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All 2020 trips cancelled or postponed till 2021 or 2022.  See details below.  Depending on the COVID situation we will try to work in some of the smaller trips when things improve.

2020 Trips

WE URGE YOU TO GET A DEPOSIT MADE EARLY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE TRIPS.   Last year eleven trips SOLD OUT - One just two weeks after it was made available.  A deposit saves your seat.

Baseball I - Twin Cities and Milwaukee
May 20 and 21, 2020
The Twins will be playing the Baltimore Orioles in an afternoon game on the 20th then the next morning we head down the Interstate to Milwaukee for an afternoon game between the Brewers and the Yankees.  We'll come home after the game.  $349 double; $399 single; $319 triple.  Deposit $50  Cancelled

Switzerland for Burdell's 80th Birthday
June 5 - 13, 2020
Here you'll find charming towns nestled in sheltered bays, surrounded by vineyards set against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered 
Alps cheese,  chocolate, castles, Alpine trains, the most photographed Matterhorn mountain in the world, medieval city with many fountains, narrow streets and towers, Open Air Museum Ballenberg with more than one hundred-centuries old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, gardens, fields, demonstrations of local crafts and special events, scenic boat ride on Lake Lucerne, cogwheel train and so much more.  $4,569 double per person; $5,059 single.  Deposit $200 per person.  Includes airfare, motor coach, 7 breakfasts, one lunch and five dinners, 7 nights of deluxe hotel accommodations, baggage handling at all hotels, all activities and admissions as listed in itinerary, English speaking guide, gratuities, insurance.  Postponed to 2021

Brown Century Theatre
Le Mars, IA - July 1-2, 2020
Americana Summer Celebration
is filled with songs of "Faith, Family, and Home" featuring Mom (Shelly) and siblings Michaela, Adam and Andrew as they share their beautiful family harmony and fiddling favorites.   The Brown boys  are certain to keep you laughing with their "brotherly love" comedy.  Their
Dear Mr. Mayor Musical Production 
 was written just for the Brown Century Theater.  Small town couples are fighting to save their beloved Gazebo Park as competitors try to turn it into a baseball field.  Another attraction on the way home will be added.  Estimated cost per person will be around $250 for a double; $299 single; '$219 for a triple.  A $50 deposit holds your seat.  Cancelled

Circa 21 "The Beauty and the Beast"
Rock Island, IL
July 15, 2020
Many of you have enjoyed the stately old Circe 21 Dinner Theatre with their quality productions and the delicious food.  Coming in July will the "Beauty and the Beast" which had a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway.  It has been nominated for nine Tony Awards.  This is the story of Belle who lived in a provincial town and the Beast who was a young prince trapped under an enchantress's spell.  The curse will only be broken if he can learn to love and be loved.  $115 - $25 deposit saves your seat. Cancelled

" It’s important to get your name on the list if you are interested. Most trips sell out months ahead of each trip, so contact us below to make your reservation."
2020  Blessed Byways  Tours

Lebanon Gospel Music Get Together
Lebanon, MO
July 29 to August 1, 2020
This will be a spectacular Gospel Music weekend featuring the top groups in Southern Gospel Music.  Some area attractions will be added to the tour.  Price TBD hopefully around $500 for a double, $639 for a single and $429 for a triple per person. $50 deposit.  Cancelled

Booth Brothers
Riverview Conference Center - Cedar Falls, IA
August 15, 2020
The Booth Brothers, one of the most popular groups in Southern Gospel Music, will be in concert in the air conditioned event center on the grounds of the Riverview Conference Center in Cedar Falls.  $89  covers ticket, meal and bus.  $25 Deposit holds your seat. Cancelled

Baseball 2 - Kansas City and St. Louis
September 9 to 11, 2020
In the afternoon we'll visit the Negro Baseball Hall of Fame before going to the evening game between the Royals and the Oakland A's.  We lodge in Kansas City then head for St. Louis stopping at Warm Springs Ranch where the Clydesdales are raised that are used in the Budwiser eight horse hitch.  We'll take in the Cardinals and Cubs game and lodge in St. Louis.  On the way home we'll enjoy a luncheon cruise on the Mississippi in Hannibal.  Cost  projected around $429 for a double, $539 for a single, $389 for a triple per person. $50 deposit -  SOLD OUT  - Taking a waiting list.  Cencelled

3-Day Mystery Trip
September 22 - 24, 2020
This will be another quality "Mystery Tour" filled with neat attractions.  The tour will work it's way along the I-80 corridor.  The price is yet to be determined  but projecting somewhere around $450.  A   deposit of $50 will hold your spot.  Cancelled

Trains of New England
October 3 - 13, 2020
Hopefully we will hit peak color time as we board the Amtrak Downeaster to Maine, then board our bus for a tour of coastal villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, go past the George Bush Estate, Dock Square, Perkins Cove, enjoy a lobster bake with  sing-a-long, entertainment, ride the Conway Scenic Railway, tour through the White mountains, take a Gondola ride to the summit of the Loon Mountains, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Winnipesauke by the oldest summer resort in America, visit the Wright Museum, ride the rails along Lake Winnipesauke while turkey is carved at your table along with all the trimmings on the Winnipesauke Railroad Turkey Dinner Train,  visit Cape Cod, Whydah pirate Museum, Provincetown, National Seashore Visitor's Center, Pilgrims' first landing and location of Mayflower Compact signing, Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, Chatham Light, Atwood House Museum, Hyannis and Sandwich and hear stories of the Puritans, Quakers, Shawme, Dexter Grist Mill, Hoxie House and the First Church of Christ.​  $2,300 per person for a double room.  $200 deposit holds your seat.  SOLD OUT -   27 on waiting list as of 1/16/2020.  Cancelled

Ark V
 November 16-21
This tour will give a new twist to our usual Ark Encounters.   We go to Indianapolis the first day and then head to the Creation Museum on day two.  That evening we have dinner at Hillforest Mansion, a splendid Victorian Mansion that will be decorated in all of its Christmas glory.  The next morning we go to the Ark.  We will leave around 3:00 p.m. and head west to Evansville, IN where we have dinner at the Amish Buffet.  On day four we head for Branson arriving in time for the musical "Noah."  Day five will be a day in Branson beginning with a tour and lunch at Dogwood Canyon followed by an afternoon show with the Dutton Family and an evening show with the Presley's..   On the way home we will stop in Sedalia for lunch at Kehdes Barbeque in the  antique railroad dining car followed by a stop at the Miller Pecan Farm for a little shopping.  $975 for a double, $1,269 for a single and $869 for a triple.  A $100 deposit holds your spot.  Cancelled

Marian Ave. Baptist Church Live Animal Christmas Production  - December
Washington, IA
This musical theatrical production using Broadway type equipment  is presented in the church's auditorium and involves over 300 community members and a vast array of live animals such as a camel, donkey, horse, sheep, etc.  
the camel comes up the same steps as you.  The production takes you from the opening scene though Christ's birth to His glorious resurrection.  Cancelled

Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA
December 28, 2020 - January 3
We did this tour five years ago and are planning on doing it again.  It is a stunningly beautiful tour with several neat attractions added. Watch for updates as this tour is in the planning stages.  Postponed till 2022

As we look forward "Lord willing" to 2021, we are planning

    *  Charlotte's 80th birthday party at Tulip Time in the 
        Netherlands in April.  Postponed till 2022

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