Tuesday, Jul 1, 2008 • Tuesday Swing Dance • SDLI

Posted by Tom on 07/02/2008 • SwingPermalink


Swing Dance Long Island has it’s weekly Tuesday swing dance at Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano in Hauppauge.  The swing lesson will being at 7:30PM with the social dancing from 8:00PM through 10:30PM.

The dances will be held in the main ballroom, which contains a circular wooden dance floor and a small stage for bands. The ballroom entrance is on the front-left corner of the building, please take the stairway down.

Pomodorino servers great Italian food, brick oven pizza and wonderful deserts.

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Directions

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Restaurant Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at one of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Band: DJ Music

Music will be provided by DJ.
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Image CC2.0-A: tatsuhico / Flickr

Venue: Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano (Previous Location)

Pomodorino - 648 Motor Parkway

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
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Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at on of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Organizer: Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. (SDLI)

Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. is an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing on Long Island, New York.

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Join a friendly group of people every Tuesday evening for a mix of East Coast Swing, Savoy Lindy Hop, Hollywood Lindy, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and some Ballroom dancing.  No partners are needed and beginners are welcome.

Pricing: Tuesday DJ

$8 General Admission, $6 Students with current ID, $5 SDLI Members

Saturday, Jul 5, 2008 • No Saturday SDLI Dance in July • SDLI

Posted by Tom on 07/03/2008 • Permalink


Swing Dance Long Island will not be having a Saturday Barn dance during the Summer months of July and August.

Venue: Brush Barn

Brush Barn

The Smithtown Historical Society’s Brush Barn is located behind the historic Epenetus Smith Tavern at 211 East Main Street, Smithtown NY 11787 and is not visible from the street. About 0.2 miles east on Main Street from the intersection of Route 111 and Route 25 (Main Street).  There is a white house that is #211 (Epenetus Smith Tavern) and a gravel drive beside the house.

Epenetus Smith Tavern

Frank Brush Barn

Organizer: Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. (SDLI)

Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. is an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing on Long Island, New York.

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Join a friendly group of people every Tuesday evening for a mix of East Coast Swing, Savoy Lindy Hop, Hollywood Lindy, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and some Ballroom dancing.  No partners are needed and beginners are welcome.

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2008 • Tuesday Swing Dance • SDLI

Posted by Tom on 07/03/2008 • Permalink


Swing Dance Long Island has it’s weekly Tuesday swing dance at Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano in Hauppauge.  The swing lesson will being at 7:30PM with the social dancing from 8:00PM through 10:30PM.

The dances will be held in the main ballroom, which contains a circular wooden dance floor and a small stage for bands. The ballroom entrance is on the front-left corner of the building, please take the stairway down.

Pomodorino servers great Italian food, brick oven pizza and wonderful deserts.

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Directions

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Restaurant Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at one of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Band: DJ Music

Music will be provided by DJ.
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Image CC2.0-A: tatsuhico / Flickr

Venue: Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano (Previous Location)

Pomodorino - 648 Motor Parkway

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
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Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at on of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Organizer: Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. (SDLI)

Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. is an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing on Long Island, New York.

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Join a friendly group of people every Tuesday evening for a mix of East Coast Swing, Savoy Lindy Hop, Hollywood Lindy, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and some Ballroom dancing.  No partners are needed and beginners are welcome.

Pricing: Tuesday DJ

$8 General Admission, $6 Students with current ID, $5 SDLI Members

Thursday, Jul 10, 2008 • TREVOR DAVISON 10-piece Swing Band • Not a SDLI Event

Posted by Tom on 06/12/2008 • Permalink


THURS 10TH - BIG BAND NIGHT
With the TREVOR DAVISON 10-piece Swing Band Featuring Allyson
Doors Open at 7:30 - Music from 8-10pm
$20 per person / $30 at the door +tax
RSVP by Monday July 7th at

Phone: 631-298-0075
Email:
Web: http://www.marthaclaravineyards.com

DIRECTIONS COMING FROM THE WEST

Take the Long Island Expressway heading East to Exit 71
Make a LEFT onto Edwards Avenue Head North on Edwards Avenue
(for approximately 3 miles)
Make a right at the second LIGHT
onto Sound Avenue
Head East on Sound Avenue
(for approximately 10 miles)
The Tasting Room will be on your RIGHT

Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)

The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.

Friday, Jul 11, 2008 • Harlem on My Mind: A Celebration of Jazz, Swing, and Tap Jams • Not a SDLI Event

Posted by Tom on 07/02/2008 • Permalink


“Harlem on My Mind: A Celebration of Jazz, Swing, and Tap Jams”

FRIDAY, JULY 11 AT 6PM

WHAT:  For the Bronx Museum’s First Fridays! program, “Harlem on My Mind: A Celebration of Jazz, Swing, and Tap Jams,” the sounds of the Ray Abrams Big Swing Band – a powerful 17 piece group continuing the tradition of great jazz music created by the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington – will surely “swing” you into motion. The event will also feature a tap and swing performance by the great young dancers of Hoofer’s House. Please note: Due to the July 4th holiday, this event will take place the second week in July.

