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Back by Popular Demand at HearthStone Center: Drift Away!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Activity Level 1 - Come and enjoy an “Indian Summer” evening with The Classics. The musical duo, Drift Away, was so well-received that we have asked them to come back!  See why last year’s attendees enjoyed themselves so much!  It will be an evening to remember! Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner catered by Lincoln Inn at 5:00 p.m. Payment is due upon registration.RSVP by October 3rd. Members: $36.00 • Guests: $39.50

360 Chicago Observation Deck & Adler Planetarium

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Activity Level 4 - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take in some of the most amazing views of Chicago in the daylight and after dusk? Then do we have the trip for you! On our first stop, we will visit 360 CHICAGO’s Observation Deck, located 1000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building that offers breathtaking 360 degrees views of the skyline and Lake Michigan. Next we will travel to Adler Planetarium, where we will participate in “Adler after Dark”! Included in this evening: Full access and admission to museum exhibits and galleries • Unlimited sky shows in 3 state-of-the-art theaters • Access to the Doane Observatory (weather permitting) • Live entertainment • Fabulous view of the Chicago Skyline. Trip pricing includes: Round-trip transportation, admission to venues, and dinner. Payment due upon registration. RSVP by September 10th. Members: $175.00 • Guests: $193.00

Genealogy Seminar at HearthStone Center

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Activity Level 1 - Are you interested in genealogy but do not know how to get started?  Join us as Classics member, Lynn Buckner, helps you begin your research.  She will talk to you about using Ancestry.com, taking a DNA test, and much more!  Bring your family, friends and neighbors to this FREE event! Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with the seminar starting at 1:00 p.m.  Snacks and drinks will be provided. RSVP by November 15th.

Bright Lights Mystery Trip

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Activity Level 5 - Join us for an illuminating afternoon and evening as we travel to this special destination!  We will “Light up Your Life” with colossal flair!  This trip is walking intensive, so be prepared by dressing in layers and having comfortable walking shoes!  Don’t forget your camera! Payment is due upon registration. RSVP by November 15th. Members: $139.00 • Guests: $152.00

Holiday Party at HearthStone Center

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Activity Level 1 - Tis the season to “Deck the Halls” and celebrate “Happy Holidays!”  Join us at our annual holiday party where we will be regaled by Mardra Thomas, who is known for her realistic portrayal of Billie Holiday in concert and on the theatrical stage, and Reggie Thomas, who is often seen performing with the Legendary Count Basie Band as an accompanist for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. We will also be drawing the winning ticket for the Classics English Knot Quilt, which benefits DeKalb County Community Gardens Genoa Area Food Hub. You may purchase tickets, at any one of our twelve convenient location. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch catered by Headon’s at Noon. Payment is due upon registration. RSVP by November 29th. Members: $36.00 • Guests: $39.50

Discover the South Pacific Wonders: Australia and New Zealand

January 14-28, 2020

Activity Level 6 - Cross the International Dateline and experience the trip of a lifetime! We will travel to Cairns, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Christchurch, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Milford Sound, and Merina Sheep farm! We will visit Hartley’s Croc Farm and get an up-close look at crocodiles in their natural habitat! At the farm you may have a chance to meet some of the local koalas and learn more about them! The trip will continue to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Center, where you'll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang! Explore the Great Barrier Reef and ride a catamaran! Here you can enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island trails, relax on the beach, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim nearby! Enjoy free time to explore and so much more! SPACE IS LIMITED!!! Contact Classics for pricing and availability.

Oklahoma and Texas: The Pioneer Woman Mercantile & Magnolia Market

March 22-27, 2020

Activity Level 6 - Join The Classics as you travel southwest!  On this journey, you will board a covered wagon for a city tour of Independence, MO * followed by a drive to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile - a destination restaurant, bakery and store in Pawhuska, Oklahoma! Ree and Ladd Drummond spent years renovating the hundred-year-old Osage Mercantile building on Main Street so that they could welcome visitors from near and far and give them a slice of small town hospitality and visit the Little Shop on Bosque, the original home of Magnolia Market that is now an outlet store, and to culminate this fabulous trip, visit Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market! Fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper know that Chip and Joanna Gaines recently undertook their biggest rehab project ever in acquiring a sprawling downtown Waco property that included two huge grain silos and a 20,000-square-foot barn.  This and so much more awaits you, so sign up today! Contact Classics for pricing and availability. RSVP by January 6th.  

Scotland & England

May 13-22, 2020

Activity Level 6 - Take an exclusive trip with The Classics to Scotland and England!  Experience a private tour of the State Apartments in The Queen’s Official Residence!  Stroll along cobbled walkways in a city tour where you will see historic sites such as St. Giles Cathedral and Parliament Square.  Receive special access to Edinburgh Castle and learn about the history of the city. After dinner, take a late-night ghost walking tour as you explore a more sinister side of Edinburgh. 

 Are you ready for some speed??  To get to London in less than five hours, you will travel via UK’s high-speed train!  Take a sight-packed tour of England on a coach to see local attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and visit the Tower of London!  As you continue through this picturesque countryside, you will catch a glimpse of Oxford University, stops in two Cotswolds villages and visit the birthplace of iconic playwright, William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, and see stunning views from the London Eye.  You will see and visit so many wonderful, historic places, that we cannot describe them all here!  Won’t you join us??!! Contact Classics for pricing and availability.  Receive a $100.00 discount if you sign up by October 10, 2019!

Classics Travel Policies

Trip Confirmation Notice

Classics sends out a confirmation reminder notice of payment due date, pickup time and location along with any other information regarding each trip at least two weeks prior to departure date for all trips.

Trip Cancellation Policy for Day Trips

When scheduling day trips, most vendors require full payment when booking the event. We request that full payment for a day trip be made 2 weeks in advance. If you have to cancel a trip and we can fill your space from a waiting list, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel the trip after your payment is made, we will reimburse you when possible.

Trip Cancellation Policy for Extended Trips

Cancellation policies on extended trips are outlined by respective tour companies as stated in their trip brochure. Trip Travel Insurance is always a wise investment when going on extended trips.

Activity Levels

The higher the Activity Level number, the more walking involved. All activities are in the HearthStone Center unless otherwise stated.

Activity Level 1: Very little walking, no stairs.
Activity Level 2: A little walking, possible stairs.
Activity Level 3: Walking, getting on and off the coach, and possible stairs.
Activity Level 4: Walking, getting on and off the coach several times and stairs on the trip.
Activity Level 5: Walking distances which might be on non-flat surfaces, getting on and off the coach multiple times, and stairs.
Activity Level 6: All of the above, including multiple flights of stairs and activities requiring a higher level of stamina.