Thematic Tour: John Jay and Alexander Hamilton

February 25, 2017 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

In celebration of the 226th anniversary of the establishment of the National Bank, take a docent-led tour of John Jay's Bedford House highlighting the relationship between John Jay and National Bank founder, Alexander Hamilton. Tours leave from the Glass Porch at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Scholars Lecture - New York and the U.S. Constitution

March 9, 2017 6:15 pm–8:30 pm

Akhil Reed Amar, “New York and the U.S. Constitution.”
New York produced four of the current Justices, and our next President is a New Yorker. The story of this State’s contributions to the Federal Constitution is dramatic, through all the eras of what Amar calls the original Constitution, the one as amended, the unwritten one, and “the one we deserve.” And in November of 2017, we’ll be offered a vote on a Constitutional Convention to amend the State Constitution, whose principal author was John Jay. Amar is a Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he received Yale's highest award for excellence in teaching.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm.$25; $20 for members. Limited free seating for students.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 124

Thematic Tour: The Federalist Papers and the Constitution

March 9, 2017 1:00 pm–6:00 pm

John Jay was a Federalist and believed in the need for a strong, centralized government.  Along with James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, Jay wrote the Federalist Papers to encourage Constitutional ratification.  Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House that discusses the Federalist papers and the Constitutional controversy. Tours leave from the Glass Porch at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Hopp Ground Garden Club Open Meeting

March 14, 2017 9:30 am–11:00 am

“The Kitchen Garden” presented by Ellen Ecker Ogden. Refreshments will be served. Please contact 914-232-5487 or mplechat@verizon.net for information and reservations.
Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Planning the Organic Vegetable Garden

March 18, 2017 9:00 am–10:00 am

A successful organic garden takes both planning and work. Take advantage of the “off-season” and use this time to get your garden plans underway. Bring your current garden plan for further development, or learn the process of creating one during class led by Shanyn Siegel.

Classes take place in the Glass Porch of the Main House.

Advance registration required.
$35; $30 for members.

 

Price: $35.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

John Jay: The Westchester Years

March 23, 2017 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

John Jay lived in Westchester County for more than half the years of his life. This illustrated lecture explores aspects of life in the county as it was experienced by Jay, first in colonial New York, then in an independent nation. The program, presented by Homestead volunteer Barry Abisch, also reviews some of the local impacts of Jay’s 27-year public career. Refreshments will follow the program.

$15; $10 for members.

Price: $15.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Seed Choices: Choosing Crops and Varieties

April 8, 2017 9:00 am–10:00 am

Hybrids, heirlooms, OPs…choosing the best varieties is a skill that can take many years to hone. Shanyn Siegel shares some practical advice on selecting the right varieties for your garden, while explaining why it’s so important to understand where and how garden seeds are produced.

Classes take place in the Glass Porch of the Main House.

Advance registration required.
$35; $30 for members.

 

Price: $35.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Bedford Recreation Spring Egg Hunt

April 11, 2017 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Free entertainment and egg hunt sponsored by Bedford Recreation Department. Call 914-666-7004 for information.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: John Jay and George Washington

April 15, 2017 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

On April 15, 1794, President Washington sent John Jay to London to negotiate a treaty with Great Britain in hope of preventing another war. In commemoration of this event, take a docent-led tour of John Jay's Bedford House highlighting the relationship between Jay and Washington. Tours leave from the Glass Porch at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Spring Garden Lecture: Andrea Wulf: Founding Gardeners

April 19, 2017 10:00 am–12:00 pm

For the Founders of our country, gardening, agriculture and botany were elemental passions. Wulf will explore the story of the revolutionary generation from the unique perspective of their lives as gardeners, plant collectors and farmers. Presented by Friends of John Jay Homestead, Bedford Garden Club, Rusticus Garden Club and the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America.

Free admission.

Registration is recommended as seating is limited.

