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Barbary Coast Dixieland Band – Farewell Tour

Wednesday, August 22

Barbary Coast

If you’re into Dixieland, this one is a must! We’re going to The Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included lunch of oven fried chicken, BBQ ribs, mac & cheese, southern style green beans, coleslaw, corn bread or biscuits with honey butter, assorted desserts, and coffee or tea. First organized in 1967, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band has been entertaining crowds with lively jazz-influenced music for 51 years. Their goal is to leave audiences with a smile on their faces. Don’t miss their farewell tour!

$79 pp

Cokato 9:00AM-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-3:30 PM


Minnesota State Fair

Monday, August 27

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-seven 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?

$50 pp (Ages 65+ or Ages 5-12 $45 pp)
Cokato 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Howard Lake 7:15 AM-6:45 PM Winsted 7:30 AM-6:30 PM Lester Prairie 7:45 AM-6:15 PM Plato 8:00 AM-6:00 PM NYA 8:15 AM-5:45 PM Waconia 8:30 AM-5:30 PM Chanhassen 8:45 AM-5:15 PM

Beehive: The 60’s Musical

Wednesday, September 5

We’re on our way to the Old Log Theater after lunch on your own at Maynard’s for Beehive: The 60’s Musical. The story is told from the perspective of six women who came of age in this complex decade, looking back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation, all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era: “It’s My Party,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,”, “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Proud Mary,” and more…

$62 pp

Cokato 9:45 AM-5:15 PM Howard Lake 10:00 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


Weaver’s, Olsen’s… and We’ll Throw in the Jail Bailers

Wednesday, September 12

Jail Bailers

Here we go again! “When are we going back to Weaver’s?” Here it is… and Olsen’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Jail Bailers are also on the menu! Weaver’s Country Store features many bulked goods you can’t find anywhere else. It’s just a really fun place to shop! Then we’ll head to Olson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Deli, a must stop for dessert before lunch! All their ice creams are “Homaid”, and the flavors are awesome! After the ice cream has settled, we’re ready for an included baked chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, beverage and more dessert followed by a performance by the Jail Bailers. Part of the Bogus County Jail’s Work Release Program, these inmates are doing time for love crimes like “stealing women’s hearts.” Best described as Hee Haw meets Frank Sinatra, topped off with a little Doo Wop, this show features great singing, not so great dancing and just a whole lotta fun. Snacks will be available for our ride home.

$90 pp

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


Same Time, Next Year

Saturday, September 15

Please strongly consider this one! You won’t be disappointed! 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 Same Time, Next Year, featuring two of my favorite St. Croix actors, husband and wife Joe and Lydia Keith in the roles of George and Doris. New Jersey accountant George and Oakland housewife Doris meet at a seaside inn one night in 1951 and are attracted to one another, although each is married to someone else, and they have six children between them. After spending the night together and realizing they’ve fallen in love, they agree to meet on the same weekend each year for a rendezvous, and each keeps that promise. We see this couple age and grow together from 1951, just after the war, to 1977, just after Vietnam. Seeing each character grow as human beings together and apart is amazing. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers.
Director James A. Zimmerman adds to time changes in a winning way: During scene changes, the audience sees a slide show he put together with headlines from the past, mixed in with popular music from advancing years. The images trace pop culture and international crises and put the people in the play in context and offer an awesome history lesson on everything from the Korean War to the breakup of the Beatles. This is riveting, stunning.
$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

The Gin Game

Friday, September 21

The Gin Game

We’re going to The Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included lunch of roast beef, au gratin potatoes and seasonal roasted vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert – (Chef’s Choice… slice of cake, pie or torte), coffee, decaffeinated coffee and hot tea. Then it’s time for The Gin Game. Two sharp-witted residents of a retirement home are drawn together over a game of gin in this funny and touching play. Over time their game passes from cordial to flirtatious to a battle of wills, as their vulnerabilities and secrets gradually bubble to the surface… starring Candace Barrett and Raye Birk who have appeared in many productions at the Guthrie, as well as in movies and television shows. (Please note: The show contains limited strong language.)

$79 pp

Cokato 9:00AM-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-3:30 PM


Church Basement Ladies: You Smell Barn

Thursday, September 27

You Smell Barn

After lunch on your own at Culver’s in Chanhassen, we’re on our way to the Ames Center in Burnsville for the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series. From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and the Jello molds are put away, these steadfast, sturdy women head to their farms, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. In between picking eggs, milking cows, and dusting knickknacks, they congregate with some of the other lovable folks who inhabit this rural community: Earl, who delivers the mail up and down Rural Route One; Fergus, the hired man; and Tillie, who chronicles the action for the Fish County Weekly. With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs, and spanking new original songs, You Smell Barn celebrates rural life in the 1950’s. And, at the center of it all, are your favorite Church Basement Ladies. Whether you’ve seen several versions, or are new to the world of the basement, the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series is a musical treat for all.

