Event Descriptions

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These descriptions of trips and seminars are from the Plus 60 pages in the Quad City Times.

2017

*The Big Apple Adventure, New York City, Friday, March 31 – Thursday, April 6 ($2,360.00 with membership) SOLD OUT

Explore the Big Apple with Plus 60 and Trailways Travel on a fabulous tour that includes wonderful sites, a harbor dinner cruise featuring the New York skyline at night, and much, much more!

The trip runs from March 31 to April 6, 2017, and although you may think you have lots of time to think about it, the time is now. Seats for these one-of-a-kind adventures fill quickly, especially since there is an added incentive for early reservations, revealed below.

Day 1: (D) – Departing from your selected location, we travel to Maumee, Ohio where we overnight at the Country Inn & Suites. Along the way we will have breaks and lunch on you own. Dinner that night is at the Cracker Barrel where you will be given a $15 gift card for your meal selection.

Day 2: (B, D) – Breakfast is provided at the hotel before our departure to our final destination of New York City! Lunch and breaks, on your own, will be along the way. Dinner that evening is provided. We will then check into the Cambria Suites Times Square for the next four nights!

Day 3: (B, D) – An exciting day, which begins immediately after breakfast, is on today’s agenda. We will drive by the Flat Iron Building, Madison Square Garden, and the huge department store, Macy’s. Next is a boat ride to Ellis Island where between 1892 and 1954, approximately 12 million steerage and third class steamboat passengers entered the U.S. through the port of New York! There each person was interviewed for both legal and medical issues prior to formal entry. Over 40% of America’s population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island. You will also take a boat to Liberty Island, the home of the Statue of Liberty. This gift to the United States, a gift of political freedom and democracy from the people of France, was dedicated in 1886 and designated as a National Monument in 1924. Lunch, on your own, will precede our visit to the September 11th Memorial Museum. Later we will continue our tour with a drive past St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church, many famous neighborhoods, including SO HO, China Town, Little Italy, Wall Street, Broadway, Greenwich Village, and more as time permits. We will enjoy a view of the Brooklyn Bridge with a stop at Pier 17. We say good-bye to our local guide when we end our day of touring, and arrive for dinner. Tonight you are on your own to explore Times Square where you will meet many street performers and vendors. Or, perhaps you will stop in at Planet Hollywood or the largest Toys R Us, big enough for a full size Ferris Wheel! Also close by are the Good Morning America Studios, the MTV Studio, and much more!

Day 4: (B. D) – This is a full day of many unique places on everyone’s bucket list! After breakfast we will meet our guide and do a walking tour of the most famous park in America, Central Park.

Walk past the Bethesda Terrace overlooking the lake and wooded shores of the Ramble, and enjoy seeing the Belvedere Castle peeking out of Vista Rock. Our tour resumes at 72 St. on Central Park West where you will find many benches to relax upon. Then its off to visit the United Nations Building, the site of some of the most significant events in recent history. Once you pass through the gates of the Headquarters you are in international territory, covering 18 acres. Business is conducted in six official languages on site.

Lunch will be on your own at the UN Visitor Center’s Cafe. Then you are off for a great New York experience – the RIDE! The RIDE is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience where the streets of New York City are the stage, and you’ve got front row seats! Your host will have you in stitches while you tour through Midtown Manhattan and Times Square. Return to the hotel to refresh and and dress for your Harbor Dinner Cruise. Along the way we will be stopping at the Empire State Building, a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, which soars more that a quarter of a mile into the sky above the heart of Manhattan. Enjoy the panoramic views on the Observation Deck, either from the glass enclosed pavilion, or from the open-air promenade. Then it’s off to enjoy dinner aboard the Bateaux as we sail in the NYC harbor. Remember to bring your camera for an exceptional photo opportunity of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

Day 5: (B) – After breakfast we head to the famous NBC Studios!

Here a page will guide us through the world of the Peacock Network. You will have time to visit Rockefeller Center with lunch on your own. The rest of the afternoon is free to do as you wish. Be sure to have dinner on your own before departing with the group to a Broadway Show. The show will be announced once the selection is made in March.

Day 6: (B, D) – Departing NYC after a filling breakfast, we will relax on our journey towards home with refreshing breaks and lunch on your own, along the way. Dinner tonight will be at Buca Di Beppo, where they aim to re-create the experience of an Italian restaurant that might have flourished in New York’s Little Italy in the 1950’s! (I can only imagine what that might entail.) We return to the Maumee Country Inns and Suites for the night.

Day 7: (B) – Breakfast is included at the hotel before we depart for home. Rest and refresh breaks, along with lunch on your own, will be made en route.

This fabulous New York adventure can be yours by calling and making a reservation with Trailways Travel at 1-800-822-4440.

The cost per person for double occupancy is $2,385.00, with other options available. There is a $25.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member, and an ADDITIONAL $50.00 discount if you make your reservation on Monday, October 31, 2016! Don’t let that special slip by. Call Trailways for additional information.

International Quilt Festival, Rosemont, IL, Friday, April 7 ($80.00 with membership discount, $84.00 without) FEWER THAN 10 SEATS AVAILABLE

If your eyes feel strained and tired, and you just want to get away from your sewing machine or craft area for awhile, the Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel has the escape for you!

Leaving Friday, April 7, 2017 from one of many departure locations, our coach will travel to Rosemont, Illinois so that we may experience the wonderful International Quilt Festival.

This event showcases products from the Knitting & Stitching Industry. The exhibitors and vendors will exhibit the latest and greatest of advanced products and services, among which include: Antique quilts, new quilts, new and antique tools, books, new and antique quilt tops, quilt blocks and supplies, baskets, quilt and needlework gift items, rugs, kits, patterns, reproduction linens and laces, quilt prints and paper goods, sewing supplies, quilt racks and frames, wearable art, pillows, and antique beads. Reading through that list, this quilter could not think of anything that was left out!

Come check out the super quilt exhibit, great shopping opportunities, and classes and events, with like-minded friends. Just remember this show is about more than just quilting. At Festival you’ll find plenty to inspire you whether it be in arts and crafts, mixed media, scrapbooking, fiber arts, stamping, paper arts, and just about anything else creative!

Deadline to sign up by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 is March 8, 2017. Cost is $84.00 per person, but if you are a Plus 60 member, you will get a $4.00 discount! A gentle reminder on this trip is if you snooze, you will likely lose.

*Tribute to George Strait, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL, Tuesday, April 11 ($98.00 with members discount, $102 without)

George Strait is alive and well, and who better to pay a fantastic living legend tribute to him than the well-known Branson duo of Gordy and Debbie?

Leaving on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club will depart from several different locations; call them for specifics in order to make your selection. We will head towards the Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Illinois for a wonderful luncheon buffet before seeing the show.

It promises to be an afternoon of memorable music as this duo pays homage to a real living legend – you will hear his greatest hits as well as learn a lot of fun facts and trivia you never knew about George Strait. This husband and wife duo, Gordy and Debbie, also known for their comedic act, will delight you with their renditions of a real living legend. Gordy and Debbie currently perform at the Jackie B. Goode’s Cafe in Branson, MO.

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 to make your reservation.

The cost of this great afternoon is $102.00 per person, but if you are a Plus 60 member you will get a $4.00 discount. The absolute deadline is March 10, 2017, but procrastination doesn’t usually work! Call now.

Healthy Habits Over Lunch: Making Sure Your Wishes Are Met–Living Wills, Adler Heart Institute/Genesis East, Tuesday, April 18, 12-1 and Larson Hall/Illini, Wednesday, April 19, free to members.  SEE REGISTRATION FORM ON ANOTHER PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE.

What are “Living Will”, “Advanced Directive”, “Health Care Directive”, “IPOST”? I’m sure you’ve heard these terms, but do you understand them? – Genesis Health System and the Plus 60 Friendship Club have another timely educational and informational event for our members.   “Making Sure Your Wishes are Known” will be the topic presented helping you to know how to state your wishes for end-of-life medical care. You will be given guidance on how to be sure your preferences for key life-sustaining treatments including: resuscitation, general scope of treatment, artificial nutrition and more are met in case you cannot verbalize it yourself.

The Iowa presentation will be Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Adler Education Center on Genesis East Campus, 1236 East Rusholme Street, Davenport. The Illinois event will be at on Wednesday, April 19, 20167 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.at the Larson Center, 801 Illini Drive, Silvis.

Genesis Health System, will host free “Healthy Habits Over Lunch ’’ for Plus 60 Club members. Genesis will again provide a free lunch for registered members. This is a free offering for members only, so please fill out and mail the registration form found on another page of this website to reserve your spot by April 11, 2017.

Beatlemania at the Putnam, Davenport, IA, Thursday, April 20, 11:30 for lunch and self-guided tour ($27.00) Additional $5 for Hard Days’ Night movie at 3 p.m. Call the Putnam at 563-324-1933 and ask for the Plus 60 special.

Whoever it was is one of our members or several or all of us. We bought 45s or listened to them at the rich guy’s house. We sock-hopped in the gym or watched the girls while we stood by the bleachers with collars turned up. We had car radios tuned to all-music stations. The girls actually screamed and squealed when Elvis or the Beatles sang on those new transistor radios. We made history! Wait a minute — The Beatles are here (in magical spirit), at the Putnam.

You’ve been to that classy building in Davenport with the huge movie screen, the kid’s science stuff. You haven’t even seen all of the 160,000 scientific and historical artifacts. Well they have just installed an exhibit featuring the sounds and the magic of those British guys who made scores of records and social changes in the forming of our culture. You were there when the British invasion drove us a little nuts. Now you can be there to relive it, maybe with your best gal or guy.

The Putnam folks have a special deal for Plus 60s members. You know we do bus trips? Well this bus trip has no bus. Everything else we’ve got. Lots of leg room on comfortable seats, sack lunch, tour guide who knows stuff, unlimited water, any time use of the loo, no charge for the invisible bus, a virtual trip through the phenomenon that was the Fab Four, an exclusive presentation, and some special stuff we haven’t thought of yet, all with no exhaust fumes. This will happen on 4/20 (that’s April) with the invisible bus arriving at the free parking area at 11:30 in your car. The program starts with lunch. About the time you’ve absorbed all the Beatlemania you can stand, say 3 PM, you can wander back to your car, or you can meander your way through the permanent exhibit space, or you can watch kids being amazed in the science area or you can go to that huge theater for $5 and watch a “Hard Days Night”. You’re thinking, “Back in the good old days that would cost about a buck and 5 minutes talking the folks out of the car.

Making Better Decisions, Scott Community College seminar, The Outing Club, Davenport, IA, 11:30-1:00 P.M.,Tuesday, April 25 ($22.00) Call Scott Community College (563-441-4100) to register.

Have you made a decision and later wished you had thought it through a little more? Or, perhaps even wondered WHAT were you thinking?   If you have ever fallen into either category, you might be very interested in a lunch-and-learn seminar hosted by Scott Community College and the Plus 60 Club. The seminar is being held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Outing Club, and you will not only hear a great speaker on the subject of making better decisions, but you’ll get a great lunch besides!

