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2019 Trips

WE URGE YOU TO GET A DEPOSIT MADE EARLY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE TRIPS.   Last year eleven trips SOLD OUT - One just two weeks after it was made available.  A deposit saves your seat.

Browns Century Theatre, Camp Algona POW Museum, German Prisoner of War Nativity Scene 
November 12 and 13, 2019 
This trip is a benefit for Riverview Conference Center in Cedar Falls, IA and any profit from the trip will go to Riverview.  Trip will leave from Cedar Falls. Cost is $239 for double occupancy and $299 for a single.  Included will be Brown's "Classic Christmas" afternoon concert, stop at the Blue Bunny  Ice Cream Parlor, dinner at the Event Center, evening drama production "The Innkeepers Wife Musical", lodging at Holiday Inn Express, lunch at Pizza Ranch in Algona, visit to the WWII Prisoner Camp Museum in Algona and the POW's Nativity Scene  of 62 1/2 life-size Nativity figures.

De Soto Bend Snow Geese Migration and Riverboat Bertram
November 26, 2019 
Lunch will be at Aunt B's Restaurant in Walnut Antique City and there will be a little time to stroll through the antique shops.  The steamboat Bertrand was carrying cargo via of the Missouri River to Virginia City, Montana Territory when it hit a snag and sank on April 1, 1865.  In 1965 half of its cargo, which is the largest intact collection of Civil War-era artifacts in the U.S. was recovered.  The wildlife refuge was established for the purpose of providing migrating birds a place to rest.  Last year 700,000 snow geese filled the sky and covered the water as they migrated.  $99 with a $25 deposit holds your seat.

Marian Ave. Baptist Church Live Animal   Christmas Production 
December 14, 2019
Washington, Iowa
This musical theatrical production using Broadway type equipment is presented in the church's auditorium and involves over 300 community members and a vast array of live animals such as a camel, donkey, horse, sheep, etc.  The camel comes up the same steps as you.  The production takes you from the opening scene through Christ's birth to His glorious resurrection.  $79 provides you with transportation, lunch at Pizza Ranch in Sigourney, driver tip and a donation for the production.  A $25 deposit holds your seat.


Outer Banks - Virginia Beach
April 28 - May 7, 2020
On the way out to Virginia Beach we'll be visiting the Paducah Flood Wall, the Billy Graham Library,  and the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Also included will be the Festival Park Living History Museum, replica of the sailing ship the Elizabeth II, Discovery Museum to learn about the famous Lost Colony, Wright Brothers Monument and National Park, Kitty Hawk, Wild Horse Tour in Corolla, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Virginia Beach, Cape Charles,  Cherry Stone Aqua farm that raises oysters and clams, Norfolk for the fantastic International Tattoo with hundreds of performers from around the world, Marine Museum and the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park.  On the way home we'll enjoy a twilight dinner  cruise on The Spirit of Peoria.  TBD when 2020 prices are available.

Baseball I - Twin Cities and Milwaukee
May 20 and 21, 2020
The Twins will be playing the Baltimore Orioles in an afternoon game on the 20th then the next morning we head down the Interstate to Milwaukee for an afternoon game between the Brewers and the Yankees.  We'll come home after the game.  Price to be determined as soon as the teams set their ticket prices for 2020.

" It’s important to get your name on the list if you are interested. Most trips sell out months ahead of each trip, so contact us below to make your reservation."
2019  Blessed Byways  Tours
Switzerland for Burdell's 
80th Birthday
June 5 - 13, 2020
Here you'll find charming towns nestled in sheltered bays, surrounded  by vineyards set against the breathtaking backdrop of the snow-covered Alp, cheese, chocolate, castles, Alpine trains, the most photographed Matterhorn mountain in  the world, medieval city with many fountains, narrow streets and towers, Open Air Museum Ballenberg with more than one hundred centuries old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, gardens, fields, demonstrations of local crafts and special events, scenic boat ride on Lake Lucerne, cogwheel train and so much more.  Double per person $4,569 - $5,059 per single includes airfare, motor coach, 7 breakfasts, one lunch and five dinners, 7 nights of deluxe hotel accommodations, baggage handling at all hotels, all activities and admissions as listed in itinerary, English speaking guide, gratuities and insurance.

