Honor our hometown heroes
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Honor our hometown heroes


EAST ISLIP—In addition to a number of creative programs ahead, the Islip Arts Council will be presenting the annual Philharmonic Concert in the Park to Honor Our Hometown Heroes on Saturday, July 14 at Heckscher State Park. The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., will feature the Long Island Orchestra, conducted by David Stewart Wiley. Brentwood High School senior Marilyn Perda will also be singing the solo with the orchestra. 

Lynda Moran, director of the Islip Arts Council, says she is proud to continue the tradition of the concert, which began with former IAC director Lillian Barbash presenting the New York Philharmonic for the first time in 1978. 

The concert is funded through omnibus grants from Suffolk County, along with $40,000 from hotel and tobacco tax, which have long funded the event in the past. 

There will be a color guard from the American Legion, Islip Rusy Bohm Chapter, along with members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Spirit of Tuskegee Squadron 332, which pays tribute to the African-Americans who became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Moran says these patriots, in their time, “defied the belief of the military that blacks could not fly and become one of the most highly acclaimed fighting units of WWII.” 

There will also be a flyover by the Bayport Aerodrome Society and a fireworks show, courtesy of Grucci Fireworks. 

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate to United Veterans Beacon House for Sen. Phil Boyle’s food drive. Beacon House will have a van on site to collect donations. 

The VETVAN, which was recently donated to the American Legion in East Islip, will also be on hand, along with numerous other veterans groups such as 911 Vets, Horses Helping Veterans, Project9Line and the Lt. Michael Murphy Sea Cadets. 

In addition to the concert, the Islip Arts Council will also be holding a number of classes and workshops in the weeks and months ahead. All of the classes will be held at Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane in East Islip.

Stained Glass Art, which meets Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., July 17 through Aug. 21, teaches the basics of design and fabrication of stained-glass pieces in both two and three dimensions. 

Painting for Beginners & Advanced class meets Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. from Aug. 18 through Sept. 19. 

Through the Lens: Advanced Waterscape & Wildlife Photography meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., July 25 through Aug. 22. 

Life Study: Multiple Pose/Sustained Pose, which meets Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., without an instructor and includes two separate two-week sessions, held between July 19 and Aug. 23, allows participants to bring their own preferred art materials and enjoy Brookwood Hall’s park and lake, while also enjoying the Islip Art Museum’s galleries. 

Art in the Park with Martha Pinnola, which meets Mondays and/or Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m., allows participants to explore different media types, including Asian brush painting, charcoal, pen, and ink. Dates includes July 13, 16 and Aug. 6, 10, 17. 

Mosaic & Tile Workshop with Stella Castro meets Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., July 21, 28, while Artist Canvas Stretching Workshop with Anthony D’Avino meets Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., July 25. 

Fees vary for members and non-members. For more information, call 631-224-5420 or visit www.isliparts.org.