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Each trip has a designation of a yellow N or a blue S at the top. Trips marked with the  North Designation are Northern trips and will generally have pick up locations from LaSalle/Peru north. Trips marked with the South Designation are Southern trips and will generally have pick up locations from LaSalle/Peru south. Please be sure to check pick up locations at the bottom of each trip description before registering, as this is where you will need to meet the bus for departure.


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North Designation

BILLY ELLIOTWednesday, March 13, 2024

BILLY ELLIOT

PARAMOUNT THEATRE

We will begin our day with a behind the scenes tour. The Paramount is an award-winning theatre and you will get to learn about what makes it so! Over the last 11 years, the Paramount Theatre has been honored to be part of the Jeff Awards (Joseph Jefferson Awards celebrate the vitality of Chicago theatre for the past 50 years, recognizing theatre excellence) with 97 nominations and 27 wins, most recently taking home six awards in 2022 for their production of Kinky Boots! Now you will get to learn about what it takes to produce these award winning shows!

Following our tour, we will enjoy lunch in the Meyer Ballroom. Conveniently located directly across the street from the theatre, our buffet lunch will get us ready for an afternoon of entertainment.

Then it’s time for the show! The music of Elton John brings to life the story of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old English boy who stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. His surprise love for dance must be hidden at all costs, especially from his coal miner father. With the help from his sharp-tongued teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy gets the chance to attend a prestigious ballet school and must decide what is most important: doing what he loves or doing what other people want. Billy Elliot is a coming-of-age story that inspires us all to do what you love no matter what other people think. BE TRUE TO YOU.

Cost: $110 per person

Fee includes: Transportation, tour, lunch, show admission, all associated taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick up:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 8:30 a.m. / Mendota Civic Center at 8:50 a.m. / Rochelle Petro at 9:30 a.m. 

Return to Rochelle at approximately 4:50 p.m. / Mendota at 5:30 p.m. / LaSalle at 5:45 p.m.


South Designation AND North Designation

SANFILIPPOTuesday, May 7, 2024

SANFILIPPO SPRING SWING

Travel with VISTA Club to Barrington Hills, IL to experience the beautiful Jasper Sanfilippo Estate, featuring the world's finest collection of automatic musical instruments. Before there were jukeboxes and radios, there were nickelodeons and orchestrions, ingenious mechanical music machines that played the music of the day to entertain the public.  The Sanfilippo Collection has on display the largest variety of these restored instruments in the world!

We will begin at noon with a sit-down, elegant luncheon in the Sanfilippo Carousel Pavilion. Demonstrations of Dance, Band, and Fairground Organs with Big Band favorites will follow lunch, and guest may roam the pavilion collections, including boarding the train cars. The 1890 Eden Palais Carousel will also be demonstrated. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Spring outfits and most striking hats!

At 2:00 pm we will head over to the Sanfilippo Residence and into the theater for an 80-minute live Theater Organ Concert with Organist Zach Frame on the 7,000+ pipe Wurlitzer Organ. Selections will include Big Band favorites, Swing, and music from the Great American Songbook. Re-live the nostalgia of one of the greatest eras in music!

Following the concert guests may roam the Sanfilippo Residence and its Collections of Automatic Music Instruments for 45 minutes, with many machines being demonstrated by Docents.

Swing into Spring at the Sanfilippo Estate with an afternoon filled with a delicious meal wonderful music!

Cost:  $150 per person

Fee includes:  Transportation, lunch, concert, tour and all associated taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.  

Pick up:  Depart Schnuck’s in Normal at 8:30 a.m. / LaSalle Flying J at 9:30 a.m. / Rochelle Petro at 10:10 a.m. 

Return to Rochelle at approximately 6:20 p.m. / LaSalle at 7:00 p.m. / Normal at 8:00 p.m.


