REAP Retired Executives and Professionals
REAP SpringTrip May 5 - 6, 2018 (In planning)
Our Trip Committee is setting up plans for our 2018 spring trip.
Saturday, May 5th
Sunday, May 6th
REAP Fall Trip October 24, 2017
Landis Valley and Farm Museum
In the 1920's Henry K. and George D. Landis founded the farm village on over 100 acres with an extensive collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts. Demonstrations and appreciation of crafts, animals, plants, and implements are authentic to the 1700-1800's. We will ride on a horse-drawn wagon and sample "Sticky Buns", Snitz, and Cider. A box lunch will be provided before departure.
National Watch and Clock Museum
We will visit a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping items. This is the largest and most comprehensive collection in North America.
George's Furniture and Woodshed
We will see how master craftsmen who take a solid piece of wood and carve it into furniture. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and signed by the artisan who built it.
Miller's Smorgasbord for dinner
REAP Spring Trip April 30 and May 1, 2017
National Museum of African American History & Culture
More than 36,000 artifacts were collected and 100,000 charter members supported the opening in September 2016 as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institute. A gift shop and Home Sweet Home Cafe are open.
The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute
The institute provides high-quality training for professional mariners working in merchant, passenger, and military vessels. Situated on 80 acres, the institute has a museum and guest facilities that include and indoor swimming pool and exercise facilities. Dinner 4/30 & Breakfast 5/1.
The Library of Congress
The largest library in the world serves as a research center for Congress. The oldest federal cultural institution is home to the U.S. Copyright Office. Millions of books, newspapers, maps, photographs, sheet music, and manuscripts are in the collection. After the library was burned by British troops in 1812, the Thomas Jefferson Library was purchased and became the foundation of the library.
Preliminary Plans for October 20, 2016 Fall Trip:
The trip committee is organizing a fascinating trip to the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens on Thursday, October 20th. The estimated cost for the trip is $90 per person. Depart Cheltenham High School at 8:00 AM. Docent Tour of Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. 12:15 PM depart for lunch at Junior's. 2:00 PM depart for Docent tour of Brooklyn Museum. 4:30 Depart for Cheltenham High School.
REAP SPRING TRIP MAY 1st AND 2nd, 2016
PATRIOT BOAT CRUISE, ST MICHAELS
Since 1969 the Patriot has navigated the Miles River and the Chesapeake Bay. Our narrated cruise will help familiarize us with the Chesapeake area.
MARITIME MUSEUM ST MICHAELS
The history of the Chesapeake, the largest collection of Chesapeake boats, and the maritime industry are explored with interactive exhibitions on the 18 acre site with 35 buildings
THE PACA HOUSE AND GARDENS
The 18th Century Georgian mansion was designed and built by William Paca, a Maryland statesman and signer of The Declaration of Independence. This building is fully restored.
THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
After a film of introduction, we will have a tour led by a professional certified guide. Visits to museum and gift ship
REAP FALL TRIP TO NEW YORK Sunday, October 25th 2015
NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
The Educational and Historical Institution honors victims and examines 9/11 and its continued global significance. You will have two hours for a self-guided tour.
THE NEW WHITNEY MUSEUM
Visit the acclaimed museum designed by Renzo Piano on a self-guided tour of the numerous exhibitions throughout the museum.
THE NYC HIGH LINE
Next to the Whitney stroll the 1.46 mile long New York City linear park on an elevated section of disused Promenade Planter of the New York Central Railroad.
The visit to the 9/11 museum was even more great because we had words with a Second Responder who was there that terrible day. He told us of people up on the roof who could not be rescued by helicopters because the heat and clouds of smoke would clog their motors. His girlfriend to whom he was speaking by cell was one of those who died. He told of people jumping from windows. He has since been sick from toxins he inhaled while cleaning up in the aftermath.
Roy and Stevie Newman
REAP TRIP MAY 2 & MAY 3, 2015
STORM KING ART CENTER
Tour on trams one of the world's leading sculpture parks on 500-acre landscaped setting for more than 100 select sculptures. Box lunch at Storm King Café.
Tour a Gothic Revival country home on 67 acres landscaped in a 19th Century naturalistic English design. The imposing mansion on the Hudson River has been featured in films and TV programs.
KYKUIT, THE ROCKEFELLER ESTATE
Tour the 6-story estate that has been maintained for over 100 years. Visit the terraced gardens, the Nelson A. Rockefeller's sculpture collection, the art gallery, and the Coach Barn housing a collection of carriages and cars.
REAP FALL TRIP OCTOBER 16, 2014
NEMOURS MANSION AND GARDENS
LUNCH AT HARRY'S SEAFOOD GRILLE
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
NEMOURS MANSION AND GARDENS
The former 300 acre estate of Alfred I. du Pont is named after the du Pont ancestral home in north central France. The mansion, a modified Louis XVI French chateau, was completed in 1910. The 102 rooms are furnished in fine period antiques, rare oriental rugs, tapestries and paintings dating from as far back as the 15th century. The gardens include a working carillon tower, extensive French gardens, and natural woodlands.
