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I'm going to try to keep all of the info on this page so that you will know pick up times and locations. Brief info about the trip and any links that you may like to check out.

I pick up in Avis at the bus garage (near the highway), in Montoursville at the Wine and Spirit shop next to the Weis Market (formerly Scot's Lo-Cost) and the Bon Ton at Lycoming Mall. I also pick up at the Flying J Restaurant off of Route 80 at the Milton exit, at the Columbia Mall (Sears end) (if we are traveling East on I-80), the Big Lots Plaza (next to Evangelical Hospital) or K-Mart in Shamokin Dam (if we are traveling South on Route 15) and at Fry Brother's Turkey Ranch (if we are traveling North on Route 15).

Please be at pick-up points 15 minutes prior to bus departure. Sherry Ault Tours is not responsible if you arrive after the published departure time. A deposit or payment in full is due within one week of making your reservation. 

Wonder what the weather will be like on the day of the trip? I've added a link to weather.com for your convenience.  https://weather.com/

 
MARCH 2018



APRIL 2018


April 7th - YUENGLING BREWERY TOUR - $35 pp - Must be at least 21 years old
​    (price includes transportation and brewery tour)

I have been to this brewery before and thought it was time to go there again.  If you have never been here, you will be amazed at how beautiful this building  truly is. I was surprised by the large stained glass window.  There are a lot of steps and you are required to wear completely closed shoes, like sneakers. You will also get a tasting of their beers and time to do some shopping in their gift shop.

The story of Yuengling is the story of the American Spirit. It’s a tale of shared dreams, individual tenacity and an unwavering dedication to standards of quality. Like many American stories it starts amid the dreams of countless young immigrants looking for opportunity and emerges from the strength and will of one family determined to build their legacy in a new country. The story of America’s Oldest Brewery began when David G. Yuengling arrived from Wuerttemberg Germany to settle in the sleepy, coal-mining town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., is a 6th-generation family owned and operated business built on strong heritage and tradition. Established in 1829, Yuengling has been committed to supporting local communities and preserving the natural ingredients that make their quality products. Not only do they adhere to the belief that good water makes good beer, as a part of their long term commitment to the communities they operate in, Yuengling makes it a priority to protect the environment for generations to come. As America’s Oldest Brewery, they strive to reduce their carbon footprint, recycling and reusing materials whenever possible as well as conserving water and energy.  For more info, including recipes, please visit their web site:  https://www.yuengling.com/

Following our tour we will stop for a lunch/dinner break (on your own) at a craft beer pub.

Price includes transportation and tour.

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior to departure times listed below.)
Avis - 8:00 a.m.
Montoursville - 8:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 8:45 a.m.
Flying J Truck Stop-Milton (Exit 215) - 9:00

Depart for home following our dinner break at approximately 4:30.



APRIL 21 -- BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR -- $54 pp (day on your own)
with Aquarium tickets: ADULT - $86 pp    STUDENT - 12-18 - $82 pp   CHILD - 4-12 - $70 pp   THIS BUS IS FULL
(price includes transportation only - unless aquarium tickets are requested)

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an attraction in itself. But, surrounding this urban waterfront park, you’ll discover a number of family-friendly places to visit. The National Aquarium features more than 16,000 animals, from sharks to a giant sea turtle.   Travel to an Australian river gorge, descend through an Atlantic coral reef, explore a tropical rain forest, discover dolphins and sharks, and interact with animal experts.  The Maryland Science Center’s highlights include two-story dinosaurs and interactive exhibits to keep the kids busy. The Port Discovery Children’s Museum features more activities for the little ones.  You may find the following web site helpful in planning your trip: https://baltimore.org/article/baltimore-inner-harbor

If you would like explore the area around the harbor, Fells Point is just a short walk or water taxi ride away.  Waterside Fells Point is known for its hip pubs and taverns, many with live music, as well as seafood joints serving Chesapeake Bay crab and oysters. Small galleries, record stores, fashion boutiques and eclectic restaurants line the cobblestone streets along the harbor and main square. The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum explores African-American nautical history in a former industrial building.  For maps and info regarding shops and restaurants in Fells Point, go to: 
https://baltimore.org/neighborhoods-maps-transportation/fells-point

