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The Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (5 nights)

Program Number: 20362RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/4/2013 - 3/9/2013; 2/26/2015 - 3/3/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/4/2015 - 3/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $958.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; None    

The fabulous Philadelphia Flower Show, an internationally renowned treasure, is America’s oldest and grandest indoor horticultural display. Explore breathtaking exhibits presenting the talents of designers and landscapers who “force” perennials, shrubs, and trees into bloom to create full-scale gardens and floral displays. Plus, travel to the beautiful Brandywine Valley visiting the gardens of Longwood and Winterthur; visit the collections of the Barnes Foundation and for a finale, a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra.




Highlights

• Led by an expert, enjoy privileged access to the Flower Show before the crowds arrive, with significant free time to explore on your own.
• Explore the unique Barnes Foundation at its magnificent new Philadelphia campus and attend a cultural event from current offerings.
• Go behind the scenes at Longwood Gardens to see what it takes to maintain its indoor and outdoor gardens, then enter another time at Winterthur, with its priceless art, antiques, and 60-acre garden.



Activity Particulars

Moderate walking up to one mile on busy city streets. Extensive walking at the Flower Show itself; wheelchairs are available at the show if needed.



Participants in this program receive VIP passes for early-morning private viewing before the Flower Show opens to the public. The 2015 Flower Show theme is Magic of the Movies. An abbreviated three-night version of this program is also available: #20363. For details, see www.roadscholar.org/20363 or call toll free at (877) 426-8056.




Date Specific Information

2-26-2015, 3-4-2015

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Coordinated by The Philadelphia Society For The Preservation Of Landmarks.




Philadelphia

An appealing and walkable metropolis, 300-year-old Philadelphia is steeped in the beliefs that founded the American Revolution and today is a vibrant city of diverse neighborhoods and internationally recognized cultural institutions.



Accommodations
Lodging varies by date. Please call or visit www.roadscholar.org/20362 for more info.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Nancy Webster

Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.
 
Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson, former curator of education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, earned a master’s in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. She was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1965 until her retirement in 2005, and during that time, presented numerous lecture series on art history, as well as gallery talks on specific objects in the museum’s collections. In addition to her activities at the museum, Elizabeth taught at LaSalle University, Drexel University, Rosemont College and St. Joseph’s University. She continues to be a guest lecturer at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Princeton University. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia; a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. She is currently a trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
 
Kenneth Hinde

Kenneth Hinde received his B.A. degree in history from Ursinus College. He was employed by the Bucks County Historical Society for fifteen years as associate curator of the Mercer Museum, then as the first site administrator of the Fonthill Museum. He then served as tour director for the Foundation for Architecture in Philadelphia where he was responsible for developing an extensive program of architecture walking tours, geared to the general public. Kenneth is the former director of special programs for Landmarks Road Scholar.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters Hotel
  Philadelphia 5 nights
 Club Quarters Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel.
  Contact info: 1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com
  Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, Internet hook up, two telephones. Refrigerators in room is request only.
  Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 2012 $109 +15% 2013 $112 +tax additional nights- pre and post cost 2012 $ 109 plus tax of 15.2% and for 2013 $112.00 plus 15.2% tax. Triples can be accommodated at $40 per night additional. Rooms are small which requires an upgrade to a larger room. Triple accommodations would included sharing a queen size bed and adding a cot and/or using the sofa bed. Three members of the same sex would then have three different beds to sleep on. Customer service would need to contact the Provider to make these arrangements.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 2012 $109 +15% 2013 $112 +tax additional nights- pre and post cost 2012 $ 109 plus tax of 15.2% and for 2013 $112.00 plus 15.2% tax. Triples can be accommodated at $40 per night additional. Rooms are small which requires an upgrade to a larger room. Triple accommodations would included sharing a queen size bed and adding a cot and/or using the sofa bed. Three members of the same sex would then have three different beds to sleep on. Customer service would need to contact the Provider to make these arrangements.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration/Orientation 4:00 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Club Quarters Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel after lecture. You will be staying at Club Quarters Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
A Parking Garage is directly across from the hotel. 24 hrs cost $21. Discount parking located 2 walking blocks from the hotel cost $15 - Cash only. Hotel has valet and self parking cost $35 for 24 hrs.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia
  Nearest city or town:  Wilmington DE and Trenton NJ
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95 and PA 76.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport - PHL
  From End of Program
  Location: Philadelphia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Lady Liberty
phone: 215-724-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes (dependent on traffic) 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Lady Liberty is the only commercial van shuttle to hotels in the Philadelphia area. The van stops at every terminal for pick-up and drops off at the hotel closest to and farthest out from the airport. There is no need for a reservation. Sometimes there could be delays in pick-up due to heavy volume of travelers.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28.50 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes depending on traffic and rush hour travel 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Any taxi from the airport will charge a flat rate for the cab. The cab will hold up to 4 persons.

