This is Jean Gallagher, a member of the Daughters of Isabella in Sedalia and who has been planning trips for groups for over 25 years. In fact, I just returned a week ago from spending a full week touring the beautiful country of Portugal.....my 20th country to visit! I was so lucky to be able to go on a trip with only 5 others from across the United States who also plan trips for groups as I do. We all are thinking of taking a group to Portugal and Fatima in the future. Fatima was wonderful, colorful, ancient and so inspiring!
We also toured gorgeous cathedrals and monasteries that had been worshiped in for centuries and incredible museums filled with treasurers that were collected over countless years and now carefully exhibited. Our beautiful hotel, guide and very luxurious small bus along with our busy schedule were so well planned. And did I mention the delicious food, the friendly people and the great shopping! Fun!
Anyway I’m sending this message to you regarding some trips we do as fund-raisers along with some we do for wonderful fellowship and inspiration. We would love to have any of you come along! We travel on comfortable motor coaches that have a restroom on board, a professional driver and always include your tip to the driver in the cost of the trip. In addition, we pass out very detailed folders of information to everyone and go over it thoroughly when we start the trip! Other nice amenities are also included and we feel that this will give you an idea of what to expect. We include rest stops every couple of hours as well and include many yummy treats, prizes and surprises. Men always come along on the trips, too!
I plan about 20-25 trips annually and accompany groups of veterans, artists, church groups, historical societies, many different organizations (some of whom use the trips as a fund raising opportunity) and just trips I think people would very much enjoy.
At any rate here are the Daughters of Isabella trips we would like to invite you on! (Trips are open to all faiths, of course. Here I’ve described those of special interest having to do with our Catholic faith and the D of I.)
October 12 & 13 (Saturday & Sunday): “A Visit to the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend, Kansas” and MUCH MORE! (this trip will be of special interest to those of the Catholic faith, but ALL are most welcome)
This fine overnight pilgrimage trip will include a tour, prayers and meals at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and a tour of the HUGE Basilica of St. Fidelis in Victoria, often called the Cathedral of the Plains with its 48 beautiful stained glass windows and stunning interior. Besides touring this beautiful Basilica and learning its history we will sit down for lunch with the Victoria Daughters of Isabella.
.Upon arrival at the Dominican Sisters in Great Bend we will learn about their important mission throughout the world, tour the buildings including the chapel where we will celebrate Mass and have an included dinner with the sisters. Our overnight will be at the Motherhouse. On the morning of the second day we will have breakfast with the sisters.
The next day will include a narrated driving tour of Great Bend with stops at Cheyenne Bottoms, the B-29 Memorial and more. We’ll also learn about the great overland trails, 1800s army forts and Indians who were once in this area.
An interesting and fun stop will be at the Heartland Farm which is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters and where you’ll meet a large herd of alpacas along with birds and tour an organic garden and more! We’ll also visit a winery and sample delicious wines!.
Sedalia’s own Sister Carol Gerke spent a number of years here at the Dominican Sisters and is back there now. You will be impressed learning about this dedicated order. Singles and couples of ALL faiths are welcome to come along on this inspirational and interesting trip offering great fellowship and fun!
Our large, comfortable motor coach with a rest room on board will leave from the Thompson Hills shopping center at 6:30 a.m. and arrive home by dinnertime the second day. Scheduled rest stops along the way are also included.
Meals included: Day One: simple breakfast served on our motorcoach, lunch & dinner Day Two: breakfast & lunch
Everything described above is included in the price, including our transportation, lodging, meals, sightseeing, the tip to our professional driver and a notebook of booklets, maps and information which we will go over while we travel to our destination.
Reservations due by September 13. $199 per person, double occ. $209 single occ
PERU will probably be in either February or early March OF 2020.
(Remember that it will be fall south of the equator.)
We are still putting this trip together and including several very special things you will not see on other trips to Peru! Everyone will be inspired by seeing first hand what church missions do and how the donations you make to missions help dedicated priests and others reach and help so many of the locals. We will meet many fine, dedicated people and learn about what they do.
Please watch for details coming soon. This will be a fantastic trip and will also include tours to the world famous sites of Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lima and much more.
July 1 (Wednesday): “Million Dollar Quartet”!
This fabulous show at the New Dinner Theater in Overland Park is one that is returning due to overwhelming audience demand! It is the smash hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons (Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time! Today you’ll see one of the greatest fam sessions ever as this show bring that legendary night to life featuring a score of rock hits. This is a don’t miss show for sure! It will also be a D of I fund raiser.
Our morning stop hasn’t been selected yet. The motor coach will leave Sedalia’s Thompson Hills shopping center at 8 a.m. with an earlier pickup at Marshall Jct. and later pickups at LaMonte and Warrensburg. More details and cost will be coming.
2020 Dates not yet set: Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa
This beautiful Catholic Shrine is the largest grotto in the world and covers an entire city block! We’ll also tour the German POW Museum & see the huge, hand carved nativity the German POWs made for the Americans in the community in which the POWs lived as prisoners. We will also attend Mass, eat with local Knights of Columbia at their newly refurnished Hall and MORE! This trip WILL take place! (overnight) .
