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Academia Hernando: “Hidden Gems of New York City” Preview

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Although always a popular tourist spot, New York City is a geographic treasure trove of out-of-the-way destinations just waiting to be discovered. At Academia Hernando, Dennis Dundore will present “Hidden Gems of New York City” at 10 am February 18th at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., in Spring Hill.

“We will tour a few parks in Manhattan, visit some beautiful and historic estates up the Hudson River, and go out to Long Island to visit a wonderful estate. And you will hear about Teddy, Hamilton, and Burr!” reads an event notice.

A longtime Broadway enthusiast, Dundore truly loves all aspects of the NYC experience. “I’ll be showing guests some of the parks of New York City, like Central Park and Madison Square Park. I’ll also be taking them outside of Manhattan, to day trip destinations like Hudson Valley, and to many historical sites,” he said.

Dundore spent his 42 year career in the consumer products industry with Johnson & Johnson and later Sanofi Consumer Products. He managed a team of salespeople from Virginia to Texas and sold iconic brands such as Icy Hot, Aspercreme, Allegra, Gold Bond, and many more. He and his wife of 46 years have traveled to NYC a total of 33 times over a 24 year period. “We’ve had so many fun times, and went there last in February of 2019,” he said. They have seen 130 Broadway shows.

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Dundore hopes to treat guests to a virtual journey. One that they can enjoy without leaving their home community. He stated, “At a time when travel is limited, I want them to experience New York.”

Sharon Printz, board member of Academia Hernando, is proud to present “Hidden Gems of New York City.” She states that Dennis is a delightful speaker and he shares all the great places to visit in the city.

Coming soon at Academia Hernando, Cathy Salustri will present “Roadside Attractions: Vintage Florida” at 10 am on February 25th. Dr. Ruth Kelly will present “A History of Ireland Before Independence” at 10 am on March 4th. The program will culminate with a mystery excursion on March 11th.

An academic subscription to Academia Hernando costs $70 and includes all eight lectures and a mystery bus trip excursion. Tickets to individual lectures are $10. For more information, visit www.academiahernando.org or call (352) 515-0300 or (352) 686-4035.

Drawing its origins more than a decade ago from the popular Mondays in Brooksville program, Academia Hernando is a not-for-profit lifelong learning organization providing quality instruction and learning experiences for adult students throughout Hernando County and beyond. The program is sponsored by The Hernando Sun, Kenjo’s Tree Service and The Residence at Timber Pines.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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