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Merwin's Wharf

Cleveland Orchestra & Merwin’s Wharf

Founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens, the Cleveland Orchestra has become and remains one of the most sought after performing ensembles in the world.  Since its opening in 1931, Severance Hall has been the orchestra’s winter home to where they set a standard of artistic excellence.  Join us as we set out to listen to conductor Andrew Davis and cellist Mark Kosower perform Don Quixote.The day will begin at 9:45 with coffee and muffins at the Hall, followed by an optional pre-concert talk. 

Following the performance, we will go down to the river and eat lunch while viewing beautiful downtown Cleveland at Merwin’s Wharf.  Since it’s open in 2014, Nick Lanzo has brought his experience working at some of Cleveland’s top restaurants to create a down to earth vibe and wonderful menu.  For menu, visit the Cleveland Metropark website.  Merwin’s Wharf is under the Visit tab. Bus trip will leave at 9:00 and return at approximately 2:30.  Trip cost is $45 and includes transportation and ticket in the orchestra level.  Lunch payment is made directly to the restaurant. 

WHERE:      Severance Hall & Merwin’s Wharf
DATES:        Friday April 21st
TIME:           Bus leaves at 9:00 AM, approximate return at 2:30 PM
COST:           $45 per participant – includes transportation to and from Cleveland           Orchestra,Ticket in the Orchestra Level
NOTE:          ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL get lunch on their own.
LIMIT:         24 participants


To register call our office at 440-442-2627, or sign up online at
Cleveland Orchestra

Canton and Akron Trip

We all know that Canton is the home of football, but in June of 1998, after a plan led by Hillary Rodham Clinton was put in place, Canton opened the National First Ladies’ Library, a unique resource devoted to educating about the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women in history.  Our group will take a 2 part guided tour of the museum.

For many years, William McKinley’s presidency was considered just ‘mediocre’ by historians. Recently though, presidential historians have begun to take a friendlier, more thoughtful examination of his presidency. Thus, we venture  to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. Our group tour will be a wonderful experience that includes an interactive, hands-on science center, a presidential museum dedicated to our 25th president, a historical library, planetarium and more.

Our trip will conclude with a late dinner at Molly’s Café in Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall.  Molly's Cafe is named after the Seiberling family's drafthorse, Molly, and is located in what were the horse stalls of the Carriage House. Now, it's a place to enjoy lunch under the hay bins or a snack before or after your tour. Their terrific menu includes hot sandwiches, a variety of soups, chili and chili dogs, cookies and ice cream novelties. Beverages include soft drinks, iced tea, wine and beer.

WHERE:       Canton – First Ladies’ Library & McKinley Presidential Library and Museum        Akron—Stan Hywet—Molly’s Cafe
DATES:         Friday May 19th
TIME:            Bus leaves at 10:30 AM, approximate return at 5:00 PM
COST:           $50 per participant – includes transportation to and from Canton &         admission for tours to First Ladies & McKinley Library
NOTE:           ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL get lunch on their own.
LIMIT:          24 participants

To register call our office at 440-442-2627, or sign up online at

Merry go Round

Carousel Time!

The doors to the Merry-Go-Round Museum opened to the public on July, 14, 1990 but the idea was born on October 1, 1988 when the U.S. Postal Service issued four carousel stamps.  One of the featured animals was from Cedar Point’s Kiddieland carousel.  The first day issue ceremony was held at the Sandusky amusement park.  To make the first day issue special, a group of local citizens borrowed the vacant former Sandusky Post Office and gathered together a wonderful carousel display to celebrate the Cedar Point horse as well as other figures.  The group hoped for a few hundred visitors, but surprisingly more than 2,000 came from across the nation to share the joy of carousels.  In the following months a non-profit corporation was formed with the mission, “to preserve and promote the art and history of the carousel.”

Nearly 45 years after the iconic Euclid Beach Park’s closure, the restoration of the Grand Carousel is complete. Scenes depicting Cleveland icons and moments from Euclid Beach Park have been carefully hand-painted by Carousel Works’ skilled artisans and will offer visitors a look back in time to Cleveland’s past.  Bring back a part of your youth by taking a ride on the great carousel.   Stay for the other exhibits that the History Center has to offer, such as the Bob Hope exhibit and the WW1 exhibit.

Lunch will be at Famous Dave’s in Cedar Point.  Authentic BBQ starts in a live-wood smoker stoked with genuine hickory logs. Our pitmasters hand-rub the meats with a custom blend of spices and cook for hours to extract the natural flavors.  

