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Chairman's Message
Oak Run Travel is a volunteer organization open to all residents of Oak Run. It was started over 25 years ago to arrange trips for residents and, being a committee of ORHA (not a club), there are no dues. The only requirement for being a volunteer is to have a desire to give back to this community we all call home and all residents may go on the trips.

Twice each year we deliver a colorful Travel Brochure loaded with a variety of trips. Some trips are for venues and events easily within a couple of hours bus ride which lets us come home that night. Others are multi-day trips by bus, ship or air that last from 1-3 nights and up to as much as 15-20 nights.

At the beginning of March you received in your cubby the most current brochure and during March you had the opportunity to sign up for one or more trips. Though the initial sign up is behind us, you can still call the host for a trip and get on the list of travelers. If a trip is filled to the maximum tickets available we recommend you get on the wait list. Over the years, a large percentage of those on the wait lists get to go on the trips due to cancellations.

Trips we are offering for Summer-Fall 2017 range from hilarious musical comedies to well known entertainers to visits to interesting natural or historical locations. In Nov/Dec we are taking you to a Thanksgiving Luau, a world famous ice sculpture exhibit in early December and a Do-Wop Christmas spectacular on Christmas day which includes a delicious traditional holiday buffet. And this is just day trips. Why not go to Washington, DC is June or Mystic Seaport and Newport in New England in early October or take off on October 12 for China on a 17-day guided tour?

Always read this web page to get the latest on upcoming trips and look for trips we add to our schedule!

About Us
Oak Run Travel is for all residents to enjoy. We try to book a variety of trips so there is something for everyone. We go to the Dog Track, the Horse Track, Shopping, Plays, and Festivals. In addition we have a wonderful trip to area horse farms that has become so popular we have two different dates. In each brochure we try to have one trip with a guide, such as St. Augustine, Tarpon Springs, or Winter Park.

Throughout the year we will highlight some tours in detail. We will indicate when trips are sold out, but you may still have your name on a waiting list. Please review the Oak Run Travel Regulations for Reservations, Cancellations, and Operations > HERE.

Sign up for a trip, have fun with your neighbors and make new friends from Oak Run. You'll be glad you did!

Travel News
9-16: More about Fall Trips and the new Travel Brochure
Our annual Thanksgiving Day trip is to the Ohana Luau in Daytona. Thanksgiving is on November 23 and you will enjoy the sights and sounds of the islands as you feast on a tropical Thanksgiving menu. While you partake of this all-you-can-eat buffet you will see their Hawaiian Beauties and Warriors perform traditional island dances. The cost is $72 which includes the luau, bus and bus driver tip. Call Amelia and Ron Fiore.

'My Fair Lady' is at the Ice House Theater in Mt Dora on Sunday, December 3. A world famous musical which tells the story of Eliza, a cockney flower girl, who is taught how to be proper lady. Everybody knows the catchy tune 'The Rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain' which Prof Higgins uses to help Eliza's speech. There is also 'Get Me To The Church on Time' and 'I Could Have Danced All Night' among other well known songs. Call Jim and Patty Waddell to get one of the 10 remaining tickets.

Our annual holiday show is on Christmas Day, a Monday. The Show Palace is putting out its always great Christmas buffet and produces a show that will bring back your favorite holiday memories of snowmen, eggnog and singing carols. There is still time, but this trip usually sells out so call your hosts, Joann and Fred Veale, to get your ticket.

We just completed the lineup of trips for Winter-Spring 2018 so be looking for the new Travel Brochure. There are 15 day trips this time plus a Caribbean Cruise, a 22-day trip to India and a wonderful trip to Cape Cod next Fall. There will likely be at least a couple more trips that couldn't be scheduled by the printing of the brochure but we will publicize them when we know the details.

9-9: India Trip Ticket Sale Date
Bob and Cindy Kocher have been getting calls about the India trip which departs on February 12, 2018. The ticket sale date for the trip has now been set. It is on Saturday, September 30, at the Island Club from 10AM until Noon. If you have any questions call Bob and Cindy.

