Special Trips preview – October 2019

The Sugarloaf Craft Fair, a look at the costumes of “The Crown,” and three exhibits at the Baltimore Museum of Art all featured this month in Special Trips.

By Elaine Hauptman

Member, Special Trips Planning Committee

Sugarloaf Craft Fair at the indoor section of the Maryland State Fairgrounds features more than 450 juried artisans. Jewelry, pottery, metals, textiles, leather goods and knit craft are all for sale and Riderwood will be traveling there on Friday, October 11. You can meet the artists, discuss your favorite work of art and see live demonstrations of glass blowing, wood sculpting, and pottery making. Food vendors offer delectable foods, herbs, and jams. What a great place to purchase gifts for the holidays!

Have you ever watched the Netflix series, The Crown? At the Winterthur Museum on Tuesday, October 15, you will have the opportunity to see how costume design plays a major role in storytelling. The exhibit, Costuming the Crown, covers the reign of Queen Elizabeth II showing royal crowns and tiaras, Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, the coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth, plus forty other spectacular costumes of that time period. If you have time and have caught your breath, browse through the wonderful gardens and visit other sections of this famous museum.

A trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art on October 17 features three fabulous exhibits. Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art offers a new perspective on the contributions of black artists, depicting the evolution of art from the 1940’s to the present. Such artists as Norman Lewis, Alma Thomas, and Jack Whitten represent the older generation, with Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Martin Puryear, Lorna Simpson as spokespersons for the younger generation. The central theme is the power of abstract art as a representation of political choice, resisting the imagery of racist mainstream culture.

In addition to the 80 paintings in this exhibition, there is also the Isaac Julien: Baltimore exhibit, where videos depict significant cultural sites such as the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, showing diverse figures of black historical personalities. It explores the many ways history is documented, silenced or foretold. Shown are Billie Holiday, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Melvin Van Peebles.

If you are not completely exhausted by now, do seek out American Women Modernists. This show includes Georgia O’Keefe, Grace Hartigan, Elsa Hutzler, Helen Jacobson, and Elizabeth Catlett. Paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts are all on display for this very exciting show.

And after taking in all that artwork, gently relax at Pauline’s, a fabulous restaurant within the walls of the Baltimore Museum.

October isn’t the only month with great trips planned though. Check your calendars and be sure to look at the events planned for the upcoming months. Sign up early since these wonderful happenings are certain to fill up quickly.

The Christmas Spectacular at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on the weekend before Christmas is an awe-inspiring stage production very much like Radio City Music Hall.

Newsies at the Arena Stage on November 6 is the story of the newsboys’ strike against the Pulitzer press. The music, dance, and story are a “must see.”

For last minute shoppers, the trip on December 18 to the National Portrait Gallery offers a holiday market in the great hall with many wonderful and unusual presents.

On November 16, the Baltimore Symphony performs Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 as well as the Prokofiev Symphony No. 5. It promises to be an extraordinary concert experience.

Be ready to dance in the aisles, clap your hands, and stomp your feet for “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Baltimore’s Hippodrome at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. Save the date: December 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Be sure to keep posted for exciting happenings, great restaurants, fun sports events, shopping sprees, cultural presentations and a plethora of dynamic special trips.

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