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Celebrate different cultures on Long Island

Pictured from left to right: Alex Parache, Louise

Pictured from left to right: Alex Parache, Louise Campbell, Alexia Anastasio, Janice Seguire ImprovTheater actors, an ensemble of Playback Theater Long Island, performing at Pronto Long Island Shots for Tots, November 2010. No credit Photo Credit: None/

Long Island is rich with various cultures from the west to East End. Celebrate them this Sunday at two events honoring the region's diversity.

In the first event, the Hampton Bays Public Library  hosts the ImprovTheater  ensemble of the Playback Theater Long Island  in a performance of  "From Ireland to Long Island: What's your story?"  

The interactive performance illustrates  family transitions from Ireland to Long Island, inviting audience members to tell their stories. The storytelling is not just for Irish families, all are welcome to share tales of adjusting to life on Long Island.

ImprovTheater actors will use music, dance and  improvisation to transform the audience's shared experiences into theater rather than using a prepared script. Suffolk County Poet Laureate Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan will be among those sharing  a family  story.

In the second event, the Parrish Art Museum, in collaboration with Rogers Memorial Library, will host  an International cultural celebration in the museum's concert hall. The celebration includes an art workshop with oil based crayons used to create cave drawings, as well as dances from different cultural groups in traditional dress.

Performances include Mexican dances by Grupo Folklorico Xochipilli, Irish dances by the Kildare Academy of Irish Dance, Greek dancing by The Hamptons Hellenic Dancers from the Greek Orthodox Church of Southampton, Native American dancing by the Shinnecock Thunderbird Singers and Dancers.

There also will be an instructional demonstration of Poi arts -- dancing by the indigenous people of New Zealand that features colorful balls balanced on sticks and spun in rhythmic patterns -- as well as live gospel music by Kings Chapel Church of God in Christ Showers of Belssings Choir.

Jennifer Duque, the museum's director of family and children's programs says, "I want people to know that there are so many wonderful heritages represented here and take away a little bit of a knowledege of someone else's culture."

"International Cultural Celebration"
When and where. 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 6 at Parrish Art Museum, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton.
Admission.  Free.
Further info. 631-283-2118 or parrishart.org

"From Ireland to Long Island: What’s Your Story?
Cead Mile Failte! A hundred thousand welcomes!"
When and where.  3 p.m. March 6 at Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays.
Admission. Free
Further info. 631-728-6241 or hbay.suffolk.lib.ny.us

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