Our speaker, Penny Plautz, will guide us through the process of while we can’t have a crystal ball to see into the future, we do have a brilliant mind, an incredibly intuitive body, and years of wisdom and experience we can call on to make all kinds of decisions. The key is trusting your ability to make decisions and figuring out the process that works best for you to arrive at and live peacefully with those decisions. Join us for a fun exploration into the art and science of decision making.

Please call Scott Community College at (563)441-4100 and make your reservation for this great learning experience now. The cost, including the great lunch, is $22.00. It begins at 11:30 A.M.

*South Pacific, Fireside Theatre, Ft. Atkinson, WI, Thursday, April 27 ($146.00 for members, $150 for non-members)

One of the most celebrated shows of all time from the award winning team of Rogers and Hammerstein is available for your enjoyment on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club will whisk you away to the Fireside Dinner Theater in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin for an afternoon you will never forget!

Your luncheon menu takes you straight to the tropics starting with a true tropical salad of mangoes, peaches, strawberries and dried cranberries served over fresh greens sprinkled with walnuts and the Fireside’s famous papaya chutney dressing. Served along side of the salad will be freshly baked artisan breads.

The main course is Chicken Kona Kai. This is a skinless breast of chicken dipped in a special egg batter rolled in coconut panko crumbs, sauteed to a golden brown, and then glazed with a brandied apricot sauce. It is accompanied with stir fried rice with Canadian bacon and a mix of fresh julienned vegetables.

If you aren’t totally satiated by that time, dessert is a special banana bread pudding topped with a caramel rum sauce and served with homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

At this point you normally would be headed for a swaying hammock on a remote beach, but there is something even better in store for you! South Pacific is a story of love, of heroism, of courage, and of optimism of America. Set during World War II, this epic tale is told with humor, passion, beauty, action, and one of Broadway’s most impressive musical scores. You will immediately remember such hits as “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair””, “There’s Nothing Like A Dame”, “I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy”, and the beautiful, haunting “Bali Ha’i”.

This is one of the very few musicals to have earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Won’t you join us for this fantastic show of a lifetime?

Please call Trailways Travel during normal business hours, M-F, at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservation right now. These tickets will be selling quickly. The cost is $150.00 per person for the trip, but you can receive a $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member.

*Pella Tulip Festival, Pella, IA, Thursday, May 4, ($78.00 with members discount, $82.00 without)

Even if you can’t, or don’t play the ukulele, and you are not currently thinking about tiptoeing through anything, it might be a good time to put this Plus 60 and Trailways Travel trip on your list!

Thursday, May 4, 2017 sounds far away, but if you have only gotten on the “wait list” before, don’t put off making your reservation for the “Everything is Coming Up Tulips” Festival in Pella, Iowa. We leave from either Davenport or Walcott and head directly for Pella, where a tradition of more than 80 years awaits you.

You will be able to enjoy the day at your leisure, and at your own pace, enjoying the included lunch at the Trinity Reformed Church. The menu there includes your choice of ham or roast beef, mashed potatoes, beans, dinner roll, choice of pie or almond bar, and a drink.

Visit the Historical Village, a collage of more than twenty buildings, some more than 150 years old. Included is the boyhood home of Wyatt Earp, a log cabin. Blacksmith shop, grist mill, 19th century house, library with large dolls and delft displays, and an extensive collection of Dutch and early settler antiques. Don’t miss touring the Vermeer Mill, built tall to capture the wind. This mill is a working, 100% wind powered grist mill, and its stone ground flour is available for purchase in the gift shop!

Don’t miss the Grandstand Show where the streets will be scrubbed before the parade begins. Other things to look for that you shouldn’t miss are the architecture of the Dutch storefronts, the Klokkenspel, and the Dutch Letters, found at the wonderful bakeries. More not to miss things are Pella Bologna, the Tulip Toren stage entertainment, and, of course, all the vendors with craft items for sale.   Also, if you’re lucky, you may notice the thousands of colorful tulips that go on as far as your eye can see.

Please call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 and place your reservation. The cost of the trip is only $82.00, but you will get a $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member! The furthest out deadline is March 3, 2017, but please don’t wait!

*Take Yourself Out To the Ballgames! Chicago Cub Ballgames, May 5 – September 17 (Prices vary per game; Plus 60 members get $4.00 off per game.)

If there were such a word as “funnest” in the dictionary, I would definitely use it to describe what the Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel has available for you this summer!   How excited would you be to learn of THIRTEEN special opportunities to see the World Champion Cubs play at Wrigley Field?

Well, that is exactly what might trip your trigger, or float your boat, or whatever, if you call soon and get your reservations in for the teams you want to see play! Listed below are the different games (and prices) with seats currently available. I should not have to tell you that the sooner you call, the more likely you will score a seat.

Travel protection is available, so inquire about it when you call. Pick-ups for these games are offered at both at CASI in Davenport, and also in Muscatine.

Yankees vs Cubs                   May 5                           $150 FEWER THAN 10 SEATS AVAILABLE

Yankees vs Cubs                   May 7                           $150

Giants vs Cubs                      May 25                         $115 SOLD OUT

Cardinals vs Cubs                 June 3                           $155 SOLD OUT

Rockies vs Cubs                    June 9                           $135 SOLD OUT

Pirates vs Cubs                      July 7                            $145

Cardinals vs Cubs                 July 21                          $150 SOLD OUT

Nationals vs Cubs                 August 4                       $140

Reds vs Cubs                        August 17                     $120

Brewers vs Cubs                 September 8                 $120

Cardinals vs Cubs               September 15               $150

Cardinals vs Cubs                 September 16               $150

Cardinals vs Cubs                 September 17               $150

Call Trailways Travel right away at 1-877-822-4440 and reserve your seat for these games. And, as always, if you are a Plus 60 Club member, you will get a $4.00 discount.   Peanuts and hotdogs will be available!

*Dean Martin Tribute, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL, Monday, May 8 ($98.00 for members, $102.00 for non-members) FEWER THAN 10 SEATS AVAILABLE

You all know the words “Everybody loves somebody sometime”, don’t you? Unfortunately, some love lasts and some doesn’t, but in this case, we all still hold a candle for Dean Martin! There is no better way to celebrate that love than to join Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club as we meander our way to Starved Rock Lodge on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Upon arrival in Utica, Illinois, we will enjoy a delicious hot buffet luncheon, with dessert. The menu is not yet set, so unfortunately I am unable to whet your appetite with those details. Whatever the offerings, past visitors all know how good and filling the food is. You will not be disappointed!

Moving into the theatre, we will then capture the true spirit of Dean Martin. Peter Oprisko brings the King of Cool back to life with his renditions of Dino’s signature songs, style, and sense of humor. Sway, and perhaps even sing, to Blue Moon, Baby It’s Cold Outside, and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head. Spend the afternoon with us, and re-live the good times for sure!

For this trip you will be able to board the Trailways Coach in one of many different locations. Make your choice when you call for reservations at 1-877-822-4440. The office is open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. The cost of this afternoon’s delight is just $102.00 per person with a $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member.

*Springtime in Amish Country, Monday, May 8-Friday, May 12 ($880.00 with membership discount) FEWER THAN 10 SEATS AVAILABLE

Take a journey to the past that is loaded with modern day fun and facts as we embark with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club to Northern Indiana and to Amish Country. The trip is from May 8 – 12, 2017. That date may seem far away, but you are urged to make your reservation now as this trip is always a sellout!

Get a true look at the Amish lifestyle, and learn about their history, while touring country roads where you will see more buggies than cars. Stop at shops filled with goods your grandmother probably used, and savor hearty Amish style fare at a traditional Amish “Haystack” meal. You will have the opportunity to meet the owners of Amish businesses who make the products and craft the wares for their culture. Ten meals are included in this package.

Day 1: (D) – We will depart Muscatine or Davenport and head for Amish Country with stops for breaks and lunch on your own. Our first stop is at B&L Woodcraft where you will delight in seeing all the hand-crafted furniture. You will be able to customize your own birdhouse: once you make your selections, the host Amish family will assemble it and place it in a box to load on the coach. You will have time to explore the wide selection of furniture, home decorator items, gifts, and antiques on the farm. The coach has room underneath for most purchases, but ask first!   This author purchased a 4 -foot lighthouse, and had quite the experience getting it home. You may have seen me running along behind the bus while the lighthouse sat in my seat on the bus! After checking into the Essenhaus Inn , where we will stay for the duration of our trip, we will depart for dinner. This will be a once in a lifetime experience, feasting on a traditional Amis wedding dinner in The Carriage House. Listen to what an Amish wedding day is like, and enjoy the special meal that is traditional of the Amish.

Day 2: (B,D) – Today we will experience a “Brown Bag Backroads Tour” of Amish Country. (A clue as to what that is follows, and you will be thrilled!) You will travel the scenic backroads, passing horse-drawn buggies, and noticing the spotless farm houses, nestled next to the whitewashed barns. Our knowledgeable guide will tell us about all the fascinating lifestyle, customs and traditions of the Amish, while filling us in on their history which began so long ago.

We will stop at a variety of welcoming country stores and quaint shops where you will load your brown bag with free goodies! That

part of the trip will be so much fun for everyone! Continuing on we will learn how Amish buggies are made, visit a one-room Amish schoolhouse, peek inside an Amish coffin (empty, I hope), and learn the difference between a coffin and a casket. You will see, and perhaps even pet a camel when you visit an Old Order Amish camel farm. The camel’s milk is sent all over the country, and you will learn why. The women on the farm craft handmade soaps. The next exciting stop is a visit to the Sonshine Basket Shop where you will see Amish baskets being made from beginning to end. There are many new sizes and shapes on display for purchase; you truly will have one of a kind, and a choice of wood. The whole family is involved in the basket making process, from wetting the reeds to making cloth liners. Lunch is on your own at a location decided by your guide. Returning to the Inn, you will have time to relax and freshen up before departing for dinner, where a genuine Amish experience awaits. After dinner, enjoy a buggy ride in one of the Yoder’s personal buggies, while meandering along one of the many gravel lanes in the countryside.

Day 3: (B,L,D) – Today we make our way to Shipshewana and their famous Flea Market and Auction. This is the Midwest’s largest outdoor market with over 1000 venders on 60 acres! What an experience this is to behold. You will see everything from weather-vanes to baskets to leather goods – almost anything you didn’t know you needed – and at prices you won’t believe. It is a fun day. The auction barn runs eleven rings at one time, from antiques to collectibles.   You will be allowed enough time to stroll into downtown Shipshewana where there are over 90 stores to delight your fancy. Quilters will be amazed at all the fabric that is available for your next project. Our included lunch is at Amish Acres where we will feast on a pulled pork BBQ sandwich at a genuine Old Order Amish farmstead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

We will step inside the historical farmhouse and learn of many Amish traditions and beliefs. This trip then provides a ride in a wagon to the one-room Amish schoolhouse where you can participate in a spelling bee and see a documentary film about the Amish. There will be time to do some browsing and shopping in the many shops.   Don’t miss out on learning the secrets to making Shoofly pie, and you will get your very own small pie and recipe card to take with you. And, if that doesn’t give you your sugar high, the next stop is the Candy Kitchen where you be shown how they make over 50,000 pounds of fudge and candy each year! Learn how to make your own special candy from one of the experts on site, and have a treat to enjoy later. Dinner is family style at Amish Acres, and while you sit under the hand-hewn beams of the restaurant, you will enjoy a true Amish Thresher’s Meal starting with soup and ending with pie.   A pleasant ending to this day is a professional musical production, and a Broadway favorite, performed in the Round Barn Theater.

