To register for a day trip, please call 845-565-2076.
Day trips are open to all programs and all
All day trips depart from the MSMC Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post
Road, Newburgh, NY, unless otherwise noted. Confirmation letters
will be sent out to registrants about a week before the trip.
Please note that slight changes may be made to departure and return
times and will be noted in the confirmation letter. No refund is
given if cancellations are made after the registration deadline
If possible, please carpool when coming to the Desmond Campus
for day trips!
Kutztown Folk Festival, Kutztown, PA
Board the bus at Desmond at 8 am as we go to Kutztown, PA. The
Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest continuously operated
folk-life festival in America. This event continues to draw
visitors from all over the world, entertaining families while
providing valuable insight into the traditions of the Pennsylvania
Dutch and their fascinating way of life. The festival also houses
the largest quilt sale in America and has an internationally
attended Quilt Auction of top prize-winning quilts. At the Kutztown
Folk Festival, a visitor experiences more music, more
entertainment, more fun, and far less work than they would in a
Pennsylvania Dutch household. But the purpose of the festival is
still fulfilled, as evidenced by the continued participation of the
local Pennsylvania Dutch community as well as many of the foremost
experts and scholars of this fascinating microcosm of America. The
festival had been featured twice in National Geographic and has
been called "one of the most unique festivals on the East Coast" by
the Washington Post, with good reason. Board the bus at 5 pm for
the return trip.
Thursday, July 2 8 am-8 pm Fee: $70 Registration deadline: Fri.
Van Cortlandt Manor and Sunnyside
Board the bus at 8:30 am and step back in history. First, visit
Van Cortlandt Manor. Explore the stone manor house and brick ferry
house, wander through the heritage gardens, and stroll down a quiet
country road along the Croton River. After your tour, board the bus
for the short trip to Sunset Cove where you will enjoy a delicious
buffet luncheon. After lunch, hop back on the bus bound for
Sunnyside. A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanted adventure in a
romantic landscape and a much-loved riverside home that has been
charming visitors for generations. Hear about Washington Irving's
storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally
famous author, best remembered now for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
and other short stories. Board the bus for the return trip to
Desmond at 4 pm.
Friday, July 17 8:30 am-5 pm Fee: $90 Registration deadline: Wed.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Board the bus at 10 am and enjoy a day at the Cooper Hewitt,
Smithsonian Design Museum. The 10 opening exhibitions feature a
rich mix of historic and contemporary design objects from the
permanent collection, unique temporary installations, and dynamic
interactive experiences. Relax in the ground-floor Tarallucci e
Vino Café where you can enjoy a seasonal menu as well as a variety
of coffees, pastries, and artisanal wines. Visit the beautiful
newly opened garden. The design is inspired by local geology and
plantings in Central Park and features new terrace pavers, enlarged
garden pathways, colorful plantings and a re-imagined rock garden
(rockery). The design will honor the historic nature of the garden,
while providing an improved landscape experience for all. Enjoy
free time as you wish and board the bus at 5 pm for the return
trip. Sunday, July 19 10 am-7:30 pm Fee: $65 Registration deadline:
Mon. July 6
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Board the bus at 10 am and enjoy a day at the magnificent
Metropolitan Museum of Art. A few of the many special exhibits on
display at this time include Van Gogh: Irises and Roses; Sargent:
Portraits of Artists and Friends; and China: Through the Looking
Glass. Spend the day as you wish and board the bus at 5 pm for the
return to Desmond.
Saturday, Aug. 1 10 am-7:30 pm Fee: $65 Registration deadline:
Wed. July 22
Alexander Hamilton Grange
Board the bus at 11 am as we travel to Harlem to enjoy a guided
tour of Alexander Hamilton’s home. Hamilton was born and raised in
the West Indies and orphaned in his early teens. Taken in as an
apprentice to an international shipping company based on his home
island, his talents were recognized by local benefactors who
created a fund to provide him with a formal education. Hamilton
came to New York in 1772 at age 17 to study at King's College (now
Columbia University). Hamilton commissioned architect John McComb,
Jr. to design a Federal-style country home on a 32-acre estate in
upper Manhattan. This house was completed in 1802 and named "The
Grange" after his father's ancestral home in Scotland.
