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The trips below are co-sponsored with Highway 12 Trippers, call 320-543-4670 to register.    


MN State Fair Bus for All Ages
Thursday, August 26

Don’t miss out on “The Great Minnesota Get-Together!” Take a coach bus for a stress-free, air-conditioned ride. We will be going on Thrifty Thursday! Tickets are NOT included, fee is for the bus ride only. Purchase your fair tickets online at the gate, online mnstatefair.org or by calling etix 1-800-514-3849. Discounted tickets, food and merchandise deals, and all-day specials offered at Mighty Midway and Kidway for all fair guests!! Ages 15 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline August 19.
Departure 8:25 am MAWSECO Howard Lake, 720 9th Avenue, south parking lot.
Approximate time at State Fair 9:30 am-7:30 pm
8:35 pm estimated return
*Times are approximate. Chaperone is not responsible for any changes in the schedule the day of the trip.
$25


Day Trippers Dinner Theatre presents “A Bench in the Sun” by Ron Clark
Friday, September 17

When Adrienne Bliss, a once famous actress, moves into Valley View Gardens retirement home Burt and Hold, two long time friends, compete for her attention. Think the Odd Couple + Sunshine Boys = Grumpy Old Men - “Very wise, very moving and most of all, very funny!” Mel Brooks. This play starred Tim Conway of the Carol Burnett Show in its original production. Registration deadline September 10.
Departure 10:45 am MAWSECO Howard Lake, 720 9th Avenue, south parking lot.
Lunch at 12:15 pm and show at 1:15 pm
3:20 pm estimated return
$70 includes travel, lunch and show


Minnesota History Day Tour
October Date TBA, Trip is pending. We plan on tickets being available before the fall guide is published.

Explore Minnesota’s rich history. In the morning, visit the Minnesota Historical Society complex in St. Paul. Don’t miss the chance to explore this beautiful building filled with exhibits showcasing Minnesota history. 
After lunch, visit Mill City Museum in Minneapolis and      discover the city’s wheat milling history. See 19th century flour milling machines, view vintage advertising sit at a huge dinner table outfitted to feed a wheat harvest crew, trace the journey of wheat from farm to market, design a cereal box, and meet a player in the city’s history. 
Departure 8:15 am MAWSECO Howard Lake, 720 9th Avenue, south parking lot.
10 am Historical Society Complex, 10:30 am lunch, 1 pm Mill City Museum
4:35 pm estimated return
$59 includes travel, lunch and two museums

 

The tours listed below are co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.

Barn Quilts: The Hometown Hollander Tour  
Friday, June 11

    While there were no Barn Quilt Tours in 2020 due to COVID-19, there was plenty of action happening getting ready for 2021! The group was busy painting new barn quilts, authoring new books and planning a new “signature” tour. Join us for the Hometown Hollander Tour, where you will see some of the newest quilts, as well as a few old-time favorites.  
     The tour includes eight farm sites and special stops at The Granary in Hamburg, a picturesque farm site hosting one of the original barn quilts, an expanded occasional store including an art studio and variety of gifts and modern farm home décor. In addition, we’ll see their ever- growing group of fun goats and alpacas. We’ll visit the home of a professional gardener, who has worked at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for 30+ years, designing its gardens and selecting the annual color scheme for the 39,000 tulips that adorn the property. 
     Lunch is included at the Cologne House Café (make your selection below).  We’ll spend the afternoon in the Cologne area, hometown to our Tour Guide and her Hollander Home Farm. There, we’ll see two large barn quilts with tulip Hollander themes and a new barn door mural. Barn Quilt gifts, new books and souvenirs will be available in their renovated Gift Shop. Sunny Hill Farm, which hosts one of the few remaining historic round barns in the State. The grounds of this farm site are extraordinary, along with the quaint barn quilt that graces an outdoor building leading up the estate driveway. 
     Our day wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream stop at Bongards Creamery. A “Holstein Mural” greets guests as they enter the retail store. You can shop their full selection of cheese including those all-time favorite cheese curds. A group photo may be in line with “Bonnie”, their 20 foot tall fiberglass cow. She loves visitors and is extremely photogenic, always ready to hop into your tour photo. 
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
    $62 pp; Cokato 7:45 am-3:45 pm, Howard Lake 8 am-3:30 pm, Winsted 8:15 am-3:15 pm, Lester Prairie 8:30 am-3 pm, Plato 8:45 am-2:45 pm,   NYA 9 am-2:30 pm
     Lunch will be croissant sandwiches, with your choice of meat, all served with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. The box lunches will also include chips, pickle, cookie and bottle of water. Please select from the following:    #1 Turkey    #2 Ham    #3 Corn Beef    #4 Chicken Salad