Day 4: (B,L,D) -Today, after breakfast, you will meet the “Real Housewives of Amish Country”!!   Get a first hand look into a day of Amish women, and learn how they do housework and chores without the benefit of electrical appliances or modern technology.

It will be explained how the family business are operated. If you are hungry by then you can enjoy a cinnamon roll demo in the kitchen with Elaine, and have a “haystack” lunch featuring another demo of making peanut butter crumb pie. One thing is for sure, you will not go away with an empty stomach. You may also visit with the actual businesswomen, from a basket weaver to an Amish teacher who somehow controls many grade levels in the one-room schoolhouse. If you behave yourself, there will be an after school treat waiting for you– a Whoopie Pie! (When’s the last time you had one of those?) Today will give you a renewed respect for this culture of women who live a simple life, but are anything but simple.

We return back to the Inn where we will have dinner at the largest restaurant in Indiana, located on the Das Dutchman Essenhaus Inn Campus. It seats and serves 1100 people efficiently, and with Amish style.

If you are not ready to call it a night quite yet, other opportunities abound, from a Classic Car Cruise-in, to a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride, Miniature Golf, shopping in the Village Shops, or just taking a leisurely stroll along the beautiful grounds. There is a small charge for some of the activities.

Day 5: (B) – Have breakfast at the Inn before we board the coach for the trip home. There will be breaks (on your own) along the way.

Sit back and relax while all your memories of the Amish culture go through your mind. Enjoy it now before we return to the modern day world, and your phone.

Call Trailways Travel to sign up for this memorable trip. Their number is 1-877-822-4440. Cost for a double is $895 per person, but TWO special discounts are available; one is $15 off just for being a Plus 60 member, and the other, available to everyone, is another $35 off if you call soon! This trip is greatly enhanced from other similar ones, and will definitely please everyone!

*Tulip Time in Holland, MI, Tuesday, May 9-Friday, May 12 ($760.00 pp with membership, $780.00 without for double occupancy) CANCELLED

We will all know Springtime is here when traveling with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club to beautiful, colorful, rejuvenating, Holland, Michigan for this year’s Tulip Festival! Departing on May 9, 2017, and returning on the 12th, this opportunity comes with many extras this year that all flower and fun lovers will embrace!

Day 1: (D) Our first stop on the way to Holland, MI. will be a unique dune buggy ride in the sand which will take you up and down, round and round, the hilly dunes along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. How many people do you know that have had that opportunity? Very few, is my guess! Arriving in Holland, we will share another wonderful experience, the New Odyssey Dinner Show: Three Guys, Thirty Instruments.   We will be staying in Grand Rapids tonight.

Day 2: (B),(D) After enjoying a buffet breakfast we will hop on board our coach with our step-on guide for a 2 hour city tour of Holland, Michigan. Included will be historic areas, city parks, Hope College, a view of the famous windmill, tulip lanes, downtown Holland and more. You will have free time to get lunch on your own at the Dutch Marketplace, the largest selection of food, crafts, souvenirs and lace in the area. Music and Klompen dancers are also available for your enjoyment, along with stage events. Taking your reserved bleacher seats allows you to view the Volksparade. Watch as hundreds of Dutch costumed townspeople, armed with brooms and pails, scrub the parade route clean! These people are called the Street Scrubbers, and you will soon be laughing at their antics.   Soon after you will meet more than 7000 costumed children who carry creative props. The parade features dozens of colorful bands, floats and exhibition Dutch dance groups, klomping along the route in authentic costumes and real wooden shoes. You will have free time for shopping and exploring the downtown after the parade. We will enjoy a church buffet dinner tonight before being treated to a live musical theatre show.

Day 3: (B),(L),(D) After breakfast we will tour Holland’s only Tulip Farm, the Veldheer-Deklomp Tulip Farm and Wooden Shoe Factory. Step back into the Netherlands of 100 years ago as you visit Nell’s Dutch Village. Start the morning with a “Banket” making class, a delicious traditional Dutch pastry. Following that you will see more Dutch dancing, including your own Dutch dance lessons, a wooden shoe carving, and Delft pottery making. A Dutch lunch is included with some time to explore on your own. Visit Windmill Island Gardens with America’s only 249 year old working Dutch windmill, and view more than 150,000 tulips. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Little Netherlands Museum. This afternoon we will see more authentic street dancing with a thousand twirling costumes that blend into a whirlwind of color. Tonight we dine on a 65 foot Victorian style paddlewheel river boat while passing the Big Red Lighthouse and other historic landmarks.

Day 4: (B) After breakfast we board our motor coach for the trip home, filled with all the wonderful, colorful Dutch memories we shared in this unique trip.

You may be a part of this wonderful experience by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. This whole experience, including the sand you may pick up from the dune buggy ride, can be yours for only $780.00 p.p. double occupancy. Other rates are available. A Plus 60 discount rate of $20.00 p.p. is available for members.

*CARDS vs CUBS DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND!, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO, May 13-14 ($435.00 double occupancy with membership, $450.00 without membership)

What an exciting weekend your Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel has in store for you! Hot off the presses is an opportunity that is not available just anywhere! You may now travel with us on May 13 – 14, 2017 to Busch Stadium in St. Louis where you will spend a fun-filled weekend as you catch TWO Cards vs Cubs games! Enjoy the Saturday afternoon game from Section 372, then afterwards you have your choice of going to the hotel where dinner is on your own at surrounding restaurants OR you may wish to stay longer after the game to enjoy Ballpark Village until later in the evening, giving you time to dine and celebrate. The motor coach will come back at a designated time and location to pick up these folks up and then take them to the hotel for the night.

Sunday you will receive all-inclusive treatment at the game as you enjoy the view from the famous Homer’s Landing in Busch Stadium. Not only will you have access to an all-you can-eat picnic lunch buffet, but all your beverages (including beer) are also included!

Tickets are sure to sell quickly for this event, so make your reservations right away! The cost for this double-header is $450 per person, double occupancy. Singles are $535, Triples, $425, and Quads are $410. And, if you are a Plus 60 member, you will receive a discount of $15! Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours from Monday – Friday. Pick-ups for these games are available in both Muscatine and Davenport. GO CUBS, or CARDS, depending!

*California Dreaming, Thursday, May 18-Thursday, May 25 ($3,945 for members, $3,995 for non-members) CANCELLED

If “all the leaves are brown, and the skies are gray”, it may be time for you to head to California with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club in May 2017! Set aside time for yourself from the 18th – 25th, and experience sunshine and blue skies that will have you California “experiencing” at its best! Enjoy bustling and exciting San Francisco, the endless rows of growing grapes in Napa, and many small towns and diversified cultures along the West Coast!

Day 1: (D) – Upon arriving at the San Francisco Airport we will then transfer to the Holiday Inn Express Fisherman’s Wharf. You will have the afternoon free to settle in or explore the area on your own.

That evening we will have a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay where you will see one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and many of the legendary landmarks, all from the comfort of a luxury yacht! Dinner will be a four-course meal made aboard by chefs using fresh, local seasonal ingredients. You will see a breathtaking sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, the Trans-America Pyramid, and many other well- known sights. The yacht includes a dance floor which you can enjoy while the sun sets. We then return to our hotel which will be our home for the next three nights.

Day 2: (B) – Breakfast is included at the hotel before we depart for a city tour of San Francisco. You will see the beautiful Civic Center, Golden Gate Bridge and Park, Chinatown, the Presidio, and much more. The rest of the day is free to explore, whether it be the trolley cars, Ghiradelli Square, Alcatraz (a 2 1/2 hour tour where you should purchase tickets before coming to San Francisco), more of Fisherman’s Wharf, and all of the eclectic neighborhoods. Lunch and dinner are on your own so you can decide which of the hundreds of restaurants to choose from.

Day 3: (B),(L) – After breakfast we depart to get a “taste” of the real California as we travel north into wine country. The fertile soil and the golden sun combine to make California the best place in the U.S. for unrivaled vintage wines. Arriving in Napa we will board the Napa Valley Wine Train. This ride will provides us with a relaxing three hour, thirty-six mile round trip journey. From Napa we will travel through one of the world’s most well-known wine valleys, to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back. You will enjoy a three-course meal and wine tasting in lavishly restored railcars. You will visit a local winery for a guided Winery Tour and Wine Tasting. Learn the process that cumulates in how the wine bottle ends up on your table.

Day 4: (B),(D) – After breakfast we leave the City By The Bay and discover Mother Nature at Her best! We make our way to the foot hills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and enter Mother Lode country, home of the California gold fields. From there you will exchange gold for a jewel – Yosemite, “the jewel of the Sierra”. Yosemite was the nation’s first state park, set aside by Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Today Yosemite is still one of America’s premier natural wonders. You will have the afternoon to explore and perhaps do some optional hiking. We will check into the Yosemite View hotel for the next two nights. It is located just outside of the park, delivering just what the name suggests. This hotel was designed to span the edge of the majestic Merced River. It is a true luxury resort just steps from the adventures, activities, and inspiring scenes of the wilderness of Yosemite National Park. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 5: (B) – Today is a full day of exploration of Yosemite National Park. Be sure to bring your camera, as we will be enjoying various scenic points and, if you wish, do some hiking at the guide’s discretion. Walk through Mariposa Grove, the largest grove of the Giant Sequoias in Yosemite. With several hundred mature examples of the tree, two of them are among the 30 largest Giant Sequoias in the world! Grizzly Giant is estimated to be between 1900 – 2400 years old, the largest tree in the grove. You will also see the California Tunnel Tree. Cut in 1895 to allow coaches to pass through it, this is the only Giant Sequoia with a tunnel in it. Our tour will stop at Tunnel View, a historic site offering an expansive view of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome. You will also see many more waterfalls and the famous cliffs that make Yosemite the famous destination it is. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day 6: (B),(D) -After breakfast we depart Yosemite and travel along the Merced River Valley. Soon we will see the southernmost of all the gold rush towns, Mariposa, as we make our way into the San Joaquin Valley, the heart of California’s agriculture region. We will travel towards the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on our way to Monterey, where you will discover Steinbeck’s famous Cannery Row. No longer the final destination of sardines and anchovies (thank goodness), the Row is now home to many restaurants and boutiques. After lunch on your own, discover the mystery of the ocean depths as you tour the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the finest collections in the U.S. Next we will enjoy a scenic drive on the famous “17-mile Drive”, spotting world renowned Pebble Beach, and houses (you won’t believe are) worth millions. There will be amazing picture stops along the way. We will stop and spend some time at the storybook village of Carmel-by-the-Sea with its unique shops, galleries and restaurants with stunning views of the Pacific. We will return to Monterey for dinner and to overnight at the Casa Munras.

