I finally made it to the “Sunday Summer Concerts on the Green" in Stony Brook Village. The Ward Melville Heritage Organization has been doing them for 31 years. It wasn’t on my radar until a friend had mentioned it last week. They are half way through the scheduled performances already. I’m so glad I went to check it out!
It was a beautiful bug-less evening for a change. A large crowd casually gathered in lawn chairs and on blankets. Children were playing on the big lawn as the sun was setting behind us. There were plenty of cute dogs there as well.
Ed Ryan and Tom San Filippo played the “Best of the Beatles" with the Stony Brook Post Office as the backdrop. How cool is that! Ed played the part of Paul McCartney and Tom played John Lennon. Although they only played two guitars with no backup band, their harmonies were so spot on, it sounded like you were listening to the Beatles live. Great job Ed and Tom!
There are seven semi-finalist winners from “Long Island’s Got Talent” who were invited to play at the concerts. Each contestant is given one date to perform at the summer concerts and then be judged by the audience. We were handed a low-tech paper ballot to cast our vote, which would then be collected at the end in a fish bowl. When all the votes are in, the remaining four finalists will compete before judges in October.
Amelia Profaci sang “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, to a standing ovation. This tiny girl, all of 15, was outstanding! Her 13 year-old sister, Danielle, did a great job on back-up vocals and is cute as a button. Amelia has an amazing voice and a confident and solid stage presence. She totally wowed the crowd. I overheard someone say, “That Amelia has some chops! She is going to go far.”
People around town are still talking about her performance.
Awesome job Amelia! You have my vote.
For more info: contact the Ward Melville Heritage Organization at www.wmho.org or call 631-751-2244.