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Long Island’s ‘Greatest Folk Concert’ to Honor David Amram, Pete Seeger and Aid Gold Coast Arts Center

November 14, 2014
David Amram and Pete Seeger performing (courtesy of

David Amram and Pete Seeger performing (courtesy of

The greats of folk music including Peter Yarrow and Tom Chapin are gathering together on Nov. 20 at Tilles Center for a concert that both celebrates the eclectic American composer and performer David Amram on his 84th birthday, and pays tribute to the iconic Pete Seeger.

The concert, which is being billed as “the greatest folk concert Long Island has seen in decades,” is being organized by Great Neck resident Jason Samel of Movement Music Records in association with Love Revolution and the Gold Coast Arts Center to benefit the arts center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.

The performers include Amram – an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author a musician best known for classical and jazz music – as well as friends he shared with the late Pete Seeger including Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), Tom Chapin, Holly Near, Guy Davis, Garland Jeffreys, Kim and Reggie Harris, Joel Rafael, The Amigos, The Chapin Sisters, Bethany & Rufus and the Connecticut State Troubadour Kristen Graves.

As a classical composer and performer, Amam’s integration of jazz (including being one of the first to improvise jazz on the French horn), folkloric and world music has led him to work with the a virtual who’s who of music, film and literature.

Samel said he was decided to combined Amram’s 84th birthday celebration with a tribute for Pete Seeger because of the close relationship of the two men.

“David Amram was very close friends with Pete Seeger, which is the reason we wanted to tie this into his birthday concert,” Samel said.  “David has a long history in folk music, classical, jazz, blues, as well as music of the American Indians…. He is in fact one of the most respected folk musicians in the country, as well as in so many other genres of music.  Every artist on the bill has played with David and Pete, as it was a requirement for an artist to be able to play in this concert.  Also, much of Amram’s music will be played at the concert, as it is a tribute to both him, and Pete.”

Samel said the concert is also intended to recognize Seeger’s political activism.

The concert, which is called  “David Amram’s 84th Birthday Concert: Remembering Pete Seeger,” will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at The Hillwood Recital Hall at Tilles Center on the LIU-CW Post Campus at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville. Concert tickets are $55 in advance and can be purchased at

There is also a VIP meet and greet with the performers available for an additional $45.

For more information about the Gold Coast Arts Center, visit or call (516) 829-2570.

4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival Features Q&As With Major Filmmakers; Catherine Martin is Honoree

October 16, 2014
Great Gatsby Director Baz Luhrmann with Gold Coast Internatl Film Festival Director Regina Gil at the 2013 Long Island premiere. Luhrmann's wife and artistic partner, Catherine Martin is being honored with this year's GCIFF Artist of Distinction Award © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Great Gatsby Director Baz Luhrmann with Gold Coast Internatl Film Festival Director Regina Gil at the 2013 Long Island premiere. Luhrmann’s wife and artistic partner, Catherine Martin is being honored with this year’s GCIFF Artist of Distinction Award
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Tickets have just gone on sale for the 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF), taking place from November 3-9, 2014, organized by the Gold Coast Arts Center, in Great Neck, in conjunction with the Town of North Hempstead, Long Island.

This year, the festival is honoring four-time Academy Award-winning Production and Costume Designer (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!) Catherine Martin with the Gold Coast International Film Festival Artist of Distinction Award, at the Opening Night Gala, taking place at Leonard’s Palazzo 555 in Great Neck on Monday November 3. Also being honored is President of the Gold Coast Arts Center, Michael Glickman, who will accept the Man of the Year Award; and Marie Cecile Flageul & Jonathan Cohen (the graffiti artist known as Meres One, who was the curator of 5 Pointz in Queens) who will receive the Art & Activism Award.

Screenings and events at this year’s festival will take place at the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/Manhasset/Roslyn as well as at other venues including the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. For the latest information and updates visit

Highlights of this year’s festival include:


Opening Night Gala – November 3, 2014

Leonard’s (On Northern Blvd in Great Neck, 6 pm)
Among the notables attending: Catherine Martin (4-time Oscar winner for production and costume design) will be accepting our Artist of Distinction Award, Meres One (famed graffiti artist) will be accepting our Arts Activism Award


Charlie Mantle
Long Island University CW Post Campus, film starts at 7pm
Q&A with the filmmaker Fred Carpenter and the stars Armand Assante, Sean Young and Robert Clohessy. 


