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Tuesday-Friday, October 3-6th      Washington DC, Gettysburg and Baltimore     

  The crisp days of Fall are the perfect time to visit Our Nation's Capital.  Come join us on a patriotic autumn adventure that starts by visiting historic Gettysburg, PA., at their new Visitor Center.  We'll have dinner at the Civil War era, Farnsworth House, where you'll be able to see the outside brick that holds over 50 actual bullet holes from the Civil War!  We'll arrive at our hotel in WASHINGTON DC at night.  We’ll enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast before our local guide will share the history of the area along with seeing many of the major sites.  In late afternoon, we'll visit George Washington's estate, Mt. Vernon with a self-guided, walking tour and enjoy dinner in a Colonial inspired setting at the Mt. Vernon Inn. After breakfast On Thursday, we'll start with an Interpretive Tour of Arlington National Cemetery by TRAM, with time to take in the moving and solemn "Changing of the Guard Ceremony!"  In the afternoon, we'll have free time to explore on our own before a marvelous family-style Italian dinner at CARMINE'S! On Friday morning after Breakfast, we’ll travel to Baltimore to take in a Changing of the Flag Ceremony at Ft. McHenry, where the original "Star Spangled Banner" was written.  We'll also have a "Flag Talk" by one of the National Park Rangers.  We'll have free time in Baltimore's Inner Harbor for lunch on own, before we begin our trip home.Here is your chance to join us on a special patriotic Autumn getaway with your friends from the Mentor Senior Center.

*Note: Trip insurance is available and recommended to protect your travel investment 

Friday, August 11           SUMMER MYSTERY Trip (#9)                      

Let’s Take a Boat to Bermuda. Let’s Take a Train to St. Paul. Let’s Take a Kayak, to Quincy or Nyack, Let’s Get away from it all.  This brand new Mystery trip is steeped in Ohio History! Mystery trips are exciting because the world is a big, wonderful adventure and this trip will take you somewhere you may have never been.  Come join us on a fun day with similar travelers who are flexible, very curious and enjoy the call to wander.  You can rest assured that every one of our Mystery Trips is to an area we have not visited on one of our published trips.  However, Mystery Trips are NOT for everyone.  You need a great sense of adventure, a good sense of humor and VERY comfortable walking shoes.  We’ll depart at 7:30 am. and return about 6:00 pm.  Cancellation/refund deadline is July 11, 2017

NOTE: Of ALL our JKL Tours, this one sells out the FASTEST! We WILL add a second date if this trip Sells Out!

Wed-Fri, Aug 30 –Sep 01     Canadian Theatre Festival- Shaw and Stratford    

    Join us on our annual adventure seeing the theatre jewels of Ontario, The Shaw Festival and The Stratford Festival.  Enjoy two delightful areas with Broadway-quality shows at a great time of the year to travel as we enjoy the charm and grace of the respective settings in Ontario. We’ll travel to Niagara Falls to check into our hotel (for two nights) with an elegant dinner at the revolving restaurant atop the SKYLON Tower with a wonderful view as it overlooks the Falls! At The Shaw Festival, we’ll take in “Me and My Girl,” an English musical comedy about a missing heir from the wrong side of the Cockney tracks providing come-uppance to his snooty, royal ancestors. At Stratford Festival we’ll see the classic Broadway musical, “GUYS and DOLLS!”   Sit back and watch “Nathan Detroit,” and “Sky Masterson,” out-hustle the hustlers as they try to convince “Sergeant Sarah Brown” of the Save-A-Soul Mission that they are legit.  This high energy show is moved along with memorable show tunes~ “I’ve Got a Horse Right Here,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and many more. Combine spectacular Broadway quality shows - in the charming Canadian country side - at a wonderful time of the year to travel, and you'll see why this trip sells out!  Our escorted tour includes deluxe motorcoach, 2 nights hotel with breakfast both mornings, two dinners and main floor theatre tickets to both shows. 

*VALID Passports/Passcards are Required*

*Note: Trip insurance is available and recommended to protect your travel investment   

Friday, November 17th           “A Christmas Story” comes to Life!                                   

