Stepping back in Time
An old-fashioned Memorial Day
The 19th century unfolds during Old Bethpage Village Restoration’s annual salute to Memorial Day. Take in a glimpse of Long Island’s past, culminating with the village’s commemoration of Decoration Day, as it was observed during the holiday’s early years. Entertainment includes brass band concerts, craft demonstrations and storytelling. The Village’s Civil War “veterans” honor Decoration Day as it was first observed in the early 1870s, complete with a parade, a solemn patriotic program, and ceremonies at the Village cemetery to acknowledge departed veterans.
Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; parade at 2:15 p.m. $12, $8 seniors (60+) and children 5-12. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. (516) 572-8400 or www.obvrnassau.com.
Bring the family to converse, collaborate and create together at Nassau County Museum of Art’s Super Family Sunday, which features an exploration of new art materials and ideas with a museum educator, inspired by the museum’s current exhibit “Anything Goes: The Jazz Age.” Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on museum grounds (weather permitting of course), then attend a performance by Fadeyev Ballet dance students. During the art-making session, create dapper, fashionable hats or headbands and experiment with geometric printmaking inspired by Art Deco architecture. It’s also a great time of year to explore the sculpture park, which features over 30 works, many of the monumental in size, which are situated to interact with nature on the museum’s 145-acre property. Or traverse a nature trail, ideal for family hikes.
Sunday, May 27, 1-4 p.m., art-making at the Manes Center; 1:15 and 3:15 p.m., Fadeyev Ballet performances at the museum. Museum admission plus $15 family materials fee $12, $8 seniors 62 and older: $4 children 12 and older. One Museum Dr. (off Northern Blvd.), Roslyn Harbor. (516) 484-9338 or www.nassaumuseum.org.