While many Long Islanders were hitting the beach and firing up the barbecue for the Fourth of July weekend, others traveled Saturday to Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue to sip favorite vintages on a deck while listening to live music.
For Susan Lichtenstein and Jon Klein of Plainview, it was their first Palmer Vineyards experience.
“It was the beautiful weather,” said Klein when asked why they came. “It’s nice getting away from Nassau County, and the wine is a plus.”
The live music featured local duo Brian and Eddie -- Brian Owens and Eddie Kunkel -- playing covers of songs from the ’60s to the present, as well as original music.
“We play here once or twice a summer,” Owens said. “It’s beautiful.”
Deb McDonald and her husband, Mike, came all the way from Florida to get in on the fun. Deb is visiting a sister, Dona, and her husband, Paul Curcio. The couples chose the winery over a packed beach, and were glad they did.
“We went all reds this time, enjoyed that with a little nosh as well. It was good,” said Mike McDonald. “It was a nice way to escape the crowds today, a beautiful day to enjoy what Long Island has to offer.”
Photo: Garett and Kelly Holden came from Brooklyn to Palmer Vineyards for a calm Fourth of July weekend outing. (July 2, 2011)