Long Island Festivals: The East End Edition

There’s something of a divide between the east end and the rest of Long Island in the music scene, and it’s hard to say why. Maybe it’s some combination of east end’s charming little trait of calling the rest of us “up-Islanders,” and Nassau County’s apparent inability to conceive of civilization existing beyond the end of the LIE.

Anyway, this summer I’ve been discovering a lot of really great music out on the fishtail and it’s time for you to do the same. (Unless you already live on the east end, in which case, carry on!) This Saturday, August 25th is the East End Music Festival Fundraiser for the Clubhouse of Suffolk.

It’s a festival with such a long name that after one or more glasses of Jamesport wine you may no longer be able to say it properly. But, it’s worth the verbose title, because at this festival you get to hear awesome music AND support a great Long Island organization.

Clubhouse of Suffolk is a non-profit psychiatric rehabilitation and support agency located in Riverhead and Ronkonkoma. If you want to help with more than dollars, the Facebook event page lists the Clubhouse’s current needs, such as non-perishable food and gardening items.

Live performances will feature Inda Eaton, Job Potter, Mariann Megna, Nick Kerzner, Chris Hurley, John Divello Rocky Divello, Cowboy Kevin, and Ray Red. Guys, there are also pony rides. This event takes place on Harbes Farm and a variety of farmy fun is available. Since it is on the east end, there will also be wine tasting-–so in short, this may be your only chance to support a charity on Long Island by sitting on a pony, drinking wine, and listening to music. Make the right choice.

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Rorie Kelly is a singer/songwriter from various parts of Long Island. She recently released her debut CD called "Wish Upon a Bottlecap." Rorie and her band play regularly in NYC and on the island. Please visit roriekelly.com for more information and pretty songs.