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Excelsior PR logoRestored Marine Dining Room, New Recreational Offerings and Bold Entrance Signs Are Latest in Park Revitalization

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the latest round of improvements at Jones Beach State Park to transform and reinvigorate the public space as part of a $65 million overall revitalization initiative. Park improvements totaling $8.8 million, include reopening the historic Marine Dining Room, opening a new East Games Area, and creating the new "Welcome to Jones Beach" monuments to attract more visitors and support the growing Long Island economy. The revitalization of Jones Beach State Park is part of the Governor's NY Parks 2020 Plan a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding for State Parks from 2011 to 2020.

Excelsior PR logoVisitors Now Have Access to One Mile of Pristine Undeveloped Beach
Part of the Governor’s NY Parks 2020 Initiative to Expand Access to Outdoor Recreation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of new $4.5 million visitor facilities at Hallock State Park Preserve in Suffolk County. The new facilities provide public access to the 225-acre park on the North Fork of Long Island for the first time since the park was acquired by the state in 2003. As part of the Governor’s NY Parks 2020 initiative, this project is helping to revitalize the state park system and expand access to outdoor recreation.

Little Dancer - DegasSouthampton, N.Y. – In 2004, a plaster cast of Edgar Degas’ “Little Dancer” was discovered in the closet of a now defunct foundry outside Paris. For Gregory Hedberg, an eminent art historian and Southampton resident, the discovery was a revelation. What he saw in the sculpture of the 14-year-old dancer was the answer to a question that had long puzzled him: Why did Degas’ sculpture of this little ballerina, which had created a sensation in 1881 when it was hailed in Paris as revolutionary, appear to have had no immediate influence on modern sculpture?…

2017 Southampton House TourSaturday, June 3rd, 2017

House tour: 1pm - 4pm  &  reception: 4:30pm - 6pm

Southampton, N.Y. – From a secluded, spacious and spectacularly chic oceanfront home to a traditional dwelling in the heart of the village, the Southampton Historical Museum's eighth annual "Insider's View" house tour on Saturday, June 3, will offer a unique opportunity to enter and admire a few of Southampton's most extraordinary architectural gems. Attendees will have a rare chance to view stunning interiors furnished with flair, whether the owner favors a high-style contemporary look, classic elegance or an eclectic approach that reflects the personal style of a connoisseur. An early-season highlight on the Hamptons social calendar, the tour is a favorite with design mavens and others who come in search of inspiration and a good time.

Southampton Maritime Museum Children's ProgramSouthampton, N.Y. – The Southampton Historical Museum is now offering a one week maritime themed summer camp program at Conscience Point and this program is for children 9 – 14 years old! You can choose to sign your child up for one or both of the programs. The morning program is on the Physics of Sailing and all those young sailors who sign up will be turning canoes into sailing canoes. 

The afternoon program is all about Oceanography where those who sign up will spend the week learning all about marine chemistry, biology, ichthyology, and more! 

These programs will be run by Josh Belfry, Captain of Sea Scout Ship 908.

Sperm Whale in a Flurry by Louis Ambroise Garneray, c 1840

Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry

Opening Reception on March 4 

Southampton, N.Y. - The Year of the Whale is an interactive and inclusive exhibit that adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years and illuminates Southampton Village's prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height. Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry.

America's largest chocolate event to feature 100 vendor booths plus appearances by Willy Wonka movie star Paris Themmen, the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car and The Amazing Kreskin.

Garden City, N.Y. - The Chocolate Expo, America's largest and most unique chocolate event, will be returning for a special holiday edition at Long Island's Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY, on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

At The Chocolate Expo, attendees get to taste, purchase, celebrate and otherwise indulge in delicious gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines, spirits and much more from about 100 local, regional and international vendors, while touring one of the largest air and space museums in the world.

Schoolhouse (Photo by Connor Flanagan)Southampton, N.Y. - The Gardiner Foundation awarded the Southampton Historical Museum a matching grant of $50,500 to be used for the restoration of the Red Creek Schoolhouse located on the grounds of the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex in the Village of Southampton. Katherine Curran, executive director of the Gardiner Foundation, gave the check to Tom Edmonds, executive director of the Southampton Historical Museum. Witnesses included Bob Beck, president of the Southampton Historical Museum and Stephen Funsch, village administrator for the Village of Southampton.