The Sunnyland crew got a chance to knock of some rust this morning at the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the re-opening of the Suffolk Theater on Main Street in downtown Riverhead. (I’ve seen a couple of facebook photos begin cropping up already.) It was a wonderful event with lots of old friends from the community turning out to support what certainly is a keystone event in the revitalization process. The theater interior has been beautifully and carefully renovated and restored by Robert & Dianne Castaldi, who along with Executive Director Bob Spiotto (also a great performer) and events coordinator Kim Folks create a veritable dream team of skills to make the Suffolk Theater a centerpiece of Riverhead’s downtown for years to come.
Another cherished institution was temporarily postponed due to Superstorm Sandy – the annual Howard Hovey Day of Tuba & Euphonium!! For many years, this event was led by Bill Troiano – a frequent “sub” with Sunnyland. Bill moved to Texas, but I’m hoping he may grace us a visit since we were cheated out of a proper farewell four months ago. The “opening act” for the event for many years has been myself & John Klumpp along with Howard’s two sons – Art Hovey on helicon/tuba and Bob Hovey on trombone. Both of them are extraordinary musicians – Art as a vital part of the famous Galvanized Jazz Band in Connecticut, and Bob playing with many diverse groups and musicians including the Blues Collar Band, King Scallop & the Oysterettes, the Protruders, Dominic Duval and Teddy Charles. The pre-show festivities begin at 6:45 PM at the Bellport Middle School in Bellport, 35 Kreamer Street (just west of Station Road). Hope to see you there!!