For this trip, our focus will be Astoria, a multiethnic community in the borough of Queens. We will also visit the Museum of the Moving Image, the country’s only museum that showcases the art, history, technique, and technology of the film and movie industry. We will also venture the area and view the multicultural scene of the community. At the end of our outing, we will walk to the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden for dinner and experience the annual Czech and Slovak Festival.
The Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is the oldest beer garden in New York City. The beer garden contains a restaurant and an open courtyard with large crowds, where they serve beer and Czech food in the warm months. The Czech and Slovak Festival is an annual festival that has been a tradition in Astoria for many years and is held on Memorial Day weekends. At this festival you will see live entertainment, a brass band, folk dancing, and an unlimited serving of beer and Czech cuisine. Admission is free, but there is a cost for food and alcoholic beverages.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The cost of admission for the Museum of the Moving Image is $12. For those who are not interested in visiting the museum, you are free to venture around the neighborhood or find another place of your interest. I will continue to update the group on the status of the Czech and Slovak Festival to ensure that it will still take place.
*A detailed itinerary will be emailed one week before the date of the trip.
-We will meet at Union Station at 7:45AM. We can all meet in front of the Starbucks in the Food Court.
-We will be traveling to New York through the Megabus service. Tickets can be purchased online at www.megabus.com ($50-58 average for round trip at current time).
-When entering website, schedule bus trip for 8:30AM - 1:00PM (Depart to New York), and schedule the return trip for 8:30PM - 1:00AM (Return to DC). The date of the trip is Saturday, May 25, 2013. Please be sure to enter information correctly, as Megabus does not refund tickets; however, they will allow you to reschedule trip 24 hours prior to the scheduled trip date.
-Union Station is located at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC. Union Station is also Metro accessible on the Red Line at the Union Station Metro Station. Parking at Union Station is available at their parking garage; however, the maximum cost is $22.00 for one day parking.
-Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns.
See you there!