BUS TRIPS to DRESDEN
EVERYONE wants to go to Dresden. They want to tour the basket building, they want to see the weaving floor, they want to SHOP at the Homestead and in downtown Dresden. Many consultants like to plan bus trips for their customers so they can go as a group. There is a lot of WORK and CREATIVITY needed to bring a bus trip to fruition. The bottom line is filling the bus and of course making sure your guests have a TERRIFIC time!
Christmas in DresdenAre you ready for a fun filled two day trip to Dresden and the shopping area J
Leaving on November 19th at 5:30 am and returning November 20th at 11:00 p.m.
We will depart from the park and Ride on Hammonds Ferry Road off of 695 heading toward Glen Burnie Exit 8.
Second pick up on 70 heading towards Hagerstown.
Included in bus trip:
Coach Travel accommodations
Breakfast on the bus (First Day)
Basket combo filled with snacks and goodies
Lodging at the Cherry Lodge Valley Inn
Dinner (first Day)
And Lots of surprises J along the way
Two in a room $195.00 per person
Three in a room $185.00 per person
Four in a room $175.00 per person
Full names, address and phones numbers must be filled in complete.
Method of payment
Credit card Type Expiration date Credit card #
Check # cash
A $50.00 dollar deposit is due by August 15 2000 to hold your seat ( This is non-refundable) The rest of your money will be due September 25 2000. (at this point all monies will be non-refundable)
***If you have any special medical needs please note them here***
BUS TRIPS - MOTEL WITH NO ELEVATOR
I have always stayed at the Super 8 Motel in Coshocton for my bus trips. Linda Eaton, the manager there, is super to work with. Because they do not have an elevator I have a place on my registration form that says:
Do you require a first-floor room (motel has no elevator)?____Yes ____No
Note that it says require and not desire---that way the people who are older or who are not in good health can be sure to have the first floor rooms. And the others know ahead of time about there being no elevator if they are on the second floor. After hearing grumbling after the first time we stayed there this has eliminated a lot of problems.
EXPERIENCES, TIPS, MISC. INFO
This is a compilation of tips and experiences from people who have gone on or organized bus trips to the basket mecca.
I did a bus trip in June and filled the bus with 53 people. When figuring
costs I started with the bus, motel (for 3 nights), lunch (Subway) on the way
out, I had planned a dinner at the Basket Company Restaurant for the final night we
were there (it ended up that was the time of the floods there so
we didn't get to go, but we went to the Cracker Barrel instead), also figure on
door prizes, we also gave a basket to everyone who went (I ended up with a $1700
show to get these). I didn't figure this in but made sure that the people
who wanted to Make-A Basket knew the total and that they had reservations.
Peggy is leaving tomorrow for Dresden on a bus trip. We usually do one every year. Anyway, I have been involved in 3 trips from Davenport Northpark Mall. We drive one whole day (leave about 7 a.m.) and then usually just let the guests relax, eat out, and sleep. The next day we tour the plant, shop all afternoon, lunch at the Highlands, and then at night we have a "show & tell".
The next morning we usually let them shop again for a couple hours then
return home. It is a long ride - we play games, give door prizes, lots of pop
and snacks, serve lunch in a tagged basket on the way, and talk about the
present baskets. On the way home, we usually watch videos because they are
We even made shopping bags for everyone one year, we make nametags, have a goodie bag, etc. We served banana bread one year in the morning and one year we bought muffins. Lots of things to think of and we take lots of baskets. It is not a moneymaker by any means!!!!!!
Hi Vonda You asked about the bus trip to Dresden. Let's
see what I can remember....
BUS TRIP NAME
TAGS by Theresa K.
I rubberstamp a basket image on
post card sized cardstock. (Nippert Clip Art - firstname.lastname@example.org
- would work well too)
GAMES - ACTIVITIES
Word Search Games (printable)
WHO WANTS TO WIN A BASKET?
Bus Trip Mirror
Give silly awards. Announce the idea and let them pick the winner. If they get hung up or cannot pick, then you will just have to go ahead and pick.
Toothpaste She always wore a smile ! !
$1.00 bill She spent the most money ! !
Band-Aid She had the sorest feet ! !
Pillow She slept the most ! !
Balloon (not blown) She has the most hot air ! ! (talked the most)
Box of Tissues She had the saddest experience ! ! (for example, got sick, fell down, lost billfold)
Spices She spiced up the tour ! !
Vitamin C She has to return to the most children ! !
Pepsi She has the most Pep!!
Sleeping Pills She stayed up the latest and wouldn't go to bed!!
Blueberry Muffin Mix She was a true-blue friend to everyone. And truly helped out when needed ! !
A Contract She is most likely to sell Longaberger® Products ! !
Bus Tour Gift Exchange -
We made survival kits for our trip and put them into the canning jars. Our theme was the Amazing Dresden Race, so it was something they would *need* on their trip.....
