Special Events 2013
The Vanderbilt Planetarium and the Astronomical Society of Long Island
Invite You to Astronomy Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 18, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Special Lecture Series by Renowned Regional Astronomers, Physicists, Space Scientists
Experience the Wonders of the Vanderbilt's New, State-of-the-Art Planetarium
SOLAR OBSERVING – View the Sun through ASLI members' Hydrogen Alpha and White Light Solar Telescopes.
PLANETARIUM SHOW SCHEDULE — SATURDAY, MAY 18 ONLY:
12:00 – Children's show One World, One Sky
2:00 – Planetarium show Stars
8:00 – Solar System Odyssey
9:00 – Stars
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. – Dr. Helio Takai: It's Not Magic, It's Physics.
Takai, a physicist from Brookhaven National Laboratory and adjunct professor at Stony Brook University, is a high-energy physicist who works at the Large Hadron Collider. He is interested in cosmic rays, has a passion for physical-science education and learning fun and relevant to everyday life. He will show how physics is everywhere, especially in the technology of daily life. For ages 8 to 80.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. – Dr. Matt Pappas: Exoplanets – A Census of Our Galactic Neighbors
Pappas is an associate professor of earth and space science at Suffolk Community College. In 1989, astronomers discovered the first planet beyond our solar system – the orbiting the remnants of a dead star. Since then, advances in technology and observation have revealed numerous exoplanets. Pappas will discuss the known exoplanets and their implications on the search for life beyond Earth.
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Dr. Frederick M. Walter: The Disappearing Sunspots and the Coming Grand Minimum
Walter, a professor of astronomy at Stony Brook University since 1989, specializes in stellar weather and in the birth and death of stars. The Sun has been remarkably stable over the past 4.5 billion years, but its activity changes. Visible sunspots, caused by magnetic activity, have 11-year cycles. Stars like the Sun have low-activity states or "Grand Minima." The last such state occurred in the 17th and 18th centuries a time of few sunspots) and coincided with the "Little Ice Age," an era of particularly cold weather in the U.S. and Europe. Magnetic-field strength is declining, and another grand minimum could begin within a decade.
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. – Justine Haupt: The World's Largest Digital Camera and the Quest for a New Sky
Haupt, an engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Instrumentation Division, is a member of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) camera team. The LSST, expected to reveal the nature of dark matter and dark energy, is under construction and a key component is being built at Brookhaven. The telescope will include the largest self-contained digital camera ever built and will observe most of the visible sky every few nights for 10 years.
Summer Fun at the Vanderbilt!
Enjoy Music, Dancing, Food, Shakespeare
You can find summer entertainment for all ages without driving for hours. Check out what's on the Vanderbilt calendar, close to home in Centerport. The annual Art & Music Series — presented by producer-musician Rich Rivkin as a benefit for the Vanderbilt Museum's education programs — is held on the Great Lawn, west of the Vanderbilt Mansion, amid greenery and spectacular views of Northport Bay and Long Island Sound.
Additional details on these programs and events will be forthcoming:
Living History Tours of the Vander Mansion
For more than a decade, Living History tours of the mansion have given visitors a kind of time-machine trip to the 1930s. Museum staff, in costume and in character as household staff members and famous family guests, take visitors through the 24-room, Spanish-Revival mansion and regale them with stories about the family, its guests and its adventures. Tours are given every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend and through Labor Day. Tour stories are based upon the oral histories of local people who worked on the Vanderbilt household staff.
Arena Players Repertory Theater and Arena Players Children's Theater Productions
Visit ArenaPlayers.org or VanderbiltMuseum.org for details.
Sunday, June 30 — Long Island Sound Festival 2
Producer Rich Rivkin presents a day of live music and art, with 50 artists painting live to the inspiration of Stanton Anderson Band, Liverpool Shuffle (Beatles tribute), Reckoning (Grateful Dead tribute), Black Dog (Led Zeppelin tribute), Teddy Kumpel Loopestra, and soloist Elana Rivkin.
Sunday, July 7 — Classic Car Show
Long Island Vettes
Sunday, July 14 — MarleyFest
This event, produced by Rich Rivkin, features live reggae and art, with 50 artists painting live to the inspiration of The RBC, Hylton B and The Energy Force Band, Roots Revelators, and Nonstop To Cairo.
