*The Amana Colonies - Bavaria in Iowa

Dates: May 4, 2019

Meets: Sa from 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM

Location: SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

Registration Fee: $129.00

Requirement: moderate walking

 

Spend a special day in the Amana Colonies during their Maifest event. It’s an original spring celebration that includes German folk music, Maipole dancing, food, beverages, and fun entertainment just like you’d find traveling through Germany. The Amana Colonies is a National Historical landmark and one of America’s longest-lived communal societies. Arrive in Amana, IA to see historical brick, stone, and clapboard homes, their flower and vegetable gardens, their lanterns and walkways which take you back to an earlier time and existence. For lunch, there’s a tasty variety of meal options including famous family-style dining restaurants and street vendors by local organizations to satisfy your Bavarian appetite. There will be on-your-own time to visit the Woolen Mill, the Amana Furniture Shop, and the various small shops offering interesting crafts and antiques. Experience the free craft demonstrations including blanket weaving, wood carving, and basket making during the Maifest event.  In addition, the numerous wineries around Amana each offer free samples of wine to showcase their large assortment of fruit wines available to the public.

 

In the afternoon, tour addition towns of the other Amana Colonies, a journey that takes you past the beautiful and serene Lily Lake. Begin your tour at the Amana Heritage Museum where you will learn why a settlement was made in this county. In Homestead, receive a guided tour of the Amana Community Church Museum. A favorite with the locals, the Amana Meat Shop & Smokehouse will show you how ham, bacon, and sausage are cured the old-world way with long-held recipes. There will be plenty of food item samples available for you to taste and purchase. Bring along a cooler to store items. Upon arrival in Middle Amana, you’ll meet your Communal Kitchen tour guide.  Learn about all the interesting details about how meals were served to the hard working men and women of this community. In High Amana, the visit to the General Store will remind you of a simpler time. A special stop will be at Fern Hill, located in South Amana, where there’s an endless selection of lovely gifts and hundreds of nostalgic items. There will be a stop for a meal on-your-own at a restaurant (menu prices $8.00 - $15.00 for entrees) on the return journey back to campus.

 

Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, Amana Heritage Museum, Community Church Museum, Communal Kitchen, and General Store. Meals and shopping are not included. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 6:30 a.m. from Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road (please park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 10:30 p.m. Sorry no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.

Notes:

Requirement: moderate walking
There will be a stop for a meal on-your-own at a restaurant (menu prices $8.00 - $15.00 for entrees) on the return journey back to campus. Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, Amana Heritage Museum, Community Church Museum, Communal Kitchen and General Store. Meals and shopping are not included. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 6:30 a.m. from Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road (please park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 10:30 p.m. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip.
Fee: $129.00
Hours:16.00
CEUs:1.60

SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

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