Soundview Cinema in Port Washington, film starts at 7pm
An amazing documentary about firefighters from Detroit produced by Denis Leary’s company.
Q&A with one of the producers (Jim Serpico – from Long Island) and Kristin Thorne from ABC News.

 The Embrace of Aging
Soundview Cinema Port Washington, film starts at 6:30pm
A masterful, inspiring, captivating portrayal of the female aging process where great minds of medicine and science come together with touching human interest stories from Okinawa to Jackson Hole.
Q&A after the film with Keith Famie (director) and a panel of NSLIJ experts.    


Andrew & Wendy
Gold Coast Arts Center, film starts at 1:00pm
The remarkable and moving story of a professional classical guitarist, whose life was saved by music and who gives back in an unforgettable way.
Featuring a Q&A and performance by the film’s subjects. 

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
Soundview Cinema in Port Washington, film starts at 7:30pm
The world premiere of a documentary about playwright August Wilson (some call him America’s Shakespeare).  Q&A guests include: Tony winning actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago Hudson and Sam Pollard (Film Director/Producer) and Darryl Ford-Williams (Exec. Producer)
Moderator is Julie Wilson (WNET/Thirteen, Exec. Producer, Documentaries & Development)

The Wonders – November 6, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 7:30pm
This wildly original film tells the story of a bartender/artist/slacker who gets mixed up in Jerusalem’s criminal underground. A box office hit in Israel, THE WONDERS combines mystery, comedy, psychological thriller, political intrigue, and romance to create a unique and compelling movie. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Q&A with Dean Movshovitz (Director of Film & Media; Consulate General of Israel).


Beside Still Water – November 7, 2014
Bow Tie Roslyn, 8:30pm
In this Big Chill for Generation Y, a group of childhood friends comes together for the last time a the scenic lake house where they all grew up, to comfort each other, rekindle old flames, and drunkenly stumble down memory lane. Directorial debut from award-winning actor Chris Lowell (The Help, Veronica Mars). Q&A with producer after the film.


Above and Beyond – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 2:00pm
A fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism, and high-flying chutzpah, ABOVE AND BEYOND is the true story of Jewish-American pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers turned the tide of the war, preventing the annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth. Produced by Nancy Spielberg.

Mudbloods – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 5:30pm
Quidditch, the sport that thrilled in the wizard world of Harry Potter, leaps off the pages and into the real world in this highly entertaining documentary of the sport’s very real life in the collegiate league. The dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could’ve never imagined, until now. Parents, please note there is some strong language in this film.  Q&A with members of area college Quidditch teams! (we could drop this Q&A)

Zero Motivation – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 7:30pm
Winner of the top prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for 12 Israeli Film Academy Awards, ZERO MOTIVATION is a zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. Q&A with director Talya Lavie, who will be accepting the first Gold Coast International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Award and Nancy Gerstman, co-President of Zeitgeist Films.

You Must Be Joking – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 8:00pm
Barb is an aimless, confrontational 27-year-old paralegal in this edgy comedy of reinvention. Sas Goldberg gives a frenetic, biting performance as a listless woman inspired by her childhood best friend, a ballet dancer, to pick up her long-shelved passion for standup comedy. Q&A with film’s star and co-writer Sas Goldberg

Cold Eyes – November 8, 2014
Bow Tie Manhasset, film starts at 7:00pm
In this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed thrill ride, a new recruit of an elite police unit races against time as she hunts down an organization responsible for a series of bold, explosive robberies. This smart, innovative thriller will show you why South Korean film is giving Hollywood a run for its money.
Q&A after the film with Goran Topalovic (Exec. Dir. NY Asian Film Festival) and Euny Hong (Journalist & Author of The Birth of South Korean Cool)


The Dove Flyer – November 9, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 12:30pm
A coming-of-age story set amid the expulsion of Jews in Iraq in the 1950s, where a 16-year-old caught in the middle of conflicting attitudes must make a difficult decision that will change his family’s destiny. Q&A after the film with Maurice Shohet, President of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq.

