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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, prompting Thomas Jefferson to say that the view was “worth a voyage across the Atlantic.” This picturesque town is built in the Appalachian Mountains and is multi-layered when it comes to our nation’s history.

Harper’s Ferry was the starting place of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the site of John Brown’s infamous raid, which precipitated the Civil War and the bridge crossing the Potomac was the first structural steel bridge in the world. The Harpers Ferry Historical Association will provide an in-depth guided tour for our group. This inspiring tour will include information on battles, significant historical locations, John Brown’s raid, the Civil War and transportation and industry.

Our first stop of the day will be for lunch at the Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This was the original Jefferson Security Bank built in 1906 in the “Beaux Arts” style of architecture popular at that time. Known for their natural ingredients, the Yellow Brick Bank will entice our taste buds with old classics and new favorites. Our choices will be: shepherd’s pie, wood oven-roasted salmon or a sautéed chicken breast with mushroom, tomato and white wine sauce over fettuccine. Please write your luncheon choice on your check. Harpers Ferry is a town that has been preserved in time but will come alive again as our tour guide spins fascinating tales of memorable events that took place here long ago.

Activity No. 7015.314
$134 per person/$129 MCC district residents. Cost includes deluxe motor coach transportation, the guided tour of Harpers Ferry, lunch, a morning snack and a driver’s tip. Please arrive at MCC by 9:15 a.m. Bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m. Bus returns at approximately 6:30 p.m. Make checks payable to Excursionaire.

Please note: Online registration is not available for day trips. Please complete a registration form and register in person, by mail or fax (703-556-0547).

A Day at the National Gallery of Art
A Day at the National Gallery of Art

A Day at the National Gallery of Art
Wyeth – Degas – Cassatt

Monday, June 9, 2014

This is a unique experience provided by McLean Project for the Arts and Excursionaire Tours. Spend the day at the National Gallery of Art viewing two separate special exhibits, Andrew Wyeth “Looking Out, Looking In” and “Degas/Cassatt,” which explores the influence the painters Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt had upon each other’s work.

The National Gallery was recently gifted Andrew Wyeth’s “Wind from the Sea” and is using this important painting to present Wyeth’s recurring theme of the window as the subject of his art. Wyeth is known for his sparseness and elegance and for incorporating the abstract into his window paintings. “Looking Out, Looking In” showcases some 45 watercolors, drawings and tempura paintings and will only be shown in Washington, DC.

It has long been know that Edgar Degas greatly influenced Mary Cassatt, but not so much the fact that Cassatt influenced Degas. This unique exhibit shows that they had a deep friendship founded on mutual respect and admiration for their creative talents. Through 70 works of art done during a period from the late 1870s through the mid-1880s, this exhibit showcases new insight into how closely these famous artists worked together to help create the impressionist movement.

Lunch will be on your own and is offered at either the Cascades Café or the Garden Café in the National Gallery of Art. Both serve delicious salads, sandwiches and specialty entrees.

Activity No. 7012.314
$58 per person/$53 MCC district residents. Please arrive at MCC by 9:15 a.m. Bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m. Bus returns to MCC at approximately 4:30 p.m. Make check payable to Excursionaire.

Please note: Online registration is not available for day trips. Please complete a registration form and register in person, by mail or fax (703-556-0547).