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Long Island’s Got Talent 2017

 

It’s Time for “Long Island’s Got Talent” 2017!

Entry Deadline:  March 17

Stony Brook, NY – Attention Long Island students!  Can you carry a tune? Is a musical instrument your specialty? If so, get your audition DVD or YouTube video submitted now for Long Island’s Got Talent 2017, hosted by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO).

Created by WMHO’s Youth Corps, the event gives Long Island students the opportunity to show off their talents this spring. It’s open to students 10-17 years of age in Nassau or Suffolk County who must still be in high school at the time awards are given in November 2017.  Talent must be non-professional vocal or musical instrument performances. The entry deadline is March 17 and there is a $25 entry fee. Those who are contacted after submitting their audition will be asked to perform at the first round performance on April 7 at 6:30 pm at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in the Stony Brook Village Center. Finalists chosen will also have the opportunity to perform at WMHO’s Sunday Summer Concerts series in July and August and finals will take place on November 3, 2017 when the winners will be chosen.

 

For full details download the Official Entry Form

Dogwood Tree Planted in Honor of Erik Halvorsen

December 15, 2016

Dogwood Tree Planted in honor of Erik Halvorsen

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Stony Brook, NY – Last summer, Erik Halvorsen, owner of Norse Tree Service in Setauket, worked on a project with Michael J. Opisso Designs beautifying the Village Green in Stony Brook Village.  When that project was finished, Erik mentioned that he had always wanted to donate a Dogwood tree to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) and it was determined that a location would be finalized at a later date.  Unfortunately in light of his recent tragic passing, that will not happen.

In his honor, WMHO has now planted that tree for him.  A 14-foot Dogwood was recently donated and installed by Jeff Owen of Owen Brothers Landscaping.  A bronze plaque honoring Erik’s memory will be placed on a boulder on the Village Green at a special dedication ceremony this spring.  Erik was pleased after learning of the significance of the Dogwood tree to the organization.  Jenny Melville, mother of WMHO’s founder, Ward Melville, loved Dogwoods and had them planted throughout the area, many times on private property.  Her dishware collection, used at the Three Village Inn for decades, also has the pattern of the Dogwood tree on it.

If you would like to make a contribution, please send your tax deductible donation to WMHO (P. O. Box 572, Stony Brook, NY 11790) and note Erik’s name. Any proceeds over and above the cost of the plaque and boulder will be given to the Halvorsen family.

For more information please contact 631-751-2244.

Photo Credit:  WMHO

Celebrating Sinatra…Swing That Music with Danny Bacher and The Jazz Loft Big Band

December 13, 2016                                                         

 

“Celebrating Sinatra…Swing That Music” with Danny Bacher
and The Jazz Loft Big Band
Limited Engagement Performances Open January 20

 Stony Brook, NY – An impressive jazz event will take place this January at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center featuring singer, saxophonist and entertainer, Danny Bacher, accompanied by the compelling sounds of Trumpeter Tom Manuel and his 11-piece Jazz Loft Big Band.

Danny Bacher has an engaging stage presence, evoking the true greats in entertainment, and along with his saxophone prowess you have one of the hottest musicians on the scene today. He has toured internationally and worked with world-class talents in music, theater, comedy and is also a proud member of the New York Friars Club.

“Danny Bacher is reminiscent of ‘triple talent’ icons such as Louis Armstrong and Sammy Davis, Jr…..who can hold his own improvising on soprano sax or scatting with the best musicians on the scene…he has a natural flair for comedy and a voice full of soul.”- Roseanna Vitro, Grammy® Nominated Jazz Vocalist & Educator; “A prodigiously talented musical preservationist.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times.

The shows will also feature the extraordinary sounds of the Big Band era, courtesy of Tom Manuel, President and Founder of The The Jazz Loft, the only venue of its kind on Long Island offering performances, education and the preservation of a treasure trove of memorabilia housed there. Manuel is also a jazz historian and music educator and holds an adjunct position at Suffolk Community College as well as a faculty position with the Stony Brook University Pre-College Music Division.

Performances will take place January 20, 21 and 22 at the Cultural Center located at 97P Main Street, Stony Brook Village.  Saturday, Sunday Matinee performances begin at 2 pm and the cost is $35 pp.  Friday, Saturday evening performances begin at 7 pm (includes wine and light refreshments) and the cost is $40 pp.  Reservations are required.

For further information visit stonybrookvillage.com or call 631-689-5888.

Annual Black Friday Festivities Planned for Stony Brook Village

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Stony Brook, NY – If you need a great day out after all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and all that turkey, then head down to Stony Brook Village for a full day of Black Friday family-friendly events, November 25, starting at Noon.

fallWith over 30 shops and 7 restaurants to choose from, you can spend this traditional bargain day accomplishing what you need to in a charming setting overlooking Stony Brook Harbor.  Take in the sounds of holiday carolers and wind chimes, the sights of festive holiday windows and the tastes of high-end micro brewed craft beers and cheeses from around the world at Brew Cheese.  The day also includes live music with WALK Radio and “Walkie Bear,” a petting zoo, wine tastings at Lake Side Emotions, dance performances by Roseland School of Dance and specials, discounts and free samples in stores.

For full information contact 631-751-2244 or visit stonybrookvillage.com.

37th Annual Holiday Festival and Holiday Tree Competition

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization Celebrates its

37th Annual Holiday Festival in the Stony Brook Village Center 

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Stony Brook, NY- This year will mark 37 years The Ward Melville Heritage Organization has hosted its Annual Holiday Festival in picturesque Stony Brook Village.

