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Wit & Whim’s One-Year Anniversary Party

Friday, September 27

Saturday, September 28

25th Annual Pride in Port

Village Day Fall Festival at Sands Point Preserve

Sunday, September 29


Wednesday, September 25

Dance Party at Temple Emanuel

With DJ/Dance Instructor Louis Del Prete, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person and includes a soft drink, snack, and a dance lesson at 7:45 p.m. with Louis Del Prete. For further information, directions, or to reserve tables, please call 516-482-5701.

Brain Fitness Work

Learn how to keep your brain fit. Registration begins September 3 at the Information Desk. Seven  Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning September 25. Presented by the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation. At the Port Washington Public Library.

Happy Birthday Mark Rothko

The Abstract Expressionist was born this day in 1903. Presented is David Thompson’s documentary, Rothko’s Rooms (2000-59 min.), which fills the screen with the painter’s softly defined, rectangular clouds of color stacked symmetrically on top of one another. At 7:30 p.m., Port Washington Public Library.

Port Writes

The group discusses their work and how to get it published. They meet the fourth Wednesday of every month. Facilitated by Michael Chaplan. 8 p.m. At the Port Washington Public Library.


Friday, September 27

Wit & Whim’s One-Year Anniversary Party

All day long anniversary celebration filled with prizes, treats & fun!


Saturday, September 28

25th Annual Pride in Port

Save the date to celebrate Pride in Port. The annual Parade, Senior Luncheon, Family Fun Day and Homecoming football game give our children, parents, seniors and neighbors an opportunity to show how much we enjoy living in this special community. The dinner dance provides a Taste of Port, a fun evening, and support for the Pride in Port scholarship fund. All events are open to all who live and work in Port Washington, and most events (except the dinner dance) are free of charge.


Sunday, September 29

(rain date October 6)

Village Day Fall Festival at Sands Point Preserve

Celebrate The Harvest Season at the Village Day fall festival, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event features outdoor activities, including a petting zoo, hayrides around the Great Lawn, pumpkin painting, and a green grocer with items including artisanal cheeses and fresh baked goods. The preserve’s honeybees have been busily pollinating the grounds since the Honeybee Apiary was established last year, so Guggenheim Estate Golden Honey will be available for sale.  Admission is $20 per car or $10 with Annual Pass.


Tuesday, October 1

Safe Boating Course

U.S. Power Squadrons will present America’s Boating Course at the Port Washington Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Club Drive, at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $60. For more information, contact Bob Miller at 625-0347 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wednesday, October 2

“Songs for Cecilia"

Port Washington Play Troupe will host “Songs for Cecilia,” for an informal church fundraiser series at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 9 Carlton Ave. Anyone from the community is welcome to come on stage and sing a song from the Great American Songbook. Voluntary donations will be collected to re-carpet the St. Cecilia Room for the church.


Thursday, October 3

Saucy Talk At Dolphin

Why do some men seek out women of the evening? And why do some women choose the world’s oldest profession? Author Allison Bassen will explore those questions as she discusses her novel “Virtue,” inspired by the Eliot Spitzer escort scandal. Bassen will offer her assessment at Port’s Dolphin Bookshop from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited so confirm attendance via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 767-2650.


Saturday, October 5

Fall Festival

South Salem Elementary School will host its annual fall festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10 Newbury Street. The event will feature a DJ, arts and crafts, tattoos, games and prizes, a pumpkin patch and plant sale, balloon twister, food and more. Rain or shine.

The Effective Presenter

How to write and give a speech, at the Port Washington Public Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Sunday, October 6

Fall Concert

The choir of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church invites the Port Washington community to its fall concert at 4:30 p.m. Featured is Mozart’s Krönungsmesse (Coronation Mass). The concert is free. The church is located on Main Street at Carlton Avenue.


Saturday, October 12

Sweet Honey In The Rock

Rooted in a commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey’s collective voice produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are Premium, $62; Friends, $57; Standard, $57; Friends’ $52. The box office phone number is 516-767-6444 or visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.


