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Philadelphia for the Weekend: Cultural Highlights

Program Number: 9068RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/11/2015 - 9/14/2015; 9/18/2015 - 9/21/2015; 10/13/2015 - 10/16/2015; 10/16/2015 - 10/19/2015; 11/13/2015 - 11/16/2015; 12/4/2015 - 12/7/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $699.00 - 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    

Spend a jam-packed long weekend discovering the renowned cultural treasures of Philadelphia, one of America’s top cities for the arts. Dive into fascinating expert-led and self-directed field trips to important historic locales like the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell and iconic arts institutions like the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Foundation. Deepen your understanding of the city and its institutions through scholarly lectures, and round out your cultural immersion with a ticketed performance one evening and seasonal narrated excursions of local interest.




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 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

9-11-2015

This program date includes entry to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s special exhibition, “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting,” which runs June 24 - September 13. See how art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel played a pivotal role in the rise of Impressionism, inspiring and sustaining artists like Monet, Renoir, Manet, Pissarro, and Degas.



12-4-2015

On this holiday-themed program date, we will replace visits to Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, and Rodin Museum with visits to colonial houses decked out in holiday finery and other seasonal excursions, including Elfreth's Alley annual Deck the Alley event and hearing the famous Wanamaker organ



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 Participant Information 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. $21 per day with 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: Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Friday, October 16)

Note: Walking four short blocks to and from the Curtis Institute of Music



   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in at the front desk.

Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at Davio’s, a restaurant that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Davio’s is immediately adjacent to the hotel and has an entrance through the hotel lobby. Enjoy a plated three-course meal of salad, choice of entree, and dessert, served with homemade breads. Please note that all dietary needs can be accommodated. If you arrive late, please identify yourself as part of the Road Scholar program and you may be served at the restaurant up to 10 p.m.
 Evening: This evening we will have a cultural excursion. We may attend a student recital at the Curtis Institute if it is in session, or go for a stroll in the Rittenhouse Square area.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Constitution Center, Rodin Museum, Phila. Museum of Art
(Saturday, October 17)

Note: Limited walking at the National Constitution Center and the Rodin Museum. Lots of walking at your own pace at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wheelchairs are available. Remember to bring your Medicare card with you in order to ride the public bus for free! Seniors ride for free on all of Philadelphia’s SEPTA bus, subway, and trolley lines.



   
 Breakfast: At Davio’s, which functions as the hotel’s restaurant. Continental breakfast buffet including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
 Morning: Field trip to the National Constitution Center. The Center opened in 2003 and is the leading center on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Amendments. Enjoy a presentation on freedom and self-guided time in exhibit hall. Next, we head to the Rodin Museum, which houses the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris. Enjoy a short self-guided visit in the galleries.
 Lunch: At the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Please not that this meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The museum offers Granite Hill, a fine dining restaurant; the Museum Cafeteria, and the Balcony Café. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we will meet our museum educator in the West Lobby Entrance for an expert-led exploration of the museum’s highlights, followed by independent time in the galleries. Return to hotel on your own. You may take the public bus for free with your Medicare card, walk (15 blocks) or taxi at your convenience ($10 for up to 4 in a cab). The Group Leader will give directions for each option.
 Dinner: At Davio’s or a local restaurant frequented by Center City residents. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
 Evening: Enjoy a cultural performance from current offerings, to be announced.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Evening Program
(Sunday, October 18)

Note: Expect two blocks of walking around Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The Barnes Foundation has twenty-three small galleries to view and benches in every gallery. Wheelchairs are available.



   
 Breakfast: At Davio’s.
 Morning: After breakfast we leave for America's most historic mile to 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 America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' declaration of "all men are created equal." Enjoy a ranger guided introduction to Independence Hall and a self-guided exploration at Liberty Bell with a park ranger available for questions. Road Scholar has already purchased your ticket for a specified entry time. However, if you arrive a day ahead or stay later and wish to go back to Independence Hall, you will need to acquire a free ticket at The Visitors Center on the day of your visit for a specified time.
 Lunch: Lunch is included today at a local eatery with many options to choose from. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we head to the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway for a self-guided visit that includes audio. 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, such as Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chaim Soutine, and Vincent van Gogh, Barnes marked himself as a collector of great ambition and audacity.
 Dinner: At a popular local eatery, where you may choose your entree from a limited menu. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
 Evening: Enjoy a cultural lecture or excursion of local interest, to be announced at orientation.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture, Program Concludes
(Monday, October 19)

Note: Hotel check-out by 12 p.m. Bags can be stored with the concierge.



   
 Breakfast: At Davio’s.
 Morning: Enjoy a final lecture on Philadelphia history and development.
 Lunch: Enjoy a farewell lunch at Davio's. This concludes our program. Please note that hotel check-out is by 12 p.m. Lunch will be at 11:30, in order to assist those who need to leave by 12:30 p.m. to fly, drive or train back to their home. Box lunches cannot be provided.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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