Winter 2015 - Day Trips

Day Trips - 2015

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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Holland Tulip Festival (24)

We’re heading west to tulip country! When we arrive in town, a Dutch-costumed guide will board our coach for a tour that includes Holland’s historic areas, city parks, Hope College and more. Then we’ll enjoy lunch in downtown Holland at the Alpenrose Restaurant. After lunch, we’ll watch the Volksparade from our reserved seats. Our last stop will be Veldheer Tulip Gardens, which has five million tulips over 30 acres; the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe Factory; Delftware Factory; and even an American buffalo herd. The day includes deluxe motorcoach transportation from SVSU, the guided tour, lunch, and admission to Veldheer’s.

Wednesday, May 6: from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Price: $89 Members; $109 Non-Members

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 Faust Dress Rehearsal at the Detroit Opera House (25)

In this opera by German composer Charles Gounod, the old philospher Faust is tired of life, but upon hearing the cheerful sounds of life outside, calls on the Devil to help him out. The Devil appears and grants him wealth and power and youth, in return for his soul. He meets Marguerite and they fall in love, but in typical opera-fashion, their relationship is doomed. Our package includes tickets to the 11 a.m. dress rehearsal, a three-course lunch after the opera at Sinbad’s at the River, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. It also includes a pre-opera overview by Greg Largent, Director of Music Ministries at
First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw.

Pre-Trip Lecture: Thursday, April 30: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
(pre-trip lecture will be held in C129)
Trip: Friday, May 8: from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Price: $79 Members; $99 Non-Members

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Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (26)

Attention, car racing fans and others who are just curious! For the first time, OLLI is offering a trip down to the Motor City to check out the action on the first day of the Grand Prix. The race features the cars of the Verizon Indy Car Series, the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge Series, and the trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road. Friday’s schedule includes practice, qualifying rounds, and the first race. The 2.3 mile race course is on the 982-acre island of Belle Isle. Since Friday is free prix day, admission to the paddock is also free. The paddock allows up-close viewing of race car preparation and teamwork.  Our package includes a three-course lunch at Andiamo’s at the Ren Cen, admission to the Grand Prix,
and motorcoach transportation from SVSU, and to the island from downtown. Please note that this trip will require extensive walking.

Friday, May 29: from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Price: $59 Members; $79 Non-Members

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Indian Village House Walk (27)

Historic Indian Village is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its elegant neighborhood and this is the 42nd year that they are inviting the public to their Home and Garden Tour. This is the second oldest tour of its kind in Michigan, preceded only by the Marshall Home Tour. The Indian Village Community consists of 352 households, six churches, four elementary schools, and one nursery school. It includes Burns, Iroquois, and Seminole Avenues from East Jefferson running one mile north to Mack Avenue. Detroit’s most distinguished architects designed Indian Village homes and here is your chance to explore a handful of them. Last year, the tour featured seven homes, an Art Lot, and a Community Garden. Our package includes admission to the tour, an indoor luncheon including entree and dessert at Christ Lutheran Church, and deluxe motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Please note that this tour will require extensive walking.
Saturday, June 6: from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $65 Members; $85 Non-Members

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Tiger Game in the Shade: OLLI Family Outing (28)

Here’s your chance to bring along the whole family on an OLLI trip! We have very good outfield box seats in the shade (Section 112) to a Sunday afternoon game which pits the Tigers against the Cleveland Indians. If you haven’t been to a ball game in Comerica Park, you really need to join us. In the middle of the food court, a merry-go-round is available for the young and young-at-heart, with patrons riding atop tigers instead of horses. Our package includes tickets to the game and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Lunch will be on your own at one of the many concession areas in the park. This outing is the same price for members and non-members, so invite your family, friends, and colleagues. Please, no children under five years of age!

Sunday, June 14: from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $79 Members & Non-Members

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Pippin at the Fisher Theatre (29)

Pippin is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. The New York Times declared it “astonishing, a Pippin for the 21st century.” It won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival and the score is by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell & Wicked). Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics. Our day will begin with lunch at the Motor City Casino’s expansive Assembly Line Buffet. Our package includes the buffet lunch, main floor tickets to the show, and deluxe motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Saturday, June 20: from 9:30 a.m. -7 p.m.
Price: $129 Members & $149 Non-Members

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A Day of “Heavy Metal” in Ann Arbor (01)

On this unique trip you will see and hear “heavy metal” on two unique organs and the Charles Baird Carillon. The organs will include the 1985 organ by Karl Wilhelm at the First Congregational Church which has 2,700 pipes, and the 1893/1927/1955 Frieze Organ in Hill Auditorium which has 7,500 pipes. These two instruments show different approaches to organ building while retaining “heavy metal” pipes of lead, tin, zinc, as well as wood. We’ll also listen to the Charles Baird Carillon, the third largest carillon in the world. It has 53 bronze bells and the largest one weighs 12 tons! We will be allowed into the bell chamber and see and hear the instrument while it is being played by our performer/host Kipp Cortez, Director of Music and Organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor. The trip also includes lunch at the Cottage Inn in downtown Ann Arbor, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Wednesday, July 8: from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $69 Members; $89 Non-Members

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 Wurtsmith Air Museum Tour and River Boat Cruise (02)

Our day will begin with a two-hour narrated river boat cruise on the Ausable River Queen. Enjoy the scenery on the top deck or have a seat inside. After the cruise we’ll head to Wiltse’s Brew Pub for a three-course lunch. Our final stop will be a three-hour guided tour of the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Museum and maintenance facilities. Established in 1923, Wurtsmith Air Force base was a vital Air Defense Command base through its closure in 1993. It is now a public airport which is primarily used for cargo and light general aviation. We’ll tour their historical air museum, see the various aircraft, and learn about their state-of-theart engine testing facility. Our package includes the river boat cruise, lunch, the Wurtsmith tour and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Wednesday, August 5: from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Price: $69 Members; $89 Non-Members

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King Tut Exhibit at the GRPM and Meijer Gardens (03)

Our day begins at the beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, which features indoor and outdoor gardens, nature trails, and more than 100 magnificent sculptures. We’ll board the outdoor tram for a narrated tour of the Sculpture Park, Michigan’s Farm Garden, and The American Horse sculpture. After the tram tour, you’ll have free time to visit the gardens, including the new 8-acre Japanese garden and the special exhibit Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan. Lunch will be on your own in the café. Early in the afternoon we will head to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, where you’ll enjoy
the Michigan debut of the traveling exhibition The Discovery of King Tut. This special exhibit features 1,000 scientifically produced re-creations hand-crafted by Egyptian artisans and a glimpse into the greatest archaeological discover of the 20th century: Tutankhamun’s tomb. Our package includes admission to Meijer Gardens and tram tour, admission to the King Tut exhibit and museum, and deluxe motorcoach transportation from SVSU.


Tuesday, August 11: from 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Price: $69 Members; $89 Non-Members

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