From the Presidents' Corner
We are recently back from our wonderful trip to the Cloisters on May 8th. Our bus was nearly full, and there was lots of chatting and noise on the way in (we were much quieter on the way home). We had wonderful tours of the museum, including the unicorn tapestries, the room full of treasures, and the beautiful gardens. The view from the Cloisters is beautiful, overlooking the Hudson River
After lunch, Ray, from Ray’s Food and Walking Tours, joined us on the bus, and directed our driver through Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. We drove on what we all thought were impossibly narrow streets, but we made it without hitting anything or anybody! We saw all kinds of stuff, and Ray gave good commentary. Kudos and thanks to Ellen DiClemente for organizing us—kind of like herding cats—and keeping us on schedule. (Did you realize that since the Cloisters is in Manhattan, and we drove across Staten Island to get home, that we were in all five boroughs of NYC?)
One of the things we fleetingly saw was some street art (murals
and graffiti) and that started me thinking: what else is there to
see nearby? This was added to by conversations I had with people
on the tour, about what they would like to see in the area. Here
are some suggestions for things you could see, and be inspired by, this summer:
Did you know there is lots of street art in Philadelphia, and that there are guided tours (trolley, and foot)? There are also tons of outdoor sculptures in Philly, and tours for that too. There is a website about the “Museum without walls” in New York. Closer to home is the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. The Princeton University Art Museum is a little gem too. These are in addition to all the mega museums we have within striking distance.
A little farther away are all the amazing places along the Hudson River—Hyde Park, the Vanderbilt Estate, (the Culinary Institute!), and the homes of Hudson valley painters Frederick Church (Olana) and Thomas Cole (the Grove). This summer they are having a special exhibit of contemporary art called River Crossings. I have been to Olana several times (it is fabulous, on beautiful grounds), and I will be going to this exhibit in July.
For a different perspective on anything you see, take a piece of
paper and make it into a “frame”. Try moving this across whatever
you are looking at to see how it changes how you see things. Perhaps
you will get an inspiration based on seeing only part of the view.
Be sure to read the articles on Camp and Festival stuff inside this issue.
Weezie and Therese
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