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Volume XXXVI, Number 5 • May/June, 2016

Mississippi’s Bicentennial page 4

Southeast page 10

Midwest page 14

Theaters and Shows page 34


contents

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ississippi is gearing up to cel-

ebrate its bicentennial in 2017 with statewide festivities and

new attractions. The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200-year history has been full of changes, challenges and growth. This history has culminated in a place brimming with charming small towns, vibrant cities, unique attractions and a multicultural landscape that represents people of many different backgrounds, traditions and heritages â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all merging together to make the state a Mecca for music, history and culture aďŹ cionados. The Mississippi State Tourism Association is getting out the message that all are welcome in the Magnolia State and they hope that visitors from around country and indeed the world will

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visit and help celebrate this important milestone. Jackson, Mississippi On December 10, 1817, President James Monroe signed a resolution admitting Mis-

Celebrate Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bicentinnial

sissippi into the Union as the 20th state. The whole state is gearing up to celebrate the

ums will point visitors to these other sites

engaged in the extraordinary struggle to

200th anniversary of this historic event. In

and encourage them to visit.

make real Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise of equal rights

the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital city, Jackson, two new

The Museum of Mississippi History will

for all. A stunning sculpture honoring civil

museums, both dedicated to showcasing

explore the events, traditions and people that

rights veterans will be the focus of this dra-

Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, heritage and its place

make the state of Mississippi so rich and dis-

matic light-ďŹ lled space. Exhibits of the

in our nation, will be making their debuts in

tinctive. In the introduction theater, visitors

museum will include Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freedom

the bicentennial year. Celebrating the glori-

will gather around a crackling campďŹ re and

Struggle; Mississippi in Black and White; A

ous times, reďŹ&#x201A;ecting on the turbulent times,

as the lights dim, the sounds of a single gui-

Closed Society; A Tremor in the Iceberg; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I

following the evolution of a society and cul-

tar will introduce them to the story to come

Question Americaâ&#x20AC;?; Black Empowerment;

ture, and discovering the connection that

in the exhibits. Exhibits include The First Peo-

Where Do We Go From Here and This Little

binds us all are the purposes of these two

ples; Native Americans, Europeans and

Light of Mine.

new world-class museums.

Africans; Territory, Statehood and Treaties;

Both museums will feature theaters offer-

The Museum of Mississippi History tells

Cotton, Slavery, and Civil War; Freedom,

ing state-of-the-art audio and visual experi-

the journey of the Magnolia State from pre-

Reconstruction, and Counter Revolution;

ences as well as interactive features. Visitors

historic times to the present. The Mississippi

Rebuilding, Progressivism, and Repression;

entering A Flawed Vision Theater in the

Civil Rights Museum explores how black Mis-

The Great Depression, the New Deal and

Museum of Mississippi History will experi-

sissippians progressed from slaves to sec-

World War II; and Social Change, DiversiďŹ -

ence sounds, lights and visual effects which

ond-class citizens under Jim Crow to lead-

cation, and Innovation.

evoke a bustling wharf, interactive battle

ers for civil and voting rights. The two

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will

maps will thrill Civil War buffs, while music

museums will be a gateway for visitors to

feature seven galleries of exhibits encircling

lovers will revel in the sounds of Muddy

learn about other museums, historic sites

a central gallery, This Little Light of Mine. An

Waters, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers, Leon-

and cultural experiences all over the state.

entryway to other exhibits, this central gallery

tyne Price and more. In the Mississippi Civil

Special features throughout the two muse-

will carry themes of the entire museum:

Rights Museum, visitors entering a jail cell

throughout Mississippi, ordinary people

theater will hear stories of activists jailed dur-

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Medgar Evers, Margaret Walker, Smith Robertson and more. Explore a centuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of civil rights history in just a few days.

In Decembe Decemberr 2017, 7, the Mississippi Miss sissippi Civil Rig Rights ghts Museum will will open its doors to the th he world. This state-of-the-art museum will tell our state's stories of injustice, tragedy, and triumph in a very honest and transparent way. Be the first group to visit the only museum of its kind. There is even more civil rights history to experience in our Capital City. Visit the bronze statue of Medgar Evers, a modest tribute to a man who took an unwavering stand for social justice. Then, step inside the very churches, schools, and bus stations where the battles for civil rights were fought and won. Make a stop at the Smith Robertson Museum, the old schoolhouse, now filled with historic art and artifacts. Come to Jackson, Mississippi and immerse yourself in history like nowhere else. To arrange your own customized itinerary, call 800-354-7695 or go to toursinjackson.com.

City with warmth. City with hospitality. City with soul.








        ing the movement. In the Mississippi Black

the Renaissance at Colony Park Lifestyle Cen-

and White gallery, they will experience the

ter and Township at Colony Park, a beauti-

consequences of â&#x20AC;&#x153;crossing the lineâ&#x20AC;? in Jim

ful collection of signature shops and restau-

Crow Mississippi.

rants. For the ultimate shopping experience,

The groundbreaking for the museums

check out the Ridgeland Retail Trail, a com-

began in the fall of 2013, interior work and

pilation of Ridgelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locally-owned bou-

exhibit fabrication started in 2015 and the

tiques, galleries, shops and spas. Do not miss

grand openings are projected for fall of 2017.

the Mississippi Craft Center, featuring the

Visit 2mississippimuseums.com for more

works of more than150 members of the Mis-

information.

sissippi Craftsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild.

Jackson is also gearing up to celebrate

Do you have more of an outdoor group?

the 200th anniversary of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state-

Ridgeland has numerous opportunities to

hood in 2017. Events are planned all over

enjoy sports and nature at quality parks

the city and the state as well. A special

and facilities. The massive Ross Barnett

commemoration is the conservation and

Reservoir has 105 miles of shoreline and

exhibition of a rare, nearly 200-year-old

is bounded on the north by the historic

20-star U.S. flag. This historic banner has

Natchez Trace Parkway. This National

been adopted as a symbol of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Scenic Byway offers miles of scenic trails

Bicentennial Celebration. Once the restora-

and a roadway. Find 157 types of birds,

tion work on the flag is completed, it will

state parks, riding trails, Civil War historic

travel the state. It will arrive at its final des-

interpretations, American-Indian artifacts,

tination, the Mississippi Museum of His-

cultural and heritage opportunities and

tory in Jackson, where it will remain on

waterways. The14-mile, multi-purpose trail

permanent display.

is the perfect outlet for your walk, run or

For more information about Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic and dynamic capital city go to visitjackson.com.

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Ridgeland has all the charm of a small

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  !   with Downtown Alive!, another local favorite concert series offering free music from regional artists of all genres. It is not just the concert series that makes Lafayette the self-proclaimed Free Music Capital of the World. The month of October alone hosts more than 21 events that boast free music. One of the main events that everyone looks forward to in the fall is Festival Acadiens et Creole. Taking place the second full weekend of October, this free three-day festival welcomes locals and visitors alike to share in food, music, dancing as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts that make the region so unique. South Louisiana is also home to the greatest free party on earth, a colorful celebration known as Mardi Gras or what is sometimes referred to as Carnival. The celebration

Lafayette, Louisiana

always easy to find locals who can switch

begins on January 6, the Twelfth Night of

Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s

effortlessly into French when the need arises.

