Shop, Sip & Jazz Stroll

“Ladies Night Out” in Stony Brook Village to feature a Jazz Invasion

ladies-night-out-shop-sip-and-jazz-stroll-may-19-2016-stony-brook-village_the-ward-melville-heritage-organization-300x200Stony Brook, NY – Get ready for Ladies Night Out in Stony Brook Village Thursday, May 19 from 6 pm to 9 pm which will offer not only shop and restaurant promotions but an incredible array of musicians who will fill the night with the distinctive sounds of jazz from ragtime to blues to big band.

The “Shop, Sip & Jazz Stroll” will feature 6 ensembles from The Jazz Loft at different locations throughout the Village, as well as the 17 piece “Jazz Loft Big Band” performing in front of the Stony Brook Post Office.  The evening will also include live music with WALK-FM, specialty cocktails, sales, free gifts, raffles, refreshments and free goodie bags.

You can register online for your free goodie bag at  Visitors will pick them up at Flair Boutique in Market Square between 6 pm and 7 pm that evening and any additional ones will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For additional details, visit or call 631-751-2244.

“The Mickey Rooney Story” Musical Theatre Performances

mickey-rooney-2016-press-release-photo_the-ward-melville-heritage-organizationStony Brook, NY
– If you’re looking for live musical theatre right in your own back yard Stony Brook Village is the place to be.  “The Mickey Rooney Story,” opening May 4 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, will not only be entertaining but compelling as it touches on the very dramatic life and career of this iconic Hollywood star.

For nearly nine decades Rooney was a dynamo of talent who displayed a natural gift for acting, singing, dancing, comedy, drama and more in over 300 films throughout his lifetime. He was the top box office attraction from 1939 to 1941. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney “the best there has ever been.”  One of his best-known roles was his portrayal of hoodlum Whitey Marsh in the Academy Award winning Boys Town in 1938 with Spencer Tracy. Besides his celebrated movie career, Rooney successfully starred in vaudeville, radio, television and on Broadway.  The musical theatre tribute performances by St. George Productions are set in 1963 with Daniel Garcia portraying Mickey Rooney, Madeline Shaffer as Betsy Palmer Sarah Quinn as Penny.  A High Tea Luncheon catered by Crazy Beans Restaurant is also included.

Performances take place Wed., Thurs. Fri. & Sat., 11:30 am, Sun., 12:30 pm. Show dates are May 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26; June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Advance reservations are required.  General admission is $50 pp; seniors 60 & over is $48 pp and groups of 20 or more is $45/pp.

For reservations and further information call 631-689-5888 or visit


wing-into-spring-press-release-photo-2016_the-ward-melville-heritage-organization-300x233Stony Brook, NY
– Kids ages 3 to 9 can enjoy games, activities and outdoor exploration during their spring break at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center.

Wing Into Spring, a three-day program guided by a naturalist takes place from April 26 through April 28. Participants will learn about all the amazing animals that appear in the spring with Morning Time with Animalsfor 3-5 year olds from 10 am to 11:30 am and Amazing Animals A-Z for 6-9 year olds from 1 pm to 3 pm. The cost for all three days is $50 pp for Morning Time and $65 pp for Amazing Animals.  There is a minimum number of participants (10) and maximum number of participants (15).

For more information and to reserve your child’s space, call 631-751-2244 or visit

Caption:  2015 participants with naturalist, Sue Krause, Photo Credit WMHO

Stony Brook Marine Services Opens in Stony Brook Harbor


Stony Brook, NY – Change is coming to the Stony Brook waterfront. Nick Gregorio, a well-known and talented local marine mechanic has opened his new boating facility, Stony Brook Marine Services, formerly Boatworks Marina, located adjacent to the boat basin and the Stony Brook Yacht Club.

Nick Gregorio (pictured), who grew up in Head of the Harbor, has 25 years of experience with all phases of the marine field. As an authorized dealer for Mercury Marine, Johnson Motors and Evinrude, Nick became a certified marine mechanic in numerous motor lines.

