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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 30 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
11-17: Tango Fire and a Caribbean Cruise
Our trips have sold very well and several have wait lists. Remember that many times if you are on the wait list for a trip, you are likely to get to go since signed up residents may have to cancel during the last 2 to 3 weeks before the trip date.

Come with us on January 19 to Gainesville's Phillips Center to enjoy 'Tango Fire'. There are sizzling dances and unforgettable music of Argentine Tango. The cost is $66 per person which includes your ticket, transportation and gratuity. There are limited seats on the bus and we need to pay for this trip in early December so call JoAnn Cohen, your host, right away.

Cabins have sold very well for our April 15-22 Western Caribbean Cruise. The Rhapsody of the Seas departs from Tampa with stops in Key West, Cozumel, Belize City and Puerto Costa Maya. With such low cabin costs (for example $579 per person for a large inside cabin) plus taxes and transportation, they will be gone soon. Call our travel agent
Chariot Travel at 888-306-5180 to book your cabin. You can also call John Casabianca if you want more information.

11-2: China Trip and Pippin

A group of 34 people went to China from October 12-29, led by Bob and Cindy Kocher. While there they saw many interesting sights including the Great Wall. There were some really tired Oak Runners after making a long trek up to and along the Wall. All-in-all the trip was a great success thanks to the hard work of the Kochers. See the photos below in the Photo Gallery.

In January we have the following two trips for you to consider.

Pippin, the musical story about a young prince in search of true happiness, has war and political intrigue but in the end he finds happiness in simple everyday moments. This was a Broadway hit with it's soaring music, acrobatics and magical feats. The trip is on Saturday, January 27, at the Show Palace Dinner Theater with their fabulous buffet followed by a matinee performance. Call Joan Berring for more information and to get your tickets.

Trip #5 to Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday, January 31, had only 8 seats left following the ticket sale on October 31.
We are always treated well and are seated at dining tables for 6 to 8 people. There is the wonderful included buffet lunch and seats overlooking the track reserved just for us, so, if you want to see the horses run in January, you better call Jim and Patty Waddell soon!

10-28: January Trip to EARS

EARS is the acronym for Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary. On Thursday, January 11, we will have the opportunity to see this facility. Many animals come from circuses or zoos and some from individuals who can no longer care for them. A few arrive with injuries but all have a place to spend the rest of their lives in comfort and with high quality care. There are large cats such a tigers, lions and even ligers, a cross between a lion and a tiger, as well as smaller wild cats, bears, monkeys, etc. The species there vary at any given time. Call your host, Patricia Tomaszewski for your ticket. The cost is only $43 per person which covers transportation and gratuity and also includes a donation to help with caring for these gorgeous animals. Lunch is on your own at The Yearling Restaurant.

10-20: Trip Updates and a New Trip Added

As was previously announced the trip to India in February 2018 had to be cancelled due to having too few sign up by the deadline set by the agent in India. This is a disappointment for those who did sign up. Perhaps we can schedule it for a later date.

There are a few seats remaining for our Christmas Day show hosted by Joann and Fred Veale. In addition to the delicious holiday buffet always put out by the Show Palace you will be reminded why this time of year is so special with memories of past Christmases. Think back to building snowmen, drinking eggnog and singing carols while decorating the tree. It is truly magical! Call Joann and Fred.

If you missed signing up you can always call the host for any trip in which you are interested. For example, the sale for 'Fox on the Fairway' was held October 16 but there are tickets still available. This hilarious play is on Sunday, February 4, at the Ice House Theater in Mt Dora. The stuffy residents of a private country club endure mistaken identities during this charmingly madcap adventure about love, life and a man's eternal love affair with golf. Call Marion and John Mowen, your hosts, to get your tickets.

On Thursday, February 15, 'The Phantom of the Opera' returns with its wonderful story of unrequited love, beautiful music and astounding newly designed sets. It is at the the Straz Theater in Tampa and we have tickets for the matinee followed by dinner on your own. Call Michael Kinney to get your tickets which costs $104 per person including transportation and gratuity. It is sure to be a wait list trip before too long.

We just booked Crystal Gayle at the Orange Blossom Opry for Saturday, March 24. It is not in the brochure. This is a matinee show and the cost is $73 per person which includes transportation, bus driver tip and ticket to the show. Lunch before the show will be on your own at Eaton's Beach. Amelia Fiore will be your host.

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 view and download 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.

Photo Gallery
(select any photo to enlarge)
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Unique upstairs/downstairs restaurants
"Mt. Dora Trip" ~ October 2017
Photo: Jim Waddell
View of Lake Dora from Lakeside Inn
"Mt. Dora Trip" ~ October 2017
Photo: Jim Waddell
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Trollycar used for tour
"Mt. Dora Trip" ~ October 2017
Photo: Jim Waddell
Historic home built circa 1900
"Mt. Dora Trip" ~ October 2017
Photo: Jim Waddell
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Tienanman Square / Forbidden City
"China Trip" ~ October 2017
Photo: Bob Kocher
The Great Wall
China Trip" ~ October 2017
Photo: Bob Kocher
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Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford,
"Oktoberfest Trip" ~ October 2017
Photos: John Mowen
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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum,
"Washington, D.C." ~ June 2017
Photo: Phil Smith
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial,
"Washington, D.C." ~ June 2017
Photo: Phil Smith
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At St Andrews, the most famous course in
the world,
"Scotland-Ireland" ~ May 2017
Photo: Bob Kocher
Chilly but happy group at Rockefeller
Center, "NY City" ~ December 2016
Photo: Kathy Fountain
Young horse stays close to it's mother,
"Horse Country Tour" ~ April 2016
Photo: Jim Waddell
Baby manatee nurses as mother surfaces,
"See The Manatees" ~ March 2016
Photo: Sallie Crass

Contact Information (updated 9-29-17)
Chairman:  Jim Waddell,  237-7145,  ourbus200@earthlink.net

Day Trips and
Multi-Day Trips:  Connie Smith,  873-2636,  con539@embarqmail.com
Kathy Fountain,  303-638-2684,  frontierhealth@msn.com

Cruises:  Bob and Cindy Kocher,  854-0009,  bobthek@embarqmail.com
     John Casabianca,  237-3135,  casaby@embarqmail.com

Bus Coordinator:  Della Blanchard,  237-6474,  della@deccacable.com 

Travel Brochure Coordinator:  Carolee Carter

ORHA Board Liaison:  Pat Niles,  233-6444,  pat_niles@yahoo.com

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

Oak Run Travel Regulations (updated 9-29-17) 

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


1. All sales will begin at 11:00AM at the specified building.

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 11:00AM, 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. 

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, Oak Run Travel will refund the entire amount of your ticket.

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. A wheelchair symbol to the right of the trip name and location indicates it is 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.