Special Events & Tours

Day Trips

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH
with Doug Oster, Home and Garden Editor Pittsburgh Tribune Review and Everybody Gardens
Monday, August 6, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $100 includes motor coach, entrance, and tours
Parking: $10 Soldiers and Sailors Garage (optional but must be purchased in advance)

Visit Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and discover beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens filled with exotic plant life from around the world, water features, and seasonal exhibitions.  Glass artwork by Dale Chihuly from the Conservatory's permanent collection is on long term view and learn more about the art of glass making during a demonstration in the Conservatory's working Hot Shop.  New for 2018, explore the Scott's MiracleGro Foundation's 2-acre Children's Garden and expanded Grand Mallway spaces which will feature this years exhibition of Topiaries at the Conservatory, a collection of over 100 animal topiaries created by the Conservatory's horticulture design team.  Interactive artwork by artist Theo Watson will be featured in the Cardinal Health Gallery.  The Conservatory's Bonsai collection will be featured in Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, and over 2,000 live tropical butterflies will be in free-flight in the Pacific Island Water Gardens. Doug Oster will lead us on a tour of the facility, speak on the bus, and help us to get the most from our visit.

Day at Chautauqua Institution with Lecture by Cellist, Yo-Yo Ma
Friday, August 10, 2018 from 6:15 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $130 includes motor coach, lunch at the Athenaeum, and admission to Chautauqua Institution
Parking: $10 Soldiers and Sailors Garage (optional but must be purchased in advance)

Spend a day at Chautauqua Institution, a summer retreat promoting the arts, education, and recreation. We arrive in time to hear the morning conversation with World-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Ma who has recorded more than 100 albums (including 19 Grammy Award winners), creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a model for the cultural collaboration essential to a strong society. Expanding upon this belief, in 1998 Ma established Silkroad, a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions. Among his many roles, Ma is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant and artistic advisor at large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

After the lecture, lunch is in the historic Athenaeum Hotel. You may structure your day to suit your interests--visit the wonderful bookstore and interesting shops, stroll along the lake, or walk the magnificent grounds, taking in the 100-year-old homes, beautiful gardens, and tranquil areas for relaxation and meditation. While there is free mini-van transportation throughout the area, there is considerable walking involved. Please note: the speaker is subject to change. Moderate walking is involved.

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