Price: Free Event

Available Spaces: 109

Jay Walking with Bedford Audubon

April 22, 2017 8:00 am–9:00 am

Join Bedford Audubon naturalist Tait Johansson at the Homestead to look for early spring migrating birds. Meet at the main parking lot at John Jay Homestead.

Registration is recommended.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Go Natural: Organic Gardening Basics

April 29, 2017 9:00 am–10:00 am

Growing food naturally involves understanding the fundamental tenets of organic gardening. Shanyn Siegel will explain what differentiates organic gardening from conventional gardening and introduce you to practices that will help you create a diverse garden ecosystem in your own backyard.

Classes take place in the Glass Porch of the Main House.

Advance registration required.
$35; $30 for members.

 

Price: $35.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Family Teaching Garden - Seeds

April 30, 2017 4:01 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

 

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 0

Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes

April 30, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Sundays
4:00pm - 4:45pm

April 30 - Seeds
May 7 - Roots
May 14 - Stems
June 4 - Flowers
June 11 - Pollinators
June 18 - Bugs in the Garden
June 25 - Spring Harvest

Advance registration required as space is limited to 10 families. $100/family.
Individual classes are also available for $20/class/family. To register for individual classes, please select specific class from events calendar.
THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Price: $100.00

Available Spaces: 0

Scholars Lecture - Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

May 1, 2017 6:15 pm–8:30 pm

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.
Gordon-Reed and Onuf are two of the country’s leading Jefferson scholars, at Harvard and the University of Virginia, respectively. Here they portray Jefferson as a man who was able to live with deep contradictions, even in the face of disastrous practical consequences or at the cost of appearing unprincipled. His belief in the rights of man, and his failure to find a practical end to slavery. His love of his family (legal and extralegal) with his inability to save them from the bankruptcy that scattered them at his death. His love of order, and his tolerance for the upheaval that comes with radical change.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm.
$25; $20 for members. Limited free seating is available for students.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 135

Thematic Tour: John Jay and Thomas Jefferson

May 1, 2017 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

John Jay and Thomas Jefferson were constant adversaries during their political careers, but became friends and corresponded often during retirement.  Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting the relationship between Jay and Jefferson. Tour leaves from the Glass Porch. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

May 5, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

I Love My Park Day

May 6, 2017 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Join Friends of John Jay Homestead for a day of service at our favorite 62-acre park! Help us preserve and protect John Jay Homestead’s cultural landscape as we tackle invasive removal and spring clean-up projects.

Registration is recommended.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Family Teaching Garden - Roots

May 7, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

 

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 0

Play Days@Jay

May 12, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: Lewis & Clark’s Great Expedition West

May 13, 2017 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

In 1782 John Jay served as the principal negotiator of the Treaty of Paris which established the United States as its own country with a western border to the Mississippi river.  Just over 20 years later, President Thomas Jefferson sent Merriweather Lewis and William Clark to explore the recently purchased Louisiana Territory.  Take a docent-led tour to learn about these two men and the impact their discoveries had on all Americans, including John Jay. Tours are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Please purchase tour tickets at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Family Teaching Garden - Stems

May 14, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 0

Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Lecture – Hydrangeas for Every Garden

May 17, 2017 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Horticulturalist and garden author, Lorraine Ballato will discuss hydrangeas from container-size to six foot hardy cultivars along with their proper care and pruning. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 914-285-3590 for registration and information. $18; $20 at the door.

Price: Free Event

The New York Unit of the Herb Society of America’s Spring Meeting and Lecture

May 18, 2017 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Horticulturalist and plant historian, Deirdre Larkin will present an illustrated talk focused on plant products known, but not grown, in medieval Europe, many of which had been imported since the days of the Roman Empire. Larkin worked with The Cloisters Museum & Gardens and holds a Master’s Degree in the History of Religions from Princeton. Please email herbsocietyny@gmail.com for information and registration.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

May 19, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York

May 20, 2017 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Founder John Jay was a native son of New York City, but the city he knew was not the metropolis we know today. This tour takes us along many of the same streets John Jay walked as we visit locations where he lived, worked, played, and prayed. Plan to walk approximately 2 miles during this 3-hour tour.