North Designation

Death Becomes HerWednesday, May 29, 2024

DEATH BECOMES HER

CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE

Madeline Ashton is the most beautiful actress (just ask her) ever to grace the stage and screen. Helen Sharp is the long-suffering author (just ask her) who lives in her shadow. They have always been the best of frenemies…until Madeline steals Helen’s fiancé away. As Helen plots revenge and Madeline clings to her rapidly fading star, their world is suddenly turned upside down by Viola Van Horn, a mysterious woman with a secret that’s to die for.

After one sip of Viola’s magical potion, Madeline and Helen begin a new era of life (and death) with their youth and beauty restored…and a grudge to last eternity.

Starring Tony Award nominees Megan Hilty (Wicked, Smash) and Jennifer Simard (Company, Disaster!), Death Becomes Her, based on the classic 1992 film, is a drop-dead hilarious new musical comedy about friendship, love, and burying the hatchet…again, and again, and again.

Prior to the show, we will enjoy lunch at Randolph Tavern, directly across the street from the theatre. Menu selections include Cadillac Chopped Salad (market greens, tomato, corn, avocado, applewood bacon, bleu cheese, buttermilk ranch), Black Angus Burger (served on a potato bun with fries, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion) or California Club (grilled chicken, applewood bacon, avocado, Swiss, ground mustard on multigrain).

Join us for this World Premiere of Death Becomes Her. Life’s a bitch and then you die. Or not! 

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Cost:  $125 per person

Fee includes: Transportation, lunch, show admission (lower balcony - center), all associated taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick up:  LaSalle Flying J at 8:15 a.m. / Mendota Civic Center at 8:30 a.m. / Rochelle Petro at 9:15 a.m. 

Return to Rochelle at approximately 7:00 p.m. / Mendota at 7:40 p.m. / LaSalle at 8:00 p.m.


South Designation AND North Designation

ANDERSON GARDENSWednesday, June 19, 2024

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S LAURENT HOUSE AND ANDERSON JAPANESE GARDENS

Travel with VISTA Club to Rockford, IL to experience beautiful Japanese gardens and an architectural gem! We will tour Anderson Japanese Gardens, a beautiful, outdoor setting that inspires the mind and energizes the soul. Construction of Anderson Japanese Gardens began in 1978, when Rockford businessman John Anderson was inspired by a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon.  With the ongoing assistance of renowned Master Craftsman and designer Hoichi Kurisu, the Anderson's swampy backyard along Rockford’s Spring Creek was transformed into a Japanese-style landscape. From groundbreaking to today, the placement of every rock, alignment of every tree, and layout of all paths has been made with careful consideration by Mr. Kurisu. Their twelve-acre landscape of streams, waterfalls, winding pathways, and koi-filled ponds has been rated one of North America's highest quality Japanese gardens for more than a decade.

We will experience a farm to table fresh lunch at Fresco at the Gardens. Fresco has partnered with local suppliers to provide you with the ultimate dining experience. Lunch selections include Fresco Club, Tuscan Chicken Sandwich, Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad or Mango Berry Salad. Be ready to make your selection when you call to reserve your spot.

We will tour an authentic Frank Lloyd Wright home located in Rockford, Illinois, the Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent House is one of only 11 hemicycle Usonians in Wright’s extensive portfolio of work. It is also the only home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright to be wheelchair accessible. In the fall of 1948, the Laurents, impressed with Wright’s Usonian style architecture, commissioned him to design a home that would allow Ken, a paraplegic, to move about freely in his wheelchair.  Forty years before the Americans with Disabilities Act, Wright created a blueprint for an open-plan, single-story home that could accommodate Ken’s unique needs. In reflecting on the functionality of his home, Kenneth Laurent shared, “This house helps me focus on my capabilities, not my disability. That is the true gift Mr. Wright gave to me.” The Laurents lived in the home from its completion in spring of 1952 until early 2012 when it was purchased by the Laurent House Foundation. It opened as a public museum in June 2014.

Cost: $125 Per Person

Fee includes:  Transportation, tours, lunch, all associated taxes and tips. Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick up:  Depart Schnuck’s in Normal at 7:00 a.m. / LaSalle Flying J 8:00 a.m. / Mendota Civic Center at 8:30 a.m. 

