Away for the Day

Refunds, less $15.00 per person, will be given only if a trip is sold out and ticket or reservation can be resold. This does not apply to overnight trips. Buses leave promptly at indicated time. Itineraries and times are subject to change due to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances.

Please note: Buses depart from several different locations.



PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW –“FLOWER POWER”          FEE: $85

Sunday, March 3

Guests can expect a tie-in to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, and you can surmise there’ll be a fair amount of peace signs to be found. But there’s an even more exciting announcement regarding the 2019 show. It’ll be hosting the Florists Transworld Delivery World Cup, a floral design competition. Each competitor, one representing a different country, will make four different floral designs. Each of these designs will be on display at the Flower Show itself. The winner of the World Cup will be announced on March 3 at a special Philadelphia Flower Show gala event.  Bus departs Midland Park H.S. at 7:30 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.

 

BARNES FOUNDATION - Philadelphia, PA           FEE: $85

Saturday, March 9

The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of  education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast. It also holds a variety of African sculpture, American paintings and decorative arts, antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia, and Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles. Time to explore on own nearby Rodin Museum which contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s works outside Pari, local historic buildings, outdoor art, and restaurants. Lunch on your own. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Main St. Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m. and returns 7:00 p.m.

 

WINTERTHUR TOUR-INCLUDING COSTUMING

THE CROWN EXHIBIT                                FEE: $93

Tuesday, May 14

Enjoy a beautiful ride to Kennett, Delaware. Be inspired and learn more about America’s heritage on a guided tour of the 175-room and former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969). An avid collector of decorative and fine arts made or used in America as well as American architecture from 1640 to 1860, du Pont lived among his collection until it opened as a museum in 1951. Start the day with a garden tram tour of the grounds. Next move onto the House for a 45 minute guided tour. After the tour, have lunch on the grounds (not included in fee). After lunch you will be able to tour at your leisure the Costuming The Crown exhibit. Costuming The Crown is from the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, and from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort of clothes worn in private family moments, Costuming The Crown will feature 40 iconic costumes from the beloved Emmy award-winning Netflix series, a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how costume design is used to create riveting drama and to re-create history. Discover how costumes play a major role in storytelling and character development in this fictional portrayal of the British royal family that is sweeping the globe! Bus departs from the Faith Reformed Church at 8:00 a.m. and returns approximately 6 p.m.

 

UNITED NATIONS-international landmark/Zabar’s            FEE:   $135

Thursday, May 16

Join us as we explore this World-Class vibrant renowned site. We will experience a private behind the scenes tour of the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber and the Economic and Social Council Chambers.  Private Ambassadors to the public (our guides) hail from many different countries.  After our tour we will proceed to the Delegates Dining Room where “the world meets” for a special lunch. Our lunch will consist of fresh and exciting international cuisine as well as farm to table foods.  Vegetarian dish must be requested prior to trip.    The sweeping views of Manhattan, The East River, Queensboro Bridge, Roosevelt Island and The Long Island City Waterfront while we dine are spectacular.  A great place to take your special photo!  Our last stop will be another NYC Institution- Zabar’s (since 1934) International Food Emporium, Bakery and Deli located on the Upper West Side. Visit the bakery for a dessert or specialty bread to bring home or go upstairs to see every kitchen gadget imaginable.   Tour led by Melinda Scarso. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 7:15 a.m. and we will return approximately 5:00 p.m.

**There are specific rules for our visit to the UN. Everyone MUST bring a government issued photo ID such as a drivers license or passport. Originals only! No exceptions. In addition in order to dine in the Delegates Dining Room proper business casual attire is required. NO jeans, sneakers or short pants are permitted. This trip requires a fair amount of walking.  If a wheelchair is needed, it  is recommended to bring your own.

 

FESTIVAL OF FOUNTAINS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS        FEE: $89

Saturday, May 18

The Main Fountain Garden will dazzle guests with its grand allées, hand-carved limestone, and more than 1,700 fountain jets and streams. A truly breathtaking sight! We’ll see spring blossoms on 1,000 glorious acres, including the recently renovated main fountain garden. “The wow factor of the fountains is unsurpassed, but perhaps the most surprising result of Longwood’s thoughtful $90 million restoration is the creation of some delightful new spaces where you can relax, reflect, and explore.  Sharon H. Silverman,The Hunt. Walking tour; wear comfortable shoes. Guided overview tour included. Lunch on own at the Terrace Cafe, which offers a variety of specialty wraps, sandwiches and other delicious goodies. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Eric Smith School Parking Lot at 8:30 a.m. and returns 8:30 p.m.

 

WILDERSTEIN/LUNCH AT THE RHINECLIFF/RHINEBECK, NY            FEE: $98

Wednesday, May 22

Wilderstein Historic Site, with its exquisite Queen Anne mansion and Calvert Vaux designed landscape, is widely regarded as one of the Hudson Valley’s most important examples of Victorian architecture. The estate was the home of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, whose extraordinarily close relationship with Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been well-chronicled and is the subject of much interest. Wilderstein’s guided tour includes the elaborate 1888 interiors of the first floor of the mansion, the exterior architecture, landscape, annual exhibition, and video.  After our tour, we depart for The Rhinecliff on the Hudson River.  Take in the stunning views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains from your table during your exquisitely prepared lunch in this historic boutique hotel (circa 1854).  Choice of entrée: Herb-rubbed Roast Breast of Chicken w/Mushroom-Madeira Cream Sauce, Baked Atlantic Salmon w/Chive Beurre Blanc or Pennette Pasta w/Seasonal Vegetables, Caramelized Onions and Crème Fraiche. Dessert includes vanilla ice cream w/warm caramel sauce and coffee or tea. Please indicate choice when registering.  Our last stop is historic Rhinebeck, home to over 359 sites on the National Historic Register and numerous restaurants, cafes, boutique and antique shops. You will have time on your own to explore this historic village that was established by the Dutch Colonials in 1688 and also visit the Beekman Arms in the heart of town, America’s oldest operating inn, where our founding fathers discussed the Revolutionary War. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church 8:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:30 p.m.

