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Maker Faire Long Island

By Tara Mae

Ingenuity and imagination synthesize into innovation. The Long Island Explorium, a science and engineering museum in Port Jefferson, celebrates the projects and persons involved in this process with the 7th annual Maker Faire Long Island at the Port Jefferson Village Center, LI Explorium and Harborfront Park at 101 East Broadway on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Featuring more than 75 exhibits and 120 presenters showcasing their creations, this multi-sensory experiential event lauds efforts in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Exhibits range from robotics and cosplay design to environmental engineering projects, scientific advancements, kinetic art, and fire sculptures.

Highlights include:

Adam Foster’s Royal Trumpets: Majestic 15-foot kinetic pyrotechnic sound sculptures.

Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club: Bringing the Star Wars universe to life. (pictured above)

Long Island Drone Soccer: An electrifying new sport combining drone technology with soccer.

Princesses with Powertools: Empowering young engineers with hands-on projects.

Balloon Bot Brawl: A thrilling robot showdown led by high school maker Ray Rumore.

Learn to Solder Workshop: Taught by Elijah Horland of Mythbusters Jr, sponsored by PCBWay.

Besides individual contributions, organizations such as Suffolk County Community College, Brookhaven National Labs, and Stony Brook University will show some of their work. Scientists and educators from the university will also participate in ‘Ask a Scientist” Q&A sessions that enable young attendees to cultivate their curiosity as they ask scientific questions of professionals. 

In addition to the dialogues, displays, and demonstrations, the Faire will have live musical performances, including a songwriter showcase, from 1 to 5 p.m., and two performances by the Umisora Taiko Drummers.

“Maker Faire is a global movement that combines elements of classic science fairs with innovation, creativity, and STEAM. It is known as the ‘Greatest Show & Tell on Earth,’ showcasing makers’ ingenuity and creativity. Maker Faire Long Island…embodies this spirit,” said Long Island Explorium’s Director of Digital Media/Marketing/Programming Lisa Collet Rodriguez.

With conventions in other locations like New York City, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Berlin, the Maker Faire Long Island is part of a larger international initiative that fuses scientific experimentation with artistic expression. By embracing these pursuits, the family-friendly occasion seeks to engage audiences of all ages, with interactive elements geared towards youth. 

“I wish I had [Maker Faires] when I was younger. They have provided me a platform and support to share my works with tens of thousands of makers across the country, and inspire future generations of makers. It’s a win win,” said maker Adam Foster, of Rochester.

A musician, steel fabricator designer, and engineer, Foster made “The Royal Trumpets,” six 15 foot tall kinetic sculptures. They allude to the trumpets that historically announced royalty. And at the Maker Faire, this grandeur is both a celebration of community and an invitation for new members to join it. 

Encouraging visitors to dream and learn are not the only collective goals shared by many of the participants. The Faire is an opportunity for pragmatic ponderers and methodical mavericks to network with each other.

“Popular subcultures always have places to gather, such as Comic-Con. Maker Faire is that place for people passionate about the intersection of Arts and STEM now called STEAM,” maker Elijah Horland, of Brooklyn, said. “At a Maker Faire we gather, not just to show off our skills, but to collaborate with peers, mentors, and beginners alike in a supportive environment.”

Through his company, Not-A-Bomb, Horland develops mechatronic projects that incorporate engineering lessons curated to entertain and educate. He is a MythBuster from the Discovery Channel reality show and the executive producer of Maker Faire Coney Island. 

A number of the makers participate in other Maker Faires throughout the country, sharing their projects with interested parties and building relationships. 

“Maker Faires are these amazing events where people from all different backgrounds and with all different interests can come together and find a bigger community,” said maker Caeley Looney of Austin, Texas.

Originally from Farmingdale, Looney is the founder and CEO of Reinvented Inc., a nonprofit organization that hosts Princesses with Powertools. The program connects girls with women in Science, Technology, and Math (STEM) professions who, while dressed as princesses, teach them how to operate their first power tools. 

