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Molten Magic: The Art of Glass

Program Number: 7893RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/12/2013 - 5/17/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $1,075.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Why are Seattle and the Pacific Northwest the bustling center of creativity and innovation in glass art? Learn the answer to this question as you spend the week studying handmade studio glass, immersed in the beauty of this luminous medium. Work with professional artists at an acclaimed art school to create your own hand-blown masterpiece. Visit the studios and hot shops of renowned artists. Explore Tacoma's red-hot Museum of Glass with its spectacular Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the innovative Tacoma Art Museum and the delightful collection at the new Hotel Murano. Delight in galleries packed with shimmering examples of delicate beauty. Browse local galleries and the ever-changing Pike Place Market. Zip to the top of the Space Needle.




Highlights

• Be among the first to visit the just-opened Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit, showcasing legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly's latest creations.
• Engage acclaimed artists on a visit to the Pilchuck Glass School in May or the Pilchuck Auction preview in October.
• In Tacoma, explore the red-hot Museum of Glass with its spectacular Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the engaging Tacoma Art Museum and more.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 15 blocks per day; mostly city sidewalks and museums.




Date Specific Information

5-12-2013

This date visits Pilchuck Glass School and includes a guided tour of the campus and lunch with the artists.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Accommodations
Located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant, bustling downtown; three blocks to the Pike Place Market. One-and-a-half blocks to light-rail terminal to SeaTac Airport. Stunning views, fitness center, parking available for a fee.
Meals and Lodgings
   Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
  Seattle, WA 5 nights
 Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, theaters, restaurants, sports stadiums, shopping and more.
  Contact info: 1415 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com
  Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, free wi-fi, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, deluxe amenities, robes.
  Facility amenities: Full-service hotel with underground parking, restaurant/lounge/terrace, free wi-fi, fitness facility. 1.5 blocks from the light rail terminal to/from SeaTac airport.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates change seasonally. Contact Red Lion Central Reservations at 1-800-325-4000 or seattleredliononfifthavenue.com. Specify rate code EDR to obtain the lowest room rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates change seasonally. Contact Red Lion Central Reservations at 1-800-325-4000 or seattleredliononfifthavenue.com. Specify rate code EDR to obtain the lowest room rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Any time between 4:00 -5:00 PM in posted meeting room. You will be staying at Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by noon after Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass visit unless you choose to enjoy optional activities at the Seattle Center. You will be staying at Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
$15 + tax/night for hotel guests, subject to change. Garage clearance is 6'2"--no parking for RVs or overheight vehicles.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle, WA
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle, WA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Light rail line
phone: NA0-000-0000 x000000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 adult one-way/$.75 senior one-way/subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

take LINK light rail from SeaTac airport; get off at Westlake Station; ride elevator to street level; walk 1.5 blocks south on 5th Ave. to the Red Lion Hotel.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Grayline
phone: NA0-0 0-0-00 x---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $15 but it changes without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour or less 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Grayline shuttles are on the third floor of the parking garage. Shuttles are bright yellow. Buy ticket from booth.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
first available
phone: NA--

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

 

