The Dearborn Heights Parks and Recreation Department, and Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), will be sponsoring trips to Ohio historic sites this November to those age 55 and over.
The city will start taking registrations tomorrow for a Nov. 15 trip to the Toledo Museum of Art. Oct. 8 will be the deadline for taking registrations for a Nov. 2 trip to the historic Sandusky County Jail in Fremont, Ohio.
The museum in Toledo, Ohio houses more than 30,000 works of art in the two levels which span over 4.5 acres of floor space. The one area of the art museum the trip will focus on, Dearborn Heights Senior Trip Coordinator Cheryl Frank said, will be viewing a glass-blowing demonstration in a guided tour of the glass pavilion.
“There will be at least two hours in which people can take their own self-tour of the (five) galleries,” Frank said. “Lunch will be going on in the museum cafe, and there will also be a gift shop with glass items.
“Lunch and shopping will be on-your-own if anyone wants to stop in and purchase anything,” she said.
Fremont is located outside of the city of Sandusky, according to Frank, and the county jail is still in operation in its upstairs offices. However, since the dungeons and jailhouse are no longer used for keeping prisoners, they are now used—for dinner theater.
The production is called “Jailhouse Rock,” in which performers do singing and dancing all around the diners. The meal is catered by Jimmy G’s BBQ, served “jail style.”
“If you want, you can eat in cell, just like you would eat if you were really in jail,” Frank said. “But if you prefer eating in a dining area, they have tables set up there as well.”
After the comic entertainment of the dinner show, a story-filled tour of the unique Sandusky County landmark will follow. Everyone will get their own fingerprinting, she said, as well as their own mugshots.
The deluxe motor coaches will pick up everyone signed up for the Ohio trips at Berwyn Senior Citizen Center at 10:15 a.m. (10:30 a.m. at Eton Senior Citizen Center) for the Nov. 15 trip to Toledo, and 3:15 p.m. from Berwyn (3:30 p.m. from Eton) for the Nov. 2 trip to Sandusky. The return time will be about 6 p.m. for the trip to the art museum, and 10 p.m. for the trip to the county jail.
During the Oct. 1-20 time span for registration for the Toledo Museum of Art trip, and until the Oct. 8 deadline for the Jailhouse Rock Dinner Theater trip, Frank said the time for signing up for senior trips is 9 a.m.-3:30 daily from Monday through Thursday. The $12 registration ($17 for non-residents of Dearborn Heights) for the art museum trip, and $37 registration ($42 for non-residents of Dearborn Heights) for the county jail trip, can be done at the Eton senior office at 4900 Pardee or the Berwyn senior office at 26155 Richardson (or by calling Eton at (313) 277-7765 or Berwyn at (313) 791-3550).
Checks or money orders must be payable only to the City of Dearborn Heights. For more information on the senior trips to Ohio, call (313) 277-7765 or (313) 791-3550.