2016 Newsletter



2016 Newsletter
Friends On The Go
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Dear Friends on the Go Travelers,
April 2016
Thank you ALL so very much for traveling with us. We have GREAT new trips and a few of the
old favorites waiting for you and your friends in this newsletter. If you know of anyone that you think
would like to join us, give their address to us and we will send them a newsletter. If you refer a friend
and they go on a trip, you and your friend will each receive a $10 gift certificate for a future trip.
The friend to friend referral program can be used as many times as you would like so invite away!
Our company comes with over 20 years of experience in the travel industry. The trips are all researched
and planned carefully with you in mind, so that you and your friends get the most enjoyment out of them
as possible! You will always be taken care of on any of our trips, to the best of our ability, whether it
is a day trip or one of the overnight Adventures so grab a friend or a few and come explore with us!!
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entertainment all you have to do is travel with us 7 times or more within a calendar year. If you
don’t qualify for the no-cost celebration you’re always welcome to join us for a minimal charge.
To ALL of our OLD FRIENDS and NEW FRIENDS please come JOIN US to make some NEW
Vickie Burns
Vickie & Carole
Carole Dunsford
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July – December 2016
1. Ice Cream Bingo
Friday, July 8 • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Cost $27.00
Grab your friends or come alone, we are all friends while having
a great time playing bingo with lunch at Genesis Banquet Center
at 2651 Telegraph, St. Louis 63125. We ALWAYS have a FUN filled
afternoon. We start our day with a buffet lunch of BBQ pork,
baked fish, fruit salad, baked potatoes, country style green beans
and ice cream sundaes for dessert. Nonalcoholic beverages are
served with a pay bar available. After our scrumptious lunch we
have some fun with attendance prizes, pot of gold cash prizes,
Bingo for prizes and just a GREAT TIME. THERE IS NO BUS
OUTING . Full payment due May 25.
2. Churches of Calhoun County
Friday, July 15 • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Cost $91.00
to La Chance Vineyards in De Soto where we will sample
wines and shop in their gift shop. Our last stop on this trip
is to Villa Antonio Winery where we will sample wine and
enjoy a cheese and meat tray while enjoying the end of this
great day with friends. Full payment due June 1.
4. Gold Strike Casino- Tunica, MS
July 24 - 26 • Cost $180 Double - $230 Single
We are headed to Tunica, MS for a 3-day and 2 night stay at the
Luxurious Gold Strike Hotel and Casino. Our adventure starts with
a buffet style lunch at Resorts Casino followed by an afternoon of
gambling. Next, we head to our hotel to check-in. Here, we will
receive $20 in casino cash to use at the Gold Strike Casino. The
rest of the evening is yours to do what you would like and dinner
is on your own as well.
Today we are heading to Calhoun County for a day of
exploring five fascinating churches in the area. We start
our trip by heading to the Golden Eagle Ferry where we will
arrive in Calhoun County to be greeted by our step-on guide
from Calhoun Touring Adventures. Our first stop is to St.
Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception. This church
is one of the first organized churches in the area dating back
to 1848. We will be treated to a short organ recital before
we head to visit the ladies of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
who will be serving up a home cooked meal for us in their
church hall. Then we explore this beautiful stone church,
nestled between the tall bluffs near the Illinois River. Our
third church St. Matthew Lutheran was built to serve the
German Lutheran population and has only been having
English services since 1925. Next stop is First Presbyterian
Church of Hardin where we will enjoy the beautiful artwork.
Last stop Zion Lutheran Church where the church bell,
donated when the church was built in 1893, still sits in front
of the church this day. If you enjoy church tours you’ll love
this one where we will learn history of a new area. Full
payment is due June 1.
3. Wineries and More
If interested in trip cancellation insurance for $30.00 give us a
call and we can send you forms.
We are heading to our first stop where we will enjoy the
beautiful 95 year old Anheuser Estate and its 23 acres
park like setting on the Mississippi River. Included on this
property is Buttercup riding area now used by Ride on St.
Louis a non-profit organization that impacts the lives of
people living with disabilities. Next we head over the Rock
Creek Bridge to the small town of Kimmswick, MO. where
we enjoy a wonderful luncheon at the newest restaurant in
town the Delta Queen Port of Call Restaurant. The Delta
Queen Riverboat will be heading to Kimmswick next year
and they are ready for its arrival with the restaurant where
you will experience what it’s like to dine on the Delta Queen
with china, uniforms and the décor of the boat. You will
have a choice of Grilled Atlantic Salmon or Steam Boat
Breast of Chicken for lunch today…………. Next we head
5. “Sister Act” Presented by Little Theatre on
the Square
Fri July 29 • 7:30 am – 7:30 pm • Cost $ 97.00
Thursday, July 21 ● 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ● Cost $ 90.00
Our day begins with a buffet breakfast at our hotel. Then, we take
off for Fitzgerald’s Casino where you will receive $5.00 in casino
cash and dine at their lunch buffet. Next, we head to Hollywood
Casino for an afternoon of chance with $20.00 in casino cash. To
round out our day, we return to our hotel where you can continue
to play the slots, just relax by the pool or enjoy dinner on your
own with some friends.
