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More Than a Century of Photos at Nassau County Museum of Art

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 4, 2017

Entering the first gallery of the “Over a Hundred Years of Photos” exhibits at the Nassau County Museum of Art, I saw a docent with a group of visitors at the far right end of the room – and I love tours – so my friend Bob and I headed over to join them.

Roslyn Harbor, New York, USA, January 2, 2017. Antique camera of Ralph J. Golsen, Chicago, Illinios, is on display at Nassau County Museum of Art photography exhibitions covering over 100 years of photography. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn Harbor, NY, USA, Jan. 28, 2017. Ralph J. Golsen vintage wooden camera, Chicago, Illinois,  is on display at Nassau County Museum of Art photo exhibitions covering over 100 years of photography. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After a detour to study a large vintage wooden camera, I joined the tour as docent MAXINE HERSH was discussing first  “Animal Locomotion, Man and Donkey” in 1887, a series of 30 photo capturing the movement of subjects by groundbreaking motion-capture photographer EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE (American – 1830-1904), and then the iconic “Migrant Mother” in 1936, by American photographer DOROTHEA LANGE.

Roslyn Harbor, New York, USA, January 2, 2017. Docent MAXINE HERSH (in red top) leads visitors on tour of Nassau County Museum of Art photography exhibitions covering over 100 years of photography. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn Harbor, NY, USA, Jan. 28, 2017. Docent MAXINE HERSH discusses ‘Migrant Mother’ Nipomo, California, 1936, by DOROTHEA LANGE (American – 1895-1965) at Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On the second floor was the “New Photos, Long Island Collects” exhibit. One of my favorite photos in the gallery rooms was an Eden-like image of two black girls by Dutch photographer RUUD VAN EMPEL. The young girls and their verdant paradise setting don’t actually exist in real life, however, for the image is composited from hundreds of photos, material swatches….

Roslyn Harbor, New York, USA, January 2, 2017. Docent MAXINE HERSH (in red top) leads visitors on tour of Nassau County Museum of Art photography exhibitions covering over 100 years of photography. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn Harbor, NY, USA, Jan. 28, 2017. Docent MAXINE HERSH discusses Identity #1, 2014, by RUUD VAN EMPEL (Dutch – b. 1958)  at Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After the tour was over, Bob and I lingered In the hallway to enjoy two composite photos, “Conductor” and “Man on a Pier,” by Long Island photographer ALAN M. RICHARDS (b. 1944). Richards is a fellow member of the Long Island Center of Photography (LICP), and I’ve also admired his work during opening receptions at Long Island galleries in Huntington.

Roslyn Harbor, New York, USA, January 2, 2017. Second floor hall of Nassau County Museum of Art photography exhibitions covering over 100 years of photography. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn Harbor, NY, USA, Jan. 28, 2017. (Top right) ‘Conductor’ and (bottom right) ‘Man on a Pier,’ 2015, are image composite photos by ALAN M. RICHARDS (American – B. 1944) in 2nd Floor hallway of Nassau County Museum of Art . (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Our First Stand: Save Health Care, with Reps. Kathleen Rice & Tom Suozzi