For more information, and a complete schedule of upcoming First Friday events, please visit http://www.bronxmuseum.org/programs/firstfridays.html
WHO:  Featuring the Ray Abrams Big Swing Band, lead jazz vocalist Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch, and dancers from Hoofer’s House. The event will be hosted by Rashida Bumbray from Hoofer’s House.

WHEN:  Friday, July 11, 6:00 – 10:00pm

WHERE:  The Bronx Museum of the Arts
South Wing – Lower Gallery
1040 Grand Concourse @ 165th Street
Bronx, NY 10456

Band: Ray Abrams Big Swing Band

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This highly professional swing band, which actually started in the 50’s, under the vision of Hank Dougherty, was acquired by Brooklyn’s famous jazz saxophonist and prolific arranger, Ray Abrams. Ray passed on in 1997, but the band continues to entertain lovers of swing and classic-jazz. The 17 members of the band consistently recreate the unforgettable hard swinging, finger-snapping, toe-tapping sounds of the greatest swing-bands of the 40’s and 50’s. Our musical arrangements feature many of the band’s exceptional soloist, as well as swinging vocals and a fine selection of love ballads, uniquely sung by our featured vocalist, Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch.

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The band’s library of musical arrangements, is lengthy and well rounded, ranging from the still modern sounding charts created by founder, Ray Abrams, to the swinging big-band charts from the minds of arrangers like Sam Nestico, Quincy Jones, Sy Oliver, Neal Hefti, and so many others. This valued musical library supports the bands ability to create a well-rounded program of classic-jazz as played by the bands of Basie, Ellington, Hawkins, Foster, Hampton, etc.

The band’s unique ability to perform to the spirit of the music and to swing at the drop of a hat, is consistently nourished by the very dedicated skills of the band’s leader, Ervin Simpson, who has led the band since 1998. No doubt, this ability to swing the most beloved songs from The Classic American Jazz Songbook, explains why the band continues to maintain a growing presence on LI and in the tri-state area.

Band Contact:
Don Echoles Conway at 917-674-4647 or

Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)

The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.

Friday, Jul 11, 2008 • TGIF @ BROOKHAVEN - In My Blood (Confessions of a Ballroom Dancer) Book Signing by Tony DiFranco • BNL

Posted by Tom on 07/06/2008 • Permalink


TGIF @ BROOKHAVEN on Friday, July 11th:
Dance Lesson: “More Hustle Moves”, by Donna DeSimone

SPECIAL EVENT ON JULY 11TH --> BOOK SIGNING BY AUTHOR AND FILMMAKER, TONY DIFRANCO!

(Quoting Rudy...) Many of us know Anthony DiFranco. Aside from being a college professor and a published writer/novelist, he is also an independent film producer/director/editor. A while back, at Brookhaven National Lab’s Berkner Hall Auditorium, we had a film screening of his then newly-completed full-length feature film “Happy Ever After”.

He just released a new novel, “In My Blood (Confessions of a Ballroom Dancer)”. I think this book will be of interest to most of us who are in the Long Island Dance Community. “..I think it will be a fun read for anyone who’s into ballroom dancing”. He will be present during our dance on July 11th, and will be happy to sign every book that will be sold by then grin

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The book is a paperback, 304 pages, priced at $15.

If you want to see more about the book and about Tony as a writer and filmmaker, check out his website at:
http://www.p-pix.com/

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IN MY BLOOD
A new novel by Anthony DiFranco

If by chance you’re a ballroom dancer - here’s a story about a world you’ll recognize. And if you’re not, here’s a candid love story set in a world you’ll recognize as well.

Tommy and Laurie are virtual strangers in mid-life when they meet at a Long Island ballroom dance.  Each sees something mysterious but compelling in the other’s eyes, each takes a chance on a wild ride that begins at the hover point of a spin turn and may or may not sweep the rest of their lives into it.

Their ride carries them across the gamut of dance experiences - the studios, the Latin clubs, the big social dances, the exhibitions, the dance weekends - all against the backdrop of onerous day jobs, aging parents, and troublesome ex-spouses.

I wrote In My Blood after fifteen years of involvement in the dance world. I wrote it hoping to illuminate, through an imagined story, a number of personal experiences beyond the dance scene itself: the dynamics of love relationships, the madness of independent filmmaking, the meaning of my parents’ lives and deaths, the lost beauty of the past.  I wanted to write about every passion that had gotten “in my blood.”

I thought it would be fun, too, to comment on the psychology and the sociology and the history of ballroom dancing, and to weave all these elements into a single story that would sweep readers along just like a good waltz.  The result is In My Blood.

