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“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”
“If you’ve got a hobby we’ve got a tour”
Dayaway Travel Club
This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club
Meeting is April 5 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse
Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature Travelogue Slide Shows
about past and future destinations. The Travel Desk is open Mondays from 11am to noon
Freedom 7 Cocoa Beach Country Club. Ocala Dayaway members can pick up at Cracker Barrel
Route 200 and I-75 for trips in that direction. Travel Club benefit: Free door to door transportation
with individual non-group vacations or cruises of 7 days or longer booked through the club!
(Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by
CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!
Transportation is by Van or Motorcoach according to group size!
Groups of 10 to 12 can order their own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure.
Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!
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Saturday March 10 The 8th Annual St Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
“The Finest Celtic MUSIC Festival in the United States”
with 7 of the top 100 Celtic bands in the WORLD !
Plus The St. Augustine Highland Games,
St. Patrick Parade,
Celtic artisans, Celtic food, and much more!
…all in America’s Oldest CELTIC City!
The sounds of the ancient Celtic peoples of Scotland and Ireland are as alive today as ever in America’s Oldest CELTIC City at the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heriage Festival, March 10-12, 2017 at Francis Field on Castillo Drive. Find the CELT in YOU as you take in the sights, sounds and tastes of centuries of European history in the “Nation’s Oldest City” – founded in 1565 by SPANISH CELTS. Celtic Clans show their ancestral pride, Highland Games athletes demonstrate their mind-boggling strength, vendors offer up Celtic cuisine and hand-made crafts, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches through the streets of the Ancient City’s Historic District. But the hands-down favorite of the St. Augustine Celtic Festival is the music.
The Festival has been praised as “Arguably the finest collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the United States!” Bands from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and around the U.S. play both traditional tunes and Celtic rock throughout the two-day festival. We’re talking Scots-born Albannach and Ireland’s Dublin City Ramblers just to name a few, attracting fans from throughout Florida and Georgia, all over the US, and from Canada to Scotland.
Members $65 Guests $70 includes Festival Entrance, Guided Sightseeing Tour and Transportation
Viscaya, an American Palace March 14
Vizcaya, the winter home of Inernational Harvester vice president James Deering, offers a unique glimpse of a vanished lifestyle in America. Today one of South Florida’s leading attractions, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens provides a window to both the hisrory of Miami, graced by the villa since its completion in 1916; and to the Italian Renaissance, represented in the Museum’s architecture. Its art and furnishings portray 400 years of European history.
Viscaya was originally an estate of 180 acres, designed to resemble a typical Iatalian villa, self sufficient, with a dairy, poultry house, mule stable, greenhouse, and staff residences. The house and gardens are the creation of three architects: F. Burall Hoffman designed the buildings; Diego Suarez planned the gardens; and Paul Chaflin was the general artistic supervisor for every pahse of the project. Together they created an estate that looked as if it had been lived in by succeeding generations of the same family with each generation adding their own period furnishings of the time. All of the decorative elements including furniture, lighting fixtures, doors and fireplaces were purchased by Deering on shopping expeditions throughout Europe. The house took two years to build. The formal gardens were not conpleted until 1921 due to the outbreak of World War I. During construction, 1000 workers were employed, representing nearly 10% of Miami’s population. After Deering’s death in 1925, a mimnimal staff maintained the house. The hurricane of 1926, which devastated much of Miami, severely damaged the estate. In 1952, Miami-Dade County purchased Vizcaya and opened it as a museum. Extensive restoration has brought the house and the remaining 50 acres back to the way they appeared in Deering’s day. Nearly 200,000 people visit Vizcaya each year including some of the world’s leading dignitaries such as President Reagan, Pop John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth of England and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain. In 1994, the historic Summit of the Americas was held at Vizcaya with President Clinton and the 34 leaders of the Western Hemisphere. Vizcaya, possesing national significane to the history of thr United States, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Viscaya, plus Driving Tour of Miami and Miami Beach with Cafe’ con Leche stop in Little Havana Members $79 guests $85
Includes: Tour of Vizcaya, Sightseeing tour of Miami and Transportation
Leave 8 am Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 8:30am Palm Bay Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station I-95 and Palm Bay Road return around 9 pm
The Chihuly Collection in St. Pete
Leave F.I.T. building at 1050 West Nasa Blvd. in Melbourne near the airport at 8am
Friday, March 16 on a large Motorcoach with restroom on board Apx. 11am-Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center Docent-Led Tour (45minutes to 1 hour)
CHIHULY COLLECTION: The Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso. The tour is an intimate viewing of Chihuly’s large-scale installations usually seen from afar.