Today, we check-out of our beautiful hotel then enjoy a delicious
buffet style breakfast. Following that, there is a little time to
gamble at Gold Strike before heading to Samstown Casino where
you will receive a FREE lunch buffet. Finally, we will grab our
winnings and head for home.
Trip includes two-night stay at the Gold Strike Hotel & Casino,
$45.00 in casino cash, two breakfasts, three lunch buffets, motor
coach transportation, luggage handling and a Friend On the Go
Travel Coordinator.
A $50.00 deposit is due at sign up with the balance due by June
We will be starting our fabulous day with lunch at Yoder’s Kitchen
and Gifts. You will enjoy a delicious home-cooked buffet with
Mom’s homemade Amish pies for dessert. After lunch you may
want to visit Yoder’s country store. Then we will head to Sullivan,
IL for the production of “Sister Act.” This is a feel amazing musical
comedy smash hit! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses
a murder, she is put into protective custody in a place the cops are
sure not to find her: A CONVENT. This show is filled with powerful
gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story that
will leave you breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal
power of friendship! Grab your friends and enjoy this wonderful
day of friendship! Full payment due May 30.
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6. Isle of Capri Cape Giradeau
Thurs, Aug 4 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm • Cost $65.00
Today, we head to Cape Girardeau, MO to the Isle of Capri Casino
for an afternoon of fun. We have had some big winners here so
we’re going back to see who will be next. With any luck you may
be today’s BIG WINNER! Lunch is included at the Farmer’s Pick
Buffet and you’ll receive $5.00 in casino cash. Full payment due
July 1
7. The Best of Illinois
Fri, Aug. 12 • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Cost $90.00
What a fantastic day we will have today as we head to Highland, Il
to the Louis Latzer Homestead. Louis took over the Helvetia Milk
Condensing Corporation in 1887 which later became the Pet Milk
Corporation. In 1901 he had his homestead built for his family
and had many features of today’s home installed. For instance
they had running water and a telephone just to name a few of the
luxuries. Today we will have a chance to explore the homestead
and museum and learn the story of “The Father of Pet Milk”.
The Dr. Albert Kaeser Home, who was once a prominent Illinois
physician, is our next stop. At one time the home was used as
a stage coach stop and is now the Highland Historical Society
filled with many pieces of the past. We’re sure to be ready for
lunch so we head to O’Fallon, Il. for lunch at The Mansion. The
Mansion is an Italianate-style home built in 1857 and was once
visited by a young Abe Lincoln. You may have seen this restaurant
featured on channel 2 news and praised by the area people for
the wonderful food served at this upper scale restaurant. We
will have a choice from a limited menu to choose. To finish out
this wonderful day we stop for dessert at Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain
in Lebanon, Il. where you will feel like you have just gone back
in time. Everyone will have an ice cream sundae along with a
beverage. If you finish early you may want to visit a couple of
the quaint little shops before we head for home. Full payment
due July 1.
8. Fairmont Park Tuesday
Tue, Aug 16 • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm • Cost $58.00
And we are off to Fairmount Park for some wonderful
thoroughbred racing in Collinsville, IL. We will kick off the day with
a buffet lunch at the Black Stallion Restaurant where a variety of
appetizers, salads, entrees, vegetables, and desserts are offered.
Then, it’s POST TIME!! Get your programs out and place your bets
for an afternoon of racing EXCITEMENT and FUN!! You can stay in
the air-conditioned Black Stallion Restaurant and watch the races
from the big glass windows or go down to the grand stands to be
closer to the action. Wherever you decide to watch the races this
is sure to be a WONDERFUL day. Good luck!! Full payment due
July 1.
9. Rural Fruits & Labors
Thurs, Sept 8 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm • Cost $ 91.00
We start our day in Calhoun County, IL where we will meet our
step-on guide, from Calhoun Touring Adventures. Our day begins
with a ferry boat ride crossing the Illinois River into Calhoun
County. Our first stop will be at a local horse training facility
owned by Ralph and Pat Moses both certified in horsemanship.
