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Reed Steele, Seriously Silly

Friday, May 22

11:15 am – 12:45 pm includes buffet lunch

Cost: $19 for members, $31 for non-members

Reed K. Steele is a cross between Red Skelton, Dick Van Dyke and Danny Kaye. As a master of physical comedy, mime, stand-up, and improvisation, Reed combines comedy, music, mime, magic, stunts, sign language, and audience participation to make a memorable comedy variety family fun event that will capture an audience of any age.

As an actor, mime, stuntman, comedian, clown, puppeteer, magician, and director, Reed has performed literally thousands of times on stage, television, and film from Los Angeles to New York. He was the recipient of the 1990 “Hollywood USO Entertainer of the Year” award, working with Bob Hope, Buddy Ebsen, Lee Greenwood and many others. Reed also created sound effects for films, television, and cartoons, working with Mel Blanc, Paul Winchell, and Bruce Willis. He also worked with the puppetry of Jim Henson’s Muppets and performs professionally with his production company, Saturn V Productions, throughout the country as time permits.

A delicious hot buffet luncheon is included, so please lunch and laugh with us as we celebrate the end of the school year!

History Remembered & Celebrated

Monday, April 13

The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan has been teaching about the Holocaust and its legacy for more than 30 years, and its building, exhibits and programs have received international accolades and heartfelt thanks from millions of visitors. The Holocaust was a historical time of not only evil, although the evil is undeniable, but also of great courage, strength and righteousness. An extensively trained docent will walk us through galleries ranging from European Jewish culture from the second century through the post war period. See a WWII-era boxcar used by the Nazis to transport Jews and other “undesirables” to implement the Final Solution.

Lunch will be at the sophisticated Andiamo Restaurant, known for fabulous, authentic northern Italian cuisine and located in Livonia. All meals are served with house salad, pasta and vegetable side dishes, and dessert.

After lunch, tour the historic Governor Warner Mansion. A prominent Farmington landmark since 1867, it now serves as a historical museum and window on life at the turn of the 20th century. The Mansion was once home to Fredrick Warner, Farmington’s only Michigan governor. During his three terms (1905-1911), Fred occasionally conducted business and entertained officials here, and the family often hosted parties and political rallies on the front lawn, earning the Warner family home the nickname the “Governor’s Mansion.” Filled with historic artifacts and memorabilia from 1850 through 1920, the mansion is surrounded by three acres of lush gardens.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns about 5:30 pm. Price is $115 for members, $135 for nonmembers.

The Shawshank Trail

Tuesday, May 12

The film the Shawshank Redemption is one of the most popular films of all time. It’s a period prison drama based on a quest for redemption and freedom. Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, a banker wrongfully convicted of killing his wife, her lover and serving two life terms, and Morgan Freeman portrays fellow lifer and narrator “Red” Redding. Visit the film locations that helped make this movie so memorable.

Shawshank Prison was actually the Ohio State Reformatory, one of the largest castle-like structures in the country. From 1896 to 1990 it housed over 155,000 men. Three other motion pictures have been filmed there, and today the Reformatory has visitors from around the world including movie buffs, thrill seekers and paranormal investigators walking the halls of this majestic structure.

A local tour guide will escort us to other sites key to the movie, including Malabar Farm, site of the crime and where the wall and tree once stood. See the filming site of Red’s first bus ride after being released from Shawshank Prison. Later, Red is compelled to walk once he gets out of the red truck. Taking off his suit jacket and placing it over his shoulder, Red makes the long journey to Buxton. We’ll visit that location, still recognizable so many years later. Remember the pawn shop window through which Red spies the compass that later leads him to the Oak Tree? That window is at Carrousel Antiques.

The historic Bissman Building was staged as the Brewer Hotel and Portland Daily Bugle. This is where actor James Whitmore’s character, Brooks, stayed after his release from Shawshank. Sadly, Brooks hung himself after being paroled. The tour will stop at the outside of the Bissman Building for a photo opportunity.

