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12/9/2017
Lyte Hearts Chapter - Minneapolis, MN

2017 Pre-Convention Tours & Workshops
General Info
Volunteer Vendors Seminars
Photo Contest

2017 Convention is over and it was a huge success.

Want to see what you missed this Year?
Watch here for Info about 2018 in Shawnee, Oklahoma

All tours will have a minimum of 20 participants in order for the tour to take place. We have reserved 24-passenger buses. With sufficient enrollment, we can upgrade to a 36-, 48- or 56-passenger buses. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tours will be full-day tours. Tuesday’s tour will return at 2 p.m. so that First Timers can attend their reception.

Please call the RVW Office to get on a waiting list for tours that are full.  (480) 671-6226




RV Capital
of the World Tour


Friday, October 13
8:30 a.m. - All Day


Welcome to the “RV Capital of the World!” Over 80 percent of the world’s inventory of travel trailers, fifthwheels, motorhomes, truck campers and fold-downs are manufactured in Elkhart County.

We will begin our day with a visit to Phoenix USA where Phoenix Cruiser motorhomes are built. The company specializes in designing and building Class B and compact motorhomes that are sold direct from factory to consumer.

Our next stop will be a visit to the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame. This shrine to the RV traces the history of RVing from early 1913 travel trailers to the state-of-the-art motorhomes that travel our highways today. The 80,000 square foot museum showcases a fascinating collection of one-of-a-kind camping cars, house trailers and house cars, including a gem custom built for Hollywood screen siren Mae West. We will follow the time trail of vintage RVs arrayed among murals of scenic America. A knowledgeable guide shares RV folklore and the industry’s remarkable stories.

For lunch, we will be guests at The Garden Café, located inside the conservatory at Linton’s Enchanted Gardens. After enjoying a box lunch, we will take time to admire the many themed gardens that are collected together here. Included are a Japanese teahouse, southwestern garden with mineshaft, Victorian house, Dutch gardens with gristmill, and the famous Quilt Gardens designated as a top 100 event by the American Business Association. This unique explosion of color and beauty has been created by the 150,000 plants with over one million blooms that have been packed into 19 giant gardens planted in the shape of quilt patterns.

It may be slightly past the peak season when we visit the Quilt Gardens, but our timing is perfect. Elkhart County is hosting a one-of-a-kind visiting art exhibit of sculptures by world-renowned American artist Seward Johnson. We will be there to see, touch, interact and be photographed with the amazing life-size bronze sculptures he created—including his 25-foot monumental sculpture inspired by Grant Wood's famous American Gothic painting.

Our tour will conclude at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens situated just north of downtown Elkhart on 36 acres. The inviting paths here wind through 20 themed gardens that include a waterfall garden, an English garden and an adventure path for visitors of all ages to enjoy.



Cost: $80 per person.

If a tour is filled, please call the RVW office to get on a waiting list.  If we have sufficient numbers on the waiting list, we can upgrade to a bigger bus.

Tour includes: Box lunch (a ham or roast beef sandwich or a chicken or egg salad wrap), admission to all museums and tours and bus transportation.




Shipshewana
and Merchants Tour


Saturday, October 14
9:00 a.m. - All Day


On this tour we will see how Amish life blends seamlessly with a modern day mix of commerce and community. At Shipshewana, our first stop, we will explore the few small blocks lined on both sides with shop after shop and the not-to-be-missed Davis Mercantile, a four-floor shopping paradise filled with boutique shops, tasty treats, a giant tree and a handcrafted horse carousel.

From Shipshewana, we’ll head to the Das Dutchman Essenhaus and the Village Shops in Middlebury. Here we will find a generous selection of baked goods, home décor, gifts, games, toys, jewelry, ladies apparel, Vera Bradley, quilt fabric, furniture, books and more.

For lunch. we will head over to the dining room at Das Dutchman Essenhaus. Now seating over 1,100 guests, this is Indiana's largest restaurant. We will dine on traditional family recipes passed down through several generations. Choose from the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet—save room for their famous pie , they make over 30 kinds— or order off the five-page menu.

We will spend the afternoon exploring Amish back roads, getting to know local Amish entrepreneurs and seeing first-hand how they operate their unique enterprises and use their special talents to create products and build businesses that serve the local community and beyond.

We will peek inside an Amish coffin (empty of course), learn the differences between coffins and caskets, pet and feed camels at an old-order Amish farm, and pick up some secret-recipe donuts at the Rise ‘n Roll Bakery. The bakery offers a variety of goodies made fresh and preservative free every morning, including apple fritters, Bismarcks, pecan sticky buns, whoopee pies, cookies, breads, fruit pies and cream pies. Group members will receive complimentary coffee and donut samples.

We will end our day with a visit to Teaberry Wood Products, a unique family-run woodshop nestled on a country road in the heart of Amish Country. This shop specializes in handcrafted items that showcase the beauty of a variety of hardwoods. We will see artisans working to create wooden baskets using cherry and walnut hardwoods. We will also see a nice sampling of the puzzles and wooden nativities that are made on site and cut out by hand on scroll saws.

Cost: $75 per person

If a tour is filled, please call the RVW office to get on a waiting list.  If we have sufficient numbers on the waiting list, we can upgrade to a bigger bus.

Tour includes: Transportation to shopping venues and all tours. Lunch will be on your own.


