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Archive: June 2014
June 26, 2014
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June 24, 2014

There are so many fantastic, free concerts going on around Long Island this summer, but isn’t it a pain to try to find information on them? It feels like every site has bits and pieces of information, but there’s no exhaustive list to be found. While we may have missed a concert here or there, we’ve compiled the closest thing you’ll find to a list of all free outdoor concerts in Nassau County parks and beaches through the end of July! If we missed any concerts, be sure to let us know on our Facebook page!

Jones Beach Red Mango Boardwalk Band Shell

All shows begin at 7:30pm. Parking at Field 4 after 6pm.

Sundays – Latin Music and Dance

Tuesdays – Kids Night

7/1 – Z Brothers

7/8 – Darlene Graham

7/15 – Darlene Graham

7/22 – Youth Be Told

7/29 – Darlene Graham

Wednesdays – All That Dance with Marianne Taylor

Thursdays – The Great American Showcase

Fridays – Tributes

7/11 – 2112 (Rush Tribute)

7/18 – Hindenberg (Led Zepplin Tribute)

7/25 – Desert Highway (Eagles Tribute)

Saturdays – Greatest Hits

6/28 – Liverpool Shuffle (Beatles Tribute)

7/5 – Blue Tormaline

7/12 – Joe Rock and the All Stars

7/19 – Just Sixties

7/26 – Beginnings (Chicago Tribute)

Free Long Beach Concerts

All concerts begin at 8pm. Don’t forget your beach chair!

Mondays on National Blvd. Beach

7/7 – Alive N Kickin’ (From Rock to Reggae and Swing)

7/14 – Swingtime Big Band

7/21 – Chiclettes (Girl Group Tribute Band)

7/28 – All Together Now (Beatles Tribute)

Wednesdays on New York Ave. Beach

7/2 – Cold Spring Harbor Band (Billy Joel Tribute)

7/9 Killer Joe (Blues, Soul, and Old-time R&R)

7/16 – Encore NY (Members of the Ric Mango Band)

7/23 – Real Hot Lanta (Classic Rock n Roll)

7/30 – New Yorkers (Oldies)

Thursdays on Neptune Blvd. Beach

7/3 – Sixgun Country (Country Rock)

7/10 – Vintage Bliss (Classics of Motown and Jazz)

7/17 – Wonderous Stories (Classic Rock Tribute Band)

7/24 – The King’s Heartbeat (Mix of Rock Styles)

7/31 – F.O.G. (Classic Rock n Roll Cover Band)

Weekends on Long Beach Blvd. Beach

Sunday 7/6 – Simply Tsfat – Yiddish night at 7pm

Friday 7/11 – The Story Tellers (Classic Party Band – All Genres) – 8pm

Saturday 7/12 – Jah-Stix (Rastarock) at 12pm

Saturday 7/12 – Steele Horse (Classic Rock) at 3pm

Sunday 7/13 – DJ Innella (Hits of Yesterday & Today) at 12pm

Sunday 7/13 – On The Flipside (Pop/Rock) at 3pm

Sunday Afternoons at the Beach

North Hempstead Beach Park

175 W. Shore Rd., Port Washington 11050. Concerts begin at 1pm.

Parking Fees Apply – avoid them by calling All Island Transportation for a ride at (516) 742-2222!

7/6 – Lenny Dell and the Demensions (Oldies)

7/13 – Dr. K’s Motown Revue (Motown)

7/20 – Renegade (Classics & Pop Cover Band)

7/27 – The Projekt (‘80s-Current Pop Cover Band)

Monday Nights at Mary Jane Davies Green

Plandome Road, Manhasset 11030. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

7/7 – Manhattan Jazz (feat. Phil Armarante)

7/14 – Something Special Band (Big Band)

7/21 – Tracy de Lucia Band (Country)

7/28 – Hip Pickles (Family Night Multi-Dimensional Drum Band)

Tuesday Nights at Clark Botanic Garden

192 IU Willets Road, Albertson 11507. Concerts begin at 7pm.

7/15 – Paul Joseph Quartet (Richard Rogers Tribute)

7/22 – David Sear and Gathering Time (Folk)

7/29 – Five Town College Concert Pops with Dean Karahalis (Broadway)

Young People and the Arts Series

Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.

7/15 – Monkey, Monkey Music (Interactive for kids 4-7); Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.

7/22 – Motion Man (Mime act with giant bubbles, parasol, floating hat, and more for kids 12 and under); Clinton G. Martin Park, New Hyde Park.

7/29 (rain date: 7/30) – Taiko Drums of Japan (Child participation and drumming, kids 13 and under); Manorhaven Beach Park, Manorhaven (Port Washington).