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 17, 2017

Last Sunday, during the Our First Stand: Save Health Care Rally in Westbury, hundreds of protestors gathered – many with signs and banners, political buttons and shirts – to make their healthcare coverage positions and worries clear.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER of Merrick, AMY BUDD of Bellmore, STEFANA MULLER of Babylon, and BETH MCMANUS of Seaford, the Administrators of Together We Will Long Island, TWWLI, are holding protest signs at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. It was one of dozens of nationwide Bernie Sanders' rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER of Merrick, AMY BUDD of Bellmore, STEFANA MULLER of Babylon, & BETH MCMANUS of Seaford, Admins of Together We Will Long Island, TWWLI, hold up signs before start of “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Representatives KATHLEEN RICE (D-NY4) and TOM SUOZZI (D-NY3) hosted the rally, which was held at Yes We Can Community Center. It was one of several dozen Our First Stand rallies inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders throughout our country.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. Representative KATHLEEN RICE (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) is speaking at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. T. Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.) and Rice. It was one of dozens of nationwide Bernie Sanders' rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. Rep. KATHLEEN RICE (D – NY4) speaks at “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally.  (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Speakers included officials from Nurses Association and Planned Parenthood, a young woman who underwent life & death cancer treatments, and a father whose young son needs continuing expensive medical care.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. BRIDGIT SQUITIRE, of West Islips holds a sign asking "HEY DONALD, ARE YOU GONNA PAY FOR MY CHEMO-THERAPY?" at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. K. Rice (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) and T. Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.). It was one of dozens of Bernie Sanders' rallies nationwide for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. BRIDGIT SQUITIRE, of West Islip holds a sign asking “HEY DONALD, ARE YOU GONNA PAY FOR MY CHEMO-THERAPY?” at “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The audience frequently clapped and shouted in support as each speaker shared how current health care benefits helped, and what the anticipated consequences were of repealing the Affordable Care Act, taking millions off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, or defunding Planned Parenthood.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. L-R, RON MOTTA and his son ROBBY MOTTA, 11, who has major health care needs, of Huntington; Rep. KATHLEEN RICE; Rep. THOMAS SUOZZI; brunette cancer surviver; JUDI BOSWORTH, Supervisor Town of North Hempstead; and other speakers on stage wave to audience at end at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. Rice (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) and Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.). It was one of dozens of Bernie Sanders' nationwide rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. L-R, RON MOTTA and son ROBBY MOTTA, 11, of Huntington; Rep. KATHLEEN RICE; Rep. TOM SUOZZI; cancer surviver; JUDI BOSWORTH, Town Supervisor of North Hempstead; and other speakers at end of “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When you view this post’s slideshow, you’ll see the the signs, the banners, the buttons, the shirts…. and most importantly the faces behind them, telling about an important part of Our First Stand: Save Health Care.

(Plus, you’ll see how Voldemort got a compliment.)

U.S. Presidential Inauguration Parade 2017

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 31, 2016

Yesterday, I read the exciting news that Long Island’s own Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums will participate in the Inauguration Parade on January 20, 2017.

Originally known as “Fir Na Tine” (Gaelic: Men of Fire), it’s America’s first Volunteer Firefighter Pipe Band, and has performed widely, including at St. Patrick’s Day parades, at halftime shows for NY Jets, and band members were the 11 Pipers Piping in a Christmas commercial.

Fundraiser for firefighter Ray Pfeifer - battling cancer after months of recovery efforts at Ground Zero following 9/11 2001 Twin Towers attack - draws supporters from New York, Massachusetts and more, on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at East Meadow Firefighters Benevolent Hall, New York, USA. The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band performed. [NOTE: Background tent color altered digitally to blue] (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

East Meadow, NY, USA. March 31, 2012. Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums band performs at firefighter Ray Pfeifer Benefit. [NOTE: tent digitally altered blue] (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Also, Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums has been an inspiring, stirring part of many memorials and benefits. In spring 2012, I covered the band when it played at the Ray Pfeifer Benefit at the East Meadow Firefighters Benevolent Hall. Retired FDNY firefighter and Hicksville resident Ray Pfeifer is a true profile in courage, perseverance, and brotherhood.

FYI From Long Island: After the 9/11/2001 Twin Towers terrorist attacks, Pfeifer helped recovery efforts at Ground Zero, and by 2008 was battling cancer. Pfeifer – along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, Representatives Peter King and Carolyn Maloney, and others – helped make sure the 2010 James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act was eventually extended to 2090.

Fund raiser for firefighter Ray Pfeifer on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at East Meadow Firefighters Benevolent Hall, New York, USA. The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band performed. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

East Meadow, New York, USA. March 31, 2012. The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band performing at Ray Pfeifer Benefit. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band participates in the U.S. Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington DC in a few weeks, it will be continuing its mission of proudly representing the Nassau County Fire Service.

