Day Trips &
Special Events

Day Trips & Special Events

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

Day Trips

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.

Special Events

Mozart & Luchesi

Toledo Symphony Orchestra
7:30–9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7
Lourdes Franciscan Center

The dark horse of 18th-century Italian composers, Luchesi was prominent and respected in his day, successfully competing with Beethoven’s father and Mozart. Learn more of their music and stories in the Lifelong Learning class Making Sense of Music History (page 6). With or without the class, you are sure to enjoy this dynamic performance with Stefan Sanderling, conductor, Roberto Plano, pianist and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Central seats have been reserved for us! Tickets are $28 (discounted from $35). Register by Feb 23.

Dinosaurs Unearthed!

Imagination Station
11:15 am–2 p.m.
Thursday, March 12

Adventure back in time 65 million years and discover roaring, moving, life-size, animatronic dinosaurs. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate—down to the feathers on T. rex—Dinosaurs Unearthed features realistic, full-bodied dinosaurs as well as skeletons, fossils, a predator scene and much more! After a guided tour of the exhibit, you will have time to explore Imagination Station on your own before we walk across the street for lunch at Focaccia’s Delicatessen. Price includes admission to Imagination Station but not lunch. Transportation from Lourdes available, reservations required.

Battle of the Sexes

Toledo Repertoire Theatre
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Friday, May 15

The Battle of the Sexes has biting, witty prose and poetry affording insight into the age-old, ongoing feud with the opposite sex. Come celebrate the end of the semester with friends, lunch and laughter. Presented by the Armchair Theatre branch of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Price includes lunch and show.

Israel Experience - Travel & Study Abroad

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

Cost: $2,600 per person (plus airfar)
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 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
Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Linda Stout
Administrative Assistant