose preamble, or údar an amhráin (the story of the song), to several songs which supplies material relevant to the song. The accompaniment on his CD Tappin’ The Boots does get quite busy at times but, to his credit, Corr retains the conversational and everyday language of the songs, allowing the beauty of the text and the music to convey the emotion. He has also written dozens of songs, including The Ballad of Moby Dick, The Flying Dutchman, Shoals, Paddy Doyle Ah Ha Ha, The Ballad of the Baymen, The Wreck of the Louis V. Place, John Stone the Hijacker, and Lumumba. In writing these new songs he demonstrates the same understanding of form and tradition that is evident in his performance of traditional repertoire and on his CDs these songs fit seamlessly with the traditional tunes. John Corr is uniquely poised to deliver traditional Irish music to contemporary audiences. Having grown up immersed in the music and culture of both Ireland and America, a product of the folk resurgence of the 60’s and 70’s, he offers a true representation of traditional Irish music both as it was and as it is. 22
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e n e c S c i s u M h s i r The I d n a l s I g n o L On by Charles Mckenna In the United States, traditional Irish music has long been a part of shaping and influencing the music for generations. Clearly, Country Music can trace its roots to the chords and harmonies of the classic traditional tunes to which our ancestors kicked up their heels to express their passion for the music. As music evolves, it is easy to see that often times it comes full circle with a renaissance of traditional. Along the way, though, the music is infused with the Irish. Southern Rock can trace its roots to Irish music, as can Blues and, of course, American Folk. During the crushing waves of Irish emigrants to the shores of America during An Gorta Mor, The Great Hunger, along with her huddling masses of starving people yearning to be free came the culture and traditions of beloved Ireland. Included was the great music. The Irish emigrants passed along to the narrowbacks their love of music, the spoken word and the arts, especially the music. This fire has kindled in the hearts and minds of the successive generations and Long Island seems to be particularly blessed with a talented selection of musical artists who keep the heart beating to the rhythm of the bodhran. Being the founder of the Irish Festival, I, perhaps more than most, have a unique opportunity in that I receive countless media kits and demo cds with the latest and greatest of Irish influenced music from groups around the world. The spectrum is fantastic, from jigs and reels, both traditional and punk versions, to acoustic soloists on the harp or fiddle, I hear it all. Some are great and some are works in progress. Each time I get a new cd I listen to every track, sometimes over and over. Each time I get a new cd I become a little more impressed with the talent that we have in our own back yards. From Manhattan to Montauk, I am Irish proud to say that we have some of the absolute best. I will highlight just a few of the Irish music groups on the Long Island Irish Music Scene today with the hope that you will venture out this St. Patrick’s season to hear a live performance. There is nothing like a live performance, each one is uniquely different and can never be duplicated. At a live performance you are treated to the raw talent and get to experience the song as they did around the peat fire in the pubs of Ireland a hundred years ago. Sure, the beat might be a little bolder and the chords a little louder but the spirit is still there. What you will find with this selection of performers is diversity. Rich diversity in style, age and even nationality; Irish music will do that, it spans the gap, if you will, and brings people together.
If you are a traditionalist at heart you would be happy to know that much of the music is alive and well and coming from the likes of Tommy Mulvihill. Tommy is a veteran leader of the band. He is a gifted singer as well. His talents are not restricted to voice but he also plays the violin and the guitar. When you catch one of his shows you are sure to be pleased and even a bit touched with his mournful rendition of “Irish Soldier Boy.” You can catch Tommy at Molly Malone’s in Bay Shore or at Paddy’s Loft in Massapequa. For more information about Tommy or to get details about his upcoming performances visit his website at www. tommymulvihill.com . Continuing with the more traditional is a young talent, Kieran Murphy. According to Kieran’s website bio, he is New York born, but with a heritage deeply rooted in the culture of New England and the mysticism of his Irish ancestors. Kieran says “music has a great power to unite all peoples.” He goes on to say “After all, all music, of whatever culture, all goes back to the ancient source, when humans gathered around a fire and someone of them invented a skin drum and the first session took place.” Kieran is a singer, songwriter and composer. His music has great diversity but has more than just a nod to Irish trad. Kieran doesn’t get to play all that much on Long Island but hopefully we will be able to change that in the near future as I plan to have him on the stage at the Irish Festival in the future. For now, be sure to visit his website at www. kieranmurphymusic.com . Andy Cooney , christened by The New York Times as “Irish America’s Favorite Son,” has been pleasing audiences all over the world. This local, homegrown talent continues to be one of the largest draws at the Irish Festival. He is one of nine children in a very Irish American family. Starting as a child, Andy has developed his talents both on and off the performance stage. He is a very successful entrepenuer as well. Back in 1986, at 19 years of age, Andy was asked to tour with a very well-known bandleader, Paddy Noonan, and the rest was history. Today, Andy has his own band and also teams up with music legends for collaborative work. As a matter
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of fact, Andy is going to be touring with Country Music Legends, Crystal Gale and Larry Gatlin next fall. Andy can often be found doing his many works of charity by performing on Long Island. He recently did a benefit gig at the beautiful Port Jefferson Village Center in Port Jefferson to a sell out crowd. He has some dates in March where he will be performing on Long Island. On March 6th he will be in Bayside and on March 7th in Long Beach. March 12th through March 15th he will be performing at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts on East Main Street in Smithtown. He will also be on the North Shore again at the Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance in Sound Beach at the St. Louis de Montfort Church. Check Andy’s website for more details about his performances and while you are there be sure to check out his Cruise trips. I have not have the opportunity to join him on one of the trips yet but I am told that they are nothing short of great. He puts together an incredible line up of Irish Music stars and sets sail. Visit Andy on the web at www.andycooney.com . Venturing from traditional to crooners and now let us consider the Irish Rock. This is, perhaps, the strong suite for the area. We have some simply incredible Irish Rock and Jig Punk in the area. Fathom is one of my personal favorites. You will never be disappointed with one of their shows. It is always high energy. Fathom bombards people with an intense and powerful show! They belong on all large Irish and Celtic festivals as well as the big rock concert stages. Mandolin/Violin Player John Farrell’s mastery of traditional Irish music is a driving force in Fathom’s Celtic lifeblood. Farrell states, “Irish and classical music was all I played growing up. I’m really excited to be able to assimilate traditional Irish music in a non-traditional sense with the band.” Mr. Farrell most recently commission a custom Bacorn electric “Les Paul” style mandolin complete with “Jameson Whiskey cap” volume dials! Be sure to catch Fathom at Katie’s in Islip on March 14th. I am certain that you will be seeing a lot more of Fathom. Visit them on the web at www. fathomband.com . The front man of Bangers and Mash is a good friend to the Irish American community. Seth Lesselbaum is a self described “riddle, wrapped in an enigma, surrounded by a mystery and served with a side order of curry fries and an ice cold Coors Light.” He is often asked how a nice young Jewish boy from Brooklyn got involved in the Celtic Rock scene. He will tell you that “it is a long and convoluted story that he cannot fully disclose because of pending litigation from a former bandmate” but he will give you the highlights. “Brooklyn, Catholic school, girls, swing band, mafia bars, The Village, The Clancy Brothers at Carnegie Hall, Rum Bastards, Debbie Harry, Death by Disco, Edd Carney, Seabreeze, Redbreast, Hiring Fair, crazy people, Boston, Long Island again, more crazy people, bangers and Mash” ranted Seth.
Although a bit dizzy, I think I have the general idea. It is long and convoluted story but it really doesn’t matter much because Bangers and Mash is great. You can catch BAM at a number of places on Long Island this March, including at The Patchogue Theater on March 12th, at Finn MacCool’s on March 14th and at Buckley’s Inn Between on March 21st, just to name a few. Visit BAM on the web at www. bangersandmashband.com for more details of upcoming gigs and to get a taste of their sound. With more than a decade of touring and concerts around the country, rising on the scene here on Long Island is a sensational band called Finn’s Fury. They say that Finn’s Fury is “the music that puts a twist in yer kilt!” Take Irish or Celtic Rock, infuse it with blues, a bit of punk and tie it all together with lyrical vocals and you come up with “Urban Celtic Fusion Rock”. Finn’s Fury has a remarkable ability for improvisation making each live performance unpredictably great. John Bowles of Paddy Rock Radio said it best, “Finn’s Fury is a New York based band of Celtic ROCK hooligans with the knack of writing, arranging and just plain playing the best Celtic Rock in the world that I have received over the past year. This is THE Celtic Rock act that you would need to hear to understand how the music is supposed to be played. “What About Ya?” has some of my personal favorite versions of songs like “Sam Hall”, “The Green Fields Of France”, and “The Auld Triangle”…. and of course one of the most explosive tracks on the disc that seems to be requested like crazy over here at Paddyrock.com with “The Kesh Jig”. Finn’s Fury is a band of overly talented musicians that has been producing the best Celtic Rock for over a decade. “What About Ya?” captures them at their height, and after just one listen… you are coming back for more.” Unfortunately for us on Long Island, Finn’s Fury will be down south during the high season of St. Patrick’s Day but worry not because they will be back in the area on March 21st at the Waterfront Tavern in Freeport for a St. Patrick’s Party starting at 8:00pm. Visit Finn’s Fury on the web at www.finnsfury.com, you will NOT be disappointed! With New York City close by, we are so fortunate that we can, throughout the year, enjoy some of the greatest Irish or Irish inspired music close to home in a live performance. Some world renowned bands are based in NYC and include those of legendary status such as Black 47, Eileen Ivers, Cherish The Ladies, and The Prodigals, to name a few. No matter what your taste is in music, you can find it on Long Island. Be sure to visit your local Ancient Order of Hibernians for a list of halls that offer monthly seisiún. A seisiún is a social gathering of friends and musicians with the goal of making great music and having good craic. Craic is a more contemporary Irish expression generally meaning good fun. Sláinte Math! Good Health!