“Innovation is diversity driven. Without having diverse minds and voices working on the leading edge of science and technology, new ideas, products, and solutions will never be created. Women play a huge role in this, but historically have been left out of these fields and conversations — and that bias and pushback is still felt by students today,” she added. 

Bringing STE[A]M to individuals who historically have less access to it is a motivating factor and ongoing endeavor for many Faire associates, according to Long Island Explorium Executive Director Angeline Judex.

“Many people don’t think of museums as agents of social change in communities, but the Long Island Explorium plays a vital role on Long Island as a lighthouse of enriching STEM programs that foster inventive thinking and serve as a catalyst for empowerment,” Judex said. 

“The Maker Faire is strategically aligned with our vision to promote STEM discovery, learning, and innovation that will shape the intellect, social values, and principles of future generations,” she added.

Advanced tickets may be purchased online through EventBrite. Individual tickets, including fees, are $13.36 per person. A family pass, which has tickets for two adults and up to five children, are $57.65 including fees. Tickets at the door for individuals are $16.65, including fees. Tickets at the door for family passes are $62.80, including fees. 

For more information, including a complete list of exhibitors and schedules, visit longisland.makerfaire.com. 

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Maker Faire Long Island returned to Port Jefferson village on Saturday, June 11, at the Village Center.

Maker Faire LI is an annual festival held by the Long Island Explorium, a science and engineering museum based in Port Jeff. Its purpose is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by way of innovations and crafts of people throughout the region and country. 

Angeline Judex, executive director of the Explorium, discussed the surprising success of the event after its two-year pause. “We’re really happy with this event,” she said. “It has turned out really well — much better than we actually expected.”

Proceeds from the event will support the Explorium’s various educational programs. The goal of these programs is to enliven STEM through activities that are engaging and fun. Judex said the Explorium hopes to inspire young people and nourish a lifelong pursuit of STEM. 

“It’s really important for children to be inspired and excited about STEM at an early age,” Judex said, adding, “We focus on enriching and inspiring children from K-6 so that they get excited about STEM because this is the future.” She added, “We want to support the next generation of leaders and scientists who are going to be inspired to solve some of the challenges in the environments we live in.”

Hundreds of makers gathered at Harborfront Park to showcase their own unique contributions to the field. Sejal Mehra, one of the presenters at the festival, displayed what she has coined “engineering art.” Her works integrate aspects of collage, engineering and sustainability studies under a common discipline.

“I create ‘engineering art,’ which is made from recycling old computer and electronic parts or plastic that would have otherwise ended up in the trash to show the beauty of STEM,” she said. “I’m on a mission to change the face of STEM through art.”

Makers such as Mehra offer the necessary guidance for young people to pursue STEM. Through their example of creativity and ingenuity, young people are challenged to change the world themselves.  

“I think it’s really important to have programs like this one to help inspire young minds into a lifelong pursuit of STEM because you never know when or how something is going to spark their love for STEM,” Mehra said. “It is also great for young minds to be inspired by young adults like myself because we were just in their shoes and can help motivate them to pursue STEM. Without programs like this, the amount of exposure to the field and its vast possibilities and intersections would not be possible.”

Mehra’s artwork is currently for sale and can be purchased through her website or by contacting her via email or Instagram.

Joining Judex was a group of public officials who offered their support for the museum in its mission to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers. New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket), a geologist by profession, spoke of the importance of Maker Faire in encouraging young minds to tackle the impending challenges of environmental degradation.

“The purpose of bringing us all together is to enhance this community, to imagine possibilities for all of the people who live here and visit here, and to use our imagination just a little bit,” he said. “One of the things that’s very important is the narrative and theme that are interwoven around protecting the environment. We’re situated here in beautiful Port Jefferson on the edge of the harbor, and it is a beautiful place to remember the importance of sustainability.”

Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) was also present for the event. She thanked the Explorium for providing these services and enriching the community.

“I am pleased to be here to support Maker Faire Long Island once again, to support the Explorium, and encourage children and our residents to explore, to innovate, to use their imagination and encourage ingenuity,” she said. “Thank you for all you do to encourage that in children right here in our own backyard.”