Saturday, October 19

“And The Merry Widow Waltzed” at Sands Point Preserve

In Castle Gould’s Great Hall, “Merry Widow” takes the audience on a musical journey through the history of American Musical Theater, beginning with Franz Lehár’s, “The Merry Widow,” through Stephen Sondheim’s, “A Little Night Music.” It includes music from Show Boat, Kismet, West Side Story, and more for an evening in celebration of our musical heritage. Performed by NYC-based DiCapo Opera Theatre and an Arts Alive Long Island Signature Series Event. The evening begins at 7 p.m., with tickets $125 per person, including cocktails, dinner and dessert. To purchase tickets, see www.thesandspointpreserve.com, call 516-571-7901, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the Gate House, open daily at 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point.


Saturday, October 19

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway presents The Streisand Songbook at 8 p.m. Ann Hampton Callaway is a masterful songwriter and one of the American songbook’s greatest champions. She is being welcomed her back with her critically acclaimed cabaret show (MAC Award for Show of the Year) that pays magical tribute to the songs of another master — Barbra Streisand. Tickets for the show are Premium, $52; Friends, $47; Standard, $47; Friends, $42. The box office phone number is 516-767-6444 or visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.


Saturday, October 19

Creative Reader

The program strives to offer literary enrichment to increase the joy of reading for K-5th graders by turning books into multi-sensory experiences offering all learners the ability to be challenged, motivated and successful. The program will run for six sessions on Saturday mornings (10-11a.m. for K-2nd grade, and 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for 3rd-5th grade) starting October 19.


Sunday, October 20

Bus Trip

The Port Washington/Manhasset Chapter of Cancercare presents a bus trip to the Casino At Mount Airy in Mt. Pocono, PA. The cost per person is $40 and the casino package includes $25 in slot play and $10 food voucher. The bus will leave Soundview Center at 9 a.m. and leave the casino around 6:30 p.m., arriving in Port Washington about 9:30 p.m. For more info call Barbara Faticone at 516 883-6693 or Lena Mazzilli at 516-759-4930.


Monday, October 28

Landmark on Main Street Presents

Jamie Ford, supporting his second book, “Songs of Willow Frost,” at 7:30 p.m. The Dolphin Bookshop will sell books on-site at the event and the author will sign after the presentation. Free admission.


Saturday, November 2

Roseanne Cash

Rosanne Cash has recorded 11 No. 1 singles and received a Grammy Award and 12 Grammy nominations. Her last record album, The List, won the Americana Music award for Best Album of the year and was a critical and commercial success. Tickets for the show are Premium, $52; Friends, $47; Standard, $47; Friends, $42. The box office phone number is 516-767-6444 or visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.


Saturday, November 9

Rita Wilson

Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle) and a film producer (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia!), her early show biz ambitions were musical. Wilson has finally achieved her dream with the release of her debut album AM/FM — an intimate and elegantly sung collection of classics from the ’60s and ’70s that make up the soundtrack of her life. For information, contact the box office at 516-767-6444 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Show begins at 7 p.m.


Saturday, November 16

David Bromberg

Landmark on Main Street is proud to welcome back David Bromberg and his band. Bromberg’s concerts showcase his musicianship in many musical genres including folk, blues, bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic. He’ll perform a mixture of old favorites and new music from his CD due out this fall. Tickets for the show are Premium, $52; Friends, $47; Standard, $47; Friends, $42. The box office phone number is 516-767-6444 or visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.


Saturday, November 23

Andrea Marcovicci: Moonlight Cocktail

After 45 years in show business, The “Queen of Cabaret” (KGO Radio) celebrates her 65th birthday with a brand new concert, starting at 8 p.m. “Moonlight Cocktail” pays tribute to that bygone era of sophisticated nightlife of dining and dancing and the singers like Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short and Billie Holiday whose songs made up the soundtrack of the period. Andrea’s nostalgic and celebratory spin through the forties and fifties is filled with her unique insights, charm and wit. The song list will include: You Fascinate Me So, Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup, All in Fun, Talk of the Town, Some Other Time, as well as the delicious title song Moonlight Cocktail. The Piedmont Post said of the show when it debuted in San Francisco, “Marcovicci is a cabaret phenomenon...There is no one who can match her in vividness, in wit, in glamour, in drama.” Tickets for the show are Premium, $52; Friends, $47; Standard, $47; Friends, $42. The box office phone number is 516-767-6444 or visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.


Ongoing, Friday Nights

Bereavement Support Group

Meets at St. Peters RCC in Port Washington at 8 p.m. Call 516-883-4817 or 516-883-2607.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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