Bus tour is ready to roll

MANCHESTER - JOY all things underthings and Catamount Tours of Vermont are teaming up for a "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" bus trip to New York City. The day-trip will include round trip transportation from Manchester and Bennington to Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical, "Kinky Boots."

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, "Kinky Boots" is an inspirational story of a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from an unlikely person. Together, these two become and unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible - proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Inspired by a true story, "Kinky Boots" features music and lyrics by pop-icon Cyndi Lauper.

The bus trip will have scheduled pick-ups in Manchester and Bennington on the morning of May 14 to arrive in New York City in time for a quick lunch, sightseeing, or shopping on your own before the 2 p.m. performance at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on 45th Street. The $199 all-inclusive price includes round trip luxury motor coach transportation, show tickets and dinner on the way back.

Catamount Tours offers planned and custom luxury group tours serving Southern Vermont, the Berkshires, and upstate New York. Linda Benway and Diane Pouliot are no strangers to the travel industry as the owners of the Casablanca Motel in Manchester.

"We treat our motel guests like family and look forward to doing the same in this new venture" Benway said.

Other scheduled trips include a Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game, Foxwoods Casino, Atlantic City, the Boston Pops on Cape Cod, and Niagara Falls in December.

"Tell us where YOU want to go and we'll take care of the details." Pouliot said.

JOY all things underthings owner, Joy Slusarek, was excited to learn about Catamount Tours and the idea to sponsor a "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" trip was a perfect fit with "Kinky Boots."

"The appeal of pretty much door-to-door service from Vermont to New York City was amazing in itself, but when you combine it with tickets to see a Broadway smash musical with music and lyrics by 1980s superstar Cyndi Lauper, we couldn't resist sponsoring something so fun."

Reservations can be made by calling Catamount Tours of Vermont at 802-362-1009, or emailing at travel@catamounttours.com.

Reservations made by April 14 will include a $10 gift certificate to JOY all things underthings.


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