Christmas and continues until Mardi Gras,

Cajun and Creole Country, an area known

No matter what time of year you visit

the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. In Aca-

for letting the good times roll, or as they say

Lafayette, they will have something for you

diana the family-friendly festivities abound

it “laissez les bons temps rouler,” and peo-

to celebrate. It does not take long to get

with residents celebrating in many ways with

ple are starting to notice. The Wall Street

hooked on the captive rhythms of the dis-

parades, Mardi Gras Indians and the lesser

Journal’s

named

tinctive Cajun, Zydeco and Creole music,

known Courir de Mardi Gras or Mardi Gras

Lafayette the “Happiest City in America” and

whether in a dance hall, jam session, local

run. New for groups, Lafayette is offering

it is no mystery why. Their distinctive blend

bar or at an outdoor concert series. There is

Downtown parade route VIP seating that puts

of food, music and culture has people from

never any problem finding a dance partner

you up close with the floats for a unique

all over heading down South with a smile

if you want to try your hand at a two-step or

Mardi Gras experience.

on their face.

waltz, because just about anyone is up for a

MarketWatch.com

The region’s history dates back to the 18th

turn on the dance floor.

Spring festival season is just as jammed packed as the fall, especially the last full week

century, when Canada’s Acadians were

Lafayette truly comes alive in the fall and

of April with Lafayette’s annual Festival Inter-

expelled in the late 1700s and settled in

spring with remarkable weather to compli-

national de Louisiane. The largest non-tick-

Louisiana. More than two centuries later

ment the multitude of events and festivals.

eted Francophone festival in the country, Fes-

tourists come to Lafayette to get a rare taste

One thing unique to Lafayette is the free con-

tival International celebrates the connections

of the genuine Acadian experience, from tra-

cert series that take place in the fall. Kick off

between Acadiana and the Francophone

ditional food fixings and music to the warm

your weekend starting Thursday with

world. More than 100 artists from 30 coun-

Rhythms on the River, a free evening con-

tries converge across seven stages in Lafayet-

For a taste of genuine history, visit Ver-

cert held in River Ranch’s Town Square. Bach

te’s downtown for music, dancing, cuisine,

milionville, a reconstructed Cajun colonial

Lunch, a free popular lunchtime music series

theater, cooking demonstrations, storytelling,

village where you can watch daily life re-

that takes place on Fridays in Downtown

visual arts, crafts and street animation.

enactments from the time period 1765-1890.

Lafayette, couples local food with music for

If you prefer culinary adventures, taste

Inside or outside this historical village, it is

all ages. The fun continues into the evening

your way down the Cajun Boudin Trail to

hospitality that greets you at every turn.

10 • Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016


       sample variations of the region’s signature

Bayou Natural Area as well as the Rookery

tors, Visit St. Pete Clearwater has

smoked pork and rice delicacy. The area in

at Cypress Island Nature Conservancy at Lake

announced the John’s Pass Seafood Festi-

and around Lafayette is the indisputable cen-

Martin. Bird species that have been spotted

val as the number one festival in Pinellas

ter of all things boudin. Lafayette even holds

at these locations include snowy, great and

County. One of the longest running seafood

the annual Boudin Cook-Off in October as

cattle egrets, little blue herons, green herons

festivals in the United States is now gear-

well as the Scott Boudin Festival in April,

and yellow-crowed night herons, roseate

ing up for their 35th annual event to take

where the top boudiniers come together to

spoonbills, wood storks, black-necked stilts,

place October 27-30, 2016.

show off their skills. Of course, folks in Cajun

loggerhead shrikes, swallow-tailed and Mis-

New this year, the event will offer a beach

Country do not just hang their hats on boudin,

sissippi kites, anhingas as well as the enig-

kids zone, extended hours and more remote

and you should eagerly sample some of the

matic Swainson’s hawk and not to mention

parking options than ever before.

other traditional and creative regional foods

the American alligators.

The 3 1⁄2-day outdoor festival features

they are baking, smoking, frying or pouring.

Whether your passion is for their rich cul-

continuous musical entertainment, com-

After all, when you head a little off the beaten

tural history, the bustling culinary scene or

petitive challenges, an arts and crafts show

path in search of authentic food, there is no

distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music,

and more local seafood vendors than ever

reason to stop for just one item.

you can be sure you will leave beaming from

before. The first grouper sandwiches (and

ear to ear. Plan your escape to the

more than 100 other seafood options) will

situated on the Mississippi Flyway and the

‘Happiest

be served, beginning at 12 p.m. Thursday

Atchafalaya Loop of America’s Wetland Bird-

LafayetteTravel.com/Happy.

Lafayette also happens to be conveniently

City

in

America’

at

ing Trail. Nature watchers and photographers

this year, with classic rock on the main stage and Local Chef Competitions for the

have immediate access to some of the best

John’s Pass Seafood Festival

best seafood dishes in Pinellas County. Fri-

birding sites in North America, including

Madiera Beach, Florida

day things heat up with Tampa Bay’s

Spanish Lake, University of Louisiana at

In an annual ranking determined by an

largest Halloween block party and costume

Lafayette’s Crawfish Research Center, Indian

online poll of thousands of locals and visi-

contest (for those over 21), from 7-11 p.m.,

O U T DO O R

FOOD

12 • Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016

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       with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. Saturday offers coun-

Saloon (best bus parking) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12754 KingďŹ sh Drive, and the Treasure

try music artists, the Battle in the Gulf Fishing Tournament and a

Island Recreation Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10315 Paradise Boulevard. Parking pro-

kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costume contest. Sunday opens with the World's Largest Bloody Mary Toast and beach party music on tap all day long. Ongoing fun

ceeds beneďŹ t local non-proďŹ t organizations, including but

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not limited to, Madeira Beach Fundamental School, Pinellas Culinary Art Programs

throughout the weekend will

and other local charities. Limited

include fiddler crab races, trick

parking may be available within

or treating, an arts and crafts

Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pass Village with prices in

show, a beach kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zone and

the $10-$15 range.

more seafood cuisine than

The John's Pass Seafood

ever before. Healthy menu

Festival, founded by the Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

options will consist of steamed,

Pass Village Association in 1980,

grilled, smoked and sautĂŠed dishes, as well as traditional fried foods and non-seafood items for the landlubbers. Extended hours of operation for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival are

celebrates the abundance of fish in Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pass, the "Grouper Capital of the World.â&#x20AC;? Since its inception 34 years ago, the festival has lured hundreds of thousands of visitors and

Thursday October 27 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday October 28

continues to be a popular favorite with visitors and locals alike.

from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday October 29 from 10 a.m. to 11

The event is held annually on the last full weekend in October at

p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

the Historic Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pass Village and Boardwalk (12902 Village

Five-dollar festival parking is available in both Madeira Beach and

Boulevard) located in tropical Madeira Beach, Florida. Admission

Treasure Island this year, with complimentary shuttle service to and

to the event is complimentary. For general information visit

from Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pass Village. Parking locations include Madeira Beach

JohnsPassSeafoodFestival.com, Facebook.com/JohnsPassSeafood-

Fundamental School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Gators CafĂŠ and

Festival or phone (727) 322-5217.

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      Grove City, Ohio With a haunted theater, a local vineyard, a historic garden and numerous experiential tours, Grove City, Ohio has a little something for everyone. Whether your group is in the mood for an Ohio wine tour at the only operational urban vineyard in Franklin County, haunted theater tours, a cupcake decorating how-to or a historic garden tour, you will quickly discover why everyone is stopping in Grove City. Discover the rich history of the Little Theatre Off Broadway as you tour the theater looking for a ghost. Legend has it that loud noises are often heard and the double doors will ďŹ&#x201A;y open, as if blown by a violent wind. Who knows what your group will see?

