Saltaire Summery: Forecast of Events

Saltaire Sandcastles

This week’s paper marks the end of the run of weekly issues of Fire Island & Great South Bay News. After this, we revert to publishing only every other week, which means the columns maybe even more long-range and anticipatory. So, in anticipation of this, here are some things to anticipate in the fortnight ahead. […]

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Patchogue Arts Council Exhibits, Murals and Community Art

FINS Patchogue Arts Council

The vibrant storefront space at 20 Terry Street has been a hotbed for art well over a decade. The latest offering at the Patchogue Arts Council’s Museum of Contemporary Art LI (MoCA-L.I.) is the annual juried exhibition, “Patchworks.”   “We invite a guest curator, in this case, Lisa Petker Mintz, a large-scale abstract painter. She’s […]

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OCEAN BEACH: Recreation and Bucket Lists

Ocean Beach Youth Group

Tennis has returned to Ocean Beach! That’s really all I can say on the topic because I have barely touched a racket since an unfortunate incident on my high school team. I was playing in front of a very cute boy, and eager to impress him, I channeled all of my strength into my serve. […]

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OCEAN BAY PARK: Skyrockets, Soft Ball, and Shakespeare

And the 50-50 winner was – Robbie Harris!

The extended Independence Day celebrations, as all good things, ended, albeit on a great note. The weekend was packed with activity that started on July 4 with the Ocean Beach parade and was followed by the Ocean Beach FD cookout at the ballfield. The annual fireworks on Friday, July 5, sponsored by Point o’Woods, never […]

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Kismet Kapers: July 4th a Little Later

Kismet Sandcastle Contest 2024

What a delightful weekend, weather excepting. Saturday dawned wet and ugly after Friday night’s fierce storm. At 8 a.m. the beach was deemed too wet for Yoga, the skies were gray and the ocean wild. By noon there were 13 teams in three categories busy sculpting the now perfectly damp sand for the 6th Annual […]

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East Enders DAVIS PARK: Skeeter Patrol

Davis Park ferry

To paraphrase the artist Mundy, in his appropriately named song “July,” “Oh my my my, July, looks like another perfect day!” We’ve had a lot of those, with beautiful beach days and saucy sunsets, full of parties and family gatherings, visitors from near and far, and (shhhh) not too many of those pesky flying things. […]

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ROSE’S VIEW, Cherry Grove: Making Your Garden Grow

Mark Hartman and Rose Levine, Cherry Grove

I have performed for many years at the Community House in Cherry Grove, and it never stops being a great experience. From opening to closing, there wasn’t a dull moment. Mark Hartman was perfect as an accompanist, and Broadway performer Daniel Reichard was the best guest star one could hope for. Cherry Grove memories are […]

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Forever Peter Pan: Fire at Bay Shore’s Favorite Diner Hits Home

Peter Pan post fire

Bay Shore’s Peter Pan Diner has been a South Shore Long Island institution. Its closure (the first time in 69 years) due to a kitchen fire in the early hours of July 1st has left a significant void in the community, evoking a wave of nostalgia and memories. In 1955, America’s favorite dinner was Salisbury […]

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Hedwig Comes to the Grove

Davida Jones

Davida Jones is a girl with many talents, and she was the perfect Homecoming Queen to have as the world was still emerging from the pandemic. On July 13, 2024, she took the stage at Cherry Grove Community House Theatre to deliver a rousing revival of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” much to the audience’s […]

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Arts & Letters

The Cherry Grove Archives Collection Committee.

Two significant events happened on Friday, July 12. In Cherry Grove, a book launch party for “Safe Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove.” This tome enshrines the acclaimed exhibition at the New York Historical Society in 2019 and Florida’s Stonewall Gallery in 2020. A self-guiding walking tour in Cherry Grove based on the exhibit […]

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Pets & Their People: Patriotic Pets

Charlie and phoebe Janet and al 300

Fourth of July photos just keep trickling in, and the latest batch was dropped by Ava Cregg from the Ocean Beach July 4th children’s parade. The four-legged family members seemed to enjoy the festivities just as much as everyone else.

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