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The New Fall Season: Back to the Future

 

 

As summer memories fade like footprints in the sand

its time to catch your breath and focus on

the hectic New Season on Broadway

as no fewer than 19 new productions

of musicals and plays head our way

 

The shows range from a Solo

The Encounter

 

to a full scale Technicolor extravaganza

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

And theater history is already in the making:

Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly has set new Day 1 ticket sales record  at $9million

 

See Editor’s notes below for a full accounting of these new productions and a glimpse into the Spring season coming up

 Greetings from the Miss Fire Island Contest

Stick Around!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher

Editor’s note:

 

BROADWAY DIMMED ITS LIGHTS IN MEMORY OF ICONIC PLAYWRIGHT EDWARD ALBEE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST at 7:45pm

The Broadway community mourns the loss of three-time Tony Award® and three-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, producer, and director, Edward Albee, who passed away on September 16th at age 88. He was one of the foremost playwrights of his generation.

“Edward Albee was one of our most influential and most honored American playwrights and a master of words, with nearly 30 plays on Broadway. The outpouring of accolades and personal memories being shared since his death are a tribute to a dramatist who deeply affected audiences and inspired so many fellow writers with his brilliant dialogue and indelible characters. An original voice, Albee created some of the most complex and compelling works presented on stage in the past six decades.  In recent years Broadway audiences have been fortunate to see new expressions of his work through notable revivals of his most treasured dramas. Albee will be missed by those who knew him and all who were influenced by him; but his iconic works will continue to challenge and entertain audiences whenever they are presented on Broadway and beyond,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.

He was best known for his first full-length play and Broadway debut in 1962 with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a Tony Award® -winning production (1963) which also became a 1966 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Albee received Pulitzer Prizes for A Delicate Balance (1967), Seascape (1975) and Three Tall Women (1994). Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was selected for the 1963 Pulitzer Prize by the award’s drama jury, but was overruled by the advisory committee, which elected not to give a drama award at all. The jury subsequently resigned in protest.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is considered a modern theatre classic. Various award-winning Broadway revivals have been staged including a 1976 production starring Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazarra; a 2005 production starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin; and a 2012 production starring Amy Morton and Tracy Letts. In addition to the Tony Award for Best Play for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1963), he received the Tony Award for Best Play for The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (2002) and was the recipient of a Special Tony Award® Tony Lifetime Achievement Award (2005.)

Beyond his three Tony Awards including one for lifetime achievement, and six Tony nominations, he won three Pulitzer Prizes and was nominated for two others. Albee is the recipient of many distinguished honors for his work including being the recipient of Kennedy Honors and the National Medal of the Arts, both in 1996.

Over five decades, Albee wrote more than two dozen other plays, many of which were produced on Broadway including Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966), All Over (1971), Seascape (1975), and more. For about 10 years, New York critics and audiences had mostly snubbed Albee. With the feeling he belonged to an earlier, artier generation that took its provocative intellectual postures far too seriously But when the Signature theater produced Three Tall Women in 1993 he was back in style. He was not shy abut talking sarcastically about that period.

In 1967, the playwright established the Edward F. Albee Foundation, which allows writers and visual artists to have a retreat in Montauk on Long Island in New York. The foundation maintains the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center (better known as "The Barn") as a residence for writers and visual artists

A few years ago, before undergoing major surgery, Albee penned a short statement to be published at the time of his death: "To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love," he wrote.

Albee's longtime partner, sculptor Jonathan Thomas, died in 2005.


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They Came, They were Seen, They conquered! as the bawdiest of the Grove revisited Kismet for the third time.
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O'Neill (Unexpected)
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Dear Evan Hansen
Marilyn Maye
In The Secret Sea
American Psycho, The Musical
Fully Committed
Bright Star
NY Pops - Do You Hear The People Sing
Waitress
Bright Star
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Ruthless, The Musical
Editor’s Notes: April 16: Social Injustice


see you at the theater!!!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher



Columns

Editor’s notes: The New Season Fall ‘16
By Jeanne Lieberman on Sept. 22, 2016

After a shaky start the calendar is split between revivals and new shows, plays and musicals,with the BIG shows coming in the Sprng

Editor’s notes: Who will be next year’s HAMILTON?
The race is already on for new musicals (and revivals)

By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 17

Here’s a look at some of next season’s contenders.

