Welcome to the Sands Point Preserve!
It’s an exciting time to be here on the magnificent grounds of the Guggenheim Estate, a 216-acre public park on the National Register of Historic Places.
Major developments are underway. We’ve changed our name to the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy to reflect the comprehensive role that we play in the operation, maintenance, and preservation of this beautiful site, as well as the programs and services that we provide to the community.
Early in 2017, we will renovate the Welcome Center where visitors can learn about the Preserve’s founding families and Gold Coast history as well as the current programs that we offer. Memberships, event tickets, and a gift shop will be available there. During construction, visitors can use the restroom facilities in Castle Gould’s Black Box.
Celebrate each season with us: Winterfest (2/5), Spring Celebration (5/7), Summer Solstice (6/21), Village Day Fall Festival (9/24), Family Halloween Party (10/28) and Holiday Tales at the Hearth (12/3), which features holiday traditions from around the globe.
Our programs are expanding in all areas, and we hope you’ll attend them all –
Mansion Tours: Take a step back in time to the Gold Coast era on a fascinating docent-led tour Hempstead House on Wednesday afternoons and on most weekends – but please check the Gatehouse as the mansion is sometimes closed for private events. Private tours can be scheduled upon request at 516.571.7901. The Falaise mansion tours resume in May 2017.
Music: Imani Winds debuts at the Preserve on January 28 with a 2 pm family concert in Castle Gould’s Great Hall and an evening concert in Hempstead House following a 7 pm dinner; Steven Lutvak returns on February 11 for the Valentine’s Jazz Night concert and dinner. Purchase your tickets early because this concert sells out fast! The Lark Quartet performs on April 1 followed by coffee and dessert. The popular Composer’s Night series in Hempstead House’s former billiards room will return later in 2017.
Wellness/Fitness: In addition to weekly meditation and yoga classes, we introduced a new program to help you achieve your health goals: Four Seasons of Wellness Retreats, Sustained Inquiry into Whole Person Health, facilitated by Deirdre Breen, IHC, MYT, RMT.
After School Art & Yoga: these classes for children 3 – 8 years old are taught by the beloved teacher Lisa Cusano, and registration is now open for the Winter/Spring session.
We have also launched the Campaign to Save Hempstead House, an exterior restoration project in conjunction with Nassau County. This multi-phased preservation effort will ensure the future of this 50,000 square foot architectural masterpiece, and we’ll need your support to accomplish the mission. More on this initiative soon.
We invite you to be a part of all that we do. And please join the Conservancy with a twelve-month membership – there are so many reasons to visit the preserve throughout the year, and membership gives you free admission, discounts for many events, among many other benefits.
We look forward to seeing you at the Preserve soon – and often!