When the Garden Was Eden – November 9, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 4:00pm
Actor and tried-and-true New Yorker Michael Rapaport delivers an unabashed love letter to the Knicks with this fast-moving tribute to the team’s glory days. In the late ’60s, basketball was the city’s forgotten sport. Enter an unlikely band of scrappy team players, many of them future hall-of-famers, who would transform the team into one of the NBA’s most dazzling squads. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Q&A with NY Times sportswriter Harvey Araton.

Silenced – November 9, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 3:30pm
This important documentary chronicles the incredible personal journeys of two US government whistleblowers—Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou, who first revealed waterboarding as a CIA practice—and the price they paid. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Post screening Q&A with film’s director James Spione.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – November 9, 2014
Soundview Cinemas, film starts at 4:00pm
In tribute to the late, great Joan Rivers, we are delighted to bring back this excellent documentary that welcomes viewers into the legendary icon’s comedic process and private dramas, as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. Followed by a Q&A with comedians and those who knew Joan, celebrating her comedic legacy.

Closing Night Awards Party – November 9, 2014
Gold Coast Arts Center – approx. 6pm
The Party will be at the Arts Center where the exhibit from the National Basketball Hall of Fame will be on display (including the NBA trophy!)

For more information and a complete festival line up visit or follow on Twitter @goldcoastfilm for Festival updates.

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Tickets on sale for Gold Coast Intl Film Festival; Catherine Martin is honoree

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White House Hosts Fall Garden Tours Oct 18 & 19

October 10, 2014

White House, Washington DC

WASHINGTON – This fall, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT, and Sunday, October 19 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT.  During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House.  Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to guests.

This event is free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children).  The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets Northwest on each tour day beginning at 9:00 AM.  Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro, Hosts Spooky Events this Season

October 8, 2014
Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is a nationally registered historic landmark that reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, as well as the hardships suffered during the Civil War © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is a nationally registered historic landmark that reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, as well as the hardships suffered during the Civil War © 2014 Karen Rubin/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- Wander through Murfreesboro’s most mysterious mansion as you explore some of the unusual mourning customs and creepy superstitions of the Victorian era at Oaklands Mansion for “Flashlight Night,” Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 7-11 pm.

Guides in mourning attire will be stationed through-out the mansion to answer questions as you explore the dark corners and creepy cupboards. The shadows will be hauntingly dim.

“While in the downtown area enjoying the Fall Fun, take the opportunity to see Oaklands after dark! When your flashlight tour is over, if you dare, take a walk on the dim trails of the wetlands and see the dark reflections of Maney Spring” said James Manning, Executive Director of Oaklands Historic House Museum.

Admission is $5. Enter at the Oaklands’ Visitors Center located at 901 North Maney Avenue.

Military Demonstrations with the 9th KY Volunteer Infantry

After exploring the deep, dark corners of the mansion, join the 9th KY Volunteer Infantry around the campfire as they share stories and recount the day’s events. The encampment will be open to the public on Saturday October 18, 10 am-3 pm, and again on Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1-3 p.m. at the historic site, at 900 North Maney Avenue, as part of the Rutherford County Heritage Month activities.

This camp of instruction tells the story of what Union occupation forces would have been doing in and around our town during the Civil War. Families will be able to view the campsite and watch the soldiers practice drills.

Guided mansion tours will begin on the hour at 10:00 a.m. with the last tour departing at 3:00 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. Visit for rates and more information. The military demonstrations on the lawn are free and open to the public. Complimentary parking for the event is located at the Roberts Street pavilion. Middle Tennessee State University Homecoming Parade will also be in the area Saturday morning, so alternate routes may be sought during that time.

Trick-or-Treating at the “Old Maney Mansion”

At the dead-end of North Maney Avenue you’ll find a tree-lined drive to the most famous mansion in Murfreesboro! The iron gates are open and the mansion, normally locked and secured, is ready to greet you on this rare night! Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the doors of the dimly lit Oaklands Mansion to offer their most haunting greeting. As the doors creak open to reveal the grand stair hall, and the family in mourning, you’ll see that this isn’t like any “haunted” house you’ve visited.

