Fall 2015 - Day Trips

Day Trips - 2015

 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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Lions and Tigers and Bears at the Detroit Zoo (05)

When was the last time you visited the Detroit Zoo? For many of us, we probably haven’t been there since we were kids. Established in 1928, the zoo is situated on 125 acres with naturalistic habitats. It is the largest paid family attraction in Michigan with more than 1.3 million visitors annually.  It is home to more than 2,500 animals of 280 species. Major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Penguinarium, and the Butterfly Garden. Our package includes admission to the park, a docent-led tour upon arrival, lunch, a train ride and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Please note that this trip will require extensive walking as the park is quite massive.

Monday: September 21 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $59 Members; $79 Non-Members
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Thunder Bay Resort Elk-Viewing Carriage Ride, Gourmet Lunch & Hartwick Pines Tour (06)

We’re heading north to Hillman to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and some fine dining. On the way up, we’ll stop at Hartwick Pines State Park to view the large white pines and learn about the logging industry. We’ll arrive at the resort around lunchtime and your adventure will begin as you board a horse-drawn carriage that will take you through the wooded resort and into the Elk Preserve where you will get a close up look at majestic bull elk. Our deep-woods destination is the Elk Antler Log Cabin, where the resort’s culinary artist Jan Matthias and staff will prepare a five-course meal, which even includes five locally produced wines. After lunch, we’ll take the same route back through the woods to the motorcoach. This trip includes motorcoach transportation from SVSU, the Hartwick Pines tour, carriage ride, and lunch with wine.

Thursday: October 1 from 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Price: $139 Members; $159 Non-Member
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ArtPrize in Grand Rapids (07)

For 19 days this fall, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids becomes an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public. This will be the 7th year for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. You will be able to help determine the winners when you cast your vote via the internet or your smart phone. The competition attracts artists from all over the world. The top prize is determined solely by public voting. In 2015 there were 400,000 visitors who viewed art submitted from 47 countries and all 50 states. Our trip includes motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Meals will be on your own. This trip will require extensive walking.

Thursday: October 8 from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Price: $39 Members; $59 Non-Members
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La Boheme Dress Rehearsal at the Detroit Opera House (08)

Everyone, at some point in life, will endure the same trials: love and loss, and bliss and heartbreak. That’s especially true in Giacomo Puccini’s story of Mimi and Rodolfo, played by Nicole Cabell and Sean Panikkar. They play a poor young couple seeking a lovers’ paradise among their resilient, struggling friends in the Latin Quarter of Paris. The Michigan Opera Theatre says they will be presenting a scintillating, easily accessible romantic adventure for lovers of any age. Our package includes general seating to the 11 a.m. dress rehearsal, a late three-course family-style lunch at Fishbones, 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, October 13 • 4 - 5:30 p.m. in C129
Friday: October 16 from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$89 Member; $109 Non-Members
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The Explorers Club at Meadow Brook Theatre (09)

It’s 1879 in London and the prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis; their president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but letting a woman in could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how to make such a decision without a decent drink? This is the Michigan premiere of a new comedy by Nell Benjamin. Our day begins with a chance to do a little shopping at Nino Salvaggio’s in Troy. Then, we’re off to lunch at Mitchell’s Fish Market for a three-course lunch followed by the 2 p.m. matinee. Our package includes tickets to the show, lunch, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Wednesday: October 21 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $79 Members; $99 Non-Members
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Dirty Dancing at the Fisher Theatre (10)

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with  heartpounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. It features the songs, Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and I’ve Had the Time of My Life. Our day begins with a three-course lunch at the Union Street Grill, followed by the 2 p.m. matinee. Our package includes main floor seats to the show, lunch, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Saturday: October 24 from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Price: $129 Members; $149 Non-Members
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Jersey Boys at the Fisher Theatre (11)

Jersey Boys is the 2006 Tony and Grammy award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Winners The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide all before they were 30. Featured songs include Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Our day begins with a three-course lunch at Andiamo’s in the Ren Cen followed by the 1 p.m. matinee. Our package includes main floor seats to the show, lunch, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Please note that some may find the “Jersey-style” language offensive.

Thursday: December 3 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $119 Members; $139 Non-Members
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Handel’s Messiah at the University of Michigan (12)

Messiah is one of the most popular works in Western choral literature, and one of George Frideric Handel’s most famous works. Composed in London during the summer of 1741, and premiered in Dublin in 1742, it was repeatedly revised by Handel, reaching its most familiar version in 1754.  The libretto by Charles Jennens is drawn entirely from the King James and Great Bibles, and interprets the Christian doctrine of the Messiah. The University of Michigan’s University Musical Society’s Choral Union has been performing this classic for decades with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. We have main floor seats for the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Our package includes tickets to the performance, brunch beforehand at Weber’s Inn, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Sunday: December 6 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $119 Members; $139 Non-Members
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Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday & Meadow Brook House Tour and Lunch (13)

Ring in the holidays! Our day will begin with a three-course lunch and self-guided tour of Meadow Brook Hall which will be all decked out for the holidays. It’s their 44th annual Holiday Walk of the 110-room Tudor-revival style mansion. Then we head to the beautiful Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit to enjoy Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday. Direct from New York, this show brings five of Broadway’s finest stars to the Fox Theatre stage for an unforgettable holiday event. The show features much-loved holiday tunes along with hits ranging from classic shows such as My Fair Lady and South Pacific, through ground breakers like West Side Story and Chicago to current blockbusters like Jersey Boys and Wicked. Our package includes lunch and self-guided tour at Meadow Brook, main floor tickets to the 3 p.m. show, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU.

Saturday: December 12 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Price: $89 Members; $109 Non-Members
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The Michigan Premier of Newsies at the Fisher Theatre (14/15)

They delivered the paper until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2013 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it a “musical worth singing about!”  It’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you don’t want to miss. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right and staying true to who you are. The Sunday, December 20 trip begins with a three-course lunch at Traffic Jam and Snug followed by the 1 p.m. matinee, and the Wednesday, December 23 trip begins with an early dinner at the same restaurant followed by the 6:30 p.m. show. Our package includes main floor seats to the show, lunch or dinner, and motorcoachtransportation from SVSU.

(14) Sunday: December 20 from 2:30 - 11:30 p.m.
(15) Wednesday: December 23 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: $119 Members; $139 Non-Members
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