By Kathy Kelsey Foley, director
I thoroughly enjoy travel – every aspect, even with today’s sometimes erratic airline schedules. I enjoy the planning, too – the attention to details as well as the responsibilities that go along with group travel.
And, it’s a good thing . . . because this week I’m exploring Seattle and environs with twenty-six Woodson Art Museum members.
A trip many months in the making, the robust – truly packed-full – itinerary is the result of research, initial question-asking, more poking around, and the best possible logistics partner.
The Woodson Art Museum has developed a dynamic travel program over the past dozen years and since the midway point we’ve worked with Academic Travel Abroad, based in Washington, D.C.
Thanks to ATA’s expertise and guidance, Woodson members have traveled to The Netherlands, Charleston and Savannah, Philadelphia, Tulsa and Bentonville, and Cuba.
Each trip has provided unparalleled experiences.
Seattle will raise the bar!
|Seattle Art Museum|
From museum visits – Seattle Art Museum, Frye Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass – to artists’ studio visits – Sueellen Ross, Ross Matteson, Bart Rulon, and Tony Angell – we’ll be kept more than busy. The culinary arts play a prominent role, too, with lunches at SAM’s TASTE, the Hotel Murano, and Salty’s, and dinners at Maximilien – Max’s to locals – Wild Ginger, and FIVE.
|Museum of Glass|
No trip to Seattle would be complete without a Chihuly encounter, and we’ll have that with a private, before-public-hours tour of the Chihuly Garden and Glass, followed by a trip to the Space Needle observation deck.
|Chihuly Garden and Glass|
Music is also part of the experience. We’ll sample the Seattle Symphony on Thursday evening, with a program that includes Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”
I know these six days will fly by and in the blink of an eye we’ll be traveling home. What fun it will be to hear the impressions of our travelers: what surprised them, how we did in meeting their expectations, and what did they enjoy most.
Of course, I’ll also want to know where they want to travel next. It’s never too soon to begin planning another Woodson Art Museum trip.
Have you considered joining a Woodson trip? Where would you like to go?