318 5th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
"Historic Period Dinner" - Living History Farms
Weds, Nov 14th 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Period Dinner programs are so much more than a meal. You'll be transported back in time to experience an intimate dinner gathered around the wood stove and learn about life in the past from your cook and dinner hosts.
There will be two dinners served, one in the 1900 Farmhouse and the other in the 1875 Tangen House.
If you dine in the 1875 home, you will stroll along a lamp-lit boardwalk up to the house and sip spiced punch next to the parlor while a host shares stories of Victorian life. You'll savor a multiple course meal in the refined dining room as historical interpreters serve dinner family style. After dinner, gather with fellow guests for lighthearted parlor games, such as a Victorian guessing game or "Hunt the Thimble."
If you dine in the 1900 farmhouse, a horse-drawn wagon carries you to the home, where the smell of freshly baked rolls and hot cider welcomes you. Enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal by the warmth of the stove served family style by historical interpreters. Make room for dessert with a lantern-lit trip outside to the historic barn, built in 1889 or stay inside and read the 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog and play a game of checkers. After dessert, bundle up for the wagon ride back to your car.
Specific details on parking and group distribution will be provided closer to the event date.
(Itinerary may be subject to change.)
Cancellation Policy - Payment is 100% refundable if canceled 30 days prior to tour. Payment may be credited toward a future trip. Registrations are also transferable. In the case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to reschedule.
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WORKSHOP: Healthcare Power of Attorney
You'll learn what a Healthcare Power of Attorney is, how to use it and why you need it. You will leave the workshop with your own Healthcare Power of Attorney, overseen by Affiliate Member Cynthia Letsch of Letsch Law Firm.
Registration is $5 for members and $10 for non member. Space is limited to 10 attendees per session.
Right-sizing, Documenting & Preserving Family Heirlooms
Wed, December 4, 2019 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites, 8811 Plum Dr. Urbandale
Come meet our newest Affiliate Members: Teri Ernst and Courtney Work from Preserved, LLC. Whether you're thinking of downsizing or just need to get organized... you will surely be interested in what these ladies have to say!
Members are FREE! Guests: $15
The Grotto & Clear Lake Tour
Thursday, April 23rd
7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The tour starts with a morning visit to the Shrine of the Grotto of Redemption in West Bend, considered the "Eighth Wonder of the World." It's been described as "Miracle in Stone" and was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 2001.
After lunch at The Wagon Wheel, we tour the POW Museum in Algona, which was the site of Prisoner of War camp during World War II. Next, it's off to Clear Lake where we can browse and shop lakeside or take an optional tour of the famous Surf Ballroom.
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Classic Oldies Cruise on Celebration Belle
Thursday, May 14th
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cruise down the Mississippi River on this graceful 750 passenger paddlewheel boat. The morning starts off with homemade sticky rolls and fruit, followed by a delicious hot buffet luncheon, dessert and coffee.
You can sing and dance along as a live band performs the magical songs that made the 50's and 60's the era to remember! Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course... a little Elvis Presley!
Sleepover at Hotel Pattee
Thursday, June 11th - Friday, June 12th
Thurs 9:00 a.m. to Fri 11 a.m.
Spend the night in this unique, historic hotel that features 40 themed rooms and suites. On the way there, we'll tour the Forest Park Museum and Arboretum.
We tour the hotel and explore Perry Farmer's Market before attending our evening banquet. Take in some bowling or relax in the spa before retiring to your first-class room accommodations.
Adventures in Omaha Tour
Tuesday, June 23rd
7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A 50-minute narrated tram tour of the beautiful 100-acre Lauritzen Gardens kicks off our day in Omaha. We travel to the Old Market next for lunch at Spaghetti Works and shopping. We wrap up the afternoon with a tour of Crystal Forge Glass Studio at the Hot Shops Art Center where we can watch the creation of fused glass, torch glass, and blown glass and visit the in-studio gallery to see many of the artists' completed works.
Iowa Cubs vs. Memphis Redbirds
Tuesday, July 7th
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There's nothing like fun at the Old Ballpark! Ride in an open air trolley to Principal Park for an "All You Can Eat Picnic" before the game. Fill up on hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad and soft drinks.
The Iowa Cubs will face the Memphis Redbirds, the AAA Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Cheer on your team with some complimentary SWAG - your choice of an Iowa Cubs ball cap or tee shirt!
Thursday, July 23rd
Our first stop will be a guided tour of the Hoover presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. We'll dine at the Brick Arch Winery and shop Historic West Branch Main Street.
That afternoon we head to Iowa City where we tour Plum Grove, the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
Back to School Metro Tour
Thursday, August 27th
7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Get set for a day of "Field Trips" across the Metro! Our first stop will be the Iowa State Capitol where we tour this iconic state treasure, the only 5-domed capitol in the country.
Next, it's off to the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates to tour this world-class museum that recognizes great achievements in agriculture and fighting hunger.
NO SACK LUNCHES on this field trip! A delicious meal will be prepared by Tangerine at the Des Moines Art Center. We finish off the day with some Back-to-School shopping in Valley Junction. Bonus: It's Thursday in the Junction and the Farmer's Market will be in full swing!
Savannah Sipping Society at Circa 21
Wednesday, September 9
A fantastic day awaits you at Circa 21 in Rock Island, IL. You'll enjoy a freshly prepared meal, a performing waitstaff, and professional entertainment in this beautiful 1920s theater.
Savannah Sipping Society is a delightful comedy that features four unique Southern women drawn together by fate - and an impromptu happy hour - who discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment!
Fall in Gorgeous Galena
Thursday, Oct 8th - Friday, Oct 9th
Thurs 6:45 a.m. to Fri 7:30 p.m.
Imagine Indian Summer in a Grant wood-like setting along the Mississippi. That's Galena. We'll have a guided bus tour of this charming town after lunch at DeSoto House Hotel where we will stay in quaint, Victorian style rooms.
Enjoy an afternoon of shopping on historic Main Street before our evening meal at the Log Cabin Steakhouse.
The next morning, we have breakfast at the hotel and tour President Grant's Home before departure.
Villages of Van Buren Fall Foliage Tour
Tuesday, October 20
A step-on guide will lead us back in time a we visit the Civil War-era Pearson House Museum. Lunch will be served in a beautiful Amish home. Home-raised and home cooked, this delightful experience will fill you up in more ways than one.
Next, we drive through Lacey-Keosauqua State Park on our way to the Bentonsport National District to tour the Indian Artifact Museum and browse the shops along the river. And to top off the day, we stop to shop at the famous Dutchman's Store, a Mennonite-owned, old fashion general store filled with bulk food items and dry goods. Also known as a "Quilters Paradise," it has 1000's of bolts of quilting material and supplies.
Amanas Holiday Shopping & Show
Thursday, November 19
Travel with us to the Amanas for some holiday shopping and a delicious lunch at the famous Ronneburg Restaurant.
Originally founded in the 1850s by German settlers, the Amana Colonies flourished for decades as a totally self-sufficient communal society. With many of the old world charms still around today, like beer halls, German-style cuisine and a wide selection of Amana-made products available at every shop, the colonies celebrate the holidays in their distinct fashion.
After lunch, it's off to the Old Creamery Theater for the premier performance of the holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street".
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