Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pa., opened for daily tours this month and the 2010 season includes a range of tour options, new lectures and exhibitions, as well as on-site educational programs.
The in-depth tour provides a detailed view of the house and permits photography as well as access to areas not available on the standard tour. In-depth tours are available every day that Fallingwater is open at 8:30 a.m. and again at 4:30 p.m., through mid October.
A brunch tour is available on Saturdays and Sundays from May through September. On this tour, participants spend nearly two hours in the house with an experienced guide, followed by brunch on Fallingwater's covered terrace as Bear Run flows beneath the house. Reservations for tours and lectures are highly recommended. For more information or to purchase Fallingwater tour tickets, visit fallingwater.org or call visitor services at (724) 329-8501.
Tour Edna St. Vincent Millay's home
The Millay Society plans to open Steepletop, the home of the late poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, to the public for tours starting May 28.
Millay was a native of Maine but she lived and worked at the farmhouse in Austerlitz in upstate New York for her last 25 years. She died there in 1950. Society executive director Peter Bergman says the tour will feature Millay's private suite on the second floor of the farmhouse, including her bedroom and work room and library, with the rooms much as the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet left them. Visitors will be able to walk the 191-acre grounds and gardens.
A poet's walk on the estate has been open and free since 2003. It leads through the woods to the grave site of Millay and her family, with passages of her poetry posted along the way. Steepletop tours will cost $12 per person. Austerlitz is 30 miles southeast of Albany. More information: millaysociety.org.
Traveling internationally with a child
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Hemingway's Key West digs honored
Ernest Hemingway's Key West home, where the American author lived in the 1930s, has been designated a literary landmark.
Hemingway owned the property until his death in 1961. It became a museum honoring the Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning author in 1964.
He worked on many of his best-known manuscripts in the Key West property's second-story writing studio. He wrote 70 percent of his life's work there, including For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and the Key West-based To Have and Have Not, Hemingway's only novel set in the United States.
Literary landmark designation is conferred by a division of the American Library Association. The Hemingway home is Key West's eighth literary landmark. Others include the former homes of playwright Tennessee Williams and poet Elizabeth Bishop. For more information, go to www.hemingwayhome.com.
London Jewish Museum reopens
They are icons of Britain: a Victorian-era statesman, a World War I soldier-poet, fish and chips. They're also Jewish — evidence of the 1,000-year history of Jews in Britain, whose story is told in a museum reopening after a $15 million expansion.
"Fish and chips, which everyone thinks of as very English, is in fact Sephardic Jewish," said celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who helped relaunch the London Jewish Museum this month after a two-year closure. Many believe that Britain's national dish has its origins in fried fish introduced to the country by Spanish and Portuguese Jews.
Food and the nature of Britishness both play a significant part in the museum, which has expanded from a Victorian house in London's Camden Town to a former piano factory next door, tripling its floor space. Among the interactive displays is a chance to smell chicken soup cooking in a re-created East End immigrant's kitchen.
There also is a cavalcade of historical figures, both famous and obscure, including 19th century Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli; war poet Isaac Rosenberg, killed on the Western Front; and Daniel Mendoza, an 18th century boxing champion of England. Their stories sit alongside those of humbler figures — laborers, seamstresses, trade unionists, entertainers. For more information, go to jewishmuseum.org.uk.