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The Cultural Arts Centre offers a variety of day trips and tours throughout the year. Escorted trips include motorcoach transportation, admission to the scheduled activities and enroute snacks. Meals are also included with planned stops at restaurants unless otherwise stated. Some tours are narrated. All tours meet in the west parking lot at City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Following is a list of upcoming motorcoach tours that the Cultural Arts Centre has scheduled. For more information on current tours, call 636.397-6903, ext. 1624, or visit Rec-Connect and sign up now.

 



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WALKING LEVEL: The stars shown indicate how much walking is involved with each trip.

    * Little walking. Mostly on the bus or sitting.
  ** Some walking.
 *** Quite a bit of walking, but mostly at your leisure.
**** Mostly walking.
 
 

2016 DAY TRIPS

 

STAINED GLASS AND STEEPLES

Wednesday, Feb. 10
9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $80

For over 110 years, Emil Frei, Inc has been one of the leading stained glass and mosaic companies in the U.S. Founded in St. Louis in 1898 by Bavarian-born Emil Frei, Sr., today the fourth generation of Freis continue to oversee major works of liturgical stained glass and mosaics. Fortunately, many churches in our area feature Frei windows. Today, as we trace the evolution of stained glass, we will visit St. John Nepomuk, St. Francis de Sales, St. Francis Xavier, St. Marks Episcopal, Hope UCC and St. Gabriel’s. Lunch will be at the favorite, St. Raymond’s Maronite Church.

Tour includes transportation, lunch, donations, gratuities and guide.

Walking level **

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HISTORIC HOTELS OF ST. LOUIS

Tuesday, March 8
9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $74

Throughout its history, St. Louis has been home to many of the finest and largest hotels in America. We have recently witnessed the awesome restoration and conversion of some of the early 20th century hotels and buildings into first class landmark hotels. The ballrooms, public spaces and dining areas of these hotels are magnificent. Tour the Cheshire Inn and the Chase Park Plaza. Lunch at Lorenzo’s Trattoria. We will visit Tower Grove Park to see the Lindell Hotel ruins. On to Union Station to tour Drury Hotel there and see the fabulous Grand Hall. Finally we tour the Renaissance and Magnolia (Mayfair) Hotels.

Tour includes transportation, admissions, lunch, gratuities and guide.

Walking level ***

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ST. LOUIS TREASURES

Thursday, April 7
9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $95

Tour the fabulous 30-room, 12,000 square foot Stockstrom “Magic Chef” Mansion in Compton Heights. “Wow” features in the 1908 home included a central vacuum system, eight gas-powered fireplaces, and a 70-foot-long bowling alley. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the popular Sweetie Pie’s on Delmar. The entrees and sides are all so good that it’s hard to make a choice. Visit the cloistered “Pink Sisters” at Mount Grace Convent. We’ll meditate a few moments in the 1928 chapel, before visiting one of the sisters in the recreation room of the convent. Perhaps St. Louis’ greatest “treasure” is the 1914 Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, containing the largest collection of mosaics in the world, under one roof.

This tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities and guide.

Walking level ***

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PADUCAH QUILT TOUR

Thursday, April 21
5:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. $75


Be among 30,000 international and domestic quilters who make the pilgrimage to attend AQS QuiltWeek® annually in Paducah, KY. We’ll travel by motor coach to the 32nd Annual AQS Quilt Show where you can shop until you drop visiting vendors that have the latest quilt making equipment, supplies, quilts, notions and curiosities. 

AQS hosts a variety of special events, a vendor mall with approximately 400 vendor booths and a series of classes and lectures.

Spend the entire day on your own, moving at your own pace through Paducah Expo Center, Julian Carroll Convention Center and the AQS Pavilion. Food vendors are on site, or catch a bite to eat at one of the quaint restaurants located in downtown Paducah.

Let us do the driving while you read, nap or visit with others! We will make one stop each way for a break and snack. Tour includes transportation, gratuity, program and admission to the show. Meals are not provided.

