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Fair Oaks Farm is an escape to the country with acres of great food, learning, fun and an experience you will never forget! Visit the birthing center where you will see a live birth of a cow or pig. Learn about the future of farming, protecting the environment and caring for the animals while ensuring the highest quality products possible. Take a crop tour and learn how the entire facility runs on cow and pig manure! Sustainability is how they operate. During our tour, lunch will be a buffet option of roasted pork loin or fried chicken including garlic mashed potatoes, buttered corn, rolls, coffee, tea and a single scoop of ice cream. A Visit to the gift shop to purchase some great cheese and chocolates for the ride home will be our final stop.
For ages: 21 years and up. Join the Barrington Park District for our second annual Fish Boil Special Event! Enjoy a night filled with music, dancing and of course great food! The menu includes: fish, chicken, boiled potatoes and onions, homemade coleslaw, salty rye break and an apple square for dessert. This will be a night to remember! Registration deadline: September 14. Register Now
Experience a 14-mile fall trip through the beautiful Wisconsin countryside aboard a historic trolley and learn a bit of history of this 111 year-old rail line in the museum. Schedule includes a stop at Indianhead Park and the Elegant Farmer Depot where you can purchase an award winning pie baked in a paper bag or many other bakery and market items. Following our train ride will be lunch at the restored 1940’s farm home at the Red Geranium Restaurant. Menu includes your choice of grilled chicken angelina or black angus chapped steak, please make your selection at time of registration. A house salad, chef’s choice of a vegetable and starch, rolls, coffee, tea, lemonade and coke products are included with the meal. As we travel home, we will stop at the uniquely interesting Ginger Blossom in Richmond, IL to browse the ethnic and traditional crafts, rugs, furniture, sweaters and antiques from all over the world!
Explore the beauty and history of Galena, Illinois! You’ll love browsing through Galena’s 19th-century downtown with more than 100 storefronts featuring clothing, jewelry, collectibles, specialty items, gifts and more. After shopping, take a break and enjoy lunch at the Courtyard Restaurant at the DeSoto House Hotel, Illinois’ oldest operating hotel. Choose from grilled or crispy chicken sandwich, deluxe club sandwich or baby spinach salad. After lunch and before we leave, let the Galena Trolley take you around town for a non-stop 1 hour tour of this historic town.
Our first stop is in Theresa, Wisconsin to visit Widmer’s Cheese and Confections by Joel. Widmer’s Cheese Cellars settled in the heart of one of the richest cheese making areas in America more than 80 years ago. There will be a 15 minute video, possible tour depending on what needs to be made, free samples and cheese makers can answer your questions upon request. Chocolate is a specialty for blind entrepreneur, Joel Bernhard, owner of Confections by Joel. He started making candy back in 1999, selling to friends and neighbors but as word spread about his delicious chocolates he expanded to an old general store which is over 100 years old, with original tin ceilings and hardwood floors. Next stop is Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Experience the elegant High Tea at the Drake Hotel in festive downtown Chicago as you enjoy live holiday musical entertainment, finger sandwiches, pastries and an assortment of very fine teas. Following High Tea, you will have time to shop on the Magnificent Mile. Continue the holiday festivities at the ballet where you will be mesmerized by the boldly reimagined “Nutcracker” with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and performed by the Joffrey Ballet Company.
Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial life, a young and intelligent beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle of enchanted misfits and a terrifying beast.
Join us as we head East and over the boarder to Clinton, Iowa for some gaming at Wild Rose Casino. Located on the Mississippi, Wild Rose Casino dates back to the earliest days of riverboat gaming in Iowa.
The Producers is an uproariously funny musical with hilarious songs that will have you grinning from ear to ear. Nobody does comedy like Mel Brooks and nobody does shows like the Paramount in Aurora. 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.
The ever popular food tour is back for new neighborhoods and new food! The day starts with a trip to Chicago’s vibrant Mexican neighborhood, Pilsen, for the cultural experience and a traditional breakfast sampling. Next, we head to Greektown to get some of the most requested appetizers and shouting out “OPA”! From there we turn our eyes to the Emerald Isle, as we sample traditional Irish pub fare. The day concludes with a treat at an authentic German bakery. Don’t miss this great trip where you will be getting a great history lesson of the different neighborhoods while filling your belly with the great foods from the culture.