OUT PROFESSIONALS’ MIDSUMMER ADVENTURE WHISKS YOU TO THE IDYLLIC URBAN OASIS OF GOVERNORS ISLAND.
On Saturday, August 19, begin your trip through time with a brief and breezy ferry ride from the tip of Manhattan to Governors Island, long off limits to New Yorkers.
Soon you’re nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, wandering among stately old brick buildings and enjoying Instagram-worthy views of the Lower Manhattan skyline less than 1000 yards away.
In Dutch and British colonial times, Governors Island was pasture, timberland, game preserve and summer resort. For nearly two centuries after the American Revolution it served as guardian of the harbor and was in continuous military use.
Today it’s a National Monument, where well-tended lawns play host to Revolutionary War re-enactments and contemporary art installations. Governors Island parkland is undergoing a stunning reinvention by a Dutch landscape architect, Adriaan Geuze.
On Saturday, August 19, join Members and friends of Out Professionals … OP.LYNX, our dynamic women’s network… and some of our up-and-coming LGBT professionals, for “Guardian of the Harbor: The Walking Tour and Mixer.” Afterwards, unwind, socialize and network at Fraunces Tavern (1762), where Washington bid farewell to his officers.
Out Professionals’ private Walking Tour/Mixer series is designed for us by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York. August’s “Guardian of the Harbor” is an all-time favorite of hers and ours. Joyce teaches Manhattan history at New York University and the New School.
Tour highlights include:
- Castle Williams, a circular fort built in the years leading up to the War of 1812 to help protect New York City from naval attack
- Spectacular, Instagram-worthy views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and New York’s harbor
We meet between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. (not a minute later!) at the light-green Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street. Check in under the rainbow umbrella near the Governors Island slip, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry terminal. Subway: 1 to South Ferry; 4/5 to Bowling Green; R to Whitehall Street. Consult MTA Trip Planner and allow for delays due to weekend construction.
Tour takes place rain or shine. (Note: Bags subject to search by security personnel. Outside alcoholic beverages prohibited and will be confiscated.) Open-ended mixer begins about 4 p.m. at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street at Broad Street, NY 10004, a few minutes’ walk from the South Street ferry terminal. Refreshments on your own.
Nonmember, $30, roundtrip ferry fare included. Dues-paying OP Member, just $20. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Advance ticket sales end at 9:00 a.m. the morning of the tour. The personalized nature of our tours requires limiting the number of participants. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting; cash only at the door.
OUT PROFESSIONALS REWARDS
YOUR SUPPORT AS A MEMBER!
As a registered nonprofit, Out Professionals must rely on the support of our Individual and Business Members. Enjoy a 12-month Individual OP Membership (new or renewal) PLUS free admission for one to “Guardian of the Harbor: The Walking Tour and Mixer” for just $75; final sale. By preregistering, Members enjoy free entry to every month’s OP.LOUNGE and discounted admission to other LGBT programming all year long.
Join here — and thank you!