Travel

 

Young Americans                                        
Date: Tuesday / Wednesday, August 1 – 2, 2017
Cost: $260.00 per person double occupancy
Departure: 9:00 am from PNC Bank
Status: Seats may be available
This trip features the dinner theater of the Young Americans – a group of college age students who spend their summer entertaining and serving at Boyne Highlands. The show is always new and very dynamic.
The cost includes the motorcoach transportation, 1 night lodging at the Charlevoix AmericInn and breakfast, the dinner theater and more! More details to come! Deadline to reserve is June 30, 2017. Please let me know your choice of entrée for the dinner theatre. There is a choice of beef, chicken or fish.
$325.00 Single occupancy
$240.00 triple occupancy

New York City # 2
Date: Sun – Sat, August 6 – 12, 2017
Cost: $1699.00 per person double occupancy
Departure: 6:30 a.m. from PNC Bank
Status: Ready to go! Packets have been mailed!
We will discuss Broadway Shows on the bus and make some plans for group tickets for those shows which have enough interest.

8th Annual Mid-Summer Picnic
Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Cost: $5.00 per person
Our annual summer picnic will be held at 12:00 noon in the pavilion at the Eagles Club at 13267 N Saginaw Rd in Clio. It is located on the west side of the street north of the Clio High School. All are welcome to join us. You do not need to bring anything! Everything is provided. The meal will include fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, fruit, ice tea, lemonade and dessert! Please call by 8/14/17 to reserve your seat so I know how much food to provide. Last year we had over 100 people in attendance! It is a great place to reconnect with friends you’ve met on the trips! Or perhaps to meet a travel partner!

Port Huron – Cruise on the River                                         
Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2017
Cost: $92.00 per person
Departure: 8:00 a.m. from Clio Kmart
Status: Seats may be available.
This trip will include a tour of the Ice Museum, a luncheon and a cruise on the Black River on the Huron Lady II. This will be a relaxing afternoon and you will learn a lot about the area. The Ice Museum is full of artifacts as well as the history of harvesting ice and milk delivery. There is also a large doll collection. It is not a large museum and there are places to sit.

Stratford, Ontario                                                      
Date: Tuesday – Wednesday, August 22 – 23, 2017
Cost: $340.00 per person double occupancy
Departure: 9:30 am from PNC Bank
Status: Very few seats left.
We will see the musicals, “HMS Pinafore” and “Guys and Dolls”. This trip will include 1 night’s lodging, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, and main floor seats for both shows. A passport or enhanced driver’s license is required for this trip. There will be some time in Stratford to explore the shops. A $100.00 deposit will reserve your seat and the balance is due by July 20, 2016. Cancellation Protection is available for $30.00 per person and is due with your deposit. $420.00 – single
This trip is usually a lot of fun!

Ark Encounter and Creation Museum w/ Flushing
Date: Mon – Wed August 28-30, 2017
Cost: $369.00 double occupancy
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from Rite Aid in Flushing
Status: This trip is now ½ full. It is open to add other participants who may be interested in joining the Flushing Senior Center on this trip. Ann’s Adventures will now be planning and escorting this trip.
This trip includes the Creation Museum, the Ark Encounter (Noah’s Ark), the Garden of Hope which is a replica of Jesus’ Tomb, 2 nights lodging, two breakfasts, and the motorcoach. Time is short and payment should be made ASAP in order to secure the hotel rooms.
Single:$504.00 Triple: $319.00

Labor Day Bridge Walk                              New Information!
Date: Monday, September 4th, 2017
Cost: $52.00 per person
Departure: 2:00 a.m. from Clio K-mart
Status: Seats available! 1st bus full – 2nd bus added!
Walk the Mackinac Bridge with thousands of other people on Labor Day. Avoid the hassle of driving and waiting in lines to take a bus across the bridge. Your payment will reserve your seat. We will stop for a bathroom break on the way and breakfast will be included at the rest area. We’ll cross the bridge and you will walk south to Mackinaw City and then have time to shop, have a good meal, and we’ll meet at 2:00p.m. and head south to Clio. We arrive home about 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
*** Due to changes made by the Mackinac Bridge Authority, the bridge will be closed to traffic beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the walk until noon. Our options are to go as usual and join the lines and ride the school busses over the bridge to take part in the walk OR we leave an hour earlier to ensure that we arrive before 6:30 a.m. so we can cross the bridge in our own bus. Since the advantage of taking the bus to Mackinac is not having to stand in long lines, I am opting for an earlier start. Please take note of this change! If you decide not to participate, please contact me.
Rum Runner Tour
Date: September 8, 2017
Cost: $125.00 per person
Departure: 7:30 a.m. from the Clio Kmart
Status: Seats available!
***MUST have passport, or enhanced driver license
We are going to Windsor, Canada and will step back into the 1920’s as Prohibition in the US allows our Canadian neighbors to find smuggling rum a lucrative business. This interactive play will take us to several spots from the 20’s including a courthouse, a church, and a speakeasy. The characters will keep you entertained as we explore life in the 20’s in Windsor, Canada. Lunch is included and we should return about 6:00 p.m.

