2017 Day Trips:

Sunday, April 30, 2017 -- The Lion King at Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO

Feel the love for many nights this summer and join the circle of life along with Disney's Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Nala and all of Pride Rock in this wonderful production that features not only the amazing journey of Simba from a playful and careless cub to the rightful king of the animal kingdom, but also lively, soulful and pounding rhythms that will transport you to the African Pridelands, as well as eye-popping and awesome visuals as conceptualized by its director, Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, bringing on stage lifelike and life-size characters clad in vibrant costumes that can only be seen in this production. More than a smash hit adaptation of the original heartwarming Disney flick, The Lion King is a moving, exuberant and thrilling musical that combines the breathtaking marvels of nature and the pulsating beats of African music, resulting to "a landmark event in entertainment" as Newsweek puts it. 

Cost: $139 -- WAIT LIST ONLY

Fee includes: Performance, meal at the theater, taxes, all tips, and motor coach transportation

Pick-Up Schedule: Depart Schnucks at 8:15 a.m.  Return approx. 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 -- Be Content at Home Senior Expo

Catch the fun at our booth at this Senior Expo!

Location:  Parke Hotel Conference Center, 1413 Leslie Drive, Bloomington, IL

Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 -- Breakfast with the Club

Breakfast-with-the-Club is back and we have some exciting adventures planned this year.  Our spring breakfast event will be held at the relatively new Challenger Learning Center housed on the Campus of Heartland Community College.  Following the explosion in 1986, a group of individuals got together to “Continue the Mission.”  You will be totally SURPRISED at the wide array of adventures that await in each room  FUN! FUN! FUN!  They are saving a special adventure just for the attendees that morning.  So come join us to hear about (and experience) this amazing hidden gem within our community.


8:30 Breakfast (Oh, come hungry!)

9:00 Welcome

  • Heartland Overview by new Dean, Amy Humphreys
  • Vista Club Overview
  • Break
  • Tour of the Center — divided into smaller groups

Cost:  $5

Location:  Heartland Community College Challenger Learning Center

Friday, May 26, 2017 -- Not Your Grandpappy's Farm, Fair Oaks, Indiana

The modern farmer is changing the definition of farming.  Join us as we travel just across the border to Indiana and learn first hand how farming and its products have changed.  We begin our day at Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, IN.  We will enjoy a moo-ving experience — cows watching cows riding a  carousel at The Dairy Adventure (get it?!!) Okay, I digress..."moo-ving" right along.  See how they are feeding over 9 billion people at the Winfield Crop Adventure. After touring the first two experiences they will transport us humans to their brand new Feed Room where we get fed (...yah, that would be people food). Dine on tasty farm-to-table delights before we hop on board the local bus where you will squeal with delight at the last, but not least, stop at the great Pig Adventure where we learn how pig poo is actually fueling buses (no joke!).  After all 3 adventures, we will stop by the Cowfe where you can enjoy a scoop of ice cream, try several award-winning cheeses, or maybe even buy a few souvenirs or chocolates from the gift shop before we leave.  However, the day is not over, we saved the best for last.  We will take a ride south to the RDM Shrimp Farm.  You read that right...growing shrimp in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana has become BIG business.  Discover how the farming operation works with an introductory video upon arrival.  Curious how Midwest-grown shrimp taste? They will have samples available.  We complete our stop with an on-sight facilities tour to see this modern day farming operation in action. No longer your Grandpappy’s farm!

Cost:  $87

Fee Includes:  All 3 guided tours at Fair Oaks Farm Adventures, mid-day meal, guided shrimp farm tour, transportation and all associated taxes and tips.

Pick-Up Schedule:  Depart Schnucks at 7:00 a.m., Rt. 18 & 251 at 7:40 a.m.   Return approx. 6:45 p.m. to Schnucks, 7:30 p.m. to Rt. 18 & 251.

