Date - July 24, 2016
12:30 pm until 3:30 pm
Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate
381 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY, 10591
For those of you who have not yet seen and experienced Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate – if you can join us for this tour, you’re in for a treat!
From the website: hudsonvalley.org
Kykuit is a preeminent Hudson Valley landmark. For architecture, remarkable gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery, a trip to Kykuit is simply amazing.
This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years.
Your tour will take you to the main rooms of the six-story stone house. Then you will move on through the expansive, terraced gardens containing Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller’s exceptional collection of 20th-century sculpture. Artists represented include Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, and David Smith, among many others. The underground art galleries with Governor Rockefeller’s collection of Picasso tapestries, and the cavernous Coach Barn, with its collections of classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages, are also part of the experience.
Cost for the tour is $27 for members, $32 for non-members. We will be part of a public tour, with a group limit of 18 people. The tour begins at 1:00pm (duration of 2 1/2 hours), we are requested to arrive at the Visitors Center by 12:30pm to check in and take the shuttle to the Estate.
UNION CHURCH AT POCANTICO HILLS
555 Bedford Road, Tarrytown NY
For those who are interested, we can continue on to the nearby Union Church of Pocantico Hills, where visitors marvel at the colorful rose window created for the church by Henri Matisse. The design for the window was his last work of art before his death in 1954.
The glorious Good Samaritan window by Marc Chagall is a memorial to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s husband, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Admission and tours there are free of charge, and they are on the half hour (last tour at 4:30pm).
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Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate: Historic Hudson Valley
Before the tour, all are invited to join me for lunch at 10:45am at Sweet Grass Grill in downtown Tarrytown, a 5 minute drive from the Visitors Center.
SWEET GRASS GRILL
24 Main Street, Tarrytown
From the website: sweetgrassgrill.com
Sweet Grass Grill is a casual restaurant serving local and seasonal food right in the heart of Tarrytown. With relationships with about a dozen local farms, the menu at Sweet Grass Grill varies week to week depending on the daily harvests. Expect seasonal soups and salads and a changing roster of entrees like our signature baby roast chicken and the freshest sustainably-raised fish. The bar, carved out of a single fallen oak tree from the Rockefeller Preserves, features a great cocktail menu, micro brews on draft and bottle, and many wines by the glass.
Sweet Grass Grill