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Up North Excursions Day Trips explore and support arts, music, history, and nature in the Northland
Life-long learning and community building. 

If you are interested in a trip, please let me know.  The sooner the better.  I'll let you know if there is space and the status of the trip. 

I hope to have you join me on a future trip! 

Wendy Grethen
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Offering day trips since 2016
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Upcoming Trips 

I'm pleased to be offering trips and thankful for those who are going to explore the Northland with me.    
Please check with Wendy if there are seats available.

Please make sure that when you write out a check
it is made to Wendy Up North.

A minimum number of participants is needed by the deadline for a trip to go.  

Go on 2 trips in 2019 and your 3rd trip in 2019 is $10 off. 
Go on 2 trips in 2020 and your 3rd trip in 2020 is $10 off. 

November 17 (Sunday)  
Annie the Musical

Enjoy a live performance by the Bemidji Community Theater with fun tunes and a touching story at the historic Chief Theater - Paul Bunyan theater in Bemidji. Admission included for the 2 p.m. show.  We will, of course, make a photo stop at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.  Have you visited them before?  Lunch (not included) will be at the Harmony Natural Foods Co-op with plenty of delicious, nutritious options of fresh soup, salad, and sandwiches.  
Leave Perkins West at 9:15 a.m. 
Return at 7:15 p.m.

Registration deadline is October 30.
3 seats available as of 10/26

November 21 (Thursday) Phantom of the Opera at the Orpheum Theater

Andrew Lloyd Weber has contributed so much to musicals. Whether this is your first time seeing this performance or have seen it multiple times it's always a treat to watch live theater and be there with the live music and performance. 
Leave at 8:30 a.m.
Matinee show. Front half seating, main floor, side.
Lunch included at a restaurant on the way down.
Return about 6:30 p.m.

As of 7/11, there are no seats available. Waiting list only. 

December 8 (Sunday)
Rittenhouse Wassail House Concert & Lunch, Bayfield
Wonderful holiday celebration in a Victorian setting. Delicious food, seasonal music, and tradition.   You may now sign up for this day trip - perfect for the holiday time.  Come again if you came last year.  Sign up early if you missed it last year.  I have reserved more seats this year but do sign up early. 
Leave Perkins West at 8:45 a.m.
Return at 4:45 p.m.
A pickup/drop-off may be added at Perkins in Superior if enough people are requesting it. 
Registration deadline October 20
 As of 10/10  no seats are available. Inquire about being on the waiting list. 

Winter/Spring 2020
Plan Ahead. Make your reservations early.  

JANUARY 11 (Saturday)
Swans on the Mississippi and Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post
(Monticello and Onamia/Mille Lacs
See thousands of trumpeter swans that overwinter in Monticello, then we'll have lunch at a local cafe (included), and stop at the MN Historical Society site - Indian Trading Post with artworks from over 100 Native Americans. Items for sale.  Pick up a gift for a friend and for yourself. 
Leave Perkins West 7:30 a.m.
Return 4:30 p.m.
Register by December 27
Seats available as of 10/24 - 24 seats

FEBRUARY 9 (Sunday)
Healthy Life Expo   Minneapolis Convention Center. 200+vendors, speakers. Nutrition, longevity, fitness. Midwests' largest wellness fest.  About 3.5 hours at the event.
Leave Perkins West at 9 a.m.
Return 6 p.m.
$70  It's a deal.  Good opportunity to learn more healthy tips. 
Please register by January 20
Seats available as of 10/24 - 24 seats

MARCH 7 (Saturday)
The Music Man at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater,
1 pm show. Lunch, too.  A special place and lively show. 
Leave Perkins West at 8 a.m.
Return 7 p.m.

Please register by Feb 5
Seats available as of 10/24 - 22 seats

MARCH 29 (Sunday)

Spring Fest: Arts and Craft Fair Canterbury, Shakopee     
Stroll through booth after booth of this deluxe fair, buy items made from artists, and chat with creative people.  Spring fever reliever.
Leave Perkins West at 9:30 a.m.
Return 6:30 p.m.
$80    Admission included.
Please register by March 10
Seats available as of 10/24 - 24 seats

APRIL 5 (Sunday)
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – Theater in the Round, Minneapolis with brunch at Grand Buffet, Hinckley.
Leave Perkins West 9:15 a.m.
Return 7:15 p.m.
$110  Lunch included.
Please register by March 10
Seats available as of 10/24 - 24 seats

APRIL 18 (Saturday)
Minnesota History Center and cool short mystery stop   Awesome exhibits at this St. Paul museum.  Learn more about Minnesota.  Extra exhibits are on Prince and Native Americans in Minnesota.
Leave 8:30 a.m. from Perkins West
Return 6:30 p.m.
$85  Admission included.
Please register by April 1
Seats available as of 10/24 - 24 seats

MAY 10 (Sunday)
Shepherd’s Harvest Fest 
Lake Elmo fairgrounds – festival of wool/sheep    Animals, vendors, music. A must for people who knit, crochet, or weave. Room on the bus to take your purchases home. Over 3 hours at the event.
Please register by April 20. 
Leave Perkins West at 8:30 a.m.
Return 5:30 p.m.
Seats available as of 10/24 - 24 seats

JUNE 5 (Friday)  
Fish, Fish, Fish
Tour a fish hatchery, meet commercial fisherman Bodin Fish House, and see artifacts and exhibits at the Marine Museum in Bayfield.  A whitefish lunch is included. 
Great Father's Day gift idea. 
Leave Perkins West at 10 a.m.
Return 5 p.m.
Please register by May 15.
Seats available. 


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This year so far we've gone to Crex Meadows to see Sandhill Cranes, Bayfield Apple Fest, MN State Fair, Land of the Loon Fest in June, Hayward Lumberjack show in June, Bayfield in Bloom garden tour on June 1, Chanhassen Dinner Theater - Feb 6, Minneapolis Institute of Art/Como Park Conservatory Dec 29, and Bayfield's Rittenhoue Wassail Concert lunch Dec 9.
Last fall, we went to the Minnesota Zoo, Stone Lake Crannberry Fest Oct 6, to Ely to the Dorothy Molter Museum and North American Bear Center on Sept 15 and to the MN Landscape Arboretum on Sept 21.