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‘Arts Alive LI’ Fostering Arts, Creativity All October

Island-wide, multi-venue festival showcasing finest in culture, artistry

For the month of October, Long Islanders won’t have to travel into Manhattan to get an art and culture fix.

On Sept. 27, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, located at 1 Davis Ave. in Garden City, hosted representatives from the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA), Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the Long Island Community Foundation and local elected officials as they announced the month-long festivities promoting Long Island’s finest artists and their works.

“Arts Alive LI has something for everyone,” said Theresa Statz-Smith, executive director, Long Island Arts Alliance. “I truly believe that thousands will discover, as they journey to exhibition spaces, museums, theaters, historic venues, festivals and other gathering places why Long Island is one of the strongest cultural destinations in the country.”

Living in the shadow of New York City isn’t an easy task for local artists, but the likes of Patti LuPone, Jane Monheit, Jackson Pollock, the Emerson String Quartet and Blue Öyster Cult have provided Long Island with an artistic identity all its own.

“Bridging all of the Arts on Long Island over the course of a month is another great way to showcase Long Island as a wonderful place to live, work and play,” said Kirk Kordeleski, president and CEO at Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “Many Long Islander’s venture to New York City for cultural events and don’t realize there are many great venues right here that are family friendly and affordable, which is why we are proud to present Arts Alive LI.”

Kicking off the month-long celebration was Jerome Bell, an American Idol contestant. The Texas native belted out a tremendous rendition of the national anthem for those in attendance at the Cradle of Aviation, including Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

“This is a great way to bring our residents and those from outside our borders here to experience the great talent and culture that we have here. In Nassau County we are trying to build on what we have here in the arts,” said Mangano, noting that the county is home to two privately owned studios and nine sound stages for television and film production.

“Although we are neighbors to New York City, which is a mecca for the arts, here in Nassau County we really are proud of all that we have to offer. It’s Arts Alive Long Island that will certainly make the world know that this is a center of culture and arts and that we’re committed to keeping that tradition alive and growing,” Mangano added.

The Long Island Association distributed a report at the press conference, which explained the benefits that local arts organizations have on the Nassau and Suffolk economies. The report cited how from 2001 to 2008, employment in the arts increased by 50 percent and payrolls doubled during that time, while total payrolls generated on Long Island increased by only 22 percent. The report also revealed that employees of arts organizations tend to live locally and spend locally as well.

“The arts industry in many ways has the opportunity to lead the way as we go into this new economy as we build jobs and we grow. This whole event is about collaboration between arts organizations to show not only the greatness of the talent but give us the opportunity to grow, be successful and grow business. We think Long Island is at a tipping point and that arts can lead the way to some success,” said Kordeleski.

Upcoming events include performances from Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin on Oct. 13 at the Tilles Center, Jane Monheit on Oct. 14 at the Usdan Center, the Emerson String Quartet on Oct. 17 at Stony Brook’s Staller Center and Blue Öyster Cult on Oct. 27 at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington.

For more information or to sponsor Arts Alive LI, please email artfestli2012 @gmail.com. To view the full calendar of events visit www.artsaliveli.org.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

The Acchords Concert

April 26

Senior Citizen Luncheon

May 1

Curtains

May 1-3



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

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