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Alton Little Theater & Tony’s – Sunday, March 8, 2020

Stories My Grandmother Told ME

This afternoon we head to Price per person $81.00 Due by February 1, 2020, in Alton, Illinois. This eating establishment has been a long time favorite for fine dining in the area. Our plated menu: House Salad, 6-ounce Pepper loin Kabob, Baked Potato, Beverage and Mini Cheesecakes for dessert.

This afternoon's highlight begins on stage at the Alton Little Theater with the live performance of “Stories My Grandmother Told ME.” Written by the same author as “Always Patsy Cline”, this delightful play is a long one act (90 minutes) about three generations of southerners learning to tell the truth to each other in humorous and touching ways! This is a "Don't miss!"

Price per person $81.00 Due by February 1, 2020

Santino's Restaurant and Holy Laughter – Sunday, March 29, 2020

Today's event begins with a visit to one of Alton's latest additions – Santino's Restaurant. Here we will enjoy a delicious Sunday Brunch offering both breakfast and lunch options and of course, dessert as well.

Today the real fun begins on stage at the Alton Little Theater with the delightful comedy Holy Laughter. All communities have their quirks, but none more hilarious than St. Michael's Episcopal Church. On her first Sunday behind the pulpit, newly appointed priest Abigail touches on Vodka, Bondage and Death before forgetting her message completely – she has the congregation with differing ideas of what the Church should be doing. Can Abigail unite her motley crew and save the church from financial and spiritual ruin? As Advent approaches, the boiler goes kaput, the church's one convert, Myra, proves to have a hidden agenda. Abigail gives in to one wild night that sends her down a tunnel of doubt and fear, and it looks like the church may fall completely apart. But, Advent has a way of turning fiascoes into blessings, and as Christmas approaches, Abigail and her congregation manage to find joy amidst the chaos. Hymns, liturgical dance and wicket tongue left this antic portrait of a small struggling parish to comic heights!

Holy Laughter

$80.00 Price per person Due by February 20, 2020

St. Louis Union Station Aquarium – Wednesday, April 1, 2020

St. Louis Union Station Aquarium

This build out has been the most highly anticipated venue in St. Louis for many years! The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be a 720,00 square foot, two story aquarium and will be the home to over 13,000 aquatic animals including sharks and rays. We will explore life behind the sea and begin an Aquatic Adventure of a Lifetime!

We will start with a ride on the Ferris Wheel – yes, we will experience joy from 200 feet in the sky! The 42 climate controlled gondola Ferris Wheel is sure to delight our Circle of Friends as we get great views of the St. Louis skyline.

We will follow the ride up with a delightful lunch at one of the Union Station eateries. Not all are complete at this time.

Unfortunately, the project is not complete enough at the time of this writing to have pricing available. So we will take names of those interested and once a Group Sales Department has been established and have the important details like prices, we will contact you. Call in to get your name on the reservation list!

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History Museum – Trolley and Delmar Loop – Thursday, April 9, 2020

Today we start with a visit to the Missouri History Museum. This museum preserves St. Louis and Missouri history through exhibitions, programs, research and permanent collections.

Discover stories of Lewis & Clark westward expansion, Lindberg's Flight, 1904 World's Fair and much more! We will be here just in time for the opening of “Beyond the Ballot.” The story of the Suffragette movement and the important role St. Louis played in that effort.

Next, we will board the Loop Trolley (if it is still in operation) and ride it from Forest Park to the Delmar Loop.

Lunch awaits our arrival at the Three Kings Restaurant. Our menu: Brisket on Grilled Bun topped with Slaw, Sweet Potato Fries and Beverage. No Circle of Friend event would be complete without something sweet – so we will be going to Fitz's for dessert. We will be in their upstairs event space where we will enjoy homemade brownie alamode' with whipped cream and a cherry!

Don't miss this spring kick off event!

Price per person $75.00 Due by February 27, 2020

A Mother's Day Joy – Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Walter Knoll's Florist

Walter Knoll Florist, Hodack's & Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate

Today we begin at Walter Knoll's Florist. This family owned florist is located on Produce Row and has been enhancing events and relationships since 1883. We will learn the family history and will have instruction on making our own vased bouquet of roses to bring home. We will also have a tour of this large facility and time to shop.

Next, lunch will be at Hodak's Restaurant, a St. Louis landmark. Our plated lunch: Famous Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Slaw, Vegetable, Beverage and choice of Dessert.

Last, but certainly not least, we will enjoy a guided tour of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate! Experience these candy professionals hand making batches of chocolate right before your eyes. Yes, ladies, we will have time for Mother's Day Shopping and Tasting!

$90.00 per person / Due by April 1, 2020

Bluff City Grill & Brigadoon – Sunday, May 17, 2020

We will begin our event at one of our group's favorite eateries Bluff City Grill. Our Plated Menu: Salad, Sirloin Steak, Baked Potato, Bread, Beverage and Blondie Brownie for Dessert.

The highlight of the afternoon unfolds with the wonderful musical Brigadoon at the Alton Little Theatre. New York Tommy Albright and his friend Jeff Douglas unexpectedly arrive at the mysterious Scottish Highland village of Brigadoon, which only appears for one day every 100 years. When Tommy meets and falls in love with Fiona, a beautiful villager in this magical Hamlet he must decide whether to return to his old life woven into the music and the story line, lying as thickly over the proceedings as the mist that shrouds the town of Brigadoon when two American hunters lost in the highlands stumble upon it during the one day in the 20th Century that it springs back to life.

Price per person $96.00 Due by April 2, 2020