The Amazing Dresden Race
1999 Survival Kit
I received this at a RM and used it for a bus trip by putting one of each item in a L. napkin and tying it closed with stars and attaching this poem. I handed this out to each person one at a time which gave me a chance to talk with each. They Loved It.
A Kiss to remind you that you are loved.
A Match to light your fire when you feel burned out.
A Tootsie Roll to remind you not to bite off more than you can chew.
Smarties to help you on those days when you don't feel so smart
A Starburst to give you a burst of energy on the days you don't have any.
A Snickers to remind you to take time to laugh
And, most importantly, a Candle to remind you to brighten someone else's day.
PS you can order book matched from DVA and they have baskets on the cover. NICE.
Bus Trip Survival kit
The Yankee swap:
EVENING OPEN HOUSE
This is a really fun thing to do on a 2-day bus trip to the Homestead/Dresden area. On our last trip to Ohio, after we shopped the first afternoon, one of the guests on the bus suggested we hold an Open House that night at the motel. It was great fun. Those who wanted to participate set up all of the goodies they had purchased that day. If there were 3-4 in a room, they set up on beds, desk, etc. Some really got into it and even served snacks. It was great to see what everyone had found, learn where it was purchased and see how they set up their little displays. This allowed others to go back the next day and pick up something that they may have seen in one of the rooms. It also provided an opportunity for the bus guests to get better acquainted.
I want to Thanks all of you that have shared your entertaining ideas you use on your bus trips I do a bus queen for the day. It starts out when we pass out the name tags we put a star on one of them and she/he has to commit to doing 8 of the 10 listed below. I have a Teirra and sash she/he must wear all day. You can change the list. The more embarrassing the better. They can give it to someone else if they dont want to do it. But most of them know that they get a nice gift at the end of the day. I usually give a basket or pottery
GIVE AWAYS ...
BUS TRIP FREEBIES
This list may or may not be accurate at this time. When contacting these persons - please be understanding if they are not able to help you.
Dresden Village Association - 1-800-315-1809 www.dresdenohio.com - they will send the DVA Booklets for $5 for 35 Booklets. On page 7 of the DVA Booklet, there is a page full of coupons to use in Dresden. Lots of good information in the Booklet. We ordered one for every guest on the bus.
Aimee's 1-800-563-7103 tour packet with gift certificate
Humble Heart 1-888-HUMBLE1 or 1-740-754-2228
Rooster's 1-740-754-3500 Gift Certificate
Fashion Lids 1-800-994-1033 4 Gift Certificates
Samantha's Surprises 1-740-754-2836 Each person gets a small key, take the key to the store and if it opens the Treasure Chest, you win a prize. They have some really cute things for sale.
Today's Yesterday's Tomorrow's Memories - 1-740-754-3711 Each person gets a number. Each day they have a number posted and whoever has that number, wins a prize.
Bentley Guide - One certificate for a free pocket guide plus literature about the Guide. 1-800-837-4394
PLACES TO STAY ...
FLIGHT ATTENDANT BUS TOUR SAYING
(It is believed that Mindy Runion originated this idea.)
"QUEEN FOR THE DAY"
RE QUEEN FOR A DAYI am the consultant that does The Queen for the Day on my bus trips. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply Her is how it works. After we are enroute I pass out the name tags and on the back of one of the tags I put a basket sticker then I ask who has the sticker and she is queen for the day. She has a list of 10 things, and she has to do 9 of them. Here are a few ideas! Sing a song, Tell her most embarrassing moment of her life. Tell 5 interesting things about the person beside her, Tell how old she is, Get 5 employes signture at the homestead and tell them the she the queen for the day. and ect. You can make up what ever you want her to do. The more embarrassing the more fun it is for everyone else. I have her wear a tiara and a sash all day. Then on our way home if she has met the requirments she gets a special gift. (A longaberger product) I give her the option to not do it if she does not want to and she can pick anyone else on the bus.
Hi~ I read your post about wanting ideas for your
bus trip. I laughed out loud when I read that you were going to take your guests
to their weaver! I thought of a game that might be fun. It's just a Q&A game
IDEAS FOR A 50'S THEME TOUR if you are on a bus with a VCR which most have now these days.. why not show the GREASE movie!!! Decorate in pinks and teal like Popeyes cause those 50's colors!! For cute pins maybe take round wooden discs. paint them black with a small white circle in the middle to represent the record label and put each persons name on with a paint pen!!! attach a pin back and you're ready to go!!! Maybe a good theme would be "Rockin' around Dresden" or Rockin' around the clock in Dresden or something like that I am sure if I had lots of time to think I could come up with even more!!!! cute scarf's to wear might be cute too!!! they always wore those around their necks!!!
Word Search Games (printable)
In the 80's I was very
preppy---skinny ties, navy and lime green, Aigner purses and shoes.