11 Aug

Friends Trip – Granite and Green Mountains: American Art and History Up East

Join the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum for a six-day adventure in the history and artistry of New England.

The granite of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont embraced an impressive range of artistry around the turn of the 20th century, including poets Robert Frost and E E Cummings; painters Winslow Homer and Maxfield Parrish; and America’s foremost sculptor in this period, Augustus St Gaudens, who anchored an artists’ colony at Cornish. An itinerary related to these figures will complement visits to famed houses from Georgian times to Frank Lloyd Wright.

Itinerary Overview –  June 25-30, 2017

Portland, Maine

City Tour
Wadsworth-Longfellow House (1785ff., childhood home of the famous poet)
Portland Museum of Art with special private visit to Winslow Homer’s Prouts Neck Studio
Portland Head Light


McPhaedris-Warner House (1716, earliest urban brick house in northern New England)
Moffatt-Ladd House (1763 elegant Georgian mansion; Portsmouth furniture; NSCDA property)
Lunch with New Hampshire Colonial Dames
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion (1740ff., harbor-side home of first royal governor)

Lake Champlain

Shelburne Museum of Art (exceptional fine art and vast collections of American material culture)
Vermont State Capitol at Montpelier

Dartmouth, Cornish, Plymouth, Windsor

St Gaudens Studio (home, studio and gardens of America’s greatest 19th-century sculptor)
Cornish-Windsor Bridge over the Connecticut River (longest wooden covered bridge in the US)
Calvin Coolidge Homestead (1870? boyhood home and site of Coolidge’s Presidential oath-taking, 1923)


Currier Museum of Art, internationally renowned collection of European and American art    Zimmerman House (1950, Frank Lloyd Wright), observing the Wright 150 Robert Frost Farm (time permitting)

Featured Historic Hotels

2 nights in Portland at historic Regency (1895) in the Old Port District
3 nights at Inn at Mill Falls, Meredith NH, on Lake Winnipesaukee

Other inclusions

Porterage, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, all ground transportation (chartered coach daily), museum admissions, guides and gratuities

Additional Costs

$200 gift to support operation and programs of the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum (Abner Cook, 1855)
Airfare via United Airlines (schedule pending) via Portland and/or Manchester; travel protection

Click Here to download a form with more information, including notes on different costs and accommodations. Then be sure to reserve your spot by mailing the printed form and your deposit to:

Karen Bluethman, Heart of Texas Tours
8501 Silver Ridge Drive
Austin, TX 78759

Have questions or concerns? Contact Karen Bluethman at (512) 345-2043 hottours@sbcglobal.net.

05 Mar

April 28: Friends Trip: American Epics

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

Art inSight day trip benefitting Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum

BentonJoin art historian Karen Pope for a day trip to Fort Worth to view and discuss the first major exhibition in more than twenty-five years to feature the life and works of the renowned American painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889 – 1975). Entitled “American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood,” this exhibit, on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, explores the previously overlooked relationship between Benton’s art and movie making. Benton’s awareness that movies were the best and most popular means of telling American tales inspired a signature artistic style that melded centuries-old traditions with movie-production techniques to create images that appealed to a broad range of Americans.

The exhibition brings together nearly 100 works by Benton, including more than thirty of his paintings and murals, as well as a selection of his drawings, prints, and illustrated books in juxtaposition with scenes from some of Hollywood’s greatest films. In these works, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling. The Peabody Essex Museum organized this exhibition in collaboration with the Amon Carter Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Also on our itinerary:

During the remainder of our day in Fort Worth, we will visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and have a western lunch at Reata, Sundance Square, and time to visit either the Kimbell Art Museum or the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. We will return to Austin in the later afternoon with discussion and refreshments en route.

Ticket Pricing and How to Register

Your registration includes chartered coach transportation, museum admissions, lunch, snacks, and readings. Register by sending a check for $100 per person to:sponsor1b

Karen Pope
Art inSight
PO Box 5730
Austin, TX 78763-5730

Full schedule and departure details will be sent to all registrants. You may give your place to a friend; refunds unlikely less than 10 days before the trip. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum.

For questions about this event, please contact us using the form below:

02 Nov

Friends Trip: Houston and the Azalea Trail

Join the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum for a day trip to Houston to celebrate the River Oaks Garden Club’s Azalea Trail.

AzaleaWelcome the incomparable Texas springtime with a day trip to consider the gardens of the ROGC’s Azalea Trail, MFAH’s Bayou Bend and Rienzi Collections, together with Lunch at Houston Classic Ouisie’s Table, and a private reception at NSCDA-TX President Dorothy Knox Houghton’s residence.

Saturday, March 12th, 2016
Depart from Austin at 8:00 am; meet/arrive in Houston at 11:00 am.

Local to Greater Austin?

Chartered transportation will leave from the Neill-Cochran House – meet us by 8:00 am. We will arrive back in Austin at approximately 9:00 pm.  Register online securely from Austin here. Please note that $25 of your registration fee is a tax-deductible gift to the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum.

Coming from Houston (or catching your own ride)?

No need to miss out if you’re not in Austin! Meet us in Houston so we can spend the day together. Meet us in Houston at our first stop on the Azalea Trail (TBD) at approximately 11:00 am or at Ouisie’s Table at 1:00 pm for lunch. Reserve online securely from Houston here. Please note that $25 of your registration fee is a tax-deductible gift to the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum.

Questions about this event? Don’t be shy! Contact us and we’ll get you all sorted out.