Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek, the sci-fi television series and eventual movie franchise that continues to inspire not only legions of fans, but also important technological advances, as it launched its self-proclaimed mission “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Star Trek-inspired scientific advances were among the topics discussed when fans gathered at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan over Labor Day weekend for the “Star Trek: Mission New York” convention.
“NASA works by science. It’s all mathematical, but science fiction is totally imaginative. It’s the exact opposite,” William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk, told the crowd Sunday. “All these imaginative exercises of science fiction are food for the imagination of scientists who are actually working with technology.”
So, in the spirit of imagination, here a few technologies that were inspired by Star Trek.
Cellphones: Martin Cooper, an engineer at Motorola, was inspired by Capt. Kirk’s communicator on Star Trek. It gave him the idea to create the first handheld mobile telephone.
Tablet Computers: A staple prop of Star Trek engineers was the PADD or Personal Access Data Device. It was a small, thin, hand-held computer that engineers used to access information. Sound a bit like an iPad?
Language-based Computers: In Star Trek, characters interacted with computers by speaking with them. Today we use devices like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa to use our voice to give basic commands to our personal devices.
Lasers:Star Trek characters used directed energy weapons called Phasers. The U.S. Navy has already tested and deployed a directed energy weapon, the XN-1 LaWS. This weapons system fires a laser capable of downing an incoming enemy missile.
Teleportation: Due to budgetary constraints, it was too costly to film scenes of a shuttle landing on a planet every episode of Star Trek. So writers created an ingenious solution: teleportation. One minute you’re on the starship, the next minute you’re teleported to a planet. To return, all you usually had to say was: “Beam me up, Scotty,” and you were back on board the U.S.S. Enterprise in a nano-second. Scientists have successfully teleported photons in a lab using quantum entanglement.
Medical Tricorders: Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy used this device to quickly check the vital signs of patients and always make the correct diagnosis. The first real medical tricorders have just finished their development by a company called Cloud DX. It monitors five different vital signs, and can diagnose 15 different diseases.
Tractor Beams: Capt. Kirk and the crew used this invisible beam to pull things on board their space craft. Yup – scientists have a prototype of a working tractor beam. While it may be a long way from being put into widespread use, it has successfully pulled molecules in a lab.
“You can’t invent something if you haven’t imagined it,” Michelle Thaller, NASA’s deputy director of Science Communications told audiences during “Trek Talk NASA” at the convention on Sunday.
Here’s hoping that Star Trek will inspire scientific advances for another 50 years. Inspiring us to be better than what we thought we could be. To continue to strive, explore, innovate and most importantly, imagine. It is after all, what makes us most human.
The 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks is being remembered at memorial events across Long Island, which was home to about 500 of the more than 2,750 victims from the collapse of the World Trade Towers.
Vigils large and small will be held at local 9/11 memorial sites and other venues leading up to Sunday, as well as during and after the exact times four hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Shanksville, Penn.
What follows are more than a dozen events planned across Nassau and Suffolk counties:
Sunset Candlelight and Remembrance Ceremony
The ceremony will include family members reading the names of Nassau County residents who lost their lives in the attacks. 9/11 Memorial, Eisenhower Park Field 6, Hemptead Tpke., East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov6:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
Pay tribute in honor and memory to all those lost, all those saved, and all those who gave of themselves. Hofstra University Labyrinth, CV Starr Hall Courtyard, Hempstead. events.hofstra.edu11 a.m. Sept. 9.
A remembrance service by the sea. Point Lookout Beach, Lido Blvd., Point Lookout. toh.li/events7:30 a.m. Sept. 11.
Fifteenth Anniversary September 11th Memorial Service. Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road, Manhasset. northhempsteadny.gov8 a.m. Sept. 11.
H. Lee Dennison Building, 9/11 Memorial Site, 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Hauppauge. 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11.
Officials, clergy and veterans will gather to take a moment to remember those lives lost on 9/11. Long Beach Recreation Center Parking Lot. longbeachny.gov8 a.m. Sept. 11.
Veteran’s Memorial Park, Islip Town Hall, 655 Main St., Islip. townofislip-ny.gov9 a.m. Sept. 11.
September 11th Anniversary
Service honoring emergency service workers. Farmingdale United Methodist Church, 407 Main Street, Farmingdale. farmingdaleumc.org9:30 a.m. Sept. 11.
Setauket Fire Department Station 3, Nicolls Road, Setauket. setauketfd.com10 a.m. Sept. 11.
Members of the Long Beach Community will gather for a 9/11-remembrance service. Virginia Avenue Remembrance Garden, Long Beach. 11 a.m. Sept. 11.
9/11 Remembrance 15th Anniversary
Showing of Liberty Street: Alive at Ground Zero. A documentary showing never-before-seen footage of the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath. $10 for members, $15 for public. 423 Park Ave, Huntington. cinermaartscentre.org2 p.m. Sept. 11.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce will be presenting a Memorial to 9/11. It will be dedicated to all those who died in the World Trade Center; and will be a monument to their memory. Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. 999 Old Country Road, Plainview. gofundme.com4:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
9/11 Memorial Park. Lynbrook Village Hall, 1 Columbus Dr., Lynbrook. www.lynbrookvillage.net6 p.m. Sept. 11.
September 11th Service
Memorial Park behind East Rockaway Village Hall, 376 Atlantic Ave., East Rockaway. villageofeastrockaway.org7 p.m. Sept. 11.
Moonlight Memorial Service
Bagpipes, singers and other remembrances honoring those lost. Common Ground at Rotary Park, between Gillette and Candee avenues, Sayville. thecommonground.com7 p.m. Sept. 11.
Mineola Memorial Park, Marcellus Road, Mineola. mineola-ny.gov7 p.m. Sept. 11.
9/11 FD Tribute
The Long Beach Fire Department will be holding a ceremony to pay tribute to victims, and honor first responders. West Park Avenue at Lafayette Blvd. longbeachny.gov7:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
St. James Fire Department, 221 Jefferson Ave., St. James. 8 p.m. Sept. 11.
An Evening of Remembrance
September 11th Candlelight Memorial, Reese Memorial Park, Church St., Malverne. malvernecommunity.com8 p.m. Sept. 11.
Reading of the Names
A ceremony honoring the first responders. Responders’ Memorial, Corner of Gibbs Pond Road and Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset. respondersremembered.com10 a.m. Sept. 17.
The key to Long Island’s economic future depends on denser development around train stations. It will enable us to attract businesses and young workers, ease traffic congestion, and reduce pressure to develop the region’s remaining open spaces. Ironically, this kind of development is essential to preserving the suburban single-family lifestyle for which Long Island is renowned. Without it, we will not compete with other suburban areas on the East Coast, and taxes will just rise more as the tax base declines.
But denser development does not need to evoke images of Queens. It can be designed to be uniquely Long Island.
What’s required is that local communities establish their priorities in a clear and transparent way, and that the permitting process be consistent and predictable. I say this, based on my experience as a Long Islander who chose to live here decades ago, a developer who knows the competition on the East Coast, and an environmentalist who has served as vice chair of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island.
Having overseen successful real estate developments from North Carolina to New York, I can attest that there is no place on the East Coast where multifamily housing development is as difficult to build as LI. This obstruction puts the region at a great disadvantage, because multifamily housing in walkable settings is now in great demand.
According to a recent report from the George Washington University School of Business, “Foot Traffic Ahead 2016”, “For perhaps the first time in 60 years, walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in all 30 of the largest metros (metropolitan areas) are gaining market share over their drivable sub-urban competition…and that metros with the highest levels of walkable urbanism are also the most educated and wealthy (as measured by GDP per capita)—and, surprisingly, the most socially equitable.”
