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Sands Point Preserve Hosts Summer Solstice Celebration

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, which maintains and operates the 216-acre park and historic mansions in Nassau County that were once part of the Guggenheim Estate, will host a summer solstice celebration on the estate’s Great Lawn on June 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature games and other activities. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and celebrate the summer solstice through an evening of rejuvenation and connection with nature. Included in the cost of attendance are a moving meditation session, lawn games, watercolor painting and sundown meditation. Painting supplies are included.

The Sands Point Preserve embodies the grandeur and elegance that define the Gold Coast period of the early 20th century, when prominent American families built great mansions on large estates as summer retreats along the Long Island Sound. The Sands Point peninsula was the famed “East Egg” in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The Great Lawn is the green centerpiece of the Preserve.

Today the park, including its historic mansions and the Phil Dejana Learning Center, is owned by Nassau County. The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides year-round educational and cultural programs, seasonal celebrations, mansion tours and fitness activities, as well as private/corporate event services and film/TV location facilities.

Cost: $15 per car for Conservancy members; $25 for nonmembers. Location: 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, NY. For more information, visit

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