Brookhaven Town Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich (D-Stony Brook) recognized Judex for the work she put into making this annual tradition successful once again and for championing STEM and motivating young people.

“I want to thank you not only for the work you did to bring this event together, but for the work you do all year long to create a fun place for kids to do science, to teach kids, to make it accessible to everybody, to bring science to places where maybe it isn’t, and to find new places to suddenly discover science,” the councilmember said.

Kathianne Snaden, Village of Port Jefferson deputy mayor, thanked the many entities that helped make this event possible once again.

“To all of the volunteers, to all of the makers, to the attendees, to our code department, our parks department and our highway department, without all of you coming together to make an event like this happen, we just couldn’t do it,” she said. “To the Explorium for providing cutting-edge technology, programming and hands-on learning for our children, it is just unmatched in this area.”

Village trustee Rebecca Kassay and her husband volunteered as traffic guards during the event. She called it “a pleasure directing parking.”

“As my husband and I stand and direct parking, we look at the children leaving this event and I asked them, ‘What have you made today?’” the trustee said. “Their faces light up and they show me something they’ve made, whether it’s a magnet, whether it’s a whirligig, whether it’s lip balm.” She continued, “It is so important to empower these young people with the gift of demystifying what is in the world around them.”

Englebright concluded the remarks with an anecdote. When the assemblyman was just 14 years old, his science teacher at the time recommended he attend a junior curator program at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. His decision to heed that advice would reshape the course of his life.

“I became a junior curator and it changed my life,” he said. “The Explorium, this children’s museum, I believe is going to change an awful lot of young people’s lives. Now here I am — with white hair — some years later, and I can tell you of the importance of your programs and the worthiness of everything that you do.”

File photo by Heidi Sutton/TBR News Media

The Village of Port Jeff Board of Trustees held its monthly public meeting on Monday, June 6, addressing a number of issues.

Public safety

Chief of Code Enforcement Fred Leute reported that while the village has not noticed a recent spike in automobile break-ins, this is a crime trend occurring in other nearby areas. He reminded villagers of the importance of locking their cars and not leaving key fobs inside the car when they are away.

“If you lock your car, there’s no incidents of anyone breaking into the cars,” he said. “It’s not worth it to them … If you lock your stuff, lock your windows and lock your cars, you’ll be safe.”

Suffolk County police will conduct training programs for village constables, “and that includes an active shooter certification for all of our employees,” Leute said.

He also highlighted his office’s ongoing efforts to monitor speeding through radar enforcement and officers posted near stop signs. Through these activities, he noticed a startling phenomenon.

“The interesting thing that came from that is that once they did that for the past week and a half, they’re finding that it’s mostly village residents that are speeding,” he said. 

Leute stressed the importance of calling his office rather than reporting incidents on social media. “If you’re of good heart and you want to help this village, call us,” he said. “Don’t go on Facebook, call my guys. We will listen, we will figure out what the problem is and we will fix it.” He added, “Going on Facebook and demeaning either the village or the constables or the highway department … whoever, it’s not productive.”

Trustee reports

Trustee Rebecca Kassay announced she had a productive meeting last weekend with the Beach Street Community Garden, a group of gardeners and community volunteers. She said that she also hopes to have a meeting with Elizabeth Hornstein, of the Long Island Sound Study, to explore ways in which the village can secure possible funding for certain projects.

Kassay said Hornstein specializes in assisting “villages like ours, municipalities who have goals concerning flooding and other environmental issues, to connect us with grant money that is available on the state and federal levels.”

Trustee Stan Loucks said there are still available job openings within the recreations department. 

“We’re looking for junior counselors, senior counselors, lifeguards — these positions are still open, so you can apply through the Village Center,” he said. 

Loucks also reported positive news on the country club, whose membership this season has exceeded 600 members. “This certainly indicates that we have an exceptional facility,” the trustee said. “However, golf courses can only handle so many golfers. We may be having discussions in the very near future about putting a cap on our membership.”

