Winter Day Trips 2015

‌‌Holidays at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House & Gilmore Car Museum (14)

The Kellogg Manor House is the former estate of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg and his wife Dr. Carrie Staines Kellogg.  It was built on the highest point overlooking Gull Lake in 1925-26 and restored to its original grandeur in 2000.  Our day begins with a delicious three-course lunch, followed by a docent-led tour of the house which will be creatively decorated for the holidays.  After the tour, you will have a chance to purchase unique items displayed throughout the house.  We then head just a few minutes down the road to the Gilmore Car Museum which has over 300 vehicles from Model As, to Duesenbergs, to Lincolns.  They also have exhibits that capture the best of each automotive era.  Our package includes a tour and lunch at the Kellogg House, admission to the Car Museum, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Tuesday, December 9 from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Price: $89 Members; $109 Non-Members

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Michigan Premiere of Kinky Boots at the Fisher (15)

Kinky Boots is the inspirational story which follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common then they ever dreamed possible. The winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical, it features a score by Cyndi Lauper.  It is inspired by a true story and is based on the hilarious book by Harvey Fierstein. Our package includes main floor seats to the 2 p.m. matinee, a three-course lunch before the show at La Dolce Vita, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Thursday, January 15:  9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Price: $149 Members; $169 Non-Members

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Things My Mother Taught Me at Meadow Brook Theatre (16)


Olivia and Gabe have just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country to start a new life together in Chicago.  Their moving day doesn’t go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when their parents show up to help!  Can a two-bedroom apartment contain all the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that’s about to happen?   Funny and touching, the Michigan premiere of this new comedy will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.  The day includes an hour stop for coffee and gourmet shopping at Nino Salvaggio’s in Troy, a three-course lunch at Alfoccino’s, and finally the 2 p.m. matinee
at Meadow Brook.  Motorcoach transportation from SVSU is also included.

Wednesday, January 28:  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $79 Members; $99 Non-Members

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 Once at the Fisher (17)

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including best musical, Once features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. It tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Our package includes a three-course lunch at the Union Street Grill, main floor tickets to the 1 p.m. matinee, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Thursday, February 5: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Price: $129 Members; $149 Non-Members

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I Love Lucy Live On Stage at the Wharton (18)

What better way is there to spend Valentine’s Day than with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel?  This is a brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history.  It’s 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I Love Lucy episodes.  A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand-new thing called “television,” and the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s-style harmony.  Our package includes a family-style lunch at the Bravo Cucina Italian, main floor/center seats to the 2 p.m. matinee, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Saturday, February 14: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Price: $109 Members; $129  Non-Members

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Detroit Opera House (19)

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by dancer, choreographer and visionary Alvin Ailey to bring African-American cultural expression and the   American modern dance tradition to the world.  The company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries.  Their Detroit performance will include their signature  Revelations which debuted in 1960 and has moved audiences throughout the world with its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring music.  Our package includes Inner Circle (main floor) tickets to the 2:30 matinee, a three-course lunch prior to the show at Traffic Jam and Snug, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

 Saturday, March 21: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $89 Members; $109 Non-Members

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Phantom of the Opera at the Wharton Center & MSU Art Museum (20)

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom,this spectacular new  production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom comes to the Wharton Center as part of a brand-new North American Tour.  Hailed by critics as “bigger than ever,” this Phantom features new scenic design, costumes, staging and special effects.  The beloved story and thrilling score, with songs like The Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, and Masquerade, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.  Plus, Bay City Central graduate Katie Travis will be playing Christine and her parents are both OLLI members!  Prior to lunch and the show, we will enjoy a docent-led tour of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.  Our package includes the museum tour, a three-course lunch at the Kellogg Center, main floor/center seats to the 2 p.m. matinee, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Thursday, April 2: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $139 Members; $159 Non-Members

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Merry Widow Dress Rehearsal at the Detroit Opera House (21)

The Merry Widow revolves around a rich widow whose wealth would be transferred to her next husband, were she to remarry.  Franz Lehar’s rollicking operetta fills the air with waltzes as the locals scramble to keep the widow from leaving the country with a foreign guy and all her loot.  This operetta has enjoyed tremendous success since its premiere in 1905 in Vienna and continues to be revived and recorded.  Our package includes tickets to the 11 a.m. matinee; lunch at Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse which offers a very unique dining experience; and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.  It also includes a pre-trip opera overview led by Greg Largent, Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw.

Pre-Trip Lecture:  Tuesday, April 7 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.   Room: C129
Trip:  Friday, April 10: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Price: $99 Members; $119 Non-Members

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Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the DIA (22)

This trip will begin with a guided tour of Pewabic Pottery, where you will learn about the past and present of this pioneering company.  Then we travel to the Detroit Institute of the Arts to enjoy an exhibition by Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.  Between April 1932 and March 1933, Rivera created one of his most accomplished mural cycles, Detroit Industry, on the four walls of a centrally located courtyard at the DIA.  At the same time, Kahlo developed her artistic identity.  This exhibit will include works before, during and after their time in Detroit and it looks at the evolution of each artist’s career.  Our package includes the Pewabic tour; admission to the DIA special exhibit, a 30-minute lecture about the exhibit prior to entry; and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.  Lunch will be on your own in the DIA Café.

Thursday, April 23: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Price: $59 Members; $79 Non-Members

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