Cultural Series at Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater of Eisenhower Park

1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow 11554; park in fields 6 and 6a. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

Sunday 6/22 – Greek American Night

Monday 6/23 – Italian American Night

Friday 6/27 – Polish American Night

Sunday 6/29 – African American Night

Monday 6/30 – Russian American Night

Non-Series Concerts

The Piazza Ernesto Strada

208 Post Ave., Westbury 11590. Concert from 7-9pm.

Thursday 6/19 – Alive N Kickin’

Brady Park

Lake Shore Dr. and Front St, Massapequa Park, 11726. Concert begins at 6pm.

Saturday 6/28 – Irish American Night

Clinton G. Martin Park

1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park 11042. Concert begins at 7:30pm.

Friday 7/11 – Randy and the Rainbows (Oldies)

Michael J. Tully Park

1801 Evergreen Avenue, New Hyde Park 11042. Concert begins at 7:30pm.

Saturday 7/19 – Beatlemania

It’s safe to say if you ever find yourself without something to do any night this summer, this list will probably point you in the right direction! Let us know which concerts were your favorites on Facebook, and share your photos with us! If you know of any we missed (we are human, after all!) please let us know! As always, if you ever need a ride to get you where you’re going, All Island Transportation is here for you—call us anytime at (516) 742-2222.

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June 20, 2014
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June 17, 2014

From the North Shore to the South Shore, and the Queens border to Orient Point, Long Island is full of bustling communities, each with their own unique qualities and characteristics. Many of our towns have Main Street areas, where neighbors often bump into each other while going out to dinner, picking up groceries, or grabbing a treat at Carvel or Ralph’s.

Summertime brings out all the colors of our communities, letting Long Island’s culture and diversity shine through the weekend days and nights. Local artists come out to show off and sell their crafts and artisanal goods, food vendors of all kinds provide crazy assortments of delicious things to eat from all over the world.

Some street fairs have rides, games, cotton candy, funnel cake (obviously the best fairs have funnel cake, just saying). But no matter what’s at the street fair, you’re always guaranteed to have a great time when you go to one, because you’re surrounded by the people who make your community what it is. Summer festivals are the perfect opportunity for Long Islanders to reacquaint themselves with their neighbors, and celebrate the communities that we’ve worked hard to build—where we take pride in raising our families and watching our children grow up.

If you’re looking for a summer festival or street fair in your area, check out our list of everything happening this summer!

Long Island Street Fairs!

June 20-22 Island Park Street Fair | Long Beach Rd.

June 21-22 Bellmore Summer Festival | Bellmore Rail Road Station, Sunrise Hwy.

June 29 Lynbrook Street Fair | Atlantic Ave.

July 12-13 Lynbrook Summer Festival | Municipal Lot on Sunrise Hwy. & Forest Ave.

July 18-20 Long Beach Super Block Street Fair | 125 E. Broadway

July 19-20 Massapequa Summer Festival | Massapequa Rail Road Station, Sunrise Hwy.

July 20 Hicksville’s Annual Summer Fair | Route 107 & Jerusalem Ave.

July 26 Manhasset Summer Festival | Parks Department Main Lot, Manhasset Ave.

July 26-27 Street Fair on the Green at Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Rd., Roslyn

July 27 Great Neck Plaza Summer Festival | Municipal Lot at Grace Ave. & Bond St.

August 2-3 Massapequa Park Street Fair | Park Blvd. & Front St.

August 23-24 Baldwin Summer Festival | Baldwin Summer Festival, Sunrise Hwy.

August 23-24 Street Fair on the Green at Cedar Creek Park | 3340 E. Merrick Rd., Seaford

August 30-September 1 Seaford Summer Festival | Seaford Rail Road Station, Sunrise Hwy.

Let us know which street fair was your favorite on our Facebook! If you need a ride, alwayscall All Island Transportation at (516) 742-2222!

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June 12, 2014
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June 10, 2014

Father’s Day is the perfect time to remind your dad how special he is, and thank him for all that he’s done for you over the years. Now that you’re sitting down to plan a day in his honor…what exactly are you going to do?! With so much to do, so many places to go, and so much delicious food to eat on Long Island, sometimes all our options can become a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a carefully curated list of great ways to spend this weekend with your dad!

Father’s Day Car Show/Swap/Meet and Motorcycle Ride

It feels like any weekend that you drive down Sunrise Highway, you’re bound to see something going on in the parking lot of various LIRR stations. This Sunday is no exception! In the Merrick LIRR Station lot between Hewlett and Merrick Avenues, you’ll find plenty of cars, foods, rides, and vendors to see, eat, and enjoy from 9a-4p! If your dad has a vehicle that’s near and dear to his heart (second to you, of course!), now’s his time to shine and show off his toy! And if he just loves cars and bikes, it’s a great opportunity to check out some sweet ones.

