Spring Field Trip

Each year, the club takes a field trip in May with a very short business meeting.  The destinations vary but provide a fun and often educational diversion for participants.

2019 Spring Field Trip


May 23rd, 2019, the group visited three wineries in Altus, AR by bus and tasted a variety of their wines. At Weidekher Winery the group enjoyed a history talk, tasting and lunch. There was a brief stop at a scenic overlook at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Many of the 80 year old pines had been damaged by a recent storm. Then it was on to Post Winery for another tasting and a tour. The last stop was the Mount Bethel Winery for a final tasting and tour and stories of how Great-Grandma ended up in prison during prohibition. She had 12 children and said it was the best vacation she every had. Fun was had by all!

2017 Spring Field Trip



May 19, 2017 Tulsa Garden Center at Woodward Park.

8:00 AM Leave Riordan parking lot on chartered bus for Tulsa 

10:30 Begin tour of teaching garden at center with docents available. This is a lush flower and water-feature garden. 

12:00 PM Catered buffet lunch at the Travis Italian style mansion with two entrees available 

12:45 When finished with lunch you may stroll trough five terraces and nearly 250 varieties of roses that, if we are lucky, will be blooming! 

1:45 A docent guided tour through the Tulsa Historical Museum or you can view a movie on the history of Tulsa 

3:00 Board bus for return trip home. All of these events are on the grounds of the Tulsa Garden Center and within very easy walking distance and handicap accessible. 

2016 Spring Field Trip

May 17 - 18, 2016 (with an overnight) trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Spring, Arkansas.   The bus departed Riordan Hall at 10 am on May 17th, stopping for a fast food lunch, and arriving at Comfort Suites Hotel in Hot Springs by 3 pm. After receiving complimentary bags from the visitor's bureau & checking into our rooms, we had dinner at Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant.  After breakfast in the hotel & checking out of our rooms, we headed for Garvan Woodland Gardens where we had a docent led 45 minute guided tour and plenty of time to wander around the gardens on our own. After lunch at the Chipmunk Cafe, we boarded the bus at 1 pm for the trip home.  Fun was had by all!

2015 Spring Field Trip

Trip was combined with the June Luncheon held at Peel Mansion in Bentonville.  We were taken back in time and the menu featured recipes from the past.  Tours of the mansion and gardens, a hat contest and installation of new officers rounded out the day. 

2014 Spring Field Trip

On May 28th, 2014, club members traveled via charter bus to the Dogwood Canyon Park in Missouri. At the park members boarded a covered tram that took them on a tour of the park. The tour included the wedding chapel, trout ponds, numerous waterfalls, streams, covered bridges, and a variety of animals. The picnic lunch had two sandwich choices which were Ozark ham with Swiss Cheese or Slow Roasted Turkey with Vermont Cheddar. Both came with other goodies. Another successful trip and a fun day for club members. 

2013 Spring Field Trip

May 22, Club members met at The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and enjoyed lunch and a guided tour of the gardens.

2010 -2012 Spring Field Trips

2012 Spring Field Trip

Field Trip to Learning Fields At Chaffee located at Fort Smith, AR.

2011 Spring Field Trip

The Trip to Learning Fields was canceled due to a massive tornado that hit Joplin, MO.  The bus we had chartered was coming from Joplin and the company canceled.  

2010 Spring Field Trip

The 2010 field trip found the club making its way to Bentonville to visit Compton Garden and the Crystal Bridges Construction Overlook.  After a tasty lunch, we were treated to four knowledgeable speakers.  Jamie McGaugh told us about the construction and how Crystal Bridges will fit into the natural setting.  Erin Jones talked about the layout of the galleries and the art.  Scott Eccleston shared information on using native plants and rock on the grounds and about developing 4 miles of trails through the 100 acres of the Crystal Bridges property.  Corrin Troutman enlightened us about Compton Garden's preservation efforts and all the different areas that make up the garden.  Then Corrin Troutman and Scott Eccleston treated some of us to a tour of Compton Garden while other members were accompanied by Erin Jones to the Overlook.  Later Corrin's group proceeded to the overlook on our own and were amazed at the progress on the massive construction.  We can't wait for the Museum to open.  A great time was had by all!!!

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