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.....NEXT MEETING FEBRUARY 3RD......
The StrawBerry Ridge Travel Club meets at 7:00PM on the first Friday of each month at the Activity Center. All residents are welcome to attend the meetings and sign up for trips. There are day trips as well as extended trips for you to choose.

Susan Mangan 690-3472

JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER


UPCOMING DAY TRIPS -- Don't lose out.....sign up now!

SATURDAY BERMUDA AVENUE TRIANGLE
FEBRUARY 18, 2017 Early Bird Dinner Theatre - CLEARWATER
$75.00 PER PERSON DEPART: 9:30 A.M. RETURN: 4:30 P.M.
This is absolutely the funniest show I have ever seen! This outrageous comedy starred Nanette Fabray on Broadway. It concerns the adventure of a Jewish Widow and an Irish Widow whose successful daughters move them to Las Vegas where they share a retirement village condo. On an excursion, they are saved from a mugger by a charming, if not quite sober, gambler who is short on cash. They allow him to curl up on the living room floor and he manages to sweet talk
his way into both ladies beds. Each situation is rife with the outrageous, excessive comedy that entertains audiences everywhere. If you want a good laugh, this trip is for you! Seats will go quickly – a for sure sellout!!
Full Buffet Lunch is included PAYMENT DUE BY JANUARY 4, 2017

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SATURDAY “AIN’T RETIREMENT GRAND!”
MARCH 4, 2017 EARLY BIRD DINNER THEATER - CLEARWATER
$75.00 PER PERSON DEPART: 9:30 A.M. RETURN: 4:30 P.M.
Ain’t Retirement Grand is a hilarious musical that confirms retirement is
grand. The show is for, and about, retirees, those about to retire, baby
boomers, seniors and anyone who wants a FUN time at the theater. Always
a sellout, Ain’t Retirement Grand is a funny and delightful look at our
retirement years with a cast of four, singing twenty original songs. This
musical has been receiving standing ovations while playing to packed
theaters. It is a spoof of the subject of retirement and explores those
Golden Years with no holds barred. If you need a good laugh, you won’t
want to miss this show! Full Buffet Lunch included. PAYMENT DUE BY FEBRUARY 4, 2017

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SATURDAY LIVE IT UP AT THE DOWNS
March 25, 2017 TAMPA BAY DOWNS HORSE RACING
$55.00 PER PERSON DEPART: 10:00 A.M. RETURN: 5:00 P.M.
Are you ready to have some fun? If so, come and enjoy the day with us at Tampa Bay Downs. The price includes round trip transportation, admission, daily racing program, reserved indoor seating and a delicious Clubhouse buffet. The buffet will have chef-carved roast beef & turkey breast, fresh fruit salad, Caesar salad, vegetable selections, homestyle mac’n cheese, mashed potatoes and an assortment of eclairs and cookies and ice tea or coffee. Dress is casual. All taxes and gratuity are included. NOTE: No shorts or skorts allowed and collared shirts are required for men. PAYMENT DUE BY FEBRUARY 3, 2017

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SUNDAY SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
APRIL 2, 2017 Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Hudson
$80.00 PER PERSON DEPART: 11:30 A.M. RETURN: 6:30 P.M.
Based on the 1977 film that became a cultural phenomenon, this stage adaption tells the iconic story of Tony Manero, a 19 year old Brooklyn paint store clerk by day, an Italian stallion dance king by night. Tony lives for Saturday nights where he is admired by disco’s patrons and can temporarily forget the realities of his dead-end job and his gang of deadbeat friends. This mega-musical hits the stage fueled by an electrifying score of Bee Gee hits from the chart topping soundtrack including Staying Alive, How Deep is your Love, More than a Woman, and You Should Be Dancing! You won’t want to miss the dazzling choreography, sounds and rhythms of this dynamic show. PAYMENT DUE BY MARCH 3, 2017