To help the band reach its $10,000 goal to cover transportation & lodging costs for its 40+ members, their band manager created a gofundme fundraiser: “Presidential Inauguration Parade” for the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums. To donate, please click on the above link – or enter this URL in your browser: https://www.gofundme.com/js9n5w

  • Photo Video of Ray Pfeifer Fundraiser, with Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums music:


(Thank you to Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums, esp. Band Manager Alan Jacoby, for permission to use their music in above photo video of 2012 Firefighter Ray Pfeifer Benefit.)

  • UPDATE 1/18/2107:  $17K+ of revised $20K goal has been raised at gofundme

slideshow: Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums

slideshow: Firefighter  Ray Pfeifer Benefit

band’s official site: Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums

TMB Model Train Club’s O-mazing Open House

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 30, 2016

Where can you see a three-ring circus, NYC subway line, and real prop used in a mob hit scene on The Sopranos?  At the Train Masters of Babylon Model Train Club HQ in Long Island!

Farmingdale, New York, USA. November 26, 2016. An Amtrak model train speeds through a tunnel at the Train Masters of Babylon TMB Model Train Club's Open House. Visitors enjoy a 4000 square foot O Gauge model railroad with 10 trains running on 19 scale miles of track and an underground subway system. Watching O Scale model trains traveling on tracks through various elaborate scenes was family fun, free and open to the public, during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Farmingdale, New York, USA. November 26, 2016. An Amtrak model train speeds through a tunnel at TMB Model Train Club’s Open House. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Last Saturday, during the long Thanksgiving Weekend, I spent a couple of hours that sped by all too quickly at TMB’s Open House, which was free and open to the public, as all their Open Houses are.

Farmingdale, New York, USA. November 26, 2016. BAKE TURNER, of Melville, holds a blue Electromotivee Division EMD model train engine at the Train Masters of Babylon TMB Model Train Club's Open House. Visitors enjoyed a 4000 square foot O Gauge model railroad with 10 trains running on 19 scale miles of track and an underground subway system. Watching O Scale model trains traveling on tracks through various elaborate scenes was family fun, free and open to the public, during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Farmingdale, NY, USA. Nov. 26, 2016. TMB club member BAKE TURNER, of Melville, holds a blue Electromotive Division EMD model train engine at the Train Masters of Babylon Model Train Club’s Open House. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Bake Turner, a TMB Model Train Club Board Member, told me how the club – which is a Lionel Ambassador for 2016-17 – moved from Lindenhurst to their Farmingdale location four years ago, and they’re still expanding the elaborate O-Scale layouts, including developing one vertically up a wall!

Farmingdale, New York, USA. November 26, 2016. Tiny high wire aerialist model figure, about two inches tall, is part of the circus scene display at Train Masters of Babylon TMB Model Train Club's Open House. Visitors enjoy a 4000 square foot O Gauge model railroad with 10 trains running on 19 scale miles of track and an underground subway system. The free and open to public event was family fun during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Farmingdale, NY, USA. Nov. 26, 2016. Tiny tightrope walker model figure, about two inches tall, is in circus scene display at Train Masters of Babylon TMB Model Train Club’s Open House. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Young children perched on parents’ shoulders; adults bent down to inspect the subway line; and lots of arms, short and long, pointed to trains whizzing around the 19 scale miles of track winding through fantastically detailed landscapes, towns, tall cityscapes….

Farmingdale, New York, USA. November 26, 2016. At TMB Train Masters of Babylong Model Train Club's Open House, visitors look at actual train display - complete with blood stains - seen in 'The Blue Comet' episode of 'The Sopranos'. Photo above layout is scene with character Bobby Baccalieri at L.I. model train store. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Farmingdale, New York, USA. November 26, 2016. At TMB Model Train Club’s Open House, visitors look at actual train display seen in ‘The Blue Comet’ episode of HBO’s ‘The Sopranos.’  (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

And then there’s the club’s star attraction: the actual train layout featured in “The Blue Comet” episode of The Sopranos HBO television series. It wasn’t until shortly after my visit I realized the layout was complete with “blood stains” from Bobby Bacala’s execution, so I want to return to the scene of that crime during a future Open House.