Day 7: (B),(D) – We depart Monterey and travel on one of North America’s most scenic routes, the Pacific Coast Highway. You will enjoy exquisite views of the ocean with rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. Pass through Big Sur along the way to Hearst Castle. With 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, and walkways, this National Historic Landmark shows the art and opulence that only fabulous wealth can achieve. You will have time for lunch, on your own, after exploring the castle, the magnificent suites, the   immaculate grounds, and even the bathrooms! After a great time along the coast, we return to San Francisco for a farewell dinner and a stay at the Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront to rest (or party) before waking to catch our morning flight.

Day 8: (B) – We will have breakfast at the hotel before departing for the airport for our flight home.

The cost for our California Dreaming and Living trip is $3995.00 per person, double occupancy. However, there are TWO extra discounts available: If you are a Plus 60 Club member, you will receive a $50.00 per person discount off the price. AND, as an extra incentive for early booking, if you call and make your reservation on only JANUARY 2, 2017, between 8:30 and 5:00 P.M., you will get an additional $50.00 per person discount!!

This kind of trip always sells out quickly, so save yourself some money and book early as stated above! The trip must be paid in full by March 13, 2017.

*The Nashville Connection, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL, Monday, May 22 ($98.00 for members, $102.00 for non-members) FEWER THAN 10  SEATS AVAILABLE

Not all of us are actually able to visit Nashville, the birthplace of Country Music, but you can come pretty close to experiencing their true sounds if you join Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club as we go to Starved Rock Lodge on Monday, May 22, 2017.

This day will be filled with great country music and good times spent with friends. For this trip we have several departure locations available, so make your choice when you call for reservations.

Upon arrival at Utica, Illinois we will have a sumptuous luncheon buffet, with dessert. The entree is not yet decided, but will be revealed at a later time. Whatever the choice, it will be delicious!

After lunch, enjoy country music at its finest! Dave and Daphne, a Nashville Duo, perform a high-energy show with classic country music roots. Dave is well known for his 10 years on the road as Barbara Mandrell’s lead guitarist. Daphne was Southern Gospel Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year, having spent many years with the Bill Gaither Southern Gospel Music Conventions. When she sings country music, she’s best described as a cross between Shania Twain and Patsy Cline. Together they bring country legend favorites like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, and so many more, to create an afternoon of Nashville fun. You don’t want to miss this Nashville musical event, and you don’t have to travel 424 miles to   do it, either!

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservations now. The cost of this Nashville experience is $102.00 per person, with a $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 Club member. The offices are open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

*Islands of New England, June 2-9 ($2,839.00 with member discount) BASED ON AVAILABILITY

The Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel is very excited to present a preview of what promises to be a real island hopping experience!   No, we are not talking about Hawaii, although that could certainly be on another agenda,  but we thought the Islands of New England would offer up a unique new experience of sights, scenery, eats, and shops.

The trip is planned for June 2–9, 2017, the most perfect time to visit the Northeast!  This 8 day tour includes 11 meals:  7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners.  Also included is round-trip air from Moline, and all hotel transfers.

Day 1:  Fly to Providence, Rhode Island

Day 2:  We start with a tour of  “America’s Renaissance City”, Providence.  We then depart for Newport, the “Yachting Capital of the East”.  You will  easily imagine what some call “America’s Gilded Age” as you make your way along Ocean Drive to Bellevue Avenue.  There you will see eleven extraordinary mansions, built in the 1800s.  Known to their owners as “summer cottages”, seven of the eleven homes have been designated National Historic Landmarks.  You will tour the awe inspiring Marble House, the home of the William Vanderbilts.

Day 3:  Depart Providence for historic Boston.  You will experience the real feel of Yankee charm as you tour Beacon Hill, the Old South Meeting House, and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  You can also enjoy leisure time by walking along the famed Freedom Trail, a 2 ½ mile walking path, which takes you through the center of Boston’s historic sites.

Day 4:  Today you will relive traditions from the days of old as we head to Plymouth, Mass.  Beginning with a tour of a New England cranberry bog, you will learn about dry harvesting from a local grower.  Then, taking a step back in time, we will visit Plymouth – that’s where the Pilgrims landed in 1620.  Remember  Plymouth Rock?  Able to see for yourself this legendary site, you may also   board a true replica of the Mayflower.  You can’t help but be amazed, or perhaps appalled, at seeing the ship 102 Pilgrims traveled on during their 65 day trip from England!  You will visit Plimoth Plantation,  a 17th century re-creation of an original  village.  During  our lunch you will get to “eat like a pilgrim” while enjoying a true Thanksgiving feast.  It will provide a unique opportunity to sample   old time recipes while learning some customs and etiquette from  the pilgrim  of that time. Later we will arrive at our beachfront hotel, our relaxing home for the next four nights!

Day 5:  Catch a glimpse of the Camelot era as we travel through Hyannisport, home of the Kennedy compound.  Our time there will  include a visit to the poignant Kennedy Memorial.  Hold on to your hats as we next board the high speed ferry to Nantucket!  Once there you will explore the idyllic island, from cobblestone streets to the beaches and lighthouses.  This is an area which truly lives up to its reputation.  You will have a living experience of being in a post card as you see all the sailboats and yachts swaying on their tethers in the harbor.  It is beauty that can’t be defined.  Also, for those who may like to shop for something different,  the famous Nantucket Baskets and scrimshaw knives are  available in some specialty shops.  Tonight you will have a delicious dinner while enjoying a cooking demonstration featuring a local specialty.

Day 6:  Today a ferryboat transports you to Martha’s Vineyard, an area occupied by celebrities, artists, presidents, royalty, artists, and some more normal people.  A local guide will point out the highlights of the area, which includes things like gingerbread styled cottages, homes with widow’s walks, and sea captain’s homes.  The Vineyard was once a famous whaling port.  Later we will cruise back to Cape Cod, and tonight we will explore Falmouth, a wonderful shopping and dining haven that everyone will enjoy.

Day 7: We will travel to Provincetown, located on the tip of the Cape.  This famous artist colony is well known for its crafts and seagoing flair.  The choice is yours – you may set out on a whale watching cruise of Cape Cod Bay, or perhaps you would rather embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes. Tonight concludes our New England adventure as you indulge in a traditional seafood and lobster feast, with extra butter, please.

Day 8:  We sadly leave this beautiful area of the country and return home.  Thankfully, our memories of this trip will remain with us forever.

If your appetite is whetted for this once in a lifetime tour, please call Trailways Travel at 877-822-4440 for a more detailed itinerary along with cost information.

*Joliet Murder Mystery in the Mansion, Luncheon, Joliet, IL, Wednesday, June 7 ($141.00 for members, $145.00 for non-members)

Was it Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, or was it really The Butler who did it?? I know we have all watched these who-done-its on television, and played the game of Clue, but have you ever thought what fun it would be to actually participate in one?

Here, at last, is your opportunity! The Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel is offering a one day trip to Joliet, Illinois on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, where you can have an afternoon of fun, suspense and intrigue.

We will be boarding our deluxe motorcoach and traveling to famous Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet, Illinois. Upon arrival you’ll enjoy a personalized lunch mystery. The best is yet to come when the killer is actually one of the group! Everyone becomes involved to solve the “Mystery in the Mansion”!

After lunch, if it wasn’t you who was hauled off to jail, you will enjoy a historical talk and a self-guided tour of the Jacob Henry Mansion and the Old Central Church. Built in 1873, the mansion is a Historical National Landmark and is well known for its beauty and Old Victorian charm.

We’ll then travel to the Rialto Square Theatre where you’ll be treated to a tour of one of the ten most beautiful theaters in the world! The Rialto is a beautifully restored 1920’s Vaudeville Theater. As a special treat you will be given a back stage tour and a mini organ concert on the Barton Grande Theater Organ. This is definitely a unique opportunity.

On the way home we will enjoy a stop at Gji’s Sweet Shoppe, an old fashioned shop that features gourmet popcorn, nostalgic candies, ice cream, and hard to find soda pop! That doesn’t sound at all bad, does it?

The cost for this unique experience is only $145.00, and you can participate if you call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 for your reservation. This one will fill quickly as it is so unusual. Be sure to ask for your Plus 60 discount if you are a member!

Boston and Cape Cod, Thursday, June 15-Sunday, June 25 ($2,465.00 pp, double occupancy)

Heads Up, Everyone!   This is one of my all time favorite trips that has become available through Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club! Imagine 10 days of travel on the East Coast, doing many sites and lots of scenery that will excite you and inspire you! A few of the highlights include a Tall Ships Luncheon Cruise (imagine the tallest of ships anchoring and bobbing in the Boston Harbor in the days of old), a tour of historic Boston, visit the Boston Tea Party Ships, see Fenway Park, tour Provincetown along Scenic Route 6A, visit Cape Cod’s National Seashore Visitor’s Center, a dune tour excursion, a sightseeing tour of Martha’s Vineyard, a visit to the Gettysburg Museum, and a tour of the actual Gettysburg Battlefield. All of these things, and many others, are included in our trip which goes from June 15 – 25, 2017! Although not listed specifically, there are 14 meals which are included on this trip!

Day 1: We head for Elyria, Ohio where we will spend the night.

Day 2:   Our first adventure is a visit to the famous Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House complex, in Albany, N.Y. The tour will introduce us to Wright’s innovative design concepts that define his Prairie-style ideal. We will tour the first floor rooms, the pergola, conservatory, and the carriage house, all while being guided by a certified docent. You will note the prime examples of Wright designed furniture, art glass, and light fixtures.

Day 3: Welcome to Boston! Enjoy lunch at the indescribable Quincy Market! You will feel the cobblestones beneath your feet while you see roaming performers, and have the opportunity to taste the wonderfully diverse ethnic foods available at every turn. There are over 100 shops, carts and artisans to offer treasures in Quincy Market. This is an experience you will never forget, and it’s FUN!

You’ll have time to visit Faneuil Hall, which has served as a meeting hall and a place where merchants have marketed their wares since 1742. A local guide will meet us for a Historic Driving Tour of Boston featuring parts of the Freedom Trail. Different sites will be pointed out along the Freedom Trail, as well as the Boston Commons and Public Gardens, the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the gold-domed State House.

Day 4: Our second day in Boston is dedicated to the Tall Ships! We will take a Tall Ships Cruise of the Boston Harbor aboard our spacious cruising vessel that has three climate controlled interior decks for your comfort.   All decks have panoramic views, or you can enjoy the topside, open-air deck! A sumptuous lunch will be served while viewing all the ships in the harbor. The afternoon continues with the exploration of the Tall Ships.

