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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


                                                                                                Chicago Flower & Garden Show
                                                                                           Saturday, March 23, 2019


Get a jump-start on Spring at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Navy Pier to dazzle the senses with an abundance of amazing displays and landscapes. You can attend education seminars with top horticulture experts and professionals who will share their insights at seminars held daily. Buy fresh flowers, or bulbs for fall planting. You can also buy plant related foods, such as teas, veggie dips, etc. There will be vendors where you can sit down and grab a bite to eat. The shops will also be open, so browse the many offerings on Navy Pier.        Walk Rate = 2

$63.00 per person 

Includes: Admission, motor coach transportation, and driver tip

 

FireKeepers & Essenhaus
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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           $69.00  

Includes:  4 hours at FireKeepers, $20 in slot play, dinner at Essenhaus, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $15.00                                
Final Payment Due:  February 16, 2019

 

“Old Time Religion” – Cornwell Theatre
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Give me that Old Time Religion, it’s good enough for me. Toe tapping and knee slapping inspirational music we’ve all come to love at the “Ellen” theatre in Big Elk, North Carolina, as a Concert Promoter is getting ready for a HUGE concert. As the evening starts, the band has not arrived. Promoter, Debbie Stalker, is at a loss as to what to do. She tries to stall the show as the entire crew is waiting for the entertainers to show up. Lucky for the promoters and the town, some of the residents of Big Elk are ready to jump in and help out. The evening goes on with its share of challenges, but by show time, all is resolved and the fun begins. During intermission, browse their wonderful gift shop full of indoor and outdoor home décor, jams & jellies, & baked goods. An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.                           Walk Rate = 1 

 

$92.00 per person

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

Deposit: $38.00 
Final Payment Due: March 15, 2019

 

“August Rush” – Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Evan Taylor is an 11-year-old orphan on a journey in search of his parents, who don’t even know he exists.  But Evan refuses to give up hope, and while on his search, he surrenders to the symphony of sounds in the city and follows the music, discovering his own genius along the way in this new musical.  Prior to the show, we will have a buffet lunch directly across the street from the theatre in Meyer Ballroom, making this day trip a very easy day for all.  

Walk Rate = 1                                                           

$113.00 per person

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

 


Deposit:  $40.00                                 Final Payment Due:  April 1, 2019

 

Midlife Crisis - Cornwell Theatre
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

With a balanced look at the ‘joys’ of growing older, a cast of three men and three women, MID-LIFE! strikes a chord with anyone regardless of age. A series of scenes and sketches poke fun at the frustrations of mammograms, love handles, weekend warriors, and proctology exams. The cleverly written songs celebrate forgetfulness, reading glasses, and menopause, but also touch on the sentimental wisdom that the later years afford us. MID-LIFE! is a hilarious romp with an honest humor about the trials and tribulations of the unavoidable aging process. With such great hits as “Welcome to Mid Life”, “Turning Forty”, and “What Did I Come In Here For”. During intermission, browse their wonderful gift shop full of indoor and outdoor home décor, jams & jellies, & baked goods. An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.                         Walk Rate = 1 

Price: $92.00 per person

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

Deposit: $38.00                             Final Payment Due: April 25, 2019


 

Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets
Friday, June 21, 2019

!!! SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST !!!

Due to the original scheduled date being sold out by the time our name came up on the list, we have had to change the date of the game.  Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section, as usual, and will be under cover for this afternoon game.  Just make a $70 deposit and your seat is secure. Tickets will not be held without a deposit.              Walk Rate = 3 – 4

Includes:  Ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $70 per person                                 
Final Price:  $94.00

Final Payment Due:  May 12, 2019

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Hidden Gems of Kosciusko County
Thursday, June 27, 2019
!!! Sorry, No LaPorte or South Bend North Pickups !!!


Don’t overlook this day trip, I have visited all but the National Weather Service and it makes for a very interesting and informative day. Due to time constraints, we will not have a LaPorte or South Bend North pickup.

We arrive at the Visitor Center in Warsaw, Indiana to pick up our step-on guide. Our first stop is at DePuy Synthes.  As the population gets older, those knees and hips aren’t what they used to be. Warsaw, Indiana is known as the Orthopaedic Capital of the world. We will hear firsthand the unique history of the Orthopaedic industry and learn how a hip gets replaced and the products that bring a new spring into your step. 

 

 


Our next stop is at the National Weather Service which provides watches and warnings for Northern Indiana, Southern Michigan, and several counties in Ohio. They provide weather, water, and climate data, as well as forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. We then enjoy lunch at the BoatHouse Restaurant, a fine dining establishment located on the shores of Winona Lake. You will be given 3 entrees to choose from at a later date.  You will then have about 1 hour to shop the over 20 shops at the Village of Winona Artisan Court, where you can interact with the artists responsible for creating these wonderful items. 

