NCB Online Newsletter - August 2014
Happy August!  The Nicollet County Fair begins August 6th and runs through Sunday, the 10th.  Senior Day at the fair is Friday, August 8th.   NCB be sponsoring the music tent.  Music on the 8th features Jay Hanson, Wendinger Band, Johnny Frost (Elvis) and the Heatseekers.   Enjoy  the month,
Lisa G. & NCB

Minnesota State Fair Pick-up Point Change!
Our trip to the Minnesota State Fair August 28th has a pick-up point change!  Rather than picking-up and dropping off at the Treaty Site Museum parking lot (where the road construction has made it quite puzzling as to how to get to the lot) we will pick-up and drop-off at the First Lutheran Church parking lot, located on the corner of Sunrise Drive and Traverse Road.   Deb and Nancy will escort this fun day at Minnesota’s Greatest Get-together, which is Senior Day at the Fair!  New at the fair this year is the Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center at the West End Market.  The Center features exhibits and information about the fair over the past 150+ years!    Some new food items include:  Strawberry Rhubarb JonnyPops, Deep-Fried Buckeyes, Beer Gelato, Deep-Fried Breakfast on a Stick…and many more!  Call us soon at 931-3310 to reserve your place on the bus for this great day at the fair!
     When:  Thursday, August 28th
     Depart:  7:45 a.m. from First Lutheran Church Parking Lot
     Return:  5:00 p.m. est.
     Deadline:  August 21st or until filled
     Cost:  $27 per person (transportation & entry fee)

“Ring of Fire—The Life & Music of Johnny Cash” - Plymouth Playhouse
We may still have a few seats available for the musical tribute to Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire!” this August 13th!  Call us ASAP at 931-3310 to catch your seat on the bus for this fun daytrip!    This Broadway show is back after a national tour, to share over two dozen of Johnny Cash’s songs in this musical production.  Though the show isn’t a biographical story, the compilation of Cash’s country tunes reflects the life of the great Man in Black.  The included luncheon buffet at the Green Mill features baked chicken, corn, potatoes, coleslaw, jello, bread, dessert and coffee or tea.  Lori will be escorting this fun daytrip to the Plymouth Playhouse.  
     When:  Wednesday, August 13th
     Depart:  10:30 a.m.
     Return:  5:00 p.m.
     Deadline:  ASAP (may still have a few seats!)
     Cost:  $55 per person
Boomers & Beyond Senior EXPO - September 18th
Stop by the St. Peter Boomers & Beyond Senior EXPO Thursday, September 18th at the St. Peter Community Center!  Peruse the information vendors have on display from 2:00-4:00p.m., treat yourself to a massage, register for door prizes, get a flu shot, health screening or just enjoy refreshments and visit with friends!  The keynote speaker at 4:00 p.m. will be Al Batt, humorist, author, naturalist and radio personality!  I heard Al Batt at a Lions convention, and he was wonderfully entertaining!  This event is sponsored by the City of St. Peter and St. Peter Community Education.   NCB will have a booth in the exhibit hall so we hope to see you there!
Treasure Island Casino & Riverboat Cruise
There is still room on this fall favorite trip to Treasure Island Casino, Thursday, September 25th!  We plan to have two buses for this trip that includes time for gaming in the casino as well as a lovely two and a half hour cruise along the Mississippi River.  The riverboat cruise on the Spirit of the Water includes a mid-western BBQ buffet with chicken and beef, salad, potato salad, corn, roasted potatoes, cookies and tea or coffee.  Alcoholic beverages may be purchased on your own.  We still plan to pick-up/drop-off at the Treaty Site Museum—unless you hear from us otherwise.   We hope the construction will be wrapped up a bit by then….at least in order to access the Treaty Museum parking lot.  If there is a change in the pick-up location, we will let you know with the September newsletter.  Shelly and Lori will escort this fun daytrip.  Call us at 931-3310 to catch the bus to Treasure Island!
     When:  Thursday, September 25th
     Depart:   8:30 a.m. from the Treaty Site Museum
     Return:  6:15 p.m.
     Deadline:  September 11th or when filled
     Cost: $30 per person (includes transportation, luncheon and boat cruise)
“Hello, Dolly!” - Chanhassen Dinner Theater
Get ready to sing along to some great American music theater songs when we go see the Tony Award winning musical, “Hello, Dolly!”  The Saints have reserved seating for the October 1st matinee performance of this delightful show at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.  The show revolves around New York matchmaker Dolly Levi, who ends up finding a groom for herself while matchmaking for Horace, the “half-a-millionaire!”   The luncheon included with this price gives several options from the Chanhassen Chicken, a Honey Walnut Chicken Salad to Lasagna Bolognese.  You may also upgrade your selection to Salmon or Top Sirloin for a slight charge.  Alcoholic beverages and desserts (which are grand!) are also on your own.  The reservation deadline is early on this trip as the theater requires an early count for our final numbers.  Call us at 931-3310 to sign up for “Hello, Dolly!” at the Chanhassen!
     When:  Wednesday, October 1st
     Depart:  10:00 a.m. from NCB
     Return:  5:00 p.m.
     Deadline:  September 3rd
     Cost:  $70 per person (includes show, transportation and luncheon)
California New Year’s Getaway & the Rose Parade
Celebrate New Year’s in sunny California!  This great California getaway includes a behind the scenes tour of the Rose Parade floats, reserved seating for the grand Rose Parade, a New Year’s dinner with a Big Band Celebration at the Candlelight Pavilion & Dinner Theatre, tour of Hollywood and time to explore Los Angeles.  Forget about the cold and snow while getting close up pictures of the fragrant, beautiful parade floats!  Relax on the motor coach while our guide points out homes of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills!  This is sure to be a grand way to bring in the New Year!  Call us for more information at 931-3310!
     When:  Dec. 30-Jan. 3rd  
     Deposits Due:  $300 per person by September 15th
     Price:  $2,795 per person Dbl. (includes airfare, transfers, nine meals,
     admissions to events, tour guide, deluxe hotel accommodations)

