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'Eel Spearing in Setauket' by William Sidney Mount
Jennie Melville. Photo from WMHO
Dorothy Melville. Photo from WMHO

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) in Stony Brook will host a walking tour titled “Against the Grain” on Thursday, March 16 at  10:30 a.m. session and again at 2:30 p.m.

While participants stroll, their guide will share stories recognizing the women who helped shape Stony Brook Village into what it is today: the hidden roles of the Melville women; Alida Emmet and the Center for Twilight Sleep; Rachel Brewster and the women of color in famed artist William Sidney Mount’s paintings; the scandalous will of the Smiths and Edward Kane; and the role of Stony Brook’s women in forming the environmental conservation movement.

Tours will leave from the Stony Brook Grist Mill, 100 Harbor Road, Stony Brook. Rain date is Friday, March 17 at the same time.  $12 per person and includes a complimentary dessert with the purchase of an entrée at Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern at the Three Village Inn and the Country House Restaurant. Advance reservations required by calling 631-751-2244.

The Dogwood Hollow Amphitheater was once located behind Stony Brook Village Center. It was the place to see musical stars such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Liberace, Tony Bennett and more until 1970.

Now it’s the spot to celebrate music once again. The Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame officially opened Friday, Nov. 25. On the night of Nov. 23, a ribbon cutting was held followed by a red carpet event,  preview of exhibits and performances by LIMEHOF inductees.

The 8,800 square-foot building is the first physical facility of the nonprofit organization and was previously used as the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational and Cultural Center.

“We are thrilled our organization has found a permanent home in such a wonderful location,” said Ernie Canadeo, LIMEHOF chairman in a statement. “We’re excited to be able to share our world-class displays and unique memorabilia collection that showcases Long Island’s rich and diverse musical and entertainment history in new and exciting ways. We feature different and exciting exhibits, displays, videos and education
offerings that make the center a dynamic place for people to visit on a regular basis.”

The event was well-attended by entertainers, including members of Twisted Sister, Blue Oyster Cult, Zebra, Jen Chapin and Carole Demas and Paula Janis of “The Magic Garden.”  Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine (R), state Sen. Mario Mattera (R-St. James), state Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket), county Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich (D-Stony Brook) and WMHO President Gloria Rocchio were on hand to welcome the inductees and LIMEHOF organizers.

Attendees were able to preview the nonprofit’s first exhibit, “Long Island’s Legendary Club Scene — 1960s-1980s.” Designer Kevin O’Callaghan created the exhibit, featuring many of the LIMEHOF inductees, to be like a club crawl through the 60s, 70s and 80s club scenes.

Demas and Janis said they were honored to represent family entertainment in the hall of fame. While the show “The Magic Garden” went off the air in 1984, the duo have performed on stage occasionally through the decades. Janis said the two have known each other since they were teenagers in Brooklyn. The hall of fame includes artists who have lived in Suffolk Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn.

“We never imagined ‘The Magic Garden’ would walk us into something like this,” Demas said.

Mark Mendoza, who played bass in Twisted Sister, was also impressed by the facility. He said while it has taken several years for the LIMEHOF to find a permanent home, the wait was worth it because it enabled more time to collect impressive memorabilia from various artists.

He said Long Island is finally being recognized as music hotspot and the hall of fame will help to recognize even further the talented musicians from the Island.

“It’s definitely going to be a place for tourists to come — a lot of people to come here because of the music,” he said. “It’s great because it’s so diverse. The music is so incredibly diverse, and it’s great seeing all the other artists here tonight. This is definitely going to be a destination for people to show up at.”

The Nov. 23 event ended with performances by Demas and Janis,  Harry Chapin’s daughter Jen,  Elliott Murphy and Zebra.

The Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame is located at 97 Main Street, Stony Brook. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit limusichalloffame.org.

Look Book Luncheons

Foodies and shopaholics unite for a three-part series of luncheon fashion shows in Stony Brook Village. Each part of the series will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at a different restaurant and each will feature different fall styles from Mint, Chico’s, Loft and Madison’s Niche.

As guests enjoy their lunch, models will stroll through the restaurants, sharing information about the fall fashion they are wearing. The three-part series will take place on Nov. 3 at the Country House Restaurant; on Nov. 10 at Luca Modern Italian Restaurant; and Nov. 17 at Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern at the Three Village Inn. Tickets are $35 per person at each restaurant for a prix fix lunch. 