Holocaust Memorial Museum
Date: Monday, September 11, 2017
Cost: $74.00 per person
Departure: 8:00 a.m. from the Clio Kmart
Status: ½ full
We will visit the Holocaust Museum in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
“The Holocaust is a history not only of evil, although the evil is undeniable, but also of great courage, strength and righteousness. The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus has been teaching about the Holocaust and its legacy for more than 25 years, and its building, exhibits and programs have been receiving international accolades and heartfelt thanks from our millions of visitors. The Wall Street Journal, in a front-page article about our museum said in reference to the provocative nature of our building that our museum ‘may be the most provocative museum of them all.’ We are pleased that the architecture of this historic museum stirs the public consciousness of the unprecedented horrific crime of the Holocaust. Knowledge of the past is essential in order to avoid its repetition. ‘The visit to the Holocaust Center changed our lives’ is the most prevalent reaction following a visit to the HMC.
Witnessing the horrors perpetrated by the most educated society in Europe brings the rude awakening that education, including religious education, is no barrier against hatred and violence. The education that one absorbs in the HMC veers one towards constructive social consciousness. By highlighting and disseminating knowledge of the acts of the righteous and their constructive consequences, the HMC serves as a powerful antidote and countervailing force to the hatred and evil forces of destruction. The most effective way of combating hatred and evil is to strengthen, enhance, and enlarge the legion of the righteous.”
This trip will include the motorcoach, museum admission, tour, a visit with a holocaust survivor and lunch. This year we plan to revisit the museum again after lunch to explore more on your own.

Tiger Day Game
Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Cost: $78.00 per person
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from the Clio Kmart
Status: Seats available!
The Detroit Tigers will be playing the Chicago White Sox for this day game. We have tickets along the third base side. We’ll have lunch at the ballpark on your own. The cost includes transportation and the game ticket. Dress for the weather. Sunblock is always a good idea for these summer games! I highly recommend a hat.

Country Living Fair                                                             
Date: September 1-16, 2017
Cost: $225.00 per person double occupancy
Departure 6:00 a.m. from Clio PNC Bank
Status:  15 Seats Available.
This trip will take us to Columbus, Ohio for one of the four Country Living Fairs held around the United States. These Fairs are offered in conjunction with the Country Living Magazine. It promises great shopping, antique appraisals, seminars and demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet the Editors! There will be over 200 booths of antiques, artisans, and specialty foods. They also offer a full schedule of cooking and crafting demos, home décor presentations and much more!
We will arrive to spend most of the day at the Fair on Friday. The trip includes the Fair admission for two days, dinner, 1 night’s lodging and the motorcoach transportation. On Saturday, we will arrive at the Fair as it opens and plan to depart about 3:00 p.m. We will make a supper stop on the way home (on your own) and arrive back in Clio approximately 8:30 p.m.
This trip involves walking the grounds – wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat is advisable! This sounds like it will be a fun trip especially for those who are interested in the Country Living Magazine, crafts, home décor, or just browsing through craft and food vendors. A $50.00 deposit will confirm your reservation and the remainder is due by August 14th, 2017.
$280.00 – single occupancy,
$205.00 – triple

Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash – Turkeyville
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Cost: $72.00 per person
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from Clio Kmart
Status: Sold Out!  See Below for 2nd trip!
This trip to Turkeyville will include the turkey dinner, transportation, the show and an Actor Talk Back!
More than two dozen Johnny Cash hits including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Blues” and the title tune will be performed by the all-professional cast. Taking audiences on an inspired musical journey that promises to be a foot-stomping crowd-pleasing salute to an American Legend! From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family.

Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash – Turkeyville # 2              New!
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Cost: $72.00 per person
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from Clio Kmart
Status: New!
This trip to Turkeyville will include the turkey dinner, transportation, the show and an Actor Talk Back!
More than two dozen Johnny Cash hits including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Blues” and the title tune will be performed by the all professional cast. Taking audiences on an inspired musical journey that promises to be a foot-stomping crowd-pleasing salute to an American Legend! From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family.

Terry Barber in “Broadway on Tour”
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Cost: $76.00 per person
Departure: 4:30 p.m. from Clio Kmart
Status: Seats available!
You may remember Terry Barber from the show we saw last year – “the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”. He was a terrific performer and is returning this fall to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts in “Broadway On Tour!” If you enjoy Broadway Music, I’m sure you will enjoy this show!
This trip includes the main floor ticket at Macomb Center for Performing Arts and the motorcoach transportation. We will make a supper stop on the way which will be ‘on your own.’