They use the parelli method of training which is a program based
on the horses behavior, psychology, and communication. We will
watch them at work with the horses through a demonstration of
their teaching methods. Next we head to Jersey County Grain
Elevators in Hardin, IL. Corn and beans are the two major crops
in Calhoun County and most of the harvest flows through these
elevators. We will get a tour of the facility and get an opportunity
to see the “pit area”, where grains are prepared to be loaded to
barges for transport. If we are lucky, we may even get a chance
to see a barge being loaded. We will be eating lunch at the Mel’s
Illinois Riverdock Restaurant where we will be served beef
brisket and chicken along with homemade pie for dessert. After
lunch we will be getting ready for peach season with a visit to
a family owned and operated orchard. You may have heard of,
and maybe even tasted a Calhoun peach but if you haven’t, you
are in for a real treat! This behind the scenes look at an orchard
operation will show you just how those wonderful peaches go
from the planting of the trees to the market. We will have time to
purchase peaches, as well as other fresh produce, to take home.
Full payment due July 20
10. Heroes & Legends
Sept. 12 - 14 • Cost $520.00 Double – $610.00 Single
DAY ONE – Monday , September 12
We are headed to Clarksville, TN for a two night stay at a
Local hotel. We will have dinner tonight before heading to
our show which is Bob Hope USO Tribute. Tonight’s show
is going to be a step back in time with the popular music of
WWII, Korea and Vietnam. It also has music of the season
that was performed in the jungles, on the battlefields and
aboard aircraft carriers by Hollywood Celebrities. Men and
women volunteered to spend their Christmas with American Troops in war zones around the world. This is a BIG
THANK YOU to our soldiers and the families at home along
with a tribute to Bob Hope. After tonight’s show we will
join the show’s cast for a special reception before returning
to our hotel for the evening.
DAY TWO – Tuesday, September 13
Breakfast is included this morning before we start this
emotional day. We start our day in our seats on the parade
route of the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade. This is
“Welcome Home Day” in Clarksville home of Fort Campbell and the famed 101st Airborne’s creaming Eagles. It
is a Welcome Home not for just Vietnam Veterans but
ALL military personnel because their statement is “NEVER
Any Veteran that signs up for this trip is welcome to walk/
ride in the parade they welcome everyone. If you would
like to walk/ride in the parade please mark it on reservation form. When the parade steps off there will be Color
Guard leading with Parade Marshall Lee Greenwood and
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many bands, military vehicles and more. In the line will be
veterans from WWII, Korea, The Persian Gulf, Afghanistan
and other conflicts as well as men and women who served
during peacetime. The parade will also have a Special Unit
of Wounded Warriors, Gold Star and more.
Today’s lunch will be at Fort Campbell Military Base in
their dining room where you have a chance to thank the
soldiers yourself. Clarksville was once considered the
second largest producer of dark fired tobacco and was
the home of the largest tobacco warehouse in the world.
Today we learn on a local tobacco farm about the history
of this million dollar industry and how Type 22 tobacco
solidified Clarksville’s standing in the global market. Next
stoop Beachaven Winery for a tour and sampling before
our dinner stop at a local restaurant. Get your singing voice
ready we will be treated to a patriotic concert “God Bless
the USA” performed by Lee Greenwood. This is sure to be
a day to remember!
DAY THREE – Wednesday, September 14
Today, enjoy breakfast and the memories we have made
before we check out and head for home.
Trip includes two-night stay at a Quality Hotel (we will
find out closer to date what hotel brand we will be
staying), two breakfasts and one lunch, two dinners,
upfront parade seating or chance to participate, winery
tour, tobacco tour, two shows, reception with cast at USO
show, motor coach transportation, luggage handling and
a Friends On the Go travel coordinator. A $100.00 deposit
is due at sign up with the balance due by July 15
11. Million Dollar Quartet
Thurs, Sept 15 • 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm. • Cost $ 103.00
We are heading to Booneville, MO to visit our friends at the
charming Settlers Inn. When you come to the Settlers Inn, you will
feel like you are in grandma’s kitchen. We will have a family style
meal with smoked pork chops and ribs with salads, potatoes,
veggies and cobbler with ice cream as our dessert. You won’t
go away hungry! After lunch, we head to Arrow Rock, MO to the
Lyceum Theatre to see The Million Dollar Quartet. They came
together to make music. Their story made history. Million Dollar
Quartet is a Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical inspired by
the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that
brought together ‘rock n roll’ icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash,
Jerry Lee Louis, and Carl Perkins for what would be one of the
greatest jam sessions of all time! Featuring timeless hits such as
“Blue Suede Shoes”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Walk the Line”, and
many more! This thrilling musical will bring you inside the studio
with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock n roll
band for one unforgettable night. It was rock n rolls best secret…
until now! Full payment due July 30.