  

Tour the only working vineyard in Franklin County, which consists of three acres of grapes. Then, head to Plum Run Winery for an

group will learn different decorating techniques and put them to the

interactive winemaking demonstration to see how the grapes are

test by decorating a cupcake to take home, or better yet, to eat enroute

transformed into a delightful vintage. No wine tour would be com-

to the next destination.

plete without a wine tasting. Plum Run Winery has many wonderful wines to sample and enjoy.

Learn about horticulture throughout time at the Gardens at Gantz Park, while wandering through the Garden of Yesterday, Garden of

Satisfy your sweet tooth and learn a new skill by stopping in to

Today and Garden of Tomorrow. Enter a renovated, two-story his-

Capital City Cakes, which has been featured on TLCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cake Boss. Your

toric farmhouse where you will learn how to concoct fresh salsa, make an herbal sachet to freshen up any room in your home or discover the best herbs for making tea. Extend your stay in Grove City at one of 15 overnight lodging options from the high end hotels to budget-friendly motels, all boasting easy highway access and proximity to the rest of central Ohio. To learn about these group tour offerings and more, check out visitgrovecityoh.com, phone (800) 539-0405, or e-mail answers@visitgrovecityoh.com.

Goat Milk Stuff Scottsburg, Indiana The 10 members of the Jonas Family â&#x20AC;&#x201C; P.J. and Jim, with children Brett, Colter, Emery, Fletcher, Greyden, Hewitt, Indigo and Jade - invite you to stop by the Goat Milk Stuff (GMS) farm for an enjoyable hour or two. Conveniently located in beautiful southern Indiana, less than a mile off Interstate 65, Goat Milk Stuff is a unique one-stop-shop for fun, food and shopping. With one of the Jonas Children as your guide, take a tour of Goat Milk Stuff's soapmaking facility before you head out to the barns. Out there, you will meet the chickens, rabbits, barn cats, Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs and their large herd of Alpine Dairy Goats. When you have taken enough selďŹ es with the goats and dogs, you will visit the milking facility, Grade-A dairy, and commercial kitchen, before washing up and enjoying a taste-testing of some goat milk cheese and candy or an (optional) lunch. 14 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016


      Grab a sandwich made with goat milk cheese or a salad with goat milk feta on top. Enjoy some goat milk caramels or fudge, a caramel

   

For

more

information

about

the

tours,

check

out

goatmilkstuff.com/tours or e-mail soap@goatmilkstuff.com.

cinnamon roll, goat milk yogurt parfait or goat milk pudding for dessert, washing it all down with some fresh goat milk, chocolate

McLean County Museum Bloomington, Illinois

goat milk or drinkable goat milk yogurt.

Travelers looking to take to the road this season can get their kicks

Make sure you check out the freshly baked

on Route 66 in a big way in the Bloomington-Normal area. The new

bread, baguettes and bagels, made by a

Cruisinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center is located in the nation-

charming, 10-year-old baker, Indigo Jonas.

ally-accredited McLean County Museum of History in the historic

If you have never explored the range of

courthouse in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Welcoming travel-

yummy food that can be made with goat

ers from all over the globe, this new attraction serves as a gateway â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

milk, this is the perfect opportunity.

the only one of its kind in the area. The Center serves as an infor-

Do not forget to grab a few of the many

mation hub for area attractions and sites including restaurants, his-

different goat milk products before you

toric Route 66 sites, Abraham Lincoln sites, parks, and historic com-

leave. The GMS Farm Store has all the food products and more,

munities. A large kiosk features area attractions with a focus on things

including all natural, award-winning goat milk soaps, lotions, lip

to see and do, many located within walking distance of the Visitors

balms and laundry soap. Whether you are looking for a unique gift,

Center. The Museum Square is also the site of the Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market,

a simple keepsake or a completely natural overhaul of your diet

open Saturday mornings from May through October.

and skincare regimen, you will ďŹ nd it at the GMS Farm Store.

At the plaza entrance of the Visitors Center you will be greeted by

Goat Milk Stuff and the Jonas Family are proud to introduce you

the iconic work of Rick Harneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sculpture, the Lincoln Bench. Inside the

to the wonderful world of goat milk products. Schedule a tour and

Visitors Center, there are 10 billboard-styled exhibit panels. Exhibit

be encouraged, entertained and enthralled by all that a hard-work-

themes cover stories about dining, lodging and travel in the area, expe-

ing family can accomplish with dairy goats.

rienced by both Abraham Lincoln and Route 66 travelers. There are two

Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 15


      mini-theaters. One introduces the visitor to area Lincoln-related sites

Minnesota Signature Experiences

and another shares with the visitor what it was like traveling Route 66

Bloomington, Minneapolis

in its heyday.

and St. Paul, Minnesota

The gift shop features publications related to Route 66 and Abra-

Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Meet Minneapo-

ham Lincoln, souvenirs, route maps, snacks and items unique to the

lis, Visit Saint Paul and Mall of America announce the launch of 30

area including local art-

Signature Experiences. This collection of experiential tourism offer-

work. Restrooms are

ings is the largest in a metro area in the nation.

located on the ground

Signature Experiences is a collection of new and unique tours,

level. A limited number

performances and demonstrations that offer groups exclusive and

of wheelchairs and

interactive activities, ranging from outdoor adventure to culinary

walkers are also avail-

arts, to arts and culture. The new experience offerings will drive vis-

able for use. Visitors can

itation to the four destinations for conventions, meetings and groups.

take the elevator to the

Meet Minneapolis launched their Go Minneapolis Signature Experi-

Museum for the price of admission.

   

ence program in fall 2013 with 19 experiences as a ďŹ rst phase of the rollout, including some at the Mall of America. The other destina-

Large groups are welcome to visit. Groups arriving in buses can

tions joined for this second phase, adding to and enhancing the pro-

unload in the bus loading zone for curbside entry. An overďŹ&#x201A;ow park-

gram to create a new collection of Signature Experiences for visitors

ing lot is available for bus parking.

and residents alike.

The Cruisinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center is open year-around and offers free admission.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Partners from our first round of Signature Experiences experienced such positive results that it was natural for expansion to

For information on tour arrangements and hours of operation

occur,â&#x20AC;? said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis.

phone (309) 827-0428 or e-mail: marketing@mchistory.org and visit

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased that we can work with our friends from Saint Paul,

cruisinwithlincolnon66.org.

Bloomington and again at the Mall of America to enhance this outstanding program.â&#x20AC;?

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LITTLE SABLE LIGHT Open May 27 - Sept. 26

WHITE RIVER LIGHT STATION Open May 27 - Oct. 30

P.O. Box 673 â&#x20AC;˘ Ludington, MI 49431 â&#x20AC;˘ 231-845-7417 â&#x20AC;˘ www.splka.org

16 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016

Located off I-69, Exit 316, North Fort Wayne, IN.

