Al Jolson Festival
Fans of “The World’s Greatest Entertainer,” as Al Jolson remains known, can enjoy his music and memories when the Al Jolson Festival returns for its annual celebration of the entertainer and his life. Tony Babino brings the Jolson songs alive with his award-winning show, “Jolson by Request.” Brian Gari, grandson of Jolson’s friend and showbiz contemporary Eddie Cantor, also participates, along with Jolson authorities Ed Greenbaum and Joe Ciolino, who share some insight into Jolson’s performin style.
Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Jolson by Request, 2:30 p.m. $40.95, $23 show only. Oceanside Knights of Columbus, 2985 Kenneth Place., Oceanside. (516) 678-3524.
“Explore the Ruins” as you wander through Muttontown Preserve’s fields and trails and estate grounds during a guided tour with a naturalist. Examine the former estate’s fascinating history, including the ruins of a former estate once owned by King Zog of Albania. See and identify the landscape’s many floral treasures and visit the remaining ruins on the property.
Sunday, Aug. 18, 9-11 a.m. Enrollment is limited and registration is required. Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. (516) 571-8500.