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Spring-Summer at Vanderbilt: Bunny Fest, Living History, Music, Shakespeare

William K. Vanderbilt II’s Eagle’s Nest mansion
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This spring and summer, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum has programs and events for everyone.

Here is an early look at a bountiful season of things to do on Long Island.

Tickets for nearly all events, including Carriage House Players productions, can be purchased on this website in the weeks before the scheduled event date. Click above on Events to find the latest details and schedule updates or changes.

MAY

Carriage House Players, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Carriage House Theater

May 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00 pm and May 5 and 12 at 3:00 pm

Over 30 years, the lives of a man and woman intersect at bizarre intervals. The childhood friends compare scars and physical calamities that keep drawing them together. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and children.

Saturday, May 18: Neal Stuart and The Empire State, 5:30-7:00 pm, Planetarium

Celebrating the music of Johnny Maestro and the heroes of rock and roll, with dazzling imagery on the Planetarium dome. (www.nealsempirestate.com) Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door, $15 for age 15 and under.

 

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Carriage House Players, Fifty Words, Carriage House Theater

May 17, 18, 31 and June 1 at 8:00 pm; May 19, June 2 at 3:00 pm.

A couple explores their marriage, which is on the verge of either a breakup or deepening love and understanding. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and children.

Sunday, May 19: Cadillac Club of Long Island car show, 11:00-4:00 pm, Great Lawn

Owners display beautiful classic automobiles. 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.

Saturday, May 25: Living History Tours, 12:30-3:30 pm, Vanderbilt Mansion

This summer it’s 1939 in the Mansion. Guides in costume tell visitors stories of the Vanderbilt family and famous guests. Tours given Saturdays and Sundays through September 1. Tickets at door only: $10 plus general admission.

Friday, May 31: Sunset Yoga Flow, 6:30-8:15 pm, Great Lawn

Pop Up Prana Yoga offers yoga at sunset, outdoors overlooking Northport Bay. Check-in 6:30, class 7:00-8:15. Tickets: $30, at www.popuppranayoga.com.

JUNE

Bachelorette, Carriage House Theater

June 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 p.m. and June 16, 23 at 3:00 pm.

A wicked black comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and children.

Saturday, June 8: Meditation under the Stars, 6:30-8:15 pm, Planetarium

Guided meditation enhanced by night-sky imagery on Planetarium dome, healing music to reduce stress. Check-in 6:30, class 7:00-8:15. Tickets: $25.

Friday, June 21: Summer Solstice Yoga Flow, 6:30-8:15 pm, Rose Garden

Pop Up Prana Yoga offers yoga outdoors at sunset. Check-in 6:30, class 7:00-8:15. Tickets; $30 at www.popuppranayoga.com.

Saturday, June 22: A Morning for Families, 8:30 am-12:00 pm, Planetarium, Rose Garden

This free event, exclusively for children, young adults and adults with special needs and their families, features a sensory garden, safe viewing of the Sun with a solar telescope, tour of natural history exhibits, and examination of Museum specimens. A Planetarium show will run continuously for families throughout the morning. Pre-registration required. (Visit www.vanderbiltmuseum.org, click on Events, follow link to registration button.)

Carriage House Players’ Shakespeare Festival

JULY

July and August, Summer Shakespeare Festival, Mansion Courtyard stage

The Carriage House Players present the Vanderbilt’s 31st annual Shakespeare Festival, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00-10:00 pm, and Sunday, 7:00-9:00 pm. June 28-July 28: The Tempest. August 2-September 1: Julius Caesar. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and children.

Children’s Creative Workshops, Carriage House/Learning Center, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Make a date to create. The Museum offers fun summer workshops for children in grades K-3. Fee: $20/$18 Members. For  details and to make a reservation, call 631-854-5539.

July 8 Marine Habitats & Repurposed Plastic Bottle Art
July 9  Wondrous Wings & Giant Butterfly
July 10 Fish Defenses (or How Not to be Eaten by a Shark) & Paper Mache Porcupine Fish
July 11 Fins, Scales, Tails & Gyotaku T-Shirt
July 22 Marine Habitats & Mixed Media Collage
July 23 Sun Days & Sundial
July 24 Animals of the Savannah & Antelope Mask
July 25 Reptiles & Diorama
July 29 Nature Walk & Scientific Journal
July 30 Sail the Seas with Mr. V & Steamship
July 31 Big Cat Safari & Mask

Sunday, July 7: Long Island Corvette Owners Association show, 11:00-4:00 pm, Great Lawn

Owners display beautiful classic automobiles. 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.

Thursday, July 18: The Liverpool Shuffle, 7:00 pm, Mansion Courtyard

This popular Long Island band will perform and sings Beatles classics with infectious enthusiasm, high energy and a sense of humor. Tickets: adult, $25 online, $35 at door; children 5-15, $10 online or at door.

