Thanks to the generous grant awarded to Encore's New Adventure Program by Four Peaks Rotary, three new exciting trips have been procured and scheduled for the 2023/2024 season. It is sponsorships and partnerships like these that enhance the quality of life in our community and broaden the reach or our service organizations.
Encore's New Adventures Program proudly announces their first trip of the 23/24 event season....the Matinee at Barleens for their popular Holiday Show! Save the date to spend Thursday, December 14, 2023, 10:15 am to 4:30 pm, with the Barleen Family and Friends as they ring in the holiday season with music, a down home meal and plenty of fun!
Ticket cost is $48.00 and includes the show plus meal.
Registration closes January 12, 2024 or until seats are filled.
Reservations are limited to 50 seats.
Versatile musicians, hilarious comedians, and top-notch variety entertainers team up for this matinee performance complete with a tasty meal like Grandma used to make. Everything from rock and roll to big band, country to classical, to seasonal......there's something for everyone to enjoy!
Just a few recent comments from this spring......
"Barleens is a wonderful meal and show"
"Excellent show! Very talented performers and excellent meal!"
"Great experience everytime"
"The best of the best"
"Outstanding afternoon of fun filled laughter and musical entertainment!"
"An afternoon of music and fun!"
Barleen's Traditional Meal Plate Includes:
Barleen's Alternative Plate Includes:
Hop on the Happy Encore Express and Don't Miss the First Two Trips of 2024!!
Friday, January 19, 2024
The Museum of Illusions at Arizona Boardwalk
Friday, April 5, 2024
The Museum of Illusions is an awe inspiring, mind bending collection of more than 60 exhibits that question your sense of reality....a world of illusion that proves that nothing is quite as it seems.
Opened in March, 2023, the Museum originated in 2015 in Croatia and now has 42 locations in 42 locations in 26 countries. The Scottsdale location is one of the largest.
Pictured above is the Vortex Tunnel that causes an "off kilter", tipping over feeling.
In the Ames Room above, people appear to grow and shrink as they walk from one side to the other in the cube shaped room. It's named after American scientist Adelbert Ames Jr. who made contributions to ophthalmology, psychology, philosophy, physics and physiology.
Placards on the walls explain how the visuals work on the brain and illusion specialists will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
The Infinity Well gives the sense of a never-ending hole in the floor which will unsettle anyone with a fear of heights.....among other illusions!
Exhibits in the museum will make you question your sense of reality...don't miss it!
Tickets are $20 for entry to the museum and lunch is on your own at the Arizona Boardwalk. Registration closes January 12th or until seats filled.
Seating limited to 50.
Snuggle Farms is a small family owned and operated operation in Scottsdale. Owner Stephenie Bjorkman-Lawson got her first miniature horse in 2019 at which time she knew she needed to have a barn full of these joyful little creatures!
Snuggle Farms quickly became a family affair that began finding a variety ways to "Rescue People One Animal at a Time".
Snuggle Farms was created by Mike, Stephenie, and Ryland Lawson. Even with their busy schedules, the farm is their #1 priority. While maintaining their regular work and school schedules, they manage to spend every extra moment with their minis, developing new and creative ways to share the happiness and love of Snuggle Farms with other people! This goal urged them to find a way to share the farm with Encore's New Adventure Program.
Many first got to know Stephenie in her Mom's local business, Sami's Fine Jewelry and Unique Gifts, wearing riding clothes and boots. Her love of horses began in the early 1980's and continues to grow stronger by the day. She competitively shows reining and cowhorses in the Southwest and holds three World Champion titles. This passion for horses is clearly reflected in the development and growth of Snuggle Farms.
She carries on Sami's excellence in design, creativity and business acumen to the benefit of community, family and of course Snuggle!
"Gram" Sami is always on hand to help acclimate new rescues or assist new babies born on the farm.
A visit to Snuggle Farms allows opportunities to meet the "residents" and share some snuggles, smiles and love that make Snuggle Farms such a special place. From Pony Parties, Team Building Events, and the "Pony Experience" to Pony Therapy Sessions and Special Needs Encounters a visit to Snuggle Farm is a place where memories are made.
Due to size constraints, seats for this event will be limited to 25.
The cost is $30.00 for this afternoon event including light lunch.
Registration closes March 27th or until full.
Please visit the Snuggle website at https://www.snugglefarms.com/
for more information and delightful photos.
Encore Board Member and New Adventures coordinator Rose Gonsoulin, right, with "adventurers" Rita Applegate and Kathleen Kruty standing in front of a display called "Indigenous Evolution".
"Indigenous Evolution" is an art fence that represents the land of the Southwest and the organic fences built by Native people from materials such as adobe, ocotillo or saguaro cactus. The fence harmonizes colors of the Southwest in clay and glass, beginning with darker colors representing land and sky. One of the artists, Tony Jojola says "The fence speaks to the endurance of our culture. It's about going through boundaries and symbolizes our persistent existence."
Rose commented that she "loved the display and it was like Chihuly on talking sticks!"
This Encore Adventurer was ready for an Arabian encounter as soon as he got off the bus.....the hat tells it all!
It was clear during the course of the trip that participants were enjoying the New Adventure experience.
It was so gratifying to have such a diverse group participating in this trip and so clearly enjoying themselves.
You never know where New Adventures may take you in the future.
Although this season is drawing to an end, stay tuned to this website for updates in the fall season....Rose already has thoughts for next December......check back soon!
53 Seniors boarded the bus for the sold out, waiting list trip. Encore Board Member and Bingo Coordinator Joanna Hernan brought supplies to play three rounds of Bingo complete with prizes for the winners.
Part of Encore's New Adventures itinerary last year included a very popular trip to the Chihuly exhibit at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens.
The sold out trip was a hit leaving participants clamoring for more!