- Anthony DiFranco

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Band: DJ Music

Music will be provided by DJ.
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Image CC2.0-A: tatsuhico / Flickr

Venue: Brookhaven National Lab

Brookhaven National Lab

Go to LIE Exit 68 north on William Floyd Parkway;
(There are signs to: Brookhaven National Laboratory) About 1 1/2 miles away, turn right (before the second light), to BNL’s gate. Present a picture ID (driver’s license is ok) to the guard. From the Guard Booth, go straight, turn left at the first light; A few hundred feet away, on your left, is the Brookhaven Center. For more details on directions, visit: http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/maps.html

Organizer: BNL Social & Cultural Club (BNL)

The BNL Social & Cultural Club holds weekly dance socials (TGIFs) and workshops at the North Ballroom, Brookhaven Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory every Friday evening from 7 to 11:30 pm.

Unless otherwise noted, workshops and lessons are from 7:10 pm to 9:30 pm with a food break in-between, followed by open social dancing up to 11:30 pm at the Brookhaven Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York.

Cost per person: $15(members)/$20(non-members), or $8/$12 for social dancing only without the lessons; members rate applies also to all Bera members with BNL ID, SDLI members with ID, students with school ID, and all subscribers of the Social-L list and the Yahoo DanceLovers group. (Special events have different rates).

Dance socials are open to the general public, but require a photo-id at the BNL front gate.

Their most current schedule is: BNL Social & Cultural Club Calendar

They also maintain a mailing list. To join: BNL Social-L email list

Contacts (Click below to send e-mail):
Rudy Alforque, 631-344-4733, or , or
Jack Guthy, 631- 929-8287, or

Sunday, Jul 13, 2008 • Summer Concerts on the Stony Brook Village Green • Not a SDLI Event

Posted by Tom on 07/11/2008 • Permalink


Starting Sunday for the FREE Summer Concerts on the Green

Sunday, July 13, 2008 Through Sunday, August 24, 2008

7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Stony Brook Village Center

A series of live music events performed in front of the Stony Brook Post Office.

-July 13 Jerry Constanzo and the Swing Alliance Septet (Orchestra)
-July 20 Round Midnight Ensemble (Jazz)
-July 27 Spotlight Dance (Dance Performance)
-Aug. 3 Edward Decorsia and New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band (Swing & Jazz, yesterday & today)
-Aug. 10 Sound Symphony (Classical)
-Aug. 17 The Clusters (50’s, 60’s & 70’s music)
-Aug. 24 Claudia Nostrand New Age (New Age)

Organization: The Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Website: http://www.wmho.org/WMHOEventCalendar.asp
Phone: 631-751-2244

Band: The Swing Alliance Septet with Jerry Costanzo

The Band Features:

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Jerry Costanzo- vocals
Jeff Mitchel- tenor sax
Andrew Grossbard- alto sax
Mark Topaz- trumpet
Ken Macdonald- trombone
John Ray- bass
Ed Pisano- keyboard
Frank Beluchi- drums

Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)

The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 • Nick Polumbo and the Flipped Fedoras • SDLI

Posted by Tom on 02/14/2008 • SwingPermalink


Due to popular demand - Nick is back.

Band: Nick Palumbo and the Flipped Fedoras

Venue: Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano (Previous Location)

Pomodorino - 648 Motor Parkway

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
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Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at on of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Organizer: Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. (SDLI)

Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. is an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing on Long Island, New York.

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Join a friendly group of people every Tuesday evening for a mix of East Coast Swing, Savoy Lindy Hop, Hollywood Lindy, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and some Ballroom dancing.  No partners are needed and beginners are welcome.

Pricing: Tuesday Band

$15 General Admission, $13 Students with current ID, $10 SDLI Members

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2008 • Central Park Stompers • Old Westbury

Posted by Tom on 06/11/2008 • Permalink


Wednesday, July 16
Central Park Stompers—Big Band Swing, Contemporary Swing—Comprised of a world-class lineup of musicians, the Central Park Stompers blend 40’s nostalgia, early ‘50s Rhythm and Blues, and classic swing. 

Venue: Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, New York, between the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and Jericho Turnpike (New York Route 25), approximately 20 miles east of New York City.

DIRECTIONS

Directions from New York City

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road). Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.

From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Bear left at end of exit ramp and turn left onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

Directions from Eastern Long Island

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road (Garden City) at end of exit ramp, cross over expressway, and immediately turn left onto the service road. Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.

From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp (Old Westbury) onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

By Train

Take Long Island Rail Road to Westbury Station, then a taxi to Old Westbury Gardens approximately 2.5 miles from the station).

Organizer: Old Westbury Gardens (Old Westbury)

Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 160 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family’s residence.

Today, Old Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours of Westbury House and Gardens, in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children’s programs and events, family programs, museum exhibits, classic car shows, indoor and outdoor classical concerts, summer concerts, slide lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, botanical arts and gardening classes, and Master Gardener- and Educator-led Talks & Tours of topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture.

Every summer, Old Westbury Gardens has their Picnic Pops 2007 Summer Concert Series on the great lawn. An area in front of the bandstand is reserved for dancing!

