Join OLLI Excursions on Wednesday, June 12, for a visit to the Museum of Russian Icons and nearby Fruitlands in Harvard, Mass. Popular OLLI faculty member John Sutherland will be our lecturer for the historical aspects of the site.
Our first stop is the seven-year-old Museum of Russian Icons, a world-class educational and cultural institution for Russian icons that contains the largest collection of Russian Orthodox religious art in North America. It often features exhibits on loan from other countries as well as showing its own revolving collection. For more information, check the museum’s website of this little-known but spectacular treasure at
Lunch will be on your own in downtown Clinton (home of the icon museum), which offers a variety of restaurants including Thai, health food, and traditional New England fare.
Fruitlands is the site of a 19th century utopian commune founded by Bronson Alcott and other New England transcendentalists. Beyond being the home of that community, it now houses the largest archive of Harvard Shaker documents, a collection of local Native Americana and a very large collection of Hudson River landscapes. The historic farmhouse, gardens, labyrinth, nature trail, and museum store have been a draw for many years.
The cost for the trip is $47 per person, which includes admissions to museums, bus, and driver gratuity. We will depart from the rear entrance to the Wishcamper Center promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive by 8:15 for boarding. Expected time for arrival back at Portland is 6:30 p.m.
To reserve, mail your check to OLLI at USM, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104, or call the OLLI office at 780-4406 to pay by credit card. You may also register in person at the office. There will be no refunds after May 31.
For further information call Anita Jones at 797-3612 or Johanna Hart at 773-4046.