Fall Mystery Trip # 1                                   New!
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Cost: $84.00 per person
Departure: 8:00 a.m. from Clio Kmart
A Fall Mystery Trip has been planned for you!
Only I know exactly what we will do…
It will be different and it will be fun,
A new experience when the day is done.
Yes it will include the luncheon meal today,
So an additional cost you will not have to pay.
Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes,
And a hat is always a good thing to choose.
Dress for the weather, it’s good to be prepared,
Hopefully a good time with all will be shared.
So, reserve your seat, get ready to go…
And then the Mystery you’ll be able to know!

Fall Mystery Trip # 2                                 New!
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cost: $84.00 per person
Departure: 8:00 a.m. from Clio Kmart
A Fall Mystery Trip has been planned for you!
Only I know exactly what we will do…
It will be different and it will be fun,
A new experience when the day is done.
Yes it will include the luncheon meal today,
So an additional cost you will not have to pay.
Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes,
And a hat is always a good thing to choose.
Dress for the weather, it’s good to be prepared,
Hopefully a good time with all will be shared.
So, reserve your seat, get ready to go…
And then the Mystery you’ll be able to know!

Please indicate Trip # 1 or Trip # 2 when signing up for the Fall Mystery Trip!

Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont
Date: October 3 – 12, 2017
Cost: $2389.00 per person double occupancy
Status: Sold Out! Wait List Started!
This trip includes 9 nights lodging, 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners. We will stay 2 nights each in Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, NH; the Bar Harbor Regency in Bar Harbor, Maine; Boothbay Harbor Inn in Boothbay, Maine; and 2 nights in the Finger Lakes Region. Many unique opportunities include Boothbay Harbor Cruise, the Mt Washington Cog Rail, Acadia National Park, New York Wine and Culinary Center, Belhurst Castle, Finger Lake Cruise and more! Trip flyers are available! A $100.00 deposit will reserve your seat! Final payment will be due by August 15, 2017. Cancellation Protection is available for $95.00 and should be sent with your deposit.
Single rate: $3399.00;
Triple rate: $2189.00 per person
This trip is offered with Shoreline Tours!

Shear Madness
Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Cost: $71.00 per person
Departure: 5:00 p.m. from Clio Kmart
Status: Seats available!
“This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the “Shear Madness” hair salon and is chock-full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return time after time.” We will head to Meadow Brook Theatre for this delightful 8:00 p.m. show! There will be a supper stop at Great Lakes Crossings on the way which will be on your own.

Wynonna Judd
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Cost: $92.00 per person
Departure: 4:30 p.m. from the Clio Kmart
Status: 1/3 full
The “Roots & Revival Tour” will explore the past, present and future of Wynonna’s extensive 33 year career. Wynonna’s live shows are well known not only for the energy of her talented band, but also for the undeniable connection that she has with her audience. The show is part nostalgia, part comedy and all rich soulful music featuring Wynonna’s incomparable vocals.
This trip includes the motorcoach and balcony seating.
Yes, there is an elevator! There will be a supper stop on the way which will be on your own!

Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel 2017
Grand Experience Celebrates 50 Years!
Date: October 23 – 26, 2017 Monday – Thursday
Cost: $750.00 per person double occupancy
Status: Sold Out! Wait List has been started!
Final payment is due by August 20th.
This trip includes 3 nights at the Grand Hotel, motorcoach to and from Mackinac City, ferry boat to and from the island, carriage ride around the island, high tea, many other activities and classes and entertainment, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts, and lots more. It is like a ‘land cruise’ with many included activities like fudgie bingo, movies, contests, a cocktail reception and more. This year’s trip will also include 2 Grand Buffet Luncheons and lots of sales since it is the end of the month.
Trip packets will be mailed in early October. If you are new to this trip, please attend the Travel Club Networking Meeting at 2:00 on October 17th for answers to any questions.

Love Never Dies – Sequel to Phantom
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Cost: $126.00 per person
Departure: 4:00 p.m. from Clio Kmart
Status: ½ full
This show is a sequel to the “Phantom of the Opera”.
It features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and follows the Phantom to New York City after his dramatic disappearance from the Paris Opera House. It is ten years later and Christine finds herself in New York City with Raoul and their young son, Gustave.
This trip includes the motorcoach, and the ticket for the 7:30p.m show at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. There will be a supper stop on the way.

Ikea – Fall Shopping Trip
Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Cost: $32.00 per person
Status: NEW! Seats available!
Departs: 9:00 a.m. @ Clio K-mart
If you’ve heard about IKEA, but never been there or you would like to go again, now is your chance! This shopping experience is not like any other store. They have everything for the home… (no clothes!) There are small items as well as big furniture items. We will have the entire luggage bays to bring home any great bargains you might find! There is also a restaurant on the premises for a break or lunch. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring your blue Ikea bag and your orange “family” membership card if you’ve been before. If it is your first time, you can sign up for a membership card once we arrive. There is no charge for this! While you don’t need a membership, it gives you discounts on some items. You are welcome to bring a cooler if there are frozen food items you’d like to purchase from the grocery section.
A reminder that Ikea accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash. No personal checks are accepted.
This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping! We usually arrive home about 4:00 p.m.

