Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Missed Opportunity

Well, the weatherman and I conspired to ruin a perfectly good Monday evening last week-- with torrential rains and thunder coming down around non time, and with the memory of all of us huddled in the Gazebo sheltered from the hail still fresh in my mind, and the prediction of more thunder and lightening and hail!, I called off the Readings. Then watched as the clouds dissipated, the sun came out, and by 7 pm Schoolhouse Green was experiencing a beautiful summer evening--unfortunately without any Readers. For those of you who didn't get the message in time, I promise we'll come up with a better method of calling off the Readings for inclement weather--and I apologize to any of you who hung around the Green. I should have come down just to let you know it was canceled. It won;t happen again.

That said, we have a great lineup for this Monday--and we HAVE to have great weather!

The Readings start at 7pm at Schoolhouse Green, located on Foxhurst Road, just east of Long Beach Road, Oceanside NY. For more information, or our new blog site

Don't forget--July 7 will be our Patriotic readings night--with a free barbecue-- so come on down and bring your friends!!

Next week, June 30, we feature:

Tom Phelan

Tom Phelan, a huge hit last summer, will read from his most recent novel, The Canal Bridge, a tale of Irish stretcher bearers serving in the British army in World War I.

The Canal Bridge has been praised as "another First World War masterpiece" by the Irish Independent and "powerful and deeply affecting" by Books Ireland. The Irish Echo called the novel "an incredibly moving story" in which "the writing is consistently stunning." And Irish Eyes commented, "Don't miss out on a great contemporary author."

Tom Phelan, author of the novels The Canal Bridge, In the Season of the Daisies, Iscariot, and Derrycloney, has seen his works published in four countries and three languages. He is currently at work on Nailer, about a man set on revenge, set against the backdrop of Ireland's abusive Industrial School System.

A frequent speaker, this winter Tom took part in the King's Lynn Fiction Festival in Norfolk, England. This fall he will be giving talks at Villanova University and Mount St. Vincent College and will be the guest at "Author Afternoons at Molloy College" on November 2.

Born and raised on a farm in County Laois, Ireland, Tom Phelan now makes his home on Long Island. For additional information, see

Nancy Solomon

Nancy Solomon received her M.A. degree in American Studies & Folklife Studies from George Washington University. She is the Executive Director of Long Island Traditions, a non-profit folk arts organization dedicated to documenting, presenting and preserving the architectural, ethnic and occupational traditions of the region. Solomon is the author of On the Bay: Bay Houses & Maritime Culture of Long Island, West Meadow Beach: A Portrait of a Long Island Beach Community and Traditional Architecture of Long Island: A Teacher Resource Guide. Solomon has sponsored a wide variety of public programs on maritime culture including festivals, arts-in-education programs, boat tours to bay houses, and lecture-demonstration programs at area museums and libraries. She is the curator of "Sandy Shores: The creation of Jones Beach", an outdoor permanent exhibit at Jones Beach. She was the primary advisor to filmmaker Glenn Gebhard documentary "Baymen." Since 1999 she has been documenting the history and architecture of the Village of Great Neck Plaza for the Village's historic preservation plan. During 2003-04 she completed a survey of maritime structures for the South Shore estuary Reserve. Solomon has lectured extensively on historic preservation and documentation methods for Columbia University's Historic Preservation Program and area colleges. She is an adjunct professor of anthropology at Hofstra University.

Frank VanZandt

Frank Van Zant is the author of The Lives of the Two-Headed Baseball Siren (Kings Estate Press), voted by the board for acceptance into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Climbing Daddy Mountain (Pudding House Press). With over 400 poems published, he appears most recently as the cover feature of Chiron Review. A semi-finalist at "Discovery/The Nation," Van Zant has won fellowships from Poets & Writers and Council for Basic Education (NEH), edited and presented poetry conferences at Hofstra University and Long Island University (Brooklyn), and is current poetry editor of Sport Literate.

In his working life, Van Zant is the Director of Greenhouse Alternative Program in Rockville Centre, one of the oldest alternative programs in the country.

Helen Donato

Helen will be reading her poetry in public for the first time. A 'protege" of Tom Phelan, we look forward to offering her this platform for her debut!

The Readings start at 7pm at Schoolhouse Green, located on Foxhurst Road, just east of Long Beach Road.

The Summer Gazebo Readings are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside, in support of the Oceanside Education Foundation. The Gazebo Readings will be held each Monday evening in June, July and August, and will feature 4 readers each evening. Scheduled readers include some of Long Island's most prestigious poets, published authors, comedians, fiction and non-fiction writers, and local community members sharing some of their favorite literature. The Summer Gazebo Readings will be held outdoors; seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic table. The grounds are open, and the public is encouraged to come early and have a quiet summer's picnic on the grounds. Admission is free.

Sponsors include:
Home & Hearth Realty
Tower's Funeral Home
Oceanville Mason Supply
Westron's Light Bulb Warehouse
NY Municipal Credit Union
Childs Murphy Kuehn & Cesiro, Inc. Insurance
Dr. Aaron Rappaport, DDS & Dr. David Rappaport, DMD
Marsh Hawk Press
LI Pulse Magazine
Councilman Anthony J. Santino
M. Schamroth & Sons

E. Fine
C. Scarlata & Family
Kaufman Family

Doc's Mechanical Piping & Heating Corp.
Bondi & Iovino, Attorneys at Law

For more information:

Tony Iovino
68 Yorktown Street
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
H 516 763-1667
C 516 459-3262
W 516 741-8585

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