Loucks concluded his report by reminding residents that the restaurants at the country club are open to the public, not requiring a membership to eat at them. “The eating facilities up at the country club, they’re not private,” he said. “They’re public places — The Turn as well as The Waterview. These are public restaurants and many people are not aware that they can go up there and go to these places.”

Trustee Bruce Miller provided an update on his recent deliberations with the executive staff of planning and training at Long Island Rail Road. Miller said there was “a lot of movement, but I don’t know if you would call it in a positive direction.”

During the conference, the LIRR presented several alternatives to the village. The parties discussed the idea of having two tracks, that is, a second track between Port Jefferson and Huntington stations. LIRR also proposed fixing the bridges. When the idea was pitched for electrification of the line, LIRR responded with the need to purchase more land to accommodate the two tracks. 

Miller questioned if LIRR’s numerous alternatives may overcomplicate the planning of this project, dooming it to failure from the start.

“I’m just thinking to myself, have they put so many bells and whistles onto this project that they then can say, ‘Well, we’d like to do all of this but we just can’t. It’s just not economically feasible,’” Miller said. “Part of my issue is the fact that we have a lot of residents who live in Port Jefferson … but commute to the Ronkonkoma line. That to me is very ‘ungreen.’”

Deputy Mayor Kathianne Snaden announced a number of upcoming events in the village, including the upcoming Maker Faire on Saturday, June 11, at the Village Center.

“I’ve been working with the museum about coordinating with our code department for security, for road closures, for parking,” she said. “That’s shaping up to be a great event, as it always is. We’re glad to have it back after the COVID years and get back to the fun with the kids.”

Mayor report

Mayor Margot Garant reported that a fireworks display will be held on Sunday, July 3, at East Beach with a rain date of July 8. 

The mayor also congratulated the high school baseball team and girls lacrosse team on their successful seasons. 

To watch the full meeting, click here.

TINKER TIME The 5th annual Maker Faire Long Island heads to Port Jefferson Village on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. File photo by Kyle Barr/TBR News Media
Thursday, June 9

Look Book Luncheon

Grab your fanciest hat and get off to the races! Mint Clothing Boutique will be celebrating the release of their first private line of designs at a Belmont Stakes themed Look Book Luncheon at the Three Village Inn, 150 Main St., Stony Brook from noon to 3 p.m. As guests enjoy their al fresco lunch, models will stroll through the gardens wearing the private line’s breathable, sustainable and easy-to-wear styles. Tickets for this event are $35 per person and include a three-course prix fix lunch. Rain date is June 10. To reserve your seat, call 751-0555.

Cooking at the SHS

The Smithtown Historical Society, 239 E. Main St., Smithtown kicks off a new cooking series featuring local culinary pros sharing tips, techniques, and a taste to bring the community together – in front of the Roseneath Cottage from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Myra Naseem of  Elegant Eating and Nancy Vallarella of Long Island Locavore will put together three themed boards/platters just in time for summer entertaining. Tickets are $20 per person in advance at Eventbrite.com, $30 at the door (cash or check). Questions? Call 265-6768.

Friday, June 10

CSHL lecture

Tony Zador

Got Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the brain? AI can be used in many fields, but plays a fascinating new role in neuroscience research. Hear Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor Tony Zador delve deep into the ever-evolving world of AI during a webinar at noon. Learn how curiosity-driven research can help revolutionize people’s daily lives and the role that CSHL is playing to make advances in this exciting field. This 45-minute lecture will conclude with a live Q&A session with Professor Zador. Register via Eventbrite. Call 516-367-6866 for further information.

Hallockville Spring Tea

The Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead will host a SpringTea at 1 p.m. Enjoy the timeless tradition of afternoon tea in the historic Naugles Barn. This annual fundraiser will feature an assortment of delicious savory and sweet finger foods, assorted teas, a presentation by herbal educator April Alexander, and raffles. $45 per person. To register, call 298-5292 or visit www.hallockville.org.

Pride at the Farm

Celebrate Pride and your freedom to love with your friends and family as the Suffolk County Farm & Education Center, Yaphank presents a Pride at the Farm event from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit with farm animals, take a wagon ride around the fields, with fun crafts, music and dancing, rainbow treats, Drag Queen Story Hour, and more! Free. Call 852-4600 for more info.

