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Old Westbury, New York, U.S. December 10, 2021. A light show is projected on south side of Westbury House during Shimmering Solstice, a walkthrough light show designed for historic Old Westbury Gardens. Event runs through January 9, 2022.

Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens: light show magic!

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 18, 2021

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SLIDESHOW – Shimmering Solstice  (Full Screen: Click bottom right corner)

“I took the best photos of my life at Shimmering Solstice!” my friend posted online next to his pictures of the holiday light show at Old Westbury Gardens. Since I also had visited the walk-through wonderland, I wasn’t surprised he was thrilled.

Old Westbury Gardens Shimmering Solstice

Old Westbury, NY, USA. Dec. 10, 2021. Lighted trees and architecture cast colorful reflections in pond at west side of Westbury House during Old Westbury Gardens’ Shimmering Solstice. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

During my hours (!) visiting Shimmering Solstice on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens, the Long Island Gold Coast estate, I saw families with young children and grandparents, friends from their late teens to seniors, and photo enthusiasts.

VIDEO – Shimmering Solstice  (Full Screen: Click bottom right corner)
Breathtaking scenes include the Rose Garden, the pond, the Walled Garden, and South Lawn and Allee leading to Westbury House, with its decorated front, and a stunning projection show on its south facade.

Old Westbury, NY, USA. Dec. 10, 2021. Visitors walk down geometrically lit South Allee during Old Westbury Gardens' Shimmering Solstice, running through Jan. 9, 2022. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, NY, USA. Dec. 10, 2021. Visitors walk down geometrically lit South Allee during Old Westbury Gardens’ Shimmering Solstice, running through Jan. 9, 2022. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Lightswitch – a collective of internationally recognized lighting, media, and visual designers – worked together with Old Westbury Gardens to create the show that celebrates the OWG’s history and environment.

Old Westbury, NY, U.S. Dec. 10, 2021. A mother watches her children make the the Walled Garden colorfully light up during Old Westbury Gardens’ Shimmering Solstice. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Catholic Health is the presenting sponsor of Shimmering Solstice. Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, the President and CEO of Catholic Health, said, “This experience will bring families, friends, and communities together in a beautiful setting to reflect and make memories.”

Because the show both dazzled the senses and created emotional experiences, I do expect my memories will remain as vivid as the photos captured.

Old Westbury Gardens Shimmering Solstice

Old Westbury, NY, USA. Dec. 10, 2021. A light show is projected on the south facade of Westbury House during Old Westbury Gardens’ Shimmering Solstice. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

How wonderful it would be to have the chance to create such memories at Shimmering Solstice for years to come.

Which is why I was so happy to learn that Nancy Costopulos, the President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, said the non-profit intends to make the unique light show an annual holiday tradition at the historic state.

Old Westbury, NY, USA. Dec. 10, 2021. Three friends walk among gigantic lighted dandelions during Old Westbury Gardens' Shimmering Solstice. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, NY, USA. Dec. 10, 2021. Three friends walk among gigantic lighted dandelions during Old Westbury Gardens Shimmering Solstice. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

If you’re in the tri-state area and looking for an unforgettable outdoor holiday experience, it’s well worth the drive to visit Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens.

Old Westbury, NY, U.S. Dec. 10, 2021. Friends walk down colorfully lighted south allee during Old Westbury Gardens' Shimmering Solstice. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, NY, U.S. Dec. 10, 2021. Friends walk down colorfully lighted south allee during Old Westbury Gardens’ Shimmering Solstice. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Please note you must buy your tickets before arriving at the event, which runs through January 9, 2022.

FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post): Old Westbury, NY, U.S. Dec. 10, 2021. Families explore in front of Westbury House at Shimmering Solstice, a walk-through light show at Old Westbury Gardens, sponsored by Catholic Health, and running through January 9, 2022.


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my Shimmering Solstice VIDEO: vimeo.com/annparry/shimmeringsolstice

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Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Long Island Railroad model trains, a large G gauge, travel outdoors during the Old Westbury Gardens opening reception for its Great Pine Railway exhibit, which includes Long Island landmarks and runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com)

Next Stop: Outdoor Model Trains at Old Westbury Gardens

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 28, 2021

Great Pine Railway at Old Westbury Gardens

VIDEO: (1:53) Old Westbury Gardens – 6/23/2021: 

The opening reception for Old Westbury Gardens’ outdoor Great Pine Railway Exhibit was the first event Bob and I attended there since COVID-19 struck Long Island early 2020. The fun for the whole family exhibit of G scale model trains runs through September 6th. 

my PHOTO GALLERY | also, Click each photo below to see a related one

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The red Westbury House of OWG is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The red Westbury House of OWG is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury Gardens commissioned Leslie Salka Inc to create the Great Pine Railway display, including creative models of four Long Island Gold Coast landmarks:  

Eagle’s Nest at William K Vanderbilt’s estate, Centerport

Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve

Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens

Oheka Castle in Huntington

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. NANCY COSTOPOLUS, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, attends its members only opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. NANCY COSTOPOLUS, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, attends its members only opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit, which includes Long Island landmarks, and it runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Children enjoyed the chance to run after the several large  model trains traveling the over 220 feet of tracks, ranging from near ground level to high overhead. 

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The orange Oheka Castle, of Huntington, is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The orange Oheka Castle, of Huntington, is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

We enjoyed passing through the Rose Garden on our way to and from the Great Pine Railway:

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens estate grounds, including its rose gardens, are once again open to visitors, with certain Covid-19 related restrictions, the summer of 2021. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens’ rose gardens are once again open to visitors, with certain Covid-19 related restrictions, the summer of 2021. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


Feature Photo at top of post: Old Westbury, NY, USA. June 23, 2021. A locomotive guides a large G gauge model train on elevated tracks around the perimeter of the Great Pine Railway exhibit at Old Westbury Gardens.


2021 Outdoor Model Trains at OWG:  my PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEO – OWG Great Pine Railway 2021: vimeo.com/annparry/owg202106

Bob Stuhmer:  BobStuhmer.com  (In above video, Stuhmer arranged the train medley, played on his carousel organ.)

Leslie Salka Inc.:  SITE  •   facebook

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