2014 Calendar of Events

Purchasing Tickets
— Tickets to Boscobel events may be purchased by clicking the ADD TO CART button found in the specific event listing.
— Advance tickets may also be purchased in person or by phone during regular business hours: 845.265.3638.
— Boscobel does not mail tickets. You will have the option to print out tickets at point of purchase. Or, you may display your ticket on your smartphone upon arrival.
 There are no refunds (unless Boscobel cancels an event). Unused tickets will be considered a donation to Boscobel.
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Trail of Discovery Celebration & Wolf Presentation

Event Details:

April 19, 2014

Start Time: 10:00 am - End Time: 12:00 pm


Event Description:

Gold Finch

FREE Admisson!
Come to Boscobel to celebrate the new Frances Stevens Reese “Woodland Trail of Discovery” -- a self-guided discovery hike for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages that will provide ample opportunities to learn about the history and environment of a natural forest, Constitution Marsh and the Hudson River.

Funding for the Frances Stevens Reese Woodland Trail of Discovery  made possible in part  by the Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund, a supporting organization of Open Space Institute.

The Trail of Discovery features 36 newly illustrated plaques, created by artist Stacey Farley. Each depicts local birds, plants and wildlife.

To celebrate, Boscobel has invited the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem NY to give a presentation about wolves so that visitors can discover the wolves’ relationship to the environment and the human role in protecting their future. The WCC’s wolf presentation will include its traveling ambassador wolf, Atka.


10:00am At the trailhead, welcome remarks by Boscobel Executive Director, Steve Miller
10:15am Ribbon Cutting by Boscobel Board Members, Alexander Reese and Stacey Farley
10:30am Hike the Trail of Discovery! A nature hunt handout will be provided for children; all hunters will receive a free surprise in the Gift Shop.
11:15am Wolf Presentation in the Pavilion by WCC, with visiting wolf, Atka.

At its conclusion, guests are invited to purchase lunch from Boscobel’s new food service provider, Hudson Hil’s Market and continue their day at Boscobel with an alfresco picnic, trailside or on the great lawn. House tours will also be available through 4pm; tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the Carriage House.

The Trail Celebration and Wolf Presentation are rain or shine and admission is FREE. Please register your attendance below. Space limited for Wolf presentation.

The Wolf Presentation is now CLOSED.
However, the Trail of Discovery is open to everyone from 10am-4pm.

Wolf Presentation will take place under the pavilion. If rain, please bring rain gear/umbrellas for walking the trail. 

Available Spaces: 0 - Sold Out

Friends of Boscobel Lecture Series

Event Details:

May 2, 2014

Start Time: 6:00 pm - End Time: 8:00 pm


Event Description:

Boscobel Style: Inspired Interiors & Exteriors for the 21st Century

Lectures take place in the grand entry hall of Boscobel mansion, followed by a wine & cheese reception in the Carriage House.

$20/person, FREE for Friends of Boscobel Members.
Save! Purchase a $40 membership and attend all 3 lectures at no cost.

Textile Design Over Time

Event Details:

May 2, 2014

Start Time: 6:00 pm - End Time: 8:00 pm


Event Description:

Like music or literature, textile design is an expression of its time. The patterns of printed cloth suggest a large pattern that contains them--what we may call the recycling wheel, which sets the motifs of textile designs on a circular road of eternal return. Nothing disappears, and nothing appears out of nowhere. Some designs have traveled extremely well across the centuries; we see examples of the re-incarnation of textile designs from the 1700s through the 21st century. For the lecture, actual swatches from the time of Jefferson and Franklin will be shown.


Peter Koepke is Owner/Director of The Design Library, the world's largest and best organized collections of documentary fabrics, original paintings, wallpapers, embroideries and yarn dyes, numbering over seven million designs dating from the 1750s to the late 20th century.
Peter has fifteen years’ experience as a collector and dealer of South American art. He created
seminal art collections in the 1970s and 80s for museums, universities, corporations and individuals throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan. Peter now travels extensively in search of coveted collections to expand The Design Library's archives. His curatorial expertise and connoisseurship have helped to create a leading design establishment.

Available Spaces: 62

Fire and Ice: Houses in Peril and the Designs that Replace Them

Event Details:

May 23, 2014

Start Time: 6:00 pm - End Time: 8:00 pm


Event Description:

This lecture will tell the story of four commissions for houses in the Northeast that follow Peter Pennoyer’s dictum that the best place to build is where someone has chosen to build before you.

Peter PennoyerPeter Pennoyer and his partners have an award-winning international practice in classical and traditional architecture. The firm has built a substantial and varied body of work over the past twenty years and is recognized for uniting vigorous scholarship of architectural history with an inventive spirit and ability to reinterpret the classical language. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Pennoyer’s first independent commissions included designing Keith Haring’s Pop Shop on Lafayette Street and renovations to The Warhol Factory. Pennoyer and his partners would move on to master classical and traditional architecture in commissions ranging from the Mark Hotel to new houses across the country. Pennoyer is a trustee of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, The Morgan Library & Museum, and the Whiting Foundation. With co-author Anne Walker, he has written four books: The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore, The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury, and The Architecture of Cross & Cross, published by The Monacelli Press in March 2014.