Day 5: The sandy shores of Cape Cod and Hyannis Port greet us today. We will be taking a guided tour of Hyannis and see the JFK Memorial and Hyannis Port. We will see the area where Joe Kennedy bought his summer home, and what is now known as the Kennedy Compound. We will visit St. Patrick’s Xavier Church, the place the Kennedy’s worship, and you might even sit in their family pew. Another special stop will be The Hyannis Armory where John F. Kennedy accepted the 35th presidential nomination, and made his acceptance speech. This is a unique way to actually experience history.

Day 6: Welcome to Cape Cod! Our local guide will take us on a full day of touring of all the places you’ve heard about, but maybe have not seen. We will travel historic Route 6A, the Old King’s Highway, a scenic road winding through centuries of Cape Cod history. We will pass hundreds of historic structures which characterize it’s early development. We will view the Eastham Windmill, Cape Cod Lighthouse, and visit the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center. Sand dunes and the ocean surround you as you approach “Land’s End” – Provincetown. We will then be at the extreme tip of Cape Cod and will see the beautiful, large, naturally formed Provincetown Harbor. There you will enjoy a wonderful variety of restaurants, shops and galleries that make this village so unique.

Day 7: Today we will be escorted to the Hy-Line Docks in Hyannis Harbor for ticketing and boarding of the high-speed ferry to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Upon arrival at Oak Bluffs Harbor you will board a coach for a sightseeing tour. You will learn about the history and lifestyles of the islanders as we pass through Vineyard Haven, and some of the villages. There will be free time for lunch and shopping in the historic whaling town of Edgartown. Complete your day on the island in Oak Bluffs. You may choose to stroll through “Cottage City” with it’s brightly painted cottages and decorative “gingerbread” trim.

Day 8: Today we will experience Sandwich Harbor, the oldest town on Cape Cod. You will see the Village Green, the Great Salt Marsh, a Cranberry Bog, and Cape Cod Bay. Sandwich became the site of one of America’s largest glass factories, and this quaint and quiet seaside community is the hometown of Thornton Burgess, naturalist and author of 170 children’s books. We will stop at the Cape Cod Canal Visitor’s Center where you will spot a retired 41 foot US Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat, a theater, canal critters, canal wildflowers, real time radar, camera images and rocking chairs on an observation deck. You will have free time for lunch.

Day 9: We have all heard about Gettysburg, and maybe most of you remember more about what you learned in school than I have, but it wasn’t until I actually saw and experienced the battlefields at Gettysburg that I truly “felt” it! What an amazing experience to actually see America’s Hallowed Ground when we stop at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. This is where 51.000 Americans became casualties as they fought for their beliefs, displaying amazing acts of strength and bravery. You can actually walk in the footsteps of these soldiers and leaders and believe me, you will understand Gettysburg’s important place in our nation’s history. You will see a film about the area and have a two hour guided tour through the battlefield where a guide will tell you all about the three-day battle.

Day 10: After spending the night in Dayton, Ohio, we head for home, with rest stops and breaks along the way.

To make reservations for this fantastic trip, call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440. The cost per person is $2465.00 double occupancy.

Other rates are available. Fourteen meals are included, as previously mentioned.

*Hamilton; an American Musical, PrivateBank Theatre, Chicago, IL, Wednesday, June 18  ($191.00 with membership discount) SOLD OUT

Plus 60, in conjunction with Trailways Travel, is hereby giving you the chance to see the critically acclaimed, much-to-do-about- everything musical/history story, HAMILTON!!! We will board our coach on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 for the carefree trip to the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago, for a show of a lifetime.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies. He later became George Washington’s right hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.   Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

Reservations may be made by calling Trailways at 1-877-822-4440.

The cost is $195.00 per ticket, with a $4.00 discount for Plus 60 members.

Jay Buckley’s Baseball Tour, Monday, June 26-Wednesday, July 5 ($2,995 single, other prices available) FEWER THAN 10 SEATS AVAILABLE

“Take me out to the ballgame” followed by “Take me out to the park” are hardly the right words for this event!   Can you really even comprehend TEN games in TEN days at TEN parks??   I cannot, but that and other attractions are what is on the agenda with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club from June 26, 2017 to July 5, 2017. Imagine leaving the Quad Cities and heading out for a tour of the best ballparks in the country, and watching the best players (16 teams!) play “live”. Unattainable for most people, but not for us! This tour is designed for the true blue baseball fan. Think of your grandchildren and the opportunity to spend real time with them, not to mention the fact they will never forget this trip!

Breakfast is included each morning at the hotels which are named at the end of each day.

Day 1/Game 1: NY Yankees vs. the White Sox at the U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Holiday Inn Express in New Buffalo, MI.

Day 2/Game 2: KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Also visit the Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Hilton Garden Inn in Detroit, MI.

Day3/Game 3: Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. You will be treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet during the game! Enjoy a tour of the field, too. Embassy Suites, in Cleveland, OH.

Day4/Game 4: Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburg Pirates at PNC Park.

After the game we will enjoy a guided tour of Pittsburg. Wyndham Grand, Pittsburg, PA.

Day5/Game 5: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ballpark.   After breakfast in Pittsburgh we will have a tour of PNC Park, and then depart for Cincinnati. Lodging will be in Louisville, KY.

Day 6/Game 6: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. We will be taking a tour of the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory and Museum. Hampton Inn, Collinsville, IL.

Day 7/Game 7: Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Lodging will be in Des Moines, IA.

Day 8/Game 8: Los Angeles Angels vs. Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Shopping at the Mall of America, ladies!   Holiday Inn, East St. Paul, MN.

Day 9/Game 9: Baltimore Orioles vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. We will be celebrating the 4th of July with a tailgate party at Miller Park!   Holiday Inn/Suites at O’Hare Airport.

Day 10/Game 10: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. What a way and place to end our tour! We will depart for home immediately following the game.

How exciting to be able to see the 2016 World Champions (the Cubs, of course) play TWICE??? How exciting to see all of the other teams in action, too? This is definitely the trip for all of you baseball fans, diehard or otherwise.

Please call Trailways Travel a 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservations now. The cost starts at $2,995.00 per person, single.

There are several other decreasing prices, based on hotel occupancy.

Do not miss out on this trip of a lifetime!   PLAY BALL!

*Back to the 50s! Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI Thursday, June 29 ($146.00 for members, $150 for non-members) SOLD OUT

Sometimes I wonder what it really would be like to go back to the 50s and immerse myself into the wonderful musical culture of all times. Who knows if it would change our lives, but there is one thing for sure, we all can go back to the 50’s with this wonderful trip presented to you by Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club. On Thursday, June 29, 2017 you will have a chance to join us as we travel to the Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI. for a wonderful lunch and afternoon of pure musical pleasure.

Your lunch includes a signature salad consisting of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, strawberries and oranges over garden greens sprinkled with sesame croutons and Fireside’s famous Papaya Chutney Dressing. Freshly baked artisan breads accompany the salad. The main entree is Bird and Beef! A mouth watering braised beef short rib is served with Chicken Monterey, a skinless chicken breast, dipped in egg and covered with panko crumbs and then sauteed to a golden brown. It is then topped with a blend of spinach, artichoke, Parmesan, Monterey Jack, and cream cheese, finished with Jarlsberg Swiss cheese and presented on an Irish mustard sauce.

All of this is served with Cipollini onions, whipped potatoes with garlic and herbed cheese, and sauteed Brussel sprouts with bacon.

Dessert is a pecan turtle ball sundae like you have never experienced: Homemade vanilla bean ice cream rolled in pecans, served on chocolate sauce and striped with caramel, and then garnished with an almond lace wand that is dipped in chocolate!

After enjoying the cuisine there will be time to explore the gift shop at Fireside before we are rolled into the theatre for our afternoon performance.

“Come with us as we pay tribute to the most exciting musical decade of them all! The decade that brought us TV dinners, hula hoops, quiz show scandals, talk show legends, and the birth of rock and roll.

Continuing the tradition of the Fireside’s wildly popular band shows, BACK TO THE 50s will thrill and delight audiences of all ages. The Fireside Band, featuring Steve Watts, will bring you the music and the fun from such artists as Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Patsy Cline, Nat King Cole, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Mathis, the Everly Brothers, and much, much more!”

Call Trailways Travel during normal business hours, Monday through Friday at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservation soon.

The cost of this special afternoon is $150.00 per person, with a $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 Club member. The deadline for the final payment is May 15, 2017.

*Discover Alaska by Land and Cruise, Tuesday, July 4 – Sunday, July 16 ($8574.00) BASED ON AVAILABILITY

Celebrate the 4th of July 2017 in a unique way by going with the Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel to Alaska, and the land and seas beyond. Alaska awaits with its awe inspiring vistas and experiences that is on everyone’s bucket list! The dates for this excursion are from July 4th to July 16. 2017, and includes 13 days, 25 meals, port charges, round trip air from Moline, air taxes, fees/surcharges, and hotel transfers. Cancellation waiver and insurance is available for purchase. Travelers will leave the Quad Cities on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 for our trip to Fairbanks. You will need a passport although 80% of our time will be spent within the United States proper.

Day 1: After arriving in Fairbanks we will travel to our hotel for a good night’s rest to prepare for our new adventures.

Day 2: (B.D) Step aboard an amazing day cruise on the popular Sternwheeler Discovery, an unforgettable journey showcasing Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. We will stop along the way to meet people and get a taste of local life. Our next stop will be Denali National Park where we will enjoy the evening at the Music of Denali Dinner Theater. There we will hear about the first ascent of Mount McKinley.

Day 3: (B) This morning we will travel deep into Denali Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour which affords the best opportunities to view the region’s wildlife. Denali is one of the top three reasons people visit Alaska. The rest of the day is your own.

Day 4: (B,D) This day brings gives us one of the highlights of the tour! After breakfast we head to the train station to begin an unforgettable journey to Anchorage. From our domed luxury rail-car you will view the incredible landscape from your glass enclosed car or the open-air observation platforms. We will have a local guide to provide us with many facts about the area; his knowledge and delivery is exceptional.

Day 5: (B,D) Begin our day with a scenic drive along the incredible Alaska Range. We will pass the amazing Turnaagain Arm, a deep glacial fjord, and arrive in the port of Whittier where we will board our Princess Cruise Ship to begin our 7-night floating resort experience. You will be dazzled by the nightly entertainment in the state-of-the-art lounges, and will be amazed at the myriad of dining options which will satisfy everyone’s individual tastes.

Day 6: All meals are provided while on board the ship. Today the ship cruises past the mammoth Hubbord Glacier, one of Alasks’s advancing glaciers. That means the glacier is actively headed for the sea where concerns about rising sea levels is an issue. The glacier is six miles wide and the face reaches upwards of 400 feet. This will be a camera-for-sure day as many photo ops will be available.

Day 7: Today we will cruise through Glacier Bay, a spectacular national park and preserve that is a treasure trove of tidewater glaciers and scenic coastal islands. Its rich world of marine life and large concentration of tidewater glaciers is Alaska at its best.

Day 8: Today we relive Alaska’s Gold Rush days as we cruise by Skagway, and the “Gateway to the Klondike” and home of the famed Chikoot Trail. In historic Skagway, Alaska’s past lives on in an   indescribable natural setting, and cries of “gold” can still be heard.

