Weekend Preview: Civil War Weekend, Classical Music and So Much More

Some of the Island’s smaller visitors head to the Civil War encampment and participate in living history programs on Civil War weekend.

This weekend, the National Park Service hosts Civil War weekend on Governors Island. From 10 AM to 4 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, visitors can meet living historians who will provide family-friendly activities, historic weapons demonstrations, music and other programs.  Meet the Civil War soldiers and women of Governors Island from the summer of 1863.

After stopping by Fort Jay or Castle Williams, head down to Colonels Row on Saturday for the first ever Summer Winds concert at 2 PM. This concert features more than 80 wind instruments and is entirely free to the public.

On Sunday, meet the chickens and goats at Earth Matter Compost Learning Center and then see the Earth Tub outside the Harbor School. From 10 AM to 2 PM, see where 8,000 pounds of scraps generated from Brooklyn green markets end up and how they are composted.

And then, from 2 PM to 5 PM, you can join a bike tour with artist Rob Swainston to see the Storm King exhibition of Mark di Suvero’s works while also discussing public art and stopping periodically to draw various “stop and look” moments.

All of these great programs are of course in addition to the ongoing art exhibits and programs happening throughout the Island.

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