Monday, November 23, 2009

Oberammergau Informational Meeting

The other day I had the great opportunity to participate in a webinar with Mike Adams from the official office of the Oberammergau Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.

For those of you who don't know, the village of Oberammergau performs a Passion Play every 10 years as an act of thanks to God for sparing the village from the Plague.

In 1632, more than 20 percent of the village had perished due to the plague. One year later, the townspeople pledged to perform a passion play every 10 years if God would save their town. Not another person died, and the town has been performing the play for more than 375 years.

The next performance comes in 2010. More than 500,000 visitors are expected for the 102 performances between May and October.

I had the great fortune to attend the play in 2000, and I can't say enough about it. It's not just "a play," it's a very intense emotional and spiritual experience. Imagine up to 1,000 people and animals on the open-air stage at one time as Jesus drives the money lenders from the temple, or as he makes his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.

The play begins in mid-afternoon and runs for 2 1/2 hours before a three-hour dinner break. After dinner, there's another 2 1/2 hours, culminating in the crucifixion.

If you have the opportunity to attend, you won't regret it.

I'm organizing an informational meeting for anyone who would like to learn more about Oberammergau or who is considering attending.

Please join me at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at First Baptist Church of Indianapolis (8600 N. College Ave.).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Free Disney Cruise

Harmony Travel is working with Disney to offer a free 3-night cruise to the Bahamas to families that purchase an Adventures by Disney trip before Jan. 15, 2010. Please contact us for complete details.

Adventures by Disney was created especially for families, with breathtaking guided group vacations spanning six continents - from Alaska to Australia, and from Costa Rica to Canada. With Adventures by Disney, you'll meet enthralling local experts, enjoy backstage access, VIP treatment and other exclusive experiences, including special thrills just for kids.

Monday, November 09, 2009

This is Epic

There are a bunch of new cruise ships debuting in the near future - most of them bigger and better than anything we've ever seen before.

Norwegian's newest ship, Epic, debuts next July with 7- and 14-day sailings alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean. This ship feature bigger staterooms, lots of dining options (freestyle of course), and top notch entertainment, including the Blue Man Group.

Check out more info here.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jennifer S. of Greenwood, Ind. Her photo from Santorini, Greece won the Harmony Travel Vacation Photo Contest.
Jennifer wins $100 gift certificates from Harmony Travel and My Car Doc, and a free family portrait session from J. Scott Photography.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo or took time to vote.