The trend is so dramatic that the authors of the report, Christopher Leinberger, a professor at George Washington University School of Business, and Michael Rodriguez, a research director at GWSB, wrote in a recent op-ed in The Washington Post that in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area “walkable urban space has captured 91 percent of all new occupied office and apartment space for the past six years in the area. This demand will take years, if not decades, to satisfy.”
That’s what Long Island is competing with—a demand for walkable places that we can ignore at our peril or embrace on our own terms. Embracing it on our own terms requires that we decide what types of development we want and where, that we state those preferences clearly so that developers can have confidence that these choices are firm, and that approvals unfold in a time frame on which developers can rely.
Clarity and reliability are also crucial to addressing the need for affordable housing—housing that younger workers, for instance, can manage to rent. Affordability is heavily influenced by the cost of land, the density permitted, and the reliability of the approval process.
In our real estate firm’s multifamily housing developments, we demand higher returns on our investments—and, therefore, prices—on the Island than in suburban Virginia. That’s because on Long Island we can’t predict reliably what the development timeline will be. In Virginia, timelines are predictable and transparent, and they don’t change.
Local communities still have control of the process. They still assess and determine what is acceptable. But if we on LI want to create environments that attract 21st-century businesses and workers, we must be willing to compete for them.
A number of communities are already doing this—Patchogue, Mineola and Huntington Village, for instance—but many more places will need to adopt this approach, if the Island is to be competitive economically. Nassau and Suffolk counties can also play an important role by publishing the development priorities that have been identified.
Fortunately, LI does have a lot of available space to develop near Long Island Rail Road stations. In 2010, the Long Island Index and the Regional Plan Association identified 8,300 acres within a half-mile of LIRR stations and downtowns available for infill development.
In addition, according to the Long Island Index in 2016, “Only 30 percent of Long Island’s existing rental units in apartment buildings are within a half-mile of a train station,” and “only 27 percent of the proposed rental apartments in Long Island’s pipeline are within a half-mile of a train station.”
An extraordinary opportunity is available to us: We can revitalize the Island’s economy and preserve our legendary focus on single-family housing, while also providing the range of transit-oriented multifamily housing that LI’s future prosperity requires. We can have it all—and on our own terms.
We just need—as a region and as individual communities—to embrace denser development around train stations, agree on the terms on which we will support it, and ensure an approval process that will support them consistently and reliably. If Long Island can do that, we will once again have a thriving economy to support the quality of life for which we have long been rightly renowned.
Mark Hamer, a resident of Huntington, is a principal of Harvest Real Estate Services, Inc., and Timber Ridge Homes, both based in Jericho.
Aside from producing nationally recognized wines, these Long Island wineries have become prime destinations for visitors attracted to relaxing weekends at rustic, vaulted-ceiling tasting rooms or vibrant outdoor spaces with views of seemingly endless fields of grape vines.
Jessica Anson, public policy director with the Long Island Farm Bureau, says “wineries have really played a major part” in increasing agritourism to the region.
From Martha Clara and Pindar to Jamesport Vineyards and Bedell Cellars, and everything else in between, there’s something for everyone. There’s even a winery that specializes in only sparkling wines.
Long Island wineries have become so popular that there’s even an industry dedicated to bussing people to and fro hotels and vineyards for winery tours.
New York State as a whole has staked a reputation as a prolific wine producer. According to The National Association of American Wineries, New York enjoys the distinction of having the fourth most wineries in the country and produces the third highest amount of wine each year by the gallon.
Long Island may be a long way from Nappa Valley-esque fame, but there’s no question the region’s dedication to wine and its residents’ appetite for its creations continues to grow.
Now, here’s your guide to Long Island wineries and vineyards:
Anthony Nappa Wines is located in the heart of Peconic, with some of the best scenery on the Island surrounding the property. Established in 2007 by couple Anthony Nappa and Sarah Evans Nappa, Anthony Nappa Wines has worked it’s way up to being one of the most renowned wineries in Long Island. They are known for their premium wines that are representative of the area’s climate. The winery takes pride in eschewing additives, and its focus on honest labeling so customers know exactly what they’re drinking. A few of their standout wines include: the Luminous Riesling, a the Frizzante sparkling white wine and their La Strega Malbec. They also have a selection of delicious and unique dessert wines. Their tasting room, “The Winemaker Studio,” is intimate and cozy, and it’s open year-round with extra hours in the summer. Where else would you rather enjoy some delicious wine and relax on a summer,fall, winter or spring day?
The first place you spot when visiting wine country in the North Fork of Long Island is the beautiful Baiting Hollow Winery. The inviting atmosphere of BHFV makes any guest feel at home. Live musical performances every weekend, savory food choices, and horse rescue tours make this vineyard a destination spot for a fun weekend or even a quick daytrip. They carry award-winning wine, which is exclusive to the Baiting Hollow Winery. There are three horse rescue wines, the Angel, Mirage, and Savannah Rose. The profits from the sale of these wines go to support the massive costs for maintaining the care these horses require. They also sell two different versions of dessert wine, with hints of strawberry and citrus flavors, along with their regular reds and whites. Their signature drink, the frozen wine-a-rita is a deliciously perfect for a hot summer day. This winery features an expansive lawn with tables, a spread of delicious appetizers, and live country bands.
Bedell Cellars is the marquis winery of the East End. Owned by New Line Cinema magnate Michael Lynne, Bedell Cellars produces award-winning bottles that have put the entire region on the map. After the auspicious beginning of Kip Bedell, the man Wine Spectator magazine named “Mr. Merlot,” Bedell wines have received critical acclaim—even being served at the 2013 Presidential inauguration. The vineyard sits on 75 acres of sustainable farmland. Sample their wines on the beautifully curated grounds, in the picturesque pavilion or in the intimate loft area overlooking the barrel aging cellar, or visit Corey Creek, their airy barn-style tasting room. As Michael Lynne is a renowned art collector, visitors may tour the contemporary collection, commissioned for the Artists Series labels. Enjoy a group tasting or private event, or attend live music at their Twilight Series events at Corey Creek.
Brooklyn Oenology is an urban winery set in hipster-haven Williamsburg. The name refers to the art and science of making wine. As such, art plays a large part in the ambiance of the tasting room as well as in the commissioned artist labels, which peel off to be preserved by purveyors. The wines are made from New York grapes (sourced from Long island’s North Fork and in the upstate Finger Lakes region), crushed, fermented, aged, and bottled in their Long Island facility before being transferred to the Williamsburg tasting room location. The tasting room serves BOE wines along with other New York region whiskeys and wines. Check out their Happy Hour Friday night oyster parties and sample some of their unique blends (including a sparkling orange wine!).
Bridge Lane was produced by Lieb Cellars, another winery on the North Fork of Long Island. However, it has set itself apart from typical wineries. Bridge Lane’s wines are described as young, fresh, and fruit-forward. They refer to their wine as “craft wine,” which basically means they aren’t made from grape juice as most are, but from grapes which have been sustainable farmed and hand-harvested. This also means the wine is made in small batches, and are put together with passion and commitment to quality. They travel around Long Island to major stores, and offer in-store tastings for the people who have never made it to the winery. Bridge Lane is also known for having acclaimed musicians, such as Ian Petillo, and Cassandra House, perform there from time-to-time. This is the perfect winery to enjoy a night out with loved ones, sipping on some delicious wine and listening to young talent.