Prime lenses used with my Nikon DSLR to cover event:

  • Nikon 16mm/2.8f 180 degree fisheye lens – views of vast layouts in close quarters
  • Nikon 105mm/2.8 macro lens – close ups of miniature universe

TMB Model Train Club: TMB Model Train Club   2016-17 Lionel Ambassadors

Where the Heck is Matt? Dance-a-gram for Cleo the Cat

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 25, 2016

For years, my family’s been a fan of Matt Harding’s “Where the Heck is Matt?” videos where he enthusiastically dances around the world. So I was intrigued when I saw that the Kickstarter campaign to fund his 2016 video included a perk to have him create a Dance-a-gram.

Hamburg, Germany, March 2016. Matt Harding dancing with fans in Marco-Polo Terrassen.

Hamburg, Germany, March 2016. Matt Harding dancing with fans in Marco-Polo Terrassen, his final stop in Europe. This is one of several postcards Matt sent as perks to many of his Kickstarter supporters.

I asked Matt to create a message about adopting animals on behalf of our family’s Cleo the Cat – the gray and white striped furball we adopted from Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh, NY.

Yesterday I received Matt’s Dance-a-gram, and it’s AMAZING:

Matt Harding’s Dance-a-gram for our Cleo the Cat, adopted from Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh, NY. (YouTube: https://youtu.be/mGUSaiBFekl

When I saw the first location in Matt’s Dance-a-gram is Cape Canaveral, Florida, I smiled, since I’m such a space fan and was at Kennedy Space Center in 2000 for Jim Lovell’s talk & book signing for Apollo 13.

And please remember, if you have room in your heart and home, Cleo the Cat hopes you’ll adopt a rescue animal!

Cleo the tabby cat at home on Sept. 1, 2015, after being adopted from Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, Wantagh, New York, USA (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Long Island, USA. Here’s a glimpse of Cleo the cat, which will have to do until I capture photo of her dancing for joy over Matt’s Dance-a-gram.  (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Official site of Last Hope Animal Rescue

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Hofstra Debate 2016 Event with David Axelrod

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
September 14, 2016

Yesterday, DAVID AXELROD was the Signature Debate Speaker on “The Evolving Media and Political Landscape” – a Debate 2016 event at Hofstra University, which is hosting the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump later this month, on September 26.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. DAVID AXELROD, CNN Senior Political Commentator and Democratic strategist who served as Obama Senior Advisor, is the Signature Debate Speaker on The Evolving Media and Political Landscape, at Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. T., scheduled for later that month on September 26. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates; Hofstra; university; universities; college; colleges (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. DAVID AXELROD is the Signature Debate Speaker on The Evolving Media and Political Landscape, at Hofstra University, which will host the 1st Presidential Debate later that month.  (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Axelrod, a former senior advisor for President Obama and current senior political commentator for CNN, devoted time after his prepared remarks to answer questions from audience members.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner, in patriotic red white and blue, is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. T., scheduled for later that month on September 26. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner on South Campus at Hofstra University, which will host first Presidential Debate on Sept. 26. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

My favorite Q&A exchange began when a student referred to Axelrod’s advice to vote for one of the two major party candidates, rather than casting a statement vote for a candidate with no realistic chance of winning. The student then said he did not want to vote for either the Democrat or Republican nominee and indeed would vote for a 3rd party candidate.

So Axelrod gave an example of when protest votes for a 3rd party candidate may have affected the outcome of the election:

In the 2000 presidential race in the pivotal state of Florida, Green Party nominee Ralph Nader received over 97,000 votes, and Democrat Al Gore received just 537 fewer votes than Republican George W Bush, who won the presidency.

Unswayed, the student once again said he’d be voting for a 3rd party candidate.

Axelrod began to say something, then abruptly stopped, glanced up and then back at the student, and asked if he was from New York. When the student said yes he was, Axelrod cheerfully told him to go and vote away. The student smiled as he returned to his seat; the audience clapped.

