Trixie Camp 2009


Lancaster, PA



What was Moms Belden was up to while the Bob-Whites of the Glen were spelunking in the Ozark Mountains?  Uncle Mart was ill and Aunt Alicia needed her assistance in Pennsylvania; so off she went.  Once Uncle Mart was recovering, she and Aunt Alicia set out to ‘splore some of the attractions in the area, and, of course, they found many things related to their own interests - and that reminded them of all the BWG’s - everywhere they visited. 

To share some of their experiences, we ask you to visit...

Lancaster, PA - With a Trixie Twist


The itinerary is shaping up with things to see and do in a short three days.  We’ll be sure to include the following:


Scenic rides through Amish countryside with visits to villages such as Bird-in-Hand (where better to look for Bob-Whites?), Intercourse, Blue Ball, Paradise, and Strasburg. Trixie will just die if she doesn’t get an I © Intercourse t-shirt or mug (and Mart and Brian will kill her if she does). We may see the farm immortalized in the Harrison Ford film, Witness, as well as the world renown Special Children’s ClinicDan, a big Harrison Ford fan, aspires to be a cop just like John Book, and Brian might be interested in a future internship at the clinic.


A road trip to Hershey, PA, the Sweetest Place on Earth, a perfectly perfect place to take the Sweetest Girl in Sleepyside and where there’s more chocolate than even Mart could eat.  Diana would love a break at the Chocolate Spa. 

In Hershey, we’ll be certain to check out:

Hershey Great American Chocolate Tour: This fun and informative ride will conclude with free samples of Hershey’s chocolate.  

Hershey Really Big 3D Show and Hershey Chocolate Tasting Group Experience,  where we’ll enjoy many samples of chocolate, ranging from creamy milk to robust dark and everything in between. Eat your heart out, Mart.

Milton Hershey School where we will view a video and take a tour of Milton Hershey’s school for troubled youth, much like the school Jim hopes to build someday. This year (2009) is the school’s Centennial and, if we’re lucky, there may be a special celebration we can check out.


We’ll enjoy dinner and a spectacular performance at one of the dinner theatres in Lancaster equal to any the Lynches might enjoy on Broadway. While viewing either the Wedding Singer or There Goes the Bride (depending on chosen dates) we’ll need to watch closely for any raven-haired, violet eyed actresses, as well as take good notes, for the day when the Bob Whites will be attendants in a very special wedding.   


Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum , where we may see the inspiration for the beautiful quilts Moms made for Trixie's bed, or find the perfect fabric for Honey's next sewing project.  


Lancaster Heritage Center Museum, a great place for Bobby to go ‘sploring.  


Lancaster Central Market, where there is always a bounty of fresh produce and products like those found in Moms’ garden and pantry.


Pennsylvania Railroad Museum: A veritable treasure trove of railroad memorabilia, enough to make even Dr. Joe proud.


Strasburg Railroad, where we might join the Wheelers in the vintage First Class Club Car.


We suggest that you try to schedule time either before or after our organized camp activities, because there are far too many things to see and do in the area than we have time to see.  You can attend Sunday services in one of the many churches in Lancaster, sometimes called “Land of 1000 Churches”; view the Susquehanna River Gorge from Chickies Rock Park (views much like those in Sleepyside); find great discounts on back-to-school clothes, dungarees, riding jophers and even girdles at Rockvale or Tanger Outlet Malls; return to Hershey for the Amusement Park; or just take a scenic drive through Amish Country.  In addition, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Washington are all easy day trips from Lancaster.   


Come join us on our visit to Lancaster with a Trixie Twist





Possible Schedule:

Accommodations: To Be Determined

Tours of:  Hershey, PA, Milton Hershey School, Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, Lancaster Heritage Center Museum, Lancaster Central Market, Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg Railroad, Amish country

Possible Restaurant Stops:  Lancaster dinner theater, Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking

Suggested Activities for an Extended Stay:  Lancaster churches, Chickies Rock Park, Rockvale and Tanger Outlet Malls, Hershey Park, Amish Country, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC

Nearest Airports:  Harrisburg, PA (30 miles), Baltimore-Washington International (65 miles), Philadelphia International Airport (60 miles).  We will help set up carpools if you are flying.  Lancaster is also an easy Amtrak ride from anywhere on the East Coast.


Estimated Cost:

Package Cost:  $375 - 450  (rough estimate based on double occupancy, final cost to be determined when accommodations are confirmed)  Final price will include lodging, transportation, all activities listed and more, three evening meals, two lunches and continental-style breakfasts.