Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (3 nights)
In Philadelphia — home to America’s first horticultural society — experience the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show. Plus, enjoy insider access to iconic Longwood Gardens!
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Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner,
Philadelphia, PA
Club Quarters Hotel Philadelphia

Afternoon: REGISTRATION/ORIENTATION: Road Scholar Registration begins at 4:00 in the hotel lobby. Orientation at hotel at 4:30 p.m.

Dinner: At hotel.

Evening: LECTURE; John Bartram & Horticulture. There is a possibility that this lecture could be moved to Saturday morning due to availability of lecture room. If it is moved then you will have a free evening. Please check with Margaret Biddle 215-205-4480 closer to the arrival date for a more accurate confirmation.

Philadelphia Flower Show, Reading Terminal, Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
Club Quarters Hotel Philadelphia

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: We will visit the 2018 Flower Show, the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world, "Wonders of Water" will be the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show theme, Expect a show that showcases the different way water is used, both for gardening and for amusement. Conservation and sustainability will also be big messages in the show. You are on your own at the Flower Show to leisurely view the floral displays or to participate in demonstrations and lectures that are offered.

Lunch: A lunch is not included today, and we suggest a visit to the Reading Terminal Market adjacent to the convention center where the flower show is exhibiting. Today, the Reading Terminal Market is considered by many as the best farmers' market in the U.S. Originally opened in 1892 as a city market situated in a building owned by The Reading Railroad Company from which the Reading trains would come and go from the city to the suburbs. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants including Amish Farmers have food stalls that offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.

Afternoon: At 1:30 we will depart by motorcoach for The Philadelphia Museum of Art for an educator led visit of the prominent galleries. 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 tea house. 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. You will return to the hotel on your own. Transportation options are the #38 Public bus which leaves from the West Entrance steps of the museum and drops you at Broad and Locust Street, the location of the Doubletree Hotel. Or, take a taxi at a fare of $10 for 1 to 4 persons. Remember to bring your Medicare Card as Seniors travel free on our SEPTA public buses. Sightseeing buses are also available from the West Entrance of the museum.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or a local restaurant frequented by Philadelphians

Evening: PERFORMANCE Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Janine Jansen - Violin PROGRAM van der Aa - Dutch composer Michel van der Aa hails the sensational violinist Janine Jansen as the inspiration for his Violin Concerto, as much for her expressive personality as her chosen instrument: “If Janine had played the flute, I would have written a Flute Concerto.” Be among the first to hear this highly creative new work. Yannick honors The Philadelphia Orchestra's deep Rachmaninoff tradition with his Second Symphony, popular with audiences and composer alike; its rave reception boosted Rachmaninoff's faith in his musical abilities.

Winterthur, Longwood Gardens, Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
Club Quarters Hotel Philadelphia

Activity note: wheel chairs are available at Winterthur and Longwood Gardens. Longwood has motor scooters to rent for a fee of $25 - must show photo ID

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 is provided at Winterthur

Afternoon: Welcome to Longwood Gardens the world's premier horticultural showplace and enjoy an educator led tour. 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. We will return to the hotel close to 5:30 PM

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or a local restaurant close to the hotel

Evening: FREE EVENING: After an extensive day of learning, you may just want to settle into your hotel room for a deserved rest. If not your Group Leader will assist you in finding evening activities to participate in be it theater or movies.

Barnes Foundation on the Parkway, Program ends at 12:30 PM
Philadelphia, PA

Activity note: moderate- wheelchairs available. There are benches in every gallery to sit down.

Breakfast: At hotel. Check-out is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Experience an educator led visit to The Barnes Foundation. The city’s newest cultural landmark is the new home of the world renowned Barnes Foundation museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, housing the collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes. 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. The new campus which opened to much fanfare in May 2012 boasts the greatest collection of Post-Impressionist art outside Paris including masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh. We will visit The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway at 10:00 and return to the hotel at 12:30. Program ends after field trip.

Afternoon: The program ends after our return to the hotel at 12:30. Prior to our departure for the Barnes, please check your luggage with the hotel as hotel check-out is at NOON.

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