By Elaine Hauptman
Member, Special Trips Committee
As summer fades away and leaves begin to turn flaming red, fall’s cooling breezes and moderate temperatures whet appetites for special trips. Glenstone in Potomac, MD offers 300 acres of landscaped splendor, art integrated with architecture and nature, and a very special trip on September 19. Buildings rise out of the earth, water courts offer time for meditation, and two cafes satisfy the palate. The galleries, under natural lighting, offer the visitor an opportunity to see how the light fluctuates and changes the perceptions of the artwork.
There is a short walk to the Pavillions, and for the more adventurous, a timber bridge leading onto an expansive meadow where you can see works of outdoor sculptures. If walking is a challenge, outdoor paths through extensive gardens can be skipped. There is plenty to view within the 204,000 square feet of buildings called the Pavillions. For those who enjoy a challenge, there are paths, trails, streams, meadows and forests embracing spectacular outdoor sculptures. All of these grounds are organic and an educational center has been integrated into this wonderful landscape. Here, they teach how to do composting, waste reduction, recycling, water conservation and organic landscape management. The ponds act as cisterns to manage rainfall, and the spectacular lily pond near the Bridle Trail is part of the aquatic ecosystem.
Another extraordinary experience for September will be the Cirque du Soleil, “VOLTA,” offered under the Big Top at Tyson’s Corner, VA on September 18. Acrobats in a visually striking world entertain and surprise. The theme of “VOLTA” is to be who you are and reach and then realize your dream. It is a story of transformation engulfed with a melodic score imitating the culture of street sports as a metaphor for freedom to recognize your own power to make dreams possible.
Sign up quickly for the September 10 trip to Hillwood, the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post. A special exhibit of Alfred Eisenstaedt, the extraordinary photojournalist, is being shown at the Adirondack House. His famous photo of VJ Day in Times Square will never be forgotten. There are also photos of Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and many other famous people. Eisenstaedt’s cover of LIFE magazine in 1965 solidified Marjorie Merriweather Post’s position as a philanthropist, astute businesswoman, and social figure.
In addition, you can tour this gorgeous mansion and view the French Drawing Room, the breakfast room and the sacred arts gallery with the magnificent jeweled chalice. You can get lost in the luxurious gardens and meditate at the Japanese waterfall.
On September 12, a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Industry offers a new perspective on the 20th century women. Images from the “Fall of Bethlehem Steel” exhibit depicts the demise of “old industries” and its effect upon the people and the towns that supported them.
Later in September a trip to the Phillips Collection offers “Stories of Global Displacement” demonstrating migration from war and impoverished nations to new and challenging environments.
The Special Trip committee welcomes suggestions from every resident. In addition to Judi Hensley, Kevin Wilson, Dee Dee Gray-Weaver, Andrew Janosko, Fiona Divecha, and Jason Spivey, there are a number of sub-committees composed of Riderwood residents.
Museums, Art Galleries, and other art centric events are overseen by the subcommittee of residents Lynne Curry, Judith Johnson, and Marilyn Tublin. Trips to theaters, concert halls, the Baltimore Philharmonic, and the University of Maryland music programs are planned by residents Allan Brodsky and Elaine Hauptman. Resident Jackie Nichols is seeking exciting and delicious new restaurants to explore, while resident Judith Shanefelter is on the lookout for a variety of events and trips that don’t fit into the previous categories.
We welcome all suggestions, comments, and kudos. If you are interested in joining any of the above committees, please contact the person (or persons) listed in that endeavor. Contact information for these residents can be found in the resident directory.