 


With full tummies, it’s time to relax at Himalayan Salt & Scents. Experience three salt therapy rooms: a 20-person salt cave, a 3-person infrared salt sauna, and a 1-person halo therapy salt bed. Located in Superior Landscape Products, we can also tour the fairy garden village including a 5 ¾ ton (approximately 12,000 lbs.) tree stump, lawn statues, and cast aluminum products. We then head for home after dropping off our step-on guide back at the Visitor Center. You might even nap on the bus en route home after the relaxing salt cave experience.

Walk Rate = 2                                 $98.00 per person


Includes: DePuy Synthes, National Weather Service, Lunch, Village at Winona, Himalayan Salt & Scents, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $15 per person
Final Payment Due: May 17, 2019


                                                                                   Gun Lake Casino – Wayland, MI
                                                                                               Tuesday, July 16, 2019


With the new addition at Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan, over 2,000 slot machines and 33 table games are available. With the expansion of their casino, you are sure to find your favorite machines and plenty of new machines. You will receive $10.00 in free slot play and a $10.00 voucher to be used toward food at the Sandhill Café or their Harvest Buffet during our 4-hour stay. On our last trip to Gun Lake, we found it very easy to enjoy a nice meal in the Sandhill Café without spending more than $3.00 out-of-pocket.                       Walk Rate = 1                $52.00 per person


Includes: $10 in slot play, $10 food voucher, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $15.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: June 6, 2019

 

 

Chicago Cubs vs San Diego Padres
Friday, July 19, 2019

Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section 229, Rows 16 - 20. nd will be under cover out of the sun for this afternoon game.  Just make a $70 deposit and your seat is secure.  Tickets will not be held without a deposit.              Walk Rate = 3 – 4

Includes:  Ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $70 per person                                 
Final Price:  $114.00

Final Payment Due:  June 9, 2019

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                                                                              “The Marvelous Wonderettes” – Cornwell Theatre
                                                                                                          Thursday, July 25, 2019


This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop”, “Dream Lover”, “Stupid Cupid”, and “Lipstick on Your Collar”. In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic 50s and 60s hits. During intermission, browse their wonderful gift shop full of indoor and outdoor home décor, jams & jellies, & baked goods. An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.                          Walk Rate = 1 

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

Price: $92.00

Deposit: $38.00 
Final Payment Due: June 15, 2019

 

Pierogi Fest – Whiting, Indiana
Saturday, July 27, 2019



2019 marks the 25th Anniversary for the Pierogi Fest in the little town of Whiting, Indiana. Come along and help celebrate the huge success of this wacky festival featuring Eastern European food and culture. 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. There is plenty of seating throughout the festival to rest your weary feet or to sit and enjoy your food.  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, which are extremely limited.   Walk Rate = 3 

$39.00 per person 

Includes: Motor coach transportation and driver tip.
Deposit: $15.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: June 17, 2019

Milwaukee Foodie Tour
Tuesday, August 6, 2019


We have done this trip twice a few years back and have decided to offer it again. It was great fun indulging in a variety of foods at various locations in Milwaukee’s diverse ethnic neighborhoods with a local step-on guide.

We begin on Old World 3rd Street with an overview of Milwaukee’s German history and start our progressive lunch with sausage, cheese, and beer/root beer, with a bit of time for shopping on Old World 3rd Street. There’s a great little spice shop there where the owner explains the difference in various spices – even with the chance for tasting. We move on to the Historic Third Ward with a narration of Milwaukee’s Irish history before stopping at the Milwaukee Public Market for shopping. This is a beautiful market with a wide variety of vendors offering some unusual temptations. 

 

 

We move on to Milwaukee’s last remaining Polish restaurant for a generous family-style lunch complete with green salad, cheese pierogi, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, Polish sausage, pork cutlets and red cabbage. It will be interesting to compare this to our Polish family-style dinners here at home. We continue with a city tour along Milwaukee’s lakefront and see the Milwaukee Art Museum and North Shore Lighthouse. We visit Brady Street, Milwaukee’s Italian enclave with a stop at Peter Sciortino’s Bakery for cookies and shopping. We end with a visit to Giorioso’s Deli for continued shopping and visit their test kitchen for a demo. There will be minimum walking involved with this trip, but must be capable to enter and exit the bus multiple times throughout the day.  Feel free to bring along a cooler if you think you may want to purchase meats or other perishables.   Walk Rate = 2

Price: $160.00 per person

Includes: All food stops listed above in bold, motor coach transportation, driver tip, and step-on guide tip,

Deposit: $65.00 
Final Payment Due: July 1, 2019

 

Arlington Race Track
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Please note they have changed their procedure with the meal.

