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Friends Of Cedarmere Benefit At Trinity

Organization continues restoration efforts

The Friends of Cedarmere continues to stay active in their preservation efforts. On Sunday, June 17, the organization will host a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella.  The concert will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1579 Northern Blvd. in Roslyn.

There will be two performances of the ballet, one that 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. At 4 p.m., during a break between shows, there will be a reception for ticket holders. The production is being sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, in cooperation with Steinway & Sons. Refreshments at the 4 p.m. are provided by Grace’s Marketplace and The Little Wine Company.

Featured performers are: Paul Baserman, pianist and director, Matthew Schneider, double bass; with dancer/choreographers Judith Rivera Schneider and Beth Trimm Wiesmann; dancers Livia Mildener, Lexi Wiesmann, David Hoffman and Xavier Roura with Donna Billings, Michela McDonagh and Rebecca Warzer, and students of Miss Judy’s School of Dance; and Patti Dunham, soprano, Brian Messemer, tenor, and Kevin McDonagh, bass.

Proceeds will benefit The Friends of Cedarmere. Since 2009, the organization has stayed busy, attempting in various ways, to raise funds for the preservation of Cedarmere, the home of William Cullen Bryant, the prominent American poet and longtime editor of The New York Evening Post.

Last month, over 45 people attended a Roslyn Landmark Society (RLS) Celebrate Earth Day event on the Cedarmere grounds. RLS Executive Director Franklin Hill Perrell gave a talk on Cedarmere’s history and architecture, as well as updating the society’s various historical restoration projects, including the Cedarmere Grist Mill. Horticultural expert Richard Weir led a nature walk, with a narrative about its visual highlights.

Earlier this spring, the New York State Assembly and State Senate approved a bill renamed the Roslyn Viaduct, the William Cullen Bryant Viaduct, adding further recognition to the poet and the village he called home.

According to John B. Dawson, president of Friends of Cedarmere, the organization has reached an agreement with Nassau County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums to restore and maintain both Boxwood Gardens, whose layout and plantings were designed by Bryant in the 1860s, and the Sunken Gardens designed by his grandson Harold Godwin in the earth 20th century.  Friends of Cedarmere hopes to make interior restoration its next goal.

The June 17 gala includes an honorary committee. Among its members are: Thomas Voss, co-editor of Bryant’s letters; Dr. Natalie A. Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University; Karen Lombardi, PhD, Professor at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University; A. N. Devers, founding editor of the Writers’ Houses online literary and architectural history project; Nassau County Legislators Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D – Glen Cove) and Wayne Wink (D - Roslyn); the Honorable C. Albert and Julia Parente and Kirk Kordeleski, president & CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Reservations for the June 17 concert may be made with a credit card at www.friendsofcedarmere.com.

Seats may also be held, for cash payment at the door, by calling 729-9240. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors over 62, and $12 for juniors under 18 years of age. Parking is available under the Bryant Viaduct, on Bryant Avenue, a block from Trinity, as well as at the church.

Visit www.roslynlandmarks and www. friendsofcedarmere.com for information about Cedarmere and related activities.