Exciting Spring Lineup For Historical Society

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Classic car hill climb, antique car show, Dodge open house, walking tours and more

This spring promises more than just sunshine and flowers. The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society (CNPHS) has a spectacular lineup of tours, open houses and an exciting new (yet old) event.

For the first time ever, the CNPHS has teamed up with the Vintage Flathead Timing Association to create Wheels Through Time—an Antique Car Hill Climb and Classic Car Show on Sunday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the morning is the Antique Car Hill Climb, an event popular in the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Classic (pre-1940) cars assemble at Hempstead Harbor Beach Park and are timed racing up the hill, while onlookers cheer. At noon, a parade of antique cars will head over to the Sands-Willets House, joining some ‘newer’ antiques (through the 1970s) for a classic car show.Enjoy live music by The Front Porch Players, tour the Sands-Willets house and more. Free admission.

Got an antique car to enter in the Hill Climb or a classic car you’d like to show? Visit the website at www.cowneck.org to learn more about the requirements. On June 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. enjoy the annual Dodge Homestead Spring Fling. The Spring Fling gives visitors the opportunity to tour the house and grounds, learn about the Dodge honeybees from the beekeeper, check out our newly planted colonial vegetable garden, sing along with The Front Porch Players and more. There will be honey, baked goods, jewelry and attic treasures for sale. Rain or shine!

With the start of May came the resumption of the Magical History Walking Tours of Manhasset Bay. Tours meet the first weekend of every month from May to October. The one-mile tour begins at the Town Dock and ends at the Port North Dock. Tours start at 11 a.m. sharp. Walk the shoreline with one of the CNPHS knowledgeable guides, who will explain the history of Port Washington, including its rich history of sandmining, shellfishing, aviation and tourism. The tour lasts about one and one-half hours, with bench stops along the way. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy it at the North Dock at the end of the tour. Adults $8, Seniors $5, children under 12 $1.

Sands-Willets house tours take place the first and third Sunday until October at 2 p.m. sharp. Tours are led by docents who have a deep understanding about the history and architecture of the house and the collections on display. Want even more house tours? The Thomas Dodge Homestead offers house tours on the fourth Sunday from May through September (next tour is May 27). Tours begin at 2 p.m. sharp and include viewings of the house, grounds, and the unique three-seater outhouse.

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