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Authentic American Castle – Fonthill (1912 – Henry C. Mercer’s unique home)

Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) was an archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar, and antiquarian. He built Fonthill as his home and as a historic museum for his collection of tiles and prints. Mercer designed his home with an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles, and it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete. It is a National Historic Landmark, and houses Mercer’s famed Moravian tiles produced during the Arts and Crafts Movement. Nearby is the Moravian Pottery and Tiles Works building which is maintained as a “Working History” museum, still producing homemade tiles designed and developed by the pottery’s founder and builder, Henry Mercer. We will tour both buildings. There is a unique gift shop as well.

Later we will travel to the early spring countryside to Pipersville, PA. Our luncheon will be at the well-know Plumsteadville Inn, a landmark restaurant and tavern since 1751. We will enjoy a leisurely, delicious buffet lunch, and learn about the Inn’s interesting history.

There are some limits to accessibility on the upper floors of the castle, but lots to see on the lower floors.

Members: $93.00                                                                    Departure: 8:45 a.m.
Non-Members: $103.00                                                          Return: 4:30 p.m

Chihuly.jpgCHIHULY—A NEW AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE  CLOSED (wait list available)
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

For the first time in more than 10 years, the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition in New York. The dramatic vistas of the New York Botanical Gardens will play hosts to displays of Chihuly’s dynamic works both in glass and on canvas. The many new hand blown glass sculptures of organic shapes in brilliant colors, created for the NYBG, will complement the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Other creations throughout the Botanical Gardens landscape will include the Conservatory Courtyard Pools, Lillian and Amy Goldman Fountain of Life, Leon Levy Visitor Center and Arthur and James Ross Conifer Arboretum and Native Plant Garden. These one of a kind installations will highlight the connections of artwork to the natural world.

Following our docent tour, we will board our private tram to the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, one of the Gardens most celebrated buildings. Built in 1840, this designated New York City Landmark and National Historic Landmark is located on a picturesque bend in the Bronx River. The rushing waters of the river once powered this mill, the last of three along the river, and the first to produce a finished tobacco product in America. At the Stone Mill, we will partake in the Chef’s Buffet Lunch, after which you will have time on your own to revisit the exhibits and the gift shop.

Members: $111.00                                                                  Departure: 8:45 a.m.
Non-Members: $121.00                                                         Return: 5:00 p.m.

Lunch at Oak and Almont
TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is a Second Empire style country house listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978. The 62-room, 44,000 square feet of living space mansion has been described as “one of the earliest and finest surviving Second Empire style homes ever built in the United States.” Built in 1864-68, it is an early example of the style used by the wealthy New York elites such as the Vanderbilt’s in building their Gilded Age mansion later in the 19th century, which set a new standard of opulence. The estate, formally called Elm Park, was built by LeGrand Lockwood, who made his fortune in banking and the railroad industry. Both American and immigrant artisans worked to construct and decorate the house. Financial reversals in 1869, and Lockwood’s death in 1872, resulted in the loss of the estate to Lockwood’s heirs in 1874. Charles D. Mathews and his wife Rebecca bought the property in 1876. It became a residence and suburban retreat for the Mathews family until 1938. In 1941, the estate was sold to the City of Norwalk.

After our docent-led tour, we will travel to Oak and Almond where we will have a delightful lunch.

Members: $95.00                                                                    Departure: 9:00 a.m.
Non-Member: $105.00                                                           Return: 5:00 p.m.

Buffet Luncheon Aboard

Enjoy a three-hour cruise on the calm inland waters of the Manasquan River, Point Pleasant Canal, and Barnegat Bay on a replica of a Mississippi river boat. Partake in an all-you-can-eat buffet, with Roast Beef, Sliced by a Carver, Oven Roasted Chicken, Fresh Vegetable Du Jour, Whipped Potatoes, Penne Alla Vodka, Meatballs in Italian Gravy, and a Tossed Salad. Fresh brewed coffee and tea will be available throughout the day. An OPEN bar is included throughout the cruise. Fresh baked hot chocolate chip cookies will be served butler style later in the afternoon.

The entire boat will be reserved for the Morris Museum.

Members: $120.00                                                                  Departure: 10:00 a.m.
Non-Members: $130.00                                                         Return: 4:45 p.m.       

Music Week at Mohonk CLOSED (wait list available)
Featuring Delicious Hot and Cold Buffet Luncheon
TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

Mohonk Mountain House, a sprawling Victorian castle, stands at the top of Shawangunk Ridge overlooking Lake Mohonk. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a concert of beautiful music, with melodies drifting through the air up to the mountaintops. A bountiful hot and cold buffet luncheon in the Grand Dining Room will follow. Your afternoon is free to enjoy the gardens, greenhouse, the historic Barn Museum, shopping, or take a self-guided hike on the beautiful trails with sweeping vistas, appropriate for novice and experienced hikers alike, or just sit on one of the many porch rockers and dream away the afternoon. Later in the afternoon, we’ll enjoy our second concert. After the concert, lemonade and freshly baked cookies will be served prior to departure.

If anyone chooses to visit the Mohonk Mountain House #1 Resort Spa in the US by Conde Nast Traveler, reservations must be made in advance, 877.877.2664. Please heed our departure time of 4:00 p.m.

Members: $120.00                                                                  Departure: 8:00 a.m.
Non-Members: $130.00                                                         Return: 6:00 p.m.