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Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, August 29

Minnesota State Fair

It’s Senior 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

Bandwagon

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


The Outsider

Saturday, September 14

The OutsiderThis one looks to be great with elections coming soon! 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 The Outsider. Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking, and his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. The Outsider is a timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

$81 pp

Cokato 9:15 AM-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


Hutterian Brethren Farmers Market Tour

Wednesday, September 18

I am excited, and you won’t want to miss this tour… no matter how many times you’ve joined us previously! Sandy, the Princess of GFW, has tweaked the tour with new fall highlights and a Starland Farmers Market and more time with the Hutterites. I really recommend it! We’ll temporarily split our group and begin with included coffee and roll either at Cabby’s Corner or The Homeplace Hometown Art & Crafts in Gibbon. We’ll spend time at both shops. Cabby’s Corner is a quilt & fabric store (gift shop) utilizing and repurposing things. It includes a promotion coffee bar. The Homeplace Hometown Art & Crafts features 36 artists who display and sell items anywhere from $2-$60. Included are fudge, syrup, jam, paintings, quilts and woodworking. There’s also a year round Christmas shop. 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… and don’t forget their Farmers Market!

$58 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


Five Presidents

Wednesday, September 25

Five PresidentsThis one looks really interesting! After lunch on your own at Maynard’s, we’re on our way to the Old Log Theater for Five Presidents. Former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush joined the incumbent president, Bill Clinton, at the 1994 funeral of former president Richard Nixon in Yorba Linda, California. It had been more than twenty years since the world’s most exclusive “Presidents” club had lost a member through death. Five Presidents is an 85-minute imagining of what they might have chatted about while gathered prior to the services to begin. Maybe some soul searching among great men so rarely together, or would these leaders of the free world prefer banter, small talk, jokes or petty bickering? Author Rick Cleveland, who has written for THE WEST WING and HOUSE OF CARDS, demonstrates that he can make government leaders engaging on stage as well.

$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


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


Bermuda Avenue Triangle

Thursday, October 24

Bermuda Avenue TriangleAfter an included buffet lunch at DayTrippers Dinner Theatre, it’s time for Bermuda Avenue Triangle. Two middle-aged businesswomen who are good friends want to keep an eye on their aging mothers. So they move their mothers into a shared senior condo in Las Vegas. On a trip to the casino, the mothers are saved from a mugger by a charming gambler who is short on cash. They allow him to stay on the couch in their living room, and the results are such that you’ll laugh yourself silly. It’s like Dean Martin meets LaVerne and Shirley.

$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


From Barry:  The Vintage Pop Classics of the Bee Gees

Sunday, November 3

From BarryOn a rare Sunday tour, our destination is the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington.  (*Please note that no meal is included and we will not be stopping.  You are welcome to bring food and beverages on the motor coach.)  Today we’ll have assigned seats beginning in Row 3 for From Barry:  The Vintage Pop Classics of the Bee Gees.  “From Barry” celebrates the music that Barry Gibb wrote and performed with the Bee Gees including “Jive Talkin’,” “Run to Me,” “I Got to Get a Message to You” and “Nights on Broadway.” Featuring the band-backed vocals of Mick Sterling, Boyd Lee and Wayne Cullinan, along with Mary Jane Alm, Cate Fierro, and Aimee Lee, the Bee Gees’ songs always reflect the incredible harmonies and melodies that could only come “From Barry.”

$69 pp

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


A Christmas with Shoji

Monday, November 4

Christmas with ShojiA little bit of Branson returns to the Paramount! We’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for A Christmas with Shoji. Starring Shoji Tabuchi and featuring talented daughter, Christina Lingo-Tabuchi, experience Christmas like never before! The holiday season comes to life in this breathtaking Christmas celebration. With holiday favorites old and new, create a Christmas memory with your family that you will cherish for years to come! Experience what everyone in Branson, Missouri, has been talking about for the past 30 years… without the long drive!