Just in time for the start of the Holidays, we’ll relive RALPHIE’S story with a tour of the Christmas Story House.  This is one of the Holiday TV Movie classics (filmed mostly here in Cleveland,) and you will have a chance to see the famous “Leg Lamp,” the inside of the house and the back yard where Ralphie almost “SHOT HIS EYE OUT!”   We’ll cross the street to view the MUSEUM, with many actual artifacts from the Movie and we’ll also have time to shop at their expanded Gift shop and see the amazing array of Christmas Story House Items. Next, we’ll travel to Medina for lunch at the Corkscrew Tavern including a stop at the AI ROOT Candle company in time for the pre-Christmas sale items.  We’ll complete our day touring the amazing  CASTLE NOEL!  This marvelous attraction has compiled everything Christmas, from movie memorabilia to magical Christmas display windows from New York City.  They even have the Santa Mountain from the Christmas Story, so you can sit on Santa’s lap (lie and tell him you’ve been Good) and then slide down, just like Ralphie did! Trip will depart at 9:00 am. and return about 6:00 pm. 

Cancellation/refund is Oct. 16, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th------- “Forever Plaid” the Musical - at the Hanna (1:30 matinee) 

On a stormy night in the 60s, four eager teenage singers known as The Plaids, met their untimely end on the way to their first gig. Now in 2017, this quartet get one last chance to return from the after-life to do the show they never got to perform! The Plaids deliver with playful patter and angelic voices a fun show that engages you to sing along to the nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s. The classic songs include: "Three Coins in the Fountain"; Moments to Remember"; "No, Not Much"; "Sixteen Tons"; "Chain Gang" "Heart and Soul"; "Lady of Spain"; "Scotland the Brave"; "Shangri-La"; "Rags to Riches"; and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". Come take a ride down Memory Lane as we enjoy the clean-cut genre of this musical comedy revue. Prior to the show, we’ll enjoy a great pre-show lunch at Windows on the River, on the West Bank of the Flats! 10:00 am. /return about 4:00 pm. 
Cancellation/refund deadline is April 11, 2017

Friday, July 14th                     JKL TOURS – MYSTERY  #1!                 

Here is a trip that is a Mystery - part scenic, part sightseeing and part history.  Make your plans to join us, and be sure to save the date, Space is limited to one bus, so don’t call too late. Based on the tremendous success of our Mystery Trip series, we are recreating our very First Mystery trip from the Summer of 2009.  It is a day full of surprises that combine unique areas, sites and attractions.  You will need a sense of adventure, a good sense of humor and comfortable walking shoes. We’ll depart at 8:00 am. /Return about 6:30 pm.

Cancellation/refund deadline is June 14, 2017                        

Friday, September 29th         The Bridges and Wineries of Ashtabula County                            

Calling all Leaf-Peepers, History Buffs and travelers who enjoy the pleasure of Mother Nature’s autumn artistry.  Come join your friends from The MENTOR SENIOR CENTER, for a day of fun during the start of fall colors. We’ll start in Ashtabula County, one of Ohio’s most scenic, as they roll out the welcome mat for us to view their charming and historic Covered Bridges.  Our local guide will take us to bridges to learn the history, significance and secrets they hold (some bridges are over 100 years old!)  After our Ohio history lesson, the learning will continue in Ohio Wine Country where we’ll start with lunch and enjoy tastings of the wines of Ohio.  After lunch, we’ll visit Hundley Family Vineyards and South River Church Vineyards to sample their amazing wines. We’ll visit Patterson’s old-fashioned apple farm, with fresh apple cider and donuts (included.)

