CAA Recent Alumni Winter Wonderland Party
Join recent Columbia alumni (2003-2013) at one of the hottest venues in town, Celsius, for charity, networking, and premium open bar!January 17, 2014 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Join recent Columbia alumni (2003-2013) at one of the hottest venues in town, Celsius, for charity, networking, and premium open bar! Overlooking Winter Village at Bryant Park, Celsius features glass-enclosed lounges and an outdoor terrace with heat lamps that will be sure to thaw your winter chill.
Date: Friday, January 17, 2014
Location: Celsius at Bryant Park, 41 West 40th Street (at the corner of Sixth Avenue)
RSVP: Register online
Cost: $40 in advance for alumni and guests, $50 at the door for alumni and guests, ticket includes access to Celsius with two hours of premium open bar and hors d'oeuvres
This year, the CAA is sponsoring New York Cares 25th Annual Coat Drive. Please bring a new or used coat in support of this effort and drop it at The Columbia Club of New York before joining the festivities. The club, which is only one block from Bryant Park, will also being offering hot apple cider and hot chocolate from 6-8 p.m.
If you’re in the mood to skate, take a spin on the ice before the event. Admission to the rink is free and rentals are available.
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Flavors of Tuscany
With Tuscan wine and cuisine as our inspiration, and a gorgeously rustic wine estate as our home, join Professor Elizabeth Castelli on an exploration of the culture and beauty of Tuscany. June 13, 2014 to June 21, 2014
Flavors of Tuscany
With Professor Elizabeth Castelli
June 13 – 21, 2014
With Tuscan wine and cuisine as our inspiration, and a gorgeously rustic wine estate as our home, join Professor Elizabeth Castelli on an exploration of the culture and beauty of Tuscany.
An intimate, small-group atmosphere and authentically Tuscan experiences distinguish this 9-day program. Stroll vineyards, make your own ricotta, sample olive oils and wine varietals, and fully enjoy the Tuscan way of life surrounded by great people and fabulous cuisine.
Availability is limited to just 18 guests on this exclusive Barnard Alumnae Travel Program (alumnae, family and friends are all welcome). For more information, please call the Travel Program office at (800) 417-1127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
•For six nights become part of the family at gorgeous Tuscan wine estate Podere Ciona
, amidst rolling hills; and for the last night, relish Florence's Hotel L'Orologio
•On exclusive small-group excursions, cook with a Michelin-rated chef
and at the elbows of four “Tuscan Mammas,” making ricotta and conjuring prized dishes.
•Visit historic gems: a 1,000-year-old winery
; Etruscan ruins in Cortona; a mill where olive oils are pressed the old way; and a monastery that hosted St. Francis.
•Visit hill towns
with histories as mesmerizing as their panoramic views; meander Siena’s morning market
; and savor Florence, seeing Michaelangelo’s David
at the Accademia.
Itinerary: June 13 – 14, 2014: En Route
from U.S. / Arrive Florence / Podere Ciona
Depart the US June 13 on independently scheduled flights to Florence. Upon arrival, transfer to Podere Ciona. Settle into your quarters at Podere Ciona, a lovely estate surrounded by vineyards in the Chianti countryside. With Siena in the distance, explore the garden that surrounds the house, and take in the breathtaking view of olive trees, vineyards, and forests that dot the landscape. Get acquainted with your travel companions at a welcome dinner served with the estate's vintages, as well as Franca and Franco Gatteschi, the delightful owners of the property. Overnight: Podere Ciona (D) June 15, 2014:
Radda / Castellina
Today visit the beautiful hill towns of Radda, Castellina, and Gaiole. Find out why Gaiole was ranked number one as “Europe’s Most Idyllic Places to Live” in Forbes magazine. Visit charming Radda and Castellina and discover Chianti Classico wines in the region that made them world renowned. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a favorite neighborhood restaurant. Overnight: Podere Ciona (B,D) June 16, 2014:
Tuscany’s rolling hills—with its patchwork of vineyards, olive groves, and forests—are redolent with culinary treasure. Discover how cheeses typical of this area are characterized by the kind of milk, addition of herbs, and particular processes resulting in different textures and flavors. Dine at a local villa for lunch before heading to Castiglion’s historic city center. A light buffet back at the property concludes the day. Overnight: Podere Ciona (B,L,D) June 17, 2014:
San Martino / Cortona
After breakfast, take a short drive to San Martino to visit the beautiful Il Falconiere, a Relais & Chateaux property. In their beautiful kitchen, learn traditional Tuscan recipes under the tutelage of owner Silvia and Il Falconiere master chef, Riccardo. Make ricotta, as well as pasta and sugo fresco di pomodoro (fresh tomato sauce) for a delicious feast along with the award-winning wines and sparkling wine of the estate.
