Summer 2023 Trips!
Sign up for trips in our office at 58 Barre Street. Forms are located outside of our office.
Lake Elmore Extravaganza!
Thursday, July 20th | 4:30-9pm | Cost: $10
Deadline: Friday, July 14th
We’ll enjoy Fire Tower pizza (or other menu options) on the deck overlooking the lake. Homemade ice cream and other treats are available for dessert. Afterwards, we can stroll to the beach and then prepare for the “one of a kind” Elmore Community Bingo. $2 buys you admission and three bingo boards. Prizes include homemade baked goods and beach toys! During intermission, kids jump “double dutch” out front. It’s all fun, friendly, and the perfect activity for a Vermont summer night! Bring money for casual dinner, dessert, and bingo.
Photo Credit: Photo by Vermont State Parks, n.d.
Walk the Danville Rail Trail
Friday, July 21st | 9:30am-2pm | Cost: $10
Deadline: Friday, July 14th
Walk on a flat rail bed through fields and forest. We will walk about 45 minutes toward St Johnsbury and then back for lunch at the Bentley’s or Three Ponds restaurants. Bring comfortable walking shoes and spending money for lunch.
Photo Credit: Photo by Bob White, Joe's Pond, West Danville, n.d.
Hood Museum & Tea at King Arthur Flour
Wednesday, July 26th | 9:30am-4:30pm | Cost: $17
Deadline: Wednesday, July 19th
The Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire dates to 1772, the museum is owned and operated by Dartmouth College. Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art- This exhibit emphasizes the role of women artists in crafting African art. There is also a new body of paintings by Cree artist Kent Monkman.
There are other collections so I suggest you go to https://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/explore/collection to see what else is on display. We will arrive in time for a guided tour of the museum. There will be time for lunch in town followed by time to return to the museum to complete your visit. To add to a perfect day, we will take a short ride to King Arthur Flour for tea and a pastry on the way home.
Photo Credit: Photo by Rob Strong, Hood Museum north facade, n.d.
Thursday, August 10th | 8am - 6pm | Cost: $85
Deadline: Wednesday, July 26th
We will explore the Montréal Museum and view the following exhibits: Indigenous Columbia and the Wolf Clan, along with others. Bring your lunch, visit one of the local restaurants, or stop by the museum café to pick up something to enjoy. You MUST have a passport or enhanced license to join this trip.
Photo Credit: Photo by Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, n.d.
Past trips with MSAC
Friday, June 23rd | 9am-3pm | Cost: $10
A lovely walk in the Eshqua Bog just outside of Woodstock, Vermont at a time of year that it should be covered with blooming Lady Slippers. You may then choose to linger with the flowers or take a short walk on a dirt road through lovely forest.
We will drive to downtown Woodstock, a beautiful town, where you may purchase lunch at the Woodstock Inn. If you choose to bring your lunch and eat on the bus, you may wish to walk around town to admire the shops at this time. Includes transportation by Senior Center van. Rain date will be Monday, June 26th. Photo Credit: Photo by Upper Valley Fun, June 29, 2019.
North Branch Cascades Walk
Monday, June 5th | 1-4pm | Cost: $10
A walk by the River at the North Branch Cascades on Monday, June 5th leaving at 1:00pm in the MSAC bus and returning at about 4:00pm. The Cascades is a remarkable 1 mile stretch along the North Branch of the Winooski River beside Route 12.
It is characterized by stunning cascading waterfalls. There are also six stone stairways to provide easy access to the river. We will travel in the Montpelier Senior Activity Center van leaving from the Department of Labor parking lot at 1:00PM returning at about 4:00PM. Rain date will be Thursday, June 8th. Photo Credit: Angie Hilsman, Green Mountain Club, July 21, 2022.
Wednesday, July 12th | 9:30am-3pm | Cost: $28
Deadline: Wednesday, July 5th
Join us for a trip to Shelburne Museum on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. We will take a large bus with a restroom from the parking lot behind the department of labor, leaving at 9:30AM and returning by 3:00PM. The price for transportation and admission is $28.
You will have time to roam the Shelburne Museum. There are many exhibits but I have listed three special ones below. Bring your lunch or stop at the Café to pick up lunch to enjoy.
Pop Up Structures: An indoor/outdoor group exhibition celebrating the innovative designs, diverse materiality, and technological advancements of contemporary inflatable sculpture.
