One Day Trips for Fall 2014

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, on Broadway, NY

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

This new musical, based on Roy Horniman's novel Israel Rank, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder finds Monty Navarro, a British commoner, discovering that he's ninth in line to inherit the Earldom of Highhurst and electing to murder the members of the odious D'Ysquith family standing in his way. In the process Monty keeps a mistress, Sibella Hallward, and courts the comely young Phoebe D'Ysquith. A Gentleman's Guide was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won for Best Musical.

We will arrive in time for lunch, some shopping and/or sightseeing before the 2 p.m. matinee. After the show, there'll be some free time to shop or grab a deli sandwich for the ride home before the 5:45 p.m. departure.

Orchestra seats.

COST: $187. Includes coach, breakfast snack, show tickets, gratuities and escort.

Monticello and the Michie Tavern, VA

Tuesday, October 23, 2014 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Monticello was the mountaintop home, gardens and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Over a 40-year period this architectural masterpiece was always being expanded and modified. Jefferson described the house as his “essay in architecture,” but today it is recognized as an international treasure. The Monticello plantation of 5,000 acres, with its four farms, was a center of agriculture and industry. Jefferson also spent a lot of time in his botanical gardens which were an elaborate laboratory of ornamental and useful plants.

We will tour the house, plantation and gardens, then continue on to Michie Tavern for lunch. Established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie, the Tavern served as the social center of its community and provided travelers with food, drink and lodging.

The group will dine on authentic homemade southern fare served by hostesses in period costumes. After lunch, we'll enjoy a tour through time and visit the tavern museum before departing for home at 4 p.m.

COST: $103. Includes coach, breakfast snack, admissions and tours, lunch, gratuities and escort.

Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, PA

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

We'll be visiting four wineries today! The Vineyard at Grandview in Mount Joy, PA, the Tamanend Winery at the Vitis Wine Center in Lancaster, Moon Dancer Winery in Wrightsville, and Naylor's Winery in Stewartstown.

Lunch will be at Bully's Restaurant & Pub in Columbia where your choices will be:
  • cranberry chicken salad sandwich,
  • smoked turkey wrap,
  • or roast beef sandwich.
All sandwiches are accompanied by sweet onion chips, pickle, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage (please indicate selection when making reservations).

We'll head home at approximately 4:45 p.m.

COST: $105. Includes coach, all wine tastings, tours, lunch, gratuities and escort.

The Last Ship, on Broadway, NY

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

A new musical composed by 16-time Grammy winner, Sting! Inspired by Sting's own childhood experiences, this World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked).

The Last Ship is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men who construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He set out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When Gideon returns home 14 years later, he finds the shipyard's future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. As the men of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence, Gideon realizes that he left behind more that he could have ever imagined. The Last Ship is a portrait of a community so bound together by passion, faith and tradition they'll stop at nothing to preserve the only life they've ever known. This show was described to me by someone who saw the preview that it's a cross between Once and Billy Elliott. Again, we'll arrive in time for lunch, some shopping and/or sightseeing before the 2 p.m. matinee.

After the show, there'll be some free time to shop or grab a deli sandwich for the ride home before the 5:45 p.m. departure.

Orchestra seats.

COST: $184. Includes coach, breakfast snack, show tickets, gratuities and escort.

Eastern State Penitentiary/Barnes Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Monday, November 17, 2014 9:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

At 11 a.m. we'll get a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark. This was the world's first true penitentiary, a prison designed to inspire penitence-or true regret-in the hearts of criminals. The original seven cellblocks spread like the spokes of a wheel, and had running water and central heat even before the White House. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Capone. The prison stands today in ruins, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and surprising, eerie beauty - and it is haunted!

Jack's Firehouse Restaurant will be the location for our lunch. The restaurant is situated in a 19th-century firehouse in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia. Much of the original mahogany interior, wood plank floors and even the brass fire pole remain intact.

