Saturday, July 05, 2008



The road leading to Stone Barns

This weekend there is cuisine and chamber music:

Sharon Roffman and friends are playing a terrific concert at Stone Barns' Center for Food and Agriculture this Sunday (July 6) from 5 PM to 6 PM.

Stone Barns is a beautiful working farm, with rolling hills, walking trails and animals, situated on the spectacular grounds that were once a Rockefeller estate. "Come early and walk around, have a snack in the cafe (run by the incredible restaurant Blue Hill), or bring your own picnic (there are picnic tables galore!)"

Just across from the concert is Blue Hill at Stone Barns, one of America's very top, top restaurants. If you can't get a reservation at the restaurant (they're usually sold out a month or two in advance), stop in and make a reservation for a future treat!

These great works of chamber music reflect or were inspired by nature. Here's the program:

Haydn's "Sunrise" Quartet
Brahms' Viola Quintet in F Major

with Sharon Roffman, Jasmine Lin, Melvin Chen, Jacob Braun, and Mark Holloway.

Stone Barns is a short train ride or drive from New York City.

To reserve tickets go to

Also the website for the Blue Hill cafe is it is open until 5.

Sharon adds: "Please join us for some great music in the beautiful environment that inspired this concert."

Next weekend, there is Shakespeare & Wine:

Long Island Wineries Serve Up Shakespeare & Chardonnay with
July 11 & 12

This July, two Long Island wineries will serve up FOOD OF LOVE, a light-hearted look at love with words by William Shakespeare and wine by the glass.

Produced by Spitfire Theatre, this unique theatrical experience is created and directed by Abigail Anderson, an English director who has worked at Shakespeare's Globe in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Anderson has been described by The Oxford Times as "one of the most exciting and eclectic young directors in the UK."

Laugh with Benedick and Beatrice, sigh with Romeo and Juliet, get steamy with Petruchio and Kate! FOOD OF LOVE brings together some of Shakespeare's most romantic love scenes, songs, and poems in a specially created show for some of Long Island's most picturesque outdoor locations.

Audiences will have the chance to sample the local wines as part of a relaxed summer evening, in addition to exploring the vineyards and enjoying the show.

Director Abigail Anderson says, "The beauty of Shakespeare's language is perfectly complemented by the beautiful surroundings of Long Island's wineries. We're delighted to have the chance to perform here and, in doing so, throw the spotlight on to the flourishing wine-growing community on the North and South Forks."

The 50 minute performance showcases the talent of four professional actors, all experienced Shakespearean performers, who will move in and around the audience to create an unforgettable and intimate theatre experience. The cast is: Khris Lewin, Adam Mastrelli, Amy Prosser, and Laura Rikard.

FOOD OF LOVE is the beginning of a long term project by Spitfire Theatre to bring high quality, accessible and inspiring Shakespeare performances to Long Island.

Performances will take place rain or shine as follows:

Friday, July 11 at 7:00pm
Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue, Long Island
Located at 5120 Sound Avenue Aquebogue, NY 11931

Directions: Take the LIE to last exit (exit 73). Continue east on RT 58 to Osborne Ave. Turn left. Drive to end (Sound Ave). Turn right. Drive 6 miles to Palmer Vineyards, on the left.

Wine writer Howard Goldberg once described Palmer as, "Long Island's most important winery." Palmer wines are sold in many states across the country and can be found in many top restaurants such as Gallaghers Steak House, Fultons Crabhouse, The View Restaurant, and many more.

Saturday, July 12 at 7:00pm
Castello di Borghese in Cutchogue, Long Island
Located at 17150 County Route 48, Cutchogue, NY 11935

Directions: Take the L.I. Expressway I-495 to Exit 73 toward Greenport/ Orient. This is CR-58. Follow for 2 miles until reaching roundabout. Take 2nd exit off roundabout, continuing on CR-58. Turn left onto Northville Turnpike/CR-43 at traffic light. Turn right onto Sound Ave. at stop sign. Castello di Borghese will be approximately 9 miles on your right.

Winner of "Best Winery" Editor's Choice Award from Long Island Press. Borghese Vineyard has the oldest vines producing the finest wines in this winemaking region. Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are their signature wines, along with many award winners including Meritage and Chardonnay.

All tickets are $55.00 in advance and $60 at the door. Tickets are available at or toll-free 1-866-811-4111.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

For more information visit

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