Northern Region Departures


If you have laughed along with the Church Basement Ladies previously, don't worry ... this is an all new show! In this latest and final installment of the series, we will be transported back to 1979 and the day of the church's Centennial Celebration. If you have ever attended a church potluck supper, you will feel right at home as the parishioners gather to share hot dishes, cookie bars, and stories from the last 100 years. The day includes a sumptuous lunch including dessert along with a dazzling pre-show revue by the "Bootleggers" (performing wait staff).

On our way home we will stop at the Quad Cities Botanical Center for a tropical escape and Chocolate Tour. This tour takes a closer look at the sweet lure of chocolate. Our addiction to chocolate began more than 3000 years ago in Central America. We'll examine the fascinating history of chocolate, follow the chocolate-making process, taste several exotic-flavored fudges, and make a visit to a chocolate tree (and other highlighted plants) in the tropical conservatory.

Cost: $90 per person

Registration: Open now through March 2015

Fee Includes: Lunch, performance, Botanical Center tour, motor coach transportation, taxes and tips

Departure: 9:30 AM from First State Bank Rochelle parking lot, return approx. 6:30 PM.

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 from Mendota, 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: Open Now

* 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."

* Registration is Open

* Cost: To be determined

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

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.

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.

* Registration is Open

* Cost: To be determined

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

For more information on the Northern Departures contact:

Bobbi Burke, 815.562.2200, X52044 or