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Happy Summer!

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As we welcomed the summer solstice this morning at 12:24 a.m., we are proud to present a summer newsletter series of “Fun Summer Getaways”.

Beginning next week and all throughout the summer we will spotlight exciting summer destinations that are not more than a tankful of gas from the New York City area.

Look forward to reading about:

*Lake George, New York ~ June 28

*Cape May, New Jersey ~ July 5

*Fire Island, New York ~ July 12

*Newport, Rhode Island ~ July 19

*The Catskills, New York ~ July 26

*Providence, Rhode Island ~ August 2

*The Poconos, Pennsylvania ~ August 9

*Cooperstown, New York ~ August 16

*Annapolis, Maryland ~ August 23

*Atlantic City, New Jersey ~ August 30

 

Have A Safe and Wonderful Summer!

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The History of Flag Day

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Over 100 years ago on May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14.  The day celebrates the adoption of the “Stars and Stripes” as the official flag of the United States.

According to American legend, in June 1776, George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, to create a flag for our nation in anticipation of a declaration of its independence from England.

On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.  Adams stated that the flag shall have thirteen stripes, one for each of the thirteen colonies that declared independence from Great Britain, and alternate red and white.  The Union will be represented by thirteen white five-pointed stars on a blue background, representing a new constellation.

To date, there have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag.  Stars have been added as states have entered the Union.  The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became our 50th state.

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Museum Mile Summer Festival

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New York City‘s special museum season kicks off on June 13th with the Museum Mile Festival.  Several museums keep their doors open longer than usual and offer free admission to patrons.  Your New York City student tour group will enjoy visits to these museums:
(1) On June 13th, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum begins its Summer Tuesdays series with extended hours until 9 p.m.  As your New York City school trip walks around the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda, your New York City educational tour group will enjoy work by artists including Kandinsky, Picasso, van Gogh and Pollock, who also has his own show, “Jackson Pollock: Exploring Alchemy” through September 6th.
(2) Viewing all of the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s galleries could take a New York City school trip days but this summer make sure your New York City student tour group sees the new Costume Institute exhibit, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”, focusing on the Japanese fashion designer, and “Sara Berman’s Closet”, a re-creation filled with shoes, clothes, linens, beauty products, luggage and other necessities,
all in shades of white.  The Roof Garden Bar offers summer treats with dazzling views of New York City.
(3) The American Museum of Natural History offers both children and adults the opportunity to sleepover at the museum.  If your New York City educational tour group prefers to visit while the sun is out, make sure your New York City school trip does not miss the museum’s newest exhibit, “Mummies”, which looks at the mummification practices of ancient Egyptians and Peruvians; and displays such as “The Titanosaur”, “Cuba”  and “Opulent Oceans” as well as the film “Humpback Whales”.
(4) The New York Historical Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.  New York City student tour groups have a chance to explore how American artists reacted to the conflict with “World War I Beyond the Trenches”, featuring artwork by John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe and others, as well as toys and posters.  The exhibit, “Elosie at the Museum”, takes a closer look at the minds, sketches and manuscripts behind the picture-book heroine.  End your visit with a treat from the recently opened Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar.

(5) On the first Saturday of every month, the Brooklyn Museum stays up late. Target First Saturdays allow New York City school trip groups to explore exhibits until 11 p.m.  Enjoy “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern”, “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85”, and “Infinite Blue”.  Independence Day is celebrated in July and Caribbean culture will be celebrated in August.  Stop by the cafe for a snack or an Artist Sandwich, inspired by artists featured at the museum.

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Secrets of The Sweetest Place on Earth

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Milton Hershey dreamed of a place where his employees and residents of the eponymous factory town would have a family-friendly environment to picnic and boat. Hersheypark officially opened on April 24, 1907 with the first baseball pitch at the new Hershey Field as Mr. and Mrs. Hershey watched from the grandstand.
Some sweet Hersheypark facts for your Hersheypark school trip group to savor:
(1) In 2000, Hersheypark won the “Applause Award,” presented bi-annually by Liseberg Park of Sweden recognizing excellence and inspiration in the theme park industry.
(2) Last year, more than 800 gallons of ice cream were used for king-sized shakes and about 340,000 units of candy were sold. The most popular candy purchased are the Giant bars, followed by King Size bars.
(3) Only one horse on the carousel has a closed mouth. One of the carousel’s horses
is painted in honor of Milton S. Hershey.  The horse’s colors, chocolate brown and gold, match the colors of the school he founded.
(4) The new Hershey Triple Tower allows guests to choose the tower they would like to ride depending on their fear level.  The Hershey’s Tower stands 189 feet high and rockets riders to the top before blasting back to the bottom at 45 miles per hour.  The shorter Reese’s Tower measures 131 feet high.  For acrophobic guests, the Hershey’s Kisses Tower is a mere 80 feet high.
(5) When it opened in 1977, the Sooperdooperlooper was the first modern looping coaster on the East Coast. This year, the coaster turns 40 years-old!
(6) With your Hersheypark ticket, you can enter the park the night before for more than 2 1/2 hours of sweet fun!  All employees receive complimentary admission.
(7) The Frog Hopper and Tilt-a-Whirl are the only two rides in the Park that have an
odd number of fixed ride vehicles (cars, trains or seats that you sit in during a ride). Each ride has seven.
(8) The Park is allergy friendly.  Gluten and nut free options are included among menu items at the park.

