Community Education

Day Trips

Desmond Bus Trip

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

Day trips are open to all programs and all ages.

All day trips depart from 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 date.

If possible, please carpool when coming to the Desmond Campus for day trips!

Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 Day Trips

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 limited.
Thursday, Sept. 10; 2-4 pm; Fee: $15; Registration deadline: Thurs. Aug. 27

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 trip.
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 trip.
(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 Paltz
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 – kayak pavilion
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 / 8:24).
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 event.

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. Sept. 24

It’s a Wonderful Life! at Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT
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. Sept. 30

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. Oct. 12

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 Desmond.
Sunday, Nov. 1; 8 am-8 pm; Fee: $95; Registration deadline: Mon. Oct. 19

Lunch at the Culinary Institute, Caterina de’ Medici Restaurant
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. Oct. 19

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. Oct. 21

Mulberry House Players Performance at Desmond
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. 9

The Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment offers non-credit, life-enriching education geared toward the adult learner. Browse our website to learn more about our Community Education, Day Trips, Speaker Series, Road Scholars, and L.I.F.E. programs (for 55+), or download our most recent catalog to browse courses. You can register online, mail in the registration form from the catalog, or call us to register at 845-565-2076. For more information, please email or call 845-565-2076.

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