Watercolor in the Marine Museum, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, ‘Museum Together’

‘Fearless Watercolors’ in the Marine Museum with Artist Jan Guarino

Watercolor artist Jan Guarino will offer a Fearless Watercolors class on Monday, August 22, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum’s Hall of Fishes marine museum, surrounded by stunning preserved fish and mammal specimens.

Fee: $50, $45 for Members.



Beth Laxer-Limmer, Associate Director of Education, said, “The Vanderbilt Museum is excited to have Jan Guarino give a watercolor class in the historic Hall of Fishes. William K. Vanderbilt II built The Hall of Fishes in 1922 to house his extensive and growing collection of marine specimens.

“The Hall features the meticulous work of artist William Belanske, who traveled the world with the Vanderbilts on their yacht Alva and served as the Museum’s first curator. Participants will have the opportunity to be inspired by Belanske’s work and create their own illustrations from beneath the waves.”

‘Fly Me to the Moon’ – An Evening of Art, Music, and Celestial Happenings

The Heckscher Museum of Art and Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum will collaborate on Fly Me to the Moon, an art and music event, on Thursday, September 8, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.

The evening begins at The Heckscher Museum of Art exploring the exhibition Moonstruck: Lunar Art from the Collection. Join author and radio host Tom Ryan as he explores how the moon and outer space have inspired musicians since the beginning of recorded history. Travel back in time through sound and film clips, from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars, and everyone in between.

Next, head to the Vanderbilt Museum’s Reichert Planetarium (located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721) where telescopes will be available to take in fantastic views of the Moon, the planet Saturn, and other celestial objects in the night sky. Enjoy a live, 45-minute talk about the night sky, stars, planets, constellations, and the Moon in the 60-foot domed planetarium theater, housing one of the finest star-projection systems in the world. End the night with an amazing Pink Floyd light show, Laser Dark Side of the Moon. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the “Under the Stars Café.”

Tom Ryan has been actively writing about music trends since the first publication of American Hit Radio in 1994. He has written three books and has a fourth in the works. Ryan is the founder of the music-information website AmericanHitNetwork.com and is a musician and a co-founder of NYRMA (New York Roots Music Association), a Huntington-based group of musicians that organizes themed performances. He also hosts American Hit Radio and How Music Changed on radio station WHPC 90.3.

$35 per person



Registration recommended. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

‘Museum Together!’, New Program for Families

The Vanderbilt will offer Museum Together!, a new program for families, on Thursday, 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.”

Pop Up Prana ‘Sunset Yoga Flow’, Essential Oil Meditation

Pop Up Prana Yoga will present its second Sunset Yoga Flow evening (including special essential-oil meditation) on Friday, August 19, on the Great Lawn overlooking Northport Bay. Check in at 6:30 pm, session at 7:00. Fee: $30, $15 for age 14 and under.

“Kick off your weekend with a beautiful view on the Great Lawn overlooking Northport Harbor,” said Jenn Eagen of Pop Up Prana Yoga. “This is an open-level yoga practice. If you are new to yoga, feel free to join us. If you are an advanced yogi and seek growth, no worries. You will have an opportunity to shine and improvise your own variations throughout the session.”



Shakespeare Festival: ‘The Comedy of Errors’

The 33rd annual Summer Shakespeare Festival continues with The Comedy of Errors, which runs through August 24. Presented in the Mansion courtyard by the Carriage House Players, the festival is sponsored by Bank of America.u

Performances are given on the stage in the Vanderbilt’s beautiful Spanish Revival Courtyard. The Comedy of Errors runs through August 14. The final festival play, Henry V, will run from August 26 through September 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.”

Vanderbilt Bricks Mark Milestones, Memories

Celebrate your family, a loved one, a special anniversary, or other milestones and memories by sponsoring a commemorative brick with a custom engraving. Your donation will help the Vanderbilt Museum 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 Madlinger at 631-854-5558, or email: sue@vanderbiltmuseum.org

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 August 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.

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