(Many additional destinations have been suggested by our membership and others but so far have not been settled on yet!)
HERE ARE TWO MORE FAITH RELATED TRIPS (not connected with the Daughters of Isabella) but definitely worth considering just the same::
September 16-20 (Monday – Friday): “The Ark Encounter and The Creation Museum
plus Kentucky Fun & Thoroughbreds, and MUCH MORE!”
This wonderful trip includes so many outstanding things to experience and to see! You’ll return home with many great memories!
Included are admissions to the one-of-a-kind historically themed attractions that are presented in an educational and entertaining way while bringing the Bible to life. The Ark Encounter features the largest timber-frame structure in the United States and was built to the exact dimensions as described in the Bible...it will be like traveling back in time to meet Noah and his family! There are three decks on the massive Ark featuring incredible craftsmanship and beautifully designed teaching exhibits.
On another day we’ll visit the Creation Museum which takes us on a journey through biblical history, stunning exhibits, a botanical garden and our special tickets to the planetarium show are included as the museum proclaims to the world that the Bible is the supreme authority!
At Berea College (similar to the College of the Ozarks except that it provides free tuition to Appalachian students who also work to pay for their education) we’ll overnight in the famous, beautiful and historic Boone Tavern & Hotel on the Berea College campus. We’ll also enjoy a tour of the campus and have time in the famous Berea Artisan Center .where you’ll see works of art by over 800 Kentucky artisans! Many are one of a kind and are for sale. An inexpensive lunch here will be on your own at the Artisan Center but I’m including their signature dessert for everyone.....delicious .Bourbon Bread Pudding!
It would not be right to go to Kentucky and not see the thing Kentucky is famous for....elegant thoroughbreds! A world known attraction in the heart of bluegrass country is the Kentucky Horse Park where we’ll see hundreds of fine horses, have a trolley ride in the park and enjoy an included lunch at the Horse Park restaurant, The Bit & Bridle! At the Kentucky Horse Park you’ll be able to enjoy the Hall of Champions Show, the Parade of Breeds and a Draft Horse Demonstration! It is always great fun and so interesting to come here. In Louisville we’ll stop at Churchill Downs which is the home of the famed Kentucky Derby to enjoy our included breakfast at the Backfield Track Restaurant while watching race horses gallop by on their morning workouts. This will be followed by a tour of the outstanding Derby Museum while learning about the “greatest two minutes in sports”!
Of course, our time in Lexington, Kentucky wouldn’t be complete without an elegant dinner at a fabulous southern mansion! At Waveland Mansion we’ll enjoy a fine tour and then sit down to a delicious meal. To add to our special evening and for some added fun, a very talented local musician will come by after dinner to entertain us with great, toe-tapping bluegrass music!
There will also be a surprise stop in Lexington which you will like!
Hotels we’ll overnight in are excellent...One night will be at the lovely, historic Boone Tavern and Hotel where we’ll enjoy our included dinner after checking in. Two successive nights will be at the Fairfield by Marriott and one night will be at the Drury Inn where we can also eat dinner without having to leave the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfasts 4 Lunches 2 Dinners 3
As usual we’ll ride on a comfortable, luxury motor coach with a professional driver and a restroom on board. We will also have frequent rest stops for travelers to get out and stretch their legs.
As usual each traveler will receive a notebook with maps, brochures, a VERY detailed schedule and some surprises!
Travel insurance is suggested. One excellent company is Travelex @ 800-228-9792.
The cost of the trip includes all of the attractions plus admissions as described above, motorcoach & driver, driver’s tip, motels and meals as described, and me as your tour guide. This will be an outstanding trip with some of the best Kentucky has to offer and includes the amazing and unforgettable Ark Museum and the Creation Museums!
Reservations & payment needed by August 1.
$1120 single $898 per person, double occ. $836 per person, triple occ. $795 per person, triple occ.
December 14 (Saturday): “Christmas at the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas”!
This annual, fabulous Christmas pageant will be entirely different this year with ALL NEW music and sets! We’ll still hear the symphony orchestra, the professional opera singers, the 125 member choir, the graceful dancers and others as they portray the beloved, timeless Christmas story! Your delicious hot buffet luncheon at the huge, new fellowship hall on the first floor will be included as well as the VERY best seats in the house to witness this unforgettable production.
This huge, new Methodist church in Leawood also features a wonderful gift shop and the stunning stained glass window behind the altar in the sanctuary is the largest in the world!
We will again include another fine, special morning stop in keeping with Christmas! Details will be coming soon.
We generally pick up people at Marshall Jct. at the commuter lot. The ones in and around Sedalia park in the north side of the Thompson Hills Shopping Center at 50 & Thompson Hills Blvd. The security here has always been excellent and no incidents have taken place. For overnight trips, please email, call or send me your car license plate number which I turn in to Thompson Hills mgt. and Security will be given this list.
It works best to just send me your checks made out to me...P.O. Box 1756, Sedalia, MO 65302
Questions? Phone: 660-827-4016 Cell: 660-287-2756