The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum New!
Date: Tuesday – Wednesday, November 7 & 8, 2017
Cost: $320.00 per person double occuapnacy
Departure: 6:30 a.m. from PNC Bank
This trip will be a chance for those who would like to visit the Ark in Kentucky which was built according to the biblical instructions that God gave to Noah. It is an amazing structure to see. There is a wealth of information to view inside the Ark. This two day trip will also visit the Creation Museum and includes 1 nights’, lodging, 1 breakfast and 1 dinner. There is walking but the entire Ark is ramped and it is not a difficult walk. It is accessible for walkers and wheelchairs. Weather is good in Kentucky in November and so it shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. A $50.00 deposit will confirm your seat and the remainder is due by October 1st.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Turkeyville
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Cost: $72.00 per person
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from Clio Kmart
Status: 1/2 full!
This trip to Turkeyville will include the turkey dinner, transportation, the show and an Actor Talk Back!
The mistletoe is hung, the tree is decorated and the party is planned. It is Christmas time and everything doesn’t always go as planned. Traditional Christmas dinner is what everyone is expecting, but not what they are going to get. But, when this family gets together it’s always a party. Plenty of singing and dancing plus holiday hoopla. Songs to include: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Sleigh Bells,” “Holly Jolly Christmas” and many more.

Christmas in Branson                                                              
Dates: Sun – Sat; November 12 – 18, 2017
Cost: $980.00 per person double occupancy
Departure: TBA
Status: Sold out! Wait List Started.  One Male and one Female looking for roommates.
We will be heading to Branson for the Christmas shows. We will see 9 shows. It will include 6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, and 6 dinners. Shows will include Texas Tenors; Hughes Brothers; The Duttons; The Bretts; All Hands On Deck; Baldknobbers Jamboree; Clay Cooper’s Country Express; Maxine’s Christmas Carol and Showboat Branson Belle. Branson will be dressed in Christmas lights and we will also tour the area and have some shopping time in Historic Downtown Branson.
Branson is the one place I’ve found that has God, Family and Country as the three top priorities throughout the entire community. It is always an uplifting experience for me to be there!

Vienna Boys Choir
Date: Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Cost: $68.00 per person
Departure: 4:00p.m. from the Clio Kmart
This 7:30 p.m.show will be at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts. The Vienna Boys Choir is a well-known group of boys between the ages of 10 and 14 from Austria and surrounding countries. It is one of the oldest boys choirs in the world. For nearly 500 years they have been an endearing symbol of Austria. They travel world-wide performing sacred music. This trip includes the motorcoach and the mainfloor ticket. A supper stop will be made on the way.

Lancaster – The Miracle of Christmas
Date: Mon – Thur, Nov 27 – 30, 2017
Cost: $560.00.00 per person double occupancy
Departure: TBA
Status: Over 1/2 Full!
In 2017, the Sight & Sound Theatre will be featuring a return of the production of “The Miracle of Christmas”. This trip will include the motorcoach transportation, 3 nights lodging, 2 show productions, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, a visit to the Chalk Artist, and a visit to Hershey for a tour and chocolate! The Dutch apple Dinner Theatre will be showing “White Christmas!” The Chalk Artist was enjoyed by everyone… something new and different.
Since November has 5 Thursdays next year, we have an entire extra week of November so the trip will fit perfectly after Thanksgiving and before December starts!

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights and Stars
Date: Sun – Tues, December 3 – 5, 2017
Cost: $620.00 per person double occupancy
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from PNC Bank
Status: Seats available!
This trip was a sellout last year and a good time was had by all! There will be three shows at the Meridian Centre and they include: Nathan Carter, an Irish Singer who will open for Mickey Gilley’s Texas Christmas, Nathan has appeared with Daniel O’Donnell and now, like Daniel will have a PBS TV Special! He is now one of the Biggest Stars in Ireland and is loved by Daniel Fans and all Ages. Nathan is selling-out Arenas- Catch a Rising Super Star! Following Nathan, with 17 #1 Hits… Mickey Gilley…an American Icon ..the Original Urban Cowboy. “Stand by Me,” “Don’t Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time, “ “Here Comes the Hurt Again,” “Room Full of Roses,” “Put Your Dreams Away,” and so many more. Along with “Gilley’s” the famous nightclubs around the country and his long-time Theater in Branson, Mickey has a busy Concert Schedule and will be in an upcoming major movie. “Under The Streetlamp” is America’s hottest new vocal group. They will deliver an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook, bringing a unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll hits. They are composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys, proving that retro never sounded so now! The third show will be Neil Sedaka. His resume includes Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Pianist, Author, Movie roles and long-time Judge on “American Idol.” These are just a few of the titles that can be used to describe Neil Sedaka. His impressive fifty year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a relevant songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60’s, a superstar in the 70’s, remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. “The Diary,” “Oh! Carol,” ” Stairway to Heaven,” “Calendar Girl,” “Little Devil,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” “Next Door To An Angel,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” songs that have become a part of peoples’ lives and can instantly take listeners back to special moments and happy times. *** You will need a passport or an enhanced Michigan driver’s license for this trip.
Trip includes the hotel, lights, 3 shows, the bus, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners.

