Upcoming Trips

UPCOMING DAYTIMERS TRIP

NOVEMBER TRIP
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Thursday, November 6, 2014

It has been awhile since we last traveled to the Mississippi Coast.  We’ve loaded this trip with a lot to see and do since we’ll be going this far.  The first stop will be to the delightful little town of Ocean Springs to visit the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.  To quote from the web site, “A visit to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) is an enchanting and unique experience. The Walter Anderson Museum was opened in 1991 and is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), an American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the foremost of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist. The watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics, and carvings by the three Anderson brothers are all represented in the museum’s permanent collection.”  As some will know, he is considered “unusual,” so plan for it.  Of course, there is also a gift shop.   http://www.walterandersonmuseum.org/

After the long ride and tour of the Anderson Art Museum, lunch will be at the sumptuous buffet at Beau Rivage Casino – another highlight of the trip.

The next sightseeing part of the trip will be to the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.  This Museum houses many different exhibits, many of them being pottery.  In addition, the design of the Museum area is unique.  There is still much construction work to be done but we will get to see a work in progress.  Docents or staff will give us a tour.  http://georgeohr.org/

The final site to visit is Beauvoir – The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library.  After the Civil War, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was invited by the family that owned the home and plantation to live there.  Davis stayed here until his death, working on his memoirs.  The original home is a Museum and Library.  Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the other buildings but considerable restoration has been accomplished.  We will have guided tours of the home and grounds.   www.beauvoir.org

Details:  cost is $60 per person.  We’ll board the bus at St. John’s UMC, 7:15-7:30 a.m. and should return around 6:15 p.m.  All travelers except St. John’s Primetimers will register by calling Peggy Kilgore, 766-7230.  The deadline is Saturday, October 25.  For this group, checks should be made to UUMC with “Daytimers” in the “For” field.

As usual, St. John’s Primetimers will register by contacting the church office, 766-4594, with a deadline of Thursday, October 23.  Make checks payable to “Prime Timers.”

Payment is due upon registration. Because of the large cost of reserving the bus and other expenses, once you commit to go, there can be no refunds.  Caution:  the bus frequently fills for this type trip, so register early.

 

JANUARY TRIP
Coca Cola Plant and State Museum Exhibit
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

For the January Daytimers/Primetimers trip, we will stay in Baton Rouge but still be transported on a bus. The first stop will be the Coca Cola Plant on Plank Road. You have probably seen videos of bottling plants and maybe even seen one in your earlier years, but you will get to see the new modern facility right here in Baton Rouge. Included will be some information about the process. Of course, they will not reveal the secret formula, but you will see them make the cokes.

After the plant tour, we will go to the bounteous buffet at Teppanyaki Hibachi Grill, Sushi & Asian Buffet. If you have never been there, you are in for a treat. The theme is primarily Asian, but there is plenty of “American food” to satisfy most appetites. For those who like to create their own, there is the Hibachi Grill option; and, for those who have learned to eat sushi, your appetite should be filled.

After lunch, the next stop is the Louisiana State Museum, Capitol Park Museum. The Museum is always a treat (as well as one of the best kept secrets in Louisiana). At this time, there will be a special exhibit called “Revolutions.” To quote from their web site: “The powerful idea of individual freedom resonates from the soon-to-open exhibit Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Spanning decades of enormous political and cultural changes in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, Revolution! traces how the ideal of popular sovereignty and the radical rethinking of the role of hereditary privilege and slavery soon led to more radical calls for a recognition of universal human rights. The light of this ideal would set off attacks on both sides of the Atlantic, manifesting itself in the American Revolution and the French Revolution.” Some publicity is already being presented, but much more is to come. So, watch the news. http://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-museum/museum-sites/capitol-park-museum/

Details: cost is $40.00 per person. We’ll board the bus at St. John’s UMC, 8:15-8:30 a.m. and should return around 4:00 p.m. All travelers except St. John’s Primetimers will register by calling Carol Calhoun, 769-3243. The deadline is Saturday, January 3, 2015. For this group, checks should be made to UUMC with “Daytimers” in the “For” field.

As usual, St. John’s Primetimers will register by contacting the church office, 766-4594, with a deadline of Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Make checks payable to “Prime Timers.”

Payment is due upon registration. Because of the large cost of reserving the bus and other expenses, once you commit to go, there can be no refunds. Caution: the bus frequently fills for this type trip, so register early.

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