The critically-acclaimed Corey Creek boasts a rustic, barn-style tasting room overlooking its sprawling vineyard. Visitors can taste flights while gazing out at the Peconic Bay. The vineyard offers five different types of wines for tastings, ranging from rose to cabernet franc. Their most unique wine is the Gewürztraminer, which has a tropical, zesty taste and an exotic aroma. Corey Creek has been in the spotlight more than a few times, with their wine being served at the 2013 presidential inauguration, and at top restaurants in some of the biggest cities in the world. If you’re planning on visiting Long Island’s wine country, Corey Creek better be on the top of your list.
Channing Daughters Winery is comprised of six separate vineyards in Bridgehampton, planted between 1982 and 2007. Vines grown on the South Shore have slightly different characteristics from North Fork-based vineyards. Because winds come in directly off of the Atlantic Ocean, they are cooler than those which have had a chance to be warmed by their passage over land and by the Peconic Bay, resulting in a slightly more acidic composition. This is one thing that sets Channing Daughters apart. Their seemingly endless varietals are another. Channing Daughters produces 14,000 cases of wine per year; they offer almost three dozen different varieties: single varietal wines, blends, filtered, fined, made with wild yeast, made with indigenous yeast, made in stainless steel tanks and barrels, but also in French, Slovanian, American, and Hungarian oak barrels as well. They are constantly innovating and their prized bottles show it. Stop by their rustic tasting room for a flight. They don’t disappoint.
Clovis Point Winery sits on an intimate 10-acre parcel, where they pride themselves on crafting interesting bottles. This potato farm-turned-vineyard features wines made by John Leo, a studied winemaker who hailed from Long Island’s Wolffler Estate before coming to Clovis Point in 2004. The vineyard is one of exquisite beauty and run by a small staff that caters to their loyal clientele. They host vineyard weddings with up to 250 guests and offer samplings in their tasting room and barn. Visit Clovis Point for one of their regular artist shows or for live music events (with food trucks from Taco Loco!).
Coffee Pot Cellars produces artisanal, ultra-premium wines in Cutchogue, Long Island. The newest kid on the block, Coffee Pot Cellars gets its name from the shape of the Orient Point lighthouse, the beacon of the North Fork. Their newly renovated tasting room offers their five wines: Merlot, Meritage, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as beeswax products from Blossom Meadow. Winemaker Adam Suprenant’s vision was to create a small selection of superior wines from this lush North Shore region—and he has done just that.
Croteaux Vineyards is unique in that they only produce rose wine—a timely choice for sure, being that rose is the black. Summer’s inarguably most popular wine, a trend that has trickled down from France and peaked in the Hamptons, Nantucket, and Miami, showing no signs of slowing down. Croteax produces three varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc that reflect the luxurious vacation culture of the East End. They sell their bottles into the autumn when they typically run out. Visit their tasting barn and garden dedicated to the lush sweetness of summer and the colorful, crisp flavors of the wine. Decorated with hanging wind-chimes made from Croteaux bottles and stocked with wares for sale in their boutique, Croteaux Vineyards embodies the rose lifestyle.
Grown-ups only at Diliberto Winery, the sole winery on Long Island’s East End to enforce a strict 21 and over policy on its premises. This provides an adult atmosphere compared to those catering to families. Diliberto’s St. James tasting room is painted with breathtaking murals that replicate the experience of sipping wine at an outdoor trattoria in Tuscany. Taking their authentic Italian experience a step further, Diliberto offers homemade pizza and other specialties from the old country, such as antipasto, Lupini beans, and cured olives along with their award-winning wines. Winery events include Italian lessons with a professor from nearby Stony Brook University and yoga in the vines, making Diliberto an absolutely unique vineyard experience.
Grapes of Roth by Wolffer Estate
139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack. 631-537-5106. www.wolffer.com
Wolffer Estate is a grand vineyard in the heart of Long Island wine country. Sitting on 175 acres, this potato farm-turned-winery is comprised of both acres of grape vines and horse paddocks, stables, and jumping ring, in addition to the estate itself, including an old-world tasting room in which to sample winemaker Roman Roth’s exquisite creations. One of the few certified sustainable wineries on the Island, Wolffer is constantly innovating in their winemaking techniques, combining new vision with traditional practices. They offer Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and small lots of Trebbiano, Pinot Noir and Vignole. The estate hosts sunset events on Friday and Saturday nights into the fall, live music, yoga, and weddings and parties and corporate events.
Harbes Farm is a staple on the North Fork for families to experience the bounty Long Island can provide. From apple picking to pumpkin picking, corn mazes and hay rides, Harbes is a fall family favorite. Yet tucked away on Sound Avenue, Harbes has converted a barn into a beautiful tasting room where guests can sample and purchase wine made from their five acres of vines. Their selections include dry rose, fermented chardonnay, ice wine, pinot blanc and riesling, among others. The staff that Harbes visitors have come to know and love bring their helpfulness and knowledge to the tasting barn where they assist visitors in selecting the perfect bottle.
Harmony Vineyards, located in central Long Island, offers visitors the chance to experience a high-quality winery without traveling all the way out to the North Fork. Harmony serves exceptional wines—from Chablis-style Chardonnays to Bordeaux-style red blends—as well as local craft brews, and offers a robust small plates menu, weekly live jazz year-round, and an impressive buffet-style Sunday brunch in a 326-year-old mansion and tasting room that gives patrons stunning views of the harbor. Setting Harmony Vineyards apart from the pack is that this gorgeous slice of heaven generously donates all of its net profits to local charities focused on eradicating hunger and supporting education, including Island Harvest, City Harvest, the Stony Brook Foundation and the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children. Besides hosting stellar wine-related events and a “Tasting Notes Jazz Club” in its historic homestead (circa 1690) and popular “Movie Nights” beneath the stars during summer months, Harmony is also known for its amazing, year-round Gourmet Waterfront Buffet brunch [Read: Harmony Vineyards: Perfect Ensemble of Beauty, Wine & Brunch HERE] that is absolutely spectacular.
Jamesport Vineyard, one of North Fork’s oldest vineyards, was started by a father-son duo in 1986. The winery and tasting room are housed in a 165-year-old barn, however it has undergone several renovations over the years. This winery often hosts weddings, private parties, and small gatherings. There are five different spaces that are available for these events: the tasting room, the vines, the barrel room, the garden and the patio. Jamesport has two special wines that set them apart, East End Chardonnay, a fruity, light bodied wine, and Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, which has been fermented for seven months and has hints of oak and fruit. Their wine is said to be some of the best on Long Island. Jamesport has a lot to offer for visitors of all ages.
This 85-acre vineyard produces wine that can be sampled in their tasting rooms in Mattituck and now Cutchogue. Their near-constant innovation now includes 3l boxes of wine and wine in 20L disposable kegs (the first of their kind in New York). They produce private label wines for celebrity chef tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurants. From sophisticated bottles to their lighter everyday Bridge Lane bottles, Lieb Cellars has a wine selection for all price points and tastes. Check their event calendar for live music dates at their Cutchogue location or to book a privte tour or tasting.
Recently voted “Winery of the Year” in the New York Food and Wine Classic, Macari Vineyards produces award-winning selections that run the gamut from light Chardonnay and Dos Aguas to deep Merlot and the wine the NY Food and Wine Clssic deemed “Best Red,” their Cabernet Franc. Macari Vineyards is a family business, beginning with Joseph Macari Jr. back in the 1930s and ’40s, crafting wine in his Corona, Queens home. He purchased the acreage for Macari Vineyards in the ’60s as a potato farm and brought his passion for wine full circle in the 1990s. The rest of the family, in the following generation, joined the business and shared in his love and vision. What stands today are two tasting room locations in Mattituck and Cutchogue, a vineyard that hosts stunning weddings and corporate events, and their newly launched El Cantina, a private barrel cellar under their Mattituck tasting room where visitors can learn about the winemaking process.
