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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.