What’s New

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 are renovating Castle Gould’s 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. Later this year, 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:  Holiday Tales at the Hearth (12/3), features holiday traditions from around the globe; Winterfest (2/3) brings fun, educational activities inside Hempstead House; Spring Celebration (5/6) is a day of planting annuals and cultivating our butterfly gardens; we spend the longest day of the year outside with nature walks and plein-air painting at the Summer Solstice Celebration (6/21).

Our programs are expanding in all areas, and we hope you’ll attend them all –

Music: On Saturday, December 9, Steven Lutvak returns for his annual Not Quite Christmas Cabaret – a  concert and dinner in Hempstead House. The final Sessions in Hempstead House concert for 2017 features Solomon Hoffman and Bobby Katz’ Holiday Jazz Night with original arrangements of holiday classics. The new year begins with a very special concert by violin virtuoso and conductor Shlomo Mintz & Friends on January 20, 2018. Reserve early for the Valentine’s Night Cabaret on Saturday, February 10, 2018, starring Broadway greats Rebecca Luker (Fun Home, Cinderella, Mary Poppins, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Showboat, The Secret Garden, Phantom of the Opera…) and Howard McGillin (Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, Secret Garden…)

Wellness/Fitness: In addition to weekly meditation and yoga classes, we introduced a fascinating program to help you achieve your health goals: Four Seasons of Wellness, Sustained Inquiry into Whole Person Health, facilitated by Deirdre Breen, IHC, MYT, RMT.

Mansion Tours: Take a step back  in time to the Gold Coast era on a fascinating docent-led tour of Hempstead House on Wednesdays at 2 pm 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. Guided tours of the Falaise mansion run through November 19 and resume again in May 2018.

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!

Beth Horn
Managing Director