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TWO (2) new day trips ..... Thurs. Sept. 27, 2018   AND ....  Dec. 5, 2018

See below ----  

Sat., March 16, 2019 we will present our 2019 trips at the VFW, (NEW LOCATION) Main St./across from the court house in Olney; doors open 1:15, presentation 2:00. 

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, Fort Wayne, IN, Wednesday, April 11 – Thursday, April 12

$182 double occupancy, $240 single occupancy. Final payment March 1, 2018.

Includes transportation, parking & ticket fees, and lodging at the Comfort Inn, Ft. Wayne, IN.  Reservations as soon as possible or by Feb. 11, please; $75 deposit holds you a seat. 

Wednesday:  We will depart Flora at 7:30 AM, Olney pickup, 8:00 AM, & Lawrenceville pickup, 8:30 AM.  After arriving at the hotel, we will get settled in our rooms & then re-board the coach & go to Cracker Barrel for dinner (On your own).  

Thursday:  After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum where it has become an annual celebration for Vera Bradley fans to get some "very, very good buys".  The sale brings shoppers from all 50 states for fun and amazing deals on products.  These products are primarily retired and overstock items.  You will find 40%-60% off the retail prices of Vera Bradley handbags, purses, totes, luggage, stationary, and accessories – in a shopping experience filling over 100,000 square feet of space!!! "OUR" special/assigned shopping time is from 11:00 – 1:30 (IN time).  Each block of time is reserved especially for motorcoach passengers & there will be special registers for us to check out, making it easier.  When our shopping time has ended, we will re-board the coach & depart for our homes.  As soon as possible, after leaving Vera Bradley, we will have lunch, later a break, & maybe supper before we arrive back to our homes.  Our return time to Lawrenceville will be approximately 9:00 PM ……sign up as soon as possible as this trip will fill up quickly!

"Oklahoma", Wed. May 2, $104, Derby Playhouse, Clarksville, IN.  Includes transportation, lunch, show, & gratuity.  "Oklahoma" is a 1955 musical staring Gordon MacRae & Shirley Jones.  It is set in Oklahoma Territory & it tells the story of farm girl, Laurey, and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly, and the sinister and frightening farmhand, Judd Fry. A secondary romance concerns Laurey's friend, Ado Annie, and cowboy Will Parker, who also has an unwilling rival. A background theme is the territory's aspiration for Statehood, and the local conflict between cattlemen and farmers. Some of the wonderful songs are:  “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", “Oklahoma!”, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, “I Cain’t Say No”, & many more. 

"Phantom of the Opera", THURS. May 10, $133, Fox Theatre, St. Louis.  Includes transportation, show, &  gratuity.

The "Phantom of the Opera" is a musical based on a French novel;  its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean maze beneath the Paris Opera House.  Some of the GREAT songs in the production are, “Think of Me”, “Angel of Music”, “All I Ask of You”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, etc. 

French Lick/West Baden, IN, Thurs. & Fri., June  7-8, $254, double. $299, Single. $254, double occupancy, $299, single occupancy.  Final payment, May 7.  Includes lodging at the Best Western, French Lick, IN, 812-936-0520, hot breakfast at the hotel, 2 lunches including a box lunch, consisting of a Subway Club, (turkey, ham, roast beef), chips, cookie, and drinks, choice of water or Coke products, on the train, and Gasthof Buffet, Montgomery IN, and dinner on the Patoka Lake Cruise.  Our approximate pick up times will be Flora, 8:00, Olney, 8:40, Sumner, 9:00,  Lawrenceville, 9:15, (short break here).  (ALL these times are IL times)   We will then arrive at the  French Lick Scenic Railroad around 12:00 PM Indiana TIME.  We will board the train in time for the 1:00 train trip.  We will be given our lunches & our drinks.  After returning, we will check in at our hotel (has coffee & hair dryers in the rooms & an indoor heated pool) & relax a little while there, depending on the time.  We will depart about 4:15 (IN time) & go to the Patoka Marina in Birdseye, IN making a short stop at the Patoka Lake Winery before boarding the Patoka Pride for our 2- hour Sunset Buffet/Dinner Cruise.   We will relax on board the 60' Patoka Price; there is an indoor viewing area as well as open-air Upper Deck viewing area. 

