Peony Event


The Friends hosts many exciting annual events and introduces one or two new ones each year. These events are a great way to be part of the community, enjoy your favorite activities, and support the Friends at the same time.

2017 Events:

I Love My Park Day | Saturday May 6

This statewide event is a celebration of New York State Parks and a great opportunity to show your support by volunteering for a few hours. At Rockefeller State Park Preserve, volunteers can lend a hand this year by doing some Spring clean-up within the Preserve from 9 am to 2 pm.

Spring Peony Celebration | May 11, 2017

The fashionable and festive annual event that everyone anticipates…and that always delivers! This year, we look forward to a cocktail party, fine art exhibit and sale, flower show by local garden clubs, and of course the amazing Japanese Peony Garden in bloom. Look for our annual Peony Celebration in mid-May, date TBD soon.

Rockwood Ramble | Saturday June 3
The exciting 10k race that tests the strength of runners each year. Laureen Fitzgerald returns as the Race Director.  Registration is now open!. Register online now!

Amble and Gamble | TBD
This will be our 15th Annual Autumn Pace.  For Equestrians, Preserve lovers, and anyone who likes a hearty lunch in a beautiful spot, it fills the bill. We hope you can join us for this fall tradition.

Rocky’s 5k | Saturday October 21
Laureen Fitzgerald has agreed to be this year’s Race Director for the annual Rocky’s 5k competitive race through the Preserve trails. This race is a perennial favorite among runners and always sells out.

We hope you’ll join us at these special events!

The Friends hold several annual events and one or two new ones each year. The Peony Celebration is held each May at the Preserve Visitor Center at the height of the peony garden’s magnificent bloom.

There are two opportunities for competitive races in the Preserve; the 10k race in the late spring or early summer, and the Rocky’s 5k in the fall. The fall also brings the Autumn Pace, an equestrian event held the third Sunday of each October.

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