Editor’s Notes: June 16: The drama on our national stage would leave most playwrights in the dust!
By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 09

Editor’s Notes: June 16: Tony’s - The Race is On!
By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 09

Editor’s Notes: April 16: Social Injustice
North Carolina "bathroom" law inspires the entertainment community to protest.

Once again the arts have proved to be first responders to social injustice.

By Jeanne Lieberman on Apr. 29

Editor’s Notes: Immigration:
Broadway Sings while the world Debates

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 23

Broadway - Musicals

Cats
by Michall Jeffers On Sept. 22, 2016

all in all, the show remains the same, cloying to some, purrrfect to others.

Waitress
by David Schultz On May.4

A tart treat mixed with gobs of sweetness, meld together into perfection.

She Loves Me
by Eugene Paul On Mar.31

There’s no getting around it. You are going to enjoy the show. Everyone’s determined. So what are you waiting for?

Fiddler On The Roof
by Eugene Paul On Jan.24

One of the greatest musicals in theatre history and one of the most appealing. Bring tissues.

Hamilton
by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13

Handily combines history and hip hop

Color Purple
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

"If God ever listened to a poor colored woman, the world would be a different place" states Cynthia Erivo, the show's breakout star.

School of Rock
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

Class is in session, and rocking is the lesson.

On Your Feet
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 12

Gloria’s and Emilio’s greatest hit, fresh, lush, endearing, find the Latin in you, sway those hips and warm the cockles of your heart.

Something Rotten
by Julia Polinsky on May. 5

Delivers the Three S’s of a great musical – Stars, Story, and Songs -- and adds in Silliness, its own special sauce, in spades. How art thou glorious? Let me count the ways.

Fun Home
by David Schultz on May. 5

Alison Bechdel’s graphic, haunting musical memoir is one of the finest this season. Don’t miss it.

An American in Paris
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21

You’ve been waiting and waiting for this simply wonderful show. See it for the first time as soon as you can. You’ll be back.

Finding Neverland
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 20

Though the plot holds no surprises, it works magically and proves a pirate’s treasure for the whole family.

Honeymoon In Vegas
by joel Benjamin on Jan. 27

A totally delightful escapist old-fashioned musical with a witty book, funny songs and an energetic cast of oddball characters.

Side Show
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 28

You’ll be happy you saw the show and better yet, you’ll be happier you’re you.

‘Phantom of the Opera’
Welcomes Norm Lewis as its First Black Lead on Broadway

by Jeanne Lieberman on June. 18
Lewis brings a sexually intense, almost menacing persona, overpowering in this version and every indication the magic of this opus still works.

After Midnight!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
The performances are a series of gems that shine brightly alone but blaze in unison until your heartbeat echoes the music’s rhythm, cardiologists take note! Artistic director Wynton Marsalis, and his Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, launch you on a magical musical carpet ride that will eventually carry you on out to the street

Aladdin
by Jeannie Lieberman on Mar. 26
A true Disney magic carpet ride of opulent costumes, dazzling sets, creative choreography, savvy showbiz shtick and a Genie for all time.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
by Jeannie Lieberman on Jan. 29
A feel good evening of special delight to her fans and all those who just want a slick, nostalgic, music-packed evening.

Broadway - Plays

A Class Act
A play to make you think, deals with devastating problems that we are all facing

By R. Pikser on Aug. 31

Fully Committed
by Eugene Paul on May. 9

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is not only a funny man he’s also a charmer, in this whiz of a star vehicle.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
by Michall Jeffers on May. 4

Excellent performances make a trip to hell worth taking.

The Crucible
by Rachel Goddard on Apr. 7

Arthur Miller’s 1953 historical drama comes back to Broadway in this spine-chilling re-telling directed by the genius Ivo van Hove.

The Humans
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 28

Stephen Karam’s new play turns a family’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner into a time of reckoning and self-definition.

A View From The Bridge
by Eugene Paul on Dec. 15

Director Van Hove has distilled the ingredients of Arthur Miller’s play to an emotional simplicity which is so complex, we are never at ease.

Constellations
by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

The exquisitely detailed performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson cannot hide the dearth of material.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
By Eugene Paul on Oct. 21

Be prepared for jolt after jolt in one of the most inventive, immersive, exciting evenings you will spend in the theatre.