Return to Mendota at approximately 5:00 p.m. / LaSalle at 5:15 p.m. / Normal at 6:15 p.m.


North Designation

CUBSSaturday, June 29, 2024

CHICAGO CUBS AT MILLER PARK

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

Come along with us to cheer on the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs! Don’t fight the Chicago traffic or park miles away from the stadium and forget where your car is parked! Instead ride along with Vista Club to Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to see the Cubbies take on the Brewers. Don’t worry about cool temperatures or rain —in case of inclement weather, Miller Park’s fan-shaped roof can close in less than 10 minutes. When you work up an appetite cheering on the Cubs, delicious concessions and cold beverages are steps away from our seats! While at the game, we will enjoy traditions only experienced at Miller Park, like the 6th inning Sausage Races. Cheer on your favorite sausage: the Bratwurst, the Polish, the Italian, the Hot Dog or the Chorizo. Get your vocal cords ready — during the 7th inning stretch not only will we sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” we will also sing “Roll Out the Barrel” saluting Milwaukee’s beer-making history! We may be sitting in Brewer Country, but we will be singing “Go Cubs Go”!

Cost: $100 Per Person

Fee includes: Admission to game, transportation, taxes and tips.  Food and beverage purchase will be on your own.  Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick up:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 10:30 a.m. / Mendota Civic Center at 11:00 a.m. / Rochelle Petro at 11:45 a.m.


North Designation

Old Matilda

Friday, August 16, 2024

MATILDA THE MUSICAL

FIRESIDE DINNER THEATRE

The Tony Award-Winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is a captivating masterpiece packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs. Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind, a vivid imagination, and psycho-kinetic powers dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results. Unloved by her cruel parents and evil headmistress, she impresses her teacher with courage and cleverness in a joyous celebration of one girl’s triumph over what’s “not right”.

Prior to the show we will enjoy browsing the spectacular Fireside gift shops and have a memorable dining experience in one of the Fireside’s beautiful dining rooms. Menu selections include Chicken Alfredo with Linguine, Roast Pork Tenderloin or Grilled Atlantic Salmon. All meals include a signature salad, fresh baked bread, coffee, tea or milk and Pecan Turtle Ball Sundae! Please be ready to make your menu selection when you call to reserve your spot.

Cost: $125 Per Person

Fee includes: Transportation, lunch, tickets, all associated taxes and tips. Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick up:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 8:00 a.m. / Mendota Civic Center at 8:20 a.m. / Rochelle Petro at 9:00 a.m. 

Return to Rochelle at approximately 5:35 p.m. / Mendota at 6:15 p.m. / LaSalle at 6:35 p.m.


South Designation

NunsenseFriday, August 23, 2024

NUNSENSE

LITTLE THEATRE ON THE SQUARE

Join VISTA Club as we travel south to Sullivan, IL to Little Theatre on the Square for their production of Nunsense! Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fund-raiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia Child of God. Thus, the remaining nuns—sister Leo, Sister Robert Anne, Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert—stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed. With catchy songs and irreverent comedy, Nunsense is sure to keep audiences rolling with laughter!

Prior to the show we will stop at Yoder’s Country Kitchen for lunch—featured on America’s Best Restaurants in 2022! Yoder’s not only has a buffet of Amish-style meals, but it also has a full bakery of tasty foods guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied. Yoder’s is a one-stop shop for dining and quality Amish gift shopping. Be sure to try the finger lickin’ good broasted chicken and homemade pies!

Cost:  $125 Per person

Fee includes:  Transportation, lunch, show, all associated taxes and tips. Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick up:  LaSalle Flying J at 8:30 a.m. / America’s Best Wenona at 9:00 a.m. / Schnuck’s Normal at 9:40 a.m. 

Return to Normal at approximately 6:00 p.m. / Wenona 6:30 p.m. / LaSalle 7:00 p.m.


