An annual tradition for the WMHO, the Home for the Holidays series enchants audiences with unique, interactive musical-theater tributes to showbiz icons. This season, the charmed and charming life of legendary entertainer Bob Hope is vividly depicted in a living history rife with music and ribald laughter. Performed by St. George Living History Productions, which specializes in filmless biopics about talking humans, the musical salutes Bob’s comic timing, tireless philanthropy, and tolerance of Bing Crosby’s camel banter through songs, stories, and fourth-wall breaks that immerse the audience in the show. Amid the Yuletide-decorated set, guests enjoy a high-tea luncheon of scrumptious finger sandwiches and desserts as the musical glides through vaudeville beginnings, marquee stardom, relentless USO appearances, and 58 honorary doctorates in wooing Dorothy Lamour.
On Woodside Nursery & Garden Center's 5-acre grounds, a sprawling greenhouse hosts seasonal, Long Island–grown florae. The nursery staff cultivates its own flowers, vegetable plants, and herbs onsite to oversee every facet of growth and read each plant its preferred bedtime story at night. With photos and measurements for reference, these green-thumbed experts will also help customers design lush landscapes free of charge. Woodside's stock changes with the necessities of the seasons, with sundry flowers in the springtime, pond fish in the summer, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees and wreaths in the winter.
Unlike swimming, nobody learns to fly by being thrown in the deep end. Instead, it takes gradual instruction to teach students the controls and feel of an aircraft guided by their hands. Luckily, instructors Antonio Ferrara and Zachary Barrett specialize in that sort of slow-burning scholarship. Both men make their living with their heads in the clouds. Ferrara flies for a commercial airline, ferrying passengers across vast distances in enormous jets. Barrett also possesses his commercial pilot's license, along with an FAA Flight Instructor certification.
At Affordable Aircraft & Flight Instruction, LLC, the duo helps fledgling flyers find their sky legs with discovery flights and group ground school. They also teach longer courses, guiding students toward certifications as private-, multiengine-, and commercial-rated pilots.
The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center throws its visitors into the shark tank. And the tropical lagoon. And the salt marsh. As executive director Bryan DeLuca noted in the New York Times, the center (formerly Atlantis Marine World) is one of the most interactive aquariums in the area, which snagged it a place on Parents magazine's list of the 10 Best Aquariums for Kids. The Atlantis-themed aquarium’s educational exhibits combine myth with science as they bring guests face to gills with creatures such as eels, jellyfish, seals, and clownfish. In addition to its indoor and outdoor exhibits right on the banks of the Peconic River, the aquarium delights guests with aquatic adventures such as snorkeling or receiving a photo op and kiss from loveable sea lion Java, who still dreams of one day being turned into a beautiful princess.
A fragrant array of bouquets that burst with purple tulips and sun-yellow daisies tugs at olfactory heartstrings, and a selection of gourmet gift baskets presents a bounty of tastefully arranged treats to distinguished taste buds. Flowers are arranged in bestselling combinations such as the Beautiful in Blue ($62.95), a mix of hydrangea, roses, white lilies and more in a cobalt blue vase. Love on the rocks is best served with a creative and contemporary design such as the Pretty Please arrangement ($44.95), a mélange of blooms in soft rose and lavender shades whose elegant pink bow provides a romantic antidote to a recently penned Dear John letter.