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Trips and Tours

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

Stillwater Fall Colors Boat Cruise
Thursday, October 11
    This boat cruise is relaxing and a reminder that our seasons are changing. Hopefully, we’ll see some beautiful fall colors. The included deli buffet lunch you build your own sandwich with all sorts of ingredients and add a warm entree’ selection and dessert. There will also be snacks available for the ride home.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $65 pp; Cokato 7:45 am-5pm, Howard Lake 8 am-4:45 pm, Winsted 8:15am-4:30 pm, Lester Prairie 8:30 am-4:15 pm, Plato 8:45 am-4 pm, NYA 9 am-3:45 pm, Waconia 9:15 am-3:30 pm, Victoria 9:30 am-3:15 pm, Chanhassen 9:45 am-3 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 
 
Sausage, Beer, Ribs & Lights Tour  
Monday, December 10 or 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. 
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
    $75 pp; Cokato 10:45 am-9:30 pm; Howard Lake 11 am-9:15 pm; Winsted 11:15 am-9 pm; Lester Prairie 11:30 am-8:45 pm; Plato 11:45 am-8:30 pm; NYA 12 pm-8:15 pm; Arlington 12:20-8 pm; Gaylord 12:30-7:45 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
 

Lend Me a Tenor
Wednesday, January 9
    We’re on our way to the Old Log Theater after lunch on your own at Maynard’s for Lend Me a Tenor. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is set to welcome world-famous Tito Morelli, the greatest tenor of his era, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late, and following a series of hilarious mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. Saunders convinces his assistant Max to put on Morelli’s costume and fool the audience into believing they are seeing the star. Max succeeds, but Morelli comes to and puts on his other costume ready to perform. Hilarity ensues!
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $62 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

Remembering Bobby Vee
Wednesday, January 24
    Begin with an included lunch at Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Remembering Bobby Vee. Enjoy an authentic and joy-filled ride through the music and life of the Midwest’s own Bobby Vee performed by his sons, nephew, and grandson- The Killer Vees. Celebrate the legacy of Bobby Vee in music, stories, and videos. Bobby Vee, who passed away October 24, 2016, is called “one of the top 10 most consistent chart-makers of all time” with 38 hits in the Billboard Top 100 and six gold records. With classics like Take Good Care of My Baby, Rubber Ball, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, and Devil or Angel, this show is bound to take you on a trip down memory lane!
    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 9:45am-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

Classic Nashville Roadshow
Tuesday, March 5
     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 NashvilleRoadshow 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 NashvilleRoadshow 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! 
     This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
     $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 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

"Honky Tonk Laundry"
Saturday, April 6
     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.  
     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

Historic Chippewa City & Fagen Fighters WWII Museum Tour
Wednesday, June 26
    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.  
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
    $64 pp (ages 17-under $56); Cokato 6:20 am-6:15 pm; Howard Lake 6:30 am-6 pm; Winsted 6:45 am-5:45 pm; Lester Prairie 7 am-5:30 pm; NYA 7:15 am-5:15 pm; Plato 7:30 am-5 pm; Hector 8:10 am-4:20 pm

Trips and Tours

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

“A Christmas Carol” Minnesota Guthrie Production
Sunday, November 18
Join us for the classical production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the perennial favorite that received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010 and continues the Guthrie’s holiday tradition for families across the region. For the Broadway Fan in your life! Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones!
Depart 9:25 am MAWSECO Howard Lake, 720 9th Avenue, south parking lot.
Lunch at 11 am, Show at 1 pm.
4 pm estimated return
$65 Registration includes: Ticket, lunch & transportation
Lunch includes soup, choice from two entrees and non-alcoholic beverage. Tax and gratuity included.(menu celebrates current Guthrie productions and includes recurring favorites such as hot dish, pasta, burgers and Minnesota wild rice soup.)
Registration deadline October 10.

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.