South Designation

Oktoberfest

Thursday, September 19, 2024

OKTOBERFEST

Join VISTA Club for all a day out enjoying all things German!

Our setting will be the beautiful Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet, IL. In 1873, wealthy railroad magnate, Jacob A. Henry built his imposing mansion on Eastern Avenue, which was then referred to as "Silk Stocking Row." He employed a master craftsman from Germany along with three cabinet-makers to fashion the elaborate carved interior. It took three years to complete, and has 16,800 square feet consisting of over 40 rooms. The main floor is most elaborate in carving, and the black walnut and oak is hand rubbed to attain the satin finish. Each room contains an ornately carved fireplace. The deeply recessed windows are guarded with shutters on the inside. These fold back into casings for the sunlight to enter and also serve as storm windows in the winter. Sliding or pocket doors, carved and inlaid separate the rooms from the main floor. Its main feature is a magnificent staircase made of solid walnut with a half-landing surrounded by 119 hand carved octagonal spindles of burled walnut. The Jacob Henry Mansion won the Architecture Award at the American Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia in 1876, and is claimed to be the largest and best example of Renaissance Revival architecture still standing in the state of Illinois.

Then we will enjoy a German feast—slow cooker German-style pork roast, sauerkraut and potatoes, & pretzel rolls with coarse brown mustard. We’ll finish with a delicious warm apple strudel!

And finally, a German band will perform for us. Jimmy’s Bavariens range throughout the spectrum from the old "oompah" favorites to many of the newest stimmung medleys brought over directly from Munich. Some songs are originals, both in English and in German.  Vocalists and instrumentalists are always featured.

Don’t miss out on this festive day with your VISTA Club friends!

Cost:  $105 Per person

Fee includes: Transportation, self-guided tour, lunch, show, all associated taxes and tips. Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick up:  Schnuck’s in Normal at 8:00 a.m. / America’s Best Value Inn in Wenona at 8:40 a.m. / Flying J in LaSalle at 9:10 a.m.

Return to LaSalle at approx. 3:30 p.m. / Wenona 4:00 p.m. / and Normal at 4:45 p.m.


North Designation

Bakery Bus

Tuesday, December 10, 2024

CHRISTMAS BAKERY BUS

Join VISTA Club on this sweet-filled Christmas trip as we visit multiple bakeries on the north shore of Chicago! We will visit 4-5 bakeries, enjoying samples, treats and shopping time at each location, and stop for an included lunch along the way. En route to each location, we will enjoy a fully narrated tour including the history of Christmas traditions from a variety of cultural groups such as the Greek, Polish, German, Italian, Irish and Chinese. The bakery tour will begin in Lake Forest, IL and end in Evanston, IL. In addition to visiting adorable bakeries, we will travel along the beautifully decorated Sheridan Road and even drive by the Home Alone House in the village of Winnetka! Get into the holiday spirit with your friends from the VISTA Club!

Cost:  $130 Per person

Fee includes:  Motor coach transportation, lunch, bakery stops with samples, all associated taxes and tips. Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick up: 8:00 a.m. LaSalle Flying J / 8:15 a.m. Mendota Civic Center / 9:00 a.m. Rochelle Petro. 

Return to Rochelle at approximately 6:45 p.m. / Mendota at 7:30 p.m. / LaSalle at 7:45 p.m.


For More Information:

Mendota

Beth Hubbard: 815.539.1526 or bhubbard@firststatebank.biz

Streator

Amy Spears: 815.673.4381 X50549 or aspears@firststatebank.biz

Bloomington

Marc Cheffer: 309.663.6300 X50541 or mcheffer@firststatebank.biz

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Each trip has a designation of a yellow N or a blue S at the top. Trips marked with the  North Designation are Northern trips and will generally have pick up locations from LaSalle/Peru north. Trips marked with the South Designation are Southern trips and will generally have pick up locations from LaSalle/Peru south. Please be sure to check pick up locations at the bottom of each trip description before registering, as this is where you will need to meet the bus for departure.