Unfortunately, Hamilton was able to enjoy his home for only two
years. On July 11, 1804, Hamilton was fatally wounded in a duel
with his personal and political rival Vice President Aaron Burr. An
interesting note: As part of the General Management Plan for the
site, in order to properly restore, preserve, and protect the home
of Alexander Hamilton, it was necessary to move it. Previously, the
site was wedged between an apartment building and a church. Now, it
is located around the corner in St. Nicholas Park and is currently
being restored to its original condition. Bring a bag lunch to
enjoy on the bus or on the grounds prior to your visit. Board the
bus at 4:30 pm for the return trip.
Wednesday, Aug. 5 11 am-6 pm Fee: $55 Registration deadline: Wed.
The National September 11 Memorial &
Board the bus at Desmond at 9:30 am as we travel to The National
September 11 Memorial & Museum. The National September 11
Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution for
examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the
impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of
September 11, 2001. The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition
space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade
Center site—telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays,
archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic
artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks
will be commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn
about the men, women, and children who died. The monumental
artifacts of the Museum provide a link to the events of 9/11, while
presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and
recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and
the aftermath. After visiting the museum and memorial, have time on
your own. Pickup for the return trip will be at 5:00 pm.
Thursday, Aug. 6 9:30 am-7 pm Fee: $65 Registration deadline:
Thurs. July 23
The Morgan Library and Museum
Board the bus at Desmond at 10 am and enjoy a wonderful day at The
Morgan Library and Museum. Sometimes overlooked, this wonderful
museum is just a short distance from Grand Central and Penn Station
and has an interesting collection of, among other things,
manuscripts and books. Some of the special exhibits on display at
this time include: Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland; Life Lines:
Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso; William Caxton and the
Birth of English Printing; and Hidden Likeness: Photographer Emmet
Gowin at the Morgan. Spend the day as you wish and board the bus at
5 pm for the return trip.
Saturday, Aug. 8 10 am-7:30 pm Fee: $60 Registration deadline:
Wed. July 29
Macbeth at Glimmerglass Opera,
Board the bus at 8 am as we travel to Cooperstown. Arrive at
Glimmerglass in time to enjoy a picnic in the pavilion prior to the
matinee performance of Macbeth (bring your own picnic or purchase
something from the concessions). In the first-ever Glimmerglass
production of Verdi's powerful Shakespearean drama,
Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens makes his role debut as the title
character; Melody Moore returns as his scheming wife. “The Tragedy
of Macbeth is one of Western civilization’s most iconic and
powerful tales about blind ambition and hubris,” director Anne
Bogart said. “William Shakespeare mined the story for its dark and
powerful drama, charting the psychological and political effects of
evil action." The production will be presented in Italian with
projected English text. Board the bus after the performance for the
Monday, Aug. 17 8 am-7 pm Fee: $95 Registration deadline: Mon.
Bridge Music Tour and Performance
Join us for this Bridge Music Tour with composer, Joseph
Bertolozzi. Meet the composer at the pedestrian bridge ramp at 40
Gerald Drive, Poughkeepsie for a very different experience! There
are no stairs required. See the Speaker Series listing for August
14 for additional information. Please note that transportation is
not provided for this event.
Wednesday, Aug. 19 10:30 am-2 pm Fee: $20 Registration deadline:
Fri. Aug. 7
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Board the bus at 10 am at Desmond. The Intrepid Sea, Air &
Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of
history, science and service as related to its home aboard the
aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you
explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts,
view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits.
Exhibits include the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid, the Space Shuttle
Pavilion, Submarine Growler, and the British Airways Concorde.
Spend the day as you wish. Pick up will be at 5 pm for the return
Sunday, Aug. 30 10 am-7:30 pm Fee: $70 Registration deadline: Wed.
Arrive at 12:30 pm with your covered dish to share! Bring your
folding chair and sit in the shade while you relax and enjoy the
food and company! No drinks or desserts please! Those will be
Monday, Aug. 31 12:30-2:30 pm Fee: Free Registration deadline:
Wed. Aug. 19
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
Board the bus at Desmond at 8 am as we experience a picture
postcard day. Norman Rockwell Museum in historic Stockbridge is one
of the most popular New England destinations for groups. The Museum
holds the largest and most significant collection of original
Rockwell art. Highlights include favorites from Rockwell’s Saturday
Evening Post covers and the powerful Four Freedoms paintings.
