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On Sunday, we will ferry from Point Judith, RI to Block Island. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a three course luncheon on the porch of the National Hotel overlooking the water. After our luncheon, we’ll have a narrated tour of the island in an old yellow school bus. Later we will arrive at the Newport Marriott Hotel for our 3 day, two night stay. A buffet breakfast is included in our stay each day. Porter service is also included. During our stay, we’ll tour Rosecliff, the Elms, the Breakers, and the National Museum of American Illustration at Vernon Court. We’ll have dinners at Fathoms Restaurant and the Moorings, and luncheons at the Atlantic Beach Club and La Forge Restaurant. Later, on our drive back to the Museum, we will stop for “supper on your own.”
$639 Members (per person, double occupancy)
$659 Non-Members (per person, double occupancy)
Single Supplement: $219
Payment in full or $100 deposit with balance due June 1, 2015.
Cancellation Fees: $15 on $100 Deposit / $50 on full payment (plus any non-refundable hotel, tours meals).
OLANA, NEW YORK STATE HISTORIC SITE MANSION
LUNCH AT SWOON KITCHENBAR
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015
Depart: 8AM / Return: 6PM
“Olana,” the “Cozy Cottage” designed by Frederick Edwin Church, sits on a 250 acre naturalistic landscape that is one of Church’s great works of art. It exists today as one of the most intact artist-designed landscapes in the United States. The main house at Olana is a mixture of Victorian architectural elements and Middle-Eastern decorative motifs. Church playfully called his house “Persian, adapted to the Occident.” The house is a compound of stone rooms built around a courtyard with many details adopted from Middle-Eastern sources, including arched window openings, balcony woodwork, and tile work. The building is a villa with asymmetrical massing of towers and block masonry punctuated by fanciful windows and porches. The irregular silhouette of the exterior contrasts with the more regular rhythm of rooms arranged around the center hall. On the exterior, Middle-Eastern motifs are carried out in colored brick, wood, slate, ceramic tile, and especially stenciling that together creates a unique artistic unity. The Zagat rated Swoon Kitchenbar surprises and delights diners with tempting and creative new American menus using fresh, local ingredients.
Members: $119.00/Non-Members: $129.00
Val-Kill became Eleanor Roosevelt’s permanent home after the death of FDR in 1945. It was home to one of the most influential women in American history. The simplicity, understated beauty, natural setting, and unpretentious amenities may appear surprising to first-time visitors. FDR purchased the parcel of land in 1911, and the Roosevelt’s utilized the east bank of Fall-Kill for picnicking, outdoor activities and informal gatherings. It was a favorite place away from the main house to relax in a secluded, natural setting. With the building of the cottage, a workshop was also built, and Val-Kill Industries revived handcraft traditions suitable for family-owned farms. Handcrafts, such as furniture making, metalwork, and weaving added income, especially during the winter months. As a skills training program, Val-Kill later provided a model for New Deal recovery programs. Our lunch will be at The Poughkeepsie Ice House on the Hudson, a historic, exposed brick building with old world charm. With stamped concrete floors and 25 foot ceilings, the building is reminiscent of an earlier era. The windows frame majestic views of the Hudson River, Mid-Hudson Bridge, and Walkway Over the Hudson.
Members: $89.00/Non-Members $99.00
Join us for a walking tour of one of New York City’s most famous neighborhoods, Chinatown. Hear the history and lore of the Chinese people, and the once Gangs of New York neighborhood. See the hanging Peking ducks on Mott Street, Chinatown’s main street, and smell the glistening stalls, the pungent sidewalk fruit and fish markets, and you’ll visit some of these “most unusual markets.” We’ll also visit the Museum of Chinese in America, dedicated to preserving the history, culture, and experiences of people of Chinese decent in the United States. We’ll visit the colorful, massive Mahayana Buddhist Temple seated at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. Within the faux pagoda, guarded by Foo Dogs, lies a large urn full of burning incense. For a dollar donation, you can get your very own rolled, rubber-banded fortune. Deeper in the building, is what is believed to be the largest Buddha in the city – a 16 foot gold statue resting on a lotus flower. Learn about Chinese Funerals, Tai Chai and superstitions. Eat at a restaurant that will make you feel as if you are in Hong Kong. We’ll visit an herbal medicine store and learn how to cure “everything.” And we’ll learn about Richard Gere and his Buddhist celebrity friends. Many surprises! Tour will be led by Art Zuckerman who did a tour of Chinatown secret tongs and their opium dens for the History Channel.
Member: $100.00 / Non-Member $110.00
Join us for a fascinating visit to the National Museum of the American Indian, a component of the Smithsonian Institute, whose exhibits are dedicated to language, history and the arts of the Native American Indians of the Western Hemisphere. The exhibits are housed in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, a National Historic Landmark in Lower Manhattan. There is also the extensive, famous collection of George Gustav Hage – many exhibits of native artifacts, videos, jewelry, and pictures. Two short blocks away is Fraunces Tavern and Fraunces Tavern Museum, both National Historic Landmarks for the pre and post Revolutionary War era of our country. Our luncheon will be three courses in a delightful atmosphere. After lunch, you will be free to explore the Museum on the second and third floor (elevator up – railed staircase down.) Visit the Long Room, where George Washington bid farewell to his dedicated staff after peaceful negotiations were signed. Also view the exhibit of American flags, and oil paintings depicting the Revolutionary War Battles. Weather permitting; we may include a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to Lower Manhattan. The Museum of the American Indian is accessible, but there are some staircases in the Fraunces Tavern Museum.
Members: $110.00 / Non-Members: $120.00
A DAY OF ART (Classic and Contemporary) Join us for two exhibits at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Upon arrival, we will have an audio-timed tour at 11:00 a.m. to see The Art of American Still Life, three decades from Audubon to Warhol (1800 – 1960’s) – some 120 oil paintings, water colors, and other medians – a very colorful exhibit. In our remaining time, we can view the second new exhibit on our own, masterpieces by Michelangelo, Titan, and Rubens, The Wrath of the Gods (featuring Rubens’ Prometheus Bound.) It will explain how these other artists relate to Rubens’ piece. In addition, there is another gallery devoted to tapestries by Rubens. Don’t forget the museums other galleries gift shops, and cafe. We will have a late lunch (sit down simple three course meal) at the nearby London Grill (Victorian setting) before departing back to Morristown.
Members: $105.00 / Non-Members: $115.00
The New Whitney Museum – Downtown, designed by Renzo Paino, is situated between the High Line and the Hudson River in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. The cantilevered entrance transforms the area outside the building into a large sheltered public space. At this gathering place beneath the High Line, visitors can see through the building entrance and the large windows on the west side to the Hudson River beyond. The new building will vastly increase the Whitney’s exhibition and programming space, offering the most expansive display ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art. The special exhibition gallery, over 18,000 square feet in area, is the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City. A Highlight Tour is included in our visit. Our luncheon will be at Macelleria Italian Steakhouse in the heart of the Meatpacking District’s Gansevoort Plaza. The name Macelleria in Italian means “Butcher Shop.” It defines the Northern Italian cuisine and the philosophy of using only the finest meats, handmade pastas, and freshest ingredients. Opened in 2000, the restaurant is reconstructed from a former downtown meat locker. The two-story exposed brick walls, hinged doors, antique butcher blocks, vintage cases, and original seventeenth-century Dutch stone walls in the wine cellar, embrace the history of the area and presents a unique space for dining. A glass of red or white wine will be included with our luncheon in the wine cellar. There will be time to shop at the “Butcher Shop” before we return to the museum.
Members: $140.00 / Non-Members: $150.00