COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Drag Bingo, TopToque & Alive By the Bay

Fire Island Follies returns for another summer at the Island Mermaid.

Friday, June 21
Celebration Concert
Town of Babylon and Empact Inc./Black Long Island presents “Soulful Freedom Juneteenth,” a concert and cultural experience, from 6-9 p.m., at Tanner Park, 400 Baylawn Ave., Copiague. For sponsorship opportunities, email For details about the event, visit

Saturday, June 22

Drag Bingo Brunch for The Trevor Project
Babylon United Methodist Church will host a Drag Bingo Brunch at 11 a.m., at 21 James Street, Babylon featuring Toni Homeperm, the “Singing Diva of Long Island.” Tickets cover brunch, bingo cards, and prizes, while experiencing a dazzling performance. Proceeds will be donated to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQIA+ youth. Cost: $15 for all ages. For more information, contact or call 631-661-5151.

Saturday, June 22
TopToque: A “Top Chef Style” Competition
The Ocean Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a cooking competition to benefit the Ocean Beach Community Fund Playground Restoration Project from 3-5 p.m. at The Community House, 157-164 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach. All contestants will receive a mystery box of fresh food in which every ingredient must be incorporated into their dish. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 22
Barn on Fire: Musical Residency Showcase
Fire Island Pines Art Project and New York Theatre Barn will be showcasing performances from new musicals, the product of a musical writers’ residency program at Whyte Hall, 577 Coast Guard Walk, Fire Island Pines. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. followed by a performance at 6 p.m. All tickets: $20. For tickets and more information, visit

Sunday, June 23
Annual Drag Tag Sale
The Imperial Court of New York welcomes all queens looking for a fabulous outfit-, perhaps for The Invasion, an upcoming gig, or to just frolic around the island! 67 Bay Walk, Cherry Grove, noon-3 p.m. All types of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and wigs will be available. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 23
Queer Art Book Launch & Signing
Meet Gemma Rolls-Bentley and other featured artists at The Naughty Pine, 127 Beach Hill, Fire Island Pines from 2-6 p.m. Tea will be served, accompanied by a performance by singer-songwriter Torres. Cost: $40. Tickets can be found at

Sunday, June 23
Pride Dance Party at Goldy’s Gems
Dance your heart out for Pride month at Goldy’s Gems, 5 Third Ave., Bayshore from 4-8 p.m. The event encompasses drinks, food, a 50/50 raffle and music from DJ Richie-$10 fee to enter. For details, call 631-665-9596.

Monday, June 24
Live Music in Islip
Come see the talented singer Erin Chase at The Harp and Hound, 528 Main Street, Islip at 6 p.m. Eat, drink, and listen to some music at the Irish pub. More information can be found on Instagram @theharpandhoundny.

Tuesday, June 25
Alive By The Bay
Alive By The Bay is hosting its first event for the summer beginning at 5 p.m on Main Street, Bayshore. Attendees can experience live music, art, vendors, specialty menus from local restaurants, and more. J Haus Band, Fiesta Tropical, Threes Company and Decadia are

among the performers. More information can be found at @AliveByTheBay on Instagram.

Tuesday, June 25
The Doxsee Legacy: Growing Up in a Fishing Family
James Harvey “Harve” Doxsee was a well-known prominent Islip resident during the second half of the 19th century; he pioneered canning clams, dug by the baymen of the local Great South Bay. He distributed his clam products nationwide. Bob Doxsee Jr. is Harve’s great-grandson and the fourth generation of his family to follow in the Doxsee tradition of the seafood business. Bob will present a PowerPoint showing pictures and anecdotes highlighting a family enterprise from the 1800s to the beginning of the 21st century. Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Avenue, Islip. For more information, call 631-581-5933.

Thursday, June 27
The Fire Island Follies Burlesque & Variety Show
The first showcase of the season will be held at Island Mermaid, 780 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach at 9:30 p.m. Come see some talented burlesque superstars from the oasis of Ocean Beach. For more information, visit @islandmermaidob on Instagram.

Friday, June 28
When Baseball Came to Babylon
The Village of Babylon Historical and Preservation Society will host a presentation focused on the history of the Cuban Giants in Babylon and a look at the history of Argyle Park at 117 W. Main Street, Babylon from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Historian Mary Cascone will be present to answer questions and free baseball-themed refreshments will be served. Admission: Free to all. For further information, visit

Friday, June 28
The Zigons Band at Dive
Come listen to live upbeat tunes from The Zigons Band while watching the sunset at Dive, 1 Bay Walk, Kismet at 7 p.m. For more information, visit @divekismet on Instagram.

