Away for the Day

ESSEX STEAM TRAIN & RIVERBOAT CRUISE                                                             FEE: $140

Monday, October 17

Depart for Essex, Connecticut and start your day with a delightful 3-course lunch at one of New England’s truly original country inns, The Griswold Inn. Luncheon includes:  Potato Bisque Soup, choice of Baked Cod or Herb Roasted Pork Loin and Brownie w/whipped cream for dessert.  Please indicate choice upon registration. After lunch, depart for the historic 1892 Essex Station, where you’ll board vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. The train meanders through the scenic countryside to Deep River Landing, where you’re escorted onto the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Aboard Becky’s 1-1/4 hour cruise along the Connecticut River, you’ll delight in breathtaking scenery and view historic landmarks such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House. When Becky returns to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes you for the return trip to Essex Station. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church, Midland Park at 8:30 a.m. and returns approximately 7:15 p.m.



Tuesday, October 18

Join us at the extravagant Villa Roma Resort, located in the heart of the Catskills in Callicoon, NY.  for a musical tribute to Michael Bublé  and luncheon. With three voices singing incredible songs such as “Moondance”, “Sway”, “Come Fly with Me, “ Home”, “Save the Last Dance for Me” and many more , Shades of Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Michael Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. Fall Luncheon Menu Fruit Cup & Pumpkin Soup. Entrees: Pot Roast, Chicken Francese, or Filet of Cod.   Please indicate choice when registering.  Served with Chef’s Choice Starch and Vegetables. Desserts: Chef’s Surprise; Carafe of Red & White Wine at Every Table. Coffee, Tea, Decaf, Unsweetened Ice Tea.   Bus will depart Faith Reformed Church, Midland Park at 9:00 a.m. and return approximately 5:00 p.m.


GILDED AGE TOUR, HUDSON VALLEY, NY                                                     FEE: $130

Wednesday, October 26

Let’s head to Staatsburgh State Historic Site, in Staatsburgh N.Y. for a historical “Titanic” themed Gilded Age tour. This Hudson River mansion was inherited by Ruth Livingston and her financier and philanthropist husband, Ogden Mills.  In 1895, Mr. and Mrs. Mills remodeled and enlarged it into a 65-room Beaux-Arts mansion; Our day continues down the Hudson River to lunch at “River Station'' in Poughkeepsie. You will enjoy the view while you start your meal with your choice of: Eggplant Rollatini, Flat Iron Steak with Mushroom Gravy or Chicken Piccata. Please indicate choice when registering. Coffee, tea and dessert are included with lunch.  Our last stop is in Poughkeepsie N.Y. with a guided tour at Locust Grove, the summer home of Samuel Morse, artist and inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code. We will visit the site and view the home still filled with the Young’s 20th century collection of furnishings and art.                                               *Due to the historic nature of the trip and while efforts have been made to create ramps, there are some stairs at each location as well as the restaurant. Tour led by Cindy Mahoney. Bus departs Faith Reformed Church, Midland Park at 8:30 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30 p.m.

MT. AIRY CASINO/RESORT – CAROLE’S KINGS                                                         FEE: $99

Tuesday, November 1

Come and spend a day of fun at Mount Airy Casino/Resort in the Poconos, where every minute is a thrill.  You will also enjoy Carole’s Kings, a musical tribute to Carole King and the music of Beautiful.  Fee includes a $15 slot voucher and show ticket. (show time 3:30 p.m.).  State issued I.D. required in order to receive a voucherFace Masks are strongly recommended.    Subject to change.  Bus will depart Faith Reformed Church, Midland Park at 9:00 a.m. and return approximately 7:00 p.m.