Off-Broadway - Musicals

Occupation Dragonslayer
By Nicholas Linnehan On Sept. 22, 2016

Hope is a Miracle.

The Golden Bride
By Eugene Paul On Aug. 17

Lovely, funny, touching, nostalgic, a sweeping entertainment. They don’t make ‘em like this any more.

Himself And Nora
By Eugene Paul On July. 13

Charming, romantic, "The greatest love story never told."

Hello, Dillie
By Eugene Paul On June. 22

Pull up a chair and stay awhile.

Dear Evan Hansen
by Rachel Goddard On May. 16

Pasek and Paul’s latest musical follows an accidental high school hero as he traverses the messy road to self-acceptance.

Ruthless, The Musical
by Edward Rubin On May.2

Lying, deceit, hidden identities, along with murder, mystery, and mayhem, all served up with song, dance, and a great many laughs.

1776 at New York City Center Encores!
by Julia Polinsky On Apr.6

A possibly boring history lesson became vibrant and alive, dished up with terrific performances in a timely, humorous, poignant musical.

Trip of Love
by Michall Jeffers on Nov. 4

Meant for sheer entertainment, it’s also reflects on the tempestuous time period. As the saying goes, if you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t really there.

Daddy Long Legs
by Michall Jeffers on Oct. 7

A beautiful duet for two talented performers

Lady, Be Good!
New York City Center Encores!
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 16

Encores! has taken a silly period piece and turned it into an entertaining, if slight, confection. Tommy Tune a plus!

Off-Broadway - Plays

Aubergine
By
Michall Jeffers on Sept. 20, 2016

Food, family, and frustration are the ties that bind us.

A Day by the Sea
By Ron Cohen on Aug. 26, 2016

This revival of a 1953 play by the long-ignored English playwright N.C. Hunter is an uneven but worthwhile affair.

Gregorian
By Rachel Goddard on Aug. 26, 2016

With history only enduring in black and white, Gregorian exposes the true colors of the 20th century; and its blood red.

Small Mouth Sounds
By David Schultz on Aug. 25, 2016

Tantalizing, challenging play rewards the observant viewer in unexpected ways.

Butler
By Eugene Paul on Aug. 23, 2016

Inspired by a controversial Civil War General,solidly entertaining, an amusing, challenging enlightenment, right out of the back pages of our history.

Troilus and Cressida
By Deirdre Donovan on Aug. 12, 2016

Daniel Sullivan adds another feather to his cap by mounting Shakespeare’s most modern play at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Privacy
By David Schultz on Aug. 3, 2016

Interactive performance lecture disguised as a play, works wonders and dazzles the intellect.

Sense and Sensibility
By Deirdre Donovan on August. 12, 2016

Bedlam theater company takes Jane Austen’s classic novel and turns it into a golden theatrical experience.

The Mushroom Cure
By Nicholas Linnehan on July. 29, 2016

“I love you but I hate your mental illness!” The harsh stigma around mental illness still plagues us today.

Quietly
By Eugene Paul on July. 29, 2016

The Abbey, the national theater of Ireland, is presenting one of its outstanding productions in the handsomely refurbished Irish Rep.

Simon Says
By Eugene Paul on July. 19,2016

Simon, an other worldly entity, is summoned up in a séance to explain away a death that should not have happened.

Two by Tennessee Williams; 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Kingdom of Earth
By Ron Cohen on July. 19,2016

A pair of Tennessee Williams one-acts survive a mixed bag of performances.

Good
By Julia Polinsky on July. 13,2016

Good? Not so good

Wheelhouse Theater Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet
By Nicholas Linnehan on July. 1,2016

With its beautiful set and strong ensemble, it’s a shame this production only has limited success!

Confusions
By Eugene Paul on June. 22

Alan Ayckbourn, extraordinary man of the theater, does it again and again. His company of actors is marvelous.

The Taming of the Shrew
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 22

There's nothing tame about Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Shakespeare’s early comedy at the Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

O’Neill (Unexpected)
By Marc Miller on June. 15

These two one-acts, showing the playwright in early, uncertain form, explore themes he later touched on with greater assurance.

Indian Summer
By Michall Jeffers on June. 14

Sand, soulfulness, and summer love

Shining City
By Ron Cohen on June. 9

Matthew Broderick brings laid-back charm and a beguiling Irish brogue to Conor McPherson’s drama, making it a rather friendly ghost story.