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Three personal observations on the Irish By Mary Ann Donovan
Panel 1 - Parade The big parade on St. Patrick’s Day is, of course, in New York City where the Irish and wannabe Irish march down Fifth Avenue. I had heard, however, that St. Patrick’s Day was a really big deal in New Orleans. So, when the holiday came on a weekend, my husband and I packed our bags and flew down to the Big Easy to experience the holiday Louisiana style. After a quick stop at the hotel, we had dinner at a great Cajun restaurant in the French Quarter and then we were off to the parade. By 8 P.M., when the parade was scheduled to start, we were placed strategically outside an Irish bar on the parade route. In New Orleans, or NOLA, as its residents lovingly call it, it is not only legal to drink on the street, it is expected! We waited and waited, and as the streets filled up and the beer went down, the crowd became ever more raucous. I guarded our spot on the street, while my husband made frequent runs into the crowded bar to refill our tumblers with “black and tan”, a combination of Guinness Stout and Harp beer. By the time the parade arrived, finally, at 10:30, the bar was out of Irish beer and, horror of horrors, we were forced to drink a domestic brew! As a result of the jovial street festivities and the excess beer, I have little specific recall of the parade. I know that there were tons of floats and bands. I remember singing Irish songs, dancing in the street, and being kissed by many Irishmen. All during the night, I collected beads, beads and more beads. Sometime after midnight the parade ended and we headed back to the hotel. The beads I had been collecting all night now weighed a few pounds around my neck. It was with great effort that I finally managed to dislodge a few and then all the beads. I must have looked like a spastic doing a weird dance with an invisible assailant,
until, at last, I could extricate myself from the grasp of the beads around my throat. The next day brought another parade. This one was outside the French Quarter. Again, there were more floats, more bands and, yes, more beads. How many Irish societies are there are in New Orleans? This parade was a hoot! In between the beads, they threw potatoes by the bag, bunches of carrots, and cabbages. We had to
stay alert so as not to be stunned by a blow to the head from a flying vegetable! After the last float passed, I found myself in possession of a two pound bag of potatoes, a dozen carrots and two heads of cabbage and a couple of dozen strands of beads. It is apparently a custom for the locals to attend the parade to gather the vegetables for their corned beef and cabbage dinner that night. I distributed my stash to some others who were not able to catch their own vegetables, but I kept the beads. That night brought another interesting experience. St. Patrick’s Day is followed by St. Joseph’s Day two days later. In the local paper, there were invitations from families to have visitors come and share their “St. Joseph’s Table.” We decided to pay a few strangers a visit. We were warmly welcomed into their homes, given a taste of specialties they had prepared for their table and told of prayers answered through the intercession of St. Joseph. It was an enjoyable evening that gave us a chance to spend some time with local people. Sunday came and we were off to breakfast at the House of Blues. We were treated to some down-home cooking and to some of the best Gospel music I have ever heard. While we ate, group after group came on stage and filled the hall with the sound of spirituals and songs of faith and grace. That afternoon, there was yet another parade. This time it was the AmerIndians. This special group of African-Americans is often seen in the Mardi Gras Parade. As we watched from a sidewalk in the French Quarter, they paraded by in
stupendous costumes of huge, brilliant feathers that were adorned with sequins. Now, MacNamara’s Band was replaced by the drumbeat of African music. We were dazzled by the sight of them and couldn’t help but move to the music. And, of course, there were still more beads to catch. Later that night my husband and I staggered aboard the plane heading back home. We were exhausted! I could barely lift my luggage for all the beads I had gathered. I couldn’t part with even one. Every strand was a reminder of a happy moment in a nonstop party. Even though we are veterans of many a St. Patrick’s Day in New York, we had to admit, “New Orleans really knows how to throw a party for the Irish!”
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Panel 2 – Prayer Ask anyone to identify the saint associated with Ireland, and they are bound to answer, “St. Patrick.” For the Irish living in Ireland, however, the answer might be, “Our Lady of Knock.” Tucked away in a corner of County Mayo, Knock became the site of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary on a foggy and rainy evening in August of 1879. Mary McLoughlin and Mary Bierne were the first to notice the three statue-like figures standing outside the church and bathed in a brilliant light. Strangely, the figures appeared to be statues, but they bore no weight and did not press the grass down beneath them. The two women ran quickly to the homes of their neighbors to tell them what they had seen. In all, eighteen people came and gathered that night outside the church to witness the apparition. They remained there in silence for two hours in what had become a drenching rain. The silent figures were dazzlingly white. Mary stood in the middle. To her right and a little lower, stood St. Joseph with his head bowed. To her left, St. John the Evangelist stood reading from a book that he held in his hands. Mary had a crown with tiny crosses on her head. A rose was tucked under the crown and across her brow. Her hands were raised to heaven as were her eyes. She appeared to be praying. While
corners of the world. They come to celebrate the anniversary date of the apparition, the Feast of Our Lady of Knock. There is a river of faith that runs through the soul of the Irish. It sustains them in dark times and gives them the tenacity to hold on despite insurmountable difficulties. It has enabled them not only to endure but to
succeed. The Irish feel blessed by this apparition. In her silence, the Blessed Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John, came to pray with them and to give them hope.
everyone became soaked by the rain, the figures and the area around them remained dry. At times, the figures appeared as white as the sun on snow; at other times they glowed as if in soft yellow candlelight. Several years ago, we made a trip to Ireland and Knock was high on my list of places to visit. No longer the tiny hamlet it was in 1879, Knock had become a major pilgrimage site. Soon after the apparition occurred, people from all over Ireland began coming to Knock; within months people began arriving from Europe. Miracles were reported and the number of pilgrims increased. Today, people arrive from every part of the world. Knock now has a huge basilica to accommodate the pilgrims who take part in religious services. There is also a hospital and a mission house where sick people who have come to be healed can stay. Stations of the Cross and a museum telling the story of Knock complete the complex. In the center of it all is the chapel built against the south wall of the small church at the spot where the apparition occurred. It has three sides and a roof of glass and contains replicas of the three statue-like figures as the townspeople who witnessed the apparition described them. The area surrounding the church and its outer buildings is filled with kiosks selling every religious trinket imaginable. We arrived at the church just in time for a Mass being held inside the small glass chapel. Sunlight streamed in from above and from the sides and the white alabaster statues seemed to glow. I was mesmerized by the expressions on the faces of the statues as I sat there in silence. I could only imagine what Mary McLoughlin and Mary Bierne felt as they witnessed the actual apparition. As Marian apparitions go, the details of this vision are unusual. For one thing, as in the case of Lourdes and Fatima, Mary appears to one child or a small group of children. In Knock, she appeared to eighteen adults who all saw the same thing. Also, in many of her apparitions, Mary has a request such as at Lourdes and Guadalupe, or issues a warning as is the case in Fatima and Medjugorje. In almost every apparition, the Blessed Virgin has something to say. In this case, she is silent and prayerful. In fact, she is invoked under the title of “Our Lady of Silence.” The visionaries of other apparitions often describe the Blessed Mother right down to the color of her hair and her eyes. They can describe in detail the clothing she wears. They hear her voice speaking in their native tongue. She appears as a living person to them. At Knock, the people saw still, statue-like figures. On August 21st of each year, the church area is packed with people from all
Panel Three – Pride Some time ago, a group of friends and I attended a concert of the Irish Tenors. As one Irish song followed another, I began to sense a change in the audience. First people began to sing along; then they began to stomp their feet. As certain songs were sung, flags of Ireland began to appear. Finally, women took out scarves and men removed their jackets. They began to wave them feverishly in the air. It was an outpouring of patriotism that seemed to be a cross between an evangelical revival meeting and a political rally. As the excitement increased, I no longer looked at the stage. I was awestruck by what was happening to the audience. We are a nation of immigrants. In my myopic point of view, I always assumed that everyone wanted to come to America, the land of opportunity. Not so. It is true that many people come by choice. However, many come because they have no choice. People are often displaced by war or political upheaval and they cannot return to their homeland. Others tried to change their own country for the better and found themselves fleeing for their lives and requesting political asylum. Still others sought a safe haven from unrelenting persecution. All immigrants who come to America eventually make a life for themselves and their families. For some groups, however, it is harder to let go of the old ways and to accept the new. As I watched the audience at the concert, up on its feet and cheering, I saw a transformation occurring before my eyes. There was such a surge of patriotic fervor; I thought that it might swallow the stage. It has been well over a hundred years and perhaps four generations ago that the Irish came to America. Yet, their national pride was as alive and well as if it were yesterday. Somehow, the Irish had managed to pass down their love of country from one generation to another. I realized in that moment that the Irish never wanted to leave Ireland. Forced by a political situation that took away their land and with it their right to vote, and starved by the failure of their basic crop, they had come to America not by choice but by the need to survive. While they have assimilated very well, given us many gifts in the form of literature, plays and poetry, and made many outstanding contributions to our American culture, they have never forgotten their homeland. They carry their loss deep in their hearts. Irish literature is laced with a tragic sadness; Irish music is haunting and melancholy. Irish dance is ordered and follows a rigid form. But a wild and fierce rhythm lurks just below the surface. It is that fierceness and pride that has kept the Irish culture alive, passing it down from generation to generation, and weaving it into the fabric of American life. It is almost as if the Irish live in a parallel universe. Existing just below the surface of their American heritage is their Irish heritage just waiting to emerge at a parade on St. Patrick’s Day or at a performance of the Irish Tenors. The spirit and the excitement were contagious. I found myself up on my feet cheering and singing along with the crowd. Although my heritage is not Irish, that night at the concert, for a few short hours, I understood what it means to be Irish. Mary Ann Donovan is a free lance writer and the author of The Visits of a Very Special Lady. The book is available at Amazon.com. When she is not traveling, with her husband, she resides in Stony Brook, New York.
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New Voices Frank Emerson
CLEAN CABBAGE IN THE BUCKET And Other Tales From the Irish Music Trenches by Frank Emerson
An excerpt from the book entitled TONY’S GUITAR
Tony O’Riordan is a great pal from Dublin. He’s tall, maybe six feet two or so. Big culchie hands. A nose, as he used to say, like Murray the Cop from The Odd Couple television program. A great smile. An infectious laugh. He’s a very talented performer and a multi-instrumentalist. On stage, he doesn’t so much hold his instrument as he appears to surround it. We performed together for five or six years as Ourselves Alone. One night - I think it was in ‘77 (Nineteen 77 that is) – we’re working in a nice place in White Oak, Maryland outside DC called The Irish Inn. The joint is crowded. We’re having a good night. We manage to play through the dinner hours without putting anyone off their feed and now it’s about 10 or 11 o’clock and it’s going well. A citizen comes up to the stage and asks if we’d let his cousin sing a number. Never ones to buy a pig in a poke, we ask who the cousin is. Point him out. The guy says, “Not him. Her. That’s her over there, with the black hair.” He points. “She was first runner-up for Miss Hawaii last year,” he says. We look and then double take. I say, “I think that would be alright.” Tony nods real slow like. We get the girl’s name, make the introduction and both of us extend a hand to help her on to the stage. She gives her hand to me. It’s nice. Wow. That’s what everybody says, just like that, “Wow.” Eat your heart out, O’Riordan, I’m thinking. She says that she won’t be needing our help, that she’d like to play guitar herself, if we didn’t mind, and could she borrow one of ours, please. Tony’s guitar is off him like he’d greased the strap. He hands it to her. She smiles, drops my hand and takes the instrument. We offer her a bar stool to make her more comfortable. She cuddles on to it real nice. She waits as we adjust the microphone height. (I think maybe we took longer to do this than was really necessary). It’s all set now. We exit the stage. She smiles and kind of hunches the guitar underneath her McGuffies. She starts to play and sing. What she sang, who remembers? Bum notes? Who cares? She was superb. She finishes her tune. Lots of applause. Before I can say thanks and let’s put your hands together for...Tony starts shouting, “More! More!” and the audience takes up the chant. It’s a friggin’ pep rally. She complies and follows that one up with a third. Finally, she’s had her fill. She says thanks and begs off to even greater applause, especially from us. We remount the stage. Tony is very quiet. She returns his guitar and goes back to her table. I re-sling my guitar and glance at Tony to get the OK to start into the next number. Tony is standing stock still, holding his guitar and staring at it, pretty much at the spot where the girl had parked her pontoons. I ask if he’s OK. He looks at me. Then at his guitar. He does this again. The crowd is mum. They are watching us. Tony is oblivious to them. He looks at me one more time. He’s real serious. His microphone is live. His eyes well up a bit and he asks me, “You know what?” “What?” says I. “I’m never going to wash this guitar again. Ever!” And I know for a fact, he never did. Together with Dennis O’Rourke, Harry O’Donoghue, Seamus Kennedy, and Robbie O’Connell, Frank is the author of a collaborative anthology of reminiscences and stories of the past 30-odd years on the Irish music scene. Titled “Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and other Tales From the Irish Music Trenches”, the book was published in 2007. Examples of Frank’s writing from his portfolio along with his writer’s profile can be accessed at www.ifreelance.com/pro/4448.