12. Cornet Chop Suey Coffee Concert at Sheldon Hall
Wed, Sept 28 ● 8:00 am – 2:00 pm ● Cost $ 82.00
One of our favorite groups, Cornet Chop Suey, is back at Sheldon
Concert Hall to perform at a breakfast concert. We begin our
morning with coffee and sweet breakfast treats before this
exciting performance. Cornet Chop Suey wows St. Louis audiences
no matter where they go with their exciting style of traditional
jazz, swing, and blues music. Cornet promises a high-energy
good time. You are sure to be dancing in your seat. Next we head
to Hendel’s Restaurant where you will have the choice of chicken
salad with coleslaw -grilled chicken with mayo, celery, onions,
and pecans, spinach salad- spinach, mushroom, bacon, onion,
egg, and warm honey bacon dressing, Heldel’s burger on pretzel
bread with fries, or turkey with fries-shaved turkey, onion, honey
mustard, brie on a French baguette with ice cream for dessert.
Full payment due August 10.
13. Spirit of Peoria
Wed, Oct 5 • 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm • Cost $90.00
We are once again heading to Grafton, IL along the Great River
Road for a beautiful view of the fall foliage while traveling to
Pere Marquette State Park for lunch. Today’s family style meal
includes their famous fried chicken along with all the sides and
pie for dessert. The lodge is always a favorite stop on anyone’s
agenda. After lunch, we head to the Boat Dock Restaurant where
we meet the crew of the Spirit of Peoria for an hour and a half
sight-seeing boat tour. The captain will be telling the history of
the rivers as we sail along and view the beauty of the changing of
leaves. The boat is only here for a short time every year and then
it heads back to its home in Peoria, IL so don’t miss the boat. Full
payment due August 20.
14. Church Basement Ladies
Sat, Oct 15 • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Cost $95.00
We start our day heading to Macon, IL with our first stop being
The Apple Basket Restaurant where we will have a wonderful
buffet luncheon with dessert. Afterwards, we head to Maples
Repertory Theatre where we will join the Church Basement Ladies
one last time in The Church Basement Ladies in the Last Potluck
Supper. The year is 1979 and parishioners have gathered to share
stories from the past as East Cornucopia Lutheran celebrates its
centennial. The centennial is bitter sweet as times are tough in the
farming community, and hard decisions will have to be made. The
70’s have brought more social change, but once again, the Ladies
handled it all with grace, hilarity, and more crazy antics, more
great new songs and of course lessons reluctantly learned. Tap
your toes as the Ladies serve up rib-tickling panorama of changes
in the kitchen without spilling a drop of coffee. Full Payment due
August 15.
15. Eat Your Way through St. Louis County
Fri Oct 21 ● 8:00 am – 6:00 pm ● Cost $ 88.00
We will start our day with a pastry along with your choice
of coffee or tea at Companion Bakery located in Maryland
Heights. After breakfast you will have the opportunity to
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shop their other pastries and bagels. Next, we will head to
Sweet Be’s Candy and Gift’s where you will have the chance
to purchase chocolates and gifts. Afterwards, we will visit
Poptions so you can sample unique flavors of popcorn.
Now we head to Kirkwood’s Farmers Market so you can
buy some delicious fruits and veggies. Next stop will be
lunch at Billy G’s Restaurant where there’s something for
everyone. You have choice of beer battered fish, mile high
meatloaf, crispy Cardinal chicken salad, Maria’s lasagna, any
choice of burger or French dip sandwich. Our last stop will
be Sweetology to make your own cupcake for dessert and
enjoy a cup of coffee if you would like. We hope you find
this day to be as sweet as we think! Full payment is due
Aug. 1.
16. Shawnee Trail Wine Trail
Fri, Oct. 28th • 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Cost $93.00
Today we’re off to the Carbondale area to try a few of their
favorite Wineries. We’ll start this journey with a stop at Blue Sky
Vineyards. This vineyard is the” Romance of Italy” in the hills
where you are sure to find the perfect wine with so many varieties
to choose from. Next we head to Giant City State Park Lodge
for lunch at the Bald Knob Restaurant where we’ll discover a
magnificent atmosphere. Lunch will be all you can eat family style
fried chicken and catfish with all the trimmings and dessert. Now
get ready to head to Owl Creek Vineyards where they are well
known for the ciders they produce along with their many wines
all being produced right on site. Our last stop today will be The
Bluffs Winery that is nestled in the Shawnee National Forest. The
hills surrounding the property provide for great bird watching and
views of the Mississippi as well as Bald Knob Cross. Don’t forget
about the many award winning wines along with local craft beers
that you will be able to sample. This is going to be a great day to
get out and enjoy the beautiful colors and have some fun with
your friends. Full payment is due September 15.
before we join our step-on guide to show us some of the
highlights and changes of Branson. We head to School
of the Ozarks where we will arrive at the Keeter Center
where we visit the Dobyns Restaurant for our lunch. The
students of the school going through the culinary program
will be cooking and serving our delicious meal. This is
a very beautiful and unique college where the kids do
not pay. They work somewhere on the campus to pay
their way through the school. Next we visit the amazing
Hughes Brothers show where over 50 singers, dancers
and musicians combine their scope of talent to bring you
Branson’s Ultimate Entertainment Experience. Our day isn’t
complete until we head to Shorty Smalls for some good
food for dinner. I hope you’re not ready to call it a night.
