Written by Pat Grace Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00
There were threatening gusts of wind just before curtain time last Monday, July 12, at the gazebo on the Mary Jane Davies Green. But the crowd paid little attention as they arranged themselves on lawn chairs, benches and blankets to enjoy the 20-piece authentic swing band with artistic director Steve Shaiman. Mary Mahaffey, program coordinator for the Town of North Hempstead, commented, “The 2010 season promises to be the best ever and I hope everyone comes out and enjoys it.” Earlier, Mahaffey explained local talent is excellent, that the town is privileged to select from exceptional Long Island-based musicians.
The band provided running commentary between selections informing the crowd, for example, that they were paying tribute to two icons, Lena Horne and Peggy Lee, when they played The Lady is a Tramp.
Meeting friends at the concerts is a standing date for some locals who meet at the Mary Jane Davies Green for the very popular concert series. Peggy Flynn and Marianne Liegey always camp out in a spot removed from the crowd to make conversation easier. While enjoying the swing band they also attend to their crocheting.
Concerts can be partially sponsored by several businesses, groups or individuals. On July 12 the concert was sponsored by Sterling Glen of Roslyn.
The concerts are presented by the Town of North Hempstead. Remaining concerts in the series are:
Country music combining contemporary country music with older stylings.
Strummin and Drummin
Family Night –All ages will love this interactive program with Chris and Matt Marshak.
Something Special Big Band
Big band and mainstream jazz favorites.
Mark your calendars!