Music museum sponsoring October tour to Mason City

Music museum sponsoring October tour to Mason City America's National Music Museum in Vermillion will sponsor a bus tour to The Music Man Square and other attractions in Mason City, IA on Oct. 10-11. The tour is open to the public and will include visits to the Meredith Willson Museum and The Music Man Square, Meredith Willson's Boyhood Home, the Charles H. MacNider Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House.

Also included in the tour package is a community theater production, Eat Your Heart Out and the opportunity to do so with a four-course meal at "Marjorie's Tea House" in Music Man Square. Lunch on both days is provided and Meredith Willson's movies, The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown will be shown aboard the bus.

This tour will celebrate the National Music Museum's collaboration with The Music Man Square in Mason City in the design and installation of a major, long-term exhibition, Ya Gotta Know the Territory: The Musical Journey of Meredith Willson. Also on exhibit at the Meredith Willson Museum is a temporary installation, Four Centuries of Great Guitars, featuring 18 superb examples from the collections of the National Music Museum. In all, more than 125 musical instruments have been loaned to Mason City for this exhibition.

The cost of the two-day adventure is $150, which includes bus fare, accommodations at the Comfort Inn in Mason City, admission to all sites, dinner at the Tea House, theater tickets, and lunches.

A deposit will be required, as seating is limited. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 10. For further information or to make reservations, call the projects coordinator at the National Music Museum (605-677-5306).

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