Saturday, June 11

Greenway Trail cleanup 

Join the Three Village Community Trust’s Friends of the Greenway for a clean-up at the Port Jefferson Station trail head at the Route 112 parking lot (next to 7-Eleven) starting at 9 a.m. 

Community Yard Sale

St. Thomas of Canterbury, 29 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown will host a Community Yard Sale today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come shop for treasures! Call 265-4520.

Rocky Point Garden Tour

The Rocky Point Civic Association hosts its annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Tour  the gardens of seven local homes and the garden at the historic Hallock House. Held rain or shine. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at Flowers on Broadway, Heritage Paint, Gings Nursery or at www.rpcivic.org.

Community Yard Sale

Commack United Methodist Church, 486 Townline Road, Commack will hold a Community Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Featuring vendors with both old and new merchandise, antiques, jewelry, crafts, food, music, toys, bikes, books, clothing, housewares, art work and much more. The Thrift Shoppe will also be open. Held rain or shine. Call 499-7310 for more information.

Second Saturdays Poetry

The Second Saturdays poetry series continues at All Souls Church in Stony Brook via Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon. Hosted by Suffolk County Poet Laureate Richard Bronson, the featured poet will be Maya Dreamwalker. An open-reading will follow. Access the program through the All Souls website https://www.allsouls-stonybrook.org/ Call 655-7798.  

Art in Bloom 

Join the Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington for its third annual Art in Bloom event today and June 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Art in Bloom combines art and nature through 12 stunning floral arrangements designed by the North Country Garden Club; North Suffolk Garden Club; South Side Garden Club; and Three Harbors Garden Club and inspired by the artwork of two current exhibitions: Global Asias: Asian and Asian American Art and Moonstruck: Lunar Art from the Collection. Suggested donation of $5 children free. Visit www.heckscher.org or call 380-3230.

Maker Faire Long Island

It’s back! After a two-year hiatus, the 5th annual Maker Faire Long Island returns to the Long Island Explorium, Port Jefferson Village Center, and Harbofront Park, 101-A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come celebrate creativity and innovation in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math with over 100 makers of all ages with hands-on exhibits and performances. Tickets are $12 at Eventbrite, $15 at the door. Call 331-3277 for further details.

Author Talk

Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook welcomes folklorist Nancy Solomon, the executive director of Long Island Traditions, who will talk about her new book, Boat Building and Boat Yards of Long Island: A Tribute to Tradition, at 10:15 a.m. Solomon  will share the stories she collected from traditional boat builders and boat yard managers in the region during the late 1990s to the present day and will be joined by boat builder Chris Hale, and duck hunter/model carver George Rigby. A book signing will follow. To register, call 588-5024.

A Day on the Farm

Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket will be open today and June 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Come tour the fifteen-acre family homestead, visit with the barnyard animals, meet the new spring baby animals and ride the Big Swing. Admission is $8 adults, $6 children. Call 689-8172 or visit www.bennersfarm.com.

Old Burying Ground tour

Join the Huntington Historical Society for an Old Burying Ground  walking tour at 4 p.m. Established soon after the Town’s 1653 founding, Huntington’s earliest public burying ground features stunning folk art and beautiful epitaphs honoring Huntington’s residents and rich history. Tour begins at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St., Huntington .Tickets are $15 adults, $5 children. For reservations, visit www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org.

Destination — Anywhere Concert

The Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates Pride with “Destination – Anywhere,” a musical road trip through the songs of Sondheim, John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, and many more at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25; available online at ligmc.org and at the door.

Sunday, June 12

Art in Bloom

See June 11 listing.

A Day on the Farm

See June 11 listing.

Blessing of the Fleet

The Mount Sinai Yacht Club, 244 Harbor Beach Road, Mt. Sinai will host the 19th annual Blessing of the Fleet at 11 a.m. All boaters are invited to assemble outside of the Mt. Sinai Harbor inlet for a fleet procession led by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Fleet Captain Dan Diamond. The boats will proceed west passing D and C docks for a parade and blessing by Rev. Jerome J. Nedelka. A prize will be given for the best decorated boat. Call 473-2993 for more information. 

