The Gateway mounted its first production in 1950, making it the region?s oldest professional theater. But the venue's rich history isn't without skeletons?and many of them aren't props. During Halloween season, Gateway's talented directors, actors, and designers come together to create their own brand of terror: Gateway's Haunted Playhouse.
Each year brings new haunted themes, which often play on the theater's own history. Down dimly-let hallways and across moving floors might wait demented prop masters, deranged caretakers, or ushers who have no clue where the bathrooms are located. Audio and lighting effects add to the scares, as visitors get up close with actors decked out in high-quality makeup and costumes. The overall effect is that of an immersive play, and that unique professionalism has earned the Haunted Playhouse rave reviews and local awards.
Hampton Luxury Liner transports its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a library and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.
Stephanie O, the charismatic celebrity talk show host on Long Island's News Radio 103.9, has teamed up with Clear Vision Productions to host smashing events along the Atlantic coast. Backed by a combination of national and local vendors, each event features amenities such as food and drink samples, top-shelf entertainment, and celebrity appearances in VIP areas. Guests are also treated to red carpet photos and interviews before being sent home with goodie bags and other surprises.
North Fork Horseradish Festival celebrates the uniquely bitter taste of horseradish with everything from recipe contests to cooking demonstrations. Exhibitors and enthusiasts will fill the rolling landscape of Hallockville Museum Farm to join seminars teaching patrons how to use their own horseradish, from harvesting to gardening to cooking. Grinding-horseradish demonstrations show how to manipulate your roots into a more manageable form for cooking, and recipe contests will give you new ideas on how to surprise your family with a spicy kick in their everyday meals.
Electronic dance music pulses at the heart of Holi Color Festival, a traveling celebration designed to delight the senses. As crowds gather for multiple days of revelry, organizers pass out bags of nontoxic, eco-friendly powder infused with vivid colors. Fest-goers toss handfuls of the powder, creating a vibrant rainbow in the air and on their own hair, skin, and clothes. While live bands and emcees create music on an outdoor stage, organizers squirt massive streams of paint, transforming the audience into a living Jackson Pollock painting. It's easy to work up an appetite for food and drink while dancing and running through this colorful scene, but the festival has that covered: guests can buy authentic Indian food, barbecue, and beer during the event.
Though the music at Holi Color Festival is thoroughly modern, the festival's roots can be traced to the distant past. The Hindu Holi tradition began in ancient India as a day dedicated to acts of forgiveness and positivity. Those inspirations remain strong at this nonreligious festival, where it's common to see strangers hugging and smearing paint across each other's faces.
Long Island Fear Fest elicits screams with spooky rides and thrills orchestrated by Mr. Slim Chance II and his demented associates. Flashing lights and booming sounds re-create an old-fashioned carnival atmosphere as visitors explore the Chamber of Horrors Haunted House⎯a reworked haunted house that immerses horror lovers in a tortuous cavern of frights filled with Slim and his family of freaks' prized possessions and collection of vintage parking tickets. After a frightful house visit, fest-fiends can hop on the Montauk Monster Haunted Hayride and travel into Long Island’s checkered history, wheeling past terrifying tableaus and paparazzi disguised as hay bales.