Farm Family of the Year!
Annexstads are the Nicollet County Farm Family of the Year!  The Annexstad Dairy Farm is owned and operated by the Annexstad family, and they will receive their award at the Nicollet County Fair August 8th.  This award honors past contributions to the community and spotlights local agriculture.   NCB is proud of all our local farmers and sends our congratulations to past recipients as well as to this year’s farm family of the year!
Aloha!  Hawaii in 2015! Land & Cruise Vacation in Paradise  (March 12-22nd)
Dreaming of a tropical vacation for this next winter?   Join the Saints Club for a ten-day trip to Hawaii, including a seven-night cruise!  Upon first arrival to Honolulu, the first two nights stay will be at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach!  Tours of the city and East Oahu are included as is a visit to the Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor.  Transferring to the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America for a seven night cruise, we will visit the islands of Kauai, Hawaii (the Big Island) and Maui.   Each of the islands has its own “personality!”   If you’d like a brochure with more information on this trip to “paradise,” please call us at 931-3310.  We’re happy to mail or e-mail you more information on this wonderful tour!

Upcoming Community Events:
After the county fair, more events will keep us busy in town!  The Chamber’s Annual Summer Social/Business After Hours in Levee Park will be August 19th from 5:00-6:30.   Last year I was in the dunk tank, but I don’t plan to do that again!  September brings us the annual Rock Bend Folk Festival on the 6th and 7th at Minnesota Square Park!  The festival always has great musical entertainment, including our local favorites and friends, City Mouse.   St. Peter’s Girls’ Night Out will paint the town pink on Thursday, October 2nd with lots of free gifts and special deals offered by St. Peter’s businesses.  Also, October 25th, the Friends of St. Peter Area Hospice will hold its biannual Gala at Alumni Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College.  More information will be out soon on this great event for a great cause!  Linda Pell and Lisa Gault are co-chairs of this year’s event/committee.