On the evening of Saturday, July 16, Green-Wood will transform into a 19th-century pleasure garden and theater, to celebrate its permanent resident William Niblo (1789–1878). The one-of-a-kind outdoor show and picnic at the site of Niblo’s grand mausoleum will feature entertainment curated by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a vaudeville and performing arts powerhouse. The outdoor performances will have the 19th-century flair of Niblo’s theater: guests will be dazzled with fire eaters, contortionists, historic games, harp music, a hot air balloon fantasy, and much more. The picnic and rollicking show will surround one of Green-Wood’s beautiful glacial ponds, in front of Niblo’s stately mausoleum. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic dinners and beverages as they step back in time with author, historian and Niblo expert Ben Feldman. After the show, Niblo’s mausoleum will be open for candlelit exploring.
William Niblo himself visited his Green-Wood mausoleum regularly before he was interred there. His combination pleasure garden and theater, Niblo’s Garden, was the Radio City Music Hall of its day. It featured acrobats, vaudeville, dramas, musical concerts, and operas and was the destination for entertainment in New York City. Niblo’s was the site of America’s first work of musical theater. The fashionable theater-garden, located in Manhattan on Broadway between Prince and Crosby seated 3,200 persons. It was demolished in 1895.
Cost: $37; $32 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Reservations are recommended.
RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Note: You must be 21 or older, with ID, to consume alcohol.