Bloomington Area Departures

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015 -- BREAKFAST WITH THE CLUB -- EXCLUSIVE "BEHIND THE SCENES" TOUR OF NEW ISU HANCOCK STADIUM & REDBIRD ARENA

Come join us for our annual Kick-Off Spring Breakfast Event at the exclusive Club Room located in the new Hancock Stadium which features scenic views of every sporting venue on campus.

Our featured speaker for this event is from the RSVP program offered through the YWCA. Have you always wanted to volunteer, but don't know what is available? This program shares with you the opportunities available in the surrounding area and matches you with an activity which best fits your commitment level whether it's a one-time event, short-term, or on-going. Following our meeting time, we will enjoy an exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the new Hancock Stadium and Redbird Arena. This includes a guided tour of numerous areas that are not open to the public. Join us for this exclusive opportunity and don't forget to bring a friend!

8:30 - Welcome in the ISU Hancock Stadium Club Room

9:00 - RSVP Presentation By Brittany Cornell from the YWCA

9: 45 - Vista Club Overview for 2015

10:30 - Guided "Behind-the-Scenes" Tour featuring private areas within Hancock Stadium and Redbird Arena.

RSVP by Monday, April 27 -- Due to tour and facility requirements, RSVP's are needed to attend this event.

Cost: $5


SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 -- MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Springfield, IL

Wow! For one night only, the amazing show "Million Dollar Quartet" is coming to Sangamon University in Springfield. Don't miss this energetic re-enactment of the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n roll icons  Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Join Vista Club and re-live such hits as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Who Do You Love?" "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more.


We will stop for dinner at Texas Roadhouse and then continue on to the show after dinner where I'm sure there will be a "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"!


R.S.V.P. by April 1, 2015

Cost: $89

Price includes: Transportation, show, taxes, and tips. 

Depart Bloomington at 3:30 & Return at approx. 10:30 p.m.


THURSDAY & FRIDAY, MAY 7 & 8, 2015 -- CUBS VS. CARDINALS, St. Louis, MO

Cubs vs Cards….

one of the ultimate all-time sports rivalries. Get a personal view of the rivalry as we travel to St. Louis for an afternoon game. Sit back and enjoy the ride with Cubs and Cards fans as we travel to Busch Stadium for a game start time of 12:45 p.m. Your game ticket includes $12 Cardinal Cash to spend at Concessions or Gift Shop. Following the game, we will travel to our overnight accommodations at the Drury Inn & Suites/St. Louis Convention Center. You will have the evening free for dinner and/or any other entertainment desired. LacLede's Landing is a two block walk where you can find many restaurants, bars, casino, and much more. However, the hotel offers free eats at 5:30 called Kickback. The rotating menu features items like soup, hotdogs, baked potatoes, mac 'n cheese, chicken fingers, salad, etc. (Some guests have enjoyed as their dinner.)


Day 2: You can take advantage of the complimentary breakfast featured at the hotel before we depart. We will leave the hotel and travel back to the ball park for a behind-the-scenes tour of Busch Stadium. Following our tour, we have an opportunity to see the Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum. We then travel to McGurk's Irish Restaurant for some great Irish food. Next, it is off to Anheuser-Busch for a tour (and some samples). We will cap off our time in St. Louis with a stop at Sweet Divine to pick up some sweet treats for the ride home -- perhaps your favorite team will win the game!


R.S.V.P. by March 27, 2015

Cost per person: $330 Single Room, $252 Double Room, $225 Triple Room, $211 Quad Room

Price Includes: Game Tickets plus $12 Cardinal Cash, Tour of Busch Stadium, Cardinal Hall of Fame & Museum, Tour at Anheuser-Busch, Lunch at McGurk's, Treat at Sweet Divine, Hotel with Breakfast, Transportation, Taxes, and Tips (this includes driver's tip).

Time Schedules will be published at a later date.


THURSDAY - SATURDAY, JULY 23 - 25, 2015 -- GERMAN FEST & MORE, Milwaukee, WI

Mitkommen (Come along) with us as we travel north of the border to the "City of Festivals"… Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a 3 day/2 night adventure. This city hosts some of the largest ethnic and cultural festivals across the nation. Join us as we travel to Milwaukee for their annual German Fest which is known as the nation's largest festival of its kind. One of the most exciting areas in downtown Milwaukee is the Old World Historic District where we will begin our trip with a Walking Food Tour in this area. Don't worry, we only cover approximately 1 mile over a 3-hour time period. Our tour includes local specialties along with learning about the rich history of many buildings and architecture featured along our path. Following the tour, we are off to one of the best local breweries: Sprecher Brewery. We have a chance to view the production area, listen to the company's history, receive a keepsake glass as well as sample the beer or root beer, all you can drink soda, along with a thank you gift pack as we depart. You will have time to visit the gift shop before we leave. Our next stop is the Fairfield Inn & Suites -- our home away from home for 2 nights. You will have time to check in and get situated in your room; then you can utilize the great information we learned on our food tour to enjoy your choice of local restaurants/pubs for the evening.