Starbright Christmas ***                                                   
Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Cost: $115.00 per person
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from the Clio Kmart
Status: 1/3 Full.
We will head to Petrolia, Ontario and after a delicious lunch, enjoy an afternoon production of Starbright Christmas Celebration, a musical collection of Christmas songs, singers, dancers and choirs, at the Victoria Playhouse. There is not a lot of walking and it should be a relaxing, enjoyable day!
There will be a light supper stop in Port Huron on the way home on your own.
*** You will need a passport or an enhanced Michigan driver’s license for this trip.

2018

Detroit Auto Show                                         New!
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Cost: $40.00
Departure: 10:00 a.m. from Clio Kmart
NAIAS has pushed back the Auto Show 1 week for 2018, so we will be going the 4th week of January as opposed to the third week. I wanted to give you advance notice for those who make their plans early for the winter months.
The North American International Auto Show will be held at Cobo Hall in Detroit. You will have about 4 hours to explore the Auto Show. We will leave at 3:30 p.m. for the trip home with a supper stop on the way which will be on your own. Your payment will reserve your seat. Cost includes the motorcoach and the admission ticket for the auto show. You are welcome to bring a lunch or snack on the bus or get something from the food vendors at the Auto Show.
The cost includes the motorcoach transportation and the admission ticket!

“Flint” @ Purple Rose in Chelsea                             New!
Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Cost: $86.00 per person
Departure: 11:00 a.m. from Clio Kmart
For a century or more, generations of men and women in Flint, Michigan earned good pay and benefits manufacturing automobiles and the things that go into making them. Almost overnight everything changed. The people whose dedication and hard work earned them a place in the most prosperous middle class in history found themselves unemployed and adrift. “Flint” is the heartfelt and brutally honest story of two couples struggling to endure and believe in the American dream. This play was written by Jeff Daniels and contains adult language and content.
This trip will include a luncheon and the 3:00 p.m. performance at the Purple Rose in Chelsea. We will return to Clio after the show.
Please note: Since it can be cold in February, we will not be shopping in town or touring Jiffy Mix. There will be a trip later in the year – August, 2017 for another show, tour, shopping and a meal.

San Antonio, Texas
Date: February 18-22, 2018
Cost: $1655.00 per person double occupancy
Status: Seats available!
We will stay at the Drury Inn right on the River Walk. The plan is to offer an excursion each day and yet still give everyone a chance to enjoy time on their own to explore the River Walk, shop or visit area museums. The plan includes visiting the Alamo, the San Antonio Missions, SAS – the San Antonio Shoe Factory for a tour, and the towns of Gruene and Gonzales. We will also visit the Institute of Texan Culture. The bus to and from the airports, the flight, hotel and cancellation protection are also included.
The City of Gruene has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. You will enjoy the small town with a variety of shops to visit and a wonderful lunch at the Gristmill River Restaurant. The “Come and Get It Cannon” is on display at one of the museums in Gonzales. Wait until you hear the story of this unique piece of history! The Alamo and the San Antonio Missions are also a wonderful experience. Even with scheduled tours each day, there will be time to explore the Riverwalk and enjoy San Antonio.
The cost includes 4 nights at the Drury Inn – River Walk which is housed in the beautifully restored Alamo National Bank Building. Chandeliers in the lobby date back to 1929 and beautiful stained glass windows can be found throughout. There is a pool for your enjoyment. Each night there is a Kickback Reception featuring hot foods and cold beverages. Some people consider this filling enough for dinner.
A deposit of $160.00 per person will confirm your seat and the remainder will be due by January 10th, 2018. We will be flying Delta. If you have a skymiles # please include it in your reservation information. I need your name as it is printed on your drivers license and birthdate in order to reserve your airline ticket.

Tenderly @ Meadow Brook                                 New!
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Cost: $92.00 per person
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from Clio Kmart
We will head to Rochester, Michigan for a tour of the National Historical Landmark – Meadow Brook Hall. We will enjoy a luncheon at the Hall and then head to Meadow Brook Theatre for “Tenderly” This is the Rosemary Clooney Musical. Rosemary’s journey starts with her simple Marysville, Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life – with a career fading during the advent of rock and roll and her battle with addiction and depression. “Tenderly” includes classic standards by Irving Berlin, Jerry Ross, Harold Arlen and many others – with songs such as Tenderly, Mambo Italiano, Sisters, and more.

