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Name:
Sylvester Manor
Phone:
631.749.0626
Address:
80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY, 11964, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

August 1, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
August 1

Visit Sylvester Manor and learn about our historic manor house and grounds through guided house tours and self-guided tours of our grounds.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: August 1, 2015 12:00 pm
End: August 1, 2015 3:00 pm

August 9, 2015

Join us on the second Sundays of July, August, and September as we host open air concerts on Sylvester Manor’s back lawn.

Online ticket sales are open!
Click here to buy tickets.

JULY 12

Penny & John Kerr with John Cadwallader
Singer/songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Penny Kerr is joined by her husband John on double bass and John Cadwallader on guitar for roots based music with hints of Jazz.

AUGUST 9
The Wiles featuring Ellie Buckland, Isa Burke, and Mali Obomsawin
With three-part harmony and rocking tunes on fiddle guitar and bass, the Wiles bring a fresh take on American roots music that spans centuries-old Appalachian ballads, classic country and contemporary Americana songwriting.

SEPTEMBER 13
Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet
Two members of the famed Quebecois trio “Genticorum” perform a vast combined repertoire of French Canadian fiddle tunes and folk songs, featuring Falquet’s vocals and guitar playing, and by Gemme’s fiddling and raucous foot percussion.

All shows begin at 5 pm on the Manor House lawn at 80 North Ferry Road
Tickets: $15 each or all three concerts for $39

Start: August 9, 2015 5:00 pm
End: August 9, 2015 7:00 pm

August 15, 2015

Manor House Open Hours – The Slave Dwelling Project

Sylvester Manor is proud to host Slave Dwelling Project founder Joseph McGill on his first ​SDP visit ​to New York. Joe will spend ​the night of August 14th sleeping in the living quarters of the Sylvester’s enslaved and bonded servants -  ​the manor house​​ attic​. On​ Saturday, August 15, 1:00pm, ​he will ​reflect on the experience and ​​lead additional guest speakers ​in ​a thoughtful dialogue that examines the ​added ​strain and peculiar dynamic imposed on families when the​ir​ “slave dwelling” happens to be inside the “big house”.

Please support Joe’s mission and the important work of our preservation partners​!

Check out additional Slave Dwelling Project ​programs on Long Island hosted by SPLIA/Lloyd Manor and the Pyrrhus Concer Action Committee​/Southampton Village. ​
Click on this link for more on our partners’ programs.

August 15 – Open Hours presents The Slave Dwelling Project
Open Hours General Admission: 12 PM – 3 PM
Slave Dwelling Project Panel Discussion: 1PM-2PM
Manor House Tours 12:15PM – 2:45PM.

Register for The Slave Dwelling Project presentation at info@sylvestermanor.org, or by calling 631 749-0626.  You may also contact us by phone or email if you’d like to sign up for a house tour during this event.  The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours.

About Joseph McGill: W​hile ​​a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation​, Joseph McGill began a one-man preservation campaign in support of the neglected and vanishing material culture of enslaved African Americans. His approach was inspired: ​To get communities looking past “the big house”, ​​he would sleep one night in ​as many of the Charleston area’s remnant ​slave ​cabins and quarters ​as he could. It wasn’t long before school groups, fellow preservationists, property owners and descendants of the enslaved and slave owners alike ​began to ​join him. ​​In five years, what began as a ​local project ​in 2010 ​has grown into a national initiative ​that has logged close to 100 overnights in 14 states (15 after his Manor visit), including three sites formerly owned by U​.​S​.​ presidents​,​ The non-profit Slave Dwelling Project has also grown in scope, adding education and social justice advocacy to its preservation mission. This coming October, SDP will host the second ​a​nnual ​National Slave Dwelling Project ​c​conference​ ​in Charleston​, SC. ​​​ In addition to his SDP work, Joe is an educator of African American history and culture and presenter of “Behind the Big House” tours at Magnolia Plantation outside Charleston.

 

Start: August 15, 2015 12:00 pm
End: August 15, 2015 3:00 pm
Cost: $10

August 22, 2015

Join us as we continue our summer tradition of hosting one of The Bard’s plays here on our beautiful Manor House lawn.  For our 2015 production, we are delighted to present the comedy LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST.

