Defined by events like the Watergate Scandal, the Fall of Saigon and the Iran Hostage Crisis, the 1970’s was a decade of turbulence. Social movements for women’s rights and the environment were juxtaposed against disco music and sitcoms. The Lorenzo Cultural center exhibit explores the rich history of this fascinating decade. Before our tour of the exhibit, we will watch Turmoil and Transition in the 70’s. This original play, written by Michigan-based playwright Kristin Hanratty, explores the themes of a decade that changed America. From “the silent majority” and war protesters, to a game show exploring the changing women’s rights landscape, to dancing “The Hustle”, you won’t want to miss what promises to be a compelling piece of theater. Lunch at Bar Louie at Partridge Creek.
How far will a man go to protect his family and his interests? Joe Keller desperately wants to secure the business he spent so many years constructing, ready to hand it down to his son, Chris. Joe’s wife, Kate, is still waiting for their eldest son Larry to return from war, determined that he is alive and will marry the former girl-next-door, Ann –the daughter of Joe’s former business partner. To complicate this family drama, Chris and Ann are in love and want to get married. All My Sons shows a post-war American family in a spiral of lies, greed, love, and loss. We will start our day with a delicious lunch at the Common Grill, followed by a tour of the Jiffy Mix plant, then off to the Purple Rose theater for a 3pm performance.
There are more than 20 million living veterans throughout the United States, from our Greatest Generation to our recent heroes coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. And yet, there is no single monument or museum dedicated to the Veteran’s experience. There are institutions that focus on specific conflicts or branches of service, but there hasn’t been a place for us all to join to celebrate and honor the sacrifice of all our veterans, past and present…until now. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum, officially designated by the Federal Government, opened on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Lunch at the café inside the museum.
The Great Lakes are not only the most important natural resource in the world, they represent thousands of years of history. The National Museum of the Great Lakes tells the incredible story of our Great Lakes through over 300 genuine artifacts, several powerful audiovisual displays and 40 hands-on interactive exhibits including the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. The tales told here span hundreds of years, from the fur traders in the 1600’s to the sailors on the thousand-footers sailing today. Lunch at the Real Seafood Company in Toledo.
Comerica Park is a special place for Tigers fans and the city of Detroit. We will go on a behind the scenes tour, including the Visitor’s clubhouse and dugout, the Tiger’s dugout, the Ernie Harwell Media Center Press Box, and learn about the art and statues around the park. After our tour, we will board the QLine and see the sights of the city and stop at Hopcat Detroit for a delicious lunch. Please dress for for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
Grease is the word as the hit Broadway phenomenon that inspired one of the most successful movie musicals of all-time hits the stage. Get out your leather jackets, pull on your bobby socks, and get ready to hand jive as the slick T-Birds and sassy Pink Ladies enter their senior year at Rydell High in 1959. Featuring unforgettable mega-hit songs like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout,” “We Go Together,” and many more, Grease is an “electrifyin’” musical extravaganza that will make you want to stand up and shout, “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!” Lunch destination TBD.
Experience a dazzling 110-acre display of annuals and perennials punctuated by distinctive bridges, an award-winning children’s garden, towering pines, and delightful water features. Admission also includes access to Whiting Forest, home to the longest canopy walk in the United States. Designed to be accessible for all ages and abilities and open in every season. Canopy Walk has three arms, each end at a unique viewing platform, including views of a forest pond from 25 feet up, a large cargo net in a grove of spruce trees elevated at 25 feet, and an orchard view which includes a viewing platform with a glass floor and railings elevated at 40 feet. We will stop at a cider mill on the way home for lunch and to gather some fall goodies!
Since 1972, the Historic Houses of Worship tours have acquainted metro Detroit residents with the contributions that religious institutions have made in the development of our community. We will join the Detroit Historical Society for the tour that includes motor coach transportation, docent commentary, historical presentations at each tour stop, and lunch. Tentative tour sites include Masjid Wali Muhammad, New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, St. Matthews and St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, and Triumph Church.
In the tradition of the Grand and Imperial Court of Imperial Russia, the Royal Eagle offers a seven-course Russian Tea luncheon, featuring an exotic selection of luncheon foods, homemade soup, finger sandwiches and other hors d’oeuvres, a desert sampler and a variety of teas from around the world.