Special Events & Tours

Tours Around Town

Tour of Alcosan
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Members Only

One of the best ways to learn about the process of cleaning wastewater is by taking a walking tour of ALCOSAN’s 59-acre treatment facility on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Those interested in learning more about ALCOSAN and all the ways that ALCOSAN is green by mission and by choice should join us for a guided tour that will take just over an hour. Because these are walking tours, it is recommendedthat visitors using crutches, walkers or other devices to assist with mobility forego the standard tour and instead visit during ALCOSAN’s annual Open House in the fall, when more suitable accommodations are available for guests. We require all visitors to wear closed shoes (tennis shoes) when taking a tour. On-site parking is available at no charge. 

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Fee: $16 (includes admission and private group docent)
Members Only

The Frick Pittsburgh presents Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an exhibition featuring more than 70 masterpieces collected by Pittsburgh-born collector and philanthropist, Paul Mellon (1907-1999). There will be masterpieces from every important school of French art from Romanticism through the School of Paris. A number of works included in the exhibition were only recently given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and have not been seen publicly for a generation.

Covering more than 150 years of French art, the exhibition includes a beautiful and intimate group of Impressionist paintings by Édouard Manet (1882-1883), Pierre August Renoir (1841-1919), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), and Camille Pissarro (1830–1903), as well as iconic works by Romantic masters Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) and Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) and the Post-Impressionist and modernist work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947).

Day Trips

Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, Pymatuning State Park, and Linesville State Fish Hatchery
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $65 includes motor coach, all admittances, tours, one snack, and lunch
Parking: $10 Soldiers and Sailors Garage (optional but must be purchased in advance)

The Pymatuning region of PA, located in the northwest corner of the state, is a magnet for tourists as well as students and researchers interested in ecology.  The Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE), the University of Pittsburgh’s biological field station, is a facility that supports world class biological research and education.  During the tour of PLE, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with researchers studying avian ecology, amphibian biology and disease ecology.   The adjacent State Park and Fish Hatchery provide additional touring opportunities. Highlights of the tour of Pymatuning State Park include a guided tour of the Jamestown Dam gatehouse, a chance to interact with the park naturalist and a visit to the famous Spillway where “the ducks walk on the fish.”  The Linesville Fish Hatchery is one of the primary warm-water hatcheries in the state.  You will have the opportunity to see the operation from their indoor viewing deck, explore the visitors center exhibits and interact with hatchery staff.

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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