|What's Happening at Sonnenberg Gardens
Whether it's attending one of Sonnenberg's special events, like the Annual Saturday Mothers' Tea or planning a private event of your own to host on the grounds, there's a multitude of things to do! Host a wine-and-cheese party after-hours in our Finger Lakes Wine Center Tasting Room or come to one of our wine-themed seasonal events, such as Roses & Rosés. Make reservations for May or August teas at our Mansion, book a training seminar or class in our Carriage House, or celebrate career achievements with members of your company at a business reception. In addition, we are now offering private rental options in the off-season at select site locations, and there are seasonal special events that enable you to enjoy Sonnenberg year-round. Take a closer look at everything Sonnenberg has to offer!
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Please note: Event schedule subject to change. All event reservations are non-refundable and payment must be made at time of registration. If questions, please email email@example.com or call 585-394-4922.
2014 Season: Vanishing Acts Exhibit. Sonnenberg is pleased to be able to offer the exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. This exhibit, produced by the Morton Arboretum in association with the Global Trees Campaign, takes a look threatened and endangered trees around the world and the importance of saving them. This exhibit will feature guides and activity pages for tree and conservation fans of all ages. It is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and home-schoolers wishing to teach or learn more about ecology, stewardship, and how we can take action to make a positive difference to the natural world around us. For more details on the exhibit or to schedule a field trip, please contact us at 585-394-4922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 7, 14, 21, & 28: August Teas, 1 - 4 pm (one seating only). We welcome you to an elegant, high tea for ages 4 – 104. You will be served fruit cup, scones, tea sandwiches, breads, shrub, assorted sweets and teas, while being entertained with music from Mary Thompson’s own piano. Please join us for a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon at the mansion. Includes admission to gardens. Gluten free and vegetarians can be accommodated as long as they are noted at the time of reservation. Prepaid reservations required. $28/adults, $23/Sonnenberg Members & groups of 10+, $18/Youth (4-12). SORRY - the August Tea events are completely sold out!
August 16 & 17: Arts at the Gardens, 10 am – 5 pm, Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft Show & Sale Featuring 100 Top-Quality Artists from across the U.S. Rain or Shine, Free Art Lectures, Wine/Beer Garden featuring Microbrews, Food Court, Enter to Win Artwork from the Exhibiting Artists at the Raffle Tent. Event details subject to change. $6/person
Note: In preparation for Arts at the Gardens, the Tasting Room will close at 4 pm on Friday August 15 and the Mansion will close at 3:00 pm on Saturday August 16th for a private Artisans' party.
September 3: Stained Glass Class Series, 6 - 9 pm, The six-week introductory course will be led by Candace Roat and Marc Sulkes who will guide class members as they work on sun catchers, window displays, and more. The class meets every Wednesday from September 3 - October 8 in the Carriage House from 6 - 9 pm. Students sgould use the Fort Hill Avenue entrance. Preregistration is required. $70/person, $60/Sonnenberg Member. Fee includes supplies for first project. Tools will be available to borrow during the class. Class sizes are limited.
September 6: Harvest the Pizza Garden, Children's program. Call for details.
September 21: Thompson Abbey Day, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Join us for a day of activities inspired by “Downton Abbey” at Sonnenberg Gardens. Activities include picnics, lawn bowling, croquet, period dress, and more! Admission includes activities and access to Sonnenberg’s gardens and mansion. $12/Adults, $10/Seniors & AAA Members, $6/Millitary w/ ID, College Students w/ ID, & Youth (13- 17), $1/Children (4-12), FREE/children 3 & under
October 11: Fall Gardening Symposium, Join us for a day-long seminar with Vincent Simeone on how to use trees and shrubs to create visual interest and appeal all year long in your gardens and landscaping. Vincent will be presenting three lectures: Popular Flowering Trees & Shrubs, Old-Fashioned Trees & Shrubs, & Four Season Gardening with Woody Plants. Lunch & book-signing included. $85/General Admission, $75/Sonnenberg Members. Prepaid reservations required.
October 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25: Mansion Mysteries, 7 – 9 pm except for special matinee performance on 10/19. Come take part in a "whodunit" at Sonnenberg! Guests will have a chance to take part in this live-theater event by uncovering the clues that will solve the mystery and bring the guilty party -or parties- to justice! Light refreshments along with a cash wine bar will be provided. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Guests are welcome to further participate in the fun, if they so desire, by attending in costume. Prepaid reservations required. $24/General; $20/Sonnenberg Members and Youths (Ages 12 - 18)
October 26: Haunted Garden Stroll, 5:30-8:30 pm, Join us -- if you dare! -- for a "haunted" stroll through the Sonnenberg grounds. Hear strange Sonnenberg tales from the last 126 years that will leave you in goosebumps! Be ready for spooky characters during the walk - you never know who or what might be lurking or watching! Will it be an apparition of a Civil War general who died in the mansion? Or perhaps the Lady in Black who continues to walk the grounds? What other macabre visitations or weird sights will you experience?? $5/person, under 5 FREE.
October 31: Sonnenberg closes for the season
December 6: Holiday Home Tour, See the beautiful and historic home of Canandaigua decorated for the holiday season. $22/person.
December 13: Christmas Gala Ball