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May 11, 2013

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Rhode Island

(1) Providence - A Capital Place!
(2) Providence's Independence Trail
(3) A Blackstone Valley Sampler - Treasured Highlights
(4) Kayaks on the Blackstone!
(5) Rediscover Rhode Island's North Country - The Blackstone Valley’s Best Kept Secret
(6) The Family Guy
(14) Behind the Scenes" Leisurely Valley Bicycle Tour


(7) A Revolutionary History Hunt


(8) MetroWest: Culture in Bloom
(9) Bold Knights, Big Cats - Arts & Americana
(10) Voices Echoing Throughout the Blackstone Valley
(11) Worcester and Its Vibrant Canal District

Rhode Island, Connecticut

(12) A Westerly Welcome - A Mystic Salute

Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts

(13) Quiet Corner Curiosities

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Tour #9

Bold Knights - Big Cats - Arts & Americana

A Thousand Years In Fifty Miles


On this expedition of discovery, we cover a thousand years in fifty miles! Delve into the days of old (when knights were bold!) at the lively, internationally acclaimed Higgins Museum of arms and armory; watch traditional artisans create heirloom figurines; and go on safari in a world of the wild! This is a day of fascinating conquests, creative artisanship and untamed creatures - a day of folklore, feudalism, and fun.

A delightful demonstration at one of America’s last remaining makers of collectibles starts our day. The internationally renowned Vaillancourt Folk Art Studio in Manchaug, Massachusetts gives a behind-the-scenes experience that shows the artisanship behind heirloom chalkware. Formed in vintage chocolate molds, each piece is embellished by artists who hand-paint these unique miniatures and ornaments.
It’s a short ride to Worcester and the world-renown Higgins Museum of Arms and Armory. Here we enter a time of medieval strife and courtly life: noble samurai, scimitars, the armorer’s craft, and jousting. Relive the Story of the Sword. Return soon with the kids for Castle Quest to see how animals were domesticated and trained for the taking of a medieval domain.

We move ahead in time to an America whose communities came together on their Commons. Grafton Center is one of the country’s premier historic commons, surrounded by quaint shops and filled with picturesque scenes reminiscent of a day when business was concluded with a handshake, and a buggy was as common as a horseless carriage. The perfect spot to enjoy your boxed picnic lunch.
By now, you might be ready for ice cream, and we’re so close, a trip to scenic West End Creamery is in order! This family operated farm is a favorite for locals, and its popularity is growing every year. Mid summer, the license plates are from all over the country!
Traveling over country roads, we head to New England’s largest zoo, practically in our own backyard! It’s Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Mass.  From African leopards to zebras, visitors get a close up view of the animals in a naturalistic setting.  Southwick’s Zoo is home to over a hundred species of animals from around the world! Before leaving, be sure to poke your head in at the Purple Peacock.

What a day! It surely deserves to be saved and shared. You’ll love seeing your pictures on one another’s Facebook pages, and on ours, too. So on the ride back to Twin River, do exchange social media information with the friends you’ve made today. It will help make the memories last.

Price: $49.00
Includes: Boxed picnic lunch*
Admissions, motorcoach transportation, guide
Check-in: 8:00 am, Twin River Casino parking lot
Departs: 8:30 am
Returns: Approx. 4:30 pm
Attire: Casual, with weather in mind, comfy walking shoes
Suggest: Re-usable tote, camera, refillable water bottle

Though never required, it is customary to personally extend a gratuity to your motorcoach driver and your tour guide. A modest ‘thank you’ would be a dollar or two per person, or more if it is well earned, within your budget and commensurate to their service. Group collections are discouraged.

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*Select during ticketing process: Choose from ham, turkey, roast beef, veggie.

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