The Best Week September 2011

September is a month of transitions, kids are back in school, the heat of the summer is gradually fading, but the region is still rocking with the stuff of life that will give you claim to the best week.

4 Can’t Miss Events:

Shinnecock Indian Nation 65th Annual Powwow
Fri., Sept. 2-Mon., Sept. 5
Shinnecock Reservation, Southampton

With traditional music and dance performances arts, crafts, native foods and much more.

Fashion’s Night Out
Thurs., Sept. 8, 6-10pm
Saks Fifth Avenue, Walt Whitman Mall, Huntington Station

Part of a nationwide event where celebrities, designers and stars mingle with shoppers and exclusive items are on sale.

NSLIJ Partner’s Council Fashion Show
Wed., Sept. 14 @ 11am
Old Westbury Gardens

The high-glamour afternoon, sponsored by Americana Manhasset will feature a runway presentation of the Etro Fall 2011 Collection. All proceeds will benefit the Katz Women’s Hospital.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters
Fri., Sept. 30, 8pm
The Paramount, Huntington

The inimitable musical chameleon opens this much anticipated venue.

Seven Great Days

Celebrate the end of summer at The End. Head to Montauk early, canoe or kayak the hidden ponds with Montauk Adventures, lunch seaside at Gurney’s Inn, make dessert a spa appointment and finish it all with a 5pm horseback ride on the beach at Deep Hollow Ranch.

Feed your inner fashionista with a day at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. First, call in sick. Spend the morning combing the fashion sites to scout the day’s lineup of parties. Take a long time getting dressed. Crash the shows at Lincoln Center and enjoy the evening’s festivities.

Take in a Mets game at Citi Field in Flushing. It’s much more than just a ballgame, hot dog and beer—the stadium features a dizzying array of gourmet food and drink from a variety of in-house eateries and there’s plenty for the kids to do too.

Check out the art show Burton Silverman: The Humanist Spirit at the Hofstra University Museum and dig his “everyman” portrayals in elegant portraiture. Afterwards have dinner at Mitch & Toni’s American Bistro (Albertson) for exciting contemporary fare and a bite into the new hot spot.

The Long Beach Jazz Festival spans Thursday to Sunday at the Long Beach Public Library Auditorium and other venues around town. Check out the opening night performance of bassist extraordinaire Bakithi Kumalo (famous for his collaboration with Paul Simon) and his group.

It’s still warm enough for outdoor revelry. Leave work early and take in one of the many local carnivals, which usually kick off on Friday night and last the whole weekend. Forget the diet and indulge in the less-than-nutritious vittles and win your love a giant stuffed animal from one of the classic carnie games.

Choose between the more formal or casual eateries at Jedediah Hawkins Inn (Jamesport) and dig into elegant, scrumptious dishes with ingredients sourced from local and sustainable sources. Then stargaze until midnight at Custer Observatory in Southold.