FYI from LI: The most recent Republican presidential candidate to win New York was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner - tall vertical in patriotic red white and blue - is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. T., scheduled for later that month on September 26. A high-rise residence hall is at right, also in North Campus. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate on Sept. 26. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hofstra will be the first ever university to host three consecutive U.S. presidential debates.

ALL Hofstra Debate 2016 events, unless otherwise noted on Hofstra’s site, are free and open to the public. RSVP is recommended:

Event Calendar:  DEBATE2016 Hofstra University  (www.hofstra.edu/Debate/debate-event-calendar.html)

Hofstra Debate 2016 event, David Axelrod:  slideshow  |  gallery

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‘Kevin Can Wait’ Here on Long Island

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
August 20, 2016

Last night my daughter Sue and I saw Episode 1 of Kevin Can Wait being filmed at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage. This new CBS sitcom, starring actor Kevin James, is the first prime-time network series originating from a Long Island studio – hello, Hollywood East!

  • NOTE: scroll to end of post for Z100 audio Update
Bethpage, New York, USA. August 19, 2016. Actor KEVIN JAMES (middle of low railing) the star of the CBS new comedy series "Kevin Can Wait" set to premiere mid September 2016, autographs copies of the script cover of the first episode, right after filming is completed. After the pilot was shot,13 episodes were ordered in May. The Sony Pictures Television Inc show is the first series to be shot entirely on Long Island, and is filmed at Gold Coast Studioes. Kevin James, a Long Island native, portrays the title character Kevin Gable, a newly retired police officer who lives with his family in Massapequa. Other cast members, several who also autographed the cover, include: Erinn Hayes as his wife Donna, a school nurse; Taylor Spreitler as their older daughter Kendra; Ryan Cartwright as Kendra's fiance; Mary-Charles Jones as the younger daughter Sara; and JAMES DIGIACOMO as the young son Jack, and GARY VALENTINE as Kevin's brother Kyle Gable. Episode #101 was written by Heather Flanders and Directed by Andy Fickman. Executive Producers are Mr. James, Bruce Helford, Rock Reuben, and Jess Sussman. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Bethpage, New York, USA. August 19, 2016. After filming’s done, actor KEVIN JAMES (low center by railing) the star of CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” set to premiere Sept. 19, 2016, autographs copies of script cover of 1st episode. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

THE HOUSE OF 5 GABLES

First we saw the pilot, which gave background to the episode being filmed that night. It introduced us to the Gable family: father Kevin, a newly retired police officer; mother Donna, a school nurse; and their children Kendra, Sara, and Jack.

We also met Kevin’s brother Kyle (who looks like a short Kevin with facial hair), Kendra’s fiancé Chale (who looks like… no, I’ll leave that as a surprise), and Kevin’s three friends who are fellow retired police officers.

BTW from LI:   The Gable family lives in the south shore town of Massapequa, so they’d have to move just a few miles west to be the Gables of Merrick Gables, a 1920s development of Spanish stucco houses near my home.

HAPPY & PEPPY 

Long Island’s Joey Kola was the warm up comedian. Over the course of the night, Joey identified dozens of cast and crew … had us sing along to songs the DJ played … shared anecdotes that were probably at least partly true… did fast and furious impressions (mostly of Long Islanders, of course)… and introduced countless audience members who were fellow comedians, notable Long Islanders, media personalities, and relatives of cast and crew.

HOT SET

The first scene filmed was the first scene of the episode, and there were several partial and whole retakes (that I found riveting) – of this scene and scenes in general – in order to tweak dialogue and action, and film from different viewpoints. As Director Andy Fickman – who made some genuinely funny comments when cameras weren’t filming – explained to the audience, the sitcom studio filming is done in chronological order – except that night the last two scenes were reversed so Mary-Charles Jones, a minor, would finish her last scene before 11 PM.

I especially liked how Kevin Gable – the eponymous character played by star Kevin James, a gifted everyman physical comedian – didn’t always have to be the one getting the Big Laugh, so his character had the chance to convey emotion, doubt, conflicted feelings – you know, things real people feel while living life without a laugh track, let alone a live studio audience.

