Rockford, Illinois

Trips & Socials

Milwaukee: Van Gogh to Veggies!

CLR Bus Trip on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What is there to do around Milwaukee? Take in an art exhibit. Have lunch at Mader's German Restaurant. Visit the West Allis Farmers Market. We'll be doing all of this on our trip to Milwaukee!Milwaukee Art Museum

We start at the Milwaukee Art Museum in its beautiful pavilion designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. We'll have a 1-hour docent lead tour of the special exhibit "Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Masterworks". The exhibit features works by the biggest names in art from the late nineteenth century to now—including Chagall, Dali, Degas, O'Keeffe, Picasso, and Warhol. It brings focus to those artists whose acts of creative rebellion shaped the course of modern art.

Who can pass up the fantastic German buffet lunch at Mader's? Not us. We'll feast on bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerbraten, German potato salad, boiled red potatoes, red cabbage, sauerkraut, tossed salad, rolls and beverage. Save room for the apple strudel!

All that food inspires us to savor the sights and smells at the West Allis Farmers Market. It's four covered sheds that fill a city block with a wide variety of fresh produce and products. Think beef and pork as well as veggies and fruits. This market was established almost 100 years ago when people shopped daily and is the largest open-air market in the Metropolitan Milwaukee area.

NOTE: Museum tour and market visit each require being on your feet for about an hour.
Rock Valley College at 8:15am
to Rock Valley College about 5:15pm

Cost: (Includes guided art exhibit tour, lunch, farmer's market and transportation)
$68 for Center members and $83 for non-members

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Wisconsin State Capitol & Monona Terrace

CLR Bus Trip on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wisconsin State CapitolLet's cross the border, and visit Madison, Wisconsin, where we'll tour two interesting structures, and visit a Farmer's Market, as well. First stop, the Wisconsin State Capitol. Completed in 1917, this domed structure is a very beautiful building. It is the tallest building in Madison, a distinction that has been preserved by city legislation against buildings taller than the columns surrounding the dome (187 ft.) We will have an approximately 50-minute guided tour to view the Supreme Court, the Governor's Conference Room, the Assembly, the Senate and North Hearing Room and the observation deck where we can enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Next is a casual two block walk through the Farmer's Market right outside the Capitol Building where you will be able to purchase fresh produce, flowers, cheeses, and more. Lunch is on your own. Dine at the market or at one of the many restaurants along your walk to Monona Terrace. While on the bus traveling to Madison, you will be provided with a list of various restaurants.We'll meet at Monona Terrace Convention Center for our tour of this exciting building. Situated along the shimmering waters of Lake Monona, Monona Terrace is a breath- taking building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright but not built for many years due to political reasons. The building was finally built to the specifications of Mr. Wright, but many changes were made on the inside, which you will learn about on the 60-minute guided tour.

A wide selection of Frank Lloyd Wright items and Monona Terrace specialty gifts can be found in the gift shop. After visiting the gift shop, we will board the buses and return to Rockford.

NOTE: Both the Capitol and Convention Center are handicap accessible. There will be much walking and standing for long periods of time on this tour.
Rock Valley College at 8:15am
to Rock Valley College at about 5:00pm

(includes two tours, Farmer's Market and transportation)
$39 for members and $54 for non-members