Northern Region Departures

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 for Reservations -- Only 6 seats left

* Cost: $99

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

Departs: Rochelle Petro at 8:30 A.M.

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015 -- PREVIEW MEETING FOR GULF SHORE BREEZES & NASHVILLE -- Extended Trip on April 3 - 10, 2016

Time: 5:00 P.M.

Where: Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Avenue, Rochelle

Please R.S.V.P. to Bobbi for 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 22, 2015 -- "WEDDING BELLES" & WORLD WARS, White Pines Theatre & Roberts Armory

Won't you join us for another dose of those LOL's (Little Old Ladies) we saw last summer? Just when you thought the LOL's couldn't get any sillier, they have been reincarnated in reverse! Instead of becoming someone new, these gals have gone back into the past to portray 5 society ladies in the late 1940s who practically rule the tiny Texas town of Plainview! What better task for them than to help a young lady plan her wedding and prepare for married life with a recruit who is ready to serve his country in the Korean conflict? You never know what to expect from the LOL's but one thing you can count on is the fun we will have experiencing Angie Lowe's latest effort, "Wedding Belles Are Ringing" and all the joy and energy she puts into her plays.

After our delicious lunch and the play, we will return to Rochelle to visit Roberts WWII Armory. This world-class museum is a well-kept secret and only open to the public a few days of the year. The proprietors, Chuck and Lydia Roberts, will be available to answer all of your questions and share stories about their amazing collection of vehicles, uniforms and many other artifacts of WW II (Including a piece of Hitler's bunker).

* R.S.V.P. no later than Friday, June 15

* Cost: $74

Cost includes: Lunch, performance, Armory tour, transportation, taxes and tips.

Departs: First State Bank Rochelle at 10:00 a.m.

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 10, 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.


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.


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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 -- LAND, WATER & WINE, Starved Rock State Park & August Hill Winery, Utica, IL

You won't want to miss out on this tour through historic Starved Rock State Park and Utica, IL! We will begin with a delicious, hot lunch in the rustic dining room at the majestic Starved Rock Lodge. Then we will board the trolley to learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. SRSP boasts canyons, waterfalls, prairies, and sculptures spread through the park and, who knows, we may even see an eagle! We will also view the Lock & Dam and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Next we will board the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddlewheel boat, for a leisurely 50-minute river cruise on the picturesque Illinois River before returning to the Lodge and boarding our bus for the short trip to the charming Village of Utica.

Located in the heart of downtown we will find the August Hill Winery nestled between charming shops and the LaSalle County Historical Museum. Enjoy a wonderful experience in the beautiful new tasting room as an August Hill associate leads us through the tasting experience. We will be able to see, smell and taste how a glass affects wine and uncover the secrets of food and wine pairings.

* R.S.V.P. by August 10, 2015

* Cost: $94

Fee includes: Transportation, lunch, land and water tour, wine tasting, taxes, and tips.

Departs: Rochelle First State Bank at 9:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 9:45 a.m.


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! Plated lunch is included, and you can choose to have your dessert after lunch or during intermission. Another stop is still being determined.

* R.S.V.P. by September 15, 2015

* 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.

* R.S.V.P. to be determined

* Cost: To be determined

* Fee Includes: Transportation, museum entrance, food, beverages, entertainment, dinner, musical performance, taxes and tips

For more information on the Northern Departures contact:

Bobbi Burke, 815.562.2200, X52044 or