New Year’s Eve 2012 on Long Island!

Society-In-Focus will be spending this New Year’s Eve photographing the much-anticipated Champagne and Chandeliers party in Riverhead, NY!  The event will take place at the Hotel Indigo East End beginning at 9PM on Saturday, December 31st, 2012.

DJS Events is organizing the affair and promises to bring NYC style to the East End of Long Island.  Premium open bar, tapas style food, and champagne toasts are sure to entertain the large crowd expected to attend.  At last check, the hotel was almost sold out!

Also recently announced were the entertainment acts for the evening!  Bistro 72, the hotel’s restaurant, will feature the duo of Jesse Barnes on guitar and Jay Jennings on piano and trumpet.  If you’re looking for some louder dance music, DJ Razor from NYC will be spinning in the ballroom!

Price is $125pp or $400/couple for an overnight stay + breakfast.  For more information, contact DJS Events at 516-719-7100

Champagne and Chandeliers

Happy Holidays!

We at T.H.E. Fitzgerald Photography and Society-In-Focus want to wish you all seasons greetings and hope you all have a happy, healthy new year!  We shot a lot of wonderful events in 2011 and made a lot of new contacts.  We look forward to photographing more weddings and events next year and to making new friends.  See you in 2012!

~ The team at Society-In-Focus and T.H.E. Fitzgerald Photography

Tom Fitzgerald
Chief Photographer - Tom Fitzgerald
Pamela Napoli
Photographer - Pamela Napoli

Long Island Pulse 2011 Holiday Party

On Wednesday, November 30th, 2011, Society-In-Focus attended and photographed the much anticipated Long Island Pulse Magazine‘s Annual Holiday Party.  The event was held at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale, NY and was attended by many of LI Pulse’s subscribers and VIPs.

The evening’s festivities began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with guests mingling with members of the LI Pulse staff. Several vendors were set up along the perimeter of the room displaying such goods as beautiful jewelry and salon services. Guests were invited to participate in a raffle which would be drawn at the end of the night.

LI Pulse Graphic Designer Kim Gilroy, Tom Galligan, Danielle Carpenter
LI Pulse Graphic Designer Kim Gilroy, Tom Galligan, Danielle Carpenter
Shauna Murray
Shauna Murray

As the end of cocktail hour drew near, we positioned ourselves in the closed off dining room to capture the guests’ reactions as they walked in.  Soon the two sets of doors opened and guests started making their way into the beautifully decorated ballroom.  Round tables were covered with silver glittering tablecloths and in the center were tall centerpieces – sparkling icicles hanging down from bare tree branches.  The room itself was lit with glowing blue lights and the Long Island Pulse logo lit up center of the dance floor!

LI Pulse 2011 Holiday Party at Carlyle on the Green
LI Pulse 2011 Holiday Party at Carlyle on the Green

A DJ was set up to entertain everyone while they ate from the delicious buffet stations. Asian dumplings, various pastas, a meat carving station, and eggplant rolatini were among the selections. A VIP area complete with its own bar was set up opposite the stage and welcomed several special guests. While everyone was mingling and eating in the dining room, I worked my way back out to the cocktail hour room where the lighting was brighter and music was not as loud and was surprised to have a photo opportunity with Dina Lohan! She was posing with a couple of guests so I snapped a photo as well!

Liliana Gonzalez, Virginia "Ginger" Wheat, Dina Lohan
Liliana Gonzalez, Virginia "Ginger" Wheat, Dina Lohan

A little while later, the performances were about to begin.  The Long Island Marionettes, dancers from the Ovations Dance Repertory Company took the dance floor to entertain the crowd with samples from their upcoming performance of The Nutcracker Suite.  The girls did a wonderful job and the guests really seemed to enjoy it!

Marionettes
Marionettes
Dancer in Mid-Air
Dancer in Mid-Air
Marionettes
Marionettes

Next up was the highly anticipated knife throwing act!  Yes, you read that right…a real-life knife thrower!  LI Pulse Publisher and Editor, Nada Marjanovich, took the mic and thanked everyone for a great year before introducing The Great Throwdini and his busty red headed assistant Lana Firebird and their act “MAXIMUM RISK.”  The Great Throwdini is none other than Rev. Dr. David R. Adamovich from Freeport, NY.  He is the world’s fastest and most accurate knife thrower, holder of one of the top 100 Guinness World Records of all time, and has set and broken more world records for the speed of his throwing than any knife thrower in history!  I had seen Throwdini on America’s Got Talent a few years ago on TV, but that was nothing like seeing his act in person.  Standing mere feet away from the knife thrower and the wooden board as the knives slam into it is something you have to experience for yourself.  It was so scary, thrilling, dangerous, but so exciting at the same time!

