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Buddy Holly:  Not Fade Away

Thursday, February 21

Buddy Holly - Not Fade AwayOur destination is the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included lunch of BBQ ribs & chicken, beer cheese mac, coleslaw and more.  Then we’ll head for the theatre for Buddy Holly:  Not Fade Away.  Produced by Gary Rue, long-time music director for Gene Pitney, this show includes some rock ’n roll history in reverse.  The first set features songs from Gene Pitney, Sonny Curtis and Bobby Vee.  The second set is All Buddy Holly Hits with Crickets Blake Foster (guitar) as Sonny Curtis, Zach Spicer (drums) as Jerry Allison and Mitch Benson (bass) as Joe Mauldin.  It’s an IVEY-Award winning show you need to see!

$79 pp

Cokato 9:00 AM-5:30 PM   Howard Lake 9:15 AM-5:15 PM   Winsted 9:30 AM-5:00 PM   Lester Prairie 9:45 AM-4:45 PM   Plato 10:00 AM-4:30 PM   NYA 10:15 AM-4:15 PM   Waconia 10:30 AM-4:00 PM   Chanhassen 10:45 AM-3:45 PM

Classic Nashville Roadshow

Tuesday, March 5

Classic Nashville RoadshowI’ve checked this out on YouTube, and I’m excited! We’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Pizza Ranch and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre. Remember when June fell for Johnny and Loretta was just a coal miner’s daughter? Let Classic Nashville Roadshow take you on a journey down memory lane with your favorite classic hits honoring the world’s most beloved country greats! Starring Jason Petty and Katie Deal, Classic Nashville Roadshow features renowned duets, such as Golden Ring, Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man and Jackson; poignant tunes like Crazy and He Stopped Loving Her Today; and gospel traditions such as Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Get swept back in time with songs made famous by Dolly, Hank, Patsy, Tammy, George, Merle and many, many more!

$75 pp

Waconia 9:10 AM-5:45 PM NYA 9:30 AM-5:30 PM Plato 9:45 AM-5:15 PM Lester Prairie 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Winsted 10:15 AM-4:45 PM Howard Lake 10:30 AM-4:30 PM Cokato 10:45 AM-4:15 PM

Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

Wednesday, March 20

Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

Is spring in the air? We’re on our way to the Old Log Theater after lunch on your own at Maynard’s for Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical. Tenderly is not a typical “juke-box musical.” It offers a fresh, remarkably personal and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. Rosemary Clooney’s journey starts with her simple Maysville, Kentucky, childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life – with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll and her battles with addiction and depression. Audiences stand and cheer as they rejoice at her triumphant comeback and even more successful career as a jazz singer.

$62 pp

Cokato 9:30 AM-5:45 PM Howard Lake 9:45 AM-5:30 PM Winsted 10:00 AM-5:15 PM Lester Prairie 10:15 AM-5:00 PM Plato 10:30 AM-4:45 PM NYA 10:45 AM-4:30 PM Waconia 11:00 AM-4:15 PM

Honky Tonk Laundry

Saturday, April 6

Honky Tonk Laundry

We’re going to the St. Croix Off Broadway Theatre at the Hudson House where we’ll begin with an included dinner. Then it’s time for Honky Tonk Laundry. Move over, Thelma and Louise! When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, hires Katie to help out in the laundromat, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin’ hearts. Watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ol’ laundromat into a bootscootin’ honky-tonk, exacting a touch of revenge against those that done ‘em wrong, all while guaranteeing every customer a good, clean time! Take a ride to Nashville heaven in this musical from Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes and Life Could Be A Dream). Honky Tonk Laundry features the music of Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, The Dixie Chicks, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Cark, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn,

and Patsy Cline! Watch out now ‘cuz we might do some yodelin’, too.

$81 pp

Cokato 9:15AM-5:45 PM Howard Lake 9:30 AM-5:30 PM Winsted 9:45 AM-5:15 PM Lester Prairie 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Plato 10:15 AM-4:45 PM NYA 10:30 AM-4:30 PM Waconia 10:45 AM-4:15 PM Chanhassen 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Red Herring

Wednesday, April 10

Red HerringHopefully, this year we’ll avoid April snowstorms.  Our destination is the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included lunch of chicken breast in herb & wine cream sauce, parsley potatoes and vegetable du jour, dinner rolls and assorted desserts.  Then we’ll head for the theatre for Red Herring.  Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this comedy about marriage and other explosive devices.  It’s 1952:  America’s on the verge of the H-bomb, Eisenhower’s on the campaign trail, and Senator Joe McCarthy’s daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy.  A sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot.

