Fall Trip: Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Northeast AGO Chapter will be sponsoring a bus trip on Saturday, November 7 to tour the Wanamaker Organ located in Macy’s Department Store in downtown Philadelphia. As many of you already know, this instrument is the largest functioning pipe organ in the world. It has 461 ranks, over 28,000 pipes, and is controlled by a massive six-manual console! Please mark your calendars and try to make it if you can – this is really a unique opportunity.

The fee for the trip is $35. It is non-refundable and may be mailed to Bob Reynolds, our chapter sub Dean, at the following address by October 15. Please make checks payable to “Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter AGO.”

Here is the itinerary for the day:

8:30 AM Bus departs from Park and Ride in Pittston (located at the intersection of Rte. 315 and Oak Street)

11:30 AM Approximate arrival time in Philadelphia

12:00 PM Organ Recital

12:45 PM Lunch (on your own; there are many good restaurants in the area)

2:00 PM Approximate start time for tour, which will include the Wanamaker Grand Court organ and newly restored Wurlitzer theater organ

The time of departure will be determined by the length of the tour. We will leave Philadelphia no later than 4:00 PM. The ride home will be roughly two hours.

If you would like to learn more about this instrument, including its history, stoplist, program schedule, etc., you may visit the following website: www.wanamakerorgan.com. Questions? Contact us.

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