51st Annual Meeting Tours
to assure your tour reservation for this historic and exciting city. On-site registration will be limited and on a space available basis only.
Closing date for advance registration is Friday, June 4, 2004.
Full payment must accompany your registration form. Checks and money orders (US funds drawn on a US bank) will be accepted as well as Visa and MasterCard. Mail form with payment to:
911 Cypress Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027
or fax with credit card information to 215-884-2306.
Download the registration form:
Your returned check is your receipt. You must provide an e-mail address or fax number if you wish a written confirmation.Confirmations will not be sent until June 6, 2004.
All tickets are to be picked up on-site at the Society of Nuclear Medicine Tour Registration Desk located in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
AN AMISH COUNTRY EXPERIENCE
Saturday, June 19 from 9:00am-5:00pm
The quiet charm of Amish country is the perfect way to step back in time to a style of living that has yet to meet the twentieth century. In many ways it is still the European village its founders recreated from memory offering old fashioned country hospitality and a glimpse of a way of life untouched by today. Your escort will regale you with the wonderful traditions and folkways of the "plain people." You will visit a working Amish style farm and home complete with all of the details of the life, from the clothes pegs to the bundling board.
Luncheon will be served "Dutch style" with the traditional overflow table of sweets, sours, meats, and desserts.
We will explore the byways and hamlets where the Amish lifestyle is evident at every turn and the quaint customs and traditions will be the subject at hand. If time permits, a final stop at the village of Intercourse will give you time to visit at the general store or the shops to bring home some shoofly pie or a hex sign.
HISTORY IN THE PARK
Sunday, 6/20/04 from 1:00pm-4:00pm
History abounds in this wonderful city William Penn called his "greene country towne." We welcome you to a tour that reflects on a most exciting time in our history when America’s birth was in the making. Our professional guides lead you through Independence National Historic Park where it all happened.
In this mostly walking tour, our guides will fill in all the historical spaces with great tales of the early movers and shakers as we collect history by the square foot. From Elfreth's Alley, America's oldest continuously occupied street, to a walk on Independence Mall, and a stop at Congress Hall, where the first legislators sat in their upper and lower houses. The Benjamin Franklin House and Museum, featuring a marvelous steel skeleton of his home, welcomes us to read snippets of the Franklins’ letters to one another that are carved into the footstones. We will then visit at Franklin’s colonial post office where he once presided and which still operates today. We will see Carpenters’ Hall as well as the home of Dolley Madison along the Walnut Street Walk.
Everywhere you turn is tradition and beauty and our guide will regale your guests with the stories that make history come alive.
LONGWOOD GARDENS - A GARDEN FOR ALL SEASONS
Monday, 6/21/04 from 9:30am-3:30pm
The historic du Pont family presented this most prized of formal gardens at Longwood to the American public as a tribute to their success in their new country. Considered one of the premier gardens in the world, the site boasts an exquisite formal English garden set below a gigantic conservatory.
The three acre, climate controlled floral wonderland boasts an outstanding French garden as well as a sumptuous cactus exhibit, an entire room filled with orchids of every size and description, rose rooms and incredible topiaries that change with the seasons.
If you love exquisite flowers, majestic trees and opulent architecture, you will delight in the glory that is Longwood. Impeccably designed and groomed, its 1,050 acres offer spectacular fountains that dance, 14,000 kinds of plants, sculptured French gardens and even an idea garden for the home gardener.
The floral kaleidoscope that is Longwood holds charms for everyone young and old.
Lunch at a lovely country inn is included.
CITY HOUSE, COUNTRY HOUSE
Tuesday, 6/22/04 from 10:00am-1:00pm
The houses of the city of Philadelphia illustrate 300 years of history through the lifestyles of its people. The Bishop lived on Walnut Street in an extravagant eight-story home, half of which was underground. Next door was Doctor Benjamin Rush, an early advocate of mental health. His home is now a beautiful English garden.
We will enjoy a private tour of the home of Mayor Samuel Powel whose home was the epicenter of all things social in a very social and political city. Ben Franklin was a frequent guest and Mayor Powel delighted in hosting General and Martha Washington at their 20th wedding anniversary party in his marvelous city mansion.
We drive over to Fairmount Park, just a few minutes from downtown today but then considered to be "out in the country". And since the "country" where the aristocrats sheltered their families from the summer heat and disease of colonial times is in America's largest urban park, we are afforded the opportunity to enjoy the marvelous sculpture that dots the Park, the beauty of the River Driver and one of a dozen remaining colonial mansions whose histories are as checkered as their architecture.