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.

Brunch at Griswold Inn

Sunday, October 14

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.

ARTS AND CRAFTS IN THE BRONX                       FEE: $75
Thursday, October 25

The Bronx has a treasure trove of arts and crafts found in both well-known and hidden places.  See the exquisite craftsmanship of Jewish decorative art at the Derfner Judaica Museum and original quality art in the adjoining Hebrew Home Art Museum.  Then ogle at the wonders of ancient sculpture in the recently opened Fordham Museum of ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art.  Lunch will be on your own at nearby Arthur Avenue and taste the art of genuine Italian cuisine.  Top it off by seeing how quality craft beer is brewed with a tour of the new Bronx Brewery and taste it in the brewery’s own tap room!   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, October 27

Experience the best expression of the art of horticulture during Chrysanthemum Festival, showcasing the Asian tradition of cultivating chrysanthemums into artistic shapes.  Step inside the 4-acre Conservatory and discover more than 80,000 chrysanthemum blooms nurtured and trained into inspiring forms, including shields, spirals, cascades, balls, and even a 10-foot tall yellow chandelier. Be amazed by the Thousand Bloom Mum-featuring more than 1,000 perfect blooms on a single stem.  As an added bonus, The Ikebana and Bonsai exhibit will be on view in the Ballroom and Conservatory.  A $15 dining card is included to purchase a meal in the Terrace Café, which offers a variety of specialty wraps, sandwiches and other delicious goodies. Bus departs Midland Park H.S.  7:30 a.m. and returns approximately 7:00 p.m.



Tuesday, October 30

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. There are also 65 works of art and architectural elements that are on display at the visitor center and the UN building. 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.   The sweeping views of Manhattan, The East River, Queensboro Bridge, Roosevelt Island and The Long Island City Waterfront while we dine are spectacular. 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.  This unique NYC experience will be one long remembered! Tour led by Melinda Scarso. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 7:30 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 will be a walking tour with short stops along the way.


Saturday, December 1

The hotel tells the story of West Point and the Nation with museum pieces hanging throughout the hotel as well as having guest rooms that are dedicated to inspirational West Point graduates. Weaving the impact of West Point into America’s story are a broad cross-section of contributions in the hotels’ actual guest rooms dedicated to the likes of medal of honor recipients, an astronaut, the first woman West Point grad to achieve the rank of general officer, the first African-American graduate of West Point, ground-breaking physicians, captains of industry, and great military leaders.  Enjoy a magnificent buffet lunch (pasta, chicken, fish and beef entrees) at the beautifully decorated Thayer Hotel (1:00pm), then enjoy the Yule extravaganza featuring the US Army Band and talented guests. Modest walking required. Bring photo ID. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Parking Lot at 9:15 a.m. and returns 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, December 11

Today we head to the Hudson Valley to visit the Culinary Institute of America located in Hyde Park, New York. Start the day with a 45 minute tour of the school conducted by the students. Next, enjoy lunch at Caterina de’Medici restaurant located on the CIA grounds. Your pre-selected 3 course meal will be: 1st course – Sicilian “street salad”, 2nd course – A tasting of 3 pastas, Dessert – Warm chocolate lava cake with vanilla gelato. We will end the day with a short drive to the Vanderbilt Mansion. The mansion is one of the oldest Hudson River estates. Built by the third generation of Vanderbilt millionaires, the estate, inside and out, offers a great perspective of the wealth from the Gilded Age and one of its most prominent families. You will go on a guided tour of the mansion which will be lavishly decorated for the holidays. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8:00 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, December 12

Join us today on a festive, holiday celebration. Our first stop will be the New York Botanical Gardens Holiday display which features both their annual miniature train show in addition to an amazing display of New York landmark buildings both past and present made of only natural materials. Then it’s on to a delicious lunch at Emilia’s, a Bronx Little Italy eatery (included).  After lunch we will visit Lyndhurst, one of Hudson’s River’s most elegant high Victorian mansions, filled with fine quality furnishings and art and will be professionally decorated in opulent Gilded Age style for the holidays. We will be given a guided tour of the mansion and additional time to browse the gift shop for that special holiday gift. Our holiday adventure will definitely add to our Christmas spirit! Tour led by Melinda Scarso. Bus leaves Faith Reformed Church at 8:15 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m. 


Wednesday, December 12

A tradition for 47 years, the Carol Sing, with choir, organ, brass, and two thousand participants in the candle lit cathedral, is an unforgettable experience. Includes boxed sandwich, chips and drink. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Parking Lot at 5:00 p.m. and returns 11:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 15

At Sands Casino we'll have opportunities to gamble, shop at the Outlets at the Sands, and dine (food on own) at the food court, at Carvery or Steelworks Buffet. This part of the trip lasts approximately 4 hours.  Then the hour long night lights tour, which is led by a costumed guide, will take us near the star atop South Mountain, and past dazzling decorations of distinctive neighborhoods.  The bus trip there will be a rolling holiday party featuring games, humor, and fun prizes!  Vouchers included in fee: $20 free play and $5 food. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Parking Lot at 10:15 a.m. and returns  8:30 p.m.



Sunday, December 16

The Riverside Church celebrates the beauty of the season through song. The service of music of light combines carillon, organ, harp, bell ringers, and all of the choirs of the church. It culminates in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave. The nondenominational church, founded by John D. Rockefeller, is famous for its size and elaborate Neo Gothic architecture. Fabulous early four course family style meal, 11:30 am, at Carmine’s Uptown is highlighted by Caesar Salad, two Pastas, Salmon Oreganato, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Marsala, and Tiramisu. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Parking Lot at 10:30 a.m. and returns 7:00 p.m.


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