Gold Coast Summers Music and Wine Fest debuts at Nassau County Museum of Art

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Keeper of the Brand returns to Long Island with the inaugural Gold Coast Summers Music and Wine Festival this weekend. (Photo courtesy of

After hosting a successful inaugural Dinner en Blanc at NYIT Old Westbury’s de Seversky Mansion in October, a marketing group returns to Long Island with the first Gold Coast Summers Music and Wine Festival this weekend at Nassau County Museum of Art.

(Photo courtesy of Donyshia Boston-Hill)

Donyshia Boston-Hill, CEO of the marketing group, Keeper of the Brand, said the 21-and-up event will run from registration at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and end around 7 p.m., featuring wine tastings from wineries that source their grapes from Long Island’s North Fork and New York as well as France, Spain, South Africa, California, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Japan, Austria and Germany through a partnership with New York Uncorked.

“I was married at the museum, and I love it,” Boston-Hill said. “I call it my happy place, and I wanted to bring happiness to people in the form of music and sampling wines and artisan cocktails.”

In addition to wine tastings, Boston-Hill said there will be gourmet food and cheese tastings as well as a handful of food trucks on site during the event.

(Photo courtesy of Nassau County Museum of Art)

Boston-Hill said the final artist each night will take the stage around 6 p.m., including local artists, a string quartet, jazz bands and singers.

“We look forward to everyone coming out and enjoying the day,” Boston-Hill said. “Hopefully, we can grow this event a little bit for next year.”

The festival is set on the grounds of the former Frick “Clayton” Estate in conjunction with the East Hills museum’s “Anything Goes: The Jazz Age” exhibit, which runs through July 8.

Francis Cugat’s “Celestial Eyes” hangs alongside “The Great Gatsby” book cover at Nassau County Museum of Art. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

Festival attendees will be able to view the exhibit, including the original cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and the Hobey Baker Memorial Award trophy given to the best college hockey player annually, at a discounted rate.

Tickets for the festival are available for $59, or $79 with a blanket provided for the picnic event.

Those interested in attending can purchase tickets online at goldcoastsummersmusicwinefest.eventbrite.com, and receive a 50 percent discount on either ticket option with the promotional code “Times.”

Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at acamurati@theislandnow.com, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

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