NEWARK ADVENTURE-ART, MUSIC & CULINARY DELIGHTS                               FEE: $119

Friday, November 18

Join us today on a Special Jersey adventure! We begin our day exploring The Newark Museum of Art: New Jersey's largest Museum, which includes an unforgettable experience in the arts and natural sciences. We will take an inspirational self -guided journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections of Asian, Native and American Art. Then it's off for our special lunch at the Chateau of Spain. Our luncheon includes two appetizers (Stuffed Mushrooms and Spanish Sausage), a main course of either 10 oz New York Strip Steak, Chicken Cutlet sauteed in Garlic Sauce, Salmon Filet broiled in a light garlic sauce or Filet of Sole stuffed  with crabmeat. Dessert includes cheesecake and coffee or tea. Please indicate your choice of entrée when registering.  After this gourmet lunch we will leave for the Grammy Museum located at the Prudential Center. Here we will be exposed to the unique heritage and history of American Music.  We will see exhibits that include New Jersey iconic legends that share our Jersey roots. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. There is a fair amount of walking.  Tour led by Melinda Scarso.  Bus departs Faith Reformed Church, Midland Park, at 9:45 am and returns approximately at 6:15 pm.


Wednesday, November 30

Join us at the extravagant Villa Roma Resort located in the heart of the Catskills in Callicoon, NY.  for a holiday tribute and luncheon, featuring Detroit Gold.   Detroit Gold pays tribute to the tremendous legacy of Motown’s Super Groups, in a salute to the legendary stars of Motown such as The Supremes, The Four Tops, the Temptations and many more.

Along with their renditions of Motown hits, enjoy their soulful takes on your favorite Holiday Classics! Special Menu: Eggnog, Fruit Cup & Italian Wedding Soup. Entrees: Roast Turkey, Leg of Lamb, or Shrimp Scampi. Indicate choice when registering.  All served with starch and assorted vegetables. Dessert: Chef’s Surprise; Carafe of Red & White Wine at Every Table. Coffee, Tea, Decaf, Unsweetened Ice Tea.  Bus will depart Faith Reformed Church in Midland Park, at 9:00 a.m. and return approximately 5:00 p.m.


SINTERKLAAS FESTIVAL, RHINEBECK, NY                                                     FEE: $69

Saturday, December 3

The “Sinterklaas” festival in Rhinebeck N.Y. is a mix of the Hudson Valley’s long time Dutch heritage with a non-denominational, all-inclusive and modern twist! Everyone is invited to participate in this celebration where children are raised up from the people with the least power, to the kings and queens of the day! Throughout this walking village, there are activities, performances, and roaming street entertainment.  All of this leads to the 6:00 PM Children’s Starlight Parade where “Sinterklaas”, along with his white horse, lead a dazzling procession of one – two story animated puppets, live bands and performers through the center of the village. This is truly an incredible day of community and celebration. For more details about the day’s events and to learn about the “Sinterklaas star” that lights the night and the parade (everyone is able to purchase one), please visit: This festival is held rain or shine and many activities are outside so please dress accordingly.  Although there are places to grab a bite throughout the day, a list of village restaurants will be furnished for those who may want to reserve and dine inside prior to the parade.  Tour escorted by Cindy Mahoney.  Bus departs Midland Park High School. at 11:00 a.m. and returns approximately 10:00 p.m.

NYC BOTANICAL GARDENS HOLIDAY TOUR                                                             FEE: $119

Tuesday, December 6

Join us today on a festive, holiday celebration! Our first stop will be the New York Botanical Gardens Holiday display which features both their annual miniature train show in addition to an amazing display of New York landmark buildings both past and present made of only natural materials. Then it’s on to a delicious lunch at Mario’s Restaurant (a Bronx-Arthur Ave Little Italy Eatery). Our menu choices include: a salad, pasta (penne marinara), a choice of veal parmigiana, chicken francese or filet of sole oreganata. All served with vegetables and unlimited soda. Dessert includes pastries and coffee or tea. Indicate meal selection when registering for this trip. After lunch we will have time to explore (on our own) the many great food and unique gift shops located on famed Arthur Ave which will be filled with holiday goodies.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This trip includes a fair amount of walking. Tour led by Melinda Scarso. Bus leaves Faith Reformed Church, Midland Park promptly at 8:45am and returns approximately 5:00 p.m.






CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (Limited Seats Available)

Sunday, October 23 - Saturday, October 29, 2022

Triple $929                 Double $949                            Single $1249

Proof of vaccination is required for this trip.   Call the MPCE office for a complete itinerary. Trip insurance available upon request. Tour escorted by Melinda Scarso.

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