Memorial Day Weekend at Levy Park 2015

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

Around 3:30 the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, I went to Norman J Levy Park & Preserve. After parking in the crowded parking lot, I headed to the path with the sign “Shortest Way to Top” – since I hoped to get a hilltop view of the Bethpage New York Air Show in progress at nearby Jones Beach.

At Norman J Levy Park & Preserve, family members point south to contrails in the sky over Jones Beach where planes are performing in the Bethpage New York Air Show. Many visitors watched the air show from the marshland park after several major parkways to the famous Long Island beach were closed when it filled to capacity. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

At Merrick’s Levy Park & Preserve, May 24, family members point south to sky over Jones Beach where planes are performing in Bethpage NY Air Show. (c) 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Earlier that day, I heard that Jones Beach filled to capacity before the air show even started, so major roads leading there were closed. So I wasn’t surprised to see groups of people scattered throughout the hilltop and pointing south to where planes were leaving contrails in the sky. The performers, too distant from Levy Park to identify, included Thunderbirds, Golden Knights, and GEICO SkyWriters, and more.

When the show ended, I headed south on the winding trail leading down to the park’s fishing pier. At the far end of the 500-foot-long wooden pier, I enjoyed the cool breeze and watched kayakers in Merrick Bay, and chatted with fellow visitors Rev. David Lee and his parishioners. They had planned to fish at Jones Beach, but finding Meadowbrook Parkway closed, cast their reels at South Merrick’s Levy Park instead.

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China Now and Then at Nassau County Museum of Art

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

My friend Pat Dillon and I caught the China Now and Then exhibition at Nassau County Museum of Art a few days ago.

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. LINDA SCHWARTZ, a docent shares information about the artwork exhibits at the Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit on Long Island. Artwork on wall by Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao is Digital Photograph on canvas with thread, with eyes nose and lips of face faintly visible. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Docent Linda Schwartz shares information about Nassau County Museum of Art’s China Now and Then Exhibit. Artwork: Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao Digital Photograph on canvas with thread; covered Chinese jar. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

A dramatic docent was already leading a tour group when we arrived, so we spent our time in the ground level galleries capturing photographs and learning about ancient Chinese blue and white porcelain and 21st Century Chinese ink-on-paper paintings. Then we climbed the spiral staircase to the upstairs galleries which mainly featured contemporary Chinese art.

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Dinosaur (2006) in red polyresin, by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo (b. 1956) is displayed at the Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit. "MADE IN CHINA" is written in big block letters down his chest. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Dinosaur (2006) in red polyresin, by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo, Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit.  (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The China Now and Then exhibition’s synergistic blend of ancient and modern Chinese art was both inspiring and fun, and we ended our visit at the museum’s Gift Shop, where I bought colorful Swirl Sunglasses.

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“The Interview” Opens at Merrick Cinemas on Christmas

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

On Christmas morning, I read that The Interview, the comedy by Sony Pictures Entertainment, was playing at Merrick Cinemas, the only movie theater showing it in Nassau County, Long Island. So, even though I still had most of my Christmas present wrapping left, I headed out to capture news photos before the first show, 12:30 pm.

Merrick, New York, USA. December 25, 2014. The Interview plays at Merrick Cinemas, the only movie theater showing it in Nassau County, Long Island, on Christmas Day. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. Dec. 25, 2014. “The Interview” opens at Merrick Cinemas, in Nassau County, Long Island, on Christmas Day. (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

In November, hackers hacked – yes, that sounds like coughing – Sony Pictures computers, and later threatened theaters planning to show The Interview, in which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen play civilians recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s dictator.

Due to the terrorist threats, Sony originally canceled public release of the film, but then changed its plans again, and released the film in a limited way, including several hundred independent theaters. Several people who bought tickets to the movie in Merrick said they were seeing it mainly to protest the attempt to suppress Americans’ Right to Free Speech.

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United Ink Flight 914 Tattoo and Body Arts Show

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

For those who appreciate tattoos and other body arts, United Ink Flight 914 was the Long Island show to catch at the Cradle of Aviation mid-September. Tattoo artists and aficionados from the USA and abroad were at booths and events throughout the museum’s three floors.