There isn't a shuttle from the hotel to the casino nor from the casino to the hotel, but there are taxis available.  

Friday, we will have a hot breakfast before our local guide joins us for a tour of French Lick/West Baden.   After the tour, we will travel to Montgomery IN to Gasthof's Village where they have crafts, flea market, home made breads, pies, cinnamon rolls, etc.  At 11:30, we will have lunch & then return to our homes.  Approximate return time to Lawrenceville is 2:00 PM (IL time).  

"Meet Me In St. Louis", Wed. Sept. 5, $104,  Myers Theartre, Hillsboro, IN, a comedy/musical.   Includes transportation, lunch, show, &  gratuity. Based on the heartwarming MGM film, "Meet Me in St Louis" is a rare treasure in the musical theatre; a wholesome and delightful portrait of a turn-of-the-century American family. It is the summer of 1903 and the Smith family eagerly-anticipated the opening of the 1904 World's Fair. Over the course of a year, the families mutual respect, tempered with a good nature humor, helps them through romance, opportunity, and heartbreak. Musical numbers include, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "The boy next door", "The trolley song", and "Whenever I'm with you", etc. 

NEW, Love Never Dies, Thurs. Sept. 27, $133, Fox, St. Louis, includes transportation, show, &  gratuity.  The year is 1907, 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House & the Phantom has escaped to a new life in N. Y. where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides & freak-shows of Coney Island.  All that is missing is his love, Christine, now a world finest soprano & who is struggling in an failing marriage. She is invited by an anonymous promoter to perform at Phantasma, a new attraction on Coney Island. With her husband and son in tow, she journeys to Coney Island, unaware that it is actually "The Phantom" who has arranged her appearance. Christine soon discovers the true identity of her mysterious promoter and that, all is not what it seems. Some of the great songs you'll hear are: "Why Does She Love Me?", "Heaven by the Sea", "Love Never Dies", "Ah, Christine!", etc.

  "Murder at Cafe' Noir", Wed. Oct. 17, $104,  Myers Theartre, Hillsboro, IN. This is a comedy/mystery/music.  This 1940s detective story come to life it features Rick Archer. PI, out to find a curvaceous runaway on the forgotten island of Mustique, a place stuck in a black-and-white era.  The owner of the Cafe' Noir has washed ashore, murdered, and Rick's partner was the last person to see him.  Rick employees his hard-boiled talents to find the killer, was it the French madam and the club manager, the voodoo priestess, the shyster British attorney, the black marketer, or the femme fatale (seductive woman)? The audience vote twice on what they want Rick to do next and these decisions change the flow of this comedy tribute to the Bogart era.

NEW, Holiday Revue, Wed. Dec. 5, $112, Myers Theartre, Hillsboro, IN. Includes transportation, lunch, show, & gratuity.  The fun & pageantry of Christmas will feature singing, dancing, and other antics. The TRUE meaning of Christmas will also be an integral theme of another Myers Dinner Theater Christmas review!!!!  We will enjoy hearing LOTS of Christmas songs, getting us really in the Christmas spirit. 

Thank you for traveling with B-Jay Travel.     

All trips pick up in Flora, Olney, Lawrenceville, & sometimes at other locations.  


NOTE: Last minute reservations are some times possible. It is always better to make reservations early, but don't hesitate to call at the last minute. I may have cancellations and can get you on the trip.

For more information about any trip or make a reservation contact Carolyn Bennett-McDonald, 618-928-3282/618-395-1270 or send an e-mail   carolyn@b-jaytravel.com