Walking level ****

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HISTORIC NAUVOO, IL  CANCELLED

Friday, May 13
7 a.m.–7 p.m. • $88

Nauvoo was the religious, governmental, and cultural center of the LDS (Mormon) Church from 1839 to 1846. Settled by Joseph Smith and his followers, Nauvoo is situated in a beautiful setting on the Mississippi River. First stop in Nauvoo is the Latter Day Saints Visitors’ Center and its beautiful sculpture garden. Take a narrated carriage ride through the lovely countryside to Inspiration Point overlook on the Mississippi and back. Our delicious lunch will be catered by Bonnie Trapp. Afterwards, tour Nauvoo’s historic sites including the restored temple, blacksmith shop, brickyard, Browning Gun Shop, bakery, printshop, post office, general store, Joseph and Emma Smith Home, plus much more. Each site is staffed with expert guides who tell wonderful stories about life in Nauvoo in the mid-1800’s. Finally, we pay a brief visit to Baxter Winery, the oldest winery in Illinois. View early wine making equipment, and sample some of the winery’s excellent wines.

This tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities and guide.

Walking level ***

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SPECIAL ST. LOUIS GARDENS AND GALLERIES

Wednesday, June 22
9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $78

Enjoy a stroll through the downtown City of St. Louis City Garden. View the plantings, sculptures, and water features. Visit the St. Louis University Art Museum, ranked 4th in the United States in college museums. View the marvelous collection of Chihuly glass, old masters, and the Western Jesuit Mission Collection, among others. Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Tower Grove Park. Lunch at the beautiful Bosnian restaurant GRBIC, in the old Bailey’s Farm Dairy. The restored interior of European folk art is truly outstanding as is the food. Visit one of America’s most unique gardens–the amazing and lovely healing garden atop the 8th floor of St. Louis Childrens’ Hospital. Then stroll a short distance to view the new Maya Lin fountain at the Washington University Medical School. Maya Lin did the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. Cross the river to see the new Gateway Geyser Park and Arch overlook. Admire the St. Louis skyline from a different perspective.

Tour includes transportation, admissions, lunch, gratuities and guide.

Walking level ***

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ARROW ROCK & THE LYCEUM THEATRE

Thursday, July 14
7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. • $112

Visit historic Blackwater, Missouri’s main street shops, museum and gardens. Lunch is at the 1834 Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock. After lunch, explore Arrow Rock’s museum, boardwalk shops and old courthouse. Next we will see a theatre performance of 1776 at Arrow Rock’s Lyceum Theatre. 

1776
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone
The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. With quick-witted dialogue and a playful score, 1776 dramatizes the struggle in Philadelphia’s Second Continental Congress to declare independence. John Adams, the original innovator behind America’s Declaration of Independence, teams up with Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee, and Thomas Jefferson to battle those in Congress who oppose the movement to declare independence from England. Inspired by the letters and memoirs of America’s founding fathers, this classic, Tony Award-winning musical showcases the principles, pride and determination that influenced the birth of our nation. MUSICAL, RATED PG 

 

On the way home we will make a brief stop at the Russell Stover outlet and Hardee’s for a snack and break.

Tour includes transportation, lunch, performance tickets, gratuities and guide.

Walking level **

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THE KOSHER KONNECTION

Thursday, Aug. 11
9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $74

Our tour begins at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum. Learn more about what happened to six million Jews and five million other civilians at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Jerry Koenig will talk on his family’s experiences in Poland during World War II. Visit Kohn’s Deli and Kosher Meat Market. See a whole market full of kosher products. Enjoy a traditional kosher lunch there: matzo ball soup, knish, and a choice of corned beef, pastrami, turkey or roast beef sandwich. Learn about the concept of “kosher” and shop for kosher groceries and delicious baked goods. Visit Temple Israel for a tour of the synagogue. See and learn about synagogues, rabbis and the Torah Scrolls. Visit the smallest Jewish Cemetery in the U.S., Ohave Shalom, where only Holocaust survivors are buried, and see the inspiring monument there to all victims of the Holocaust.