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Sixth Row on the Aisle
Theatre Criticism and Commentary
Abby Rockett, WHNP BC
Young Playwrights Converge Upon NYC for Annual Writers Conference On January 7, 2009, eleven distinguished young playwrights from across the country converged upon New York City for the annual Young Playwrights Inc. Conference. Some traveled most of the day to arrive—flying from California, Florida, Minnesota, or Colorado. Others are local residents whose journey might have been a jaunt on the subway. Regardless of the mileage covered that day, all arrived to claim their prize for winning the Young Playwrights Inc. National Competition: a week-long all expenses paid trip to New York City to workshop their plays. Days were packed with workshops, seminars, rehearsals, and theatre; and the conference culminated in off-Broadway staged readings of the plays on January 12, 13, and 14, 2009 at the Cherry Lane Theater. For those of you who are not familiar with Young Playwrights Inc., we (I am the Literary Associate there- see my bio below) were founded by Stephen Sondheim in 1981 and remain to this day the only professional theatre company in the United States solely dedicated to fostering the development of playwrights who are 18 years of age and younger. In addition to running annual playwriting contests, we put professional playwrights in classrooms to teach our playwriting curriculum, train teachers to teach playwriting, run an advanced playwriting workshop for promising young writers, and produce the Young Playwrights Festival, a showcase of recent work by some of the winning playwrights that is a full off-Broadway production with a six-week run. Like over 800 other young playwrights 18 years of age or younger, the winners of this contest began this journey with a submission to the competition. The plays by these winning playwrights were carefully read and re-read, ultimately being selected as winners by a committee of professional theatre artists which included several Young Playwrights Inc. alums who have gone on to successful careers in playwriting. The 2008 National Competition winners are: Bailey Williams from Boulder, Colorado for her play Post Caution, Elisabeth Frankel from New Jersey for her play Moon on the Horizon, Elyse Pitock from Pennsylvania for her play A Snapshot of My Family, Johanna Lepro-Green from Minnesota for her play Ah, Sunflower, Katie Henry from California for her play Perfect Score, Lisa Meyers from California for her play Respect for the Electric Fields of Horses, Melanie Wallner from New York City for her play Simultaneity, Michael Evan Goodman from New York City for his play Call Me When You’re Music, Michael Trottier from Maine for his play Silent Harmonies, Sierra Almengual from Florida for her play Order, and MJ Halberstadt from Long Island for his play Video is an Endangered Species. The playwrights attending the conference ranged in age (at the time of the conference) from 16-20, and their plays varied in length from a little over ten minutes to just over an hour and a half. The intense work always begins with a day-long marathon of cold readings—this year it fell on January 8th. It took over ten hours, but all of the winning plays were read in their entirety by a group of professional actors. It is at these initial readings that the playwrights hear each other’s work for the first time, and it becomes apparent to all of us just how unique the voice of each playwright is. The content and style of the plays covers a wide range—Young Playwrights Inc. simply looks for good play no matter the length, subject, or style. This reading also provides the playwright and his or her creative team with a jumping off point for the rehearsal and revision process. In the days that followed, the playwrights worked intensely throughout workshops, script meetings, and rehearsals to shape their plays. No one knew exactly what the final products would look like until, after much anticipation, they premiered as staged readings at the Cherry Lane. Meanwhile, the young writers were supported and celebrated by the New York City arts community. Playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellowface) spend over an hour in conversation with the group, discussing his approach to writing as well as his approach to processing feedback from others about his writing. Stephen Sondheim, founder of Young Playwrights Inc., was not able to attend personally, but sent his regards in a personal message to each playwright. In his letter, in addition to his congratulations he advised, “Trust your gut instincts, but don’t be arrogant. You know more than you think you do, but you know less than you think you do, too.” The writers also received membership into the Dramatists Guild as part of their prize and were welcomed there amongst the ranks of professional playwrights. This year, Young Playwrights Inc. scheduled the writer’s conference in January, a little over a year from the deadline of the contest, which is January 2nd of each year.
A Way to Know? Dear Abby, Is there a blood test to tell me if I am going through my changes? M.N. age50 The short answer is yes. There are blood tests like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, FSH, and LH than can be drawn that can be indicators for menopause. These tests, however, have no predictive value. They will not tell you what you really want to know which is how many months or years your symptoms of perimenopause will last. Not only is hormone testing not predictive of actual menopause (absence of a period for a year) but hormone levels do not necessarily correlate with your menopausal symptoms. Day-to-day hormone levels fluctuate dramatically. I understand that most women who are seeking an answer to when their periods are going to end or want relief from menopausal symptoms having their feelings validated by blood tests can be reassuring. If you are thinking of hormone replacement therapy a base line hormonal blood workup is not a bad idea – if only to serve as a vehicle to have a dialogue with your health care provider. Blood testing can also rule out other medical problems like hypothyroidism, for example. Generally, progesterone levels in perimenopausal women and menopausal women decline over time. Progesterone can be replaced orally and by cream. I am seeing an increase in progesterone cream use over the last couple of years. Women who are above their ideal body weight seem to be particularly helped by adding some progesterone to relieve unwelcome menopausal symptoms. Menopause has been getting a lot of press lately. I am finding more and more of my patients chalking up a whole host of symptoms from heart palpitations to insomnia to menopause. They are seeking and purchasing “natural medical fixes” for whatever ails them. Many women who are suffering from sleep disturbances and in some cases insomnia will seek herbal remedies or over the counter hormonal formulas before trying a simple change with positive side effects, like proper eating habits and/or exercise. Insomnia in particular is a common age-related complaint in both sexes. If changing your routine does not help your insomnia than consider a medical problem such as sleep apnea. A new study concludes that some of the sleep problems that women typically attribute to hot flashes may instead be caused by primary sleep disorders such as apnea. Another common contributor to sleep disturbances is acid reflux. Perimenopause is a very confusing time. If perimenopause and menopause were viewed as a natural process as opposed to an illness we would probably look for more healthful ways to make ourselves feel better. If you have ruled out a hormonal problem to your symptoms and you are making healthy lifestyle changes and still do not find relief of your symptoms you should talk with your health care provider before self medicating. Like I stated above insomnia can be caused by a variety of health problems, it is important to give your health care provider a heads up on what is going on. This extra time in between selecting the winning plays and the conference allows for an extended period of pre-conference work. Conversations between the playwrights and their dramaturgs began in late November 2008 and were soon followed by the introduction of the directors assigned to each piece. This additional time for development enabled the writers to come into the conference already holding a new draft, and fostered closer relationships between creative teams, so they could be even more productive when they did finally meet face to face. (Here comes the shameless plug—but I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t believe with my entire being that this company is the BEST place for young writers looking to grow their craft): If this sounds like an experience you would like the young writers you know to have, please encourage them to send us a submission to our 2010 National Competition. Submission guidelines are on our website at www.youngplaywrights.org. Also timely is our upcoming summer Urban Retreat, a tuition-based program for promising writers that includes hotel, meals, nightly theatre viewing, daily writing workshops with professional playwrights, and culminates in professional staged readings of work written during the retreat. Also be on the lookout for the announcement of the 2009 Young Playwrights Inc. National Competition winners in May of this year. Elizabeth Bojsza is a dramaturg, director, and teacher. She has worked professionally in New York City, Long Island, and in community-based theatre. Elizabeth currently teaches theatre at Stony Brook University, where she earned her MFA in dramaturgy in 2004, and is the Literary Associate for Young Playwrights Inc, a theatre company dedicated to fostering the development of playwrights 18 years of age and younger. www.youngplaywrights.org.
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The North Shoreian Book Club
Of Woods and Water
By Anna Katsavos
Novel Picks and Passions
Leaving the church, she felt the wind rise, felt the pinprick of pebble and grit against her stocking and her cheeks—the slivered shards of mad sunlight in her eyes. She paused, still on the granite steps, touched the brim of her hat and the flying hem of her skirt—felt the wind rush up her cuffs and rattle her sleeves. So begins Alice McDermott’s sixth novel, After This, a perfect Book Chat pick for this blustery month, when we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland and the historical legacy of women. In this 2006 work, set in Manhattan and Long Island, we meet an Irish Catholic family whose religious beliefs are being whirled about by the turbulence of the times: the erosion of church doctrine under Vatican II, an unpopular war in Vietnam claiming thousands of America’s drafted sons, and the seeds of a movement that ushered in birth control, legalized abortion, and a dramatic shift in sexual mores. We watch as each member of the Keane household struggles to reconcile the personal with the political, grappling all the while with what to hold on to, what to toss Besides her job and few friends, Mary (whose to the wind. name you can bet is no accident), has only When we first encounter Mary her faith to help her weather any impending (in the novel’s storm. opening lines quoted above), she is walking out of a midtown cathedral, presumably St. Patrick’s, where she prays daily that her life not be “drained of kindness, compassion, humor.” Thirty and still single, she feels obliged to provide home-cooked meals and clean, pressed shirts for her aging father and bachelor brother. Besides her job and few friends, Mary (whose name you can bet is no accident), has only her faith to help her weather any impending storm. She has learned to expect very little from life, perhaps even from her Lord, whom she implores “so humbly, so earnestly, so seriously—let me be content.” With lyrical prose that is simultaneously forceful and spare, McDermott (winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Charming Billy and twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize) deftly begs those universal questions that nag at us all: “What does it take to live a full and satisfying life? What does it take to be content?” For Mary, always the dutiful daughter, and later wife and mother, the answer (revealed over the course of 270 pages so compelling you want to devour them in a single sitting) comes at a costly price. Using a series of flashbacks that span a thirty year period, McDermott vividly depicts ordinary moments of Keane family life—births, deaths, and all of the hopes and sorrows sandwiched in between—that result in extraordinary moments of personal epiphany. Memorable scenes at the beach, in the classroom, on a bus offer telling glimpses of the characters’ inner lives, particularly the next generation of Keane women. We observe as Mary’s two daughters struggle to embrace or reject their inherited way of life. Annie, the older one, rebels; she marches off to college and adulthood with a vengeance, turning her attention first to literature and then to love, or what she mistakes it to be. Clare, the baby of the family, the child most devoted to the lessons of her parents and teachers, finds herself in a predicament that challenges her family’s ethics. (Don’t worry; no plot spoilers follow). McDermott’s question looms large: What does a family do after this? Possible answers are personified by two of Clare’s teachers: Sister Lucy believes that good women should grin and bear, rosary in hand, and die “tired,” like her own mother, whose life choices were defined by five pregnancies, a child (Sister Lucy herself) inflicted with polio, and a runaway husband whose needs she could not meet. Sister Marie, the school principal, feels obliged to guard her girls from “the music, the movies, the feminists, the hippies” and other anathema of the times, but, on the other hand, realizes that sometimes it is necessary, even good, to bend the rules in the name of kindness. In the end, it is she who delivers Mc Dermott’s closing message, that even with all of its pain and disappointment, life is still “cause for celebration.” Indeed it is, for after this windy season, spring will surely come. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh. Happy Women’s History Month.
