Trevor Davison's Debut at WAVE Lounge in Danfords
Source: The North Shoreian magazine
By: Marie Ann Mordeno & Guest Writer Irene Ruddock
Out and About with Marie
By Marie Ann Mordeno & Guest Writer Irene Ruddock
A Weekend Flurry of Event along the North Shore
A friend from Manhattan once asked "What ever do you do in the "Burbs"? (Actually, she said the "Sticks!") I had this discussion on a weekend that found a group of local friends going from a reception at the Long Island Museum to a Christian White art opening at Gallery North. While at the Gallery, ten of us signed up for Gallery North's Sunset Cruise fundraiser on a luxury yacht…"What do we do in the sticks….? Well, let me tell you!"
Saturday brought me to see Trevor Davison at Wave in Danfords restaurant in Port Jefferson. Wave was packed with Trevor's fans from far and wide, who ventured from all over the island to support his opening. All were singing along to the tunes of Billy Joel and the Beatles to Etta James and Edith Piaf….. The place was mobbed with new and old Trevor fans. Friends, Grace Forestieri, Alan Gaites, and others met up with me at Wave.
Friday evening a few weeks ago, when I invited local artist Irene Ruddock to join me for the weekend. I chose Irene, a former eastside Manhattan resident because I knew she would appreciate the weekend's many events. A Night at the Copa was an event to support the village of Port Jefferson's beautiful, new Port Jefferson Village Center. The Port Jefferson Village Center turned into the legendary Copacabana! Suddenly it was the forties and we were immersed in the music, costumes and characters of the Copa. The mood was set as we were greeted by Carmen Miranda (aka Betty Ann Marangiello) and the fabulous Trixie, the cigarette girl with an authentic cigarette table strapped to her neck! Guests dressing the part, with red boas and that romantic style of the era, got right into the mood by dancing away! "At the Copa, Copacabana" kept playing.
The room was filled with party goers; Deputy Mayor and Mayoral candidate, Joe Erland, Mayoral Candidate and local attorney, Margot Garant, several Board Trustees, entertainers from St. George Productions and many Port Jefferson residents. We were seated with some lovely people including Lorna Verdone and Christine Matlock. Mario Branschinelli of Mario's Restaurant in Setauket generously provided the food as well as sponsoring the entertainment by St. George Production. The food, which seemed to be a part of the entertainment, arrived course after delicious course! Included were a very fresh tomato mozzarella salad, egg plant rollatini, stuffed clams, shrimp oreganato, pork loin, and a fabulous desert. All was served family style so we ended up meeting everyone at the table.
The glitz the glamour of the copa came alive as we were entertained by musical icons Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby darin, and Faye Emmerson (Carolyn Brown, Carolyn Benson, Christine Jordan and others)! It was a fabulous night of surprises and razzle dazzle!!
Afterwards, Irene and I met Lisa Wilson, and her city friends for champagne at the beautiful Country House. Lisa brings friends from the city often on weekends and joins us at a variety of activities. Music is provided each Friday evening by piano player Trevor Davison on the country houses beautiful white baby grand. This has become a place where local people meet after dinner, movies, and fundraisers or just come in to catch up with friends. Bob Willemstyn is gracious host and Scott pours a great champagne flute with black berries and strawberries nesting on top. The perfect Friday at the Country House would be to start with dinner and move into the piano room for music.
To answer the Manhattanites: yes, we have plenty to do out here and if you were looking for more, check the events calendar in this publication. What do we do in the sticks? Well, Irene, Alan, Grace, and I agreed that there is enough to do on the North Shore to even make us happy!