Bloomington Area Departures

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016 -- CHRISTMAS-WITH-THE-CLUB, Joliet & Romeoville, IL

Please join us for our 2016 Christmas Season Celebration! Enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with Vista Club members from all 21 First State Bank locations. We will

travel to Joliet and gather at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

 All decked for the holidays, this impressive museum was formerly a Methodist Church built in 1909 and now houses the Route 66 Experience & Welcome Center. The museum offers a variety of wonderful displays including a tribute to the I & M Canal, Joliet sports figures, and boasts a step-in Lunar Lander Simulator envisioned by Joliet's John Houbolt for the Apollo 11 race to the moon. You can view many more exhibits which illustrate how the past shaped the world you now enjoy.

 Enjoy some delicious finger foods and Christmas cookies while recalling memories with your Vista friends from previous trips.

Our Vista Club Christmas Party continues as we travel to White Fence Farm where you will enjoy a delicious pre-selected entrée of either their famous Fried Chicken, Broiled Fish, or Ribeye Steak! All dinners will be served with salads, corn fritters, and delicious dessert! Then sit back and enjoy the entertaining Christmas program planned for you with world renowned Bill Clary. He is a Humorist and Illusionist who will amaze you with his "magic"!

Cost: $89 pp -- Be prepared to select your dinner entrée when registering.

Fee includes: Self-guided tour of museum, food, beverages, dinner, entertainment, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-Up Schedule: All motor coach routes, locations, and time schedules will be available by early November.


We are already hard at work looking for fun and entertaining venues for next year for our Vista members! Not all ideas are complete yet, but here is a quick Save-the-Date Calendar that you might be interested in:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017 -- FLANAGAN'S WAKE at Chicago Theater Works, Chicago, IL

This hilarious interactive matinee lunch and performance will have you in stitches! It will be similar to We Gotta Bingo that we enjoyed immensely in 2015 but based around some St. Patrick's Day shenanigans!!! Flanagan's Wake, transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here we meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancée of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens.

Vista is planning a joint venture into Chicago for this day with all four Vista offices coordinating our efforts, so motor coach schedules, pricing, etc. will be determined after the first of the year, but you can call and register immediately!

Cost: To be determined

Fee includes: Interactive performance, lunch, taxes, all tips, and motor coach transportation

Pick-Up Schedule: To be determined

Deadline for Reservations:

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 -- THE LION KING at Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO

Feel the love for many nights this summer and join the circle of life along with Disney's Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Nala and all of Pride Rock in this wonderful production that features not only the amazing journey of Simba from a playful and careless cub to the rightful king of the animal kingdom, but also lively, soulful and pounding rhythms that will transport you to the African Pridelands, as well as eye-popping and awesome visuals as conceptualized by its director, Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, bringing on stage lifelike and life-size characters clad in vibrant costumes that can only be seen in this production. More than a smash hit adaptation of the original heartwarming Disney flick, The Lion King is a moving, exuberant and thrilling musical that combines the breathtaking marvels of nature and the pulsating beats of African music, resulting to "a landmark event in entertainment" as Newsweek puts it. Reservations are open!

Cost: $139

Fee includes: Performance, meal at the theater, taxes, all tips, and motor coach transportation

Pick-Up Schedule: To be determined

Deadline for Reservations: Friday, December 30, 2016

For more information on the Bloomington departures please contact:

Evon Long: 309.663.6300 ext. 821 or