"Piano Man"
Wednesday, June 23

At Ives Auditorium in Bloomington we’ll begin with an included lunch of BBQ chicken served with southern style green beans, beer cheese mac, cole slaw, buttermilk biscuits, desserts, and coffee/tea and water. (You’re invited to join me for a brief tour of the facility after lunch.) Then we’ll head for the theatre for Piano Man starring Brian Pekol. Piano Man is a melodious salute to the ’50’s, ’60’s and ’70’s through the classic songs of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Billy Joel and more. This fun-filled musical trip down memory lane features a full band with Brian Pekol on keyboards singing such tunes as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Rocket Man,” “Benny and the Jets,” and, of course, “Piano Man.”
This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
$86 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:45 pm


Ole & Lena at the State Fair 
Tuesday, July 13

    Begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Ole & Lena at the State Fair. It’s Ole’s favorite event of the year - State Fair! Unfortunately, Lena doesn’t share Ole’s excitement. For years, Lena has been in countless competitions with her arch-rival, Elaine Danielson. This year Lena has a new trick up her sleeve that she’s sure will tip the balance in her favor.    
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
    $81 pp; Waconia 9 am-5:45 pm, NYA 9:15 am-5:30 pm, Plato 9:30 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-5 pm, Winsted 10 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:15 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:30 am-4:15 pm

Skyrock Farm - It’s for ALL Ages  
Tuesday, July 20

  If you’ve ever visited House on the Rock, Circus World or a carnival or circus, enjoyed a great meal, or have a love for horses (and jumping), plus a mini-train ride around the grounds, this tour is for ALL AGES! Think of the “Happiest Music on Earth” you hear on merry-go-rounds or at the circus as ornate gilded organs are demonstrated. How the music is “punched” on cardboard is really fascinating. A wonderful included buffet lunch follows. Then we’ll head to the horse barn for a really fun and informative horse jumping demonstration. Following the show, you’ll have time to check things out further on your own and perhaps go for a mini-train ride around the grounds.
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
    $83 pp Adults; $68 ages 12 & under; Cokato 8:15 am-4:30 pm, Howard Lake 8:30 am-4:15 pm, Winsted 8:45 am-4 pm, Lester Prairie 9 am-3:45 pm, Plato 9:15 am-3:30 pm, NYA 9:30 am-3:15 pm, Waconia 9:45 am-3 pm

"Man in Black - The Music of Johnny Cash"
Thursday, July 22

Our destination is the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington where we’ll begin with an included lunch of meatloaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans almondine, cold salad, dinner rolls, desserts, and coffee/tea and water. (You’re invited to join me for a brief tour of the facility after lunch.) Then we’ll head for the theatre for Man in Black - The Music of Johnny Cash, a rousing celebration of the legendary Johnny Cash. His unique sound embraced country music, rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk and gospel, so expect this concert to be jam-packed with such hits as “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “Get Rhythm,” and, of course, “Folsom Prison Blues.”
This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
$86 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:45 pm


The Duttons  
Monday, July 26

At the Coyote Moon Grille begin with an included buffet lunch and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for The Duttons. Back by popular demand! The Duttons consist of three generations that have been recording, performing and touring together professionally for over 20 years. Their ability to adapt and play just about any style of music is just one of the things that makes them so unique. 
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
   $93 pp; Waconia 9:10 am-5:45 pm, NYA 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Plato 9:45 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 10 am-5 pm, Winsted 10:15 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:30 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:45 am-4:15 pm

"Stop in the Name of Love
A Musical Celebration of Female Groups of the ‘50s, ‘60s & ‘70s"

Wednesday, August 4

The Ives Auditorium in Bloomington is where we’ll begin with an included lunch of Swedish meatballs in cream gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable du jour, apple cranberry walnut salad, dinner rolls (Sam's Fabulous Buns), assorted desserts, coffee, decaffeinated coffee and hot tea. (Special dietary meals available by request ahead of time.) Stop in the Name of Love features a fresh, new singing group, The Encores, whose unique blend of harmonies and rhythms highlight some of the greatest songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s made famous by the legendary female groups of the era. Backed by a full band, The Encores will perform such hits as “Respect,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Be My Baby,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Mama Said,” “I Feel The Earth Move” and of course, “Stop, In The Name Of Love!” The Encores will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!
This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
$86 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:45 pm


Mississippi Lock & Dam Boat Cruise  
Saturday, August 7

     The Ford Lock & Dam is open only on a few rare dates, and everyone should have the opportunity to see how it works. It is so awesome and amazing… and something that could become history! We’re headed for Harriet Island in St. Paul where we’ll take in the beautiful sites along this historically narrated cruise, which travels through the Ford Lock and Dam - Lock #1, from St. Paul into Minneapolis and returning to Harriet Island. It truly is amazing how the riverboat is raised and lowered to get through the lock. We’ll be treated to an included buffet lunch of BBQ chicken, pulled pork with buns, green chili cheddar corn bread, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon wedges, cookies and coffee.    
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
    $85 pp; $69 pp ages 3-17;  Cokato 7:45 am-5:45 pm, Howard Lake 8 am-5:30 pm, Winsted 8:15 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 8:30 am-5 pm, Plato 8:45 am-4:45 pm, NYA 9 am-4:30 pm, Waconia 9:15 am-4:15 pm, Chanhassen 9:30 am-4 pm

