Fox Cities Campus
Suzanne Lawrence, MA
Director of Continuing Education for Access Campuses
Mon–Thurs by appointment
Closed on Fridays
Fox Cities Campus, Room 1221
Tours and Travel
Due to COVID-19, our 2020 educational travel programs have been cancelled, but we look forward to seeing you in 2021!
In the meantime, explore the world without stepping outside! Check out our VIRTUAL TOUR OPTIONS!
Learn about civilization’s most iconic historical sites in the company of designated scholars!
We also offer local tours to ethnic bakeries and churches in the Milwaukee area!
Bakery Bus in a Box (Care Package with Educational Seminar)
In this unique time of social distancing, let us bring the sweet treats to you in the comfort of your own community with the Bakery Bus in a Box
- Taste Milwaukee’s Italian heritage with a half-pound box of Peter Sciortino’s Bakery on historic Brady Street
- Delve into Mexican culture with a mini Three King’s Cake from woman-owned La Flor de Trigo
- Enjoy a dozen of National Bakery’s famous German pecan fingers.
- Savor 6 chocolate swirl meringues, a French delight from Greige Patisserie
- Always a favorite on our Bakery Bus, Ultimate Confections has been making homemade, hand-dipped chocolates for 30+ years. Enjoy chocolate dipped treats from this staple of the Milwaukee community.
- We’ll ship the Bakery Bus in a Box complete with pastries from authentic Italian, German, Danish, Mexican and French bakeries to your home! In addition, we’ll schedule a time for all of our guests to tune in for an interactive 1.5 hour discussion about Milwaukee’s immigrant past and a chance to meet the makers behind the treats in the Bakery Bus in a Box.
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2020
Registration required in advance: Deadline to register – October 2
Time: 10 am for virtual viewing
Cost: $75 (enough food to share with a friend)
Treasures of the Louvre Museum with Marie Dessaillen
The Musée du Louvre in Paris holds some of the most important masterpieces of art history. A former royal residence, its 800,000 square feet can only present 35,000 (less than 5%!) of its works of art. Transformed into a museum during the French Revolution in order to safeguard works of art and educate the public, it presented the former collection of the Kings of France, as well as art rescued from churches and aristocratic homes, and it has been growing ever since from private donations. It takes months to see it all, and somehow, it always calls us back for more. Some of those works of art have become pop culture legends, like the smiling Mona Lisa or the armless Venus de Milo, others will surprise you and blow your mind when you round a corner.
Date: Saturday, October 10
Time: 2 pm (1.5 hours with live scholar)
Limited Virtual Seating!
The Sistine Chapel in Depth with Cecilia Martini
When we hear the words ‘Sistine Chapel’, our minds might immediately turn to think of Renaissance master Michelangelo and the famous Creation of Adam. This conversation with a local Roman art historian and educator aims to unpick the narrative of the Sistine Chapel in greater detail, looking beyond Michelangelo. The large expanse is covered almost entirely with frescoes, the result of a project that was carried out by two Popes over a period of 75 years. We’ll discuss both Pope Sixtus the IV and Pope Paul III and the various artists who were commissioned during their times from Sandro Botticelli to Pinturicchio. Looking at the diverse range of Sistine Chapel frescoes together we will realize that Michelangelo’s ceiling is merely one chapter of this impressive book of faith. If we don’t know anything about the rest, it’s almost impossible to piece together this magical Renaissance puzzle. Join art historian Cecilia Martini for an analysis of the Sistine Chapel in this interactive seminar. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, we’ll emerge together with a deeper appreciation of this Renaissance masterpiece and the history of the artists.
Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 2 pm (1.5 hours with live scholar)
Limited Virtual Seating!
Churches & Chocolates Tour in a Box (Care Package with Educational Seminar)
Milwaukee has long been known as the “City of Steeples” and you can view many of these beautiful places of worship on this popular Churches and Chocolates Tour. The tour guides will take you on a virtual tour for 1.5 hours while you also indulge in chocolate tasting with a local chocolatier. You will receive your box of chocolates delivered to your door ahead of time. Experience the history and architecture of these churches in the safety and convenience of your home – while treating yourself with sweet delights!
- Each guest will receive a box of chocolates from a local chocolatier prior to the presentation.
- You will “virtually” visit three churches for docent-led tours that explore the history and architecture of these unique places of worship.
- One of the highlights of the virtual experience is having a local chocolatier-led tasting of the truffles that you each receive in your box.
- You will receive a box, shipped to your home, with printed information about the bakeries
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Fee: $75, includes box of chocolates and virtual tour.
Prohibition & the Perfect Manhattan: NYC Cocktail History with Diana Pittet
This conversation will explore the role of the bar in fueling the city that never sleeps and go into more detail about how alcohol in general–and the cocktail more specifically–has shaped the city over the centuries. We’ll talk about the first distillery on Staten Island in 1640, the role of slavery and the rise of rum. We’ll take some time to discuss the birth of the cocktail in New York, the impact of prohibition and the resulting growth of speakeasies (and flight of talented mixologists).
