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FMCA Perry 2014 Tours

Get to know the history, beauty and heritage of Perry, Georgia, and nearby areas by registering for the organized tours that will be offered during FMCA's 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, March 17 to 20, 2014:  
 
If you are registered for the Perry convention, click the link below and you'll be asked to sign in with your FMCA membership number and renewal date. Then, you can view complete tour information — including prices and schedule — and sign up online. If you have not yet registered for the convention, register now, and then come back here to sign up for tours.

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Tour Descriptions

Patriots Tour

Fort Benning
The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
National Infantry Museum
National Civil War Naval Museum


This riding tour of Fort Benning, The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, is a truly unique experience and an FMCA tour exclusive-- only those with military I.D.s are allowed on the grounds of this active military base. However, this tour has received clearance for its attendees! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to go behind the gates of this Army base. Next, you will visit the National Infantry Museum, one of the largest military museums in the country, where memorial sites salute the infantrymen, past and present, who served our country during the past 200 years.

Your next stop is the National Civil War Naval Museum, which presents Union and Confederate naval involvement in the Civil War. Lunch is a down-home cooked meal at a local Columbus tradition, Minnie’s Uptown, with meat and three side dishes, dessert, and beverage. Handicap Accessible.

Price: $78 per person
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Tour # 16
INCLUDED: Round-trip motor coach, exclusive riding tour of Fort Benning, the National Infantry Museum, and admission to the National Civil War Naval Museum, lunch, tax, and gratuity.



Quilting, Anyone? Magical Stitches, quilting shop

You will board the motor coach for a journey to a wonderful place, Magical Stitches. Quilting, sewing, serging, and embroidery are joyous and beloved hobbies. Baby Lock machines, fabrics, supplies, and exceptional service abound for the sewist or quilter. A class and quilt block demonstrations -- an FMCA tour exclusive-- will be held for the group. You will get to take your quilt block home! Don’t worry about having enough room for your found treasures; the motor coach will have plenty of space for your purchases. A box LUNCH of a sandwich, dessert, and a beverage will be served. Handicap Accessible.

Price: $43 per person
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Tour # 9
INCLUDED: Round-trip motor coach, class, lunch, taxes, and gratuity.


Historic Homes of Macon

The Cannonball House
Sidney Lanier Cottage
The Hay House
Ocmulgee National Monument


Macon, Georgia, has been designated as the Cherry Tree Capital of the World and home of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon is a jewel in the antebellum crown. On this tour, you’ll enjoy truly unique homes from the Civil War era, influenced by Greek revival architecture. You will visit The Cannonball House featuring a hand-molded brick kitchen, and The Sidney Lanier Cottage, home of the renowned poet, musician, and Civil War veteran. Be amazed with a behind-the-scenes tour of The Hay House, a mansion built in the late 1850s, with unsurpassed technological advances during the 19th century. The Macon area has been inhabited for more than 17,000 years. We will stop by the Ocmulgee National Monument, a national park featuring North America’s only Earthlodge and Early Mississippian temple mounds. Lunch will be your choice of salad, sandwich, or soup, dessert, and beverage. Handicap Accessible.

Price: $75 per person
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Tour # 13
INCLUDED: Round-trip motor coach, admission to Ocmulgee National Monument, the Cannonball House, the Sydney Lanier Cottage, and the Hay House, lunch, taxes, and gratuity.


Song & Soul of the South

Big O Foundation and Mini Museum
The Big House
Grant’s Lounge


This tour will have you Rocking and Rolling through the Song and Soul of the South. You'll revel in stories about the likes of Little Richard, Otis Redding, Lynyrd Skynyrd, REM, Rolling Stones’ pianist Chuck Leavell, Charlie Daniels, James Brown, Mother of the Blues-- Gertrude "Ma Rainey," The Allman Brothers Band, and even former President Jimmy Carter.

An FMCA tour exclusive, you’ll visit with the late Otis Redding's family, his wife, Zelma, and daughter, Karla, at the Big O Foundation and Mini-Museum. They will reveal rare footage of the King of Soul and personal family photos. You will have a chance to pick up a little Macon music to take home on CD or DVD. Visit the homes, offices, crash pads, and favorite haunts of some of Southern music’s most legendary performers, as well as the backstage cast of characters who played a crucial role in their catapult to fame. We'll check out historic music sites that helped shape rock & roll, rhythm and blues, Southern rock, and even the music business as we know it today.

We'll cruise a couple of miles down legendary Highway 41, made famous by the Allman Brothers Band's, "Ramblin' Man," to see the home they shared from 1970-73, lovingly called The Big House.

Along the way, we'll stop at "The Original Home of Southern Rock," Grant's Lounge, where one of Macon's favorite soul food cooks will serve up a LUNCH you won't soon forget, surrounded by photos of all the greats who ever played there, from the Allman Brothers to Tom Petty, on Grant's Wall of Fame. Handicap Accessible

Price: $67 per person
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Tour # 6
INCLUDED: Round-trip motor coach, admission to various sites, lunch, taxes, and gratuity.



Farm to Table Experience Sustainable Vegetable Farm in middle Georgia

There is nothing better than garden-fresh vegetables. This unique tour experience, only with FMCA tours, will take you to a sustainable vegetable farm located in middle Georgia. Some of the tastiest and freshest produce and brick hearth-baked breads are sold through their Farm Share program and local Farmer’s Markets. You will enjoy a tour through the farmhouse built in the 1800s, a 15-acre pecan orchard, six acres of sustainably-grown vegetables, and a wood-fired brick oven. You will learn about growing food organically, biological pest management, cooking with fresh seasonal vegetables, and baking sourdough bread. Lunch will include a selection of pizzas baked in the wood-fired brick oven with your choice of seasonal toppings, local spring mix salad, dessert, and beverage. Garden-fresh spring vegetables and hearth-baked breads will be available for purchase.

Price: $60 per person
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Tour # 12
INCLUDED: Round-trip motor coach, tour fees, lunch, taxes, and gratuity.


Alpaca Farm Tour

Yellow Rock Farms

Have some furry fun with a visit to a working alpaca farm, Yellow Rock Farms. Enjoy the middle Georgia countryside as the soothing hum of alpacas and llamas come to greet you. This tour will explain the process of raising alpacas, and you will view the shearing process. You will get the opportunity to feed the animals and learn about their daily habits. Helpful hand-outs about the history of the breed will be provided. These adorable animals are considered livestock and you will learn all the various uses they provide from their coats to fertilizer. Raw fiber and yarn from the alpacas will be available for purchase.

Price: $38 per person
Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | Tour # 1
INCLUDED: Round-trip motor coach and tour.

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