Father’s Day Rocket Building

Do you have a kid who loves science or building things? If so, this is a great chance for dad to get crafty with your child at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning! Their annual Daddy and Me Rocket Building event is a ton of fun, and is non-stop excitement from construction to take-off! Register in advance so you don’t miss out!

The Universal Fitness Expo

Is your dad a super tough guy? Is he really into fitness? Does he wish he was really into fitness? If strength and health are up his alley, then you’ll want to bring him to Nassau Coliseum this weekend for the Universal Fitness Expo! There’ll be a co-ed strength competition called the Battle at the Coliseum, strength training classes and challenges with Team Gaglione Strength, the Civilian Military Combine Ultimate Race Series, and much more! Get your tickets and learn more on their site (link above).

Father’s Day Tea Party

If all that physicality is a little too much, you can tone it down several notches and attend the Father’s Day Tea Party at the Lakeview Library in Rockville Centre. Come out and enjoy the nice, June weather, and spend an intimate afternoon celebrating the holiday with your dad.

Drafts for Dad at George Martin Burger Bar

Who doesn’t love a good burger and beer? At George Martin’s Burger Bar, they’ll be serving brunch from 11:30-3p, and dinner from 3-9p this Sunday. During their Drafts for Dads special, the first draft beer for Dad is on the house! Check out their full menu on their website (link above), and their extensive drink list! For what it’s worth, I’m a huge fan of the Bluepoint Blueberry

However you decide to celebrate your dad this Father’s Day, we hope you have a great time! What are you going to do with Dad this weekend? Tell us on Facebook! And, as always, if you need a ride to any of the places you’re bringing Dad this weekend, be sure to give All Island Transportation a call at (516) 742-2222 to get you there quickly and safely!

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June 6, 2014
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June 3, 2014

Now that school is nearly over, the kids are beyond ready to get out on the weekends and enjoy the fresh air and feel the sand between their toes. But spending the day outside doesn’t have to only be fun for the kids—Long Islanders big and small can all find a way to have a good time while they soak up the sun on the Nassau County beach of their choice! Check out these great local events in the Long Beach/Jones Beach area for fun ways to spend your weekends!

Farmers’ Market at Kennedy Plaza

On Saturdays from 9a-2p, head on down to Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach for a wonderful Farmers’ Market! We all know that Long Island produces an overwhelming abundance of a variety of foods, but most of that happens out East. Do you really want to trek all the way out to the East End to get the best fruit, seafood, and artisanal goods that our area has to offer? Now you don’t have to—just go to Long Beach! Farmers from all over the island meet up there every Saturday and Wednesday (10a-4p) to set up shop.

Arts in the Plaza

The Farmers’ Market isn’t the only thing that’s livening up Kennedy Plaza on the weekends! Arts in the Plaza is an opportunity to be inspired by local arts and music. From 10a-4p, enjoy some true Long Island culture—peruse handmade art and crafts, dance to live music performances, and let your kids get creative at the kids’ art station! There’s always something fun to see and do in the Plaza, whether you’re hula hooping, petting cute dogs, or buying cool stuff. Check out their Facebook for a ton of photos of weekends past.

Movie Night on the Beach

The Beach Park in Long Beach officially opens for the season on Saturday, June 28th. The Park is open from 9a-6p. After spending the day on the beach, grab some dinner at a local restaurant, and head back for Movie Night on the Beach at 8:15! Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be screening on Virginia Beach—be sure to bring your beach chairs!

Jones Beach State Park Events

The State Park at Jones Beach offers a ton of activities for nature lovers. Here’s a rundown of the June calendar!

Saturday, June 14, 9a-2p: Plover Hike

Join the park staff as they take a walk down the shore to get acquainted with the plover visiting the Jones Beach shores. Afterward, join them for a poetry-writing session about what you just experienced.

Saturday, June 21, 9a-2p: Summer Solstice Stroll

This is the longest day of the whole year! What better way to spend it than taking a mile-long stroll through Long Beach’s beautiful West End? Don’t forget to wear shoes that are good for both walking and water.

Sunday, June 22, 1:30p-3p: Nature Investigators

Calling all detectives in the “Case of the Missing Plover Eggs!” The Park staff have some suspects and a collection of clues, but it’s up to you to crack the case! They need you!

Tuesday, June 24, 10:30a-11:30a and 1:30p-2:30p: Tiny Tots – Horseshoe Crabs

This program connects children and their parents with local nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. It’s for designed for children ages 3-5 to explore the natural world around us.

*Note: All activities at the Jones Beach State Park require registration before you arrive. For more information on making your reservation, visit the NYS Parks website.

We hope you have an incredible time this June! If you hear about any other local events that you think we should shout out, let us know on Facebook! And if you need a ride to any of your chosen destinations, remember that All Island Transportation is your premier choice for Long Island travel! Call us today for a reservation at (516) 742-2222!

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