Making Memories Through the Arts

Making Memories is a series of special programs designed for people living with memory loss and their caregivers, led by Marcy Rhodes.

In our Making Memories programs, individuals of all ages enjoy live musical performances and/or clips of classic films, all accompanied by guided conversation and reminiscence. Recognizing that music and movies have the power to spark memories and create emotional connections, these events allow participants with opportunities to sing, clap, laugh and engage in discussion while socializing with others.

In our Making Memories at the Movies events, individuals of all ages will enjoy clips of classic films followed by guided conversation and reminiscence. Recognizing that movies have the power to spark memories and create emotional connections, these events will present an opportunity to engage in discussion while socializing with others.

Our Making Memories with Music events will engage participants and give them the opportunity to sing, clap and laugh along with our specially trained musicians. This stroll down Memory Lane will engage everyone in attendance. The music will be accompanied by brief introductions that will put the songs into historical context, highlighting the social significance of folk music in America from the 1940s to the ‘70s and its role in helping to change our society.

Making Memories programs have been run successfully out of multiple venues throughout Long Island, receiving notable press and, most importantly, evoking important sensory memories for hundreds of people dealing with memory-loss and their care partners. We are proud to bring these programs to the Gold Coast.


Tuesday, June 6 @ 1:00pm at Gold Coast Arts.

Great American Songbook Sing Along with Alex Alexander!

Join us for an afternoon of music from the Great American Songbook as we all sing along with singer/guitarist Alex Alexander.

This event is FREE and open to all but you must register to save your spot. Please call 516.829.2570 or email caroline@goldcoastarts.org.

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VIRTUAL Concerts and Programs from the comfort of your home:


Songs & Stories with Lianne & Luke: Songs from the Movies

Enjoy a journey through vintage movie musicals with musicians and actors Lianne and Luke as they share joyful music and historical bits of information about each song they perform.

Lianne Marie Dobbs and Luke Darnell are New York City-based singer/musician/actors, each with 20 years of professional experience. Lianne has starred in “Always, Patsy Cline”, performed songs from Peggy Lee to Donna Summer along the Caribbean, starred in the new adaptation of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies”, and has sold-out major jazz clubs in San Francisco, New York and St. Louis. Luke is an actor/multi-instrumentalist and has performed on 4 continents. His performance experience ranges from dive bars to theatres to arenas and includes lead roles in musicals like “Jersey Boys”, “Million Dollar Quartet”, and “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”.


Join Stuart Markus and Gerry McKeveny of the internationally recognized, Long Island base folk-rock group Gathering Time in a musical tour of the 1960’s. Memories will be sparked as you sing along to music we’ve all treasured.

About Gathering Time:

For over a decade, Long Island-based folk-rock/Americana/AAA trio Gathering Time (Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong, and Gerry McKeveny) has toured both in the US and internationally, mixing new interpretations of both ’60s and ’70s classics and old traditional tunes with their strong original songs. Their sound reflects the voicings and arrangements of the genre’s pioneers, The Byrds, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, brought into today with an acoustic-electric alchemy all their own.


Celebrate Fall with Roberta Fabiano and her new virtual show:  COLE PORTER TO LADY GAGA!

ROBERTA FABIANO has been the lead singer with the Peter Duchin Orchestra, appearing with them around the world, for years. She is a singer, songwriter and visual artist. She has performed with Making Memories with Music numerous times, always enchanting her audience with her beautiful voice and recognizable tunes.

Spark memories….Sing along….Watch as many times as you would like!


Marcie Castro has been thrilling audiences with her upbeat and engaging performances for many years around the world. Join her as she welcomes us into her living room while taking us on a musical tour of treasured songs we’ll all remember!

Enjoy a musical travelogue with Marcie Castro as she sings tunes from Broadway to Hollywood. Sing along….dance along. Marcie introduces us to a special guest who will have you on your feet, for sure.

STEVE CASSANO RETURNS! – Live Virtual Performance

Making Memories with Music is thrilled to welcome Steve Cassano back for another Live Virtual Performance. Steve is one of our favorite performers. He’ll take us back to times gone by when we sang along to every tune on the radio! Enjoy listening to Steve over and over again!

Native New Yorker Steve Cassano has been bringing audiences to their feet for over 40 years. His repertoire includes everything from the 40s to the 80s, as well as classic rock, today’s top hits and dance music. Steve’s charisma draws the audience in as he invites them to sing and dance along. A prolific songwriter and recording artist, he performs as a solo artist as well as with his renowned bands, Stages and Electric Blu.

TONY BARCA – From the Foxhole

Tony Barca has been entertaining Facebook friends since the beginning of the pandemic. He brings his brassy voice alive with songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that are sure to strike a cord!

A native of Long Island, NY, Tony signed his first recording contract at age 17 with Rust Records. After playing in many bands, Tony joined The Cyclone Rangers. They have opened for such artists as Leon Russell, Rick Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dicky Betts, Dr. John, Pure Prairie League, and Asleep at the Wheel. Tony sold out the famed IMAC Theater in Huntington, NY and was a top 20 finalist for a slot to play with Eric Clapton at The Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden. Tony’s newest project In 2013, “The Bucket List” uses a variety of uniquely arranged cover and original music.


Tommy Dodson joins Making Memories with Music Goes Virtual all the way from California! Tommy has been performing on the West Coast for most of his career. His love of music gave him the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to entertain aboard Crystal Cruises for four years, enjoying two world cruises and visiting many well-known ports.  At the end of each cruise, he was rated by the guests as their favorite cabaret pianist/singer. Currently, Tommy lives near Palm Springs, California. For the last six years he has entertained throughout the Coachella Valley, performing steadily in night clubs, private gatherings, festivals and more.


Join Marcie Castro and sing along as she leads us in some of our favorite, familiar tunes.

Marcie Castro has been thrilling audiences with her upbeat and engaging performances for many years around the world. Being multilingual and well traveled, she enjoys playing a large variety of International music as well as American jazz and pop hits.  Her regular engagements include restaurants and private events on Long Island and Manhattan. She is currently on staff at Hofstra University as collaborating musician and composer for Modern Dance and Ballet.


Join the Squeaky Clean Band for an exclusive online performance just for our Making Memories audience.

Squeaky Clean Band was founded in 1983 as part of the revival of 1950s rockabilly music. Suzanne and Glenn share their distinctive repertoire of well-loved songs from many decades for you to enjoy from home.

STUART MARCUS – Live Virtual Performance!

Sing along with Stu as he celebrates Spring, sunshine, hope and cheer spanning the decades from the 1930’s – 1960’s.

Stuart’s virtual Making Memories concert will available for you to view from the comfort of your home as many times you would like through June 15.

Stuart Marcus is a founding member of Gathering Time, a favorite Long Island folk/rock band.

Led by Marcy Rhodes:

Marcy Rhodes is a certified special education teacher and licensed master social worker. She developed a well-established, person-centered approach to patient care in the office of Rudansky and Winter, Neurology & Neuropsychiatry in Huntington. Currently, she works privately with clients in their homes. Marcy has collaborated with several cultural arts organizations, including Cinema Arts Centre, Gold Coast Arts Center, The Heckscher Museum of Art, The Long Island Museum of Art and The Whaling Museum & Education Center, assisting them in the development of special events for individuals with memory loss and their care partners.

We remain committed to bringing you the best of virtual cinema and we need your help now more than ever. Please consider donating if you are able, we are deeply grateful for your continued support!