The Prolonged Island Songs Hall of Fame has ultimately uncovered a house — and even a new title. The nonprofit will transfer to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Academic and Cultural Heart in Stony Brook and be known by an expanded title, the Lengthy Island Tunes and Entertainment Corridor of Fame (LIMEHOF). The announcement was created at a information conference from the facility on Tuesday.
“This is the great timing for one thing like this. Persons are looking for items to be nostalgic about,” states Kevin O’Callaghan, LIMEHOF imaginative director and board member. “We will be carrying out exhibitions that are both equally interactive and useful with an academic element.”
The hall of fame presently has a lot more than 100 members which includes audio legends Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, Debbie Gibson, Blue Öyster Cult, Pat Benatar and Twisted Sister.
The 8,800-square-foot building, positioned at 97 Most important St., is two stories with an elevator. The first flooring has a lobby area with a 28-foot ceiling, plus a large exhibition house and a present store. Upstairs, there’s a significant partitioned room that will home the everlasting LIMEHOF exhibit, with remaining place used as a theater, lecture rooms, a library and a perform space.
Discovering a actual physical house has been a decadeslong street for the corridor of fame. In 2011, the organization was likely to be situated in Port Jefferson, but board chairman Ernie Canadeo stated renovations “would have expense us a million pounds to deliver the setting up up to code.” In 2014 came designs for the organization’s museum to be the cornerstone of the $500 million Wyandanch Rising improvement in partnership with the Town of Babylon. “It just didn’t materialize,” Canadeo stated. Rather, the team launched a cell museum housed in a 38-foot-prolonged, 400-square-foot Winnebago in 2019.
The thought to location the hall of fame in this new making arrived from Ward Melville Heritage Business president Gloria Rocchio. “I knew they ended up hunting for a long term property and that they had some other wrong starts off, so I picked up the cell phone,” claims Rocchio. The Instructional & Cultural Heart has run as a multipurpose occasion house for 20 a long time but has been shut owing to COVID-19 considering the fact that March 2020. “This is the subsequent phase,” she stated.
O’Callaghan said the spot is a excellent in shape, citing other Stony Brook Village museums these kinds of as The Jazz Loft and the Reboli Middle for Artwork and Background.
“This is the new museum hub, kind of like Mitchel Field in our very own little way,” he mentioned.
The corporation has signed a 25-calendar year lease and is set to shift into the making July 1. A grand opening is planned for November, Canadeo suggests.
There will be two displays on the initial flooring — a primary aspect and a more compact secondary one particular — that will alter twice a year. The initial massive exhibition planned will be on “Long Island’s Famous Club Scene from the 1960s to the 1980s.”
The long lasting Corridor of Fame show upstairs will feature memorabilia from various inductees in diverse forms of display.
“It’s not heading to be like the Countrywide Baseball Hall of Fame with bronze busts,” says O’Callaghan. “We are actively playing with unique suggestions — quite possibly featuring each individual artist’s most well-liked album with interactive screens.”
The organization’s name modify permits for an enlargement of membership that extends beyond tunes and will consist of actors, comedians and Broadway stars.
“I experienced lunch with Billy Joel and he claimed, ‘I just cannot believe there is not another corridor of fame that has comedians and other types of entertainment. You men need to do that.’ I reported, ‘You’re right!’ ” claims Canadeo.