Magical Lake Geneva
Thursday, October 28
Whether it’s a card trick or grand illusion, Tristan Crist knows how to transfix an audience. Since 2015, he has been wowing guests of all ages with his magical talents in Lake Geneva.
The main feature of our adventure to Lake Geneva is an afternoon matinee performance filled with magic and illusion at the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre. If you are still hungry after lunch - doubtful, but if you are - the theatre has a concessions area where snacks and beverages including beer and wine may be purchased. The performance is 60 minutes long with no intermission.
Before being blown away with magic, we’ll begin our day with a special Step-on Guide who will take us on a tour around Lake Geneva to learn about its history including some little known facts and fun trivia.
Then, we’ll enjoy lunch at Lake City Social Restaurant located just a block or so from the beautiful lakefront. The meal will start off with a cup of Wisconsin-style Shrimp and Corn Chowder garnished with Neuske’s smoked bratwurst, corn, and green onion. Entree selections include Social Reuben Sandwich - in-house, beer roasted corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Social Sauce on marble rye OR West Coast Chicken Sandwich - grilled marinated chicken breast topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato on Everything seasoned bun OR White Cheddar Mac - house-made white cheddar cheese sauce on cavatappi pasta topped with parsley and fried chicken pieces. Coffee, fountain drinks, and iced tea included.
Before leaving Lake Geneva for the day, we’ll make a final stop at the Lake Geneva Pie Company for an opportunity pick up some dessert for later - or a snack on the way home!
Thursday, November 18
By the onset of the Civil War, Wisconsin residents had already assisted more than 100 escaping slaves make it to freedom in Canada by providing shelter and transportation through the Underground Railroad network.
While the territory of Wisconsin had abolished slavery in 1787 under the Northwest Ordinance, the federal Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 made it a crime with heavy penalties to refuse help to authorities or to harbor and assist runaway slaves. Despite this risk, the Underground Railroad network continued to function in secret. One stop along this route to freedom was a busy stagecoach inn called Milton House. Now a museum, Milton House is a Backyard Treasure that preserves the history of the Underground Railroad and its role as a Station during that time. We’ll take an hour-long guided tour that includes a history of the town of Milton and its progressive roots, as well as ‘going underground’ to walk along the path of history ‘through the same secret passageway that ushered freedom seekers to shelter.’ After our tour, we’ll visit another Backyard Treasure for lunch (menu not available at time of printing) and a unique shopping experience at The Fuzzy Pig in Whitewater. Once a family farm, The Fuzzy Pig is full of charm and has a little bit of something for everyone! Lunch will be served in The Whinery at The Fuzzy Pig with a cash bar available. Should time permit, we’ll make a brief stop at Elegant Farmer on our way back to the Park & Ride.
On September 11, 2001, our lives were rocked by the coordinated terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers, The Pentagon, and Washington, DC which resulted in over 3000 fatalities. Through the event, we came to know heroes – firefighters, police officers, first responders, and a plane full of passengers who refused to allow their hijacked plane reach our Capitol.
One group of unsung heroes is the 700 residents of Gander, Newfoundland who unexpectedly found themselves hosts to 3000 strangers whose flights were diverted out of American airspace. Come from Away is the award-winning musical that shares how Gander and its residents welcomed and embraced the passengers with open arms and ingenuity. Performance will be at Broadway in Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater.
Prior to the performance, the group will stop for lunch at Mon Ami Gabi French Bistro located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Luncheon will begin with a Fruit and Berry Coupe appetizer, followed by entree with choices of Croque Monsieur Sandwich with warm ham, cheese, and mornay sauce, Bacon Asparagus Brie Quiche served with simple greens, or Lemon Chicken Paillard served with seasonal vegetables. A sweet finish to the meal will include a trio of mini dessert classics for each guests - Chocolate Mousse, Crème Brulée, and a Profiterole. Meal includes coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Cash bar will be available.