2024 MINI GETAWAYS


North Designation

 FrankenmuthJune 4-6, 2024

GIRLS DAYS IN FRANKENMUTH, MI 

Willkommen to Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria! It’s a place of horse-drawn carriages and covered bridges, of riverboat cruises and world famous chicken dinners! Our Girls Days trip will take us to this quaint village to experience all things German!

We will begin our journey to Frankenmuth with a lunch stop (on your own) along the way. Next, we continue on to our home for the next two nights, the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. We will enjoy a traditional German Dinner of Jaeger Schnitzel (center-cut pork loin chop topped with Bavarian mushroom sauce) at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Our evening will end with a scenic boat ride on the Bavarian Belle Riverboat.

Day 2 begins with an included breakfast at the hotel, then it’s off to explore the village! We begin our day with a visit to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland—the world’s largest Christmas store! This location is the size of 1-1/2 football fields and houses everything Christmas you could possibly imagine! We will also make a stop at the Silent Night Chapel on the property, a replica of Oberndorf’s St. Nicholas Church in Austria, where “Silent Night” was first sung. Next, we will enjoy a city tour of Frankenmuth with a step on guide. Then it will be time for us to be dropped off in town for free time for lunch (on your own) and whatever else you choose to do. Frankenmuth is a very walkable town, with everything in close proximity. You may choose to spend the afternoon shopping in the River Place Shops or downtown boutiques, enjoying the scenery from a carriage ride through town, sampling beer with the Bavarian bierpass, enjoying the Glockenspiel, visiting the historical museum, or many other options that are available. The day is yours to spend as you please! We will join back up in the evening for wine sampling and a world famous chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Day 3 begins again with an included breakfast at the hotel and then it’s time to head for home, but not before stopping at Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall, MI for lunch and show! This location is known for its turkey dinners and afterward we will enjoy a beloved musical that changed Broadway forever - Oklahoma! You will be singing classics like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “I’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No.” Let’s just hope we can stay awake long enough after that turkey dinner to enjoy it!

Then it’s time to say Auf Wiedersehen to our girlfriends and return home with memories of our amazing time together.  

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Please note: There will be quite a bit of walking on this tour. Much of the moving from location to location will be on foot rather than by bus. However, most locations are in close proximity to each other, but please know walking will be unavoidable.

Cost:  $375 per person double occupancy/$475 per person single occupancy.  PAYMENT IN FULL MUST BE MADE AT THE TIME OF RESERVATION.

Fee Includes:  Motor coach transportation, hotel, touring and meals per itinerary, all associated taxes & tips.  Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick-ups:  June 4, 2024 - Mendota Civic Center at 7:45 a.m. / LaSalle Flying J at 8:00 a.m.

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South Designation AND North Designation

BransonNovember 18-22, 2024

A BRANSON CHRISTMAS

 

There is nothing like an Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson! For more than a quarter century, Branson has made its holiday lineup of events a treasured tradition. Join VISTA Club as we experience all Branson has to offer during the holiday season!

Day 1 begins by heading to Branson via motorcoach with a lunch stop (on own) along the way. Upon arriving in Branson, we will check into our hotel for the next week, the beautiful Hilton Convention Center at Branson Landing. Our comfortable hotel is conveniently located near restaurants and shopping and will include breakfast daily during our stay. After check in, it’s off to dinner at the White River Fish House, then we will enjoy Presley’s Country Jubilee Christmas for an evening show. In 1967, the Presley’s built the first music theatre in Branson. Today, that theater is a Branson Landmark & the Presley family is still entertaining audiences with a one of a kind mix of country, gospel, bluegrass & comedy!