St. James Art Walk

Celebrate St. James hosts an Art Walk along Lake Avenue in St. James from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stroll the historic St.James Cultural Arts District as it becomes a showcase of beautiful artwork by local painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelry makers, and more. Entertainment will include guitarist Lou Mazzaferro and singer Nick Singu. Stop by the Historic Calderone Theatre at 176 Second Street and see the Pet and Animal Art Exhibit on display Rain date is June 19. For more information, call 984-0201.

Farmingville Street Fair

The Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th annual Farmingville Street Fair at 1075 Portion Road between Leeds and Warren Avenues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring hundreds of vendors offering a variety of crafts, toys, jewelry, clothing, accessories and other wares, live music, classic cars, bounce structures, beer garden, food, and more. Call 317-1738.

Country Line Dancing 

Bethel Hobbs Community Farm, 178 Oxhead Road, Centereach will host an afternoon of Country Line Dancing at 1:30 p.m. with Skip and The Country Rhythms Team. All dances will be taught. Tickets are $25 per person online at www.hobbsfarm.info, $30 at the door. Includes light refreshments. Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Text 774-1556 for more information.

Sound Symphony concert

Comsewogue High School, 565 Bicycle Path, Port Jefferson Station hosts a concert by the Sound Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. Directed by Dorothy Savitch, the program will include works by Brahms, and Schumann. Tickets are $15, $10 seniors and students, children under 12 free. Visit www.soundsymphony.org

Art Share

The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook will present Art Share: Long Island Women Artists Through the Generations, in the Carriage Museum’s Gillespie Room at 2 p.m. Join exhibition co-curator Nina Sangimino for a panel discussion with contemporary female artists Wendy Prellwitz, Mary Stubelek and Janet Culbertson. The program is free with Museum admission. Call 751-0066.

Destination — Anywhere Concert

The Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates Pride with “Destination – Anywhere,” a musical road trip through the songs of Sondheim, John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, and many more at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 12 Prospect St., Huntington at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25; available online at ligmc.org and at the door.

Monday, June 13

TVHS lecture

The Three Village Historical Society, 93 North Country Road, Setauket continues its hybrid lecture series with Winning Votes for Women on Long Island and the Nation at 7 p.m. Guest speaker Natalie Naylor will discuss how suffrage leaders including Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Harriot Stanton Blatch, and Rosalie Gardiner Jones secured the vote in 1917, and in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, extending the vote to all women in the United States. This event will be held in person and via zoom. Suggested donation. To RSVP, visit www.tvhs.org.

Tuesday, June 14

Garden Club meeting

The Three Village Garden Club welcomes prospective members to attend its monthly meeting at the Setauket Neighborhood House, 95 Main Street, Setauket at 10 a.m. The program, titled “Gardens and Environmental Protection — The Town of Brookhaven” will be presented by Nicole Pocchiare. Call 751-2743.

Sounds of the Sound 

The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce presents a Port Jefferson Sunset Cruise on the Port Jefferson Ferry from 7 to 10 p.m., Featuring a live performance by Movin’ Out, the ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band from the original Broadway hit music show. Tickets are $75 with cash bar. To order, visit www.portjeffchamber.com.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

The Three Village Historical Society, 93 North Country Road, Setauket will lead a US Flag Retirement Ceremony, a fun, family friendly, interactive presentation in accordance with the United States Flag Code, at 5 p.m. Led by Holly Brainard, the event is free is and open to all. Complimentary US Flag Code booklets will be available for guests and TVHS will raffle off a new flag kit. Children and adults will learn why the flag is important and how to properly handle and dispose of the flag. Call 751-3730 or visit www.tvhs.org.