We have one last show which will be the Andy Williams
Christmas Extravaganza at the Moon River Theatre. This
most anticipated Branson show will take you on a journey to
Williams’ outstanding Christmas specials from the 70’s and
80’s. This show stars the Osmond’s and the Lennon Sisters
so what a journey we are sure to travel.
DAY THREE – Saturday, November 5
After our breakfast buffet we head to the Amish Country
Store where you can purchase homemade jellies and jams,
pickles and so much more. Next we head to Branson Craft
Mall where you may see artists at work. We have lunch
at Pickin’ Porch Deli and then attend the holiday show
featuring the Texas Tenors. This Emmy Award winning
group discovered on America’s Got Talent has made a big
name for themselves. Dinner tonight will be at Uptown
Café a 1950’s style diner and old fashion soda fountain with
live entertainers. One last show on this wonderful trip will
be to see the fantastic group SIX. You won’t believe your
ears. Hands down you won’t want to miss this show.
DAY FOUR – Sunday, November 6
We will have a breakfast buffet along with a Catholic Church
service for those who wish to attend before departing for
home with fond memories of this wonderful trip. We make
a stop at the Russell Stover’s Outlet Store in Lebanon.
17. Branson Spectacular
Nov 3 - 6 ● Cost $ 630 Dbl $ 795 Sgl.
Come along and celebrate with us!
DAY ONE – Thursday, November 3
The holidays come early as we head to Branson, MO for
their holiday lights and shows. We will make a rest stop at
St. James Winery to sample wine, cheeses and dips. We
arrive to check into The Radisson Hotel for the next few
nights. We will enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant The
Wildwood Bistro. Then head to Shepard of the Hills Trail
of Lights where we will drive thru this animation display in
a tram. It is sure to carry you into the heart of Christmas.
Next we’re off to The Mansion Theatre where we are in for
a real treat. Tonight we visit the well-known group known
for their country and gospel hits The Oak Ridge Boys in
their Christmas Special.
DAY TWO – Friday, November 4
This morning we wake up to a breakfast buffet at the hotel
This trip includes three night stay at Radisson Hotel, three
breakfast, two lunch, three dinner, five shows, Christmas
Lights, drive tour, motor coach transportation and Friends
on the Go coordinator. A $100.00 deposit is due at the
time of sign up with full payment being due by September
1. If for any reason, you need to cancel after that we will
return any money not lost from hotel and activities. Trip
cancellation insurance available for $60.00 per person.
18. Lucky 7 Club Celebration
Wed. Nov 9 ● 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ● Cost: Free to Lucky 7
Club Members - $27.00 for non-members
Head on down to Genesis Banquet Center located at 2651
Telegraph Rd., St. Louis 63125 where we’re having our LUCKY
7 CLUB Celebration. The LUCKY 7 CLUB Celebration is free
for anyone who has traveled with us at least 7 times from
July – December 2016
1/1/16 to 12/31/16. If you haven’t qualified, we would
still love for you too join us for a small cost. We will be
celebrating with lunch, entertainment, bingo, and prizes.
We’ll start with a delicious meal consisting of salad, beef
sirloin, baked fish, baked mostaccioli, mashed potatoes,
green beans, dinner rolls, dessert, and beverage. A cash
bar will be available if you’d like to purchase an alcoholic
beverage. During lunch, we will have holiday music for you
to enjoy. After lunch, it’s time for some prizes and bingo fun.
Since this event is on Veteran’s day we will have a theme of
Red, White, and Blue. We will also be supporting the troops.
We are asking everyone to bring a box of granola bars to be
sent in a care package for the troops enjoy. THERE IS NO
FOR THIS OUTING. Full payment, if you are not a LUCKY 7
CLUB member is due October 1.
19. Patriotic Journey at Meramec Music Theatre
Sat., Nov. 12 ● 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ● Cost $ 90.00
We start our day heading to Sybill’s St. James Restaurant
where you will love the quaint décor and the wonderful
service. Today you will have a choice of Italian meatloafJack Daniel sauce served with vegetables and salad,
chopped beef steak- mushrooms and onion aujus served
with potatoes and salad, or grilled tilapia- with parmesan
crust served with potato and salad; all come with dessert.