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      â&#x20AC;&#x153;People want more,â&#x20AC;? said Chris Grap,

â&#x20AC;˘ Textile Center: Felting Fun, where guests

â&#x20AC;˘ VOM FASS Presents: The Art of Deli-

senior manager of Experiential at Mall of

will discover this ancient technique for craft-

cious Dining â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mediterranean-style, where

America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They want to experience some-

ing designs from a variety of wool textures,

visitors will experience an interactive tast-

thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusive and unique.â&#x20AC;?

colors and materials and leave with a hand-

ing, learn the benefits of cooking with oils,

made mug rug, colorful coaster or felted art-

vinegars and spices and be inspired by an

work.

international small business success story.

Examples of some of the unique, new experiences include: â&#x20AC;˘ Como Zoo: Behind the Scenes, where visitors hear stories from Comoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fascinating past,

  

make a treat for polar bears, feed a giraffe and meet one of the many zookeepers who make Como Zoo a world-class facility. â&#x20AC;˘ Saint Paul Saints: Saint for a Day, where groups will take the ďŹ eld and see individualsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names in lights at CHS Field, just like a member of the St. Paul Saints. The visit includes a tour of CHS Field, team workout, ofďŹ cial jersey, Saints-issued cap and a meal. â&#x20AC;˘ Spoonriver: Harvest Your Health, where attendees will become inspired to be healthier by learning about how to support local and sustainable agriculture through a fourcourse luncheon and discussion at Chef Brenda Langtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant, Spoonriver, in Minneapolisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mill District.

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Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 17


      â&#x20AC;˘ Hard Rock CafĂŠ: Behind the Scenes, where guests will discover the history and

groups, family reunions, destination wed-

president and CEO, Visit Saint Paul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While

dings and the local market.

creating quite a buzz, these six offerings high-

stories that have built Hard Rock Cafe into

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloomington is very excited to offer our

an iconic global brand, test their skills with

customers these new experiences and

rock and roll trivia and be prepared to meet

believe it will give them more choices

For more information visit Bloomington and

a special guest.

throughout the metro area showcasing all

Mall of America: bloomingtonmn.org/signa-

Each partner was selected to take part in

we have to offer,â&#x20AC;? said Bonnie Carlson, pres-

ture-experiences; Minneapolis: minneapo-

the program after research was conducted

ident and CEO, Bloomington Convention and

lis.org/groups-weddings/group-experiences;

by Joe Veneto of Opportunities Unlimited,

Visitors Bureau.

Saint Paul: visitsaintpaul.com/

light the genuineness of our destination and its people.â&#x20AC;?

experiential tourism expert. Veneto con-

Veneto collaborated in conjunction with

ducted an assessment of the area and its

the four destinations and each partner to

tourism assets to understand the destination

engineer these unique tourism experi-

drivers. The partner businesses will be rep-

ences. He has worked with a number of des-

resented at the launch event to promote their

tinations throughout the country to create

experiential offerings to hotel sales man-

competitive advantage for each that drives

agers, corporate meeting planners and des-

visitation and creates economic develop-

tination management companies.

ment. A 25-year veteran of the tourism indus-

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try, Veneto also has worked previously with

rience formula with their organization. This

clients like Destination Marketing Associa-

process included scripting, staging, testing

tion International, Experience Columbus and

and training their docents and guides. The

the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Signature Experiences will be marketed to

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saint Paul is thrilled to add these one-of-

conferences, small meetings, motorcoach

a-kind experiences,â&#x20AC;? said Terry Mattson,

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rior decks with panoramic windows for stunning skyline views, or venture outside to the open-air rooftop deck, where the pictureperfect photo ops are endless. Top the night off with an onboard DJ, decked-out dance floors and full-service bars, and you are sure to have fun from boarding to deboarding. Nothing on land compares to the energy and experience of a cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago. Go to spiritcruises.com for more information or phone (866) 391-8439.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Adventures Afloat – Cruises

New York City, New York Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, the worldfamous New York City sightseeing company that has hosted more than 60 million pas-

    

sengers since 1945, has launched “Hello Brooklyn,” New York City’s first cruise specifically celebrating the storied borough.

our groups are sure to love the

Center, Navy Pier’s Ferris Wheel, the Museum

Launched on May 2, 2016, the tour is a great

unique sightseeing opportunities on

Campus and much more – from a whole new

addition to Circle Line’s cruise offerings for

the water. Many larger cities with

perspective.

guests who want to explore this popular bor-

Y

waterfronts offer cruises as a way to show-

Cruising year-round, Spirit offers lunch,

ough’s rich history, pop culture, local lore and

case the beauty of their city skyline from a

dinner, Lake-Breeze Lounge and holiday

even sample a curated selection of Brook-

vantage point that is simply inaccessible by

cruises, plus specialty-themed cruises that

lyn-made food and drinks. The timing of this

motorcoaches and cars. Many cruises offer

are uniquely Chicago. All cruises feature

cruise coincides with the upcoming arrival

great dining, entertainment, fascinating nar-

brand new, reinvented menus. Local favorite,

of two brand new, three-level sightseeing

rations and first-class service for their guests.

Laughs on the Lake Comedy Cruises, treat

boats that will be added to the iconic Circle

There is nothing quite like a wonderful water

guests to side-splitting performances by up-

Line fleet for the 2016 summer season.

experience.

and-coming talents in America’s comedy capital.

Spirit of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Chicago is a city full of iconic sights. No matter how long you plan to stay, it is a chal-

The two-hour tour begins by setting the scene with a brief history of the borough and

Spirit does just about every holiday in true

how it relates to the sights of Manhattan and

Chicago style, celebrating dates from July 4

New Jersey as the cruise heads south toward

to New Year’s Eve. There’s something in

Brooklyn. The ship passes the Statue of Lib-

every season.

erty, cuts east across the Upper Bay over to

lenge to see everything. You have likely seen

If you are looking for something special

the waterfront of Bay Bridge, Brooklyn and

your share of skyscrapers which make up the

to do with your group, Spirit of Chicago throws

hugs the Brooklyn shoreline. From there it

city’s signature, towering landscape, but there

an event unlike any other in the city. It is a

heads north to Sunset Park, Industry City,

is still a side of Chicago you probably still

unique venue for all occasions and celebra-

Gowanus and Red Hook, through the But-

have not seen – a side you can only see from

tions: school field trips, company outings,

termilk Channel on the east side of Gover-

the water.

tour groups and more. Whether you choose

nor’s Island and past Brooklyn Bridge Park,

When you get on deck aboard Spirit of

one of Spirit’s regularly scheduled cruises –

DUMBO, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Williams-

Chicago, you see why there is no better per-

or have an event planner customize a full

burg and Greenpoint, sailing under the

spective than the one you get from Chicago’s

deck or ship charter for your group – it is your

Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg

marvelous lakefront. Spirit not only features

cruise for making moments unforgettable.

bridges. The cruise turns around just under

fabulous dining and high-quality entertain-

Spirit of Chicago is ready to show you a

the Williamsburg Bridge near Greenpoint and

ment, but also a chance to see famous

new side of the city. While on board, you are

heads back to Pier 83 along the Manhattan

Chicago landmarks – like the John Hancock

free to explore three climate-controlled inte-

20 • Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016


    side, providing a sweeping 360-degree view

Hollywood. Guests can expect to hear sto-

Roasting Company and pickles from

of the Manhattan skyline.

ries like those of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the

McClure’s Specialty Foods.

