April at Bartow Pell Mansion


All events to take place at Bartow-Pell unless otherwise noted.

First Friday! Music

Friday, April 3, 5:30–8:30 p.m.  

Back by popular demand, folk band Hawthorne featuring the talented Nat Osborn, Aimee Bayles, Stu Mahan, and Karna Ray, opens the 2015 First Friday season. Enjoy the music, explore the mansion, stroll the garden, and savor light refreshments. Then hop on the free Bronx Seaside Trolley for a ride to City Island. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island from 5:25 to 8:30. Registration requested at 718-885-1461 or via email at info@bpmm.org.Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors & students; members free

Yoga in the Orangerie – Spring Series

Fridays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12

7:00-8:15 a.m. Intermediate Level

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Gentle Level One

The benefits of yoga are well known: de-stress, get strong and flexible and have fun! Deepen your practice in a steady, mindful approach at the intermediate level or learn the basics in the level one class. Classes are taught by certified yoga teacher Ann Casapini in a serene, sunlit space. Ten-class series; class size limited to 12. Bring your own mat. Registration and pre-payment required at 718-885-1461 or via email atinfo@bpmm.org. Cost: $190 for series; members $165

Spring Exhibition Talk: Accomplished Women: Schoolgirl Art from Female Academies in the Early Nineteenth Century

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Collectors and exhibition curators Bill and Sally Gemmill present a not-to-be-missed talk on early 19th-century schoolgirl artworks and the female academies that produced them in conjunction with BPMM’s spring exhibition (on view through June 21st). Reception in the Orangerie after the presentation.Registration requested at 718-885-1461 or via email at info@bpmm.org. Cost; Free.

Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day

Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Con Edison and New York Cares join forces to help us make the grounds beautiful. You should, too! Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy footwear strongly recommended. Light refreshments. Registration requestedat 718-885-1461 or via email at info@bpmm.org. Cost: Free.

Local Author Spotlight: William B. Helmreich

Thursday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

“The delight is definitely in the details in William B. Helmreich’s The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City. Professor Helmreich, a sociologist at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, invites readers on a romp through largely unexplored neighborhoods that is entertaining as it is enlightening.” — Sam Roberts, The New York Times. Join us for a thoroughly fun talk that will make you want to take to NYC’s streets, too. Book signing and reception after the talk. Registration requested at718-885-1461 or via email at info@bpmm.org. Tickets at bpmm.org or at the door. Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors & students; members free.

BPMM Member Trip: Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette at the Bard Graduate Center

Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m.

Bartow-Pell members – join us for a special Saturday guided tour of Bard Graduate Center’s new exhibition,Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette. Having garnered much acclaim in 2013 at he Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the show presents the many devices and materials that women and men have used to shape their silhouettes from the 17th century to today, alongside examples of period garments that were molded by these distinctive understructures. Members only. Registration required at 718-885-1461 or via email at info@bpmm.org. Cost $25.


A New York City Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM) is owned by the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.  It is operated by the private, non-profit Bartow-Pell Conservancy. The Bartow-Pell Conservancy, originally known as the International Garden Club, was formed in 1914 by a group passionate about horticulture. That year, New York City gave them permission to use the Bartow family mansion on Pelham Bay in the Bronx, as their headquarters in exchange for restoring it, creating public gardens and programs, and preserving it for generations to come. The International Garden Club officially changed its name to the Bartow-Pell Conservancy in 2008 as well its membership model to that of a typical cultural organization. BPMM is located at 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York. The mansion and carriage house are open to the public for guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The gardens and grounds are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to dusk. For more information about Bartow-Pell, visit www.bpmm.org.

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