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Become Your Own Travel Agent
with Becky Ranks
This class will provide resources and information for anyone who wants to find the best deals for hotels, cruises, RV travel, AirBNB, escorted tours, and more. We will answer questions about RV driving to Alaska and the western US, how to get the lowest prices for escorted tours to almost anywhere, and getting great deals on hotels while traveling at home and abroad. Information will be presented on river cruises for less, as well as airfare tips. In addition, you will go home with valuable online resources.
Exploring the Rhine, Bavaria and Austria
with Diann Bailey
Some of the world's most awe inspiring sights are in Germany and Austria. Join Diann for a highlights tour of the people and places that make this area one of Lonely Planets top European destinations. We'll drive the Romantic Road, roam the wine-loving villages along the Rhine, take an evening walk with the night watchman in Rothenburg and wonder at the legacies of Bavarian kings. We'll visit Die Zugspitze (Germany's highest peak), wander through Schloss Neuschwanstein (the model for Disney's castles), see authentic Sound of Music locations in Salzburg and learn about World War II Germany at Berchtesgaden. We'll talk about culture, history, traditions, food, and more as we discover German allure and Austrian charm. Tips and travel resources will be offered.
with Diann Bailey
Treat yourself to a fun filled pre-holiday weekend. Join us as we travel to Massachusetts for a variety of activities and experiences. There’s something for everyone on this trip! On Friday, we head towards Sandwich where we’ll enjoy a buffet luncheon at the Daniel Webster Inn followed by a visit to the Sandwich Glass Museum. The Inn, the centerpiece of historic Sandwich village, is proudly recognized as a distinguished restaurant of North America, placing it in the top 1% of restaurants in the country. At the museum, we’ll celebrate the 9th annual Glassblower’s Christmas where hundreds of unique glass ornaments, made by the region’s finest local and national glass artists will adorn Christmas trees in the Contemporary Gallery. We’ll ooh and ahh over the enchanting stained glass holiday village exhibit and watch a demonstration of molten glass, drawn from the furnace, blown and pressed into exquisite shapes. This evening we’ll head to Plymouth and the America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Kick-off concert at Memorial Hall. “The weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday occasion as well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth.” usathanksgiving.com Tonight’s accommodations are at the Townplace Suites by Marriott in Wareham. Offering free WIFI, hot breakfast buffet, spacious guest suites, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, “In a Pinch” market and 24 hour coffee service, this property is sure to please. Saturday morning, it’s back to Plymouth for grandstand seating at the Hometown Thanksgiving Parade. This is one of America’s only historically accurate parades, visually bringing to life America’s rich heritage representing each century from the 17th through the 21st. Music, historical reenactments, vintage American cars and beautiful handmade floats are all part of the visual feast and fun. After the parade, we’ll continue the celebration with a full Thanksgiving Dinner buffet at Plimoth Plantation. Where better to have our turkey and all the trimmings than at the place where it all began! Be forewarned, there may be pilgrims joining us for lunch! Our time at Plimouth ends with a visit to the Craft Center where celebrated artisans provide guests with a glimpse into the historic crafts and technologies that allow the Museum to so vividly re-create the look and feel of the 17th century. Later in the afternoon our motorcoach transports us to Springfield where this evening’s accommodations are at the Sheraton Monarch Place. Contemporary accommodations, friendly service and an outstanding location make this a destination hotel. We’ll enjoy spacious rooms, complimentary internet, indoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant and thoughtful amenities at this downtown location. Dinner and evening activities are on your own tonight. The hotel is only two blocks from the brand new MGM Casino where a number of restaurants are featured along with gaming and entertainment. Alternately, there is a variety of dining options in the Sheraton vicinity. Sunday begins with a breakfast buffet followed by time at the Old Deerfielld Holiday Sampler Craft Fair at the Eastern States Exposition Better Living Center. Featuring over 240 juried crafters, designers and artists, this will be a fun way to start your holiday shopping! Early afternoon takes us back downtown for a visit to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Not just for kids, the museum is a tribute to Springfield native Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Our guided tour invites us to enjoy the creativity and genius of this inspiring author. Heading East, we have one more trip highlight planned at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield. This special dining event, The Fireplace Feast, is prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Chowder is bubbling in the cauldron, prime rib is roasting over the crackling fire and New England’s best apple pie is being prepared in the kitchen. Enjoy the feast! Registration fee includes motorcoach transportation, overnight accommodations (two nights), Friday lunch, museum tours, parade seating, craft show and concert tickets, Thanksgiving buffet and Fireplace Feast. Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 16, 17 & 18 Departure 7:00 am from Waterville (Location TBA) 10:45 pm Return Departure 7:45 am from Gardiner (Hannaford) 10:00 pm Return Deadline to register is October 31st. No refunds issued after that date.
Vienna Choir Boys Holiday Celebration
with Diann Bailey
Kick off the holiday season with this amazing Christmas concert from the Vienna Choir Boys – one of most famous concert choirs in the world. Today’s choir is the modern-day descendant of the boys' choirs of the Viennese Court, dating back to the late Middle Ages. The approximately 100 boys between 10 and 14 years of age sing in four different choir groups at various public occasions around the world. This year’s New England concert is at Carey Hall in Lexington Massachusetts. After selling out Cary Hall in 2017, the Boys Choir returns to Lexington for a holiday performance featuring traditional and contemporary favorites. The angelic-voiced musicians celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a delightful program of Christmas hymns, Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, and holiday carols. For six centuries, these young cultural ambassadors have been adored the world over for their wide range of repertoire, purity of tone, and generosity of musical spirit. Our day includes some holiday shopping time at Quincy Market prior to the afternoon concert. Boston is sure to be dressed in its holiday finest and Faneuil Hall marketplace hosts the largest Christmas tree in New England. Registration fee includes motorcoach transportation and orchestra level concert ticket. Sunday, December 2, 2018 Departure 7:15 am from Waterville (Elm Plaza) Appr. 8:30 pm Return Departure 8:00 am from Gardiner (I-95 exit 102 Park and Ride) Appr. 8:00 pm Return Deadline to register is October 31st. No refunds will be issued after this date.