Available Spaces: 70

Some of My Favorite Gardens and Why

Event Details:

June 20, 2014

Start Time: 6:00 pm - End Time: 8:00 pm


Event Description:

Page will show and describe a variety of private gardens in the United States and in Europe that especially appeal to her because of their strong sense of design, atmosphere or spirit of originality. She concludes with some pictures of her own garden, which is a favorite…merely because it is hers.

At the reception, Page will be autographing her book, Embroidered Ground, available for purchase in the Boscobel Gift Shop. (Order in advance with Renate Smoller: 845.406.2911 or rsmoller@boscobel.org.)

Page DickeyPage Dickey is a designer, an author, and, above all, a gardener. Her most recent book, Embroidered Ground, revisits her own garden, describing the pitfalls, challenges and pleasures in its creation over the last 33 years, about gardening with a husband, about the changes that come with aging. Previous books include Gardens in the Spirit of Place; the award-winning Breaking Ground: Portraits of Ten Garden Designers; Inside Out: Relating Garden to House; Duck Hill Journal: A Year in a Country Garden; Dogs in Their Gardens and Cats in Their Gardens. A contributor to numerous magazines over the years, she lectures across the country and is one of the founders of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. Page lives and gardens with her husband in the company of assorted dogs, cats and chickens at Duck Hill in North Salem, New York.

Available Spaces: 72

$20/person, FREE for Friends of Boscobel Members.
Save! Purchase a $40 membership and attend all 3 lectures at no cost.

Taste of Boscobel 2014

Event Details:

May 18, 2014

Start Time: 1:00 pm - End Time: 4:00 pm


Event Description:

Intimate Tasting Event

Sunday, May 18, 1-4pm

Fancy yourself a connoisseur of fine food & drink? Or perhaps you are searching for the perfect caterer for your upcoming wedding or other special event? Join us for Boscobel’s 3rd-annual food and wine sampling event where we will bring together some of the finest caterers, breweries and wineries located in the Hudson Valley.

This tented event --tent sponsored by Durants Party Rentals -- will take place in Boscobel’s bucolic West Meadow overlooking the Hudson River (our most popular wedding venue) and promises a delicious afternoon for all.


Advance Ticket Purchase Only
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Wedding Couple Special: $25/person – Simply register for a walk-through of Boscobel’s grounds as a possibility for your wedding venue. (Walk-through must be taken between now and May 14, 2014.) Contact cfogarty@boscobel.org to schedule walk-through and receive discount code.

Kids 10 and under FREE!

All Tickets Include FREE Grounds Admission

Friends of Boscobel members must show ID at door.

Participating Vendors to Date

Chatham Brewing

Fresh Company

Happy Bitch Wines

Inn Credible Caterers

Kathleen’s Tea Room

La Talaye Catering

Ladle of Love

Legends - Ivana Trump Wines

Main Course Caterers

The Thayer Hotel at West Point

The Drunkin Donut


Available Spaces: 180

Yoga with a View

Event Details:

June 2, 2014

Start Time: 6:00 pm - End Time: 7:15 pm


Event Description:

Monday evenings:
June 2, 9, 16, 23
July 7, 14, 21, 28 
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8

This extremely popular program at Boscobel provides the perfect opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors while, at the same time, gaining a sense of good health and well being. Spectacular views entice the senses as you stretch and pose overlooking the Hudson River from the lawns at Boscobel, truly one of the most picturesque and serene settings in the Hudson Valley. Taught by internationally-certified instructor, Ellen Forman, this class fits the needs of all levels. Ellen emphasizes the inward journey and the profound healing effects of yoga on the mind, body and spirit; yoga’s numerous benefits include improved flexibility, endurance and strength. Start your week calm and refreshed. (Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mats and water.)

Save with multi-class price!

To see Cablevision News' video coverage of Yoga at Boscobel, please click here.

For discount, Friends of Boscobel members must show ID at sign-in. See pricing.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Snapping Turtle Walk

Event Details:

June 7, 2014

Start Time: 7:30 am - End Time: 9:00 am


Event Description:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A family-favorite!

Bring your camera and join us at Boscobel’s Belvedere, overlooking the Hudson River and its Highlands, bright and early for an up-close (but not too up-close!) snapping turtle presentation.

These prehistoric creatures have been climbing up the banks from Constitution Marsh to Boscobel every spring to lay their eggs. After an informative and engaging display by the experts at Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary, guests are invited on a self-guided search of the grounds to look for egg-laying females. Complimentary donuts, coffee and juice included.