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SATURDAY END OF THE RAINBOW
APRIL 29, 2017 Free Fall Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
$81.00 PER PERSON DEPART: 10:00 A.M. RETURN: 6:00 P.M.
THE JUDY GARLAND STORY - End of the Rainbow is a play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland. This play triumphed in London’s West End and on Broadway in 2012. It’s Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of comeback concerts at London’s Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems
determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But, stormy skies are on the
horizon as old patterns resurface, and the drama backstage chips away at the onstage brilliance of one of the greatest singers of all time. Shifting back and forth between moments of onstage triumph and backstage tribulations this speculation on a pivotal chapter in the life of a legend is at once wildly entertaining, irreverently funny, and deeply moving.
Menu Choices:
Lamb Shank baked with special sauce and seasonings.
Prime Rib slowly roasted in natural juices
Beef Stroganoff braised beef tips & mushrooms in a burgundy wine sauce
Mahi-Mahi served chargrilled or broiled
All the above are served with choice of soup or salad, oven roasted potatoes or rice pilaf (no potatoes or rice with the Beef Stroganoff), bread and butter, iced tea, soda or coffee and sherbet for dessert. A cash bar is available
PAYMENT DUE BY MARCH 3, 2017



NEW DAY TRIP!! 2/26/17

A new day trip has just been announced.  The travel club will head to St. Pete to the Mahaffey Theatre on Sunday, February 26, 2017 to see RHYTHM OF THE DANCE.  There will be a full sit-down dinner at the new Bayside Bistro prior to the show.  The menu will be posted in the next newsletter.  If you liked River Dance, you will love Rhythm of the Dance.  This incredible live show celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the art of Irish dance, from the disciplined Celtic Step to the sensual, ancient Sean Nos dance style.  This show creates a new era in Irish entertainment presenting world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome "Young Irish Tenors."  It is internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish Step Dance shows on tour by critics, audiences, and millions of fans around the world.  It will be here one day only!  The cost of the trip including bus ride, dinner, show, and all tips and gratuities is only $90 and is due immediately.  


Travel Club Trip to Ireland 2016

Thanks to David & Kathy Snodgrass and to Carol Tate for sharing the pictures!


   

MYSTERY TRIP 7/23/16

The people that dared to sign up for the Mystery Trip on 7/23/16 had a real treat this evening.  After a very enjoyable meal at 400 Beach in St. Pete, they traveled to the Free Fall Theatre to see SCOTT AND PATTI starring Scott Daniel and Matt McGee.  Tonight's show featured Broadway entertainers, but here is an excerpt from one of their previous shows:


        





THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Travel Club Trip 6/18/16

 THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

The Travel Club had a very enjoyable day together on Saturday, June 18th. Our first stop was at Leverock's in St. Pete for dinner.  It didn't matter whether you ordered steak, chicken cordon bleu, or salmon........everyone reported that their meal was excellent.  As if the good meal wasn't enough, there was cheesecake for dessert.  Our next stop was the Free Fall Theatre.  They always put on a fantastic production, and today was no exception.
This lush contemporary musical tells the story of Margaret and her daughter Clara on their visit to Florence in the summer of 1953. A chance meeting between Clara and a handsome young Florentine set both of their hearts ablaze. As Margaret attempted to shield her daughter from the outside world, we became aware that all is not as it seems. I'm sure all the ladies enjoyed the eye candy too! And that's all we will say.  You'll just have to go and see for yourself to get the rest of the story!

MYSTERY TRIP 9/18/15

If this had been listed on the newsletter as a regular trip and not a mystery trip, I guarantee it still would have filled up right away!  Who could turn down a trip like this?!!  The first stop was the Parkshore Grill in downtown St. Pete, one of our favorite places.  Not only is the food scrumptious and the service excellent, but we even had a private dining room where we were treated like royalty. Our next stop took us to the Mahaffey Theater to see TANGO LOVERS. What a show! This world renowned touring group from Argentina and Uruguay is getting rave reviews and was awarded as the best musical show of the year by Latin ACE 2015 in New York.  It will be a night to remember for sure!


