What: Always a sumptuous affair, the WSCG benefit features an international buffet of dishes contributed by local restaurants, and signature dishes from garden cooks. Live classical chamber music is featured at the event and a wine bar. This is the only event with an entrance fee, planned annually to help support the garden and the free events throughout the year. Tickets are $60 non-members and $30 for members at the entrance.

When: Thursday,June 15, 6 p.m.

Where: West Side Community Garden,123 West 89th Street

Why should you come to this benefit? Walk through the wrought iron gate on West ggth Street between Amsterdam and Columbus and discover a hidden gem on the Upper West Side that is free and open to the public throughout the year, all day long. This verdant, bright garden invites all to come in and take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sandwiched between two apartment buildings and spanning the width of a block, it acts as a passageway to 90th Street, this lush oasis is maintained by volunteers, community members who value sharing green space and gardening for pleasure. There are free events throughout the summer and opportunities for families, individuals, and groups to come an experience this special place through an outdoor concert, movie, barbeque or just by volunteering on a weekend.

This year’s benefit honors two local non-profits that play important roles in building and supporting diverse, healthy ecosystems for New Yorkers to enjoy.

Wild Bird Fund

Wild Bird Fund’s mission is twofold: to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation to native and migrant wildlife so that they can be released back into the wild, and to educate New Yorkers-particularly children, the stewards of our future-about the rich diversity and environmental needs of the city’s precious wildlife. All migratory, native, and non-native birds are treated, as well as wild mammals, reptiles and abandoned domestic fowl. WBF is the only wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in New York City-and the only hope for thousands of caring New Yorkers who come to us, wild bird in hand.

NVCBEEKEEPING.ORG

nycbeekeeping.org, a flagship project of USAGDEV, works closely

with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, to bring responsible urban beekeeping back to rooftops and community gardens city wide. By quietly providing comprehensive infrastructure, training, public education and STEM connected learning, they have helped reintroduce beekeeping here in New York. The organization welcomes all Beelovers and BeeKeepers interested in the art and science of beekeeping, bee forage and habitat for honey bees and other kinds of bees, and of course

honey. Reintroducing beekeeping in New York City is the perfect example of a real world, low cost initiative that has a disproportionately high impact for our ecological communities.

West Side Community Garden’s Annual Tulip Festival will be in full bloom for two weekends in 2017,Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, and Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30.  With a display of more than 13,000 tulips, spring flowers, and blossoming trees, this celebration of spring attracts flower lovers from throughout the New York City region and around the world.

“Our annual Tulip Festival is a feast for the senses, unrivaled in our area for the spectrum and depth of tulip varieties on display,” says WSCG Board President Jackie Bukowski.  “The hard work of the fall planting weekends is on full display as the Garden showcases its relaxed, family-friendly community appeal.”

The Westside Community Garden is celebrating its 43rd year as a serene green space for gardeners and visitors alike. Open daily from dawn to dusk during the blooming season, admission to the Tulip Festival is free through the entrance at 123 West 89th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues).

Member volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and distribute educational materials and Garden event schedules for 2017. This year’s Tulip Festival program features expert tours and live music:

On Saturday April 22 and Saturday April 29, at 1 PM, the Tulip Festival will be offering tulip education with Garden Tours by WSCG’s Chief Horticulturalist, Tom Thies.

  • Pianist Garet Newman will play seasonal pieces for visitors live in the Garden on Sunday afternoon, April 30th.

 The West Side Community Garden Tulip Festival is funded through the generosity of our Upper West Side neighbors, members and friends, with leadership support from the Greenacre Foundation, The City Gardens Club, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. An all-volunteer, privately owned, not-for-profit entity, the West Side Community Garden is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is completely accessible.

The West Side Community Garden is proud to present our first Opera in the Garden with a co-production by On Site Opera and The Atlanta Opera, Mozart’s The Secret Gardener, on May 11-13 (May 14 – rain date). Written by an 18-year-old Mozart, The Secret Gardener is a story of love, madness, and redemption that unfolds in the lush setting of a beautiful garden. (Production details can be found at http://osopera.org/productions/secretgardener/.)

Jackie Bukowski, President of the West Side Community Garden, notes, “West Side Community Garden is honored to have been chosen to host On Site Opera’s The Secret Gardener. This is a special treat which will undoubtedly attract people from all over the New York region.”

Eric Einhorn, On Site Opera’s General & Artistic Director, says, “We are so thrilled to be collaborating with The Atlanta Opera to share the unique power of immersive, site-specific opera with New York and Atlanta audiences.”

LISTING INFO:

On Site Opera presents

Mozart’s The Secret Gardener (La finta giardiniera)
Libretto by Raniero de Calzabigi
Co-production with The Atlanta Opera’s Discoveries series

DATES & LOCATION:
May 11-13, 2017 at Westside Community Garden (May 14, 2017 – rain date)

All performances start at 7pm.
123 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024

Tickets: Free with reservation at osopera.org/secretgardener/.

Transportation:  Subways: C or B (weekdays only) to 86th Street or 96th Street; 1 to 86th or 1, 2, 3 to 96th Street.  Buses: M11 or M7 to West 90th Street.  For more information, go to www.westsidecommunitygarden.org

About On Site Opera Over the course of five short seasons, On Site Opera (OSO) has

established itself as one of New York City’s most imaginative, cutting edge opera companies. As The New York Times wrote: “On Site Opera presents the ultimate in intimate productions by performing works in spaces that fit the setting of the story.” OSO’s immersive, site-specific performances have taken place in venues ranging from
the the Bronx Zoo to the Cotton Club to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, pushing the boundaries of what opera can do and be and blurring the lines between performer and audience to create a uniquely powerful musical experience.

Founded in 2012, OSO’s team of General & Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn and Music Director, Geoffrey McDonald are dedicated to producing site-specific opera in nontraditional venues throughout New York. Dubbed “So much more than Sleep No More” by The New York Observer, OSO molds its productions to specific locations using physical space to create an environment in which the concept, storytelling, music, and performers unite to form an immersive, cohesive, and meaningful whole. www.osopera.org

About The Atlanta Opera Nominated in the 2016 International Opera Awards, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. The Opera presents four mainstage productions at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and two productions at satellite theaters as part of the Discoveries series. The Opera works with world-renowned directors, actors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form and further the current renaissance of opera. Atlanta has a strong history of opera, dating back to the early 1900s when the Metropolitan Opera’s annual tour was a major social event. The Atlanta Opera, founded in 1979, aims to enrich lives through opera. www.atlantaopera.org

About West Side Community Garden An all-volunteer, privately owned, not-for-profit entity, The West Side Community Garden is celebrating its 43rd year as a serene green space for gardeners and visitors alike, attracting visitors from around the world with its well-known display of more than 13,000 tulips in spring, and free music and arts events throughout the year. Open daily from dawn to dusk, admission to the garden and events is free through the entrance at 123 West 89th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues).

 The West Side Community Garden is funded through the generosity of Upper West Side neighbors, members and friends, with leadership support from the Greenacre Foundation and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation., the West Side Community Garden is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is completely accessible.