Back to school, back to work, one more vacation, one final project in the garden, as if you haven’t got enough to do in the final days of summer, here are some of our top picks for things to enjoy this summer on the island.
Africa: Sub-Saharan Diversity
The Emily Lowe Gallery at Hofstra University Museum’s exhibition highlights the diversity, history and legacy of Sub-Saharan Africa, featuring masks, art, technology, weaponry and more. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 516-463-5672. This exhibit runs through Aug. 12. Visit www.hofstra.edu for details.
Custom car show featuring a variety of custom vintage cars not found anywhere else, plus dinner and music. $5 to show a vehicle; no charge for spectators. Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Milleridge Inn, 585 North Broadway, Jericho 11753. Call 516-931-2201 or visit www.milleridgeinn.com for details.
Find out what’s ‘growing on’ at Queens Farm when you shop at the on-premise farmstand. The farm grows more than 50 varieties of vegetables, so come by and see what’s in season each week. You can get tips about how to make easy, nutritious meals for your family. Seasonal hours are Wed-Fri from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sat and Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the first week in November. Queens Farm is located at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. in Floral Park. Visit www.queensfarm.org or call 718-347-3276.
Concert: Salute to Veterans with Tony Orlando
On Saturday, Aug. 6, from 6:45 to 10 p.m. join the county at its annual Salute To Veterans With Tony Orlando concert at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, in East Meadow. Bring a blanket or a chair for unreserved lawn seating. Visit www.nassaucountyny.gov or call 516-571-0355 for details.
The Doc Adams Base Ball Festival
Teams from across the country come to celebrate baseball as it was played in the 19th century on Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. A fan can walk through three different fields and see the evolution of the national pastime.
Years played 1857 through 1893. ‘Doc’ Adams was a member of the first organized baseball club, the Knickerbockers, and is considered by many to be a founding father of baseball. He is credited with creating the shortstop position, played in the first game, made baseballs as well as supervised the making of the bats. His great granddaughter will be present at this event with historic artifacts on display. Visit www.nymutuals.com for details.
Can’t make this event? Check out a game, weekends through mid-October. Visit www.obvrnassau.com for the schedule of events.
Concert: 42nd Infantry Band
Overflowing with patriotism? Check out the 42nd Infantry Band on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, in East Meadow. Visit www.nassaucountyny.gov or call 516-571-0355 for details.
SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival
The 6th Annual SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival will host more than 20 exhibitors from New York and Peru, providing authentic Peruvian cuisine and live cooking demonstration from top chefs on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Cradle of Aviation. Visit www.cradleofaviation.org or call 516-572-4111 for details.
Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony
Nassau County will host a Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 14, at noon at the Museum of American Armor to recognize, thank and honor veterans who served during the Vietnam War. Vietnam veterans will receive a commemorative pin and citation authorized by the president of the United States and will be presented for service to the nation. Call 516-571-6000 before Aug. 1 to reserve your honor. The Museum of American Armor is at 1303 Round Swamp Rd. in Old Bethpage.
Long Island Author Series
David Nemec will be the featured guest at Rock Hall Museum’s Long Island Author Series on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Rock Hall Museum is located at 199 Broadway in Lawrence. Visit www.friendsofrockhall.org or call 516-239-1157
United Ink Flight 816 New York Tattoo and Arts Festival
Browse the 150 booths and meet 250 of the world’s best tattoo artists from Friday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 28. Open to the public, join for contests, demonstrations, temporary tattoos, exhibits and more. Call 516-572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org for details.
Trekkies / Trekkers Unite
The 50th Anniversary STAR TREK 2016 Convention comes to Javits Convention Center from Friday, Sept. 2, through Sunday, Sept. 4. The convention center is located at 655 W 34th St., New York. Visit www.javitscenter.com or call 212-216-2000 for details.