Tour & Talk


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Brookdale’s Tour & Talk day trips and overnight adventures offer yearlong opportunities for discovering places of cultural and historical interest. Get on board a luxury motor coach for a unique experience within a community of like-minded, learning enthusiasts. Leave the planning and the driving to us – sit back and enjoy the ride. Buses depart from Parking Lot #1 at the Lincroft campus.

Guys & Dolls At Montclair State University, Alexander Kasser Theatre: Early Lunch At Laboratorio Kitchen

The College of the Arts’ Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University has trained actors, dancers, production artists and educators to create “magic” for the stage for more than 50 years. Experience an iconic, Golden Era musical performed by MSU “stars of the future” in the state-of-the-art Alexander Kasser theater. Guys and Dolls has delighted audiences since opening in 1950, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. The story of small-time gamblers and the ladies in their lives, Guys and Dolls’ classic score, includes Luck Be a Lady Tonight and Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat. By popular demand we’ll return to Laboratorio for an amazingly delicious lunch. Bet your lucky
stars it will be a day to remember!

Sun, Mar 3, 10 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $139, XTRVY 278

Andy Warhol: From A To B And Back Again, The Whitney Museum: Lunch At Fig & Olive Art? That’s a man’s name. – Andy Warhol

Few American artists are as instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Experience a guided tour of the first Warhol retrospective since 1989. Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive and influential American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials and research emerging since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know. We’ll stop on the way to check out Flow Separation, a 1930s fire boat done up in a contemporary Dazzle motif by artist Tauba Auerbach and The Bowery Mural Wall. Enjoy the Mediterranean flavors and sophisticated yet relaxing atmosphere of Fig & Olive for a late lunch.

Mon, Mar 11, 9 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 279

National Geographic Encounter, Ocean Odyssey, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Tour – New York Public Library: Lunch at Pergola Des Artistes

This first-of-its kind immersive entertainment experience lets you play with sea lions, get up-close with a majestic, life-sized humpback whale, and discover the incredible stories of National Geographic’s ocean explorers. Take a breathtaking, interactive underwater journey that uses cutting-edge technology to transport you to extraordinary places and rarely witnessed moments in nature. Enjoy lunch at Pergola Des Artistes, a family-run French restaurant in Times Square. Last stop is a tour of the majestic Beax-Arts landmark, known to most as the New York Public Library. Patience and Fortitude, the coolest cats in town guard the space with dignity. Marvel at the beauty of the architecture while we learn the history, and a few surprises, about this iconic public space.

Thurs, Mar 28, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 280

Kennett Symphony’s Classically Yours Performance At Longwood Gardens, Visit to the Gardens: Late Lunch At Brandywine Prime

The Classically Yours performance is a rare combination of art forms – the symphony and the stunning beauty of Longwood Gardens. The Kennett Symphony will perform Siegfried Idyll, an astonishing birthday gift for Wagner’s wife, Cosima, which was performed on the steps to her bedroom as she awoke one Christmas morning. Also featured – Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, beautiful for its tragic power and vitality of expression, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. You’ll have ample time to visit the beautiful gardens at Longwood prior to a pre-concert talk providing insight into the evening’s music selections. There will be a post concert Q&A with the cello soloist and select members of the orchestra. Enjoy traditional American cuisine and a charming atmosphere at Brandywine Prime.

Sun, Apr 7, 11:30 am-11:30 pm
Fee and Code: $159, XTRVY 281

Snack will be provided on the bus ride home.

Museum Of The American Revolution, Elfreth’s Alley: Lunch At Positano Coast, Philadelphia

Experience a memorable visit to the City of Brotherly Love, with lifelong learning’s favorite scholars – Dr. Christopher Bellitto and Rabbi emeritus, Brooks Susman. Explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution through an expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art that bring to life the original “greatest generation.” Immersive galleries, theater experiences, and recreated historical moments showcase the events, ideals and modern-day relevance of our nation’s founding. A docent-led highlight tour will be followed by time on your own to further explore – make sure to experience the awe- inspiring presentation featuring General Washington’s original headquarters tent. Our first stop will be a stroll down Elfreth’s Alley, our nation’s oldest residential street. Indulge in a delicious lunch at Positano Coast.

