From late June through the end of August, Westbury-based NEFCU, in coordination with hospitality provider Centerplate and the Rick Eberle Agency, will present a full slate of free music concerts, line dancing performances and special children's music and movie events to be held under the Jones Beach bandshell at Field 4 on the Boardwalk.
Kicking off on June 22 through August 31, there will be 32 nights of free performances for families to enjoy, including nine weekly Family Cinema Nights every Thursday (except July 4). "Our home has been Long Island since our founding more than 80 years ago, and when presented with the opportunity to bring a full menu of free entertainment to Long Islanders at this iconic local landmark, we knew it was the perfect fit for us, for our members and for the community," said Valerie Garguilo, vice president of marketing and community relations for NEFCU.
The newly revamped Boardwalk Café, an $18 million project which opened in 2018, sits adjacent to the bandshell. Guests can enjoy locally-inspired menu items like seafood chowder, crab cake sandwiches, salmon burgers, paninis, salads, handmade wraps and local Long Island craft beers. For more traditional fare, the Central Mall concession offers a number of classics, and guests can also visit the Mr. Softee windows located on the east side of Central Mall to cool off with some soft-serve ice cream, milk shakes and Ralph's Italian Ices.
"This is one jam-packed schedule of great music, films and family entertainment," said Rick Eberle. "This is Long Island at its best: a local organization stepping up to provide free, high-end entertainment for all Long Islanders to be enjoyed all summer long under the stars at one of the greatest beaches in the world.”
The musical concerts are predominantly tribute bands of such performers as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones and Bob Marley. There will also be a weekend celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (Aug. 16-17). Kids Night concerts will be held Tuesdays (excluding July 2), while line dancing with Marianne Taylor will take place every Wednesday night. The free film series includes screenings of "Aquaman," "Mary Poppins Returns," "Avengers: Infinity War," "Incredibles 2," "Captain Marvel," and "The Lego Movie 2," among others.
"Jones Beach is such a special place for families to enjoy on summer days, and with these performances and events scheduled for virtually every night, now it's the perfect place for families when the sun goes down," said Garguilo.
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