Day Trips &
Special Events

Special Events and Travel

Lifelong Learning logoPrices for Special Events and Travel include all admissions and bus fare, where applicable.

Battle of the Sexes (May 15, 2015)

Auto Barons Home Tour (May 19, 2015)

Fremont's Finest' (July 15, 2015)

Chicago–My Kind of Town! (August 25, 2015–August 27, 2015)

Selfridge Military Museum (September 16, 2015)

Israel Experience - Travel & Study Abroad (June 4, 2016–June 18, 2016)

Auto Barons Home Tour

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Only $89 for members, $104 for nonmembers. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 a.m. and returns by 6:30 p.m.

The early auto industry produced substantial fortunes for John F. Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company and Edsel Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Their wealth was used in part to construct two of America’s finest residences and country estates: Meadow Brook Hall and the Ford House.

Enjoy a guided tour of Meadow Brook Hall which represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. It is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square feet. Inspired by the country manor homes in England, Meadow Brook Hall was built between 1926 and 1929 at a cost of nearly $4 million. Lunch at the estate is included.

Explore the Ford House with a guide and hear the story of the home life of a prominent American family. The Fords were cultural, social and economic leaders in an era of great optimism, as well as a turbulent time of economic depression and world war. Designed to resemble a cluster of Cotswold village cottages, the house features stone roofs, vine-covered walls and lead-paned windows. Strolling through the thoughtfully decorated halls, visitors come face-to-face with a stunningly diverse collection of art, antiques and furniture. The Ford House grounds are a work of art in their own right with meticulously planned meadow, rockwork and water components.

South Pacific

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Only $94 for members, $109 for nonmembers. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 a.m. and returns by 6 p.m.

Set on a tropical island during WWII, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. Considered by many to be the finest musical ever written, the score includes unforgettable classic songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein.

La Comedia Dinner Theatre has been offering Broadway style shows since 1975. For each production, talent is cast from auditions in New York City as well as in the Dayton area, ensuring that the performers in our productions are the absolute best available. We will enjoy a sumptuous lunch with signature salads, chef-carved meats, deep fried Norwegian Cod, a variety of pastas and fresh vegetables, fresh baked breads, some dishes to represent the “flavor” of the current production, and sweet potato soufflé.

Fremont's Finest

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hayes Presidential Center

The Rutherford B. Hayes Library and Museum is the Nation’s first presidential library. Experience the life of the 19th President through guided tours of his 31 room mansion, recently re-decorated back to the home’s original décor. Enjoy a guided tour through the Museum and the “Ladies Red Dress” exhibit. Walk through the beautiful 25 acre estate and grounds. 

Winery Tour

Tour the vineyards and winery of Chateau Tebeau with the chief winemaker. Sample a tasting tray of wines and savor lunch in this picturesque country setting. The vineyard grows a variety of French heritage grapes and also has a gift shop!

Jaws with Paws Enforcing Laws

Police dogs are trained at Lynnwood Kennels by a unique staff that blend knowledge of dog training and police work. Our tour will include demonstrations of techniques to train hundreds of dogs and handlers. You will come to a new understanding and appreciation of the roles that dogs play in locating illicit drugs and maintaining their role as family pet.

Toft’s Ice Cream

Delight in a cone of locally made ice cream. The hardest part is choosing your flavor!

Only $89 for members, $104 for nonmembers.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 a.m. and returns by 5:30 p.m. 

Chicago–My Kind of Town!

August 25–27, 2015

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Only $942 for members; $759 for double members; $972 for nonmembers; $789 double non-members.

Package includes: Roundtrip Motrorcoach, 2 nights accommodations, baggage handling, taxes; 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, inclusive , 1 dinner show at Tommy Guns, inclusive; Admissions to Art Institute of Chicago with guided tour, Architectural River Cruise, self guided with audio tour of the Chicago History Museum, Sky Deck Observation Level; Chicago city tour with step on guide.