Feel free to bring a chair or blanket.

Kids 6 and under FREE!
For discount, Friends of Boscobel members must show ID at sign-in. See pricing.
CS Farmers' Market attendees may purchase Turtle Walk tickets at the Carriage House.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Flag Day Presentation: Patriots & Loyalists

Event Details:

June 7, 2014

Start Time: 10:00 am - End Time: 11:00 am


Event Description:

Boscobel’s School Program Demonstration by Museum Educator, Lisa DiMarzo
Part of New York’s Path Through History Weekends Initiative

Saturday, June 14, 10am-11am - FREE ADMISSION

As a special presentation for all visitors, as well as Path Through History WeekendsLisa at School participants, Boscobel’s Museum Educator, Lisa DiMarzo will present Boscobel’s Revolutionary War school program, Patriots and Loyalists on Flag Day, June 14, 2014.

Key battles of the American Revolution took place in the Hudson River Valley. Boscobel’s Patriots and Loyalists program immerses audience members directly into America’s War for Independence with role-playing activities designed to recreate the military strategies that were used to win the war here. Gather around a huge, 12-foot-long floor map of the Hudson Valley, as Ms. DiMarzo unfolds a story about the battles that changed the direction of the Revolutionary War and resulted in America gaining its independence from England.

Using museum artifacts and reproductions, Boscobel’s school programs are designed to
offer students a unique, interactive educational experience, encouraging a hands-on, minds-on examination of historic objects — a practice that provides an entertaining exploration of the sciences, arts and humanities.

Attend this special presentation under Boscobel’s pavilion --overlooking the Hudson River at the very location where the Great Chain was placed in 1778 to prevent British navy
vessels from sailing upriver -- for a unique and entertaining educational experience.

Teachers welcome! Seated space limited. Free gardens & grounds admission included. Please register your attendance below by clicking on Add to Cart.



Available Spaces: 70

1800s Cocktail Party

Event Details:

June 28, 2014

Start Time: 4:00 pm - End Time: 7:00 pm


Event Description:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Presentation on Historic Cocktails
by The Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

How did our early 19th-century ancestors “belly up to the bar”? Find out by joining us in Boscobel’s picturesque West Meadow for a presentation by The Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery that will include demonstrations with various liquors and brandies and how to mix popular 1800s libations with them all.

Period pub songs performed live by Thaddeus MacGregor!

Advance ticket purchase required. Ticket price includes presentation, cocktail samples, cheese and crackers.

For discount, Friends of Boscobel members must show ID at Will Call. 

Please drink responsibly. Designated driver rate available.

Available Spaces: 63

14th Annual Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic

Event Details:

September 7, 2014

Start Time: 6:00 pm - End Time: 8:00 pm


Event Description:

Sunday, September 7, 2013
(Rain Date: Sunday Sept 14)

Celebrate the last days of summer on Boscobel’s great lawn overlooking the majestic Hudson River. Enjoy a picnic supper --purchase food on site or bring your own -- and listen and dance as the 20-piece Big Band Sound orchestra recreates the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and more.

Back Again This Year:
Swing dance demonstrations by owners & students of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Wappingers, NY …everyone is invited to jump in on the jitterbugging, too!

New This Year!
Food available on site from The Pick Me Up Truck

Gates open for picnicking at 5pm. Children 10 and under FREE!

Special Offer!
-- Big Band attendees can purchase a special combination ticket and tour the Boscobel mansion at a reduced rate on the day of the concert: $27 per adult includes the Big Band concert and a guided tour.  Children 10 and under can join adults on the tour for FREE on concert day.

Combo tickets MUST be purchased in advance by phone only: 845.265.3638.

Air-conditioned, guided tours are on the hour, starting at 10 am, and the last at 4 pm. Tours are limited to 15 guests, so please reserve ASAP.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Family Bonfire Night

Event Details:

October 12, 2014

Start Time: 6:00 pm - End Time: 9:00 pm


Event Description:

Sunday, October 12 (next day is school holiday)
Rain Date: Sunday, October 19

Baby, it’s getting cold outside! No matter. Boscobel is warming up the place and inviting everyone to gather around a bonfire for some old-fashioned, “kindled” fun.

Entry fee includes marshmallows and toasting sticks (while supplies last), Stargazing with Lisa DiMarzo (weather pending) and live entertainment: fireside songs performed by Boscobel’s own Rick Soedler on acoustic guitar.

New This Year!
Food available for purchase on site from The Pick Me Up Truck

Whether you're looking for a spot to spark a romance, just hoping to get cozy with friends or seeking some quality time with the kids…join us in the west meadow for a roaring good time!

Some seating will be provided; feel free to bring your own chair.
Children 10 and under FREE! Glow sticks and other fun light-up items available for sale.


For safety reasons, only marshmallows are allowed to be toasted over the fires; "barbecuing" any other food item is not permitted.

Available Spaces: 190

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