If you would rather step back into history, Fort McHenry is just a water taxi ride away and if you have a "National Park Pass"
it can be used to enter the park.  In 1793, France declared a war on England that became known as the Napoleonic Wars. In 1794, Congress authorized the construction of a series of coastal forts to protect our maritime frontier. Construction began on Fort McHenry in 1798 and, by 1803, the masonry walls we view today were completed. The fort was named for James McHenry, our second Secretary of War. In 1809, the U.S. Army's first light artillery unit was organized here.

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on England, in part to "preserve Free Trade & Sailor's Rights." In August 1814, British forces marched on Washington, defeated U.S. forces, and burned the Capitol. Then, on September 13-14, the British attacked Fort McHenry. The failure of the bombardment and sight of the American flag inspired Francis Scott Key to compose "The Star-Spangled Banner."  For the complete history, visit their web site at:  
https://www.nps.gov/fomc/learn/historyculture/history-of-fort-mchenry.htm

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior to departure times listed below.)
We will have a quick stop at the Liberty Plaza on Route 15 going to and from the Harbor.

Avis - 5:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:45 a.m.

We will be leaving Baltimore at 5:00 p.m.


MAY 2017

May 5 -- GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD AND EISENHOWER FARM -- $70 pp

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address".  For more info on the Battle of Gettysburg please go to:  http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/battle-of-gettysburg

We will start the day at the Visitors Center where we will meet our licensed battlefield guide.   The battlefield tour will be two hours and will include stops at several of the important daily battle areas.  We will also have time to tour the museum.  (Please be advised that back packs are not permitted in the Visitors Center)  For more info on the museum, please visit their website at:  https://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

We will also be touring the Eisenhower Farm located near Gettysburg.  The Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.  More information can be found at their website: 
https://www.nps.gov/eise/index.htm

Following our tours, we will have time to explore the town of Gettysburg.  We will spend the remainder of our day here, leaving at 7:00 that evening.  You should have time to eat a meal and explore the National Cemetery or visit a museum.  I found the following website a bit helpful in finding local restaurants and museums.  Almost anything that is listed on Steinwehr Avenue or Baltimore Street will be with in walking distance.  http://www.destinationgettysburg.com/index.asp#

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior to departure times listed below.)
We will have a quick stop at the Liberty Plaza on Route 15 going to and from Gettysburg

Avis - 5:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Lewisburg or Selinsgrove area if necessary.

We will be leaving Gettysburg at 7:00 p.m.


May 19 -- LADIES DAY AWAY -- $70 pp   THIS BUS IS FULL

This is my 4rd annual Ladies Day Away and it has become a very popular trip.  This year we will be traveling to Jim Thorpe.  
​Jim Thorpe, Pa is consistently ranked on national media “Best” lists, and recognized among the most fun, most beautiful, and best adventure towns to visit.

We will start our day off at the Country Cupboard Restaurant for a buffet breakfast and a little time to do some quick shopping.  We won't spend a lot of time there, however, because we will want to have plenty of time in Jim Thorpe.

Nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, this Victorian town is teeming with history, romance and family fun. You’ll enjoy the walkable downtown’s accommodations, shops, restaurants, pubs, and wine-tasting. We will be touring the Asa Packer Mansion (this does include climbing stairs to get up the hill to the mansion).  The Mansion was the home of philanthropist, railroad magnate, and founder of Lehigh University, Asa Packer. Built in 1861 by Philadelphia architect, Samuel Sloan, the home was constructed over a span of two years and cost a total of $14,000 dollars.  My sister and I toured this house and it is absolutely amazing!  To get the complete history of the house visit:  http://www.asapackermansion.com/

​We will also be going to the "Country Junction General Store".  My sister and I stopped there on one of our sister weekends and we thought it was a nice place to spend some time.  You actually follow a "yellow brick road" through the store.  They have a little bit of everything there.  We were there in the fall and we did buy some really cute items for Halloween.  I think there is something there for everyone. Check it out for yourself at:  http://www.countryjunction.com/explore-the-store

I just love my "Ladies Day Away" trip - it does fill up fast so if you are interested please make your reservations early.  If you have a Sorority group or a Garden Club or just a bunch of ladies that need to get away from home for the day this is always a great trip!