Red Wings Games
I have been in contact with the sales office regarding tickets for the upcoming Red Wings Season. The dust is still settling as the building continues to be constructed. I have been assured we will be able to get tickets for our group. This new arena has handrails installed which should make it easier for all of us. Ticket prices appear to be higher, but I’m keeping my eye out for the best option.

Million Dollar Quartet                                         New!
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Cost: $84.00 per person
Departure: 4:30 p.m. from Clio Kmart
This Tony Award-winning smash hit Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the recording session that brought together rock ‘n roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Featuring rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Fever”, “That’s All Right”, “Sixteen Tons”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Walk the Line”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Who Do You Love?”, “Matchbox”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Hound Dog” and more, million dollar Quartet brings that moment in time to life.
The trip includes the main floor ticket and the motorcoach. There will be a supper stop on the way at Great Lakes Crossings Mall.

Reflections of Italy ***
Date: April 16 – 25, 2018
Cost: $4734.00 per person double occupancy
Status: Seats Available!
There is a $300.00 early bird discount for those signing up before October 15th, 2017. We will visit several areas of Italy including Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Venice, Murano Island, and Milan. This ten day trip will include 13 breakfasts 1 lunch and 4 dinners. Insurance is also included as well as the airfare and our transportation to and from the airport.
For this trip, I have also included The Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica and the Venetian Serenaded Gondola Cruise in Venice.
A deposit of $530.00 will reserve your seat. Final payment will be due by February 15, 2018.
Detailed flyers are available! The reservation form is in the flyer and needs to be returned with your deposit. It asks for your name as it is printed on your passport as well as birthdate and other important information!
*** You will need a passport for this trip.

Burt and Me                                                    New!
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Cost: $70.00 per person
Departure: 5:00 p.m. from Clio Kmart
This show at Meadow Brook Theatre is the story of Joe and Lacey who were high school sweethearts who drifted apart after graduation. Years later, their paths cross and Joe devises a plan to win Lacey back … with the help of one Burt Bacharach. This show features songs from the songbook of Bacharach and David such as “Wishin’ and Hopin’”, “Walk On By”, “I Say A Little Prayer” and more.
This trip includes the show ticket and the motorcoach transportation. A supper stop will be made at Great lakes Crossings Mall on the way to the 8:00 p.m. show.

Other Shows I am working on getting tickets…

Fisher Theatre
Les Miserables in March of 2018

Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Lion King in July 2018

Yes! I am well aware that “Hamilton” will be coming to Michigan in 2018-2019! I am watching for information and will definitely get tickets!

Authentic Alaska
Date: June 12 – 26/27, 2018
Cost: Per person based on double occupancy
$4900.00 for an inside room
$5350.00 for a port hole oceanview
$5400.00 for a window oceanview
$6150.00 for a balcony room
Status: ½ full!
We will be heading to Alaska for a land and cruise package. This trip includes the airfare, the hotels, cancellation protection, luggage handling, port fees and taxes, motorcoach transportation, the land package and the 7 day cruise aboard NCL’s Norwegian Sun.
This trip includes 5 days land and a 7 day cruise through the Inside Passage. We will fly from Detroit to Fairbanks, Alaska and the return flight will be from Seattle to Detroit. We will be sailing on Norwegian Cruise Lines. The most complete tour of Denali and Alaskan life in the past and present. It includes a Riverboat cruise and city tour of Fairbanks including a stop at the Alaska oil pipeline. Explore Denali with a 7-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour. Travel the Alaska Railroad on a deluxe dome rail car. Tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will see the animals of Alaska in a natural setting. Visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Musher’s kennel for a private tour. Kenai Peninsula, views of volcanoes and tour the artsy fishing community of Homer.
The seven day cruise will visit Icy Strait, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. We will cruise Sawyer Glacier and Hubbard Glacier. *A passport or Enhanced Driver’s license is required for this trip! The cruise ship docks in Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada. A $450.00 deposit will reserve your seat. A 2nd deposit of $1000.00 is due on January 10th and the remainder will be due April 1st, 2018.
Call for a detailed flyer and registration form. I need your name as it is on your drivers license and your birthdate to confirm your airline ticket.
If you have a strong preference for the type of room on the ship, the sooner you send your deposit, the more likely you will get your first choice. I have a limited number of each type of room on hold.