$79 pp

Cokato 9:00 AM-5:30 PM   Howard Lake 9:15 AM-5:15 PM   Winsted 9:30 AM-5:00 PM   Lester Prairie 9:45 AM-4:45 PM   Plato 10:00 AM-4:30 PM   NYA 10:15 AM-4:15 PM   Waconia 10:30 AM-4:00 PM   Chanhassen 10:45 AM-3:45 PM

Spirit Level

Thursday, April 25

Spirit Level

After an included buffet lunch at DayTrippers Dinner Theatre, it’s time for Spirit Level. Famous crime writer Jack Cameron and wife Susie are haunting their cottage. They couldn’t get into heaven because Jack is an atheist. Christmas brings a snowstorm, a baby and a crisis, causing Jack to do something no card-carrying atheist would ever admit to – pray to God! But will it help? Can Jack and Susie help the young couple with their problems – even from beyond the grave?

$75 pp

Cokato 9:45 AM-5:45 PM Howard Lake 10:00 AM-5:30 PM Winsted 10:15 AM-5:15 PM Lester Prairie 10:30 AM-5:00 PM Plato 10:45 AM-4:45 PM NYA 11:00 AM-4:30 PM Waconia 11:15 AM-4:15 PM

Garage Sale Day – Back to the Basics

Friday, May 3

We’ve had great times at garage sales in the Hastings area. This year we’re going back to the basics: we’re staying in Hastings for more shopping time, and we’re also going on Friday because many sales don’t open until Friday. We’ll have 4-4 1/2 hours to shop with a fast food lunch on your own the only interruption. Snacks and beverages will be available.

$39 pp

Cokato 6:45 AM-5:45 PM Howard Lake 7:00 AM-5:30 PM Winsted 7:15 AM-5:15 PM Lester Prairie 7:30 AM-5:00 PM Plato 7:45 AM-4:45 PM NYA 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Waconia 8:15 AM-4:15 PM Chanhassen 8:30 AM-4:00 PM

Hutterian Brethren Tour

Wednesday, May 8

With the Lanesboro tour coming up on May 15, the time is perfect for a comparison tour! We’re returning to Starland for a day with the Hutterian Brethren. If you’ve ever been to Lanesboro, Harmony or Augusta, WI, you will be amazed at the similarities and the differences between our Amish friends and the Hutterian Brethren. We’ll begin with included coffee and roll in Winthrop. Then we’ll take a short walk to the Winthrop Museum. Winthrop history began in 1858 with a tavern/hotel/stable approximately 1/2 mile south of our museum. This was the halfway point for the stage coach from Henderson to Fort Ridgley. With the arrival of the railroad in 1881 a new name was given to our community, Winthrop! The museum has displays that cover over 100 years of history. A display of the life of Roger Erickson has been on display. Next we’ll visit Zelda’s Emporium located in a vintage granary full of great gifts from Church Lady dill pickles to refurbished items! How about cookies? Then it’s time for Starland, the area home of the Hutterian Brethren. Time will be allowed to learn about these folks and also for casual browsing and shopping. Bring your questions! (Much of their income goes directly to the mission field.) The Hutterites are a religious group originating in 1528 during the Reformation. They live communally in rural North America. We’ll learn about their unique lifestyle, religion, customs, traditions, and history; how they earn their living; what they do in their leisure time and enjoy an included family style dinner. Bring your billfolds for the opportunity to purchase items they produce at Starland.
$60 pp
Cokato 6:30 AM-4:45 PM Howard Lake 6:45 AM-4:30 PM Winsted 7:00 AM-4:15 PM Lester Prairie 7:15 AM-4:00 PM Plato 7:30 AM-3:45 PM NYA 7:40 AM-3:30 PM Arlington 8:00 AM-3:10 PM Gaylord 8:15 AM-3:00 PM

Lanesboro Amish Tour

Wednesday, May 15

We’re on our way to Lanesboro once again where we’ll tour the largest Old Order Amish Community in Minnesota. We may once again get to see our Amish friends in the fields. We’ll visit and observe Amish farms where you may purchase various items. Lunch will be at Pedal Pushers Restaurant. (See details below.) Time will then be allowed for shopping at a variety of shops. Snacks will be included as we head for home.

