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Tapestry of Cleveland

Tuesday, June 20

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:30 am and returns at 9:30 pm.

Price: Only $119 for members, $139 for nonmembers.

Tour Cleveland on a unique sightseeing adventure combining the elegance of its golden age, along with new developments, attractions and sights! The tour starts with an elegant luncheon cruise aboard the Nautica Queen. Enjoy a narrated shoreline cruise showing off the spectacular skyline views and the superb buffet the cruise is famous for. We’ll also be entertained with music for listening and dancing.

The driving tour with a step-on guide shares the history, culture and secrets of the city. See where Moses Cleaveland first landed in 1796, the historic Ohio City neighborhood, Public Square, and the heart of downtown, which was totally renovated for the Republican National Convention. Visit trendy Tremont, where Michael Symon had his first awardwinning restaurant, and snap a photo at “the Christmas Story House!” We’ll see where Cleveland’s greatest industrialist, John D. Rockefeller, got his start, take a short walking tour of Terminal Tower lobby area (the tallest US building outside of NYC when it opened in 1929) and one of the filming locations of “A Christmas Story!” Our tour will travel past the major sports stadiums, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and through the Playhouse Square Entertainment district. The five major theatres from the 1920s have all been renovated and expanded to become the second largest performing arts district in the US. We’ll stop at in the original Cleveland Trust Bank Building of 1908 that has been converted into an upscale food store, Heinen’s, in the heart of downtown!

Enjoy dinner at the new Hofbrauhaus restaurant. Indulge in a German-themed dinner along with the fun of an oom-pah-pah band! Select from these three savory entrees:

  1. Schnitzel Wiener Art – Classic Breaded port cutlet served crisp and golden brown, served
    with homemade Bavarian potato salad;
  2. Grillhendl – Oktoberfest style roasted half chicken stuffed with parsley, beer butter and onions, served crispy brown with Bavarian
    potato salad;
  3. Pierogis and Mettwurst – Potato and cheese stuffed pierogis, sautéed with mettwurst and caramelized onion. Topped with sour cream and green onions.

Our special tour of Cleveland combines culture, history and heritage, to give you a unique view of the rich tapestry of Cleveland.


Wednesday, July 5

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 11:30 am and returns at 6:30 pm.

Price: Only $95 for members, $115 for nonmembers.

Enjoy this classic show presented live at the Purple Rose Theatre Company. Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family – and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae – Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. Harvey was published in 1944 by the American playwright Mary Chase and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Before the show, dine at the Common Grill. Now celebrating it’s 25th year in downtown Chelsea, Michigan, the Common Grill continues to present fresh, imaginative American dishes while providing outstanding service. There will be five tempting entrees to choose from.

Fall Kickoff

Friday, August 25

Presentation at 11 am, lunch at noon

Price: $12 per person for lunch, reservations requested by Aug. 18

Lasagna lunch with garlic bread, salad, and dessert! Vegetarian option too.

Chrys Peterson, a six-time Emmy Award recipient and Associated Press Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, will present “The Freedom of Growing Older.” Ms. Peterson served as news anchor at WTOL TV for 20 years. She now works as a leadership consultant and actively serves a variety of civic and professional organizations.

Schedel Gardens and Class

Wednesday, September 6

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9 am and returns at 5 pm.

Price: Only $105 for members, $125 for nonmembers.

Experience the wonders of Nature carefully sculpted by human hands at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens. Unique plant species, amazing annual flower displays, a world class bonsai shelter, Japanese garden, rose garden, and two dozen large sculptures are dispersed throughout this beautiful 17 acre garden estate. A thirty foot waterfall and other water features help create an atmosphere of peace and serenity. In addition to viewing unusual and exotic species of plant life and upwards of 10,000 annual plants and flowers, we will tour the cottage, the Schedel’s summer home adjacent to the lakes in the lowland area of the grounds.

A buffet lunch will be served at the Gardens that includes salads and wraps, with fruit and cream pie for dessert! After lunch we will have a class on succulents and each person will create their own terrarium with succulent plants, stones, and sand to take home. All plants and materials are included.

Parade through Detroit

Wednesday, October 18

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 am and returns at 5:30 pm.

Price: Only $110 for members, $125 for nonmembers.

Venture into the magical land of parades for a behind the scenes look at the Parade Company. Explore the 200,000 square-foot storyland of floats and see how award-winning artisans bring them to life. Journey through a unique creative kingdom, marvel at the world’s largest collection of papier-mâché heads that resemble local icons and famous characters. The Parade Company costume shop warehouses over 3,000 costumes. Designed and created in their Detroit studio, these costumes make a colorful array of characters come to life. The Parade Company is key to the staging of the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade, now known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.

Lunch will be at the sophisticated Andiamo Detroit Riverfront Restaurant, known for fabulous, authentic northern Italian cuisine and located in the heart of Detroit. Choose from chicken picatta, whitefish sialiana, and gnocchi palmina. All meals are served with house salad, pasta and vegetable side dishes, and dessert.

A professional local guide will parade our group through the highlights of the Motor City. Enjoy the stories and history of Detroit from the comfort of the coach while taking in the sights. Our tour takes you throughout the heart of the Motor city where you’ll soak up the sights and sounds of this fascinating place. From the hustle and bustle of Greektown to gorgeous riverfront views and architectural masterpieces, you will get to experience it all. Along the way, we’ll point out Detroit’s crown jewels and legendary landmarks and regale you with tales of Detroit’s vibrant history and hip new happenings.

Israel Experience 2018

Travel & Study Abroad!

Travel Dates: May 6 to 19, 2018    

Information Meeting: August 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Franciscan Center

There is no better place in the world to study and experience firsthand the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Join us for a 14-day trip of a lifetime with 9 nights in Jerusalem and 3 nights in the Galilee.

During this all-inclusive program, Lifelong Learning participants will stay at the University of Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem with modern accommodations and a 60,000 volume library, receive expert-guided tours of significant religious sites in Israel and Palestine, dialogue with local people about grassroots peace efforts, immerse themselves in religious traditions, and enjoy the tastes of the Middle East with culinary delights.

*Tour Highlights:

  • Discover Jerusalem, one of the most religiously meaningful cities in the world. Visit the Western Wall, the Suk (Markets), Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Christ died, the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and St. Peter Gallicantu which sits atop the dungeon of the high priest Caiaphas.
  • Walk the ruins of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Float in the “unsinkable” waters of the Dead Sea. Be transported back in time to the days of King Herod at Masada, a fabled mountaintop palace declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Travel to Bethlehem, Capernaum, and Nazareth. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Walk the streets of Akko, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Bahai Temple and gardens.
  • Thanks to our small group size and educational component, we can visit places that other tours miss. Participants will get to experience life at the local level when they: join in Shabbat services, visit a Jewish settlement, and have lunch with Palestinian students at Bethlehem University.

*Itinerary changes may occur prior to or while we are in Israel. Some sites may be hilly, require walking to gain entrance, or have rough terrain.

For more information please contact: Mary Beth Wielgopolski, Israel Study Abroad Program Director, at