Nature and Sport Around the North Shore
Prep for the Season
Springtime is coming to Long Island’s North Shore. Fresh blossoms will soon be emerging from the clutches of winter. Cooler days and even snow will be seen, but you can finally feel the warmth on the back of your neck on a sunny day. The kids will be quick to get out their bikes and helmets, as I am slower to retrieve the lawnmower from the back of the barn. Now is the time that I get ready and make some plans for springtime activities. The first thing to be done for this is to spend time in my barn. I am lucky enough to have a decent-sized, antique structure in my back yard. It houses the many things that are personally valuable, yet seldom used, stuff! Old or new, I can spend hours in just one corner, sorting, cleaning and just reminiscing through the stacks of outdoor gear. I still stick to the classics of sporting gear. I’ll fish with an old Mitchell reel, casting out a Hopkins or Striper Swiper in the same waters my Pops taught me. Without sounding too “old school”, I’ve seen those thousand dollar outfits, and yes the drags are smooth, the rods are shiny, but you know I’ll catch the same fish on my old Penn level wind 9m, probably spooled with last year’s 20 lbs test that was on sale at the time. I’ll still jig a white bucktail that has a hint of brown from the rust, and a strip of pork rind I keep in its with teeth marks from the I’ll catch the same fish on my old jar last fish that tried to pull it Penn level wind 9m, probably apart. Now here’s a little tip; spooled with last year’s 20 lbs test I do keep up to date in one department, leader material. that was on sale at the time. I figure it is the one piece of terminal tackle the fish may detect and put the most pressure on (besides my bait or lure). I’ll usually have a nice three-foot piece of 20 lbs fluorocarbon on a barrel swivel as the last piece of line connecting me to the fish. Often it is this section that is all that’s left when the big striper finally succumbs to my net. The days of being frugal are back, and these words from our parents still ring true,” if you take care of this, it will last you a long time”. I still hunt with my Dad’s old Remington 870. I still fish with a Mitchell spinning reel that I know has landed fish since the 60’s, and my boat is a classic wooden downeast that has a Ford Lehman diesel that doesn’t quit. Sure I’ve got some nicer fishing gear that I put into the hands of people that go out with me, but when the action is slowing, I join in, and then out come the classics. As much as a fly fisherman enjoys catching a fish on
The days of being frugal are back, and these words from our parents still ring true,” if you take care of this, it will last you a long time”. a lure created by their own hands, from hair and feathers, and matching the hatch, I too get the same feeling when I land a beauty on some classic I cleaned up from the rafters of the barn. Now, I’ve gotten a couple of emails from some of you with your plans to hit the spring trout fishing on the Connetquot River. I want to hear about some more plans for the upcoming spring adventures. Don’t forget about the mid-May migration of stripers. I’m going to be planning a trip to the Ausable River, near Lake Placid, for some fine sized trout. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all. Dan Stahl is a hunter, fisherman, conservationist and life-long North Shoreian. He is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain and a New York State Licensed Guide. Check out Dan’s website at www.outsidenorthshore.com
Dr. Anna Katsavos, Professor of Literature and Women’s Studies for over 20 years, is currently facilitating writing workshops and book discussion groups on Long Island, and working on her memoir, The Kitchen and the Church: Notes of a Good Greek Girl Gone Bad. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Practicalities of the Surviving Artist
Jack’s Backyard Gardening Tips and Tales
By Derek McCrea
Not A Landscape, A Lifestyle!
The very air we breathe comes fresh and clean courtesy of Mother Nature’s green lands and our gardens. When a new home is built and a family moves in, new ecosystems are created and as the years go on, is enhanced and maintained. Our landscapes and gardens, no matter the scale, provide habitats for a variety of animal life and, most importantly, air purifying machines, green style. It always seems that, as the economy grows tight, we grow more. Edible gardens start to become more than just part of the landscape and as an ecosystem, they become a source of food, education, and good stuff to give away to friends and neighbors. All the while, this system is taking our dirty air, purifying it and returning it, as well as beautifying our homes and providing us with fresh homegrown food. This spring we’ll start to see more support for the home vegetable garden by way of larger transplants and older (heirloom) varieties of the more common garden fare. The older varieties of tomatoes, peppers and such have a great taste! The ones bought in markets today are hybrids that are more abundant and easier to ship long distances, but they have lost their taste along the way. This spring, here at Flower Barn, we’re rolling out a new program of heirloom vegetables in 4” Coco Fiber Pots.
This spring, here at Flower Barn, we’re rolling out a new program of heirloom vegetables in 4” Coco Fiber Pots. These guys are processed to get the germs and bacteria out of them and formed to grow a plant in, and then when planted in the ground they break down into the soil and add a shot of good old fashion compost to feed the plant. Bye-bye plastic, hello ecosystem! For more information on home gardens contact me here at Flower Barn or contact Suffolk County Cooperative Extension in Riverhead. Coming, during the month of March, will be spring Pansies that will be available from the end of the month thru April. Keep in mind that Pansies are biennial, meaning they grow for two seasons. Pansies planted this spring will flower until the night time temps get too warm, then they slow back until the cooler night of fall and come back with a great show and then once more in the following spring. Use them as colorful spring accents around the mail box or patio pots or plant them in groupings around your flower beds. They’ll reward you with lots of color and flower well into June, giving you extra time to get your late spring/early summer gardens planted up. As your reading this Irish Issue of The North Shoreian, St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. Believe it or not, blue was the original color of St. Patrick! St. Patrick used the Shamrock, a three leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish and before long became a symbol Irish nationalism or loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church. The Shamrock was worn on a lapel for all to see and the green of Ireland and the Shamrock became the color and the symbol of Ireland’s national holiday. It is celebrated all over the world. Boston, Massachusetts hosted the first parade as noted in 1737. New York City’s first celebration came along in1756 at the Crown and Thistle Tavern and the first parade followed on March 17, 1762 by Irish soldiers in the British Army. Behind Boston, New York City has ranked Number two in consecutive St. Patrick’s Day parades (247 as of 2008). Happy Irish Day to all and all who want to be! That’s it for now from Jack’s Backyard. Playing in the dirt is a good thing and I’ll bet you miss it! Jack Filasky is the Head Grower and General Manager at IGHL Flower Barn Greenhouses in Moriches. Feel free to call or send comments to email@example.com
Marketing and Exposure Equals Improved Opportunity for Success
As an artist in today’s changing environment, it is vital to create a marketing strategy capable of meeting the demands created by tense competition. Different areas to focus on for marketing include: identifying and promoting to your target market, carefully select what you pay for as an artist and compare the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision, seek alternate means of exposure, and explore different options for getting your art “seen” by your target market. Identify your market and attempt to promote your work through the various media of today, magazines, books, Internet, and traditional galleries. Be careful what you pay for. Lately I have seen a large amount of galleries charging a fee for placement of works. In some galleries this may be productive for the artists, but there are also those galleries who make their profit off of the artists almost solely. Observe a gallery before making a decision to place art in it. You may pay $200 per month and also pay 30% commission upon the sale, For example; if you sell one art in 6 months you will lose money. Art galleries are a lot like real estate, location, location, and location. Do not fall victim for the “Calls for Artists” on www. craigslist.org that ask for large fees for posting your art in their Customers like to purchase art gallery where you pay 200 plus from local artists. I have had the dollars for 5 square feet. Your art may be among 100 other most luck with this by painting artists in that gallery for a short period of time. It is also a good and selling at different prices. idea to ask another artist that has shown in the gallery about their success there. Galleries are only one means of exposure. In rough times try to find other venues to showcase your art work that are “free”. For example; approach restaurants or hotels to place your works in their business. This has worked very well for me and what makes it even better is to paint a painting of that business or restaurant and then have a spot near the painting with your business cards. In the end, you may realize that you, being the only artist on the wall in a nice restaurant, may be better than being among 100 others in a rarely visited gallery. Many towns have “First Fridays” or similar names for one day a month where local business display local art. This is also a time when artists can set up a small booth and paint en plein air. Customers like to purchase art from local artists. I have had the most luck with this by painting and selling at different In advance, for exIn rough times look at other “free” prices. ample, I will paint some of the venues to showcase your art. local cityscapes or landscapes and also create prints of the same works so I can price the works at various prices. This makes my art more affordable for different customers. With all of my sales, I hand out business cards, sometimes 100 business cards in one day, and not have any sales until later, when I get an email from someone I met that day. I am amazed at the number of emails I receive, almost daily, asking me to pay to be in a book of professional artists. The company asks for the artist to pay a large fee for their works to be on one page or even a half of a page. These same books are sent out to prospective future artists for free, as samples, to buy a spot for their art in the future. All along the featured artist in the book had to pay $350 for their book and that was supposed to be at half price. Recently, I went to www.lulu.com and created my own book titled, “2007-2008 The Inspirational Years”. It cost me nothing to create and this book, when it sells, they give me a percentage. The book features only my art, not hundreds of other artists. Remember, as an artist what is most important is what you deem as success in your art. Why do you create art? Does it make you happy to paint? Paint when you feel inspired. If you are not selling currently, concentrate on making a series of works for future promotion. Continue to keep a positive attitude and do not give up. Derek McCrea is a career watercolor artist with over 25 years of experience as a worldwide plein air painter. He paints landscapes, seascapes, florals, southwestern scenes, and wildlife in a whimsical impressionistic style. View more of Derek’s works at his gallery http://www.derekmccrea.50megs.com
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The Improper Cinephile #3 Film Criticism and Commentary
Michael X. Zelenak (Member RPSL)
The IRA: Martyrs or Murderers? Editor’s Note: Michael X. Zelenak is on hiatus to finish a book that he has been working on. We would like to share with you, once again, his column from our first Irish issue. We wish Michael great success with his new book and look forward to him writing for us again. Classical Greek, with its extremely limited vocabulary, has a word (deinos) which means both “wondrous” or “awe-inspiring” and “terrible” or “terrifying.” It is used with great ironic force by Sophocles in “The Ode to Man” chorus from Antigone- “Of all the wonders/terrors in the world, what is more wonderful/terrifying than man?” The same thing could be said of the Irish Republican Army, created by Michael Collins. The “civilized” world had struggled to establish a code of conduct for warfare that no longer made civilians and non-combatants targets of death. Great battles like Waterloo, Austerlitz or Gettysburg were fought by uniformed armies in lines and columns. Jesus said: “No man hath greater love than he will lay down his life for another.” But, what about the man who is not only willing to lay down his life for another, but willing to take another life...for a cause? This profound dilemma stares us in the face today. We are a country founded by a popular, civilian revolution. The patriots at Lexington and Concord wore no uniforms. They shot from behind trees and stone-walls and then ran as the red-coats marched in column. Today, we try to comprehend a world war against un-uniformed Islamic fanatics who actually prefer to target civilians and who revel in videoed beheadings, mass slaughter on as great a scale as possible, including sending retarded children into crowds with remote-controlled suicide bombbelts. They call themselves freedom fighters and compare us to the British and other European occupiers of their soil. So, what is a patriot-freedom fighter and what is a terrorist? The IRA’s fight against the British is a paradigm of this question. A victim of colonialism and then the radical Puritan revolution that overthrew the British monarchy and disestablished the Catholic church in Ireland, the British boot dug deeply into the Irish neck. The Battle of the Boyne in 1680 was the turning-point in the downward tragic spiral of failed Irish revolutions for independence. Drinking Irish still toast the martyrs of 1680 late at night in the pubs:
