Mendota Area Departures


The perfect start to the holiday season – a trip to the Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique" in Barrington Hills for a catered luncheon with wine in the Carousel House. This is the 44,000 square foot private residence of the Sanfilippo family, (owners of the Fischer Nut Company) which holds a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles. It's worth the trip just to see the Eden Palais Carousel. After lunch, we will move into the home itself for a musical organ concert featuring the world's largest restored theater pipe organ. Seeing is believing! Wow!

  • Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, September 30 at 8:00 AM
  • Cost: $118
  • Fee Includes: Tour, lunch, transportation, taxes, tips

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 – "NEWSIES" – Oriental Theatre, Chicago, IL

Newsies took New York by storm and now it's coming to Chicago to the Oriental Theatre! It is the smash-hit, crowd pleasing new musical from Disney. A heart pounding, high energy explosion of song and dance -- they delivered the newspapers until they made the headlines. Newsies was the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Score and Best Choreography! This performance is in Chicago for four weeks only! Lunch is not included in the price but we will stop at the Grand Lux Restaurant prior to the performance; they have a wide range of selections on their menu at very reasonable prices ... with delicious desserts!

  • Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00 AM
  • Cost: $118
  • Fee Includes: Theater tickets, transportation, taxes, tips


If you have ever seen her videos aboard a Vista coach or heard her on TV, you will want to book your ticket now for her LIVE performance at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. She is hilarious!!! Tickets are limited so call immediately if interested. Registration is open now.

* Cost: $23 for the performance

* Travel Cost: We will provide transportation from Mendota to Bloomington at a nominal fee to be determined

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 acoustics and ambiance of the Lyric Opera House provide an even great musical experience. More details to follow.

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

This musical spends a day in the life of Marvin and Lloyd -- fishing buddies and home grown philosophers. This side-splitting comedy will have you laughing from start to finish, guaranteed to thaw out your funny bone with tunes such as "Ode to the Snowmobile Suit," "Fish is a Miracle Food," and "The One That Got Away."

* Sign-Up Time: To be determined

* Cost: To be determined

* Fee Includes: Transportation, lunch, musical performance

For more information on the Mendota departures please contact:

Jill Becker: 815.539.1526 or

Jean Simkins: 815.539.1524 or