Rock Valley College

Trips & Socials

Milwaukee History Tour: Pabst Mansion & Brewery with Lunch at Mader’s

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Milwaukee is our destination for the day and we’ll learn about some of its interesting history. Frederick Pabst immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1848, and settled in Chicago. He became a Captain on a Great Lakes steamer and his vessels went along the shores of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee. It was in Milwaukee that he met and married his future wife, Maria Best. She was the eldest daughter of Phillip Best, a brewer from Milwaukee. In 1862, Frederick bought a half-interest in the Phillip Best Brewing Company, and in 1889 it was renamed the Pabst Brewing Company.

We’ll have the privilege of touring the Pabst family mansion built in 1890. The house has survived and thrived into the twenty-first century as a testament to America’s Gilded Age. Captain and Mrs. Pabst were consummate art collectors, filling their mansion with priceless treasures and furnishings.

We will also tour the Best Place at the historic Pabst Brewery. German immigrant Jacob Best Sr., established the brewery in 1844. With the closing of the brewery in 1996 came the opening of opportunity. After many years of blood, sweat, and beers, the “Best” use of these buildings has fermented into Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. With your first step into Blue Ribbon Hall, you will instantly be transported back to a time when things were a little tougher and yet life was simpler. Experience a small piece of Americana and enjoy yourself surrounded by Old World Charm and Hospitality.

We will enjoy lunch at one of the famous German restaurants in Milwaukee, Mader’s. It is currently ranked as Milwaukee’s best ethnic restaurant. Founded in 1902, diners will enjoy Mrs. Mader’s original recipes including: Bratwurst & Knockwurst, Rhine Sauerbraten, tossed green salad, German potato salad, roasted red potatoes, red cabbage, sauerkraut, rolls and butter. Wunderbar! Dessert will be apple strudel and coffee is included.

NOTE: The buildings are handicap accessible.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 8:00 a.m.
Return: Rock Valley College by 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $78 for Center members and $98 for non-members


Social: Movie Matinee & Lunch

Thursday, March 8  from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rock Valley College – Main Campus/ERC Building
Enjoy an afternoon at the movies with fun, food, and friends!

Come join us for the return of the Movie Matinee and Lunch! Our mystery movie, (we can’t give you the title because of royalty restriction) is a true story and was chosen as one of the top ten films of 2016. It was also nominated for three Academy Awards and two Golden Globe awards.

Lunch will be served before the movie and will include: Italian Salad, Cheese Ravioli, Linguini Alfredo, Italian Sausages Meatballs, Assorted Rolls, Delicious Dessert, Coffee & Water.

This event will be held in the ERC (Educational Resource Center) building on the Rock Valley College main campus. Lunch will be served in the AmCore Commons area right in front of the library entrance and the movie will be shown on the ground floor in the PAR (Performing Arts Room). Since the RVC students will be on spring break at this time, there will be plenty of close parking in front of the ERC building in Lots 8A & 8B (use Spring Brook Road entrance into the college).

NOTE: Building is handicap accessible. There are stairs and elevators to the ground floor.
Cost: $16 for Center members and $20 for non-members
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2018


Nashville: Music City USA Tour

May 14-17, 2018 - View brochure


Day 1: Monday May 14, 2018

Our music loving friends are all aboard as we travel south through Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, into Nashville, Tennessee. There will be stops along the way at vari- ous attractions, including the Vandalia State House and the Superman Statue in Metropolis, IL. We will be stopping for lunch on your own along the way, as well. When we arrive in Nashville, we’ll have dinner at Loveless Café where we will enjoy delicious southern cuisine. We will be checking into our home for the next three nights at the newly renovated Best Western Plus Nashville Airport. (D)

Day 2: Tuesday May 15, 2018

After breakfast, we start our Nashville visit with a guided tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame. This is the world’s largest museum dedicated to the preservation of American Country Music. A shuttle will take us to historic Studio B, home to 1000 American music hits including 200 Elvis Presley songs. After our visit to Studio B, we will have free time in downtown Nashville. Enjoy lunch on your own with many dining options at the 2nd Avenue Historic District and Broadway area. Wildhorse Saloon, Tootsie’s, Robert’s Western World, and Rippy’s to name a few. There will be time to look around and shop along this stretch of honky tonks and boot shops. We’ll also visit the new Johnny Cash Museum, known for its excellent exhibits and mem- orabilia on the life and music of this legend. We will stop back at the hotel to freshen up before we go to dinner, which is at the Backstage Grill, and then attend tonight’s Grand Ole Opry show! (B,D)

Day 3: Wednesday, May16, 2018

After breakfast, we will begin our day at The Hermitage, the former home of President Andrew Jackson. The Hermitage is the most authentic early presidential home in America, where you’ll be an honored guest in the Jackson family mansion, the formal garden, slave quarters, and the original log cabin that Jackson occupied in 1804. Then we will step aboard the General Jackson Showboat, one of the largest showboats in the country! Enjoy a delicious lunch and lively enter- tainment while cruising down the majestic Cumberland River. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Opry Mills, Tennessee’s largest outlet and retail shopping destination. We will return to the hotel to relax before departing for dinner and a show at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, including an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner and music show. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Thursday May 17, 2018

After breakfast, we will load up the coach and leave for home as we bid farewell to Music City, USA. There will be stops along the way to stretch and sightsee at the Paducah Floodwall Murals in Paducah, KY and the Effingham Cross, America’s largest cross, in Effingham, IL. We will also stop for lunch on your own along the way. (B)

Trip Includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation on a Tri-State Travel deluxe motorcoach (Equipped with FREE standard WiFi, electrical outlets/USB ports, restroom, Media Center, and DVD player).
  • 7 Meals
  • 3 nights lodging with a full American breakfast

Admission at all highlighted a rac ons including:

  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Johnny Cash Museum
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • The Hermitage
  • General Jackson Showboat
  • Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre

Trip Price:

$975 per person (double occupancy)
$1,225 per person (single occupancy)

Registration Form: Available at the CLR office, 3350 N. Bell School Rd, or call to request at (815) 921-3931. Checks payable to: Tri-StateTravel

Mail to: Rock Valley College - CLR
3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114

Trip Mate Insurance Protection: (Optional)
$75 per person (double occupancy)
$109 per person (single occupancy)

Other: Most sites and tours are handicap accessible. Keep in mind the trip involves a lot of activity, including getting on and off the coach several times a day and standing and walking for extended periods during the tours.

Questions? Call: (815) 921-3931