After a sumptuous lunch, head to Le Celle, a monastery on the slopes of Monte Sant’ Edigio frequented by Saint Francis of Assisi. Enjoy a walk around the buildings with your guide. A bit farther up the hill awaits the 13th-century Church of Santa Margherita. Inside, admire the original rose window and the dramatic Crucifix above the altar.
Explore the walled city of Cortona alongside your knowledgeable guide before visiting an old olive mill that still presses using the traditional methods, topped off with an olive oil tasting with the owner. Visit Etruscan tombs that were recently excavated nearby. Dinner this evening is at a favorite Cortona restaurant. Overnight: Podere Ciona (B,L,D) June 18, 2014:
A UNESCO heritage site, Siena has a remarkably well-preserved medieval cityscape. Meander through the morning market, its streets filled with vendors catching your eye with handcrafted wares. See Siena’s celebrated Duomo, with its striking striped columns and walls, ornate mosaic floor, and recently excavated 13th-century frescoes; and admire the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina, as you learn about the city’s colorful history from your guide. Take some time to shop, grab something delicious for lunch on your own, and watch passers-by in the Il Campo. This evening, we will have wood-fired pizza and antipasti for a perfect finish to the day. Overnight: Podere Ciona (B,D) June 19, 2014:
Today visit Brolio castle in the midst of boundless vineyards. Taste the region’s varietals and tour the castle grounds. Grab lunch nearby and enjoy time to relax at Podere Ciona before a four-course cooking class with those who know best, the Tuscan Mammas! Mimma, Lele, Franca, and Elissa are the women behind Tutti a Tavola, an intimate cooking school in Tuscany. As the Mammas say, “Breaking bread at the table is the best way to get to know someone.” Overnight: Podere Ciona (B,L,D) June 20, 2014:
Renowned Renaissance art and architecture await in Florence. On your walking tour, admire the sculptures that surround the Piazza Signoria, the heart of Florence’s historic and political square. Step inside the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall; and stop by the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest and most famous bridge in Florence. See the Duomo, Brunelleschi’s cathedral, and the baptistry renowned for its three bronze doors and relief sculptures. Sip a glass of wine and enjoy a delicious Panini lunch with the locals on via Cimatori before admiring the scarves and leather in San Lorenzo market. And finally, end your tour with an appointment at the Accademia to view Michelangelo’s David. Tonight, share your experiences and raise a glass with your travel companions one last time at a farewell dinner. Overnight: Hotel L'Orologio (B,L,D) June 21, 2014:
This morning, take your complimentary transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B) Barnard Guest Lecturer and Host: Professor Elizabeth A. Castelli
Elizabeth A. Castelli is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion. Professor Castelli is a specialist in biblical studies, early Christianity, feminist/gender studies in religion, and theory and method in the study of religion. Currently she is particularly interested in the "afterlives" of biblical texts — how the Bible is deployed and recycled in contemporary social, political, and cultural expressions and debates. Her English translation of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini's San Paolo, the never-produced script for a film about St. Paul, will appear in early 2014 from Verso Books UK. She is the founding editor of the scholarly journal Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds. She is also at work on a collection of essays on the theme of confession. Professor Castelli looks forward to traveling with alumnae and friends as we explore Tuscany.
•A relaxed six nights accommodations at an 18th-century estate in the Chianti Classico wine-growing region, perched amidst the rolling hills of Tuscany, as well as one night at the elegant Hotel L'Orologio in Florence
•Seven breakfasts, four lunches, and seven dinners served with wine
•Full services of an expert tour director and local Italian winemakers, chefs, cheese makers, and expert local guides
•Private motor coach transportation, luggage handling, and airport transfers for guests on suggested flights
•Gratuities to guides, drivers and porters.
Your Home in Italy: Podere Ciona
Become part of la famiglia as you settle in for your first six nights at an authentic Tuscan wine estate. Sip a glass of Chianti on a sun-dappled terrace, refresh at the pool, and stroll vineyards draped with Sangiovese, Merlot, and Alicante Bouschet grapes. For your final night in Florence, stay at stylish Hotel L’Orologio**. Hotel L'Orologio (or similar)
For the last night of your program, relax in the beautifully situated at the Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence's historic center. This elegant, timepiece-themed hotel is a few minutes walk to the train station and the Duomo, and within 20-minute walking distance to the Accademia and the Uffizi. Enjoy comfortable rooms, a private bathroom, and free wi-fi Internet access.
Activity Level: Easy
Guests should be able to enjoy an hour or more of walking and be sure-footed on stairs and cobbled surfaces. Tuscany Travel Brochure