Picture yourself on Brooks’ Bench, a replica of the bench where Brooks sat in picturesque Central Park feeding the birds, hoping his pet crow, Jake, would show up to chirp hello. The bench actually sits in downtown Mansfield’s Central Park that includes memorials to Johnny Appleseed, war heroes and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Relax and savor a delicious lunch at Der Dutchman Restaurant, known for traditional foods and the rural charm of the Midwestern Amish and Mennonite communities. This hearty meal will be served buffet style.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:45 am and returns about 7:00 pm. Price is $115 for members, $135 for nonmembers.

Walk Around the Table

Wednesday, July 1

Small town charm is abundant in historic Chelsea, Michigan. Starting at the Chelsea Historic Society, a tour guide will share the stories of this close knit community. This will be a walking tour through the picturesque town unless the weather compels us to drive.

Lunch at the Common Grill is always a treat. A modern American bistro showcasing creative food and small-town charm, the Common Grill has been presenting fresh, imaginative American dishes for over 28 years.

After lunch, enjoy the world premiere of a romantic comedy at the Purple Rose Theatre. Walk Around the Table expresses the trials and triumphs of finding true love. Alternating between the past and present, Nonna recounts to her panic-stricken, bride-to-be granddaughter, her own precarious days of courtship. Through humor, mystery, scheming, and pain, we see that while life was different in the old days, when it comes to love, some things will never change.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:00 am and returns at 6:30 pm. $121 for members, $141 for nonmembers.

Gardens of Detroit

Thursday, July 30

Visit both historic and modern public gardens in Detroit! Both old and new are found on Belle Isle Park, home of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the oldest continually-running conservatory in the US. Also on Belle Isle, construction has begun on the new Oudolf Detroit Garden which is scheduled to open officially in the fall of 2020. This garden is one of the latest projects for the world-renowned gardener Piet Oudolf, designer of the public gardens at the High Line in New York and Chicago’s Lurie Garden.

Tour Detroit’s first certified arboretum located inside Elmwood Cemetery. Both Elmwood Cemetery and Belle Isle were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, best known for designing Central Park in New York City.

Newer gardens include an urban garden on the roof of GM’s Renaissance Center, featuring a magnificent view of the river from 10 stories up. Tour Earthworks Urban Garden, a non-profit, neighborhood urban garden dedicated to cultivating healthy foods, sustainable economies, and active cultural environments. This garden is affiliated with the Capuchin Monks of St. Bonaventure Monastery.

“Gardens of Detroit” includes lunch at a monastery with a dress code (click here for details).  Lunch will be a seven-course Russian tea in the tradition of the grand and elegant court of Imperial Russia served at the Royal Eagle Café. The Royal Eagle Café is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood on the grounds of an authentic, working Russian Orthodox monastery. The grounds consist of beautifully manicured flower gardens, fountains, ponds, and gazebos. Since this is a monastery, visitors must abide by a strict dress code which is posted on the Lifelong Learning website. Alternatively, please call the office for details.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns about 5:30 pm. Price is $112 for members, $132 for nonmembers.

Gardens of Detroit

Thursday, August 13

By popular demand, Lifelong Learning has added a second opportunity to appreciate Gardens of Detroit! The first trip scheduled for July 30 is sold out, so we have added a second trip, August 13, with the identical itinerary.

Visit both historic and modern public gardens in Detroit! Both old and new are found on Belle Isle Park, home of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the oldest continually-running conservatory in the US. Also on Belle Isle, construction has begun on the new Oudolf Detroit Garden which is scheduled to open officially in the fall of 2020. This garden is one of the latest projects for the world-renowned gardener Piet Oudolf, designer of the public gardens at the High Line in New York and Chicago’s Lurie Garden.

Tour Detroit’s first certified arboretum located inside Elmwood Cemetery. Both Elmwood Cemetery and Belle Isle were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, best known for designing Central Park in New York City.

