2016 Conference Excursions


Wednesday, July 27th
4:15-6:00 p.m.
$45.00 without transportation
$50.00 with round-trip transportation

Revolutionary ideas may have come from speeches at Faneuil Hall or a meeting of the Sons of Liberty, but their courage and inspiration came from Boston’s taverns. Let an 18th-century costumed guide lead you on a Historic Pub Crawl and visit the real headquarters where the American Revolution was brewed - Blackstone Block. At each of the four pubs you will visit on your tour, taste contemporary Boston fare and enjoy a sample-size Sam Adams beer.

Thursday, July 28th
2:30-5:30 p.m.
$25.00 without transportation
$30.00 with round-trip transportation

The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved four historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century.

The African Meeting House on Beacon Hill was built in 1806 in what once was the heart of Boston's 19th century free black community.Today, it is a showcaseof architecture and African American community organization in the formative years of the new republic, and a preeminent National Historic Landmark.

Friday, July 29th
7-8:45 p.m.
This venue is walking distance from the hotel. 

A New England Premiere by Natsu Onoda Power
Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts

Goldilocks is surrounded by bears. Amy and Betsie want to wear matching Tevas to the Pride Parade. Nehemiah waxes poetic on dolphin mating habits. J just wants to be told they're beautiful. Based on real stories, THE T PARTY is a party-meets-performance mash-up that transgresses, transforms, and transcends gender norms. Through an exhilarating series of scenes, songs, and videos, this immersive theatrical event promises to be an experience like no other!

“Remarkably inquisitive.” — The Washington Post

“Poetic and kinetic. Interactive and traditional. Kinky and sweet. Always following its heart and its muse. Like so many in the transgender community, THE T PARTY fiercely resists being pigeonholed.” — DC Theatre Scene


Friday, July 29th
7-9 p.m.
This venue is walking distance from the hotel. 

SUGAR by Robbie McCauley directed by Maureen Shea with original music composed and performed by Chauncey Moore, and designed by Mirta Tocci premiered at ArtsEmerson in Boston. 
“From the comfort foods of the South to the free-spirited world of 60s and 70s avant-garde theater in New York, the award-winning McCauley … vividly portrays her extraordinary life’s journey. From downtown to Broadway and beyond, Robbie cracks open silences about the pains and triumphs of living with “a little bit of sugar” -- diabetes, a disease that affects many Americans, and many more African-Americans.
“Against the backdrop of McCauley's own remarkable life as an internationally acclaimed performance artist, "Sugar" looks at everything there is to see about sugar, from slavery to colonialism to American mythologies to diabetes. Her survival tales have been shaped from her own life, as well as interviews with other diabetics, their families, friends and health care providers both locally and nationally. “-- OnStage Boston 01-02-12
Robbie McCauley, OBIE Award playwright of Sally’s Rape, is an internationally recognized performance artist and director. Sugar, her play, directed by Maureen Shea at ArtsEmerson in Boston received the IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for her performance. Directing credits include an innovative interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at Roxbury Repertory Theater and Adrienne Kennedy’s Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Penumbra Theatre Co. in Minnesota. Acting credits include For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf on Broadway, and Fences at the Tyrone Guthrie in Minnesota. She toured with The Arts Company and with New Performance Video as writer and director in cities across the U.S. and abroad, facilitating dialogues on race between local whites, blacks, and other ethnic groups. Widely anthologized, including Omi Osun Joni L. Jones’ new book, Theatrical Jazz; Robbie McCauley is a recently retired Professor Emerita of Emerson College in Boston.
Friday, July 29th
7 p.m.

This venue is walking distance from the hotel.

The Office of War Information (Bureau of Theatre), a Boston Center for the Arts Resident Theatre Company, is producing David Henry Hwang’s, Obie Award wining, semi-autobigraphical play, YELLOW FACE, July 14-31, Nicholas Martin Hall, Boston Center for the Arts. Directed by Cliff Odle.

Saturday, July 30th
1:00 p.m.
$25.00 without transportation
$30.00 with round-trip transportation

The museum which bears her name also stands as a testament to her vision. Isabella Stewart Gardner, known also as "Mrs. Jack" in reference to her husband, John L. ("Jack") Gardner, was one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. She was a patron and friend of leading artists and writers of her time, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Henry James. She was a supporter of community social services and cultural enrichment. She was an ardent fan of the Boston Symphony, the Red Sox, and Harvard College football. Isabella Stewart Gardner was also the visionary creator of what remains one of the most remarkable and intimate collections of art in the world today and a dynamic supporter of artists of her time, encouraging music, literature, dance, and creative thinking across artistic disciplines.
Over three decades, Isabella Stewart Gardner traveled the world and worked with important art patrons and advisors Bernard Berenson and Okakura Kakuzo to amass a remarkable collection of master and decorative arts. In 1903, she completed the construction of Fenway Court in Boston to house her collection and provide a vital place for Americans to access and enjoy important works of art. Isabella Gardner installed her collection of works in a way to evoke intimate responses to the art, mixing paintings, furniture, textiles, and objects from different cultures and periods among well-known European paintings and sculpture.