Love, power, music… and laughs
The trustees and members of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society’s “Ain’t Love Sweet?” event get into their roles (left to right): Judy Hester, president Joan Kaelin, Joseph Varsalona and Jane Love.

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Love, power, music… and laughs

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
2/9/2017


Want to take your honey out or show appreciation to someone by taking them for a different, experience with interesting performances that won’t break the bank? Here are some events in Patchogue and Bellport over the Valentine’s Day weekend. 

Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

“Ain’t Love Sweet? Wine, Cheese and a Special Introductory Tasting of Truffles to Die For” at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, 12 Bell Street, Bellport.

Here’s the premise. Guests are invited to eat cheese, drink wine and sample homemade chocolate truffles. But Cocoa Chanill, the owner of Thornbury’s Chocolate, croaks from one of her creations and attendees have a chance to ask questions and guess who done it. Think Miss Marple-type mystery skit. “We’ll be milling around as guests,” explained BBHS president Joan Kaelin. Then Jane Love, who represents the press, will ask people to sit down. “Someone gives the background and the cast introduces themselves,” Love said. Is the murderer Jock Lott? Candy Kisses, the taste tester, Hazel Nut Swirl? Marsha Mellow? Or one of the others? (They all said they didn’t do it.) Discover who did. Fifty guests have already signed up. Tickets are $20. Go online at bbhsmuseum.com.

Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. 

The Winter Festival at Gateway 2017 kicks off at The Gateway in Bellport with “The Raven”; Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with “Pages from the Diary of an Ex-Slave,” with Jo-Ann Wilson; and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. with “A Winter Afternoon Concert” featuring classical to country hits from Companion Star’s Education Program. Famous percussionist Donald Knaack aka The Junkman rehearsed with international opera singer and Companion Star founder Michael Douglas Jones on Tuesday perfecting Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Knaack hoisted up a fender on a speed rail as Jones connected a tire; they took their places among break drums. “This is my MacGyver cymbal,” Knaack joked, holding up a piece of titanium from what he called “a boneyard in Houston for 747s.” It was similar to the instrument he would use to emphasize when Lenore’s name is spoken. Knaack’s wife, Amy Patricia Mead, a successful mystery author, will provide the eerie poem’s background. Afterwards, pick up one of Knaack’s instruments and jam it out. Tickets range from $30, $20 for seniors and students; Sunday’s concert is $15, $10 for seniors and students. The Gateway is located at 215 South County Road, Bellport. Tickets can be obtained via https://winterfestival2017.eventbrite.com.

Friday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. 

“Rumors” by Neil Simon presented by Playcrafters Theatre Company at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area, 471 Atlantic Avenue, Bellport.

Curtain up at 8 p.m., but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. Performances will run to Feb. 19 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. “It’s a comedy farce by Neil Simon and it’s hysterical,” said board member John Hannon, who represents Playcrafters with the Bellport Chamber, adding there are 10 in the cast. “We had our annual board meeting for the members of Playcrafters recently. The cast did one of the scenes and it was very funny and well received.” What’s it about? At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. Gathering for their 10th wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room. But where’s his wife? His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. Tickets are $20 general, $18 members. Reserve online at www.bellport-playcrafters.com. Phone 631-748-7863.

Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. 

“Dean Martin at 100: A Valentine’s Day Tribute” at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main Street, Patchogue.

Andy DiMino is the smash Las Vegas star, who brings singer Dean Martin’s smooth, fun musicality to life in this beautiful, recently renovated theater. Last year was Sinatra’s centennial, this year is Martin’s. DiMino’s 90-minute show, which has played internationally, will be backed by an 11-piece orchestra. “I’m bringing a musical director and 10 others will be Long Island’s finest locals,” DiMino said in a phone interview. A musician since adolescence, DiMino said he was drawn to playing Martin after seeing a Rat Pack tribute show in Las Vegas, where he moved to in 1990. “I’ll be singing ‘Ain’t That A Kick in the Head,’ ‘Memories Are Made of This,’ ‘That’s Amore,’ the obvious choices,” he said. He’ll infuse Martin’s humor, encourage sing-alongs, and also some of Martin’s country songs. “It doesn’t have to be just for lovers, but also for parents and grandparents who enjoyed that era,” he said. Tickets from $35 plus fee. Call the box office at 631-207-1313, or go online at patchoguetheatre.org.