Day 2 will take us to the Hughes Brothers Theater to experience Cassandre’ Voice of an Angel. Cassandre’s stunning world class voice and Timothy’s mastery of multiple instruments backed by an incredibly accomplished band combines to form one spectacular show! Following the show, we will have lunch (on own) in downtown Branson. In the afternoon we will visit the Dewey Short Visitor’s Center to experience the story of Table Rock Lake and the Ozark Lakes Heritage. Dinner tonight will be on the Showboat Branson Belle. You will enjoy a cruise of Table Rock Lake plus music from the 60’s to today. Following dinner, we will experience the Pierce Arrow Country Christmas. You will hear a variety of Christmas music all while laughing along to 2017 Comedian of the year and SNL comedy writer James Sibley. We will end our evening with a Christmas lights tour with over 300 displays!

Day 3 We will experience what The Wall Street Journal described as “one of the most unusual little liberal arts colleges in the country” with a guided tour by a student at the College of Ozarks. The college was founded in 1906 and is best known for giving its students the opportunity to receive a tuition-free education. The afternoon entertainment will be the Comedy Jamboree & Dinner at the Grand Country Music Hall—a roller coaster of laughs, comedy, music, dance and family fun. This was winner of Branson’s Best Comedy Show and is famous for family-friendly Ozarks fun. We will enjoy a buffet dinner after the performance. This evening will take us to the Sight and Sound Theatre for a performance and preferred seating at the Miracle of Christmas show. Back by popular demand, this story tells Noah’s story of the Great Promise.

Day 4 starts off with a visit to the Butterfly Palace. We will learn about the incredible life of a butterfly and see up to a thousand live tropical butterflies in a mystical, magical rain forest. After lunch time (on own), we will head to the Grand Village Shoppes for some free time and shopping. You won’t want to miss the Kringles Christmas Shop! Dinner tonight will be at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner-a 1950’s themed diner that his home to talented professional signers, songwriters and musicians. This evening will be spent enjoying the Haygood’s Christmas show. These five brothers & one sister combine incredible harmony, tap, gymnastics & instruments to present this high energy show.  

Day 5 will begin our journey back home, taking with us fond memories of our time in Branson with friends!
(Itinerary subject to change)

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Cost:  $1380 per person double occupancy/$1669 per person single occupancy

Fee Includes:  Transportation, tours per itinerary, meals per itinerary, shows per itinerary, hotel, all associated taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded only if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick ups:  Mendota Civic Center at 6:00 a.m. / First State Bank Bloomington 7:15 a.m.

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 For More Information:
Mendota

Beth Hubbard: 815.539.1526 or bhubbard@firststatebank.biz

Streator

Amy Spears: 815.673.4381 X50549 or aspears@firststatebank.biz

Bloomington

Marc Cheffer: 309.663.6300 X50541 or mcheffer@firststatebank.biz

Extended Trips

 2024 EXTENDED TRIPS 


Savannah

Southern Charm featuring Charleston, Savannah & Jekyll Island

April 14-20, 2024

Embrace the leisurely pace and charming allure of America’s southeast as you explore cobblestone streets, historic homes and unspoiled coastline. Discover antebellum Charleston and the history of Savannah with 2-night stays in each city. Spend two nights at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” Experience the unique charm and singular hospitality of America’s “Low Country” in South Carolina and Georgia. WAIT LIST ONLY.

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Danube

Danube Delights River Cruise

July 18-28, 2024

Experience the Danube River onboard an award-winning Emerald Cruises Star-Ship through four stunning countries. Experience local culture, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, taste regional specialties and beverages and more on your seven-night cruise. During the two-night stay in the majestic city of Prague, included touring showcases its historic and picturesque sites.  WAIT LIST ONLY - ENTIRE SHIP IS OURS!