Nada Marjanovich
Nada Marjanovich

He performed act after act, each more impressive than the last. It started with a simple toss of the knife into a cute picture of a bunny, but soon escalated into knives being thrown scarily close to his assistant’s body, popping balloons and slicing a straw in her mouth along the way.

The Great Throwdini and his assistant Lana Firebird
The Great Throwdini and his assistant Lana Firebird
Lana Firebird With Straw in her Mouth
Lana Firebird With Straw in her Mouth

Next an unsuspecting volunteer was pulled from the audience.  The Great Throwdini mentioned he was going to do a magic trick and had the gentleman choose a playing card from a full deck.  The five of clubs was selected and shown to everyone and put back in the deck.  Next, balloons were placed on the man’s arms and between his legs while Throwdini proceeded to put a blindfold on!  Everyone was getting a little antsy at this point, like was this really about to happen?!  To the volunteer’s relief, Throwdini took the blindfold off…only to put it on the volunteer’s head instead so he couldn’t see the knives about to be thrown at him!  Throwdini proceeded to throw the knives at the board, but what the volunteer didn’t know was that Throwdini was throwing them down near the bottom corner and his assistant, Lana, was popping the balloons with a knife she had in her hand 🙂

Lana Firebird Carefully Places Some Balloons
Lana Firebird Carefully Places Some Balloons

Throwdini next showed off his skill of incredible speed throwing and his ability to throw with both hands!  He fired knife after knife, alternating hands each time, and throwing across his body at Lana.  A knife flew out of his right hand onto the left side of the board followed almost immediately by another knife from his left hand onto the right side of the board.

Next up were the big guns…well hatchets and swords really!  These were larger and heavier and required more strength and speed which Throwdini demonstrated with ease.  The following act was the one I had seen him perform on America’s Got Talent before.  First he had ME check his blindfold to verify it was real and that I couldn’t see through it (I couldn’t) and then he placed it on his head.  Lana positioned him on a little marker on the floor and then proceeded to stand in front of the board again.  She had a single knife in her hand which she would hit against the board in various places.  Throwdini was able to hear the noise and throw his knives in those exact spots!  He didn’t even need to call for silence in the audience.  That’s one brave assistant!

Lana Firebird With Swords and Hatchets
Lana Firebird With Swords and Hatchets

Then, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, Lana brought out a big roll of paper and held it up in front of her so that she was completely hidden behind it.  Throwdini threw knives right through the paper to her left and her right.  I think everyone held their breath as we could see and hear the paper ripping and then let out a collective sigh of relief when she emerged unscathed when he was done throwing!

The Great Throwdini
The Great Throwdini

He then reminded us of the playing card the volunteer had selected earlier.  Lana took the stack of cards and began tossing them in the air in front of the board.  Throwdini threw a knife which stuck one of the cards into the wood.  When he pulled it out, the five of clubs was impaled on the blade!  All in all, MAXIMUM RISK was one of the most impressive acts I’ve ever seen in person!  One woman in the audience loved it so much she begged for an encore that consisted of him throwing knives at HER!  Crazy!

The Great Throwdini Throwing at a Volunteer
The Great Throwdini Throwing at a Volunteer

The rest of the night found the guests dancing to the great music of That 70’s Band.  Coffee and dessert was served and the raffle winners were announced as the party wound down.  We had a great time celebrating the end of the year with Long Island Pulse and look forward to hopefully working with them in 2012!

That 70's Band
That 70's Band

More photos from the Long Island Pulse 2011 Holiday Party at Carlyle on the Green

  • ?, Sue Jordan, Nada Marjanovich
  • Tru-Salon
  • Eugenia Karahalias, David Gussin, Antoinette Gillespie, Steve Schwimmer
  • Gregory Alerte, Kelly Malone
  • Olga Lucia, Christina Vaccacio
  • Mary Lamont, Jim Marchese
  • Debbie Lorrenzo, Merci Ferrante, Betty Ortiz
  • Debbie Lorrenzo, Merci Ferrante, Betty Ortiz
  • Michael Finnegan, Rachel Finnegan
  • Ernie Fazio, Tracey Gittere
  • Deirdre Hannrahan, Kelley Dillon
  • Howie Shroot, Tony Piscopio, Mike Bonavia, Steve Steinbaum
  • Tanta Williams, Taywana Williams, Phillip Scott
  • Joe Zappulla, Tony Montana
  • Lauren DeFranco, Erol Caypinar, Robert DiPippo
  • Marenco Sango, Valentina Sango
  • Shauna Murray
  • Lorraine Poluzzio, Eileen Schlingloff
  • Florence Brennan, Chris Mungavin
  • Kim Gilroy, Tom Galligan, Danielle Carpenter

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