Stepping Out

Ready with some tunes

Strummin' and Drummin' lets loose


Family Fun

Strummin’ and Drummin’

Planting Fields State Park’s delightful grounds offer an ideal setting to relax and enjoy a late summer evening with the family. Start off the hoiiday weekend with an upbeat performance by the dynamic band known as Strummin’ and Drummin’. Brothers Chris and Matt, joined by bass player “Captain Kenny”, bring a fresh, funky approach to family entertainment. Their interactive show is loaded with plenty of crowd participation, hands-on drumming, guitar-accompanied sing-alongs, adventurous stories, and catchy original songs. The guys blend world rhythms into a unique mix of pop, world music, blues and jazz. The result is music that’s fun for the kids, of course, but also hip for parents too.

Friday, Aug. 31, 6-7:30 p.m. Planting Fields Arboretum State Park,

1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. (516) 922-8600 or

Historical Salute

Honoring American GIs

The Museum of American Armor honors the nation’s soldiers who served in the military’s armor divisions during “Tanker Tactics.” Just inside the grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the museum will recreate a military armored column that replicates the sights and sounds of American forces. Check out a variety of tanks used by American military over the decades, including a Cold War M48 Patton tank, a World War II Sherman tank, a U.S. Marines tank, a M18 Hellcat destroyer as well as halftracks, a British Bren Carrier and other tracked military vehicles. Multimedia displays augment the display of vehicles; visitors can also see tanks under repair and restoration.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, 10 a.m. -3 p.m. $12, $8 seniors and children. Museum of American Armor, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. 516-454- 8265 or