Hooverness on Fishers Island
In This Issue
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

It's not often that you have a chance to visit, first-hand, a truly remarkable piece of architecture that is at once, part home and part work of art. Thanks to the generosity of Whitney Armstrong, son of the late Tom Armstrong (of the Whitney Museum, and brother of RRA patron, Susan Watts), a select and adventurous group from the Arboretum recently had that opportunity while on a field trip to Hooverness, on Fishers Island, NY.

Hooverness is a singular vision of architecture, art, and landscape. It is a unique modernist glass house filled with art in a spectacular seaside and garden setting. Our group met at the New London Ferry terminal and boarded our boat for the 45-minute ride to the island where we were met by Whitney. As we drove to our destination, what really hit me was the proximity of nature with humanity. At one moment you're looking at rolling, green hills dotted with trees, and suddenly the horizon drops off to reveal water, all around you. Everything is within your touch. It gives one pause and perspective.

We lunched at Hooverness before starting our tour of the house and grounds. Words cannot describe the magnificent house and setting, the extraordinary artworks, and the beautiful, ever-changing legacy landscape. Afterward, a quick visit to the Fishers Island Museum, and a tour of another, more deliberate garden, and back to the mainland.

It was a long day, and the reward was truly worth it!

Missed this trip? Keep posted for our fall excursion.

Frank Juliano signature 

Sounds of a Summer Night
NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble INKUBATE®
Wednesday, July 10 from 7:00  pm to 8:00 pm

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Celebrate the summer at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, where nature and the arts collide!

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the Arboretum as we kick off another summer series of four concerts in the garden. Sounds of a Summer Night 2019 continues with INKUBATE®, featuring  Movement Invention Project (MIP®). This project is an expansion of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble's programming and originally began as a collaboration with the Vancouver Arts Umbrella, Canada.  Named Top 10 International Contemporary Dance Intensives, MIP® is a unique summer dance intensive for advanced dancers. The program includes ballet, improvisation workshops, and the exploration of the creative process.

Please click here  for more information.

Adult Programs  
Arboretum Explorers:
Meadowlands Sunset Kayak Tour
(for ages 16 and up)
Thursday, August 29 from 6:00  pm to 9:00 pm

With the NYC skyline as a backdrop, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find great paddling in the Meadowlands. This tour is great for paddlers of any skill level. Photographers, bird watchers and anyone who wants to get outside and enjoy nature will love it!  For more information and to register, please contact Director of Education, Jackie Kondel, at j.kondel@reeves-reedarboretum.org.

Registration is required.  Please click here  for more information.

Children's Programs
Nocturnal Neighbors: Armadillos
(for families with children ages 5 and up)
Friday, July 12 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 

While I am pretty sure we won't see tonight's feature animal on the grounds, we will still have fun learning about it while exploring the Arboretum.  Don't forget, each nocturnal neighbors includes a campfire and s'mores.  Registration is required.

Please click here for more information.

Let's Get Growing
(for children ages 5 to 10)
All classes on Wednesdays

Now that summer is here it is time to get dirty and get gardening!  Click the links below to learn more about the different programs we are offering this summer and to register.  Space is limited and registration is required.
Discovery Saturdays
Most Saturdays from 9 :00 am to 1:00 pm

Our weekly drop-in program focuses this week on What's in Bloom! Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center for a hands-on exploration of nature!  Please click here  for more information and a listing of our upcoming topics.

Discovery Saturdays is free for RRA Members!

Summer Camp Registration
RRA Summer Camps

We are thrilled to be working with Deborah Munies and Tanya Petrova again this summer to offer 2 special camps!
Becoming You is a 3 day camp for girls ages 8 to 12 taught by certified Master Life Coach Deborah Munies that will provide your girl with tools to help her embrace who she is and who she is becoming...right before the start of school!
Woodland Art  is a weeklong camp focusing on nature and art.  Tanya's creative talent and use of natural and recycled materials never disappoint!
Please click on the titles for more information and to register!

Other News
Family Portrait Sessions 
by Ben Larrabee

Thanks to the generosity of internationally renowned photographer Ben Larrabee, we are able to offer two more family portrait sessions.  Recently offered at ART in the Garden® as part of our live auction, Ben will honor two additional bookings at the gala winning price of $2,000.  All proceeds from this auction item will go directly to Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

Ben Larrabee's work is found not only in the permanent collections of MoMA (NYC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), The George Eastman House (Rochester), and the High Museum (Atlanta), but also in some of the finest homes of your family and friends in Summit.

If you are interested in purchasing a session, please contact Executive Director, Frank Juliano, at f.juliano@reeves-reedarboretum.org .


Dishwasher Needed!

The dishwasher here at the Arboretum has broken and the cost to fix it exceeds the cost of a new one.

If you have one to donate, please contact Executive Director, Frank Juliano, at f.juliano@reeves-reedarboretum.org.


Arboretum Ambassador Needed

A part time position perfect for teens and adults!
We are looking for "Arboretum Ambassadors" to welcome visitors to our historic Wisner House on some Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Ambassadors are responsible for:
  • Opening and closing the Wisner House to the public on Saturdays and Sundays (apart from when the house is closed for an event.)
  • Welcoming guests, answering questions, handing out maps and other materials.
  • Monitoring the art exhibit in the Wisner House Gallery.
Ambassadors are not expected to work every weekend since the position is typically shared.  This opportunity is open to adults, college students and high school students entering their junior or senior year.

Please contact Trish Cassin at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org or by phone at 909.273.8787 x1616. Arboretum Ambassadors are currently needed through November, and then again in February 2020 through the summer.


New! Sunday Volunteer Ground Force 
Sundays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Volunteering at RRA is a great way to experience the beauty of the outdoors, learn about gardening, get community service hours, and connect with friends, family, and the environment!  

Please click here to find out about all the many opportunities for you to volunteer.

Summer Garden Tours for Groups

What brings you to the garden? A love of plants? Hearing about the historic landscape? Spending time with family and friends? Then, one of the Arboretum's Garden Tours will be perfect for you.  We have a Horticulture & History Tour, filled with fun facts about seasonal blooms, heirloom trees and RRA's fascinating past. There's also the extraordinary Day at Two Gardens Tour, where you enjoy a morning tour at RRA, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (some offer discounts to RRA tours!), and then proceed to the beautiful Greenwood Gardens. We can also tailor our tours to reflect the interests of your book club, school, scout or corporate group. For more information or to register, please contact Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org

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Cosmic Landscape Revelations

Gilded tondo oil paintings and watercolor landscapes,
as seen through a looking glass

Through November 3  in Wisner House Gallery


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Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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