Victorian families stopped the clocks, shuttered the windows and draped their mirrors in black when a loved one died. Before the time of funeral homes, the family’s parlor was the scene of their funerals and wakes. Just like any home on Halloween, you can’t go in, at least not tonight. Through the doors, you’ll see just enough of the inside of this sprawling Italianate mansion to wet your appetite to return for a full tour.

By 1860, Oaklands was one of the most elegant homes in Middle Tennessee and situated on an over 1,500 acre plantation! Following the Civil War, it deteriorated from a majestic mansion to virtual ruins and, in the 1950’s, its very existence was threatened. Thankfully, the mansion was saved from the wrecking ball when a group of concerned ladies created Oaklands Association in 1959.   Since then, the generosity of the community has provided for the restoration of Oaklands to its original splendor.

Trick-or-Treating at the “Old Maney Mansion” is free, open to the public and will take place at the doors of Oaklands Mansion at 900 N. Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, TN on October 31, 2014, from 4 p.m. until all candy is given away.

For more information, contact Oaklands Historic House Museum at (615) 893-0022 or email


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Spooky Snooze Family Overnight at Palm Beach Zoo

October 7, 2014
'Boo at the Zoo' at Palm Beach Zoo

‘Boo at the Zoo’ at Palm Beach Zoo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Double, double, toil and trouble, are you brave enough to spend a night at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society? Guests are invited for a special Halloween-themed “Spooky Snooze Family Overnight at the Zoo,” on October 18, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Participants can enjoy an evening of pumpkin painting, crafts, night-time tours and a pizza snack. The next morning, guests will have a continental breakfast and an animal activity.

Cost per participant is $35 for Zoo members, and $40 for non-members. The program can be reserved for scout or community groups. Activities are geared for children six years old and and older, so “mummies” and/or daddies must attend.

Scouts and community groups can book a private Spooky Snooze Overnight at the Zoo program during weekends in October, other than October 18th.

To register for the “Spooky Snooze Family Overnight at the Zoo,” visit

Rainy Day To-Do List

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society has introduced an online “Rainy Day To Do List” section of the Zoo’s website, The list offers suggestions on activities and exhibits that guests can explore at the Zoo, even during inclement weather. The Zoo has many covered exhibits from which guests can view animals, which sometimes are more active during the rain.

General Curator Jan Steele said guests have the opportunity to reach a greater appreciation for certain animals and exhibits during rain. “What better way to see a rainforest than trooping through the Tropics of the Americas in a warm summer rain,” she said. “Our Zoo is a great place to explore, rain or shine!”

If there is no thunder or lightning about, guests can jump into the Zoo’s Interactive Play Fountain and join the fun, or escape the rainfall in the covered areas listed on the Rainy Day Tour section of the website to dry off, cool down, and visit the animals.

During select days, depending on the forecast, the Zoo will offer 50% off admission Rainy Day Discount coupons. The coupons will be offered on the Zoo’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit

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Labor Day is ‘Dollar Day’ at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

August 29, 2014

The Great New York State Fair is ending its 2014 run on Labor Day, September 1, by offering an unbeatable bargain: admission to the fair will be just $1, rides on the all-new Wade Shows Midway will be $1 and selected vendors will offer $1 specials on food or merchandise.

“This deal is yet one more reason why the Great New York State Fair lives up to its name,” Governor Cuomo said. “From expanding ticket sales to online, to securing convenient Amtrak service to the Fairgrounds and expanding our Taste NY selection, this final bargain gives fans and first-timers alike one more great opportunity this year to come and see why this is the best state fair in the nation.”

More than three dozen Fair vendors have agreed so far to sell items for $1. Among the food items are $1 meatball-on-a-roll sandwiches, $1 snow cones, $1 for a small kettle corn and $1 for two pieces of maple sugar. Merchandise values include jewelry, pet products, key chains and more as vendors continue to add to the list daily. Visit the State Fair website for the current list HERE.

The day includes the Fair’s new “Summer Sendoff” event, featuring a free concert by the Grammy-award winning group The Doobie Brothers at 6:00 p.m. at Chevy Court, and the return of fireworks at dusk sponsored by National Grid after a hiatus of several years.