King Street Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Under $10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about 15 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound, exit at Stewart Street (exit # 166). Follow Stewart to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Avenue. Drive 3.5 blocks to the Red Lion Hotel; the cross street before the hotel entrance is Pike Street.The garage entrance is on the right side of the street before the main hotel entrance. If you reach Union St. you've gone too far.
  From the south, including SeaTac Airport Take I-5 northbound. Exit at Seneca Street (exit # 165).Follow Seneca to 4th Avenue. Turn right onto 4th Avenue, drive 3 blocks, turn right onto Pike Street, drive the length of that block, turn right onto 5th Avenue and drive one-half block to the garage entrance, which comes before the main hotel entrance. If you reach Union St. you've gone too far.
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/Introductions and glass-making video.
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Arrive To: Check in to hotel room, then come to our meeting room (posted on sign in lobby) any time between 4:00-5:00 PM to pick up program materials and name tag.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a hosted reception at 5:00 PM. Between 5:30-6:00 pm we'll discuss the week's agenda and answer any questions.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room or meeting room at 6:00 PM.
 Evening: Meet the other program participants, then view a video demonstrating glassmaking techniques and equipment which will help prepare us for making glass tomorrow at Pratt School of Fine Arts..
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Buffet breakfast/Glass-making workshop/cafe lunch/ Pike Place Market/Seattle Snapshot
(Monday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant includes fresh fruit, assorted juices, cold/hot cereals, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage and ham, pancakes, yogurt, breakfast breads, toast station, coffee/decaf/tea/milk.
 Morning: After a short talk in our meeting room on the history of the Pike Place Market, travel to the Pratt Fine Arts Center to see a demonstration of many glass-blowing techniques. Then, blow your own globe or small bowl. Also work in the warm glass shop to make a bead or icicle.
 Lunch: Enjoy a multi-course lunch in a popular seafood restaurant on the end of a pier, watching boats and ferries pass by.
 Afternoon: Take a guided walk behind the scenes of the bustling Pike Place Market, then have time to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room.
 Evening: Hear about Seattle's history, economy,politics, neighborhoods and more.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Buffet breakfast/Pilchuck Glass School visit/Lunch at Pilchuck/Studio visit/City tour/Dinner/Videos of master glass artists
(Tuesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. See Day Two for breakfast menu.
 Morning: Travel by coach to Pilchuck Glass School north of Seattle. Take a guided tour of the hot shop, warm shop, casting shop and other working areas as well as the store selling Pilchuck merchandise--hats, shirts, art books and more. Visit with artists in all these areas; ask about their inspirations, techniques and backgrounds. Take a seat in the hot shop to watch as a well-known artist and his/her team create the centerpieces for the fund-raising auction in October. Chat with the artists, ask questions, enjoy the beautiful setting.
 Lunch: Join the artists for lunch in the dining room of Pilchuck'rs great log lodge and take in the stunning view of the San Juan Islands.
 Afternoon: As we return from Pilchuck, stop to visit the studio of a major glass artist. With whatever time remains of our afternoon, we'll take a driving tour of Seattle neighborhoods and landmarks.
 Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room.
 Evening: View videos on Chihuly and other glassmakers, showing the latest exhibitions by these artists.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Buffet breakfast/Glass art talk and gallery walk/Lunch downtown/Free evening
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Learn from a respected curator about the growth of studio glass in the Pacific Northwest, then stroll through downtown galleries full of beautiful handmade glass.
 Lunch: Lunch downtown today at the Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market or another location of your choosing.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon--no program activities scheduled.
 Dinner: On your own for dinner this evening. There are many excellent restaurants very close to the hotel as well as in the hotel itself. Restaurant recommendations will be provided.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Buffet breakfast/Union Station; Tacoma Art Museum/Dinner at a nearby restaurant
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our meeting room.
 Morning: Ride a chartered coach less than one hour south to Tacoma to visit the Tacoma Art Museum to see early Chihuly pieces and the other Museum exhibits. See a contemporary approach to glass at the lovely Hotel Murano, where each floor features a different artist's work. Learn about the Chihuly work in the beautifully-restored Union Station.
 Lunch: Lunch in a casual, tasty downtown cafe.
 Afternoon: Hang out in the Museum of Glass' hot shop to see what today's visiting glass artist is creating, then tour the exhibits with a docent, theater, gift shop and the fine glass art gallery next door to the Museum.
 Dinner: Tonight's dinner will be at a popular restaurant near our hotel.
 Evening: No time for evening activity after our leisurely dinner.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Space Needle film/Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass visit.
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: See a film made in 1962 about the construction of the Space Needle. Ride the monorail to the Seattle Center, then, in a glass-fronted elevator, zip to the top of Seattle's landmark Space Needle for a look at the Puget Sound area. Mountains, lakes and the Sound itself unroll at your feet. There's even a Starbucks up there in case you'd like a coffee break. Then walk next door to see the stunning new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit. Stay as long as you like or return to the hotel with the group. Bon Voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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