Saturday, July 20 — Romantic Evening of Tango, Ballroom Dancing in the Courtyard
Legendary Argentine dancer Nelson Avila — star of the world-renowned Broadway show Tango Argentino — and his wife Madalyn return for a fourth summer. Joining them again are champion dancers Karen Lupo and Mark James, who will bring spellbinding dance selections including salsa, hustle and acrobatic adagios (lifts and drops). Each couple will give a featured performance. Tango and ballroom fundamentals will be taught. Bring a picnic dinner.
Saturday, July 27 — Second Annual Vanderbilt Clam Bake
Enjoy an evening of food, music and dancing under the stars. Proceeds from this benefit event support museum education programs. The enticing menu of seafood-lovers' favorites includes steamed lobsters, clams, mussels, clam chowder, barbecued chicken, burgers, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, plus wine and beer.
Friday, August 2 — Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra
The orchestra — which has performed to sold-out Vanderbilt audiences and rave reviews for the past six summers — returns with Spicy Sounds
for a Hot Night
. The evening includes professional, club-style Latin dance lessons. Torres and his orchestra, who have played a spicy mix of salsa, merengue and Latin jazz throughout North and South America, have released 10 critically acclaimed CDs.
Sunday, August 11 — North Shore Blues Festival
Rich Rivkin will produce this event that features live blues and art, with 50 artists painting live, with inspiration by Kerry Kearney, Willie Steel Band, Hooch and The Bluesicians and Josie Wales Band.
Sunday, August 18 — Classic Car Show
Vanderbilt Cup Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America
(Dates to be announced)
Creative Workshops for Children
Children have creative fun in these Pre-K and K-3 educational workshops. Each session begins with an educator-led tour of the Vanderbilt Museum's marine-life, natural-history and ethnographic-artifact collections and animal habitats, followed by hands-on creative projects.
Mid-Summer Night Dances under the Stars
June 27 — July 11, 18, 25 — August 8, 15, 22, 29
Do you love to dance, or do you want to learn? This popular Thursday night event, which began in 2012, features ballroom and other popular types of dancing. Lessons included. Bring a picnic dinner.
Shakespeare in the Courtyard
The Arena Players Repertory Theatre will present its 25th annual Summer Shakespeare Festival on the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard stage: "The Taming of the Shrew" in July and "Othello" in August.
Sunday, September 8 — Grateful Fest 2
Produced by Rich Rivkin, this event features live Grateful Dead music and art, with 50 artists painting live to the inspiration of The Electrix, Half Step, Reflections and Unbroken Chain.
Sunday, September 15 — Classic Car Show
Jaguar Drivers Club of Long Island
Sunday, September 29 — Jamboozi Festival
Presented by producer Rich Rivkin, this event features a day of live music and art, with 50 artists painting live to the inspiration of Miles to Dayton, The Electrix (Grateful Dead tribute), Abraxas (Santana tribute), Ken Talve Trio, and soloist Elana Rivkin.
Recent Special Events at the Vanderbilt
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Tango in the Courtyard - the Vanderbilt's annual summer event with Nelson Avila, the renowned Argentine tango master, and his wife, Madalyn.
One of the Vanderbilt's successful live-music-and-art events, featuring dozens of artists painting to music by regional rock bands, as hundreds relax or stroll the estate grounds
Annual tree lighting in the Vanderbilt Mansion courtyard.
Annual Jaguar-MG classic car show on Vanderbilt Mansion lawn
Let Your Journey Begin
Experience the New World of Indoor Cycling
Image Cycling is in the business of helping people and organizations reach their goals and dreams. Come ride with us at the Vanderbilt Planetarium and what you will experience is a twist on the popular "spin" classes that you find at local fitness centers across the country. By combining compelling music, visually stunning images, planetarium effects and creative coaching, we've put together an unforgettable experience under the dome.
Visit ImageCycling.com to register for all rides or call Image Cycling at (631) 702-0950 for information.
What to bring?
Water bottle, towel, and plenty of enthusiasm!
For your convenience we will provide dual-sided pedals on all bikes. SPD-compatible on one side and pedal cages on the other side. We will not have any Look-compatible pedals, and we cannot allow participants to attach their own pedals. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and appreciate your understanding.
For more information, please call 631-854-5550 or E-mail: email@example.com