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Celebrating Our Service Men and Women – Fleet Week 2017

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The 29th Annual Fleet Week will take place from May 24th to May 30th in New York City.  The seven-day celebration honors the members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.  A variety of great activities await your New York City student tour group to enjoy across New York City.
(1)  Parade of Ships:  Fleet Week kicks off with a flotilla of visiting vessels and tall ships cruising along the Hudson River into New York Harbor.  The USS Kearsarge will render a 7-gun salute as the ship passes Fort Hamilton. Fort Hamilton will return with a 15-gun salute.  The ships will dock in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island where they will open for public tours for your New York City school trip.
(2)  The USS Intrepid pays homage to veterans including a Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony, honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in the armed forces. Activities for your New York City educational tour group include, learning how recycling helps the armed forces; the naming of naval ships; a movie screening of Top Gun; a Meet the Pilots session with astronauts and aviators; and, interactive displays that allow you to examine WWII artifacts used by pilots.
(3)  During Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps show off their state-of-the-art fighter planes, jets and helicopters in aviation demonstrations and flyovers around the city. These free events start May 25 through May 29.

(4)  On May 28th, your New York City group tour cheer on personnel from U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, New York Fire Department (FDNY) and other first responders as they run from the North Cove Marina to the 9/11 Memorial in support of the annual Fleet Week Freedom Run.  The U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment scheduled to perform at the conclusion of the run.
(5) Your New York City School Trip group can enjoy the sounds of several community bands at the Fleet Week New York Music Festival on May 28.  This family friendly event in Staten Island will feature bands joining together to provide melodies for all ages to enjoy while honoring our service men and women.

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Climb the Clock Tower

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Clock Tower Now Open With Spectacular Views of Washington D.C.

After a three-year renovation, the 315-foot Clock Tower at the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington D.C. is now open for your Washington D.C. School Trip to visit!  Centrally located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, the Clock Tower provides a sweeping 360-degree view of our Nation’s Capital (also currently the highest public vantage point for viewing Washington until the Washington Monument’s construction is completed).
The landmark Old Post Office Pavilion was completed in 1899 and occupies an entire city block, centered on the north side of the Federal Triangle along Pennsylvania Avenue.  The Pavilion was used as the city’s main post office until 1914.
The clock tower tour includes exhibits about the building’s history.  Inside, your Washington D.C. educational tour group will view an enormous flag hangs in the lobby.  It is tied to a tradition begun by postal workers on June 14, 1908, when they sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” in front of a flag.  The tradition evolved into the annual June 14 observance of Flag Day.
The tower also provides student tour groups with a view of the interior workings of the illuminated clock.  The official United States Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War, are also on view.  If your Washington D.C. school trip visits on a Thursday evening or on a special occasion, your student tour will enjoy listening to the Washington Ringing Society as it sounds the Bells of Congress.

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Mother’s Day History and Fun Things to Do in New York City

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Mother’s Day, traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday in May, is typically marked with flowers, cards and other gifts for Mom.
Motherhood celebrations can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the Mother Goddesses Rhea and Cybele.
In 1908, Anna Jarvis created Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.  Six years later it became an official U.S. holiday.  Jarvis later denounced the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.
Some fun ways to celebrate with Mom or your student tour group in New York City include:
(1) Spend the day at the Queens Botanical Garden admiring fresh and colorful blooms.  Tour the 39 acres of living museum and its display of lush greenery and gorgeous plants.  Gardens include the Rose, Bee, Herb, and Perennial Gardens.
(2)  Take mom to Wave Hill where you can enjoy blooming flowers and trees.  The 28-acre estate in the Hudson Hill section of Riverdale, Bronx, also hosts a special brunch celebration.
(3)  A family party to celebrate moms, both animal and human, will be had at The Central Park Zoo.  Meet zoo moms and their babies on a scavenger hunt, make treats, and create Mother’s Day-themed arts and crafts.
(4)  Meander through the newly reopened Lilac Collection at the New York Botanical Garden while bands and dancers perform on the Daffodil Hill main stage.  Other activities include putting on the green, croquet, guided walking tours through the gardens, and the just-opened Chihuly outdoor glass art installation featuring more than 20 glimmering pieces by artist Dale Chihuly.
(5)  Take the seven-minute ferry ride to Governors Island, a 172-acre oasis once home to the U.S. Army and Coast Guard.  Fun activities such as the Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost, mini golf, an adventure playground, and a new zip line, will make you want to return on Father’s Day!

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