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 March/April 2022 Update

Here it is mid-March and we are behind again. I thought that appointing a new company CEO would solve the problem. She has been working hard to clean up my mess, but she has found it to be quite a task. But I can assure you that she won’t give up.  Just when I thought that I had her on the right track, I made a colossal mistake that blew her mind. On the two trips to the Brown’s theatre, I had priced them both at $269 for a double, $329 for a single and $239 for a triple. Then for reasons that 81-year-old men can’t explain, I mistakenly wrote last year’s prices on her trip sheet. She made out your receipt and conformation letter on last year’s price. Please add $20 to what she said you owed. So sorry for the error.

One big question has surfaced recently and that is, “Will the runaway inflation affect the pricing of our trips?” My answer is that we will do everything possible to stay with the quoted price. If we just project a price, then we may have to adjust it. This is our ministry to God’s people and not a moneymaking activity.

Next item. Major League Baseball just announced this week that the strike is settled and that they will play a 162-game season. That means the May 3 – 4 tour to Kansas City for the Cardinals and Royals is a go. At this point, I do not have enough signed up to go. I am hoping and praying that when I get back from this week’s tour to Branson, I will have a number of signups.  The same situation exists for the Twins-Yankees games at Target Field in the Twin Cities on June 7 – 8 – 9. This will be a great opportunity for Twins fans in northern Iowa to join us. I have booked a matinee performance of “Footloose” at Chanhausen Dinner Theatre for one afternoon. We have a travel conference in the Twin Cities in two weeks, and will fill in some other activities. We are looking forward to hearing from Twins and Yankees fans on this one. 

April 22 – 30: Netherlands Waterway Cruise - Charlotte’s 81st birthday tour to the Netherlands is a go. The itinerary for Witte Travel’s 36th annual Netherlands Waterway Cruise is complete for with Cruise Directors Merlyn and Dorothy Vander Leest and hosted by Burdell and Charlotte Hensley. It is probably too late to get on the tour, but you can contact Witte Travel to see if it is possible.

May 3 – 4: Baseball in Kansas City vs Cardinals – I have a credit from the Covid mess that I have to use this year. We are going to take in the Cardinals against the Royals for two games. Sorry Cubbie fans, but I just can’t work you into my schedule this year. You are welcome to go along and cheer for the Royals. Both games are evening games, so we will have to have two nights of lodging, plus some daytime attractions. The itinerary is not complete, but I hope to have it next week. The main event is the games. I will fill in with other things during the daytime. Faulkner’s Ranch is a possibility. The price is $459 for a double, $539 for a single and $419 for a triple.

May 11: Circa 21 Ladies Day out This was to be a mystery trip, but since I let the cat out of the bag, this tour is for Mothers, daughters, granddaughters and any other ladies. The masterful group at Circe 21 is doing the play, “Just Desserts”, for your enjoyment and the food is top shelf with dessert included. The cost of the tour is $109.  SOLD OUT and taking a waiting list.

June 7 – 9: The Twins vs the Yankees at Target Field: We have tickets for three nights with the Yankees in Target Field. We also have scheduled an afternoon matinee of “Foot Loose” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Other day events will be added. The price is, $699 for a double, $829 for a single and $619 for a triple. I am trying to work on some ways to bring those costs down a little, but it is the Yankees and a three-night tour. A $50 deposit holds your spot.

June 15 & 16: Oh My Iowa at the Browns Theatre in Le Mars: The Browns bring to life the songs and stories of Iowa and I have had rave reviews on this show. I would love to do it for both our Cedar Falls group and our Oskaloosa Pella group. Let’s try and fill a bus at both locations. (Deposit $50) The price is $269 for a double, $239 for a triple and $329 for a single. 

