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Innovation – Past, Present and Future

Friday, April 28

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9 am and returns 5:30 pm.
Price: Only $89 for members, $109 for nonmembers.

First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic solar energy products, including construction and operation of the largest grid-connected photovoltaic power plants in existence. Learn about the future of solar power at the First Solar manufacturing plant in Perrysburg. We will learn about global and local manufacturing and enjoy a private tour of the manufacturing line.

Lunch will be at Sam B’s, a casual restaurant with local history and charm. Named in honor of Samuel Beckett, the Irish playwright and poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Sam B’s has been a fixture of Bowling Green since 1972. Lunch includes pecan chicken breast, vegetarian lasagna, salad, red skin mashed potatoes, coffee or iced tea, and of course dessert! After lunch, browse the shops of downtown Bowling Green including Ben Franklin Crafts right across the street.

The next stop is the historic National Construction Equipment Museum to see up close the machines that built the foundation of America! These machines built our roads and more; they hauled, dredged, excavated, mined and drilled. Many examples from the last century are accessible and will be explained in a guided tour of the museum’s indoor collection. Additional larger machines can be seen up close on the museum’s grounds.

Prison to Paradise

Thursday, May 25

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 am and returns approximately 6:30 pm.
Price: Only $134 for members, $154 for nonmembers.

Starting in the Historic Michigan Theatre of Jackson, Michigan, experience “Jacktown: The History of Michigan’s First State Prison.” In an interactive program of live storytelling, film, archival photos, and audience participation, you will see and hear intriguing tales of prison life, colorful inmates, wardens, night keepers, crime, punishments, riots, and reforms. Lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert will be at Steve’s Ranch Restaurant. We will take your sandwich order ahead of time. At lunch, guides will tell more tales of Prohibition, and both famous and infamous inmates, including Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

After lunch we will tour Michigan’s First State Prison, now housing the Armory Arts Village. The tour includes the old West Wing, now a Grand Gallery built of stone, brick, mortar and steel by inmate labor; the old solitary area; seven large murals depicting the prison history; a former cellblock converted into an art studio, and an apartment carved from over 38 cells. Throughout the tour hear stories of crime, creeps and corruption – prison life, punishments and reforms, colorful and dangerous inmates, bizarre escapes, and a Chaplain who, with his belief that the arts are rehabilitative, encouraged the prisoners to engage in various arts. There will be time for a quick visit to the Old Prison Gift Shop.

Experience the exquisite iconography and large murals with a reverse perspective of St. Demetrius Orthodox Church. Enjoy Father Dusan’s delightful tour as he shares the history of this Eastern Orthodox Church and the origins of the icons. Finish the tour in a beautiful room surrounded by historic farmland as you eat totally heavenly Baklava baked fresh by the Sisterhood.

Special Event: A Walk Through Time: Exploring the Journey of Music Through the Centuries

Friday, May 12

11:15 am -12:30 pm
Price: Only $18 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Location: Franciscan Center at Lourdes University

Join us for a walk through music history, beginning with Bach and on to today, sampling a variety of musical styles and composers along the way. Our guide on this walk will be pianist Heidi Clausius. Paired with a delectable luncheon buffet, we will celebrate the end of the semester.

A Toledo native, Heidi Clausius received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Toledo. An injury forced her to abandon hopes of a career in music, but after an 18-year absence, Heidi was able to return and earn a Masters of Music from BGSU. Now she is very active in the Toledo and Bowling Green music communities. Recently she performed in the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art and with the Sylvania Community Orchestra. Today Heidi is the organist/pianist at Trinity Episcopal Church, maintains a private piano studio and teaches group piano and coaches vocal students at UT.

Buffet lunch is included!

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.

Save the date for upcoming Lifelong Learning trips!

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens has unusual and exotic species of plant life plus upwards of 10,000 annual plants and flowers. Join us for a tour Wednesday, September 6.