 

30th Street-Philadelphia

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Pick up any cab at 30th Street Station. The hotel is 14 blocks from the station.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA R1 High Speed Airport Train
phone: www-sep-taor xg

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5.50 normal fare. Seniors with a medicare card it is $1.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Hotel is 2 blocks

   

For Doubletree Hotel - exit at 30th Street and take a taxi to the Doubletree Hotel ($10.00 for the cab up to 4 persons in the cab) or continue on train to Suburban Station at 16th & JFK Blvd and take a taxi $5.00 or you can walk. Cross JFK at 16th St and walk to Locust St (5 blocks) then left onto Locust and walk 2 blocks to Broad St. Hotel is on corner of Broad & Locust.

 
Driving Directions
  North, South, East, West From South: Take I-95 NORTH to 676 WEST to BROAD STREET exit which feeds into 15th STREET, Turn RIGHT onto JFK BLVD, then LEFT onto 17th STREET cross Market, Chestnut, Sansom, Walnut Street. The Radisson Warwick is on the corner of 17th & Locust St. Valet Parking is available as well as a parking garage on Chancellor St which is behind the hotel. From North/West: PA 476 SOUTH to 76 EAST to 676 EAST to BROAD STREET... From East: I-95 SOUTH to 676 WEST to Broad Street...
Elevation Note: sea level

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation/Dinner
(Monday, March 4)
   
 Afternoon: Road Scholar Registration begins at 4:00 in the designated conference room as listed on the electric sign located by elevator. Orientation at hotel at 4:30 p.m.
 Dinner: At hotel.
 Evening: Tonight no activity is planned.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Philadelphia Flower Show/The Reading Terminal Market/Philadelphia Flower Show/Evening Lecture
(Tuesday, March 5)

Note: Extensive walking at the Convention Center. Wheelchairs are available, but must be reserved in advance. Due to early entrance, there is a lack of crowds which makes viewing of the exhibits more relaxing and not strenuous.



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: xxx
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel or local restaurant
 Afternoon: xxx
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture TBA
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Winterthur/Brandywine River Museum/Longwood Gardens
(Wednesday, March 6)

Note: Winterthur requires 1 hour of tour walking and standing. Longwood Gardens is all walking at your own pace. Wheelchairs and motor scooters are available at Longwood. They cost $15 (rental fee).



   
 Breakfast: at hotel
 Morning: Then we leave by motorcoach for a full day's excursion to The Brandywine Valley. We will tour Winterthur,the residence in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight
 Lunch: Lunch at Winterthur
 Afternoon: After our visit to Winterthur, we will make a brief stop to The Brandywine River Museum to view the collections of the Wyeth and McCoy family, the most notable being Andrew Wyeth.
 Afternoon: Welcome to Longwood Gardens the worlds premier horticultural showplace. Longwood Gardens is sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. Here, amid 1,077 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you?ll find beauty at every turn. Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. The Conservatory was built in 1919 At present, there are 4.5 acres of covered display, production, and research greenhouses.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening
 Evening: We will return to the Philadelphia between 6 and 6:30 pm. You are free this evening to dine out, meet with friends or acquaint yourself with Philadelphia night life.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Flower Lecture/Barnes Foundation
(Thursday, March 7)

Note: Lots of walking at the Convention Center. Wheelchairs are available, but must be reserved in advance. Due to early entrance, there is a lack of crowds which makes viewing of the exhibits more relaxing and not strenuous.



