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  • A Road Trip Around Minnesota: Lakes & Waterfalls

    Raise your hand if you are ready to be able to get in the car and do a day or weekend road trip around the state! Join professional photographer, Jay Grammond as he takes you on a virtual road trip around the state to learn about some of Minnesota’s waterways which were so vitally important to travel and trade in bygone days. In today’s world, these same waterways are vital to the state’s and local community economies; and to the citizens as a form of recreation and relaxation. Come away with seeds of your own road trip ideas planted and ready for spring and summer.
  • A Road Trip Around Minnesota: Veteran Memorials

    Minnesota is home to a fantastic variety of Veteran Memorials. Everything from street names; to granite monuments, to statues, and other ways to honor our veterans. Join our instructor as he guides us around the state to see some of these memorials that he has discovered through his travels. Why not make a road trip plan to go see some of these?
  • Armchair Travels: The Mighty Five

    Did you know that Utah is home to five national parks? Not only that but they also have amazing state parks, national monuments and recreation areas! Join our instructor as he highlights his images from a recent summer road trip. Learn about the Mighty Five plus some other bonus information. This is a great time to plan your road trip for next summer.
  • Barn Storming: A Tour of Minnesota Barns & Barn Quilts

    Minnesota is filled with countless numbers of barns, most from a bygone era. However, there are still many in operation. Professional photographer and amateur historian, Jay Grammond, has traveled the state capturing images of barns of all shapes, sizes and conditions. There is just something about a barn! In some areas of the state barns are adorned with something called a barn quilt. Barn quilts are pieces of art on the side of a barn, shed or house that usually tell some sort of story. These places are all visible from the roadways, so once you know about them, you can go check them out!
  • Fall in Harmony: Amish Farms and Wares

    Explore the southern Minnesota Amish community of Harmony. The three-hour plus guided tour of Harmony includes historical information and farm visits with a local professional guide. Purchase Amish breads, pies, candy, canned goods, soaps, woven rugs and stunning quilts in small shops at the farms. Admire beautifully handcrafted furniture and meet the skilled craftsmen. Another store offers quality baskets for every use in your home. Tour a historic 1856 log cabin country church in Fillmore County. A bountiful noon meal is served at the Harmony House. The drive to Lanesboro features beautiful scenery in the picturesque valley of the Root River. View the river, stores and have dinner on your own. Fee includes coach bus, lunch (inclusive), guided tour of Harmony, various Amish farms, and stores and escort. Optional purchases and evening meal are at your own expense. Sorry, no discounts apply. Depart/Return: Scott Highlands Middle School, 14011 Pilot Knob Rd, Apple Valley
  • Holiday Homes of Hudson, WI

    Back due to popular demand! Tour five homes decorated for the holidays, in and around Hudson. Homes range from turn of the century to newer residences. The 1854 historic Octagon House is showcased each year allowing guests to view an old-fashioned holiday celebration. Meet friendly volunteers or homeowners, enjoy viewing vintage, traditional and modern decor. Dining room tables are set with china, crystal and stunning centerpieces. Bedrooms to bathrooms, each decorated for the holidays and open for you to view. Gain new decorating ideas as you meander from room to room. Lunch will be on your own. Fee includes five holiday decorated homes, coach bus, and escort. Optional purchases on your own. Plan to bring slippers or socks; you will be removing your footwear at each home. Sorry, no discounts apply. Depart/Return: Scott Highlands Middle School
  • Shop Hop: Yarn and Fiber Stores!

    Yarn, fiber and craft enthusiasts, come join us! Today is your day! This annual tour includes five yarn and fiber stores in the Twin Cities area. Stores are varied and offer unique yarns. Helpful owners and employees will warmly greet you, assist as needed, highlight new yarns, and offer store specials or refreshments. Each has a unique ambiance and a special niche in the world of yarn. Even if you are not a yarn enthusiast, join us for a unique look at interesting towns and businesses. Spend time exploring! Guide is popular Community Education knitting instructor, Kathy Be. Fee includes specialty stores, coach bus, store surprises, bus treats and guide. Sorry, no discounts apply. Depart/Return: Falcon Ridge Middle School 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124