Saturday, June 29
Cherry Grove Pride Parade
The one and only Cherry Grove Pride Parade will happen at 2 p.m. in Cherry Grove. Come celebrate Pride Month in the town where it all began. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 29
Recovery Tea Dance
Celebrate Pride in a recovery-friendly manner at Whyte Hall, 577 Coast Guard Walk, Fire Island Pines from 2-5 p.m. This event is completely free! For more information, visit

Sunday, June 30
Soul Purpose at Dive
Live music in the tune of disco, funk and soul classics will be played at Dive, 1 Bay Walk, Kismet at 6 p.m. Enjoy a drink and the sunset while hearing fun tunes! More information can be found on Instagram @divekismet.

Fun For Kids

Saturday, June 22
Exotic Reptile Show
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 444 Montauk Hwy., Great River, presents Jungle Bob’s Exotic Reptile Show, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Jungle Bob dispels some of the myths surrounding some of nature’s least understood creatures in a live animal show featuring some of the world’s “unloved, unusual, and unknown.” Expect to encounter amazing reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates! Geared to elementary school ages and up. Cost: $10 ages 5-18; $15 ages 18 and up. For details, visit or call 631- 581-1002.

Wednesday, June 26
Tiny Tots: “Rainbows”
Ages 3-5 can enjoy short walks, animal visitors and crafts from 10-11 a.m., at Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Sunrise Highway, Oakdale. Rainbows is focused on celebrating Pride Month! Parking fee $8 or Empire Pass. Cost: $4 per child upon arrival, registration is required. For information, call 631-581-1005.

Friday, June 28
“Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour”
Patchogue Theatre for Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., invites children to dance, sing and learn with Blippi and special guest Meekah, at 6 p.m., as they discover what makes different cities unique and special. The show, geared for ages 2-7, is 80 minutes in duration with a 30-minute intermission. Ages 2 and under do not need a ticket. Photo experience tickets available. Tickets: $55-$105. For details, call 631-207-1313 or visit

Sunday, June 30
Pride Month Art: Family Program
Ages 6 and up and their guardians can learn about the life and style of an influential modern painter to celebrate Pride Month from 10-11:30 a.m. at Connetquot River State Park Preserve, 4090 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale. Parking fee $8 or Empire Pass. Cost: $4 per child upon arrival, registration is required. For information, visit

Ongoing “Fun For Kids” Events

Tiny Trekkers Series

Preschoolers can join Seatuck Environmental Association to explore nature’s wonders, through hiking, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and more! Programs are held on Mondays in June from 1-2 p.m. at alternating locations: The first and third Monday at Suffolk County Environmental Center, 550 South Bay Ave., Islip; and the second and fourth Monday at South Shore Nature Center, 130 Bayview Ave., East Islip. Programs will take place outdoors, dress appropriately. Pre-registration is required before the event, as space is limited. Cost: $10 for one child and one caregiver; $5 for each additional child. For details, visit

L.I. Maritime Museum Summer Camp

Bay Days- an exciting summer discovery program that explores Long Island’s maritime habitats is offered for children ages 6-11. Fun-filled days with games, arts & crafts, field trips, experiments and more, followed by a trip over to Sunken Forest. Program runs weekly from July 1- August 16. Cost: $260/week, additional siblings $180/week. To register, call 631-854-4974.

Also Ongoing

Marine Debris Exhibits

Fire Island National Seashore placed exhibits throughout the seashore to help raise awareness of marine debris impact on the South Shore. The educational displays include informational waysides about plastic pollution, microplastics and derelict fishing gear. Wayside panels are located at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Watch Hill, Sailors Haven, and the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness Visitor Center. The osprey sculpture, made of marine debris, is at the Watch Hill Dune Station. Junior Ranger activity sheets and the hands-on microplastics workstations are at the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness Visitor Center and Sailors Haven Visitor Center. Additional information can be found at

Trivia Mondays at Matthew’s

Matthew’s Seafood House, 935 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach will feature trivia every Monday this summer, beginning promptly at 8:15 p.m. Eat, drink and try your luck at winning the grand prize. Additional information can be found on Instagram @matthewsseafood.

Trivia Fridays at Le Dock

Le Dock will host trivia night, 60 Bay Walk, Fair Harbor at 8:30 p.m. Reservations suggested. For more information, email


Farmer’s Markets


Babylon Village Gazebo
244 West Main St.
Sundays, 8 a.m.-noon May-November, rain or shine


471 Atlantic Ave. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July-October


655 Main St. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon June-November


East side of Patchogue LIRR Parking Lot Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Islip Grange
10 Broadway Ave., Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.