June 27 – 30: The Hawkeye Two Step – We will meander across Iowa from Nebraska City to Fort Madison on Highway 2 and take in Southern Iowa at it best. Charlotte and I will run this route soon and a complete itinerary is to come. For sure, stops will be made in Sidney, Shenandoah, Clarinda, Mt Ayr, Centerville, Bloomfield, Milton, Cantril and Fort Madison. Tentative pricing is $529 double, $639 single and $479 triple with a $50 deposit holding your spot.

July 7-9 – 3 Day Mystery Trip- It’s a mystery and will be a great one! A tentative pricing will be $579 double $699 single and $539 triple, with a $50 deposit holding your spot. Just a hint. This tour will start in Altoona with pickups in Pella, Oskaloosa, Grinnell and Cedar Falls. This will be a great opportunity for Cedar Falls area folks to join us.

Aug 3 – 7: Lebanon Gospel Music Get Together – This is Southern Gospel Music at its best and we do several other attractions while we are there. I’m going to add another night to this tour so we can have a leisurely ride home on Sunday with a special place for a worship service on the way home. With the extra night, the tentative cost will be; $629 double, $779 single and $569 triple with a $50 deposit holding your spot. I should have a final itinerary soon. 

Sept. 27 – Oct 3: National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN. This is the World Series of Southern Gospel Music and you will be blessed. Our hotel is right across the street from the Leconte Center and you will be able to catch a trolley to do things that you wish to do during your stay. We can also do a sunrise tour of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park and maybe a little zip lining. The tentative pricing will be $1499 for a double, $1929 for a single and $1199 for a triple. A deposit of $100 holds your spot.

Nov. 2&3: Browns Theatre in Le Mars – This Christmas package in great and it is time to do it again. In the afternoon the production of “The Inn Keeper’s Wife” will be presented and in the evening the Brown Family will perform their Christmas Show. On the 3rd we plan to visit Algona on the way home and take in the Nativity scene created by the German prisoners of war. It is a spectacular viewing. The number signed up will determine if we do one bus or two. We will use the same pricing as the June tour. $269 for a double, $239 for a triple and $329 for a single. (Deposit $50)

Nov. 14 – 18 – Christmas In Branson This trip is packed with a Dinner Cruise, Shopping at Russell Stover Outlet, Lunch at The Keeter Center and tour of the College of the Ozarks where students work their way through college, Branson Craft Mall, “Miracle of Christmas” at Sight and Sound, Cassandre Voice of an Angel, Daniel O’Donnell, dinner at the Chateau on the Lake, Presley’s Country Jubilee Christmas, Visit the Nostalgic Gift for all at World’s Largest Toy Museum, a wildlife tour and Smokehouse Buffet at Dogwood Canyon, Texas Tenors and more. Sorry, but the Johnson strings are not available. The tentative price is $999 double, $1,199 single, $879 triple - $50 deposit

Dec. 31, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2023: Southern California Rose Bowl Parade – Included will be a Palm Springs and Coachella Valley guided tour, Warner Brothers Studios and VIP tram tour, Tournament of Roses Parade with the Pella High school band marching in the parade, Reagan Library and Museum – Air Force One Pavilion, Float Fest to see close-up the floats, Los Angeles’ world-famous Original Farmer’s Market, Battleship USS Iowa, San Diego guided tour – Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, a festive fiesta-style dinner at Café Coyote in Heart of Historic Old Town San Diego - $2,869 double, $3,369 single and $2709 - $200 deposit per person. Balance due Aug. 25, 2022. With the tour down the road aways, this price may have to be adjusted.

We are still looking at several day trip possibilities and hope to add to the schedule soon. The Old Creamery Theatre is permanently closed and Ole and Lena will not be coming back. I hope to find them at another venue.
Thank you for your support of Blessed Byways Tours. We love our travelers and so enjoy the times that we have been blessed to spend with you. 

Burdell and Charlotte Hensley
Blessed Byways Tours
1302 North E St.
Oskaloosa, IA. 52577 Cell: 641-670-0190 for Burdell and 641-295-0757 for Charlotte