With a lookout point to the race track from the indoor seating and dining in the lovely Million Room, you also have access to outdoor seating to enjoy the afternoon in style at the horse races at beautiful Arlington International Racecourse in Chicago. The lunch option has changed this year. You will be given a choice from 3 entrees from a fixed menu. (The entrée choices have not yet been determined). You will also receive a racing guide. We will have our own private betting windows with very helpful and patient attendants. Never fear if you are not familiar with betting on the horses, it’s very easy and we will be happy to guide you along the way. NOTE: The attire is business casual – no shorts allowed.                 Walk Rate = 2 

$99.00 per person

Includes: Admission, lunch, racing guide, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $30 per person 
Final Payment Due: July 1, 2019

 

“Come From Away” – Cadillace Palace Theatre, Chicago, 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
!!! SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST !!!

The true story of a small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s “Come From Away” has won Best Musical all across North America!

This production takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town of Gander in Newfoundland that welcomed them when all planes were ordered grounded on September 11, 2001. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical which Newsweek cheers “it takes you to a place you never want to leave”. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. We will enjoy all the salad and pizza you care to eat at Connie’s Pizza prior to the show. 

Walk Rate = 2 

$189.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, theatre ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $95.00 
Final Payment Due: July 4, 2019


Chicago Cubs vs San Francisco Giants
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section 212, Rows 19 - 22 and will be under cover out of the sun for this afternoon game.   Just make a $70 deposit and your seat is secure.  Tickets will not be held without a deposit.          Walk Rate = 3 – 4

Includes
:  Ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $70 per person                                 
Final Price:  $90.00

Final Payment Due:  July 12, 2019

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“The Rat Pack” – Cornwell Theatre
Friday, September 20, 2019

Frank, Dean, and Sammy are up in heaven, but God tells them they left some unfinished business back on Earth.  It seems Frank made an unfulfilled promise to Vic, the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge.  Now he and the boys have one night to make things right.  No need for look-alikes or impersonators – just a cast who can charm the audience with hits like “My Way”, “What Kind of Fool Am I?”, and “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime”.  With over 30 hit songs, The Rat Pack Lounge will leave you singing and savoring the days of highballs and high rollers.  During intermission, browse their wonderful gift shop full of indoor and outdoor home décor, jams & jellies, & baked goods.  An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.              Walk Rate = 1

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

Price:  $92.00

Deposit:  $38.00                                 
Final Payment Due
:  August 10, 2019

 

                                                                                     IKEA Schaumburg & Alexandra’s Pierogi
                                                                                              Monday, October 7, 2019




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.             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, 2019

 

                                                                                          “Eataly” – It’s All Italian
                                                                                       Tuesday, November 12, 2019



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 food tastings, or a pasta making 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 pasta making class to make pasta, box it up, and take home. You will be served a full portion of pasta made by the demonstrator, along with some wine tastings! I have personally done both tours and am not sure which I enjoyed the most. 

 

 

 


The walking tour is very informative, but the pasta making is a lot of fun in a small group. 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! There were several people on this trip in 2018 who had never heard of Eataly and loved the trip!                         Walk Rate = 2 

 

 

$92.00 per person

Includes: Tour of your choice, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $40.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: October 2, 2019

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Dock Sale, Superior Nut & Candy,
Kurowski’s Meat Market & Red Apple Restaurant
Saturday, November 23, 2019


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 on previous trips, 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 we will go back to Kurowski’s instead of Gene’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 

 

$89.00 per person

Includes: Dinner at Red Apple Restaurant, motor coach transportation & driver tip
Deposit: $15.00 
Final Payment Due: October 13, 2019 

 

                                                                              Christkindlmkt & Winter WonderFest
                                                                                     Thursday, December 19, 2019


Fill your senses with two eye-popping annual Christmas events in Chicago! Sparkling lights, glittering decorations, and activities abound each year with visitors attending from all over the world. Christkindlmkt, an outdoor market, in the Chicago Loop is no longer just a German tradition – it has become a Chicago institution. It’s a unique shopping experience with typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse Holiday entertainment. Winter WonderFest celebrates winter and the holidays. Entirely indoors on Navy Pier, the festival offers several activities and the hall is decorated with candy canes, Christmas tree, and lights galore. There is a skating rink, and inflatable slide, a carousel, spinning cups, and a train ride filling the 170,000 square feet in Festival Hall. There will be plenty of vendors where you may purchase snacks. Before heading out of Chicago, we will stop at Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen for dinner on your own. Being that this cafeteria style, including the meal in the pricing is nearly impossible, so your evening meal is on your own. Manny’s was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” and we thought it looked like a very interesting eatery. So be sure to save some room for a unique experience. 

Walk Rate = 3

Price: $67.00 per person

Includes: Christkindlmarkt, Winter WonderFest, motor coach transportation, and diver tip.
Deposit: $20.00 
Final Payment Due: November 9, 2019

 

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