Category: Excursions (page 1 of 4)

Trip to New Britain and Hill-Stead Museums April 27, 2018

The New Britain Museum of American Art has 8,300 paintings, sculptures, photographs and illustrations by American artists, including Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, with particular strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School and American Impressionism.

Following the included lunch at the museum, the group will go on to visit the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Conn.

Alfred Pope was among the earliest American collectors of French Impressionism, building his collection between 1888 and 1907, when this movement was still new and considered radical to the public and critics alike. The paintings at Hill-Stead reflect Pope’s discerning eye, personal aesthetic and discriminating collecting style. Set on 152 hilltop acres, this unique Colonial Revival home contains masterpieces by Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, along with notable works by Mary Cassatt, Edouard Manet, James McNeill Whistler and others. This makes the collection at Hill-Stead one of the most significant in the United States.

Bus departs DCA parking lot at 8:45 a.m. Return by 6 p.m.
Cost is $85 per person; includes lunch.
Contacts are:
Chris Snyder, csnydereco@gmail.com
Alex Garnett, aypgarnett@gmail.com

Hockey Game Bridgeport Sound Tigers Pre-game Buffet, March 10, 2018

May 12, 2018, Saturday – trip to Teddy Roosevelt’s home, Sagamore Hill, (Oyster Bay) and Vanderbilt’s

Save the date.  Tom Brayton

“Long May She Wave” at the Darien Historical Society, Thursday, February 8 at 7:30PM

The Darien Historical Society’s current exhibit is called “Long May She Wave” — the chronological evolution of our Flag. It features a number of genuine historic flags, plus many more replica flags from the pre-Revolutionary War era to modern times.

The Society has invited the DMA for a free Curator’s Tour for Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. It includes the major flag exhibit and two smaller exhibits (flag photos and Historic War-Time Darien Love Letters). The tour is open to members of the Darien Men’s Association and their significant others.

The “stars” of the show are the Society’s antique flags, but there is also a timeline presentation included that highlights the key historical events in Darien as the Flag evolved.

There is also have a mini-exhibit of a local man’s collection of flag art photographs. After 9-11, this became his passion and he has exhibited and traveled all over the country in search of people celebrating the red, white and blue.

In the house museum, we have in addition a collection of Revolutionary War-era love letters written to a woman who lived in Middlesex Parish.

See more info at the Society’s WEB Site: darienhistorical.org

Joe Spain

“Beautiful” The Carole King Musical March 9, 2018

“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical,” tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music — she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, “Beautiful.”

Friday, March 9, 2018

11:45 a.m.

Lunch at the Union League Cafe.
Three-course meal in a private room.

2-4 p.m.

New Haven Schubert Theater, one block from lunch.

$110 per person

Includes lunch and show tickets. Drinks extra.

Tickets very limited and are on a first-come, first-paid basis.

Transportation to New Haven is by car and ridesharing. Parking is available at the theater, 247 College Street, New Haven.

For information, contact:

Tom Brayton, tfbraryton@gmail.com
Chris Snyder, csnydereco@gmail.com

NBC Sports Group & Chelsea Piers Thursday, December 7, 2017 10 a.m.-11 a.m. NBC Sports Group Guided Tour

This has been reschedule due to a conflict.   Dec 7th is the new date.

 

NBC Sports Group & Chelsea Piers
Thursday, December 7, 2017
10 a.m.-11 a.m. NBC Sports Group Guided Tour

11 a.m.-Noon Chelsea Piers Guided Tour

12:30 p.m. Lunch The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s

Lunch is $36 payable in advance.
Make check out to DMA.

Contact: Denny Devere at dgdevere@optonline.net.

DIRECTIONS: NBC SPORTS & THE WATERS EDGE AT GIOVANNI’S
NBC SPORTS ~ 1 Blachley Road in Stamford ~ 203-356- 7000
Take Boston Post Road south past the Exit 9 light on the NY Thruway which then becomes E. Main Street. Take left at the first light onto Blachley Road a short distance to signs for NBC Sports. Park in front of NBC Sports.

