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Don Bikoff And Friends In Concert

Glen Cove’s own acoustic guitar artist, Don Bikoff, who has appeared at Port Washington’s Landmark on Main Street, Manhattan’s The Living Room and Riverhead’s Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, presents a concert at Congregation Tifereth Israel (CTI) in Glen Cove on

Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. The concert Don Bikoff and Friends, is also a release party for Bikoff’s latest album, Hallowed Ground. The concert and party are open to the public and will be announced on New York public radio station, WFMU. Appearing with Bikoff are fellow guitarists Mark Fosson and Matt Sowell. The performers will be presented in an elegant cabaret setting featuring a dessert buffet and cash wine and beer bar during intermission.

 

At only 19 years old, Bikoff released his first recording, Celestial Explosion, a collection of finger-picking acoustic guitar solos heavily influenced by Delta blues, American folk and Eastern classical music. Last year this album was reissued as a result of several of its tracks being included in WFMU’s playlist. The re-release of Celestial Explosion launched a major revival of Bikoff’s musical career, one he had almost abandoned 40 years ago. His second album, Hallowed Ground, has just been released.

 

Joining Bikoff for the concert are guitarists Mark Fosson and Matt Sowell. Fosson, a 12-string guitarist who is also a songwriter, was based on the West Coast where he recorded several albums. Fosson’s Jesus On a Greyhound, a solo recording project for Otis Records, has been compared to such American musical legends as Ramblin‘ Jack Elliott, Joe Ely, John Prine and Guy Clark. Some of Fosson’s work from the late 1970s for guitar icon John Fahey’s Takoma Records was released in 2006 in Drag City Records’ The Lost Takoma

Sessions. Fosson’s latest release, Digging in the Dust, is on Tompkins Square Records. Matt Sowell, based in Philadelphia, is an American Primitive guitar player who is deeply influenced by the finger stylings of Jack Rose and John Fahey. He combines American blues with ragtime, adding in hints of Indian raga for a sound that is completely his own. He says of Matt Sowell Rags, his 20-track digital album,“This is strictly an instrumental album. There are no multi-track recordings or looping effects used: one guitar, one player.”

 

Tickets to attend Don Bikoff and Friends on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. are $20 and may be reserved by calling 516-676-5080 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Since seating is strictly limited, advance reservations are strongly advised. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door for $23.

 

CTI has been providing Jewish programming and education to the Long Island community since 1897. The synagogue is located at 40 Hill Street in Glen Cove, at the intersection of Hill Street and Landing Road. 

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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