Join a small group (limited to 12) on a magical tour of Louisville's unique theater, art, and culinary treasures under the expert personal guidance of Dana Friis-Hansen (art) and Pam Vitaz (culinary). Meet local Louisville luminaries, binge-watch three exciting New American plays in the renowned Humana Festival, taste Louisville's top culinary offerings and stay at the original, multiple award-winning 21c Museum Hotel. The total cost of the trip will be $1,500* including three nights accommodations at the 21c Museum Hotel, two lunches, two dinners, and local group transportation. Flights are not included (some may prefer the road trip). More detailed itinerary will be shared in advance with those who register. Please plan your Louisville arrival Thursday afternoon or evening, 3/16/17 and Louisville departure after noon on Sunday 3/18/17.
The core of the trip will be "Theatre Lover" tickets to three great New American Plays:
- "Recent Alien Abductions": A darkly compelling tale.
- "I Now Pronounce": Comedies end in marriages. Tragedies end in death. This play begins with both.
- "Cry It Out": A comedy with dark edges.
The visual arts will play a key role in this expedition. We're staying at the 21c Museum Hotel and we'll meet Chief Curator and Museum Director Alice Gray Stites, who will share with us the story behind this unique destination and the dazzling contemporary art installed throughout the hotel. We're also working on special tours of the Speed Art Museum which has just opened an acclaimed new addition by architect Kulapat Yantrasast, designed of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and visits to the homes of several top collectors in the region...more details will be shared with tour registrants.
Finally, save room for a taste of the thriving culinary scene in Louisville, including two lunches and two dinners at restaurants such as Wiltshire Artful Cuisine at the Speed, Seviche, and Ramsi's Café on the World. We design our trips to make the world seem smaller by introducing you to unique aspects of a community and its creative sphere.
The trip has three lively hosts: Pam Vitaz, a Louisvillian, now Grand Rapidian, with food and travel interests, Mark Holzbach, a world traveler with a tech background who sees few real boundaries and is a former board chair of an Austin theatre troup that has been part of the Humana Festival, and Dana Friis-Hansen, a curator and art historian committed to lifelong learning, and current Director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Payment in full due date: 16 January 2017
* $110/night single supplement charge