Pedvac Shopping Tour Bangor and Freeport MAINE October 24-26

Enjoy a cross boarder shopping experience and support a great charity at the same time. 

 

Maine is famous for its bargain shopping at outlets and outlet malls in Bangor and Freeport.  

 

Includes Transportation by Deluxe Coach, Hotel Accommodations and Continental Breakfast

$235 per person for quad room

$250 per person for triple room

$275 per person for double room

$315 for single room

 

Must register and pay a non-refundable $50 deposit by July 15th.

For more information contact Pedvac at 538-7638 or visit www.pedvac.com

 

PEDVAC Fund Raising Shopping Bus Tour Succeeds Again

Hello there, Vivienne here to report on the second annual PEDVAC fund raising shopping bus tour to Bangor and Portland, Maine and the Outlet Shopping Mall in North Conway, New Hampshire.

This year we had 44 participants compared to 26 last year and starting point was the Port Elgin Regional School. As pick up time was 06:00 hrs. still dark, this made it so much easier for drop off and pick up in the brightly lit parking lot than last year on the residential street where PEDVAC offices are located. We also made a stop in Sackville at the Home Hardware Store to pick up more people. Several tourists who were part of our inaugural group last year returned and the new people, young and old; who joined our group tour this year made it the great success that it was bringing even more fun and diverse interests. The more the merrier and PEDVAC will certainly put the funds raised to good use for the many programs which benefit so many throughout our region. All these numbers and reports are always available at the AGM in the Spring. Please do attend if you can. You will really be amazed at how much good comes out of this small group to help so many people throughout our region.

I must start by saying a great big “Thank You” to all those who participated this year for your kind cooperation, consideration and appreciation of me as a volunteer, reflected so generously in your collection and sweet “thank you” card. I must also apologize for the delay in writing this post and hope that you enjoy it nonetheless.

For our second year, learning as we get better at this, there were some changes as we went along which made the tour slightly different to the first year:

  1. We had requests to add Cabela’s (not in the original itinerary) to the tour this year, which we did after taking a vote on the bus, making all the hunters, fisherman, the brave lone man on the tour, Todd Trenholm and generally adventurous outdoors people very happy indeed. Thank you Todd for being our mascott! 😀
  2. We had a rotating seating plan which was loosely followed. Thank you to all of you who agreed to switch seats with those who had motion illness, allowing their family and friends to move with them so that they could sit together.  Many thanks also for helping me find your name on the seating chart to make boarding that much easier.
  3. We did not stop at the foothills of the White Mountains for our group photo as folks were quite tired after walking the outlets to shop ’til we dropped. So on our bus driver’s suggestion, we posed at the entrance of the mall with the moose. Try as I might, I just could not remember everyone’s name all the time. I remembered most some of the time, but that was the best I could do with so many on the bus and the absence of “dweeby” name tags. This is my meek explanation of the lack of names in the photo below taken by Brenda Trafford and graciously sent to me for which I am truly grateful:
PEDVAC Bus Trip 2013 group photo

PEDVAC fund raising bus tour participants, tour director and bus driver 2013

On the PEDVAC shopping bus tour 2013 fund raising

Fun on the bus. Much better than reading facts about the area.

We learn each year as we go to make the trip easier and smoother by allowing enough rest stops, tweaking the drop off places, making sure the eating stops are reasonably paced and timed for everyone and having enough down time to accommodate activity levels and pace for everyone.
Folks certainly did miss the cup holders at each seat this year for those of us wanting to carry a drink back onto the bus.

We had a 50/50 draw each day on the bus, handled by Diane Allen and Lynn Brander. Thank you ladies for a job well done! Congratulations to Bev Wood who won the first day, Jan Legere who won the second day and Sue Hawkes who won on Day3. Always nice to have a little extra shopping money! 😀

Surveys were given out at the end for feedback on the tour. The response was overwhelmingly positive about the tour and again we thank everyone for taking the time to fill them in making planning next year’s itinerary that much easier and tailored more for the wonderful participants who make this fund raiser ever more successful each year.

