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Philly Flower Show Trip, March 2019

GHBC residents and staff plan trips of varying kinds and lengths to provide residents continuing opportunities to learn and to enjoy the world outside our walls. There are regular visits to museums and cultural events in the Washington DC area as well as occasional trips to museums and sights further afield. Multi-day adventures, like cruises, are organized as well. Only the trips listed below are organized by the Trips & Outings Committee. For questions about these trips, contact the Chair of GHBC Trips & Outings, Carolyn Buttolph (703-842-3177 or Trips organized by other departments and committees can be found on the Coming Events page.

Residents of GHBC and GHA as well as members of Goodwin House At Home and the Priority Club are part of the GH Family. Families do things together, and friends of family can be invited to join the group. We are planning several more Goodwin House Family trips. In September, we are already planning a cruise to Bermuda. (You need to plan far in advance for cruises.) And a trip to Philadelphia in October.

Trips are publicized and assembled several months in advance of the date. Items marked GH Family are for all members of the Goodwin House family (as described above). The extended GH Family should contact the Chair of GHBC Trips & Outings, Carolyn Buttolph (703-842-3177 or, to pose questions or register. All other items are for GHBC residents only. GHBC residents may sign up for trips and outings in the GHBC Business Center, 7-10 days before a scheduled event.

The Trips and Outings group plans many trips. A few are Family trips that include residents of GHA and GHBC as well as members of GHAH and the Priority Club. However, most other trips are intended for residents of GHBC and are limited to 14 participants (the capacity of the GHBC bus). Residents sign up for these trips simply by adding their names to the registers which are available in the GHBC Resident Business Center.

Recently, a member of the Priority Club asked if (and how) he might sign up for one of these trips. That
question resulted in some head scratching. However, an answer has been found and will serve until a better
solution is devised.

Aside from Family trips where “first come, first served” prevails, we now will offer a Non-Resident Wait List
(NRWL for short) for trips intended for residents. A few days before the trip is scheduled, if there is still
space available, the NRWL will be used to fill the bus.

If you are interested in adding your name to the NRWL, simply call Carolyn Buttolph at 703-842-3177 or
email her at Be sure to specify the trip and date. Also be sure to provide a phone
number for contact – a cell phone is best.


Buses will pick up residents from the main lobby unless otherwise designated.

Live HD Opera, “Turandot,” Saturday, October 12, 12:00 noon $
Little Theater of Alexandria, “The Haunting of Hill House,” Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.  $
Philadelphia Art Museums, Wednesday-Thursday, October 23-24, GH Family $
Arena Stage, “Newsies,” Wednesday, November 20 $
Virginia Fine Arts Museum, Thursday, December 5, 8:00 a.m. GH Family $
Royal Caribbean Cruise, Friday, January 31, 2020, GH Family $


We’ve received the schedule for Arena Stage for 2019-2020. Here are four performances that stand out. 

"Newsies" – Click on blue link above. Tickets billed on Monday, October 7. $

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" – Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Noon. An unlikely connection between two Afghan women. Tickets billed on Monday, December 9. $

To ensure that we can obtain tickets to these shows, we need to purchase tickets well in advance of the performances. For each show, we will have a separate sign-up sheet issued at an appropriate time. (For Jitney the sign-up sheet was available on Monday, July 22). The billing date shown above is the date that tickets will be purchased and residents’ accounts charged.

The complete Metropolitan Opera-at-the-movies schedule for 2019 -2020 is shown below. We are planning four trips to view Metropolitan Opera live HD broadcasts in the 2019- 2020 season: Turandot, Madame Butterfly, Porgy & Bess, and Tosca. These will be shown at the AMC Hoffman Theater 22 (206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria). About four weeks before each show, we will have a sign-up sheet. If there is sufficient interest, two weeks before the show we will purchase tickets and charge each resident’s account. All performances begin at 12:55 PM. An entire schedule of all broadcasts is posted in mail room.  Residents who wish to arrange their own trips may find this useful.  Information may be found at For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Chair of Trips and Outings (Carolyn Buttolph, 703 842-3177, email

10/12/19 - Turandot - Puccini - See trip information above
10/26/19 - Manon - Massenet
11/09/19 - Madame Butterfly - Puccini
11/23/19 - Akhnaten - Glass
01/11/20 - Wozzeck - Berg
02/01/20 - Porgy and Bess - Gershwins
02/29/20 - Agrippina - Handel
03/14/20 - Der Fliegende Hollander - Wagner
04/11/20 - Tosca
05/09/20 - Maria Stuarda - Donizetti

Do you kayak?  Would you like to kayak?  Let me hear from you.  If there is sufficient interest, we might organize a trip to explore the ghost fleet of Mallows Bay.  Send an email to


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