HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.
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 contact numbers for key staff; and answer any questions you may have.
This special new program, a "cultural cavalcade" from Philadelphia to New York, is jointly hosted by Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks and Explore New York, Corp., both veteran Road Scholar program provider organizations.Dinner: Dinner is at Davio's located off the hotel lobby. Considered the leading Northern Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, Davio’s at Club Quarters has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” and awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. The dining room with its high ceilings and arched windows is a backdrop for expertly prepared regional Italian foods.Evening: FREE EVENING: The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore the neighborhood on your own, begin making new friends, or just relax from your travels and have a good night's rest to prepare for the day ahead.Lodging: Club Quarters HotelMeals Included: Dinner
EXCURSION: Following orientation, we will walk to the iconic Empire State Building affording the most exciting view of America's cultural capital.Lodging: New YorkerMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
LECTURE: Massenet and "Werther." Best known for his operas, Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was one of the foremost French composers of his time and one of the greatest melodists.
Massenet completed “Werther” in 1887. It was based on a novel by Goethe more than a century earlier that was inspired in part by real life situations. The music is gorgeous but the story is one of the saddest in all of opera, ironically beginning and ending with a Christmas carol.Lunch: Lunch in the museumAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Metropolitan Museum of ArtDinner: Dinner is out at a neighborhood restaurant where you can dine like a New Yorker.Evening: Energy permitting, take a stroll through a favorite New York neighborhoodLodging: New YorkerMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WRAP-UP: The Group Leader will moderate a wrap-up discussion of program highlights to conclude our cultural cavalcade.
We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
As the program commenced in Philadephia and concludes in New York City, you will have made your travel plans for your own independent departure.Meals Included: Breakfast