PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.
ORIENTATION: We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have.Dinner: Dinner at Davios located off the hotel lobby. Limited choice of entrées. Vegetarian meals and gluten diets can be accommodated.Evening: FREE EVENING: The evening is free for you to enjoy making new friends or just have a good night's rest to prepare for the full day ahead.Lodging: Club Quarters HotelMeals Included: Dinner
Following the lecture, we board our bus for
FIELD TRIP: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. PAFA as it is known today was founded in 1805 by painter and scientist Charles Willson Peale, sculptor William Rush, and other artists and business leaders. It is the oldest art museum and school in the nation. The current museum building opened in 1876 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The collection is installed in a chronological and thematic format, exploring the history of American art from the 1760s to the present. We will have a docent-led exploration of this magnificent collection.Lunch:
Lunch is on your own at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art. Choose from the Cafeteria or Granite Hill, the museum’s fine eatery, both operated by acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr’s catering group. The Cafeteria offers a variety of options from omelets to soups, salads, sandwiches, daily changing seasonal entrées, and a pastry table. Granite Hill’s French bistro menu also features seasonal appetizers, entrée salads, omelets, the freshest fish, and specialty cocktails and wines.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Explore the incomparable galleries of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among the largest museums in the U.S., with 200 galleries and a collection of more than 227,000 works of art spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the American collections are among the finest in the country. If there is a major exhibit on display, timed tickets will be provided for our group.
You may remain at the museum and explore as you wish, returning to the hotel on your own via readily available taxis or convenient public bus. Seniors with a Medicare card ride our public buses for free! (this may change for 2014 and apply on to Pennsylvnia residents - the possible fare could be $2.50 exact change each way)The cost of a taxi to the hotel should be approximately $10 for up to 4 persons.Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to explore other Philadelphia restaurants close to your hotel.Evening: FREE EVENING: Take this evening to explore more of the city on your own, spend time with friends, or perhaps take in a performance of theater or music. The Avenue of the Arts, Walnut Street, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts are all nearby.Lodging: Club Quarters HotelMeals Included: Breakfast
Our closing lecture will be on art. More details will follow in your Welcome Packet that you receive prior to your departure for our program.Lunch: Our farewell lunch at 11:30 enables you to say good by to all. The hotel -check out is at Noon. Bags can be checked with the Front Desk.
We thank you for choosing this program and in the back of our Welcome Booklet is a list of other programs that we offer in Philadelphia.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch