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Now that real summer weather seems to have arrived, expect to find the gardens especially lush, making a walk in the Aquatic Garden on Thursday a perfect outing and Glyndor Gallery a refreshing alternative indoors. Start off in the cool early hours with Tai Chi or Yoga on the lawns, and then graduate to brunch in the Cafe, where the Tomato Festival offers a toast to one of the plump stars of the season.

Thursday, August 20, Artists’ Circle: Find inspiration in Wave Hill’s sumptuou s landscape as you explore the medium of your choice in these open-air studio sessions. Wave Hill provides easels and drawing boards; you bring paper or canvas and art medium. This relaxed, self-motivated program is open to artists at any skill level. Facilitated critique at noon. $10 Member; $18 Non-member (includes admission to the grounds). Limited to 12 participants each week. Register at the Perkins Visitor Center. Artists’ Circle takes place every Thursday in June, July and August, weather permitting. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 10 a.m.

Thursday, August 20, Gallery Tour: Join an Exhibition Interpreter for one of our regularly scheduled tours of The Muhheakantuck in Focus: Contemporary artists look at “the river that flows both ways” through projects that explore the First Nations’ engagement with the river and the impact of Henry Hudson’s arrival. Tours take place Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Glyndor Gallery, noon.

Saturday, August 22, Tai Chi Chuan: Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. Classes are led by Irving Yee, an active member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi Chuan School. $10 member; $18 non-member, including admission to the grounds. Pre-registration not required. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 10 to 11 a.m. beginners, 11 a.m. to noon, intermediates.

Saturday, August 22, Tasty Tomatoes Cooking Demo: Join Great Performances Chef Marc Spooner for a tasty demonstration of signature GP tomato recipes with heirloom specialties fresh from the farm. Free with admission to the grounds. This event is a highlight of the annual Tomato Festival presented by Wave Hill caterer Great Performances, starting August 18. Menu highlights include Rustic Tomato Tarts and Bloodless Marys. Join us on Sunday, August 23, for a memorable Farm to Table Brunch. (Brunch begins at 11:30 a.m.). Menu highlights throughout the week include Rustic Tomato Tarts and Un-Bloody Marys. Whether you’re here for lunch or brunch or the demo, be sure to participate in a Katchkie Farm Raffle -- winners will be selected at brunch on Sunday. On the grounds, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, Augugust 22, 23, Family Art Project–Shades Of Summer” Shades of Summer/Tonos del verano: Create your own custom-made sunglasses for visions of lush gardens and river scenery seen through rose (or blue or green or purple) colored glasses. Free with admission to the grounds. The Sally And Gilbert Kerlin Learning Center, 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 22, Gallery Tour: Join an Exhibition Interpreter for one of our regularly scheduled tours of The Muhheakantuck in Focus: Contemporary artists look at “the river that flows both ways” through projects that explore the First Nations’ engagement with the river and the impact of Henry Hudson’s arrival. Tours take place Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Glyndor Gallery, 2 p.m.

Sunday, August 23, Yoga: Find refuge from city life by practicing seasonal yoga outdoors on the grounds of Wave Hill. Decrease stress and increase your energy by focusing on your posture, breath control and meditation. Classes are held out-of-doors. Inclement weather cancels; call (718) 549-3200, ext. 245 by 8 a.m. of the day of the session to confirm. $10 member; $18 non-member, including admission to the grounds. Pre-registration not required. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, August 23, Farm To Table Brunch: Join us for a special summer brunch, part of a series launched by Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances. Farm to Table provides a unique experience, showcasing the best our region has to offer with farm-fresh vegetables and fruits sourced within 100 miles of New York City. Celebrate local flavors while supporting sustainable agriculture and good earth practices. Click here to see the “100-Mile Menu”. And be sure to make your reservations online [link to http://www.100milemenu.com/menu.htm] for this special brunch. The price per person for this delectable feast is $45 (children under ten $16), not including admission to the grounds. This special brunch is a highlight of the annual Tomato Festival presented by Wave Hill caterer Great Performances, starting August 18. The week also features a demonstration by Great Performances chef Marc Spooner, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, of signature GP tomato recipes starring heirloom specimens fresh from the farm. Whether you’re here for lunch or brunch or the demo, be sure to participate in a Katchkie Farm Raffle -- winners will be selected at brunch on Sunday. Wave Hill House, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, August 23, Garden Tour: Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25: YOGA: Find refuge from city life by practicing seasonal yoga outdoors on the grounds of Wave Hill. Decrease stress and increase your energy by focusing on your posture, breath control and meditation. Classes are held out-of-doors. Inclement weather cancels; call (718) 549- 3200, ext. 245 by 8 a.m. of the day of the session to confirm. $10 member; $18 non-member, including admission to the grounds. Pre-registration not required. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 26, Gallery Tour: Join an Exhibition Interpreter for one of the regularly scheduled tours of The Muhheakantuck in Focus: Contemporary artists look at “the river that flows both ways” through projects that explore the First Nations’ engagement with the river and the impact of Henry Hudson’s arrival. Also on view is Audrey Hasen Russell’s Slant Branch Souvenir (Thinkin’ on You), a large-scale installation in the Sunroom. Tours take place Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Glyndor Gallery, noon.

Thursday, August 27, Artists’ Circle: Find inspiration in Wave Hill’s sumptuous landscape as you explore the medium of your choice in these open-air studio sessions. Wave Hill provides easels and drawing boards; you bring paper or canvas and art medium. This relaxed, self-motivated program is open to artists at any skill level. Facilitated critique at noon. $10 member; $18 non-member (includes admission to the grounds). Limited to 12 participants each week. Register at the Perkins Visitor Center. Artists’ Circle takes place every Thursday in June, July and August, weather permitting. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 10 a.m.

Thursday, August 27, Gallery Tour: Join an Exhibition Interpreter for one of our regularly scheduled tours of The Muhheakantuck in Focus: Contemporary artists look at “the river that flows both ways” through projects that explore the First Nations’ engagement with the river and the impact of Henry Hudson’s arrival. Tours take place Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Glyndor Gallery, noon.

Thursday, August 27, Outrageous Aquatics Garden Walk: Tour the Aquatic Garden at its peak with assistant director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer. Pick up some hints for home water gardens, large and small. Repeats August 29. Free with admission to the grounds. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 1 p.m.

Wave Hill is located at 675 W. 252nd Street. For more info call (718) 549-3200.

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