By: TCA Technical Director Karen Bunch
Do you have a “Bucket List”? You know, those lists we all make that “someday I’ll do that”? Some people’s lists are long and filled with adventure. Some aren’t long at all, but still filled with fun and adventure. Some include more time with family and friends. Some include all of the above. For many people, that list includes traveling to exotic or maybe not-so-exotic places.
If you aren’t crossing these places off, what holds you back at the moment? Time? Money? Someone to watch the family’s FurKids, or maybe the Feather- or FinKids? Possibly someone to house-sit? Maybe you would prefer to travel with a guide who speaks the local language and knows the best places to visit. Well, the Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh has a solution for ALL of those challenges with their annual Travel and Adventure Series! Every second Tuesday of the months of October, November, January, February, March, and April, the Club hosts “guides” at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) who have traveled and filmed far-away lands, as well as those special places closer to home. Their live-narrated film presentations promise to take you (virtually) to another place, to experience a land faraway (or a land right next door)!
Concerned about time? Presentations start at 7:30 p.m. and last about 2 hours. Money? It’s only $5 a ticket for individual shows, and $24 for all 6 shows! Someone to watch the Fur-, Feather- or FinKids? The house probably won’t miss you, because you’ll only be gone a couple of hours, and the FurKids will forgive you for leaving them home alone … if you bring them a treat! Personal Guide? You’ll get that and more from the filmmakers themselves.
Maybe you DO have the time, money, and someone to look after things here, but you’d like to take advantage of this great opportunity to preview what to see and do as you fulfill that vacation on your Bucket List. Many people have taken advantage of that aspect of the Kiwanis film series, and one of the best parts about the evening? Most filmmakers are available at intermission and after the show to answer your questions. In addition, all presenters offer DVD’s of their various adventures, so you might want to take advantage of that opportunity as well.
Through its 38-year history, the Kiwanis Travel and Adventure Series has taken its audiences all over the world. As someone who has had the pleasure to meet and work with 95% of the presenters who have visited the TCA, I can tell you that you will definitely get your money’s worth!
Of the many presentations I’ve had the great fortune to see over the years, I most enjoy those that are closer to home, such as the Adventures of the Grand Canyon, Lewis and Clark Trail, Hawaii, The Pacific Northwest, and the Trans Canadian Railway.
A few of the “Tuesday Destinations” I have actually seen and enjoy revisiting, some I have yet to visit. But, I too have a personal Bucket List that includes overseas travel - England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, and Iceland top that list. Kissing The Blarney Stone, seeing Loch Ness, the castles, London, The Scottish Highlands, Reykjavik and their Symphony Orchestra, Iceland’s geological wonders, Fiords National Park - Te Wahipounamu, The Outback and Sydney Opera House. All are intriguing to me, and while visiting them in person isn’t in the immediate future, all have been within reach through the Travel and Adventure Series.
January 8, 2019 provides yet another opportunity to see an “exotic land,” as we travel from Egypt to Gibraltar. I’ve always been fascinated by the Pyramids and local customs, dress and cuisine, and look forward to a trip around that part of the Mediterranean. Exploring the region from the comfort of the TCA could be just
“the ticket” and beginning for you and me! Egypt to Gibraltar, How to Travel the World for Free, The Colorado Plateau, and Germany, Switzerland & Austria are all available for you to discover from January thru April of 2019.
I love to travel, and have had the great good fortune of checking-off one personal Bucket List item relating to travel, and that is to visit all 50 States. I’ve also visited Tijuana, Mexico, and 5 of the 13 Provinces and Territories of Canada. Some places I’ve traveled to solo, some I’ve traveled to with family members, some with friends, but all are memorable.
So what Continental destinations or overseas countries are on your list? How adventurous do you want to be? The perfect place to start that discovery is with the Kiwanis Travel and Adventure Series at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts! Who knows where you will be inspired to go after you “virtually visit” new locations without “leaving town?” Bucket List? Check!
Behind the scenes of Tecumseh Center for the Arts.