Trips and events are announced in the quarterly newsletter, scheduled mailings and at Travel Shows. The time and location of meetings varies. If you would like to be on the mailing list, contact Gayle Sigurdson, Lifelong Recreation programmer at (785)832-7909 or gsigurdson@lawrenceks.org.

TRAVEL SHOWS
Travel Shows are scheduled twice a year to present travel opportunities from LPRD and our travel partners. There is no fee to attend travel clubs or shows, but RSVP’s are appreciated to assist in planning.

Trip prices include admission fees, tickets, gratuities, some meals, LPRD escort and transportation by chartered bus, non-chartered bus or vans. If you need to cancel and request a refund or credit, all non-refundable fees (show tickets, admissions, meals etc.) and administrative costs will be deducted from the refund or credit. These amounts will vary depending on the trip.

A guaranteed share is available for regional trips if registration is received before the early bird deadline. This option locks in the double rate for travelers eligible for and willing to share a hotel room with another single traveler. Wait lists are maintained for all trips. There is no cost to being on a wait list and seats often open up.

You may also subscribe to the City of Lawrence’s information updates by going to our subscriptions page, entering your email at the top of the page and scrolling down to Recreation and Activities, then checking the box by Lifelong Recreation. You will need to confirm your subscription through a confirmation email that will be sent to you.

TRAVEL SHOW

DAY TRIPS
REGIONAL TRIPS
EXTENDED TRIPS

DAY TRIPS

STRAWBERRY HILL
Thursday, Mar. 28. Ages 50 and Up. The Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center celebrates many nationalities of Kansas City residents. Our day will begin at Strawberry Hill Povitica, nationally known for their handmade povitica, a traditional eastern European pastry. Next we’ll visit Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center, an outstanding example of Victorian Queen Anne Style architecture with a colorful history of its own. Our tour includes an ethnic lunch.
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BILOXI BLUES
Wednesday, Apr. 10. Ages 50 and Up. The laughter rarely stops in this Tony Award-winning “Best Play” that tells the story of Eugene Jerome and his experiences as a 19-year-old draftee who, with a handful of other recruits must endure ten weeks of boot camp and a tough as nails, hard-drinking platoon leader in the steaming swamps of Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.
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SEEKING FREEDOM: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Wednesday, Apr. 17. Ages 50 and Up. Join us on an air-conditioned bus, to tour the authentic sites and hear the amazing stories of the Underground Railroad in Douglas County. Through a series of stops, you’ll discover the secret places where local men and women assisted African American-freedom-seekers to reach freedom. Local historians and preservationists will guide you through the day. Tour-goers will enjoy an Underground Railroad exhibit and a presentation at the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum at Bloomington Park on Clinton Lake.
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FORT LEAVENWORTH & HOLLADAY DISTILLERY
Thursday, Apr. 25. Ages 50 and Up. Our tour will feature the Buffalo Soldier Monument, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, Memorial Chapel and the National Cemetery established by President Lincoln in 1862. Followed by a visit to the Frontier Army Museum. A stop at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum includes a ride on the restored 1913 wooden carousel. The day ends at Holladay Distillery, built at the site of a limestone spring discovered by Lewis and Clark during their 1804 expedition.
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HISTORIC WATKINS MILL & OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS
Thursday, May 9. Ages 50 and Up. Many of the buildings built by Waltus Watkins have been preserved to give visitors a sense of life in the 1870s. The mill is the only 19th century textile mill in the United States with its original machinery still intact. The gardens and animals feature heirloom breeds that protect the genetic diversity of todays commercial breeds. Lunch at the Willow Spring Mercantile will be followed by a tour of the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Please note that the arboretum tour has both walking and riding options.
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ANDRE’S CONFISERIE SUISSE & MOON MARBLE COMPANY
Saturday, May 18. Ages 50 and Up. The morning will be spent at Andre’s Confiserie Suisse one of America’s premier chocolatiers , where we will learn about the art of Swiss techniques and classic recipes for creating luxurious chocolate candies. The guided tour will end with an authentic Swiss lunch in the Tea Room at Andre’s. Next, a stop at Moon Marble Company-the shop exhibits the work of prominent glassworkers from across the country, antique marble toys and sells traditional toys and games that we had as children.
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HISTORIC CEMETERIES OF DOUGLAS COUNTY
Wednesday, May 29. Ages 50 and Up. Local historians will join us at Pioneer Cemetery, Oak Hill Cemetery, Haskell Indian Nations University and Beni Israel, the longest continuous burial ground in Douglas County. We’ll hear how views toward death and dying have changed over time. Learn to read clues in the landscape design and on markers and monuments for an education about ethnic, economic and religious trends in local history. The stops on this day will provide a glimpse into notable people and events of Douglas County.
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REGIONAL TRIPS

WICHITA
June 4-5. Ages 50 and Up. Wichita will take you by surprise. Two full days will include guided tours of the Ulrich Museum Outdoor Sculpture Collection, one of the top ten campus sculpture collections in the country; the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum; Wichita Art Museum; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House. Set your own pace at Botanica with over 18 acres of stunning gardens and the Sedgwick County Zoo where animals are able to roam their habitats of Australia, Asia, Africa and more. Plan on dining in Old Town, visiting the Nifty Nut House and viewing the Ring of Fire near the iconic Keeper of the Plains.
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ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI
July 12-13. Ages 50 and Up. Nature, history, architecture, entertainment-St. Joseph always leaves us wanting more-so we are staying for two days. Our itinerary includes the Remington Nature Center, lunch at the JC Wyatt House, then a guided tour of the St. Joseph Museum Complex. We will also visit the Walter Cronkite Memorial, with dinner at Boudreaux’s Cajun cuisine. Next up, a production of the Tony Award winning musical Newsies at the historic Missouri Theater. We’ll experience a guided tour of Mount Mora Cemetery, Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, the Kemper-Albrecht Museum of Art, and the Patee House Museum.
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ARROW ROCK – LYCEUM THEATRE – NATIONAL CHURCHILL MUSEUM
Sep. 4-5. Ages 50 and Up. A step-on guide will give us a tour of the Arrow Rock community ending with lunch at J. Huston Tavern, serving home style fare since opening in 1834 to serve travelers along the Santa Fe Trail. Then a matinee performance of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Crimes of the Heart at the historic Lyceum Theatre. We will visit the Auto World Museum, which is a unique stop that displays memorable automobiles in historical context. Dedicated to Winston Churchill, The National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri is devoted to the impact of his life and continued legacy. On our way home we will stop at Les Bourgeois Vineyards for a tour of their winemaking facilities and a taste of award winning wines.
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EXTENDED TRIPS

Trips and events are announced in the quarterly newsletter and at Travel Shows. The time and location of meetings varies. If you would like to be on the mailing list, contact Gayle Sigurdson, Lifelong Recreation pro-grammer at (785) 832-7920 or gsigurdson@lawrenceks.org.

SOUTHERN CHARM
Oct. 12-18, 2019 | Registration Deadline: April 10, 2019 Ages 50 and Up. Experience the history, charm and singular hospitality of the Low Country in Georgia and South Carolina. Overnight at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” Choose to explore one of America’s oldest plantations, Boone Hall or the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Discover the history of Savannah and antebellum Charleston with 2-night stays in each city. You will uncover a magic that you can only find in America’s friendly south. Find more information about this trip here. Call Gayle Sigurdson at 785-832-7909 to request a brochure with prices and detailed itinerary.