Community Education

Day Trips

Desmond Bus Trip

To register for a day trip, please call 845-565-2076.

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Board the coach bus at noon. (Please note that a preview class and light lunch (included) are available prior to the trip. See L.I.F.E. Short Courses for information.) Travel to Montclair, NJ, where the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is still located in the same—though now thrice-expanded—building in which it opened in 1914. Situated amid a beautiful, tree-lined residential area, the Museum is esteemed for its holdings of American and Native American art, its exhibitions, its family and public programs, and its art school. The Museum was a pioneer: one of the country’s first museums primarily engaged in collecting American art, and among the first dedicated to the study and creation of a significant Native American art collection. MAM’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works. The American collection, which started with a gift of 36 paintings from William T. Evans, comprises paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture dating from the 18th century to the present, and features excellent works by Benjamin West, Asher B. Durand, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as younger and emerging artists such as Louise Lawler, Chakaia Booker, Whitfield Lovell, and Willie Cole. Enjoy a self-guided visit and board the bus for the return trip at 4:30 pm.
Friday, March 27 12-6 pm Fee: $65 Registration deadline: Fri., March 13

New York Public Library
Board the coach bus at 9:30 am. Arrive at the New York Public Library for a docent-led group tour. Find out all the information about the library that you never knew and never thought to ask! Enjoy free time after the tour to do as you wish, and board the bus at 2:15 pm for the return to the Desmond Campus.
Monday, March 30 9:30 am-4 pm Fee: $55 Registration deadline: Mon., March 16

On The 20th Century, American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street
Board the coach bus at 10 am. You will be dropped off near the theatre with time to lunch on your own prior to the 2 pm matinee (Orchestra seating). It’s nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century Limited, a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee (Golden Globe® winner Peter Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Emmy® and Tony Award® winner Kristin Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway? Pickup is at 5:15 pm at the same location as drop-off.
Saturday, April 11 10 am-7 pm Fee: $150 Registration deadline: Mon., March 30

New York State Museum, Albany
Board the coach bus at 9 am. The New York State Museum serves the lifelong educational needs of New Yorkers and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, scholarship, programs, media and publications in science, history, anthropology, and art. The Museum explores and expresses New York State’s significant natural and cultural diversity, past and present. No matter how many times you visit, there is always something new to see! Spend the day as you wish, and board the bus at the museum at 2:30 pm for the return trip.
Wednesday, April 29 9 am-4 pm Fee: $50 Registration deadline: Tues., April 15

On the Town, Lyric Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street
Board the coach bus at 10 am. You will be dropped off near the theatre and will arrive in time to lunch on your own prior to the 2 pm matinee (Orchestra seating). With the biggest orchestra on Broadway and a 30-member cast of New York’s most talented singers and dancers, On the Town tells the story of three wide-eyed sailors on a whirlwind musical tour of the city that never sleeps. With just 24 hours of shore leave, they’re eager to experience all that New York City has to offer… including a chance to discover love with the girl of their dreams. Board the bus at 5:15 pm for the return trip.
Saturday, May 2 10 am-7:30 pm Fee: $115 Registration deadline: Fri. April 17

Merchant’s House Museum — House and Neighborhood Tour
Board the coach bus at 8 am. One hundred and eighty-one years ago, Joseph Brewster built a brick and marble row house on Fourth Street in what was then a quiet, exclusive suburb of New York City. In 1835, just three years later, the house was purchased by a prosperous hardware merchant, Seabury Tredwell, and the Tredwell family continued to live in the house for almost 100 years. It has been open to the public as a museum since 1936. Explore Manhattan’s “best-preserved” (The New York Times) 19th-century home with one of their knowledgeable guides, and learn about the domestic life of a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants from 1835 to 1865, as New York City transformed from seaport to thriving metropolis. You’ll visit four floors of period rooms in this late-Federal and Greek Revival-style row house. After the house tour, trace the footsteps of 19th-century New Yorkers and see how the neighborhood surrounding the Merchant’s House evolved from a refined residential enclave known as the Bond Street area into a busy commercial center. You’ll visit important 19th century NYC landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo. Lunch on your own after the tour, and board the bus at 2:30 pm for the return trip.
Tuesday, May 5 8 am-4 pm Fee: $70 Registration deadline: Tues., April 21

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, NJ
Board the coach bus at 9 am. Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey lies Grounds for Sculpture: a magical place where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists: each piece thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers. It is a feast for the senses. The works, many of them monumental, include those of such distinguished artists as Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith, George Segal, Magdalena Abakanowicz, and Isaac Witkin. They join the enchanting works of the visionary founder Seward Johnson as well as many others by the finest up and coming artists of our time. Tour and box lunch is included. Join us and discover the beauty, charm, whimsy, and inspiration that the 42 acres hold. Board the bus at 2:30 pm for the return trip.
Wednesday, May 6 9 am-4 pm Fee: $65 Registration deadline: Wed., April 22

Lunch at Caterina de’ Medici Restaurant, Culinary Institute
Meet at Caterina de’ Medici on the campus of the Culinary Institute at 11:15 am for your 11:30 am seating. There you will enjoy a delicious lunch of the following: Insalata di Pomodoro (Tomato Salad with Mozzarella, Cucumber, Red Onion, Olives and Basil), Petto di Pollo alla Salvia (Roasted Chicken Breast with Sage, Semolina Gnocchi, and Glazed Carrots), Torta di Ricotta (Ricotta-Sour Cherry Tart) Please note that transportation is not provided for this event.
Wednesday, May 27 11:15 am-1:30 pm Fee: $45 Registration deadline: Wed., May 6

Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington, DE
Board the coach bus at 8 am. Travel to Wilmington, DE for a step back in time to Nemours, a duPont mansion. Alfred I. duPont married Alicia, his second wife, in 1907 and loved showering her with gifts. By far the grandest of these was the spectacular new house that he built for her on a 3,000-acre plot of land in Wilmington. He hired Carrere and Hastings, a prestigious New York architectural firm, to design the mansion in the late 18th-century French style that Alicia adored. Alfred named the estate Nemours, after the French town that his great-great-grandfather represented in the French Estates General. While looking to the past and his ancestors for inspiration, Alfred also ensured that his new home was thoroughly modern by incorporating the latest technology and many of his own inventions. A guided tour reveals a treasure trove of fine European and American furniture, rare rugs, tapestries and outstanding works of art. Outdoors, one will find one of the finest examples of French-style gardens in America, it extends one third of a mile along the main vista from the house, and is exquisitely landscaped with fountains, pools and statuary surrounded by natural woodlands. After our visit, enjoy a delicious late lunch/early dinner at a nearby restaurant (included in fee), and return to the Desmond Campus at approximately 7:30 pm.
Sunday, May 31 8 am-7:30 pm Fee: $95 Registration deadline: Fri., May 15

Weir Farm, Wilton, CT
Board the coach bus at 9:30 am and travel to Wilton, CT. Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, with 16 historic buildings and 60 acres of beautiful cultural landscape, these resources combine to tell the story of artists living and being inspired by the landscape at Weir Farm National Historic Site for more than 130 years, and are one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. There are many things to see at do at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Year-round, visitors enjoy the 1.5-mile round-trip hike to Weir Pond, exploring the historic gardens, and painting outdoors. Visitors can also enjoy ranger-led tours of the Weir House, and docent-assisted tours of the Weir Studio and the Young Studio, and are free to borrow art supplies. We’ll leave the site at 1:45 pm and have a late lunch at a nearby restaurant (included in fee), before returning to the Desmond Campus.
Thursday, June 4 9:30 am-4:30 pm Fee: $75 Registration deadline: Thurs., May 21

NY Botanical Garden, Bronx
Board the coach bus at 9 am. View the lovely sights of the New York Botanical Garden. You design your own visit and see the areas that appeal to you. Grab a bite to eat in the café (on your own) and enjoy the day! The special exhibition on view is FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life: a one-of-a-kind presentation that will provide an in-depth look at Kahlo’s work and artistic environment and also celebrate the energy and sophistication of Mexican culture. Board the bus to return to Desmond at 2:30 pm.
Sunday, June 7 9 am-4 pm Fee: $65 Registration deadline: Fri., May 22

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
Board the coach bus at 8:30 am and travel to Old Lyme, CT. Located on an 11-acre site in the historic village of Old Lyme, the Florence Griswold Museum is known as the Home of American Impressionism. Step back in time in the famed Florence Griswold House, the historic centerpiece of the Lyme Art Colony, where some of America’s most beloved artists lived and worked. Wander the gardens and riverfront that inspired a generation of artists. You will enjoy a guided tour of the current exhibitions, the Griswold House, and the garden and grounds. Enjoy a little shopping and lunch (included) on site to make the day complete. Board the bus at 1:45 pm for the return trip.
Tuesday, June 16 8 am-4 pm Fee: $85 Registration deadline: Tues., June 2

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT
Board the coach bus at 9 am. Travel to East Haddam, CT for a castle tour. Sitting high above the Connecticut River, the castle was originally a private residence commissioned and designed by William Gillette, an American actor who is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage. William Gillette’s “castle”, called Seventh Sister, was built in 1914 on a 184-acre tract at the top of the southernmost of a chain of hills known as the Seven Sisters. The State of Connecticut took over the property in 1943, renaming it Gillette Castle State Park. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. There are a number of oddities personally designed by Gillette, such as unusual doorknobs and locks, and a system of hidden mirrors for surveillance of the public rooms from the master bedroom. One can see the Connecticut River from the castle’s garden. The grounds originally had a railroad visitors could ride around the estate, complete with a steam engine and an electric engine. Some of the track was later purchased by Lake Compounce and is used to transport guests around the lake. The remaining track was pulled up and the roadbed converted into walking trails. The engines were donated to the park in 1992, and are now on display. The park now includes a museum, hiking trails, and a picnic area, and holds many theatrical celebrations. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the picnic area on the grounds or buy something at the park concessions. Board the bus at 2:45 pm for the return trip.
Monday, June 22 9 am-5 pm Fee: $60 Registration deadline: Mon. June 8

Chanticleer—A Pleasure Garden, Wayne, PA
Board the coach bus at 8 am. Travel to Wayne, PA for a beautiful house and garden tour. The Chanticleer estate dates from the early 20th century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes to escape the heat of Philadelphia. Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., and his wife Christine chose the Wayne-St. Davids area to build their country retreat. The family’s pharmaceutical firm would become part of Merck & Company in the 1920s. The house was completed in 1913 and the landscape architect designed the terraces as extensions of the house. A 1924 addition converted the summer home into a year-round residence. Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. Tours provide a look into the life of the Rosengarten family and early 20th-century life on the Philadelphia Main Line. Enjoy a late lunch at a nearby restaurant (included in fee), prior to the return to the Desmond Campus.
Thursday, June 25 8 am-6:30 pm Fee: $95 Registration deadline: Thurs., June 11

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