The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational and Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center is a state-of-the-art venue that offers a wide variety of events throughout the year.
A sampling of events includes:
- Annual Summer Exhibits such as “Celebrating Coney Island, America’s First Amusement Park,” “Celebrating P. T. Barnum…the Man,” and “Motorcycles & the Open Road,” with memorabilia, artwork, sculptures, displays, and speakers
- Spring and Fall Musical Theatre Performances with high tea luncheons paying tribute to the lives of famous celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and many more
- LEGO® Building Block Competition and Exhibit
- Chinese New Year Celebration
- Winter and Spring Break Programs for Children
- Black History Month Educational Programs and Living History Performances such as “Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promised Land,” which tells the riveting story of the movement of escaping slaves from the south to Long Island and north to Canada
- On-Site Adult and Youth Programs
- Video-Conference Distance Learning Programs that broadcast live to schools and groups throughout the United States.
The 8,800 s/f, two-story, colonial style center is also available for rental, and can accommodate a total of 299 persons. The Great Room on the first floor has a 28-foot ceiling and can hold up to 200. The second floor can accommodate 99 people in small workshop groups or in a theater-style setting. There is also a second floor conference room that can hold up to 15 people. Additional fee items include: podium, microphones, sound system, grand piano (Great Room only), projector, and video conferencing equipment. The facility can be rented for corporate functions, family celebrations, seminars, and more.
The charming Heritage Gift Shop is located at the venue as well, and offers over 150 items that include books, educational games, toys, kits and crafts, food, accessories, and other unusual gifts.