On Wednesday, May 31, Fifty-four FAIR Travelers boarded a deluxe Aarrow Stagelines motor coach bound for Seward, Nebraska. We had all our usual suspects: Ashley Hendrickson, our FAIR Representative and I (we comprise the FAIR Program), Roger Cronk, our favorite driver, and his wife, Mary. We were also joined by 10 first-time travelers. Ashley’s son, Tyler, came along for the ride; he was a big help to us, and a big hit with the travelers!
Our destination was the Olde Glory Theatre in Seward, but first, we made a very interesting and worthwhile stop at the National Guard Museum. Well, the first stop was for road construction, but we didn’t really mind. The coach was cool, and we were in the throes of travel bingo. As the many of the squares contained various road signs and construction equipment, we had a whole slew of “bingos” while we were detained!
Then it was on to the museum, which contains over 11,000 pieces dating back to the Spanish-American and Civil Wars. Many of the displays are interactive and will rotate, keeping the experience fresh. We enjoyed getting to experience the shock of being a guard recruit, as a virtual drill sergeant barked orders at us! Gerry Meyer, State Historian of the Nebraska National Guard, gave us a very comprehensive tour, and many of our group commented on how interesting he was. If you haven’t visited the museum yet, I encourage you to do so. Tell Gerry your friends at Union Bank sent you.
We left the museum, ready for dinner and some entertainment. That’s exactly what we got. Our prime rib dinner was superb, as usual, and served to us with great care by the evening’s volunteers, P.E.O. Chapter CC and the Woods Brothers Realty team. The production was one of the best we have seen at Olde Glory. It was entitled, “The Face on the Barroom Floor.” We sighed at the heroine, booed at the villain, and laughed until our sides hurt. The proceeds from these performances, now in their 28th season, fund area scholarships, the Olde Glory Theatre itself, and local families in need. That’s a whole lot of good resulting from such a wonderful evening.
The way home was just as much fun as the trip there. Ashley always works so hard on the trips to make certain everyone is comfortable (I tease her and call her our flight attendant), and her son followed suit! Tyler helped us give every traveler a hug and a kiss (of the Hershey’s chocolate variety). We watched a preview of the upcoming Daniel O’Donnell concert, drew for some fantastic door prizes and we were home before we knew it. We’ll be off on another adventure soon, and we hope next time you can join us.