Up the tall ladder, down the short rope, Death to King Billy [i.e. William of Orange], and God bless the Pope. Up the Republic! Religion and politics are a potent and dangerous brew. “Up the Republic!” echoed
in bars and pubs (and even churches) through the centuries as failed revolutionary acts led to continuing heroic gestures of impotence, from Tyrone, Wolf Tone and Robert Emmett to the Fenians of 1869. The poetic Easter “Rising” of 1916 was even botched and moved from Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day) to Easter Monday by confusing orders and communications. But the resolve of Pearce, Connelly, MacBride and the 800 other dead remain enshrined in the Irish consciousness. Today’s Dublin General Post Office includes a “stations of the cross” to the fallen martyrs with a perpetual stream of tourists. In 1916 the Dublin populace at first were angered by the uprising and the British leveling of Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street), the center of commerce, block-by-block with their tanks and fifty-pounders from the howitzers. But as they walked to work in the following days and saw the patriot-poets lined up and executed without trials, especially the popular Labor Union leader Connelly, with both an arm and a leg shot off, tied to a chair and executed by a firing-squad, public opinion radically shifted. It became Britain’s Vietnam. The IRA never won a battle, but won the war. Cinema has dealt with the IRA of the “Troubles” (1916-22) in a series of landmark works. John Ford’s The Informer (1935), swept the Academy Awards and remains a breakthrough US film. Ford was given a shoestring budget to make a controversial film about a churlish alcoholic lug Gypo, who turns in a friend to the British for 20£, which he spends in a riotous night of drinking and partying, before trial and execution as an informer by the IRA. Ford, with no budget and no sets, used fog, back-lots and stunning lighting and cinematography to create the first American expressionist masterpiece. Victor McLaglen, who became a regular in John Ford’s stock company of actors, gave the performance of a lifetime. Ford, trained in the silent cinema, used sparing dialogue and McLaglen rose to stunning heights of physical acting, to create a masterpiece. It remains a film of staggering visual power and huge gestures- one of the few American films to rival the great European works of Murnau or Lang. America was a major physical and financial support of the IRA. A number of Irish immigrants who fought in the US Civil War returned to Ireland to support the Fenian Uprising of 1869. Although de Valera’s tour of the US in 1919 had failed to gain US recognition, he raised 3 million dollars in contributions, opening up a pipeline of funding that continued into the 1990s, when terrorism in any form started troubling Americans of all classes. After the treaty signed by Michael Collins in 1921, a civil war broke out in Ireland between the treaty supporters (the FreeStaters) and the irregulars (those who refused to accept the partition of the six northern counties remaining part of Great Britain). This brief but furious period led to the savage fighting in Ireland, as brother literally fought brother. Even though the elected Dail ratified the treaty and a nationwide plebiscite overwhelmingly supported it, some die-hard factions of the IRA opposed it. Michael Collins, when he signed the treaty, prophetically declared: “I have signed my death warrant.” He was dead within 9 months by an IRA bullet, in Cork, his home County. The murder of “the Big Fellow,” the patriot of patriots, stunned the Irish, and the Civil War ended within a month. All of this is the subject of the historical epic Michael Collins (1996, Dir: Neil Jordan). At times a magnificent film, unfortunately a Hollywood-style romantic-wash is pasted over the story, even though it is extremely historically accurate. But the attention to the sadly miscast Julia Roberts and the incredibly over-arch portrayal of
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Eamon de Valera (Alan Rickman) keeps lunging the film from metaphysics to syrup. The montage sequence at the end is especially unworthy of a serious filmmaker. Facts alone do no always mean truth. Collins (Liam Neeson) more than any other man was responsible for turning the Republic of Ireland from a drunken poetic dream into a political reality. Captured but released at the GPO Easter Uprising, he took the task of reforming a shattered movement and transforming the fraternal IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) and the uniformed militia of the Irish Citizen Army into a new organization of trained and dedicated revolutionaries capable of fighting and defeating the world’s largest super-power. Taking tactics from the “Minutemen” of the American Revolution, who would strike and melt into the countryside, and strategy from the Boers of South Africa who used brutal hit-and-run tactics and lived off the land. He abandoned grand gestures like the GPO uprising, where Irish manhood spilled its blood in hopelessly outnumbered and out gunned battles doomed to defeat, and trained a dedicated hard-core select group of men who took a life-or-death oath to the then still non-existent Irish Republic. Gregarious, charismatic, fond of his pints and shots, but careful never to get drunk, his first priority was to strip off British support from the Irish people. Thousands of Irish were employed by the British as policemen, suppliers, informers and logistical support. James Connolly had taken the lead earlier by ordering all members of the transport unions and train-workers to refuse to carry any British troops or supplies. Thousands of brave trainmen were beaten, tortured, fired and even murdered for their refusals. Yet few engineers, firemen or conductors broke solidarity, and British troops and supplies were forced from the major thoroughfares to the bog-infested back-roads of the Irish countryside. Collins extended this edict to anyone who worked for or supported the British in any way. General letters and public proclamations were posted announcing a policy of immediate execution for anyone collaborating with the British occupiers by the newly-formed, shadowy Irish Republican Army. Collins spent months hand-picking a hard-core secret unit of a dozen young men whom he called the “twelve-apostles.” On Sunday, November 21, 1920, Collins and the apostles moved into action across Dublin. At exactly 1pm, each of the leaders of Dublin Castle’s elite “G-Men” known as the “O Net” were assassinated, all up-close and personal- some while shaving or reading newspapers or sipping cups of tea- shot through the head. But the killings on “Bloody Sunday” had just begun. Panic seized the British. In retaliation they sent tanks and armored-cars into Croke Park and onto the field of a major football (soccer) match and the Black and Tans opened fire, killing or wounding almost 100 civilians. In one barracks, Black and Tans took three suspected IRA sympathizers and butchered them. Their bodies were thrown to the street draped in a Union Jack. Each had been beaten to death, bayoneted to death and shot to death. (British agents and troops were exempt from any prosecution under the “Defense of the Realm Act.”) Tens of thousands of Irish civilians were rounded up and arrested in following days. Collins’ all-or-nothing devil’s gambit had succeeded, it pushed Britain further and deeper into the law of unattended consequences, where each move to suppress Collins and the IRA only further
increased their popular support in Ireland and led to increasing moral qualms among the British public. The Twelve Apostles also inspired the next great innovative tactic of the IRA: the formation of the legendary “Flying Squadrons” from each county’s brigade of the IRA, elite units that could form and strike at a moment’s notice. The media raised the IRA and its Flying Squadrons into mythic proportions in London. Every attempt by the British to counter the terror by their own terror, backfired. The Black-and-Tans, hardened WWI veterans sent in to clean up the Irish “bog-trotters” rallied even more Irish to the cause. The O-Gang and the elite “Cairo Gang” were all assassinated by Collin’s twelve-apostles. The British Cabinet, controlled by Lloyd George, Churchill and Chamberlain, threw up their hands, declared a cease-fire and called for a negotiated settlement. Their own intelligence reports had estimated IRA fighters at a minimum of 100,000. The reality was that there were never more than 3,000. Irish Dail President de Valera, knowing that Britain would never accede to all IRA demands, sent Michael Collins to London to negotiate the treaty. When the Prime Minister sat across from and met and negotiated with Collins, he commented: “Where was this man in the Great War? He would have been worth the entire General Staff.” What would Michael Collins done or been capable of doing, at another time or another place? Collins was a man made by the times, for the times, to fit the times. Collins’ greatest intangible sense was his ability to size-up a man and judge what he was capable of. In a country filled with pubs and bluster, this was no easy task. Collins, threatened by “terrible and total warfare” by George and Churchill, signed the treaty ceding the six-northern majority-Protestant counties to Great Britain, but creating an Irish Free State in the South. The most radical republicans never forgave him. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Provisional IRA (Provos) was formed in the Northern counties. They embarked upon a campaign of total terrorism, bombing pubs, schools, hospitals. In 1972, beginning with the Guilford bombing in London, the Provos shifted their campaign to terror-bombings in England to win back the six northern counties. A fictional film that carries great emotional reality is Shake Hands With the Devil (Dir: Michael Anderson, 1959). James Cagney, in one of his last films, plays a medical teacher who step-by-step becomes a fanatical, die-hard Republican and finally refuses to accept the treaty, as much because he has become addicted to fighting and killing as for ideological reasons. He is shot by one of his former students (Michael Redgrave) to stop his murderous campaign of vengeance against his former comrades. The most impressive of films to treat the early years of the IRA is The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006, Dir: Ken Loach), last year’s winner of Cannes’ Palme D’Or. The unusual title, based on an early nineteenth-century ballad honoring Wolf Tone, did not help its US release, but Loach, with his fierce neo-realism, surpasses such neo-realist masterpieces as Rome, Open City (1946, Dir: Rosselini). Shot entirely in Cork County (all Irish actors were from Cork County, all British soldiers were real or retired British soldiers), it is loosely based on Tom Barry’s legendary “Flying Squadron” of West Cork’s IRA Brigade. We follow every terror horror and triumph of the unit. The horrors are many and the triumphs few. Damien (Gillian Murphy), an apolitical medical student accepted into London’s top hospital, on his way to school is so outraged by the atrocities
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of the Black-and-Tans, abandons his journey and joins the West Cork Flying Column. At one point Damien, who spent his whole life studying medicine, is forced to execute a 14-year-old Irish boy he helped give birth to, but had informed by giving up the name of the leader of their Flying Column. “I hope this Ireland we’re fighting for is worth it”, he shouts as he pulls the trigger. As his comrades are tortured beyond comprehension (one has his fingernails pulled out one-by-one), he becomes a cold hardened killer. “Well, boys, the Brits have brought their savagery here; we’ll have to create a greater savagery of our own.” They certainly work towards that goal. The neo-realism of Loach shows us these young men, most under 18, who become hardened fanatics and have to make moral choices on the spot that would require St. Augustine a decade to The real Michael Collins debate. Somehow, they get through it, and somehow they win. Damien, however, refuses to accept the partition-treaty and joins the irregulars. He is executed by his older brother for attacking and killing a Free-Stater. The film explores all the moral and social complexities of the Post-Treaty Civil War, including those who fought for a socialist Ireland. One old-IRA fighter in a meeting declares, “I fought to paint Ireland Green, not to paint it Red!” The moral complexities and stunning neo-realism and cinematography in The Wind That Shakes the Barley marks it as a film that will gain in stature and significance as the century moves forward. Were they martyrs or murderers? Brothers killing brothers, heads blown off by 14-year old “apostles.” Humanity destroyed in order to save humanity! In one of the truest moments of Michael Collins, Collins is asked by someone why he hates the British so much. He replies, “I hate them because they made me hate them.” The two most powerful forces on earth were unleashed- love and hate. I raised a question with the title and opening of my article. I have no answer. I can only repeat, which I do on those lonely sleepless nights when I turn to such metaphysical issues, the words of William Butler Yeats:
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The Creatives North Shore Artists in Profile