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road
P.O. Box 430
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Phone: 516-333-0048
Fax: 516-333-6807
Web: oldwestburygardens.org

Thursday, Jul 17, 2008 • Isotope Stompers Dixieland Jazz Band at Heckscher Park • Huntington Arts

Posted by Tom on 07/06/2008 • Permalink


Isotope Stompers on Thursday, July 17th

The Huntington Arts Council is proud to celebrate the 43rd Summer Arts Festival. This tradition has flourished from year to year and each season has surpassed the last in the quality and variety of the programs. From Broadway shows to local musicians, each concert attracts a wide and appreciative audience. Summer in Huntington would not be complete without the Arts Festival. The festival runs June 20th to August 17. Check out the Huntington Arts Council website for further information. http://www.huntingtonarts.org/

FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Chapin Rainbow Stage, Huntington Village (Heckscher Park), Long Island’s Premier Public Stage…Universal Talent, Ageless Audience.
All performances are FREE to the public!

LOCATION

The Chapin Rainbow stage is located in Heckscher Park, Huntington, New York at Prime Avenue and Route 25A (Main Street) with shows every evening, except Mondays from June 20 through August 17.

HUNTINGTON SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL HOTLINE: 631-271-8423 x 5

TIMES

All shows begin at 8:30pm, with the following exception: on every Tuesday, designated as the Family Series, shows begin at 7:30pm.

SEATING POLICY:
Wednesday – Sunday at 8:30pm.
Take FOLDING CHAIRS, BLANKETS or CUSHIONS for seating comfort. Folding/sand chairs are not permitted in the blanket area (indicated by lawn signs).

Festival grounds are wheelchair accessible and accessible to persons who are physically challenged. Efforts will be made to accommodate persons with special needs.

Wherever the performance is located we offer a few friendly reminders to enhance the enjoyment of the show for you and your neighbors in he audience.

1. Make sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. ALL performances are held in Heckscher Park despite the whims of the weather, so take your umbrella!
2. Please turn off all cell phones and beepers before the show starts.
3. Remember, be courteous to those around you; please, no smoking.
4. Please be considerate of others during the performance.
5. Remember, no pets are allowed.
6. Keep an eye on your children and keep them close to you.
7. No flash photography or video is permitted.
8. Use the receptacles provided for your trash.
9. Feel free to bring a friend or two, or three.
10. Bring blanket and chairs.
11. Thanks, and enjoy the concerts!

Important: Please Note
Alcohol and pets are not permitted anywhere on Park grounds. Flash photography and recording of any kind are strictly prohibited. Please limit smoking to along the fences.

Band: Isotope Stompers Dixieland Jazz Band

The Isotope Stompers are an exhilarating seven-piece Dixieland Jazz Band whose roots are in the Northeastern United States. This music, however, comes from way down South in New Orleans where this foot-stomping music called “jazz” grew out of spirituals and marches of the Bourbon Street area. You will recognize some of the band’s popular Dixieland tunes like the rousing Tiger Rag, In the Mood, Figgity Feet, Kid’s Ory’s famous Muskrat Ramble, A train, the sad and moving St. James Infirmary Blues or The Tin Roof Blues.

The emphasis is on what is known as “revival jazz”, the traditional New Orleans-style music spiced up with greater drive and tempo for dancing.

They will have you clapping your hands and tapping your toes…for THE ISOTOPE STOMPERS celebrate Mardi Gras, New Orleans style, all year long!  image

Venue: Heckscher Park Huntington Village

The Chapin Rainbow Stage is located in Heckscher Park, Huntington Village, NY

2 Prime Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743

Cross Street: Route 25A (Main Street)

Organizer: Huntington Arts Council, Inc. (Huntington Arts)