TOUR OF DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
The Delaware Art Museum holds over 12,000 objects in its collection. Founded in 1912, the museum focuses on American art and illustration from the 19th to the 21st century, and on the English Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century. The museum features the works of the American illustrator Howard Pyle. Works by his students, including N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and other illustrators are also on display.
SPRING TRIP 2014
BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART
EVERGREEN MUSEUM AND FORT MCHENRY
The bus pulled into the Baltimore Museum of Art after departing Cheltenham High School at 8 am and passing through the spring countryside with blossoms and various shades of green on the budding trees. After brunch, arranged by Bernie Clyman, at the museum restaurant, Gertrude's, we visited the Cone Collection and other holdings of the museum.
Next we boarded the bus and went to the Inner Harbor for two hours of free time. Some strolled around the harbor, some visited the Aquarium, some visited the World Trade Center, and some walked to the American Visionary Art Museum.
Back on the bus we headed to The Merchant Marine Center where we checked into our rooms and met for a buffet dinner that offered hot dishes, salads, desserts, and beverages. Later some met for wine, snacks, and conversation. In the morning we had a buffet breakfast and had time to visit the exhibit of the shipping of the Merchant Marines. Arrangements were made by Jim Rubillo for a very pleasant stay.
We boarded the bus and went to the Evergreen Museum and Library, a Gilded Age Mansion that was donated to Johns Hopkins University. In addition to formal gardens, the mansion contains a fine collection of decorative art, rare books, manuscripts, and contemporary art assembled by two generations of the Garrett family. After a fine tour and lunch arranged by Phil Kamen, we got on the bus and headed for our next stop.
At Fort McHenry we saw a film on the Battle of Baltimore and the verse written by Francis Scott Key that was the basis of our National Anthem. We walked around the fort and viewed the harbor that was the scene of the battle. The spring weather was warm, pleasantly breezy; the trees were filled with blossoms, and the visit to the fort was inspiring and recalled the heroic defense of Baltimore.
We headed home and arrived about 6 pm at the parking lot. All agreed that we had a good time.
FALL TRIP 2013
HARLEY DAVIDSON PLANT
STEEL TOE TOUR AND
A RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY FOUNDED IN 1732
The Perkiomen Bus pulled out of the Cheltenham High School parking lot at 7:35 and headed for Lancaster, PA. The sky was bright blue without a trace of clouds; the bus passed farms with big red barns and field stone homes; the leaves put on a display worthy of any fall day in wine, red, orange, yellow, with some shades of green hanging on to the end of summer. Fields showed the end of harvest season with the corn shocks leveled and the planted ground turned under.
We pulled into the Harley Davidson parking lot at 9:25 and began our tours after donning covers for our shoes, putting on protective glasses, slipping on vests, and going into a theater for an introductory film. The history of the company evoked a sense of pride that we appreciated as we began our tour. Each group of eight or so had a leader who kept us inside the marked yellow lanes and explained the process of pressing and shaping metal, assembling a multitude of parts with precision, and with keen eyes evaluating each process so that perfection of the end product was assured. We watched the test drivers give the final evaluation of the cycles and were duly impressed with the finished products that are truly an American legend.
When we saw the display of different models, we had an appreciation of the near magic involved in their production. After visiting the gift shop and sitting in the sun like lazy cats we waited outside for the last tour groups to finish and headed to the Round the Clock Diner for lunch where we enjoyed sharing our experiences at the factory and catching up on news. Lunch over--on the bus for the Ephrata Cloisters.
The quiet fall day provided a perfect setting for our visit to the Eighteenth Century buildings that whispered tales of days long passed. The search for a haven of peace and protection from persecution was sought in the settlement. Granted the duration of the cloisters was limited, but the buildings reflecting the German ancestry of the founder, Conrad Beissel, suggested days filled with promise and hope. The musical compositions and German calligraphic writing of the cloister that remain were viewed as discipline for both body and soul. The community was known for its charity, teaching, offering lodging, and serving as a military hospital during the Revolutionary War. The film at the end of our excellent guided tour filled in the history of this search for a new way of life of a people anticipating Paradise by undertaking a spiritual pilgrimage to unite with God.
Andie and Bernie Clyman served wine on the bus before pulling out to head home. Irv Sharf took photos all day; Hal Krieger was in charge of keeping peace on the bus; Phil Kamen and Gene Sharf helped plan the trip at numerous meetings; Bernie collected trash; Phil helped distribute Biscotti and water. We pulled in to Cheltenham parking lot at 6:30 pleased to have had such a perfect fall day for our REAP trip.
Submitted by Phyllis Shabe Co-Chair of the Trip Committee