Seasonal Celebrations

The Preserve’s grounds change beautifully throughout the seasons – celebrate winter, spring, summer, and fall at these annual family events:

Spring Celebration


  • May 7, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Every season brings beautiful changes to the Preserve’s landscape, and, in springtime, we celebrate the return of longer days, warmer temperatures – and budding trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. While these blooms occur naturally, we have much work to do to plant colorful annuals, fresh herbs, and plants to attract butterflies. At the Spring Celebration, visitors (more…)

Mother’s Day Tea


  • May 14, 2017
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hempstead House is the perfect setting to celebrate Mother’s Day – complete with a traditional afternoon tea, scones, finger sandwiches, and live chamber music. Last May, the Conservancy started a beautiful iris garden along the pond’s sunniest edge, and we will continue to expand this garden each year. Please support this horticultural initiative with a (more…)

Summer Solstice Celebration


  • June 21, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Spend the longest day of the year outdoors on the beautiful grounds of the Sands Point Preserve. (We’ll step inside one of our mansions, if it rains.) A special Family Yoga session will be held at 6:30 – 7:15 pm, and you can paint the sunset. “BYO” picnic dinner and stay until the sun sets at (more…)

Village Day Fall Festival


  • September 24, 2017
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

September 24 Rain Date: October 1 The fall harvest season will be celebrated with outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo; hayrides around the Great Lawn to view the early fall foliage; pony rides overlooking the Long Island Sound; pumpkin painting for budding artists; a Green Grocer market featuring award-winning artisanal (more…)

Halloween Ball in Hempstead House


  • October 21, 2017
    7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for a thrilling event in haunted Hempstead House and a tented ‘mausoleum’ in the dead rose garden… The evening begins with cocktails in the palm court and winter/summer living rooms – the bravest guests can venture through two scary floors of the Hempstead House of Horrors. The mansion’s organ will play scary tunes and a (more…)

Family Halloween Party


  • October 29, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Halloween Party for young children! The Phil Dejana Learning Center features adorable woodland plush animals celebrating Halloween in a charming display complete with delightful fairy cottages and sparkle lights. Families can explore the Preserve’s grounds on a treasure hunt for wildlife and objects in the environment, and Castle Gould’s Great Hall will feature a multitude of crafts (more…)

Holiday Tales at the Hearth


  • December 3, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the holiday cheer at Hempstead House with a celebration of holiday traditions from around the world. Festive music will play, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit, and special guest readers will share favorite stories by the library’s roaring fireplace. The mansion’s former billiards room will be transformed into a reading room filled with magical (more…)