Away for the Day

Refunds, less $15.00 per person, will be given only if 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.

Many of our trips require a moderate amount of walking; please wear comfortable shoes.

Please park in the rear of the church parking lot on trips leaving from the Faith Reformed Church, 95 Prospect St., Midland Park. 



Sunday, March 12

Experience one of the most diverse displays of plants under one roof.  America’s premier flower show presents Holland:  Flowering the World. From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, the 2017 Flower Show will share the diverse stories of horticulture, innovative eco-design, and modern urban greening and sustainability efforts of the Netherlands. Bus departs Midland Park H. S. at 7:30 a.m. and returns 6:00 p.m.



Sunday, March 19

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 your own nearby at Rodin Museum which contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin outside Paris, local historic buildings, outdoor art and restaurants.  Lunch on your own. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey H.S. Parking Lot at 8:15 am. and returns 7:00 p.m.




Saturday, May 6

On this guided Ocean County tour, we’ll see mansions of Metedeconk and learn about the canal that almost destroyed Point Pleasant and the secret seawall that saved Bay Head. We’ll tour Jenkinson’s award winning Aquarium in Point Pleasant and elude Snooki at the boardwalk at Seaside Heights. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Shrimp Box, right on the edge of the Manasquan River; please indicate meal selection at time of registration: Broiled Shrimp, Broiled Flounder, or Chicken Parmigiana. Walking tour; wear comfortable shoes. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey H.S. Parking Lot at 8:30 am. and return 7:00 p.m.



Tuesday, May 9

Join us on a 60-minute guided tour of the Museum, examining authentic artifacts to understand what happened on 9/11, how people responded in the aftermath of the attacks, and the history and rebuilding of the World Trade Center.  After the tour, take time to explore the remaining areas, including the history hall and the memoriam. Leave 9/11 for a short ride to the Chelsea Market to have lunch on your own (not included in fee).  Chelsea Market is a block long and a block wide with more than 35 vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee and cheese to cheesecake. After lunch have time to browse the market or stroll along the High Line, a public park built on an historic freight rail line, elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Please wear comfortable walking shoes; there is a fair amount of walking. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 7:00 a.m. and returns approximately 4:00p.m.



Saturday, May 13

Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor whose works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, moving it into the realm of large scale sculpture. His blown glass sculptures in brilliant colors compliment the gardens and the Haupt Conservatory, itself a work of glass art. Lilacs, dogwoods, peonies, and roses will delight the senses. We’ll take a guided tram tour across 250 exquisite acres. Lunch included at Anne & Tony’s in Bronx’s Little Italy. Walking tour; wear comfortable shoes. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey H.S. Parking Lot at 9:30 am. and return 6:00 p.m.



Tuesday, May 16

First stop, tour inside Crown Maple’s state of the art sugarhouse at Madava Farms –we will learn first-hand about the unique variables and artisan practices that make pure maple syrup one of the earth’s sweetest natural resources.  After our one hour 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.  An unforgettable culinary experience!  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 7:45 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30 p.m.



Wednesday, May 24

Explore aspects of old Jewish, Irish and Italian Bronx neighborhoods that have remained through subsequent changes in ambience and architecture.  Our tour guide will take you through parts of Mott Haven, Hunts Point, Morrisania, Tremont, the Concourse, University Heights, Fordham, Belmont, Bedford Park, Norwood and Kingsbridge Heights, with visits to the Bronx Museum of the arts and the Museum of Bronx History.  Lunch (on your own) at the Little Italy of  the Bronx.  Tour led by Lloyd Ultan, Bronx Borough Historian.  Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 7:45 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.


Culinary Institute of America Tour & Lunch

plus Spring Hudson River Cruise                       FEE: $113

Wednesday, May 31
Today we head to the Hudson Valley Region to visit the Culinary Institute of America, which is 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 the American Bounty restaurant on the CIA grounds. Lunch will be prepared and served by the students and will be a pre-selected 3 course meal. After lunch, take a short drive to Newburgh to board an authentic stern driven Mississippi paddle wheeler and enjoy a 2 hour sightseeing cruise on the majestic Hudson River.  Bus departs Faith Reformed Church 8:00 a.m. and returns approximately 6 p.m.



Thursday, June 8

Join us for an exciting day of fine art, good food and wine tasting. Our first stop is a cultural treasure: The Wheaten Arts Glass Museum. We will explore one of the the largest collections of American Glass in the country. Our group will witness a glass-blowing demonstration and then be taken on a private guided tour of the Glass Museum. Lunch on our own in the deli/cafe. We will then have additional time to explore many of the on-going regional art exhibits and award-winning gift shops. Next stop: The Renault Winery. Renault is over a century and a half old and is one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the U.S. It is now recognized as a New Jersey State Historical Site. We will experience a guided tour of the winery, participate in wine tasting and take home our own souvenir wine glass. We will also have an opportunity to purchase our favorite wines. Come join us in exploring a part of New Jersey you never knew. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour led by Melinda Scarso. Bus departs at 7:30 a.m. sharp at the Faith Reformed Church, 95 Prospect Street, MP and returns approximately 6:30 P.M.