Wed, Apr 10, 8:30 am-6:15 pm
Fee and Code: $139, XTRVY 282

Guided Building Tour Of Hamilton’s Custom House, National Museum Of The American Indian, Castle Clinton National Monument; Lunch At Fraunces Tavern

Nothing taxing about this day – experience an in-depth look at the unique architecture and exquisite beauty of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by the famed architect Cass Gilbert (Woolworth Building) – now home of The National Museum of the American Indian. Visit the Collectors Office, not normally open to the public, which features woodwork by Tiffany Studios. Explore the Museum of the American Indian and its’ current exhibit; Infinity of Nations presenting works of art from Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. Following lunch at the historical Fraunces Tavern, enjoy a ranger-led tour of Castle Clinton National Monument, located on the southern tip of Manhattan. Initially intended to prevent a British invasion in 1812, the fortification has transformed over the years to welcome theatergoers, immigrants, sightseers, and now, millions of visitors to New York Harbor.

Mon, Apr 15, 8:15 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 283

Spring Lambing Tour At Valley Shephard Creamery, Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch Tour: Lunch At Chesapeake Tavern

An expert guide will introduce you to the world of milking, cheese making, and sheep shearing. Through glass windows, observe a state-of the-art barn and ewenique rotary milking parlor. You may even get a glimpse of a cheese maker in action! Enjoy a taste of a few famous Valley Shepherd cave aged cheeses. Grab your camera for a visit to the lamb building – meet hundreds of fluffy baby lambs just waiting to be held. End your visit nibbling cheese made at this award-winning creamery and check out the wide selection of gourmet goodies and gifts. Following a tasty lunch at the Chesapeake Tavern, visit the Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch where you’ll learn the history of the ranch, general knowledge about alpacas, and meet and interact with a few of these soft and friendly animals – said to make great pets. We’ll be tempted; but no alpacas allowed on the bus!

Thurs, May 23, 8:30 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $129, XTRVY 284

Brooklyn Unplugged Tours – Coney Island Boardwalk & Surrounding Neighborhoods Guided Bus Tour; Lunch At il Fornetto

Jeff Stirewalt, expert on all things Brooklyn will hop on our coach and guide us through a unique exploration of diverse neighborhoods. Experience the eccentric vibe of Coney Island, birth place of the amusement park and circus sideshow. Learn about the historical and cultural seaside section of Brighton Beach, known as “Little Odessa” due to its tightknit Russian and Eastern European communities. Explore Orthodox Jewish Gravesend & Midwood. Did you know that Brooklyn has one of the largest concentrations of Victorian homes in the country? Discover the tree-lined streets of Victorian Flatbush boasting Queen Anne, Tudor, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, and Japanese Cottage style homes. Mangia at il Fornetto, serving authentic Italian cuisine on the waterfront in Sheepshead Bay.

Thurs, May 30, 8:15 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $135, XTRVY 285

Hampton National Historic Site; Early Dinner At Bread & Circuses

Tour Hampton Mansion and estate considered one of the finest examples of late Georgian style architecture in America. In 1790, the house was the largest in the United States. At its peak, Hampton had 25,000 acres with ironworks, grain crops, beef cattle, thoroughbred horses, coal mining, marble quarries, mills, and other mercantile interests. Standing on a hill overlooking terraced gardens, exotic trees, and green lawns, Hampton is the story of people – enslaved African Americans, European indentured servants, industrial and agricultural workers, and owners. It is also the story of the economic and moral changes that made forced servitude in the United States obsolete. Enjoy an early dinner at an authentic bistro serving contemporary American cuisine with a Bohemian flair.

Thurs, June 6, 9 am-9 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 286
Boxed lunch will be provided during the ride to our destination

The Way We Were: A Tribute To Barbara Streisand At The Brownstone, Paterson NJ

Hello Gorgeous… Celebrate an American diva, superstar and sensation! Since the 1960s, she has won more varied awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, special Tony, Golden Globe, Peabody) than anyone else in show business. “Barbra” Streisand has sold over sixty-eight million records, more than any other female singer with songs like: Memories, Happy Days are Here Again, People, Hello Dolly and many more. Starring Ryan Kelly award winning film and singing star and funny man Chris Monty, this show will leave you cheering for more. Enjoy a family style lunch and two complimentary drinks.

Thurs, June 27, 10 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: $125, XTRVY 287

Grounds For Sculpture: Lunch At Rat’s Restaurant

Experience a docent-led tour of Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre public sculpture park founded by Seward Johnson to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture. Discover an outdoor permanent collection of over 270 sculptures by both well-known and emerging contemporary artists as well as indoor seasonal exhibitions in eight galleries. Grounds For Sculpture is also a garden and arboretum, featuring paved terraces, pergolas, and courtyards juxtaposed with natural woodlands, ponds and groves of bamboo. Following a private lunch in the beautiful Pavilion at Rat’s Restaurant enjoy time on your own for a leisurely and inspiring exploration of the gardens, sculptures and galleries.

Thurs, June 13, 9 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 289


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