Feast for the Senses Download the sign-up sheet here
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7am-7pm
Two wonderful exhibits at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) once again have the Travel Committee of the Women’s City Club taking you to Detroit for the day. We invite you to join us on this “Feast for the Senses” which will involve all 5 senses over the course of the day, so be prepared for potential sensory overload on this trip!
En route we will take a break at a highway rest stop with mid-morning coffee and snacks served inside the building so you can enjoy the break in reasonable comfort.
Our first stop is the Motown Museum, aka Hitsville, U.S.A. for a guided tour. Founded by Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985 the museum focuses on “The Motown Sound” in its original location, you will be able to stand in Studio A, visit the upper flat where Bessy Gordy lived, and the Motown Records of 1959 will come to life for you. The incomparable sound of the original music, a melding of jazz, gospel and street corner symphony, and recording prior to computer editing and synthesized music, is incomparable. You know the names: The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and all the rest! Take a peek behind the curtains in the Gallery and perhaps take home a memory from the gift shop.
Next let us tease your taste buds with an epicurean delight at The Whitney, the once home of Detroit’s wealthiest man at the time, lumber baron David Whitney, Jr. in 1894, and now award winning restaurant. We will enjoy an elegantly American 3 course meal in one of the charming dining rooms and the opportunity for a mini tour and/or talk about the iconic Romanesque Revival style mansion. (Please advise if you have special dietary needs.)
We round out the day with a visit to two special exhibits at the DIA where, for the first time, they are able to involve all five senses in one of their experiences, Bitter/Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate. “From social revolutions that changed the way we drink our morning blends, to design revolutions that changed the objects that we drink from, step back in time to when gathering over a cup of your favorite hot beverage caused a stir that upended the world.” 18th Century Europe is the backdrop for this taste of history. And yes, you have the opportunity to taste during the exhibit! We will meet for an introductory talk first, then move across the hall to the exhibit.
When finished, you may move on to the second exhibit The Edible Monument: Food for Festivals which “includes about 140 prints, rare books and serving manuals from the Getty Research Institute collection and private collections”. Imagine yourself in a street festival or at a banquet from the 16th-19th centuries as you view the “lush details and delectable moments” in this exhibit.
Be sure that you save a little time to visit the DIA Shop which features special items related to these two exhibits as well as their eclectic DIA offerings. And of course, a final comfort stop before once again boarding our bus for the trip home.
En route you will be able to enjoy a selection from our individual wine bottles and a snack to tide you over for the afternoon drive home on the motor coach as you compare your favorite moments of the day with fellow travelers.
As always, we will also have water available for you on the bus, but feel free to bring your own special snacks and beverages if you like, or have special dietary needs. There will be a cooler available below the bus should you have a take home container from our dining experience as well as space for your purchases. You may leave items on the bus as it will be locked during the day.
We are offering this trip with two price points: At 20 travelers the cost for this wonderful day trip to Detroit is $142 for members and $156 for guests, if we reach 25 travelers it would be $127 and $140. This is all-inclusive covering motor coach transportation and driver gratuity, Motown entry and guided tour, Whitney 3 course luncheon, non-alcoholic beverage, service charge, gratuity and tour/talk, DIA entry, introductory talk and both exhibits, morning and afternoon snacks and beverages. (The only thing not covered is alcoholic beverages at The Whitney and any personal purchases at shops.)
Please make reservations with payment by Friday, January 27. No refunds after this date. There is a minimum of 20 travelers for this outing and a maximum of 35. You will receive an itinerary with confirmed departure time and other details prior to the trip, so please register both your email and phone on the sign-up sheet or we won’t be able to contact you.
Please contact Jennifer Rose, Travel Chair, with any questions.