Trips and Tours

Trips and Tours

The tours listed below are co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
 

St. Paul Victorian, Ham & Ribs, James J. Hill Tour
Tuesday, May 22
    Journey back in time to an age of innocence and optimism as we visit some of St. Paul’s hidden historical treasures including the St. Paul Cathedral, Historic Summit Avenue and Calvary Cemetery. Learn about the Minnesota connections with the Titanic disaster, observe Victorian architecture in St. Paul and learn about the fascination with spiritualism and death in the Victorian Era. An included bbq rib and baked ham buffet lunch at the Cherokee Tavern follows. After lunch travel to the James J. Hill House. The rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems of this magnificent Gilded Age mansion recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. With 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, 16 chandeliers, 22 fireplaces, a 100 foot reception hall and a sky-lit art gallery, it was once the largest private residence in the state.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $76 pp; Cokato 7 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 7:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 7:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 7:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 8 am-4:30 pm, NYA 8:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 8:30 am-4 pm, Victoria 8:45 am-3:45 pm, Chanhassen 9 am-3:30 pm

Historic Chippewa City & Fagen Fighters WWII Museum Tour
Wednesday, June 6
    If you’re into history and memories, you’ll love this tour. Historic Chippewa City is 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 leaving, enjoy an included picnic lunch. Then 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. There will be a stop for refreshments at the Dairy Queen before departing Granite Falls.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $63 pp (ages 12-under $56); Cokato 6:20 am-6:30 pm, Howard Lake 6:30 am-6:15 pm, Winsted 6:45 am-6 pm, Lester Prairie 7 am-5:45 pm, Plato 7:15 am-5:30 pm, NYA 7:30 am-5:15 pm
 

State Capitol/Cherokee Tavern/Fort Snelling National Cemetery Tour
Wednesday, June 13
    The State Capitol renovation is beautiful, the buffet lunch is great, and the highlight just may be the tour of Fort Snelling National Cemetery. 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. An included bbq rib and baked ham buffet lunch at the Cherokee Tavern follows the 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!
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $59 pp Cokato 7:15 am-4:30 pm, Howard Lake 7:30 am-4:15 pm, Winsted 7:45 am-4 pm, Lester Prairie 8 am-3:45 pm, Plato 8:15 am-3:30 pm, NYA 8:30 am-3:15 pm, Waconia 8:45 am-3 pm, Chanhassen 9 am-2:45 pm

Sinatra! With the Andrew Walesch Big Band 
Tuesday, June 26
    An included lunch (site TBD). Then to the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Sinatra! With the Andrew Walesch Big Band. Returning to the Paramount stage after a three-year absence is one of the Minnesota’s all time favorite shows! Showman Andrew Walesch is in his element as he tells the stories and sings the songs of Sinatra’s legendary career and life. You will hear dozens of your favorites including, That’s Life, Nice ‘n’ Easy, You Make Me Feel So Young, Fly Me To The Moon, New York, New York, My Way and many, many others. What a fantastic way to spend a summer afternoon!
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $69 pp; NYA 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Plato 9:45 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 10 am-5 pm, Winsted 10:15 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:30 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:45 am-4:15 pm
 
Craig Karges, Mentalist and Illusionist: Experience the Extraordinary
Thursday, June 28

    An included lunch (site TBD). Then to the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Craig Karges, Mentalist and Illusionist: Experience the Extraordinary. He wowed an audience of close to 600 in May 2017, and the Paramount was flooded with calls to bring him back! His performances have become a global phenomenon. Karges dazzles the eye and captivates the mind during his spellbinding performance as tables float, minds are read and metal bends.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $69 pp; NYA 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Plato 9:45 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 10 am-5 pm, Winsted 10:15 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:30 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:45 am-4:15 pm

John Conlee
Thursday, July 12
    Begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for country legend John Conlee, aka “Mr. Rose Colored Glasses.” Conlee, a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville since 1981, has been in the music industry for 40 years. During his country music career, he has released several classic songs, including his iconic “Rose Colored Glasses,” “Friday Night Blues,” “Backside of 30,” “Common Man,” “Miss Emily’s Picture,” “I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You,” and many more. Overall, he has released 32 singles with 26 of them charting in the top 20 or better. Eight of those 26 have reached the coveted No. 1 spot on the national country charts. Conlee recorded 11 studio albums during his career.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $79 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 am-5 pm, Winsted 10:15 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:30 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:45 am-4:15 pm
 
Mystery Boat Cruise… Is That an Eagle? 
Tuesday, July 17
    We’ve enjoyed many boat cruises, but this is definitely a first to this location! Begin with an included lunch buffet on our way. After a short drive, we’ll get onboard the riverboat for a fully narrated cruise. Our Captain will explain local geography, environment and history. Hopefully, we’ll also enjoy the beauty of eagles as they swoop down to grab a meal.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $79 pp (ages 6-13 $74 pp); Cokato 7:45 am-6:30 pm, Howard Lake 8 am-6:15 pm, Winsted 8:15 am-6 pm, Lester Prairie 8:30 am-5:45 pm, Plato 8:45 am-5:30 pm, NYA 9 am-5:15 pm, Waconia 9:15 am-5 pm, Chanhassen 9:30 am-4:45 pm
 