Continually changing, the galleries present an illustrated
chronicle of American life and our nation’s ideals of tolerance,
kindness, democracy, and freedom, as illuminated by Rockwell’s
wisdom and gentle humor. The Museum also features special
exhibitions of works by American illustrators past and present. A
picnic bag lunch will be provided which you may enjoy while
visiting the beautiful grounds. Board the bus at 3 pm for the
Thursday, Sept. 3 8 am-5 pm Fee: $80 Registration deadline: Thurs.
Hidden Treasures and Big Treasures of the Hudson
Board the coach bus at 9:30 am. Join guides Tony Musso and George
Burke for their sixth Hudson Valley tour, this time with a “twist.”
In conjunction with Tony’s latest book, Staatsburg: A Village Lost
in Time, a visit to that hamlet will be featured, followed by a
tour of its most famous residence, the Mills Mansion. Following a
stop for lunch (included) comes the tour’s “twist” with some time
allotted to visit the newly renovated Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Museum. This is a self-guided, interactive experience titled “A New
Deal for a New Generation.” (Please note: A tour of FDR’s home will
not be included.) Return to the Desmond by 5:30 pm.
Wednesday, Sept. 9 9:30 am-5:30 pm Fee: $80 Registration deadline:
Wed. Aug. 26
The Desmond Birthday Tea
Celebrate the birthdays of Alice and Thomas Desmond with a little
history, tea, chatter, and a tour of the home. Space is
Thursday, Sept. 10 2-4 pm Fee: $15 Registration deadline: Thurs.
Green-Wood Cemetery Tour
Board the bus at Desmond at 8:30 am as we travel to Green-Wood
Cemetery. Join us for a tour of this sprawling, historical
location. Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in
America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international
reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious
place to be buried. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills,
valleys, glacial ponds and paths and is a magnet for history buffs
and bird watchers. Take a trolley tour with a Green-Wood guide and
learn much more about this beautiful, peaceful place. Have free
time afterward and board the bus at 3:30 pm for the return
Monday, Sept. 14 8:30 am-5:30 pm Fee: $65 Registration deadline:
Mon. Aug. 31
Chinatown Food and Walking Tour
Board the bus at 9:30 am for a day of food and fun in Chinatown!
Tour with us and discover the delicious cuisine, history, and
culture of New York City's Chinatown. Your Foods of New York guide
will lead you though this diverse neighborhood tasting delicious
foods that makes this area of downtown New York so unique. You will
also explore historic landmarks, busy, and hidden side streets of
this small district that is home to the largest concentration of
Chinese people in the western hemisphere. During this three-hour
tour you will "be seated" in three exquisite restaurants while
enjoy regional Chinese & Malaysian cuisine while observing the
traditional etiquette that is partnered with these fine foods. The
tour ends with a classic Chinese pastry that will be served from
one of Chinatowns favorite bakeries.
Tuesday, Sept. 22 9:30 am-6 pm Fee: $100 Registration deadline:
Tues. Sept. 8
Hudson River Art
Painters of the Hudson River School brought to the public a
uniquely American style of art with their realistic yet
romanticized landscapes of a new nation. They portray the places
that we preserve, where we recreate, and honor as national
landmarks. Three-part course – classroom, museum, and field
(1) Overview. Meet at Desmond Campus
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 10 am-Noon
Learn the historical and cultural context of Hudson River School
of Art, the artists and their paintings.
(2) Museum Tour. Meet at Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art – SUNY New
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 11 am-1 pm
View of Hudson River School of art paintings.
(3) Field Trip. Meet at Beacon waterfront at Long Dock Park –
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 am-Noon
On-site visit of Hudson River School views: Hudson Highlands,
Storm King Mountain, Hudson River.
(Suggest riding Newburgh-Beacon ferry beforehand: 8:09 /
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 14 S. Doyle Fee: $60 (or $20 per
session) Registration deadline: Wed. Sept. 23
Please note that transportation is not provided for this
Heroes and Villains Tour
Board the bus at Desmond at 10 am. Visit the Gomez Mill House, the
oldest Jewish dwelling in North America, for a guided tour. Lunch
at Henry’s at Buttermilk Falls and finish the tour on historic
Huguenot Street in New Paltz for a tour and lecture. Frank Kieck
leads the group on the local history day. Return to the Desmond
Campus by 4 pm.