Located in Riverhead on a 200-acre parcel, Martha Clara Vineyards is the brainchild of Robert Entenmann, of unbelievable crumb cake and soft baked chocolate chip cookie fame. This former potato farm-turned thoroughbred horse farm-turned vineyard produces consistent award-winning vino and offers stunning ambiance in their rustic tasting loft, exclusive Northville barn, or exquisite rose garden. Schedule a private tasting or attend one of their public events, like Wine Down Wednesdays, their annual grape stomp party, or their MCV concert series with performances like Eagles Tribute band The Fast Lane or CSNY tribute band Four Way Street. Home to beautiful East End weddings, rehearsal dinners, and special occasions, Martha Clara Vineyard is a Long Island staple and an example of what the East End’s perfect wine-making conditions could produce.
Mattebella Vineyards is an eco-conscious winery that prides itself on its sustainable farm practices. The Tobin family crafts Bordeaux-style wine using old-fashioned harvesting practices—picking grapes by hand. They use bio-diesel for all of their tractors, organic fertilizer, and “under the row” tilling to eliminate the use of herbicides, creating a natural environment that extends to the products they sell. Their wine is complex, full-bodied, and delicious. Their tasting cottage, located in an early 20th century barn, is a cozy place to sample their wine, surrounded by ample gardens.
McCall Wines does not sell endless varieties of wine. They concentrate on just two types of wine: merlot and pinot noir. And then they seek to craft them into truly remarkable bottles. Their tasting room is a converted horse stable that serves as a quaint place to sip. With their first vintage sold in 2007, McCall Wines are a new kid on the block of Long Island’s North Fork. With care and precision, they aim to produce high quality world-class reds that wine lovers appreciate. Walk the grounds or take a tour and see the wild life that roam the area. The McCall family is dedicated to the preservation of the land and the wildlife who call this area home.
The “One Woman” the name of the vineyard refers to is Claudia Purita, purveyor of wine grapes all the way from her childhood in Cambria, Italy. Her Long Island farmland is planted and curated almost solely by the woman herself, with meticulous care and the knowledge gained from her girlhood. Here on the North Fork, she creates nine different varietals of wine, from Sauvignon Blanc to deep Merlots. The tasting room on Old North Road is a converted barn whose rustic charm fits the ambiance of the area. Sample one woman-made wine overlooking rich farmland.
Situated on 90 acres of North Fork soil, Osprey’s Dominion vineyards produces world class wine surrounded by the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” and “Best Pinot Noir” at this year’s New York Food and Wine Classic, Osprey’s Dominion ups LI’s wine game. The rustic-chic tasting room offers ample seating and leads to the ample grounds, where a gazebo, picnic tables, and family games flank the beautiful vineyards. With live music playing every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during wine season, Osprey’s Dominion is a primo vino Long Island destination.
One of Long Island’s original vineyards, Palmer Vineyards has helped lay the foundation for the North Fork growing region. Since its founding by Robert Palmer in 1983, Palmer has been labeled by some as Long Island’s most visitor friendly winery. It has been recognized for its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc blend, as well as having the first Albariño vines planted in the state of New York. This comes from the innovation of Martin, a native of Spain, and one of the regions foremost wine makers. Tours and tastings, of course, are offered. Visitors will see the inner workings of the winery including the Tank room, where the grapes ferment, and the barrel room, where the red wine goes through its aging process. Last but not least, tasting of different blends takes place on the vineyard deck, overlooking the rolling grapevines.
For more than three decades Pellegrini Vineyards has been on the cutting-edge of wine production on Long Island’s venerable wine region. The vineyard was the brainchild of husband and wife duo Bob and Joyce Pellegrini. The couple purchased the vineyard in 1991 and subsequently built a 14,000 square foot complex in which Bob, a graphics designer, played an instrumental role in creating a desirable space that now serves as both a tasting room and wedding venue. But mostly people flock to Pellegrini for the wine. The 35-acre winery uses new technology to produce some of the top-rated wine in the region. Cutchogue’s “microclimate” is especially conducive to making savory wines. The tasting room is open to group tastings and private events.
Pindar Vineyards is Long Island’s unofficial flagship vineyard. Located on 500 acres in scenic Peconic on Long Island’s North Fork, Pindar produces Long Island’s most recognized wine and is easily the largest vineyard on Long Island. Their vineyard grows 17 different varieties of grapes, producing 23 varietals and proprietary blends, resulting in an astounding 70,000 cases of wine per year. Their tasting room is a large, open space of blonde wood, where patrons can sample flights of wine and purchase bottles. Their outside deck, pavilion, and lawn offer the perfect space for wine lovers to spill out and enjoy the stunning vista views. Pindar also offers behind-the-scenes tours of the barrel and tank rooms to show every step of the wine-making process. Pindar hosts live music events, sunset Fridays, and plenty of private events, including memorable weddings, corporate events, group tastings, and the gamut of celebrations. Check out their Port Jefferson location to purchase your favorite Pindar selections.
You name it, Pugliese makes it. Known for its wide variety of earthy wines—Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Merlot, to name a few—Pugliese is entrenched in the North Fork community. The three-decade old vineyard embodies the family charm that has fostered a respectable reputation in the community. Wine aficionados get the opportunity to taste the vineyards collection of top-notch reds and whites inside its tasting room and, if they so choose, leave with a gift basket to go along with that ear-to-ear grin as they head to the next stop on their wine tour. The vineyard produces about a dozen red and white wines, a handful of sweet dessert wines and four different sparkling wines. Weekend wine revelers will more often that not be greeted by live music, which typically runs from early afternoon through 6 p.m. The winery, which has collected a handful of awards throughout the years, offers its grounds to couples enchanted with the idea of a quaint vineyard wedding.
Raphael Vineyard goes to great lengths to produce the best tasting wine, so much so that founder John Petrocelli chose to build the facility 12 feet underground. The upshot being that gravity, and the Earth’s underground temperature—an a constant 55 degrees—creates a natural environment for wine to nurture. The majority of the work that goes into producing wine is done by hand—which, the vineyard claims, places it among a select few vineyards in the entire country to harvest its wine this way. The vineyard offers wine flights to be enjoyed in its tasting room or outdoor patio. Groups of eight or more are required to make a reservation. The tasting room also offers live music and is pet friendly. As for the main attraction, Raphael’s staple wines include merlot, chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and more.
Roanoke Vineyards is putting a new spin on the East End’s winery obsession. Founded by Richie and Soraya Pisacano in 2000, Roanoke is known best for being Long Island’s first membership-based vineyard. Access to the vineyard’s tasting rooms are usually limited to Roanoke wine club members. Roanoke has received praise from outlets like The New York Times, Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate. Interested in obtaining a Roanoke wine club membership? Good luck. Membership has been capped due to high interest. Among the incentives to become a member is the cost to join: it’s free. Being the first of its kind has earned Roanoke some prestige among the North Fork’s many wineries. There are benefits to becoming a member: guaranteed access to each bottle on the four portfolios released each year, as well as up to a 20-percent discount on bottle purchases. Tastings are offered at a different location, the vineyard’s Mattituck farm, for non-members every weekend. Although they require an appointment, outsiders can enjoy new releases on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Anthony Sannino’s love affair with wine started with a trip to his mother’s homeland of Italy more than 30 years ago. Sannino experienced wine making first hand during that visit and in 2006 he and his wife purchased a vineyard in Cutchogue. The vineyard is such a significant part of their life that the couple built their home on the very same land. Its tasting room is open year-round but only on a limited basis during the winter and spring (Monday-Thursday), as opposed to being open daily during the summer and fall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of six or more interested in a tasting must make reservations prior to visiting, and that also goes for patrons being dropped off by limousine or private cars. Aside from the tasting room, the vineyard also boats a bed and breakfast outfitted with a private balcony.
