Mendota Area Departures


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 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 "Boston Blackies" for lunch of your choice. 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


We have not finalized all of the details yet, but you may want to call us and mark this on your calendar. We have an opportunity to enjoy a Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers 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 and beverages are included, including beer and wine. Come and cheer the Cubbies on to a victory!

* Sign-Up Time: 8:00 AM on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

* Cost: $145 per person

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

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 hot 10-piece swing band as well as a stunning video and photographic imagery that tell the story of this once-in-a-century artist. Final plans for lunch or dinner have not been completed.

* Sign-Up Time: 8:00 AM on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

* Cost: To Be Determined

* Fee Includes: Transportation, lunch or dinner, performance, taxes, and tips

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, taxes and tips

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 or dinner buffet 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