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The 'BOOM is back for 2014

Singer Rorie Kelly will be among several artists

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If you enjoyed all of the arts-driven events brought about by SPARKBOOM in 2013, you may want to head toward Huntington come the weekend as the creative collective will be kicking off its second season with the “Beards, Bards and Boom” bash on Saturday, June 21 at the Walt Whitman Birthplace site.

An initiative spawned by the collaboration of local small businesses, municipal groups and nonprofit...

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'Leprechaun Bar Crawl' in Huntington

Expect to see several shamrocks and more festive

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For several hours on Sunday, March 9, the streets of Huntington Village were swarming with people of all ages as the Town of Huntington held its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration -- most notable for its parade, the largest held on LI -- and thousands attended, many wearing green clothing of all sorts.

However, on Saturday, March 15, a different kind of event will possibly bring large groups...

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A big dance night for the North Shore

DJ Theo (pictured here at the now-defunct Neptune

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant, 2011)

Looks like the North Shore is going to get a rare blast of electronic dance come mid-February.

There have always been clubs and lounges both along Jericho Turnpike and in the busy villages north of NY-25 (Port Washington, Huntington, Bayville, Port Jefferson, Greenport) that offer DJ parties and dance floor-filled gatherings -- but when it comes to the major clubs, arenas and venues that specialize...

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Bards to battle before the Super Bowl

Jay Vegas, 29, of Freeport, won the "golden

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For the millions who invest passion and energy in following the doings of the National Football League, the arrival of the Super Bowl is a special time. Now that the 2014 conference playoffs have been settled, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will take the field on Sunday, Feb. 2  to decide which team will hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy (a day widely known as “Super Bowl Sunday”).


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Dance and swing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Why: Listen to swing music and watch

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It might not be as trendy as it was before Y2K, but modern swing is still a big thing for some people.

Inspired by the Big Band orchestra sound that served as major dance music for guys and gals during the 1930s and 1940s, swing music made a comeback during the 1990s — as artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Massapequa-born Brian Setzer put out modern tunes inspired...

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Acacia adds new nightlife to Huntington Village

Patrons dance during a late-night party at Acacia

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Huntington Village is always a solid quarter to consider whenever looking for an evening out, and as of about a week ago a new opportunity arrived in town to explore.

It’s called Acacia (pronounced “ah-KAY-shuh), and while its official grand opening is yet to occur, it softly started serving guests last weekend. Acacia’s main focus is on dining, and it features a menu of contemporary American...

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Music and street art at ‘Off The Walls’

Echo Sonic is one of the bands scheduled

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Although summer 2013 is starting to wind down, it is possible that you have yet to take in one of the many daytime, outdoor bashes and get-togethers around the Island.

With many of those events usually found in the Hamptons, or over on Fire Island, for some a long drive or ferry ride can weigh heavily against a party far from home. But on Saturday, Aug. 24, there’s an al fresco afternoon affair...

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'Zombies' soon to overrun Huntington

Some of the participants who took part in

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It happens every Saturday night: people from around the Island head for Huntington Village.

Before going to patronize the many bars, restaurants and other attractions found down the town’s Main Street, it is customary to comb your hair, get dressed and for some, apply makeup.

On Saturday, July 20, the right move will be to go heavy — very heavy — on the makeup.

In fact, if you’re...

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Art and party inspired by The Sixties

A party will celebrate a new exhibit titled

(Credit: Carl Corry)

When the Huntington-based ”SparkBoom” arts initiative kicked off during the spring earlier this year (April 1), it promised a calendar of events chock-full of creativity, and its latest gathering – set for July 13 – is looking like it will live up to that guarantee.

Starting at 7 p.m., the party is a celebration of a new exhibit titled “The Times They Were A Changing-1960s: Huntington’s Response.”...

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The ‘Huntington Hoedown’

Joe Picciano, left, and Joe Bayer of the

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

It seems almost impossible to imagine that only five years ago, there were virtually no country music events happening anywhere on Long Island (except at the now-defunct Matty T’s in Commack, which was at one time the only venue that featured line-dancing on LI); in 2013 there are several parties a week in Nassau and Suffolk counties that revolve around the honky-tonk sound.

Most of these...

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