Sherwood House Vineyard took shape after Charles and Barbara Smithen purchased a 146-year-old farmhouse in Jamesport in 1996. They then transformed the former corn and potato fields into a wine haven. Essentially, the Smithens were turning their home into a destination in which people from across the Island and elsewhere could sip handcrafted wine and revel in the serenity that defines this picturesque North Fork village. The couple brought in Gilles Martin to serve as head winemaker, a position he held in France, and later in California. The Smithens initially planted Chardonnay vines but later added Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon and others to the mix. The vineyard sells at least 10 varieties of wine, many of which can be consumed inside the vineyard’s tasting room. Like many other vineyards, the winery plays hosts to live music every Saturday.
Started by a couple who bolted the Midwest to take up roots in New York City to open a restaurant in New York City that embraced New York wines, Shinn Estate Vineyards has found a way to stand out amongst the crowded North Fork vineyard crowd. The winery has drawn admiration from the likes of The New York Times> for its savory wines and its on-site Bed and Breakfast. Aside from its collection of wines, the vineyard—well, its distillery—produces a fruit-based brandy and grape vodka. It’s not everyday, that you find a vodka and brandy operation inside a mom-and-pop vineyard, but, hey, the North Fork has come a long way since the days of depressed potato fields. As for the wines, Shinn Estate produces everything from a Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, a hybrid Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay and a Rieseling its dubbed “Coalescence,” the ubiquitous Chardonnay, a Merlot—one of its most popular creations—as well as a Bordeaux blend called “Wild Boar Doe.”
This vineyard exclusively produces sparkling wines, and that’s quite all right with its champagne-loving owners. Shortly after Cynthia and Tom Rosicki purchased a piece of property that would eventually become their vineyard, they had a fateful meeting with a prominent North Fork vineyard manager who asked what kind of wine they’d want to make. They both answered, “champagne.” And that folks is how this couple created the only vineyard on the Island that focuses solely on sparkling wine production. With the help of Gilles Martin, a well-traveled French winemaker, the couple began selling its first batch of sparkling wines in 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal. And these wines are not cheap. Its 2013 Brut, embellished with fruity notes, goes for $29. A 2006 Brut Seduction will cost you $72. Sparkling Pointe also offers a different kind of tasting room experience. Not only does it provide the traditional terrace or lawn tasting areas, but Sparkling Pointe also offers table service for those who want a more elegant experience. (This is a classy champagne operation after all.) Reservations are required for groups of eight or greater or for anyone arriving by bus or limo.
Like most East End vineyards, Suhru is a family affair. Winemaker Russell Hearn had been in the business for three decades when he decided the time was right to open a family business. Hearn, the winemaker, and his wife Susan, who is the owner, discovered wine at different points in life. Hearn has been in the business for years, while Susan, a physical therapist, began appreciating fine wine after she and Russell met. Now they’re both fully devoted to the cause. Their adoration to their vineyard is so deep, in fact, that the couple used a combination of their first names as the winery’s name: Susan and Russell plus their last initial gives you “Suhru.” Currently, the vineyard is producing five different types of wine. Wine fans can get a feel of their creations at the vineyard’s “Winemaker Studio” in Peconic. The tasting room is open daily during the summer and from 12-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This 17th century farmland has quite the history. As the story goes, Native Americans once farmed on this field and then Europeans took over after their arrival. But the field is now the pride of a North Fork family that has dedicated their lives to producing top-notch wine through sustainable practices. The methods in which this family has used since the mid-‘70s to cultivate the land and harvesting grape vines is farming at its best. The vineyard takes pride in the “old” in its name, featuring a rustic tasting room that delivers the ambiance so many wine drinkers appreciate when visiting the North Fork. The Old Field currently features nine varieties of wine, ranging from rose and chardonnay to cabernet franc and merlot. Its tasting barn is open during the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Monday.
German-born venture capitalist Christian Wolffer founded the vineyard in his name nearly three decades ago. Although Wolffer has since passed, Wolffer’s wine legacy has remained in tact thanks to the work of his children and winemaker, Roman Roth. The entire property runs about 170 acres, with 100 acres reserved for stables and another 55 acres for the vineyard itself. The elegantly designed estate pays homage to wine-obsessed Tuscany, according to The New York Times, and features French doors where visitors spill into a stone terrace and German-made stained glass. Remarkably, its tasting room is open throughout the year. As for the wine, the vineyard mostly grows merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Its wines are made with local fruits—some of which are grown on the estate. The vineyard also boasts an outdoor wine stand that’s open from May through October, and plays hosts to weddings and other events. Groups of 10 or more must make reservations to visit the tasting room.
As summer leads to autumn and leaves change color, the orchards of Long Island welcome the return of apple-picking season because their sweet, delicious bounty has ripened to fruity perfection.
In celebration of the harvest, 10DC local growers that open their farms to the eager pick-your-own-apples crowd also host activities ranging from corn mazes to wagon rides that make for lifelong family friendly memories. And what’s not to love about delectable apple cider, savory caramel apples or good old-fashioned apple pie?
What follows is our annual list of must-see apple picking orchards to visit this fall. Apple picking on Long Island couldn’t look better this year, but remember always to call ahead and make sure these popular orchards haven’t already been picked clean! You want to go out on a limb for something, not nothing.
Davis Peach Farm
Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River. 631-929-1115. Call for times.
This orchard doesn’t just have peaches, they also open their farm to annual apple picking, not to mention all the other fruits and vegetables available at their farm stand. They expect to open for apple picking season on Saturday, Sept. 3, but anticipate being picked clean by the end of the month, so act fast!
Fort Salonga Farm
30 Meadow Glen Rd., Northport. 631-269-9666. fortsalongafarm.com $20 per bushel. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
These growers are well-known not only for their apple varieties, but also for their delicious raspberries. This farm has “dwarfed” apple trees in which apples sit only 18 inches from the ground, the ideal size for the little ones to join in on the fun. Fort Salonga is a small orchard, and as a result, will sometimes close temporarily when there is no ripe fruit, so call in advance. This orchard has Paula Red and Akane available as of Aug. 26, and Fuji apples ready to pick in October.
Harbes Family Farm and Orchard
5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-369-1111. harbesfamilyfarm.com $8. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every weekend in September and October.
This 15-acre orchard’s apples are low enough for even the littlest pickers to reach. They open to apple pickers on Saturday, Sept. 3. The farm also has a handy apple-ripening schedule detailing when their two dozen varieties are available here. While you’re at their farm stand, don’t forget to try their wines, apple turnovers and homemade apple-cider donuts!
812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631 929-4327. lewinfarm.com9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesday.
These farmers expect their apples to be available to pick from late August through October, but they encourage pickers to call or visit their website first. The farm is also open to self-picking a large selection of other crops, including raspberries, peaches, peppers, eggplants and pumpkins. Their magnificent 5-acre corn maze is redesigned every year to challenge even their repeat customers.
Milk-Pail Farm and Orchard
1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. milk-pail.com $47 per 20-lb. bag. 9:30 a.m. -5: 30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday. 10 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. Sunday.
