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ALFA Group Trips

Upcoming ALFA Trips

Mapparium and Three of Harvard’s World Class Museums

Date: Thursday, January 10th, 2019
Time: Depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Mall at Whitney Field, Leominster—park near Entertainment Cinemas
Return: Approximately 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $66.00
Note: Limited to 55 participants. No refunds unless trip is canceled.

ALFA has an exciting day trip planned to the Mapparium and Publishing House Lobby of the Christian Science Center, as well as to three of Harvard’s world class museums. We will begin the day at the Mapparium with a short tour featuring an original presentation to illustrate how ideas have traversed time, geography, and changed the world. Then we will head over to the nearby Living Room Restaurant for your choice of one of three delicious selections. The afternoon will be spent at Harvard University. You may visit one or all of the three museums. The museums include:

The Harvard Museum of Natural History

This museum houses a diverse collections including a specimen of the extinct Dodo bird and the famous Blaschka Glass Flowers that have been noted for their beauty and exacting detail.

The Harvard Semitic Museum & Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

This museum explores the rich history of Middle Eastern cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

This museum holds one of the largest collections of cultural objects in the Western Hemisphere.

The three museums are located together, making it easy to visit them all. However, elevators are not available throughout.

Please choose one of the following selections for your meal at the Living Room Restaurant:

  1. Boston Scrod with herb bread crumbs, mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables
  2. Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables
  3. Yankee Pot Roast with oven braised potatoes and vegetables

*Dinners include warm rolls, iced tea or soft drink, coffee, tea or decaf, and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert.

Blithewold Estate, Newport Trolly Tour and Lunch at the Lobster Pot Restaurant

Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Time:  Depart at 8:15 a.m. – Departure location is TBD and will be provided before the trip date.
Return:  Approximately 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $97.00 per person, includes lunch at the Lobster Pot
Note:  Limited to 55 participants
No refunds unless trip is canceled.

ALFA will bring you to the famous Blithewold Estate and Gardens offering grand views of Narraganset Bay. There will be a 90 minute guided tour of this 33 acre property which is nationally significant in American history. It features a 45 room mansion filled with family heirlooms and is framed by a series of ten lovely gardens, an exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, whimsical stonework, and a garden house project with a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring. We will see the Bamboo Grove, the Summerhouse and our Lord and Burnham greenhouse complex. The mission of the property is to preserve New England's finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation.

Then we will travel to The Lobster Pot restaurant in Bristol, RI for lunch. This beautiful venue overlooks Bristol harbor and is famous for great seafood. After lunch we will visit Newport, RI for a 90 minute fully narrated trolley tour that covers 90 points of interest, including famous mansions along Bellevue Avenue, Cliff Walk, Fort Adams, Ocean Drive, and much more.