Day 9: Today we will be viewing the massive scenic mountains and historic buildings of Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. You will be able to take a whale watching tour, or visit the famous Mendenhall Glacier where many trails and wildlife abound. You will be within one mile of the most beautiful glaciers in existence, jutting magnificently out of the surrounding waters. The visitor’s center there is also exceptional.

Day 10: Our port of call today is Ketchikan, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and the “City of Totems”. Located on the tranquil Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles.

Day 11: A wonderful day of sightseeing awaits as your ship sails along the amazing Inside Passage, an extensive stretch of land known for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. You will be awestruck with the natural wonder of this day.

Day 12: (B)   Our cruise ends in the vibrant city of Vancouver. You may choose an optional city tour featuring Stanley Park, Chinatown and Gastown, home to the world-famous steam-powered clock, or simply enjoy this lovely city on your own. Later board your coach for the drive to the Seattle airport area for an overnight stay.

Day 13: Our tour ends today with our flight back to the Quad-Cities, but the memories and experiences we shared of the great frontier will remain with us for a long, long time.

There are MANY optional tours and ship accommodations available on this trip, so be sure to ask when you contact Marcia at Trailways Travel at (319)753-2864 ext.135. All Plus 60 members will get a discount of $50.00. Hope to see you on the Dog Sleds!

*All Aboard! – Train & Circus Museums, Baraboo, WI, Wednesday, July 19  ($118.00 for adult members, $122.00 without membership, $85.00 each for children)

For all of you train and circus aficionados, what more can you ask for than a fun filled day to Wisconsin to visit TWO museums filled with your favorite things – trains and the circus! This trip is ideal for entire families, and especially for grandparents wanting to share a very special day with their grandchildren! As you read this, remember the days of knowing what a circus is are quickly coming to an end. This is your opportunity to make sure your family has the memories.

Your Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel is offering a one day trip to the Mid-Continent Railway Museum and then to Circus World in Wisconsin. The trip is leaving CASI in Davenport on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and will return that evening.

Come experience the “Golden Age of Railroading” with a 7 mile round trip through rural Wisconsin aboard 1900-era vintage train cars. You’ll receive a guided tour of the Railway Museum and enjoy both indoor and outdoor displays of restored railway equipment. Browse the gift shop located in an 1894 depot!

Next is lunch at the Railroad Inn Cafe. It is the go-to eatery for visitors featuring a train-themed restaurant. Located in downtown North Freedom, WI, you will have a great lunch, and, for all the little conductors present, a choice of chicken strips or grilled cheese will be offered.

Baraboo, Wisconsin is our next stop for a tour of Circus World. This stop combines both the historical and the entertaining aspects of the Ringling Brothers Circus, so both young and old alike will love this stop. There is a museum chronicling both the Ringling Family and the circus itself, with tons of vintage art work and props displayed. There are also costumes, wagons and other memorabilia. You and your family will surely enjoy the live show under the Big Top Tent! The show includes jugglers, clowns, horses, elephants, dogs and aerialists. There are magic shows, as well as elephant and pony rides which are available for an additional fee. Don’t miss this opportunity to take your family to see both the trains and the circus!

Call Trailways Travel during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservations.

Remember school is out for the summer, and this will be a perfect day for everyone. The cost for adults is $122, and for children, $85.

Don’t forget to ask for your $4 discount if you are a Plus 60 member.

*Upper Michigan and Mackinac Island, Monday, July 24-Saturday, July 29 ($1,455 pp with membership, $1,475 without for double occupancy) SOLD OUT

SECOND TRIP ADDED: Monday, August 14 – Saturday, August 19, ($1,455 pp with membership, $1,475 without for double occupancy)

From the huge response we get each year when offering this trip, Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club already know to have more clerks manning the phones to take your reservations! This time will be no different!   If you have never traveled to Mackinac Island, or experienced the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula, this trip must be put on your list. The experiences you will share with your friends will be talked about for a long time. Escape to the past on Mackinac Island where you won’t see a motorized vehicle in site, but you can rent a bicycle to take you around the island. This year’s trip begins on July 24, 2017, and runs through the 29th. There are 11 meals included, B, L, and D, and are outlined on the daily itinerary.

Day 1: (D) Travel to Grand Rapids, MI and enjoy admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library where you can participate in activities such as “attending” a White House State Dinner, delivering a campaign speech, and experiencing a day in the Oval Office! How many of you can say you’ve done anything resembling that?   Not many, I’m sure. The opportunities abound here. There are also nationally acclaimed temporary exhibits that will delight and inspire you. After checking into our hotel, we will enjoy the included Italian Dinner.

Day 2: (B),(D) After breakfast we travel to Mackinac City where you will have free time to explore, have lunch, and shop at Mackinac Crossings. We will then cross the Might Mac Bridge and enjoy great views of Mackinac before traveling to Sault Ste. Marie for a guided tour of Michigan’s oldest city. This evening enjoy a delicious buffet dinner aboard a Soo Locks Tour Dinner cruise. You will be taken through the locks and under the International Bridge into Canadian waters. Return to the harbor via the historic Canadian Lock and cruise past St. Mary’s Rapids.

Day 3: (B),(L),(D) After breakfast we will depart for Paradise! Paradise, Michigan, that is. There we will explore the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum where you will learn about the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes. Then visit Tahquamenon State Park with a guided walking tour of the Upper Falls. Get an up close view of the Tahquamenon Falls, the second largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi! An amazing site to behold. We will then catch the ferry for Mackinac Island and dinner at the hotel. The evening is free to enjoy the pubs, shops and live music.

Day 4: (B),(L) After breakfast we will enjoy a 90 minute narrated carriage ride of the Island with stops at exciting places like Ft. Mackinac. After the tour, board a horse drawn taxi where you will be whisked away to the Grand Hotel for a sumptuous luncheon buffet. Afterwards, just relax on the 660 foot front porch, or check out the grounds and shops. Later the horse drawn taxi will return you to the downtown area for an afternoon free to do what you want. Do I hear the word “fudge” mentioned???

Day 5: (B),(D) After our delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will take the ferry back to the mainland and travel to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate. The 60 room mansion combines historic architecture, a diverse art collection, and breathtaking grounds. While at the mansion learn the history and private side of Henry Ford’s only son. After a short ride on the coach, arrive at our hotel for the evening and enjoy the included dinner. The evening is free.

Day 6:(B) After a filling breakfast we will depart for home with great memories of a summer Michigan adventure. A word to the wise – I hope you didn’t forget to buy some of Michigan’s famous cherry jams and/or salsa!

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours from Monday to Friday to make your reservations now! The cost for this adventure, full of new learning experiences, and opportunities, is $1475.00 p.p. double occupancy. Other rates are available. Plus 60 Members receive a $20.00 p.p. discount. Having done this trip a couple of times, this author cannot say too much about this very enjoyable trip!

*Colorado Train Trip, Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 13 ($2,819 with membership) SOLD OUT

Whether or not you’ve thought of running away and trying the life of a hobo, or maybe that of a train engineer, you now have your chance to experience a wonderful Colorado Train Adventure.

Traveling with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club, we are offering an exciting trip while you ride the rails of Colorado from August 4 – 13, 2017. Ride the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, take a ride aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, visit the Colorado Railway Museum, and much, much more!

Day 1: (D)- We travel by luxury coach to Salina, KS where we overnight at the Country Inn & Suites. Dinner is included.

Day 2: (B,D)- After breakfast we travel to Colorado Springs where we will tour the Air Force Academy and all it’s architectural splendor. Tonight is a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. The Drury Inn is our home for two nights.

Day 3: (B,L,D)- Full from the included breakfast, today is devoted to areas around Colorado Springs. Begin with a ride aboard the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway that takes us to the very top of this famous landmark. You will experience a true “Rocky Mountain High” here, after which we will continue to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post. A sumptuous lunch with some time to shop follows. This afternoon we will tour the Garden of the Gods where you will experience an abundance of plant and animal life, as well as the famous red sand-stone rock formations. Western hospitality will abound this evening at a fun local restaurant.

Day 4: (B,L,D) After breakfast at the hotel we will depart to board the Royal Gorge Railroad. A true vintage train ride along the legendary Arkansas River, deep within the Gorge, will spellbound each of us. We will enjoy a homemade lunch at the historic rail town in Salida, and this afternoon we will visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Tonight we stay in Alamosa, at the Holiday Inn Express.

Day 5: CB,L) A continental breakfast awaits us before we continue to what is considered to be the finest remaining vast network of narrow gauge rail lines. These lines link together the Rocky Mountain Mining Camps- the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. This railroad has been called “the most awesomely spectacular example of mountain railroading in North America” by author Lucius Beebe.

We leave Antonito and head for Osler where we disembark and enjoy lunch. Meeting up with our coach again, we travel to the old mining town of Durango for a two-night stay at the BW Rio Grande.

Day 6: (B) – After breakfast at the hotel we travel to nearby Mesa Verde National Park for a day of explorations. You will be able to visit the cliff dwellings where the mysterious Anasazi once lived. These are the people known as the “ancient ones” to the Navajo. They lived in the Four Corner area almost a thousand years ago before suddenly disappearing. The fascinating thing is, they left behind their incredibly well preserved dwellings that continue to intrigue and challenge modern day man. This is our nation’s largest archaeological preserve with 4,000 sights, including 600 cliff dwellings. The Visitor Center will amaze, and a local expert will guide you through the most famous ruin sites with a stop at the Spruce Tree House Restaurant for lunch on your own. After touring the park, we will return to Durango with the rest of the day to explore the fun western town on your own.

Day 7: (B,D)- We depart Durango and take a ride on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, one of the last such railroads operating in the United States. We will wind our way through the Rockies between Durango and Silverton, seeing for ourselves the rugged peaks, the alpine meadows, and the crystal lakes. Upon arrival at Silverton enjoy free time to explore the many shops and have lunch on your own. We will meet up with our coach for a scenic drive north to Grand Junction. This evening we will see the fantastic monoliths of Colorado National Monument. Over the centuries, wind and water have carved sheer, walled canyons, spires, and gorges from the brilliant orange and red sandstone. We will spend the night at the Doubletree and enjoy the included dinner at the hotel.

Day 8: (B,D) – Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing through the Heart of the Rockies, enjoying the vistas of rugged canyons, pristine wilderness, and deep gorges. You can only imagine what our forefathers went through while transversing this country so many years ago. We will cross the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass before descending into the Mile High City of Denver. Before checking into the Embassy Suites, we will stop at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. The museum’s mission is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit railroad equipment, artifacts, and photographs emphasizing Rocky Mountain area railroads. Our farewell dinner is tonight.

Day 9: (B) – Have breakfast at the hotel before we depart Denver, saying goodbye to our Tour Manager. We will travel east across the plains of Colorado and Nebraska, with breaks on your own along the way. The night will be spent in Lincoln at the Country Inn & Suites; dinner in is on your own.

