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2018 Oct. 8: Field Trip: Library of Congress

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Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

Reference librarians will be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction on obtaining a reader-registration card and answer questions. They will be available to demonstrate the Library’s online resources and discuss access to the Library’s vast on-site collections and electronic resources, including services and collections for use in family history research. No other reference services will be available, and all other Library of Congress reading rooms and buildings will be closed. Photography is allowed; however, visitors may not use selfie sticks, mono-, bi- or tripods.

The Library’s Young Readers Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activity stations and programming for visitors. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Exhibition tours will be available to visitors on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Send email to Michelle to let her know if you are going on this field trip.

2018 Nov. 3-4: Overnight Field Trip – Penn’s Cave, Naturem Farm and Wildlife Tour

This photo of Penn’s Cave is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Saturday will consist of Penn’s Cave, Nature, Farm and Wildlife Tour – – You can choose which one or two or all of the adventures that they offer – prices listed on website.

Saturday evening = Bowling at Bellfonte Lanes (as long as they are not pre-booked for a party- will know closer to time) This is an older bowling alley.

Sunday will consist of Hershey Gardens Butterfly Atrium and Bug Zone.

Please RSVP here to this email so that I may book for reservations.

2018 Oct. 13 – Field Trip – “A Time Of Learning” – Cunningham Falls Photo Hike

October 13, 2018 (Rain Date October 14, 2018) –  9AM – “A Time Of Learning” – Cunningham Falls Photo Hike – This learning event is Free for Arundel Camera Club Members in good standing – All others, $10 donation the Arundel Camera Club. – Topics of Discussion and Hike led by John Milleker Jr.- 1. Pre-trip planning. Using online resources to plan your trip and shots from the comfort of your couch. 2. Choosing which photography gear to bring depending on the subject, location and weather. 3. Pre-set for your situation. Learn to anticipate your camera settings (aperture, shutter) for your subject. 4. Increasing your ‘keeper’ rate with shooting discipline. 5. Basics of composition to make your photographs more visually appealing. 6. And all other questions asked.

There will be hiking, bring comfortable hiking shoes. Bug spray, sunscreen and a hat. Also bring a camera with clean memory cards and charged batteries in a camera bag that you don’t mind hiking with. You’ll need your normal walk-around lens, if you have a telephoto lens we’ll talk about those as well. We highly recommend bringing a tripod, but if you don’t have one we’ll discuss other stabilizing techniques. If you are unsure about how your camera works, please tuck the instruction manual in your camera bag. It makes it easier to help you dial in the settings on your brand of camera!  Water will be provided, please bring a pack lunch and a picnic blanket or chair. At this time, Cunningham Falls parking fee is $3 per person with Maryland License, $5 for all others.

Please email if you would like to attend.

2018 Sep. 22-23 – Field Trip – Antietam National Battlefield

Reminder there is a field trip this weekend. Here is the info. Happy Shooting! September 22-23, 2018 –  Antietam Battlefield – Aftermath weekend AND Antietam National Cemetery – Events around and inside the visitor center are free – along with activities next to Dunker’s Church provided by the Sanitary Commission out of NY. Antietam will also offer hikes through battlefield that weekend. Keep an eye on link as it will update.  If people want to drive through the driving tour – it is $10 per car load or $5 per person.

Source: Event Details – Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)

2018 Jun. 29 – Jul. 1: Field Trip – 155th Gettysburg – A Living History Event

155th Gettysburg

Join us at the 155th Gettysburg, “A Living History” event at the historic David Stewart Farm. This event is reenactor coordinated with all new historical presentations.

During this three-day event you can:

  • Meet the generals from both armies.
  • Visit the living history camps.
  • Hear civilians tell of their experiences – watch out for soldiers searching for food!
  • See the artillery, infantry and cavalry.
  • Check out the large tent of activities for kids of ALL ages.
  • Watch medical demonstrations.
  • Join us for a Saturday evening camp dance.
  • Attend education and preservation programs in the speakers tent.
  • Visit our Sutlers, food vendors and have your tintype photo taken by the one and only John Milliker!

Spectator admission fee is just $20 per carload and payable at the entrance.

ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to battlefield preservation. Backpacks and coolers are prohibited. All persons entering the event are subject to search for the safety of us all. For further Information:

Michelle Barkdoll will be there all 3 days – if club members get in contact with her prior to coming – she will be able to get them to different photo advantages during the day along with the battle. Email Michelle at


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2018 June 16-18: Field Trip – Ocean City Maryland Air Show

ACC Members –

The first summer club field trip is just around the corner.   June 16-17, 2018 – Ocean City Maryland Air Show – You can purchase tickets to be at show center or shoot from the boardwalk or outside roped off area for free. Show center is 16th Street. There are shuttles that run from West OC park and ride straight to 16th St.  This year the Thunderbirds are the main headline.  A show you won’t want to miss.


2018 May 20: Field Trip – Baltimore Streetcar Museum


Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Through a combination of exhibits, displays, tours, video and photographic presentations, archive materials and, of course, streetcar rides on authentic Baltimore streetcars, the museum gives visitors a compelling sense of how previous generations traveled throughout the growing metropolis of Baltimore. A permanent collection of Baltimore street railway vehicles and artifacts represents one of the most comprehensive histories of an American city’s transportation past to be found anywhere.

Normal hours of operation are noon until 5:00 p.m.

