2021 Day Trips
Thursday, September 30, 2021
FOREVER PLAID - DRURY LANE THEATRE
Vista Club invites you to join us as we return to day trips for this iconic musical. On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a “guy group” specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the ‘50s and includes hits such as “Three Coins in the Fountain” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.” (Run time: 2 hours) Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 1.
Cost: $105 Per Person
Fee Includes: Pre-show lunch, matinee show tickets, transportation, taxes & tips
Pick Up: Schnuck's in Normal 8:15 a.m., Flying J in LaSalle 9:30 a.m.
A Taste of Romance
Friday, October 29, 2021
A TASTE OF ROMANCE - SAVANNA, IL
Join us for the day as we discover an enchanted place filled with dreams, love, and art. Along the mighty Mississippi lies the small town of Savanna, IL. It is here we will visit the mansion on the hill known as Havencrest Castle. Originally built in 1872, Mr. & Mrs. Alan St. George became the 7th owners of this estate in 1976. Pouring over every detail, together they transported each room to long-forgotten eras without the aid of architects or designers. Our self-guided tour will feature Alan St. George’s sculptures, paintings, and murals inspired by his wife, the love of his life, Mrs. Adrianne Blue Wakefield-St. George. This private sanctuary of love and art offers a world of romantic dreams where reality and illusion merge and fantasies come true.
We will relax at Circa 1888 for lunch. Please see side 2 for lunch options. Following lunch we will explore the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center conveniently located across the street. After 50 volunteers came together in 2010 to renovate this location, it received the Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award. This updated center features local historical Savanna residents including the Wayne King Room which showcases this local son’s life’s work of his professional music heard on broadcasts from CBS and WGN radio and NBC radio and television; Helen Scott Hay, a highly decorated WW1 nurse; Gene Wright’s Gallery of Civil War Soldiers featuring impressive life-size displays; and a room-sized model railroad display. You will have time to browse along main street between the fully restored Savanna Central Rail Car (a 5-minute walk from the museum) and Frank Fritz’s Find (from American Pickers) which offers a quaint little store room featuring some of his antique finds.
As we begin our journey home, we will travel through the town of Fulton, IL where we’ll stop at Krumpets Bakery. Take advantage of the wonderful assortment of bakery-fresh goods such as dessert bars, seasonal treats, cookies and more to enjoy on the ride home. Pies are also available for purchase to enjoy later.
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 1
Cost: $98 Per person
Fee Includes: Self-guided tour of Havencrest Castle, lunch, admissions and tour fee for Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, motor coach transportation, all taxes and tips (including the driver tip)
Pick Up: Normal (Schnuck’s) - Depart 7:00 a.m. / Drop off 7:15 p.m., LaSalle (Flying J) - Pick up 8:00 a.m. / Drop off 6:00 p.m., Princeton (Road Ranger) - Pick Up 8:30 a.m. / 5:30 p.m.
Christmas at the Lodges
Wednesday, December 7, 2021
CHRISTMAS AT THE LODGES - PIKE COUNTY
Join us for a fun and festive day touring some of the most beautiful lodges in Pike County decked for the holidays.
The lodges feature multiple floors to explore, large luxury rooms set up for our viewing pleasure. Enjoy live Christmas music and keep on the look out for your chance to purchase holiday décor along the way. Along with the self-guided tours, this day also features a progressive food fiesta as well. We begin with brunch at the first lodge, enjoy a potluck style lunch mid-day, and desserts and bite-size eats at the various lodges in the afternoon (so come hungry). Join us for this unique day of touring luxury lodges off-the-beaten path in Pike County. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 1.
Fee Includes: Touring each lodge, all food and beverages offered, motor coach transportation, all taxes and driver’s tip. (Note: This does not include optional tips for the various live performers featured throughout the day.)
Cost: $125 Per Person
Pick Up: Americas Best Hotel, Wenona: Pick Up 5:30 a.m., Schnuck’s in Normal: Pick Up 6:15 a.m.
Access to CC machines is very limited. Plan to bring cash for any possible purchases. Lodges are not equipped with graduated sidewalks to enter buildings nor elevators to access floors.
Friday, December 17, 2021
HANDEL'S MESSIAH - CHICAGO, IL
Join Vista Club this December for a matinee performance at the Chicago Symphony Hall. From the awe-inspiring “Hallelujah” chorus to the many thrilling and intimate arias, Handel’s landmark oratorio is not-to-be missed CSO holiday tradition. Nicholas McGegan, “one of the finest Baroque conductors of his generation,” leads a glorious reunion of the assembled forces of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Create your own trip fee. Read through the options below to determine the final amount due:
- Select from option 1 (upper balcony) or 2 (main floor-rear). There are a defined number of seats available for each option and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- If you elect to add-on the option for a guaranteed lunch location, see below for lunch selections and provide when registering. If you do not wish to include lunch, you are on your own to find a lunch option and to make sure you get to the Symphony Hall for the 1:30 matinee.
Trip Fee Option 1: $118 per person (upper balcony seats, motorcoach, associated taxes, tips, service fees)
Trip Fee Option 2: $133 per person (main floor–rear seats, motorcoach, associated taxes, tips, service fees)
Lunch at Italian Village (Optional): Add $32 per person to selected trip fee option. Select from below:
First Course Selections
- Homemade Minestrone - hearty classic Italian vegetable soup
- Salad - mixed greens with our special Italian Dressing
Second Course Selections
- Four Cheese Tortelli - Pillow shaped pasta, filled with Parmesan, Asiago, Romano and Ricotta cheeses, in a cherry tomato-basil broth
- Fettuccine Alfredo - Homemade flat noodles tossed in cream butter, and Parmesan cheese
- Lasagna - Home Specialty of pasta layers, meat sauce, cream sauce, and Parmesan cheese
Included Rum Cake for Dessert
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 15
Pick Up: Schnucks (Normal) depart 8:00 a.m. / drop off 6:45 p.m., Flying J (LaSalle) pick up 9:00 a.m. / drop off 5:45 p.m. Drop off times are dependent on traffic.
CSO COVID-19 Protocols
This location requires a mask to be worn at all times while at the symphony hall. Each attendees must be able to show ‘Proof of Vaccination’ or ‘Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test’ within 72 hours upon arrival. (‘Proof of Vaccination’ means you must be able to show the process has been completed at least 14 days prior to the trip to be considered fully vaccinated - one dose by Johnson & Johnson or both doses by Pfizer or Moderna.)