Garden City, New York, USA. September 14, 2014. SEAN GRIFFEN, aka NME, of Freeport, is a graffiti artist creating an outdoor mural of a girl, at the United Ink Flight 914 tattoo convention at the Cradle of Aviation museum of Long Island. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. Sept. 14, 2014. Graffiti artist SEAN GRIFFEN (aka NME) creates outdoor mural at United Ink Flight 914, Cradle of Aviation museum, Long Island. (© 2014 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Outdoors, visitors could watch artists create murals. And United Ink’s body suspension show later that evening was piercingly memorable.

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Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Old Westbury Gardens 2014

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

Tartan to left of me, tartan to right of me, tartan in front of me….  at the 54th Annual Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games last weekend at Old Westbury Gardens.

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. - August 23, 2014 - Clan Gordon Highlanders Pipe Band, of Locust Valley, are marching and playing bagpipe music at the 54th Annual Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games, co-hosted by L. I. Scottish Clan MacDuff, at Old Westbury Gardens, has bagpipes, booths, and family entertainment. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Old Westbury, N.Y., U.S. – August 23, 2014 – Clan Gordon Highlanders Pipe Band of Locust Valley, marches at Long Island Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Old Westbury Gardens. (©2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Cosmo the barn owl was one of the fascinating birds at the Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation exhibit, where WINORR‘s Cathy and Bobby Horvath taught children and adults about the area wildlife and how the non-profit group helps them.

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Old Westbury, New York, U.S. - August 23, 2014 - COSMO the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is from WINORR, Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, at the 54th Annual Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games, co-hosted by L. I. Scottish Clan MacDuff, at Old Westbury Gardens. WINORR is run by the Horvaths, licensed animal rehabilitators in North Massapequa. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Old Westbury, N.Y., U.S. – August 23, 2014 – COSMO the Barn Owl is from WINORR, Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, at Long Island Scottish Festival, Old Westbury Gardens. (©2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Long Island Scottish Clan MacDuff co-hosted this festival rich with Scottish musicians, singers, and booths with food, clothing, artwork… stretching across the rolling lawns of the historic Gold Coast estate.

Mar sin leibh an dràsda.

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Hillary Clinton Book Signing ‘Hard Choices’ at Huntington Book Revue

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

Lots of people in Huntington must have been happy it didn’t rain as originally predicted for August 6th, 2014, the day Former Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON signed copies of her new memoir Hard Choices for 1,200 people at the Book Revue.

Huntington, New York, U.S. - August 6, 2014 - A police officer and police dog are leaving the Book Revue, a few hours before a book signing for H. Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, starts at the Book Revue in Huntington, Long Island. A large sign on the book store window says that the Clinton book signing that night is Sold Out. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. – August 6, 2014 – Police officer and K9 officer leave Book Revue before Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ book signing, Long Island. (©2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Several hours before the 6-8pm Hard Choices book signing, I began capturing news photos, including of KENNY MITCHELL of Garden City, who arrived 11:10pm the night before and was first on line; protestors; members of Super PAC Ready for Hillary; extensive security including county police,  federal agents, and K9 officers; and ultimately, Hillary Clinton greeting people and signing books.

Huntington, New York, U.S. - August 6, 2014 - At the entrance to the Book Revue, a teen girl is told water bottles are not allowed at the book signing for H. Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, in Huntington, Long Island. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. – August 6, 2014 – At Book Revue entrance, security tells teen that water bottles aren’t allowed at Hillary Clinton ‘Hard Choices’ book signing, Long Island. (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Band Shell Concert at Sunset Park, Port Washington

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

It felt like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting when I attended the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell concert, complete with a friendly greeting from Port Washington’s Lions Club mascot, at Sunset Park, on Manhasset Bay, during a vibrant  July 11th sunset.

Port Washington, New York, U.S. - July 11, 2014 - Audience gets ready to leave at end of night time outdoors band concert at John Philips Sousa Memorial Band Shell, at Sunset Park on Manhasset Bay in the North Shore village on Long Island Gold Coast. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Port Washington, New York, U.S. – July 11, 2014 – John Philips Sousa Memorial Band Shell concert, at Sunset Park on Manhasset Bay. (© 2014 Ann Parry, All rights reserved /Ann Parry.com)

The Port Washington Community Summer Concert Band, with Conductor Aaron Prindle, presented the program “Red, White, and Youth” – including iconic patriotic songs and ones younger audience members easily recognized, such as the theme from Daft Punk’s Tron movie soundtrack.

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