Before departing you will want to visit Sybill’s gift shop
also located on the property. Now we head to Steelville
to the Meramec Music Theatre where they will take us on
this journey- past, present, and future- to honor all serve
men and women. The patriotic show has been a long time
tradition of the Meramec and is sure to bring the American
spirit out of all of us. Full payment due September 15
Flags Holiday Inn where you will enjoy the Early American
design while having dessert and a drink to finish of this
wonderful holiday trip. Full payment due by October 1.
21. Tree-mendous Holly-day
Sat, Dec 3rd • 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • Cost $88.00
Today we meet our step-on guide Linda Koenig from
Gateway Tours with our first stop being the Campbell
House. We will visit this magnificently holiday decorated
home. After 5 years of painstaking restoration, this mid
1800’s Greek revival house is back to its original glory.
The Campbell family and their 10 servants lived here
amongst their Victorian furniture and stenciled ceilings.
Next we visit the Romanesque Cupples House on the St.
Louis University campus. Completed in 1890 at a cost of
$500,000, this Victorian mansion would cost about $20
million in today’s dollars. Lavishly furnished and decorated
for the holiday season the mansion has been featured in
many documentary films and tv shows. We enjoy lunch on
the Hill at Zia’s Restaurant for our delicious meal of chicken
parmigiana, house salad and a side of pasta. After lunch you
have a chance to walk across the street to Missouri Bakery
to purchase some wonderful pastries. While in the spirit
we travel to LaSalle St. for a visit to Walter Knoll’s Florist
for some holiday bargains, gifts and fresh flowers. We also
have a chance to watch the florist at work and tour behind
the scenes to see just how many centerpieces they make
during the season. Last stop will be a stroll along two vibrant
blocks of Manchester in Maplewood for a visit to Penzey’s
Spices, Kakao Chocolate, Vom Fass oils and vinegars, Great
harvest Breads and more. Grab your friends and join us for
some great holiday fun. Full payment due October 15.
22. St. Louis Metropolitan Singers
Sun, Dec. 4th ● 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ● Cost $ 78.00
20. Santa’s Holiday Lights
Sat, Nov. 19 ● 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ● Cost $ 87.00
We’re heading to dinner at Historic Big Chief Roadhouse in
Wildwood, MO. Tonight you have your choice of Tomahawk
Salad – iceberg romaine blend, tomatoes, smoked turkey,
ham, bacon, egg, cheese and onion, smoked pulled pork
sandwich with onion straws, smoked roast beef sandwich
with provolone cheese and au jus or sautéed tilapia filet
sandwich. All meals will come with a choice of side item.
Now get ready for the highlight of our trip as we head to
Eureka to Santa’s Magical Kingdom where millions of lights
dazzle so brightly you can see them from miles away. Trees
twinkle, fountains glisten and waterfalls flow. Everywhere
you look, you’ll see something more spectacular than
the moment before. Flying Reindeer, dolphins splashing,
Candyland and so much more. We will view these beautiful
sites and hear the sounds of the season from an old fashion
wagon ride so you may want to bring along a blanket to
keep your legs warm. After the ride through the park you
will want to stop at Kringle’s Country Store where they have
many unique gifts and homemade cookies. You may want
to stop to have your photo taken with the Big Guy in the Red
Suite. Before we head home we will stop at the historic Six
We head to Historic Old Webster for lunch today to CJ
Muggs Restaurant. Today you have your choice of Flat
Iron Steak, Pan Roasted Tuscan Chicken or Grilled Salmon
all served with salad, vegetable, potato and cheese cake
for dessert. Now get ready to ring in the holiday season
as we head to the over 100 year old church the beautiful
St. Anthony of Padua in south city for a performance by
the St. Louis Metropolitan Singers. This wonderful group
describes themselves as a chorus who were born of love
– love of music and love of people. The Metro Singers
are celebrating their 29th anniversary this year and have
entertained audiences all over. The Sounds of the Season
will celebrate all holiday music with this amazing group of
over 80 singers. So grab a friend and join the fun as we
sing along to many of your favorite Christmas tunes. Full
payment due by October 15.
Thank You for traveling
with Friends on The Go Travel Club
we appreciate your business.
23. A German Christmas
Sat, Dec 10th • 8:00 am- 5:00 pm • Cost $ 95.00
New Office Hours
The town of Hermann, MO has many points of interest, so
we will have a step-on guide throughout the day. Our first
stop will be the historic Hermann Museum Ein Blick in Die
Vergangenheit (A Look into the Past). We will step back
in time in this lavishly decorated historic building, which
was used as an Elementary school until 1955 and now
contains an assortment of memorabilia from the early days.
