BPMM First Friday! Music & Trolley

unnamed (12)Celebrate spring with the alternative folk/rock sound of the Kenn Morr Band at the May First Friday! Music & Trolley at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM) on Friday, May 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Kenn Morr sings lead vocals and writes most of the band’s songs. The other band members are Bob Gaspar on percussion; Tom Hagymasi on mandolin, violin, bouzouki, and accordion; and Pat Ryan on bass guitar.  The group has shared the stage with artists such as Al Kooper, John Sebastian, Eric Burdon, and John Wesley Harding, and has developed a following throughout the Northeast and in Europe. Their most recent album, Afterimage, is a two-disc compilation of the band’s most popular songs.

First Friday! attendees will also enjoy a contemporary art installation by artist MJ Levy Dickson in the 1916 formal garden fountain pool. Like Sea Glass: A Hand Full of Light—Reflection is presented in partnership with the Historic House Trust of New York City’s Contemporary Art Partnerships. Colorful tumbled and molded glass will fill the pool and the illuminated installation will respond to the environment in which it is placed. The glass, like water, will reflect the shapes and colors of clouds, sky, and treetops, making evening at the museum all the more magical.

Bartow-Pell’s First Friday! Music and Trolley program takes place at the museum the first Fridayof every month, April through December. Visitors can enjoy the music, explore the museum, stroll the garden, and savor light refreshments. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island starting at 5:25 p.m. Registration requested at 718-885-1461 or via email at info@bpmm.org. Cost $10 adults, $8 seniors and students; members free.

Take advantage of all of Bartow-Pell’s great programs—and support the museum—by becoming a centennial member. Members can enjoy many of the programs free or at a discount. Extended through June 2015, the Bartow-Pell Conservancy is offering a special centennial membership for new members only: Enjoy all the benefits of a Heritage Membership, $180, for only $100. For more information about membership or any of our upcoming events visit www.bpmm.org, call 718-885-1461, or email at info@bpmm.org.

 

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ABOUT THE BARTOW-PELL MANSION MUSEUM

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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