“I Am He Said” - Celebrating the Music of Neil Diamond 
Friday, August 27

  Begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for I Am He Said” - Celebrating the Music of Neil Diamond. Matt Vee, along with cousins Jeff and Tommy Vee, local music scene veterans and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, join forces with their family and friends as The Killer Vees to celebrate the music from a timeless catalog.   
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
   $87 pp; Waconia 9 am-5:45 pm, NYA 9:15 am-5:30 pm, Plato 9:30 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-5 pm, Winsted 10 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:15 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:30 am-4:15 pm

"A Bench in the Sun"
Wednesday, September 15

After an included buffet lunch at DayTrippers Dinner Theatre, it’s time for A Bench in the Sun. Harold and Burt, longtime friends, live in a retirement home and spend their days on a bench in the garden bickering. A once famous actress has just moved in, giving them something new to argue over. When they learn that the home is about to be sold and they will have to find a new residence, the three join forces to prevent this upsetting development
This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
$80 pp; Cokato 9:45 am-5:45 pm, Howard Lake 10 am-5:30 pm, Winsted 10:15 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 10:30 am-5 pm, Plato 10:45 am-4:45 pm, NYA 11 am-4:30 pm, Waconia 11:15 am-4:15 pm

"Linda & Company: The Music of Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Others"
Thursday, September 23

At the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington we’ll begin with included roast beef & gravy, roadside potatoes, vegetables du jour, Caesar salad, dinner roll, dessert, coffee and tea. Then we’ll head for the theatre for Linda & Company: The Music of Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Others. Experience Linda Ronstadt, the rock ‘n’ roll star with a voice that soared. Linda & Company features songs spanning the entirety of her career in folk, rock, jazz, and country, plus her legendary collaborations with other artists, including Dolly Parton and the Eagles. Featured songs include “Different Drum” and “You’re No Good,” to “When Will I Be Loved” and “To Know Him Is To Love Him.”
This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
$86 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:45 pm


Hutterian Brethren Tour
Thursday, September 30

   There will be fall highlights and a Starland Farmers Market and more time with the Hutterites at Hutterian Brethren. Begin with an included light breakfast and shopping at Home Place in Gibbon and then spend some time browsing at other really neat shops in this quaint little town. Then it’s time for Starland, the area home of the Hutterian Brethren. Time will be allowed to learn about these folks and also for casual browsing and shopping. Bring your questions! The Hutterites are a religious group originating in 1528 during the Reformation. They live communally in rural North America. We’ll learn about their unique lifestyle, religion, customs, traditions, and history; how they earn their living; what they do in their leisure time; and enjoy an included family style dinner. Bring your billfolds for the opportunity to purchase items they produce at Starland.  (Much of their income goes directly to the mission field.)
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
   $64 pp; Cokato 6:30 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 6:45 am-4:30 pm, Winsted 7 am-4:15 pm, Lester Prairie 7:15 am-4 pm, Plato 7:30 am-3:45 pm, NYA 7:40 am-3:30 pm, Arlington 8 am-3:10 pm, Gaylord 8:15 am-3 pm

The Play That Goes Wrong
Thursday, October 7

    We’re on our way to the Old Log Theater after lunch on your own at Maynard’s for The Play That Goes Wrong. What would happen if you mixed Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python? You’d get New York and London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (The Huffington Post) and "A Gut-Busting Hit!” (The New York Times), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania. Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s sure to bring down the house.
This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
$67 pp; Cokato 9:30 am-5:45 pm, Howard Lake 9:45 am-5:30 pm, Winsted 10 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 10:15 am-5 pm, Plato 10:30 am-4:45 pm, NYA 10:45 am-4:30 pm, Waconia 11 am-4:15 pm

"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"
Wednesday, October 13

At the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington we’ll begin with an included lunch of chicken breast in herb & wine cream sauce, parsley potatoes, vegetables du jour, dinner roll, desserts, and coffee/tea and water. (You’re invited to join me for a brief tour of the facility after lunch.) Then we’ll head for the theatre for Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including Where the Boys Are, Sweet Sixteen, Calendar Girl, Love Will Keep Us Together and, of course, the chart-topping title song Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.
This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
$86 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:45 pm