This orchard kicks off their apple-picking season on Saturday, Sept. 3. The farm’s variety of “dwarf” apple trees allows kids of all ages to pick apples without difficulty. The Milk-Pail Farm also offers pick-your-own pumpkins with gourds ranging in size. Don’t forget to check out their fresh market, where they serve their famous apple cider!
Seven Ponds Orchard
65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill. 631 726-8015 facebook.com/Seven-Ponds-Orchard9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Thanksgiving.
Besides apples, Seven Pounds Orchard is an entirely you-pick farm with berries and vegetables. Ginger Gold and Red Free apples opened for picking Aug. 21, and Red Delicious, Macintosh and Honey Crisp are expected in September, plus Granny Smith in November. The kids will be entertained for hours with a hayride, corn maze and toy land!
The Apple Orchard at Hank’s Pumpkintown
240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-726-4667. hankspumpkintown.com $23 per 10-lb. bag. 9:30-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day.
Hank’s Pumpkintown has it all. Here, visitors can pick pumpkins, berries and 14 varieties of apples available from early September through late October. In addition, visitors can also get lost in a corn maze, ride a corn train, milk a cow, watch a duck race, and enjoy much more. Plus, their farm stand sells fresh-baked pies, cookies, cup cakes, candy apples, apple cider donuts and lots more! See their apple ripeness schedule here.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-6441. wickhamsfruitfarm.com9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest cultivated land in the country, dating back to 1661. Besides apples, their you-pick farm lets families harvest strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches and pumpkins. Wickham’s also has Long Island’s oldest cider press, delicious baked goods—including apple cider donuts—specialty cheeses as well as homemade pies and jams. The apples are available in September and October.
Windy Acres Farm
3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. 631-727-4554. facebook.com/Windy-Acres-Farm9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
This family farm boasts a fantastic apple selection as well as other fruits and vegetables. Known to be a great place to get all your local produce needs, Windy Acres also has fresh baked pies and hot apple cider donuts. They also have a playground and a tractor ride for the kids.
Aquebogue: Route 25; Jamesport: Manor Lane. 631-722-5770. woodsideorchards.com $15 per peck, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at Aquebogue location; same time on Saturday and Sunday at Jamesport location.
Woodside Orchards has nearly 30 varieties of apples, including some that even regular apple aficionados may not have heard of. The orchard’s dwarf trees allow apple pickers of all sizes to avoid struggling for those annoyingly hard-to-reach apples. Besides the apples, they also offer delicious local honey, baked goods and the only full-time hard cidery on Long Island. Both locations are open for you-pick apples from Sept. 17 through October while supplies last.
Timothy P. Oliver
One of the darkest days in our country’s history, 9/11, is right around the corner, and this local author’s book, Finding Fifteen, takes readers along on a six-month journey to locate families, friends and colleagues of 15 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, now 15 years later. Come down, reflect, and share your personal accounts of that horrific day with Oliver and all those who gather to hear how he put this powerful, moving work of art together. Talking about those we’ve lost helps keep their memories alive. Oliver will also be signing copies, and we’re sure, giving out a few dozen hugs, too. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Sept. 1.
Rascal Flatts & Kelsea Ballerini
Remember boppin’ along in your car to Rascal Flatt’s ’06 hits “Life Is A Highway” and “What Hurts The Most”? Relive that uplifting nostalgia with these sweet, sweet jams and many, many more tunes guaranteed to get you up and dancin’ and singin’ and bumpin’ and boppin’! Country singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini, newfound nominee for CMT’s #SocialSuperstar award, rocks out as an opener. Worth checkin out her latest single, “Peter Pan.” Oh yeah! Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $29.50-$75. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
This talented songstress will perform tunes off her new album Moonflower, which follows up on her prior self-titled debut solo album and further melds the worlds of swing, jazz and blues, punctuated by Lyon’s unforgettable voice. Local indie/blues singer/songwriter Christine Sweeney and psychedelic rock/folk heroes High Fascination round out what is sure to be an absolutely incredible night of music. Prepare to be wowed. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. Sept. 1.
This British musician, singer and songwriter made his name with such hits as “No One Is to Blame” and “Things Can Only Get Better.” Cementing his legacy in pop history with a turn on the Live Aid stage in 1985, this synth-pop king was crowned with Top 40 single after Top 40 single, and his ’84 monster Human’s Lib went straight up to the top of the charts. Will his mesmerizing addictive melodies and synth-heavy rhythms reverse the clock and transport the audience back to the glorious ’80s, where polos and huge, towering hair were all the rage, and great vibes had audiences jivin’ and singin’ along? Only one way to find out! With special guest Loner’s Club. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$65. 8 p.m. Sept. 2.
The quintessential singer/songwriter has an edgy voice that sounds like a soft snarl filtered through a rusty screen door of a ramshackle Delta farmhouse on a hot summer night. Her material rides the border between alt-country and hard rock, but always reverberates with raw emotion and a hint of something deeper going on. Her career has been quixotic over the years, but she’s finally getting the acclaim she deserves. “Passionate Kisses,” anyone? Not to be missed. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $85-$135. 8 p.m. Sept. 2.
This tribute band covering the influential 1970s British rock band channels the spirit of the late, great, Freddie Mercury. The four-piece brings Queen back to life by featuring all of their music in a high-energy show. Dressed like the original band, Almost Queen gives its audience an authentic Queen experience you will never forget! Always remember: “We Are The Champions!” Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $39-$45. 8 p.m. Sept. 2.
Monica Denise Brown, better known as just Monica, will inarguably live on as one of the most iconic R&B singers of a generation. Monica started singing because she felt that her favorite type of music was in danger and that is was her duty to educate her generation on the beauty of R&B music. Her extraordinary music contributions started at the age of just 12 when her first major label deal was signed. As one of the only artists to top the US Billboard R&B Chart with No. 1 songs over three consecutive generations, and having a reality show that documents her life, Monica has nothing much left to prove as a fantastic singer. With that said, Monica’s latest drop, Code Red, is a glorious re-entry to form for this truly amazing star. Songs like “I Miss Music” truly speak to the soul. Bound to be an absolutely magical performance, that’s for sure. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $40-$50. 10 p.m. Sept. 2.
As if Veronica Mosey’s tall figure and red hair weren’t enough to distinguish her from most others, her unique sense of humor has allowed her to stand out and make others ROFL. Known for a phenomenal stage presence that makes her “just as likable as your funniest friend,” Veronica’s truthful observations about society drive home with audiences and allow them to see the lighter side of situations. She was labeled as “One of Five Comics to Watch” by Rolling Stone. Witnessing a performance from Veronica is sure to be fiery, and full of hilarious impressions infused with material that will make you laugh, laugh, laugh. Wow. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. Sept. 2, 7:30, 10 Sept. 3.
The English Beat
Fusing the very best elements of ska, soul, reggae, pop and punk rock, these Brits burst on the scene in 1979 and have been honing their skankin’ vibe and their inspirin’ tunes to dance floor-hands-in-the-air-and-feet-a’blazin’ divine perfection! Not to be missed. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $80. 7 p.m. Sept. 3.
Fools & Fanatics
Starting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fools and Fanatics formed as a mix of blues, reggae and rock. What a combo! There are three talented fools in this band: Matt Whitley and guitar and vocals, Josef Hefkin at bass and vocals, and Nick Anderson at drums. The band draws from influences including Sublime, Pepper, Bob Marley, and Long Island uber-fave, the Grateful Dead. Although one of their greatest songs is “Mista Mess Around,” this band definitely won’t mess around in putting on a truly unforgettable show! Warming up the crowd is The Lost, Amboy, Shawd Matrix and Oliver Then. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway,. Amityville. $10, $12 DOS. 7 p.m. Sept. 3.
