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Rodin Museum and French Garden, Patrick Kelly at the Perelman Building at PMA
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Join us as we travel to Philadelphia to view Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love at the Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art. This retrospect depicts the bold, bright and joyful creations of African American designer, Patrick Kelly, who took Paris by storm in the 1980’s. This expansive retrospective showcases some 80 ensembles.
We’ll travel to the waterfront for our luncheon at La Famiglia (The Family). The Sena family tradition of culinary excellence dates back to early 1947 when Carlo “Papa” Sena began to cook in postwar Naples. The family carried this experience across the Atlantic and opened La Famiglia in 1976 in the shell of a Colonial tea warehouse. With the help of his family, and a lot of hard work and dedication, Carlo turned La Famiglia into one of Philadelphia’s top culinary institutions.
After our luncheon, we’ll spend the afternoon at the Rodin Museum and formal French Garden, where we will have a docent tour of the largest collection of the master’s works outside the Musee Rodin in Paris. With over 140 bronzes, marbles and plasters, the distinguished collection represents every phase of Auguste Rodin’s career. Highlights of the exhibit are The Thinker, and the Gates of Hell. The Rodin Museum is one of the defining icons of the city of Philadelphia housing one of the most comprehensive public collections of works by one of the world’s most renowned sculptors. The elegant Beaux-Arts-style building and garden represents an absorbing indoor and outdoor experience.
$115 Non Members
The harem pants worn by Lady Sybil, the engagement dress worn by Lady Mary, and Lady Edith’s wedding dress are among the forty costumes from the British television drama “Downton Abbey” that are on display at the Winterthur Museum, located on the former DuPont family country estate in Wilmington, Delaware. The array is accompanied by photographs and vignettes inspired by Downton Abbey and early 20th century life at Winterthur. You will enter the exhibit at an allotted time and view it “on your own.” Weather permitting; we will take the 20 minute tram ride to view the gardens. We will also have a guided tour of the Winterthur Mansion. Our luncheon will be at 1:30 p.m. on site in the Pavilion private dining room.
$128 Non Members
Grey Towers Mansion was built in 1866 as the summer estate of the James Pinchot family and later the primary home of Gifford Pinchot, America’s first forester and founder of USDA Forest Service. They were a civic minded family interested in the arts, nature, and conservation. James encouraged his eldest son Gifford to consider a career in forestry, thus introducing the idea of conservation to America. He was appointed by his friend, President Theodore Roosevelt, as Chief Forester and in his administration created the United States Forest Service. In 1963, the Pinchot family donated Grey Towers and its surrounding 102 acres to the US Forest Service. Currently, the Forest Service and many natural resource and conservation groups use Grey Towers as a conference center. We will have a guided tour of the mansion’s three floors and unique garden area. Since it is an older building, there are no elevators and the outdoor walkways are uneven stones.
Our complete three course luncheon will be at the Grotto Restaurant, featuring Italian and Mediterranean contemporary cuisine. Matched with elegant cuisine, and an in-house gallery of local artists, the Grotto offers a picturesque ambiance in natural surroundings.
After our luncheon, we will visit The Columns, the local museum of the Pike County Historical Society housed in a 1904 Neo-classical building. We will have a tour of its interesting exhibits, such as the bloody Lincoln flag, Civil War artifacts, their role in the Underground Railroad in Pike County, and the Hiawatha Stagecoach. We need 25 people to run this trip by September 22, 2014.
$100 Non Members
National September 11th Memorial Museum and Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Closed: please inquire about availability
Join us as we tour the newly opened National September 11 Memorial Museum, examining authentic artifacts to understand what happened on 9/11, how people responded in the aftermath of the attacks, and the history and rebuilding of the World Trade Center. A highlight of the museum is the Vesey Street stair remnant, the historic “Survivors’ Stairs.” There will be time to visit the 9/11 Memorial in the Plaza, and St. Paul’s Chapel.
Our luncheon will be at Cipriani Wall Street. This New York Landmark served as the home of the New York Merchant’s Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, the US Customs House, and the headquarters of the National City Bank. Cipriani Wall Street features the finest cuisine and classic service. A glass of red or white wine is included with your luncheon.
$130 Non Members
We will have a private walking tour beginning at the Atrium and continuing to the Lincoln Center Campus. We will learn about the history of Lincoln Center, and antidotes of the surrounding arts buildings (Metropolitan Opera, Julliard, NY Philharmonic, NYC Ballet, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center Theatre). We will visit at least three of these buildings – not backstage, but lobbies, and maybe a peek of a stage if a rehearsal is going on. Depending upon the time of day, some spaces will be accessible, some not, in the various theatres.
Then we will have a light lunch at the delightful PJ Clark’s, which sits next to one of New York City’s cultural meccas, Lincoln Center, and draws a vibrant mix of performers, stagehands, musicians and locals. All the photos on the wall are real, and speak the rich history of the Lincoln Square neighborhood.
Later we’ll tour Radio City Music Hall where we will have an hour tour to learn the history of this famous venue, to view the magnificent Grand Foyer, to experience the private and public spaces of this art deco landmark, including the back halls, and visit a Rockette’s Studio.
$130 Non Members
Join us as we visit MoMA for a docent tour of the largest and most extensive presentation of cut-outs ever mounted. Henri Matisse turned almost exclusively to cut paper as his primary medium, and scissors as his chief implement, introducing a radical new operation that came to be called the cut-outs. Matisse would cut painted sheets into forms of varying shapes and sizes, which he then arranged into lively compositions. The exhibition includes approximately 100 cut-outs borrowed from public and private collections around the globe.
Our luncheon will be at Le Cirque (The Circus), in the trendy Bloomberg Building. Although over the years, monkeys, circus balls, and tent shades have become symbolic representations of the restaurant, Le Cirque’s most recognizable feature is Sirio Maccioni who has dazzled New York with his charm and acumen for hospitality. Le Cirque, where the food is just as exciting to the palate as it is a feast to the eyes. A glass of red or white wine is included with your luncheon.
$155 Non Members
A Backstage Tour of Metropolitan Opera
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 OR Thursday, November 20, 2014 (exact date TBD)
Join us for a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera. See where the sets are made and stored, check out the costumes and accessories, visit the dressing rooms, and perhaps even meet at a personality or two. Ticket prices and additional information will be available in late September.
No holiday season is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Explore the warm Conservatory adorned with decorated trees and poinsettias, then stroll the outdoor gardens decorated with a half-million colorful lights featuring a floating tree display, hundreds of sparkling snowflakes, twinkling tree forms, a twelve-foot fountain of lights in the main fountain garden, and much more. We will have an early dinner at 4:00 p.m., and partake in Longwood’s Yuletide Buffet in the Terra Cotta Room in the Terrace Restaurant. Important: There will be a lot of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress warm as the light displays are outdoors. You might want to bring a snack as we WILL NOT be having lunch, but an early dinner at 4:00 p.m.
$115 Non Members