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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Stepping Out
Old Westbury Gardens welcomes summer
Its 'Midsummer Celebration' is among the seasonal pleasure to enjoy this weekend
By Karen Bloom
Courtesy Vince Kish
Ethereal Visions: Old Westbury Gardens is the setting for an evening with the Isadora Duncan Dance Company on Saturday. The dancers, who make their way throughout the whimsically decorated gardens, are the centerpiece of “Midsummer Weekend.”

That fleeting time of year that is summer is now moving into high gear. It’s time to enjoy all that our area has to offer. Yes, a day at the beach or the latest summer flick is always a possibility, but there’s so much more to take in.
Here’s a sampling.

Shakespeare re-imagined at Old Westbury Gardens
Inspired by the magical tale of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as interpreted from photographs of Old Westbury Gardens’ founder Peggie Phipps Boegner and her cousins dressed up in costumes as they recreated scenes from the play decades ago, combined with elements of Northern European summer solstice celebrations, Old Westbury Gardens transforms itself this weekend for “Midsummer Weekend.”
Music and dance blend seamlessly into the appealingly decorated gardens, already bursting with seasonal color.
It’s a chance to enjoy the unique sights, fragrances and feel of the gardens, Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, at a special time of day: twilight. Visitors will become captivated by a totally different perspective of the grounds, illuminated by lanterns and candles, and watch as the grounds become inhabited by magical “fairies.” The lush gardens are decorated with wreaths, garlands, and other festive floral arrangements, as Old Westbury Gardens’ horticulture staff puts their unique twist on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
“It’s great fun to see the many stoic-like statues take on a different look when dressed up in colorful garlands,” said Vince Kish, Old Westbury Gardens spokesman. “When just about any kind of event, exhibit, or performance is presented at Old Westbury Gardens, the quality of that event is immediately enhanced by this incomparable environment. But some events seem to work particularly well here and blend wonderfully with the beauty exuded by these 200 bucolic acres.”
Try some “Midsummer Jazz,” on Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., with the appealing gardens as a backdrop. Stroll the Walled Garden and listen to the cool sounds of live jazz. Light refreshments will be served.


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