Museum admission is $10.00. The admission fee entitles visitors to unlimited streetcar rides, plus access to the visitors’ center with its displays and museum store, and, when possible, a carhouse tour.

Source: Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc

2018 Mar. 17: Field Trip – Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

Our Next Filed Trip is:

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
21 S. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
11:30AM ** Arrive at 11:15 AM **

Open every Saturday 11am- 4p. Admission is FREE! Tours $8.
Guests can enjoy the latest exhibitions in the galleries and view the artwork which lines the 15-floor staircase.


A forty-five minute history presentation presents the colorful, well-known Baltimore figure, which is behind the iconic tower the clock and his famous headache remedy Bromo Seltzer. The Emerson Tower comes to life as we share humorous stories which highlight the forward thinking business and marketing strategies of Isaac Emerson. The presentation starts with a video and ends on a very high note as guests climb to the 16th floor via a “ships ladder”’ into the marvelous industrial mechanical room clock room, which houses the clock mechanism, the elevator switchboards and motors. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the 24-foot clock dials as a backdrop. Visitors can also take in the recent reinstallation of the iconic clock hands by the Balzer Family Clock Works.

Tours cost $8. Access into the clock room is by ships ladder which requires that each guest sign a liability waiver stating they are aware of the danger of climbing the ladder.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the tour you wish to participate in.

11:30AM <= We plan to aime for this tour. ** Arrive at 11:15 AM **

Guests are encouraged to check out the history museum on the 15th floor and the artwork throughout the building before or after their tours.

Group & Educational Information.
We ask that groups of 8 or more, when possible, schedule during the week.

** If you are planning on coming Let me know so I can schedule us if our group is 8 or more.

There is art for the creative souls in your group, plenty of history that brings 1911 Baltimore back to life, and a behind-the-scenes look at the largest four dial gravity driven non-chiming clock in the world for the mechanical engineer or clock enthusiast.
Plus, treasure hunters and collectors are amazed at the collection of Bromo Seltzer glass and memorabilia and in the Emerson/Maryland Glass Museum. Some guidelines for groups:

The building is accessible to the 15th floor by elevator.
The clock is NOT handicapped accessible.
Just fill out the reservation form, return it to us, and we’ll do the rest.
We look forward to sharing our amazing tower.

2018 Feb. 24: Field Trip – Chip’s Studio

On Saturday February 24, starting at 9:30am club members will converge on Chip Bulgin’s studio in Baltimore where we can shoot table top still life, portraits of each other, models, discuss post processing, and do lighting tutorials.

Address: 3500 Parkdale Ave. Baltimore, MD 21211.

The building is on the right-hand side of the street. It’s an old 3 story brick building that used to be a mill. There is a parking lot just past the building up a concrete ramp that has approximately 10 spaces. There is also parking on the street.

We will be doing studio photography with strobe lighting.We will have have several stations/sets available for photographing both human and still-life type objects. Fred is bringing four models.

Feel free to bring your own lights if you have them. Also feel free to bring stuff and/or people to photograph. You will need a camera with a hot-shoe and a short prime (fixed) or telephoto lens. Something like an 18-55mm, 50mm, 85mm, 18-135mm, and the like should be perfect.

For tabletop club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. Flowers and food are always popular. If you have strobes bring them. Also backdrops and tablecloths can be useful.

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to Bob and Susan Webber our field trip chairman at

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2018 Feb. 17: Field Trip – Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

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On Saturday February 17, club members will go to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.

Located in Washington, DC, the historic Monastery is the U.S. home of the Holy Land Friars who, for 800 years, have cared for the sacred shrines and the Christians in the Holy Land. Visit the monastery to explore the full-size replicas of Holy Land shrines, beautiful church and contemplative gardens.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the main church and gardens on their own, but you can also go on a guided tour, which includes an introductory video, “behind the scenes” information and access to places not visible without a guide including the catacombs.

Reservations are not required for groups of 6 or less. You may take photos for personal use in church. You may take photos during the tours, but without tripods. (Tripods require advance permission.) When taking photos during tours, you may not disturb the tour guide or other visitors, or you will be asked to stop taking photos.

Plan to arrive about 10 AM get a the lay of the land and aim for the 11 AM tour. Click here for directions.

There are other tours as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

At all times, regardless of where you are in the Monastery, be respectful of others who might be praying and/or in confession. Eating and drinking are not allowed in church. Cell phones must be silenced, put on vibrate or turned off. Photography for personal use is allowed. Commercial photography, video recording and/or tape recording must request special permission. Personal belongings must remain with visitors at all times. No items may be left in the lobby, such as umbrellas, lunch bags, backpacks, strollers, etc. The Monastery is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. There are no eating facilities on the premises. There are, however, several restaurants and an organic market located nearby on 12th St., N.E.


Russ has give us a selection of local eating places near the Franciscan Monastery

  • Monroe St between Michigan & 7th are a couple of fast food places:  Potbelly Sandwiches, &Pizza and Chipotle
  • Monroe St between 7th and 8th: Brookland Pint (great pub food)
  • 12th between Monroe & Newton: Wings to Go, Subway and Brookland Grill (there’s also a couple other places but I’ve never been to any of them)
  • 12th between Randolph & N Quincy: San Antonio Bar & Grill (great TexMex)

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to Bob and Susan Webber our field trip chairman at