Performances will be Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. Gates open at 6 pm and the show begins promptly at 6:30 pm.  Please bring your own blanket or low-profile beach chair for seating.  Disabled and hearing impaired seating available; please request at admissions.

Tickets:
Adults: $18
Students: $10
Children under 10: FREE
Family Cap: $60

Tickets are available now by clicking here.

Start: August 22, 2015
End: August 23, 2015

September 5, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
September 5

Visit Sylvester Manor and learn about our historic manor house and grounds through guided house tours and self-guided tours of our grounds.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: September 5, 2015 12:00 pm
End: September 5, 2015 3:00 pm

September 13, 2015

Join us on the second Sundays of July, August, and September as we host open air concerts on Sylvester Manor’s back lawn.

Online ticket sales are open!
Click here to buy tickets.

JULY 12

Penny & John Kerr with John Cadwallader
Singer/songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Penny Kerr is joined by her husband John on double bass and John Cadwallader on guitar for roots based music with hints of Jazz.

AUGUST 9
The Wiles featuring Ellie Buckland, Isa Burke, and Mali Obomsawin
With three-part harmony and rocking tunes on fiddle guitar and bass, the Wiles bring a fresh take on American roots music that spans centuries-old Appalachian ballads, classic country and contemporary Americana songwriting.

SEPTEMBER 13
Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet
Two members of the famed Quebecois trio “Genticorum” perform a vast combined repertoire of French Canadian fiddle tunes and folk songs, featuring Falquet’s vocals and guitar playing, and by Gemme’s fiddling and raucous foot percussion.

All shows begin at 5 pm on the Manor House lawn at 80 North Ferry Road
Tickets: $15 each or all three concerts for $39

Start: September 13, 2015 5:00 pm
End: September 13, 2015 7:00 pm

September 19, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
September 19 – Celebration of the Three Sisters

Come celebrate the Algonkian fall harvest with a traditional food offering featuring the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. There will also be traditional Native American harvest song and dance, and traditional food preparation.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: September 19, 2015 12:00 pm
End: September 19, 2015 3:00 pm

October 10, 2015

Each October, the Plant&Sing Festival is held at historic Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, NY.  People gather to plant garlic and harvest fall crops, transforming the fields and the work itself with festive songs, dances, recitations and meals.

When the work is done, it’s time to enjoy our world-class festival of Bluegrass and Traditional American Music on the expansive waterfront lawn of Sylvester Manor.  Savor locally produced libations & food, and kick back to amazing music as the sun sets over Gardiner’s Creek.

It’s the community harvest festival, made new.  We are preserving old traditions and exploring how to create a new culture of food that is joyful, alive with people – rooted in sharing & sense of place- set to a Traditional American Music soundtrack.

Saturday evening will feature a community crab boil & potluck followed by garlic and bean shucking accompanied by plenty of joyful noisemaking.

Sunday morning includes planting garlic and worksonging.

The music starts Sunday afternoon featuring great Americana music and culminates in a contra dance.

Performers & schedules will be announced in July/August, and tickets will be available shortly thereafter.

Start: October 10, 2015 4:00 pm
End: October 11, 2015 10:00 pm

October 31, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 12-3PM

Join us if you dare for Mysteries of the Manor: Tales Tall and True, and be spirited through the historic manor house as tour guides beguile with tales of pirates, haunted mirrors, “The Gates of Hell” and more spooky Sylvester family lore handed down over three centuries.

Family-Friendly outdoor activities will include hayrides, a pumpkin carving contest (prize awarded by a guest judge), warm cider, seasonal snacks and more!

Historic house tours are best suited for ages 8 and up and require a reservation. Grounds are open for self-guided touring with site-map.

Email info@sylvestermanor.org to RSVP for the event and/or schedule your house tour.
This is a family-event. Admission TBD.

Start: October 31, 2015 12:00 pm
End: October 31, 2015 3:00 pm

December 13, 2015

Our 63rd annual Tea & Tree event on December 13, 2015 celebrates members, volunteers, and donors who help make Sylvester Manor what it is. We couldn’t do it without you, and this event is to thank you! If you are a volunteer or donor, be on the lookout for an invitation, or call 631.749.0626 for more information.

Start: December 13, 2015 1:00 pm
End: December 13, 2015 3:00 pm