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: A garden lecture will take you back to the time of the Quakers and thier settlements in the Brandywine Valley. You will learn more about John Bartram, the "Father of American Botony"
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel or local restaurant
 Afternoon: It is time to visit the Barnes Foundation in its new location on the Parkway. After many years of controversial court hearings the Barnes has moved from its Merion Campus to Center City. Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. But the true draw is the Barnes Collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.
 Dinner: Dinner is included
 Evening: Attend a student recital at the Curtis Institute of Music Mansion on Rittenhouse Square just 3 blocks from our hotel.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Art lecture/Rodin Museum/The Philadelphia Museum of Philadelphia Orchestra Concert
(Friday, March 8)

Note: There is a handicap entrance to the Rodin Museum. Not a lot of walking, as it is a small museum (5 galleries). Usual walking and standing as expected at an art museum. Wheelchairs are available at no charge.



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Following our lecture, we will go to The Rodin Museum which has been rejuvenated to its 1929 origins. The Rodin Museum, located just a few blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, houses the largest public collection of works, outside of Paris, by the celebrated late nineteenth-century French sculptor Auguste Rodin. With extraordinary works of art and a spectacular garden, the Museum offers a calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
 Morning: Enjoy a fascinating lecture on the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art by an art educator.
 Lunch: The Philadelphia Museum of Art has three locations for you to dine on your own for lunch. The museum cafeteria in the museum or in the Perelman annex and fine dining at The museum's Granite Hill Restaurant.
 Afternoon: The Philadelphia Museum of Art is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. Constructed in 1928 of Minnesota dolomite, it's modeled after ancient Greek temples but on a grander scale. The museum was designed by Julian Francis Abele, the first African-American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. Inside, you'll see Saint-Gaudens's statue of Diana; she formerly graced New York's old Madison Square Garden. The museum has several outstanding permanent collections: the John G. Johnson Collection covers Western art from the Renaissance to the 19th century; the Arensberg and A. E. Gallatin collections contain modern and contemporary works by artists such as Brancusi, Braque, Matisse, and Picasso. Famous paintings in these collections include Van Eyck's St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, Rubens's Prometheus Bound, Benjamin West's Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, van Gogh's Sunflowers, Cézanne's The Large Bathers, and Picasso's Three Musicians. The museum has the world's most extensive collection of the works of Marcel Duchamp, including the world-famous Nude Descending a Staircase and The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Also worth seeking out is a fine selection of the works by 19th-century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, including The Concert Singer and some notable portraits. The most spectacular "objects" in the museum are entire structures and great rooms moved lock, stock, and barrel from around the world: a 12th-century French cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, a 16th-century Japanese Buddhist temple, a 17th-century Chinese palace hall, and a Japanese ceremonial teahouse. Among the other collections are costumes, Early American furniture, and Amish and Shaker crafts. An unusual touch -- and one that children especially like -- is the Kienbusch Collection of Arms and Armor.
 Afternoon: You are on your own this afternoon to enjoy the galleries of the museum. Docent led tours are available every 1/2 hour concentrating on different collections of the museum
 Dinner: at hotel
 Evening: Off to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, performance home of The Philadelphia Orchestra. enjoy them in concert. Prior to the concert, we will attend a lecture presented by a musicologist about the works to be presented. Philadelphia Orchestra Haydn, Schumann, Stravinsky Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor Haydn Symphony No. 38 Schumann Symphony No. 1 ('Spring') Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Philadelphia "A Modern Metropolis" lecture
(Saturday, March 9)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel. Check-out is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a closing lecture on Philadelphia "A Modern Metropolis"
 Lunch: The program ends after the morning lecture
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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