 

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Rockies to Red RocksRockies to Red Rocks

October 11-18, 2024

Breathtaking plains, mountain vistas and chromatic deserts are just the beginning. Travel alongside towering canyons that have been carved away by the Colorado River as it travels between the mile-high city of Denver and the red sandstone mountains of Moab. Enjoy the Rocky Mountaineer Silver Leaf Plus Service while on board—including exclusive access to lounge car, elevated dining experience with an additional course during meals, signature cocktails and custom designed glass coaches with oversized windows and outdoor viewing area. This trip will also include a guided tours of Denver, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse State Park and Salt Lake City’s Mormon Temple Square. All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train for the experience of a lifetime on the “most spectacular train trip in the world!”  WAIT LIST ONLY

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Kenya LionsHighlights of Kenya

April 30-May 8, 2025 (North Departure)
May 7-15, 2025 (South Departure)

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you visit Nairobi, meet elephants and giraffes up-close, and enjoy safari adventures in Kenya! Experience lions, zebra, wildebeest, rhino and other animals you’ve only seen on TV or in zoos in their majestic natural habitats. Enjoy game-viewing safari drives, a relaxing boat ride, and a cultural experience with local villagers. From wildlife paradises to relaxing evenings in luxury tent camps, this adventure through Kenya will be an experience to remember!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY-LIMITED ROOMS AVAILABLE!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This is a higher-level activity tour involving longer touring days with more walking tours mixed with periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces and involve stairs. This trip is not suitable for mobility challenged travelers including those with walkers, wheelchairs or walking difficulties.

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IrelandSHADES OF IRELAND

July 11-23, 2025 (North Departure)
July 13-25, 2025 (South Departure)

Experience Ireland in all its vibrant shades as you travel from the lively city of Dublin to the untamed natural beauty of Northern Ireland. Explore Dublin with a local guide. Kiss the Blarney Stone at historic Blarney Castle. See Killarney National Park on a boat ride. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Marvel at the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy tea and scones on a traditional family farm. Tour the walled city of Derry. Stand on the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Uncover the legend of the Titanic at Belfast’s famed Titanic Experience. From breathtaking nature and stunning coasts to a captivating culture and friendly locals – this is Ireland.

VIRTUAL INTRODUCTION MEETING

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

Register for the meeting by clicking on the link below:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7120463026568929119

In person reservations open at 5/14/24 1:00 p.m.

Email/phone reservations open 5/15/24

 

 

 

 


New England New PhotoA Culinary Journey Through New England

October 4-10, 2025

Join us on a culinary journey across four New England states. Take a Lobster Pulling cruise and enjoy dinner in Maine, feast on fresh-made ice cream and cottage-made cheeses in Vermont and freshly shucked oysters in Rhode Island. highlights include a visit to Stonewall Kitchens where they produce Maine Blueberry preserves, a visit to a Vermont dairy farm, Morse Sugar Farm to sample maple sugar, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, Lobster Pulling Cruise and feast in Maine, Cold Hollow Cider Mill to see the production of cider, Matunuck Oyster Farm, Yankee Candle Factory, Colonial Foods for a demonstration, Greenvale Vineyards for a tour and tasting...and so much more!

 

 

VIRTUAL INTRODUCTION MEETING

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

Register for the meeting by clicking on the link below:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4490562053835852637

In person reservations open 4/30/24 at 1:00 p.m.

Email/phone reservations open 5/1/24

 

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For More Information:

Mendota

Beth Hubbard: 815.539.1526 or bhubbard@firststatebank.biz

Streator 

Amy Spears: 815.673.4381 X50549 or aspears@firststatebank.biz

Bloomington

Marc Cheffer: 309.663.6300 X50541 or mcheffer@firststatebank.biz

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Beth Hubbard

 

MENDOTA

Beth Hubbard, VISTA Club Manager

1403 13th Avenue, Mendota, IL   815.539.1526 x206 

bhubbard@firststatebank.biz

 

 

 

Amy Spears

 

STREATOR

Amy Spears, VISTA Club Coordinator

115 Plaza Drive, Streator, IL 815.673.4381 x50549

aspears@firststatebank.biz

 

 

 

Marc Cheffer 2

 

BLOOMINGTON

Marc Cheffer, VISTA Club Coordinator

502 N. Hershey Rd, Bloomington, IL 309.663.6300x50541 

mcheffer@firststatebank.biz

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