To make your reservation, contact the restaurant directly. The Country House Restaurant’s phone number is 631-751-3332 and is located at 1175 North Country Road in Stony Brook. Luca Modern Italian Restaurant’s phone number is 631-675-0435 and is located at 93 Main Street in Stony Brook Village. Mirabelle Restaurant can be contacted at 631-751-0555 and is located in the historic Three Village Inn, at 150 Main Street in Stony Brook Village. 

The Stony Brook Post Office is one of the stops on the Stony Brook Village Audio Experience. Photo courtesy of Sean Mills

Stony Brook Village has announced that the Stony Brook Village Audio Experience is now available and can be enjoyed on your own time and at your own pace! The experience is free to the public and will allow all visitors of Stony Brook Village to immerse themselves in the quirky history and stories of the lifestyle center and some of its surrounding properties. The audio experience is obtained by scanning QR codes throughout the village and is also available at audio.stonybrookvillage.com.

Currently, the experience has ten stops, and covers the history and the stories from the Three Village Inn’s original residents to the entire development of Stony Brook Village Center. It is recommended that participants of the experience begin at the Three Village Inn. Additional stories about the Country House (c.1710), the Stony Brook Grist Mill (c.1751) — including the first vineyard on Long Island, and T. Bayles Minuse Mill Pond Park will be added soon.

To learn more about events and activities in Stony Brook Village Center, visit stonybrookvillage.com.

Photo by Heidi Sutton/TBR News Media


Visitors to Stony Brook Village this week will be treated to a beautiful lawn display on Christian Avenue. The approximately 15-foot cascading scene with large Easter eggs, bunnies and chicks is an annual event that brings a smile to all who drive by.  Photo by Heidi Sutton/TBR News Media

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Jennie Melville. Photo from WMHO
Dorothy Melville. Photo from WMHO

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization will present a walking tour titled “Against the Grain” featuring newly uncovered stories of Stony Brook Village women on Thursday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. 

Participants in the walking tour will enjoy at least six entirely new stories about the women of Stony Brook Village, spanning thousands of years. This includes indigenous women; the women of the Revolution; a few scandalous wills; the story of Jennie Melville and her role in the suffrage movement; Alida Emmet and the Center for Twilight Sleep; and Dorothy Melville, the Fairy Godmother of Stony Brook. 

Tours will leave from the Stony Brook Grist Mill at 100 Harbor Road at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, and includes a dessert (with the purchase of an entrée) at Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern. To reserve your spot, call 631-751-2244.

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By Jim Hastings

The recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia sent shockwaves around the world. The images of troops, tanks and bombed-out buildings have left many feeling enraged, frustrated and helpless. TBR News Media took to the streets of Port Jefferson and Stony Brook Village to get local residents’ perspectives on the situation. 


Photo by Jim Hastings

Debra Saparito, Mount Sinai

“It’s going to affect us as a country, because we can’t have someone just bow to another. We allow that to happen in one portion of the world, then everybody’s going to think, ‘Well, we can do that too.’ We have to step up as a world, whether they’re part of NATO or not. We have to do what’s right for the people. After what we’ve been through in the world in the last two or three years, we have to humble ourselves and look at each other as people.”



Brian Israel, Setauket

Photo by Jim Hastings

“It’s unbelievable that a sovereign country can be attacked, really, with no real consequences. Understanding that, you know, any military action could cause a larger conflict, but it’s just unbelievable that it was allowed to get this far.”







Photo by Jim Hastings

Kathryn Schoemmel, Setauket

“It’s scary. I have a family member over there. She’s still in Ukraine. She’s hoping she has a home to go back to.”

Pictured with husband Leon.






Photo by Jim Hastings

Ernesto Cruz, Coram

“It’s pretty senseless. It just seems like there’s no real reason to be doing this. We’re getting to a stage where, through social networking and all that, the world’s becoming that much more interconnected and it’s like, we can feel each other’s pain. It’s no longer what the government tells us or what the news tells us. We can see what each person is feeling, truly, through their words and their actions.”




Photo by Jim Hastings

Clara Rosenzweig, Poquott

“I definitely feel horrible for the people going through it. I think it’s completely unnecessary what’s happening over there and I hope that everything gets resolved.”

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) presents a new seasonal walking tour titled “Winter Walks Through Time” that will feature stories passed down through the ages and new interpretations of Stony Brook Village from indigenous people to modern day marketing. 

Participants in the walking tour will enjoy new stories about Stony Brook Village and its former residents. This includes the history of winter whaling on Long Island, how Dorothy Melville saved Christmas, the design of Stony Brook Village by Ward Melville and Richard Haviland Smyth, and the history and magic of holiday window displays.