Our next stop will be the Barnes Foundation Museum. This museum houses one of the finest collections of French early modern and post-impressionist paintings in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists unavailable elsewhere. The collection includes works by Picasso, Seurat, Rousseau, Modigliani, Soutine, Monet, Manet, Degas and others. Art from around the globe is grouped with fine examples of antique furniture, ceramics, hand-wrought iron, and Native American jewelry. The Barnes Foundation is much more than an art collection. It is the vibrant reflection of a life inspired by humanity and creative expression.

We'll have until 4:30 p.m. to explore the collection and visit the gift shop before departing for home.

COST: $110. Includes coach, admissions and tours, lunch, gratuities and escort.

Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA

Thursday, November 20, 2014 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Start - or continue - your holiday shopping in the heart of beautiful Bucks County, PA. This is a beautiful way to shop! Winding brick pathways take you through a unique shopping and dining experience. Peddler's Village has something for everyone with more than 80 specialty shops and six restaurants. The village is set on 42 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds where you'll find everything from clothing, American handicrafts and gifts from around the world to treats for your pets!

A favorite is Casa Casale - Italian culture and cuisine at its best - glass, ceramics, jewelry, pastas, imported and domestic foods, including olives, oils, vinegars, cheeses and meats. They're usually cooking up something special so stop in for a sample or a taste of flavored, aged balsamic vinegars.

You'll have plenty of time for shopping, sightseeing, and lunch (on your own). At 3 p.m. we'll load up all the goodies we bought and head for home.

COST: $50. Includes coach, breakfast snack, gratuities and escort.

St. Alban's House Tours, DC

Friday, December 5, 2014 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The St. Alban's School Christmas House Tour and Bazaar is a holiday tradition! We'll have the opportunity to tour four or five homes, selected from various neighborhoods in and around D.C. Each house is rich in style and décor that is sure to delight all. Leading floral designers will decorate each home for the season and live holiday music will be provided by students from St. Albans and the National Cathedral Schools. Free shuttle buses provided. More than 40 vendors will be selling unique items at the bazaar - a great place to pick up some unusual holiday gifts. Lunch is included at the school.

There will also be time to visit the National Cathedral and its gift shop before we board the coach at 3 p.m.

NOTE: we will have two pick-up locations:
  • Towson: Cromwell Bridge Road Park and Ride
  • Catonsville: Park and Ride at I-195.
Please indicate your location when making your reservation. Book early - this trip sells out every year!

COST: $103. Includes, coach, admission/tour, lunch, gratuities and escort.

New York City Day Trip - Perry Hall High School

Saturday, December 6, 2014 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Our annual holiday excursion to New York City. Take in a matinee, visit a museum, or shop, til you drop! We'll drop you off in the theatre district with a map of the Times Square area to help you get around.

We'll stay until 6:30 p.m. to give you plenty of time to explore.

This trip will depart from and return to Perry Hall High School.

COST: $60. Includes coach, breakfast snack, gratuities and escort.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular, New York

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Christmas shines here! There is no better place to be this holiday than at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! Every year, the Rockettes push themselves further to put on a show that's more dynamic, more challenging and more magical than the last. Take a thrilling 3-D ride through the skies of New York with Santa, and be whisked up to the North Pole, as state-of-the-art technology transforms Radio City Music Hall into a magical, immersive wonderland. From a unique take on ”The Nutcracker” to the American original “Here Come Santa Claus,” the show delights with Clara, ice skaters, dancing teddy bears, dozens of Santas and more surprises! In a reverent tribute to the first Christmas, celebrants take the stage for the awe-inspiring Living Nativity. As unique today as it was in 1932, Radio City Music Hall is the showplace of the nation. Only the world's largest indoor theater could host the most spectacular Christmas celebration.

We'll arrive in New York in time for shopping, sightseeing and/or lunch before our 2 p.m. matinee.

After the show, there'll be time to shop or grab a deli sandwich for the ride home before the 5:45 p.m. departure.

COST: $125. Includes coach, breakfast snack, show tickets, gratuities, and escort.