2019 Day Trips

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 -- "The Producers", Aurora, IL

Vista Club will travel to Aurora for a production of "The Producers," A Mel Brooks Musical.  Prior to the performance, we will enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the beautiful Paramount Theatre.  The Paramount, also known as the Paramount Arts Center, opened in Aurora, Illinois in 1931. It was designed by Rapp and Rapp in the Art Deco style with Venetian elements. Over the years, it has hosted films, plays, musicals, concerts, comedy shows, and other acts. The structure was restored in the 1970s and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Next we will be stopping for lunch at the nearby Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant.  We will enjoy a buffet of house salad, Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Harp Battered Fish & Chips, Housemade Donuts, Soda and Coffee.

Finally, we return to the Paramount for a production of "The Producers."  Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit. And so begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theatre history. Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he’s now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as “beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls”). With the reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison.  "The Producers" is an uproariously funny musical with hilarious songs that will have you grinning from ear to ear throughout. Nobody does comedy like Mel Brooks, and nobody does shows like the Paramount!

Be sure to call today to reserve your spot on this delightful trip!

COST:  $105

Fee Includes:  Backstage tour of Paramount, lunch buffet, performance, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:40 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 8:10 a.m., Rochelle First State Bank at 8:40 a.m.  We will depart for home from the theatre at approximately 4:30 p.m., returning to Rochelle at approx. 5:30 p.m., Mendota at 6:00 p.m., LaSalle at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 -- "Grumpy Old Men", Rock Island, IL

Fasten your seatbelts.  It’s going to be a grumpy ride!

We hope you will join us anyway as we travel to Rock Island to visit the historic Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse.  Originally the Fort Armstrong Theatre, a vaudeville and silent movie house that opened in 1921.  The architect drew heavily on Fox and Sauk Indian symbols for his design (see if you can find the great warrior Blackhawk while we are there). The theatre has undergone several transitions, and in 1977 following the opening of the Circa 21 dinner theatre the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places! It is one of only two theatres in the country with a performing wait staff, The Bootleggers.  We will enjoy a wonderful lunch, including your choice of coffee, tea or soft drinks and of course dessert!  After lunch you can sit back and enjoy “Grumpy Old Men” a laugh out loud story of family, friendship, love and romance in a fresh new musical that’s guaranteed to delight you.  The play is based on the 1993 movie starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret.  The guys, Max and John, are neighbors who have been feuding for more than 50 years.  When the beautiful and charming Ariel moves in across the street, the rivalry is raised to new heights!  Come along with us to see how the story ends. 

Before we  arrive at the theatre we will be stopping at The John Deere Pavilion in Moline.  While we are here you will have a chance to act like a kid!  From the vintage machines to today’s agricultural, construction and forestry equipment we will discover the past and future of these marvelous machines.  During our guided tour you will be encouraged to touch, climb aboard and learn about everything you see.

COST:  $86

Fee Includes:  Transportation on a full equipped motor coach, John Deere Pavilion tour, performance, lunch, choice of beverage and dessert.  All taxes and tips are also included.  

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart Rochelle FSB at 7:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:30 a.m., LaSalle Flying J at 8:00 a.m.  We will depart for home immediately following the performance at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 -- "That's What I Call Rock N' Roll", Ft. Atkinson, WI

Join Vista Club as we travel to one of our favorite venues, the Fireside Dinner Theatre.  The Fireside offers unique entertainment, dining and shopping experiences. 

First, we will enjoy a delicious meal of Chopped Chef’s Salad, freshly baked breads from the Fireside Bakery, Chicken Bruschetta and Key Lime Pie.  Next, the Fireside will present a brand new, live musical celebration featuring the wildly popular Fireside Band led by Fireside favorite Steve Watts! Also featuring a cast of super talented

singers, this show is the ultimate rock and roll party!!! The Fireside will be rockin’ with the music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s!! They will be paying tribute to some of the biggest rock superstars of all time such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Michael Jackson, Prince, Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Van Halen, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, and many more! This is an unforgettable afternoon of rock and roll like no other!

The Fireside is always a very popular destination for our travelers, so be sure to call today to reserve your spot!

COST:  $105

Fee Includes:  Performance, lunch, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:50 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 8:20 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 8:55 a.m.  We will depart for home from the theatre at approximately 4:20 p.m., returning to Rochelle at approximately 5:40 p.m., Mendota at 6:15 p.m., LaSalle at 6:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 -- Chicago Cubs at Miller Stadium, Milwaukee, WI

Back By Popular Demand!  Come along with us to cheer on the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs!  Don’t fight the Chicago traffic or park miles away from the stadium and forget where your car is parked!  Instead ride along with Vista Club to Miller Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to see the    Cubbies take on the Brewers.  Don’t worry about cool temperatures or rain —in case of inclement weather, Miller Park’s fan-shaped roof can close in less than 10 minutes. We will have the same great seats as last year! While at the game, we will enjoy traditions only experienced at Miller Park, like the 6th inning Sausage Races.  Cheer on your favorite sausage: the Bratwurst, the Polish, the Italian, the Hot Dog or the Chorizo.  If watching all those sausages run makes you hungry, you can use your Brewer’s Bucks to visit the concession stand and sample a few.  Get your vocal cords ready — during the 7th inning stretch not only will we  sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” we will also sing “Roll Out the Barrel” saluting Milwaukee’s beer-making history!  We may be sitting in Brewer Country, but we will be singing “Go Cubs Go”!

COST:  $119

Fee Includes:  Transportation, admission (infield seating), taxes, tips and $10 Brewer's Bucks. 

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 8:30 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 9:00 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 9:30 a.m.  Return immediately after the game is won!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 -- "Come From Away", Chicago, IL

Join Vista Club as we travel to the Cadillac Palace Theater to hear the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. 

Broadway’s "Come From Away" has won Best Musical all across North America!  The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.  Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.  Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley.  Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” 

Before the show, lunch will be on your own in the neighborhood surrounding the theatre, and restaurant maps and directions will be handed out on the bus.

Be sure to reserve your spot on this surprisingly uplifting story about 9/11, the day the world stood still.  On 9/12, we began to learn the stories about the people involved in this tragic event…stories that moved us all.  

COST:  $80

Fee Includes:  Performance, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 9:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 9:30 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 10:00 a.m.  Return to Rochelle at approximately 5:40 p.m., Mendota at 6:10 p.m., LaSalle at 6:40 p.m.

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