April 2020 – RIC

Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms
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Thursday – April 2, 2020

A visit to the nation’s capital in the spring is a beautiful sight to behold during the annual Cherry Blossom D.C. tour!  Visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, a stunning sculpture honoring our 32ndPresident of the United States.  It’s also a great vantage point to view the Cherry Blossoms!  Next, enjoy an elegant luncheon cruise aboard the luxurious Odyssey. Its unique design allows for travel beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac and its glass atrium dining rooms offer spectacular panoramic views.  Choose from a delightful menu of creative appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  As a special treat in the afternoon, visit the US National Arboretum for a guided tour. Encompassing over 400 acres on the northeast side of DC, they boast 14 different varieties of Cherry Blossoms. Learn about the ongoing research and take a brief walk thru the National Herb Garden. Please Note: Peak bloom for blossoms is subject to Mother Nature, but this date, on average, is the best time to visit.

$165    CH: 7:30am / 8:00pm     HI: 8:00am / 7:30pm

“Bright Star”
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Wednesday-April 8, 2020

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is excited to be one for the first to bring this popular Broadway musical to Virginia.  Inspired by real events and featuring the bluegrass-tinged Grammy-nominated Steven Martin and Edie Brickell score, Bright Star is a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful. Enjoy great seats and a plated lunch before the matinee begins.

$125     CH: 10:00am / 6:30pm     HI: 10:30am / 6:00pm 

“Shen Yun – Chinese Cultural Dance”
Kennedy Center – Washington, D.C.shen yun
Wednesday – April 8, 2020

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Shen Yun, an amazing theatrical experience at the beautiful Kennedy Center in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Company is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Established in New York in 2006 by elite Chinese artists, they came together with a shared vision and passion – to revive the lost world of traditional Chinese culture and share it with everyone.

This show will immerse you in five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.  Classical Chinese dance, combined with an all original score, brings the wonderment of the traditional Chinese culture to the forefront.  Over a million people have been enthralled by the company’s performances. This global sensation’s incredible performance is now close to Richmond for a limited time.

Sign up TODAY!  A plated lunch is included at the popular Filomena Italian Restaurant before the matinee production.

Payment due no later than March 4th

Virginia Heritage JourneyYorktown ARM
Yorktown, VA
Saturday – April 18, 2020

The newly renovated American Revolution Museum, formerly the Yorktown Victory Center, tells anew the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution. The exhibition galleries engage visitors in the tumult, drama and promise of the Revolution through period artifacts, dioramas, interactive exhibits and short films. In the museum theater, “Liberty Fever” draws visitors into the world of Revolutionary America.  A guided tour highlights your visit.

After the delicious plated lunch at Riverwalk Restaurant, enjoy browsing the many specialty shops located adjacent to Riverwalk.

Next, travel to Newport News for a visit to the Virginia Living Museum, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Meet a variety of animals that live in a cypress swamp, mountain cove, limestone cave, and underwater in the Chesapeake Bay.

Travel the universe in the state-of-the-art Abbitt Planetarium Theatre. Included is a viewing of their fascinating show,“Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth”, an unprecedented NASA-powered immersive experience, inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space. When signing up for this incredible tour, please choose from Crab Cakes OR Herb Roasted Breast of Chicken for your entrée and a choice of New York Style Cheesecake with fresh berries or Warm Apple Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. Please include your entrée and dessert selection with your payment.

$145     CH: 7:30am / 6:30pm     HI: 8:00am / 6:00pm

Historic Garden Weekgarden week
Tidewater, VA
Wednesday – April 22, 2020

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.”

This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

This itinerary pays homage to the area’s Mennonite Community in Hampton and Newport News. Four private properties, Providence Mennonite Church and the Gardener’s Workshop Farm are featured.  Two contemporary homes, on the banks of the Warwick River sit on part of the original 1,200 acres purchased by Mennonites Yoder and Hertzler in 1897. The Yoder family homestead, where duck, geese and swans swim in the family pond, is adjacent to the tour headquarters at Providence Mennonite Church, which we will also tour. Lunch is included at an area restaurant.

$135    CH: 8:00am / 6:30pm     HI: 8:30am / 6:00pm

American Cruises


American Steamboat Company’s
Antebellum South on American Countess
April 26 – May 3, 2020

River Cruising on the “Mighty Mississippi” is an experience in and of itself when you’re sailing onboard an authentic paddlewheeler.  It’s as if you’ve turned back the hands of time as you peacefully sail along the Mississippi, passing by mile after mile of shoreline whose story is beckoned to be heard.  Discover centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations, vibrant cities, and small country towns aboard a vessel that mirrors yesteryear.

Step aboard the American Countess, the latest addition to the fleet of paddlewheelers, and the newest ship on any U.S. river.  The Countess boasts four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 inviting staterooms that feature a sleek and modern design.  She offers Award-Winning “Broadway-Caliber Entertainment” nightly, that’s guaranteed to bring the house down!  Dining aboard the Countess is exquisite as a culinary team led by top chefs prepare out of this world meals in the rich surrounding of the Grand Dining Room.  She even has a “Riverlorian” on board presenting, educating, and hosting “river chats” and captivating tales, lore and legends!  Your cruise on the Mississippi is guaranteed to enrich, reward and deliver an experience that will exceed your expectations!  Choose your fabulous itinerary quickly as they are selling out daily!

If you have always wanted to cruise the Mississippi, but were not quite ready to make it happen, now is your chance to do it in style! Memphis to New Orleans is the most popular itinerary with stops and included tours in Vicksburg & Natchez, Mississippi, Baton Rouge & St. Francisville, Louisiana and an exclusive port stop at Nottoway Plantation.  Pre and post night tour options are also available in Memphis and New Orleans.  Call today for all the details and to learn more about the Steamboat Company’s Early Booking Discounts that could save you as much as $1800!   From $4198  Tour Activity Level 1



Sedona’s Red Rocks and the Grand Canyonsedona-351684_1280
Featuring Two Historic Rail Journeys
April 26, 2020
12 Days

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the southwestern United States! This 6-Day tour includes two of Arizona’s scenic railways – the Grand Canyon Railway travelling to the edge of the awesome Grand Canyon as well as the Verde Canyon Railroad.

Spend 4 nights in the artistic mecca of Sedona, at the heart of the breathtaking Red Rock Country. A narrated trolley ride in Sedona is included with plenty of time to explore on your own.

Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, an ancient Indian dwelling carved into a limestone cliff and enjoy entertainment and a chuckwagon farewell supper at the Blazin’ M Ranch and Western Stage Show.


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