Lantern Festival 
July 9, 2015 
 
Join us for an evening trip to The Missouri Botanical Garden for the Lantern Festival! 
 
The Missouri Botanical Garden will play host to an international exhibition of 22 lighted works of art from Zigong, China when it debuts “Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined” in 2015. Following critical acclaim and rave reviews from visitors during the 2012 Festival, the Garden has commissioned new sets crafted from silk and steel to once again offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to see an event rarely staged outside of Asia. Lantern Festival will again be an outdoor, evening display. 
Among the planned sets is “Soaring Dragon Horse,” located in the Garden’s Central Axis, depicting a well-known symbol in Chinese culture, the dragon horse. The dragon horse is considered a spirit of Heaven and Earth and thought to bring good fortune. “Porcelain Stupas Pagoda” will be constructed with more than 300,000 porcelain pieces including plates, bowls, spoons, teacups, ladles and wine cups. It serves as a replica of the Stupas Pagoda built in the Qing Dynasty in the Manfeilong Village of the Yunnan Province. In keeping with the Garden’s commitment to sustainability, “Giant Dandelion & Panda” will be constructed using recycled water bottles. Visitors will be able to take pictures with the larger-than-life flowers creating a cherished photo opportunity. 
 
The Garden will open its doors in the evening at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. so guests can view this spectacular exhibit lit at night.  
 
Itinerary: 
4:00 p.m. - Bus departs from Chester Center with pickup in Evansville and Red Bud-1320 W. Market St. 
6:00 p.m.-Arrive at Missouri Botanical Garden 
Enjoy the garden, gift shop, displays, and have an evening meal on your own at Sassafras Restaurant  
10:00 p.m. -Depart Missouri Botanical Garden  
 
Payment due by July 1, 2015 
 
Reservation and Medical Information Form required by all participants. 
 
For more information contact Amber Cushman at (618) 826-2331 ext. 108 or acushman@bvnb.com 
 
 
 
October Owl Prowl 
Friday, October 23, 2015 
 
We begin our journey for the day by departing from Chester Center at 8:30 a.m.  (Parking available near the old Pizza Hut building)  Additional pick up available at our Evansville and Red Bud (1320 W Market) locations. 
 
First, we will visit the Butterfly House located in Chesterfield, MO which features the OWL butterfly in addition to 80 species and nearly 2,000 free flying tropical butterflies.  Our visit will last about 1 hour so be sure to take time to enjoy the 17 minute original film The Butterfly Effect. Don’t miss the Butterflies of the World exhibit and visit the Madame Butterfly gift shop.  We will take a group photo in front of the 28 foot Mysterious Monarch located outside.  
 
Next, it’s on to Kimmswick, MO where we dine as a group at the BLUE OWL RESTAURANT for lunch. Famous for their Levee High Apple Pie, this cinnamony creation is just one of 20-plus varieties of pie available. Several choices of entrees are available on the Group Trio Menu including various soups, salads, sandwiches, and quiche combinations and of course, a piece of pie from the Award-Winning Bakery. Beverage, tax and gratuity also included.  
 
After lunch enjoy the many gift shops and unique stores within the four block area in Kimmswick before we migrate home at 4:00 p.m.  
 
Contact Amber Cushman acushman@bvnb.com  
or 618-826-2331 ext. 108 
for more details 
 
*Please note this trip may pose a problem to anyone with walking challenges.  You must be able to walk without assistance, stand for an hour, walk on hilly terrain, and have no trouble climbing stairs. 
Final sign-up date October 9, 2015-Sorry, no refunds after this date. 
 
 
A Country Christmas at Opryland Resort 
Monday, November 30, 2015 - Wednesday, December 2, 2015 
 
Step into a magical wonderland with two million twinkling lights, stunning decorations and ICE! 
Horse-drawn carriage rides, acres of stunning decorations, exclusive holiday events and attractions for you to enjoy. 
See more in one place, slow down, and enjoy a relaxing stay before the holiday rush of the season begins. 
 
• Two night room accommodations with Atrium View 
• Ticket to a Broadway Christmas Production  
• Ticket to ICE! 
• Ticket to a Christmas dinner & show; Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers (subject to change)  
• Ticket to a Delta River flatboat ride inside Gaylord Opryland 
• Treasures for the Holidays  (craft, antique and art show) 
 
Day 1-Depart from Chester Center @ 8:00 a.m.  We arrive in Nashville at lunchtime stopping at Opry Mills for lunch on your own and Christmas shopping.  Coupon books will be available at Guest Services. Opry Mills is Tennessee’s largest outlet retail shopping destination under one roof. They have over 200 stores, 11 restaurants, and a huge food court for lunch. Depart at 4:00 and head to Opryland Resort for check in.  Evening meal on your own. Enjoy a Broadway Christmas Production at 8:00 p.m. as a group.  Entertainment still to be determined for 2015 and is subject to change. 
 
Day 2-ICE (an incredible holiday attraction), Delta River flatboat ride, Treasures for the Holidays at leisure today; FREE shuttle from resort to Opry Mills available.  Breakfast and lunch on your own today.  Christmas Dinner Show at 5:00 p.m. as a group in Hotel Ballroom-Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers (entertainment subject to change)  
 
Day 3-Depart with fun Christmas memories 
 
Price per person: 
Single $877 
Double $608 
Triple $518 
  Quad $474   
 
$200.00 deposit per person due upon registration along with completed release and medical form. 
 
This deposit is non-refundable unless the trip does not fill. 
 
Final Payment due by October 15, 2015 
 
Cancellations:  Sorry no refunds after 45 days prior to arrival.  
 
*Please note this trip may pose a problem to anyone with walking challenges.  You must be able to walk at least 2 miles or more without assistance, stand for an hour, walk on hilly terrain, and have no trouble climbing stairs. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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