Vail Leavitt

A Vail October

The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead, presents “A Vail October,” a unique Variety Arts Festival celebrating the 136th Anniversary of the founding of this historic, East End, theater. The Festival’s mission is to engage the local community with local artists by including arts performances across multiple disciplines. There will be jazz to puppetry, old time radio to beyond!

The Festival runs for two weeks with events Thursday to Sunday, October 12th to 15th and October 19th to 22nd. The Vail Leavitt Music Hall is located at 18 Peconic Avenue in downtown Riverhead. For a full schedule of events and to order tickets, visit For more information about the Festival programming or individual events, please call 631-504-0153 or email:



Art Exhibit

Art Exhibit, Oct. 12th to Oct. 22nd

There will be an exhibition opening reception on the evening of October 12th from 5pm to 7pm at the Vail Leavitt Music Hall. The reception will include a “Discovery Session” with event goers attempting to “Discover” the Historical Reference. Artists may provide hints, but not directly show the reference. Visitors will be charged with the task of finding the artwork’s Historical Reference.



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Authors Event, Oct. 20th

Original short stories, one-act plays, poems, personal essays, and other creative writing able to be read in less than ten minutes. The theme to be “Discovering the New in Things Old and Familiar.”



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Storytellers, Oct. 12th and 20th

Based on things that actually happened, each Storyteller will share a unique personal story in a maximum of a five minute impromptu presentation. The stories can be funny, serious, poignant, or thought provoking, whatever tone or style best captures the Storyteller’s story.



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Radio Show, Gotham Radio Theatre Performance Workshop, Oct. 14th

World Premiere Radio Play on Oct. 21st... In the old time radio theater style of “Suspense,” the long running radio drama series broadcast on CBS radio from 1942 to 1962, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s short story, “The Jar.” There will be matinee as well as evening performances.



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Artie Poore’s Magic of Puppetry, Oct. 21st

An engaging look into the world of puppet theatre with Long Island master puppeteer, musician and storyteller Artie Poore.




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The Tripartite Quartet, Oct. 22nd

Jazz for young audiences in an interactive concert performance. The talented Stonybrook University ensemble will present their instrument “petting zoo” workshop to introduce musical instruments to children ages 2-7 at 3 pm, followed at 4:30 by the young audience concert. Recommended for students ages 8-12. The quartet will explore jazz history, blues, and improvisation, as well as the harmony and musical styles that defined jazz from the 1920s to the present day. The quartet will play some of their own creative arrangements of popular jazz standards, which also give voice to their unusual instrumentation of violin, piano, bass and percussion. Young audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments for this event and will be invited to perform with the quartet on some pieces.



Story Slam, Oct. 12th and Oct. 20th

The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall will present our first Story Slam on Thursday October 12 and Friday October 20th. This event is part of A Vail October, an 8-day variety arts festival presented by the historic Vail-Leavitt Music Hall October 12-15 and 19-22. The festival commemorates the 136th anniversary of the historic East End venue.

We are seeking storytellers of all ages to share a unique personal experience in a 5 minute impromptu presentation. We especially welcome stories that relate to the theme of birthdays or anniversaries or other celebration of a significant “first” in one’s life. Stories can be funny, serious, poignant, thought-provoking, whatever tone or style best captures your story, but must be something that actually happened to the storyteller. Please note the intent is that storytellers tell, not read their story, and as such, we ask that no scripts be visible in performance.

Interested Storytellers should register by email no later than Friday October 6 to reserve their spot for the October 12th or 20th performance. Your email should include your name, email address, phone number, a brief description of your story and your availability to perform on either October 12th or 20th. Storytellers will be notified of their acceptance and performance time by Monday, October 9. To sign up as a storyteller, please email: Other questions/inquiries can be submitted to the same email or call/txt: 631-504-0153.



The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901