Dave Finkelstein, who is widely known throughout Long Island as an expert in the field, built the original boatyard in 1961.  He moved his company, Stony Brook Boat and Motor, from its earlier home on Sand Street to a newly created waterfront area made by fill from the channel dredging in 1960. In 1970, when fiberglass replaced wooden boats, Dave started a new company, John Dory Boat Works.  In fact, the first of the nearly 15,000 bright yellow John Dories was built at his yard at Stony Brook.  Nick plans to restore the yard to its original condition.

Stony Brook Marine Service is located at 51 Shore Road, Stony Brook, and will offer a wide range of services to the local community, including kayak rentals, gas and diesel outboard and inboard engine maintenance, carpentry, painting, fiberglass repair, hauling, winterizing, shrink wrapping, winter storage, spring commissioning and slip rentals.

Stony Brook Marine Service will also serve as home base for the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s “Discovery” pontoon boat which offers wetlands tours through Stony Brook Harbor and West Meadow Creek from May through October.

Nick can be reached at 631-560-1547,, or better yet, stop by and say hello.

Photo Credit:  P. Newsham

Spring Appreciation Day Fun in Stony Brook Village

spring-appreciation-day-2016-press-release_stony-brook-village-center-300x211Stony Brook, NY
– With winter finally behind us, we all deserve a fun filled day of celebrating spring and one is planned in the Stony Brook Village Center!  Spring Appreciation Day will take place Saturday, April 16 starting at noon.

 Along with the simple beauty of this historic area, nestled on the harbor, and a multitude of shopping and dining choices steps from each other, it won’t be hard to spend the entire day as visitors also enjoy a host of special events.  Festivities in and around the Village begin at Noon with ARF of the Hamptons, a Petting Zoo, kids crafts, live music with Burke & Brenda, WALK-FM and “Walkie Bear,” and Balloon Artist, “Thoroughly Modern Lilly.”  For yet another choice, the mega Three Village School District Wide “Spring Into Art” K-12 Art Show starts at 11 am in WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center.  Admission to these events is free.

Additionally, The Jazz Loft, the new 6,000 s/f venue located directly across the street, will be hosting a one-day-only Sneak Preview that day from 2 pm to 5 pm.  Visitors can enjoy live jazz performances, wine and hors d’oeuvres, exhibits and collections containing thousands of items, some from the greatest band leaders of their day. Cost is $7 pp and children under 12 are free.  Register online at or call 631-751-2244.

One-Day-Only Sneak Preview of The Jazz Loft

Stony Brook, NY
– There’s a jazz invasion coming to Stony Brook Village and a sneak preview event is planned at The Jazz Loft on April 16 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Festivities will include live performances, wine and hors d’oeuvres and exhibits containing a multitude of historic jazz memorabilia, some from the greatest jazz artists of their day including Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. Also on display are instruments, diaries, autographed pictures, original sheet music, letters from world leaders and vintage LPs. Donations to the collections continue to pour in and include a gold-plated trumpet belonging to Ernie Royal who worked with the likes of Lionel Hampton, never released photos from his studio recording sessions, an original script sent to Royal from Louis Armstrong for a planned Broadway Show and Milt Hinton’s complete music studio.

Hosting the event will be President and Founder, Tom Manuel, who is the Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University, LIU Post campus in Brookville.  Given the mission of The Jazz Loft to advocate, educate and preserve this American-born culture, the future of The Jazz Loft includes a full calendar of musical performances as well as classes for special needs people with autism, learning disabilities, dementia and alzheimer’s.

The Jazz Loft, located at 275 Christian Avenue, Stony Brook, leases the historic 6,000 sq. ft. structure, c. 1920, from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization for $1 per year and the venue has been totally renovated.  WMHO President Gloria Rocchio says, “Stony Brook Village is poised to become the hub of arts and culture on Long Island with the addition of The Jazz Loft.”

Cost for the sneak preview event is $7 pp and children under 12 are free. For reservations call 631-751-2244 or reserve online at

Photo Credit:  The Jazz Loft

It’s Time for “Long Island’s Got Talent” 2016!