A gift shop will be available with German bakery items for
purchase. Now for lunch, we head to The Harvest Table
Restaurant where you are served your choice of meat
loaf or a bratwurst plate with both coming with sides and
dessert. Next stop is Hermann Wurst Haus where you can
experience how meat is processed and enjoy free samples
of many of their 40 varieties of brats and sausages. Then
board the motor coach for the Spirit of Christmas Concert
at Saint Martin’s Catholic Church in Starkenburg. We will
enjoy a Christmas concert at the beautiful historic Saint
Martin’s Church Museum at the Shrine of Our Lady of
Sorrows just six miles from Hermann. The church, built
in 1873 from native limestone in the area, is listed on the
National Registered of Historic Places. Mezzo-soprnao Carrie
Tilly sings holiday favorites while Joni Loehnig plays holiday
selections on the 1860 pfeffer pipe organ. The ladies from
the parish will have their country store with homemade
items for sale after the concert. What a great way to find
the true spirit of Christmas. Full payment due Oct. 15.
Friends on the Go Travel Club
is implementing new hours of operation.
Our staff will be available
between 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday.
to answer any questions you may have and
take reservations.
Messages will be returned within 24hours or the
next business day on weekends and holidays.
Please Remember reservations can also be made on our
website: Friendsonthegotravelclub.com
24. Christmas at Powell Hall
Fri, Dec. 16th • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Cost $91.00
Come join us for a wonderful day of holiday fun. We begin
our day as we head to Old Town St. Charles for our delicious
lunch at Tony’s on Main Street. You will have your choice of
steak Anthony – beef medallions, lightly grilled, smothered
with mushrooms, onions and provel cheese, Mahi Mahi –
mild fish grilled and finished with a flavorful cream sauce or
chicken modiga – chicken breast lightly breaded and topped
with provel served in a white wine sauce, mushrooms and
bacon. All entrees come with salad, side and dessert. Now
we’re off to Powell Hall where we are in for a holiday treat.
Thousands have made the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Holiday Celebrations concert an annual tradition and it is
easy to see why. Powell Hall is transformed into a holiday
magical destination complete with a visit from the Big Guy
himself. You’ll enjoy the St. Louis Symphony along with the
Holiday Festival Chorus for their rendition of your favorite
holiday songs along with a sing-a-long to make the season
brighter. Each year, there is a special guest but as of print
the guest hasn’t been announced. Full payment due by
October 15.
Contact information:
(314) 475-3070
For emerencies only:
(314) 591-4315
(618) 310-3551
[email protected]
[email protected]
Thank you for your cooperation and we look
forward to traveling with you.
If you have any questions, please call our office at (314) 475 – 3070.
We wish to participate in the trips as marked below. The parties shown below, by submitting payment for the
trips, hereby release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Friends on the Go Travel Coordinators and release Friends on the Go to the fullest extent allowed by law from any and all claims, injuries, and damages that
we may incur or suffer as a result of our participation in any Friends on the Go activities, including but without
limiting the foregoing: those occasioned by reason of a defect in any vehicle or negligence of any person engaged in carrying out the arrangements of Friends on the Go trips or other events.
FRIENDS ON THE GO RESERVATIONS: Please fill out completely and check the trips you wish to attend. Also
indicate the number of reservation and the person(s) that will be attending the trip.
Name(s) 1 ___________________________________ Name(s) 2___________________________________
Address _____________________________________ Addreess____________________________________
City, State, Zip ________________________________ ____City, State, Zip ____________________________
Phone ______________________________________ Phone ______________________________________
Email _______________________________________ Email _______________________________________
Pick-up: ___ Bayless ___ Festus___ Creve Coeur
Pick-up: ___ Bayless ___ Festus___ Creve Coeur
___Hazelwood___ St. Charles___Arnold
___Hazelwood___ St. Charles___Arnold
Select the trip(s) you would like to attend. The trip numbers in the newsletter correspond with
the trip listing below:
1. Ice Cream Bingo
9. Rural Fruits & Labors
2. Churches of Calhoun County
10. Heroes & Legends
3. Wineries and More
11. Million Dollar Quartet
4. Gold Strike Casino- Tunica, MS
12. Cornet Chop Suey Coffee Concert at
Sheldon Hall
Friday, July 8 • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Cost $27.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Friday, July 15 • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Cost $91.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Thursday, July 21 ● 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ● Cost $ 90.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
July 24 - 26th. • Cost $180 Double - $230 Single
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
5. “Sister Act” Presented by Little Theatre
on the Square
Fri July 29th • 7:30 am – 7:30 pm • Cost $ 97.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
6. Isle of Capri Cape Giradeau
Thurs, Aug 4th • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm • Cost $65.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
7. The Best of Illinois
Fri, Aug. 12th • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Cost $90.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
8. Fairmont Park Tuesday
Tue, Aug 16th • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm • Cost $58.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Thurs, Sept 8th • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm • Cost $ 91.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Sept. 12 - 14 • Cost $520.00 Double – $610.00 Single
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Thurs, Sept 15th • 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm. • Cost $ 103.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Wed, Sept 28 ● 8:00 am – 2:00 pm ● Cost $ 82.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
13. Spirit of Peoria
Wed, Oct 5th. • 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm • Cost $90.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
14. Church Basement Ladies
Sat, Oct 15th • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Cost $95.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
15. Eat Your Way through St. Louis County
Fri Oct 21st. ● 8:00 am – 6:00 pm ● Cost $ 88.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
16. Shawnee Trail Wine Trail
Fri, Oct. 28th • 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Cost $93.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
17. Branson Spectacular
22. St. Louis Metropolitan Singers
18. Lucky 7 Club Celebration
23. A German Christmas
11/3-11/6 ● Cost $ 630 Dbl $ 795 Sgl.
