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May Calendar of Events on Long Island 2014

- Where to Go and What to Do This Month

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NOTE: This page is updated annually, usually a week or two before the start of the month. Here are the events for May 2014.

May is a wonderful time to get together with friends and family to explore Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The sun is shining and flowers are blooming everywhere. Here’s a sampling of things to do and places to visit on Long Island during this great time of year.

 

Ongoing
What: Nassau County Museum of Art’s Sculpture Park. Now that the weather is warmer, step outside and enjoy more than 50 works of art, displayed outdoors in the museum’s 145-acre property. The artists represented include Fernando Botero, Alexander Calder and more.
Where: The Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive (just off Northern Boulevard), Roslyn Harbor, NY.
Cost: $2 parking fee on weekends.
More Info: Call (516) 484-9337 or visit the Nassau County Museum of Art website. For a photo tour, see my article on Nassau County Museum of Art’s Sculpture Park.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
What: At 11 a.m. - FREE piano recital. Seba Ali performs preludes from a variety of musical styles ranging from Baroque to Classical, Romantic, modern and more.
Where: Staller Center Recital Hall, Stony Brook, NY.
Cost: FREE admission.
More Info: (631) 632-7330

Sunday, May 4, 2014
What: The 14th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival. This family-oriented event will feature free, hands-on activities for children, family performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage, arts exhibitions, lectures and demos. There will be refreshments for sale, all against the backdrop of thousands of tulips. This event is rain or shine. And if you take the shuttle bus, you can visit the Sheep to Shawl Festival as well.
Where: Heckscher Park, 25A and Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY.
Cost: FREE admission.
More Info: For more info and to download a current festival brochure, please go to the Town of Huntington website.

Sunday, May 4, 2014
What: The 31st Annual Dutch Festival at Hofstra University. Shop with local vendors and stroll the gardens.
Where: Hofstra University’s South Campus, Hempstead. Note: the festival is outdoors and held rain or shine.
When: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., rain or shine
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, FREE for children under 12, FREE for Hofstra students/faculty/staff with Hofstra card.
More Info: Visit www.hofstra.edu/festivals or call the Festival Hotline at (516) 463-6582.

Thursday, May 15 through Sunday, May 18, 2014
What: The 5th Annual Montauk Music Festival.
Where: See Montauk Music Festival for schedule and venues.
When: See Montauk Music Festival for schedule and times.
More Info: Please go to the The Montauk Music Festival or call (631) 668-5077.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
What: Portfest 2014 - a family fun festival in Port Washington, featuring local musicians, artists and performers of all ages.
Where:  At Schreiber High School, Campus Drive Port Washington, NY
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
Cost: FREE admission and FREE parking.
More Info: www.portfest.com

Saturday, May 17, 2014
What: Into the Garden: Plein Air painting with Annie Shaver-Crandell.  Materials are the artist's choice (oil, acrylic or watercolor) and space is limited to 20 participants. Please bring a bagged lunch or purchase snacks at the cafe. A list of suggested materials will be mailed to participants prior to the workshop.
Where: Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY.
Meet at the end of the West parking lot by the main greenhouse. 
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Cost: FREE with $8 parking fee.
More Info: Please email Jennifer Lavella at jlavella@plantingfields.org or call her at (516) 922-8678.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
What: A benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project: Flying High Again.
Radio controlled model planes.

Where: Lufbery Aerodrome, Cedar Creek Park, NY.
When: from 10 am. to 12 noon, FREE for everyone 10 or older who's interested in learning to fy a radio controlled model airplane. A $5 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project is suggested, and includes three ONE item food coupons.

Then from 12 noon to 10 p.m., all aircraft are welcome to fly until dusk, then only with lights. All pilots must have a valid AMA card. Each pilot who donates will receive three ONE item food coupons. Three ONE item food coupons available with each $5 donation as long as food lasts.
More Info: Please visit www.meroke.com. This event is hosted by the Meroke and Nassau Flyers RC Clubs and assisted by the LIAMA. Sponsored by the Major RC Manufacturers and local hobby shops.

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