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 6:30 a.m.
Montoursville - 7:15 a.m.
Bon Ton - 7:30 a.m.
​I will also pick up at the Country Cupboard - be there by 8:00 a.m. (that is the time that our buffet reservations are)


JUNE 2018






June 2 -- NYC -- $61 pp THIS BUS IS FULL
                Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island -- $80 pp    (Seniors 62+ -- $75 pp    (children 5-12 -- $70)

Whether you decide to do this as a day on your own or visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island this is always a wonderful trip.

I have been to the Statue & Ellis Island several times.  The ticket includes the ferry to both islands and admission to the base of the Statue as well as admission to the buildings that are open to the public on Ellis Island.  If you are interested in going to the "Crown", you must purchase those tickets yourself.  Tour guides can not purchase those due to security.  If that is the case, you would pay the $61 pp price for this trip.  I am including the site for "Crown" tickets if you would like to check that option out.
https://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/visit-the-crown.htm

I will tell you that if you are planning to get tickets to the "Crown", the person ordering them must go on the trip, have photo ID and pick these tickets up at the "Will Call Window" at Castle Clinton.  If for any reason that person cannot go on the trip, no one else will be able to get those tickets.  I had someone learn this the hard way last year.  When ordering try to get a 10:30 - 11:00 time frame for your tour or earlier.  I would not get any later time than that.  

You are also a short distance from the "9/11Memorial".  (https://www.911memorial.org/)  The 9/11 Memorial is free of charge and open to the public daily.  If you would like to purchase tickets for the museum please visit their website:  https://www.911memorial.org/visit-museum-1

Anyone interested in doing both the Statue and the 9/11 Memorial can order a combo ticket on line.  You will get a much better deal than if you get the tickets separately.  I do not do the combo tickets.  This is the website if you are interested in the combo:  https://www.statuecruises.com/attraction/911-memorial-museum 

I love this area of NYC.  There is so much to see and do. The Staten Island Ferry is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet, the 5 mile, 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free! One guide book calls it "One of the world's greatest (and shortest) water voyages." From the deck of the ferry you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You'll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return. http://www.siferry.com/

This area is also a great area to walk around.  You can walk along the water from Battery Park to the South Street Seaport.  There is a beautiful walk way and there are lots of restaurants at the Seaport.  My favorite is the Paris Cafe.  If you walk along Pearl Street you will come to the Fraunces Tavern (http://www.frauncestavern.com/).   I have eaten at the tavern several times when I have had trips to this area.  The history of this building is amazing.  On December 4, 1783, nine days after the last British soldiers left American soil, George Washington invited the officers of the Continental Army to join him in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern so he could say farewell. The best known account of this emotional leave-taking comes from the Memoirs of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge, written in 1830 and now in the collection of Fraunces Tavern Museum. You will also find other shops along this street.  There are old print shops and store rooms.  The Titanic Memorial is also located near the Fraunces Tavern.  

You are also a short walk to Chinatown and Little Italy.  There are so many
 restaurants and shops in these areas.  It's like being in a different part of the
 world when you walk these streets.  This was my adventure last year and 
I came home with more goodies - mostly food items - than I usually do when
 I'm shopping in Midtown.  I've included a map of the area - don't let the image
 fool you - the distance is really very easy to walk.  

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 5:15 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
We will have a breakfast stop at McDonald's near the Northeast Extension of 
the turnpike on the way to and from NYC.
We will leave NYC at 7:00 p.m.