Sweet Suzi Blues
In April 2011, a redheaded mother decided to pursue her passion for music more extensively. Her band, The Sweet Suzi Blues Band, serves up a wonderful mixture of blues and rock in every song. She created a band that was able to create tight, dynamic blues hailed by critics and audiences alike. Sweet Suzi propelled herself into fame in the blues word after stunning local audiences in Memphis’s International Blues Competition back. Hot, witty songs like “Too Hot to Touch” and “Dejablues” enable Sweet Suzi’s sound to resonate with audiences. Especially in the sweet, sweet, groovy digs of Treme, if you’re looking for something to sweeten your night, Sweet Suzi’s Blues is just what the soul doctor ordered! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Sept. 3.
A Fat Wreck: The Punk-U-Mentary
This doc follows Fat Mike, the frontman of the stalwart punk band NOFX, and his ex-wife, in their adventures running Fat Wreck Chords, their independent record label. There will be inspiration, debauchery, including puppets getting spanked by a dominatrix, amid a ton of other punk rock chaos. Director Shaun Colón will Skype in for a Q&A following the screening, and Huntington’s Hideaway Vinyl will be selling records in the back. One for the books, for sure. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $5-$12. 10 p.m. Sept. 3.
Crawlin’ from the hip, kaleidoscopic jazz, rock and blues of New York City, these hellraisers—Matty O’Brien, guitarist Stevens, bassist Slim Earl, and percussionist Michael Powder—have been described by music critics as both “bluesy” and “ballsy,” a unique and impressive characterization, to be sure. Memphis Crawl’s unique and powerful sound has been nothing short of “convention defying.” Their newest, most popular song “Wildflower Annie” touches on themes of loyalty and poisonous love, and will likely be embraced as a fan favorite at every gig. Known to bring out wild behavior among their fans, each performance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and not to be missed. With Sweet Eureka, Sir Cadian Rythm & Gina Cutillo. 89 North, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3.
Loudon Wainwright III’s 70th Birthday Party
Wainwright III received his ticket to stardom once “Dead Skunk” became a top 20 hit when he was 26. His latest drop Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet), is his 26th, and he began producing at the age of 68. He has written music for the theatrical adaptation of the novel Lucky You, and composed songs for TV shows. Wainwright also managed to retain some of his skills in acting from Carnegie-Mellon, starring in M.A.S.H. and Undeclared. His new, one-man theatrical show, “Surviving Twin,” explores the same themes he’s exemplified within his songs: birth, self-identity, loss, and mortality, among them. Clearly, there’s a lot to celebrate for Wainwright’s 70th birthday, so come join the party with special guests Rufus Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, Chaim Tannenbaum & Peter Fallon. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $55-$70. 8 p.m. Sept. 5.
Doggie Pool Party
Back by pupular demand, the second annual Doggy Pool Party gives dog owners a chance to swim with the puppies before the Town of North Hempstead drains the community pool for summer. What a wonderful opportunity to Doggy Paddle along with your cutesy beloved poochies! All attendees must be residents of the New Hyde Park special park district, but do not have to be a member of the pool. The dogs must be licensed. Participants must pre-register. Clinton G. Martin Park, New Hyde Park Rd., New Hyde Park. Free. 4-7 p.m. Sept. 6.
The standup funnyman, actor and host of “Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast” will unleash his comedic fury upon all those in attendance, leaving them gasping for air while they laugh and yelp uncontrollably amid his hilarious observations on dating, sports, politics and life in general. Yes, he’s that funny. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $53. 7, 10 p.m. Sept. 7.
-Compiled by Michael Bakshandeh, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III
Main Art: Country singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini joins Rascal Flatts at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre on Sept. 1!
Aries – Mars in Sagittarius – don’t be too sensitive to remarks made by a good pal. You’re probably reading meaning into that person’s words. Your vivid imagination is better used this month in visualizing goals, improving skills and getting to know yourself better. Meditate. Number 7 is lucky for you.
Taurus – Venus in Libra – you’ll be impressionable to the moods and needs of a loved one. Keep calm, cool and collected. Give logic equal time. A nostalgic type of entertainment will be enjoyed; former pleasures may be revived. Spend time with Cancer and Capricorn people.
Gemini – Mercury in Virgo – now that you have the facts you need, its time to organize them. Focus on personal business and paperwork that requires detailed scrutiny. Don’t delegate tasks; someone you have in mind cannot handle them as you would. Be disciplined. Play it safe with number 4.
Cancer – Moon in Pisces – this month’s accent is on money, possessions and purchases. Exciting news comes your way about a wonderful bargain. You may have to change plans at the last moment in order to take advantage of this sale. Someone of the opposite sex shows affection by assisting you with this.
Leo – the Sun in Virgo – your domestic surroundings are highlighted. A parent or parental figure is touchy and needs reassuring. The money situation will be eased and a gift to help you in your work will be provided. Show relatives and neighbors your appreciation for recent help. Include a Libra.
Virgo – Mercury in your sign – you’ll learn the inside story about a Pisces associate. Be sensitive to the words and feelings of others; you’ll be able to calm your fears and bring peace of mind to a loved one. Artistic expression is also encouraged. Your imagination works overtime.
Libra – Venus in your sign – a serious commitment is on the agenda. You’ll see where you are going and who you want to take along. Someone who is reliable, ambitious and a long time associate plays an important role. If you make promises, be sure you are ready to honor those promises.
Scorpio – Pluto in Capricorn – beautify your surroundings, make room for new acquisitions. A special celebration is called for to show your appreciation. Treat others, especially relatives, to a gourmet dinner or other festive occasion. Taurus is in the picture. The lucky number is 6.
Sagittarius – Jupiter in Libra – you surge into a high lunar cycle. The accent is on going places, doing things and meeting someone who has just returned from a long journey. A question will be answered; be bold in going after the information you need. Your personal popularity is heightened.
Capricorn – Saturn in Sagittarius – a brief trip in your local area adds to your prestige. You’ll meet someone with real clout who can help you climb the ladder of success. A signed and sealed agreement can be reached. Your romantic partner will begin to see you in a new light. The lucky number is 8.
Aquarius – Uranus in Aries – a universal, big-hearted viewpoint is needed. Your hopes and wishes may have to give way to the good of all concerned. A relationship – or some phase of it – is concluding, but this is no cause for gloom. View the larger picture. Count on number 9 this month.
Pisces – Neptune in your sign – a romantic aura surrounds your home base. Personal magnetism is increased; renewed vitality makes you glow with sex appeal. A new start can be made in a dramatic manner. A Leo will be involved; so will be your marital status. Number 1 is lucky for you this month.
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The Barclays has come and gone at Bethpage State Park.
The Black’s reputation of being a tough play even for the world’s best golfers held true this past week. Perhaps the most talked about aspect of the tournament, aside from anything golf related, was the raucous crowd that flooded the out-of-bounds areas Thursday through Sunday for the PGA tournament.
“[The crowd] was loud, it was a lot of fun. It felt like you were almost playing football, it just kind of sets the tone,” said tournament winner Patrick Reed after he completed his final round on Sunday.
Golf traditionally hasn’t been known to be a sport where crowd noise is a factor. Exactly the opposite, actually. Fans are expected to respect the rules of the course—no talking, yelling or chanting while a player is over the ball. Comparing spectators at a golf tournament and fans at an NFL football game isn’t something that happens every day on the PGA tour.