Irish Roots and North Shore Harbors Define the Art of Patrick Shea There is a rich Irish history behind the art of Patrick Shea. His maternal Great Grandfather, Commodore John Morrissey, left county Clare alone at the age of 14 for the United States. The Captain of his ship felt sorry for him and made him the ship’s cabin boy. John Morrissey stayed with the Merchant Marines and eventually became Chief Engineer of the Ward Line and assisted in bringing the first US troops over to France during WWI. John Morrissey married Kathrine Dixon, who he met in New York. Kathrine was from County Wexford. Patrick Shea’s paternal Great-Great Grandfather, Timothy Shea, was a wood cut artist in Nova Scotia and his wife, Sabrina O’Connor, was from Ireland. Tim moved the family to Cambridge, MA and Patrick’s Great Grandfather Joseph Shea was born there. Joseph Shea moved to New York where Patrick’s Grandfather, also named Joseph Shea, was born. Patrick’s father, William Connor Shea was the fourth born of 11 children. They lived in Baldwin but would take Sunday drives to the North Shore. Patrick’s father loved the area. After his father served in the war to end all wars, WWII, he married Arlene and lived in Levittown. After saving some money, they bought land in Greenlawn and eventually built a house in the mid-fifties. North Shoreian Artist, Patrick Shea, and his wife Susan, along with their son Michael (who is off to college) his twin sister Kerin, 18, Emily, 15, Kathleen, 11, live in the very home with his father to this day. Patrick’s wife had a professional studio built for him in the garage with perfect Northern light. Patrick started formal classes in oil painting when he was just 12 years old at the Huntington Fine Arts Workshop. It was there where he studied under Jean and Joseph Mack, the owners of the school. When asked what was it that first inspired him to pursue art Patrick re-
plied, “I believe all children enjoy drawing and creating images of the things they enjoy in life. When I was 4, Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon and that night was a very big deal at our house. I was so interested in space and astronauts I started to draw them and their rockets in an almost obsessive way.” It is living on the North Shore that keeps him going. Living close to places such as Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, Northport and Centerport Harbor his entire life create a strong effect on him as an artist. He recalls, as a young boy, how his father would take him to local marinas to simply look at and study the beautiful old wooden boats that were tucked away, far from the newer fiberglass models. To this day, Patrick will comb the local marinas and harbors for subject matter and inspiration. Patrick seems to enjoy finding what he calls the “lost and forgotten” parts of the North Shore. “Either the remnants of a gateway to an old Gold Coast era mansion or an ancient dock, slowly being reclaimed by the water” is what truly intrigues him today. He attributes his very supportive parents when it he presented early abilities which created a desire for Patrick to excel in art. “When I was very young I was blessed to have had the opportunity to study under drawing, painting and sculpture for eight years in an intensive program under the eyes of Mr. & Mrs. Mack.” He continues, “It helped me develop a portfolio that assisted me in being accepted to Carnegie Mellon University.” At Carnegie Mellon Patrick recalls having some real stand out professors, including his advanced anatomy teacher, Herb Olds, who Patrick feels taught him more about drawing in one year than all his other years combined. His Professor, Bruce Carter, introduced him to Robert Henri’s book The Art Spirit, a bible of sorts for artists that Patrick carries around with him. The book is a collection of notes taken by Robert Henri’s students over the years and was put together after his death. The students included great artists like Rockwell Kent and Edward Hooper. Patrick said “My influences are very diverse and range from the post impressionists of the 19th century to Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, Edvard Munch, Winslow Homer, Vincent Van Gogh and N.C. Wyeth. They have all had a very strong impact on the development of my technique and subject matter” Looking at his work, you see that Patrick enjoys using many different mediums and will sometimes combine. For rendering in the classic 39
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sense Patrick will use graphite and croquil pen & ink. He can also be bit, I took elements of previous paintings that I liked and kept with it. found using water colors, acrylic and even egg tempra. Finally, a consistent style emerged that was really eluding me for some Patrick will never tire of looking at the LI Sound while driving on time.” James Street in Northport. When by the gazebo in Northport park, he When Patrick enters his studio to paint he will usually make still always think aloud “I cannot believe I live here”. The only time many drawings of the subject matter before he begins to paint. Patrick he was away from the North Shore was when at Carnegie Mellon said, “I am very familiar to it before I pick up a brush. I can almost in Pittsburgh. Whenever see how the home on break, the first finished painting thing he would do was will look.” race down to Centerport His most combeach and soak in the mon approach is views. Patrick said “I to go to the site, have always been proud create several of where I live and have highly rendered always considered myself drawings and lucky to be a North Shorewill also take ian.” many photos of Knowing a little of details, close his Irish roots I asked Patups, etc. Then rick what does being Irish he will go back American mean to him. to his studio in He said he has always Greenlawn to been extremely proud of create the final his Irish heritage. “I bepainting. If he lieve there has been 23 US gets stuck in his Presidents of Irish descent. The Irish are a hard working people that creation mode he will return and make more drawings. helped build this country.” I asked Patrick if there is anything he would like to say to people who Visiting Ireland in the mid-eighties was a significant impact on will be seeing his art. He replied, “I would say to try and get a chance Patrick. He found himself mesmerized by the Ring of Kerry, Giant’s to see the original paintings. Some paintings are quite large and filled Causeway, the seemingly endless stone fences and with thick textures. Also, try and find out what the Patrick seems to enjoy the early carvings at sites like Newgrange. Patimage may be saying. For instance, The Sea Otter rick has incorporated some of these places in his is of the lobster boat of the same name with empty finding what he calls the paintings over the years. Patrick said “Whenever I lobster cages. To the right of the painting is the “lost and forgotten” parts of am painting a large seascape, I always think of the almost empty field of gray blue. This painting was the North Shore. Cliffs of Mohrin County Clare. a comment on the decline of the lobsters in the Right now landscapes are the focus of his LI Sound. Empty cages, and an uncertain future subject matter but he has a few new canvases about to be created that by showing the “abyss” like bay, I deleted the land in the background will include the human figure. Groups of people that will help create because I wanted it to have an empty look to it.” more of a narrative. Patrick employs a unique use of color and blending in his work. He will start off creating a dark rendering directly on the canvas using burnt sienna and Prussian blue. He believes the strength of the painting comes from a strong rendering. Patrick will create many layers and the pigments become lighter in color as the painting is created. “I like using bold shapes and a strong use of line, color and heavy brushstrokes that develop a harmony with one another to help compliment the composition” said Patrick. From his work that I have seen I was able to discern a particular brush stroke or pattern in many of his works, I asked Patrick if this is something that has developed over a course of time or has he used this technique since the start. Patrick replied, “This technique took years to develop. My paintings used to be all over the place. I let the subject matter and medium help dictate the style. As I matured a 40 Improper Northshoerian March 20038 38
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His favorite place to go on the North Shore is to a small beach club he belongs to on Makamah Beach in Northport, near Fort Salonga. He finds it to be very quiet there. “We build camp fires and have lobster bakes and smores. It is also a great place to Kayak” Patrick said. He continues, “If you drive up the road from there, you will find Callahan’s beach with amazing bluffs over the Sound. That place is very special to me.” Patrick has served as an award winning art director in New York City and has been successful in the graphic design industry. Currently, Patrick is a graphic consultant for Fortune 200 and 500 companies. “Now that my four children are a bit older now, I plan on painting full time within the next few years. I am very excited about this and feel like I am just getting started at 43” Patrick said. If you are interested in speaking with Patrick regarding his work you can email him at ptrck_shea@ yahoo.com and set up an appointment to view paintings in his Greenlawn studio. You can also call Patrick at 631-332-9760.
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NS Events: Where to go, What to show! Welcome to The North Shoreian Events Calendar. After a year of preparing this calendar, it still amazes me the variety of events availThe Eloquence of the Irish “You see things and you say, “Why? But I dream things that never were and I say, “Why not?” -George Bernard Shaw “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” -William Butler Yeats “Thank you for another special morning and thank you for an even better day. And thank you in advance if there’s even half a chance you’ll stay one more morning. One more day!” -Rod McKuen Art Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8th Adult Workshops at Gallery North Oil Painting Color Workshop with Eileen Sanger; Sat. Mar. 7 & 8, 10-5 Calll for more info and registration. Workshops for beginners and advanced students. Workshop fees are $140; $140 for Friends of North. Gallery North, 7512676 or firstname.lastname@example.org
able for entertainment, education and charity. See you out and about ! This column will endeavor to be the definitive source for Winner’s Gallery – An exhibit of the Gallery North Outdoor Art Show Westlake, Teubner, Reina, Mansueto and many other artists. Runs until March 15th. Gallery North, 90 No. Country Rd., Setauket For info call (631) 751-2676 or www.GalleryNorth.org March 3rd to March 30th High Art Showcase at The Art-rium Gallery in Melville Work by High school students from districts that participate in the Huntington Arts Council’s Journey Arts-in-Education program. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm. Huntington Arts Council Art-trium Gallery, 25 Melville Park Rd., Melville For info call 631 271-8423 ext. 15 or www.huntingtonarts.org Red – A Group Show Themed exhibit of many artists. Baron Krody, Eleanor Meier, Jane McGraw Teubner and many others. For more info call the Christopher Gallery 631 6891601 or www.christophergallery.net
Runs Through April 6th
March 4th to March 29th
A Brilliant Disguise, Main Street Petite Gallery A portrait exhibit juried by portraitist & muralist Mario Tucci; 30 artists. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am to 5pm; 1st two Sat. until 4pm. For info call 631-271-8423 or online at www.huntingtonarts.org. Huntington Arts Council Main Street Petite Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington
Origins, an Exhibit of Paintings by Marney Schorr Gallery open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 128pm; Fridays & Saturdays 12-9pm. Artastic Destination, 372 New York Avenue, Huntington For info call Claudia Markovich, (631) 424-7074 or email email@example.com
March 28th to April 19th A Pinch and A Dash at Mills Pond House Gallery Smithtown Township Arts Council Annual Art Exhibition in Celebration of Women’s History Month Opening reception Sat., March 28th from 2 to 4pm. Admission is free. Gallery hours are M-F 10am to 5pm and Sat. & Sun. 12 to 4pm. Call 631 862-8575 or visit www.stacarts.org. Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th The Children’s Studio Art Exhibit at Gallery North Reception Saturday, March 28th from 2 to 4pm Exhibit of children’s artwork. Gallery North, 90 No. Country Rd., Setauket For info call 631-751-2676 or www.GalleryNorth.org Gallery North Art Auction at the Three Village Inn Friday, March 27th, 6-9pm Exhibit of Art Auction artwork by Christian White, Doug Reina, George D’Amato, Laura Westlake, Lois Reboli and Kate Reboli and others. Exhibit at Gallery North prior to auction from March 18th to the 26th. Gallery North, 90 No. Country Rd., Setauket, NY For info call (631) 751-2676 or www.GalleryNorth.org
A Collection of Original Joseph Reboli Paintings on Exhibit Paintings are on exhibit and available for purchase. Christopher Gallery, 131 Main Street, Stony Brook Villlage For more info call (631) 689-1601 or email info@ christophergallery.net BOOKS Booksignings at the Book Revue Authors will speak about books as well. Book Revue, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington Call (631) 271-1442 or visit online www.bookrevue. com. All signings at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Wednesday, March 4th David Weber signing book, Storm of the Shadows. Thurs, March 5th LI psychologist , Suzanne Phillips and social worker, Dianne Kane signing, Healing Together; A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Fri, March 6th, Bestselling author, Jodi Picoult signing new novel, Handle With Care Thurs, March 12th, The North Sea Poetry Scene members read latest anthology, Long Island Sounds 2008: An Anthology of Poetry from Maspeth to Montauk and Beyond.