June 11th -14th -- Mystic CT/Newport RI -- $530 pp dbl
$690 pp single      $520 pp trpl  CANCELLED

This trip is being planned by White Star Tours.  I have heard great things about this 
company and the tours that they arrange.  I have been to Mystic and Newport 
several times, both on my own and as trips that I have arranged.  I love both cities.
Mystic is such a quaint little village with a remarkable history and when you are
there you feel like you have stepped back in time.

The buildings you see aren’t replications–they’re trade shops and businesses from the 1800s that were transported to Mystic Seaport from locations around New England. The village is made up of many bustling maritime trades, from shipsmiths and coopers to woodcarvers and riggers. Discover how America’s maritime past shaped life today.  https://www.mysticseaport.org/explore/village/

You will also see the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship.  The whaleship was designated a National Historic Landmark by order of the Secretary of the Interior in 1966, and she is also a recipient of the coveted World Ship Trust Award. Since her arrival at Mystic Seaport more than 20 million visitors have walked her decks. Where once she hunted and processed whales for profit, her purpose now is to tell an important part of our nation’s maritime heritage and the lessons that history has for current generations.
Visit the following for more info:    https://www.mysticseaport.org/explore/morgan/

We will be staying 3 nights near Newport, RI.  Following our 1st day at Mystic 
Seaport, we will travel to Middletown, RI to check into our motel where you can 
spend a relaxing evening.  The motel has an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, 
fitness room, and game room.

Day 2 will start out with a continental breakfast at our motel.  Following our breakfast
we will have a one-hour guided tour of historic Newport.  After the tour, we will visit
the Touro Synagogue.  This is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the
United States.  Following our visit to the Synagogue,  you will have some time own 
your own for lunch in the area.  After lunch you will have time to walk along the Cliff Walk
 or go to the beach.   

Following time on your own, we will go back to the motel to prepare for our evening.
We will be having dinner at the La Forge Casino Restaurant, located on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  After dinner, we will depart for the nearby Newport Grand Slots for some gaming fun prior to returning to our motel.

Day 3 will again start with our continental breakfast at the hotel.  After breakfast we depart for audio tours of two of Newport's magnificent mansions.  "The Breakers" is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages," and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America.  "Marble House" was built between 1888 and 1892 and was inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles.  After our visits, we will continue to the Brick Marketplace for lunch on your own, with time to browse the shops of your choice.  The highlight of the afternoon is a one-hour cruise on the Newport Harbor aboard the "Amazing Grace."  See Newport at its picture perfect best as your narrator gives you close-up views of the lighthouses, America's Cup yachts, grand estates and much more.  Return to our motel later that afternoon for dinner and a relaxing evening.











Day 4 once again will start with breakfast at the motel prior to our departure for home.  On our way back to Williamsport, we will again stop in Mystic.  This time we will be stopping at Olde Mistick Village.  This is a collection of unique shops and restaurants.  One of my favorite places to find those unusual gifts and food items.

Stroll the beautiful lanes and enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720.
In our Village, we have picturesque settings of flowers, trees & duck ponds that surround you as you relax and unwind.
Our shopkeepers pride themselves on offering you some of the most interesting and unique items from around the world. Feeling hungry? Olde Mistick Village is home to some of Mystic’s best restaurants. We also feature a multi theatre arts & movie cinema for your enjoyment.  Walkways and restrooms are handicapped accessible. There are many benches and rest areas to catch your breath, unwind, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and let your mind slip pleasantly back to another era. 


Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)
We will have multiple stops to and from our destinations

Avis - 5:15 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary



JULY 2018

July 28th -- Buffalo, New York Garden Walk -- $65 pp - CANCELLED

A lady at my church told me about the garden walk in Buffalo.  She said it would be a great trip for anyone who loves flower gardens.
So, I like gardens and July 28th will be my 65th birthday and I'd love to spend my first day on Medicare in Buffalo!!

Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour in America. Each year, more than 400 private gardens are opened for a FREE public tour.  Garden Walk extends from the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Delaware Park to downtown Buffalo’s Canalside, and from the Niagara River to Buffalo’s Main Street. Most of the participating gardens are, of course, private ones, but from the beginning, an increasing number of community spaces, corporate gardens, and church gardens have taken part.

As you can imagine, we will not be able to see all of the gardens in one day.  I have contacted the Garden Walk and they do have shuttles that run between the neighborhoods to help you get around.  They did tell me that the wait to get one of the buses is sometimes up to 1/2 hour - 45 minutes.  They advised me that since we are coming on our own bus, we could use it to do travel from neighborhood to neighborhood.  They have a 2017 map on line and they state it doesn't change much from year to year so I'm hoping to get some more help from them and determine what are the best locations to visit first.

If you would like more info on the garden walk, please visit their website at: 
https://gardensbuffaloniagara.com/events/garden-walks-and-tours/p:1/

The following are picture taken by Don Zinteck of some of the homes featured in the Buffalo Garden Walk.











Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)
We will have a fast food stop to and from Buffalo.

Avis - 5:15 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.

​Leaving Buffalo at 4:00 p.m.


AUGUST 2018

August 18th -- A day at the beach - Ocean City, NJ -- $76 pp 

​This year we will be going Ocean City, NJ for the day.  Explore the Beach and the Boardwalk.  No visit to OCNJ is complete without visiting all the shops and attractions along the Boardwalk. Take a leisurely stroll down the boards, stopping periodically for ice cream or their famous salt water taffy.  Bring beach chairs and umbrella's if you like, there is always room under the bus.  Bring a cooler with a picnic lunch or drinks (NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON THE BEACH).  You will have to purchase beach tags to go onto the beach.

Just remember that what ever you take with you, you will have it all day.  I don't think the bus will be available to take things back to prior to our departure for the day.

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 4:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 5:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 5:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
We will have a breakfast stop at Hickory Run Plaza on the way to OC and a stop at the Allentown Plaza on our way home.
We will leave OC at 7:00 p.m.




SEPTEMBER 2018

September 15th -- Mount Vernon and Potomac River Cruise -- $94 pp - 

THIS BUS IS FULL

There is so much to do and see at Mount Vernon. We will tour the house and gardens. You will 
also have time to check out the Museum and the farm.  

George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon began as a one and one-half story house built in 1735 
by his father, Augustine, and received its well-known name during the ownership of his half-brother 
Lawrence. George acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged 
the dwelling to create the resplendent21-room residence we see today. Washington personally 
supervised each renovation; advising on design, construction and decoration—even during the Revolutionary War. Conscious that the world was watching, Washington selected architectural features that expressed his growing status as a Virginia gentleman planter and ultimately as the  leader of a fledgling democratic nation.​

George Washington oversaw all aspects of the landscape at Mount Vernon. He extensively redesigned the grounds surrounding his home, adopting the less formal, more naturalistic style of 18th century English garden landscape designer Batty Langley. 

One of Washington’s masterful farming innovations was a 16-sided barn designed for treading wheat—his most important cash crop. The barn at the Pioneer Farm site is an exact replica of the original that was located on Washington's estate.  They have also recreated the slave cabins (yes, George Washington had slaves) allowing you to see how many of the slaves lived at Mount Vernon.  For more information on Mount Vernon and George Washington, please visit this website:  http://www.mountvernon.org

We will also be taking a cruise on the Potomac.  The cruise leaves from the wharf located at Mount Vernon.   Learn about the river's history and discover how it contributed to Washington's business ventures. Be sure to look for the eagles and osprey that live along the shores. 

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis -  5:15 a.m.  
Montoursville -  6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton -  6:15 a.m.

I will also pick up in the Lewisburg or Shamokin Dam area if necessary.
We will have a breakfast stop at the Liberty Plaza near Harrisburg on the way to and at McDonald's in Thurmont, MD on the way home.















