Mendota Area Departures

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015 -- PREVIEW MEETING FOR GULF SHORE BREEZES & NASHVILLE -- Extended Trip on April 3 - 10, 2016

Time: 6:30 P.M.

Where: Mendota Golf Course, 35666 US Hwy 34 West, Mendota

Please R.S.V.P. to Jill or Jean if you are planning to attend this meeting

JUST BOOKED!!! We don't even have our brochure or all of the details yet, but we thought you would love this 8-day/7-night motor coach trip as much as we did! Usher in Spring 2016 with a quick get-away to Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL for (3) nights and just RELAX on the white sand beaches. We will follow this up with (2) nights on our return through Nashville to see some iconic country music sites. Sprinkled in along the way is a tour of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum, French Quarter-themed Fairhope, AL (with beignets!), a dolphin cruise, optional tour to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, Gaylord Hotel tour, Nashville City Tour, Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, and so much more! Price will range from $1500 to $1700, and we will confirm pricing soon. We are taking an "Interested" list beginning now, and will have registration forms soon.

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: Open Now

* Cost: $99

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


Pack your bag, put in your lucky rabbit's foot, warm up the credit card, and get ready to be "All Shook Up"! You won't want to miss this exciting 2-day adventure to Indiana, Michigan and back to Chicago for a game of Bingo! Included in our adventure are: Tour of the Jacob Henry Mansion with breakfast buffet, Performance of All Shook Up at Theatre at the Center with lunch included, evening dinner at Shoreline Brewery with taste testing available, overnight stay at Four Winds Casino with extras, shopping at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, relaxing wine tasting at Shady Creek Winery, lunch at B & J's American Cafe, a walk in the gardens at International Friendship Gardens, a quick stop at the Albanese Candy Factory, and finishing with a unique performance of We Gotta Bingo which includes dinner and lots of hilarious antics.

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* Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, June 2 at 8:00 A.M.

* Cost: $298 Double / $383 Single

* Fee Includes: All tours, tickets for performances, meals as listed on flyer, transportation, taxes and tips.

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You won't want to miss this remarkable river cruise along the Chicago River and hear the history behind many of the famous "cloud busters" (skyscrapers as they are now commonly known). No matter which direction you look from the deck, yet another story looms up from the riverside related in fascinating detail by an expert guide. Following our 90-minute excursion, we will relax and enjoy a unique culinary experience at Geja's Café. The mouth-watering fondue courses of salad, cheese, meat, and dessert will indulge your tastebuds in a very satisfying experience.

* Sign-Up Time: Open for Reservations Now

* Cost: $105

* Fee Includes: River cruise, lunch, transportation, taxes and tips


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, and five 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 9:30 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 at Harner's Bakery & Restaurant to rest our weary feet, and enjoy your choice of a plated lunch with yummy homemade dessert!

* Sign-Up Time: Open Now for Reservations

* Cost: $52

* Fee Includes: Show entrance, lunch, taxes, and tip

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015 -- "ROUTE 66" -- Circa 21 Theatre, Rock Island, IL

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! The delicious Circa 21 plated lunch is included, and you can choose to have your dessert after lunch or at intermission. We are still considering another stop in the area that would be of interest.

* Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00 A.M.

* Cost: $82

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


We are treating members from all (4) Vista areas with a unique visit to Barnacopia where you will be amazed as you wander through the museum and view the collections that will awaken some of your fondest childhood memories, all while being entertained with music and food, compliments of Vista Club. Next we venture over to White Pines Theatre for a delicious buffet dinner and a hilarious rendition of Scrooge – the Comedy. More details and cost to follow.

* Sign-Up Time: To be determined

* Cost: To be determined

* Fee Includes: To be determined

For more information on the Mendota departures please contact:

Jill Becker: 815.539.1526 or

Jean Simkins: 815.539.1524 or