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 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 date.

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. June 26

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. July 1

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. July 22

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum
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, Cooperstown
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 return trip.
Monday, Aug. 17 8 am-7 pm Fee: $95 Registration deadline: Mon. Aug. 3

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 trip.
Sunday, Aug. 30 10 am-7:30 pm Fee: $70 Registration deadline: Wed. Aug.19

Potluck Picnic
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 provided.
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 return trip.
Thursday, Sept. 3 8 am-5 pm Fee: $80 Registration deadline: Thurs. Aug. 20

Hidden Treasures and Big Treasures of the Hudson Valley
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 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

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