September  23rd - 24th -- Alexandria Bay, NY  -- $257 pp dbl - ONLY 1 ROOMS LEFT 

​This will be the 2nd time I've taken a bus to A-Bay.  I have been there several times myself and with friends.  This is a beautiful spot to just kick back and relax on your balcony overlooking the Saint Lawrence Seaway and Boldt Castle.  We will be staying at Captain Thomson's Resort.  When we arrive on Sunday, we will have the afternoon to explore Boldt Castle.  If you like, while at Boldt Castle, you can purchase a ticket to get the shuttle to the Yacht House.

Construction began on Boldt Castle in 1900 at the bidding of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt as a tribute to his beloved wife Louise. Boldt Castle was designed as their summer dream home. A castle rivaling those of Europe, built on the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of the 1000 Islands. However it was not to be, Mrs. Boldt passed away suddenly just months before the completion of the castle. Mr. Boldt was inconsolable and immediately stopped all construction on Heart Island, leaving the property vacant for over seventy years…  For more information on Boldt Castle, please visit their website: http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/ 

That evening we will have a prime rib buffet at Riley's on the Water.  The rest of the evening you are on your own to explore or just go enjoy the view from your balcony.  It's a great spot to watch the large ships heading to the Great Lakes or to sip a nice glass of wine.
We will start Monday morning with a breakfast buffet at Riley's and then you will have time to do some shopping after we have checked out of our rooms prior to or boat ride to Singer Castle.  We will also have a boxed lunch while on board the boat.  

Singer Castle is the only remaining/existing castle on the river to be completed, fully furnished and resided in during the heyday of the great builders and industrials in New York.  The original owner Frederick Bourne was the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, which is where the name “Singer Castle” came from.  For more on the history of "Singer Castle" please check out their website:  http://www.singercastle.com/brief-history/ 

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis -  4:45 a.m. 
Montoursville -  5:30 a.m.
Bon Ton -  5:45 a.m.

We will have a fast food breakfast stop on the way to Alexandria Bay and a food stop on our way home.



OCTOBER 2018

October - 8th - Sight and Sound - "Jesus" -- $107 pp

Last year was the first time I had ever been to Sight and Sound to see one of their productions.  Last years production was "Jonah" and I was awe struck from the moment it started.  The performances are not just on the stage, they bring the story to you in the audience.  Whether its animals walking down the aisles or structures protruding over you, it is just breathtaking.  This year they are performing "Jesus".  I can't wait to see how they tell this story!

While Jesus’ story may be familiar, his actions are unexpected. He befriends outcasts and heals the hurting. He challenges social norms and confronts hypocrisy. He sets sail with fishermen and reasons with religious scholars. And the lives he touches will never be the same. From the streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, there’s no place—and no person—that his love can’t reach.

I got the tickets early last summer so we have excellent seats.  

Following the performance, we will travel to Kitchen Kettle Village.  I'm doing this rather than stopping at a restaurant.  I thought this way you could do some shopping and still grab a bite to eat.  Kitchen Kettle Village has a wide range of shops and food venues.  For more information, please visit their website:  http://www.kitchenkettle.com/index.asp

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis -  6:15 a.m.
Montoursville -  7:00 a.m.
Bon Ton -  7:15 a.m.

We will have a fast food stop at Liberty Plaza on our way to Sight and Sound.


October  - 20th - Local PA Wine tastings - $55 per person

I was going to try to do local wineries this year, however, I didn't have a lot of luck trying to get a large bus into the local ones.  However, I did meet a very nice lady at Pickering Winery and she told me about a wine festival in Benton that benefits the Boy Scout Camp at Camp Lavigne.  They have 10 wineries scheduled to be there and 1 brew pub (hoping to get 2 more) as well as crafters and food vendors.  The price of this trip includes admission and tastings.   When I contacted the event organizer she assured me that they would also have plenty of wine to sell.  I have included a list of the wineries and the pub below:

Pickering Winery, Orangeville
Hidden Creek Vineyard and Winery, Laceyville
Kulpmont Winery, Kulpmont
Mountain Lake Winery, Burlington
Red Shale Ridge Vineyards, Hegins & Danville
Buddy Boy Winery & Vineyards, Duncannon
Capra Collina Winery, Blakely
Olivero's Vineyard, McAliaterville
Bouchetta Vineyards, Pine Grove
Elk Mt Winery, Benton

Marley's Grill & Brewpub

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis -  9:45 a.m.
Montoursville -  10:30 a.m.
Bon Ton -  10:45 a.m.