Newer gardens include an urban garden on the roof of GM’s Renaissance Center, featuring a magnificent view of the river from 10 stories up. Tour Earthworks Urban Garden, a non-profit, neighborhood urban garden dedicated to cultivating healthy foods, sustainable economies, and active cultural environments. This garden is affiliated with the Capuchin Monks of St. Bonaventure Monastery.

“Gardens of Detroit” includes lunch at a monastery with a dress code (click here for details).  Lunch will be a seven-course Russian tea in the tradition of the grand and elegant court of Imperial Russia served at the Royal Eagle Café. The Royal Eagle Café is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood on the grounds of an authentic, working Russian Orthodox monastery. The grounds consist of beautifully manicured flower gardens, fountains, ponds, and gazebos. Since this is a monastery, visitors must abide by a strict dress code which is posted on the Lifelong Learning website. Alternatively, please call the office for details.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns about 5:30 pm. Price is $112 for members, $132 for nonmembers.

Lakeside

Thursday, September 10

‘Chautauqua’ began as a revolutionary cultural movement in the late 1800s, providing public lectures, religious programs and concerts during the summer months. Chautauqua was a social and cultural phenomenon that permeated rural North America until the mid-1920s. At its height, the Chautauqua Movement attracted millions to hear educators, preachers, explorers, scientists, politicians, singers and bands. Today only a handful of Chautauqua communities survive.

Lakeside was among the first communities founded as part of the Chautauqua Movement in North America, welcoming families to the Lake Erie shore for more than 140 years. A guide from the Lakeside Heritage Society will take us on a bus tour around the center of the beautiful Lakeside campus which includes 47 historic structures used for the summer Chautauqua program and glimpses of Lakeside’s “painted ladies,” some of the oldest family cottages on the grounds among the 900 Victorian cottages in the town. Learn about the origins of this American cultural movement, highlighting what has made Lakeside such a longstanding success. At Heritage Hall Museum learn more about the Lakeside Chautauqua experience and the long list of speakers and performers to have come over the years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Ray Charles, and many more.

Lunch will be at the Hotel Lakeside, a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1875, the hotel has an unbeatable view of Lake Erie and “Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile,” a stretch of the southern Lake Erie shoreline prized for its flowers.

In the afternoon we will visit Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, and Johnson’s Island, a camp for prisoners of war during the American Civil War. Dr. Dave Bush, retired anthropology professor from Heidelberg University and archaeological director on the island for 30 years, will lead an informative tour of the cemetery and prison site. At the cemetery, you will hear from the diaries and letters of those buried in this northern prison. At the site area, Dr. Bush will share some of the exciting discoveries made over the many years of exploring the cultural material as well as the vast historical record of the 150,000 men incarcerated there.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns approximately 6:30 pm. Price is $99 for members, $119 for nonmembers.

Fall Foliage Cruise

Thursday, October 15

Cruise on the Grand River with us! Step back in time by stepping onto the Michigan Princess, a classic replica of a 19th century steam boat with graceful arched windows, beautiful wood trim, and crystal chandeliers. Enjoy the fall foliage as we float down the river with all the comforts of a 5-star establishment, including indoor and outdoor seating and climate control. A delicious hot buffet lunch will be served aboard ship followed by live entertainment.

Once back on land, walk through Michigan’s most important historic building: the State Capitol Building. Built in 1878, it was designed to impress with details ranging from the rotunda’s inlaid floor with 976 pieces of glass to door knobs and hinges featuring Michigan’s coat of arms. The Capitol contains nine acres of hand-painted decorative art making it one of the best examples of Victorian decorative painting in the entire country.

Finish the day with a driving tour of Michigan’s beautiful capital city of Lansing. Visit the striking campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Old Town Lansing where this region was first established, the Michigan Historical Museum, and the modern Impression 5 Science Center.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:00 am and returns about 7:00 pm. Price is $109 for members, $129 for nonmembers.

Note: If you have special dietary considerations (vegetarian, for example), you must notify Lifelong Learning when you register for a trip.