Saturday, July 13: Vanderbilt summer fundraising event

Benefits education programs and Carriage House/Learning Center. Details on website.

Friday, July 19: Sunset Yoga Flow, 6:30-8:15 pm, Great Lawn

Pop Up Prana Yoga will offer yoga outdoors at sunset. Check-in 6:30, class 7:00-8:15. Tickets: $30 at www.popuppranayoga.com

Saturday, July 20: Moon Day, 12:00-5:00 pm.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon. See website for details.

AUGUST

Children’s Creative Workshops, Carriage House/Learning Center, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Make a date to create. The Museum offers fun summer workshops for children in grades K-3. Fee: $20/$18 Members. For details and to make reservations, call 631-854-5539.

August 12 Ancient Egypt & Musical Rattle
August 13 Vanderbilt Cup Race & Race Car
August 14 Diversity of Life & Habitat Wheel
August 15 Marine Habitats & Repurposed Plastic Bottle Art

Friday, August 2: Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra, 5:00-10:00 pm, Mansion Courtyard

For the 13th summer, these renowned musicians will bring music, dancing, and romance to the Vanderbilt. Reservations online only. Tickets: $45.

Saturday, August 10: Us and Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute band), 7:00 and 9:00 pm, Planetarium

The tribute band Us and Floyd performs the classics of Pink Floyd, including Dark Side of The Moon and The Wall. (www.pinkfloydtributebandny.com) Tickets: $25 online, $30 at door.

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 7: Morning Yoga Flow, 9:30-11:15 am, Great Lawn

Pop Up Prana Yoga will offer a morning of outdoor yoga. Check-in 9:30, class 10:00-11:15. Tickets: $30 at www.popuppranayoga.com

Sunday, September 8: Jaguar-MG Concours d’Elegance, 11:00-4:00 pm, Great Lawn

(Rain date: September 15.) Owners display beautiful classic automobiles. Visitors pay only Museum general admission; 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.

Saturday, September 14: First Responders Day, 12:00-4:00 pm. Free admission for first responders and their families, including police, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians.

Saturday, September 21: History of Rock and Roll, 5:30-7:00 pm, Planetarium

Multi-media show with costumes, video and the rock music of the ‘50s-‘80s – from Elvis and The Beatles to disco and Billy Joel. Tickets: $20 online, $25 at door, $15 for children 15 and under.

Sunday, October 6: Corvette Society show, 11:00-4:00 pm, Great Lawn

Owners display beautiful classic automobiles. Visitors pay only Museum general admission; 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.

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 12: Bon Journey, 5:30-7:00 pm, Planetarium

The tribute band BonJourney performs the hits of Bon Jovi and Journey. Tickets: adults $20 online, $25 at door. Children 15 and under, $15 online or at door.

Saturday, October 19: Meditation Under the Stars, 6:30-8:15 pm. Planetarium

Pop Up Prana Yoga offers guided meditation enhanced by night-sky imagery on the Planetarium dome and healing music to reduce stress. Check-in 6:30, class 7:00-8:15. Tickets: $25 at www.popuppranayoga.com.

NOVEMBER

Saturday-Monday, November 9, 10, 11: Veterans Day Salute, 12:00-4:00, pm.

Free admission for veterans, active-duty service members and their families.

Saturday, November 16: Meditation Under the Stars, 6:30-8:15 pm. Planetarium

Pop Up Prana Yoga offers guided meditation, enhanced by night-sky imagery on the Planetarium dome and healing music to reduce stress. Check-in 6:30, class 7:00-8:15. Tickets: $25 at www.popuppranayoga.com.

Saturday, November 30: Annual Tree Lighting, 4:30 pm, Mansion Courtyard

This free, popular event includes carol singing, a children’s ornament-making workshop, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus (great photo opportunity), hot chocolate and cookies.

DECEMBER

Saturday, December 7: Holiday Dinner in Vanderbilt Mansion, seatings at 6:00 and 8:00 pm. A delightful evening in the Mansion, decorated for the holidays. Proceeds from this major fundraiser benefit education programs and the Carriage House/Learning Center. Tickets: $135 members, $150 non-members.

Saturday, December 7: The Liverpool Shuffle (Beatles tribute band), 5:30-7:00 pm, Planetarium

This popular Long Island band performs and sings Beatles classics with infectious enthusiasm, high energy and a sense of humor. Tickets: adults $20 online, $25 at door; children 15 and under, $15 online or at door.

Friday-Saturday, December 27-28: Twilight Tours of decorated Vanderbilt Mansion, 5:00-8:00 pm.

Local designers and garden clubs conjure holiday magic in the Mansion. Visitors can take guided tours to enjoy the results. Tickets: Members free, non-members, $12; children under 12, $6; seniors/students, $10.

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