Tours will leave from the Stony Brook Post Office at 129 Main Street on Friday, Dec. 10 at 10:50 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. Tickets for this event are $15 per person, and includes hot chocolate from Stony Brook Chocolate. Reservations are required by calling the Ward Melville Heritage Organization at 631-751-2244.

Photo courtesy of The Jazz Loft
The sounds of jazz are back in Stony Brook Village! The following is the schedule of events for September at The Jazz Loft.
Wed. 9/1    Young at Heart: Great Ladies of Song at 1 p.m.
The monthly themed Young at Heart concert series, originally developed for those with memory loss
and their companions has grown to include those that prefer their jazz in the afternoon. The Jazz Loft
Trio will celebrate great female jazz vocalists.
Tickets: $10
Wed. 9/1      Jazz Loft Trio and Jam at 7 p.m.
The Jazz Loft Trio performs at 7 PM followed by a jam at 8 PM.
Tickets: Arrive at 7 p.m. $10, Arrive at 8 p.m. $5
Thurs. 9/2     Jazz Loft Big Band  at 7 p.m.
The 17 member Jazz Loft Big Band led by trumpeter and Jazz Loft founder, Tom Manuel,
performs jazz standards and original music and arrangements written by band members.
Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $15, Children $10, Children under 5 free
Wed. 9/8       Jazz Loft Trio and Jam at 7 p.m.
The Jazz Loft Trio performs at 7PM followed by a jam at 8PM.
Tickets: Arrive at 7 p.m. $10, Arrive at 8 p.m. $5
Fri.   9/10       Larry Fuller Trio at 7 p.m.
Larry Fuller is an internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, band leader and composer. He was
 the final pianist in the famed Ray Brown Trio. He is a versatile jazz stylist.
Tickets: $25 adults, $20 Seniors, $15 Students, $10 Children, Children under 5 free
Wed. 9/15      Jazz Loft Trio and Jam at 7 p.m.
The Jazz Loft Trio performs at 7 PM followed by at jam at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Arrive at 7 p.m. $10, Arrive at 8 p.m. $5
Thurs. 9/16     Bad Little Big Band at 7 p.m.
 Pianist Rich Iacona leads his 12 member band in performing music of The Great American
 Song Book and original music and arrangements written by band members. Vocalist Madeline
 Kole accompanies the band.
 Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors, $15 Students, $10 Children, Children under 5 free
                      HARBOR JAZZ FEST  WED. 9/22 TO SAT. 9/25       
Wed. 9/22      Jazz Fest Opening Night Jam Session with the Keenan Zach Trio at 6 p.m.
Thurs. 9/23     The Interplay Jazz Orchestra Tribute to Blue Note Records at 7 p.m.
The 17 member Interplay Jazz Orchestra will pay tribute to the pioneering, iconic jazz label that has
given voice to some of the finest jazz artists.
Tickets: $30 Adults,$25 Seniors,$20 Students, $15 Children, Children Under 5 free
Fri.  9/24      Emmet Cohen Trio at 7 p.m.
Emmet Cohen, a multifaceted  young jazz pianist and composer is in the vanguard of his
generation’s advancement of jazz. He is the winner of several jazz awards.
Tickets: Adults $35, Seniors, $30, Students $25, Children $20, children under 5 free
Sat.   9/25       Sheryl Bailey Trio with Ada Rovatti at 1 p.m.
Sheryl Bailey is an American jazz guitarist and educator. She is said to be ” one of the top
players in an emerging generation of jazz guitarists”. Ava Rovatti is an Italian saxophonist
who has recently been teaming up with husband Randy Brecker to record.
Sat. 9/25         Joel Ross and Samara Joy with Immanuel Wilkins at 4 p.m.
Joel Ross, an immensely talented vibraphonist, Samara Joy, one of the more imposing
young jazz singers and Immanuel Wilkins, saxophonist and composer team up for this
Harbor Jazz performance.
Sat. 9/25         Charlie Apicella and Iron City with Madame Pat Tandy at 7 p.m.
New York City base guitarist and his band Iron City team up with singer Madame Pat Tandy
who is widely known as the First Lady of New Jersey Jazz.
Wed. 9/29        Jazz Loft Trio and Jam at 7 p.m.
The Jazz Loft Trio performs at 7 PM followed by a jam at 8 PM.
Tickets: Arrive at 7 PM $10, Arrive at 8 PM $5
The Jazz Loft is located at 275 Christian Ave. in Stony Brook Village. Telephone 631-751-1895
Tickets can be purchased at www.thejazzloft.org and subject to availability, prior to concerts.