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Fall 2017 Special Events



Trip Coordinator: Linda Ilan

Wednesday, Sept. 6          

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $36

Christeen, a 40-foot gaff rigged sloop, is the oldest oyster sloop in America and a National Historic Landmark. She was originally built in 1883 for Captain William Smith in Glenwood Landing, New York, for the purpose of harvesting oysters in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor.  We will have a two-hour private sail around Oyster Bay Harbor and see the beautiful homes along the shoreline, and also watch oyster boats actually harvesting oysters.  The crew will point out points of interest.

Please note: we will sit on benches and wooden lockers on this historic boat. The sail will take place in a light rain.  You may bring snacks and a drink (no picnic coolers). Maximum: 24.


Leader: Dr. Jonathan Lehrer

Friday, Sept. 8          

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

No Fee

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.

FALL BUS TRIP: Gracie Mansion and the Museum of the City of New York

Tuesday, Sept. 19                

Trip Coordinator: Linda Lupario

Cost: $103

Enjoy a guided visit of the official residence of the Mayor of New York City; a place where history is made, not merely recorded. Built in 1799, the residence has served various functions over the years including an ice cream stand, classrooms, as well as housed the Museum of the City of New York before serving as the home to 10 New York City Mayors.

Lunch will be at Uno Restaurant. After lunch, you will visit the Museum of the City of New York in its current location on Museum Mile which celebrates and interprets the city's past, present and future through exhibits of history and art. Please contact the ILR office for availability and details.


Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry

Sunday, Oct 8    

Performance   3:00 p.m.

Cost: $42.50

Puccini's beloved opera, La Bohème, is the passionate and timeless story of the poor poet, Rodolphe, and the poor seamstress, Mimi. Set in 1830s Paris in Monmartre, it is one of the world's most popular operas with a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures. While it depicts joys and sorrows of love and loss, its true meaning reveals the deep emotional significance hiding in the trivial things that make up everyday life. Mimi's Act I aria and Musetta's Act II aria are but two from Puccini's memorable score. This production is sung in Italian with English subtitles. Maximum: 20.

NYC WALKING TOUR – The Highline and Meatpacking District 

Trip Coordinator: Jeff Alexander

Tuesday, Oct. 10        

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

A walk through the gritty but hip Gansevoort Historic District, also known as the Meatpacking District with a special stroll along the High Line – the new and long-anticipated public park that once served as an elevated rail line. Other stops include the Titanic Memorial Arch, the "R and L" restaurant, and sites associated with Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton and Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, and the Nabisco Factory where the Oreo cookie originated. Maximum: 35. Transportation is on your own.  Meeting place to be determined. Please note: this is a three-hour walking tour.

HIKE: Bethpage State Park

Hike Coordinators: Linda Ilan and   Brenda Yudin

Tuesday, Oct. 16

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Rain cancels)  

 No Fee

Join us as we hike trails in Bethpage State Park. We will start at the picnic area. The trails are mostly flat with some gentle hills. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a hat. No parking fee if driver is over 62. Restroom facilities are available.


Trip Coordinator: Barbara Greenberg

Tuesday, Oct 17            

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

No Fee

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.

CEDARMERE – Roslyn Harbor

Trip Coordinator: Barbara Greenberg

Cost: $10

Thursday, Oct. 19

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cedarmere was the rural Long Island country home of prominent 19th century poet, newspaper editor, and civic leader William Cullen Bryant from 1843 until his death in 1878. Located in Roslyn Harbor, this seven-acre estate was a retreat from the pressures and congestions of the city, a retreat where he could work on his poetry and indulge his love of nature. We will have a guided tour of the restored rooms in the house as well as the gardens.  Please note: the grounds of the estate are hilly and may not be suitable for those needing walking assistance.  Maximum: 15.


Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry

Friday, Oct. 20

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $6

This exhibition demonstrates how artists though more than a century have been inspired by and portrayed New York City. New York, New York presents the city's grit and glamour, its excitement and bustle, and the heartbeat of a great metropolis through the work of John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Georgia O'Keefe, Milton Avery, and many others. The exhibition includes more than l40 works of art. From the extraordinary to the everyday and reveals the daily life of the city's populace. Through photography, paintings, prints and sculpture the works on view explore the city from the early years of the last century almost to the present day. Maximum: 30.


Trip Coordinator: Ruth Catanese 

Tuesday, Oct. 24

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Cost: $3

The Homestead is run by the Sayville Historical Society, a group of local residents who support and foster the historic preservation of the area.  The home belonged to John Edwards and his wife Sarah in 1785.  It contains a collection of unique and historical items from many Sayville families including, furniture, clothes, photographs, and a wonderful map collection.  Maximum: 15.

BAYWAY ARTS CENTER, East Islip, NY – Crazy for You

Trip Coordinator: Linda Lupario 

Sunday, Nov. 5                      

Performance: 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $17

Crazy for Youis the story of a banker with a yen for show business who is sent to foreclose on a property that turns out to be a theatre. After falling in love with the local postmistress, he decides to put on a show to save the theatre in this musical featuring classic Gershwin songs and a Ken Ludwig libretto inspired by the 1930 musical Girl Crazy. So get crazy and come to the show! You'll be surely humming along to its timeless melodies. Open to nonmembers.  Maximum: 40.


Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry

Tuesday, Nov. 14  

Performance 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $40

A Broadway love story for the actors and the audience featuring the stars of Les Misérables. Barbara Russell and Ron Sharpe met on the stage of Les Misérables performing the young romantic leads of Marius and Cosette. They were married on stage hundreds of times and finally decided to make it legal. Join them and their friends for a musical afternoon as they perform songs from Broadway shows. Open to nonmembers. Please make checks payable to Rendezvous Travel.


Trip Coordinator: Ruth Catanese

Tuesday, Nov. 21

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $5

The Cathedral is the seat of the Episcopal diocese covering Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. Cornelia Clinch Stewart built the 200 foot-tall cathedral in memory of her husband Alexander T. Stewart, the founder of Garden City.  Join Reverend Michael Sniffen for a walk through Long Island's past featuring museum-quality artifacts, secret passageways, and a spooky legend.  The Gothic Revival style features gargoyles on the exterior, and it has the largest pipe organ on Long Island.  The sanctuary has enough seating for 600 people. Maximum: 30.

For more information or to receive a brochure, contact ILR@farmingdale.edu or call 631.420.2160