Trips & Socials

Wandering Tree Estate


Wandering Tree Estate & Highlights of Barrington

August 24, 2017

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This will be a very special day as we tour this unique private estate. Wandering Tree Estate is located in Barrington, IL, and is an exclusive opportunity available to tour by private invitation only. You will experience 10 acres of prize-winning gardens, a 4-acre lake, exquisite garden railways and a model train museum. The estate features rose gardens, a pool garden, a Shabui Japanese Water and Stroll Garden, a Woodland garden with a 400 year old oak tree and thousands of plants, flowers and trees. This unique garden, was created by the owner, known as “The Train Lady,” who is a renowned artist and designer who weaves scenic railways throughout the estate. The Garden Railway includes 1,500 feet of linear track, bridges, trestles, and a waterfall that flows into a miniature lake. Another highlight of the estate is an amazing train museum featuring famous Chicago landmarks.

Following the tour, we will have lunch at The Onion Pub in Barrington. Menu choices include; a Pub Burger and potato chips; Chicken Penne Pasta with chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach, penne pasta in a sundried tomato pesto cream sauce or a Chicken Caesar Salad. All meals come with soup, dessert and coffee, tea or soda.

The afternoon will be spent at the Barrington History Museum and a guided bus tour of Barrington. The museum features seven exhibits including a working blacksmith shop and vintage wedding dresses displayed inside a Victorian house. You will not want to miss this exclusive tour!

Note: The tour includes walking on uneven grounds. Attendees with canes or walkers may find this tour difficult.

Depart: Rock Valley College at 9:00 a.m.
Return: Rock Valley College about 5:30 p.m.

Cost:  $99 for Center members; $119 for non-members

A Day the Gardens

September 7, 2017

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Anderson GardensEnjoy lunch at the new Fresco at the Garden Restaurant and a tour at Rockford’s award-winning Anderson Japanese Gardens!

Surround yourself with nature in an outdoor setting that inspires the mind and energizes the soul. Anderson Japanese Gardens is an authentic Japanese Garden maintained by the highest standards. It is one of Rockford’s hidden treasures that provides an unforgettable experience for all guests. We will begin with a nice lunch at Fresco at the Gardens. The restaurant offers beautiful views of the gardens as a part of your dining experience. Lunch will include an Artisan Sandwich Buffet, Chips, and Cookies. A tour of the gardens will follow lunch. Japanese gardens are unique because they are carefully designed and maintained to create a work of natural art using stones, water, and plants that inspire calm, renewal and discovery.

Transportation for this event is on your own:
Anderson Japanese Gardens
318 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Cost:  $22 for Center members; $27 for non-members

Reservation deadline: Wed., August 30, 2017

Celebration Belle Fall Foliage River Cruise

October 13, 2017

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Celebration Belle Imagine yourself cruising down the Mississippi, admiring the colors of nature all around you. Beautiful scenery abounds as you float up and down the river while in the background are the great sounds of music from the 40’s to the present. Sit back, listen, and even dance to the sounds of your favorite tunes. Big Band, Country, and Rock and Roll, it’s all there.

The relaxing four-hour Celebration Belle Fall Foliage Cruise boards at the Celebration River Cruise dock, Moline, IL. This quaint riverboat is four decks tall, including two climate controlled dining decks and two outdoor decks for observation. Don’t forget your cameras to capture the scenic views.

Once aboard, our cruise will start off with hot homemade sticky buns and assorted fresh fruits followed by a buffet lunch.

The hot lunch buffet menu includes:

  • Baked Cranberry Glazed Breast of Chicken
  • Alfredo Pasta with Vegetables
  • Homemade Garlic Mashed Potato
  • Chicken Gravy
  • Green Beans with Sauteed Bacon & Onions
  • Two Cold Salads
  • Tossed Spring Salad with Dressing
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Dessert
  • Coffee & Iced Tea included with your meal

Fully stocked bars are available and a gift shop is located on the 3rd deck.

Note: The boat is handicap accessible and equipped with an elevator. Minimal walking required for this trip.

Depart: Rock Valley College at 7:45 a.m.
Return: Rock Valley College about 5:30 p.m.

Cost:  $99 for Center members; $119 for non-members