2008 Summer Arts Festival

06/20/2008 Fri. Groove Collective
06/21/2008 Sat. Bob Westcott-OPENER
06/21/2008 Sat. Tom Paxton w/OPENER
06/22/2008 Sun. Marie Knight
06/24/2008 Tues. Robbi K
06/25/2008 Wed. Dance Theater Co. & The Red Hot Mamas
06/26/2008 Thurs. Huntington Men’s Chorus
06/27/2008 Fri. Terry Winchell - OPENER
06/27/2008 Fri. Buddy Merriam & Back Roads w/OPENER
06/28/2008 Sat. Barking Men-OPENER
06/28/2008 Sat. Dirty Boogaloo w/OPENER
06/29/2008 Sun. Senior Pops
07/01/2008 Tues. Plaza Theatrical Productions
07/02/2008 Wed. Huntington Community Band
07/03/2008 Thurs. Paul Zunno - CO-BILL w/Return
07/03/2008 Thurs. Return to the Dream
07/04/2008 Fri. Vito Picone & The Elegants
07/05/2008 Sat. The Dana Leong Band
07/06/2008 Sun. Janis Ian
07/08/2008 Tues. Patricia Shih
07/09/2008 Wed. Huntington Community Band
07/10/2008 Thurs. Yana Reznik
07/11/2008 Fri. Circle of Dance
07/12/2008 Sat. Plaza Theatrical Productions
07/13/2008 Sun. Tiempo Libre
07/15/2008 Tues. Galumpha
07/16/2008 Wed. Huntington Community Band
07/17/2008 Thurs. Isotope Stompers
07/18/2008 Fri. Sol y Sambra Spanish Dance Company
07/19/2008 Sat. Aztec Two-Step with Pete Fornatale
07/20/2008 Sun. The Matthew Pierce Ensemble
07/22/2008 Tues. Shira Kline
07/23/2008 Wed. Huntington Community Band
07/24/2008 Thurs. Township Theatre Group
07/25/2008 Fri. Symphony Space
07/26/2008 Sat. Aquila Theater
07/27/2008 Sun. Island Hills Chorus
07/29/2008 Tues. BAM: The Blue Barrel Show
07/30/2008 Wed. Huntington Community Band
07/31/2008 Thurs. Valencia Vas
08/01/2008 Fri. Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble
08/02/2008 Sat. Gathering Time - OPENER
08/02/2008 Sat. Christine Lavin w/Opener
08/03/2008 Sun. Broadhollow Players
08/05/2008 Tues. Janice Buckner
08/06/2008 Wed. Nassau Pops
08/07/2008 Thurs. Alloy Orchestra, “Phantom of the Opera”
08/08/2008 Fri. Christian McBride
08/09/2008 Sat. Amy Allison-OPENER
08/09/2008 Sat. Mose Allison w/OPENER
08/10/2008 Sun. LIDC
08/12/2008 Tues. Broadhollow Theatre Company
08/13/2008 Wed. Twin Shores Chorus
08/14/2008 Thurs. Wondrous Stories
08/15/2008 Fri. Jimmy Webb
08/16/2008 Sat. Long Island Philharmonic
08/17/2008 Sun. The Campbell Brothers

Huntington Arts Council, Inc.
213 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Website: http://www.huntingtonarts.org/
Phone: 631.271.8423
Fax: 631.271.8428
Email:

Friday, Jul 18, 2008 • TGIF @ BROOKHAVEN - Donna DeSimone teaching Hustle • BNL

Posted by Tom on 07/16/2008 • Permalink


This Friday, July 18th, our weekly TGIF @ Brookhaven will feature once again
Donna DeSimone teaching Hustle! (Next week—Annette Alicante teaching American Cha-cha).

The format will be the same as last Friday - first part (45 min) for beginners; the 2nd part, for int/adv dancers.

TGIF @ BROOKHAVEN on Friday, July 18th, 2008:
Place: Brookhaven Center, Brookhaven National Lab;

Schedule:
Cold Food Buffet dinner: 7 - 7:45 pm; warmup dancing!
“Hustle” dance lesson, 7:45 pm to 9:15 pm by Donna DeSimone;
General dancing up to 11:30 pm;

Admission: $15; Cost covers cold hero dinner buffet, cookies, refreshments, etc.

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*** AND --> MORE BOOK SIGNING BY AUTHOR AND FILMMAKER, TONY DIFRANCO!  * If you don’t have a copy yet of his new book “In My Blood (Confession of a Ballroom Dancer)”, get one this Friday!

Band: DJ Music

Music will be provided by DJ.
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Image CC2.0-A: tatsuhico / Flickr

Venue: Brookhaven National Lab

Brookhaven National Lab

Go to LIE Exit 68 north on William Floyd Parkway;
(There are signs to: Brookhaven National Laboratory) About 1 1/2 miles away, turn right (before the second light), to BNL’s gate. Present a picture ID (driver’s license is ok) to the guard. From the Guard Booth, go straight, turn left at the first light; A few hundred feet away, on your left, is the Brookhaven Center. For more details on directions, visit: http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/maps.html

Organizer: BNL Social & Cultural Club (BNL)

The BNL Social & Cultural Club holds weekly dance socials (TGIFs) and workshops at the North Ballroom, Brookhaven Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory every Friday evening from 7 to 11:30 pm.

Unless otherwise noted, workshops and lessons are from 7:10 pm to 9:30 pm with a food break in-between, followed by open social dancing up to 11:30 pm at the Brookhaven Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York.

Cost per person: $15(members)/$20(non-members), or $8/$12 for social dancing only without the lessons; members rate applies also to all Bera members with BNL ID, SDLI members with ID, students with school ID, and all subscribers of the Social-L list and the Yahoo DanceLovers group. (Special events have different rates).

Dance socials are open to the general public, but require a photo-id at the BNL front gate.

