The Ridgefield Historical Society is inviting members and non-members for a full-day excursion June 2 to Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx and The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park in the Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River.  The first stop will be a visit to the famous Italian food shops and restaurants on Arthur Avenue with time for shopping and lunch. Arthur Avenue has been home to Italian immigrants for about 100 years and still retains its authentic atmosphere.

After lunch, the tour goes to The Cloisters to see the medieval art, architecture, gardens, and a special Metropolitan Museum costume exhibit. The Cloisters, a branch of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, was built to resemble the architecture of medieval French cloisters in order to house the museum’s collection of Western art from the 12th through the 15th Centuries. Noted attractions are illuminated manuscripts, stained glass and medieval tapestries. In addition the gardens have been planted in accordance with descriptions found in medieval sources.

The cost for the trip (which does not include lunch) is $55 for members, $65 for non-members. To reserve, email ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net or call 203-438-5821.