I’ll Say She Is
By Marc Miller on June. 7

There’s life in the old musical model yet.

Daphne’s Dive
by Ron Cohen on May. 31

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes stocks a neighborhood bar in North Philadelphia with an assortment of compellingly alive people.

Peer Gynt
by Ron Cohen on May. 31

Actor Gabriel Ebert and director John Doyle shape Ibsen’s unwieldly epic into absorbing theater.

Murrow
by Nicholas Linnehan on May. 19

In The Secret Sea
by Julia Polinsky on May. 16

New play by Cate Ryan explores family, fear, faith, and failure, but falls flat.

Fashions for Men
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 4

A lovingly staged period piece about honor, romance and haberdashery.

John & Jen
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 3

A small show with big emotions, illuminated through the writing of Lippa and Greenwald and given life by Conor Ryan and Kate Baldwin.

Between Riverside and Crazy
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 25

A complex, riveting, if oddly constructed, comedy-drama from a brilliant young playwright.

Off-Broadway - Solo Performance

The Miracle of Long Johns

By Edward Rubin on Dec. 4
A dizzying array of dance, song, double-entendres, and vaudevillian-type jokes from every conceivable angle—political, social, cultural, sexual, and otherwise.

The Bullpen

By Eric Grunin on Feb. 16
Gives you more truths about the justice system in an hour than any cable drama gives you in a whole season.The Central Park Five, the group falsely arrested in 1989, spoke after the performance .

FEATURES

Dearly Beloved - A Concert Tribute to Purple Rain,
in honor of the late pop star Prince.
to benefit Arts for All.

on Apr. 27

Chita Rivera Receives Distinguished Performance Award
from Drama League at Star Studded Ceremony

By Jeanne Lieberman
photos by John Barrett, Jeanne Lieberman and MLO on May. 14


The most elegant of the many Awards celebrations.

Words on Dance: Ballet to Broadway
By R. Pikser on May. 14

Christopher Wheeldon’s generous and intelligent soul was gently brought into view by a no less generous Rita Moreno.

Everybody Rise! A celebration of Elaine Stritch

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 24

Not the tender hearted, tear inspiring tribute of most memorials, the event was like its subject: over the top, irreverent and raucous.

John Lahr and Tony Kushner on Tennessee Williams
by Joel Benjamin on Oct. 8

Lahr's biography Mad Pilgrimage focuses on the interdependence of Williams’ mental and emotional health and the quality of his writing.

“FINDING NEVERLAND” PRODUCER HARVEY WEINSTEIN WINS “RIEDEL CHALLENGE” NEW YORK POST COLUMNIST MICHAEL RIEDEL ADMITS DEFEAT AFTER “FINDING NEVERLAND” EARNS THE LOVE OF 96% OF ITS AUDIENCE

Cabaret/Concerts/Opera's

Kim Maresca: It’s My Party and I’ll Belt if I Want to
at Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Ron Cohen on Sept. 23
A cabaret performance replete with abundant Broadway diva-like talent and winning un-diva-like charm.

Vivian Reed Sings “Standards & More” at the Metropolitan Room

By Marc Miller on July. 29
The cabaret veteran’s standards show reveals a lot of sass and an amazing voice, but not a lot of variance in mood.

I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein
Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92nd Street Y

By Julia Polinsky on May. 31
In this splendid evening, from flops to smashes, Rodgers’ lovely melodies still get the airing they deserve.

Marilyn Maye at Michael Feinstein's 54 Below
By Marc Miller on May. 16
The cabaret diva's autobiographical "Highlights" set shows her in fine, throaty, effusive form.

NY Pops – 33rd Birthday Gala – Do You Hear The People Sing
By Stewart Schulman on May. 5
One of the best Pops concerts ever…
making this one of the most thrilling in recent memory

Broadway By The Year: The 1950s
By Julia Polinsky on Apr. 4
A short, welcome course in Broadway tidbits enhances a splendid evening of Broadway music.

Jason Graae: Opera New York at the Metropolitan Room
By Marc Miller on Mar. 11
An odd melding of high and low blends just fine, with antics amid a surfeit of Puccini and Bizet.

Soul to Soul
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

By R. Pikser on Jan. 23
An uplifting concert in celebration of the Jewish community’s connection to the Black liberation struggle.

