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89th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Huntington, live opera, and Neil Simon all this weekend

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) will host the 89th Annual Huntington St. Patrick's Day Parade this Sunday, March 12, beginning at 2pm. Image via the AOH website.

The 89th Annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 12, 2pm start time
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) extends a public invitation to join in as the group celebrates St. Patrick's Day and the Town of Huntington for its 89th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Grand Marshal Greg Kennedy will lead the procession down New York Avenue to Main Street.

The Huntington St. Patrick's Parade is Long Island's oldest and largest and features dozens of pipe bands, including some of the metro area's finest. Few realize the expense of running such a significant event, which includes band sponsorship fees, insurance, and advertising. The Huntington Ancient Order of Hibernians has organized and covered all of the costs of this extraordinary parade every year since 1930 (there were no parades during WWII).

How? The AOH raises funds through a special St. Patrick's Day journal insert published in Newsday. Newsday's pull-out special section contains all the parade specifics, a history of the parade, pictures from past parades, and paid advertisements. For more information and an image of the parade route, click here.

Live Opera on Main Street
Friday, March 10, 7pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 270 Main Street, Northport
Opera Night Long Island (ONLI), a nonprofit organization providing the only live opera series performed by accomplished singers on Long Island, continues its monthly program at St.Paul’s. Doors open at 7pm; the program begins at 7:30pm. $10 donation. More information is available at http://operanight.org.

THIS WEEKEND (and next!)
Neil Simon’s California Suite
Saturdays, March 11 and 18 at 8pm, Sundays, March 12 and 19 at 2pm
Star Playhouse at the Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack
Check out Stage 74 at the SYJCC for California Suite, a humorous confection divided into four parts by Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best. In “Visitor from New York,” Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband to decide with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah's well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold. “The Visitor from Philadelphia” is a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband "en flagrante delicto" with a drunken hooker. “The Visitors from London” are Academy Award-nominee Diana who returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney, whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight. “The Visitors from Chicago” are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared. For more information and to purchase tickets ($32/$25 for SYJCC members, seniors and students), click here.

Snowmen at Night StoryWalk
Through March
Adjacent to the East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport
Ever wonder what snowmen do once the sun goes down? Families are invited to visit the Northport-East Northport StoryWalk at Ann & Connele’s Playground in the John J. Walsh Memorial Park next to the East Northport Library. Follow the numbered panels along the fence to read the featured story, Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. Each panel features story prompts to engage families in movement activities and further discussion to strengthen developing literacy skills. This story will be available through March 2023.

Northport through Artists’ Eyes
Through March 31
Northport Historical Society, 215 Main Street, Northport
Explore Northport as seen through paintings and work of various artists in the Northport HIstorical Society’s latest pop-up exhibit. The exhibit also features an original painting by abstract expressionist, Stanley Twardowicz. The gouache and ink on paper is titled “#44” and was painted in 1958, two years after Twardowicz moved to Northport. Stay tuned for more on the pop-up in an article from Northport Historical Society curator Terry Reid.

Siqueiros in New York: The 1936 Experimental Workshop
Thursday, March 16, 7-9pm
Free online lecture via The Atelier at Flowerfield
The Atelier presents a free online lecture with Mexican visual artist Carlos Morales to discuss “Siqueiros in New York: The 1936 Experimental Workshop.” Living and working in New York, Carlos became deeply curious about the experiences of other Mexican artists who came to this city before him and the legacies they left behind. This talk, which is part of an ongoing project, will focus on Mexican muralist and political activist David Alfaro Siqueiros and his days in the United States, with particular attention to his time in New York City, where his 1936 Experimental Workshop participants included Harold Lehman and Jackson Pollock. Register here.