The “Summer Sendoff” will cap a holiday weekend of excitement at the Fair. Saturday, a sellout crowd of approximately 17,000 will pack the Grandstand to see country superstar Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Last year, 31,000 people jammed into Chevy Court in a downpour to watch Florida Georgia Line for free, and Aldean sold out the Grandstand for his 2012 show. Uncle Kracker plays Chevy Court at 2:00 p.m., followed by Bell Biv Devoe at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, a monster truck show takes place at the Grandstand. MKTO provides youthful pop at Chevy Court at 2:00 p.m. and a large crowd is expected for Phillip Phillips’ show at 8:00 p.m. The New York State Demolition Derby Championships rounds out the major entertainment on Sunday at the Grandstand.

Competitions reach their finals during the last weekend. The new Miss New York State Fair Pageant takes place on Saturday, emphasizing intelligence and talent and featuring a show by some contestants in the afternoon. The pageantry of the Six Horse Hitch Championships takes place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Toyota Coliseum. There is a special Wine and Cheese Pairing Competition, pitting the winners of the commercial wine and cheese competitions in an event designed to find the best combination of winners. There is also championship boxing, the Taste NY Wine Seminar and more.

Sunday, there’s a contest to see who can turn wool from fleece into a shawl the fastest, an opportunity to find out how to milk a goat, wine seminars featuring the winners of the commercial wine competition and a show featuring several couples from the reality competition shows “Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race.”

Labor Day Monday opens with a special performance on Chevy Court by several area funk and soul bands, the annual Labor Day parade and rally, the championships of the Fair’s Rooster Crowing competition, a wheelchair basketball tournament and free seminars on how to make one’s own home brewed beer.

Every day features free music on the Fair’s seven stages, talented street performers, exhibits with wild wolves and animatronic dinosaurs, one of the best midways in the nation and much more. The Fair’s signature 25 cent cup of perfectly chilled white or chocolate milk and its $1 baked potato with all the toppings will be available right up until the end of the day.

The regional Centro bus service operates buses all day to and from the Fair to Park & Ride lots in Onondaga, Oswego and Cayuga Counties. The buses provide an efficient and safe alternative to driving to and parking at the Fair. A full schedule of locations and times can be found HERE.

Amtrak offers daily train service to a special train station at the Fair for those coming from other parts of the State. Riders can check train schedules HERE.

Operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. This year’s tagline, “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun,” highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.​ The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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Film About US Diplomat’s Efforts to Rescue Jews from Holocaust Premieres in NYC and LI

August 29, 2014


“A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald,” a new documentary by Shuli Eshel about James G. McDonald, a U.S. diplomat who helped rescue Jewish refugees from the Nazis, will have its world premiere in New York with two showings on October 19 and 20, 2014.

First, the NYC (and world) film premiere will be held on Sunday October 19, 2014, at Park East Synagogue, 164 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065.  A pre-screening reception will begin at 6:00 PM and screening of the film will start at 7:00 PM.

Then, the Long Island premiere will happen on Monday October 20, 2014 as a Pre-Gold Coast International Film Festival Screening at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY. Doors open at 7 pm and screening of the film starts at 7:30 pm.

In both events, the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Barbara McDonald Stewart (McDonald’s daughter); historian Dr. Rafael Medoff; and filmmaker Shuli Eshel.

After a face-to-face meeting with Hitler in 1933, McDonald was one of the first to warn world leaders, including President Franklin Roosevelt and the future Pope Pius XII, about Hitler’s threat to “get rid of the Jews.” As the League of Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees and then as chairman of President Roosevelt’s Advisory Committee on Political Refugees, McDonald worked tirelessly to find safe havens for Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.

Later, as America’s first ambassador to Israel, McDonald helped build the foundation for American-Israeli friendship.

The incredible story of McDonald’s efforts and foresight were almost lost to history until his meticulously kept diaries were discovered in 2003. “McDonald spoke up when others were silent. McDonald’s bravery is a role model for human decency and courage that is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago.”

Admission for the reception, film and post film discussion is $20 per person.