Their most current schedule is: BNL Social & Cultural Club Calendar

They also maintain a mailing list. To join: BNL Social-L email list

Contacts (Click below to send e-mail):
Rudy Alforque, 631-344-4733, or , or
Jack Guthy, 631- 929-8287, or

Sunday, Jul 20, 2008 • Swingtime Big Band - (Bayard Cutting Arboretum) • IslipArtsCouncil

Posted by Tom on 06/04/2008 • Permalink


7/20 at 2 pm (Sunday): Swingtime Big Band - (Bayard Cutting Arboretum)

Long Island-based 20-piece Big Band which specializes in original and authentic arrangements of Swing-Era music from the 1930s until the early 1950s. The members of Swingtime are veterans of regional Big Bands and orchestras, including Ira Alexander’s Swingtimers, the Tommy Dorsey Big Band, the Stardusters and Artie Shaw’s Big Band. Swingtime boasts two fine vocalists: Bobbie Ruth, who recreates the classic “gal vocal” style and Jerry Costanzo, who evokes the crooners of the age. $ 6. per car parking fee

Band: Swingtime Big Band

Swing Time Big Band

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Dedicated to the performance of America’s greatest popular standards, SWINGTIME BIG BAND is a 20-piece authentic swing band comprised of master interpreters of music from the Swing Era (mid-1930’s through early 1950’s). The ensemble specializes in performing original arrangements of Big Band classics from the Great American Songbook, bringing to life both the style and the spirit of this music for 21st century audiences to experience in living color.

SWINGTIME thrills concert audiences and Ballroom dancers alike with authentic recreations of the timeless swing music of such great Big Band leaders as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Woody Herman, Les Brown, Charlie Barnet and Stan Kenton, among many others.

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With the recent renaissance in popularity of both swing music and ballroom dancing, this versatile ensemble has been enjoying remarkable success playing both the swing music that is its calling card, as well as a wide variety of tunes to accommodate the many varied styles requested by ballroom dancersThe Lindy, Fox Trot, Peabody, Cha-Cha, Tango, Merengue, Rhumba and Mambo, among others. Highlights of the many prestigious venues at which SWINGTIME members have performed include: Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Plaza Hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, Tavern on the Green and the Rainbow Room.

Steven Shaiman, Artistic Director
Phone: 516-876-8324
Email:
Website: http://swingtimeny.com

Venue: Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Located at:
440 Montauk Highway
Great River, NY 11739

Website: http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com
Phone: 631-581-1002

Organizer: Islip Arts Council (IslipArtsCouncil)

The Islip Arts Council provides diverse audiences with activities which encompass both Presentation and Service to the Arts field. Its presentations cover a variety of disciplines ranging from fine classical music to Master Classes with renowned musicians, for little or no cost.

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This summer they have an expansive calendar of events, including: Free Concerts, Especially for Children, Music, Theater, Dance, Exhibits, Film, Workshops, Lectures and Classes. Not to be missed is New York Philharmonic Free Concert at Heckscher State Park.

The free concerts include some great bands for swing dancing. Check their complete calendar.

Islip Arts Council
50 Irish Lane
East Islip, NY 11730

Website: http://www.islipartscouncil.org
Telephone: 631-224-5420
Fax: 631-224-5440
Email:

Monday, Jul 21, 2008 • New Vintage Swing Band - Free Concert in Manhasset • Not a SDLI Event

Posted by Tom on 07/21/2008 • Permalink


Join Doris, Brian and the New Vintage Swing Band.

For their only summer concert this season!!!!!

MONDAY
JULY 21
7:30

rain or shine
****if rain...we will be playing at library

MANHASSET
MARY J. DAVIES GREEN GAZEBO
PLANDOME RD, MANHSSET-just north of RT25A

Directions:From Long Island Expressway (Westbound):
Turn off at Exit 36 Searingtown Rd., Shelter Rock Rd. At 2nd light on service road turn right (north) onto Shelter Rock Rd. Follow it for about 2 miles to Northern Blvd. (Lord & Taylor on the right). Turn left onto Northern Blvd. and at 2nd light turn right onto Plandome Rd.. Gazebo park will be on left. parking behind Gazebo

From Long Island Expressway (Eastbound):
Turn off at Exit 35, Shelter Rock Rd. At 1st light on service road, turn left (north) onto Shelter Rock Rd. Follow it for about 2 miles to Northern Blvd. (Lord & Taylor on the right). Turn left onto Northern Blvd and at 2nd light turn right onto Plandome Rd.. Gazebo park will be on left. parking behind Gazebo

****Directions to Manhasset Library if it rains:30 Onderdonk Avenue Manhasset, NY 11030

Phone: (516) 627-2300

From Long Island Expressway (Eastbound):
Turn off at Exit 35, Shelter Rock Rd. At 1st light on service road, turn left (north) onto Shelter Rock Rd. Follow it for about 2 miles to Northern Blvd. (Lord & Taylor on the right). Turn left onto Northern Blvd. and immediately turn right onto Onderdonk Avenue. Library is the building on the right.

From Long Island Expressway (Westbound):
Turn off at Exit 36 Searingtown Rd., Shelter Rock Rd. At 2nd light on service road turn right (north) onto Shelter Rock Rd. Follow it for about 2 miles to Northern Blvd. (Lord & Taylor on the right). Turn left onto Northern Blvd. and immediately turn right onto Onderdonk Ave. Library is the building onthe right. 

Band: New Vintage Swing Band

Much like fine champagne, The New Vintage Orchestra bubbles with an unparalleled energy and charisma that is sure to keep dancers going all night. Formed by trumpeter Brian Lewis in August of 1992, the band puts forth an incredibly diverse range of musical talent.

