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.

Sunday, March 4
The 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Wonders of Water,” will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. America’s leading floral and garden designer will create tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes, showcasing the astounding plants that thrive in each environment, from exquisite orchids and flowering vines to luminescent desert blooms. Bus departs Midland Park H.S. at 7:30 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, April 19

Today we visit several places that make NYC a world capital of food,art and culture. Our first stop is a private highlights tour of The New York Historical Society. We will be surrounded by diverse exhibits showcasing the story of New York City’s rise from a remote outpost to a world class city. Collections include magnificent Tiffany lamps, original Audubon Watercolors, unique archaeological finds, spectacular sculptures, 9/11 exhibits and over 6,200 historical photographs. We will have additional time to explore exhibits and watch a theatrical media film entitled “The New York Story.” Then its off to Chelsea Market (The former home of The National Biscuit Company) which is now an urban food court and Artists/Flea Market where 35 vendors provide international foods and unique gift items. Lastly we will walk (on our own) the Highline which is a public park created from an historic freight rail line elevated high above the streets. The views of NYC are amazing!  Please wear comfortable walking shoes! Tour led by Melinda Scarso.   Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8:45 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30p.m.


Sunday, April 29

After orientation at the Global Welcome Center, we’ll rocket to the 102nd floor of the hemisphere’s tallest building. We’ll later take a short walking tour of the amazing World Trade Transportation Hub, historic St. Paul’s Chapel, and the 9/11 Memorial. Lunch on own first at Le District, the new French food hall at the World Financial Center that offers an impressive variety of quality venues. Walking tour; wear comfortable shoes. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Main St. Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 29
Exhibits tell the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and monumental and authentic artifacts. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations. Lunch on own first at Le District, the new French food hall at the World Financial Center that offers an impressive variety of quality venues to indulge in. This massive food hall, called the French answer to Eataly, has upscale restaurants, markets & stations for prepared foods. Walking tour; wear comfortable shoes. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Main St. Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 10
Today we tour two of New Jersey’s outstanding art museums. Our first stop is The Montclair Art Museum founded in 1914 where we will be given a private highlights tour which includes their American Art and Native American Collections. We will see works from the famed Hudson River School in addition to contemporary works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. We will have additional time to explore exhibits on our own. Next we travel to the Iron Bound Section of Newark where we are treated to a delicious family-style lunch at the Spanish Manor (Zagat Survey Winner). Lunch includes: Sangria, soda, seafood, chicken, beef, Spanish sausage, rice, potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert/coffee/tea. Afterwards we visit the Newark Art Museum for a private tour of their extensive collections including American Folk Art and Impressionism to Latin American and African paintings and sculpture. We will also have an opportunity to explore the Ballantine House: A National Historic Landmark. This original mansion was the home of the wealthy founders of the Newark Ballantine Beer Company. It features 8 period rooms and six thematic art galleries. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour led by Melinda Scarso  Bus leaves Faith Reformed Church at 9:00 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30 p.m.


BRONX MONUMENTS TO FAME                                 FEE: $99
Thursday, May 17
Monuments to some of the Nation’s greatest statesmen, composers, authors, military leaders, performers, scientists, educators and business leaders are in The Bronx.   First stop is a visit to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans where almost 100 of them are enshrined with busts by renowned sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, Anna Hyatt Huntington and others. We’ll stop for a delicious lunch at Emilia’s Restaurant in Bronx’s vibrant little Italy (included). Next we’ll take a guided tour of Woodlawn Cemetery, established in 1863, and final resting place for some of America’s most famous names from the fields of entertainment, art, literature and industry.  See monuments to luminaries Admiral David Farragut, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, F.W. Woolworth and others in this beautifully landscaped 400 acre park-like cemetery. Tour led by Lloyd Ultan, Bronx Borough Historian, author and lecturer. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8:00 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30 p.m.


Saturday, May 19
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. Included: Guided overview tour and a $15 dining card to purchase a meal in the Terrace Cafe, which offers a variety of specialty wraps, sandwiches and other delicious goodies. Tour led by Paul Boddy. Bus departs Tisdale School parking lot at 8:30 a.m., returns 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 3

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 7:45 a.m. and returns approximately 7:15 p.m.


Saturday, June 9
FONTHILL Castle, built between 1908-1912 in Doylestown, PA, is the home of Henry Chapman Mercer, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Ceramist, Scholar and Antiquarian. Mercer built Fonthill as his home and showplace for his famed Moravian collection of decorative hand-crafted tiles and prints with an eclectic mix of Medieval Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles. We’ll take a guided tour of this authentic and unique castle and tour of The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, which is right next door.  Afterwards, we’’ll drive to the charming and quaint town of New Hope, PA.  New Hope is a small town with a big city feel. Take a stroll down Main Street and browse through the town’s collection of unique shops, boutiques and restaurants (lunch on your own).  Head across the walking bridge to nearby Lambertville, NJ, and stop by Antiques Center at the People’s Store, an antique mall dating back to 1839, which offers specialty items from 50 dealers and artists including jewelry, furniture, silver, vintage clothing, books and more. Walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 7:15 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 12
At the beautiful Jersey shore we’ll enjoy the fruits of the sea buffet lunch at the historic Breakers hotel. After strolling the Spring Lake boardwalk, we’ll enjoy 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 shop on Spring Lake’s Third Ave., featuring art galleries and Irish boutiques and stop at the legendary Asbury Park Boardwalk. Lunch included. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Main St. Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m. and returns 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 14

Today we head to 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 lunch at American Bounty restaurant located on the CIA grounds. Your pre-selected 3 course meal will be: 1st course-Chopped Salad, 2nd course-“BBQ” Short Ribs with jalapeno corn bread and jicama coleslaw, Dessert-Warm Molten Chocolate Cake. 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.


Tuesday, June 26
Start the day with a trip to the Princeton University Art Museum. On your guided tour, see Greek vases and Roman mosaics, Chinese tomb figurines and wall hangings, and remarkable pre-Columbian sculpture and ceramics. Enjoy selections of American and Western European paintings and sculptures and a growing collection of twentieth-century art. Next, head to the Nassau Inn located in the heart of Palmer Square. The Yankee Doodle Tap Room enjoys a long tradition as Princeton’s destination for casual dining. Here you will enjoy a buffet lunch. After lunch, take a ride to Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park and museum located in Hamilton Township, NJ. Founded in 1992 by John Seward Johnson II, the venue was intended to be dedicated to promoting an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture by organizing exhibitions. Have time to browse the grounds before heading home. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8:15 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30 p.m.


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