$67 pp $82.50 with lunch

Cokato 5:45 AM-7:00 PM Howard Lake 6:00 AM-6:45 PM Winsted 6:15 AM-6:30 PM Lester Prairie 6:30 AM-6:15 PM Plato 6:45 AM-6:00 PM NYA 7:00 AM-5:45 PM Waconia 7:15 AM-5:30 PM Chanhassen 7:30 AM-5:10 PM

Please note: To expedite lunch at Pedal Pushers, you will have four options for lunch. Each option is $15.50 all inclusive per person and includes non-alcoholic beverage and apple crisp dessert. You are not required to participate. Please help me out with your lunch choice and include payment with your registration:

#1 chicken strips, french fries, coleslaw
#2 basic burger, french fries, coleslaw
#3 fish & chips, coleslaw
#4 Norwegian meatballs, mashed potatoes, carrots

State Capitol/Cherokee Tavern/Fort Snelling National Cemetery Tour

Tuesday, June 11

MN State Capitol
Courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society

I’m still getting requests for this tour, and I sincerely appreciate it. The State Capitol renovation is beautiful, the buffet lunch is great, and the highlight just may be the tour of Fort Snelling National Cemetery. I am held in awe each time we return. Experience the grandeur of the People’s House. The State of Minnesota has completed a $310-million project to preserve our 1905 State Capitol – including the restoration of its extensive and amazing artwork. A wonderful included bbq rib and baked ham buffet lunch at the Cherokee Tavern follows our capitol tour. Our final stop is also the final stop for many of our honored veterans and their spouses. Fort Snelling National Cemetery was established on July 14, 1939. The cemetery serves over 1.4 million veterans in the 5-state area. Over 4,900 burials are conducted each year, and Fort Snelling National Cemetery is the 4th busiest and 10th largest cemetery in the National Cemetery Administration. We’ll be treated to a fully guided drive-through tour and will get to see many of the day-to-day activities that take place there. You will be amazed!

$62 pp

Cokato 7:15 AM-4:30 PM Howard Lake 7:30 AM-4:15 PM Winsted 7:45 AM-4:00 PM Lester Prairie 8:00 AM-3:45 PM Plato 8:15 AM-3:30 PM NYA 8:30 AM-3:15 PM Waconia 8:45 AM-3:00 PM Chanhassen 9:00 AM-2:45 PM

Jim Stafford

Tuesday, June 18

Jim StaffordWe’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Jim Stafford. Best known for his humorous country novelty songs of the mid-’70s, multi-instrumentalist Jim Stafford also enjoyed a lengthy career as a television personality and live entertainer. Stafford was born in 1944 in Florida and learned guitar from his father. “The Swamp Witch” scraped the bottom of the Top 40 in 1973, but it was the following year’s “Spiders and Snakes” – a song co-written with David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers – that brought Stafford into the big time. The song peaked at number three on the pop charts, went gold, and helped make Stafford a household name. His sense of humor was also showcased on the follow-up hits “My Girl Bill” and “Wildwood Weed,” the latter another Top Ten pop hit, and he charted in the Top 40 again in 1975 with “Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne” and “I Got Stoned and I Missed It.”

$82 pp

Waconia 9:10 AM-5:45 PM NYA 9:30 AM-5:30 PM Plato 9:45 AM-5:15 PM Lester Prairie 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Winsted 10:15 AM-4:45 PM Howard Lake 10:30 AM-4:30 PM Cokato 10:45 AM-4:15 PM

Skyrock Farm – It’s for ALL Ages

Wednesday, June 19

The reviews are in! The “It’s Summer! Time for a Mystery for All Ages Tour” was an absolute hit in 2018! If you’ve ever visited House on the Rock, Circus World or a carnival or circus, enjoyed a great meal, or have a love for horses (and jumping), plus a mini-train ride around the grounds, this tour is for ALL AGES! Think of the “Happiest Music on Earth” you hear on merry-go-rounds or at the circus as ornate guilded organs are demonstrated. How the music is “punched” on cardboard is really fascinating. A wonderful included buffet lunch will follow. Then we’ll head to the horse barn for a really fun and informative horse jumping demonstration. Following the show, you’ll have time to check things out further on your own and perhaps go for a mini-train ride around the grounds. Ask anyone who joined me in 2018. People of all ages will enjoy this one!

