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RESERVATIONS:  A deposit, as indicated by each trip, will hold your reservation.  Final payment is due 40 days prior to the trip, unless indicated otherwise.  Reservations will not be held without some form of payment, as many of the trips are selling out and have waiting lists.  Reservations will still be taken after the final due date if there are openings.  

                                                                                      
DAY TRIPS

                                                    

                                                                     A Day With The Train Lady at Wandering Tree Estates
                                                                                                      Wednesday, August 8, 2018
                                          !!!!!! Due to predicted thunderstorms, this trip has been postponed until August 8, 2018 !!!!!


We have secured an exclusive tour of Wandering Tree Estate for a rare glimpse at a magnificent private estate located on 10 acres in Illinois - not open to the general public - perfect for the arborist, model train enthusiast, garden clubs, and the casual gardener. Model train exhibits wander through the lush gardens. The gardens consist of a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden at a lovely gazebo, an organic vegetable garden, and outdoor garden railways where circuses travel by rail. Please note that attendees with canes or walkers may find this a difficult tour because of the uneven terrain, but you are welcome to join us to sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to visit Wandering Tree Estates – not open to the general public. An afternoon buffet will be enjoyed at Chessie’s Restaurant, a train themed restaurant.               Walk Rate = 3 


Price: $119.00 per person

Includes: Admission & tour, buffet, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $25.00 per person
Final Payment Due: May 16, 2018


 

Chicago Cubs vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Thursday, July 26, 2018
!!! SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST !!!

We are headed to Wrigley Field to see our Cubbies play the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Our seats are located in the Terrace Reserved Section 213, Rows 14 – 18, where we will be under cover from the hot afternoon sun.  It’s always an exciting time while visiting Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. These games always sell out, so don't wait too long to secure your seat.  Alcohol will not be allowed on the bus and will be strictly enforced.  Children are more than welcome to join us.  Walk Rate = 3

$103.00 per person

 

Includes:  Game ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.                

$103.00 full payment - use the button below

$43.00  - if you have paid the original deposit - use the button below

 

Cornwell Theatre/Turkeyville
“Gator Grove” – The Musical
Friday, July 27, 2018

“Welcome to Gator Grove”! A charming trailer park in Squish Bogg, Florida where Nora, the owner, keeps an eye on everything and everyone – and I mean everyone! When things get crazy, Gator, long time resident of the grove, knows just what to do. With the help of Blue (a woman full of refinement) and Nora, they will save the day. The grove looks great when decorated for a wedding. Tidy up your mullet – Fun is gonna happen! Songs include: “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, “Good Old Mountain Dew”, and other fun favorites. An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.    Walk Rate = 1 

$91.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $37.00 
Final Payment Due: June 17, 2018

 

Pierogi Fest – Whiting, Indiana
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Great Polish food is in abundance at Pierogi Fest!  Pierogi of every kind, a variety of Polish sausage, cabbage & noodles, potato pancakes, red cabbage and even a beer garden.  Wear your dancing shoes and Polka in the street to live Polka music and shop the many vendor booths.  Let us drop you off at the festival and not have to drive around, searching for a parking spot on the residential streets.       Walk Rate = 3             $38.00 per person                                        

Includes:  Motor coach transportation and driver tip.

Deposit:  $15.00 per person                Final Payment Due:  June 17, 2018

 

Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
Friday, August 24, 2018
! SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST !

We are headed to Wrigley Field to see our Cubbies play the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Our seats are located in the Terrace Reserved Section 213, Rows 14 – 18, where we will be under cover from the hot afternoon sun.  It’s always an exciting time while visiting Wrigley Field and the surrounding area.   These games always sell out, so don't wait too long to secure your seat.  Alcohol will not be allowed on the bus and will be strictly enforced.  Children are more than welcome to join us.  Walk Rate = 3

$92.00 per person


 Includes:  Game ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.


$92.00 full payment - use the button below

 

$32.00 Balance - if you have paid the original deposit - use the button below

 

                                                                                              Michigan Wineries
                                                                                     Thursday, September 6, 2018
                                                                                        ! Sorry- No LaPorte Pickup !
                                                                                           *** Only 5 openings ***



California boasts wonderful wines and vineyards, but Michigan ranks right up there alongside California. Our first winery stop is Tabor Hill where we first enjoy tasting 5 wines before moving into their lovely dining area for lunch. I’m sorry to report that under new ownership, they are not offering the all-time favorite raspberry chicken. 

When booking your reservation, please indicate your lunch choice: 1. Grilled Chicken Sandwich – Chicken breast, Meyer lemon Caesar sauce, lettuce, tomato, and pecorino……or 2. Rueben – Shredded corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss, & Thousand Island on marbled rye…..or 3. Turkey Wrap – Turkey, roasted tomatoes, lettuce, roasted red pepper aioli, & goat cheese. After lunch, we move on to Round Barn Winery, where you will enjoy 6 tastings. Our third stop is Lemon Creek Winery, where you will get 5 tastings. Of course, you will have a bit of free time at each winery to purchase wine by the bottle. 