Mississippi Lunch & Lock Boat Cruise 
Tuesday, August 7
    At Harriet Island in St. Paul where we’ll take in the beautiful sites along this historically narrated cruise, which travels through the Ford Lock and Dam - Lock #1, from St. Paul into Minneapolis and returning to Harriet Island. It truly is amazing how the riverboat is raised and lowered to get through the lock. Includes a buffet of BBQ chicken, pulled pork with buns, green chili cheddar corn bread, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon wedges, cookies and coffee. (A live Dixieland band may serenade us if we get enough registrations.)
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $80 pp (ages 3-17 $65); Cokato 7:45 am-5:45 pm, Howard Lake 8 am-5:30 pm, Winsted 8:15 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 8:30 am-5 pm, Plato 8:45 am-4:45 pm, NYA 9 am-4:30 pm, Waconia 9:15 am-4:15 pm, Chanhassen 9:30 am-4 pm
 

Barbary Coast Dixieland Band - Farewell Tour
Wednesday, August 22
    If you’re into Dixieland, this one is a must! At The Ives Auditorium in Bloomington 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!
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $79 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:30 pm

“Beehive: The 60’s Musical“
Wednesday, September 5
    After lunch on your own at Maynard’s we go to the Old Log Theater 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…
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $62 pp; Cokato 9:45 am-5:15 pm, Howard Lake 10 am-5:30 pm, Winsted 10 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 10:15 am-5 pm, Plato 10:30 am-4:45 pm, NYA 10:45 am-4:30 pm, Waconia 11 am-4:15 pm

Weaver’s, Olsen’s... and We’ll Throw in the Jail Bailers
Wednesday, September 12
    Weaver’s Country Store features many bulked goods you can’t find anywhere else. It’s just a really fun place to shop! Then 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.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $90 pp; Cokato 5:45 am-7:30 pm, Howard Lake 6 am-7:15 pm, Winsted 6:15 am-7 pm, Lester Prairie 6:30 am-6:45 pm, Plato 6:45 am-6:30 pm, NYA 7 am-6:15 pm, Waconia 7:15 am-6 pm
 
“Same Time, Next Year” 
Saturday, September 15
    In the St. Croix Off Broadway Theatre at the Hudson House 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 riveting and stunning 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 trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $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 am-5 pm, Plato 10:15 am-4:45 pm, NYA 10:30 am-4:30 pm, Waconia 10:45 am-4:15 pm, Chanhassen 11 am-4 pm
 
“The Gin Game”
Friday, September 21
    At The Ives Auditorium in Bloomington 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.)
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $79 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:30 pm
 
“Church Basement Ladies: You Smell Barn“ 
Thursday, September 27 or Wednesday, October 17 or Thursday, February 14, 2019
    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.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $59 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:45 pm
 

Branson Country Christmas
Wednesday, November 7
    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!
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $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 am-5 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
    At the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington 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 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.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $79 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:30 pm
 
“Ole & Lena: Home for the Holidaze“ 
Thursday, November 29
    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 to 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. 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. 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?
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $69 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:30 pm 

Trips and Tours

The following trip is co-sponsored with Highway 12 Trippers, call 320-543-4670 to register.           

The Life Long Learner Field Trip: MN History Center & James J. Hill House Tour
Friday, August 10
    Come on a guided tour with us to the Minnesota History Center and learn about the darkest hours to the incredible highs of the year 1968. See the year come alive in this mind-blowing exhibit! See the torch from the 1968 Olympics, learn about the Vietnam War, view a full size replica of the Apollo 8 Capsule and more! Then take time to visit the rest of the museum and enjoy lunch on your own at the Market House Café. In the afternoon visit the James J. Hill house, where we will have a guided tour of this National Historic landmark, learn about the builder of the Great Northern Railway and view the lives of the Hill family.
Depart 8:50 am, MAWSECO Howard Lake, 720 9th Avenue, south parking lot
10 am, Minnesota History Center tour & lunch on your own
1:15 pm, Tour of James J. Hill House
3:45 pm estimated return
$35, Includes transportation and tours
Registration deadline July 26.

Registration Information

Registration is not complete until payment is made. It is recommended that you pay as you register. Some attractions require early deposits, and tours may be canceled if clients haven’t made payments. Refunds for cancellations are subject to penalty if Community Club has made nonrefundable deposits. If you must cancel late, please find a replacement. If there is a wait list for the tour, we will attempt to assist you. Make checks payable to District 2687.

Special Needs: Please contact us if you have any questions pertaining to wheelchairs, walkers, etc.

Canceled Activities: If a trip is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, we will notify you and a refund will be made. Unless you are notified, you should meet at the time and place listed.

Tips: It is not mandatory that you tip the driver or the tour escort if you feel they have done an excellent job, but tips are certainly appreciated and accepted.

Responsibility/Liability: Tour registrants agree that neither Community Club Tours (Flagship Bank Winsted), District 2687, its agents, escorts, nor coach drivers shall be liable for any damages, loss (including personal injury, death or property loss) or expenses incurred during the tour. If an adjustment in the tour schedule beyond the control of Community Club Tours (Flagship Bank Winsted) is necessary, all attempts will be made to find suitable and equitable replacements. Any additional charges will be the responsibility of the tour registrant, and any resulting savings will be refunded to the registrant. Transportation carriers, hotels, restaurants and attraction agents are independent contractors and are not affiliated with Community Club Tours (Flagship Bank Winsted) or District 2687. In the event that a tour must cancel, Community Club Tours (Flagship Bank Winsted), District 2687 is responsible only for a refund of the moneys paid to Community Club Tours by registrant.