$79 pp

Cokato 8:15AM-4:30 PM Howard Lake 8:30 AM-4:15 PM Winsted 8:45 AM-4:00 PM Lester Prairie 9:00 AM-3:45 PM Plato 9:15 AM-3:30 PM NYA 9:30 AM-3:15 PM Waconia 9:45 AM-3:00 PM

Looney Lutherans

Tuesday, June 25

The Looney LutheransWe’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for “The Looney Lutherans,” a trio of wacky gals on tour promoting their new cookbook, “USE YOUR FOOD, a guide to healthy living inside and out, from our kitchen to yours, EAT LIKE A LUTHERAN!” (You’ll recognize cast members of Church Basement Ladies.) Using music, comedy, and some help from the audience, these talented ladies share some of their age-old wisdom for living a long and healthy life… the Lutheran way! (But you don’t have to be Lutheran to love ‘em!)

The fun, interactive, family-friendly show includes a variety of segments on healthy living the Lutheran way, including discussion of the Lutheran “food wheel” (all roads lead to hotdish) a performance of the Lutheran food rap (Eat Like a Lutheran), and helpful beauty tips (using items from your very own kitchen you can create a more beautiful you). Audience members will be invited to play everybody’s favorite game show, POTLUCK, and five lucky contestants will go home with a can of corn. They say laughter is a the key to a long, healthy life. With their crazy antics, The Looney Lutherans are sure to help you extend yours.

$69 pp

Waconia 9:10 AM-5:45 PM NYA 9:30 AM-5:30 PM Plato 9:45 AM-5:15 PM Lester Prairie 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Winsted 10:15 AM-4:45 PM Howard Lake 10:30 AM-4:30 PM Cokato 10:45 AM-4:15 PM

Historic Chippewa City & Fagen Fighters WWII Museum Tour

Wednesday, June 26

Historic Chippewa City

This tour really is THAT GOOD!!! I highly recommend it as a special day to bring kids and grandkids. We’ll begin with Historic Chippewa City, home to 24 buildings replicating a late 1800’s village, complete with town square and boardwalk as well as a centrally located bandstand/gazebo. Some of the buildings inspired artist Terry Redlin. Before we leave, we’ll enjoy an included picnic lunch. Then we’ll depart for the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, a living memorial to one of the most critical times in our nation’s history. Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is a showcase of fully operational iconic aircraft and ground equipment used in that epic conflict. Most importantly, it is a tribute to the men and women whose incredible sacrifices during that time shaped the freedom and liberty we enjoy today. This museum is awesome! As we leave Granite Falls, we’ll stop for refreshments at the Dairy Queen before departing.

$64 pp (ages 12-under $56)

Cokato 6:20 AM-6:15 PM Howard Lake 6:30 AM-6:00 PM Winsted 6:45 AM-5:45 PM Lester Prairie 7:00 AM-5:30 PM NYA 7:15 AM-5:15 PM Plato 7:30 AM-5:00 PM Hector 8:10 AM-4:20 PM

Taylors Falls/Fawn-Doe-Rosa Tour

Wednesday, July 10

By request! It’s been awhile since we’ve been to Taylors Falls, and all ages will love the extra attraction! We’ll begin with an 80 minute boat cruise of the St. Croix River Valley while we enjoy an included lunch of herb focaccia sandwich with turkey and cheese, organic baby carrots and seasoned fruit and locally made chocolate bite. Then we’ll take a five minute ride to Fawn-Doe-Rosa Wildlife Educational Park where we’ll see all sorts of animals we may see often (goats, sheep, chickens, bunnies, etc.) or may rarely see and wonder what they actually look like up close and personal (llamas, ferrets, skunk, porcupine, badgers, coyote, bobcats, and elk). You may even walk through the park with a deer by your side. It’s a pretty awesome experience for adults and children alike!