L-R:   Tom Manuel, Judge (Founder of The Jazz Loft); 2015 First Place Winner Julianna Gape, Setauket; Kyle Foley, Judge (Stony Brook University Music Department),  James Faith, Judge,  2nd Vice Chairman, Long Island Music Hall of Fame)

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 2016,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 October 2016.  Talent must be non-professional vocal or musical instrument performances. The entry deadline is March 16 and there is a $25 entry fee.

Five Towns College will award a $6,000 scholarship to the 1st place winner and $5,000 to the 2nd place winner. All finalists receive a $2,000 scholarship or more, depending on place. Those who are contacted after submitting their audition will be asked to perform at the first round performance on April 8 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in the Stony Brook Village Center. Finalists chosen can perform at WMHO’s Sunday Summer Concerts series and finals will take place on October 21, 2016 when the winners will be chosen.

For full details and Official Entry Form, call 631-751-2244 or visit


Photo Credit:  Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Will 2016 be your Year?

Hear Your Predictions from Psychic Medium Carol Tranchina

carol-tranchina_credit-carol-tranchinaStony Brook, NY
– The fascinating world of mediumship will be presented Thursday, February 11 from 7 to 9 pm at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village with Spiritual Psychic Medium, Carol Tranchina.  She will connect you with loved ones and also offer what’s in store on the romantic front at “Will 2016 Be Your Year?”

As a gifted psychic medium, Carol has the ability to communicate with spirit and has done so for many years.  “As a child I often knew things that were going to be said before they were spoken, or had insight to events before they happened.  As I got older these experiences led me to study metaphysical and spiritual practices for over fifteen years,” says Tranchina.

The event setting will be a group reading and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.  The cost is $50 pp and reservations are required.  The Cultural Center is located at 97P Main Street in the rear of the Stony Brook Village Center.  For reservations call 631-689-5888 or for a full events calendar.

Photo Credit:  Carol Tranchina

Back by Popular Demand for Black History Month

Running Scared, Running Free:  Escape to the Promised Land

Stony Brook, NY –
In honor of Black History Month Long Islanders can truly celebrate the meaning of freedom with WMHO’s acclaimed Running Scared, Running Free:  Escape to the Promised Land. These riveting live theatrical performances, held over 150 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, will be a poignant experience about the power of the human spirit and Long Island’s connection to the Underground Railroad.

Sponsored by Empire National Bank, Running Scared, Running Free is an interactive production based on investigative research compiled by The Ward Melville Heritage Organization and was attended by over 7,000 young people and adults when it first opened in 2005.  Oral histories shared by Native Americans inspired WMHO to research the movement of escaping slaves from the south to Long Island and north to Canada. A St. George Production, the drama is set in the mid-1850s and is told through the eyes of “Dorcas,” a female slave fleeing South Carolina. The production shows how Native Americans, Quakers, free blacks and abolitionists assisted in the Underground Railroad through the fascinating use of secret codes in quilt patterns as a vital means of communication. It is estimated that at least 30,000 slaves, and potentially more than 100,000, escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad.

Performances will take place on selected dates between February 1 – 29 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in Stony Brook Village at 10 am and Noon. There is also a special evening performance February 26 at 7:30 pm with dessert and coffee or tea at the general admission price.  Additional pricing is below.

General Admission: $13 pp (adults); $12 per student (up to 35 students); $8 per student (over 35 students)

Distance Learning:  $250 per class connection (IP and ISPN connectivity)

In-School Performance:  $1500

The program is aligned to meet National and New York State Common Core Standards and BOCES Arts-in-Education reimbursable. For further information call 631-751-2244 or visit

Photo Credit:  WMHO

Ward Melville’s Stony Brook Center that revitalized village turns 75

“Gloria Rocchio, president of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, shows an original model of the Stony Brook Village Center on Dec. 30, 2015. The group plans a dinner to celebrate the center’s 75th anniversary.” Credit: Ed Betz

“The 1940 dinner in which business tycoon Ward Melville announced plans for the shopping center that would reinvigorate Stony Brook will be re-created later this month to mark the outdoor mall’s 75th anniversary…”

To view this complete article from Newsday, please click on this link