Friday, July 25 and
Saturday, July 26
Since the early 20th century Old Lyme, Connecticut has been known to artists and art lovers alike as a haven for the arts. This community event, a quintessential New England celebration for all ages, takes place in the heart of Old Lyme's historic district, with activities spanning locations along Lyme Street – the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyme Art Association, and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. The festivities continue at the Old Lyme Inn, Studio 80 + Sculpture Park, and a variety of Lyme Street merchants.
For photos from 2013 event, visit www.OldLymeMidsummerFestival.com.
Save the Dates for these Great Trips!
A Moveable Feast
Private Tour of Donald Judd's Spring Street Studio
Walking/Tasting Food Tour of Greenwich Village
Wednesday, May 21
$155 (members $140)
Space is limited.
Includes transportation, guided tours, food*, and all gratuities.
(*drinks ordered at the seated tastings are not included)
Note: this tour involves stairs and a fair amount of city walking.
Due to the special nature of these tours we only have spots for 48 participants.
Our day in New York begins with a private guided tour of 101 Spring Street, the home and studio of one of the masters of minimalism, Donald Judd. Our group will get small tours of the 5-story cast-iron building in the heart of SoHo. Serving as Judd’s New York residence and studio, it is considered to be the birthplace of “permanent installation,” now a hallmark of contemporary art, as well as an inspiration for much of Judd’s groundbreaking output. Works on view remain as they were installed by Judd prior to his death. The building has just reopened to the public for tours to rave reviews.
In the afternoon we will meet up with our charismatic Foods of New York guides for a 3-hour tasting tour through the heart of Greenwich Village. Known for its counter culture, this part of the city was once enjoyed by bohemians, beatniks, artists, and folk singers. The Village has been a melting pot since the mid 1800s and is still filled with delicious foods from around the world! We will visit favorite neighborhood cafes and specialty food shops tasting foods from Italy, India, Cuba, Jamaica, and France. Our tour will include seven tastings. Five on the go and two seated in restaurants. You wont’ want to miss this culinary adventure.
Day Trip to New York City to See New Musical
The Bridges of Madison County
Wednesday, June 4, 2pm
$185 (members $170)
With her family away at the 1965 state fair, Francesca Johnson looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm. When ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life. Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by a Pulitzer- and Tony Award®-winning creative team, this new musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question, ‘What if …?’” The show stars four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. This is the last matinee performance before the annual Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 8th. No refunds on Broadway tickets.
Take a listen from the Soundtrack.
Folk Art & Folly: Two Historic Homes on Cape Ann
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8am-8pm
A Visit to Historic New England’s Cogswell’s Grant & Beauport
Gourmet Lunch at Emerson Inn by the Sea
$140 (members $125); refund date: July 1
Inspired by this summer’s focus on Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum, the first stop on this day trip to Essex and Gloucester, Massachusetts is Cogwell’s Grant. A mecca for lovers of American folk art, Cogswell’s Grant was the summer home of renowned collectors Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little. The colonial-era farmhouse on the property serves as a rich backdrop for their celebrated collection, assembled over a period of nearly sixty years. Though known for their meticulous research, the Littles decorated with an eye for visual delight rather than historic accuracy, and the result is a house rich in atmosphere and crowded with works of strong, even quirky character.
We will be welcomed by Julie Solz, Collections Team Leader for Historic New England, before our private tours. Fee includes a gourmet lunch in a private room at the upscale Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport.
After lunch we will head to Gloucester for a private tour of Beauport, the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport became Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited. The interior and exterior of the house contain Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same, with each more visually dazzling than the last. The house is framed by newly restored Arts and Crafts-style terraces that include intimate garden rooms with dramatic views of the harbor.
Fee includes transportation, admission & tours, lunch, and all gratuities. Beverages purchased from the bar at lunch not included
TRAVEL TO SPAIN
September 3 - 11, 2014
The Unknown Coast:
Exploring the Ancient and Modern Heart of Northern Spain
Visit the provinces of Basque Country, Galicia, Cantabria, and Asturias. In a country with many rich cultural traditions, these regions are considered the modern epicenters of culinary, artistic, and cultural innovation in Spain today. Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum is but one of many examples, along with Gaudi's eccentric architecture and the extraordinary Neolithic cave art of Altamira, one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites we will encounter. This journey along the beautiful but largely forgotten coast will surprise, delight, and inform. But most of all it will be fun.
TRAVEL TO ENGLAND
December 20-27, 2014
A Dickens of a Christmas: An English Town & Country Holiday
Are you ready to have a Dickens of a Christmas this year? We have custom-designed this trip to include wonderful museum visits with guided tours in London as well as a relaxing upmarket stay at an exclusive country house Ettington Park where we will enjoy an English Christmas with all the trimmings.
Our time in London includes several guided tours of some of the finest collections in the world, as well as fun evenings of grand dining and remarkable theatre. As the holiday approaches we travel from London to Stratford-Upon-Avon and settle into our home away from home, Ettington Park. Set in 40 acres of Warwickshire countryside, this elaborate and beautiful house has played host to traditional Christmas celebrations for centuries. The festivities include carolers, candlelit dinners, costume parties, and more. We will tour the picturesque Cotswold villages as well as take in a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Bard's hometown.