Day 10: (B) – Our last leg to home begins with breakfast at the hotel. You will arrive home tonight with refreshing breaks on your own along the way.

This trip sounds like a wonderful, relaxing, and educational adventure! Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 for your reservation and more information. Cost for a double is $2,854.00, BUT, if you are a Plus 60 member, you get a $35.00 discount, AND, there will be an additional $50.00 discount for everyone if you call right away!! This trip will fill quickly as the popularity of the “rail-riders” continually grows.

Spectacular Scandinavia, August 17-August 30, ( $5949 per person for double, a single fare is $6999, and a triple is $5899). By booking early, before February 18, 2017, you will save $200 per person on the cost of the trip. 

You will never regret taking a tour to Scandinavia that includes 14 days, and 19 meals – 12 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners. Included is round-trip air from the Quad Cities, air taxes and fees, and hotel transfers. We leave August 17, 2017 and return on August 30, 2017.

Cancellation waiver and insurance is available.

Throughout this article you will be hearing about fjords. This author had no knowledge of what a fjord is, so we will learn together:   The evolution of fjords began three million years ago when Norway was covered with an ice cap that was thinner along the coast than inland. When the climate became milder, the ice melted, producing great waterfalls that dug into the soil and descended towards the sea. This created valleys that were then filled in by the ocean, forming the fjords. Surrounded by steep rocky mountains, dissected by cascading waterfalls, and decorated with fruit trees, the fjords are among Earth’s most inspiring landscapes. The air is pure, the water clear, and nature unspoiled.

Highlights of this amazing trip include Copenhagen, Vaxjo, the Swedish Glass Museum, Stockholm, the Vasa Ship Museum, a High Speed Train ride, Oslo, the Viking Ship Museum, Stave Church, the Flam Railway, Sognefjord, Briksdal Glacier, a Geirangerfjord Cruise trip, and Bergen.

An abbreviated itinerary follows. Call Trailways for an itemized pamphlet that will only whet your appetite for a trip to remember!

Day 1: Flight from the Quad Cities to Scandinavia.

Day 2: (D) Tour begins in Copenhagen where you will explore this city dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia”.   A Welcome Dinner is tonight.

Day 3: (B) A local expert will guide us through Copenhagen where we will see many sites, including the residence of the Danish Royal Family, the Royal Theater, the Little Mermaid Statue, and Denmark’s center of Parliament, known as Christianborg.   The afternoon is at leisure, with an optional lunch and visit to Frederiksborg Castle.

Day 4: (B) We cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden, later traveling into the gateway of Sweden’s famous “glass kingdom”, home to the well known Kosta Bida brand. Discover glassblowing at its very finest.

Day 5: (B,D) Continue north to Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm, stopping en route to explore the Vasa Ship Museum and learn about its shocking maiden voyage where it sank within one nautical mile!

Perfectly preserved, this ship offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. The afternoon is free and tonight you will enjoy dinner in the old town of Fem Sma Hus.

Day 6: (B) Explore Stockholm at your leisure today. Discover its colorful architecture and sample its innovative cuisine. Optional tours are available.

Day 7: (B,D) All aboard the High Speed Train as we travel through Sweden’s picturesque countryside. Cross the Norwegian border into Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest growing cities. Here you will find a vibrant cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world class museums, restaurants and art.

Day 8: (B) Touring Oslo begins at the Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking ships. View the Royal Palace and city hall in quaint downtown. Later this afternoon enjoy time to relax or explore independently.

Day 9: (B,D) Depart Oslo and travel north to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church built in 1180, and is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. After arriving in the quaint village of Flam you will embark on one of the world’s steepest train rides, the renowned Flam Railway! You will ascend 3,000 feet, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Are you hooked yet? That tour alone sounds absolutely incredible!

Day 10: (B,D) This morning travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Ascend the glacier in a traditional “troll” car before arriving in stunning Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. Tonight the hotel’s chef will amaze you with an introduction to traditional Nordic cuisine prior to dinner.

Day 11: (B,D) Spend the day enchanted by the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geirangerm a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organization) World Heritage site, and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Norway. Geirangerfjord is where you will find Norway’s mighty waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor..

Day 12: (B) Take in Norway’s most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen, known as  the gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded with Viking roots and today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscape.

Day 13: (B,D) Taking a guided walking tour of Bergen you will see the historical and iconic harbor front known as the Bryggen, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and tonight join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 14: (B) Your amazing tour of Scandinavia ends with your flight home to the Quad Cities.

By booking early, before February 18, 2017, you will save $200 per person on the cost of the trip. A double fare now is $5949 per person, a single fare is $6999, and a triple is $5899.

Call Trailways Travel at 877-822-4440 and ask for Marcia Luers, your travel consultant.

*Guys On Ice, Old Creamery Theatre, Amana, IA, Thursday, August 17 ($99.00 for members, $103.00 for non-members)

If you are imagining guys in skinny tights skating around on a lake of ice, you will be disappointed; if you’re not, read on!

This great opportunity, planned at our favorite Amana Colony, and offered to you by Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club, will give you just about everything you could want in a very enjoyable day trip! For this event, on Thursday, August 17, 2017, we are offering you your choice of pick-up locations, either C.A.S.I. in Davenport, or in Walcott.   Our plans for the day include a wonderful meal, time to explore and shop in Amana, and experience a side-splitting show at the Old Creamery Theatre. It doesn’t get better than that for an easy afternoon.

Our first stop will be for a family-style lunch at the wildly popular Ox Yoke Inn. Enjoy a meal of fried chicken, smoked ham, assorted salads, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, sauerkraut, and an assortment of homemade breads. And, did I mention dessert? Their delicious apple pie will be waiting in the wings! You might be able to score some ice cream, too.

After lunch you will have free time for shopping and exploring the colony of Amana.   There is wine tasting, the bakery, the Clock and Furniture Shop, the smokehouse, the Woolen Mill, and several others in which your credit cards will be welcomed with open arms! Just don’t forget them.

The highlight of the afternoon will take place at the Old Creamery Theatre where we will be thrilled with the musical, Guys on Ice.   We will hear a tale of Midwest life with Lloyd and Marvin, two buddies who spend the day in their ice shanty sharing stories and laughs! As a musical you will love the hilarious songs like “The Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, “Fish is the Miracle Food”, and of course, “The One That Got Away”. Guys on Ice has been performed all across the country to sell-out crowds.

Make your reservation now by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440. The cost for this delightful afternoon is just $103.00 per person. If you are a Plus 60 Club member, be sure to ask for your discount of $4.00!

*Ballard’s Fishing Trip, Lake of the Woods, Baudette, MN, Sunday, August 27-Thursday, August 31 ($960 less $200 for early booking discount before May 1, 2017.)

If you’ve been looking for a fishing paradise, your search is over! The Lake of the Woods area is second to none in the Midwest, and you will enjoy every minute at Ballard’s Resort!

Ride with the Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel in a deluxe motor-coach to the Lake of the Woods from August 27 – 31, 2017 for a chance of a lifetime to tell your own fish tale about the “one that got away”…. however, we do not provide any guaranteed listeners!

  • Lodge in comfortable, modern, three-bedroom cabins, complete with living room, two single beds per bedroom, bathroom, tv, and daily maid service.
  • Three days of guided walleye fishing from 8 to 5 P.M. aboard a 27 foot Sportcraft boat, complete with restroom facilities, and all angling equipment, rods, reels, bait, tackle, and ice. Fish processing is included.
  • All meals are provided, so you won’t go hungry. Breakfast is at 7A.M., lunch is a sack or shore lunch each day, and dinner is every evening from 7-9 P.M. You should bring your own cooler to store any beverages you will want for lunch and while fishing. These beverages can be brought with you, or purchased at Ballard’s.
  • With a beautiful waterfront view, enjoy the Lodge; your gathering place to sit and talk with friends. Close by is the full-service bar providing a complete list of beers, liquors, and non-alcoholic beverages.

You can take all your cleaned and processed fish home with you (in your own cooler), for a future dinner at home.

The tour does not include the $33.00 Minnesota Fishing License, but that can be purchased at Ballard’s. It also does not include lunch and dinner beverages, also available for purchase, nor does it include gratuities for guides, wait-staff and housekeeping while at Ballard’s.

What IS included is guaranteed fun, the ability to catch lots of fish, and to really bond with nature and the outdoors!

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservation today for this great trip. The cost is $960.00 per person, but a $200 early booking discount is available if you book before May 1, 2017. And, that is no fish tale!

*Footloose, the Musical, Old Creamery Theatre, Amana, IA, Thursday, September 14 ($99.00 with member discount, $103.00 without)

Want to go back to your more carefree days, and just let loose? Like in “FOOTLOOSE”??   When Trailways Travel told this Plus 60 member they are doing a trip to the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana, Iowa, to see a wonderful rendition of “Footloose”, I immediately put it on my calendar. I hope you do, too! Although seemingly far away, the date of September 14, 2017 will be here before we know it, and although we all have the tendency to put things off, this is one time you will want to have your reservation made well in advance.

I can easily remember the music to the song “Footloose”, and as it goes through my head, some of the other songs come to mind as well. Remember “Dancing in the Streets” , “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”, “Hold Out For A Hero”, and, of course, the Footloose love theme, “Almost Paradise”?   Ah, the memories, but more so, the urge to just get moving again! “One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren isn’t prepared for a local ban on dancing. To the rockin’ rhythm of it’s Oscar-nominated Top 40 score, and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, while guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind”.   Are you feeling it yet?

That’s the show! I am so excited about it, I wrote about it first. However, the fact I did so does not at all detract from the fabulous lunch we will be having upon arrival at the popular Ox Yoke Inn in Amana. Enjoy a family style menu of fried chicken, oven baked steak in brown gravy, assorted salads, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, sauerkraut, and an assortment of homemade breads. Oh, and did I mention the cherry pie dessert? You will not be disappointed with this special menu!

After lunch, and before the show, you will be able to enjoy some free time shopping or exploring around the colony. Sample some wine at the winery, hit the bakery for your favorite treats, or visit one of the many other stores, like the woolen mill or the furniture and clock shop. There are boundless opportunities.

After our great day of musical pleasure, eating and exploring, we will head back to the Quad Cities with “Footloose” running through our heads. I can think of many worse things.

Reservations can be made by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. The cost per reservation is $103.00 per person, with a $4.00 discount being available to all Plus 60 members! Call soon for this one!

*NASCAR – SPRINT CAR RACING, Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, September 17 ($171.00 with member discount, $175.00 without)

Get out your calendar. Mark Sunday, September 17, 2017. You’ll be going to the Chicagoland Speedway for an unforgettable afternoon.

How many times have you wanted to go and see in person an actual NASCAR race? This is your opportunity to go with friends and new friends with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club. And, as you’ll be driving with us, you won’t have to worry about traffic or parking.

What could be better?

I have an answer. Arriving at the Speedway in time for you to walk around the grandstands, check out the souvenir shops, games, food and drinks, and learn more about your favorite drivers, no matter who they are. I have a personal favorite, and may be available for a debate. NASCAR has been talking about making some changes to some rules, and you may be able to find out about them now!