 

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA TOUR & LUNCH PLUS            FEE: $125

HUDSON RIVER CRUISE

Thursday, May 30                                

Today we head to the Hudson Valley to visit the Culinary Institute of America located in Hyde Park, NY. Start the day with a 45 minute tour of the school conducted by the students. Next, enjoy a pre-selected 3 course meal at Caterina de’Medici restaurant located on the CIA grounds. After lunch, take a short drive to Newburgh and enjoy a 2 hour narrated sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River aboard the Pride of the Hudson where you will see sights including Washington’s Headquarters, Constitution Island, West Point and more.  Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8:00 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.

 

 

ESSEX STEAM TRAIN & RIVERBOAT CRUISE            FEE: $115

Brunch at Griswold Inn

Sunday, June 2

Depart for Essex, Connecticut and start your day with an all you can eat brunch buffet, The Hunt Breakfast, at one of New England’s truly original country inns, The Griswold Inn. A dining convention started by the British when they occupied The Griswold Inn during the War of 1812, Hunt Breakfast remains a popular tradition today. After our hearty brunch depart for the historic 1892 Essex Station, where you’ll board vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. The train meanders through the scenic country side to Deep River Landing, where you’re escorted onto the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Aboard Becky’s 1-1/4 hour cruise along the Connecticut River, you’ll delight in breathtaking scenery and view historic landmarks such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House. When Becky returns to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes you for the return trip to Essex Station. Bus departs Midland Park H.S. at  8:00 a.m. and returns approximately 7:15 p.m.

 

MAGICAL MYSTIC SEAPORT, CT           FEE: $88

Saturday, June 8

Listen to multiple musicians at the 40th annual Sea Music Festival. Discover America’s maritime heritage. View the restoration of the Mayflower II. Experience a recreated New England seafaring village with homes, gardens, and demonstrations. Explore the new exhibition hall and climb aboard the last wooden whale ship in the world. Lunch on own at cafeteria style Galley Restaurant, perfect for a quick and casual bite. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Main St. Parking Lot at 7:45 a.m. and returns approximately 8:00 p.m.

 

REDISCOVER THE NEW HARLEM

GREAT FOOD, CULTURE AND ART        FEE: $119

Thursday June 13 

Today we will experience the lively, unique and culturally rich neighborhood of Harlem. We begin making our way into NYC meeting our knowledgeable NYC tour guide at the New York Historical Society where she will guide us thru an outstanding exhibit of sculptures created by Augusta Savage one of America’s most influential 20th century American Artists. These sculptures were originally exhibited at the 1939 World’s Fair.  We will also have some free time to explore additional exhibits. Next stop a bountiful lunch at Sylvia’s - The  BEST soul food restaurant in the Harlem  Chicken, Ribs, 2 sides, beverages and dessert served family style). After lunch we will continue on our journey seeing the beautiful townhouses on famous Strivers Row, past famous monuments, and prized architectural landmarks. We will then visit Harlem Hospital where we will have a private tour of the remarkable WPA Mural Collection. We will end our day at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture where we view outstanding artwork and learn about its historical importance.   We will return home with a deeper appreciation of African-American culture and its significance on the legacy of NYC. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is led by Melinda Scarso. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8:30 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.

 

TOUR OF THE SHORE-Lunch at St. Stephen’s Pub           FEE: $98

Saturday, June 22

We’ll get a great taste of Spring Lake, the most Irish town in America, with a buffet lunch at the St. Stephen’s Pub. After, we’ll stroll the Spring Lake boardwalk. Then we’ll take a guided bus tour from Sea Girt, with its historic light house, to Long Branch, where seven US presidents vacationed. We’ll learn of the sinking of the Morro Castle and the rise of Bruce Springsteen. We’ll also walk the revitalized Asbury Park Boardwalk. Lunch included at St. Stephen’s Pub, one of the leading restaurants in Spring Lake.   Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Main St. Parking lot at 9:45 a.m. and returns approximately 7:00 p.m.

 

PAUL ANKA SOUNDBOOK TRIBUTE SHOW at VILLA ROMA          FEE: $98

Tuesday, September 10

Talented Lou Villano will blow you away with his resemblance and vocal stylings as Paul Anka in this memorable show at Villa Roma Resort, located in the heart of the Catskills.  You’ll hear hits like Diana, Lonely Boy, Tonight My Love Tonight, Times of Your Life, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, My Way, and more!! It’s a show that you are going to remember!  Enjoy a delicious lunch before the show – please indicate your selection upon registration: Roast Loin of Pork w/gravy, Chicken Parmigiana w/Spaghetti or Flounder Francese.  Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8:45 a.m. and returns approximately 5:00 p.m.

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