Spring 2016 Special Events and Tours


Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry                     Cost: $35

Tuesday, Mar 15                               2:00 p.m.

Chris Pinnella and his ten-piece orchestra will be accompanied by special guest vocalists and musicians who have collectively shared the stage with Christ Botti, Les Paul, Stan Getz, Josh Groban and others. They will be performing new arrangements of some of the most beautiful songs written. Such as: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, New York State of Mind and Hallelujah. Please make check payable Rendezvous Travel. Open to nonmembers. 



Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry                     Cost: $109 (bus and ticket)

Saturday, Apr 16                              Performance 1:00 p.m.                                            

Donezetti's Roberto Devereux is the story inspired by a historical incident - the execution for treason of Robert Devereux, the favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. The opera has a range of emotions; the anxious lover, the betrayed husband and friend, and the scorned woman. Set in London at Westminster Palace and The Tower. We will be attending the matinee performance and have rear orchestra seating. Deposit of $55 to secure your ticket is required by January 25 with balance due in March. Theater tickets are nonrefundable.  Lunch is on your own. Please make check payable to Rendezvous Travel. Open to nonmembers. Minimum: 40. Maximum: 47.


NEWS 12 - Woodbury

Trip Coordinator: Mary Barry                     No Fee

Wednesday, Apr. 20                         9:30 a.m.

We will have a guided tour of the Long Island Channel 12 News located in Woodbury. This is a news organization and they can go live at any time with breaking news, which could shorten our tour. Maximum: 25.



Trip Coordinator: Barbara Greenberg        Cost: $6

Thursday, Apr. 21                            1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Known for his involvement in the street art movements of the 1980s along with Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf is recognized by his colorful graffiti style and his large-scale paintings and installations. Curated by Karl Willers and museum staff, Kenny Scharf will showcase the full wall and ceiling murals taken directly from the artist’s studio that will be re-installed at Nassau County Museum of Art. These studio environments will include the artist’s studio furniture and ephemera. Paintings and drawings will supplement these two large-scale installations. Maximum: 30.


BAYWAY ARTS CENTER, East Islip – Anything Goes

Trip Coordinator: Linda Lupario                Cost: $19

Sunday, May 15                                Performance: 2:30 p.m.


Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. This show features some of the most popular songs of the great Cole Porter.

Maximum: 30.


HIKE: Trailview State Park, Woodbury

Hike Leader: Brenda Yudin                         No Fee

Monday, May 23                               10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (rain/inclement weather cancels)

Trailview State Park is a long thin strip along the Nassau/Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, dedicated about 16 years ago to protect the foot trail from development, and assure residents in Nassau County permanent access to a local trail for exercise and to view nature. We will hike at a moderate pace for about 2 hours through the woods and rolling hills of the trail going north from Jericho Turnpike.  Please wear hiking boots or very sturdy sneakers.  A water bottle is essential.



Event Coordinator: Ruth Catanese             Cost: $12

Tuesday, May 24                                    Roosevelt Hall, 111                            1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy an Afternoon Tea at High Due Castle with the Crawley family during the Edwardian era.  Enjoy tea in Downton Abbey style with Lady Grantham, Cora, and Mary. So bring your china tea cups and gloves! Join Chef Barbara Sheridan for a great afternoon with a special menu that will include English favorites such as cucumber sandwiches and Victorian sponge cake.  We invite you to make and share our Downton Abbey tea with your friends and watch the final season with “a cup of tea.” Maximum: 30.



Trip Coordinator: Ruth Catanese                Cost: $65

Thursday, May 26                             11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a four-hour sightseeing cruise, with lunch included, to The Long Island Maritime Museum.  The narrated trip will bring us to the dock where we will be greeted and taken on a tour of the museum and its many buildings.  It is located on the historic West Sayville waterfront and it is rich in nautical and maritime history.  As you walk around, you travel back in time looking at old ship models, tools, photo displays, ship construction building, ship wrecks on Long Island, and various storms that wreaked havoc on our island, and the Randolph Oyster House. The trip includes a buffet style lunch, offering select meats, pastas, salads, and desserts, hot and cold beverages. The Lauren Kristy sails from the Bay Shore Marina. This trip is open to non-members.  Maximum: 40.   



Leader: Dr. Richard Iversen                         No Fee

Tuesday, May 31                               3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.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 under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Iversen. Maximum: 20.



Trip Coordinator: Linda Ilan                      Cost: $8

Wednesday, June 1                           1:30 p.m.

Raynham Hall, originally an eight-room colonial, is a twenty-two room museum that leads you back to the life and times of the Townsend family, illuminating history from the American Revolution in the 1770s through Oyster Bay’s affluent Victorian period in the 1870s.  The house holds a rich history in its walls.  The museum was awarded the national honor of accreditation by the American Association of Museums - the only museum on Long Island to receive this prestigious award.  Maximum: 35.


HIKE: Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown

Leader: Linda Ilan                                        No Fee

Friday, June 3                                   11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.(rain/inclement weather cancels)

The 550 acre Muttontown Preserve is Nassau County's largest nature preserve - featuring fields, woods, kettle ponds, and ruins of an estate last owned by the deposed King Zog of Albania. We will see spring emerging on a 3 mile hike through the flat and rolling trails of this preserve on the north shore. The total time will be 1 ½ hours.  Hiking shoes or sturdy walking shoes are recommended.


SPRING BUS TRIP: Mark Twain House and Museum; Harriet Beecher Stowe House            

Trip Coordinators: Linda Ilan and Linda Lupario

Tuesday, June 7                                       Cost $95                                                                                                                    

Travel to Nook Farm in Hartford, CT to visit the National Historic Landmark homes of two great American authors. Enjoy a tour of Samuel Clemens' (a.k.a. Mark Twain) 25 room Gothic Architecture home where he wrote some of his most famous novels including "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".  You will also tour the home of his neighbor, Harriet Beecher Stowe, noted author of the best-selling anti-slavery novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Please contact the ILR office for availability and details.



Thursday, June 9                              Woodbury Country Club                 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Save the date! Join us as we celebrate the 24th year of the ILR.  A special luncheon has been planned to mark this occasion.  Share an afternoon to reminisce with old friends, meet new friends, and help to acknowledge our Study Group Leaders and all those who have made this milestone possible.  Guests are always welcome. Details to follow.



Trip Coordinator: Linda Ilan                      Cost: $7

Friday, June 10                                 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          


We will have a guided walking tour of these world renowned research labs on Long Island's north shore. CSHL is a private, non-profit basic research and education institution at the forefront of work in molecular biology and genetics to generate better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases, and other illnesses.
The Lab was founded in 1890, and was one of the first in the world to specialize in genetics research. Eight scientists here have been awarded the Nobel Prize for their research in genetics, including James Watson in 1962 and Barbara McClintock in 1983.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be visiting numerous buildings on the campus which is very hilly.  There are many stairways between the buildings.  You must be able to negotiate outside stairs and walkways.  There is limited handicapped parking. We may have to park in an upper lot. Maximum: 40.

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