A Funny Thing Happened: Songs from the Road to Broadway
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 19
Kathleen Marshall hosts the 92 Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series and gives the juice on some of Broadway’s classic songs.

Our Time: Sullivan & Harnar Sing Sondheim
54 Below

By Joel Benjamin on Feb. 12

Two cabaret greats at the top of their game.

A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration
Lyrics & Lyricists , 92Y

By Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

An evening of Sondheim songs, personal memories and great singing…what more do you need?

A Maestro’s Memoirs
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 22
Musician Donald Pippin time-travels back through star-dusted moments in his long-and-winding career.

David Ostwald and his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland
by Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
David Ostwald, who sets the pace and chooses the songs as he goes, leads a magic meld of multigenerational music meisters that varies slightly from week to week.

Dance

Thorns of the Crown
By Roberta Pikser on Sept. 22, 2016

Takes Shakespeare as its inspiration, but needs to learn something about specificity from the poet.

Ballet Inc. THE SERIES: Vol. 1
By Roberta Pikser on Aug. 27

Two evening samplers, comprising 34 choreographers, demonstrate the necessity for clarity in organization and in creativity and performance.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
By Julia Polinsky on Dec. 11

Big, bold, spectacle wrapped around a simple storyline in Michael Flatley’s fabulous flambuoyant farewell tour

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
By Joel Benjamin on Dec. 30

Three new works expand the techniques and expressive power of this exciting troupe’s dancers.

Regionals

Bye Bye Birdie
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 18


A delightful diversion from today’s news.

Million Dollar Quartet
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 12


A nostalgic visit to a seminal event in the history of music, involving major talents who were to become legends of rock ‘n’ roll.

Happy Days, A New Musical
by Ed Lieberman on May. 31


Happy Days, A New Musical . . . a spirited but rare miss at WBT.

REMEMBERING THEO

 

A Memorial Concert for Theodore Bikel

 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues), NYC.
Presented by Partners for Progressive Israel.  Funds raised will go to the organization’s Theodore Bikel Fund for Peace and Social Justice.
Tickets begin at $18.  Go to www.ProgressiveIsrael.org or call 212-242-4500 to buy tickets and/or put a memory in the Memory Book.



Fire Island Sun Articles

Now that summer is nearly over, some people are wondering if the National Park Service’s plans for Fire Island deer will be implemented this fall.
by Jeannie on Sept. 19, 2016

Taste of Kismet

by Jeannie, Joanne, Bradlee on Sept. 15, 2016

In Memory of Joel Berkowitz December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012 re-printed to honor his memorial 2016

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

2016 Kismet Guac Off!
Photos by Beverly Koster
Among all this Guac and chips there were margaritas sweet, salty, sour, smoky and STRONG

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

Kismet: A Community Out of Nothing - a belated tribute.

By Cheryl Dunbar Kahlke on Aug. 31

They Came, They were Seen, They conquered! as the bawdiest of the Grove revisited Kismet for the third time.

By Jeannie on Aug. 26

The Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

By Bradlee White on Aug. 25
in memory of one of Kismet's most famous early founder/set

11th Annual Kismet Duck Races

By Bradlee White on Aug. 18

KISMET FIRE DEPARTMENT HONES SKILLS
IN 2 SIMULTANEOUS SURPRISE DRILLS

By Jeannie on Aug. 11

Return of a Kismet tradition: Pancake Breakfast at Firehouse

By Jeannie on Aug. 4

2ND ANNUAL PINE STREET BLOCK PARTY

By Jeannie on Aug. 4
Nothing will stop us!!!

Kismet Art Show

By Bradlee on Aug. 3
It was a hot day for the 2016 "Art Crawl

Fire Island Dance Festival
Shatters Fundraising Record with $560,133

Photos By Whitney Brown & Daniel Roberts on July. 20
Presented by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Too Many Deer on the Road? Let Cougars Return, Study Says
By JAMES GORMAN on July. 20
“The idea of being killed in a car crash with a deer just doesn’t scare people the way the idea of a cougar leaping on your back in the woods does”

Seabay Annual Potluck July 4th on the beach
Good friends and neighbors, Great food!

photos by Gregg & Bradlee on July. 7

Kismet’s Annual July 4th (3rd) Parade
A merry mix of military and madcap creativity

Photos by Bradlee and Jeannie on July. 7

The 41st Annual Fire Island Invasion!!
an ecstatic melding of the Grove and Pines "sisterhood"

by Jeannie on July. 7

Gay Pride in Cherry Grove
an extraordinary day of Remembrance and Celebration

photos by James Belzer, Jerry Ferreira and Just Lorraine
text by Jeannie on June. 24


“Hate will never win, together we celebrate that principle”.

