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JULY 25-31, 2023
Once again we are blending two of our favorite New England Excursions into one fabulous itinerary filled with theater, dance, concerts, museums, and more. We begin in the BERKSHIRE MOUNTAINS of Western Massachusetts where we have included performances at TANGLEWOOD, BARRINGTON STAGE, and JACOB'S PILLOW. Continue on to VERMONT to attend concerts at the exceptional MARLBORO MUSIC FESTIVAL. There, master concert artists join each summer with exceptional young professionals to rehearse, study and play together as one musical family. Gorgeous scenery and a treasure trove of museums and historic houses will also be a part of this extraordinary summer journey.

EDVARD MUNCH, THE SUN 1912 Oil on canvas
Munchmuseet, Oslo, Norway. MM.M.00822
TUESDAY, JULY 25 - Departing in the morning from the PHILADELPHIA area we will stop in COOPERSTOWN, NY for a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE at GLIMMERGLASS OPERA (optional). You may choose instead to spend a relaxing afternoon in this lovely town and visit the BASEBALL HALL OF FAME or the FENIMORE ART MUSEUM, a lovely small museum of American Art. A stop for an included dinner is planned before checking in at the HAMPTON INN & SUITES in LENOX, MA. (L, D)

Kingfisher Castle Lake Glimmerglass Cooperstown NY
Photo by Kenneth Summers
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 – Visit AMHERST for a tour of the EMILY DICKINSON MUSEUM. Enjoy the splendid architecture of AMHERST COLLEGE and visit the MEAD ART MUSEUM with a wide-ranging collection of paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and more. Dinner is included in STOCKBRIDGE this evening followed by a performance of OONA DOHERTY, a troupe from Northern Ireland, at JACOBS PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL. (B, D)

Installation of Rotherwas Project 5, Christopher Myers. MEAD MUSEUM, Amherst College Photo by Luke Williamson '21.
THURSDAY, JULY 27-This morning we travel to WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, to visit the WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART and the extraordinary STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE with its exciting building by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando. On view is Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth, focusing on the Norwegian artist's unique perspective on nature and landscapes. You also can visit MASS MOCA, the fabulous venue for contemporary art in NORTH ADAMS. Dinner is included in PITTSFIELD this evening followed by a performance at BARRINGTON STAGE of BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY by award-winning playwright Pearl Cleage. (B, D)
FRIDAY, JULY 28 – This morning, visit THE MOUNT, the home of EDITH WHARTON, followed by lunch and shopping in LENOX. This afternoon you can attend a contemporary recital at OZAWA HALL at the TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER. Or, you can attend a performance of Ken Ludwig’s DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE, at SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY nearby. Our included concert at TANGLEWOOD this evening features Mahler’s Symphony No 1 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. Dinner is on your own at Tanglewood. (B)
SATURDAY, JULY 29 - The Open Rehearsal at TANGLEWOOD this morning will feature Joshua Bell performing Paganini’s Concerto No 1. If you prefer, you can visit CHESTERWOOD, the home, and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French, or the iconic NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM nearby. Stop at the SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART in NORTHAMPTON, MA before traveling north to BRATTLEBORO, VT, and check in at the HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS for a two-night stay. Dinner is included this evening before our first concert at the MARLBORO MUSIC FESTIVAL. (B, D)

A Marlboro rainbow. Photo by Pete Checchia.
SUNDAY, JULY 30- Relax this morning or enjoy some time in BRATTLEBORO where you can shop, have lunch on your own, and visit the BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM & ART CENTER. In the afternoon, enjoy our second concert at the MARLBORO MUSIC FESTIVAL. Dinner is included this evening in BRATTLEBORO. (B, D)
MONDAY, JULY 31 – Travel south to HARTFORD, CT where a tour of the CONNECTICUT STATE CAPITOL has been arranged. After lunch in West Hartford, stop at NOOK FARM and tour the MARK TWAIN HOUSE & MUSEUM before returning to Philadelphia. (B, L)
COST: The cost for land arrangements is $3275. The additional cost for a single is $650. 
INCLUDED IN THE COST: Accommodations for six nights as described in the itinerary including tax; five dinners, two lunches, and buffet breakfast daily, all transportation by deluxe motor coach from the Philadelphia area; admission costs for included museums and sites; five performances. Costs are based on a minimum of 15 participants The trip will be escorted by a representative from EXCURSIONS FROM THE SQUARE. Tickets to CANDIDE at GLIMMERGLASS OPERA are additional.
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 29 PARTICIPANTS and can be reserved with a deposit of $850. You can request a special link to pay online with a bank transfer or credit card. (CREDIT CARD FEES WILL APPLY). Or you can send a check made payable to EXCURSIONS FROM THE SQUARE and mail it to ELLEN KAY COLEMAN, 226 W. Rittenhouse Square, #1012, Philadelphia, PA 19103. When you make a reservation be sure to include complete contact information: address, phone number(s), and email address.
FINAL PAYMENT is due no later than MONDAY, MAY 1, 2023. Full refund for land arrangements may be made until MONDAY, MAY 1 less your deposit of $850. Thereafter, all costs are non-refundable. Travel insurance is highly recommended and is available from EXCURSIONS FROM THE SQUARE.