MYSTERY TRIP 8/30/15


Mystery Trips are always fun.  There's that element of excitement because you have no idea of where you are going or what you will be doing. It gives you the opportunity to try new things that you might never have thought of doing.  The trips always involve great meals at new restaurants, and you get to know other areas of Florida within driving distance.  As the time for this trip drew nearer, there was the anticipation of the upcoming Hurricane Erika that was heading toward our state.  Would we be heading in a direction that was also going to bring us weather?!  But Erika dissipated, and we were free to have a good time.  And that we did!  This trip hit the jackpot.  It took us to New Port Richey and Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre to see Martin Preston as Liberace!  (See our very own Carole Felicia in picture with Liberace.) What a fabulous show! Preston made us believe he WAS Liberace! Between the costume changes and his fabulous rings and glitter, the man could really tickle those ivories.  We were treated to an afternoon of great entertainment.  While he was changing costumes, we listened to the fabulous songs sung by a young artist named Austin. After the show we walked around the corner to dine at Boulevard Beef and Ale where a wonderful buffet featuring haddock, chicken, and steak marsala were the choices.  For dessert we had the choice of key lime pie, black forest cake, or blueberry cheesecake.  What a day!

TRAVEL CLUB TRIP 7/11/15

When we boarded the bus at StrawBerry Ridge, we already knew we were going to have a wonderful day.  And we were not disappointed!  Our first stop was at Leverock's Restaurant in Pasadena. We've been there before, and the food is always special with service to match.  And then it was on to the FreeFall Theatre on Central Avenue.  We were going to see Matt McGee star as MAME.  We were already acquainted with Matt from the many productions he was in at the Show Palace in Hudson.  To say he is talented would be an understatement.  He was fantastic!  It's hard to imagine that Rosalind Russell or Angela Lansbury or even Lucille Ball played the role of Mame any better than Matt does!  And really, all the actors in the play did a bang up job including the musicians!  And when we got back to the Ridge, we saw that we had received rain and free car washes.  Yes, it was a good day....

4/18/15 APRIL MYSTERY TRIP

All we knew about the Mystery Trip when we left StrawBerry Ridge was that we'd have a good time.  The bus headed west when we left but then turned south on I-75.  You could hear the buzzing..... Bradenton? Fort Myers? Sarasota? But then it entered the ramp for the Crosstown.  Oh........change of ideas. When we exited off on the Gandy and went across the bridge, our thoughts turned to the possibilities in Pinellas county. The bus took us to the Pasadena Steak House where we all enjoyed a delicious meal.  Our next stop was at the FreeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg to see the production of HARVEY!  Now, if you don't know, "Harvey" is an invisible 6'3" rabbit!  The play was very enjoyable and amusing.  The actors were well cast and didn't miss a beat. You can't go wrong when you sign up for a Mystery Trip.  No wonder they sell out as soon as they get announced!

THE KING AND I 3/15/15


There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to travel to The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson with the travel club. After a delicious buffet dinner, the group was treated to a presentation of THE KING AND I which featured spectacular costumes and beautiful music. It was such a delight to watch the scenes as the actors all played their parts without a hitch.  It was surprising to see how well the children performed.



SINGAPORE-MYANMAR-MALAYSIA-THAILAND CRUISE - FEBRUARY 2015

The Travel Club flew from Tampa to Singapore where they boarded a Celebrity Cruise Ship. Besides visiting Singapore, they also stopped at Phuket, Thailand, and Yangon, Myanmar. They also made stops at Langkawi, Malaysia, and Penang, Malaysia, and Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Thanks to Larry Cummings for providing the pictures. The beauty of the area can only really be captured in person, but the pictures give an idea of what was seen.  It was the trip of a lifetime!