And I hope to see more of Chale, who stood out as a unique, engaging character.

BTW from LI:  “Chale” has a range of meanings throughout the world: Perhaps the village Chale in the Isle of Wight, England, is relevant. Also, “Chale” means “strong” and “manly” in Spanish, which might be something to think about.

Bethpage, New York, USA. August 19, 2016. Ann holds printed sheet with PRIORITY TICKETS to be in audience during taping of CBS new comedy series "Kevin Can Wait" starring actor KEVIN JAMES, and set to premiere mid September 2016 The Sony Pictures Television Inc show is the first series to be shot entirely on Long Island, and is filmed at Gold Coast Studioes. Kevin James, a Long Island native, portrays the title character Kevin Gable, a newly retired police officer who lives with his family in Massapequa. Other cast member include: Erinn Hayes as his wife Donna, a school nurse; Taylor Spreitler as their older daughter Kendra; Ran Cartwright as Kendra's fiance; Mary-Charles Jones as the younger daughter Sara; and James DiGiacomo as the young son Jack. Episode #101 was written by Heather Flanders and Directed by Andy Fickman. Executive Producers are Mr. James, Bruce Helford, Rock Reuben, and Jess Sussman. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Bethpage, New York, USA. August 19, 2016. Ann holds tickets to filming of CBS sitcom ‘Kevin Can Wait’ at Gold Coast Studios. (© 2016 Sue Moller)

When Executive Producer Rock Reuben took questions from the audience, he stated that KCW will be free of references to a certain infamous Massapequa resident from the early 1990s.

BTW from LI:  Wouldn’t it be fun if Kevin Can Wait has Kevin bumping into, or even hanging with, Long Island natives Alec Baldwin, Ray Romano,  Jerry Seinfeld – say, at All American Hamburger?

UPDATE Ray Romano guest-starred on KCW Oct. 23, 2016

NO CAMERAS

Cameras weren’t allowed, but cell phones were, though they couldn’t be on/out during filming.

Media, including People magazine and Newsday, were there to cover the night, and though I wished now and then I were covering it with my Nikon D4, it was a nice change to be sitting there with my daughter and fellow audience members, simply enjoying the show – you know, things people do while living life without a pro DSLR and Press badge.

FREE TICKETS

The long evening of filming was so much fun it sped by. If you’re in the Long Island area and interested in free tickets to a future filming of Kevin Can Wait at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage, visit 1iota.com (August & most September 2016 dates are already Sold Out). And don’t forget to eat dinner before you go to the studio.

TICKETS at 1iota.com: Kevin Can Wait

So, okay, maybe it’s partly because I’m from Long Island, plus there’s a retired police officer in our family, but I enjoyed watching the pilot and filming of the first episode of Kevin Can Wait, and can’t wait to see its premiere on Monday, September 19, 8:30 PM (EST) on CBS.

CAST

Cast includes:

  • Kevin James as Kevin Gable
  • Erinn Hayes as wife Donna
  • Taylor Spreitler as daughter Kendra
  • Ryan Cartwright as Kendra’s fiancé Chale
  • Mary-Charles Jones as younger daughter Sara
  • James DiGiacomo as son Jack
  • Gary Valentine as Kevin’s brother Kyle
  • Christopher Brian Roach as Mott
  • Leonard Earl Howze as Goody
  • Lenny Venito as Duffy

Episode 1 “Kevin and Donna’s Book Club”

  • Writer: Heather Flanders
  • Director: Andy Fickman

Executive Producers: Kevin James, Bruce Helford, Rock Reuben,  Jess Sussman


  • UPDATE 

9/19/2016: During Z100’s Elvis Duran Morning Show, my daughter Sue spoke with Kevin James about how much she enjoyed being in the audience for taping of Kevin Can Wait at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage, NY.

Listen to above 2-minute clip to hear what my daughter Sue calls Kevin James, on Z100’s Elvis Duran Morning Show, 9/19/2016.


“Kevin Can Wait”:   slideshow  | gallery

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