Suspend reality and visit another country for the evening! Join us for our weekly travel presentations as local community members share enchanting stories, beautiful photos, and travel advice. Whether you're looking for an entertaining evening out, or inspiration for your next trip, these shows are sure to please!
Spring/ Summer 2017 Adventure Travel Program Schedule
All shows are held in the store and begin at 7:00PM
*** Please Note! Shows are now held on Wednesdays!
February 8th (7pm - 8pm) - Discovering Tibet and Kathmandu
Tibet, sometimes called the “Roof of the World”, is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 16,000 ft. This land, with its fantastic landscape and intriguing culture, lives under a harsh political reality. Richard Lion will present his trip to Tibet and the trip's origination point: Kathmandu, Nepal. Sights include the Potala Palace (former chief residence of the Dalai Lama), a mountain-top monastery, the Mt Everest base camp, and Nepal's three Durbar Squares in their pre-quake splendor.
February 15th (7pm - 8pm) - Fun, Food, and Folklore: A Year of Italian Festivals (an all new show)
Have you ever just arrived in Italy and missed out on a cool local food festival or historical reenactment? Colorado author Lisa Vogele will introduce you to a diverse collection of food & folklore festivals highlighting various regions throughout the calendar year. This presentation will interest foodies, history buffs, Italophiles and offer tips for incorporating festivals into your travel planning, no matter the destination. If you have a favorite festival you've attended, we'd love to hear about it during the Q&A portion of the event.
February 22nd - No Show
March 1st (7pm - 8pm) - Tales of the Wandering Bagpiper
How does it feel to play the bagpipes on the summit of Mt. Fuji? Or march with the riotous skirl of 10,000 bagpipers through the streets of Edinburgh in the 2000 Millennium parade? What is it like to serenade mystified onlookers with bagpipe tunes on the Great Wall of China? And who are these strange folk who don woolly kilts and funny shoes to partake of this ancient musical rite? Susan Hadley Planck tells all in an engaging new book, Piping Hot! Tales of a Wandering Bagpiper.
Piping Hot! marches you into the world of bagpiping and around the globe through the eyes of a seasoned traveler, piper and educator, who weaves together her sense of adventure and humor with her love of bagpiping in this one-of-a-kind memoir and travelogue.
Arm-chair, group travel junkies or actual travelers, Scottish-Irish descendants, bagpipe aficionados or anyone after a good read will enjoy this entertaining book of zany adventures around the world through music.
As an educator for over 30 years and member of the award-winning City of Denver Pipe Band for more than 15 years, Susan witnessed the behind-the-scenes antics and personalities of these unique musicians along with their triumphs and travails of bagpipe competitions and gigs, from the matchless “Memphis in May” celebration and Oktoberfest in Sidney, Nebraska, to exotic international destinations.
March 8th - Packing Light Clinic
Do you have a fun trip coming up? Have you never quite tackled the task of effective packing? Join us in this fun and informational clinic on how to consolidate your trip essentials. Learning how to pack light helps to reduce unnecessary stress and really can make your trip more enjoyable! We’ll teach you about packable fabrics, different packing methods, and travel accessories that make all the difference. Whether you’ll be traveling for a week or several months, you can learn how to pack everything you need in one convenient and organized suitcase.
March 15th - Japan: From Monks to Monkeys
Japan is a must see and you should consider a visit to this wonderful country as a strong candidate for your bucket list. Japan is rich in Asian culture, has great cuisine, and Japanese hospitality is second to none. In April 2016, Stan Havlick and his wife Margaret, hopped on a Dreamliner flight to catch the height of the spring cherry blossoms, and also to connect with eight enthusiastic first cousins and their family members. What a hoot! Photos and topics discussed include the Imperial Park, the Geisha District, the Philosophers Walk in Kyoto, unique lodging in a Koyasan Shukubo Buddhist Temple, and a sobering visit to the Palace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. On a lighter note, you will enjoy our visit to a traditional Royokan, the Wild Snow Monkeys of Nagano, the Shinto Shrine World Heritage Site on the Island of Mojajima, a Sumidagawa River cruise, the famous National Museum, and a few special highlights of Tokyo. Stan, who has lived and traveled on all seven continents, will also devote a portion of his program to answering your questions about the wonderful world of travel.
March 22nd - Walking the Jurassic Coast and Cotswold Way, England
England’s national trail system features well-maintained, way-marked, long-distance trails of varying lengths through a variety of landscapes. These hikes are ideal for walkers that prefer the convenience of carrying only a day-pack and staying in B&Bs. They also provide great day hikes for anyone who is touring to see the landscapes and historic sites of Great Britain. In this show, we will visit castles, picturesque villages, Neolithic burial mounds and world-class gardens as we walk through the pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds and the dramatic scenery of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.
March 29th - Spring Break! No Show.
April 5th - Hiking Colorado!
As world travelers, we love heading off to distant lands to see new sites, explore new cultures, and experience the many rewards of foreign travel. As Colorado residents, we also have a wonderful world to explore right here in our own backyards! If you enjoy walking around gawking at beautiful scenery without having to hop on an airplane, this show is for you. Come and discover more of the terrain and geography of our own colorful state in the majestic Rocky Mountains. We'll take a look at some nearby trails along the Front Range and venture out to Colorado's other mountain ranges, and even the eastern plains. You'll be inspired to grab your hiking shoes and daypack and head out to new adventures on the fantastic trails that we are so fortunate to have so close to home.
April 12th - Packing Light Clinic
More details coming soon!
April 19th - The Swiss Alps: Berner Overland & The Haute Route
Come visit some of the most iconic mountains in Europe. You don’t have to be a technical climber to enjoy the magnificent Swiss Alps. We will begin this journey with some easy day hikes near the famous Eiger and Jungfrau mountains in the Berner Overland, and finish with a two-week trek on the “Haute Route” from Mount Blanc to the Matterhorn. This is a trip for those who love charming alpine meadows and villages settled below some of the earth’s most magnificent peaks and glaciers.
April 26th - Exploring Sicily, Italy
Sicily, the largest Mediterranean Sea Island, sports a history of 4,000 years and is a melting pot of cultures given its central position as a crossroad of trade between Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Join Ronnie and Allan Gerard as they reminisce their 21 day sampling of the variety of topology, towns and cities plus the ancient ruins of Sicily…Camera in hand.
The ancient ruins are admittedly among the world’s top, not to detract from Sicily’s friendly people. These folk are solidly Italian but with a complex mix of ethnic cultures resulting from the continuous eras of change of ownership. Ruins span 800 years from early Greek, Roman and even earlier Carthaginian eras. Cathedrals dot the landscape and we agree with the UN that some are world gems; e.g. The Norman Era ‘Palatine Chapel’ in Palermo.
Sicily’s image as the headquarters of the Mafia is belied by the friendliness of people, the great food from pasta, pizza and sea food. Do not underestimate the Gelato (Oh my gosh!).
The topology is varied with wonderful sparkling blue waters and beaches, hikes to ‘Etna’ the still active volcano, medieval mountain-top towns, and appealing cities. We found wonderful places to stay with helpful, delightful staff. The sun, soil, and periodic volcanic enrichment produce world class fruits, lemons and veggies.
May 3rd - Tour du Mont Blanc - Circle Europe's Highest Peak in Three Countries: France, Italy, Switzerland
More details coming soon!
May 10th - Learn How to Pack Light and Travel Smart!
More details coming soon!
May 17th - Amazing Argentina
More details coming soon!
May 24th - TBD