Join the Northport Symphony Orchestra!

We’re recruiting! Openings for strings, horn, and bassoon. Join us to play Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky in April, under the direction of Guest Conductor Eric Mahl. Rehearsals begin February 8. Click here for more info.

Speck in the Sea: an island-wide reading initiative plus a collaborative art pop-up, high school musical and more

One island, one book: An annual island-wide reading initiative, Long Island Reads has selected A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski as its book this year. Image via Long Island Reads.

Long Island Reads: A Speck in the Sea
An island-wide reading initiative through April
Long Island Reads is an island-wide reading initiative intended to bring together readers from across Nassau and Suffolk counties to read the same book, participate in discussions and enjoy related programs. This year’s book, promoted by the Northport-East Northport Library, is A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski.

Sponsored by the Nassau Library System and the Public Libraries of Suffolk County, Long Island Reads works hard to choose a title that has a direct Long Island connection and lends itself to related programming.

In A Speck in the Sea, two veteran sailors who co-own and operate a Montauk lobster boat recount the 2013 search-and-rescue mission for co-author John Aldridge, describing how his partner, their families, the local fishing community, and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized an unprecedented and ultimately successful operation. The book chronicles the true, chilling, unexpected adventure of two men on very different journeys between endurance and salvation. Set in the waters off the East End of Long Island, their story reminds everyone what it means to be part of a community and to stay positive under the most extreme duress.

A dual virtual and in-person event honoring both Aldridge and Sosinski and hosted by the Half Hollow Hills Community Library will take place on Sunday, April 23, at 2pm. Free tickets to the in-person event will be available to the public beginning Saturday, April 1, at 9:30am.

For more information, and to reserve a copy of the book, contact the Northport-East Northport Public Library.

Northport Pop-Up Reception
Saturday, February 18, 3-5pm
The Firefly Artists, 90 Main Street, Northport
The Northport Arts Coalition partners with The Firefly Artists in this beautiful celebration of the talent that surrounds us. Featuring Tina Anthony, Lisa Carrano, Cate Chirico, Richard Doyle, Deidre Elzer-Lento, Debra Fink, Wendy Iamascia, Christopher Hlinka, Dianna Hollyn, Theresa Kirby, Amanda Lastella, Len Leone, Joseph Mazzola, Sharon McComb, Jane McGraw-Teubner, Meagan Meehan, Monica Ray, Matthew Rossi, Faith Skelos, Andy Small, Lynn Staiano and Elizabeth Wix. See flier for details.

From Sea to Shining Sea: Whalers of the African Diaspora
Special exhibit, ongoing
The Whaling Museum, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
Explore the artwork, artifacts and text exploring and expounding on the role of African American mariners in whaling history. The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum’s new two-year exhibition highlights and brings into perspective a significant time in American history for the general public. As the first integrated industry and meritocracy in United States history, the whaling industry was the largest employer of African Americans; according to estimates, between one-quarter and one-third of all the American whaling crews were people of color.

Artist Hulbert Waldroup stands beside his work at The Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor. Image via

Northport High School Musical: Disney’s The Little Mermaid
See flier for details.

Sky Group Show
Through February 19
Haven Gallery, 50 Main Street, Northport
An exploration of the constellations and celestial bodies of the night sky, artists in the Sky Group Show were invited to use mythological and scientific approaches to visually interpret the characters, themes, stories, zodiac and heavenly bodies. Exhibiting artists include: Jennifer Healy, Erika Sanada, Linda Adair, Scott Radke, Stephanie Rew, Claudia Griesbach-Martucci, Paige Carpenter, Jeff Echevarria, Laura Krusemark, Nikolas Tower, Valery Vecu Quitard, Kate Domina. Also on view at the gallery, in solo exhibitions, is work from Jason Mowry, Nikolas Tower and Tina Yu.