The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy is continuously exploring new services and programs for visitors and our members. 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: next, the 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: Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love” will be performed by the North Shore Music Festival on July 22. The popular Composer’s Night series in Hempstead House’s former billiards room will return later in 2017.
Murder Mystery: this site-specific production in Hempstead House’s winter living room takes place on May 11, 12, and 13: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” starring the legendary Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
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.
Save the dates for the annual White Party, a benefit for Education Programs on July 13 and the Halloween Ball in Hempstead House on October 21 – our scariest and most important fundraising event of the year – followed by the Hempstead House of Horrors show.
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.
Check this page often for news and updates across the Preserve.
And please feel free to contact Managing Director Beth Horn at email@example.com with your concerns, questions, and ideas.
We look forward to seeing you at the Preserve soon – and often!