9-2: Thanksgiving Luau in Daytona and New Brochures in October

Our annual Thanksgiving Day trip is to the Ohana Luau in Daytona. Thanksgiving is on November 23 and you will enjoy the sights and sounds of the islands as you feast on a tropical Thanksgiving menu. While you partake of this all-you-can-eat buffet you will see their Hawaiian Beauties and Warriors perform traditional island dances. The cost is $72 which includes the luau, bus and bus driver tip. Call Amelia and Ron Fiore.

We are getting close to having the new Travel Brochure ready for printing. It will cover the Winter-Spring of 2018 and will be printed on light yellow paper for ease of reading.

It should be in your cubby around October 1-5 so be looking for it. Ticket sales will be in October.

8-26: A Few Tickets Remain For These Trips

On Thursday, October 26, Michael Kinney is hosting a fabulous trip to Mt Dora and still has limited seating available on the bus. You will be transported back to the turn-of-the-century as you are guided through Mount Dora's historic district where dozens of Victorian homes have been restored.

The trolley will also take you along the shores of beautiful Lake Gertrude and the other lakes and parks before you get off for time to wander the streets of the city's downtown. Here you can browse antique shops, the many boutiques and other points of interest plus find a restaurant for lunch on your own. Call Michael right away, you do not want to miss your chance to get on the bus.

Jim and Patty Waddell have just a few tickets remaining for the following two shows they are hosting this Fall. 'On Your Feet' is a magical tribute to Gloria and Emilio Estefan at the Straz in Tampa on Saturday, October 28. We have only 5 tickets available so call soon before they are gone.

8-19: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Trip
On Sunday, October 15, go with us to the Show Palace Dinner Theater for their wonderful buffet and see a well known musical that was also made into a movie.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is set in 1850's Oregon and tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the wilderness with her 6 brothers-in-law. First, she has to try and civilize them, but this gets very interesting when the brothers kidnap 6 women from a neighboring town to become their brides. The music is grand and the action is rowdy. Joan Berring and Ed Schlosser are your hosts, but for now call Connie Smith to secure your place on the bus.

Did you know that a full page-by-page copy of the current (active) brochures are always posted on the ORHA website? You can even print a copy if you misplaced yours. Simply look below in the Trip Schedules section and there they are in living color. Click on the one you want and all pages will be available to peruse or print.

Trip Schedules
For a quick view of the Trip Schedules see the Schedules page > HERE. For info about each of our trips you can download, view and save a Brochure by selecting the image or title below. Some trips may be sold out already. Call the host or hostess to find out more or to be put on a waiting list.

Errors and omissions in the printed brochure are fixed in the online version when we are notified.

Photo Gallery
(select any photo to enlarge)
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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum,
"Washington, D.C." ~ June 2017
Photo by Phil Smith
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial,
"Washington, D.C." ~ June 2017
Photo by Phil Smith

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At St Andrews, the most famous course in
the world,
"Scotland-Ireland" ~ May 2017
Photo by Bob Kocher
Chilly but happy group at Rockefeller
Center, "NY City" ~ December 2016
Photo by Kathy Fountain

Young horse stays close to it's mother,
"Horse Country Tour" ~ April 2016
Photo by Jim Waddell
Baby manatee nurses as mother surfaces,
"See The Manatees" ~ March 2016
Photo by Sallie Crass

Contact Information
Chairman:  Jim Waddell,  237-7145,  ourbus200@earthlink.net

Day Trips:  Connie Smith,  873-2636,  con539@embarqmail.com

Gambling Day Trips:  Frank & Shirley Semmelmayer,  237-8517,  semmelmay@aol.com

Multi-Day Trips:  Connie Smith,  873-2636,  con539@embarqmail.com

Cruises:  Bob and Cindy Kocher,  854-0009,  bobthek@embarqmail.com

     John Casabianca,  237-3135,  casaby@embarqmail.com

Bus Coordinators:  John & Marion Mowen,  873-1163,  jmmowen@deccacable.com 

ORHA Board Liaison:  Jim Waddell,  237-7145,  ourbus200@earthlink.com

Treasurer:  Patty Waddell,  237-7145,  imatexasgirl@earthlink.com   

Oak Run Travel Regulations
 Regs Menu Reservations Cancellation Policy Operating Policy Parking Restrictions

Reservations for FOUR (4) persons ONLY per trip will be accepted.