Tickets go on sale on September 8 at

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See SpaceX Rocket Launch on July 14 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

July 9, 2014

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a “front row seat” to view the July 14 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, which is scheduled for 9:21 a.m. The Visitor Complex will open early at 7:30 a.m. to accommodate launch viewing opportunities and provide the closest possible public viewing area: the Apollo/Saturn V Center inside Kennedy Space Center.

From the Apollo/Saturn V Center, guests will have a direct view of the Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad and the exciting liftoff. Viewing also will be available at the Visitor Complex. Both  viewing areas feature live launch commentary and are included in daily admission. Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. 

Bus boarding to the Apollo/Saturn V Center for guests will be available via the KSC Tour Buses beginning at 7:30 a.m. Guests should arrive at the Visitor Complex no later than 8:30 a.m. to allow time for transportation to the Apollo/Saturn V Center for launch viewing. 

The viewing area at the Apollo/Saturn V Center features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the Banana River. Food concessions and restroom facilities are available at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch six second-generation ORBCOMM communications satellites to provide two-way data messaging services for global customers.

On launch day, the Visitor Complex will remain open until 7 p.m., offering a full-day space experience, with such attractions and activities as:


  • Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, where visitors can “be the astronaut” as they get nose to nose with a real spaceflown orbiter. Space Shuttle Atlantis is displayed as if floating in space – the only space shuttle orbiter in the world exhibited this way. Guests can also flex their astronaut abilities as they train on various simulators: take a simulated spacewalk, land the space shuttle on the shuttle landing facility, operate the robotic Canadarm or dock with the International Space Station.


  • KSC Up-Close Explore Tour, which gives visitors an insider’s view of the U.S. Space Program, from the launch sites of today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the past and future of space exploration at Kennedy Space Center. The KSC Up-Close Explore Tour includes up-close views of the massive, 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and the Shuttle Landing Facility. The tour stops in between the Kennedy Space Center launch pads for a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB, and on the NASA Causeway where guests are surrounded by a panoramic view of launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


  • The Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multi-media shows and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quest for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built and one of only three Saturn V rockets in existence. The Apollo Treasures Gallery showcases treasures from the Apollo moon missions, including Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard’s spacesuit and the Apollo 14 Command Module, Kitty Hawk.

 Admission tickets may be purchased at or by calling 877-313-2610.

Launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Angry Birds Space Encounter, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter,Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75+ tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit

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‘Garden Party’ is theme for Nassau County Museum of Art Gala

May 15, 2014

Dean Cornwell's "Two Women with a Parasol" (ca. 1920) is featured in Nassau County Museum of Art's "Garden Party". The exhibit provides the theme for this year's gala, when guests will feel as if they have just stepped into the scenes depicted in the paintings © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Dean Cornwell’s “Two Women with a Parasol” (ca. 1920) is featured in Nassau County Museum of Art’s “Garden Party”. The exhibit provides the theme for this year’s gala, when guests will feel as if they have just stepped into the scenes depicted in the paintings © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Masquerade in the Garden, Nassau County Museum of Art’s 2014 Museum Ball, will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. The inspiration for the Ball’s decorative theme is the museum’s current exhibition, Garden Party—this black-tie evening of dining and dancing will be as elegant and as lush as the works on view in the galleries. The Museum Ball will be held on the grounds of museum’s historic Gold Coast mansion, gardens and grounds, the former Frick Estate. The Ball is the museum’s major annual fundraiser, providing an important component of the museum’s operating budget, offering support for an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and stimulating educational programs for adults, students, families and school groups. The 2014 Ball also launches the celebration of the museum’s 25th year of serving the communities of Long Island and beyond.

Guests will dance to the music of The Alex Donner Orchestra, and will bid for exciting auction prizes including artwork, trips, jewelry, fine dining and unique event experiences. The Ball also features a raffle for a magnificent diamond ring donated by Ambalu Jewelers. The media partner for Masquerade in the Garden is the prestigious magazine, New York Cottages and Gardens. The handsome Ball invitation is sponsored by Healthplex: Dr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Cuchel, Dr. & Mrs. Martin Kane, and Dr. & Mrs. George Kane.

