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Letter: Kudos to Congressman Gary Ackerman

As Mayor of Plandome Heights and a sitting member of the Executive Committee for the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), I was pleased to read the recent article in the Manhasset Press concerning Congressman Gary Ackerman’s (5th District) role in securing funding for the Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA), located at One Museum Drive in neighboring Roslyn Harbor.

Recently, NCMA contacted the NCVOA and offered 20 percent discount admission tickets to all residents of participating villages. I went to the museum to secure 350 of these and included them in a summer newsletter mailing sent to every resident in Plandome Heights.

We are fortunate to have such a jewel in our midst. The museum grounds include 145 acres that are as spectacular as their 50 outdoor sculptures are interesting. This ‘Museum Without Walls’ is one of the largest publicly accessible outdoor sculpture gardens on the east coast. As an added feature, and for a limited time, the ‘MiniArtMuseum for Children’–our region’s sole art museum dedicated to children–offers a wonderland setting for a magical museum experience based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless children’s classic. Visitors to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which shows through Sunday, Sept. 6, are greeted along the pathways to the ‘MiniArtMuseum’ by an enchanted garden, a giant chessboard, the Queen’s croquet grounds, giant mushrooms and the Mad Hatter’s tea party.  Cool pen and ink illustrations by artist Max Hergenrother adorn the walls as the artist reinterprets Alice’s fantasy adventures for today’s kids.

Many thanks to Congressman Ackerman for his commitment to the Nassau County Museum of Art, and thanks as well to the NCMA for reaching out to the Nassau County Village Officials Association with the discount tickets so that all may enjoy, recession or not. We are grateful, one and all.

Diana Merenda