WHERE:      Merry Go Round Museum, Famous Dave’s & Western Reserve Historical Society
DATES:        Friday June 16th
TIME:           Bus leaves at 8:30 AM, approximate return at 5:00 PM
COST:           $40 per participant – includes transportation and admission to Merry Go Round Museum and Historcial Society
NOTE:          ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL get lunch on their own.
LIMIT:         24 participants

To register call our office at 440-442-2627, or sign up online at

Mill Creek Metroparks

Mill Creek Metroparks & Trolley Ride

Mill Creek Park was established in 1891 by Volney Rogers as the first park district in Ohio. Mill Creek Park is the largest area of the MetroParks encompassing 2,882 acres of the MetroParks’ 4,400 acres. Recreation opportunities include hiking, biking, boating, fishing, golf, tennis, volleyball, picnicking, cross country skiing, sledding, and much more. Mill Creek Park offers 20 miles of drives and 15 miles of foot trails.  The northern section of Mill Creek Park includes Lanterman’s Falls and the Mill Creek Gorge. This area offers breathtaking views with its cascading waters, steep hillsides beautifully covered with deciduous and evergreen trees, bold sandstone outcroppings, and numerous grass-covered meadows. South of the gorge the land is rolling and partly wooded.  Fellows Riverside Gardens is a free public garden located at the northern end of Mill Creek Park. This twelve-acre display garden features a landscape of remarkable beauty with diverse and colorful plant displays, roses of all classes, seasonal displays of annuals, perennials, flowering bulbs, and scenic vistas. The magnificent D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center makes the Gardens a destination for all seasons. Fellows Riverside Gardens is one of Ohio’s finest public gardens and attracts over 400,000 visitors a year.  All aboard the Cohasset Express! Mill Creek MetroParks’ cheerful trolley provides a unique and exciting transportation option to experience the MetroParks and surrounding communities. The Cohasset Express has a nostalgic appeal that evokes warm, positive emotions at first sight and provides an open and airy ride.

WHERE:      Mill Creek Metroparks
DATES:        Friday July 21st
TIME:          Bus leaves at 8:30 AM, approximate return at 4:00 PM
COST:          $40 per participant – includes transportation & Trolley ride
NOTE:         ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL get lunch on their own.
LIMIT:        29 participants

To register call our office at 440-442-2627, or sign up online at

Tanger Outlet

Tanger Outlet Stores & Amato's Wood Fired Pizza

Our trip will begin at Tanger Outlets in Columbus.   At Tanger Outlets, they are committed to bringing the consumer the ultimate experience.  That means, according to the late founder, Steve Tanger, bringing you the best deals  from the best designers and brand name stores.   The Columbus Outlet chain is one of 44 in 22 states.  Check out their website prior for store information and deals—
From the time you enter our doors, our goal is simple: to make you feel at home, while eating a delicious meal and enjoying yourself, surrounded by family and at Amatos’ Wood Fired Pizza,  each  pizza is individually handcrafted and cooked in our woodfired oven in traditional Italian style. Each dough is tossed by hand and topped with our homemade sauces and fresh, all natural ingredients.  Amato's Woodfired Pizza is located in historic downtown Delaware.
WHERE:      Tanger Outlet Stores in Columbus & Amato’s Wood Fired Pizza
DATES:        Friday August 18th
TIME:           Bus leaves at 8:30 AM, approximate return at 4:30 PM
COST:           $40 per participant – includes transportation to and from Columbus
NOTE:          ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL get lunch on their own.
LIMIT:         29 participants


To register call our office at 440-442-2627, or sign up online at

Progressive Field

You Can Always go Downtown

Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go Downtown. 

The success of downtown Cleveland is due to many things.  One such reason is the sports scene.  The house of the American League Champions, Progressive Field, is at the center of it. Professional baseball in Cleveland is one of the city's oldest traditions, dating back to 1869. Historians are certain to identify the year 1994 as a significant time in the renaissance of the city of Cleveland. And it is the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex, consisting of Progressive Field, the home of the Indians, and Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the CAVS, that will be remembered as the crowning jewel in the city's ever-changing urban landscape.  The Cleveland Indians organization and the Gateway Economic Development Corporation worked closely to fund, design, and build a world-class facility created expressly for baseball, specifically for Cleveland, and most importantly, with the fans' "total experience" in mind.  With plenty of updates, taking a tour of this ballpark is a must.