Reed wasn’t the only golfer who was outspoken on the topic last weekend. Needing a birdie to clinch a spot on the US Ryder Cup team, Rickie Fowler stepped up to the tee box on the 18th hole.
“It was a little loud up there on 18,” Fowler said semi-seriously. The resulting drive ended up way right in the high fescue. It pretty much eliminated any hope of him birdieing the hole, and Fowlers shot at being a Ryder Cup lock slipped away. And don’t even get started on the hundreds of mustache jokes directed at Fowler Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Some golfers, like Phil Mickelson, relish the chance to play at the Black exactly for what makes it unique—the highly inebriated and very loud crowds. It’s become the identity of Long Island golf’s crown jewel.
As one usher put it, “were you here for the US Open? Combine a New York crowd and beer, this is what you get. It isn’t like this in most places.”
You’d be hard-pressed to find a golf course that plays host to rowdier fans in golf than Bethpage Black. And, yes, maybe it is a little annoying for those participating in the events. It’s also something the players, if they haven’t already, will need to learn to deal with.
The majority of poorly timed, out of place shrieks and chants were committed by one particular demographic: young people. This is important to note because, whether golf wants to recognize it or not, the sport desperately needs to attract the interest of millennials to keep the industry alive.
Before the Tiger Woods days that propelled golf into the most popular and profitable place it had ever been in, it was a boring game that was played almost exclusively by well-off white men. Since then though, the sport’s horizons have expanded exponentially.
The industry is carried now not by old white dudes, but by a group of 20-something year-olds. In other words, the world’s best golfers right now are the same age as guys who are likely to get drunk, loud, and create lively atmospheres.
In fact, many of the tour’s best and most popular golfers like Jordan Spieth, 23, Rory McIlroy, 27, and Jason Day, 28 are all under 30. It could be that golf needs more of this, not less. The loud crowds and football-like atmosphere make the game more exciting, and certainly more attractive to perspective beginners. Kids don’t want to sit still and quiet. They want to make noise and chant for their favorite golfer.
We should welcome, not shun, the boisterous fans who line the fairways and greens. After all, it’s all about having fun. In the words of Jack Nicklaus: “This is a game, that’s all it is.”
Texan Patrick Reed secured his fifth PGA Tour win Sunday, overtaking weekend leader Rickie Fowler to win The Barclays tournament at Bethpage Black golf course.
The front nine was a classic back and forth between two great golfers giving every shot their all. For Reed, a player who’s come so close to getting a win in so many tournaments this summer, the win felt good.
“It feels amazing; I haven’t had that feeling in a while coming down the last couple with the lead,” Reed said after his championship round. “I felt like I did a lot of things well, it’s just great to finally be able to close one off.”
Reed’s jubilation makes the disappointment Fowler was feeling, after squandering a one stroke lead, seem all the more real. He finished the day three strokes over par and ended the tournament tied for fourth.
The start of the round wasn’t particularly bad for Fowler. It all unraveled on the back nine, starting with a bogey on the par 4 11th hole. Fowler then bogeyed on 15, and followed that up with a double-bogey on 16. At that point, it was game, set, match.
“I don’t know, I just made some bad swings at the wrong time,” a dejected Fowler told reporters after the round.
“Disappointing back nine. I didn’t drive it the way I needed to. It was just a little off here and there; you had to be playing out of the fairway. So yeah, just a little disappointing,” Fowler said.
It’s obviously a disheartening result for Fowler, as a win would’ve locked up a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team this coming September. Now, he’ll have to rely on being a captains pick—of which he remains in good standing for.
The world’s No.1 golfer Jason Day, despite his best efforts, couldn’t quite put together a late charge to get back in the thick of things on Sunday.
“This week, I Don’t think there was a tee shot where I felt comfortable over the ball to be honest,” Day said after his round. “Every time I was standing over the ball, I couldn’t feel like it was going to be a good shot.”
His struggles at Bethpage aside, Day remained positive and said he relishes the chance to come back to Bethpage Black again for the PGA Championship in 2019.
“I love playing in front of New York crowds,” Day added. “It’s really cool to see how much they embrace golf here. They enjoy themselves here, very rowdy.”
While Day enjoyed the boisterous crowds, the tournament champion Reed called them “obnoxious” earlier this weekend. He would go on to change his tone after his win was wrapped up, though.
“The crowds are crazy, but they’re awesome. You don’t go to golf tournaments very often and hear chants,” Reed said. “You can feed off of that energy that’s going on, then when people are starting to heckle you, you can try and prove them wrong.”
It seems Bethpage Black has left an impression on the world’s best, a good sign for the future of the PGA on Long Island.
Through three rounds of the Barclays at Bethpage Black, Rickie Fowler holds the outright lead at 9-under par.
Fowler’s weekend at The Black has been the epitome of consistency. At a course where the mental aspect of the game is just as important as the physical aspect, Fowler’s yielded just one bogey through his first three rounds—54 holes of golf at or under par. A big part of that? Remaining positive through adversity.
“The putter’s starting to show up a bit. I’ve always been a very good putter, I mean, you have to have the confidence and belief in yourself to be a good putter.” Fowler said.
“I enjoy that part of the game. Especially when you are making putts and it’s been bad, the past few months, just seeing myself hit good putts and not go in. To see it starting to come around, it’s definitely helped out the rest of the game,” Rickie professed.
Fowler, 27, like all of the golfers spending the weekend on Long Island, places the stash of FedEx Cup points up for grabs in high regard. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think the crowd out at Bethpage State Park had an investment in the standings themselves, as they’ve been a factor.
“It’s a lot of fun playing in front of loud crowds,” Fowler said. “We’re going to take care of our business and hopefully I’ll give myself a chance to celebrate with them tomorrow late.”
One of those who spent the day chasing Fowler (-9) was former world number one golfer Adam Scott.
Scott sits at 7-under heading into championship Sunday. The tour-veteran’s third round was one of the tournament’s best as he made up six strokes today alone. Scott’s been satisfied with his performance away from the greens, where, like Fowler, putts finally began to fall today thanks in part due to keeping a level head.
“When you’re not making them and they are always a little bit short, you start thinking about too many things, stroke, line, speed, all that kind of stuff,” Scott said after his round. “I just freed my mind up a little with the putter today and just thought, we’ll see what happens, and they went in.”
In a game as humbling as golf, there are sure to be ups and downs. Phil Mickelson’s round was encouraging—at one point he found himself 3-under—until he got to the 17th tee box.
“I had a good round going. I played a good front nine, and hit some good shots. The back nine, I didn’t play my best but I was fighting.” Mickelson told members of the media after the round. “Unfortunately the last two holes weren’t very good.”
That would be the understatement of the century.
Mickelson hit his tee shot on 17 fat. After chipping out of the front-left bunker, he missed a par putt that would’ve gotten the crowd so loud people would’ve been woken up in Montauk. On 18, disaster struck in the form of a double bogey. Again, this gaff originated in trouble off of the tee. The lefty had an opportunity to save bogey and missed a 15-foot putt, again forcing the grandstand into an audible groan.
The 18th hole would go on to be more of the same. Mickelson found himself in the sand off the tee. From there, another bunker. Mickelson, a noted master at saving par and getting himself out of trouble, couldn’t save himself when he needed it most.
Other notable names, including Jason Day, 5-under, and Jordan Spieth, 3-under, squandered opportunities to get back to the top of the leaderboard throughout the day. Conventional wisdom says they may have run out of time with just one round left to play.
Then again, anything can happen at Bethpage Black.