Josiah and Esther
Heroic Characters of the Penn Dutch Country
3 Days | April 2-October 24, 2020
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
We feature two evenings of theater with heroic characters. First is “Josiah for President.” See what happens when a man of plain faith hits the campaign trail. Then “Queen Esther,” a captivating tale of beauty and bravery is on stage at Sight & Sounds Theater. This new production brings Esther’s story to life with magnificent sets, special effects, and spectacular music.
“Josiah for President” is on stage April 2 to Oct 24, 2020
“Queen Esther” runs March 14 to December 31, 2020
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- Commissionable or Net Rates
- Luxury or First Class Hotels & Meals
- Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tours Managers are available
Whatever you want, U S Tours will be happy to structure tour prices to match your needs. Just let us know!
Day 1 – Lancaster, PA – Amish-Family Style Dinner – “Josiah for President”
Arriving in Penn Dutch country this after your group will check into a comfortable first class hotel. Your dinner tonight is a traditional Amish Family-Style at the Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant. It’s fresh wholesome Penn Dutch Food served with large platters of meat, bowls of vegetables, breads and Grandma Smuckers Desserts. So pull up your chair, sit down and enjoy a friendly family dinner.
After dinner you enjoy “Josiah for President” a musical comedy at the Bird-in-Hand Theater. The plot begins with a politician, a disenchanted Presidential candidate and his meeting with Josiah Stoltzfus an Amish Farmer. The Congressman decides that Josiah’s old-fashioned common sense, and roll-up-your sleeves work ethic is just what this Country needs and he is determined to run him as a candidate for the Presidency. But can Josiah get elected? Can a man of plain faith turn the tide of politics? And what will he have to risk to do it? In the 2020 election year, it’s our guess that Josiah’s Campaign will be the most fun. (D)
Day 2 – Heirloom Garden Tour – Quilting Class – Shoofly Pie Demo – “Queen Esther” at Sight & Sound Theatre –
Today begins with a stroll through the Heirloom Gardens of Landis Generations. These herb, vegetable, and flower garden strolls, from the 1700s and 1800s are interlaced with tales of early garden folklore. You will learn how heirloom vegetables are making a big comeback in culinary and gardening circles. Take a backstage tour of the Seed Building and watch how they are packaged. Your Visitor Experience includes a demonstration on how to make a Victorian Style bouquet or Potpourri craft.
Your visit ends with a Victorian Tea featuring tea’s made in the region. There is an Earl Grey and lemon lavender often served with tea sandwiches, scones, fruit, and a dessert/
Also today you hear about the history and origins of quilting in both Amish and Mennonite communities while adding a few of your own stitches in a keepsake patch. Each person in our group can choose their own fabric, trace a pattern and practice the art of hand quilting. Then add your group’s stitches to a quilted wall hanging to be sold at the PA Mennonite Central Committee Relief sale held each spring. Your quilting will be part of a demonstration of love and giving to all humankind.
This afternoon your group attends a Baked Goods Demonstration a culinary professional will guide your group step by step through the recipes to create two signature Amish bakery treats: Shoofly and Whoopie Pies. a few volunteers from your group will receive hands-on experience and everyone will receive complimentary whoopie pies to cap off the demonstration. This is followed another Family-style meal at the Hershey Farm Restaurant.
Next, head to Sight & Sound Theatre for a performance of their newest show, “Queen Esther.” Set in the opulent yet perilous Persian Empire, “Queen Esther” is a captivating tale of beauty and bravery. Esther’s ordinary life changed forever when she was taken through the palace doors, entering a new world of royalty and risk. With a crown on her head and a secret in her heart, can she find the courage to trust in God’s plan and believe that she was made for such a time as this? Experience one of the most riveting Bible stories of the Old Testament as it comes to life with magnificent sets, special effects and live animals in this brand-new, original stage production! (B,D)
Day 3 – Snack Stops – Depart for home
After breakfast, depart Lancaster. We are happy to help you schedule a visit to Herr’s Snack Factory, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, or the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery – so that you have snacks for the ride home. (B)