events along the North Shore and will feature art, fundraising, music, theater, film, dance, opera, literature, poetry, lectures and sports. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 30 days prior to your event . Marie Ann Mordeno, Events Editor
Fri, March 20th Jaime Pressly, actress from My Name is Earl, signing memoir, It’s Not Necessarily Not the Truth: Dreaming Bigger than the Town You’re From Wed, March 25th, Lauren Miller, breast cancer survivor signs book, Hearing His Whisper…A Journey Through Cancer and Divorce Thurs, March 26th , Alyssa Milano signing memoir, Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic Sun, March 29th Terry Sclafani, Northport author, signs book in children’s series, The Thompson Twins Western Adventure. Sunday, March 15th Author Carl Lennertz Book Talk: Cursed by a Happy Childhood Long Island Museum in Stony Brook - 2pm Lennertz delights withnostalgic stories from his funny book about growing up on LI. The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook (631) 751-0066 or online www.LongIslandMuseum.org DANCE Saturday, March 7th Swing Dance Long Island at the Brush Barn in Smithtown presents music of Lady Luck & the Suicide Kings Lesson 6:30 to 8, Dancing 8 to 11pm; Tickets $15. Singles & Couples welcome; no partners needed. For more info call (631) 467-3707 or visit on the web at www.SDLI.com Sunday, March 22nd Latino Music Series, Part II LONG ISLAND MUSEUM, 2pm. Listen, dance and sing to traditional Chilean and Peruvian music by Nutria NN. Try authentic South American food…a great day! The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook (631) 751-0066 or online at www.LongIslandMuseum.org DINING Tuesday, March 10th 80th Annual Three Village Garden Club Luncheon at The Three Village Inn in Stony Brook 11am start. Raffles, meeting, entertainment by Trevor Davison and lunch. Cost $25 per person; sorry no refunds; Cash Bar Available. For reservations contact Mrs. Jeanette Davia Terrell, 2 Equity Ct., Mt. Sinai, NY 11766 or Three Village Garden Club, Inc. Box 2083, Setauket, NY
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Wednesday, March 18th 32nd Annual Awards Celebration & Night of Comedy The Three Village Historical Society at Stony Brook Yacht Club The evening’s special entertainment is Peter Bales, comedian and author of How Come They Always Had Battles in National Parks? Hors d’Oeurves at 6 and dinner at 7. $50 per person. For reservations contact the Three Village Historical Society, P.O.Box 76, East Setauket, NY 11733 or online at www.tvhs.org FILM Monday, March 2nd Wings of Defeat Wang Center at Stony Brook University With special guest speaker Producer/Director Risa Morimoto Port Jefferson Documentary Series Spring 2009 at7pm Documentary that shatters the myth of the fanatical kamikaze to reveal a generation of men forced to pay for an empire’s pride with their lives. A moving and informative film whose aim is peace and understanding. A must see! For info call Arts Council at (631) 473-5220 or visit online at www.gpjac.org. Thursday, March 12th Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Tennis Shoes In Person: Filmmaker, Peter Rosen at 7:30pm Tickets $9/Public, $12/ includes reception; CAC members unless otherwise noted. Contact www.cinemaartscentre.org or 631-423-7611for schedule. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington Staller Center Film Series Tickets and info: 631 632-ARTS on online @ stallercenter.com FUNDRAISING Sunday, March 8th Hope for Javier: Dine Away Duchenne, A Tapas Extravaganza Hosted by Maria’s of Nesconset; Live Flamenco Music. All of Javier’s favorite pinchos; sangria pairing and a DASH OF HOPE. Seatings at 5 and 7:30pm. Eat well while doing good! Contact Maria’s of Nesconset for reservations or if you cannot make it, call and make a donation. Maria’s of Nesconset Saturday, March 14th St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head Shaving Events Raising money for Childhood Cancer Research Napper Tandy’s, Laurel Avenue, Northport, NY Tommy’s Place, Broadway, Rocky Point, NY The Park Lounge, East Main Street, Kings Park [NOTE! This event is on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009] Visit Online at www.StBaldricks.org for more details. Friday, March 20th Fundraiser concert with 2 of IMAC’s Smooth Jazz favourites, Acoustic Alchemy and Chieli Minucci & Special EFX Meet the Artists! Enjoy Gourmet Foods, Wines, Desserts, Raffles & more
7pm Meet & Greet Gala – 8pm Concert - Tickets $100 Gala/ $65 Concert Only IMAC, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington Box Office (631) 549-ARTS or e-mail to boxoffice@ imactheater.org
Evita to Clooney. Takes requests…… “Come on down and see her some time.” to Bliss that is. BLISS RESTAURANT & BAR, 766 Route 25A, East Setauket Reservations: (631) 941-0430 or email to blissli.com
Runs to March 27th
Michael Khorb: Soothing Guitar and Song Perfect for Sunday afternoon. Dinner, bar menu and beverages. Oscar’s Restaurant, Route 25A, St. James
Suffrage and Courage: A Woman’s Quest for Equality WMHO Educational & Cultural Center A thought provoking drama debating a Women’s Right to Vote, circa 1917, as seen through the eyes of Suffrage Advocate Alva Vanderbilt Belmont & Caroline Astor. WMHO Educational and Cultural Center Call for registration (631) 689-5888 Thursday, March 30th, 2009 Mather Hospital’s 12th Annual Comedy Show Smithtown resident and Longtime Mather employee Tom Heiman will MC and perform for his 12th straight year at Mather Hospital’s 12th Annual Comedy Show. The event will be held at East Wind Caterers, Wading River, NY on Thursday, March 30, 2009, 6:30 pm. Proceeds will benefit Behavioral Health Services at Mather Hospital. Tickets are $75 per person for general public and $40 for Mather employees and guests. Ticket prices include dinner, dessert and show. A cash bar will be available. The evening’s featured professional comedians are:
Tuesdays Music at Pentimento Every Tuesday, 6 – 8pm. Bocacinni and specialty Martinis. Pentimento, 93 Main Street, Stony Brook (631) 6897755 Wednesdays Wednesday, March 4th Stephanie Nilles, Amy Crawford and the Electric Acoustic Long Island. 8-10PM, Free Admission. Music ONE Wednesday each month Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A, St. James. Email to email@example.com
Stevie GB - “The World’s Funniest Accountant.” His comedy is described as intelligent, friendly and clean. He was the audience choice winner at the 2006 Huntington Arts Council Laff-Off.
Jazz in the Living Room at Mill Pond House, St. James 7:30pm. Bring your own instrument. Beginners welcome; everybody plays Started by Ranny Reene over 40 years ago. Free for listeners. $5 for participants. Smithtown Township Art League, Mills Pond House, Rte 25A, St. James, NY
Tim Gage - a writer and regular contributor on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” and has opened for big name acts including Colin Quinn, Kevin James and Ray Romano. Joe Bronzi - won the title “Funniest Long Island Comic” at Stand-Up NY in Manhattan and has opened has opened for top talents, including David Brenner, Robert Klein and Jerry Seinfeld.
Trevor Davison at BLISS Dinner or Bar Menu and The Piano Man. Come to Bliss for dinner or bar menu and music! Trevor plays from 8–11 pm. Bliss Restaurant and Bar, 766 Route 25A, East Setauket For reservations call (631) 941-0430 or visit online at www.blissli.com
Mitchell Walters – his TV appearances include “The Tonight Show” and A&E’s “Comedy On The Road,” and was one of Sam Kinnison’s original “Outlaws of Comedy. For tickets call, 631-476-2723 or visit www.matherhospital.org/comedy.
Wally Alysse at The Piano Wednesdays In The Lounge WAVE Restautrant & Lounge Danford’s Hotel & Marina 25 E. Broadway Port Jefferson For info call (631) 928-5200 or online at www.danfords.com
Sunday, March 1st
Music at Pentimento Every Thursday, 6-8pm Rudy Perrone, classical guitarist and composer performs. Bocacinni and specialty Martinis Pentimento, 93 Main Street, Stony Brook, (631) 6897755
North Shore Pro Musica Chamber Music Concert at the Cultural Center Ward Melville Heritage Organization in Stony Brook Village Pentimento Restaurant is offering a prix fixe menu in honor of Pro Musica after the concert. Program will be music for woodwinds including Beethoven’s Quintet for Piano and Woodwinds, Players from the Ark by Peter Child with David Bouchier, narrator. Tickets $18, general admission and $12 for students. For further info call (631) 584 -8945. Please call (631) 689-7755 for reservations for dinner.. Sundays Carolyn Benson performs at Bliss Every Sunday at 6pm Carolyn comes to us from her recent performance as “Mae West” but sings everything from
Fridays Rick Anzalone at The Fifth Season in Port Jefferson Every Friday Music 5-8PM; Happy Hour Specials 4-6PM; Bar Menu beginning at 4PM The Fifth Season, Route 25A, Port Jefferson Village www.thefifth-season.com Trevor Davison at the Country House Tonight and every Friday night Prix Fixe Prime Rib dinner at $19.95; expanded lounge area and beautiful white piano bar. Country House Restaurant & Club at Stony Brook,
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Route 25A, Stony Brook Reservations not necessary except for dinner. For more info call (631) 751-3332 Jazz Duo; Chris & Andrew at The Fifth Season Saturdays in Port Jefferson Village Music Saturdays 7-11PM; bar menu beginning at 4PM Music 5-8PM; Happy Hour Specials 4-6PM; Bar Menu beginning at4PM The Fifth Season, East Broadway, Port Jefferson Village. www.thefifth-season.com Saturdays Ernie Byrd and other Music Greats at Grasso’s For a great dinner and an amazing jazz quartet in the heart of Cold Spring Harbor. Music also on Tuesday through Sunday. Check restaurant for exact schedule. Grasso’s, 134 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. For reservations and exact schedule call (631) 3676060 www.grassosrestaurant.com Open Mic Night with Rich and Kyle at Cool Beanz Saturday Nights, Sign up 7:30PM, from 8PM – 11PM. For schedule of Poetry Night, Teen Open Mic Night, Psychic Night and Music Events call (631) 862-4111 or Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cool Beanz Coffee House, 556-04 North Country Road, St. James Saturday, March 7th Leo Kottke – Guitarist at IMAC in Huntington Show at 8pm. Tickets $45/$34 Members IMAC, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington Box Office: (631) 549-ARTS e-mail to boxoffice@ imactheater.org Olga Kern, Piano Classical Music at Tilles Center Chopin Piano Sonatas 1, 2 & 3. Tickets: $90, $70, $50 (Seniors, $87, $67, $47) Performance Plus Event 6:45pm Hillwood Recital Hall $5. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, C.W.Post
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com or call (631) 632-1093.
Stanley Clarke Band – Jazz Bassist at IMAC in Huntington Show at 8pm. Tickets $50/$37.50 Members IMAC, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington For the Box Office call (631) 549-ARTS or e-mail to email@example.com . Saturday, March 28th
March 12th Andy Cooney’s Forever Irish Tour Tickets and Information AT SMITHTOWN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. Ticket price: $42.50. Call (866) 811-4111 (toll free) Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main Street Smithtown For more information on Andy Cooney’s Forever Irish Tour VISIT www.smithtownpac.org
Got Talent? Long Island – Showcase for Area Performers Cresthollow Country Club to Benefit Huntington Arts Councel Song, dance and comedy, join in the fun! Tickets: show only $35; show and dinner, up to $80. Huntington Arts Council. For info call (631) 271-8423 ext. 15 or online at www.huntingtonarts.org SPEAKERS AND PROGRAMS Friday, March 20th Steve Cluett, Captain of The Seawolf, SBUS Marine Biology Department Research Ship Presents To The Lunch Group at St. George’s Golf Course, Stony Brook Lunch and presentation starts at 12 noon. For reservations contact firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible. Saturday, March 21st Deanna Nelson presents Women and Colonial Textiles Women’s History Month at Blydenburgh-Weld House – 1-3PM Blydenburgh County Park North Entrance, New Mill Road, Smithtown Sponsored by Suffolk County Parks & Recreation, Steve Levy, County Executive Hosted by LI Greenbelt Trail Conference Suffolk County Archeology Society For info call: (631) 360-0753 or email to ligreenbelt@ verizon.net.