Remembering Hee Haw  
Tuesday, October 19

   Begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Remembering Hee Haw, starring original cast members “The Kornfield Friends” with special guest T. Graham Brown.  “Hee Haw” was a mixture of music and comedy skits for more than 20 years.  The show originally aired on CBS.  Join us for an afternoon of great music and good ole country laughter!    
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
    $90 pp; Waconia 9 am-5:45 pm, NYA 9:15 am-5:30 pm, Plato 9:30 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-5 pm, Winsted 10 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:15 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:30 am-4:15 pm

Branson Country Christmas  
Wednesday, November 3

     Begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for Killer Country with the Killer Vees. Jeff, Tommy, Matt and Bennett Vee, national music scene veterans and sons, nephew, and grandson respectively of the legendary Bobby Vee, join forces with their family and friends as The KILLER VEES to celebrate timeless music classics from the “Golden Age of Country.”  
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
    $80 pp; Waconia 9 am-5:45 pm, NYA 9:15 am-5:30 pm, Plato 9:30 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-5 pm, Winsted 10 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:15 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:30 am-4:15 pm

"A Rat Pack Christmas"
Thursday, December 9

At the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington we’ll begin with included roast turkey in gravy, cranberry sauce, cheesy potatoes, roasted parmesan green beans, holiday salad, dinner roll, dessert, coffee and tea. Then we’ll head for the theatre for A Rat Pack Christmas. The Rat Pack is back just in time for the holidays! Step back in time to hear the music of Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Relive the days of the Rat Pack with Las Vegas’ most famous entertainers as they appeared live in the Sands Hotel Copa Room. Enjoy classic tunes such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “New York, New York,” as well as Christmas favorites like “Winter Wonderland” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” plus hilarious improv comedy
This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register.
$86 pp; Cokato 9 am-5:30 pm, Howard Lake 9:15 am-5:15 pm, Winsted 9:30 am-5 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-4:45 pm, Plato 10 am-4:30 pm, NYA 10:15 am-4:15 pm, Waconia 10:30 am-4 pm, Chanhassen 10:45 am-3:45 pm


The Texas Tenors - Deep in the Heart of Christmas  
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

      Begin with an included buffet lunch at the Coyote Moon Grille and then head for the St. Cloud Paramount Theatre for The Texas Tenors - Deep in the Heart of Christmas.  One of the Paramount’s most requested artists are back this holiday season!  Emmy Award winners and Billboard #1 Recording Artists, The Texas Tenors sleigh ride into town straight from “America’s Got Talent:  The Champions” with their heartwarming holiday concert “Deep in the Heart of Christmas.” 
    This trip is co-sponsored with Community Club Tours, call 320-543-4670 to register. 
    $95 pp; Waconia 9 am-5:45 pm, NYA 9:15 am-5:30 pm, Plato 9:30 am-5:15 pm, Lester Prairie 9:45 am-5 pm, Winsted 10 am-4:45 pm, Howard Lake 10:15 am-4:30 pm, Cokato 10:30 am-4:15 pm


Registration Information

Registration is not complete until payment is made. It is recommended that you pay as you register. Some attractions require early deposits, and tours may be canceled if clients haven’t made payments. Refunds for cancellations are subject to a penalty if Community Club has made nonrefundable deposits. If you must cancel late, please find a replacement. If there is a waitlist for the tour, we will attempt to assist you. Make checks payable to District 2687.

Special Needs: Please contact me if you have any questions pertaining to use of wheelchairs, walkers, etc. You are welcome to bring them along. However, the driver and tour director are not responsible to assist you throughout the day. Please bring a friend if you need assistance with mobility. You must be able to get on and off the motor coach independently. You must inform me in advance if a front seat is necessary, and I’ll do my best to accommodate your needs. Also, gluten-free diets are occasionally an issue. If that’s a concern for you, please let me know well in advance. If it’s a set meal, there’s not much I can do to assist you, but I will check it out.

Canceled Activities: If a trip is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, we will notify you and a refund will be made. Unless you are notified, you should meet at the time and place listed.

Tips: It is not mandatory that you tip the tour director or the driver if you feel they have done an excellent job, but tips are certainly appreciated and accepted.

Responsibility/Liability: Tour registrants agree that neither Community Club Tours, its agents, escorts, nor coach drivers shall be liable for any damages, loss (including personal injury, death or property loss) or expenses incurred during the tour. If an adjustment in the tour schedule beyond the control of Community Club Tours is necessary, all attempts will be made to find suitable and equitable replacements. Any additional charges will be the responsibility of the tour registrant, and any resulting savings will be refunded to the registrant. Your paid registration acknowledges agreement to release of liability of all the above listed. Transportation carriers, hotels, restaurants and attraction agents are independent contractors and are not affiliated with Community Club Tours. In the event that a tour must cancel, Community Club Tours is responsible only for a refund of the moneys paid to Community Club Tours by registrant.