BARTOW-PELL MANSION MUSEUM SCHEDULES EVENTS FOR MAY

Through July 1, 2012 The Art of the Garden Tool: Dibbles and Daisy Grubbers

This exhibition celebrates the garden tool with selections from the extensive collection of landscape architect Mark K. Morrison. Beautifully crafted and exceptionally useful, these objects provide a fascinating glimpse into the art of gardening as it has been practiced in Europe and America since the 17th century. Specialized tools such as clod crushers, cucumber straighteners, and wasp catchers are displayed alongside more familiar objects such as dibbles and watering cans, each handmade in practical yet elegant forms.

Friday, May 4–Sunday, May 6 National Preservation Month Beauty in the Bronx Open House Weekend

Enjoy free guided tours of the mansion and garden, docents in costume, and special programs for the whole family.

Friday, May 4, 5:30–8:30 p.m.  First Friday! + Bronx Seaside Trolley

Bartow-Pell celebrates First Friday! with a performance by Irish folk singer and musician Mary Courtney. A native of Castlegregory in County Kerry, Ireland who now makes her home in the Bronx, Courtney will sing traditional Irish music, and play guitar and bodhrán, a traditional Irish hand-held drum. Visitors can experience the magic of the mansion at night, take a stroll in the garden, and savor light refreshments. Then they can hop on the free Bronx Seaside Trolley for a ride to City Island. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; and free for members. Registration requested.

Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Beauty in the Bronx Open House + Bronx Seaside Trolley

Free guided tours of the mansion are led by docents in costume, and visitors can also tour the historic formal garden. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to the City Island Nautical Museum. Parking is across the street at the Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Courses. Registration requested. Free.

Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 19th-Century Toys and Games

Children will love playing old-fashioned games such as hoops, graces, and pass the slipper. Free.

Saturday, May 5, 1–3 p.m. Owls and Falcons and Skunks, Oh My!

Bobby and Kathy Horvath of WINORR (Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation) bring a wonderful assortment of rescued owls, birds of prey, and other animals for visitors to meet first-hand. Free.


Saturday, May 5, 5–7:30 p.m. Kentucky Derby Fundraiser

Support the museum and watch the Derby in style with the backdrop of the Greek Revival mansion and its beautiful gardens. Call for details.

Sunday, May 6, 12–4 p.m. Beauty in the Bronx Open House + Bronx Seaside Trolley

Free guided tours of the mansion are led by docents in costume, and visitors can also tour the historic formal garden. In addition, guests can view Bartow-Pell’s spring exhibition, Dibbles and Daisy Grubbers: The Art of the Garden Tool. From cucumber straighteners and wasp catchers to trowels and watering cans, a fascinating array of antique garden tools — both the unusual and the ordinary — await the visitor.  The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to the City Island Nautical Museum. Parking is across the street at the Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Courses. Registration requested. Free.

Sunday, May 6, 12–2 p.m. 19th-Century Toys and Games
Children will love playing old-fashioned games such as hoops, graces, and pass the slipper. Free.

Sunday, May 6, 12–2 p.m. Urban Park Ranger Trail Hikes

Explore nature and discover the rich history of our area with an Urban Park Ranger as your guide. Free.

Sunday, May 6, 2–4 p.m. Cracked Walnuts

Delight in the washboard and banjo music of Jeff and Jan Ausfahl as they perform Civil War-era classics, folk songs, and traditional jigs and reels. Free.

Friday, May 11, 12–4 p.m. National Public Gardens Day

View Dibbles and Daisy Grubbers: The Art of the Garden Tool exhibition and enjoy mansion and garden tours. From cucumber straighteners and wasp catchers to trowels and watering cans, a fascinating array of antique garden tools — both the unusual and the ordinary — await the visitor.   Free.

Saturday, May 12–Sunday, May 20, 12-4 p.m. Bronx Week

Celebrate Beauty in the Bronx at BPMM with free guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. In addition, guests can view Bartow-Pell’s spring exhibition, Dibbles and Daisy Grubbers: The Art of the Garden Tool. From cucumber straighteners and wasp catchers to trowels and watering cans, a fascinating array of antique garden tools — both the unusual and the ordinary — await the visitor.  Tours start at quarter past the hour. Free.

Saturday, May 19–Sunday, May 20, 12–4 p.m. NY Heritage Weekend

Celebrate Beauty in the Bronx at BPMM with free guided tours on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. In addition, guests can view Bartow-Pell’s spring exhibition, Dibbles and Daisy Grubbers: The Art of the Garden Tool. From cucumber straighteners and wasp catchers to trowels and watering cans, a fascinating array of antique garden tools — both the unusual and the ordinary — await the visitor.  Tours start at quarter past the hour. Free.

Sunday, May 20, 2–4 p.m. BPMM Pell Houses Bike Tour

BPMM’s annual spring bike tour heads north to Pelham to visit two historic Pell houses. Registration requested. Free.
To register for these events, call 718-885-1461 or email info@bpmm.org. For directions and to learn more about the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, visit www.bpmm.org.
Bartow-Pell, an 1840s Greek Revival mansion and a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Bartow-Pell Conservancy, and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is located at 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York. To reach us by public transportation, take the #6 Lexington Avenue Local subway to Pelham Bay Park station, followed by the Westchester Bee-Line #45 bus direct to the mansion gate.  For driving directions, please visit www.bpmm.org. The mansion and carriage house are open to the public for guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The gardens and grounds are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to dusk. Mansion admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students; free for children under six. Visiting the garden and grounds is free.


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