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Summer Of Music Big Success

Despite heat and rain, community flocks to outdoor venues

During the months of July and August, Glen Cove was a hotbed for free outdoor concerts, attracting large crowds eager to hear some of the bigger-name bands performing downtown and at Morgan Park. The summer season saw cover bands paying tribute to The Eagles and The Beatles in the park as well as names like Richie Cannata and John Oates for Downtown Sounds. Though some of the concerts had to be moved to indoor locations due to the weather, overall the season had a good turnout for both series.

Francine Koehler, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District, told the Record Pilot, “In spite of some weather-related obstacles, we had a great turnout this year.”

She estimates that the final concert of the season attracted at least 1,500-2,000 people, and says that, despite the humidity and rain throughout the summer, the concert series drew a lot of interest. Only two concerts were moved indoors, to the Wunsch Arts Center at Finley Middle School, and one was rained out entirely.

“Every year, we’re getting more and more people,” Koehler says. “We’ve expanded outside of local bands, and are getting bigger sponsors and a lot more community support. In large part, what has enabled us to grow is support from the city.”

She explained that they rely on most of the city’s agencies, such as the Department of Public Works for set up and clean up, the auxiliary police for street closure and the EMS, in case of an emergency.

Downtown Sounds is meant to bring people in the downtown businesses, while the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival is more about relaxing under stars in a beautiful, waterfront setting.

At Morgan Park, The Producers was the only show that had to be moved inside, to St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. According to Cindy Rogers, a member of the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival advisory council, at least 400 people attended. She said, “The audience was so pleased not only because the production was so professional, but also because the hall was air-conditioned! Marge Suozzi said she heard comments like, ‘It was as good as a Broadway show.’”

Rogers said The String of Pearls concert was cut short; it began in Morgan Park, but the performance had to stop when the rain came pouring down.

Marge Suozzi, chair of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, said, “I think this has been our best year ever. There were at least 2,000 people at the BeatleMania concert and 1,000 at both the US Air Force Band of Liberty and Hotel California. We had a wide variety of music throughout the summer that appealed to all tastes.”

She added, “It was too bad that the String of Pearls was surprised by the sudden downpour and cut short their wonderful nostalgic singing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

 Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.

 

“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.

This year’s feast at the Church of St. Rocco, known as the “Best Feast in the East,” had one of the best turnouts in recent history. People came from all over Long Island to sample authentic, homemade Italian cuisine,  which included meatballs, chicken parmesan and, naturally, an assortment of pasta. The dessert pavillion had homemade pastries, and the homemade cannoli selection was divine.

 

With carnival rides, a petting zoo, live musical entertainment and raffles, the six-day feast was a celebration for the whole family.


Sports

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.

Sailing fans from Glen Cove are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers. 

 

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 


Calendar

Good Reads - August 13

Sunset Serenades - August 14

Wine Tasting - August 15


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com