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The Suffolk Theater.
The Suffolk Theater. (Credit: Photos by Katharine Schroeder)

The 9th annual Long Island Winterfest festival kicked off its five week event and concert series at the Suffolk Theater on Friday. Hundreds attended the opening night party for the 2016 festival, which is hosted

The event featured dinner and live music performed by Toby Walker, Andrew Fortier, and Miles to Dayton.

Winterfest is a project of East End Arts in partnership with the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Long Island Wine Council, and presenting sponsor, Suffolk County National Bank.

Winterfest — Live on the Vine runs from February 19th to March 20th. For more information about this year’s festival, click here.

Anthony Cafaro of WEHM radio introduces the first act.
Anthony Cafaro of WEHM radio introduces the first act.
Singer/songwriter Andrew Fortier performs.
Singer/songwriter Andrew Fortier performs.
Cole Fortier, Andrew's 14-year-old son joins him onstage.
Cole Fortier, Andrew’s 14-year-old son joins him onstage.
Cole performs a song he wrote.
Cole performs a song he wrote.
Michelle Hart of Centereach and Cathy Daleo of Shirley enjoy the music.
Michelle Hart of Centereach and Cathy Daleo of Shirley enjoy the music.
Kristen Gabriel-Crispens and Phil Crispens of Moriches enjoy the evening.
Kristen Gabriel-Crispens and Phil Crispens of Moriches enjoy the evening.
The audience applauds for Andrew and Cole Fortier.
The audience applauds for Andrew and Cole Fortier.
East End Arts' board member Jim Lennon speaks.
East End Arts’ board member Jim Lennon speaks.
 Michael Orsino, Chief Lending Officer and Executive Vice President of Suffolk BanCorp.
Michael Orsino, Chief Lending Officer and Executive Vice President of Suffolk BanCorp.
Suffolk County legislator Al Krupski.
Suffolk County legislator Al Krupski.
 Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission president and CEO Kristen Jamagin.
Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission president and CEO Kristen Jamagin.
The crowd welcomes Toby Walker to the stage.
The crowd welcomes Toby Walker to the stage.
Toby Walker performs.
Toby Walker performs.
The crowd at the Suffolk Theater.
The crowd at the Suffolk Theater.
Toby Walker performs.
Toby Walker performs.
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