Friday, 10:15, Apr. 20 (your choice when to leave after the museum tour)
Coordinator: Doris Bloch
The National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia, showcases significant sporting books and fine and decorative art. Their focus is on preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports. Many of their art objects and rare books have been donated by the Mellon family and other generous Hunt Country donors. While their primary emphasis is on research, they welcome visitors to learn about their collections. When our visit takes place, they will be displaying “A Sporting Vision,” a travelling exhibit from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as selected items from their permanent collections. One item of note that they own is a copy of the first edition of Isaak Walton’s “The Compleat Angler,” along with 90 subsequent editions. Please plan to arrive in Middelburg with enough time to meet at the museum lobby by 10:15. Our one-hour docent-led tour of the two-building library and museum begins promptly at 10:30. After our tour we will optionally walk to lunch at any of the restaurants in Middleburg. Those who wish may return to the library and museum after lunch. Directions and a participant roster will be emailed to facilitate carpooling. A fee of $8 is payable to OLLI at time of registration. Registration is on a
first-come, first-served basis.