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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. 

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 January of next year, we already have several people signed up for a cruise to the Bahamas. You need to plan far in advance for cruises, especially if you’re interested in a mid-winter break.  

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.

VGMB Concert TripSaturday, November 17, departs at 6:45 p.m. from the lobby
Arena Stage, "Anything Goes," Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Pentagon City Shopping, Thursday, November 29, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Little Theater of Alexandria, "A Christmas Carol," Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Arena Stage, "Indecent," Wednesday, December 5, 2018
U.S. Institute of Peace, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
National Mall, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Little Theater of Alexandria, "The Fantasticks," Thursday, January 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Cruise to the Bahamas, January 24, 2019 (Carolyn Buttolph, ext. 3177, for details). GH Family
Merriweather Post House, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Arena Stage, "The Heiress," Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Little Theater of Alexandria, "You Can't Take It With You," Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
AMC Theater, "La Fille du Regiment," Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
** Philadelphia Flower Show (overnight), Wednesday-Thursday, March 6-7, 2019, 8:30 a.m., GH Family
National Mall, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:30 a.m.

** Although the Philadelphia Flower Show trip is months away, we are beginning to accept reservations now.  Contact Carolyn Buttolph at 703-842-3177 (email

Several residents have inquired about other operas that are to be shown. Residents who wish to arrange their own trips may find the following information helpful. All performances listed are matinee shows. Further information is available at: For more information – or to make a reservation -- contact the Chair of Trips and Outings (Carolyn Buttolph, 703 842-3177, email

12/19/18 - La Traviata - Verdi
1/16/19 -   Adriana Lecouvreur - Cilea
2/6/19 -     Carmen - Bizet
4/3/19 -     Die Walkure - Wagner
5/15/19 -    Dialogues des Carmeliter - Poulenc


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