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Lengthy Island Music and Leisure Corridor of Fame Debuts

The Lengthy Island Music and Leisure Corridor of Fame (LIMEHOF) now has a everlasting house in Stony Brook, the place the general public can find out about native music and leisure legends upon its grand opening Friday.

Este nonprofit group based in 2004 with a mission to have fun Lengthy Island’s musical heritage has been looking for the best house to name its house. They lastly discovered it on the Ward Melville Academic and Cultural Middle, a stately 8,800-square foot colonial model constructing anchoring Stony Brook Village, situated at 97 Most important St. in Stony Brook.

The melting of LIMEHOF with WMHO is the brainchild of Gloria D. Rocchio, president of Ward Melville Heritage Group who stated, “After I heard that LIMEHOF was in search of a everlasting house, I known as its chairman, Ernie Canadeo, and the remainder is historical past.”

This Stony Brook Village location is the proper spot for the house of the Corridor of Fame with its energetic, picturesque heart abounding in eating places, retailers, parks and close to different LI cultural sights together with The Lengthy Island Museum, The Jazz Loft and The Reboli Middle.

On Nov. 22, the media was invited to a star-studded ribbon reducing ceremony that included earlier inductees to the HOF together with members of Twisted Sister, Blue Oyster Cult, Vanilla Fudge, Zebra, Bonnie Parker, Paula and Carol Magic Gardens, Jen Chapin and Elliot Murphy. Additionally in attendance to have fun the festivities have been Supervisor of the City of Brookhaven, Edward P. Romaine, and Brookhaven City Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich. Acclaimed music journalist Wayne Robins, who had his finger on the heart beat of the music and popular culture scene for over 50 years, was honored as the newest inductee throughout this preview occasion. Topping off the night, the gang was handled to performances by Zebra, Paula and Carol Magic Gardens, Jen Chapin, Elliot Murphy, and members of Blue Oyster Cult.

The transformation of the Cultural Middle into a real celebration of the LI music scene was positioned within the fingers of world-renowned designer, Kevin O’Callaghan, who has created an thrilling expertise for guests. O’Callaghan’s imaginative and prescient is to rotate exhibitions representing the historical past of music on Lengthy Island. The premier exhibit titled “Lengthy Island’s Legendary Membership Scene – Nineteen Sixties-Eighties” options the façades of iconic golf equipment reminiscent of Hammerheads in Levittown, Motion Home/Speaks in Island Park, The Mad Hatter in Stony Brook and My Father’s Place in Roslyn. A peak inside reveals guests movies of artists who performed there together with Twisted Sister, Zebra and Blue Oyster Cult. A variety of memorabilia are on show together with classic adverts, posters, devices, and an actual duplicate of a typical Nineteen Sixties stage, with traditional gear and sound system.

Ward Melville Cultural Middle now the house of HOF (Photograph by Barbara Krasner)

A facsimile of the bar from My Father’s Place that doubles as a glass showcase shows mementos from the Lengthy Island bar scene reminiscent of matchbook covers, coasters and cocktail menus. There’s additionally a wall of previous ticket stubs, in addition to a 10-foot-long map of Lengthy Island exhibiting the areas of the golf equipment again then.

“As a substitute of specializing in one inductee, we determined to focus on the golf equipment that gave delivery to all these artists on Lengthy Island,” stated O’Callaghan. “It is a good technique to introduce the museum.”

The everlasting Corridor of Fame shows plaques and displays recognizing over 120 inductees. There’s a part for a library, school rooms for academic packages and grasp lessons, a surround-sound theater and a present store with music and leisure themed memorabilia.

Inducted artists together with Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Debbie Gibson, and households and estates of Harry Chapin, Man Lombardo, John Coltrane have donated visible components and uncommon artifacts reminiscent of their musical devices, efficiency outfits, bikes, uncommon posters and images, handwritten lyrics , and far more. Of particular notice on show on the Malibu Membership duplicate is Joan Jett’s classic first automotive.

“Folks actually wish to relive previous instances. Nothing does that like music. Listening to a music may put a smile in your face that brings you again to your previous girlfriend or boyfriend. That is what this complete first exhibition is about.”

Serving to to make this new house for LIMEHOF doable is LI Catholic Well being Care System. Joe Carofano, senior vp of technique and chief advertising officer, stated, “Catholic Well being is dedicated and rooted in LI and we prefer to associate with like-minded organizations who have fun the successes of LI.”

The general public is invited beginning Nov. 25 to the everlasting house of LIMEHOF the place they may participate in all the joy of Lengthy Island’s phenomenal music scene and luxuriate within the nostalgia of these awe-inspiring instances.

The Corridor of Fame and Museum is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 12 midday by way of 5pm. Admission costs are: Grownup $19.50, Seniors (65+) and Veterans $17.00, College students (w/ID) $15.00. Kids beneath 12 are free. Tickets will be bought on-line on the web site and on the door.

Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame
Lengthy Island Music and Leisure Corridor of Fame ribbon reducing (Photograph by Barbara Krasner)

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