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Adults: Tours of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Ladew Topiary Gardens

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time: 9:15 am - 6:45 pm


Depart from JCCNV
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031

Contact: Michele Endick, Lead Group Coordinator

Phone: (703) 537-3095


Tours of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Ladew Topiary Gardens

Thursday, June 26, depart JCCNV 9:15am; return 6:45pm

Join us on a tour of The Jewish Museum of Maryland, a museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community, located in downtown Baltimore. We’ll uncover the roots of local Jewish history in a guided tour of the museum’s landmark historic sites — the Lloyd Street Synagogue, built in 1845, now the nation’s third oldest surviving synagogue and B’nai Israel Synagogue, built in 1876 and still home to a vibrant congregation. Also, on view in the exhibition gallery, will be Project Mah Jongg. This exhibit will be exploring the traditions, history, and meaning of the game of mah jongg in Jewish-American culture with memories shared by women who gather together to play the Chinese game that became a Jewish- American tradition. After a lovely lunch (included in the trip fee) in the Ladew Café, we will have a guided garden tour at Ladew Topiary.

Harvey S. Ladew (1887–1976) was a traveler, artist, foxhunter and creator of an extraordinary garden. Born into privilege in New York City, Harvey Ladew had boyhood drawing lessons from curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1929, Harvey Ladew purchased the 200+ acre Pleasant Valley Farm in rural Maryland. During the 1930s Ladew added wings to the original house and renovated outbuildings before beginning work on the gardens. Then, with the help of local farmers, he carved 22 acres of gardens out of fields previously used for crops and livestock and set to work transforming the farm into what the Garden Club of America describes as “the most outstanding topiary garden in America.”

Late in life, Ladew was determined to find a way of preserving his creation for all to enjoy. The result is Ladew Topiary Gardens, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is “to maintain and promote the gardens, house and facilities in keeping with the creative spirit of Harvey S. Ladew for the public benefit and for educational, scientific and cultural pursuits.” Ladew Topiary Gardens opened to the public in 1971. Join us on this interesting, varied summer excursion!
Fee: $58/ $50 JCCNV member (includes bus transportation, guided tour at the Jewish Museum, guided garden tour at Ladew Topiary, lunch in the café at Ladew Topiary — choices to be given after registration).
Code: #5179
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the JCCNV, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “6/26” on memo line.

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