Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Trips & Socials

Return to Camelot 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CamelotCome along, as the curtain opens on stage with the exciting arrival of Guenevere – King Arthur’s future Queen – the magic begins again at Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook, IL.

This classic Broadway production will reacquaint you with the legendary world -- of not only Arthur and Guenevere -- but will reintroduce you to a host of other castle dwellers. Remember Arthur’s mentor, Merlyn the magician; the handsome, mysterious French Sir Lancelot; the dashing Knights of the Roundtable; and the lusty maiden-ladies of the King’s court? They’re all there…ready and waiting to entertain you in a delightful tale of romance, chivalry, and more. And, to make it all a tad more interesting, Mordred – the prodigy of a misadventure – will make an appearance, too. (Just what do you think this nasty rascal is up to now?) All this intrigue is captured by an enchanting musical score.

Included are the time-honored melodies: “I Wonder What The King is Doing Tonight,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “Camelot,” “How to Handle a Woman” and a host of others. You’ll be humming all the way home! 

But before settling into our theater seats, we’ll enjoy a pallet-pleasing luncheon in Drury Lane’s elegant dining room. You may choose either Chicken Breast Marsala with Mushrooms in Marsala Wine Sauce, a Salmon Filet with Lemon Tarragon Sauce, or Fettucini Alfredo with Pancetta. Entrees include the Chef’s selection of garden vegetables, potato or pasta, fresh baked bread, dessert, and choice of beverage.

Come and venture once again into the magical land that once was Camelot. Don’t miss it...don’t be late...join us for a jolly good time!

NOTE: Theatre is handicap accessible.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 9am
Return: Rock Valley College about 6pm
Cost: (Includes lunch, performance and transportation)
$79 for Center members
$94 for non-members


Sights and Sounds of the Season

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sounds-of-SeasonDo you hear what I hear? We will travel to Chicago to experience the sights and sounds of the season. Our first stop will be the Museum of Science and
Industry for the 73rd annual “Christmas Around the World” event. The museum’s special exhibit showcases how various cultures celebrate the winter holiday season across the globe.

The Rotunda features a 45-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with over 30,000 lights and in excess of 1,000 unique ornaments representing traditions around
the globe. There is also a display of more than fifty, 12-foot trees decorated by Chicago’s ethnic communities. We will stroll through the trees with flakes of falling snow as we head to the next adventure.

Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza is a German marketplace filled with unique shops, local foods, and entertainment centered around the culture of Germany during
the holidays. The sounds of Christmas carols and the smells of favorites such as Glühwein and hot, spiced German wines will make this an experience to remember.

From there, it’s off to dinner at “The Parthenon” in Greektown, an authentic Greek experience filled with old world charm. Our dinner will be served family-style
to fully enjoy the many flavors and chants of “Oopa” as they bring out a Greek delicacy--Saganaki, a flaming cheese with brandy. We’ll savor gyros, tzatziki, soup,
salad, and eggplant dip as well as the traditional favorites of lamb, spinach pie, Athenian chicken mouska, rice pilaf, roasted potatoes, and green beans.
Finally for dessert we cannot forget the baklava - galtoboureko. 

Our journey will finish with a drive up Michigan Avenue to view the Christmas light displays.

NOTE: All facilities are handicap accessible. There is a considerable amount of walking required.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 12 Noon
Return: Rock Valley College about 9:45pm
Cost: (Includes museum entry, Christkindlmarket, dinner, and transportation)
$79 for Center members
$94 for non-members


Chicago, Past and Present

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chicago History MuseumCome with us to explore Chicago’s past and present at the Chicago History Museum. Our visit includes a guided tour of the special exhibit “Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography.” Soldiers and civilians, food and supplies, fuel and raw materials — everything moved by rail during World War II. The Office of War Information assigned photographer Jack Delano to tell the nation’s rail story in pictures. He focused his lens on the men and women whose demanding jobs and long hours demonstrated the sacrifices needed to win the war. Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds in Chicago — the heart of the nation’s rail industry.

There will be free time to stroll through the galleries at your own pace to take in exhibits ranging from “Chicago Styled” which explores the development of Michigan Avenue into one of the country’s most renowned destinations for upscale retail to “1968” tracing the year 1968 – Vietnam, the flight of Apollo 8, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Kennedy, the battles for civil rights and the explosive Democratic National Convention in Chicago. There’s also time to browse the
museum’s wonderful gift shop!

To fortify you, we’ll have a buffet lunch provided by the North & Clark Café, located in the Chicago Room of the museum overlooking Lincoln Park. It features three kinds of sandwiches: Tuna Salad with cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato on croissant; Oven-roasted Turkey Breast with smokehouse bacon, avocado, tomato, lettuce and mayo on toasted multigrain bread; and Caprese with pesto, oven roasted tomatoes, baby spinach and fresh mozzarella on tomato focaccia. Also included are chopped salad, fresh fruit salad, homemade potato chips, homemade cookies, and beverages. You won’t go hungry!

NOTE: Museum is handicap accessible. The visit does require walking and being on your feet for a length of time, but you can go at your own pace. Wheelchair
available with advance notice.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 8:00 am
Return: Rock Valley College about 5:30 pm
Cost: (Includes museum entry, guided tour, lunch and transportation)
$69 for Center members
$84 for non-members