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Spring 2018 Special Events



CRN 30028                                        Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry                     Cost: $32

Sunday, April 8                                 Performance: 3:00 p.m.

The Russian National Ballet presents Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. This beautiful ballet tells the story of Aurora, a baby princess cursed to fall into an endless sleep on her 16th birthday by an evil faerie. Taken away to escape her fate by three faeries, Aurora lives a secluded life, until she comes across a prince in the woods. When the curse comes true, will the prince be able to awaken his true love? Open to nonmembers. Maximum: 20.


CRN 30029                                        Trip Coordinator: Ruth Catanese                No Fee

Monday, Apr. 16                               10:30
a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Covanta Energy of Hempstead has been operating since 1989, processing 2505 tons of waste per day to generate 80 megawatts of renewable energy.  They provide environmentally safe municipal solid waste disposal.  It is located on 15 acres in Westbury and is Long Island's largest energy from waste facility. Maximum 25.


CRN 30030                                        Trip Coordinator: Linda Ilan                      No Fee

Wednesday, April 18                         10:30 a.m.

We will visit the "Old Nassau County Courthouse" building in Mineola which now houses the Legislature and the County executive offices. Legislator Rose Marie Walker (Hicksville and Bethpage) will lead us through the building and explain the workings of the legislature.

Maximum: 30.  Please note: parking will be at least two blocks away.


CRN 30031                                        Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry                     Cost: $6

Thursday, Apr. 19                            1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The wild times and brilliant work of a tightly-connected group of musicians, artists and writers during the 1920s continues to cast a fascinating spell on the imagination. The lives, loves and artistic passions of the expatriate community in Paris, the Gold Coast and Harlem - among them Picasso, Leger, Chanel, Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Joyce, Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Gertrude Stein - created the legendary Jazz Age, surely history's most remarkable convergence of talent and creativity in one era.

This exhibition is highlighted by masterpieces of the 1920s, neoclassical paintings by Picasso, the avant-garde breakthroughs of James Joyce and Coco Chanel, and enduring classics such as Balanchine's Apollo. Maximum: 40.

QUEENS MUSEUM– Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, NY

CRN 30032                                        Tip Coordinator: Barbara Greenberg         Cost: $10

Tuesday, April 24                              1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Queens Museum, formerly the Queens Museum of Art, is an art museum and educational center located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Our guided tour will include The Panorama of the City of New York, which was built for the 1964 World's Fair; the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, an extraordinary collection of Tiffany lamps and windows; and the World's Fair Visible Storage, an enormous collection of artifacts from the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair. Transportation is on your own. Maximum: 25.

BAYWAY ARTYS CENTER, East Islip, NY - Cabaret

CRN 30033                                        Trip Coordinator: Linda Lupario                Cost: $21

Sunday, May 6                                  Performance: 2:30 p.m.

This Kander & Ebb musical is full of song and dance numbers not easily forgotten. Cabaret takes place in Berlin, right before the rise of the Nazi Party. Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel, wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub. Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms unexpectedly into a dream-like romance. Featuring songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theater, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and literally holds "the mirror up to nature." Maximum 50.

HIKE: West Hills Park, Melville, NY

CRN 30034                                        Hike Coordinators: Linda Ilan/Brenda Yudin

Tuesday, May 8                                 10:30 am (rain/inclement weather cancels)

Rain Date: May 15                                                                                                    No Fee

Join us on a hike that has a trail named after Walt Whitman.  This hike goes through an oak forest that includes cedar and mountain laurels. We will hike the Walt Whitman loop to Jaynes Hill, which at 401.5 feet above sea level is the highest point of Long Island. Total time of hike is approximately 2 ½ hours. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are recommended; a walking stick can be useful as the terrain is hilly and rocky. Bring water and a snack for the hike.  If you wish, bring lunch and a drink for after the hike.  Restrooms and a picnic area adjoin the parking lot where we meet. Maximum: 25.


CRN 30035                                        Trip Coordinator: Linda Ilan                      Cost: $5

Monday, May 21                               11:00 a.m.

Meadow Croft was the summer estate of John Ellis Roosevelt, a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt, who often visited there. It is comprised of an original early 19th century farmhouse with a magnificent 1891 addition in the front. Additional structures are a carriage house, auto house, caretaker's cottage, and a swimming pool.

Vegetable and flower gardens have been lovingly restored. The care and restoration of Meadow Croft are shared by Suffolk County and the Bayport Heritage Association which will lead us on our tour. Maximum: 25.


CRN 30036                                        Trip Coordinator: Barbara Greenberg        No Fee

Monday, May 22                               11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Norman Levy Park is a 52 acre preserve built atop a landfill and serves as a plant and wildlife sanctuary. Along our guided jitney tour, which lasts for about one and a half hours, we will view the Meadow Brook marshes, and various types of trees and birds. Its highest point of 115 feet produces tremendous views of the Jones Beach Tower and the New York City skyline. Located alongside the Meadowbrook Parkway is a fully-operational agricultural windmill, which is used to circulate water in man-made ponds that provide a fresh-water habitat for wildlife. The recreational facilities include a fishing pier, a kayak launch, and three miles of hiking and jogging trails. Maximum: 20.


CRN 30037                                        Trip Coordinator: Linda Lupario                Fee: $12

Wednesday, May 23                          11:00 a.m.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum was donated to the Long Island State Park Region by Mrs. William Bayard Cutting and her daughter in memory of William Bayard Cutting, "to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty."

Learn about the wealthy and their servants as we tour the first and second floors of this

handsome Jacobean revival house, built in 1886. The manor house also contains a café with an open porch overlooking the Connetquot River. Feel free to explore the park which includes: Holly Walk, CSA Farm, River Walk, Paradise Island, the Great Lawn, and more. Maximum 30.

SPRING BUS TRIP: Culinary Institute of America/ "It's a Gilded Life" Tour

Wednesday, May 30                          Trip Coordinator: Barbara Greenberg        Cost: $119

Enjoy a culinary tour and gourmet lunch at award-winning restaurant, Ristorante Caterina De'Medici, at the Culinary Institute of America. After lunch, travel to Staatsburgh Mansion; the Gilded Age country home of Ruth and Ogden Mills.  A costumed guide will high-light the lives and roles of the Staatsburgh's family and servants.  The Mills thought of themselves as American aristocrats, modeling their lifestyle on European nobility. Please contact the ILR office for availability and details.


CRN 30038                                        Trip Coordinator: Ruth Catanese                Cost: TBD

Friday, June 1                                   11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a four-hour sightseeing and lunch excursion to the Fire Island Lighthouse.  The narrated cruise to the Fire Island Seashore will bring us to the dock where a Park Ranger will greet us and take us on a tour of the museum.  Then we walk the picturesque boardwalk viewing the beaches and wildlife such as birds and deer in their natural habitat.  The trip includes buffet style lunch, offering select meats, pastas, salads, desserts, and hot and cold beverages.

NOTE: The cost of the trip was not available at the time of printing.  Please indicate if you would like to attend and we will contact you as soon as possible with the cost.

Minimum: 40.


CRN 30039                                        Leader: Dr. Jonathan Lehrer                       No Fee

Monday, June 4                                 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a stroll through the hidden gem that is the Teaching Gardens at Farmingdale State College. The Farmingdale State Ornamental Horticulture teaching gardens consist of over four acres. These gardens were developed beginning in the 1930s by the horticulture students and faculty. Today they continue to be renovated and changed by the students and horticulture faculty. Maximum: 20.


For more information or to receive a brochure, contact ILR@farmingdale.edu or call 631-420-2160.