NYC LIFE: Summer Fun in and Around NYC

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August is around the corner and you can have so much fun with The Three Tomatoes at one or both of our summer events you’ll be leaping with joy. Aug. 9 is our Rosé Wine Tasting on Long Island and August 15th is our Summer Garden Shopping Party! Looking for more fun things to do in and out of NYC? Here a few more suggestions.

July 29-30. Double Dutch at Lincoln Center

Remember Double Dutch jump roping Tomatoes? Well you’ve never seen it like this. Head to the plazas of Lincoln Center this weekend for a historic two-day event celebrating Double Dutch and the women of color who’ve contributed to the cultural fabric of NYC through this competitive sport turned art form. Featuring demonstrations, jump-ins, panel discussions, a film screening and exhibition, and the Double Dutch Summer Classic. Get the details.

Westbury Gardens on Long Island – Spectacular

LA Editor Debbie Zipp lounging in fromt of “her” little mansion. (We wish.)

The head Tomato and our LA editor, Debbie Zipp recently toured the gardens and the mansion at Old Westbury Gardens.  Spectacular. It’s the perfect day-cation, and is just a quick car or train ride from NYC.   This is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children.  Completed in 1906 by the English designer, George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes.  Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family’s residence.

The sculptures are fabulous and show up in unexpected places on the grounds.

One of our favorite things are the Seward Johnson whimsical and lifelike sculptures that pleasantly surprise you all over the property Old Westbury Gardens – there are 38 in total.

And there is a delightful little Café in the woods with wonderful sandwiches and sweets!  Get yourselves there, Tomatoes.  It’s a great day.  Get more info.

July 29-Aug. 30. Mostly Mozart Festival – Get Discounted Tickets

Each summer for more than half a century, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival has celebrated the composer’s inventive genius and inspiring legacy with a series of performances that explore his immortal music as well as those of his classical contemporaries and beyond. This year’s series at David Geffen Hall kicks off with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City joining the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the baton of Louis Langrée for a concert of folk songs and more called The Singing Heart. Among the acclaimed artists scheduled to appear throughout the series are pianists Jeremy Denk (Beethoven and Schubert), Beatrice Rana ( All-Beethoven Program) and Kirill Gerstein (Brahms’ Symphony No. 1), plus the inventive So Percussion (The “Paris” Symphony) and violinist Thomas Zehetmair (Beethoven Violin Concerto). A multiple Grammy-winning violinist and recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Award, Gil Shaham has scored praise from audiences and critics alike for his warm tone and engaging stage presence. He’ll cap off this year’s event with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, while Langrée and the Festival Orchestra bring it all home with Mozart’s “Little G minor” Symphony. Each concert features a pre-show recital as well. Get discounted tickets via Goldstar.

The Chihuly Exhibit at NYBG

The CHIHULY exhibit transforms New York Botanical Garden’s beautiful grounds and buildings into enchanted works of art, as imagined by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Color, light and organic shapes play off each other in over 20 breathtaking installations that interact with their surroundings. The exhibit will also include drawings and early works that trace Chihuly’s artistic evolution. Weekends will feature special programs, including films, poetry and children’s art activities. Get discount tickets via Goldstar.


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