Nova Scotia
Date: July 17 – 25, 2018
Cost: TBD
I expect to have detailed information for this trip very soon. We will visit Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island.
This relaxing trip takes us to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island. We will experience the Cabot Trail as well as spending time in Halifax. We will also visit Peggy’s Cove and see one of the most photographed lighthouses on the east coast. The public gardens in Halifax are beautiful and have always been enjoyed by previous groups.
On Prince Edward Island there will be a visit to the homestead which was the inspiration for Anne of Green Gables and we have an opportunity to enjoy a lobster dinner and a stay in Charlottetown.
For this trip we generally take the motorcoach to Toronto Airport and then fly to Halifax and return the same way. This allows us to go through customs at the border on a bus instead of at the airport. It is much easier for us to do it this way. Watch for more details coming soon!
*A passport is required for this trip.
North Dakota
Date: August of 2018
We plan to visit North Dakota in August next year. This will be a great trip for those who are interested in seeing another part of our country.
We will visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the International Peace Gardens, Bismarck – the Capitol of the state. I am waiting for airline pricing and am very excited about places that I’ve discovered for us to visit.
Keep watching for details!

A Taste of Wisconsin
Date: TBD late August or early September 2018
Cost: TBD
Last time this trip included four nights lodging, motorcoach transportation, the Fireside Dinner Theater a Norwegian threshing dinner, a Swiss culture dinner, a boat cruise through Wisconsin Dells, the House on the Rock, Reiman Publications, and more! This trip also includes riding the USS Badger across Lake Michigan on the way home. This is a relaxing five-day trip!
Watch for more details as they become available!

European River Cruise – Classic Danube ***
Date: September 18 – 28, 2018
Cost: Lower Outside Double Rate $5,209.00
Middle Outside Double Rate $5,909.00
Upper Outside Double Rate $6,259.00
Early Bird discount of $550.00 if you sign up by 1/19/18.
Deposit of $860.00 per person will reserve your seat. The final payment is due by May 18, 2018.
It is an 11 day trip and features a 7-day cruise on the Danube. Detailed flyers are available for this trip. This trip includes the air flight from Detroit to Munich, Germany; 2 nights hotel, 7 day cruise with Lueftner Cruises, aboard the MS Amadeus Queen, insurance, 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners and the return flight from Hungary, Budapest to Detroit, airport transfers and more! Highlights include: Ettal, Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau, Munich, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest. The rooms on the cruise are all outside rooms. You select the level – lower, middle or upper. (See costs above)
The Danube River is the second largest river in Europe. At 1,770 miles in length, this mighty waterway carves its way through a total of ten European countries. Like any extensive body of water, the Danube offers travelers a plethora of splendid vistas. Join us as we take you on a lovely cruise along the Wachau Valley region, the most breathtaking area of the Danube. You’ll see a dramatic shoreline complete with lofty hills, hilltop castles, and charming villages nestled between flourishing vineyards. Schönbühel Castle, built to protect the entrance to the Wachau Valley, is as impressive today as it was when it was constructed several hundred years ago. Experience the vineyard region of the Wachau from the water and see some of Austria’s most breathtaking landscapes.
If you are interested in this trip, the deposit is $860.00 per person. Call for the flyer so you can fill out the registration information. Let me know if you are looking for a roommate, others may be looking for a roommate as well.
I am offering this trip through Collette Vacations. They are currently holding 36 spaces for our group. Early sign up is highly recommended. I also have flyers detailing the optional trips available on this trip.
*** You will need a passport for this trip.

Washington DC & Williamsburg
Date: October 2018
I am working with Shoreline Tours to offer an exciting fall trip to our Nation’s Capital. We will certainly enjoy some fall color along the way. It is a wonderful opportunity to see many of the monuments in Washington DC and I am hoping to visit Williamsburg as well. This Colonial Village is filled with historical information.
Watch for more details on this trip!

European River Cruise – Classic Danube ***
Date: September 18 – 28, 2018
Cost: Lower Outside Double Rate $5,209.00
Middle Outside Double Rate $5,909.00
Upper Outside Double Rate $6,259.00
Early Bird discount of $550.00 if you sign up by 1/19/18.
Deposit of $860.00 per person will reserve your seat. The final payment is due by May 18, 2018.
It is an 11 day trip and features a 7-day cruise on the Danube. Detailed flyers are available for this trip. This trip includes the air flight from Detroit to Munich, Germany; 2 nights hotel, 7 day cruise with Lueftner Cruises, aboard the MS Amadeus Queen, insurance, 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners and the return flight from Hungary, Budapest to Detroit, airport transfers and more! Highlights include: Ettal, Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau, Munich, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest. The rooms on the cruise are all outside rooms. You select the level – lower, middle or upper. (See costs above)
The Danube River is the second largest river in Europe. At 1,770 miles in length, this mighty waterway carves its way through a total of ten European countries. Like any extensive body of water, the Danube offers travelers a plethora of splendid vistas. Join us as we take you on a lovely cruise along the Wachau Valley region, the most breathtaking area of the Danube. You’ll see a dramatic shoreline complete with lofty hills, hilltop castles, and charming villages nestled between flourishing vineyards. Schönbühel Castle, built to protect the entrance to the Wachau Valley, is as impressive today as it was when it was constructed several hundred years ago. Experience the vineyard region of the Wachau from the water and see some of Austria’s most breathtaking landscapes.
If you are interested in this trip, the deposit is $860.00 per person. Call for the flyer so you can fill out the registration information. Let me know if you are looking for a roommate, others may be looking for a roommate as well.
I am offering this trip through Collette Vacations. They are currently holding 36 spaces for our group. Early sign up is highly recommended. I also have flyers detailing the optional trips available on this trip.
*** You will need a passport for this trip.

