Thanks for the Memories
Thanks for the Memories
Especially for “SUMMIT 55” members of the HEBER SPRINGS STATE BANK
It’s been another year of fond memories
and I am wondering where the time has
gone. I guess what they say is true about
time flying when you are having fun. At
least that is the theory I am using for the
years quickly passing. The fun adventures with
the Summit 55 Club are truly fond memories for
me and I hope for you also. We have had some
great times this past year and I hope that there
will be many for you. I realize that not all of
you can travel where or when you want because
of circumstances but I hope that you are able to
join us in one of our activities. Some are longer
trips that are more expensive but then we offer
smaller day trips that make for a fun outing with
friends like you who want to share adventures.
Let me know what you like and I will see if I
can make it happen for you.
Let me take this opportunity to wish you all the
most blessed and joyous Christmas season. As
I count my blessings for this past year I include
you in my list as some of my most cherished
memories. You are more to me than just someone to fill up a seat on the bus, you have become
my friends. Your pictures fill my computer
screens and remind me of our time together and
the fun we have had. I hope in the coming year
that I will meet many more of my Summit 55
customers and I can add you to my album of
May this beautiful season fill your hearts
with joy and peace and I hope all your
Christmas wishes come true.
Patti’s Post Scripts
August was hot and dry but that didn’t
stop us from having a fun time in Louisville, KY
where we enjoyed the comedy show with Carl
Hurley and Jeanne Robertson. These two very
funny humorists entertained us with their down
home comedy at two hilarious shows. Louisville
of course is known for their horse racing and
our trip would not have been complete until we
took a tour of the beautiful and famous Churchill
Downs. Racing excitement came alive as we
watched a video and toured the track; we even ate
breakfast at the Back Stretch Café and watched as
the ponies were put through their morning workouts. What fun to see these beautiful creatures
doing what they do best….RUN! A tour of the
Jim Beam Bourbon Outpost, a cruise on the Belle
of Louisville and a tour my Old Kentucky Home
made this trip one to remember.
September was the month that the Summit 55
Club went on the “Big” trip for 2011. The
Canadian Rockies by Rail was all that it was
advertised plus much more. What a beautiful
time of year to be there. The trees were turning
brilliant reds, golds and yellows and the views
took your breath away. Banff is like a Swiss village tucked away between soaring mountains
peaks where you can walk to the downtown
area and find cute little shops or fun restaurants.
This is where we caught the train that took us to
Vancouver. We were treated like royalty as we
traveled through some of the most breathtaking
scenery in Canada. This, bar none, is one of the
best travel destinations around.
October was very busy indeed. We just got home
from Canada and then had our Annual Luncheon.
Our big reveal for the “Big” trip for 2012 was
that afternoon. For those who did not attend
let me tell you it is Italy. We had a wonderful
presentation from Anne Davis from Cruises and
Tours Worldwide from St. Louis that made the
trip come alive for us that afternoon.
We have already signed up all of our allotted
seats but hope to have more space open up soon.
If you are interested please put your name on the
wait list so you will be the first to gain a spot
when they become available. Details of this trip
are in this newsletter.
Also in October we had our Mystery Trip. Three
days of fun filled, jammed packed touring. Our
destination was Fayetteville, Springdale and
Rogers, Arkansas. This northwest corner of our
state has so many things to see and do that we
only touched the tip. We took a boat ride on
beautiful Beaver Lake, went to Walton’s 5 & 10
store and museum, stopped by Crystal Bridges
that opened in November of this year. We
had Dinner with the Clinton’s (really Bill and
Hilary’s home in Fayetteville while he taught
up there in the 1960’s), went to museums, saw
how the blue bird of happiness is made at Terra
Studios, learned history of the area, heard Jazz,
ate at amazing restaurants and rode a train. Did
I mention while on the train there was a robbery?
Two robbers on horseback took our conductor
away at gun point; it was all in good fun and
made for lots of good pictures.
Branson, Missouri was our destination in
November and I have to say it was one of our
best trips to this music capitol of the Midwest.
We started with a wonderful lunch at the
Neighbor’s Mill in Harrison then went to the
Starlite Theatre where our afternoon performance
was the very talented and also pleasing on the
eyes Texas Tenors. What a show they put on!
Not only are they three nice looking guys but
their voices are simply amazing. We stayed at the
theater for dinner and then back to our seats for
the evening performance of “A Christmas Snow”.
This is a heartwarming story of love and forgiveness that all ages would enjoy. It was a wonderful way to end a perfect day.
Rome – Begin your 2 day discovery of the “eternal city”. Visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum plus Rome’s highlights. Spend 2 nights at the Hotel Visconti Palace.
The next day we had a leisurely time at Branson
Landing for a little shopping time and then we
headed to the Sight & Sound Theatre for a private behind the scene tour. Our group got to see
first-hand all the work that it takes to put on a
production of this magnitude. We even experienced a quick change of costumes as Dolores
Hietbrink graciously volunteered to demonstrate
the technique for our group. Well let’s just say
she was volunteered by our group. But she was a
good sport about the whole thing.
Round trip airport transfers
Round trip air travel from Little Rock, AR
Deluxe motor coach transportation in Italy
First class hotel accommodations for eight nights
Sixteen meals – eight breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners
All tour related gratuities including tips for drivers and guides
And so much more….
This amazing destination is one to be long remembered. Pricing available December 2011.
After our tour we saw the wonderful and moving
story of the Miracle of Christmas. Flying angels,
live camels, majestic kings and the story of the
birth of Christ all made a beautiful beginning to
the holiday season. Thank you to all who joined
in on this amazing trip.
And thank you to all of my Summit 55 friends
who joined me on wonderful and fun trips
throughout 2011. May you all have a happy and
blessed Holiday Season and I wish you all good
health and prosperity in 2012.
on this trip
October 4 – 13, 2012
After leaving Rome we make our way through the Italian countryside to Montecatini Terme, our hub for our
visit to Tuscany. We will spend 5 nights at the lovely Francia e Quirinale Hotel.
We will visit Pisa, Montecatini Alto, and romantic Florence and experience such wonders as the Leaning Tower,
the Duomo, and Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy wine tasting, shopping at amazing local markets and dinners that
will sure to be one of the highlights of this trip.
Jan 25-Feb 5
Sept 1-9 Oct 4-13
All Inclusive Winter Getaway, Dominican Republic
Hawaiian Islands Cruise-Tour
Overnight Hot Springs, Racing, Music & More
Celtic Music in the Caverns & Ozark Folk Center, Mtn. View
Murder at the Howard Johnsons - Murry's Dinner Playhouse
Summit 55 Open
Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville (overnight)
Music, Rails & the Greenbrier, WV
Ice Cream Social
Step Back in Time Museum Tour, Little Rock
Mount Rushmore & Black Hills
Tuscan Tapestry, Italy
Annual Luncheon, Red Apple Inn
Girls Day Out - Holiday Shopping and Show, Branson
Marlsgate Plantation Luncheon
Christmas Cookies with Santa
Dates and events are subject to change.