Community Education

Day Trips

Desmond Day Trips

September-October 2014

Potluck Picnic and Concert
Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a lovely lunch along with an outdoor concert to entertain you! Drinks and desserts will be provided.
Fri., Sept. 5, Noon, Fee: $5, Registration deadline is Tues. Sept. 2.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Board the bus at 10:30 for a visit to the Met! On this self-guided visit, you are free to see whatever you wish, though of particular interest may be the exhibition that follows: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood sought to revitalize mid-nineteenth-century British painting with the sincerity and vivid intensity they admired in medieval and early Renaissance art. Although the Brotherhood was short-lived, its influence was profound. This exhibition will highlight the second wave of the Pre-Raphaelite movement as it unfolded from the 1860s through the 1890s, focusing on the key figures Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Some thirty works from across the Museum's collections—including paintings, drawings, furniture, textiles, prints, and illustrated books, many of them rarely on view and united for the first time—will demonstrate the enduring impact of Pre-Raphaelite ideals as they were adapted by different artists and developed across a range of media. At a time of renewed appreciation for art of the Victorian age, the installation will direct fresh attention toward the Metropolitan's little-known holdings in this important area. Lunch on your own in the museum or at a nearby restaurant. Board the bus at 4:30 pm for the return to Desmond. Join us from 9-10:30 for a pre-visit discussion with art teacher Laura Nicholls!
Tues., Sept. 9, 10:30 am-5:30 pm, Fee: $65, Registration deadline is Tues. Aug. 26.

Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley #2 Revisited
Board the coach bus at 9:30 am. Join us once again for a revisit of trip #2 and for a combination of learning, laughing, and lunching. We will focus on historic sites and hamlets of eastern Dutchess County. Learn some little known facts and lunch along the way. (Lunch included in fee). Tony Musso and George Burke will serve as your guides/hosts.
Wed., Sept. 10, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Fee: $75, Registration deadline is Wed. Aug. 27.

Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley Mid-Hudson
Board the bus at the Desmond Campus at 9:30 am. Join co-narrators Tony Musso and George Burke for another “Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley” bus tour on an all-day outing to learn about lesser-known historic sites that include Perrine’s Covered Bridge (New York’s second oldest), Kingston’s Stockade District (New York’s 1st Capital) and the Sojourner Truth trail, from her birthplace to the courthouse where she successfully petitioned for her son’s freedom from slavery. Cross the bridge to the east side of the river to visit quaint and historic Rhinebeck and learn about its pre-Revolutionary settlement and subsequent 19th-century development. As always, lunch is included on this fun and educational journey! Return by 5:30 pm.
Fri., Oct. 10, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Fee: $75, Registration deadline is Fri., Sept. 26.

If/Then, Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 West 46th Street
Board the bus at the Desmond Campus at10 am. Enjoy free time for lunch prior to the 3 pm matinee showing of If/Then. If/Then is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Mezzanine seating. Board the bus at 6 pm for the return trip.
Sun., Oct. 19, 10 am-7:30 pm, Fee: $130, Registration deadline is Fri., Oct. 3.

The Cherry Hill Mystery Tour, Albany, NY
Board the bus at 2 pm at the Desmond Campus bound for Albany. Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of five generations of an Albany, New York family. One of Albany's most recognizable landmarks, Cherry Hill, built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer, is rare among this country's house museums. On May 7, 1827, a notorious murder occurred at Cherry Hill that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany's last public hanging. Come relive that night in this murder mystery tour! Board the bus after the tour for the return trip.
Fri., Oct. 31, 2-8:30 pm, Fee: $65, Registration deadline is Thurs., Oct. 16.

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