The Town of Oyster Bay's Distinguished Artists Concert series continues with performances at a variety of libraries throughout the town. These performances are FREE. There was a performance on March 2, 2014 at the Jericho Public Library, and there will be more this month:
- On Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2 p.m., there will be a salute to legendary divas in a performance entitled Sister Act, at the Hicksville Public Library, 169 Jerusalem Avenue.
- On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8 p.m., The Long Island Brass Guild will perform American music in their performance, From Rags to Renaissance at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY.
- On Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2 p.m., classical pianist Vladimir Zaitsev will perform classical and pop arrangements in a concert entitled From Baroque to Beatles at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Road.
- On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 p.m., the Banjo Rascals will play songs ranging from Scott Joplin rags to Van Morrison's contemporary music, at the Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Avenue.
- On Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2 p.m., Mambo Loco will play their unique Latin music sound at the Jericho Public Library, 1 Merry Lane.
The Distinguished Artists concert series is sponsored by the Cultural and Performing Arts (CAPA) Division of the Town of Oyster Bay's Department of Community & Youth Services. For more information, please call them at (516) 797-7900.
Learn more about a walking and driving tour of Oyster Bay
To find out about other things to do in Nassau and Suffolk this month, please go to March Calendar of Events on Long Island - 2014.
If you're like me, you might have a long-standing tradition of forgetting when to change the time on ALL your clocks. It's that "spring ahead..." time of year. So tomorrow, Saturday, March 8, 2014, just before you go to sleep, is a good time to set your clocks ahead one hour so you'll be in tune with the rest of us who observe Daylight Saving Time.
You'll lose an hour of sleep tomorrow, but hopefully, you'll gain some sunlight.
You can read more about the history of Daylight Saving Time.
Think of it as an antidote to all this gloomy snow: the 24th annual Hicks Nurseries Flower & Garden Show will burst into bloom on Friday, March 7, 2014 and run through Sunday, March 23, 2014. The show is absolutely FREE and takes place indoors. In the past, the show has been 10 days long, but this year, it has been expanded to 16 days to give more people the opportunity to visit and enjoy.
Among the featured garden displays are a Relaxation Garden, a tropical haven that's ideal for reflection and meditation, replete with palm trees and lush plantings. The Easy Garden (sounds like my kind of place!) includes innovative recycling ideas that are inexpensive and help our planet. It features ideas on attracting beneficial butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.
For the kids, this year's Learning Garden will include an interactive schoolhouse where families can plan their spring garden brimming with delicious, healthy foods that they can grow themselves.
There's also an expanded seminar series with over 35 topics like organic lawn care, pet-friendly gardening, vegetables and many more topics that are important to Long Islanders.
Hicks Nurseries is located at 100 Jericho Turnpike in Westbury, NY.
Photo © Lyn Dobrin for Hicks Nurseries
Are you or someone you know a member of AARP? Starting tomorrow, Sunday, March 2, 2014 and continuing through Sunday, March 9, 2014, the organization, in collaboration with the New York State Restaurant Association, is sponsoring their Dining and Giving Back Week. At select restaurants across Long Island, NY, AARP members who show their membership cards can save 20 percent off their dining bill.
For the full list, please visit AARP's website.
Although the kids might love romping around in the snow, it's not always warm enough to take them outdoors to have fun. Luckily, there are plenty of places to go and things to do that are indoors in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Read about some of your options in Indoor Activities for Children on Long Island, New York.
You might also enjoy reading FREE Things To Do With Your Kids on Long Island. A number of these places are indoors as well as cost-free.
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
To read more about this free app, please go to The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Train Time App.
Established over 40 years ago, nuBest salon and spa in Manhasset, NY has been serving the needs of Long Islanders who are in need of hairstyling, makeup application, and much more. The 20,000-square foot, two-level venue includes a spa on premises and it offers a wide variety of stress-reducing treatments. There's even a fitness center in the basement.
The salon and spa in Nassau County has served celebrities in clouding Joey Fatone, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Hughes and others. Native son Billy Joel has had nuBest's stylists come out to his home to work their magic.
Find out more by reading a photo essay about nuBest Salon and Spa....
Photo © nuBest salon and spa
The first time I saw Oheka Castle was when I wrote an article for The New York Times about their over-the-top, one-night package, the Ultimate Romantic Evening, which at the time cost $10,000 (it currently goes for $15,000 for two people.) The sprawling property in Huntington, NY was once the estate of financier Otto Hermann Kahn. After his death, the property eventually fell into disrepair, but developer Gary Melius bought it and restored the mansion, which was originally styled after a French chateau. It is now a decidedly upscale hotel and has been the backdrop of celebrity weddings including those of one of the Jonas Brothers as well as that of disgraced politician Anthony Weiner to Huma Abedin.
I never met Gary Melius, but I dealt with his gracious daughters when I wrote about the castle. On Monday, February 24, 2014, tragedy struck: as Melius got into his car in the parking lot of Oheka, where he and his wife live, a masked gunman shot him in the head. Melius was taken to a hospital, and he is now recovering. Suffolk County police say it appears that this was a specifically targeted shooting, and not a random act. The gunman never asked for money, but went up to the driver's side of Melius' car and fired what may have been three shots.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Melius and his family.
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Need to get out to relieve your bad case of cabin fever, but can't locate someone to watch the kids? Then come to VIEW restaurant, 3 Consuelo Place in Oakdale, NY. Every Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m., each child under 12 years of age will eat for free for every paying adult. (This offer cannot be combined with any others.) The menu includes choices of entrees like macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and fries, penne pasta with butter or marinara or a hamburger and fries. Dessert is an upside down ice cream cone served with vanilla or chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce, and drinks include a choice of iced tea, lemonade, soda, Shirley Temple or Canvasback.
The restaurant was once part of William K. Vanderbilt's Idle Hour estate, and overlooks the Great South Bay. Read my restaurant review of VIEW in Oakdale to learn more.
See also Where Kids Eat Free on Long Island, NY to find out about more places to bring your children to dine on a budget.
Do you know of any other places where kids can eat free when accompanied by an adult? Please leave a comment below.PHoto © VIEW restaurant
Wondering where to take the kids during the school break? Sure, there's lots of snow out there, but hopefully, you'll be able to get out and get rid of that case of cabin fever. From explorations in art to activities at a whaling museum, fun at a children's museum and an aquarium and more, there's plenty for your children to do during this week.
Find out more at Long Island Events for Kids - Presidents Week/Winter School Break 2014. And also check out February Calendar of Events on Long Island - 2014 for some more options for kids and adults.
Photo © Long Island Children's Museum