As a local news organization, Patch covers
stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of
community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of
the stranger headlines from the past seven days.
Local high school students put on a concert for
shoppers at the Smith Haven Mall last week, but there was one twist — they
didn't know it was coming.
The scene started with Commack High School music
director Shane Helfner and one lonely drummer. Then, two clarinet players
joined her, pulling their instruments out of their decoy shopping bags. Soon
after, the horns came in. Then, the flutes, saxophones, trombones and even a
bassoon. Within a few minutes, all eyes were on the group of about 20 students,
giving an impromptu performance of Maurice Ravel's "Bolero."
Shoppers who headed to Tanger Outlets in
Riverhead last Saturday for the Food Truck Derby event were able to stop by the
Empire State Cellars tasting room — and sample Frosae Wine Sorbae, the original
frozen dessert created with wine.
Frosae has locked in the alcohol and taste of
wine into three varieties: a Royal Red, an Elegant White and a Chocolate
Merlot. Each has less than a 5 percent alcohol content and are meant for
those older than 21.
All varieties are currently on sale at the
Empire State Wine Cellars in individual servings.
North Fork wines were used to
create the sorbet: Peconic Bay wines were used to create a customized blend of
Frosae; Raphael Vineyard is also onboard, not only selling Frosae Wine Sorbae —
their reds, whites and chocolate merlots are produced using their proprietary
blend of fine wines.