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -- Cubs vs. Cards, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

The World Series Champions are getting ready to take to the mound in Mesa very soon.  To keep in the spirit of things, we have reserved tickets to see the rivalry again between the fiercely competitive St. Louis Cardinals and the never-say-die Cubbies.  Join Vista Club as we travel to the friendly confines for an afternoon game, currently scheduled for a 1:20 p.m. start time.  We will depart early enough for everyone to enjoy Wrigleyville and some good eats before the game.  Come along for America’s greatest pastime and wear your team colors with pride.  Tickets are available now, so call to reserve your place in the cheering section.

Cost:  $107 

Fee Includes:  Tickets, transportation, taxes and tips

Pick-Up Schedule:  To be determined

Sunday, August 13, 2017 -- White Sox vs. Kansas City, Guaranteed Rate Field (White Sox Park), Chicago, IL

FLASH - FLASH - FLASH!  Just announced!  Vista Club will be attending the White Sox VS Kansas City game in Chicago!  Stay tuned for more details!!!

Cost:  $110

Fee Includes:  Tickets to the game, $15 White Sox Bucks, transportation, taxes and driver tip

Pick-Up Schedule:  To be determined

Friday, August 18, 2017 -- Grease at The Muni, Springfield, IL

You know the music and the moves. Relive the toe-tapping 1950's based Rock-n-Roll musical that has the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies from Rydel High (a.k.a. Howard Taft High School, Chicago, IL) dancing and singing their way into our hearts.  Watch as Danny and Sandy finally say “You’re the One That I Want.”  We will travel to Springfield where you can enjoy dinner on your own at Cooks Spice Rack & Chili Co. before we make our way to The Muni, an outdoor theater, to enjoy Grease, The Musical.

Cost: $46

Fee Includes: Show, associated transportation fees, taxes and tips.

Pick-Up Schedule:  Depart Rt. 18 & 251 at 3:30 p.m. and Schnucks at 4:30 p.m.  Return approx. 11:15 p.m. at Schnucks and 12:00 a.m. at Rt. 18 & 251

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 -- Calvert Metzler Senior Expo, Bone Student Center at IL State University, Bloomington, IL

Stop by our booth and win a prize at this popular expo!  More details to follow in our newsletter.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 -- Hamilton, Private Bank Theatre, Chicago, IL

Vista Club is offering an opportunity to see the show that has taken the world by storm!  Our departure time is designed to arrive in Chicago to allow you plenty of time to dine on your own at a preferred restaurant near the theater.  A list of options will be passed out on the bus for you to view before we arrive.


Fee Includes:  Performance, transportation, fees and taxes

Pick Up Schedule: Depart Schnucks in Normal 7:45 a.m., 18 & 251 at 8:25 a.m., Flying J /LaSalle, at 9:00 a.m.  (Note: Show starts at 1:30 p.m. and lasts 2 hrs & 45 minutes.) 

Thursday & Friday, October 12 & 13, 2017 -- Girls Days Out, Dubuque and Galena

Watch for more details about our two jam-packed days of fun for the ladies!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 -- Beautiful:  The Carol King Story, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL

Join us as we celebrate our December trip traveling to Chicago to see Beautiful, The Carole King Story.  Carol was one of the most prolific song writers who is credited for creating the timeless songs that have become the sound track to an entire generation such as:  (You Make me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Feel the Earth Move, You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling and Happy Days are Here Again.  We begin our trip by enjoying a delicious family-style meal at Maggiano’s in Chicago.  Afterwards, we will enjoy an afternoon matinee performance at the Cadillac Palace Theatre before returning home.

Cost: $121

Fee Includes:  Lunch, performance, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-Up Schedule:  Depart Bloomington/Schnucks in Normal at 8:15 a.m., Rt. 18 & 251 at 8:55 a.m., LaSalle/Flying J at 9:20 a.m. (Play ends at 4:30 p.m. so boarding the bus and traffic will determine drop off times.)

For more information on the Bloomington departures please contact:

  • Evon Long:  309.663.6300 or elong@firststatebank.biz