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Wed. Nov 9th. ● 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Cost: Free to Lucky 7
Club Members - $27.00 for non-members
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
19. Patriotic Journey at Meramec Music
Sat., Nov. 12th 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ● Cost $ 90.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
20. Santa’s Holiday Lights and more
Sat, Nov. 19 ● 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ● Cost $ 87.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Sun, Dec. 4th ● 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ● Cost $ 78.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
Sat Dec 10th • 8:00 am- 5:00 pm • Cost $ 95.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
24. Christmas at Powell Hall
Friday Dec. 16th • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Cost $91.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
I would like to participate in the parade.__________
__No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
21. Tree-mendous Holly-day
Saturday, Dec 3rd • 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • Cost $88.00
No. of Reservations _____ Amt. Enclosed $______
We would like to encourage you to visit the Friends On the Go Travel Club web site
@ www.friendsonthegotravelclub.com
You are able to register for trips, view detailed trip descriptions,
and a copy of the newsletter is also available.
Do you have suggestions for trips that you would like us to offer, we are always looking for
new and exciting places to visit. Please give us your suggestions below:
Friend to Friend Referral Program – When you refer a friend, you both get $10 Friends on
the Go Travel Bucks once he/she completes first trip. Refer as much as you want and get $10
FOTG Travel Bucks when each referral takes first trip.
Reservations and payment for trips should be made now to ensure your trip validation.
If reservation only is made now, your payment must be received by payment due date to validate
your reservation, or people on the waiting list will be contacted.
You may pay by credit card (a 4.5% processing fee is required for any credit card payment)
by calling (314) 475 – 3070 or make your check payable to Friends on the Go and
mail to: P.O. Box 1454, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Friends on the Go
P.O. Box 1454
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Reservations are to be made using
the form inside this newsletter. Simply
check the box by the trips you wish to
attend, fill in the number of reservations and the name of guest(s), if applicable. Please mail your completed
form to:
Friends on the Go
P.O. Box 1454
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Reservations are taken on a firstcome, first-serve basis due to limited
seating on the bus. As always, you are
welcome to invite your friends on any
of our trips. Trip payments are due by
date shown for each trip and must be
remitted by that date to the address
above. In order to make deposits and
payments to restaurants, tour groups,
etc., your cooperation with this policy
is greatly appreciated.
An itinerary will be given for all overnight trips. If a tour is sold-out when
your reservation is received, you will
be notified and then placed on our
waiting list.
Trips must be cancelled at least 30
days prior to trip for a refund, and
refunds must be received from
vendors. To cancel a trip, contact the
Travel Coordinator at (314) 475-3070.
Cancellation insurance is available for
extended trips. Call for pricing.
If you require assistance to participate
in a trip, please bring a companion
along with you.
In fairness to all members, seating
will be rotated at the discretion of the
Travel Coordinator.
Vickie Burns or Carole Dunsford
Travel Coordinators
(314) 475-3070
[email protected]
Bus pick-ups are provided if eight or
more people request the same pickup location. If there are fewer they
go to another pick-up location. You
will be notified by mail of bus pick-up
locations and times at least one week
before departure.
Trip pick-up locations are subject
to change.
Arnold Location
Commuter Lot at Richardson Road Exit
in front of Ruby Tuesdays
Bayless Location
St. Mark’s Church
8300 Morganford Rd
Creve Couer Location
Schnucks Bellerive Plaza
12756 Olive Blvd
Near Silky’s Frozen Custard
Festus Location
Home Depot Parking Lot
Hwy A and Interstate 55
Hazelwood Location
Cargo Bay – Lindbergh and Dunn Rd. End
of the lot closest to Lindbergh
St. Charles Location
Commuter Parking Lot
5th St and Veterans Memorial Pkwy
(Across from Cracker Barrel)
B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Amount of walking expected