Bloomington Area Departures

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL -- Wednesday, July 2 – "Operation Normandy"

Join us in recognizing the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Stroll through historical displays which honor America and those that served during D-Day, hear about a father's journey on D-Day and what really happened on the Shores of Omaha Beach, and tap your toe to the Boogie Woogie tunes of the Legacy Girls as they present an Andrew Sister's Musical Review. (Click here for more information.)

Thursday, July 17 – Forest City Treasures

Come along with us to "The Forest City" otherwise known as Rockford, IL. We will begin our day with a relaxing tour of the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Following our tour, we will enjoy lunch at Shogun Japanese restaurant while watching the highly skilled chefs prepare our meal. Then we will start the afternoon with a river cruise on the Forest City Queen. We will tour the newly renovated Coronado Theater and finish our day at a chocolate bar with chocolate tortes. YUM!!! (Click here for more information.)

Friday, July 25 – "All Shook Up"

Join us for a fun Friday night out as we travel to Springfield for a 1950's humorous musical featuring songs from Elvis Presley. We will drive down for dinner and then go to the Muni. This musical comedy is filled with mistaken identity and mayhem ensues after a mysterious guitar player comes to town. This show will have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes and singing along. Bring a friend and join us for a fun evening out. (Click here for more information.)

August 2 - Grandparent's Day

Our annual grandparents' day trip is currently planned for Chicago. We will travel to Wrigley Field for a 1 1/2 hour tour around the stadium. Following our tour, we will travel to the Museum of Science and Industry for lunch and to enjoy the entire afternoon as you choose at the museum. Due to current renovations planned this summer, we are waiting to receive confirmation about touring Wrigley Field. (Click here for more information.)

Friday, September 5 – "Breakfast with the Club"

Featuring the Mayor of Bloomington, Tari Renner, and the Mayor of Normal, Chris Koos. This morning we will get to hear directly from our community leaders about the Twin Cities. Do you have a question you have been longing to ask your Mayor? Now is your chance to have your question answered. We want to maximize our time with the Mayors so they can answer as many questions as possible. To do so, we respectfully ask for your questions to me by Tuesday, September 2nd. This event is open to all. Please invite your friends to join us at this event. (More information is coming soon.)

October 15 - "Place de La Musique" at Sanfilippo Mansion

One of Vista Club's most popular trips is back. Join us as we travel to the estate of the Sanfilippo family, owner of the Fisher Nut Company. This world-renowned estate is known for its magnificent collections of beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and gambling machines, chandeliers, the world's largest restored theater pipe organ, the most spectacular European Carousel in existence, street and tower clocks and steam engines, all displayed within a breathtaking French Second Empire setting. Join us for a tour of this phenomenal estate. (More information coming soon)

December 7 - Beef & Boards Christmas Show

Fa La La La La - Join us this holiday season as we travel East to Indianapolis to Beef & Boards Dinner Theater for their annual Christmas Show Spectacular. The season is beautifully celebrated through song and story in this original production that has become a family tradition. Enjoy a buffet style lunch prior to the show and a delicious chocolate store stop after the show. (More information coming soon)

For more information on the Bloomington departures please contact:

Evon Long: 309.663.6300 ext. 821 or