Stepping Out

A little bit of country in Long Beach

Kick up your heels at the 'Kickin' Country' Festival this weekend


Kickin’ Country’ Festival

The lively sounds of country tunes can be heard at the Long Beach Public Library this weekend, the venue for the Kickin’ Country Music Festival in the City by the Sea. The festival, presented by Artists in Partnership and the Long Beach Public Library, showcases country, Americana and bluegrass music, performed by renowned local and New York City-based bands. The festival opens with the dynamic duo of singer-songwriter Annie Mark and guitarist Chris James on Friday, at 7 p.m., followed by the quartet of Jim Treutlein, Debbie Novak, Joe Perricone and Mike Leuci (aka Treutlein, Novak, Perricone & Leuci), with their take on Americana music. The weekend also includes a tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter, along with children’s activities.

Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10. All performances are free. Long Beach Public Library, 111 W. Park Ave., Long Beach. For more information and performance schedule, visit or call (516) 432-6342.

On Stage

I Do! I Do!

Plaza Theatrical Productions brings the beloved classic to Bellmore, when the Lynbrook-based theater company stages the charming musical, which originally starred Mary Martin and Robert Preston. It tells the story of Michael and Agnes, beginning on their wedding day and traces their life together over the next 50 years. Local performers Kim and Chris Dufrenoy, a real-life married couple, who met when they were cast together 20 years ago in a production of Camelot don the titles roles, celebrating over 20 years of marriage offstage (including raising two children). The tuneful score includes “My Cup Runneth Over,” “The Father of the Bride” and “Together Forever.”

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. $28, $20 seniors and students. The Show Place at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. (516) 599-6870 or