THE WATERS EDGE AT GIOVANNI’S ~ 2748 Boston Post Road in Darien ~ 203-325-9979
Exit NBC Sports/Chelsea Piers complex and go straight to E. Main Street. Take a right onto E. Main Street heading north past the Exit 9 light. Just past the second light you will find Giovanni’s on the right. There is plenty of parking.

DMA Trip: Ellis Island National Park
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ellis Island National Park
Lunch on site

Board bus 7:15 a.m. at DCA

Bring a picnic basket or purchase lunch at the Ellis Island cafeteria.

To sign up, contact:
Chris Snyder at (203) 858-7232
or email csnydereco@gmail.com.

Here is a video about Ellis Island:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X4CypTaOQs

Pictures:

DMA Trip “The Bikinis”
Thursday March 9, 2017

Westchester Broadway Theater
Lunch and Performance

May 19, 2016 — Belmont Park
With seats in the Club House,
Serving lunch all day

Belmont ParkEnjoy an exciting afternoon watching all the horses racing on the track.

American Pharaoh winning the Belmont Stakes

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lunch: A delicious array of food at the full-service, trackside Garden Terrace Restaurant.

Cost: $ 75.00 per person

Departure location: DCA

Board: 10:30 am

Return: 5:30 pm

Contact: Denny Devere 203.353.1758  dgdevere@optonline.net

Belmont Park is a major Thoroughbred horse-racing facility located in Elmont, New York, just outside the New York City limits.

It first opened on May 4, 1905. It is typically open for racing throughout May and June and into late July, and again from late September through late October.

It is world famous as the home of the Belmont Stakes, known as the “Test of the Champion”, the third leg of the Triple Crown.

April 28, 2016 — Tour U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York
With lunch at a local restaurant

The United States Merchant Marine Academy is one of the five United States service academies.

It is charged with training officers for the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the military, and the transportation industry.

Midshipmen (as students at the Academy are called) are trained in marine engineering, navigation, ship’s administration, maritime law, personnel management, international law, customs, and many other subjects important to the task of running a large ship.

April 11, 2016 — Lockwood Mansion Museum tour including new “stairs below” tour
With lunch at Lockwood Mansion

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

April 11, 2016
$40. per person

295 West Avenue

Norwalk Exit 14

90 minute guided tour

Buffet lunch at museum

First time visit to renovated servants quarters

Interior, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

Interior, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

A National Historic Landmark since 1971, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built by renowned financier and railroad baron LeGrand Lockwood between 1864 and 1868, the Mansion, with its unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture, illustrates magnificently the beauty and splendor of the Victorian Era.

Downton Abbey has audiences visiting this landmark often asking about its servants and their lodgings.

The Mansion‘s domestic servants’ rooms “equal the chambers of a first class hotel,” said The New York Sun in 1869.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Interior

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Interior

LeGrand Lockwood’s forward-thinking spirit behind these quarters offered momentary repose from the physical demands of a seven-day work week and 10-hour shifts for those living under the same roof as the family. By following the servants’ paths through the mansion. visitors will experience three distinct worlds—public, family. and service—and the social etiquette strictly enforced during the mansion’s seven decades as a private residence.

 

Meet at museum 10:15

Tour starts 10:30

Lunch 12:00

Contact Bill Winship (203) 655-3030 or Scott Hutchason (203) 322-5025

March 24, 2016 — Trip to Whitney Museum in NYC
with lunch at the Spice Market Restaurant

The Whitney Museum of American Art – known informally as the “Whitney” – is an art museum located in Manhattan. It was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom the museum is named.

The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art. Its permanent collection comprises more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and artifacts of new media by more than 3,000 artists. It places a particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists for its collection as well as maintaining an extensive permanent collection containing many important pieces from the first half of the last century. The museum’s Annual and Biennial exhibitions have long been a venue for younger and less well-known artists whose work is showcased there.

The Spice Market Restaurant in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District is a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant that serves gourmet food in a casual atmosphere.

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