$94 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


Ripcord

Thursday, November 7

RipcordThis one looks to be very entertaining… and maybe close up and personal! Our destination is the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included lunch of cold salad, chicken breast in herb and wine cream sauce, vegetables, parsley potatoes and more. (You’re invited to join me for a brief tour of the facility after lunch.) Then we’ll head for the theatre for Ripcord! When cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn, the two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a hilarious game of practical jokes and one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed.

$82 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


Church Basement Ladies: Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing

Thursday, November 14

CBL Hark The Basement Ladies SingWarning! The Church Basement Ladies are back with #8 in the series! After an included lunch buffet at a brand new lunch option, Q. Cumbers, which features a 50’ long salad bar, a variety of hot entrees, soup and ice cream/dessert bar, we’re on our way to the Ames Center (the theatre has been renovated) in Burnsville for Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing. It’s December 1960, and members of this rural community have gathered around their reel-to-reel tape player to record a special Christmas greeting for one of their boys serving overseas. As the ladies serve up coffee and cookies, Pastor suffers from a case of stage fright, Mavis smuggles a piglet into the kitchen, a surprise visitor leaves Karin speechless, and the Widow Vivian Snustad gets caught in an embarrassing situation. Throughout it all, you are encouraged to sing along as Beverly Barsness bangs out Christmas carols on the old upright. So come “Fa La La” with the Church Basement Ladies as they deck their fellowship hall.

$74 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


Church Basement Ladies: Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing

Tuesday, November 19

CBL Hark The Basement Ladies SingWarning! The Church Basement Ladies are back with #8 in the series! After an included lunch buffet at a brand new lunch option, Q. Cumbers, which features a 50’ long salad bar, a variety of hot entrees, soup and ice cream/dessert bar, we’re on our way to the Ames Center (the theatre has been renovated) in Burnsville for Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing. It’s December 1960, and members of this rural community have gathered around their reel-to-reel tape player to record a special Christmas greeting for one of their boys serving overseas. As the ladies serve up coffee and cookies, Pastor suffers from a case of stage fright, Mavis smuggles a piglet into the kitchen, a surprise visitor leaves Karin speechless, and the Widow Vivian Snustad gets caught in an embarrassing situation. Throughout it all, you are encouraged to sing along as Beverly Barsness bangs out Christmas carols on the old upright. So come “Fa La La” with the Church Basement Ladies as they deck their fellowship hall.

$74 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


Church Basement Ladies: Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing

Wednesday, December 4

CBL Hark The Basement Ladies SingWarning! The Church Basement Ladies are back with #8 in the series! After an included lunch buffet at a brand new lunch option, Q. Cumbers, which features a 50’ long salad bar, a variety of hot entrees, soup and ice cream/dessert bar, we’re on our way to the Ames Center (the theatre has been renovated) in Burnsville for Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing. It’s December 1960, and members of this rural community have gathered around their reel-to-reel tape player to record a special Christmas greeting for one of their boys serving overseas. As the ladies serve up coffee and cookies, Pastor suffers from a case of stage fright, Mavis smuggles a piglet into the kitchen, a surprise visitor leaves Karin speechless, and the Widow Vivian Snustad gets caught in an embarrassing situation. Throughout it all, you are encouraged to sing along as Beverly Barsness bangs out Christmas carols on the old upright. So come “Fa La La” with the Church Basement Ladies as they deck their fellowship hall.

$74 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


Sausage, Beer, Ribs & Lights Tour

Monday, December 9

Only chance this year!!! This tour has it all… one of the best meat markets in the state, the #1 ranked MN brewery (WCCO-TV), a famous restaurant, and a very popular light display… all in one tour… and just in time for Christmas! We’ll begin with casual shopping at Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet. (You’re welcome to bring bags, boxes and coolers.) After you’ve had time to buy those last minute Christmas party meats, we’ll head to Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm for a tour and tasting of their fine products. By now we’re hungry, so we’re off to Veigel’s Kaiserhoff for an included late afternoon dinner. (Please select your option when you register.) We’ll end our day with the beautiful Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato.