RV Maintenance Workshops

Basic: Monday, October 16
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Advanced: Tuesday, October 17
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Maintenance Workshops will be presented by RVW member Pat Setser. Pat is a certified RV technician and owner of Rec-Serve. She has presented maintenance workshops at RV rallies and at our 2011 RVW convention. We are glad to have her back this year. Each workshop will be a full day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a break for lunch.



Basic Maintenance

This is a one-day overview workshop that will provide participants with enough familiarity of RV systems to do basic preventive maintenance. The focus will be on typical RV issues and problems RVers may encounter when camping.

We will include topics that were not covered, or were covered only lightly, when you first bought your RV and took delivery.

This class will address the care of all types of RVs, including
trailers, campers, fifthwheels and motorhomes. We will cover the basic characteristics, best safety practices and maintenance requirements of RV water systems, sewer systems, electrical and power systems, LP systems and best exterior and interior maintenance requirements.

You should attend this session if you are fairly new to RVing or if you are interested in learning how to do basic maintenance on your RV. The format of the workshop will include the use of technology tools—presentations and podcasts—to illustrate key points.

If a tour is filled, please call the RVW office to get on a waiting list.  If we have sufficient numbers on the waiting list, we can upgrade to a bigger bus.

Cost:
$50 per person
 


Advanced Maintenance

This one-day workshop goes beyond basic preventive maintenance concepts and equips attendees with essential troubleshooting and diagnostic techniques. One of the goals of this workshop is to help the RV owner become a better consumer of RV repair service. You will leave this workshop having a better sense of when to call—or when not to call—for professional services.

During this session, you will be presented with logical approaches and techniques to use when troubleshooting, proper tools to use when troubleshooting, and best practices when trying to resolve a problem safely.

There will be in-depth coverage of RV water systems, sewer systems, electrical and power systems, and LP systems. You should attend this session if you are a seasoned RVer who has some experience doing basic maintenance on your own RV.

The format of the workshop will include the use of technology tools—presentations and podcasts—to illustrate key points. There will be extensive use of case studies and hands-on opportunities for attendees.

Cost: $60 per person



Photo credit: Visit Phoenix

Amish Acres
Farmstead Tour


Sunday, October 15
10:00 a.m. - All Day


Amish Acres, our first stop, is the only old order Amish farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We will ride in style on padded seats in a 16-foot covered farm wagon pulled by an International Harvester H tractor. Traveling on gravel lanes around the pond and through the woods, we will pass historic buildings and quaint shops. Along the way, we will stop at the one-room Amish school for an old-fashioned spelling bee, step inside the historic farmhouse, and learn about the heritage, culture and history of the Plain People.

For lunch, we will enjoy a thresher meal in the century-old barn restaurant. Bring an appetite. Large bowls and platters filled to the brim with farm-fresh food will be served to us family style. The menu will include both ham and turkey.

After this feast, we will move on to the beautifully restored 1911 Round Barn Theatre to enjoy a matinee production of the popular Broadway musical, “Sister Act.” Based on the 1992 blockbuster movie starring Whoopi ­Goldberg, this musical features all original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. We will enjoy toe-tapping songs, show-stopping dance numbers and a truly touching story.

Cost: $100 per person

If a tour is filled, please call the RVW office to get on a waiting list.  If we have sufficient numbers on the waiting list, we can upgrade to a bigger bus.

Tour includes: Tour and lunch at Amish Acres, admission to the Round Barn Theater production of "Sister Act" and bus transportation.



Monday, October 16
8:45 a.m.
Ladies Golf Scramble

This just-for-fun-and-prizes golf scramble will be held at the Black Squirrel Golf Course, named in honor of the many black squirrels that have made their homes in Elkhart County. Our fun competition will be followed by lunch and prizes recognizing singular achievements—getting closest to the pin, achieving the longest drive, achieving the longest putt, and coming closest to the john.

Lunch will be available at the golf course restaurant.

Cost: $60 per person

Included: Golf fees, prizes and lunch.


 


 

Amish Back Roads Tour

Tuesday, October 17
8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sit back, relax and observe the Amish lifestyle as you travel the picturesque back roads of Northern Indiana. Step back in time, learn about the fascinating lifestyle of the Plain People and hear the stories that have shaped the history, traditions, and customs of the Amish. We will stop at four

different shops: Sunshine Baskets, Little Helpers Quilts, E&S Bulk Sales, and Silver Star Leather. We will be tempted with a large selection of gift items, quilts, wall hangings, motion clocks, over 50 varieties of cheeses, homemade baked goods, cold meats, soup mixes, candies, spices, cooking supplies and unique furniture pieces.

Before returning to our campground, we will stop for lunch at an Amish homestead to enjoy a unique haystack lunch. The Amish often host fundraisers to help families pay for unexpected hospital bills or other needs. The haystack meal originated for this type of event because families could donate vegetables grown in their gardens and beef raised on their farms without having to purchase many ingredients. These home-grown donations are layered to create a haystack-shaped tower. Some say this hearty blend of flavors and textures is an Amish version of an upside down taco salad. Other simply say that any haystack meal is, well, simply delicious!

Cost: $80 per person

If a tour is filled, please call the RVW office to get on a waiting list.  If we have sufficient numbers on the waiting list, we can upgrade to a bigger bus.

Tour includes: Back roads tour and haystack meal.


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