By request, we have omitted the fourth winery and added a late afternoon meal before getting in your vehicles and driving home. The meal will be at Casey’s in lovely downtown New Buffalo. Please indicate your meal choice when making your reservation. 1. Casey’s Original Burger – 8 oz. prime beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, & American, Swiss, cheddar, or pepper jack cheese…..or 2. Mac N Cheese – Cavatappi noodles, cheddar, Monterey jack & smoked Gouda sauce topped with Applewood smoked bacon …..or 3. Shepherd’s Pie – Homemade Irish Shepherd’s pie topped with mashed potatoes and a melted cheese crust……or 4. Fish & Chips – Beer battered fresh Atlantic cod served with lemon tartar sauce. All meals are served with fries. 

As required by the wineries, this tour is limited to 30 people.                       Walk Rate = 2 

$133.00 per person

Includes: Lunch at Tabor Hill, wine tastings at Tabor Hill, Red Barn, and Lemon Creek, dinner at Casey’s, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $15.00                                Final Payment Due:  August 1, 2018


Roaring 20’s Silent Movie Experience
Thursday, September 13, 2018

As you enter the gorgeous chandeliered lobby of The Lerner in downtown Elkhart, take a step back in time. Built in 1924 as a vaudeville/movie palace, the theatre has been restored to its original opulence as a state of the art performance and event venue As the lights dim, the 1,000 pipes of the restored Kimball organ fills the auditorium with music performed by talented organist Clark Wilson, one of the most prominent and recognized scorers pf silent photoplays in America today. The silver screen flickers to life and opening credits roll for the 1928 comedic classic “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” starring silent film legend Buster Keaton. You will be transported through time. Roaring with laughter and applause, just as the crowds at The Lerner did nearly 100 years ago. Prior to the movie, we will have lunch at Meadow Brooke Farm. Built in 1860, the restored farm has a history of what went on at the farm in the 20’s. After the movie, we visit an exceptional art museum featuring the Midwest’s largest collection of Norman Rockwell signed lithographs.                                          Walk Rate = 2 

$115.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, silent movie, art museum, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $15.00 
Final Payment Due: August 3, 2018

 

“Legally Blonde” – Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Based on the hilarious movie, “Legally Blonde” tells the story of Elle Woods, whose life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her to attend Harvard Law.  But fearless Elle hatches a plan to win him back.  Taking a break from the sorority to hit the books, Elle gets into Harvard Law and realizes her true potential.  She sets out to prove to the world that she’s more than just a pretty face.  “Legally Blonde” is full of huge song-and-dance numbers, big laughs, and larger-than-life characters.  Prior to the matinee performance, we will have lunch at Fireside Grille, which was a huge favorite when we attended “Elf” in 2017.   Please indicate your entrée choice when booking the trip:  Sauteed tilapia with lemon-butter sauce,….or     French onion meatloaf….., or       ¼ rack BBQ baby back ribs…..or     Chef’s Salad (gluten free).       Walk Rate = 1                                           $121.00 per person
Includes:   Lunch, performance, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.


Deposit:  $35.00 per person                
Final Payment Due:  August 16, 2018

IKEA Schaumburg & Alexandra’s Pierogi
Thursday, October 11, 2018


IKEA has all the household goods you could ever need for any room in your home at very reasonable prices. Just walking in the front door nearly takes your breath away! Very easy drop off and pick up right at the door upon entry and check-out. Take a breather from shopping and have a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll, or some Swedish meatballs, or a huge choice of food from their superior deli (on your own). After IKEA, we will make a stop 10 minutes down the road at The Container Store and Home Goods, which are 2 more stores that we don’t have here locally, as well as a Trader Joe’s, Nordstrom Rack, and many more stores. Our last stop before heading for home is Alexandra’s Pieorgi, where you may purchase a large variety of flavors, plus dumplings and blintzes at a very reasonable price. All are frozen and nicely packaged. Some have said they are the best they’ve ever had. It is advised that you bring a cooler or canvas bag for your purchases so it can be easily identified upon our return home. I may also note that if Alexandra’s furnishes a plastic bag for your purchases, you will be charged a minimal fee per bag, as regulated by Chicago law.

The picture to the left is the luggage compartment before departing for home on our 2017 trip to IKEA, Home Goods, and Alexandra's.

Walk Rate = 3 

$58.00 per person 

Includes: IKEA, Alexandra’s Pierogi, motor coach transportation, driver tip.


