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Upcoming 2014 Tours Schedule

September 23, 2014 – Chocolate, Cheese & Churches – What could be more sensational than a combination of the three C's in Kalamazoo? This is such an interesting group of places to explore.  We will have a cheese tasting in the hard, soft, Blues and more.  Your taste buds are sure to enjoy this.  Besides, you'll learn so much about cheeses.  Then, we will visit two historic churches in Kalamazoo.  The most sensational place for lunch is hidden off the beaten track and will be in a historic mansion. Dessert will be at a confectionary which is quite different from the big name chocolateers.  The icing on the cake is a visit to a historic church governed by a fascinating priest who was a cardiologist.  Now, he is in his second career saving souls and what a great job he does.  There will be cold coolers on the bus for your (and my) purchases.  Again, little known places to discover!  included. 

September 25, 2014 – Historic Holy Toledo Churches – Time to take a tour of a variety of churches in the Toledo area such as Queen of Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, historical St Patrick’s Church, Trinity Episcopal, a Synagogue along with many others as you learn the history and how the people felt about their churches.  We will visit Catholic religious goods stores as well as others.  Expect to look at some wonderful gift items.  A visit to a convent is possible as well.  Bring cameras!  

October 7, 2014 – Historic Flint Churches & Cemeteries – Vehicle City is Flint, Michigan – the place where the bricks and bridges and buildings of the City have dozens of stories to tell – stories of Native American trails, lumber and carriage-making industries, and the birthplace of General Motors. There are so many fascinating places to explore in Michigan's Best Kept Secret City.  Re-enactors will tell story of how Flint grew.  We'll even hear the "good juice" of by gone days and crazy arguments between David Buick and Louis Packard along with the famous "Babes & Berets", Genora Johnson actress who demanded fair working conditions during the renowned GM Sit Down Strike.  Yet, everything revolves around the churches, and that's where our story starts during this fascinating tour. 

October 9, 2014 – Historic Detroit Buildings – In-depth tours of the Fisher Building, Guardian Building, Cadillac Building and Penobscot Building with lunch at a historic hotel.

October 13, 2014 – Shroud of Turin Exhibit– Now, bringing history, archeology, art, religion, science and forensics together, a new Shroud of Turin exhibit has debuted in Royal Oak, the first in a 70-city tour in the United States. The exhibit features more than 50 artifacts dating back to 14 A.D., including a relic containing an actual piece of the Shroud of Turin, and a solidus coin from 685 A.D., the first one to feature the face of Christ. Although the actual shroud is not on display, as visitors move through 12 different chambers along the self-guided audio-visual tour, they’ll view images of the shroud as seen by historians and scientists.   Lunch and a speaker will be included. 

October 14, 2014 – Fall Color Tour – Enjoy our colorful autumn cider mill tour and freshly made delicious donuts at this unique mill.  Then we'll visit a historical site, buzz up to Birch Run for a 2-hour shopping trip and then onto the Flint  Institute of Arts for an hour stop to view a portion of the permanent  collection. A delicious lunch, cider, donuts and ice cream are included.  

October 24, 2014 – Step Through Time Seance – If you've ever wondered if a deceased person is around you, find out. Limited to 35 people, the group reading is characterized by many identifying details that only you would know. Identifying details may include names, physical characteristics, relationships, shared memories, life experiences, manner and circumstances surrounding death, personality and knowledge of your current circumstances. Includes dinner at Fire Mountain Restaurant. 

November 1, 2014 –  Resting In Peace: Artful Elegance In Historic Cemeteries On All Soul's DayThe Horace Dodge Mausoleum is Art Deco and looks like it should be in Egypt. See in which blessed cemetery members of the Purple Gang repose.  These cemeteries are centrally located in Detroit and are among the most prestigious in the country. One was founded in 1895 and features over 150 private estates including the largest collection of private mausoleums in the country.  See 3 resting places of historical significance -- Catholic, Jewish and Non-Denominational cemeteries, some with rolling terrain which is original to Detroit. Each contains notables to the city, state and world.  Not for the faint of heart as reenactors will resurrect and tell their life story and some of the things they have "seen" in these historic burial grounds. Expect to see opulent and unique grave sites that cannot be duplicated.   Cemetery symbolism will be explained. There will be some areas that will be explored by foot, a drive through of others.  Meal, snacks and water is included. $65/person

November 14-16, 2014 – Deer Widows Retreat: Shop, Dance & Dine – Holiday Lights Galore in Petoskey & Harbor Springs.  Great way to experience up north in a custom-tailored tour like no other.  Friday: Lots of great demo's in unique spaces – antiquing tables; glass blowing; pottery and a very cool store.  Meal provided on the way to the mitten's northeast.  Check into hotel with a wine to welcome winter.  Then off to a bookstore for a very fun commentary of great books recommended just for us complimented with cheese and of course, wine.  Then line, belly & international dancing.  Prizes awarded.  Saturday is all about seeing the Holiday lights in Petoskey.  Stores have deep discounts. Dinner on your own but with the group.  Indulge your inner astronomer for a once-in-a-lifetime star show with exceptionally starry skies and hear our guide tell us all about the night skies. Sunday will see us enjoying a wine tasting at an all time sensational winery, a demo at a studio, and lunch. $50.00 Deposit requried to hold your spot with full payment due by October 17, 2014.
$250/person (based on double occupancy)

December 2, 2014 – Christmas With The Amish – Experience an “old-fashioned” Christmas – Amish Style by invitation only by a private family.  Enjoy mouthwatering home cooked Amish meal in a private, Amish home with oil lights, demonstrations and see horse and buggies on the road, enroute to their various destinations. Be prepared to purchase bread, jams and much more.  Activities will include: Amish cheese-making demo, Beeswax candle-making demo, Amish Christmas traditions explained, Amish preacher giving a traditional sermon, Amish Christmas brunch as they would serve and celebrate with family and friends, Quilts displayed in home, Visit an Amish Schoolhouse, An Amish department store with variety of traditional and up-to-date merchandise, Buggy/sleigh rides (at additional cost). 

December 5, 2014 – Kellogg House Holiday – Guided tour of the beautifully decorated W. K. Kellogg Manor House ending with hot spiced tea and cookies. There will be 32 artists and vendors selling one-of-a-kind gifts for your holiday shopping pleasure! 

December 12, 2014 – Greenfield Village Holiday Nights – Step into a Christmas card from the past.  It’s America’s premier holiday celebration, complete with candlelit paths, live entertainment, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model T Rides, delightful holiday shops, Santa and live reindeer, ice skating, caroling, spectacular fireworks and more.  NOTE: This tour involves a lot of walking. Must have payment by November 19 in order to purchase advance tickets.  

December 18, 2014 – Holiday Lights in Southeastern MI – We'll start with a filling meal along the way in order for the sky to darken. Then we'll take in the Christmas Lights in metro Detroit – we'll see blue lit trees, nativities, amazing displays on buildings, a holiday lobby and plenty of other places designed to delight. Naturally, we'll make a couple of shopping stops in very unusual stores.  Hour & half stop at MGM Casino.

Check frequently. New tours are always being added!