Exciting outings planned with Special Trips in November

By Elaine Hauptman
Resident Writer

Opera, fine dining, shopping, “museuming,” cruising, concerts, sighting seeing are only a few of the wonderful trips to whet the gastronomical and intellectual appetites of Riderwood residents. The problem is not where to go, but how to fit in all the wonderful experiences available each month.

Janet Birchfield is the dynamite trip coordinator. She has a fabulous background in public relations, consumer affairs, event planning, developing “offbeat” adventures, and yet also can stay calm, multi-tasking, and putting out a calendar to accommodate all tastes.

The November calendar of special trips is filled with wondrous adventures.

On Saturday, November 3, Janet has planned a trip to “Brigadoon.” This show has it all. There’s romance, melodious music, beautiful dancing, magical settings, and best of all… our own Ed Vilade, a Riderwood resident performing in the production. You can tap your feet to “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Come to Me, Bend to Me,” and “From This Day On.” The show will be presented by the Rockville Musical Theater, and if you have the opportunity to go backstage after the play, Ed will be happy to give you his autograph!

On Tuesday, November 13, Janet has scheduled a trip to the Philips Collection, which is hosting an exhibit “Nordic Impressions.” Art from Aland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden will offer the enormous diversity of Nordic art. On display will be idealized paintings of Nordic light, melancholic portraits, video works, plus woven and fabric designs. The themes will focus on light and darkness, the balance of nature and folklore, women’s rights, the balance of nationalism with French influence, and will explore experimental and conceptual art. Nordic Impressions demonstrates how Nordic artists have inspired each other across national boundaries while continuing to honor their own personally rooted cultural traditions.

If you loved the sample of Balalaika music presented at the Encore theater, you will undoubtedly be excited about the November 1 trip at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville. The Balalaika Society’s full ensemble will present a fabulous concert of music played on instruments made only in Russia. One of the members not only performs with the balalaika but has constructed it from scratch. What talent!

Janet Birchfield is open to all suggestions. Tastes change. New residents look forward to new and exciting programs. Get involved. If you see something fabulous, if you eat somewhere extraordinary, if you hear of any performances, please drop Janet a note. She is delighted to explore your tastes and desires and is always looking for new ways to whet your appetites.

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