$75 pp

Cokato 10:45 AM-9:30 PM Howard Lake 11:00 AM-9:15 PM Winsted 11:15 AM-9:00 PM Lester Prairie 11:30 AM-8:45 PM Plato 11:45 AM-8:30 PM NYA 12:00 PM-8:15 PM Arlington 12:20 PM-8:00 PM Gaylord 12:30 PM-7:45 PM

All dinners include baked potato, corn, German chocolate cake and non-alcoholic beverage:
#1 bratwurst & Landjaeger
#2 shrimp
#3 chicken kiev
#4 Kaiserhoff ribs


Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 12

Jacob Marley's A Christmas CarolAfter an included buffet lunch at DayTrippers Dinner Theatre, it’s time for Jacob Marley’s Christmas CarolIf you’ve ever wondered what happened to Scrooge’s mean, sour, pruney old business partner – Jacob Marley – at the end of A Christmas Carol, to escape his own chains he must first redeem Scrooge.  So begins a journey through the afterlife (led by a mischievous little sprite) of laughter, redemption and renewal during which Scrooge’s heart is indeed opened but not before Marley discovers his own.

$76 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


Branson on the Road – Christmas Style

Tuesday, December 17

Brahson on the RoadWe’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Pizza Ranch and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Branson on the Road – Christmas Style. What do you get when you bring together a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, beautiful rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy and country Christmas, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music? Branson On The Road – Christmas Style is in town! The show delivers the Branson traditions of good, clean, family fun wherever they go. Those seeing a Branson On The Road – Christmas Style show for the first time, can not only expect great Christmas music, old country favorites and amazing instrumental abilities but also plenty of hilarious comedy every step of the way – in a holiday, Branson-style for the entire family.

$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


Rainy Days & Mondays – The Music of the Carpenters

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Rainy Days and MondaysOur destination is the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included roast beef dinner with salad, potatoes, vegetables, dinner roll, dessert, coffee and tea.  Then we’ll head for the theatre for Rainy Days & Mondays – The Music of the Carpenters.  Aimée Lee and the Superstars present a stunning tribute to the music of greats Karen and Richard Carpenter.  The show features a 13-piece band that faithfully recreates the distinctive Carpenters’ sound.  If you’re a fan of 1970s soft rock, you’ll revel in classic hits including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Close to You,” “Superstar” and more.  Don’t miss this opportunity to relive the uniquely beautiful and lasting music of the Carpenters.

$84 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


The Legendary Ladies of Country Music: Dolly, Patsy & Loretta

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

We’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for The Legendary Ladies of Country Music: Dolly, Patsy & Loretta. Come celebrate the catalogs of the Legendary Ladies of Country Music, spanning three decades of iconic songs from Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of live music featuring their number one hits: I Will Always Love You, Jolene, Walking After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Blue Kentucky Girl and many more.

$84 pp

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


Killer Country with the Killer Vees

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

We’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Killer Country with the Killer Vees. Jeff, Tommy and Matt Vee, national music scene veterans and sons and nephew respectively of the legendary Bobby Vee, join forces with their family and friends as The KILLER VEES to celebrate timeless music classics from the “Golden Age of Country.” Known as the “rhythm section to the stars” The KILLER VEES have toured and performed with a virtual who’s who in the music business: Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Paul McCartney, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ronnie Wood just to name a few! Coming from a musical family of the late Bobby Vee, the KILLER VEES are joined by Matt’s wife Julie Velline on vocals, Brian C. Peters on steel guitar, Kale Reed on fiddle, Alex Green on vocals and guitar king Kurt “Lightning” Rodman. It’s going to be a high-energy rockin’ country afternoon!

$79 pp

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


Shear Madness

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Shear MadnessReady for a little “improv” and to help solve a mystery? This looks to be really fun! 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 Shear Madness, one of the most popular productions in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the “Shear Madness” hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

$83 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