Now Open to 55+

By Jann Wiswall

The Great Valley Senior Group (which represents the towns of Great Valley, Salamanca, Ellicottville, Humphrey and Mansfield) has announced its slate of day-long bus trips for the summer season. It also has expanded its membership to include those ages 55 and older.

This season’s trips include:

Tuesday, June 16: Corning Museum of Glass, with lunch at Sorge’s. The trip includes a visit to the Rockwell Museum and a shopping excursion at the CorningWare Corelle Revere Factory Store.

Thursday, July 16:  Buffalo River History Boat Cruise with lunch at Hamlin House. There will also be a visit to the Pierce-Arrow Museum and Alethea’s Chocolates. (maximum 48 travelers)

Wednesday, August 12:  Bristol Valley Theater’s production of Becky’s New Car, with lunch before the performance at Holloway House in Naples, NY.

Tuesday, September 15:  Ohio Amish Tour, with stops at Nauvoo Country Market, Middlefield Swiss Cheese House, Buckeye Chocolates and Bargain Bin Variety Store. An Amish Wedding Feast will be served in an Amish home.

Each trip costs just $15 and includes all stops and meals noted above, plus round-trip bus service from Bus America Group Tours.  Departure and return times vary. You do NOT have to be a member to go on the trips, but you must be a resident of one of our participating towns and you OR your spouse must be 55 or over.

Senior Group President Yvonne Darts notes that an annual membership only costs $10 and comes with many advantages. “If you do belong to the club and attend the meetings, you get to help choose the trips we take, and you get the first opportunity to sign up for the trips.”  She also notes that trips fill up quickly, but you’re encouraged to get on the waiting list as “we almost always go to the waiting list to fill the bus,” due to members’ last minute conflicts.

Plus, members meet for potluck lunches and camaraderie on the second Wednesday of every month at the Great Valley Fire Hall.

To sign up for any or all trips, call Barb Sergel at 699-2905. For membership information, call Darts at 945-3279.

The towns that participate in our group are Great Valley, Ellicottville, Salamanca, Humphrey and Mansfield.   So, if you are interested in joining us on any of our trips, Contact Barb Sergel at 699-2905.  If you would like to join the Great Valley Senior Group, come to the meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at the Great Valley Fire Hall.  Everyone brings a dish to pass and their own place setting.  We start arriving at about noon.  The yummy potluck is served at 1:00, and we have a short meeting following the luncheon.  For more information, call Yvonne Darts at 945-3279.  The annual dues are $10, but you can come and “test the waters” if you would like to see what it is like being a part of the Great Valley Senior Group.