Advance registration required. $20; $15 for members.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 15

Thematic Tour: The Constitutional Convention

May 25, 2017 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Convened in Philadelphia on May 25th 1787, the Constitutional Convention was originally established to revise the Articles of Confederation, but when the delegates adjourned at the end of July, a whole new form of government had been proposed.  To commemorate the 230th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House, highlighting his position as a strong proponent of a national government and his involvement in the ratification of the Constitution. Tours are scheduled at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Please purchase tickets at the Carriage Barn Education and Visitor Center. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

May 26, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Bedford Riding Lanes Association Spring Pace and Picnic

May 29, 2017 7:00 am–2:00 pm

Horseback riding pace and lunch begins and ends on the grounds at John Jay Homestead. Advance reservation necessary for participation; call 914-234-BRLA to register. Admission to the grounds is free.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

June 2, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Jay Walking with the Native Plant Center

June 3, 2017 9:00 am–10:00 am

Join the Native Plant Center for a walk to learn about native plant species at the Homestead. Meet at the main parking lot at John Jay Homestead.

Registration is recommended.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Family Teaching Garden - Flowers

June 4, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 0

Play Days@Jay

June 9, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Farm Market

June 10, 2017 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Purchase locally produced, healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Saturdays through October 28.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

On the Farm Dinner

June 10, 2017 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

Join us for an outdoor farm-to-table dinner and fundraiser to celebrate John Jay Homestead’s agrarian history.

Price: Free Event

Family Teaching Garden - Pollinators

June 11, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 0

Play Days@Jay

June 16, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Jay Walking with Westmoreland Sanctuary

June 17, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Join Westmoreland Sanctuary’s Conservation and Wildlife Director, Steve Ricker, for a family-friendly “Children’s Hike and Animal Tracking.”

Meet at the main parking lot at John Jay Homestead.

Registration is recommended.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Farm Market

June 17, 2017 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Purchase locally produced, healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Saturdays through October 28.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: The Poughkeepsie Convention

June 17, 2017 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

The New York State Constitutional Convention was held in Poughkeepsie in 1788.   Prior to the convention the delegates numbered 2 to 1 against ratification. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House and learn how the Federalists like John Jay and Alexander Hamilton convinced the delegates to make New York the 11th state to ratify the Constitution. Tours are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Please purchase tickets at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Family Teaching Garden - Bugs in the Garden

June 18, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 0

Thematic Tour: The War of 1812

June 18, 2017 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

On June 18, 1812, President James Madison declared war with England, the first time the United States had ever declared war on another country.  In recognition of this event, take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House that highlights the causes of war and the impact that it had on America. Tours are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Please purchase tickets at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

June 23, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

School's Out Summer Movie

June 23, 2017 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Celebrate the start of summer vacation at the Homestead. Enjoy dinner from a variety of our favorite food trucks, including Walter's Hot Dogs, Melt Mobile, and Miller River Confections. Bring a blanket and stay for a screening of Grease on the front lawn. Food available at 6:00pm, movie begins at dusk.

Rain date is Tuesday, June 27.

Admission: $5/car

Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Price: $5.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Farm Market

June 24, 2017 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Purchase locally produced, healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Saturdays through October 28.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Family Teaching Garden - Spring Harvest

June 25, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Price: $20.00

Play Days@Jay

June 30, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Farm Market

July 1, 2017 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Purchase locally produced, healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Saturdays through October 28.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: The Declaration of Independence

July 2, 2017 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

We all associate July 4th with a fun day marking our nation’s independence. But what was it really like in Philadelphia during the summer of 1776.  Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House to discover how Jay and the other Founders felt about independence from Britain and what the Declaration of Independence did for Americans. Tours are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Please purchase tickets at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event