$77 pp (ages 3-12 $68)

Cokato 7:00 AM-6:30 PM Howard Lake 7:15 AM-6:15 PM Winsted 7:30 AM-6:00 PM Lester Prairie 7:45 AM-5:45 PM Plato 8:00 AM-5:30 PM NYA 8:15 AM-5:15 PM Waconia 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Victoria 8:45 AM-4:45 PM Chanhassen 9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Obviously, This Ain’t Iowa Mystery

Tuesday, July 23

Our destination is by request… with a discount price for kids. I’ll drop a few hints along the way. First, we’ll pick up a guide so I can relax. I’ll be stressed. Coffee and rolls will be included somewhere along the line. We’ll take a guided tour of a place we’ve all heard of. Many of you may have family members who have spent time there. It’s not a prison, but you must have your ID with you… driver’s license is best choice… no excuses. Kids, you’re okay unless you’re a felon. Hints: Did you know that Jesse Ventura nicknamed Gene Okerlund “Mean Gene”? How many of you have “hideaway homes”? No famous actresses ever lived in Lester Prairie, but I know of a “Hall of Fame” concertina player who resides there. I digress. Hungry? Hint: Perhaps we’ll find some roadkill along the way to an included catered lunch. Then we’ll explore an extraordinary museum. This will be no “fly by night” experience! Our final stop will be a guided visit which may seem like a family rebellion for some in our group. This tour is absolutely recommended for all ages. You know you can trust me!

$89 pp Ages 15-under $79 pp

NYA 6:45 AM-6:30 PM Plato 7:00 AM-6:15 PM Lester Prairie 7:15 AM-6:00 PM Winsted 7:30 AM-5:45 PM Howard Lake 7:45 AM-5:30 PM Cokato 8:00 AM-5:15 PM

Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, August 29

Minnesota State Fair
Courtesy: Minnesota State Fair

It’s Senior & Kids’ Day, at the Minnesota State Fair! Bring the grandkids! We’ll have about six hours to check things out. Perhaps it’s agriculture that will be of interest to you, including the livestock and Machinery Hill. It could be the shows throughout the grounds. If you’re young or young at heart, the Midway, Kidway or thrill rides at Adventure Park could be your destination. Bring your appetite and check out the interesting variety of foods available throughout the fairgrounds. Why would you want to drive, park and pay admission when it’s all included right here?

$53 pp (Ages 65+ or Ages 5-12 $48 pp)

Cokato 7:00 AM-6:30 PM Howard Lake 7:15 AM-6:15 PM Winsted 7:30 AM-6:00 PM Lester Prairie 7:45 AM-5:45 PM Plato 8:00 AM-5:30 PM NYA 8:15 AM-5:15 PM Waconia 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Chanhassen 8:45 AM-4:45 PM

KEYC-TV Bandwagon Show Taping Tour

Monday, September 9


We rarely do evening tours, but I think you’ll enjoy this one. I hope you’ll join us. We’re headed for the Kato Ballroom in Mankato for the taping of four Bandwagon Shows with Chuck Thiel and the Jolly Ramblers. Motorcoach transportation, admission and a dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage are included. Our group will be seated together, but you’re free to move about. Perhaps you’d like to dance, just relax with friends, meet new people, or get to be on TV.

$64 pp

Cokato 3:15 PM-12:15 AM Howard Lake 3:30 PM-12:00 AM Winsted 3:45 PM-11:45 PM Lester Prairie 4:00 PM-11:30 PM Plato 4:15 PM-11:15 PM NYA 4:30 PM-11:00 PM Arlington 4:45 PM-10:45 PM Gaylord 5:00 PM-10:30 PM

Stillwater Fall Colors Boat Cruise

Wednesday, October 9

This has become an annual event, and it is so relaxing and a reminder that our seasons are changing. Hopefully, we’ll see some beautiful fall colors. I am so impressed with the included deli buffet lunch. You could build your own sandwich with all sorts of ingredients and add warm entree’ selections and dessert. There will also be snacks available for our ride home.

$67 pp

Cokato 7:45 AM-5:00 PM Howard Lake 8:00 AM-4:45 PM Winsted 8:15 AM-4:30 PM Lester Prairie 8:30 AM-4:15 PM Plato 8:45 AM-4:00 PM NYA 9:00 AM-3:45 PM Waconia 9:15 AM-3:30 PM Victoria 9:30 AM-3:15 PM Chanhassen 9:45 AM-3:00 PM