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Night At The Opera

Hicksville native Kimberly Feltkamp recalls the start of her music career, playing a quarter-size cello at the age of 5. More recently, she’s a mezzo-soprano opera singer whose performance earned a favorable review from The New York Times.

In her first semester at Hofstra University, Feltkamp discovered her passion for opera at a performance of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Feltkamp’s budding interest in opera also took her to Salzburg, Austria in 2009, where she studied with soprano Edda Moser at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.

Feltkamp eventually received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Hofstra and currently studies with Edith Bers while pursuing her master’s of music in Dawn Upshaw’s vocal arts program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music – a program that was founded in 2006 and only admits eight students each year.

Feltkamp noted she “loves to study and premiere new music” and the aspiring singer also founded OperaRox, an online community dedicated to opera aficionados. She’s performed more than two-dozen interactive, live Internet shows that drew audiences from all over the world.

“These live shows serve to unify and educate the opera-loving public while promoting the art form,” Feltkamp said on her website.

In her spare time, Feltkamp enjoys writing fiction and poetry – another hobby she excels at, winning the 1000words Flash Fiction Contest in 2012 for her short story, “In Absentia.”

For more information, visit http://www.kimberlyfeltkamp.com.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


Calendar

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

September 5-7



Columns

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

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