Lunch on own at the Banyan Restaurant on site
2 pm-GLASS STUDIO & HOT SHOP: A visit to the Glass Studio & Hot Shop is a can’t miss opportunity to get behind the scenes and observe working artists create their magnificent glass pieces. Guests are seated comfortably while the artists provide running commentary on their actions and techniques, the science behind the glass, and the artistic vision guiding the process. The artists, working in front of the furnace, the glory hole, and the annealing kiln take molten glass and with techniques dating back thousands of years, create the glass art available today.
MOREAN ARTS CENTER: The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St.Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community oriented approach to art and art education. Exhibitions are everchanging, however, we can supply you with detailed advance information on the scheduled show for your visit.
Morean Arts Center for Clay Largest working pottery in the SE
MOREAN CENTER FOR CLAY: The Morean Center for Clay is housed in the historic Train Station creating the largest working pottery in the southeast. Also, on site at the Train Station are a variety of kilns, including the legendary Anagama kiln built by Master Potter Don Reitz. A trip to the Center for Clay gives you a behind the scenes tour of active artists studios, working kilns, and beautiful finished works, also for sale. Kiln openings and live demonstrations are available.
A bonus stop on the way home to the Parksdale Farms for Strawberry Shakes or Strawberry Shortcake in Plant City that the food network calls the best in the Country. Leave FIT 8am Return around 7:30pm
$75 includes transportation aboard large Motorcoach with Lavatory, tour guide, and museum entrances
Call Mary Sharpe at office 321-674-8865 or cell 452-7466 Make checks payable to Florida Greeters
March 17 Winter Park Art Festival Sold Out
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all-volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 51st year. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park. ART CATEGORIES-There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood. We offer a choice to allow guests to stay the entire time at the Festival or take a sightseeing tour with the last two hours at the Festival. Across the way is the estate of former Rollins president Hugh McKean who with his wife is responsible for the in town Morse Gallery museum which boasts housing the World’s largest collection of Tiffany glass. The tour of Rollins College includes a look at the Knowles Memorial Chapel and the Cornell art center. We also have a picture stop with a realistic bronze statue of Ben Franklin sitting on a bench near the Walk of Fame which features a collection of stones from the birthplaces of the famous many of whom have visited the campus. The beautiful Azalea Park is located next to the area that the Rowing team uses for practice on Lake Maitland. There are many lovely homes on this waterway including one owned by the author of “With God as my copilot” and another by the famous Mr. Rogers of the acclaimed children’s show, Mr. Rogers neighborhood. One of the homes was about to be destroyed when a preservation group formed and moved the house known as Casa Feliz (Happy House) to another area near the public golf course and is now used for special events and fundraisers. Price: $60 members $65 guests Leave: Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:15am Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:30 and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9am with a return at about 6pm. Rate includes tour, museum, art festival, transportation, escort, etc...____________________________________________________
March 31-Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation & Deep Everglades Eco-Tour
The dream was to have a permanent structure in order to educate their youth about the history of the Seminole Indians. Now, finally that dream is fulfilled in the form of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki (Ato learn@) museum and they are sharing it with you and me. Now the coins, weaponry and artifacts that we found with Seismographic scanners from the Seminole American wars have found a permanent home in the nation’s largest display of the life and culture of the Florida Seminoles.
Lunch is surprisingly tasty at the Swamp Water Cafe, which features a variety of American dishes or sample some Seminole delicacies including the Famous Seminole Fry bread.
Riding on the large Swamp Buggy you will see native and exotic wildlife.
You’ll discover a fascinating world that has evolved for thousands of years.
Take an airboat tour of the fascinating rivers of grass where our guide will show you wildlife and fauna.