 Browns Century Theatre In Le Mars, IA
July 1-2, 2020
​The Browns will be presenting their "Americana Summer Celebration Show " filled  with songs of faith, family and home.  There will be a stop at the Well's Blue 
bunny Ice Cream Parlor, a wonderful meal at the Event Center and then their "Dear Mr. Mayor Musical" drama.  As a small town's couples fight to save their beloved Gazebo Park while competitors are trying to turn it into a baseball field.  Another attraction will be added on the way home.  Projected cost will be around $250 for a double per person, $299 for a single and $219 for a triple.  A $50 deposit holds your spot.

​Circa 21  "The Beauty and the Beast"
July 15, 2020
Many of you enjoy this stately old theatre, the quality productions and the delicious food that is served.  We are returning for this Broadway show - "The Beauty and the Beast" which had a 13-year run and was nominated for nine Tony Awards.  Cost will be $115 with a $25 deposit which holds your seat.

Lebanon Gospel Music Get Together
July 29 to August 1, 2020
This will be spectacular Gospel Music weekend featuring the top groups in Southern Gospel Music.  Some area attractions will be added to the tour.  Price TBD hopefully around $500 for a double, $639 for a single and $429 for a triple per person. $50 deposit.

Baseball 2 - Kansas City and St. Louis
September 9 to 11, 2020
In the afternoon we'll visit the Negro Baseball Hall of Fame before going to the evening game between the Royals and the Oakland A's.  We lodge in Kansas City then head for St. Louis stopping at Warm Springs Ranch where the Clydesdales are raised that are used in the Budwiser eight horse hitch.  We'll take in the Cardinals and Cubs game and lodge in St. Louis.  On the way home we'll enjoy a luncheon cruise on the Mississippi in Hannibal.  Cost TBD projected around $429 for a double, $539 for a single, $389 for a triple per person. $50 deposit - 12 SEATS REMAIN - then taking a waiting list.

Trains of New England
October 3 - 13, 2020
Hopefully we will hit peak color time as we board the Amtrak Downeaster to Maine, then board our bus for a tour of coastal villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, go past the George Bush Estate, Dock Square, Perkins Cove, enjoy a lobster bake with  sing-a-long, entertainment, ride the Conway Scenic Railway, tour through the White mountains, take a Gondola ride to the summit of the Loon Mountains, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Winnipesauke by the oldest summer resort in America, visit the Wright Museum, ride the rails along Lake Winnipesauke while turkey is carved at your table along with all the trimmings on the Winnipesauke Railroad Turkey Dinner Train,  visit Cape Cod, Whydah pirate Museum, Provincetown, National Seashore Visitor's Center, Pilgrims' first landing and location of Mayflower Compact signing, Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, Chatham Light, Atwood House Museum, Hyannis and Sandwich and hear stories of the Puritans, Quakers, Shawme, Dexter Grist Mill, Hoxie House and the First Church of Christ.​  $2,300 per person for a double room.  $200 deposit holds your seat.  ONLY 2 SEATS REMAIN.  Waiting list being taken.

Ark V
 November 16-21
This tour will give a new twist to our usual Ark Encounters.   We go to Indianapolis the first day and then head to the Creation Museum on day two.  That evening we have dinner at Hillforest Mansion, a splendid Victorian Mansion that will be decorated in all of its Christmas glory.  The next morning we go to the Ark.  We will leave around 3:00 p.m. and head west to Evansville, IN where we have dinner at the Amish Buffet.  On day four we head for Branson arriving in time for the musical "Noah."  Day five will be a day in Branson beginning with a tour and lunch at Dogwood Canyon followed by an afternoon show with Daniel O'Donnell.  Our evening show will be with the Dutton Family.   On the way home we will stop in Sedalia for lunch at Kehdes Barbeque in the antique railroad dining car followed by a stop at the Miller Pecan Farm for a little shopping.  Estimated cost $849 for a double, $1,059 for a single and $769 for a triple.  A $100 deposit holds your spot.

More tours will be added to 2020 as they become available.

As we look forward to 2 021, we are planning Charlotte's 80th birthday party at Tulip Time in the Netherlands in April and are planning to return to the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge.

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