Trip will depart at 8:15 am. and return about 6:15 pm./Cancellation and refund is August 29, 2017   

Sunday, November  26th                                 A Very Merry POPS!                                           

Join us to enjoy a wonderful holiday afternoon of classic Christmas music with The CLEVELAND POPS ORCHESTRA.  Patterned after the famous Boston POPS, our Cleveland POPS will perform their annual Christmas concert to help kick-off your Holiday Season with a POP!  Before this annual show spectacular that features world-class musicians on the Main Stage of the PALACE THEATER, we’ll have time to enjoy the elegant and opulent lobby of the PALACE, restored to its 1920’s grandeur.  In addition to the instrumentalists, the POPS Vocal chorus will raise their voices in song along with our Yuletide spirits.  Plus, there is always a rousing version of audience participation, so come prepared to sing-along. We have reserved main floor seats at the Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square (we actually hold seats in June, to ensure our guests are on the main floor!) Plus, our trip by deluxe motorcoach includes a wonderful, post-show, plated dinner at the Windows on the River, offering spectacular riverfront views of the Cleveland skyline.  On our way home, we’ll view twinkling lights of Cleveland.   (This trip usually sells quickly, so make your reservation soon.) Join us as we get in the spirit for the Holiday season with the fabulous CLEVELAND POPS!  Trip will depart at 12:45 pm. and return about 7:30 pm.

Cancellation/refund is Oct. 26, 2017 

Wednesday to Friday,  June 7th-9th        SOARING EAGLE RESORT                                            

 Enjoy one of the most luxurious resorts in the Midwest, with different eating and dining areas, spa amenities, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, a fitness center AND extensive gaming action. On day one, we’ll arrive mid-afternoon, so you can begin to enjoy the resort.  We’ll have time on day two to explore the property OR visit the charming waterfront community of Bay City, Michigan.  Our local guide will share the secrets of the City by the Bay, with time to visit their enticing little shops! On our last day, we’ll stop into Michigan’s Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth! Soaring Eagle offers a $60 premium play bonus and $40. in dining gift card per person. We’ll depart at 7:30 am./return about 8:00 pm. 

Cancellation/refund deadline is April 07, 2017       

*Note: Trip insurance is available and recommended to protect your travel investment         

Wednesday, June 14th----- I LOVE LUCY and the Chautauqua Institute 

Come celebrate Summer starting at the charming Chautauqua Institute, world-famous for its dedication to
music, the arts and spiritual renewal for all faiths. We’ll have a guided tour of this unique Victorian village,
followed by time to enjoy the little shops of Bestor Plaza, the town center of Chautauqua.
Next, we'll depart for Jamestown, NY, the hometown of one of America's best loved actresses, Lucille
Ball! We'll start with lunch in a re-creation of The Ricky Ricardo Manhattan TROPICANA CLUB! During
lunch, we'll watch TV monitors as they replay one of the most famous Lucy and Desi episodes! After
Lunch, we'll have a guided tour at the Lucy Desi Museum, seeing the tremendous collection of artifacts,
memorabilia, costumes, gowns, photos and much more. We will also see the re-created, Desilu Studios,
showing the TV studio sets of the "I LOVE LUCY" Apartment living room and kitchen. We'll have time in
the expanded gift shop before we take the "Lucy Town Tour," as we travel around Jamestown. Join us on
this nostalgia tour of the "I LOVE LUCY," experience. Cancellation/refund deadline is May 16. We’ll depart
at 7:00 am. and return about 7:00 pm.

Thursday, June 15th -----------“Guys and Dolls” at Rabbit Run & Steele Mansion!

Enjoy a special night of superb Summer stock theatre at the Rabbit Run Barn Theatre with new start time
of 7:30 pm.! We will start with a very special, pre-show dinner at the historic STEELE MANSION, one of
Lake County's most luxurious (and little known) Millionaire’s Mansion! Following dinner, we are off to enjoy
the classic Broadway musical, “GUYS and DOLLS!” as “Nathan Detroit,” and “Sky Masterson,” out-hustle
the hustlers as they try to convince “Sergeant Sarah Brown” of the Save-A-Soul Mission that they are legit.
This high energy show is awash in memorable show tunes~ “I’ve Got a Horse Right Here,” “Luck Be a
Lady,” “Sit Down, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and many more. We’ll depart at 4:00 pm./Return
about 10:30 pm. Cancellation/refund deadline is May 11, 2017
NOTE: This itinerary is more relaxed and has the ability to accommodate those that are slower
walkers. We will have a wheel-chair accessible bus!