Only now, 100 years since the enactment of Prohibition is the proper cocktail making its overdue comeback in America, and New York City has been a driving force in its renaissance. The best cocktail bars in the world are located in New York, ones that are currently shuttered due to the Coronavirus, except for the establishments who are providing cocktails to go. What’s the future now of the cocktail and bar? We can speculate and hope for their survival. They are an integral part of New York City–its engine, even.
Led by cocktail expert Diana, this interactive conversation aims to enhance your knowledge of all that bars and drinking entails in New York City. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future bar expeditions, we hope next time you’re in a watering hole, you’ll see things with a more informed eye.
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Time: 3 pm – (1.5 hours with cocktail expert)
Limited Virtual Seating!
Portugal’s Sintra with Pascal Ansell
Join art writer Pascal Ansell for a two-part Sintra series, as we weave our way down the spiraling cobbled streets that paved their way into Portugal’s collective imagination. Sintra’s dreamworld of palaces and its Moorish Castle is one many are familiar with, and down below the town is curiously lacking any straight or linear streets. Compared to Versailles, its palaces are a celebration of glorious disorder. A key philosophy defines the town: 19th Century Romanticism. Getting underneath this movement will be key to making sense of a site that displays willful confusion, an attack on reason and rationality that could be seen as Portugal’s most exaggerated, yet most Portuguese town.
Key highlights to our seminar are the holy triad of the Pena, Regaleira and National palaces. But we will dive into some little-known corners that speak to the late 19th century attitudes on nature, and how these quieter areas let flourish, after the human effort carved out the possibility.
Lord Byron sighed, “Sintra, Glorious Eden”, and together we will deepen our appreciation of a town that is Portugal in its idiosyncratic extreme. Led by local Lisbon expert Pascal Ansell, this interactive discussion will discuss Sintra’s history, architecture and influences from abroad. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of the significance of this beautiful Moorish castle.
Keep your eyes open for part 2 in this series.
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Time: 1 pm – (1.5 hours with cocktail expert)
Limited Virtual Seating!
September 19 – 28, 2021
Portugal has a diverse mix of geography, including splendid beaches, rocky coasts and coves, fertile valleys, and arid plains dotted with groves and vineyards. Portugal’s rich culture and history draw visitors to sights and experiences that leave lasting impressions.
Day 1: Departure from Chicago’s O’Hare
Day 2: Arrive Porto (2 nights)
Day 3: Porto
Day 4: Porto – Coimbra – Lisbon (6 nights)
Day 5: Lisbon
Day 6: Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais
Day 7: Day Trip to Obidos & Batalha
Day 8: Day Trip to Evora
Day 9: Day Trip to Arrabida
Day 10: Depart Lisbon for Home
For pricing and full itinerary, please call (920) 929-1155.
New York Theater Tour 2021
Group 1: Wednesday, May 26 – Sunday, May 30, 2021
Group 2: Wednesday, June 2, – Sunday, June 6, 2021
In five adventure-filled days, you and a group of like-minded travelers will experience three outstanding Broadway performances. You’ll spend four nights in a conveniently located hotel on or near Times Square. You’ll be able to explore many of the city’s most popular attractions such as: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, High Line, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Wall Street, historic neighborhoods, and numerous world famous museums.
The price for the trip includes the following items:
- Coach and air transportation to Milwaukee and New York
- Three plays
- Four nights at a conveniently located hotel on or near Times Square
- Group tours of some of New York’s many “must see” attractions
- Optional excursions with your trip leaders at an additional charge
Group 1: Wednesday, May 27 – Sunday, May 31, 2020
Group 2: Wednesday, June 3 – Sunday, June 7, 2020
Fees: The 2020 price is $2,250 (based on double occupancy). This is subject to change based on airfare and other increases to hotel, etc. for 2020. Add $650 for single occupancy.
Group 1: Susan Rabideau, Fox Cities Campus Theater Director
Group 2: Suzanne Lawrence, Director of Continuing Education for Access Campuses
To register: To reserve your seat today, contact Suzanne Lawrence at (920) 931-3415 or email email@example.com.
Reserve your seat for a non-refundable fee of $200 per person no later than September 20, 2019, for your 2020 trip!
Boundary Waters Canoe Expedition
July 31 – August 5, 2021
The Boundary waters in northern Minnesota is the largest wilderness area east of the Rocky Mountains and north of the Florida Everglades. The more than 1 million acres contains over 1200 miles of canoe routes and over 2000 individual campsites. Challenge yourself physically and unplug yourself mentally as you spend 6 days paddling this pristine wilderness with 2 guides who combined have completed more than 20 trips in this natural wonderland. Price includes transportation from Manitowoc, all food in the wilderness, and all necessary equipment. Personal gear excluded.
Total Number of participants: 6.
Group leader: Bruce Peters (retired UW-Manitowoc). Bruce has led various outdoor trips over the past 4 years as was co-advisor to the UW-Manitowoc Extreme Outdoors Club.