Trip Status: Registration OPEN


For the benefit of The Cape Symphony

Trip Status: Registration OPEN

Trip Dates & Costs: Variable

You won’t need a passport to explore the culture of the Far East. This season’s companion trip* to the Cape Symphony’s Passport Concert (The Silk Road and Beyond, performances January 16 and 17, 2016) actually includes 4 local trips to places where you can experience different aspects of Asian culture and history close to home.

•You can choose any number of trips; if you opt to participate in all, the total cost will be $1100.

The Silk Road is very flexible!

•A portion of trips’ costs will be a donation from you to the CSO.



  • Asian markets in Quincy


  • The prestigious PEM in Salem
  • The world-renowned MFA in Boston


  • Tai Chi and Calligraphy workshops
  • An Asian cooking class with Linda Mawhinney


1. The Essence of Chi: Tai Chi to Chinese Calligraphy

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 10 AM–3 PM

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

$100 per person (Boxed lunch included)

Maximum trip capacity: 40 people

From martial arts to visual arts! Spend the day immersed in two of China’s most time-honored traditions. First, we’ll center our minds and bodies on the internal Chinese martial art of Tai chi, practiced by tens of thousands of people around the world. Tai chi, a series of very slow, flowing movements, is easy to learn and designed to enhance both physical and emotional well-being. After lunch, we’ll put pen to paper as we learn about (and try our hand at) one of the country’s most revered art forms, Chinese Calligraphy.

Our introduction into the chi or energy core begins at 10 am; 20 people will follow the Tai Chi demo taught by Sarah Beals of the Orleans Life Center and the other 20 will join the Chinese calligraphy class taught by Dennis Johnson. At noontime, we will break with a box lunch and then, in the afternoon, attendees will switch classes.


Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

847 Orleans Road, North Chatham

  • Program Start Time: 10 AM
  • Please provide your own transportation to the Marconi Center.
  • Parking is available but carpooling is advised.

2. Yin Yu Tang: A very Unusual House Tour

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 8:15 AM

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

$215 per person (Lunch and transportation included)

Maximum capacity: 50 people

Two centuries. Eight generations. One very unusual house tour. Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house, was brought to America and reassembled at the Peabody Essex Museum. As you enter the 16-bedroom ancestral home of the Huang family, you’ll gain a rare perspective on Chinese art, architecture and culture. Discover the meaning behind the house’s name and learn which room was the most significant, how bedrooms were assigned and where the “spirit wall” is located. The exhibit also includes interpretive materials and a video about Yin Yu Tang. (We will be divided into 2 groups due to the maximum number of people allowed into the House.) We will then have lunch in the Bartlett Gallery, and continue our exploration into the PEM’s fine Asian collections—the world’s most comprehensive collection of decorative art made for export.


Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA

  • Departure Time: 8:15 AM
  • Meet at Barnstable Commuter Lot, Exit 6
  • Please carpool, if possible, to the Exit 6 parking lot.
  • Travel time could be 3 hours, depending upon traffic.
  • The bus will begin its return to the Cape at 3:45 pm.

3. Asian Culinary Tour

A. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 9:15 AM

Kam Man Supermarket Tour, Quincy, MA

B. Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 4 PM

Joan Hill's House in Eastham, MA

$200 per person (Includes 2 events & transportation to market)

Maximum Capacity: 28 people

This culinary tour doesn’t start with a quick trip to the supermarket for ingredients. It kicks off with a guided tour of the largest Asian Market in New England, Kam Man. Our guide, Linda Mawhinney, lived in Hong Kong for six years. She knows this market inside and out and will introduce you to the most unusual and authentic Asian products it offers, including an incredible assortment of Oriental teas.

It’s not hard to guess where Part Two of this Asian culinary adventure takes place—in the kitchen! Join Linda and friends for a hands-on cooking demonstration later in the week. You’ll help create a delicious Asian-themed meal and learn tips and tricks for making wontons (which you’ll get to take home)!


A. Kam Man Supermarket Tour

Quincy, MA

  • Departure Time: 9:15 AM, Tuesday, April 26th
  • Meet at Barnstable Commuter Lot, Exit 6
  • The bus will depart from Quincy at 4:00 pm.

B. Private Cooking Lesson with Linda Mawhinney

Joan Hill's House in Eastham

  • If possible, please carpool to Joan Hill’s house
  • (Directions will be provided.)

4. VIP Boston: Arts Overnight

May 18 and 19, 2016

The MFA, Boston and Chinatown

Overnight at The Lenox Hotel

$675 per person (Includes tour, transportation, hotel, & meals)

Maximum capacity: 22 people

We’ll go from Barnstable to Boston and back on this 48-Hour Arts Adventure! Grab some friends (but not too many… space is limited!) for a fabulous Arts excursion and sleepover in Beantown.

Day one, we’ll head to the Museum of Fine Arts for VIP treatment – a curator  tour of the Asian Gallery, among the finest collections in the Western World. We’ll lunch at the museum’s New American Café, known for its creative, regional dishes, then you’ll have a little “me time” in the MFA before we head to the Lennox Hotel. At 4:15 pm, a bus will depart from the MFA to the Lenox Hotel for an evening of good food and city life.

Day two, after breakfast we will check out of the hotel and have a tour of Boston’s vibrant Chinatown, the country’s third largest. The tour of Chinatown includes lunch, after which there will be free time until we depart for the trip back to the Cape at 4:00 pm.


  • Departure Time: 8:15 AM, Wednesday, May 18th
  • Meet at Barnstable Commuter Lot, Exit 6
  • (Bus will head to its first stop—The MFA, Boston)
  • Departure Time back to the Cape: 4:00 PM, Thursday, May 19th


* All trips are for the benefit of the Cape Symphony Orchestra. Travelers will be credited with a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

N.B. Inclusive in the price of each mini-trip is everything that is listed in the trip description. Therefore, transportation (except for the Essence of Chi workshop), listed meals, tour fees, accommodation at the Lenox Hotel, and teachers’ fees are included. And, of course, the CSO contribution is also included.

By Cathypem CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Peabody Essex Museum

By Smart Destinations from Boston, USA (Peabody Essex Museum) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Yin Yu Tang House, Peabody Essex Museum
Kam Man Market, Quincy, MA.
Entrance to Boston's Chinatown
Lenox Hotel, Boston, MA.

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For details/questions, please call Joan Hill at 508-255-7907 or email her at

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