This Week: Museum Together, Cactus Kids, Wildlife Diversity, Moonstruck Mania

‘Moonstruck Mania,’ an Art & Science Adventure

Moonstruck Mania, an art and science adventure between the Heckscher Museum of Art and the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, will be held on Sunday, July 24, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. The event is recommended for families with children age 6 and up.

The adventure begins at The Heckscher Museum. Participants explore the exhibition Moonstruck: Lunar Art from the Collection and create a lunar masterpiece. The program continues at the Vanderbilt Museum, located at 180 Little Neck Road in Centerport, N.Y. with a 30-minute live lecture on the night sky using the Reichert Planetarium theater’s amazing star projection system.

The presenter will explore the objects visible in the sky on the night of the event, including stars, constellations, nebulae, galaxies, and the Moon. Visitors will then watch the 30-minute fulldome film Earth, Moon & Sun.


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JoyRide: Celebrating Dave Matthews Band

JoyRide: A Dave Matthews Celebration will return to the Vanderbilt again on Saturday, July 23, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

from 7:00 to 10:00 pm in the courtyard of the Vanderbilt Mansion at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. N.Y.  Rain or shine. (If it rains, the band will play in the Vanderbilt’s large Celebration Tent.)

JoyRide’s seven musicians recreate the experience of a live Dave Matthews Band (DMB) show, complete with violin and horns. The group’s goal is to recreate the experience of a DMB live show, complete with violin and horns. DMB fans know their concerts are musical journeys filled with tight musicianship, extended jams, and fun.

JoyRide fans say the band’s performances are the next best thing to actually being at a DMB show. JoyRide will play all the hits that the casual DMB listener will be familiar with, as well as the deep tracks that hardcore fans know and love.

JoyRide originated in New Jersey, quickly gained a reputation for energetic shows, and became a sought-after act by venues still able to provide live music. Fans are amazed by how faithfully JoyRide reproduces both the music and live experience of DMB.

Tickets: members $40, non-members $45. BYO chair and picnic!


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Shakespeare Festival: ‘Troilus and Cressida’

The thirty-third annual Summer Shakespeare Festival at the Vanderbilt, presented by the Carriage House Players, is sponsored by Bank of America. The current play, Troilus and Cressida, will have its last performance on Sunday, July 24.

Performances are given on the stage in the Vanderbilt’s beautiful Spanish Revival Courtyard.

The Comedy of Errors – July 29-Aug 14

Henry V – Aug 26-Sept 18

Performances: Every Wed and Fri at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 7:00 pm. Tickets: Adults $20; children 12 and under (member child 18 and under) $15; senior (age 62-plus) $15.




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Evan Donnellan, director of CHP, said, “We are so excited to return to the Vanderbilt Courtyard for their annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. With a wide mix of comedy and tragedy, the festival has something for everyone. Join us under the stars for nights of timeless magic as these classical stories come to life before your very eyes.”

Museum Together!, New Program for Families

The Vanderbilt is offering Museum Together!, a new program for families, on Thursdays, July 28, and August 25, from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the Hall of Fishes marine museum. Join a museum educator for a tour of Willam K. Vanderbilt II’s collection of marine life, and make a creative project together.

Fee: $10 per person; members are FREE. Call (631) 854-5539 to reserve a space. Anyone not vaccinated must wear a mask.

Beth Laxer-Limmer, Associate Director of Education, says, “Families will have fun exploring the Museum’s collection of ocean fish and mammals together and collaborating on a work of art.”


‘Cactus Kids’ Workshop For Young Gardeners

Cactus Kids introduces junior gardeners to the joys and challenges of raising cacti. Participants will plant a cactus pot, discover how to take care of their specimens, and explore the unique attributes that allow cacti to thrive in hot desert environments.

Thursday, July 28, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Plants and workshop materials are included in the price of admission. This program is ideally suited for children ages 8 to 12.

The workshop will take place in the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum’s “Superintendent’s Cottage,” located across the street from the main Vanderbilt Museum campus. Handicapped parking will be available for program participants.




CEED Presents Two ‘Wildlife Diversity’ Shows

Biologist and ranger Eric Powers, co-founder of the Center for Environmental Education and Discovery will present Wildlife Diversity, a live animal show, on Saturday, July 23. Showings at 9:00 to 10:00 am and 10:30 to 11:30 am. Tickets: Members, free; non-Members, $12.


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CEED, based in Brookhaven, Long Island, is a nature center that inspires connections to the joys of nature through education and experience. CEED serves children, youth, and adults through public nature programs and events, school and community-based environmental education, conservation projects, live animal ambassadors, and more.

Walk & Talk Tours: Architectural Details, Famous Ironwork

Come for an intriguing walking tour of the Vanderbilt Estate with knowledgeable Museum educators. Learn about the history of the Eagle’s Nest estate; Warren & Wetmore’s design and exterior architectural details of the 24-room Spanish Revival mansion; and the striking ironwork of Samuel Yellin, considered the greatest iron artisan of the early 20th century.

These Walk and Talk Tours, created by the Vanderbilt Education Department will be offered at 11 am and 12:30 pm on July 23, and 27; August 3, 10, 20, 24, and 31.

Tickets, which include general admission, are available for purchase only at the door: Adults $16, seniors/students $15, children under 12 $13, and members free.

Beth Laxer-Limmer, associate director of education, said, “The grounds are beautiful at this time of year and the walking tour is a perfect way to be introduced to the history of the estate and collections. There is an abundance of beauty in the eclectic architecture and the unique details that reflect William Vanderbilt’s interests.”

William K. Vanderbilt II (1878-1944) spent summers at his Eagle’s Nest estate and mansion on Northport Bay between 1910 and 1944. He and his wife, Rosamond, hosted intimate gatherings and entertained well-known guests, such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Pierre Cartier, Conde Nast, Charles Lindbergh, and the Tiffanys. Eagle’s Nest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Engraved Vanderbilt Bricks Mark Milestones, Memories

Celebrate your family, a loved one, a special anniversary, or other milestones and memories with us by sponsoring a commemorative brick with a custom engraving. Your donation will help us to bring outstanding science, history, and art education to more than 25,000 students annually.

Your message will be displayed permanently in one of the brick walkways around the Vanderbilt Mansion and Terrace, or on the grounds of the beautiful waterfront Estate. For more information, call Sue Madllinger at 631-854-5558, or email:

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