On view: Grandes Dames and Grand Plans—
100 Years of History at Bartow-Pell
March 1-November 16, 2014
From its founding in 1914 with Columbia University President Butler as honorary President, to reopening as a museum in 1946, to becoming the Bartow-Pell Conservancy in 2008, this exhibition tells a remarkable story.
Free with museum admission
Yoga in the Orangerie
Fridays, April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;
June 6, 13, 9–10:15 a.m.
A beginner/intermediate-level class suitable for those who want to deepen their practice in a steady, mindful approach. Taught by certified Anusara® yoga teacher Ann Casapini in a serene, sunlit space. Ten classes.
Class size limited to 12. Registration and pre-payment required. Cost $180 for series; members $150
No class April 18.
Member Morning: Staged Reading
Friday, April 25, 10:30 a.m.
May Day! May Day! by New Rochelle playwright Dale Walkonen takes a humorous look at the IGC's actual opening day in 1915. Step back in time with Zeila Hoffman to the rapidly changing world at the dawn of the 20th century in this staged reading. Coffee and pastries offered.
Registration required. Free
Edible Gardening Workshop
Saturday, April 26, 10–11 a.m.
Children’s Garden Manager Lauren Gill demonstrates sustainable methods to create an edible mini garden for your backyard, deck, or window box. Learn how to grow fresh, delicious food at home in a way that is easily integrated into a busy schedule.
Registration requested. Free
National Preservation Month
First Friday! Music + Bronx Seaside Trolley
Friday, May 2, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Irish folk singer Mary Courtney brings her great talent back to BPMM. Explore the museum, stroll the garden, and savor light refreshments. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island.
Registration requested. Cost $10 adults, $8 seniors and students; members free
The Moonlight Ball: A Centennial Celebration
Saturday, May 10, 7 p.m.
Don’t miss the highlight of our centennial events! An evening honoring Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Frank Emile Sanchis III, a leader in historic preservation, overlooking the garden with dinner and dancing to Michael Arenella’s Dreamland Orchestra. Help support the museum for the next 100 years. Call for details. R.S.V.P. by April 25.
Bronx Week at Bartow-Pell
Sunday May 11–Sunday, May 18
Celebrate beauty in the Bronx with free guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, 12 to 4 p.m. Tours start at quarter past the hour. Free
Centennial Plant Sale
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Let your garden be inspired by ours! Unusual annuals, perennials, herbs, and roses for sale, plus demos on edible gardening, potting plants, and a book signing of The Little Green Book of Gardening Wisdom.
Rain date: Sunday, May 18. Free
Fashion Flashback: 1914
Thursday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
To celebrate the centennial of both Bronx County and Bartow-Pell, we offer a look back at the fashions of 1914 by Bard Graduate Center scholar Sarah Pickman. Her studies in fashion history and anthropology, combined with her work in the Textile Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, give her a unique take on a tumultuous time.
Registration requested. Cost $10; members free
Plein Air Landscape Drawing
Thursdays, May 22–June 26, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Join artist Geri Smith to develop artistic direction while building technical and compositional skills in an outdoor setting. Learn how to simplify gardens and landscape into essential shape, tone, texture, and line, creating a personal visual vocabulary of b/w graphite drawings. All levels welcome. Please bring a folding chair.
Registration required. Materials list provided. Six classes. Cost $175; members $140
Urban Park Ranger History Hike
Sunday, May 25, 11 a.m
Learn about Revolutionary New York and in particular the Battle of Pell’s Point on this fascinating hike of the area with an Urban Park Ranger.
Comfortable shoes or boots, water, and a light snack recommended. Meets at BPMM parking lot.
Registration requested. Free