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Dinner with the Presidents

Saturday, November 3

Price is $99.00 for members, $119 for nonmembers.

Meet past Presidents of the United States of America and First Ladies! Historical re-enactors in period dress will portray the famous couples for the evening. From the moment they arrive in period transportation, their characters will captivate you! Dinner will feature recipes from different White House administrations and at least one president or First Lady will be at your table. Bring a camera to capture all the details! Some of the presidents in attendance will be Presidents Benjamin Harrison, George Washington, James Monroe, James Madison, Andrew Johnson, Harry Truman, Chester Arthur, and Lyndon Johnson. Suggested attire for men is a sport coat and tie and for women a dress or dressy pantsuit.  Or dress up in period clothing for extra fun!

The dinner is hosted by the Marion County Historical Society and before dinner we will enjoy a tour of their museum. Housed in Marion’s historic post office, Heritage Hall has exhibits of Marion’s rich history including a collection on the life and career of Warren G. Harding, 29th president of the United States.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 1:30 pm and returns approximately 10:45 pm.

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

Saturday March 9, 2019

Meet the star! After a concert by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, meet Alain Trudel up on stage. Trudel’s acclaim as a conductor lead to his new position as the new TSO Music Director. He is also a virtuoso trombonist and composer. He will be joined by legendary jazz pianist Gene DiNovi who has performed alongside all the jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, and Lester Young. An exceptional evening of hits from the Golden Era of Jazz!

We have reserved seats in the center of the main floor area of Stranahan Theater. Get your discounted tickets through Lifelong Learning! Concert begins at 8:00 pm, Saturday March 9, 2019. $56 for Lifelong Learning members, $66 for nonmembers. Limited transportation from the Lourdes University campus is available.

All My Sons

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

In 1941, a manufacturing company conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use, resulting in planes crashing and pilots dying. Arthur Miller turned this story into an award winning play, All My Sons, about just how far a man will go to protect his family and his interests. All My Sons shows a post-war American family in a spiral of lies, greed, love, and loss.

Before the show, indulge in a delicious lunch at the Common Grill restaurant. A modern American bistro showcasing creative food and small-town charm, the Common Grill has been presenting fresh, imaginative American dishes for 27 years.

In the morning, tour the Chelsea Milling Company factory, home of the ever popular Jiffy Mixes! The company started as a mill in the early 1800s and in 1930 it became the first to sell prepared baking mixes in the US. These mixes were the invention of Mabel White Holmes, grandmother of the current CEO and marketed as a way to make biscuits that was “so easy even a man could do it!” Walk through the packaging plant that produces over a million boxes a day!

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:30 am and returns approximately 6:00 pm. Price is $113 for members, $133 for nonmembers.

Music of ABBA

Saturday, May 11, 2019

ARRIVAL from Sweden is the closest you will ever get to see ABBA! Touring worldwide since 1995, ARRIVAL plays all the hits, so join us for the absolute best and most authentic ABBA show there is in Shipshewana. Watch for details about dinner and more!

Ford Day

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Join us for a guided tour of Dearborn, Michigan, and all the places important to Henry Ford as he launched a revolution in transportation. Marvel at technological advances during a tour of the Ford Rouge Plant as we watch modern manufacturing in action.

Additional details and pricing will be posted on this website as soon as they become available.

To the Moon and Back

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! Tour the Armstrong Air and Space Museum documenting human exploration of space. Next, enjoy a hot lunch buffet at the Moon City Event Center with live music. Explore Neil Armstrong’s hometown on a guided driving tour, including a visit to the church his family attended. Neil was a member of the Boy Scout troop sponsored by the church and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:15 am and returns approximately 5:45 pm. Price is $119 for members, $139 for nonmembers.