Includes transportation, guide, air boat ride, swam buggy tour, Native American Village, reptile or critter show, Large Audio Cracker Cattle Drive Mural and Lake Ochochobee on route and learning museum with movie if time permits. Leave 7am from Walmart Viera and return between 10 & 11 pm. This is one of the longest day trips we do with about a 4 hour ride in each direction but still will include the rare opportunity to spend 5 hours in the Native American Reservation in the deep Everglades. ________________________________________________________________
April 8-13 The Carolina Gardens and Houses of Charleston
Saturday, April 21 – Morikami Japanese Gardens Hatsume Festival in Delray
This is the largest Japanese and Museum outside of Japan. George Fujiki Morikami lived in Melbourne for a year during elementary school before the pineapple growing family went through a freeze and decided to move the operation to Delray where he remained for the rest of his life. He suffered prejudice during World War II but still donated the land to the park system for what is now the beautiful facility you see today. The Cornell Café Restaurant is rated as one of the best museum restaurants in the Country. The view overlooks the Waterfalls and foliage of the grounds and if you close your eyes you would think you were in Japan. The older original section includes a memorial for the Challenger which had a Japanese Astronaut on board. A bonsai section includes plants that have been trained and manicured for forty years or more. In its 36th year, Hatsume Fair features three stages of continuous entertainment including taiko drumming, martial art demonstrations, fashion, tea ceremony and Japanese Folk Tales and more!
Also included are avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, anime dealers, Asian and American food vendors and Garden! Members $60 includes admissions, tour and transportation Guests $65
Leave CB Cocoa Beach Country Club 7:45am Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:15am and Suntree Red Ginger 8:30am with a return around 7pm
Sunday, April 22- The Yalaha Bakery, Withlacoochee River and Stumpknocker’s
Our first stop this morning will be the Yalaha German Bakery on route. The Bakery famous for its’ fresh breads also has a wide assortment of German Pastries. Here you can also visit a small Amish Market next door. The nearby Mission Inn is beautiful and takes its’ inspiration from a Spanish Style Mission with fountains and lush scenery.
The boat is a 24 foot covered pontoon boat. In our beautiful Florida weather the boat is open most of the year with just the top covered and in some of our cooler or wetter days that do tend to pop up occasionally the boat can be enclosed. So if you like boating you will like the tours in the beautiful scenic area of the Withlacoochee River all year. On a lazy, lazy day, can you think of anything better to do than cruise down a cool river? Captain Mike's Lazy River Cruises offers guided boat tours down the Withlacoochee River, Rainbow Springs River& Lake Rousseau. What better way is there to view great wildlife and great scenery than from a relaxing seat on a boat ride? The tours are from a covered pontoon boat with very plush seating. They leave from Stumpknocker's, a favorite local restaurant, so passengers can have dinner at 2pm before their cruise at 3:30pm. The rivers in Florida offer some of the best bird watching in the U.S. The River is much as it was when the Indians canoed it a hundred years ago. There are many varieties of birds such as herons, egrets, hawks, and eagles, along with many other types of animals especially our ALLIGATORS. Captain Mike has been voted the best tour guide by the local community year after year. He has certificates in Eco-tourism and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the rivers, their wildlife and the native flora and fauna and their history. Leave Suntree 8:15am SB 8:30am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9am Return Late Afternoon around 6:30 to 7pm. Members $65 Guests $70 Rate Includes Tour, Boat Ride and Transportation!
Cedar Key and National Wildlife Refuge Boatride: April 28th
Explore the natural beauty and rich history of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.
Knowledgeable captains will discuss in detail settlement history, civil war history and ecology of the refuge, providing a complete overview of unique community. Highlights include visiting where the town was initially settled on Atsena Otie Key and a viewing of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key. Numerous species of birds and marine life can be seen along the way and dolphin encounters are very common. Each trip is uniquely different and have helped build our long list of repeat customers over the years. Our goal is to balance education with an enjoyable experience, thereby creating or reinforcing an appreciation of nature.
Members $80 Guests $85includes tour, transportation and boat ride!