Narrated by Circle Line’s legendary tour

lurid past of the Gowanus Canal and more

guides, the content of the Hello Brooklyn

points of interest and intrigue, from notori-

Hello Brooklyn departs at 2:30 p.m. from Hudson River Park’s Pier 83 in Manhattan.

cruise covers Brooklyn’s unique culture, from

ous Mafioso who owned the waterfront to

A fixture in New York City for more than

history to hip hop. The tour has been care-

Brooklyn native The Notorious B.I.G., and

70 years, Circle Line will also introduce two

fully crafted to focus on the five pillars of his-

even where to get the best pie in the borough.

new boats this summer: the Circle Line Bronx

tory, people, pop culture, local lore and

In addition to views of the Verrazano

and Circle Line Staten Island. The first two of

Brooklyn wonders. For example, the guides

Bridge and waterfront sights rarely seen by

three new boats, the Bronx and Staten Island

may be heard telling the story of how the

the average visitor (or New Yorker), the cruise

will be the first boats added to the legendary

Brooklyn Navy Yard, once a hub of military

also provides guests with a true taste of

fleet in five years and will carry the majority

Brooklyn, offering specially curated, locally-

of the Hello Brooklyn cruises. Although the

  

produced food and beverage options on

vessels include the same classic shapes and

board. Selections include Brooklyn Brew-

lines as the iconic fleet and can accommo-

ery’s signature Brooklyn Lager and other sea-

date 600 passengers each, these next gen-

sonal beers, a special Coney Island Brewery

eration sightseers will have three levels and

and New York Pretzel “Pretzel and Pilsner”

the latest technology, providing guests with

combo, iconic Junior’s Cheesecake “Little

the ultimate onboard sightseeing experience.

Fellas,” a grab-and-go selection of Blue Mar-

They will boast improved content delivery,

activity and naval ship building for World War

ble Ice Cream flavors, a rotating roster of

upgraded concessions, increased comfort

II, went from bending steel for battleships to

treats from the award-winning Brooklyn Cup-

and additional classes of service. Among the

making blockbuster movies for the silver

cake, hot dogs and sausages from Brooklyn

improvements are bigger windows, addi-

screen as the home of Steiner Studios, the

Cured, specialty cocktails featuring Brook-

tional outdoor deck space, an upgraded

largest film and television studio outside of

lyn Gin, hot and iced coffee from Brooklyn

sound system, free Wi-Fi, enhanced indoor climate control and café-style dining. Putting a touch of VIP into the NYC experience, the new vessels will have a top deck fully dedicated to Premier seating with exclusive access, newly designed chairs, an outdoor cocktail area, a private bar and private bathroom. With a dedicated outdoor state area on the second level, the new boats will provide optimal sightlines for concerts, entertainment and private events outside in addition to the daily sightseeing cruises. Groups are always welcome aboard Circle Line cruises. Have a group of 15 or more? Bring your crew aboard for access to group discounts, packages and more. The group sales team will assist you every step of the way. In order to guarantee your reservation, a 50 percent non-refundable deposit will be required within 14 days of booking. Full payment must be received at least 14 days prior to sailing. Cancellations within 14 days of sailing are non-refundable. Cancellations made at least 14 days prior to cruise date may be rescheduled for cruises up to one year

22 • Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016


    from issue date. Sightseeing cruises sail rain

array of cruises including a 50-minute sight-

the charming lakeside village streets rounds

or shine, unless otherwise directed by the

seeing cruise, a three-hour dinner cruise

out a perfect summer or fall afternoon.

U.S. Coastguard. Your entire group must

and a two-hour buffet lunch that features

It was the American spirit that inspired

arrive at Circle Line, Pier 83, 45 minutes prior

selections from local favorite Dinosaur Bar-

the construction of another treasured

to your sailing. Group leaders are requested

beque. Their newest vessel, a 50-

to give each member of your group their indi-

foot catamaran called

vidual ticket. Prices and schedule are sub-

Spray, under con-

ject to change without notice.

struction as we

For more information on Circle Line Sight-

upstate waterway, the legendary

  

Erie Canal. Mid-Lakes Navigation operates cruises near Syra-

go to press,

cuse, from 50

seeing Cruises visit circleline42.com or phone

will

Group Sales at (212) 630-8885.

launched in

seven hours

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be

minutes

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to

many

options for din-

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on

board.

Along with a fine

Spirit looked down upon the beautiful lands

able, she will accommo-

south of Lake Ontario in upstate New York,

date at least one wheelchair and offers

he pressed his hands upon the earth and

booth seating for 48. One popular cruise

engineering prowess and natural beauty.

created the slender, spring-fed Finger Lakes

package allows guests to sit down for lunch

Locking through an Erie Canal lock is a

as his blessing. Visitors today can experi-

at the historic Sherwood Inn then cross the

highlight of most itineraries.

ence that blessing aboard Mid-Lakes Nav-

street for a boat ride along the scenic shore-

Mid-Lakes Navigation, a family-owned

igationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cruises on Skaneateles Lake near

line. A stroll to one-of-a-kind shops lining

enterprise, has been hosting tour groups

Syracuse. Mid-Lakes tour boats offer an

meal, passengers will learn the canalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story of economic growth,

since 1968. Each cruise is narrated by the captain and hosted by crew trained in safety as well as service. Everyone from the sales staff to the line handlers are happy to share local knowledge. They are pleased to help tour professionals plan a custom itinerary, ďŹ nd services or suggest accommodations. Cruises run from early May through September and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. Contact the group sales expert, Gail Steigerwald at (315) 685-8500 or gail@midlakesnav.com. Download details at midlakesnav.com.

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             from issue date. Sightseeing cruises sail rain

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eral in the Confederate Army.

drinks. There are cur- captain and hosted by crew trained in safety

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The most prevalent Native American tribes in Arkansas included

rently more than 80 as well as service. Everyone from the sales

the Caddos of southwestern Arkansas, the Quapaws of the eastern

Dave and Buster's staff to the line handlers are happy to share

part of the state, the northwestern Arkansas Osages, and the Chero-

locations across the local knowledge. They are pleased to help

kees, who traveled through Arkansas on the Trail of Tears. Each tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

United States.

tour professionals plan a custom itinerary,

way of life, culture, social structure and time in Arkansas are outlined

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in the guide. The Trail of Tears forged several routes across Arkansas;

the relocation of one of Cruises run from early May through

the guide provides an overview of them, along with a map and infor-

Broadway's original September and can accommodate up to 100

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the most dramatic of these is the two-mile trail in Village Creek State

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The timeline of Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Peoples begins in 11,650 BC with

1995. Hard Rock will move to an interior, corner location that will midlakesnav.com.

the Paleoindians and ends with the present day, touching along the

serve as the entryway to the newly redesigned entertainment and

way on historical moments in Native American history such as the

nightlife area. The new Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach location will

emergence of the bow and arrow in 500 AD, the acquisition of a French

seat 528 guests, feature private event space, patio seating and a live

trading post by the Osages in 1722, the removal of Cherokees to Indian

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the charming lakeside village streets rounds

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and a two-hour buffet lunch that features

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selections from local favorite Dinosaur Bar-

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date at least one wheelchair and offers

he pressed his hands upon the earth and

booth seating for 48. One popular cruise

engineering prowess and natural beauty.

created the slender, spring-fed Finger Lakes

package allows guests to sit down for lunch

Locking through an Erie Canal lock is a

as his blessing. Visitors today can experi-

at the historic Sherwood Inn then cross the

highlight of most itineraries.

ence that blessing aboard Mid-Lakes Nav-

street for a boat ride along the scenic shore-

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THE CURIOUS TOUR PLANNER

from issue date. Sightseeing cruises sail rain

array of cruises including a 50-minute sight-

the charming lakeside village streets rounds

or shine, unless otherwise directed by the

seeing cruise, a three-hour dinner cruise

out a perfect summer or fall afternoon.