The 9th Annual, Kismet Burger Cook Off
by Gregg Weisser on June. 24

Everyone who was there were winners because what's better than getting friends together having burgers on the beach.

Memorial For Paul Whitney On Father’s Day
A Fitting Tribute To One Kismet’s Favorite Fathers

by Jeannie on June. 24

Paul would have enjoyed the tribute; short, sentimental but not too mushy, with smiles instead of tears.

KISMET ANNUAL KLAW FLEA MARKET
by Jeannie on June. 24

Kismetics enriched their minds (books), wardrobes, kitchens and interior decoration. Knowing it was for a good cause made the event even happier.

CHERRY GROVE HOMECOING QUEEN 2016
by Jeannie on June. 3

Arts Project MC Panzi with new Homecoming Queen 2016 - Logan Hardcore

It May Be 2016, But Straight Parents Still Need Advice
Raising LGBT Children

by Wesley C. Davidson & Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D. on June. 3

A Six-Minute Plan to Rid Clothes of Ticks
By ANN LUKITS on June. 1

New study alters old protocol

STOP THE SLAUGHTER
by Jeannie on Jan. 3

Fire Island National Seashore has announced their plan to shoot Fire Island’s deer They are giving us 30 days to try to change their minds



Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

 

September

Saturday        17         Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour

9 am – Follow one of our present day Lighthouse Keepers on his rounds.  This bottom to top tour takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how lighthouse Keepers in the 1860’s to 2016 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens.  $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.

Saturday         17        Lantern Light Tour

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (tours leave at 15 minute intervals)-Meet in Field #5 RMSP.  Enjoy an escorted lantern light walk along the beach & through the swale as stationed interpreters unfold the stories of the United States Life Saving Service & Fire Island Light Station.  $10 per person – Reservations required.  Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field.  The Tower will remain open until 9 pm at regular fees. 

October

Saturday         8          Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour

9 am – Follow one of our present day Lighthouse Keepers on his rounds.  This bottom to top tour takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how lighthouse Keepers in the 1860’s to 2016 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens.  $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.

Saturday         22        Ghost Stories & Legends of Fire Island

7 pm—On the Lighthouse Terrace.  Listen to tales of eerie happenings along the Barrier Beach.  Dress warmly; bring blankets and flashlights.  Free. Come early to visit the “Spooky Boat House!”

Tower Tours will be available from 4 pm – 6 pm at the regular fee.

November

Friday              11        Thank you to all our United States Veterans!

Free Tower Tours during regular operating hours to all veterans who served in the military.

Saturday         26        Tree Trimming Event

10 am – 3 pm.  Kick off the holiday season by helping us decorate our holiday tree.  Bring a handmade ornament relating to the sea, nature or the Lighthouse to hang on our tree.  Free hot chocolate and cookies.

Saturday         26        Thanksgiving Weekend Evening Tower Tour

4 pm - Experience the Lighthouse at night while working off some of those holiday calories. Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field.  $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations Required.  Sunset 4:29 pm. 

December

Saturday         10        Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour

9 am – Follow one of our present day Lighthouse Keepers on his rounds.  This bottom to top tour takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how lighthouse Keepers in the 1860’s to 2016 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens.  $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.

Saturday         10        14th Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa       

11:30 am to 12:30 pm– Relive this historic event with us.  Santa arrives at the Lighthouse.  Great photo opportunity!  Come early.  Free

Call (631) 661-4876 to make all reservations

The Lighthouse and museum is open all year round.  Fall hours are 10am – 5pm– tower is available to climb from 10am – 5pm weekends and 1pm-4pm weekdays based on volunteer availability.  All parking is in Field #5 of the Robert Moses State Park. Tower tours are $7 adults, $4 seniors & Children under 12 (children must be 42” tall to climb).  Foot ware is required to climb.            `                                                         

 The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

4640 Captree Island, Captree Island, New York 11702

 www.fireislandlighthouse.com  (631) 661-4876     

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