Mendota Area Departures

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 -- "CAROUSEL" -- Lyric Opera House in Chicago, IL

Come with Vista and enjoy this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic which has been named the "Best Musical of the 20th Century" by Time magazine. The show features a beautiful musical score and the most skillful and affecting example of R & H's musical storytelling. The Lyric Opera has taken the liberty to adapt the story, which now takes place in the Depression-era 1930's. They have created a world tinged in melancholy, a world of failed dreams. When the carnival comes, it is the one moment of hope every year that draws everybody out and everyone together. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. But all too soon, they fall on hard times and unbearable loss. Yet the power of love perseveres, as do the tuneful hits, in this masterpiece of American musical theater. You'll hear "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone" among other great hits! The acoustics and ambiance of the Lyric Opera House provide an even great musical experience.

And we have more treats in store for you! We had such a high demand so we ordered Amtrak train tickets for our ride into and out of Chicago! After boarding the train, sit back and relax, read, go to the dining car, or whatever your pleasure. We are scheduled to arrive at Union Station at approximately 10:40 a.m. and will then have about a 3-block walk to our restaurant for lunch (not included in price). Following lunch, we simply have to walk the bridge over the river and we will arrive at the Lyric Opera House.

* Sign-Up Time: OPEN NOW! We will take reservations beginning immediately.

* Cost: $99

* Fee Includes: Train, musical performance, and taxes

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015 -- CENTENNIAL SINATRA at Rialto Theatre, Joliet, IL

This is a Celebration of the life and music of Frank Sinatra on his 100 birthday. Steve Lippia takes the audience on a musical journey from Sinatra's earliest crooning days with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey to his historic collaborations with great arrangers. Steve is accompanied by a 10-piece swing band as well as a stunning video and photographic imagery that tell the story of this once-in-a-century artist. We will stop at the Cracker Barrel near Joliet for dinner prior to the show.

* Sign-Up Time: OPEN NOW for reservations

* Cost: $72

* Fee Includes: Transportation,performance, taxes, and tips


We have an opportunity to enjoy a Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds game with an incredible view in one of the Rooftops surrounding Wrigley Field. No parking, very little walking, no climbing bleachers, enjoy the sunshine or view the game in the shaded area or indoors -- all benefits of the Rooftop atmosphere. ALL FOOD & BEVERAGES ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE, including beer and wine. You can enjoy the day outside from the large viewing area or inside an air-conditioned lounge. We will arrive 30 minutes before game time and be escorted to the Rooftop, where you can begin with the Southwest appetizer bar or enjoy the full range of grilled items including burgers, brats, chicken, sausage, along with pulled pork and BBQ. And no juggling plates on your lap -- this is only Rooftop to offer "rails" or counter areas for you to enjoy your delicious food. Come and cheer the Cubbies on to a victory!

* Sign-Up Time: OPEN NOW -- Call immediately -- we have a very short deadline to purchase our tickets

* Cost: $133 per person

* Fee Includes: Transportation, all food and beverages, game, taxes, and tips

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015 -- "GUYS ON ICE" -- Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI

You've seen them. Little wooden shanties sitting on lake ice. Puffs of smoke rising from chimney pipes. On a quiet day, maybe the static of a tinny radio filters through plywood walls, across the frozen tundra, back to shore. In a cold world, on a cold day, on a frozen lake, these little signs of life are all most people know of a secret culture that thrives right here amongst us. Well ... wonder no more as we bring you Fred Alley's wildly popular tale of the secret world of ice fishermen. GUYS ON ICE spends a day in the life of Marvin and Lloyd - fishing buddies and home grown philosophers. And now this Wisconsin favorite gets the full Fireside treatment that will keep you laughing from start to finish. Don't miss this side-splitting musical comedy, guaranteed to thaw out your funny bone with songs like "The Wishing Hole," "Ode to the Snowmobile Suit," "Fish is a Miracle Food," and "The One That Got Away."

Of course, we will also enjoy the wonderful matinee lunch provided at the Fireside prior to the show. Today's menu includes: Boneless short rib of beef, Chicken Waterford, whipped baked acorn squash, fresh green string beans, Marvin & Lloyd salad, and topped off with traditional strawberry shortcake! Coffee, tea and milk included. Plus there will be ample time to browse through the spectacular gift shops, purchase bakery items, or relax in the lounge.

* Sign-Up Time: 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

* Cost: $99

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


All information and details and pending ... watch for updates!


At the request of our members, we have scheduled our second annual trip to this fantastic show to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. You can have it all with retail buying at wholesale prices! This is one of the largest trade shows in the U.S. Five times a year hundreds of vendors congregate with apparel, accessories and a bustling shopping environment, and First State Bank Vista Club will be there. We plan to arrive about 10 a.m. and have 4 hours to explore and search for bargains! You will find friendly and inviting show staff and vendors dedicated to making your trade show experience a lot of fun. There is a fabulous assortment of treasures with a focus on Beauty & Style and a wonderful collection of Home & Gourmet products as well. Have a great time shopping for jewelry, fashion, accessories, gifts, décor and specialty items! We will stop for a late lunch after shopping to rest our weary feet ... more details to follow.

* Sign-Up Time: To be determined

* Cost: To be determined

* Fee Includes: To be determined

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 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 is included with another stop being determined.

* Sign-Up Time: To be determined

* Cost: To be determined

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

For more information on the Mendota departures please contact:

Jill Becker: 815.539.1526 or

Jean Simkins: 815.539.1524 or