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Published on October 23rd, 2017 | by Alexandra Saner

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Friends of the Garden trip to Tlaquepaque

February 5-12, 2018
$2,900 per person

Please join us and Friends of the Garden (FOG) for a trip to our sister city in Tlaquepaque, Mexico! Enjoy accommodations at a beautiful boutique bed and breakfast, visit with local artists and musicians, attend exclusive receptions and parties, and view millions of monarch butterflies at one of their overwintering sites – all in the great company of fellow garden-lovers.

The cost of the trip is $2,900 per person. This includes all transportation, lodging, entry fees, parties, and most meals. A $1,000 deposit and a valid U.S. Passport is due on November 1. All proceeds of this trip benefit Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities Association.

There are only 14 spots available for this trip, and they will be released on a “first come, first served” basis. Reserve your spot today by contacting Lisa Bakerink, FOG Executive Director, at lbakerink@springfieldmo.gov or 417-874-2952.

For more information about FOG, please visit FriendsoftheGarden.org.

If the dates for the FOG trip don’t quite work for your schedule, please consider joining us on one of our other trips:

Springfield Citizens Trip
January 29-February 5, 2018

Springfield Regional Arts Council Trip
February 12-19, 2018

For more information or to make your reservation for one of these trips, please contact Cindy Jobe, SSCA Executive Director, at cjobe@springfieldmo.gov or 417-864-1191.

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About the Author

Lexy is Associate Director of Springfield Sister Cities Association and Friends of the Garden and is an arts and culture enthusiast. She graduated from Drury University with majors in Theatre and Arts Administration and a minor in Global Perspectives. She has served as Marketing Director for Springfield Little Theatre and Membership Development Coordinator for Springfield Regional Arts Council. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Sister Cities as well as on the founding Board for Springfield Creatives. Lexy remains active in Springfield Creatives and moonlights in community theatre and film projects.



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    Annual Japanese Fall Festival

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    • 11:15 Springfield Cosplay
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