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UWFox Offers Exciting Trip Opportunities

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Exciting Trip OpportunitiesWhile there may be snow on the ground and abundant sub-freezing temperatures outside, it’s a great time to think about travel and “get-away” opportunities. The Office of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is offering a number of exciting educational and entertaining trips.

For most plant lovers in Wisconsin, the end of May brings an itch to get out in the dirt to plant some new varieties of annuals and perennials. For those who have been gardening for a number of years and are always looking for a new and different greenhouse, join the trip to Milaegers Gardens in Racine where there are more than 70 gardens to explore. In addition to the purchasing at the greenhouses and shops, there will be opportunities to attend an educational lecture at the gardens. Included in this tour is round trip transportation from the UWFox campus, lunch, and a stop at Larson’s Bakery, home of the ever-popular Kringle. Trip participants will receive their final itinerary approximately two weeks prior to departure. The fee for the trip is $59.00 and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (The travel time is tentative; the final itinerary will have exact information).

The campus’ fifth annual theater trip to New York City is being offered Wednesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 7, 2009. In only five days, those participating in this very special travel package will experience three top-notch New York plays, including “Jersey Boys,” “South Pacific,” and a non-musical to be selected in February. The group will spend four nights at the New York Marriott Hotel, located on Broadway. Attendees will also have the option of guided side-excursions with trip leaders.  The price includes motor coach from the campus to Milwaukee and air transportation to New York City; four nights at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, located in the heart of the city; and a group tour of some of New York’s many “must see” attractions.  There will be optional excursions with individual trip leaders, with plenty of free time to personally explore New York City. The fee is $1859.00 per person, based on double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add $600.00. A $100 non-refundable deposit needs to be submitted with registration. Group leaders for this New York City theatrical tour are Susan Rabideau, UWFox associate professor of Theatre and Communication Arts and theatre director; Bil Stachour, New York City navigator for the group; and Cathy Paynter, director of the Office of Continuing Education at UWFox.

Discover the contributions to our heritage as you view period history, architecture and furnishings by being part of the trip to Philadelphia, one of America’s most historic cities.

Visits to Independence National Park and the National Constitution Center will help group members retrace the footprints of the nation’s Founding Fathers and Mothers, from Betsy Ross’s house to Elfreth’s Alley and Colonial Society Hill. Philadelphia’s street plan makes it easy to walk from neighborhood to neighborhood. The Philadelphia Museum of Art with its renowned collections places the city in the top five of great American cities for the arts.

The trip, leaving Wednesday, October 7th, and returning Sunday, October 11th,  includes a visit to Gettysburg, which is situated on the historic Mason-Dixon Line that once divided the North from the South. The Gettysburg site was made famous by the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, which has been referred to as the turning point of the war. Trip participants will trace the path of the war during those three fateful days as a licensed Gettysburg Battlefield guide brings history alive through a chronological look at the most riveting battle ever fought on American soil. Included is a visit to the fields where the battle raged. There are frequent stops and walking involved during this tour stop.

Part of this Pennsylvania trip also includes a stop in the unique city of Hershey, home of the Hershey Chocolate Company. A tour of Hershey’s “Chocolate World” provides wonderful insights into the culture of cocoa, where participants will see, feel, and hear the processes that deliciously transform the beans into milk chocolate. And yes, there will be time to sample some chocolate before leaving Hershey, called “the sweetest place on Earth.”

Also featured in the Pennsylvania trip is a visit to Lancaster County and the scenic Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The area boasts beautiful scenery dotted with one-room schoolhouses and wooden covered bridges, modern farm machinery being pulled behind four-and six-mule teams, homemade clothing and quilts gently blowing in the breeze, and Amish communities where life moves at a slower pace and centers around time-honored traditions and values.

A pre-Pennsylvania trip meeting will help participants plan their stay. Group leaders are Kathy Palmer, UW-Manitowoc director of Continuing Education Director, and Cathy Paynter, UWFox director of Continuing Education.

The fee for the Pennsylvania trip is $1495.00 per person, based on double occupancy, with $600.00 added for single occupancy. The early bird discounted fee of $1445.00 is available with a registration made before March 1, 2009.  The trip fee includes airfare, hotel, ground transportation from the UWFox campus to the airport and the return to the campus, walking tour of Philadelphia, and bus trips to Gettysburg and Lancaster County. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is necessary to hold reservation. Registrants will receive a confirmation and payment schedule upon registration. This trip is limited to 30 travelers – it’s important to register soon –don’t miss out!

For more information about any of these trips, contact the UWFox Office of Continuing Education, 920-832-2636, email cathy.paynter@uwc.edu, or visit www.uwfox.uwc.edu/conted/.

Posted 01/27/2009