The Good Times Travel Club is going to Lancaster for a preview of Christmas.
Details for the Dec. 5 and 6 overnight trip have been arranged by John Madden of TravelWorld.
Included in the package will be the Sight & Sound Theatre’s “Miracle of Christmas,” dinner at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a guided tour of the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside and a stop at the Kitchen Kettle, a collection of 42 shops and restaurants.
The trip will be made in a comfortable WiFi equipped motor coach and the night will be spent at the Tru by Hilton Lancaster East hotel located in the heart of Amish country.
Reservations are being accepted at TravelWorld offices in Scranton (570-342-5790) and Kingston (570-288-9311). The all-inclusive rate is $279 per person based on double occupancy and $329 for singles. Full payment is due at time of booking.
The Sight & Sound presentation brings Christmas memories to life telling the Bible story of Christ’s birth with a cast that includes Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds, wise men, angels and some 30 furry and feathered creatures.
The Sound Millennium Theatre features a 300-foot wrap-around stage that surrounds the audience on three sides. Special flying rigs allow angels to fly over the audience from a 45-foot-high grid above the stage.
The musical score is a combination of original songs and holiday classics written and arranged by music veteran Tom Howard and recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles. All vocals are performed live on stage.
Prior to going to the theatre, the Good Times group will have dinner at the famous Shady Maple Smorgasbord that has been serving authentic Pennsylvania Dutch foods including Shoofly pie, whoopie pie, potpie and scrapple since 1929.
The Good Times group will leave Scranton at 9 a.m. and from Wilkes-Barre a half hour later for a three hour ride to Lancaster where they’ll check into the Tru Hotel by Hilton.
The hotel, which opened two years ago, has a fully equipped fitness center and indoor heated pool.
After checking in the group will go to the included dinner at the Shady Maple and then to the theater for the much-heralded Christmas show.
The second day will begin with an included build-your-own breakfast at the hotel featuring a toppings bar loaded with 30 sweet and savory toppings for cereal, bagels, yogurt and more.
Following check out the group will leave for a guided two-hour tour through picturesque Amish farmlands in Lancaster County.
Then it will be off to the Kitchen Kettle famous for its little boutique shops, crafts, souvenirs, tasty Amish treats and unlimited samplings of homemade jams and jellies packed fresh by the Amish.
The shops should be filled with Christmas gift items providing a treasure hunt with everything from hand carved signs, to handmade quilts and leather goods, boots and so much more.
Following a lunch on your own at one of the Kitchen Kettle restaurants, the group will head back to Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Madden urged people interested in what promises to be an exciting two days to make reservations quickly. It is not necessary to be a club member to participate.
The Lancaster adventure is one of several short duration trips planned by the club. In October two Vermont autumn foliage trips have been sold out with more than a hundred people signed up.