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NATURE WALK/HIKE: Wantagh Nature Preserve, Friday, Sept 5

Leader: Al Canigiani

Enjoy the newest walk/hike that provides a sense of wilderness. We will go around three ponds comprising the heart of Mill Pond and Twin Pond Preserve. The two preserves are connected by the first "new" hiking trail in Nassau Country in twenty-five years - the 3.6 mile-long Wantagh Nature Trail. We will walk/hike the fairly flat trail at a moderate pace. The total time will be about two hours. Hiking shoes or sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and snack for the hike.

BREWSTER HOUSE-Stony Brook, NY, Monday, Sept. 22

Trip Coordinator: Linda Lupario                Cost: $7

Go back to the 18th century to the Brewster Tavern for cider and a Johnny Cake, and learn about news of the Culper Spy Ring from Mrs. Brewster. Built in 1665 and considered the oldest house in the Town of Brookhaven, the Brewster House was home to six-generations of Brewsters. During the American Revolution, Joseph Brewster operated the house as a tavern and general store, entertaining British troops inside.  American Patriot Caleb Brewster, cousin of Joseph Brewster, and presumably a frequent visitor to the house, was a member of George Washington's Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War. Maximum: 30.


Coordinator: Ruth Catanese                       Cost: $12

Join Chef Barbara Sheridan for a fun afternoon with tastings from Oktoberfest! Our menu is a blend of flavors inspired by many different regions in Germany during the fall season. Included   will be Spiced Autumn Soup, Pork Tenderloin with Apple Maple Cognac Sauce, Bavarian Noodles, Spiced Beets, and a Rustic Apple Tart. Maximum: 35.

MANOR FARM–Huntington, NY, Wednesday, Sept. 24

Trip Coordinator: Jeff Alexander                Cost: $5

Manor Farm is an environmental education center adjacent to the 100-acre Berkeley Jackson County Park in the Elwood area of Huntington. Here you will learn about some basic ecological processes like energy flow, the cycling of materials, and experience the natural world. We will also go on a nature hike and a scavenger hunt. Maximum: 30.

Bayway Arts Center, East Islip, NY: I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT,

Trip Coordinator: Linda Lupario           Sunday, Sept. 28        Cost: $17

A young couple rents an old farmhouse with the hope that the peace and quiet will help the wife recover from a nervous breakdown, but the old owners' tales of gruesome ghost stories are anything but peaceful! What happens to the fragile wife as bodies appear and disappear give this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact. This award-winning thriller, by Peter Colley, is a chilling mixture of suspense, shocks, and a hint of comedy. Join us if you dare!

CHELSEA MANSION, Tuesday, Oct. 14 

Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry                     Cost: $10

Chelsea Mansion in Muttontown, on the National Register of Historical Places, was built in 1924 by Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Moore. The mansion incorporates the Chinese, French Renaissance, English Country House traditions and Art-Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. The eclectic interior treatments were collected by the Moores on their world travels, including the dining room's antique pine paneling from the first Duke of Wellington's country home; the carved teak doors in the main floor hallway, originally from a Chinese summer palace; the library paneling from a chateau in the Loire Valley; and the 19th century French hand-painted canvas wall covering in the breakfast room. The Moores lived at Chelsea with their three children most of the year, adding a children's wing in 1929. Although gifted to the care of Nassau County in 1964, Mrs. Moore resided in the mansion until her death in 1983. We will have a tour of the house and, weather permitting, the garden. Maximum: 30.

WALKING TOUR: Food Tour of the Lower East Side, Wednesday, Oct. 15

Trip Coordinator: Jeff Alexander                Cost: $29

Join us as we eat our way through the Lower East Side! Tour highlights include, Katz's Deli, Russ & Daughter's, Kossar's Bialys, Yonah Schimmel knishes, Donut Plant, Guss' Pickles, Chinese Dim Sum, and for your sweet tooth, Rivington Street's, Economy Candy.You'll learn about the area's immigrant history while we experience the Lower East Side as it was in the early 1900's. Maximum: 45

NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART: Still Life: 1970s Photorealism, Thursday, Oct.16

Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry                     Cost: $6

Still Life displays works associated with Photorealism – a movement comprising painters who took photography as their subject and sculptors who recreated the human body with surprising accuracy. A significant trend in art of the 1970s, Photorealism has sometimes been described since then as a more mechanical offshoot of 1960s Pop art. The works in Still Life make compelling arguments that Photorealists captured life in the 1970s with a grittier honesty than has previously been acknowledged. These works have renewed relevance as the ability of photography to capture "the real" has undergone dramatic changes and continues to develop in unanticipated ways. This collection, on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery, includes such leading artists as Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Malcolm Morley, Ben Schonzeit and Idelle Weber. Maximum: 30.

FALL BUS TRIP: The National 9/11Museum and Memorial, Friday, Oct. 17  

Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry and Linda Ilan        Cost: $95    

We will be visiting the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  It is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and near Shanksville Pa., as well as those killed in the February 1993 bombing of the WTC. We will be spending approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the museum. After the museum you will have a chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial Waterfalls, the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The twin reflecting pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood, and are inscribed with the names of those who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks. Following our visit to the Memorial we will have lunch at a Restaurant in Little Italy. You will have some leisure time after lunch to enjoy the area and perhaps bring home some of those wonderful Italian pastries! This trip is open to nonmembers. Please contact the ILR Office for details and availability.


Coordinator: Ruth Catanese                        Cost: $10

The estate named Planting Fields includes Cole Hall, which was the Tudor Revival residence of the Coe family. William Robertson Coe was an insurance and railroad executive, and his wife, Mai Rogers Coe, was a Standard Oil heiress. Coe Hall is a sixty-five room mansion which was constructed around 1920. You will see stunning craftsmanship, impressive collection of furnishings, painting, stained glass, dressed stonework, and hand-carved chimneys, which makes Coe Hall an architectural and historical showplace.

The property has over 400 acres of rolling lawns, gardens, woodlands, and nature walks. There are 20 specialty gardens, a Camellia Greenhouse, and the Main Greenhouse with hibiscus, orchids, succulents, and seasonal displays. Maximum: 50.


Trip Coordinator: Linda Ilan                      Cost: $5

We will have a repeat trip to the USMMA for those who did not go this past spring.
The Academy is located in Kings Point (Great Neck) overlooking Long Island Sound. It is a federal service academy that educates and graduates licensed merchant marine officers who serve America's marine transportation and defense needs in peace and in war.  A midshipman will give us a guided tour of the grounds, the chapel, and the Merchant Marine Museum.
Maximum: 35.

HIKE: Caumsett State Park, Thursday, Nov. 20 -  Leader: Al Canigiani

Join us for a moderate-paced six-mile autumn walk/hike at Caumsett State Park, located in Lloyd Neck. The terrain is fairly level with several small, short hills that will take you along woodlands, meadows, a freshwater pond, a salt marsh, beach and the rocky shoreline of Long Island Sound. We will pass by the house, farm stables and garden areas of the estate once owned by Marshall Field III (grandson of the famous department store pioneer). On a clear day the shores of Connecticut can be seen across the Sound.








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