Masquerade in the Garden is chaired by Museum Board Member Angela Susan Anton, the publisher and owner of Anton Community Publications. Members of the Ball Committee include Esther Ambalu, Sara Ambalu, Kimberly G. Bancroft, Eve Califano, Judie Chessin, Victoria Crosby, Lisa Eastman, Thalia Elie, Gayle Finkelman-Cohen, Natalia Good, Peri Hoffer-Hinden, Karen Loeffler, Joan Hope MacNaughton, Patricia Meyer, Cora Michalis, Joe Pescatore, Kandice Seitz, Ray Sikorski, Irina Sushko, and Linda Ugenti.

Co-chairs of the Journal Committee are Rebecca Creavin and M. Patricia Janco-Tupper, both of Wells Fargo Bank. Members of the Journal Committee include Michael D. Brown, Esq., Ohrenstein and Brown LLP; Joseph Canevari, HSBC Private Bank; Ilene S. Cooper, Esq., Farrell Fritz, PC; Deirdre Costa Major, Americana Manhasset; Dr. Stephen J. Cuchel, Healthplex; Brendan J. DeRiggi, Esq., Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP; Mona Engel, Esq., Mona Engel, PC; Brigitte Ferrada-Stetson, Capital One Bank; James Garbus, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, PC; Amanda Gorozdi, Avison Young; Suzanne Kirkpatrick, Suffolk County National Bank; Steven Klar, The Klar Organization; Russell G. Matthews, Albanese Organization; Robert O. Mayer, Mayer CPAs LLP; and Craig Seitz, The B&G Group, Inc.

Tickets to Masquerade in the Garden, the 2014 Museum Ball, on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m., are $1,000 per person at the Patron level, $500 per person at the Friend level and $350 per person at the Junior level (ages 40 and under). All but $200 of each ticket price is tax deductible.

Tickets to the 2014 Museum Ball and raffles for the Ambalu diamond ring may be purchased online at or can be obtained by calling the development office at (516) 484-9338, ext. 16. Call the development office for information on sponsorship opportunities, business partnerships, donor packages and journal advertising.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, west of Glen Cove Road, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A. For current exhibitions, events, days/times, and directions, call (516) 484-9337 or log onto

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TourCrafters Offers D-Day Anniversary Trip to Paris and Normandy Beaches

February 9, 2014

If ever you thought about visiting Normandy and the D-Day Beaches, this —the 70th anniversary of D-Day—is the year to do it. It’s also an amazing World War II history lesson for the kids’ spring vacation.

To commemorate the anniversary, TourCrafters has designed a 7-Day/6-Night D-Day package that starts at $1,659 per person, based on four persons traveling together.

TourCrafters’ land-only price includes three nights hotel accommodation in Paris, three nights in Bayeux, daily buffet breakfast, round-trip 1st-class train Paris-Bayeux, transfers to and from the rail stations and a tour of the D-Day Landing Beaches. It does not include air fare. Departures are daily through October.

There’s free time to explore the “City of Light,” to see the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre and Notre Dame, walk around the beguiling streets of the Left Bank, have a croque monsieur in a café, or even take a photogenic Bateau Mouche cruise on the River Seine.  The Paris hotel, the 4-star Emeraude Louvre Montana boasts a perfect location—steps from the Tuileries and the Louvre—and a friendly, helpful staff.

In Bayeux, the  first  French  city to be  liberated in June of 1944, you  will be picked up for a D-Day Tour of the American Sector, to visit Omaha Beach where the Americans landed, to see the site of the German gun battery at Pointe du Hoc (where Rangers famously scaled the impossible 100-foot cliffs), and to wander through the thousands of white crosses and Stars of David in the very moving American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.  There’s also free time in Bayeux, to stroll its medieval streets, tour its 11th-century cathedral, visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, and see the famed Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot embroidery that tells the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England.  The charming 3-star Hotel Churchill has an equally perfect location—in the very center of Bayeux—and its lovely, gracious  owner speaks perfect English.

All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to availability.  (They are higher from April to August.) For additional information about the land-only  70th Anniversary D-Day package, visit  For reservations, call 800-482-5995.

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