There are many pick-up towns available for this trip, so call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 to choose yours! Call during regular business hours, Monday – Friday. The cost for this great afternoon is $175.00 per person with a $4.00 discount available for Plus 60 members. Travel insurance is available. This is one of those bucket list chances, so call now.

*Cranberry Festival, Warrens, Wisconsin, Friday, September 22 ($85.00 for members, $89.00 for non-members) SOLD OUT

My first visit to Warrens, Wisconsin and the annual Cranberry Festival was a long time ago. Not 44 years ago, but a long time ago.

Since that time I have gone back several times, and not once have I regretted it- except maybe last year when the friend I took with me had a broken wrist and was in pain. We still had fun, but I felt compelled to carry some of her packages, and that of course, limited my own buying capabilities. Not so this year!   Everyone is well and looking forward to Friday, September 22, 2017 when Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club are heading for the shopping mecca of Wisconsin for the 45th Annual Cranberry Festival. To last that long, it has to be a great event!

Although Cranberry Festival can be a little misleading, I will tell you it is NOT marshes and marshes of cranberries that you mush your way through, picking out the best berries like you would blueberries. What it is, is a celebration of cranberries in general, where you can visit an active bog if you wish, for a $6.00 guided Marsh tour, or you can eat and buy cranberry jam, ice cream, cream puffs, jerky, cheese, and about a hundred other items. Who knew that cranberry tacos would be so tasty? Fresh and dried cranberries are hugely available!

The main thrill of the Warrens Cranberry Festival is for the true, die-hard shopaholic. Yes, I qualify for this one! Picture in your mind walking up and down the streets of Warrens, past 850 arts and crafts booths, 350 flea market booths, a variety of contests, 100 farm market vendors, many, many food court locations, and one of the largest marching band parades in Wisconsin! This is a true shopper’s paradise. And what makes it even better is there are so many truly unique items. It is not all “seen that” before.

In case you are wondering, Trailways goes way beyond in helping us rid ourselves of purchases during the day. Our driver will show us where our coach is parked, and will be available many times for dropping things off…….all so we can go and buy more, of course! We have plenty of room to store larger items, too.   Just remember to NOT out-buy your car size! Seen that – done that!

By past personal experience, this trip always sells out. I would recommend calling Trailways Travel right away at 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours on Monday through Friday.   The cost of this shopper’s extravaganza is just $89.00 per person with a $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member. Call now!

*Classic Italy By Rail, Monday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 11, Mayflower Tours ($4,699.00) There is an early booking discount of $100 being offered with your paid deposit April 5 through April 12th

Ciao, my friends! If you make this decision now, in just a few short months you can be on your way to a fantastic 10-day trip to Italia! This itinerary is so full of new, fun, informative and exciting things to do, you will never forget your time in the country shaped like a boot.

Trailways Travel and your Plus 60 Club will be joining up with well-known Mayflower Tours for this unforgettable tour of Italy. To whet all of your appetites, Trailways will be having a special Travel Show at CASI on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 1-3 PM. All of your questions will be answered there. Please make a reservation to attend this show by calling 1-877-822-4440.

Day 1: Depart the US on your overnight flight to Venice.

Day 2: Your Mayflower tour rep will escort you to the canal boat for the transfer to your hotel. Flights should arrive by 3 P.M. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure until the included welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Venice is the “Jewel of the Mediterranean”, a glorious cityscape with an artistic and musical heritage. The city itself boasts a marvel of engineering feats, built on 118 small islands crossed by its world-famous canals. Imagine a pair of lovers floating beneath graceful bridges in a Venetian gondola. Your guide will help you navigate the picturesque alleyways and cross bridges over the gondola filled canals. See the soaring domes of St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges Palace, and Bridge of Sighs, among many other sights. During the afternoon at leisure, sip coffee in a small cafe, shop in the boutiques and watch artists at work. Note: There are exquisite lace shops where you can purchase handmade items of all kinds. (B)

Day 4: This morning, depart Venice and take the high-speed train to Florence. You will see the hill towns, lush vineyards and beautiful wineries pass by. Upon arrival, walk in the footsteps of great rulers, artists and philosophers as you explore Florence. The city is steeped in the achievements of great minds who found inspiration here. A visit to the famous Accademia Gallery is included where you’ll get an up-close view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, the world’s most famous sculpture. After the tour enjoy free time shopping for Italian leather goods, art and crystal as lovely reminders of your time in Italy. This afternoon we continue on to Montecatini, our home for the next 3 nights. (B),(D)

Day 5: After breakfast enjoy an included excursion to Siena, known for its fine cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year in the Piazza del Campo. Our guide will walk with us through this beautiful Tuscan town, pointing out the many, many historical sites. Be sure to enjoy some gelato and panforte, a cake made with honey and candied fruit. You will have time for lunch on your own and shopping for local specialities before returning to Montecatini this evening. (B)

Day 6: Depart on the included excursion to Pisa, best known for the bell tower of the cathedral, the “Leaning Tower of Pisa”. Our guide will explain the history of this beautiful town as you walk around the Piazza dei Miracili and see the architecture and walls of this medieval city. The afternoon is at leisure back in Montecatini. It is here you can visit one of the spas with the curative water and healing springs the town is known for. (B)

Day 7: We return to Florence by coach and board a high-speed train for the journey to Rome. With a history spanning more than 2500 years, Rome offers a breathtaking overview of the highlights of Western civilization. From the Coliseum to the Sistine Chapel to Vatican City, this bustling metropolis invites you to imagine life centuries ago. You will tour the city and have a guided visit to the Coliseum. Built between 70-80 AD, the Coliseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. (B)

Day 8: This morning we will enjoy a guided visit to the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church, and the smallest independent state in the world, Vatican City. At the museums you will walk through the halls containing some of the world’s most priceless treasures. The highlight of the visit may be the Sistine Chapel which houses the single most impressive work of art by Michelangelo. During the visit to St. Peter’s Basilica experience the magnificence of Bernini, Michelangelo, and other great artists. This afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy on your own. (B)

Day 9: Your last day in Rome is yours to enjoy as you wish. This evening join your tour manager and your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B),(D)

Day 10: As you depart Italy you’ll be filled with memories of Renaissance art and architecture, rolling hills and vineyards, and all the glory of the Roman Empire. Your suitcase may also be filled – with shoes, and purses, and jackets – who knows? (B)

Please plan to attend the aforementioned Travel Show at CASI on April 5, 2017 from 1-3. There is an early booking discount of $100 being offered with your paid deposit that day through April 12th. Call them to tell them you are coming and/or also to make your actual trip reservation. Their number is 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours, from Monday – Friday. There are different prices available for this trip. Double occupancy is $4699.

World On A String: Frank Sinatra, Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Joliet, IL, Wednesday, October 4 ($136.00 pp for members, $140 for nonmembers)

This trip will allow you, too, to have the world on a string, when you join Trailways Travel and The Plus 60 Club for a wonderful afternoon of professional interpretation of Old Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra) himself! We will be departing the Quad Cities on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, and traveling to the famous Jacob Henry Mansion Estate in Joliet, Illinois. There you will experience a one-of-a-kind show with Chicago’s #1 entertainer, Nick Pontarelli.

You’ll be welcomed to Joliet with a self guided tour of the Jacob Henry Mansion. The mansion is a Historical City, State and National Landmark, featuring over 40 rooms with a delightful blend of past and present. This award winning mansion, built in 1873, is known for its original beauty and old fashioned Victorian charm.   It is claimed to be the largest example of Renaissance Revival still standing in the state of Illinois!

You will further enjoy the Mansion’s ambiance when you delight in a catered lunch before the show! The lunch menu consists of savory and tender beef pot roast, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, and steamed vegetables. You will also be served a fresh garden salad, warm rolls with whipped butter, and a dessert of warm apple pie a la mode. Coffee, tea and a cash bar are also available.

After lunch, Nick Pontarelli has put together a fantastic show featuring the songs and sounds of Frank Sinatra himself. Sip a martini and enjoy classic tunes and stories that are sure to have you singing and dancing the afternoon away!   Do be do be do…

The cost of this trip is $140.00 per person. A discount of $4.00 p.p. is available for all Plus 60 members. It is anticipated this trip will sell out quickly, so please make your reservations soon in order to not be disappointed.   Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. And then you can say, “I did it my way!”

*It’s Country Fair Time in Galena, Galena, IL, Sunday, October 8 ($60.00 for members, $64.00 for non-members)

It’s not often we have the opportunity to go to an event where they have on display at least 150 original homemade artisan and craftspeople who are INVITED to show their wares for us to browse and buy! These vendors come from across the country, and because they are invited, the quality and uniqueness is unrivaled. The Country Fair at Galena, Illinois, held at Grant Park, is a Columbus Day weekend tradition. Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club is offering a trip on Sunday, October 8, 2017 to those of you wishing a no-hassle way of traveling, parking and then shopping.

Front and center to delight you are lots of favorite fair foods including caramel apples, homemade French fries, funnel cakes, fudge, and much more. Live bands and traditional Irish dancing will be on the schedule, as is a farmer’s market where you may want to take home locally made maple syrup and honey. Home grown apples, pumpkins, and gourds will also be displayed, along with many other local items.

A highlight of the fair is when some of the best bakers from Jo Davies County come together and put on one of the largest bake sales in the whole area! Homemade breads, pies, cakes, cookies and other pastries will be temptation at its best!

Downtown Galena, with all of the shops and stores, is only a short walk away, across the pedestrian bridge. If you wish to wander over and explore, you will also find many restaurant options for a sit-down style lunch. There you will get your second wind for the afternoon.

Make your reservations quickly by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours on Monday through Friday. The cost for this fun day is only $64 per person. Ask for your $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member! Grab a friend and sign up now.

*A Tribute to Patsy Cline, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL, Monday, October 16 (98.00 with membership, $102.00 without)

You absolutely should not miss this special tribute to one of country music’s most beloved singers! Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club is offering you an opportunity to go to Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Illinois on Monday, October 16. 2017 to hear Mary Pfeifer as she pays homage to the great Patsy Cline. Mary has a voice that will take you back to the days of Patsy Cline, covering her hits from 1955 until her untimely death in 1963.

Coming to Starved Rock Lodge from her recent role as Patsy Cline in the Engle Lane Theater production of “Always Patsy Cline”, the talented Mary Pfeifer will perform hits and ballads we all know and love. You will hear “Crazy”. “Walking After Midnight”, “Always”, “Sweet Dreams”, “I Fall To Pieces”, and many others.

Your Trailways Coach will depart one of several boarding locations and head for Utica on the morning of October 16th. Once there we will enjoy a fantastic luncheon buffet , with dessert served during the show’s intermission.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for an inspired afternoon of wonderful country music! Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during normal business hours, Monday – Friday and make your reservations today. The cost is $102 per person. You get a $4 discount if you are a Plus 60 member, so don’t forget to ask for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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