A member-supported, nonprofit organization, the Seatuck Environmental Association works to promote the conservation of Long Island's natural environment through research and educational programs. Members regularly gather with field experts on its 70-acre marshland preserve for scheduled hikes, photography classes, and meditation sessions. The trails and boardwalks that wind through the salt marshes and upland forests also lead to the Suffolk County Environmental Center, housed in a 1917 Normandy-style chateau. Members may tour the historic mansion while admiring features such as arched doorways and diamond-cut windows that allow sunlight to filter into the garret and onto the place where its original steam-powered Nintendo would have stood. The Seatuck Environmental Association also hosts regular fundraising events such as the End of Summer Barbecue and the Bats-N-Brews fundraiser, as well as an array of educational programs for all ages.
Cultural Arts Playhouse has been fostering the development of up-and-coming actors for more than 15 years. At its Musical Theatre and Acting Academy, students from 1st–12th grade hone their on-stage skills by taking classes on singing, acting, and improvisation under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. Kids get to show off these skills in full theatrical productions, with main-stage shows opening up auditions to the entire community so people can see their neighbors' acting chops and dusted-off fake skulls. Cultural Arts Playhouse alumni have found success in New York and throughout the country, appearing in HBO's The Sopranos, and such Broadway productions as Les Miserables and Aladdin.
Two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Mathis drapes traditional holiday songs in the golden tinsel of his tenor. From elegant pop classics such as “Chances Are” and “Wonderful, Wonderful” to his storied take on “The Christmas Song,” Johnny’s inimitable lilt has given listeners an oasis from passing fads such as spandex jazz for nearly six decades. On an anniversary tour celebrating 56 years of melody making, Johnny greets fans with an effervescent smile and the world’s luckiest microphone, crooning Yuletide carols that evoke toasty hearths and mistletoe canoodling, and that warm the ears like a hunting cap filled with spiced cider. Built to adorn a 1930s movie palace, the Paramount Theatre's art-deco mosaics, carved-glass fountain of light, and gilded sculptural details firmly prevent the evening's fuzzy feelings from escaping the auditorium.
During the Big Apple Beatdown, an all-day roller-derby tournament hosted by the New York Shock Exchange, spectators arrive to the rink with chairs under their arms to watch six notable MRDA teams battle for the National Champion title. Bouts begin at 10 a.m. with the Dallas Deception taking on the Magic City Misfits in a storm of skates, helmets, and trampled 10-gallon hats. Other teams battling for supremacy include the St. Louis GateKeepers, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts, and Pioneer Valley Dirty Dozen. A special women’s game will also be held featuring the Long Island Roller Rebels taking on the Jersey Shore Roller Girls. The championship bout commences at 7:30 p.m., and the day ends with a presentation of medals at 9:15 p.m., where one team is deemed the victor. Matches occur on two separate tracks, allowing smooth transitions between bouts and enough time for padded pros to finish a game of Connect the Bruises.
For more than 10 years, Little Chefs' trained teachers have helped ripen green ones' foodsmithing techniques with a cornucopia of cooking classes that drive blossoming mind matter with motor, math, and social skills within a supportive atmosphere. The basic birthday package beckons up to 25 pintsize partygoers with a colorful custom invitation card to be mailed via postal service or pony-riding pigeon courier. The festive ensemble of compact chefs can embrace one of four cooking themes and cast mini digits into the culinary roles of cookie shaper, cupcake froster, pretzel twirler, or brownie-pizza cutter. Guests of honor select their choice of meal, deciding whether jolie ravioli, heart-shaped pancakes, or pigs in a blanket best defines their 10th birthday or if a convertible-sports-car cake would better restore the not-yet-jaded spirits of their 6-year-old self.
As she guides clients toward achieving their fitness goals, exercise guru Lauren Zummo also immerses them in her own fitness interests. Zummo is the owner of Prana Pilates & Yoga, where she draws from years of experience in movement analysis and a graduate degree in exercise physiology to train groups of no more than six students at a time. She helps them hone core strength in Pilates reformer classes, tone lean muscle in cardio barre classes, and learn poses and breathing techniques in her basic yoga classes.
Woodway treadmills whirr and weight machines clank 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Though staffed while sun's up, the fitness center is accessible via members' key cards at night, giving gym-goers ample opportunity to incinerate calories and tone muscles on a full range of Cybex equipment or pass off their tears as sweat while watching Homeward Bound in the cardio theater. Workouts are supplemented with private sessions led by certified personal trainers, online nutritional resources, and onsite tanning booths that gold-plate freshly toned frames.