Greenport NY Arts & Culture

Long Island is brimming with art and educational opportunities. Whether you’re interested in music, art galleries, museums, theater or film or are considering going back to school, you will find lots to keep your calendar full.

For those who love the arts, the North Fork is the perfect place to engage with an array of music, theatre, dance and artworks.

Let’s Get Dramatic

Since New York City is an easy drive from the North Fork, you can take in a play or theater performance every night of the week. Closer to home, the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts is Suffolk County’s largest theater boasting nearly 1,200 seats in a beautiful setting with amazing acoustic qualities.The Cultural Arts Playhouse is a regional theater presenting professional adult productions, plus youth performances and classes.  The playhouse is a year round regional, off-off Broadway style theater that has produced over 500 productions including educational and touring shows. On the nearby South Fork, the Bay Street Theater is a 299-seat playhouse that showcases regional theater productions and offers drama education programs for all ages.

Immerse Yourself in Art

Long Island is brimming with places to enjoy art. Nova Constellatio Gallery is the open studio and gallery of contemporary realist painter Isabelle Haran-Leonardi.

Nearby, the Museum of Contemporary Arts Long Island, or MoCA LI, is the newly defined exhibition space of the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC). MoCA LI is a museum for artists and community, created by artists of the community. Through its exhibition programming at MoCA LI, the Patchogue Arts Council supports, promotes, and encourages early, mid-career, and established artists working in all media and from all walks of life. In addition to permanent and changing collections, The Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island offers workshops for all ages and interests.

Explore Our Garden

Peconic Landing’s Sculpture Garden is a hidden art gem. The North Fork’s only Sculpture Garden, this outdoor gallery features 18 different works sprinkled throughout Peconic Landing’s campus. Established in 2010, it is home to regional, national and internationally recognized artists showcasing a diversity of material, techniques, and content. Our exhibition, Art Without Barriers: What you hear is what you see, is all about accessibility, with a particular focus on the visually impaired. The garden features descriptive audio, enabling people of various abilities to experience art in creative ways.
Group of seniors posing around an outdoor sculpture

Reap the Benefits of Greenport, NY Music

Enjoy the many avenues to listen to, learn about and make music on the North Fork. Make a night of it at the historic Suffolk Theater. The art deco concert hall attracts a variety of artists. Noah Schwartz, of his eponymous farm-to-table restaurant in Greenport, serves as the theater’s executive chef, giving the audience access to locally inspired dishes to enjoy with the performances.

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post in Brookville hosts more than 70 performances each season by world-renowned artists in music, theater and dance. Tilles Center was the first to bring the New York Philharmonic to Long Island and Bruce Springsteen’s legendary “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” was recorded onsite. The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall is a beautiful old opera house founded in 1881. Forgotten for a time, the theater sat silent and fell into disrepair but has been restored to its full former glory. Located in Riverhead on the scenic Peconic River front, the Vail hosts a variety of musical acts.

Long Island is home to a wide variety of live music venues. No matter what your personal tastes, you’re sure to find one that suits you. And if you want to learn a new musical instrument, consider taking an adult music class. At Peconic Landing, a member-favorite class is the ukulele group, The Plucks.

Dance across Long Island

Sway over to Long Island’s historic theatres, public parks, museums and universities to experience everything from classical ballet and tap to percussive and interpretive dance, performed by celebrated local, national and international companies.

Huntington Ballet Theatre now the Long Island Ballet Theatre was founded over 30 years ago. During the past decade the company’s repertoire has grown to include classical productions of Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and a new version of The Nutcracker. It has also performed original, contemporary work at the Long Island Dance Consortium’s Festival of Dance, Huntington Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival and The Long Island Ballet Competition.

Visit a nearby Greenport, NY museum

Long Island museums offer an ongoing source of learning. The East End Seaport Museum on the historic Greenport waterfront allows visitors explore the rich maritime heritage of Long Island’s East End. The museum has a state-of-the-art 750-gallon saltwater aquarium, constantly changing exhibits and even a Village Blacksmith Shop.

Long Island wouldn’t be quiet the same without the Long Island Rail Road. With two locations on the East End, the Rail Road Museum of Long Island works hard to restore and preserve the history of the LIRR. Both contain locomotive related artifacts and regularly changing exhibits.

Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) brings people together to share and celebrate the unique history and culture of the Long Island hamlets of Orient and East Marion. By presenting shared experiences from the past, we connect East Marion and Orient to the present and pass it on to future generations.

Living a better life at Peconic Landing Retirement Community through arts and culture

With so much to walk to, and so much more a short ride away, Peconic Landing is close to theater, music, dance and more year-round. Presentations from the prestigious James Beard Foundation or world-famous ballet companies captured live in high definition, or the renowned Manhattan Film Institute featuring screenings hosted by award-winning writers and directors are a regular occurrence, confirming there is no shortage of cultural opportunities on campus either. “I love the Metropolitan Opera screenings in HD, painting in the art studio, and taking in the Sculpture Garden,” explained Peconic Landing member Carol D.

Retirees living at Peconic Landing on Long Island have easy access to New York City’s many museums, art galleries and events.

For more inside tips on the best art and culture destinations on the North Fork of Long Island, connect with Peconic Landing’s knowledgeable Retirement Counselors.

For tips on vineyards, restaurants and more on the North Fork or at Peconic Landing, please do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable Retirement Counselors.

Long Island Sports

If your preferred form of live entertainment is sports, you will not be disappointed. Long Island isn’t far from top-level baseball (New York Yankees and New York Mets), hockey (New York Rangers), basketball (New York Knicks), soccer (New York City Football Club) and football (New York Jets and New York Giants).

Long Island boasts its very own professional sports teams including the Independent Atlantic League Long Island Ducks baseball team. The newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is home to NHL team, the New York Islanders and NBA D-league team, the Long Island Nets. Mitchel Athletic Complex plays host to two professional soccer teams, the Long Island Rough Riders and New York Cosmos.

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