1. Buildings where sales take place will open at 8:00AM.

2. Upon arrival, a probable list has been started by an "early bird" Oak Run resident.

3. When host/hostess arrives, he/she will take this list and proceed to fill out the registration form.

4. At 8:00 AM, the host/hostess will call your name in the order of your arrival as shown on this "early bird" list, then take your check made payable to ORHA.

5. At this time you will sign in ink for your bus seat selection and may leave.

6. You must remain on the premises at all times to assure your place in line.

7. If you believe a trip to be popular, you are advised to arrive at the sign up location early at your discretion.

8. If you DO arrive early, FOR YOUR SAFETY please bring a flashlight with you, for the lights will NOT be on, nor will the doors open until 8:00AM. 

Cancellation Policy
CANCELLATIONS: Once a reservation has been made, and the traveler is unable to go, the traveler will contact the host or hostess of the trip to ascertain if there is a waiting list. The host will call the first name on the list. When a purchaser has been found, that person will write a check to the original ticket holder.

The same bus seat and/or admission ticket should be used as originally assigned. The host/hostess will be responsible to ensure the return of the check to the person who is unable to go. If there is no waiting list, the person wishing to cancel will have to sell his reservation to any eligible buyer he can. Oak Run Travel will assist in this endeavor.

1. If the cost of an admission ticket is refunded by the place where the ticket was purchased, then Oak Run Travel will refund this amount after it is received. The bus fee cannot be refunded.

2. If the place to be toured (or bus company) changes the established tour date after reservation payment has been made, ticket holders will be entitled to a full refund if they are unable to travel on the rescheduled date.

3. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of departure. 

Operating Policy
Gratuities for Bus Drivers: Gratuity is included on all trips unless noted otherwise in a trip’s detail description in the brochure.

Handicapped: Wheelchairs can be stored in the luggage compartment of the bus. Early sign up is encouraged in order that seats toward the front of the bus may be selected. The symbol '###' will be printed in the brochure indicating trips suitable for the handicapped.

Reclining Seats: Please check with the person behind you BEFORE reclining your seat. If they are tall, their knees will be in the way of full reclining. Be considerate. Before getting up from your seat. RETURN it to its upright position. Thank You!

Cannot Reach Host: Call appropriate Trip Coordinator as found on the front of the current Travel brochure.

Waiting List: If a trip is sold out, please call the host and have your name(s) placed on a waiting list. If a cancellation occurs, you may be called. If the list warrants, another trip may be offered or a second bus added. Those on the waiting list get first call the next time the same trip is offered.

Package Deals: All trips are package deals.  No refunds or credits will be given for portions of trip a resident chooses to skip.

Prices: Should there be a change in a price quoted by Oak Run Travel, the increase or decrease will be passed on to all making the trip. Also, times and dates may be subject to change. Notification will be given via newsletter or channel 12. Refunds will be given to those who must cancel due to date change.

Transportation: Travelers are required to use the mode of transportation arranged by Oak Run Travel or relinquish their reservation for the trip.

Working Hours: In general, Working hours for our volunteer hosts are from 9:00AM to 8:00PM. Please make all calls within that time frame. Emergency? - Call the appropriate Trip Coordinator as found on the front of the current Travel brochure.

Note: The travel coordinators and all hosts and hostesses of Oak Run Travel are volunteers. They pay to travel like all other travelers.

Returned Checks: If our bank returns your check, you will be responsible for the service charge. 

Parking Restrictions
For Overnight Trips: In all parking areas, travelers must arrange to be dropped off or arrange for someone to pick up their vehicle before 9:00AM or one hour after the bus leaves. Their vehicle can be returned to the parking area of the returning bus after 8:00PM or one hour before the bus is due back.

Please refer to ORHA Policies and Procedures page on Bus Trip Parking > HERE.