U.S. Coastguard. Your entire group must

and a two-hour buffet lunch that features

It was the American spirit that inspired

arrive at Circle Line, Pier 83, 45 minutes prior

selections from local favorite Dinosaur Bar-

the construction of another treasured

to your sailing. Group leaders are requested

beque. Their newest vessel, a 50-

to give each member of your group their indi-

foot catamaran called

upstate waterway, the legendary

  

Erie Canal. Mid-Lakes

vidual ticket. Prices and schedule are sub-

Spray, under con-

Number 13 of a Series ject to change without notice.

ered millions of coins at the base of the struction as we falls, presumably thrown by tourists seekgo good to press, ing luck. They were carried out in buckets tobe discourage people from going will down into the treacherous rocks.

be easily expanded to keep up with crosscruises near Syraborder trafďŹ c. A recent announcement sugcuse, from 50 gests that a proposed new program would allow travelers to use a pre-clearance sysminutes to tem at remote locations.

No action on erosion was taken in 1969. time to begin The decision was to let nature take its her daily mail course.

A similar system currently exists withat several many airports. I can remember clearing Amerioptions for dincan customs at airports in Winnipeg, ing on board. Toronto and Montreal (there are others) prior to boarding. Hence, there was no Along with a fine need for formalities when reaching the passengers will learn United States. meal, Reportedly, a similar preclearance program is being considered for the canalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story of economic growth, highway and rail passengers.

ForCurious more information on Circle Sightâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tour Plannerâ&#x20AC;? is Line a question and answer column that provides simple seeing Cruises visit circleline42.com or phone answers to simple questions involving bus Group Salestours. at (212) and group It is630-8885. patterned after a very successful similar column in our sister publication, NATIONAL BUS TRADER, that has Mid-Lakes Navigation run for about 20 years with more than 200 Skaneateles, Yorkreasonably installments. We willNew accept simple technical or operating Native legend says that when historical the Great questions on bus and group tours and their Spirit looked down upon the beautiful operations by letter, fax, e-mail orlands telephone. otherwise indicated, the south of Unless Lake Ontario in upstate New York, simpler questions will be answered by our he pressed his Plachno, hands upon thehas earth and editor, Larry who owned buses and plannedspring-fed tours for more 50 created the slender, Fingerthan Lakes years. If our staff is unable to answer them, as his blessing. Visitors today can experiwe will call upon our panel of experts. ence that blessing aboard Mid-Lakes NavNames and addresses should be submitted with your questions, but we will withigationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cruises on Skaneateles Lake near hold names from publication on request. Syracuse. Mid-Lakes tour boatsquestions offer an We reserve the right to modify to make them more useful to our readers.

Q. Is it true that there are plans to turn Niagara Falls off? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Several Readers A. Admittedly, it sounds like the old joke from the tourist who asks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do they turn the falls off at night?â&#x20AC;? But, yes, once again there is talk of turning the falls off at least on the American side. This is not something new. A similar situation occurred in the summer of 1969 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers diverted water away from the American Falls to study erosion. Since 85 percent of the water goes down the Canadian side of the Niagara River and only 15 percent on the American side, this is not as difďŹ cult to do as you might think. What they did in 1969 was build a cofferdam out into the river between the shore and Goat Island by dumping dirt and rock to block the ďŹ&#x201A;ow of the water. This stopped the ďŹ&#x201A;ow of water to what is commonly known as the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Water continued to ďŹ&#x201A;ow over the Canadian or Horseshoe falls.

launched in

cruise on July 1.

The reason turning off the falls this time Sturdy and for comfortis because of current concerns over the able, she will footbridges thataccommoconnect Green Island with both the mainland and Goat Island date at least one wheelchair and offersand hence provide pedestrian access to Goat booth and seating One popular cruise Island the for tip 48. of the falls. package allows guests to sit down for lunch

For those who may not know, Goat Island at the historic Sherwood Inn then cross the is a great location to see Niagara Falls from street for a boatside ride at along the scenic the American Niagara Falls,shoreNew York. Bus tours typically drive south on line. A stroll to one-of-a-kind shops lining First Street and then over a bridge to Goat Island â&#x20AC;&#x201C; originally named because goats were kept there. In addition to a big parking lot, Goat Island is situated between the Canadian/Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the Bridal Veil and American Falls on the U.S. side and has viewing areas for the falls. Luna Island separates the Bridal Veil and American Falls. The pedestrian bridges causing this concern are closer to the falls than the vehicle bridge to Goat Island. These stone-faced concrete arch bridges were built in 19001901. In 2004, the base of the bridge collapsed and they were replaced with temporary truss bridges. The water must be turned off to make proper repairs. One source suggests that the entire project may cost as much as $40 million. We have not yet seen details on the work or the dates involved. However, this is unlikely to deter tourism since seeing the dry falls would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Q. Is there a plan to speed up travel to and from Canada? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Canadian Tour Planner

seven hours

engineering prowess and natural beauty.

Before the program Locking through an can Eriemove Canalahead, lock is ita requires legislation in both countries that highlight of most itineraries. spells out responsibilities and procedures Mid-Lakes Navigation, a family-owned for customs ofďŹ cers operating in another country. It most likely would also enterprise, has been hosting tourrequire groups an ofďŹ cer from the host country in case an since was 1968.necessary. Each cruise is narrated by the arrest captain and hosted by crew trained in safety

The big question will be whether the necas welllegislation as service. will Everyone from thecounsales essary pass in both tries. It should something to watch. staff to the line be handlers are happy to share local knowledge. They are pleased to help

Q. Following the fatal bus accident in tour professionals custom itinerary, Orland, California,plan theaNational Transportation Safety Boardaccommodations. (NTSB) talked ďŹ nd services or suggest about having a second or emergency Cruisesdoor runon from early May through escape buses. What buses are available with a second door? Septembertoday and can accommodate up to 100 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bus Tour Operator passengers. Contact the group sales expert,

A. Most European coaches built with Gail Steigerwald at (315) are 685-8500 or two doors and a lower level restroom at gail@midlakesnav.com. Download details at the center door. One reason is that Euromidlakesnav.com. pean buses are more likely to be used in tour service with both a driver and tour guide.

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A. There have been announcements but it may be a while before this new program becomes operational.

There have been suggestions that a second door used for a wheelchair lift might also serve as an emergency escape door  in an emergency.

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    from issue date. Sightseeing cruises sail rain

array of cruises including a 50-minute sight-

the charming lakeside village streets rounds

or shine, unless otherwise directed by the

seeing cruise, a three-hour dinner cruise

out a perfect summer or fall afternoon.