Deposit: $15 per person 
Final Payment Due: September 1, 2018

 

“Hello Dolly” starring Betty Buckley
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dolly Gallagher Levi - played by Betty Buckley:  A widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again. She is a strong-willed matchmaker, meddler, opportunist, and a life-loving woman who travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the miserly "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. In doing so she persuades his niece, his niece's intended, and Horace's two clerks to travel to New York City.  The production includes songs such as "It Takes A Woman"  "Love, Look In My Window", "Put On Your Sunday Clothes", and, of course, "Hello Dolly"!  Prior to the matinee performance at the Oriental Theatre in downtown Chicago, we will enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at Connie's Pizza, consisting of salad, an assortment of pizza, and soft drinks.  Don't hesitate - we believe this show will easily sell out.  Seats are located in the Dress Circle.   Walk Rate = 2

$168.00 per person

Includes:  Lunch, theatre ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $50.00 per person
Final Payment Due:  October 1, 2018

 

  “Eataly” – It’s All Italian
  Monday, November 12, 2018


 

Do you want a day trip that is unusual, interactive, and loads of fun? Then grab your friends and join us on our day trip to Eataly in downtown Chicago. There are 2 floors filled with everything for the kitchen, including fresh pasta, cheeses, breads, etc. made on premises. You can choose between the guided walking tour with tastings, or a cooking class. (Please indicate which you prefer when making your reservation). 

 

 

 

 

 

On the walking tour, we tasted pizza, cheeses, meats, olives, breads, and pasta. Most of the guides and demonstrators are direct from Italy. A hands-on-demonstration of pasta making and space to make pasta by the attendees will be provided for you on the cooking class to make pasta, box it up, and take home. You will be served a full portion of pasta! Their array of fresh meats, cheeses, pastas, fish, etc. are amazing. 

 

 

 

Feel free to bring along a cooler if you think you may purchase any perishables. No meal is included, but you will have ample time to sit down at one of their eateries for a meal and a glass of wine or beer on your own. You must try one of their meals with freshly made pasta – they are to die for! 

Walk Rate = 3 

$92.00 per person

 

Includes: Tour of your choice, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $25.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: October 2, 2018

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Dock Sale, Superior Nut & Candy,
Kurowski’s Meat Market & Red Apple Restaurant
Saturday, November 17, 2018

We head out to the Chicago area for our annual “goodies shopping” trip. Since many of the items are already sold out when we have arrived, we will first go to Eli’s Cheesecake for their Dock Sale. Yes, it is held on their indoor dock with a huge variety at discount prices. This sale is very popular in the area and there is usually a line, so if it’s a cold day, be sure to dress appropriately to wait in line a bit, but most everyone thinks it is worth the wait. Then it is on to Superior Nut & Candy retail store where you can purchase nuts and candy in bulk, as well as gift sets. 

We will enjoy an included dinner at Red Apple Restaurant, which serves a lovely buffet, including many Polish dishes. This is a superior buffet! It has been suggested many times that we go back to Kurowski’s Meat Market, so since this will be our last trip to Eli’s, we will go back to Kurowski’s. This is truly a Polish meat market, so brush up on your polish. It is advisable that you bring canvas tote bags or other containers to put your purchases in so they will be easy to identify as yours when we return home. 

Walk Rate = 4 

 

$86.00 per person

 


Includes: Dinner at Red Apple Restaurant, motor coach transportation & driver tip 
Deposit: $15.00 per person Final Payment Due: October 7, 2018

 

Drury Lane – “Beauty and the Beast
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast. Please submit your entrée choice when making payment.  Please note that the entree choices have changed.

1. Seared Chicken in Sundried Tomato Sauce.......OR

2. Roast Turkey and Stuffing....OR

3.  Finger Cavatelli Pasta in Creamy Marinara, Mozzarella, Parmesan 

Walk Rate = 1

$107.00 per person

Includes: Lunch & show at Drury Lane, motor coach transportation, and driver tip
Deposit: $25.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: October 19, 2018

 

FireKeepers & Essenhaus
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We will spend 4 hours playing our favorite machines at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek where you will receive $20 in free slot play, plus $5 which can be used toward food, slot play, or the gift shop.  On the return trip home, we will stop at Essenhaus in Middlebury for their traditional family-style meal with 2 meats and all the regular fixin’s.  (Please note that the casino giveaways are always subject to change by the casinos.)            Walk Rate = 1           
$68.0
0 per person 

Includes
:  4 hours at FireKeepers, $20 in slot play, dinner at Essenhaus, motor coach transportation, and driver tip
Deposit:  $15.00                                 
Final Payment Due:  November 1, 2018

 

“Wizard of Oz” – Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

You may have been to Oz before, but never like this… Stuck on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for a better and more exciting life. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man with no heart, a living scarecrow … and a wicked witch that will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy. Prior to the matinee performance, we will enjoy a buffet lunch directly across the street at the Meyer Ballroom. You will love just having to walk across the street – especially if it is a cold and snowy day. Walk Rate = 1 $107.00 

“Who hasn’t sat looking out their window when the world feels like a hopeless jumble and dreamt of what life could be like on the other side of the rainbow? You may think you’ve gone down the yellow brick road before, but our journey to Oz brings this story to life for a whole new generation of rainbow chasers.”
–Amber Mak, Director

Includes: Lunch, matinee performance, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $45.00 
Final Payment Due: November 2, 2018


 

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