Staller Center Gala 2009 An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin 8pm on the Main Stage. Two Broadway giants, onstage together, for an electrifying evening. Show tickets are sold out. A limited number of Gala sponsorships that include a reception are available. Call (631) 632-7469.
EDITOR’S NOTE: My friend, with whom I graduated high school in Northport’s class of 1980, is performing on Saturday, March 21st. Singer and songwriter Claudia Jacobs, from Stony Brook performs her unique blend of jazz, folk and country on guitar. the concert will be at the Corwith Homestead Parlor Music Series in Bridgehampton, reservations are necessary, call: 537-1088. She has a new EP out titled “Makin’ Lemonade”, that will be offered for sale. You can listen to her at www. claudiajacobs.com. Be sure to pick up our April Issue of The North Shoreian as she will be our featured North Shoreian Musician.
Winter on the L.I. Greenbelt Trails Hiking trails ….Get out and walk. For full schedule contact: L.I. Greenbelt Trail Conference, P.O. Box 5636, Hauppauge, NY Or call (6310 360-0753 or email to ligreenbelt@ verizon.net
Celtic Twist with Cindy Kallet & Gray Larsen SBU’s The University Café, 2pm. Cindy is a singer/ songwriter and Grey Irish flute player plus concertina, fiddle, piano and harmonium and impressive singer. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early! Tickets advance sale $20 until March 12th online at www.universitycafe. org; $25 at door. Email to SundayStreetWUSB@aol.
Rhythm Kings Acoustic Duo at The Bench In Stony Brook on Saturdays, 7PM-10PM The Bench, Route 25A, Stony Brook
Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st Ducks Unlimited New York State Convention Danford’s Hotel and Marina, Port Jefferson For more info email: email@example.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Parades on the North Shore For a listing and details please see page 26 in this issue Sunday, March 15th
THEATER THE 12TH Annual Festival of One Act Plays on the Second Stage at the Theatre Theatre Three presents the 12th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays which opens on March 1 for a 10-performance run. As always, the evening offers a diverse and unusual range of works to entertain, to intrigue, and to fascinate. Over the past 11 seasons, the Festival has presented 57 premieres of plays submitted from across the world. This year, six have been selected from some 600 submissions: BACK TO NORMAL by Tom Moran; BEEP by Joe Godfrey; BLEND by Guillermo Reyes; JUST BUSINESS by Jeff Carter; THE VICAR, OR “HESITANCY” by Shannon Reed; and THE WORM by Tom Deiker. The dozen actors who make up this year’s company include returning performers Danny Amy, Dana Bush, Phyllis March, Bill Pierce, Debbie Starker, Stephen Wangner, and Festival veteran Brian Smith, who has appeared in nine previous Festivals and over 20 plays. They will be joined by Anya Absten, Ryan Alvarado, Megan Bush, Toni Carraci, and Keith Schneider. The dangers of political correctness and the potential destruction facing our education system is the subject of the hilarious BACK TO NORMAL. BEEP is an unusual look at relationships as one man faces his answering machine. Author Joe Godfrey’s SWAN SONG was featured in the 2002 Festival. BLEND’s disturbing anatomy of perception explores issues of identity as a young woman’s presence creates upheaval in a small Arizona town. JUST BUSINESS is a darkly comic entanglement where a “business deal” is not what it seems; Jeff Carter’s plays were seen in two previous festivals BREAK OF DAY (2006) and THE AGE OF UGLY SHOES (2007). THE VICAR, OR “HESITANCY” is a light romantic comedy set in a struggling Lutheran church; playwright Shannon Reed’s works were seen in 2006 with BOUND FOR GLORY and 2007 with WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE. Suggested by the true story of serial killer Pedro Alonso Lopez, THE WORM is a devastating confrontation of responsibility as a nun is haunted by an act of mercy. The evening is directed by Executive Artistic Director Jeffrey Sanzel (who has directed 10 of the 11 previous Festivals) and original music is being composed by Jennifer Testa, whose work has included four previous Festivals. Costume design will be by Randall Parsons and Bonnie Vidal. Scenic design is by Danny Amy. The evening will be stage managed by Elizabeth Trupia. Please note that the performance dates are sporadic: Sunday, March 1 at 7:00 pm Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 pm Sunday, March 8 at 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 11 at 8:00 pm Saturday, March 14 at 3:00 pm Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 pm Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 pm Saturday, March 21 at 3:00 pm Friday, March 27 at 8:00 pm Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 pm THEATRE THREE, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson. Call (631) 928-9100 or www.theatrethree.com
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RUNS TO MARCH 21ST Cash: Ring of Fire, Theatre Three, Port Jefferson Created by Richard Maltby Jr.; Conceived by William Meade. From the heart of the songs of singer and songwriter Johnny Cash comes a unique musical show about love and faith, struggle and success. Captures the Man in Black. THEATRE THREE, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson. Call (631) 928-9100 or visit www. theatrethree.com. Saturday, March 21st to April 26th Curtains, The Musical at Smithtown Performing Arts Center Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts and follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin’ Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. Can a police detective/ musical theatre fan save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself? Ticket Price: $30.00 Friday/Saturday; $26.00 Sunday/ Thursday; $18.00 Student w/ID Tickets by Phone: 866-811-4111 (Toll Free) Smithtown Performing Arts Center, 2 E. Main Street, Smithtown For Tickets call (631) 724-3700 or email: smithtownpac.org Runs March 12th to April 19th Little Women – The Musical Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and book by Alan Knee. Musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences and novel. Powerful score Soars with the sounds of personal discovery, healing and hope. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. Tickets: 631-261-2900 or www.engemantheater.com CIRCLE YOUR CALENDAR! April 3rd to May 1st 14 Photographers in Focus at Gallery North Show runs from April 3rd to May 1st with a reception on Friday, April 3rd , 5-7pm. Gallery North, 90 No. Country Rd., Setauket, NY 11790
Out and About By Marie Ann Mordeno & Grace Forestieri
An Evening in Huntington Village
You cannot miss when choosing an evening in Huntington village. I invited my friend Grace to join me. The evening began with a small bites dinner at Honu followed by a smooth jazz concert at IMAC. We decided to try HONU formerly Blue Honu for a quick dinner before the KEIKO MATSUI concert at IMAC. Dinner was amazing. Grace and I were seated by a very hospitable waiter by the fireplace. We had less than an hour but since the theater is across the street, it was perfect. We ordered martinis, a coconut and a cosmo. At ten to 8, we had plenty of time to run across and get to our seats. Honu is a wonderful, romantic restaurant in the heart of Huntington Village. Its flowing draperies, elegant chandeliers, cozy booths, and fireside tables all set the stage for wooing and wowing your dinner date. The newly updated tapas menu has exciting dishes guaranteed to please the palate. The bar is amazing and cocktails like the coconut martini, peach mojito, Pom martini, and Besito margarita are crowd pleasers. On a recent visit there my dinner companion and I enjoyed several tapas which included carrot ginger soup, halibut with sundried tomato and orange, and skirt steak romesco, with red onion, all delightful. Several other examples of unique tapas include duck with scallion and cucumber, scallops with almonds and honey, filet mignon with potatoes au gratin and roast baby lamb chops with sweet potato hash. The desserts we had were traditional favorites but every bit delicious. We had a warm brownie topped with ice cream that was extraordinary and a luscious and velvety cheesecake that was heaven. If you want to have an extraordinary evening I suggest you start (or end) it at Honu. KEIKO MATSUI in concert at IMAC, was an event to remember. I had met Keiko and her manager backstage at the Dave Koz Holiday concert at the Nokia Theater in December. We made arrangements to see her in Huntington. Keiko gave a very special performance with new music and anecdotes about her travels with the band. She has performed at IMAC for years. Her story about their tour in Russia was hilarious. Her audience really got to see a little of the personal side. She introduced her music and explained why she named each piece and what inspired her. Michael Rothbard, Executive Director of Inter-Media Arts Center for 35 years, was as always a staple to IMAC and a charming host. Keiko Matsui’s sound is a blend of new age, contemporary jazz, and classical music that has both Eastern and Western influences. Keiko played songs from past albums and her most recent release: Moyo which was influenced by her most recent trip to Africa. Moyo is Swahili for “Heart and Soul” and that is what Keiko, along with other artists like trumpeter Hugh Masakela, sax player Gerald Albright, soprano sax player Paul Taylor, bassist/vocalist Richard Bona, drummer Akira Jimbo and vocalist Waldemar Bastos, have poured into this album. In addition, her performance at IMAC in Huntington
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was outstanding. Whether she was playing the synthesizer or piano, she brought forth an incredibly edgy, yet at times, tender wave of sound that was both mesmerizing and provocative. A tender moment of the evening was when she beautifully played “Forever, Forever”
North Shoreians on Winter Break The McKennas of Northport Village in Vermont
composed after her daughter told her “Mommy, I love you forever, forever.” Kieko Matsui is a graceful, phenomenal talent whose music transcends much of today’s contemporary jazz and whose “heart and soul” certainly comes through in each and every song. We were told that all concert goers would receive a free coconut martini at Honu. A brief interview and photo shoot rounded out the evening with Keiko Matsui ever so personable and lovely. Check out IMAC’s schedule for ‘09. Leo Kottke, guitarist, StanSnow angels
ley Clarke Band, jazz Bassist and coming on Friday, March 20th, a fundraiser concert Gala with Acoustic Alchemy and Cheili Minucci and Special EFX. Any night at Honu is great, be adventuresome and try something different each time you go. Each dish was different and delicious. The chic bar crowd started fiiling in as we left. It is a hopping place. I must admit we skipped the free martini and headed back to Setauket and visited with friends at the Three Village Inn to see Trevor Davison at the piano. Grace encouraged me to schedule another evening out........we had a great time. All in all, wherever you are, it is definitely worth the trip to Huntington Village. McKenna Family Skiing
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Laura Westlake, and her artwork with artist husband
David Hanson holding wood bowl of Donald Lindsley, wood artist
Colleen Hansen, director of Gallery North, Lois Reboli, artist and Karen Coburn
Carolyn Benson at Bliss Wania and Lou Petrucci and Rebecca Posteraro and Paul Wilson Kamp
Jim and Pat Lucerino Kathleen Swedish and the Improper Cinephile Robin, Donna and Ron of Bliss Restaurant
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Florie Sternlieb, Alice DAmico and Eleanor Meier at The Lunch Group Aaron Godfrey, speaker, with Mickey Parks and Carol Lane of The Lunch Group at The Country House
Rocco and Mama talk meatballs at Book Revue signing
Deirdre Dougherty and Carol Silva, news anchor at News 12 LI one of three honorees at Perfecting the Art of Business executive breakfast at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook...theme Growing Up on Long Island Deirdre Dougherty and Carol Silva
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Colors of Long Island Art Reception at The Long Island Museum
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