U.S. Coastguard. Your entire group must

and a two-hour buffet lunch that features

It was the American spirit that inspired

arrive at Circle Line, Pier 83, 45 minutes prior

selections from local favorite Dinosaur Bar-

the construction of another treasured

to your sailing. Group leaders are requested

beque. Their newest vessel, a 50-

to give each member of your group their indi-

foot catamaran called

vidual ticket. Prices and schedule are sub-

Spray, under con-

ject to change without notice.

struction as we

upstate waterway, the legendary

20 Tips For Bus Tour Planners

For more information on Circle Line Sight-

  

Erie Canal. Mid-Lakes Navigation operates cruises near Syra-

go to press,

cuse, from 50

seeing Cruises visit circleline42.com or phone

will

Group Sales at (212) 630-8885.

launched in

seven hours

time to begin

with many by: Dr. Charleen Jaeb

Mid-Lakes Navigation Skaneateles, New York

be

minutes

her daily mail

to

options for din-

cruise on July 1.

ing

on

board.

Tips for Going Greenthe Great Native 20 legend says that when

1. Save to save money. Adjust your Sturdy andenergy comfort-

on their motorcoaches. Engines shut off Along with a after fine

Spirit looked down upon the beautiful lands

thermostat one degree higher in summer and able, she will accommo-

30 minutes in idling time. More school meal, passengers will buses learn

south â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going of Lake Greenâ&#x20AC;? Ontario can in beupstate deďŹ nedNew as making York,

one cooler in winter. Turn incandatedegree at least one wheelchair and off offers

arethe shifting away from to eco-friendly canalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story ofdiesel economic growth,

environmentally friendly decisions such as he pressed his hands upon the earth and

descent bulbs when you leave a room. Use booth seating for 48. One popular cruise

propane fuel for cleanerand air. natural beauty. engineering prowess

created recycle, reduce, the slender, reusespring-fed and repair. Finger GoingLakes green

low mercury, high energy package allows guests toefďŹ cient sit downďŹ&#x201A;uorescent for lunch

5. Hire and train good drivers to drive Locking through an Erie Canal lockclean is a

as does hisnot blessing. have to Visitors be a daunting today cantask experithat

bulbs are recycled upon in at thethat historic Sherwood Innreplacement then cross the

and green.of Bus drivers should have a comhighlight most itineraries.

means sweeping life changes for individuals, ence that blessing aboard Mid-Lakes Nav-

your facilities. The Hybrid Bus streetmaintenance for a boat ride along the scenic shore-

mercial driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license (CDL),apossess a clean Mid-Lakes Navigation, family-owned

bus tour planners orSkaneateles bus companies. igationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cruises on LakeSimple near

Company of Honolulu purchased 79 hybrid line. A stroll to one-of-a-kind shops lining

driving record, pass a background check and enterprise, has been hosting tour groups

Syracuse. things can make Mid-Lakes a difference. tour boats offer an

buses with â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean exhaust stacks.â&#x20AC;? They recy-

meet hearing and vision requiresincephysical, 1968. Each cruise is narrated by the

Bus travel is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenestâ&#x20AC;? form of trans-

cle engines, reuse renewable resources, and

ments and must havetrained a highinschool captain andoften hosted by crew safety

portation, surpassing air and rail travel, and

use shorter road test routes and shorter engine

diploma. Eco-driving tips include: turn the as well as service. Everyone from the sales

is well ahead of private automobiles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green

idle time in the shop.

engine when it is safe to dohappy so rather than staff tooff the line handlers are to share

is the hottest thing going, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much easier

2. Save water to save money. If you must

to be green today than it was 40 (or less) years

water your lawn, do it early in the morning

ditioner and when using insure all wintour professionals planeither, a custom itinerary,

ago,â&#x20AC;? reports Battelle in their 2016 forecast of

before any moisture is lost to evaporation.

dows are closed. Anticipate what is happenďŹ nd services or suggest accommodations.

emerging green trends.

idling. Minimize use of the heater or air local knowledge. They are pleased to conhelp

Buses get cleaner when washed daily. Main-

ing on the run road from ahead.early Use an updated GPS Cruises May through

This column is based on what I discovered

tain and replace nozzles. Washing buses by

toSeptember save timeand andcan fuel.accommodate Avoid carrying upunnecto 100

online, in the media and in conversations with

hand with a garden hose or pressure washer

essary cargo to conserve consumption. passengers. Contact the fuel group sales expert,

bus company owners and employees as well

uses more water than a bus wash system. Bus

6. Go electronic to paper. Pay bills Gail Steigerwald at save (315) 685-8500 or

as my experience as a group leader, bus escort

wash machines have a stop and start and you

online. Receive electronicDownload statements online. gail@midlakesnav.com. details at

and marketing associate for Lakefront Lines.

can calculate the amount of pressure. They

Send customers receipts and conďŹ rmations midlakesnav.com.

Riding in a bus with up to 56 passengers

also include a brush that cleans more effec-

of trips online unless requested otherwise.

tively than a touchless method.

Large bus tour companies also put their tour

conserves energy and is safer than driving your

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car. Riding a bus to work, downtown or school

3. Recycle newspapers, telephone books,

catalog online so that customers can preview

usually costs less than driving a car if you ďŹ g-

paper and glass. Recycled glass reduces

them and print out individual trip  descriptions

ure the cost of gas, parking, plus wear and tear

related air pollution by 20 percent and related

on your car. Another perk to riding a bus is that

water pollution by 50 percent. Baron Bus Line

from their computer. Manybus garages use   iPads and slates rather than paper.

you can read the newspaper or a book, work

employees clean motorcoaches after each trip

7. Apply for Green awards. American Bus

on your electronic device or take a nap.

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and separates recyclables from trash collected

Association (ABA) sponsored by MCI awarded

on board. If every individual recycles their 1-800-33GRAND â&#x20AC;˘ g r a n d h o t e l . c o m ways to go green for individuals and busi- Sunday newspaper an estimated half million

their Green Spirit award for small operators to

nesses making decisions that will conserve

 large operators to Mears Transportation in

The following are 20 tips to consider on

the environment and protect peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and safety. 38 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / May, 2016

trees could be saved.

Adventure Tours in Clinton, Maryland and for

4. Less gas equals more money and better

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array of cruises including a 50-minute sightonline, in newspaper ads and by word of

offers a wide range of buses help you get the charming lakeside villageto streets rounds

or shine, unless equipment and facility otherwise practices. directed Check by the

seeing cruise, a three-hour dinner cruise mouth. Bus company owners often purchase

froma the campus to outlying communities, out perfect summer or fall afternoon.

U.S. Coastguard. Internet for other green Your awards entire ingroup recent years. must

and a two-hour buffet lunch that features or sell buses or equipment when they reach

parking lots orAmerican places near the college. Some It was the spirit that inspired

8. Prohibit on83, buses, garagesprior and arrive at Circlesmoking Line, Pier 45 minutes

selections from local Bara certain age. They gofavorite throughDinosaur brokers such

include bus fare in their fees. the construction of another treasured

ofďŹ ces. to your The sailing. founder Group of aleaders successful are requested Cleveland

beque. Their newest vessel, a 50as Motor Coach Industries (MCI), bus publi-

prospective customers know you 19. Let upstate waterway, the legendary

manufacturing to give each member company of your who group spoke theirtoindimy

foot catamaran called cations, approach past vendors or customers

are green. Put it inErie yourCanal. advertisements, tour Mid-Lakes

college vidual ticket. classesPrices 20 years andago schedule hired only are nonsub-

Spray, underofconand by word mouth. Bus garage mainte-

books and Web site. Since a growing numNavigation operates

ject smokers to change for full-time without positions notice. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a policy still

struction as we nance people repair and maintain buses.

ber of customers believe in the importance cruises near Syra-

in force For more today. information Many hotels on Circle have stiff LineďŹ nes Sightif

your errands/tasks. On a daily go 14. to Batch press,

of being green, they want to cuse, buy green prodfrom 50

  

seeing guests Cruises smoke in visit non-smoking circleline42.com rooms. or phone It is a

will batchbe basis together errands you have to run,

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launchedyou in have to return, bills you have messages

Motorcoach Web site for a great example of seven hours

remind passengers of this before checking in.

time topeople begin you have to see, appointments to pay,

promoting being green.