The 4th Annual Mount Dora Blueberry Festival comes to the shores of Lake Dora at Elizabeth Evans Park in Mount Dora, FL April 29th
Long known as The Festival City for its many and varied festivals, Mount Dora will host what is destined to become a large, economically important festival celebrating the growing agricultural importance of blueberries to the Central Florida economy. Since the demise of citrus throughout much of Florida, blueberry fields full of berry varieties developed specifically for the Florida climate have supplied the growing demand for fresh home-grown fruit on consumers’ tables. With a current crop totaling about 17 million pounds, we have a long way to go to equal the 100 million pounds produced in neighboring Georgia. We will catch up and, in time, exceed Georgia. Help in the effort to make blueberries a major agricultural crop in Florida. Visit the Mount Dora Blueberry Festival.
Short Stop at Flea Market including fresh vegetables at farmers market and smell of the powdered donuts even if you don’t eat them. A short driving tour of Mount Dora and then enjoy the facilities, shops and festival booths of the Blueberry Festival.
Members $49 Guests $55 includes transportation, guide and tours!Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:45am SB 9am and CB 9:30am with a 6:30pm return.
· May 13 EPCOT FLOWER FESTIVAL WITH DON FELDER formerly of the Eagles in Concert
EPCOT’s permanent World’s Fair known as the World Showcase
Future World Technology sights such as the Land and the Living Seas, Soarin’ and Space
· Outdoor kitchens offering delectable bites and libations
· Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
· Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
· Inspirational exhibits, a “How-To” Garden, and engaging Tours
· An outdoor concert series featuring fan-favorite bands
· May 13 2018
Known for the song “Hotel California”
Leave Suntree 8:30am and Satellite Beach 8:45am
Members $40 Guests $45 includes Transportation, Tolls and Parking
Tickets are currently apx. $100 per day for the theme park entrances or $56 per day with a 3 day Florida Residency pass with no Holiday Blackouts this year and good for six months which includes the Flower Festival at Epcot and this summer the new Toy Story area at Disney Studios.
May 27- The Cemetery Club Comedy Show at the New Smyrna Beach Theater
Includes a Driving Sightseeing Tour of New Smyrna Beach with a picture stop at an abandoned Sugar Mill and Lunch on own at the Breakers Restaurant directly on New Smyrna Beach! A dramatic comedy written by Ivan Menchell Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Can love be found again even if it intrudes upon friendships?
Members $65 Guests $70 includes sightseeing tour, tour guide, transportation, and theater tickets. Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:30am Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:45am
April 8-13 The Carolina Gardens and Plantation Houses of Charleston
An Escorted Six Day Five Night Journey of Colorful Gardens in Peak Bloom plus the Charleston Tour of Homes
April 8-13 The Carolina Gardens and Plantation Houses of Charleston
An Escorted Six Day Five Night Journey of Colorful Gardens in Peak Bloom plus the Charleston Tour of Homes
April 8- Travel Day to Charleston, South Carolina
April 9-A Visit to Magnolia Gardens
April 10- In the late 18th century, the lower western peninsula was a vast marshland that overlooked the Ashley River. As Charleston grew and became a bustling city, so did the neighborhoods. City planners and mapmakers began to draw plans for houses on the lower western peninsula. Savages’ Green, developed in 1792, was the first street built in the western part of downtown Charleston. Along with Savage was New Street originally called Middleton Street, named after the infamous Middleton family who owned the property.
The Fire of 1861 made a perfect diagonal from the border of Hasell Street, Ashley River at the bottom of Tradd Street, to the southwest of Savage, New and Logan Street. Most of the Broad street neighborhood, west of Legare Street, was destroyed. From 1870 to 1890, German merchants helped rebuild the lower western peninsula. Now the area is adorned with stunning Queen Anne style homes that reflect classic Victorian styles such as, Italianate, Gothic Revival, and Second Empire.
April 11- Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens
April 12- Middleton Place Gardens
April 13- Travel Day Home via Savannah
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$875 per person Double Occupancy $1150 Single Occupancy
Includes Transportation, Accommodations, Admissions, Tour of Homes, 2 Boat Rides, Tour Escort, 5 Breakfasts
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