Thinking ahead to 2020!

Preparations are already underway for the next Passion Play in the tiny Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau. The shows in 2020 may seem distant but the excitement is already building for the next production. Demand for tickets is sure to be high and space on tours at a premium.
Back in 2010 Collette brought thousands of guests to Germany to enjoy this once-in-a-decade event. Building on years of experience, our team is hard at work developing new tours that showcase must-see European destinations and the epic Passion Play that depicts the life and death of Jesus.
It began all the way back in 1633. Oberammergau was suffering from the Bubonic Plague. The surviving villagers appealed for Divine intervention to save their families. They vowed that if God were to spare them, they would perform a Passion Play every ten years. They say not a single person fell victim to the Plague after that. Keeping their promise, the people of Oberammergau performed the first play in 1634 and have continued to do so throughout the centuries. Today, many of Oberammergau’s residents still take part in this powerful work of art featuring dramatic performances, beautiful music and choral accompaniment.
The residents of Oberammergau will again perform The Passion Play in 2020. Collette will be there, sharing in the magnificence of this performance with several itineraries that showcase the charm and beauty of central Europe.
Although the play is in German, you won’t have an issue understanding what is happening during the play, and the music is powerful. The music was written back in 1779 by Rochus Dedler. The music has influences of Mozart and Haydn. Some have compared it to being as romantic and expressive as pieces by Schubert or Weber. Although there have been slight adaptations over the years, it is still based on the original score. There is both an orchestra made up of 60 musicians and a choir which help bring all of the emotion and scenes to life.
The Passion Play operates for 5 months from May through October. Days of performances are every day except for Mondays and Wednesdays. The play runs for 5 – 5 ½ hours, starting at 2:30 pm and ending at 10:30 pm every day. It is only one play each day with an intermission of 3 hours for dinner.
I am looking at the trip called “Romantic Roads of Germany and Oberammergau” which includes some of the country’s most iconic cities such as Berlin, Lubeck, Hamburg, Bremen, Hamelin, Kassel, Marburg, Wurzburg, and of course, Oberammergau. This 12 day trip will take us through many areas that were settings for Grimm’s Fairy Tales and we’ll see many castles.
Would you like to be there? Start thinking about this. The dates and prices won’t be set until fall, but then we’ll only have about 3 months to get deposits collected to reserve the seats. Even though the trip is 3 years away, this once in a decade event apparently sells out very quickly. I am planning for September of 2020. Insurance will be included!

Why Am I Promoting Trips With no Dates and Prices?
I am basically trying to let you know what I am thinking for the entire year so that you can choose which trip you’d like to sign up for and not have regrets that something you’d like to do is offered after you committed to an earlier trip.

 

There are always more Adventures in the Planning Stages! Every month there are new offerings.
Thanks for all your suggestions and ideas!

In the planning stages for 2017…
Tiger Games
Mystery Trips

 

For Your Information…

 

Regarding Passports & Enhanced Driver’s License
Passports are available at the Clio Post Office. You need your birth certificate with a raised seal to apply for one. They are good for ten years. The post office can take your picture or you can get a passport photo taken at another location such as Walgreen’s or Rite Aid.
An Enhanced Driver License is good for traveling to Canada, however, they are only good for four years and must be renewed when you renew your driver license. It can be obtained at a Secretary of State Office with your birth certificate. It is good for those who are driving back into the US and is not accepted for airport travel.
I have posted here the latest information from the Michigan.gov website regarding passports and enhanced drivers’ license.
“At this time, only a government-issued photo ID is required for domestic air travel. Either a standard or enhanced license or state ID card is acceptable. However, the Transportation and Security Administration may revise its policy to respond to a changing security situation. You should always review the most recent TSA domestic travel requirements before heading to the airport.
If you are flying internationally, even within the Western Hemisphere, you must have a passport (or other valid travel document if not a U.S. citizen). An enhanced card is not acceptable for international air travel.

The link is: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-48296_71056—F,00.html”
This means that flying into or out of Canada requires a passport and driving / riding in a vehicle into or out of Canada an enhanced driver’s license can be used. I hope this clarifies this situation for those who have asked.

 

 

Please Note: Clio Cast & Crew
I will be announcing shows at Clio Cast & Crew Theatre 57 in my newsletters. They have been letting me hold meetings in their theatre and in exchange I will be posting information about their shows. If interested, you will need to contact them directly for tickets. Please let them know you heard about their shows in this newsletter! The Theatre is located at 2220 W Vienna Rd in Clio and their phone number is 810-687-2588.
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