The Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame opened with a fanfare last week.
The nonprofit’s first physical facility at 97 Main Street in Stony Brook Village features one-of-a-kind exhibits that pay homage to Long Island’s rich music and entertainment history.
The first exhibit, created by world-renowned designer Kevin O’Callaghan, is titled “Long Island’s Legendary Club Scene – 1960s-1980s” and is designed to be a club crawl through Long Island’s long-ago club scene and offers visitors a chance to learn about or relive the excitement of those times.
The exhibit features replicas of clubs, with videos of artists performing, ads, posters, instruments, and an exact replica of a typical 1960s stage, with vintage equipment and sound system. There is also a permanent Hall of Fame with plaques and exhibits recognizing over 120 inductees, as well as areas for a library, classrooms for educational programs and master classes, a surround -sound theater and a gift shop with music and entertainment themed memorabilia.
There are a wide range of compelling visual elements and rare artifacts on display throughout the building. Inducted artists who have donated their memorabilia include Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Debbie Gibson, Blue Öyster Cult, Twisted Sister, and families and estates of Harry Chapin, Guy Lombardo, John Coltrane, and many more. Donations include various musical instruments, performance outfits, vintage automobiles and motorcycles, rare posters and photos, handwritten lyrics, and more.
“We are thrilled our organization has found a permanent home in such a wonderful location” said Ernie Canadeo, chairman of LIMEHOF. “We’re excited to be able to share our world-class displays and unique memorabilia collection that showcases Long Island’s rich and diverse musical and entertainment history in new and exciting ways. We feature different and exciting exhibits, displays, videos and education offerings that make the center a dynamic place for people to visit on a regular basis.”
The Hall of Fame and Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. Admission prices are $19.50 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+) and veterans, and $15 for students. Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at LIMEHOF.org and at the door.