Since opening to shoppers on November 2, 1912, the West Side Market- Cleveland’s oldest continuously operating municipally owned market, has anchored the historic Ohio City neighborhood.  Build to replace the Pearl Street Market, located on the opposite corner since 1840, it was one of three public markets in Cleveland that included the Broadway Market and the Central Market. All three served Cleveland’s growing immigrant population in the early 20th century. Only the West Side Market remains.  In 2008, the West Side Market was designated as one of “10 Great Public Places in America,” by the American Planning Association and continues to offer an authentic and culturally diverse shopping experience. The West Side Market celebrated its Centennial in 2012.

WHERE:      Progressive Field Tour, West Side Market and lunch
DATES:        Friday September 22nd
TIME:          Bus leaves at 9:00 AM, approximate return at 4:00 PM
COST:          $30 per participant – includes transportation & Progressive Field Tour admission
NTS WILL get lunch on their own.
LIMIT:          24 participants

To register call our office at 440-442-2627, or sign up online at


Noch Ein Bier, Bitte!

Beer and brats.  And schnitzel.   And pretzels... 
The Great Lakes Brewing Company is one year removed from turning 30.  The story is a compelling one.  Two Irish brothers with limited brewing experience. A city that shuttered its last production brewery in the early 80s. A neighborhood in serious need of a facelift. In 1986 when Patrick and Daniel Conway opened their fledgling operation in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, the odds were stacked against them. Fortunately, they surrounded themselves with a staff of passionate, knowledgeable people, and from the start committed themselves to bringing a sophisticated, diverse selection of craft beer to their home state. Two decades, multiple awards, and a whole lot of stories later, Pat and Dan Conway celebrate almost three decades of brewing exceptional beer for their adventurous and discerning customers.   Tour includes beer tasting.  Must be 21 to attend this trip.

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is a German microbrewery, beer hall, restaurant, and beer garden.  Replicating the 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, our mission is to bring Bavaria to you. Complete with live music, fresh Hofbräu beer brewed right onsite at our brewery, and of course, all the German delicacies found at any Oktoberfest, we provide an authentic German experience that will have you singing and dancing in no time. So, put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls, grab your Bier Stein, and come prost with us!

WHERE:      Great Lakes Brewing Company & Hofbrahaus
DATES:        Thursday October 19th
TIME:           Bus leaves at 10:00 AM, approximate return at 3:00 PM
COST:           $30 per participant – includes transportation & admission to Great Lakes Brewery Tour
NOTE:         ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL get lunch on their own.
LIMIT:        24 participants


To register call our office at 440-442-2627, or sign up online at

Castle Noel

Tis the Season

I triple dog dare you not to come on this trip.  Spend the day in holiday movie magic! 
Start the day off at the very house that A Christmas Story was filmed.  The guided house tour allows you to relive a Christmas classic, while learning information about the movie, actors, directors and historical notes on the house itself.  Once done, across the street the musuem offers memorabilia from the film.  Don’t forget the gift shop.
The Happy Dog is a neighborhood corner bar in the best sense of the term.  They have hot dogs and beer and lots of live music, from rock to country to polka to punk.  In 2008, Sean Kilbane got four of his friends to preserve the unique character of the place and to build on the work that the previous owners had done to make Happy Dog one of the most welcoming venues in the city.  In 2009, Momocho chef and owner Eric Williams came to Happy Dog and stripped the menu to just hot dogs, veggie dogs, tater tots and french fries, but with a dizzying array of toppings, all made in house.
The day will conclude with more yuletide cheer, by touring America’s largest indoor Christmas entertainment attraction, Castle Noel.  Castle Noel houses the world’s largest privately owned collection of Hollywood Christmas props and costumes from your favorite holiday movies as Elf, Christmas Carol, Santa Clause and more.  You can even ride the Higbee slide from A Christmas Story.  
WHERE:       A Christmas Story House, Happy Dog & Castle Noel
DATES:         Friday November 17th
TIME:            Bus leaves at 9:30 PM, approximate return at 4:30 PM
COST:            $50 per participant – includes transportation, admission for tours at A Christmas Story House and Castle Noel
NOTE:            All participants will get lunch on their own.  High amounts of walking. 
LIMIT:            24 Participants

To register call our office at 440-442-2627, sign up online at
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