Day 2 begins with a wonderful breakfast at the hotel before we depart. Our first stop is a guided tour of the Harley Davidson Museum, which includes time on your own to explore the displays or visit the gift shop. Then, we are off to the famous Milwaukee Art Museum. Our time is scheduled so we will be able to see the famous Burke Brise Soleil Display. This architectural masterpiece will amaze you as you watch the huge "wings" open and close while you enjoy your lunch. We will complete our visit with a guided tour (and, yes, they have a gift shop too). Included in our trip to Milwaukee is a visit to the Basilica of St. Josephat which is consistently listed as one of the top rated attractions in Milwaukee. Our guide will take us through this beautiful campus where we learn about its rich history and beautiful architecture. We will then stop by the hotel for a quick break to drop off anything you have picked up during the day, and gather anything you would like for the evening. Then, it is off to Festival Park for the opening night of German Fest! You will be on our own to enjoy the Festival Activities as desired for the remainder of the evening.


On Day 3 we start traveling back towards home with a stop in Lake Geneva. This beautiful place features one of the most interesting boat rides you will ever take….the famous Mail Boat Tour. We will ride on Lake Geneva and watch as a daring young mail carrier jumps on and off the boat to deliver the mail. The catch is the boat never stops so the mail carrier must be in tip-top shape; otherwise he may be taking an unexpected bath. Following this cruise adventure, we will walk over to a local restaurant for a nice plated lunch. After our lunch, we will head back home. We hope you will consider joining us for this mini get-away vacation!


Price includes: Food Tour, Sprecher Brewery Tour, Harley Davidson Tour, Art Museum Tour, Basilica Tour, Admission to German Fest, Mail Boat Tour, Day 1 Lunch, Day 2 Breakfast & Lunch, Day 3 Breakfast & Lunch, Hotel and Baggage, Transportation, Driver's Tip, and all applicable taxes and tips for each tour and meal.


R.S.V.P. by June 1, 2015

Cost: $658 Single Room, $499 Double Room, $446 Triple Room, $420 Quad Room

Departure is 7:00 a.m. from Bloomington / 8:00 a.m. Pick ups at Flying J in LaSalle or 8:30 a.m. at Mendota / 8:45ish a.m. pick up at Rochelle. Return approximate times: 3:30 p.m. Rochelle or 4:00 p.m. Mendota / 4:15 p.m. La Salle plus extended break / 6:00 p.m. Bloomington.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015 -- THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI, Rock Island & Moline, IL

The Mississippi River has long been considered one of the most important waterways in North America. Travel with us to the Quad Cities as we come to understand why the river is a source of recreation as well as a vital element to the economy. We begin at the largest government-owned manufacturing facility: the Rock Island Arsenal. The highly secure site offers step-on-guided tours only to give you a snap-shot of what goes on behind-the-scenes at this amazing place which supports the armed forces. After the tour we will have time to explore some of the history of what made this place so great at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. This is the Army's second oldest museum which originally opened July 4, 1905. After our visit, we will enjoy the majestic splendor of the Mississippi as we glide down the river on the Celebration Belle as the captain narrates during our lunch cruise. Following the cruise, we will explore some of the items we saw on the cruise, up close and personal, at the Mississippi River Visitors Center which will provide a tour of the Lock and Dam (maybe we will get to see this in action)! While 1/2 of the group starts here, the other 1/2 will begin at Colonel Davenport's Home. Located adjacent to the arsenal, Colonel George Davenport built a home after arriving in 1816 with the US Army. He was one of the most influential people in developing what is now known as the Quad Cities. His history includes negotiating between the military and Indians during the Blackhawk Wars along with economic development for businesses in the area. After both groups have toured each location, we will travel back home with a new respect for the Mighty Mississippi and how it supports all Americans.


R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 17

Cost: $79

Price includes: Tour of the Arsenal, admission to museum, river cruise & lunch, tour of the lock & dam, Colonel Davenport's Home, transportation, taxes and tips. Depart Bloomington at 7:00 a.m. & Return approx. 6:30 p.m.


SEPTEMBER, 2015 -- BEHIND THE SCENES, Chicago, IL -- MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW


OCTOBER, 2015 -- HIDDEN GEMS, Champaign, IL -- MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015 -- "ROUTE 66" -- Circa 21 Theatre, Rock Island, IL

AREA PREMIERE! In Circa '21's tradition of presenting musicals that feel as comfortable as your favorite sweater, Route 66 is a new romantic musical comedy featuring catchy story songs and clever down home lyrics that move to the rhythm of America. It is about two people falling in love not only with each other but also with the good ole U.S.A! Plated lunch or dinner buffet is included with another stop being determined.


R.S.V.P. by

* Cost: To be determined

* Price Includes: Transportation, lunch, musical performance, taxes and tips






For more information on the Bloomington departures please contact:


Evon Long: 309.663.6300 ext. 821 or elong@firststatebank.biz