|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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2013 Garden Season Special Events
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May 1: Garden Season and Photo Contest Begins: Click here for contest rules.
May 16 through October 13: Fashions & Flowers Exhibit in the Mansion: Over 50 vintage dresses on display, including wedding gowns. New addition this year: vintage hats, shoes, and purses. Sonnenberg Garden Club coordinates some of the Mansion floral displays with the exhibit. Included with regular admission.
May 18: Sonnenberg History Committee Meeting, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Meeting will be held in the Carriage House (use Fort Hill Ave. entrance) Meeting will be followed by the Unveiling of Mary Clark Thompson's Milford Portrait in the Mansion at 1:00 PM.
*May 18: Children’s Program – “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater” 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. For children ages 3 and up, with adult. (A GROW AND CARE FOR PROGRAM) “Jack and the Beanstalk”: You don’t have to trade your cow to grow your own gigantic bean stalk. You can grow your very own in Sonnenberg’s Children’s Garden. Jack’s Beanstalk Seeds are very limited and will be given out to families who make reservations first. How tall will your beanstalk grow? It’s up to you to visit and care for your own plant. “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater”: Plant and care for your own pumpkin either at Sonnenberg’s Children’s Garden or your own. Your pumpkin is eligible to compete in Sonnenberg’s Children’s Pumpkin Contest (September 21 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM) for the largest, weirdest, or most beautiful pumpkin. FREE for Sonnenberg Members. Others: $10.00. Call 585-394-4922 to register.
*May 25: Children’s Program – Planting the Vegetable Garden 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Open to all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. (A GROW AND CARE FOR PROGRAM) Would you like to learn how and where to plant your own vegetable garden? Come to Sonnenberg, help us plant, and you’ll learn about growing vegetables. The grown vegetables and herbs will be donated to the Canandaigua Gleaner’s Kitchen. Recipes will be available all season at the garden for simple meals using garden produce. FREE to all helpers. No advance reservations required. Bring your own tools and gardening gloves.
June 5 - 9: Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition and Festival
June 10: Roses & Rosés 6 PM - Sunset. Featuring wine and food pairings in Sonnenberg's historic Rose Garden, Blue & White Garden, Belvedere, and Mansion. Plus, live music by Eros Guitar Duo and silent auction! In case of inclement weather, event will be held in the Mansion. LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE: $25 per person/$45 per couple UNTIL SOLD OUT or MAY 28. AFTER MAY 28 and UNTIL SOLD OUT: $30 per person/$55 per couple. Call 585-394-4922.
June 16: Father's Day Car & Motorcycle Cruise, 12-4. $12 per person, $10 AAA members /60+, $6 pp for ages13-17, College Students, or Military personnel w/Military ID, $1.00 pp
for ages 4 -12. Free for ages 3 and under. Sign up to showcase your wheels!
*June 29: Children’s Program – Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail in the Garden 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. For children ages 3 - 10, with adult. (COMPANION GARDENING PROGRAM) Come and meet some rabbits which may live in your garden. Learn where rabbits live, what they eat, and what you can plant so they won’t gobble your garden up. FREE for Sonnenberg Members. Others: $10.00. Call 585-394-4922 to register.
July 4: Celebrate Canandaigua Day, NY State residents admitted for $1.
July 5*, 12, 19, & 26 & Aug. 2: Moonlight Stroll Music Series - Friday Nights 8 PM-10PM,
$9 per person, $7/Sonnenberg Member, $4 Youth (ages 6 - 17), FREE for kids (ages 5 and under).
*In celebration of Canandaigua's Centennial, admission is just $1.00 per person for Canandaigua residents for the July 5th concert!
July 5* - Naked Grey (Rock)
July 12 - Tullamore Celtic Band with The Young School of Irish Dance
July 19 - Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
July 26 - Music Makers Big Band
August 2 - Neville Francis and The Riddim Posse (Reggae)
July 29 - August 2: Sonnenberg Gardens Historical Adventure Camp 2013, 9:00am -12:00 pm, Ages 7-13, For Information and Registration Contact: Pam Gangloff at 585-394-4922/ firstname.lastname@example.org. $75 for members and $85 for non-members
August 1, 8, 15, 22: Thursday Teas, Presented by Friends of Sonnenberg, 12:30 PM, 3 PM seatings, $22 pp nonmembers, $20 pp/Sonnenberg Members or Groups of 10+, $10.00 pp Youth 4-12. Prepaid Reservations Required.
*August 2: Children’s Program – Hansel and Gretel with Friends on the Garden Path (For suggested ages 4- 14, with adult) The fun begins at 6:30 PM. (Program includes Moonlight Stroll Concert scheduled from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM featuring reggae band Neville Francis and The Riddim Posse.) Stroll with Hansel and Gretel along Sonnenberg’s pathways to the Pinetum. Fantasy birds created by Mary Riley’s art group lead the way to the Vegetable Witch’s lodging. Enjoy reggae music in the background during this August Moonlight Stroll. COST: $9 per person, $7/Sonnenberg Member, $4 Youth (ages 6 - 17), FREE for kids (ages 5 and under). No advance reservations required.
August 9: Italian Night featuring Gap Mangione and The New Blues Band. 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Enjoy an evening of music beside the Italian Garden and stroll along lighted paths. Italian foods will be available for purchase. $12 per Sonnenberg Member/$15 per nonmember.
August 17 & 18: 13th Annual Arts at the Gardens, Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft Show & Sale Featuring 100 Top-Quality Artists from across the U.S., 10 AM-5 PM - 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. $6.00 per person.
September 4 - October 9: Stained Glass Classes, Presented by Friends of Sonnenberg. Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Learn the art of creating beautiful stained glass at this fun and informative workshop. Class meets in the Carriage House (use Fort Hill Ave. entrance). Class size is limited to 15 participants. $70 per person/ $60 per Sonnenberg Member. Class fee includes materials for first project. Tools available to borrow. Prepaid registration required. Call 585-394-4922 or register.
September 14 & 15: Wine Country Ramble, Women's 2-day bicycle tour to benefit Sonnenberg. Sign up at www.winecountryramble.com
*September 21: Children’s Program - Sonnenberg’s Children’s Pumpkin Contest 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Details TBA.
September 22: Harvest Progressive Dinner, 5 PM or 6:30 PM Groupings, $55 pp, $50/Sonnenberg Member. Parking will be located in the VA Parking Lot (use Fort Hill Avenue entrance). Dress code is casual. The dinner will last about three hours. Prepaid reservations required at 585-394-4922. Limited to 60 guests per seating.
September 27 & 28: "Fall Pleasures" at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion 9/27 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 9/28 from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Presented by 10 neighboring garden clubs. Features floral designs, horticulture, and floral crafts displayed throughout the Mansion, Carriage House, & Grounds. $8 pp.
October 1: Photo Contest Deadline for Entries
October 5: Natural Gardening Symposium featuring Keynote Speaker Ken Druse, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Additional speakers include retired FLCC horticulture professor, Dr. Jana Lamboy, and Katherine Leiner, author of Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks and Food Activists. Prepaid reservations are required at 585-394-4922. $85 per person/$75 per Sonnenberg Member and includes a boxed lunch. Book signings will follow Druse's and Leiner's talks.
October 18/19 & 25/26: Mansion Mysteries 7 PM Live Drama, Cash Wine Bar, Light Refreshments, $24 pp, $20/Sonnenberg Member or ages 12-18. Prepaid Reservations Required.
October 31: Last Day of 2013 Garden Season