$59 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


Stillwater Fall Colors Boat Cruise

Thursday, October 11

We did this boat cruise last fall, and it was so relaxing and a reminder that our seasons are changing.  Hopefully, we’ll see some beautiful fall colors.  I was so impressed with the included deli buffet lunch.  You could build your own sandwich with all sorts of ingredients and add a warm entree’ selection and dessert.  There will also be snacks available for our ride home.
$65 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

Church Basement Ladies: You Smell Barn

Wednesday, October 17

You Smell Barn

Second chance! After lunch on your own at Culver’s in Chanhassen, we’re on our way to the Ames Center in Burnsville for the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series. From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and the Jello molds are put away, these steadfast, sturdy women head to their farms, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. In between picking eggs, milking cows, and dusting knickknacks, they congregate with some of the other lovable folks who inhabit this rural community: Earl, who delivers the mail up and down Rural Route One; Fergus, the hired man; and Tillie, who chronicles the action for the Fish County Weekly. With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs, and spanking new original songs, You Smell Barn celebrates rural life in the 1950’s. And, at the center of it all, are your favorite Church Basement Ladies. Whether you’ve seen several versions, or are new to the world of the basement, the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series is a musical treat for all.

$59 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


Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act

Wednesday, October 24

Drinking Habits 2

After an included buffet lunch at DayTrippers Dinner Theatre, it’s time for Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act. This two-act comedy play is a brand new sequel to Drinking Habits. The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing miss the excitement of the old days when they were saving convents and reuniting long-lost families, so when they learn that the orphanage where Paul and Kate grew up is in peril, they can’t wait to come to the rescue. The sisters plot to make their award-winning wine, hiding it from the ever watchful eye of Mother Superior. The merry mix-ups multiply in this warm and winsome sequel to Drinking Habits.

$74 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 Country Christmas

Wednesday, November 7

We’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre. The Ozark Jubilee brings their Branson Country Christmas with an all new Christmas show with new music and new jokes. This year Ozark Jubilee will also be honoring and paying tribute to our veterans. The entire second half of the show is a variety of Christmas music. Ozark Jubilee features comedian and champion fiddler player Doofus Doolittle (alter ego Randy Newman). Doofus will captivate you with some of the best fiddle and world class violin music you’ve ever heard. Thanksgiving is coming soon, and Christmas will soon be in the air. Here’s a great way to start!

$72 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


Radio Gals

Thursday, November 15

Radio Gals

Our destination is The Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included lunch of pork chops & stuffing in a mushroom cream sauce, scalloped potatoes and vegetable du jour, cold salad (Chef’s Choice), dinner rolls, dessert (Chef’s Choice… slice of cake, pie or torte), coffee, decaffeinated coffee and hot tea. Then we’ll head for the theatre for Radio Gals. Set in the 1920’s when small radio stations thrived, Radio Gals is a charming musical about Hazel Hunt from Cedar Ridge, Arkansas, who broadcasts from her front parlor with her “all-girl” orchestra, “The Hazelnuts,” as radio WGAL. What comes over the airwaves is an array of hilarious toe-tapping songs – that is until a government inspector arrives to shut WGAL down. But Hazel’s not one to be intimidated.

$79 pp

Cokato 9:00AM-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-3:30 PM


Ole & Lena: Home for the Holidaze

Thursday, November 29

Ole and Lena

Our destination is the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included lunch of tator tot hot dish, green bean almandine, glazed carrots, fruit salad, dinner rolls, assorted desserts, coffee, decaffeinated coffee and hot tea. Then we’ll head for the theatre for Ole & Lena: Home for the Holidaze. Ole finds himself on the horns of a dilemma! As the newly elected event chairman of the Potsdam Muskrat Lodge Post 3412, all the members are counting on him to plan a spectacular holiday party and the pressure is on. Last year’s party, planned by Knut, was an absolute dud so the critics are just waiting in the wings for a misstep. Meanwhile at the farm the smell of Christmas cookies and goodies is in the air, and Lena is in a tizzy, busily preparing to have the whole family from far and wide down for the annual Gustafson family holiday celebration. But then as luck would have it, Ole and Lena’s granddaughter Marion is rushed to the hospital way up in St Cloud preparing to bless them with their first great grandchild. Feeling the need to be there for the joyous event, Lena drops everything and rushes off to help, leaving Ole with the planning and preparation for both the lodge and farm until she gets back home. But since winters in Minnesota can be utterly unpredictable, while Lena is making the journey home she gets stranded by a snow storm!

Will Lena make it home in time to save Ole from dual Holiday disasters or will Ole just stumble around in a holidaze hoping for the best?
$69 pp
Cokato 9:00AM-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-3:30 PM

Sausage, Beer, Ribs & Lights Tour

Monday, December 10

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 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

Sausage, Beer, Ribs & Lights Tour

Thursday, December 13

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 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

Church Basement Ladies: You Smell Barn

Thursday, February 14, 2019

You Smell Barn

Happy Valentine’s Day! After lunch on your own at Culver’s in Chanhassen, we’re on our way to the Ames Center in Burnsville for the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series. From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and the Jello molds are put away, these steadfast, sturdy women head to their farms, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. In between picking eggs, milking cows, and dusting knickknacks, they congregate with some of the other lovable folks who inhabit this rural community: Earl, who delivers the mail up and down Rural Route One; Fergus, the hired man; and Tillie, who chronicles the action for the Fish County Weekly. With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs, and spanking new original songs, You Smell Barn celebrates rural life in the 1950’s. And, at the center of it all, are your favorite Church Basement Ladies. Whether you’ve seen several versions, or are new to the world of the basement, the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series is a musical treat for all.

$59 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, 2019

I’ve checked this out on YouTube, and I’m excited!  We’ll begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille 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 RingLouisiana WomanMississippi 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

Honky Tonk Laundry

Saturday, April 6, 2019

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

Historic Chippewa City & Fagen Fighters WWII Museum Tour

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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