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February Calendar of Events on Long Island - 2014

Where to go and what to do in Nassau and Suffolk this month


It's still chilly on Long Island during February, but there are lots of indoor and outdoor events to enjoy in winter. From seal cruises through Hempstead Bay to Winterfest's free jazz performances against the backdrop of Long Island wineries, there's plenty to see and do this month.

Any other events that should be included in my calendars? Please email me at longisland@aboutguide.com.

Looking for something special to do on February 14th? Go to Valentine's Day on Long Island.

Note: This calendar is updated annually. Events for 2014:

Ongoing through April 13, 2014

The Riverhead Foundation offers two-hour seal cruises on the Captain Lou Fleet, 28A Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY. You'll sail throughout Hempstead Bay to observe the winter harbor seal populations. A naturalist will be onboard to give you information about seals and other marine life that you might encounter. Reservations required. The cost is $26 per adult, $22 for children 3 to 12 years old, FREE for children under 3, and $22 for seniors 65+, and group rates (15 or more) for $19 per person, all ages. Learn more at Seal Cruises with the Riverhead Foundation or call (631) 369-9840.

Ongoing Saturday Evenings - Custer Observatory, Southold

Every Saturday evening from 7 p.m. until midnight, The Custer Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold, NY, is open to the general public. Weather permitting, staff will give guided tours of the sky, with laser pointers and powerful telescope. Their website cautions: "Clouds, fog, rain and full moon nights are not good night." Please call (631) 765-2626 for further information and to make sure that the institute is not closed because of inclement weather.

Minimum suggested donation: $5 per adult, $3 per child under 14; FREE for nembers.

Group visits by classes, scouts, and others are welcome. Call (631) 765-2626.

Ongoing Sundays

Family Sunday at the Museum. Each Sunday, the Nassau County Museum of Art offers a 1 p.m. docent-led family walk-through of their exhibitions, and beginning at 1:30 p.m., supervised art activities for the whole family. Family Sunday at the Museum is free with museum admission.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Rd.) in Roslyn Harbor. Admission to the main building is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $4 for students and children ages 4-12. Museum members enter for free. These prices include admission to The Art Space for Children.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast at 11 p.m. The movie will be shown in its entirety and there will also be a live stage performance by Zen Productions in front of the film on the stage. Full costumes, lighting effects, etc. Audience participation is encouraged.  

At Bow-tie Babylon Cinemas, 34 West Main Street, Babylon, NY. Tickets: $8. available now at the box office or online at www.bowtiecinemas.com. Or call (631) 669-3399 for more info.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Koelsche Funke's 53rd Costume Party for a cause, benefitting the  Intrepid's Fallen Heroes Fund and the NOrht Shore/LIJ Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York.

At 7:30 p.m. at the Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. Live music, dancing, raffles and cash prize for best costume. $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Call for kid's prices. For info and tickets, please call Madeline at (631) 793-7711, email info@kfny1961.org or visit www.kfny1961.org.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Wondering whether we're going to have a long winter? Then check out whether Sweetbriar Sam will see his shadow. The Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY invites families to come to Sweetbriar to meeting some of the resident hibernators and migrators and then go out on a scavenger hunt to find out facts about Sweetbriar Sam and to find out where he is. Kids will create a groundhog craft to take home.

1 to 3 pm. Suitable for families. Fee: $5 per person for members and scouts, $6 per person for non-members.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

FREE. Starts at 6 p.m. The Hofstra University Observatory presents Stars on Sundays, a series that allows participants to star gaze through telescopes while learning about the universe from college astronomers. Hofstra invites kids of all ages to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, star clusters and more with their observatory telescopes on the 4th floor Berliner Hall, California Avenue and Huntington Place, south of Hempstead Turnpike. The program starts with a presentation about the sky in Room 117.

Note: although this event is free, attendance is limited to 150 perope per event, and signing up does not guarantee attendance. You'll be notified in case they reach their limit.

More info and to register (registration is required): (516) 463-2231 or email observatory@hofstra.edu.

Saturday, February 8 to Sunday, March 16, 2014

The 7th Annual Live on the Vine. Six weekends of FREE, live jazz concerts at various winery tasting rooms and other venues on Long Island's East End. For schedule and venues, please go to Long Island Winterfest.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mickey B's Golden Oldies Winter Spectacular wit the Duprees, Marcels, Larry  Chance & The Earls, Lenny Cocco & The Chimes, Cathy Jean & The Roommates, Joe Favale's Emotions, The Casinos Salute and The Traditions. At 7 p.m. at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY. Tickets: $42-75 + fee. To purchase, call or visit the PTPA box office or go to Patchogue Theater tickets.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Fab Four - the ultimate tribute (Beatles cover band), at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY, (531) 673-7300. Tickets: $29.50 - $63.50.

More info: The Paramount.

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