Day One: Tuesday, August 25

The Art Institute of Chicago will take you on a journey through the Impressionists like Monet, Degas, Renoir & more. View work of American artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Homer & Whistler. There will also be the highlights of the Modern Wing– Lichtenstein, Matisse, Picasso, Richter & other giants of the 20th & 21st centuries. After your guided tour, enjoy time to view other collections on your own. View the many permanent collections from African to American, Contemporary to Modern, Photography to Textiles and much more.
Check in to your hotel in downtown Chicago: The Embassy Suites Downtown/Lakefront. Our Lakefront Package includes an evening cocktail reception. Complimentary internet access in the business center. Hotel is near Michigan Avenue and features newly renovated rooms.
Day Two: Wednesday, August 26
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel with made to order omelets and a host of other breakfast items. (Included) Meet your local licensed Chicago step on guide and depart on your coach for a Chicago City Tour! Highlights include: Grant Park & Buckingham Fountain, Gold Coast, Wrigley Field, Millennium Park & The Bean, the Museum campus with a great view of the skyline, the architecture that has made the city famous, Magnificent Mile and much more on this 2 hour driving tour. 
Your guide will then take you up to The Chicago SkyDeck. An exhilarating new experience! At 1,353 feet up – The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, providing never-before-seen views of the city. Guide departs and group can enjoy lunch (on own) along Magnificent Mile. The Water Tower Place offers an indoor food court or choose a restaurant along Michigan Ave. Free time to browse the shops afterwards.
That afternoon, we will enjoy a 90 minute Chicago River Architectural Tour. A Chicago Architectural Foundation docent will sketch a historical picture of the buildings and their designers along the riverfront, from the rebuilding of the city after the Great Chicago Fire to the present day. From this unique perspective, passengers experience the works of great architects and designers as they float along the Chicago River. 
Tommy Gun’s Dinner & Show tonight at "Chicago's only original Speakeasy Dinner Theater"- This is an audience interactive "speakeasy" which offers a musical comedy revue wit da gangsters, da flappers and you! After dinner join "Vito", "Gloves", da "mugs" and da "molls" for non stop comedy and dangerous fun as dey entertain yous wit singing, dancing and a lot of audience participation! Da Mugs and Da dolls dance and sing da Charleston and udder musical selections from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and more, played by Chicago’s Sinfully Orchestra. Includes: soup or salad, choice of prime rib, chicken, lasagna or salmon, potato, vegetable dessert, non-alcoholic beverage (pre-order).
Day Three: Thursday, August 27
Morning arrival at the Chicago History Museum. We will take a self guided audio tour to learn all about Chicago history: “Crossroads of America” has something for everyone. Explore the city’s history through a series of galleries. Climb aboard “L” Car No.1, visit a Jazz Club, view artifacts and interactive presentations. 
Arrive at the Navy Pier. Browse the shops, enjoy lunch on your own and take in the sights. There are a variety of fast food options and sit down restaurants to choose from. You might want to take a ferris wheel ride (extra charge) or tour the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. The free museum features a permanent display of 150 stained glass windows along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall. It showcases both secular and religious windows and is divided by artistic theme into four categories: Victorian, Prairie, Modern and Contemporary. 

8:30 pm EST Arrive back at Lourdes University.

Selfridge Military Museum

Harrison Charter Township, MI​
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
​9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Explore the Selfridge Military Air Museum, home to military artifacts and memorabilia since 1975. Indoor exhibits span the 20th and 21st centuries of aviation, and include aircraft engines, an interactive Air Traffic Control radar display, a Vietnam era A-7, modern era F-16 cockpits, scale models, artifacts, and more. Outdoor exhibits include 31 full size aircraft from WWI to the present, vehicles, and missiles.

Lunch will be at Mulligan's Restaurant on the edge of Selfridge Base in Mt. Clemens. The luncheon buffet  includes a savory chicken dinner or sliced top round of beef with trimmings and dessert is included. Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of the nation’s oldest and most historic military installations. Beginning in 1917, pilots, aero mechanics, aerial photographers, and gunnery personnel trained here for World War I. Many famous aviators trained here, including Charles Lindbergh. Today, Selfridge is the nation’s largest Air National Guard Base with all branches of the military, active and reserve units alike, represented on the Base.

To sweetly start the day, tour the Morley Candy factory where Sanders fine chocolates are made. Watch expert candy makers create luscious treats. And if your complementary sampling box of chocolates is not enough, there is a gift shop!

Please note that because Selfridge is an active military base, everyone attending must submit security information by September 1 that includes driver’s license number and date of birth. No one will be allowed on the base without prescreening and refunds will not be issued. Bus departs from Lourdes University at 9am and returns by 6 pm.

Israel Experience - Travel & Study Abroad

Jerusalem, Israel
June 4, 2016–June 18, 2016

Cost: $2,600 per person (plus airfare)
The cost includes nearly everything for the entire trip (meals, busses, entrance fees, tips, etc.)

The Israel Experience, led by Program Director, Mary Beth Wielgopolski, allows a small group of 16 people to travel and study abroad in Jerusalem, Israel at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute. The small group package includes the following:

  • 13 nights - accommodations with a double room
    • 10 nights at Tantur Ecumenical Institute – Jerusalem. Amenities include:
      • Coffee and Tea in Coffee Room
      • Verandas and Gardens
      • Library
      • Chapel
      • Wireless Access in Rooms
      • Classrooms and Computer Room
      • TV Rooms
      • Tennis Courts and Game Rooms
      • Laundry Facilities
    • 2 nights - Galilee
    • 1 night – Mediterranean Beach Resort - Nahsholim
  • 38 meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a private modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Classes taught by Lourdes University Theology Instructor, Mary Beth Wielgopolski with additional local guest speakers
  • Services of an English-speaking staff at Tantur
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Expert local guides; tips already included
    ** Estimated cost; subject to change. 

See the 2016 Israel Program Flyer for more details about the trip.

See the Life Long Learning Brochure for complete details

To register, please call Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or Linda Stout at 419-517-8940 or email


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Laura Megeath
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