Here's a look at what to expect this month at the Sachem Public Library:
Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall: Monday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.: Master glass designer Louis Comfort Tiffany completed Laurelton Hall, his 100-room Oyster Bay mansion, in 1905. This dazzling, art nouveau showplace was unlike anything ever built before or since. Learn about this extraordinary Long Island home and its tragic fate. Many of the images that will be presented by local historian Monica Randall are from a rare private collection belonging to Tiffany’s granddaughter, Mrs. Louise L. Platt.
My Pyramid, My Plate: Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.: With so many options, it is often difficult to determine the best foods to put on your plate. Maryann Birmingham, Community Nutrition Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, will speak on healthy eating using the new MyPlate icon, which replaces the pyramid as the government's primary symbol. Learn to adopt healthy eating habits and make healthier food choices for yourself and your family.
Siol na h'Eireann Bagpipe Concert: Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.: Enjoy the haunting and vibrant sounds of Siol na h'Eireann (The Seed of Ireland) Pipe Band. Each year, under the direction of Pipe Major Vincent Robinson and band manager Phil Sullivan, Siol na h'Eireann has led the New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians Board in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.
An Afternoon at the Apollo Theater: Sunday, March 11, 2:00 p.m.: The Apollo is coming to Sachem, and you might even have a chance to join in the fun onstage! Discover the history and enjoy behind-the-scenes anecdotes about this world-renowned theater and the celebrated performers who have graced its stage. Meet the 'heart' of the Apollo, Tour Director Billy Mitchell, who has worked at the theater since 1965, when he began running errands for legends including Flip Wilson, B.B. King, Sam Cooke, and James Brown.
Finding Balance: Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.: If you're feeling stressed and finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the competing demands of work and home, you're not alone. Personal Growth Coach Paula Klee Parish, President and CEO of Performance Solutions, Inc., will share tips on finding balance in your daily life. Come find out how you can stop trying to juggle all those balls while wondering which one is going to fall.
The Great 2012 Scare: Fact or Fantasy: Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.: Is the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012 as predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar? Let’s heed the advice of the ominous tagline from the $200-million disaster movie 2012: “Find out the truth.” Astrophysicist Kevin Manning will do just that, by digging beneath the hype and separating fact from fiction. Following the presentation, a powerful telescope will be set up outdoors for viewing the craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn and other beautiful objects in the night sky, weather permitting.
Job Fair: Friday, March 16, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Calling all job seekers! Don’t miss this opportunity to apply in person to organizations actively seeking employees. Bring your resume and dress for success. Sponsored by the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center.
Irish Song & Dance Festival: Mulvihill-Lynch Step Dancers & Red River Ramblers: Sunday, March 18, 2:00 p.m.: Students from the Mulvihill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance will perform classic, crowd-pleasing Irish step dance on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. These internationally known champions of the competitive circuit have performed several times on Channel 5's Good Day New York.
Long Island Witch Trials: Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.: More than three decades before the notorious 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, Long Island had its very own witchcraft trial. Goody Garlick was accused of bewitching and causing the death of Elizabeth Gardiner Howell, daughter of prominent citizen Lion Gardiner, founder of the first English settlement in New York. Stony Brook University professor Tara Rider will discuss this alarming phenomenon in colonial American history, and attempt to explain the cultural forces, which led so many women to be charged with heresy and devil-worship.
An Evening with the Filmmaker: Peter Miller: JEWS AND BASEBALL: An American Love Story, Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.: In this award-winning documentary, filmmaker Peter Miller explores the special meaning of baseball in the lives of American Jews. Mr. Miller tells the stories of the Jewish major leaguers who have left their mark on America’s pastime, including Hank Greenberg, Moe Berg, Al Rosen, and the legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax. More than a sports film, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes. Dustin Hoffman narrates. A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the presentation.
Musical Salute to Danny Kaye: Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m.: Accompanied on piano by Peter Pece, accomplished actor and theater educator Bob Spiotto will bring to life legendary comic performer Danny Kaye, who brought out the child in all of us. Enjoy a tour de force featuring music, dance, costumes, props, and pictures in this tribute to the one and only Danny Kaye, the beloved Court Jester.
Poetry: Verse in Person: Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.: Each month a guest poet presents a reading after which the audience is encouraged to share original works at an open mic. This month’s guest is Matt Curiale, who studied creative writing at Binghamton University and has spent the past eight years teaching English. A chapbook of his poems entitled 38 Superior was published in 2006. Mr. Curiale is a native Long Islander currently residing in Sea Cliff with his wife and two daughters.
Preparing for U.S. Citizenship, Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.: A team of officers from the local field office of the Department of Homeland Security will explain the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. Presentation will include slides, handouts, and a mock interview.