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Featured is female vocalist Doris Anne Lewis, singing the hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Dianne Schure, and many other swing singers.
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The bands “Frank Sinatra” crooner is Ron D’Abruzzo who adds his own special blend to the great American standards.

The swing scene’s resurgence in the late 90’s was undeniable. The New Vintage Orchestra reproduces 1930’s and 40’s sounds using original arrangements from Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Harry James, and with special arrangements written by Brian Lewis, the band belts out the sounds of popular dance chart-toppers. Not all of New Vintage’s charts are vintage, however! They also play the hits of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

The band has backed up such names as The Temptations, Jerry Vale, Connie Francis, Al Martino , Frankie Valli, Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers. Few bands possess the ability to set a room in motion like The New Vintage Orchestra. From the opening downbeat to the last note, screaming brass, gritty saxes, and a strong rhythm section keep the audience jumping the whole night long.

“Standards Aged to Perfection”, The New Vintage Orchestra’s debut CD release, captures the incredible versatility of the group. The album’s eleven tracks include a wide range of classics from the 1930’s and 40’s. From a foot stomping rendition of Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” to the silky smooth lyrical lines of Doris Anne Lewis in “And the Angels Sing”, to a rousing, jazzy finale of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In”, the band is sure to entertain, and, like that bottle of bubbly, only gets better with time.

Contact: Brian Lewis
E-mail:
Phone : (516) 742-3961
Website: http://www.lewismusicstore.com

Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)

The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 • Swing Dance • SDLI

Posted by Tom on 07/03/2008 • SwingPermalink


Swing Dance Long Island has it’s weekly Tuesday swing dance at Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano in Hauppauge.  The swing lesson will being at 7:30PM with the social dancing from 8:00PM through 10:30PM.

The dances will be held in the main ballroom, which contains a circular wooden dance floor and a small stage for bands. The ballroom entrance is on the front-left corner of the building, please take the stairway down.

Pomodorino servers great Italian food, brick oven pizza and wonderful deserts.

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Directions

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Restaurant Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at one of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Band: DJ Music

Music will be provided by DJ.
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Image CC2.0-A: tatsuhico / Flickr

Venue: Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano (Previous Location)

Pomodorino - 648 Motor Parkway

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
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Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at on of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Organizer: Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. (SDLI)

Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. is an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing on Long Island, New York.

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Join a friendly group of people every Tuesday evening for a mix of East Coast Swing, Savoy Lindy Hop, Hollywood Lindy, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and some Ballroom dancing.  No partners are needed and beginners are welcome.

Pricing: Tuesday DJ

$8 General Admission, $6 Students with current ID, $5 SDLI Members

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 • Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabrosa • Old Westbury

Posted by Tom on 06/11/2008 • Permalink


Wednesday, July 23

Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabrosa—Salsa & Latin Jazz --With a mix of traditional salsa and powerful modern arrangements, Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso are renowned for their fiery modern salsa dura. The group’s distinctive style is the result of the unique and extensive musical backgrounds of the band’s individual members, who have performed and recorded with some of the most recognizable names in Latin music before joining together to integrate Swing Sabroso.

Venue: Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, New York, between the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and Jericho Turnpike (New York Route 25), approximately 20 miles east of New York City.

DIRECTIONS

Directions from New York City

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road). Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.

From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Bear left at end of exit ramp and turn left onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

Directions from Eastern Long Island

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road (Garden City) at end of exit ramp, cross over expressway, and immediately turn left onto the service road. Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.

From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp (Old Westbury) onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

By Train

Take Long Island Rail Road to Westbury Station, then a taxi to Old Westbury Gardens approximately 2.5 miles from the station).

Organizer: Old Westbury Gardens (Old Westbury)

Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 160 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family’s residence.

Today, Old Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours of Westbury House and Gardens, in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children’s programs and events, family programs, museum exhibits, classic car shows, indoor and outdoor classical concerts, summer concerts, slide lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, botanical arts and gardening classes, and Master Gardener- and Educator-led Talks & Tours of topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture.

Every summer, Old Westbury Gardens has their Picnic Pops 2007 Summer Concert Series on the great lawn. An area in front of the bandstand is reserved for dancing!

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road
P.O. Box 430
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Phone: 516-333-0048
Fax: 516-333-6807
Web: oldwestburygardens.org

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 • Music Under the Stars • Not a SDLI Event

Posted by Tom on 07/30/2008 • Permalink


Music Under the Stars - Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, Woodbury

SOUND ON SOUND - Music from swing to today’s hits.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS “2008”

Enjoy an Entertaining Evening Outdoors At One of the Oyster Bay Town’s Parks or Beaches

MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY at 8PM
NO SHOWS ON SUNDAY
From July 7th through August 12th

FREE OF CHARGE

Phone: 516-797-7900
Website:  www.oysterbaytown.com

SYOSSET-WOODBURY COMMUNITY PARK (516) 677-5990
7800 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury 46 acres.
Children’s play area, picnic area with barbecue grills, basketball court, volleyball court, 4 handball courts, 2 horseshoe courts, 3 shuffleboard courts, 5 tennis courts, 3 baseball fields, nature trail, swimming pool with diving area, kiddie wading pool, ice skating rink.

Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)

The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 • Lil’ Cliff and the Cliffhangers • SDLI

Posted by Tom on 07/03/2008 • Permalink


Lil’ Cliff and the Cliffhangers are coming back due to popular demand.

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Swing Dance Long Island has it’s weekly Tuesday swing dance at Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano in Hauppauge.  The swing lesson will being at 7:30PM with the social dancing from 8:00PM through 10:30PM.

The dances will be held in the main ballroom, which contains a circular wooden dance floor and a small stage for bands. The ballroom entrance is on the front-left corner of the building, please take the stairway down.

Pomodorino servers great Italian food, brick oven pizza and wonderful deserts.

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Directions

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Restaurant Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at one of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Band: Lil’ Cliff & The Cliffhangers


Photo by Phil Marino/NY Times

2006 International Blues Challenge Finalists Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers are a four piece, blues harmonica driven wrecking crew. These knickerbockers have been singing, swinging and stinging Tri State area audiences for the last three plus years with their own special brand of blues power.

After winning the regional IBC competition, hosted locally by the Downstate Blues Society of Long Island, New York, these four professionals then took their special brand of original jump blues down to Memphis, Tennessee to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge. And wouldn’t you know it, out of literally hundreds of blues artists from all over the world the boys placed in the final top ten!

Fresh from this triumph Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers are now out to support their latest indi-cd release “God Bless Women” on Shankbone Records. Through a comprehensive combination of live appearances up and down the Northeast corridor, radio airplay (wfdu, wwoz, wusb to name a few), local cable television appearances (Wes Houston Presents) as well as the most user friendly web site you could hope for (replete with mp3 and electronic press kit downloads) these blues boys knock ‘em out of their shoes and leave them dancin’ barefoot!

Venue: Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano (Previous Location)

Pomodorino - 648 Motor Parkway

Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
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Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano
648 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631-951-0026

Pomodorino is located just North of the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The building is opposite Marcus Blvd. This central location is close to Route 111, Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454), Sagtikos State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Northern State.

From the West on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 53 onto the South Service Road. (Exit 53 is also the exit for Saqitkos State Parkway.) Travel along the service road passing the Sagtikos State Parkway. Make a left onto Washington Ave at on of the lights. You will head North over the LIE, for about 1000 feet. At the intersection, turn right onto Motor Parkway. Proceed East for 500 feet, turn right at the next light into the Pomodorino parking lot.

From the East on the Long Island Expressway (495)
Get off at LIE exit 55 (Motor Parkway/Central Islip) onto North Service Road. At the light, turn right onto (Vanderbilt) Motor Parkway. Proceed West for three additional traffic lights. Marcus Blvd will be on your right and Pomodorino will be on your left at the light.

Organizer: Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. (SDLI)

Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. is an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing on Long Island, New York.

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Join a friendly group of people every Tuesday evening for a mix of East Coast Swing, Savoy Lindy Hop, Hollywood Lindy, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and some Ballroom dancing.  No partners are needed and beginners are welcome.

Pricing: Tuesday Band

$15 General Admission, $13 Students with current ID, $10 SDLI Members

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2008 • Harlem Renaissance Orchestra • Old Westbury

Posted by Tom on 06/11/2008 • Permalink


Wednesday, July 30

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra—Big Band Swing—When you are talking authentic Big Band sound,The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra is second to none. True to the tradition of Swing, HRO’s 16 piece orchestra has performed in some of the most prestigious venues and events in the country. Its mission is to revive the music of the Big Band Era and to preserve this music in its living form by giving recognition to the following great creators: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Pops Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, and others.

Venue: Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, New York, between the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and Jericho Turnpike (New York Route 25), approximately 20 miles east of New York City.

DIRECTIONS

Directions from New York City

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road). Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.

From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Bear left at end of exit ramp and turn left onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

Directions from Eastern Long Island

From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road (Garden City) at end of exit ramp, cross over expressway, and immediately turn left onto the service road. Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.

From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp (Old Westbury) onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.

By Train

Take Long Island Rail Road to Westbury Station, then a taxi to Old Westbury Gardens approximately 2.5 miles from the station).

Organizer: Old Westbury Gardens (Old Westbury)

Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 160 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family’s residence.

Today, Old Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours of Westbury House and Gardens, in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children’s programs and events, family programs, museum exhibits, classic car shows, indoor and outdoor classical concerts, summer concerts, slide lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, botanical arts and gardening classes, and Master Gardener- and Educator-led Talks & Tours of topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture.

Every summer, Old Westbury Gardens has their Picnic Pops 2007 Summer Concert Series on the great lawn. An area in front of the bandstand is reserved for dancing!

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road
P.O. Box 430
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Phone: 516-333-0048
Fax: 516-333-6807
Web: oldwestburygardens.org

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