The Best Week February 2012

Who says February is the nadir of the year? Sure the holiday season is over and cold weather is inspiring hibernation, but there is still plenty to do. Cultural events and restaurants are thriving regardless of temperature and winter sports make the outdoors a playland. It’s time to get going on that bucket list and have the best week

3 Can’t Miss Events

Feb. 9-12
2nd Annual Folk-2-Funk Festival
Long Beach Public Library
Diverse music and fashion shows combine to benefit Long Island CARES’ disabled veterans programs.

Feb. 16, 12:30-2pm
Go Red for Women Luncheon
Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury
An event highlighting the American Heart Association’s quest to stop heart disease in women. Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group will be the keynote speaker.

Feb. 24 @ 7:30pm
Patchogue Jam 5
Patchogue Theatre
With top local musicians The Electrix, Miles To Dayton, The Jay Scott Band and the Katie Pearlman Band. Tickets: $18.

Seven Great Days

Get to a slope if you didn’t go up yesterday. Otherwise, recuperate with some luxury retail therapy—Americana Manhasset is calling. While you’re in the area, try the lauded Il Mulino (Roslyn) for dinner.

Monday Night Football may be in hibernation until next fall, but you can get your ya-yas out at the local gym with The Prowler (that sled thing the guys push around on the field). It’ll help you keep at least one of those resolutions (get fit, try something new…).

Secretly you can’t let go of the weekend. It’s ok, we understand. While away the evening at Rein (Garden City Hotel). This chic hideaway offers unique Winter Warmers (signature cocktails and vittles) in a striking atmosphere becoming of a queen.

This is your chance to take center stage: The Cup (Wantagh) features one of LI’s most beloved Open Mic nights. It’s a sweet spot—a coffeehouse setting serving desserts and such—where local art adorns the walls and local hipsters fill the sounds.

The East End awaits. Visit Southampton Cultural Center for the Visual Heritage III exhibit (appointments may be necessary after 4pm). Dine at The Living Room c/o The Maidstone (East Hampton) for a delicious, inventive, Swedish-inspired experience.

After four long days cooped up at the office, you deserve a three-day weekend—not to mention a little outdoor activity. Ziplining in the Catskills might just be the thing to get your heart pumping.

Now that you’ve completed your LI bucket list for the week, get away. Go west, young (wo)man! Find the slopes Where the Wild Meets the White to enjoy a mythical snow adventure dressed in living American history (cowboys and Indians stuff).