The Art of Stephen Huneck: Pet Friendly celebrates the diverse multimedia work of Stephen Huneck (1948–2010), one of New England’s most well-known and celebrated artists. The exhibition features a selection of hand carved and painted furniture, sculptures, relief paintings, bronze sculptures, and more.
Built from the Earth will feature highlights of historic Pueblo pottery from the Perry Collection of Native American Art and introduce viewers to the artists and cultures who craft these stunning works of art with materials rooted in the land of the American Southwest. Photo Credit: Photo by Leslie Wright, Shelburne Museum, n.d.
Trip To Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, NH
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 | Time: 9:00AM-1:30PM | Price: $48
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America's greatest sculptors lived here seasonally starting in 1885, and year-round 1900 until his death in 1907. Experience his house and studios as well as the park grounds with beautiful gardens and several of Saint-Gaudens bronze sculptures are on view in Cornish, NH.
We will be traveling on a large bus with a bathroom. Go to https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm for more information. Pick up an information sheet in the MSAC office for specifics about this trip.
Barbara Garton shares a report of her Danube River Cruise in August 2021
This trip was planned by MSAC staff, members and photographer Annie Tiberio in 2019 and originally scheduled for August 2020. After a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trip finally took place --albeit with many changes. Thanks to MSAC member Barbara Garton for sharing her account and photos in this report. (Ten photos are at the end of her report). To view the flyer for the originally planned "Budapest to Bucharest" cruise with Annie, click here.
Special Senior-only Event: Private Exhibit Opening at The Caterpillar Lab at North Branch Nature Center (NBNC)
Thursday, September 2nd, 9 - 10:30 am (FREE to MSAC members, but no transportation provided)
Caterpillars will be taking over NBNC this September! The Caterpillar Lab is a traveling, world-class science education organization that turns nature centers and museums into a spectacular caterpillar circus, research lab, incubator, art studio, classroom, and all-around nature party. Join us on this private exhibit opening just for MSAC. The Caterpillar Lab's expert staff will take you on a journey into the incredible world of New England’s native caterpillars and their habitats. This hands-on exhibition features open-air displays showcasing rare moments of metamorphosis, mimicry, symbiosis, birth, death, deception, and wonder in a program unlike anything else. More info: https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/the-caterpillar-lab/. Contact MSAC to register for this special senior time at the lab!
Trips are open to all! Registration forms and flyers are available at the office and by clicking on the links below. Payment is due prior to a seat being reserved in your name. Bus trips leave promptly from the Dept. of Labor parking lot on Memorial Drive at the start time listed below each trip title. Remember to read our updated trip policies for 2021 on the registration form and flyers! Thank you to volunteer Tina Muncy for spearheading the return of MSAC trips by planning these two for August! Call MSAC with questions at 223-2518 or email Norma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRIP REPORT by Tina Muncy, Volunteer Trip Leader, and MSAC Staff, 8/12/21 (Update on our leased van, why we're doing fewer trips this year, and how we're responding to this month's COVID developments in VT).
Report and photos from Tina on August 19 Cruise on the Lake: A great group of seniors went on a wet but enjoyable trip to Lake Memphremagog on Thursday. Through the mist we saw beautiful homes, bald eagles and loons. We had a lovely lunch as we heard about some of the history of this amazing lake
Lake Memphremagog Brunch Cruise | Thursday, August 19 FLYER
The first trip in over a year and a half is now being offered. Join us for an idyllic brunch cruise and enjoy the historical tales of Lake Memphremagog while gazing at the mountains surrounding these pristine waters. Our two-hour scenic cruise on the Northern Star will begin in Newport, Vt and take you north along the eastern edge of this magnificent lake right up to the border of Quebec. During your trip, areas of interest will be pointed out as the boat travels along the lake. Using locally sourced ingredients, chefs will delight you with a brunch (and Mimosas available at a cash bar) as you take in panoramic views of Newport City, the islands of the lake and Owl’s Head in Canada. The boat, built in 2002, is 65 feet long and handicapped accessible. We will travel from Montpelier on a large coach bus with air conditioning and restrooms and have 38 spots.
Cascades Walk by the River | Monday, August 23 FLYER Cancelled due to forecast and van issues, but contact office if you'd like to carpool or get a ride to this destination in September
The Cascades is a remarkable 1 mile stretch along the North Branch of the Winooski River beside Route 12. It is characterized by stunning cascading waterfalls, boasting an unprecedented wheelchair accessible trail. There are also six stone stairways to provide easy access to the river.