The Best Week May 2014

Spring fever? Yeah, us too. Make the best of it with this abbreviated look at what’s happening this month, pulled from the pages of this issue. Go ahead, have the best week.

May is for Mother’s Day and stunning Objects of Mom’s Desire abound (starting on 28). Use any Sunday this month for a unique brunch (try Parlay Gastropub’s red velvet pancakes) or elegant and classic (The Carltun). Better yet, get the goods and present them at brunch.

Play hooky to catch the Mets at Citi Field. At the very least, get color commentary at home from former Mets’ pitcher Ron Darling. If the Monday of your choosing is the 19th, snag a ticket to Darling’s golf fundraiser.

Time to bowl. Bocce, that is. This gentlemanly game is getting some life injected into it with the hipster crowd). Grab a pallino and get rolling (facial hair optional). Soak weary limbs in a little Bathemactics afterwards.

Gotta have more cowbell, baby? Painters’ Restaurant in Brookhaven has Blue Oyster Cult drummer Jules Radino rocking open mic every week. “He’s burning, he’s burning, he’s burning for you” every Wednesday.

The flowers are in full bloom in every sense of the word at Nassau County Museum’s Garden Party, revel at garden imagery by masters such as Chagall, O’Keeffe and Mapplethorpe. While in Roslyn, check out Besito’s locally-sourced tacos.

Go West! Find tranquility at Noguchi Museum’s sculpture garden (in Queens and on page 39). Next, hit the hard stuff. We’re talking the weird, wild, rare and experimental at Brooklyn’s Berl’s Poetry Shop (be amazed on page 40).

It’s time to go out and play. For inspiration, read up on the record-setting athlete with a prosthetic, Amy Palmiero-Winters. Follow suit by joining a team. Adult leagues like volleyball and tennis are open for registration.

3 can’t miss events

May 2-4
Long Island Marathon Weekend

Eisenhower Park, East Meadow & Mitchel Athletic Complex, Uniondale
Run, cheer or just enjoy the food, music and festivities of this annual race weekend. It starts with the Sports & Fitness Expo, open for exhibitors and walk-in race registrations. Running events include a full and half marathon, 10K and 5K races, a 1-mile run and a kids’ fun run.

May 19
Ron Darling Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic

Seawane Club, Hewlett Harbor
This former Met hurler’s foundation regularly contributes money to research for diabetes and to aid local communities in the tristate area. “Real money to real people with real needs” is their motto. The event includes a cocktail reception and dinner. Each golfer receives a ticket to the celebrity-guest party at Citi Field in August.

May 30
Inaugural Casino Night

Presented by Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson’s T.E.A.M. 96 Foundation, this charity event benefits high school student-athletes, 10 of whom will be awarded college scholarships. Expect appearances by current and former Jets players, music, a silent auction, food and of course gaming tables.