Author: Lillian Africano

The Romance of Sailing Ships: Cruising Aboard the Star Flyer

Share: I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.  John Masefiel Once upon a time, during “The Golden Age of Sail,” the oceans belonged to the clipper ships. From the late 16th to the mid-19th century, those graceful and majestic vessels, with their soaring masts and billowing sails, carried goods and...

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Not That Jewish: A One-Woman Romp Featuring Monica Piper

Share: Monica Piper’s father told her she was funny. He was right. A solo show can be a really big risk, but Piper makes it look easy. With just a single prop (it’s a surprise) and projections showing her son, parents, grandmother—and Mickey Mantle, Piper captures the audience within minutes of taking the stage and keeps them in the palm of her hand for the 90-minute tour-de-force called Not That Jewish. How can you resist a veteran comedienne and writer who tells you she took her stage name from a sign? (Santa Monica Pier.) Or who tells you in...

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Long Island Wine: New York’s Big Grape

Share: Just like Rodney Dangerfield, Long Island wines sometimes get “no respect.” Just this past April, John Oliver of the Last Week Tonight show swigged North Fork Chardonnay out of a bag and called it “terrible.” Congressman Steve Israel defended his bailiwick’s vineyards in an email. “The Long Island wine industry is no joke. Our vineyards produce award-winning wines, attract more than a million visitors each year, employ hardworking New Yorkers and stimulate our local economy.”  The congressman was right. With New York State the third largest wine-growing region in the United States, Long Island is considered the premier...

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Red, White and Delicious: Pairing Wines for Your Holiday Meal (and Mine)

Share: Once upon a time, the rules were simple: red wine with meat; white wine with fish. Then came a new rule: ignore the old rule and drink whatever you like. Perhaps it’s better to forget rules and simply follow some general guidelines to enhance your enjoyment of both wine and food. Consider balance, so that neither the food nor the wine overwhelms the other. Just as cooking is a balance of fat, acid, salt and sweet, so, too, is wine pairing. Weight: A hearty dish like Beef Bourguignon calls for a full-bodied wine like red Burgundy. Though reds...

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Boston Tea Party: December 16, 2016

Share: Historic 243rd Anniversary Boston is gearing up to celebrate the 243rd Boston Tea Party Anniversary and Annual Reenactment on December 16, with actual tea from London to be thrown into Boston Harbor!  This event only happens once a year. London’s East India Company, the same company from which the original tea came that was thrown into Boston Harbor during The Boston Tea Party in 1773, is shipping from London 220 pounds of expired loose tea to be again thrown into Boston Harbor. On December 16, 1773, more than 5,000 colonists met at Old South Meeting House to decide...

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