Wednesday, June 15

Juneteenth art show reception

The Town of Brookhaven will present a  Juneteenth Art Celebration art show at Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville from June 15 to July 15. Co-sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven and the Town’s Black History Commission, the community is invited to an opening reception tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. on the second-floor mezzanine. Viewing hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 451-TOWN for more info.

Owl Prowl Wednesday

Join Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown for an Owl Prowl from 8 to 10 p.m. Meet and learn about some of the Center’s resident owls and then embark on a walk into the darkness to enjoy the night. Wear bug spray and bring a flashlight just in case. Open to families with children ages 5  and up. $15 per person. Visit www.sweetbriarnc.org to register.

Thursday, June 16

Stony Brook Village Walking Tour

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization presents a Secrets of Stony Brook Village Walking Tour at 11:50 a.m. and again at 3:50 p.m. Hear some newly uncovered stories while strolling through the picturesque village. $10 per person. Advance registration required by calling 751-2244.

Historical Walking Tour

The Huntington Historical Society presents a Historical Walking Tour titled The Centers of Controversy from 6 to 9 p.m. Led by Town of Huntington Historian, Robert C. Hughes, the tour will head east from the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building to visit sites in central Huntington that gave rise over the centuries to scandals, lawsuits, and other controversies.  This tour will terminate at Six Harbors Brewing Company.$25 per person. Advance registration required by emailing [email protected] or by calling 427-7045.


‘The Bungalows of Rockaway’

The Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington kicks off its Maritime Film Festival with a screening of The Bungalows of Rockaway on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. With enticing vintage postcards, archival photography, Marx Brothers home movies, hilarious boardwalk tales, personal accounts recounted by bungalow residents and Rockawayans alike, all grounded by historians, the film brings viewers close to the highs and lows of a large, thriving, affordable, urban seaside resort. Followed by a Q&A with co-producer Elizabeth Harris. Tickets are $17, $12 members. Call 423-7610 or visit www.cinemaartscentre.org.


‘Mamma Mia!’

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson closes its 2021-2022 with Mamma Mia! from May 21 to June 25. ABBA’s timeless hits tell the enchanting story! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island paradise they last visited twenty years ago. Featuring such chart toppers as “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” and “Dancing Queen,” this is a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Contains adult themes and situations. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students, $20 children ages 5 and older. To order, call 928-9100 or visit www.theatrethree.com. 

‘Much Ado About Nothing’

The Carriage House Players continues its annual Shakespeare Festival at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport with Much Ado About Nothing from June 5 to June 26 on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. Performances take place outdoors on stage in the courtyard, where the Spanish-Mediterranean architecture adds a touch of timeless charm and magic. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before the show and bring your own lawn chair. Inclement weather cancels. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and children ages 12 and under. To order, visit www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.

‘Kinky Boots’

John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport presents Kinky Boots from May 19 to July 3. With songs by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, this dazzling, sassy and uplifting musical celebrates a joyous story, inspired by true life events, taking you from the factory floor of a men’s shoe factory to the glamorous catwalks of Milan! Tickets range from $75 to $80 with free valet parking. To order, call 261-2900 or visit www.engemantheater.com. 


The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island presents The Mikado: A Long Island Fantasy at Suffolk Y/JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road in Commack on June 17 at 8 p.m. Admission is $30, seniors and students $25. For further information, call 516-619-7415 or visit www.gaslocoli.org. See more on page B24.

Vendors Wanted

The Shoppes at East Wind, 5768 Route 25A, Wading River has vendor opportunities available for its upcoming outdoor Farmer’s Markets on June 18,  July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept.17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 631-929-3500 x708 for an application.

St. Thomas of Canterbury, 29 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown seeks craft or new merchandise vendors for its Craft Fair and Car Show on Oct. 8 (rain date is Oct. 15 for craft fair only). Visit www.stthomasofcanterbury.net or call 631-265-4520 to obtain an application or get more info. 

The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor seeks glass enthusiasts (both sea glass and historic glass) and vendors to be a part of it Suffolk County Seaglass Festival on Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for vendor participation is $50 and entitles you to a 72” banquet table for displaying your items. Visit www.cshwhalingmuseum.org for an application or call 631-367-3418.