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 Blessed Byways Tours Update 

July/August, 2021 Update

August 4 – 7: Lebanon Gospel Music Get Together
   This event starts on Wednesday night with an evening with the Isaacs. The Collingsworth Family had an issue that will keep them from being at this event, but they will be in Oskaloosa at the Gateway Nazarene Church on July 24. I’m not sure if tickets are available, but contact Gateway for information. We will have outside events scheduled for Thursday morning and afternoon, Aug. 5. The evening concert features; Greater Vision, the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Whisnants and the Mylon Hayes Family. Friday morning includes the fabulous Gerald Wolfe Hymn Sing. An event will be scheduled for the afternoon and the Friday evening concert features; McKamey Legacy, Young Inspirations, Primitive Quartet, LeFevre Quartet and Dennis Swanberg. The Get Together finishes with a Saturday afternoon finale featuring the Hoppers, the Booth Brothers the Triumphant Quartet and Joseph Habedank. We will be home on Saturday evening. A $50 deposit secures your spot for this great event. The final pricing for this event is; $529 for a double, $679 for a single and $469 for a triple. At this point, we plan to start the tour in Altoona and pick up in Pella, Oskaloosa and points south.

August 28: Booth Brothers at Riverview Conference Center – Cedar Falls
   This is an evening concert beginning at 6:00 p.m. and the bus will leave Oskaloosa at 2:00 pm with pickups in New Sharon, Grinnell and points north. The cost of the tour is $89 and a $25 deposit holds your place. I have nine tickets left for this event.

Sept. 7 – 9: Three Day Mystery Trip ??????
   You will love this one. The final prices are; $529 for a double, $639 for a single and $489 for a triple. This tour is full and a waiting list will be taken.

Sept. 22-23: Baseball 2 – Chicago and Milwaukee
   This trip will begin in Altoona with pickups in Newton, Grinnell and Iowa City. We are on our way to Wrigley Field where the Cubs will tangle with the Minnesota Twins. It is an evening game so we will lodge somewhere in the north side of Chicago. The next morning we head to Milwaukee for the Brewers game with the Cardinals. It is an afternoon game, so we will be heading home after the game. The cost of the trip will be $349 for a double, $399 for a single and $319 for a triple. A $50 deposit holds your spot.  2 tickets left.

Trains of New England
This will be a stunning fall foliage tour with lots neat attractions. We are taking two busses with one leaving from Altoona to Newton and Grinnell and on to Iowa City. The second bus will pick up in Monroe, Pella, Oskaloosa and Sigourney.
  Just a few of the feature attractions are; A tour of Boston , the Charlestown Navy Yard and the USS Constitution. The Amtrak Downeaster to Maine. A guided tour of Kennebunkport and surrounding area. The Conway Scenic Railway and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A Lake Winnipesauke cruise and the Winnipesauke Scenic Railroad. Cape Cod, Provincetown and the Chatham Light. Niagara Falls, the Maid of the Mist and more. 
  A final itinerary will be out soon and the final cost will be; $2350 for a double and $2800 for a single and $2199 for a triple. This tour has SOLD OUT and a waiting list is being taken. The signups for this tour were taken before Covid, so if anything has changed and you are not able to go, let us know immediately. We have folks on the waiting list that would love to fill your spot.

Oct. 14 – Harvestville Farms, Johnny Clocks, Dutchman’s Store and more: 
   This is always a popular fall day trip and you may want to bring along a tote bag to haul the loot home in. The cost of this tour is $85 with a $25 deposit holding your spot.

Oct. 21 – Old Creamery Theatre – Café of Chaos with Ole & Lena
   If you enjoy the Norwegian humor of Ole and Lena, you will love this one. Not only will you get the hilarity of the Café of Chaos, but you will enjoy a two meat buffet at the Ox Yoke Inn for lunch and some shopping time in downtown Amana. The cost of this tour is $109 each and includes the bus, the meal, the show and all gratuities. A $25 deposit holds your spot.

Nov. 2 – 5 Christmas in Branson II
The Nov. 16 – 19 tour is sold out so we are adding a second tour four you folks in the Cedar Falls area. The tour will begin at Riverview Conference Center and then we can make pickups in Tama, Grinnell, New Sharon and Oskaloosa. Folks that couldn’t get on the 16 – 19 tour will be able to join us for this tour. We hope to have the itinerary very close to the other tour. And the pricing should be about the same. More to come later as we just started on this tour.

Nov. 16 – 19: Christmas in Branson
Some of the things we will be doing; A sit down dinner at the Uptown Café, Texas Tenor’s Christmas, Cassandre’ voice of an Angel, Lunch at McFarlin’s Restaurant, and the Musical Jesus at Sight and Sound Theatre. Also we have a free night of leisure at the Landing, a Wildlife tour and buffet at Dogwood Canyon, an afternoon with Daniel O’Donnell, a Dinner at Chateau on the Lake and the Dutton Family Christmas show. The plan is to hit Khedes Barbeque in Sedalia and Miller Pecan Farm on the way home. The cost of this tour is $739 for a double, $869 for a single and $679 for a triple. A complete Itinerary is at the end of this communication for the Nov. 16 – 19 tour. The Nov. 2 – 5 tour will come soon.


April 22 - 3- 2022 Netherlands Waterway Cruise   - Cruise Directors will be Merlyn and Dorothy Vander Leest and hosting will be Burdell and Charlotte Hensley. Please contact us for an itinerary and registration form. Merlyn requests that if you live in the Pella or Lynnville-Sully school district you sign up with him. All other travelers should sign up with the Hensleys.

Other Tours in the Planning Stage

 National Quartet Convention

Southern California Vacation