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Art, music and spoken word
coming to Whitman Birthplace

The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be hosting local Centereach artists, known as Studio 85, as they honor Walt Whitman with their new pieces on Oct. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the birthplace, which is at 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington.

Studio 85 is a group of 25 Long Island artists, writers, and musicians assembled by Peter Haughwout. They will be presenting works featuring live music, spoken word and avant-garde creations based on the writings of Walt Whitman, a Long Island native. The event will feature live performances by Studio 85 and jazz musician Vernon McAuley as well as poetry readings by Suffolk County Poet Laureate George Wallace, Mark Karwoski and others.

The event is being sponsored and catered by local Long Island restaurants and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase many of the works on display.  Twenty percent of the sales from the event will be donated to Island Harvest. There is a $10 cover charge to attend. 

Haughwout is excited that his group will be supporting a socially relevant cause with their creations, and hopes future shows can benefit even more charitable organizations. “Our goal is to continue working together as a group and do thematic shows that would [benefit] a cause that appeals to the group. For example, I’m big about habitat for humanity, and [others in the group are] big fans of Island Harvest, so we’d like to do shows that have a social commentary and benefit those organizations.”

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is Walt Whitman’s voice today, celebrating the poet’s vision of democracy, diversity, and creativity. Our programs and exhibits educate the public on Whitman’s life and times, explore his contribution to our nation’s rich cultural heritage, and inspire young poets and writers.

For additional information regarding Studio 85 and their upcoming shows please contact Peter Haughwout at 631-836-7754. For more information regarding this event or the Walt Whitman Birthplace please call 631-427-5240 ext 112 or send an e-mail to

Angela Ruberto is the director of media for the birthplace.

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