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Events & Trips

Please note: every semester Marcia Jamron plans exciting trips for our members. The three trips below (from Spring 2013) remain on this page to show an example of the quality and diversity of our ILR offerings.

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Where we are going - Spring 2014

“Gilded New York” at the Museum of the City of New York



Where we went - Fall 2013

Audubon Terrace New York

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston


“Gilded New York” at the Museum of the City of New York explores the city’s visual culture and the end of the 19th century. Everything was extravagant and proscribed from the fans women
carried to their dress to their mansion’s Décor. The exhibition displays portraits, jewelry, decorative objects and much more. Learn how “THE OTHER HALF LIVED” in this dazzling display of wealth between the mid-1870’s and the early 20th century. This was the time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and had a popular Ladies’ Mile and money was to be spent BIGTIME.
We will then go to the Academy of Medicine for a special “bag lunch,” outside if the weather is good; inside at the unique academy if it is not. From there, we will go to see one of the 100 Charles P.H. Gilbert designed gilded mansions. This gorgeous mansion was built for bank, broker, and railroad investor Isaac D. Fletcher in 1897. The Gothic moldings, high mansard, and giant entryway make the building as much a fantasy as a work of architecture.

Cost: $95 all inclusive. Mail check payable to ILR to Marcia Jamron, 229 Karen Dr., Orange,CT 06477. Tel:203-795-4444.


Those who were on the ILR trip last fall were teased to see a very small part of the Trinity Cemetery. NOW you can see
the famous people interred in this famous cemetery and hear their histories. Be entertained in the lovely Church of the Intercession by a well known New York jazz group using the wonderful Aeolian organ, one of the very few remaining working organs in the world.. And when did you last hear a jazz demonstration with organ music!!

After an exciting lunch with a glass of Sangria, we will visit the United Palace aka Lowe’s 175th St. Theater. This building is known for its architecture, its gilt Byzantine-Romanesque-Indo-Hindu-Sino-Moorish-Eclectic-Rococo Deco decorations and is why the building has not been torn down.

Cost $98 all inclusive. Mail check payable to ILR to Marcia Jamron, 229 Karen Dr., Orange, CT 06477. Tel: 203-795-4444.

GLEBE HOUSE MUSEUM—In Woodbury, CT - TUESDAY, JUNE 17We visit the Glebe House Museum, the birthplace of the Episcopal Church in the New World, and the Gertrude Jekyll Garden. Come with us to see how the house is graced by the only extant American Garden planned by England’s most venerated designer. This 18th century, 1750, farmhouse will show us CT in the era of the Revolutionary War. In 1926 the famed horticulturist designer was commissioned to plan an “old fashioned” garden. Here, we will see 600 feet of classic English style
mixed border and foundation plantings, a planted stone terrace and an intimate rose allee. Come discover the meaning of GLEBE.

Lunch will follow at Connecticut’s oldest Inn, the Curtis House Inn, built in 1735. The original house included a second story ballroom which also served as a meeting hall and may have been known as the “tea room.” Today it is ranked #1 of 5 Woodbury’s Bed & Breakfast and Inns.

Cost $61 all inclusive. Mail check payable to ILR to Marcia Jamron, 229
Karen Dr., Orange, CT 06477. Tel. 203-795-4444.


Audubon Terrace New York, Tuesday, September 24

ILR loves to go, see and learn new things. So come with us to Audubon Terrace, the block between 155th & 156th Streets in upper Manhattan. This was originally part of a farm owned by the naturalist and painter, John James Audubon. Today it is a cultural center, housing among other notable buildings, the Hispanic Society of America. The area is monument to the Beaux Arts architecture and to such men as Charles Pratt Huntington, Stanford White and Cass Gilbert. We will indulge our thirst for watercolors, drawings, and sculptures that look at nearly every aspect of Spain and Portugal. We will see Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. We will then walk a short distance to the Church of the Intercession, another notable architectural beauty of the early 1900s. We will see church features such as the altar designed by Tiffany, notable terra cotta floors, and an Aeolian Skinner organ. In this church a wonderful surprise has been offered to us. After a triumphant tour of Spain very recently, the murals by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida will tell us of Spanish life at the turn of the last century. When the murals were recently shown in Spain they drew unprecedented numbers of viewers. After being in New York for about 80 years, barely known, the murals have gained A-list celebrity status. The church area also includes Trinity Cemetery where many well known people are listed as “permanent residents.” Lunch is at Dinosaur’s, a great barbeque spot with great views of the Hudson River. All inclusive cost is $95. Mail check made to ILR to Marcia Jamron, 229 Karen Drive, Orange CT 06477. Details of the bus pickup will be sent later to those who have reserved a spot.


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Thursday, October 3

You are invited to the elegant home of Isabella for lunch in he Café and to see her very impressive collections. Isabella was one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. She was also a friend of the likes of John Singer Sargent, James McNeil Whistler, Henry James and other notables. She was a visionary creator of what remains one of the most remarkable and intimate collections of art in the world today. In her home, Isabella installed her varied works in a way to initiate responses to the art, mixing paintings, furniture and sculpture, asking at her death that the collection not be altered in any way. Her gardens are lush and beautiful. The cost with a very special lunch and guided tour is $90. Leave Connecticut between 8:00-8:30 am. The amount of walking will be up to the individual, as we will have a one hour tour. Send your check made out to ILR to Marcia Jamron at 229 Karen Drive, Orange CT 06477. Call Marcia Jamron at 203.795.4444 with any questions.



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