NOVEMBER - 2018

November 3th -- New York City (Day on your own) -- $61 pp 

This is always a great day away and it sells out quickly.  Whether you want to do shopping or catch a show this day is anything you would like it to be.  If you are planning on going to a Broadway Show, consider contacting Susquehanna Trailways at 570-322-5361.  They can get your tickets for you and they will be waiting for you on the bus the day of the trip.

This day is also a great shopping day.  Bryant Park is already for the Christmas season.  They will have all of their Christmas Shops and their ice skating rink ready for you.  You can also skate at Rockefeller Center - the Christmas tree may be there but it won't have any lights on it.  It is also still too early for the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall.  

Many times when we have been there at this time of year, they have Madison Avenue closed for a huge street fair.  You can get lots of bargains from the street vendors and there are lots of food carts also.  Believe me, between Bryant Park and the Madison Avenue fair, I get most of my Christmas shopping done on this day.

Not into shopping, New York is a great place to eat.  They have amazing restaurants with any type of cuisine you may want.  
There are also many museums with in walking distance or a short subway trip away.   Central Park and the Central Park Zoo are also close by.  You can get to the 9/11 Memorial by subway.  You could also take a "Big Bus Tour", visit the Empire State Building and Time Square.  

Can you tell, "I LOVE NY!"  

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 5:15 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
We will have a bathroom break on the way to NYC at the Delaware Water Gap. (no breakfast break)
We will have a fast food stop on the way home.
We will leave NYC at 7:00 p.m.



March 11 - Philadelphia Flower Show—“Wonders of Water”—$85 pp
  (Student 17-24 w/ID—$77 pp Children 5-17—$74 pp)  
  Price includes transportation and admission to the flower show.  THIS BUS IS FULL

This bus fills fast so make your reservations early!  

The theme this year is "Wonders of Water".  America’s leading floral and garden designers will create tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes, showcasing the astounding plants that thrive in each environment, from exquisite orchids and flowering vines to luminescent desert blooms.  

Guests will enter the show under a canopy of exotic flowers, and marvel at a modernistic,multi-level bamboo waterfall.  An ever-shifting rain curtain will guide guests over a “suspended” rope bridge, and through a brilliant green rain forest.  The creators want this to capture all the sensory elements of the rain forest –its fantastic colors, scents and sounds --and demonstrate its unique and vital role in purifying water and sustaining our environment. 

To learn more about the history of the flower show please go to: https://theflowershow.com/about/history/


Another great place to visit while at the "Flower Show" is the Reading Market.  It is across the street from the Convention Center.  There are lots of restaurants and specialty shops there and it is a great place to eat.  Please keep in mind that any shop that is Amish or Mennonite won't be open on Sunday.  There are still lost of choices for a bite of lunch or just a cup of coffee and a cookie.  The following link will give you more info on the market:
http://readingterminalmarket.org/

We are also within walking distance of the Liberty Bell if you would like to get some fresh air. The Liberty Bell Center is located on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets. The building is open year round. The Liberty Bell Center offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. The Liberty Bell itself is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background. For more info please visit the following website: 
https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/stories-libertybell.htm

















Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior to departure times listed below--CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD SATURDAY EVENING)
We will have a 30 minutes stop at the Hickory Run Plaza on our way to Philadelphia and a 30 minute stop at the Allentown Plaza on our way home.

Avis - 5:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
Leave Philadelphia - 4:30 p.m.


This map shows the Convention Center near the upper left hand corner and the Reading Market just across the street from it.  The Liberty Bell is just right of the center of the map. 
BOLDT CASTLE                                                  SINGER CASTLE