Fall 2015 Special Events/Tours

FALL BUS TRIP: Storm King Art Center and Boscobel Gardens - Cost: $99 per person

Wednesday, September 9

Explore Storm King Sculpture Gardens in New Windsor, NY, with its 200 carefully sited sculptures on 500 acres of fields, hills, and woodlands. After lunch at the Blu Pointe Waterfront Restaurant, you will enjoy a tour of Boscobel House in Garrison, NY, widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture. Your docent will guide you on an engaging, interpretive tour covering history of the early 18th and 19th centuries and the lives of the Dyckman family. Open to nonmembers. Please contact the ILR office for details.


Sunday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.

The Lighthouse was constructed in 1912 and operated by the U.S. Lighthouse Service until 1939, then came under the supervision of the U.S. Coast Guard, which automated the light, and installed a fog horn in 1949. This navigational aid housed two lighting devices. One was the Fresnel lens and the other an Argand lamp. Another signaling device was a large cast bell, still at the light house. This unique working Lighthouse is the earliest example of reinforced concrete construction on the East Coast, and was one of the last to be built. Its Beaux-Arts style makes it look like a small castle. The one-hour guided tour includes the tower living room, bedroom, spiral staircase, watch deck, and lantern room. The boat trip is approximately 15 minutes long. Maximum: 17.


Thursday, September 17, 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 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: 50.

WALKING TOUR – The Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower East Side - Cost $27

Friday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

First, a walk across the "Great Bridge" -- once the longest suspension bridge in the world -- as we learn about its creation and early history. We'll discuss the work of the Roebling family, the designers of the bridge, and the sacrifice and dramatic story of the immigrant workers who built it.Next, a tour of the Lower East Side, addressing its immigrant heritage with stops at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, Orchard Street, the homes of Ira Gershwin and Eddie Cantor, the Jewish Daily Forward, Transfiguration Church, the southern edge of the Italian district, and the site of the infamous Five Points made known in Gangs of New York. Maximum: 35. Transportation is on your own. Meeting place in Brooklyn to be determined. Please note: this is a three-hour walking tour.

MADISON THEATER AT MOLLOY COLLEGE: Marriage of Figaro - Cost $40

Sunday, October 4, 3:00 p.m.

This is a fully-staged production of one of the world's most beloved operas. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro will feature the stellar cast from the Long Island Opera Company, and the South Shore Symphony Orchestra. The hysterical production will be infused with Director Audray's

innovative staging along with unforgettable singing and scintillating comedy. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles, and English dialogue scenes. Open to nonmembers. Minimum: 10. Maximum: 20.

BAYWAY ARTS CENTER, East Islip, NY - The Tin Woman - Cost $17

Sunday, October 11, Performance: 2:30 p.m.

The Tin Woman is the story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor. Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend's urging, Joy tracks down Jack's family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack's death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life. Maximum: 30.

HIKE: West Hills County Park - No Fee

Tuesday, October 20,10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Rain cancels)

Join us on a hike that has a trail named after Walt Whitman. This four-mile loop goes through an oak forest that includes cedar and mountain laurels. The trail leads is to the top of Jaynes Hill, which at 401.5 feet above sea level is the highest point of Long Island. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are recommended; a walking stick can be useful. 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.

NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART: The Saltzman Collection - Cost $6

Thursday, October 22, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This exhibition celebrates the Museum's 25th anniversary through a showing of works held by one of the region's most prominent families of art collectors. The exhibition is a selection from the vast collection of the fine art collected by Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman, the Museum's founding president. The collection spanned all of the major 20th century art movements, including Cubism, Constructivism, Fauvism, Pointillism, and Impressionism. You may visit the second floor gallery where there are posters of the Russian Revolution. Maximum: 30.


Friday, October 23, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

William Floyd was a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. His family lived on this property for eight generations, first as a working plantation, and later as a summer home. In 1976, the family gave the house, all its contents, and 613 acres of property on Moriches Bay to the National Park Service. We will have a one-hour guided tour of this 25 room house and see it as the family left it in 1976. Since one family lived here for 250 years, we may see a chair from 1750 next to one from 1960. We can also take a self-guided tour of the historic grounds, outbuildings, and family cemetery. Maximum: 30.

NYCB THEATER AT WESTBURY: The Lights of Broadway - Cost $35

Tuesday, November 10,2:00 p.m.

This show features timeless music from the Great White Way with Broadway entertainers and Musical Director Jon Weber .They will perform songs from award-winning musicals such as My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Ragtime, Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, and more. Open to nonmembers. Please make checks payable to Rendezvous Travel. Maximum: 30.


Monday, November 23, Roosevelt Hall, 111, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

How do you choose the right apple for your recipe? There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples. In this program you will learn about the differences and taste some dishes using apples. The menu includes: Broccoli and Apple Soup; Apple and Escarole Salad with bleu cheese and walnuts; French Apple Tart; the official New York State Apple Muffin and Apple Fritters. Maximum: 30.



Leader: Bob Fullam Fee: $20/$25

Monday, Nov. 30 Roosevelt Hall, 111 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

AARP Safe Driveris a classroom refresher course in safe driving. Completion of this course may offer you a reduction of 10% on the cost of your car insurance and the possibility to erase up to 4 points of traffic infractions on your license. Participants must bring their driver’s license to class. Bring a bag lunch. Fee for AARP members, $20 (proof of membership required); and for nonmembers, $25. A separate and undated check made payable to AARP is required for each participant. Open to nonmembers of the ILR. All ages welcome. Class minimum 15; maximum 40.


Leader: Dr. Iversen Fee: $10

Thursday, Dec. 10 Campus Green House1:00 p.m.

Enjoy the satisfaction of displaying your homemade wreath this holiday season. Participants will design their wreath and take it home. All materials will be provided. Please bring gloves, shears, and an apron. Maximum: 15.

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