Looking for summer fun that’s close to home? The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium offers an intriguing calendar of music, dancing, theater and special events. The Vanderbilt has long been a popular destination for families looking for cultural entertainment. The Vanderbilt is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport N.Y.
The Vanderbilt offers visitors a rich historical and educational experience.
Year-round, visitors can tour the Estate, Mansion and Museum of William K. Vanderbilt II – including his marine life, natural-history and cultural-artifact collections, and wild animal habitats – or they can see a show in the state-of-the-art Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium.
Mr. Vanderbilt’s spectacular Eagle’s Nest, a 43-acre waterfront estate and 24-room Spanish-Revival mansion, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The mansion, with its considerable collection of rare fine and decorative art – and centuries-old furnishings from around the world – is a time capsule of the privileged life on the Gold Coast from the Jazz Age through the Second World War
Tickets for most events may be purchased at vanderbiltmuseum.org, except where indicated.
Saturdays-Sundays, May 26-September 2: Living History Tours
It’s 1936 in the Mansion, and Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan is enjoying a reunion of her friends in the women’s suffrage movement. Tour guides dressed as members of the Vanderbilt family and household staff tell stories about the Mansion’s famous residents and their world-renowned visitors. Tickets: $8, available only at the door.
Saturday, July 21: Summer Fest at Eagle’s Nest!
6:30 - 10 p.m.
Cocktails, food, music and dancing in the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard. Major fundraiser for education programs and classroom upgrades. Details and tickets will be available soon at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.
Friday, August 3: Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra
For the 12th summer, rain or shine, this renowned orchestra will bring music, dancing, Latin dance lessons, and romance to the elegant Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard. Tickets: $40, $30 for Members, online (www.vanderbiltmuseum.org); $45 at door.Saturday, August 25: Tango in the Courtyard5:00-10:00 p.m.Music and tango dancing in the beautiful Spanish-Revival courtyard of the Vanderbilt Mansion. Early ticket purchase highly recommended, as availability is limited. Tickets: $25 online (www.vanderbiltmuseum.org), $30 at door.
Saturday, June 9: A Morning for Children with Special Needs
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This free event for children with special needs and their families features a sensory garden, and examination of Museum specimens. A Planetarium show will run continuously so families can experience the show throughout the morning. Pre-registration required. Visit www.vanderbiltmuseum.org – click on Events for details and to register.
Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, September 2: Gardeners Showcase – Bringing Back the Gardens
In the Museum’s first Gardeners Showcase, Bringing Back the Gardens, local nurseries, landscape designers and gardening groups are demonstrating their skills and creativity by designing and planting perennials and annuals in one of the gardens that grace the 43-acre waterfront Estate. Participants include Gro Girl Horticultural Therapy, Pal-O-Mine Equestrian J-Step Program, Sacred Gardens, Dina Yando Landscape & Perennial Garden Design / North Service Nursery, Landscapes by Bob Dohne, Inc., Carlstrom Landscapes, Inc., Mossy Pine Garden & Landscape Design, Mother Earth’s Landscape & Nursery, Centerport Garden Club, Joe DeGroot Designs, Inc., and Vanderbilt Volunteer Gardeners.
Friday, June 8 / Friday, July 13: Pop-Up Prana Yoga
Treat yourself to a sunset yoga class on the Great Lawn next to the Vanderbilt Mansion, overlooking Northport Bay. Tickets: $30, online only (www.popuppranayoga.com).
Sunday, July 22: Pure Led
This Led Zeppelin tribute band returns to perform in the Planetarium. Tickets: Adults $20 and children 15 and under $15, online (www.vanderbiltmuseum.org); $25 at door.
Thursday, July 26: The Liverpool Shuffle
This popular Beatles Tribute band, in its ninth Vanderbilt show, will perform outdoors in the Mansion Courtyard. (Rain location: Planetarium.) Tickets: Adults $25 and children age 15 and under $10, online (www.vanderbiltmuseum.org); $35 at door.
May 11 – 20: Carriage House Players – ‘Precious Little’
Madeleine George’s irreverent and charming new play reveals the beauty and the limits of human language. Presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Carriage House Theater at the Vanderbilt Museum Education Center. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 seniors and children, available at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.
June 8 – 17: Carriage House Players – ‘Lobby Hero’
Kenneth Lonergan’s intense drama explores a murder investigation. Presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Carriage House Theater at the Vanderbilt Museum Education Center. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 seniors and children, available at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.
July 1–July 29: Shakespeare Festival – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
August 5–September 20: Shakespeare Festival – ‘Hamlet’
The Carriage House Players will open the Vanderbilt’s 30th annual Summer Shakespeare Festival with the comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed by the drama Hamlet. Performances are outdoors on the stage in the beautiful Mansion Courtyard. Performances (weather permitting) Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:00, Sundays at 7:00. Tickets: $15 online (www.vanderbiltmuseum.org).
CLASSIC CAR SHOWS
Sunday, July 29: Metro New York Porsche Club of America show
Sunday, August 5: Cadillac Club of Long Island Car Show
Sunday, August 19: Antique Automobile Club of America Show
Sunday, September 16: Concours d’Elegance Car Show
Owners display beautiful vintage cars on the Vanderbilt Great Lawn, 11:00-4:00 p.m. Visitors pay only Museum general admission; there is no extra charge for the car show. Admission at door: Adults, $8; students/seniors (age 62 plus) with ID, $7; children 12 and under, $5.
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