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Love to read? Like to try new activities? Join this unique book club where we casually discuss books while engaging in an activity or exploring a location inspired by the book! There won't be rigid discussion rules or bullet point lists of plot lines to dissect. Mostly we'll read something "together" and use the book as a launchpad for a fun activity and to spark conversation among fellow bookworms.

Some people pair wine and cheese. We'll pair books and fun! The book chosen will inspire the event. Sometimes the activity will have us flexing our muscles by doing something like biking or hiking. Other events will stimulate our brains by involving something more educational like hitting a museum. Sometimes we'll meet to try a new cuisine, or maybe we'll broaden our knowledge with a cooking class. Theater, glass blowing, bird watching, puppy hugging...the possibilities are endless when fiction inspires action!

We'll follow the Reading Challenge ideas from TheNovelTourist.com and mix in some other fun! https://thenoveltourist.com (https://thenoveltourist.com/2019-read-go-challenge/) It's a great way to meet fellow book lovers who also want to live a well-read and interesting, engaged life! Are you ready for the next chapter? Pick up that book and let's go explore together!

Upcoming events (3)

Read & Bike: Valley Forge National Park - Bike Tour, Picnic & Book Discussion

Visitor Center At Valley Forge

$22.50

Enjoy Valley Forge National Park up close on a private biking tour with other history loving bookworms! There are a good number of books (both fiction and nonfiction) based in Valley Forge that will enhance and inspire your visit. After the tour, we'll have a picnic and book discussion. Bring your own bike or rent one there (for an additional fee). THE LOCATION: VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL PARK No battle was fought at Valley Forge, yet, the 6-months General George Washington and his army spent there marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Beginning in December 1777, while the British occupied Philadelphia, Washington's troops inhabited the fields and woods 18 miles west of the city. The winter was harsh. Disease and death ran rampant. Supplies were scarce. Despite the odds, the Continental Army survived. In June 1778, Washington fulfilled his destiny when he led his men (and women, too) out of Valley Forge and on to win the war. https://www.nps.gov/vafo/learn/historyculture/places.htm Today, Valley Forge is a 3,500 acre national historic park visited by 1.2 million each year. We're going to beat the crowds! THE BOOKS: FICTION AND NONFICTION CHOICES Because the subject matter is the same (and different authors' perspectives will enhance the book discussion), feel free to read any one (or more) of the books listed here (or one of your own discovery!): https://thenoveltourist.com/books-based-in-valley-forge/ THE EVENT: BIKING & PICNIC/BOOK DISCUSSION We'll meet at Valley Forge by 9:45 am at the bike stand in the main visitor parking lot at the Visitor Center. The bike tour starts at 10:00am. The fun and knowledgeable tour guide will lead us on a bicycle tour past beautiful forests and meadows (and a couple small hills!) while sharing the history of the Valley Forge Encampment. The Bike Tour is 3 hours/7 miles and make stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade hut site, National Memorial Arch, Artillery Park, the Grand Parade and Washington’s Headquarters. We'll have our own private guide. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own) and book discussion on the grounds. You may bring your own bike or or if you need to rent a bike (includes helmet), you can do so at the site for an additional fee (pay that morning directly to bike rental shop) of $25. If you need to rent a bike, please let me know so I can reserve a bike for you. FEES: There is a $22.50 per person fee for this private Active Book Club only tour of Valley Forge that must be paid in advance through Meetup in order to rsvp. There is a cap of 25 participants. You may bring guests, but you must pay for them in advance also and all participants must be 12 or older. You may bring your own bike or if you need to rent a bike (includes helmet), you can do so at the site for an additional fee (pay that morning directly to bike rental shop) of $25 + tax. If you need to rent a bike, please let me know so I can reserve a bike for you. REFUND POLICY: If the event is cancelled or rescheduled due to rain or any other reason, you will receive a full refund. However, if the event is held, and you do not make it, no refunds can be given. DON'T FORGET: - Bring lots of water! - Sunscreen - Packed lunch (and a cooler in your car, if needed) - Bring a blanket or chair for the book discussion Oh, btw. If you are doing the 2019 Read & Go Challenge, this fills the "It's Life Riding A Bike" read & go category! https://thenoveltourist.com/2019-read-go-challenge/ If you'd rather ride the trolley than bike, you can do so! https://www.meetup.com/Active-Book-Club-The-Novel-Tourist-Philly/events/260556075/ Happy reading! Yeah Spring!