Tour includes transportation, lunch, donations and guide.

Walking level ***

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GREENVILLE/HIGHLAND HOLIDAY

Friday, September 16
8 a.m.–4 p.m. • $87

Bond County, IL had over 70 one-room schools, each within 3 miles of another so no farm child had to walk more than 2 miles to school. We will have a most-interesting presentation at one of the best-preserved one-room schools in Illinois. Today the Greenville DeMoulin Company’s primary business is the production of band uniforms, but in the late 1880’s they made the most curious devices for fraternal organizations and lodge initiations. We will visit the DeMoulin Museum to have collector John Goldsmith demonstrate some of these most peculiar and funny devices. We’ll pay a visit to the Marcoot Creamery to learn how cheese is made. There will also be plenty of delicious cheese to sample and to purchase. We’ll be treated to the “calf barn” and the milking parlor. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the Farmer’s Restaurant in Highland, IL. Visit the beautiful Latzer Homestead in the hills outside Highland. Louis Latzer developed the Helvetia (Pet) Milk Company in 1885.

This tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, donations and guide.

Walking level **

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HERMANN OKTOBERFEST

Wednesday, October 19
9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $86

Visit a significant part of early Missouri German settlement at Deutscheim State Historic Site in Hermann. Stroll through the 1840’s and 1850’s buildings and explore how German-Americans settled and developed the Missouri wine industry. Grapevines planted more than 100 years ago can still be seen on the property, as can a number of interesting historic artifacts. Enjoy a tour and sausage tasting at the Hermann Wursthaus. Then enjoy a good German meal there, consisting of bratwurst on a pretzel bun, German potato salad, red cabbage, kraut and beverage. Afterward, there’s lots of good meats to purchase there. Visit the Hermanhoff Winery for an included official wine tasting, more meat samples, and a self-guided tour of their famous cellars. Sit awhile on the patio. Purchase wine to drink there, or to take home.

This tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities, wine tasting, admissions and guide.

Walking level ***

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FULTON, MO & WINSTON CHURCHILL

Tuesday, Nov. 15
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $78

We will stop at the I-70 Kingdom City rest stop to view the bronze Fire Fighter’s Memorial, identical to the one donated to New York City after the September 11 terrorist attack. Buffet lunch is at the Westminster College cafeteria in Fulton. Visit the 12th Century church, redesigned by Christopher Wren in 1677, left in ruin by a German bomb during WWII, and rebuilt on the campus of Westminster College; it serves as a reminder of Winston Churchill’s visit to the college and his “Iron Curtain” speech. Under the church, see the museum, which is filled with a treasury of artifacts and information relating to the lifeof Sir Winston Churchill. We will also see the sculpture celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, created from eight massive sections of the actual Wall. On our way home we will make a brief stop at Crane’s Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor at Williamsburg.

This tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities, admissions and guide.

Walking level ***

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SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Thursday, Dec. 8
8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. • $89

Our first stop is the magnificent 1855 Italianate Illinois Governor’s Mansion is a sight to behold in any season, but especially so when dressed in its holiday finery. The oldest house in Springfield, the 1840’s Elijah Iles House, is furnished as it was when Abraham Lincoln visited the house; it’s especially poignant when holiday-decorated like it might have been by the Iles family. Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at the Golden Corral Steak House. Visit the beautifully decorated Dana-Thomas House, one of Frank LIoyd Wright’s largest and most elaborate Prairie-style designs. The house has 15 rooms containing more than 100 pieces of original furniture as well as 250 art glass windows. Next we tour the birthplace and long-time home of the famous poet Vachel Lindsay. See it decorated as the family would have done during the Victorian period.

This tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, gratuities and guide.

Walking level ****

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For more information on current City of St. Peters day trips and tours, call 636.397.6903, ext. 1624, or visit Rec-Connect and sign up now.
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