Festivities will take place Sunday, December 4th from 1 to 5:30 pm and will include caroling throughout the day, a holiday train display at the Educational & Cultural Center, a petting zoo, the “Forgotten Christmas” theatrical performance by WMHO’s Youth Corps, Wiggs Opticians Holiday Windows and, of course, Santa Clause. He will thrill adults and children alike as he arrives with great fanfare on a horse-drawn carriage to hear children’s wishes from 2 pm to 5 pm. WALK Radio, with help from “Walkie Bear,” will also be on hand playing holiday music throughout the day and spinning their popular raffle wheel.  Santa returns in dramatic style at 5:30 pm atop a 3,000 light float created especially for him by the Stony Brook Fire Department for the annual tree lighting.

There is also a Holiday Tree Competition.  Families and community groups will decorate some 60 holiday trees beginning at noon on December 4 and they will be part of the traditional Promenade of Trees which will remain on display through January 1. The deadline to enter and reserve your tree is November 18 and the visiting public will choose the winner. The winning tree entry will receive a $150 Stony Brook Village Center Gift Certificate usable in over 35 Village Center stores and 7 restaurants. Ballots will be available in all Village Center stores.

To be part of the Holiday Tree competition or for additional information call 631-751-2244 or visit www.stonybrookvillage.com.

Photo Credit:  WMHO

“Young At Heart” Alzheimer’s & Dementia Programming Begins

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 Stony Brook, NY – In a unique collaborative effort between WMHO, Stony Brook Medicine, the Long Island State Veterans Home and The Jazz Loft, programming is now being launched for early stage Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. “Young At Heart” will offer the proven benefits of live music, movement and art therapy.

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.  An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have the disease this year, and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2016, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $236 billion. In 2015, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women, and 34 percent are age 65 or older. (Statistics taken from the Alzheimer’s Association 2016)

The first program, The Swingin’ Side of Sinatra on November 15 from 1 – 3 PM, will take place at The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Avenue across from the Stony Brook Village Center with the The Jazz Loft Trio performing.  The I Love Lucy Story:  Birth of the Modern Day Sitcom will be offered on December 21 from 1 – 3 PM by St. George Productions at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street, in the rear of the Stony Brook Village Center. It will include a lecture and video. Each will be led by a facilitator who specializes in geriatrics, and a certified nurse will be present at each program.  The cost for each program will be $20 for guest and caregiver and light refreshments will be served.  Reservations are necessary as space is limited.  Sponsors include Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook University, CVS Health, Bristal Assisted Living, Aging Flower and Village Chemists of Setauket.

 

For reservations call 631-751-2244 or visit stonybrookvillage.com.

 

Historic Haunts of Long Island…Ghosts & Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point

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Stony Brook, NY – Author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, along with paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto, will share stories from her latest book, Historic Haunts of Long Island…Ghosts & Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point on October 27 at 7 pm at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village.

Through extensive research, interviews and investigations, seven-time award-winning author and historian, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, working with paranormal investigator, Joe Giaquinto, has uncovered more on Long Island’s eerie history. Hear about EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena), orbs in the night sky above The Country House, apparitions of a little girl at the St. James General store, hauntings at the William Sidney Mount house and even the ghost of a Culper Spy Ring member in Setauket during the Revolutionary War.

The evening will include wine and “scary” desserts and the cost is $20 pp.  The Cultural Center is located at 97P Main Street in the rear of the Stony Brook Village Center. Reservations are required and books will be available for purchase that evening.

For more information, call (631) 689-5888 or visit stonybrookvillage.com.

Photo credit:  Kerriann Flanagan Brosky

Brew Cheese Manager Earns Cheesemonger Status

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Stony Brook, NYDavid Striffler of Brew Cheese has earned the distinguished title of ACS Certified Cheese Professional® and is one of only two Cheesemongers in all of Suffolk County. He is now part of an elite group of nearly 600 individuals across the country who have passed the exam. In doing so he has demonstrated a high standard of comprehensive cheese knowledge and skills across a range of subject areas.

Brew Cheese is located in the Harbor Crescent section of the Stony Brook Village Center and carries gourmet cheeses from around the world, high-end micro brewed craft beers, free tastings and much more.  For additional information call 631-675-6060.

 

Photo Credit:  WMHO

Young at Heart Dinner Covered in Village Times Herald

A special reception honoring New York State Senator Kemp Hannon held on September 29 to launch “Young at Heart,” unique programming planned for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients and their Caregivers, was covered in the Village Times Herald. Check out the article below.

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“Ladies Night Out” Festivities to benefit the 23rd Annual Walk for Beauty

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Stony Brook, NY – In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, participating shops and restaurants in Stony Brook Village will be part of a festive Ladies Night Out, Thursday, October 20 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Annual Walk for Beauty will also take place the following Sunday, October 23 and proceeds raised for both events will go toward a targeted research fund at Stony Brook Medicine for Breast Cancer Research and the WMHO Unique Boutique for prosthesis and wigs.

Ladies Night Out will include live music throughout the village including WALK-97.5, pink cocktails, foodie specials, sales, raffles and more.  Upon arrival visitors can pick up their free “goodie bag” at Flair Boutique & Bridal filled with surprises from shops and restaurants.  Only 150 bags will be handed out so visitors must register online at stonybrookvillage.com/lno to receive one.

This year’s Walk for Beauty…in a Beautiful Place will be held Sunday, October 23 with registration beginning at 8:30 in the Village Center.  It is the 23rd year WMHO has hosted the event and includes a 4K/6K Walk and the “Hercules on the Harbor” 10K timed Run, sanctioned by USA Track & Field. For full information and to register, donate or sponsor, visit wmho.org/wfb.

For a full events calendar call 631-751-2244 or visit stonybrookvillage.com.

Captions:  Photo Credit:  WMHO

(L)  Walk for Beauty Finish, 2015;  (R) Ladies Night out 2015