For the convenience of registered spouse/guest attendees, a comfortable lounge area will be available for meeting with friends and relaxing. See the schedule of events for lounge hours.
Spouse/Guest Outing — Bayou Bend and Rienzi Tour with Lunch at Ouisie’s Table
Friday, March 23 — 10:45 AM – 3:30 PM
Shuttle to — 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM | Shuttle from — 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
This outing takes participants downtown along Buffalo Bayou to the scenic River Oaks neighborhood to visit the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. This remarkable home, managed by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, houses a collection of decorative art, paintings and furniture. Bayou Bend is the former home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg and was marked with a Texas Historical Commission marker in 1973 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The collection at Bayou Bend includes approximately 4,700 objects reflecting the historic and stylistic periods from 1620 to 1870. The displays are installed in some 28 period room settings that showcase American decorative arts through these periods.
Guests are encouraged to enjoy the beautiful gardens of Bayou Bend and visit the new Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center. The Shop at Bayou Bend offers a memorable retail experience in a boutique atmosphere. Browse a selection of unique products, in all price ranges, that reflect quality, craftsmanship, and the beauty of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. The Orientation Gallery is a great way to begin your visit to Bayou Bend in the Kilroy Center’s T.L.L. Temple Foundation Orientation Gallery. Here, visitors become acquainted with Bayou Bend through several introductory videos, and discover ways to enrich their tour. The Hogg Family Legacy Room features art objects and memorabilia, and large information panels introduce you to the rich legacy of the Hogg family in Texas.
Rienzi, is the former home of Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, has long been known for its fine collection of European art, decorative arts and extensive gardens. John F. Staub designed the original house in 1952 which he referred to as “Palladian with contemporary.” In 1971, the Masterson’s commissioned Hugo Neuhaus to design the opulent ballroom addition. Rienzi was used and enjoyed by the Masterson family until 1997, when the property and its contents were given to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Ralph Ellis Gunn was entrusted to design the landscape, which includes a combination of formal gardens and native plants.
Spouse/Guest Outing — Space Center Houston Tour
Monday, March 26 — 10:00 AM – 2:45 PM
Shuttle to — 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM | Shuttle from — 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Experience outer space at Space Center Houston (SCH). Participants will learn about its dramatic history, exciting present, and its compelling future. Space Center Houston gives guests an out-of-this-world journey covering humankind’s adventures into space.
Guests will get a chance to view unparalleled exhibits, attractions, and special presentations, and participate with hands-on activities that tell the story of NASA’s manned space flight program.
SCH is the only place in the world where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA. Upon arrival, the group will enjoy a private tram tour of Johnson Space Center and see the Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park.
A box lunch will be provided after the tram tour in the 5 Zero-G Diner. Afterward, participants will see the newest international landmark, Independence Plaza, presented by Boeing. It offers an experience like nothing else in the world. You can enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. It is the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only one with public access to both.
Don’t forget your cameras!