Read & Ride: Valley Forge National Park - Trolley Tour, Picnic & Book Discussion

Visitor Center At Valley Forge

$20.00

Enjoy Valley Forge National Park up close on trolley tour with other history loving bookworms! There are a good number of books (both fiction and nonfiction) based in Valley Forge that will enhance and inspire your visit. After the trolley tour, join us for a picnic and book discussion. If you'd rather do the Bike and Book option before the picnic/discussion, sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/Active-Book-Club-The-Novel-Tourist-Philly/events/260164295/ THE LOCATION: VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL PARK No battle was fought at Valley Forge, yet, the 6-months General George Washington and his army spent there marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Beginning in December 1777, while the British occupied Philadelphia, Washington's troops inhabited the fields and woods 18 miles west of the city. The winter was harsh. Disease and death ran rampant. Supplies were scarce. Despite the odds, the Continental Army survived. In June 1778, Washington fulfilled his destiny when he led his men (and women, too) out of Valley Forge and on to win the war. https://www.nps.gov/vafo/learn/historyculture/places.htm Today, Valley Forge is a 3,500 acre national historic park visited by 1.2 million each year. We're going to beat the crowds! THE BOOKS: FICTION AND NONFICTION CHOICES Because the subject matter is the same (and different authors' perspectives will enhance the book discussion), feel free to read any one (or more) of the books listed here (or one of your own discovery!): https://thenoveltourist.com/books-based-in-valley-forge/ THE EVENT: TROLLEY TOUR & PICNIC/BOOK DISCUSSION You will need to be there by 10:30 to meet the group, get your ticket and be ready to roll. The Valley Forge Trolley Tour begins at 11:00 am from the Visitor's Center. It will leave without you and we have no control over that, so don't be late! The 90-minute trolley tours departs from the Visitor Center and is led by National Park Service trained tour guides. Tours include stops at the newly expanded Muhlenberg Brigade hut site and the original house that was General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge. Trolley tours are ADA accessible. Afterwards, tour the visitors center and then join the bookworms who opted to bike the grounds to enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own) and book discussion on the grounds. FEES: There is a $20 per person fee for this event that must be paid in advance through Meetup in order to rsvp and obtain the trolley ticket to join the book club discussion group. There is a cap of 12 participants. REFUND POLICY: If the event is cancelled or rescheduled due to rain or any other reason, you will receive a full refund. However, if the event is held, and you do not make it, no refunds can be given. DON'T FORGET: - Bring lots of water! - Sunscreen - Packed lunch (and a cooler in your car, if needed) - Bring a blanket or chair for the book discussion Happy reading! Yeah Spring!

Read: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler/Visit: The Met (NYC)

Details Let's go to NYC for the day! Ready for a runaway adventure and a chance to explore an incredible art museum with other bookworms? Grab a copy of "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" and then when you're done reading, join us at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, aka the Met. After we finish touring the museum and finding all the spots mentioned in the book, those who want can stroll over to a nearby eatery (sadly, automats are long gone!) to continue discussing the book. THE ACTIVITY: A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art We'll meet to explore the Met together while we casually discuss the book. We'll have a custom itinerary to follow, especially designed just for this event by one of our members. However, this is NOT a guided tour of the museum. Rather, it is just a bunch of book-loving new friends gathering to stroll the halls and share our thoughts on the book at the same time! Admission is $22, payable to the Museum at the door. According to Wikipedia: The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially "the Met",[a] is the largest art museum in the United States. With 6,953,927 visitors to its three locations in 2018, it was the third most visited art museum in the world.Its permanent collection contains over two million works,divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Museum Mile in Manhattan's Upper East Side is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction." THE BOOK: "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg Genre: Young Adult https://thenoveltourist.com/book/from-the-mixed-up-files-of-files-of-mrs-basil-e-frankweiler/ This beloved classic turned 50 years old in 2017 and has never been out of print. When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away from her home in Connecticut, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere—to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away…so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO somewhere. And so, after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escaped — right into a mystery that made headlines! The book is set in the Met and we are going to find all the literary references we can while we explore! You can drive up and back or take the bus or train. Megabus is cool and is usually about $13 each way. https://us.megabus.com/ You'll have to book your own tickets. Feel free to post in the comments to see when others are going if you want to travel up with others. You'll need to be at the museum by 1pm sharp as we have a timed entry. We'll be meeting up with the Active Book Club in NYC for this joint event! https://www.meetup.com/Active-Book-Club-The-Novel-Tourist-NYC/events/260682080/ For more books set in a museum, check out https://thenoveltourist.com/books-set-in-a-museum-2018-read-go-challenge/ See you at the Museum! ~ Audrey (The Novel Tourist)

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