Saturday, June 10

We meet Carole Lucca , “LI’s most experienced tour guide,” to discover the Nautical side of Long Island. Our land tour starts at Sayville. Say hello to a local historian for a drive around the surrounding neighborhood of some famous homes bordering the bay. Then it’s on to the Maritime Museum overlooking the waters of the Great South Bay. We tour the Bayman Dutch Cottage for a sample of 1890’s lifestyle and see the 1907 Oyster House featuring a full collection of shell fishing equipment. Then enjoy the main museum where we will hear stories of the millionaires who sailed the bay. Bring cameras! After the tour inside the museum, we will enjoy an elegant boxed lunch with your choice of Roast Beef, Grilled Chicken or Mozzarella/Sun Dried Tomatoes/Roasted Peppers. Please indicate your choice when registering.  Wear comfy walking shoes.  Head back to the dock and step aboard Long Island’s s own Paddle Boat for a two-hour narrated cruise on the waters of the great South Bay. Tour the bay where million dollar yachts used to race during the Gold Coast Days.  Pass some of the Fire Island Beaches and take a picture from the water of the famous Fire Island Lighthouse. Back on land you bid the sea a goodbye and head for home. Bus departs Midland Park H.S. at 7:00 a.m. and returns approximately 7:00 p.m.



Sunday, June 11

Today we will experience the lively, unique and culturally rich neighborhood of Harlem. We begin making our way into NYC meeting our knowledgeable Harlem tour guide who will share Harlem’s colorful past as she points out many significant historical and architectural landmarks. We then enter one of Harlem’s famous churches to hear a beautiful and moving Gospel Service. The music and songs will surely create a spiritual up-lifting experience. Next stop for a bountiful lunch at Amy Ruth’s-one of the best soul food restaurants in the area (BBQ Chicken, Ribs, 3 sides, beverages and dessert served family style). After lunch we will continue on our journey visiting the beautiful townhouses on famous Strivers Row, the Studio Art Museum and a guided tour of the Hamilton Grange Mansion. This mansion is the only home that Alexander Hamilton ever owned. Its’ fascinating history included a chapel and is now deemed a National Memorial. 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 Midland Park H.S. at 9:00 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.



Wednesday, June 14

The Drifters are regarded as one of early Rock and Roll’s super groups and charted with megahits like “Under the Boardwalk,” “On Broadway,”  “Stand By Me,”, “Up On The Roof,” and “This Magic Moment.” Sing along as you listen to this wonderful tribute to the Drifters at beautiful Villa Roma Resort, located in the heart of the Catskills. First, enjoy a delicious lunch which includes : Fruit Cup and Lentil Soup, choice of  London Broil, Chicken Francese or Tilapia (indicate choice when registering) and Chef’s Surprise for Dessert.  Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8:45 a.m. and returns approximately 5:00 p.m.


Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center Tour           FEE: $87

Tuesday, June 20

Rockefeller Center is one of New York City’s most famous landmarks! Upon your arrival you will take a 75-minute guided tour of Rockefeller Center and learn about its rich history, culture, and beautiful architecture. Soak it all in as you take a tour through the most significant buildings, gardens and spaces. Next, have lunch on your own in one of the many dining options located in Rockefeller Center (not included in fee). After lunch you will be able to explore Rockefeller Center on your own and visit Top of the Rock (included in the fee)! Top of the Rock Observation Deck is one of New York City’s biggest attractions. Located in the heart of Rockefeller Center, it has the most breathtaking views in the city. There are three levels of observation decks to explore at Top of the Rock. The first deck includes the Radiance Wall and gift shop. The second, featuring the Breezeway, is entirely outdoors. The third observation deck, located on the 70th floor open-air roof deck, is completely outdoors and free of a glass enclosure, making it perfect for photos. From the mezzanine exhibit, to the elevator ride, to the interactive Breezeway, there’s a lot to see on your way to the Top. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 7:30 a.m. and returns approximately 5 p.m.




Saturday, June 24

We’ll take a guided cruise on the Rip Van Winkle past sumptuous estates, picturesque lighthouses, and quaint villages, enjoying a clear view of waterfront mansions. We’ll also join the Hudson River Day festivities on the Kingston waterfront. The annual celebration of the river features heritage vessels, local vendors, food booths, and live music. Includes Hudson Maritime Museum admission. Lunch on own from festival vendors.Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey H.S. Parking Lot at 8:30 am. and returns 6:30 p.m.

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