Thursday, Oct. 8 10 am-4 pm Fee: $80 Registration deadline: Thurs.
It’s a Wonderful Life! at Goodspeed Opera House, East
Board the bus at 9 am as we travel to East Haddam, CT. Upon
arrival, enjoy a delicious lunch near the theater at The Gelston
House, then attend the matinee performance of It’s a Wonderful
Life! Bedford Falls comes alive as never before with the Goodspeed
premiere of this magical tale of finding hope in your own hometown.
In a tuneful re-imagining of the classic film It's a Wonderful
Life, a would-be angel swoops to the rescue of desperate banker
George Bailey on Christmas Eve. From the Tony-winning co-creator of
Fiddler on the Roof, it’s a heartwarming family musical that
celebrates the power of love and the goodness in all of us.
Remember: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!" Board
the bus after the show for the return trip.
Wednesday, Oct. 14 9 am-7 pm Fee: $95 Registration deadline: Wed.
42nd Street Architecture Walking Tour
Arrive in New York with free time for lunch prior to meeting for
our 1:30 pm tour with guide James Nevius. Behind all the neon and
glitz, 42nd Street reveals a rich architectural history. A century
ago, early skyscrapers competed with grand Beaux Arts monuments in
the drive to build a new commercial neighborhood north of what most
people considered “the city.” This tour explores both the famous as
well as the less-celebrated highlights of the most famous New York
City street. Board the bus at 4 pm for the return trip.
Monday, Oct. 26 9 am-6 pm Fee: $65 Registration deadline: Mon.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Arrive in Philadelphia and begin the day with a lovely brunch,
then spend the day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Among the
special exhibits at this time are The Wrath of the Gods:
Masterpieces by Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens Audubon to Warhol:
The Art of American Still Life. Spend the day visiting the sites
that you wish and board the bus at 5 pm for the return to
Sunday, Nov. 1 8 am-8 pm Fee: $95 Registration deadline: Mon. Oct.
Lunch at the Culinary Institute, Caterina de’ Medici
Arrive at the Culinary Institute’s Caterina de’ Medici in time for
an 11:30 am seating. Enjoy a delicious lunch of Zucca Arrostita
(Seasonal Roasted Squash, Sharp Coach Farm Goat Cheese, Lemon Zest,
Maple Syrup Balsamic Glaze), Brasato di Manzo (Braised Beef with
Polenta, Cipollini and Carrots), and Profiterole allo Zabaglione
(Sabayon Cream Puff with Chocolate-Hazelnut Sauce). Please note
that transportation is not provided for this event.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 11:30 am-1 pm Fee: $45 Registration deadline: Mon.
Chelsea Market Food and Walking Tour
Board the bus at 2 pm for an afternoon of food, fun, and shopping
at Chelsea Market! Enjoy NYC's historic indoor Food Market mecca
plus a short walk on the old cobblestoned streets of the
Meatpacking District to visit to the famous Highline - a park in
the sky. Tour the urban (indoor) Chelsea Food Market. Become a
market insider and experience the sights, sounds & flavors of
this 117-year-old historic landmark building, which is the
birthplace of the Oreo Cookie! Learn the history of the Market,
view original artwork and granite sculptures, and learn how the
Chelsea Market has become the ultimate indoor food paradise (while
tasting your way through). Then step outside and stroll on The High
Line, New York's only elevated outdoor park, for great views of the
Hudson River. Finish with a sit-down tasting in a Meatpacking
District restaurant and learn about this trendy area. Taste
specialties from seven food shops in the Chelsea Market and one
restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Hear all about the new
happenings in the neighborhood, including the new Gansevoort Market
- A rustic-industrial food hall with a variety of popular
counter-serve eateries, food stalls & more. 4PM & 4:30PM
Tours will enjoy a tasting from the new Gansevoort Market.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 2 pm-9 pm Fee: $100 Registration deadline: Wed.
Mulberry House Players Performance at
Prepare to be entertained as the Mulberry House Players put on a
performance for us. Refreshments will be provided as well.
Friday, Nov. 13 1-4 pm Fee: $5 Registration deadline: Mon. Nov.