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‘Arts in the City’ Field Trip Will Include Tours and Performances in New York City

Colonnade and garden at The Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe New YorkUSA. Photo: Travelview/BIGSTOCK

A chartered coach bus will leave from West Hartford to take a group on a field trip to New York City on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m to 11 p.m.

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This “Arts in the City” trip, coordinated by First Church West Hartford, promises to be an exciting day of the arts with tours of the Met Cloisters Museum and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and will also include a performance of the Mark O’Connor Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

“We are thrilled to open this trip up to the West Hartford community,” commented First Church West Hartford’s Associate Pastor Elliott Munn. “But we are down to about 13 tickets remaining as of today, so it’s important to sign up as soon as possible!”

A coach bus will comfortably deliver you from the First Church parking, 12 South Main St. (lot at the corner of South Main Street and Farmington Avenue), to each site and return you safely back to West Hartford.

Tickets are $150 per person, which includes transportation, a bag lunch, and entry into the museums and performances. As of this writing, there are only 13 tickets left, so be sure to act quickly!

You can reserve your ticket by clicking on this link.

For millennia, religious pilgrims have struck out on the road, prayerfully traveling to a place that renews their spirit and draws them closer to their fellow travelers. We hope you will the hit the road with us to New York City. This new kind of pilgrimage will surely be a spirited day of fellowship, fun, and appreciation of the arts.

The first stop is to the Met Cloisters Museum for a guided tour of their impressive collection dedicated to the art of medieval Europe. The Met Cloisters, located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, is the branch of the Museum dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. 

Participants will take time to enjoy provided bag lunches in the surrounding Fort Tryon Park.

Next the group will continue to Cathedral of St. John of the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world. (Construction began in 1892, and it remains unfinished at this time, with construction projects continuing.) While it is the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of New York, it is a spiritual home for many diverse faiths and cultures.

The bus will transport the group to Lincoln Center. Participants will be on their own for dinner and given a list of nearby restaurants.

The day will conclude at Jazz at Lincoln Center with a performance from the Mark O’Connor Band and Friends. Virtuoso fiddler Mark O’Connor promises to lead a “rousing exploration of early American music and its relationship to jazz, highlighting connections between the blues, bluegrass, Cajun, gospel, folk, spirituals, western swing, contemporary jazz, and more.” This show will take place in the Appel Room, an intimate amphitheater that seats approximately 400 people.

The group expects to arrive back at First Church by 11 p.m. The cost will cover transportation, a bag lunch, and entry into the museums and performances. You can reserve your ticket by clicking on this link, or by calling the First Church West Hartford at 860-233-9605. First Church West Hartford can be found online at www.whfirstchurch.org.

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