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her daily mail you have to make or conďŹ rm.

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Skaneateles, Newsnacks York for conleaders can supply healthy

15. Give it away. cruise on July 1. Before you throw some-

Nativeon legend says when thehealthy Great sumption the bus andthat recommend

Sturdy and comfortthing away, consider if someone else might

Wash clothes in warmAlong or cold water. with 5) a Hang fine

Spirit looked upon the beautiful lands places to stopdown for meals. Group leaders can

able, will accommoneed itshe or contribute it to a charitable orga-

clothes on a rack or clothesline. 6) Do not meal, passengers will learn

south of quick Lake Ontario inpark upstate arrange breaks at restNew stopsYork, and

date at least one result wheelchair offers nization. It could in a taxand deduction.

preheat the oven you are growth, making the canalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storyunless of economic

he pressed hands upon the Fun earth and furnish fresh his fruits and vegetables. games

green 16. seating Supportfor and48. increase use of cruise booth One popular

bread engineering or pastries. prowess 7) Turn andoff natural incandescent beauty.

created thecan slender, spring-fed Finger Lakes on the bus be designed to educate pas-

fuels forallows package guests to sit down for lunch vehicles, ofďŹ ces, factories and

lights Locking when through you leave an aErie room. Canal 8) Take lock showis a

as his blessing. Visitors today can experisengers on calorie counts and healthy habits.

at the historic Sherwood then cross the homes such as bio fuel,Inn fuel cells, wind

ers insteadofofmost tub baths, which use twice the highlight itineraries.

encecompanies that blessing aboard Mid-Lakes NavBus can put healthy snacks in vend-

street forsolar a boat ride along the scenic power, power and clean coalshoretech-

water. 9) Take Navigation, shorter showers. 10) Borrow Mid-Lakes a family-owned

igationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cruises on Skaneateles Lakehabits; near ing machines and reward healthy eating

line. A stroll to one-of-a-kind lining nologies. School districts areshops starting to

instead enterprise, of buy has â&#x20AC;&#x201C; books, been hosting movies and tour toys groups from

Syracuse. Mid-Lakes offer an e.g. one bus company tour held boats a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dump your

switch to eco-friendly propane.

libraries; since 1968. tools Each andcruise equipment is narrated from neighby the

Plumpâ&#x20AC;? contest for employees.

green: 1) Car pool. 2) Walk ingdaily. on3) Bike. board. 4)

17. Use rechargeable batteries. Billions of

bors, agreeing when intrained what condition captain and hosted byand crew in safety

10. Use public transportation when avail-

batteries are sold each year. Most of them

the equipment willEveryone be returned. as well as service. from11) theMake sales

able. Public bus transportation in the United

are disposable alkaline batteries, only a frac-

your own supplies. 12) If you must staff to thecleaning line handlers are happy to share

States plays a vital role in reducing our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

tion of which are recycled. Buy a battery

water your lawn, do it early in the morning. local knowledge. They are pleased to help

greenhouse gas emissions and reducing our

charger. Maintenance facilities salvage and

13) not smoke. plan 14) Keep your itinerary, ďŹ replace tourDo professionals a custom

reliance on foreign oil. MTD in Champaign,

recycle hazardous waste, batteries and oils.

damper closedorwhen you accommodations. are not using it. 15) ďŹ nd services suggest

Illinois puts bike racks on the MTD buses and

18. Stay informed on green trends. In

Go vegetarian Plant a tree. Cruises run once froma week. early 16) May through

has increased biking facilities, such as lock-

worldwide transit bus operations, some

17) Plant a and garden. 18) Eat healthy.up19) September can accommodate to Use 100

ers, at Illinois Terminal making it easier to

hybrid buses are being replaced with all-

rechargeable batteriesthe and buy battery chargpassengers. Contact group sales expert,

make a bike part of your commute.

electric, battery-powered buses. Because of

ers. Use cruise control on 685-8500 autos for betGail20) Steigerwald at (315) or

11. Buy smart. Buy in bulk. Buy local. Wear

EPA requirements, new â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean dieselâ&#x20AC;?

ter mileage. 21) Turn offDownload computersdetails at night gail@midlakesnav.com. at

clothes that do not have to be dry cleaned,

engines have less pollution than the air in

midlakesnav.com. instead of leaving them in sleep mode.

saving money and cutting down on toxic

your living room. Bus garages are â&#x20AC;&#x153;going

Thank you for your comments on this col-

chemical use. Invest in high-quality, long last-

greenâ&#x20AC;? by burning left over engine oil for heat.

umn and for suggestions for future articles.

ing products.

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There is increased use of electronic devices

The July column will be 20 Tips for Escorting

12. Keep electronics out of trash. Keep

such as surveillance cameras on buses and

Bus

your cell phones, computers and other elec-

in bus companies. Many big city colleges

cdjaeb@wowway.com.

tronics as long as possible. Donate or recy-

Trips.

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up an electronics recycling and hazardous

Community College. After her retirement in 2000, she became a trip planner for the CCC

waste collection event.

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Middleburg Heights Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, ďŹ lling as many as 15 buses each year. Jaeb

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array of cruises including a 50-minute sight-

the charming lakeside village streets rounds

seeing cruise, a three-hour dinner cruise

out a perfect summer or fall afternoon.

Social Marketing for Tourism and a two-hour buffet lunch that features

It was the American spirit that inspired

selections from local favorite Dinosaur Bar-

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Spray, under con-

ject to change without notice.

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to your free downloadable resource page that

passengers. Contact the group sales expert,

houses your e-mail capture form.

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array of cruises including a 50-minute sight-

the charming lakeside village streets rounds

or shine, unless otherwise directed by the

seeing cruise, a three-hour dinner cruise

out a perfect summer or fall afternoon.

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and a two-hour buffet lunch that features

It was the American spirit that inspired

arrive at Circle Line, Pier 83, 45 minutes prior

selections from local favorite Dinosaur Bar-

the construction of another treasured

to your sailing. Group leaders are requested

beque. Their newest vessel, a 50-

to give each member of your group their indi-

foot catamaran called

vidual ticket. Prices and schedule are sub-

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ject to change without notice.

struction as we

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date at least one wheelchair and offers

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engineering prowess and natural beauty.

created the slender, spring-fed Finger Lakes

package allows guests to sit down for lunch

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as his blessing. Visitors today can experi-

at the historic Sherwood Inn then cross the

highlight of most itineraries.

ence that blessing aboard Mid-Lakes Nav-

street for a boat ride along the scenic shore-

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since 1968. Each cruise is narrated by the captain and hosted by crew trained in safety as well as service. Everyone from the sales staff to the line handlers are happy to share local knowledge. They are pleased to help tour professionals plan a custom itinerary, ďŹ nd services or suggest accommodations. Cruises run from early May through September and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. Contact the group sales expert, Gail Steigerwald at (315) 685-8500 or gail@midlakesnav.com. Download details at midlakesnav.com.

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