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Philadelphia’s Cultural Pearls Featuring the Barnes Foundation

Program Number: 9068RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/22/2014 - 5/25/2014; 3/20/2015 - 3/23/2015; 3/27/2015 - 3/30/2015; 4/17/2015 - 4/20/2015; 4/24/2015 - 4/27/2015; 5/8/2015 - 5/11/2015; 5/29/2015 - 6/1/2015; 6/12/2015 - 6/15/2015; 9/11/2015 - 9/14/2015; 9/18/2015 - 9/21/2015; 10/16/2015 - 10/19/2015; 11/13/2015 - 11/16/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $675.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Led by experts, encounter renowned cultural icons in one of America’s top cities for the arts. Background lectures prepare you for expert-led field trips to experience highlights of the best of Philadelphia including national treasures and historical landmarks.




Highlights

• Experience the extraordinary Barnes Foundation at its new Philadelphia campus, explore the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and see bronze casts of Rodin’s greatest works at the rejuvenated Rodin Museum.
• Examine architecture from three centuries and visit acclaimed landmarks of American history at Independence National Historical Park.
• Enjoy a performance of opera, theater, ballet or another cultural event from current offerings.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a few blocks; some uneven brick sidewalks. Walking and standing in museums. Some use of public transportation, including getting on and off city buses.




Date Specific Information

5-29-2015, 6-12-2015, 9-11-2015, 9-18-2015

The Curtis Institute may not be in session during this date. As such, this recital will be substituted with a guided stroll around the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.



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
Centrally located members only hotel with fitness center in Rittenhouse Square.

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, PA 3 nights
 Club Quarters Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920s 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. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.
  Contact info: 1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com
  Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service. Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.
  Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 2013 $116 + 15.5%tax Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2013 $116 + 15.5% tax; for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 2013 $116 + 15.5%tax Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2013 $116 + 15.5% tax; for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM Program registration in hotel. You will be staying at Club Quarters Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lecture at 11:00 am You will be staying at Club Quarters Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Across the street from Club Quarters Hotel at Liberty Place 1 & 2 complex. Entrance on 17th St between Market & Chestnut. $24 per day includes the 35% discount from Club Quarters- parking ticket must be validated by the desk clerk at Club Quarters.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia, PA
  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, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
30th St Station- Amtrak

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.00 per cab fare
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

0.5 miles

   

Any cab will take you to Club Quarters Hotel, which is 15 blocks away.

 

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.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Train

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$1 for Seniors, $5 per adult
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

0.3 miles from train station to hotel

   

Rail service from the airport to Suburban Station at 17th & JFK Blvd is operated by SEPTA transit company at www.septa.org. Suburban Rail Station is 2 blocks from the hotel.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes if direct. 40 minutes depending on number of hotel drop-offs. 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Lady Liberty Transportation is a Philadelphia-based company that provides airport transfer service between the Philadelphia International Airport and Center City/University hotels and residences. They also offer charter services to the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.

 
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 and LEFT onto CHESTNUT STREET. Hotel Club Quarters is next door to Rite Aid on CORNER OF 16th STREET AND CHESTNUT. Hotel address is 1628 Chestnut. 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...
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/Mummers Performance
(Thursday, May 22)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at 4:00 PM, followed by orientation.
 Dinner: Davios restaurant located off of the hotel lobby. All diet requests can be accommodated.
 Evening: Enjoy "Mummers Under The Stars" an evening of music by one of the mummers string band in South Philadelphia. This is your opportunity to meet the real Philadelphians whose mummer's tradition has been a legend for over 114 years. Originally, a Curtis student performance was listed, however the school session has ended and the performance is not available. We have replace the performance activity with a visit to hear a mummers string band play at The Mummers Museum.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture on Philadelphia history or art. Field trip to the National Constitution Center/Rodin Museum/Philadelphia Museum of Art/Theater Performance
(Friday, May 23)

Note: Limited walking at Nat. Constitution Ctr. and Rodin Museum. Lots of walking at Art Museum (pace it to your own stamina). Wheelchairs are available.



   
 Breakfast: at hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: to the National Constitution Center which opened in 2003 and is the leading center on The Constitution, the Bill of rights and the amendments. A special exhibit titled "Jefferson and his Slaves" is available to view and includes many artifacts from Monticello on display. We will then visit the Rodin Museum, which houses the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the cafeteria at The Philadelphia Museum of Art following our trip to the Rodin Museum.
 Afternoon: After lunch at one of the cafes or the cafeteria, Landmarks educator, Betsy Anderson will take you through some galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After the field trip, you are free to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in the nieghborhood
 Evening: This evening we will attend a theater performance produced by 1812 Productions which closes its season with the comedy sensation (and audience favorite) This Is The Week That Is, written (and rewritten nightly) by the This Is The Week That Is ensemble and directed by Jennifer Childs. Now in its seventh year, This Is The Week That Is takes on local and national politics with satire, a song or two, and an ever-changing script to bring the people the truth behind the headlines. The theater Plays & Players opened in 1913. The first President, Maud Durbin Skinner, was the wife of the famed American actor Otis Skinner. The theatre was founded by Beulah E. Jay and her husband Edward G. Jay, Jr. with acquaintance F.H. Shelton in an effort to produce "American plays of ideas," an underrepresented genre at the time. During its 100 years of performing, Plays & Players theater company has produced innumerable notable performances -- some of the most noteworthy being the world premiere of the acclaimed Broadway play "Stalag 17" in 1949, and a childhood performance by actor Kevin Bacon in "Member of the Wedding" in 1974. The first season of Plays & Players included "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde and "The Learned Ladies" by Moliere, both still popular plays today. On March 14, 1973, Plays & Players Theatre was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Liberty Bell/Independence Hall/Barnes on the Parkway
(Saturday, May 24)

Note: 2 blocks of walking around Independence Hall & Liberty Bell. Barnes Foundation limited walking: 12 galleries to view (benches in every gallery). Wheelchairs are available.



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: After breakfast we leave for America's most historic mile to l visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The old cracked Bell still proclaims liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' declaration that "all men are created equal."
 Lunch: lunch out
 Afternoon: Our afternoon is a delight with entry to The Barnes on the Parkway. Between 1912 and 1951, Albert C. Barnes assembled one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings in the world. Acquiring works by some of the most daring artists of the time Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chaim Soutine, and Vincent van Gogh, among others?Barnes marked himself as a collector of great ambition and audacity. Your visit at The Barnes is self guide with an audio
 Dinner: At hotel or at a popular restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning lecture/program ends.
(Sunday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room. Checkout is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.
 Morning: We will be listening to a lecture on Philadelphia a transition of urban growth and architecture prior to 1950 and after 1950 to the present day by Ken Hinde
 Morning: The program ends after our lecture at 11:30.
   
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.

Suggested Reading List


Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway & the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Author: Brownlee, David B.


Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, The Annenberg Collection


Author: Susa Stein (Editor)


Description: Covering some of the most striking and extraordinary art to come out of the nineteenth and early-twentieth century, this handsome book presents more than fifty masterpieces by such luminaries as Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, each work accompanied by clarifying texts and comparative illustrations.



Philadelphia - Portrait of an American City


Author: Wolf, Edwin 2nd


The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy


Author: Neil L. Rudenstine


Description: The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy provides the first scholarly study on the historical, art history, and political context during which Dr. Barnes purchased masterpieces and attempted to redefine aesthetics with groundbreaking new terminology.





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