Trips and Tours

Trips and Tours

State Capitol/Cherokee Tavern/Fort Snelling National Cemetery Tour
Tuesday, October 31
     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 chicken buffet lunch at the Cherokee Tavern, a venue we enjoyed for the first time in October, 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, nearly 78 years ago. 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.
     $54 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
The Geritol Frolics   
Thursday, October 26
    We’re headed to Brainerd once again for a very popular show! The show is at 1:30 this year, so we’ll leave earlier and do a fast food stop on the way there and get home two hours earlier. The Geritol Frolics is a musical variety show presented in vaudeville fashion by talented performers over age 55 from around the Brainerd Lakes area. Originally created as a means of promoting involvement of seniors in community theatre, the show has become an entity in its own right, delighting audiences with a fast-paced show of song, dance and comedy. Since 2004 the show has played to well over 25,000 people from the five state region. I’ll have snacks available for the ride home.  
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
     $68 pp; NYA 9:15 am-6:30 pm, Plato 9:30 am-6:15 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-6 pm, Winsted 10 am-5:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:15 am-5:30 pm
‘Life Could Be a Dream’
Wednesday, November 8
     We’re on our way to the Old Log Theater after lunch on your own at Maynard’s for Life Could Be a Dream. This affectionate doo-wop jukebox musical by writer-director Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes), incorporates hit songs of the 1960s, ranging from “Sh-Boom” and “Rama Lama Ding Dong” to anthems like “Earth Angel”, “Unchained Melody,” “The Great Pretender” and “The Glory of Love.” In small-town Springfield, the local radio station is sponsoring a rock-and-roll contest, and go-getter Denny is convinced he can win and become a star. He enlists his klutzy, nerdish, endearing friend Eugene and church-choir singer Wally to join him. Needing a sponsor they apply to the proprietor of the local auto chain. He sends his top mechanic, handsome, hunky Skip, and his pretty daughter Lois to audition the guys, and by the end they’re incorporated into the new group, Denny and the Dreamers. This is pure fun, and every note counts in this rousing good-time musical.  
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
     $60 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
'An Andy & Bing Christmas'
Tuesday, December 5
     Begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for An Andy & Bing Christmas - a Christmas concert featuring every song from the classic albums of Andy Williams and Bing Crosby! A spectacular afternoon of Christmas perfection as a 19-piece band supports Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Recipient Mick Sterling and Super Bowl Champion and former Minnesota Gopher Ben Utecht as they sing the complete and beloved Christmas albums of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. Also featuring the vocals of Twin Cities legends Mary Jane Alm, Aimee Lee, Cate Fierro, Shalo Lee and Lisi Wright. 
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
     $73 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
Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas  
Tuesday, December 12
     Begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Texas Tenors:  Deep in the Heart of Christmas. Marcus Collins, John Hagen and JC Fisher are the Texas Tenors. Since their whirlwind debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, the Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans. They have performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world and collaborated with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas in the US. The Texas Tenors will play holiday favorites as well as their unique blend of country, classical, Broadway and current pop music. 
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
     $81 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
A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol  
Friday, December 15
    Begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol. It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets into an argument with his wife Clara and tells her he's skipping Christmas. He storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he's visited by folk legend, Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Sven takes Gunner (Scrooge) on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol only very different. Will Gunner come out of his coma and find redemption with Clara at The Bunyan? 
     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
'Forever Elvis: The Spirit Lives'
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    Happy Valentine’s Day! I considered doing this tour as a mystery, but how does one make Elvis a mystery? We’ll begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Forever Elvis:  The Spirit Lives. Elvis tribute artist Art Kistler and the EP Boulevard Show Band have catapulted this classic, popular entertainment genre to an entirely new level in a performance titled “Forever Elvis: The Spirit Lives!” complete with dazzling, authentic costumes and a wide variety of timeless, classic tunes. Art Kistler is a formally trained vocalist and recording artist and has performed all over the USA and internationally. With heart and with the soul of a true entertainer, the entire room becomes Art’s stage as he interacts with members of the audience, respectfully recreating illusions of the look, signature moves, energy and powerful sounds of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $72 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
Collin Raye  
Thursday, March 1, 2018
    Begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Collin Raye. Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990’s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I Were You”. Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.” Collin shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. 
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
     $85 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
Pam Tillis
Friday, March 9, 2018
     Begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Pam Tillis. Pam Tillis is, after all, a superstar as well as a survivor. A child of Music City royalty and a former rebel, she was determined to find her own way as a singer and songwriter - and she succeeded. A CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, she has written songs for some of the top singers in and beyond Nashville, including more than a few of her own hits. With more than 30 singles charting on U.S. Billboard charts and 10 studio albums, Tillis has performed on the stages of Broadway, modeled on the pages of fashion magazines, and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry. When you see her perform you will experience that feeling of delight that comes from Pam Tillis singing exactly what she is meant to sing at that moment.  
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
     $72 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
Don’t Hug Me, We’re Family 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
    We’re going to the St. Croix Off Broadway Theatre at the Hudson House once again where we’ll begin with an included dinner. Then it’s time for Don’t Hug Me, We’re Family, the sixth in the Don’t Hug Me series of musical comedies. Gunner and Clara Johnson are owners of a little northwoods Minnesota bar called The Bunyan.  Things are tight so, to make ends meet, they rent out a little radio station, KOLD Radio, in the bar for extra money. Gunner hosts a radio show called “Crappie Talk,” devoted entirely to ice fishing for crappies. Because of its narrow subject, Gunner has no listeners, and he loses his only advertiser Kanute’s Bait Mart and Deer Petting Farm. His wife Clara hosts "Book Beat." She has all the listeners and all the advertisers. This doesn’t sit well with Gunner, who has been competitive with Clara ever since she beat him in the County Fair fishing contest. Things get turned upside down when two fish-out-of-water Brooklyn Italians come to town and threaten the existence of the radio station, promoting Clara and firing Gunner. Gunner has his work cut out for him. He needs his radio station job, he needs his dignity, but most important, he needs Clara. 
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $79 pp; Cokato 9:30 am-5:45 pm, Howard Lake 9:45 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, Chanhassen 11:15 am-4 pm
The Duttons
Friday, May 4, 2018
     Begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for The Duttons. Dean and Sheila Dutton were not professional musicians, and they certainly weren’t planning on raising their children as such, but when they realized that music was beginning to define who they were as a family, they embraced it wholeheartedly. Since that decision to pursue a career in music was made in 1991, the Duttons as a whole have not looked back and have gone on to enjoy a successful touring career and music business. Today, they own their own theater in Branson, Missouri, where they perform over 300 shows a year. While the Duttons’ musical talent is immediately obvious, what sets them apart from most shows is their ability to connect with their audiences. People are fascinated by the all-in-the-family performers whose love for each other and for what they share is definitely unique.  
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
     $73 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
The Kingston Trio
Friday, May 11, 2018
     Begin with an included lunch (site TBD) and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for The Kingston Trio. The Kingston Trio (Bob Shane is the only remaining original member) was one of the most prominent groups of the era's pop-folk boom that started in 1958 with the release of their first album and its hit recording of "Tom Dooley", which sold over three million copies as a single.The Trio released nineteen albums that made Billboard's Top 100, fourteen of which ranked in the top 10, and five of which hit the #1 spot.  Their hits include: Tom Dooley, Lemon Tree, This Land Is Your Land, The Tijuana Jail, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, 500 Miles and so many more.  
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
     $72 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

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.

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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.

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