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Albemarle County, Virginia
Wednesday, Dec. 5

James Monroe, our fifth president lived at his home named Highland (now named Ash Lawn) for 25 years. It was Thomas Jefferson who encouraged Monroe to purchase Highland which was adjacent to Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Unfortunately, due to increasing debt, Monroe was forced to sell his beloved estate in 1825. Fittingly, the home is now owned and operated by Monroe’s alma mater, the College of William and Mary. Our guided tour consists of the house and any additions that Monroe made. Just recently archaeologists discovered the foundation of a much larger house now presumed to be Monroe’s home.

Lunch will be at Michie Tavern, opened in 1784 and is designated as a Virginia historic landmark. The lunch will be traditional and homemade southern fare. The Tavern Gift Shop and General Store will be filled with holiday goodies.

Monticello is our last stop of the day because there is so much to explore. Jefferson began creating and building Monticello at the young age of 26 and modeled it after the designs of the Italian Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio who Jefferson greatly admired. For Jefferson, Monticello was an ongoing project. Started in 1772, this grand estate started out as a plantation house but after Jefferson’s trips to Europe as Secretary of State, many of the classical buildings of Italy and France influenced Jefferson’s designs. The outbuildings and slave quarters may also be visited.

Do not miss this opportunity to learn about the lives of two presidents who helped shape our great nation and enjoy a delicious lunch at the famed Michie Tavern. Ash Lawn and Monticello will be decorated for the holidays.

Activity No. 7003.218
$160/$155 MCC district residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, admission to Highland and Monticello, buffet lunch, a morning snack and a driver tip. Please arrive by 6:45 a.m., bus leaves promptly at 7 am. Tour returns approximately at 7 p.m. Pick up place TBD. Please make check to Excursionaire.

Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.
Monticello with columns


Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options

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OFC Friday Night Trip
Friday, Dec. 7, 3:30-11 p.m.
Activity No. 5303.218
$35/$25 MCC district residents

Spend a night watching not one, but TWO blockbuster features! Join the Old Firehouse as we head to AMC Tysons for two movies and dinner at the food court. Movie tickets are included in the fee. Please bring $20 for dinner and additional money movie concessions as desired.

OFC Winter Break Trip
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8301.218
$70/$60 MCC district residents

Eat, drink and play games! Dave and Buster’s offers one of the best dining and entertainment experiences around. Buffet lunch and a $25 game card with unlimited arcade game play are included. Bring additional money for ticketed arcade games as desired.

OFC Winter Break Trip
Thursday, Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8302.218
$80/$70 MCC district residents

Speed-lovers, experience a thrill like no other at this state-of-the-art indoor go-karting facility! Please wear appropriate clothing for the activity, as well as closed toe shoes. A signed waiver is required by for participation. Lunch and races are included in the fee.  A signed waiver is required by for participation.

OFC Winter Break Trip
Friday, Dec. 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8303.218
$65/$55 MCC district residents

Explore all that this one of a kind facility as we journey to Zavazone.  At Zavazone you can go from casual jumping, to testing your dodgeball skills, to unleashing your ninja warrior abilities, plus more.  After getting our exploration, we will get some lunch before catching one of the newest blockbuster movies.  A signed waiver is required by Zavazone for participation.  Lunch, movie tickets and admission are included.  Appropriate exercise clothing required.  Bring money for additional snacks and movie concessions as desired.

OFC Winter Break Trip
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8304.218
$60/$50 MCC district residents

Chill out racing down snowy hills on the tubes or take the ice, lace up your skates and glide around the rink. During the day we’ll warm up inside by having an amazing lunch! Admission for tubing/ice skating and lunch included in the fee. Bring additional money for snacks as desired.

OFC Winter Break Trip
Thursday, Jan. 3, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8305.218
$60/$50 MCC district residents

Join us as we take the battle indoors, maneuvering through different paintball and laser tag missions. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing; we recommend long sleeves, jeans and closed toed shoes. Lunch and games are included.  A signed waiver is required by for participation.  Bring additional money for snacks as desired. 

OFC Winter Break Trip
Friday, Jan. 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Activity No: 8306.218
$65/$55 MCC district residents

Experience glow-in-the-dark bowling with big screen video walls and a booming surround sound system playing your favorite songs. It’s a nonstop, high-fiving, unforgettable good time. Following bowling, we’ll unwind by immersing ourselves in a cinematic adventure. Fee includes bowling, shoes, lunch and movie tickets. Bring additional money for movie concessions as desired.

Thursday, March 7

The theme of the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show is “Flower Power.” It explains how a single flower can influence a person’s life forever! Believe it or not, flowers have the power to overshadow our lives in ways we never thought possible.

There will be more than 10 acres of landscapes and gardens that will illustrate how this can be true. A highlight of the show this year will be the FTD World Cup 2019 floral design competition. The World Cup is one of the highest honors a person can receive in the flower industry. Designers from more than 30 countries will present the most fabulous floral creations from around the world.

Lunch will be on your own. Sample from the plentiful food vendors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center or walk across the street to the Historic Reading Terminal Market, where selections range from Philly Cheese Steaks to homebaked Amish goodies.

As in years past, garden shoppers will be thrilled with the more than 180 dealers selling everything from garden furniture to unique plants and flowers. Horticulture, artistic culinary lectures and demonstrations by world-class experts are all free to show visitors.

The 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show promises to be both breathtaking and inspiring. Sign up early to explore the world’s greatest flower show with the best, most celebrated growers and designers.

Activity No. 7005.319
$138/$133 MCC district residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, tickets to the flower show, a morning snack and a driver’s tip.

Arrive at MCC at 6:45 a.m. Bus departs promptly at 7 a.m. Tour returns at approximately 8 p.m. Please make check payable to Excursionaire.

Questions? Please contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.

Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options.

Monday, April 29

For 86 years, the Garden Club of Virginia has sponsored Virginia Historic Garden Week, which funds the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s public historic gardens and provides research fellowships. These special days provide thousands of visitors the chance to visit some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in the area.

The tour dates this year are in late April and early May when Virginia’s springtime color is at its most glorious. The area that has been picked for 2019 is Leesburg, where gardens and homes are located along the rolling countryside of southwest Leesburg.

Lunch at a restaurant in Leesburg is included in the cost of the trip.

Details and pricing questions can be answered by Maureen Cyron of Excursionaire at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.

Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options.