Shopping bags in the luggage hold PEDVAC annual fund raising shopping bus tour 2013

Shopping bags in the hold looking a bit alien 🙂

Clear large garbage bags were supplied by PEDVAC to put smaller shopping bags in for ease of unloading back at the hotel. Someone suggested I take a photo of the shopping in the hold when it was full as it looked a bit like something out of Star Trek all the bags, clear and egg-like. Eeeeewwwww, but what fun we had! By the time I got off the bus, Hal the bus driver was so fast helping everyone get their bags that not many were left so you’ll have to use your imagination.

Instead of the China Buffet group meal like last year, food stops were made at the mall and in places where everyone had a choice of fast food and restaurant food in most cases. At our North Conway stop, I really enjoyed a meal at Applebees with fellow PEDVAC board member, Brenda Trafford. Great meal and great company, thanks Brenda!

bus driver and tour director PEDVAC fund raising shopping tour 2013

Bus driver, Hal Arbeau and volunteer tour director, Vivienne Edwards

All that talking, I had to buy some throat lozenges. Ever handy and helpful Hal, our bus driver standing by as I get settled into my tour director seat at the front of the bus. At the Settlers Green Outlet Mall in North Conway, NH, the bus was set to be available for an hour to for us to drop shopping off half-way through our shopping time.  Hal, bless his cotton socks 🙂 was kind enough to give out more large bags as people returned with their shopping from the boxes on my seats and although we were late returning with ours, he was on the bus to unlock it for Brenda and I after we lost track of time at lunch. I feel that I was remiss not thinking to leave the movies on the bus in case he might want to watch one in his rest time. Thank you Hal for your great service above and beyond just driving us on our bus tour there and back safely.

It is indeed my pleasure to be the tour director each year on this fund raising bus tour to enable PEDVAC to continue its work as a Social Agency with outreach benefiting so many in our region and beyond.

For those of you unable to get out to the many craft shows or join us on the bus tour but wishing to help, we now have donation buttons you may use with your credit card here in the side bar of this Web site for general donations or donations in memory of a cherished one and gift certificates for the PEDVAC Boutique. Please consider using any of the donation methods you feel comfortable with.

Blessings for a safe and happy holiday season.

Vivienne Edwards

Shopping Trip Itnerary Portland, Maine and North Conway, New Hampshire

Hello all excited bus tour participants and those who wish you could be with us. Vivienne here to post the most current itinerary. Try to contain yourselves while you count sleeps!

See you Friday!

PEDVAC BUS TRIP ITINERAY – OCTOBER 25 – 2, 2013

 

**** Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Day 1 – Friday, October 25, 2013

6:00 A.M. – Depart from Port Elgin Regional School.  Vehicles can be left at back of parking lot by the hiking trail.  The school would not be responsible for vehicles left there over the weekend..

6:30 A.M. – Depart from the Sackville Home Hardware parking lot.  Home Hardware is not responsible for left vehicles.

8:45 A.M. – Arrive at Irving Big Stop, Lincoln NB for ½ hour rest stop.

11:30 A.M. – Woodstock Tax and Duty Free Shop. Located at Atlantic Travel Centre,
1412 Route 95, Belleville, New Brunswick, Canada, E7M 4Z8
 (1-800-463-3030, 1-506-328-8888). PLEASE DO NOT SPRAY PERFUMES DUE TO ALLERGIES.

12:00 A.M. – Customs – Please have your passports ready. The customs officer will be coming onto the bus for a random check.  **PEDVAC FOUNDATION INC. IS NOT.  **PEDVAC FOUNDATION INC. IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYONE WHO IS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES

12:30 P.M. – We will depart for Bangor. You can set your watches back one hour as we are now on Eastern time.

1:30 P.M. – Dysart’s Truck Stop for Lunch – 207-942-4878.

2:30 P.M. – The Bus will depart for Portland.

4:30 P.M. – We will be arriving at our hotel, Super 8, Westbrook, Maine 1 207-774-5861.  PLEASE REMAIN ON THE BUS UNTIL THE TOUR GUIDE RETURNS WITH THE KEYS AND CALLS YOUR NAME.

5:15 P.M. – The Bus will depart for the Burlington Coat Factory.

6:45 P.M. The Bus will depart for the Maine Mall – 517 Maine Mall Road – Supper and Shopping.

9:15 P.M. The Bus will return to the Hotel.

Day 2 – Saturday, October 26, 2013

6:30 A.M. – Wake-up call at hotel.   Complimentary continental breakfast provided.

8:00 A.M. – The bus will depart for shopping at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, North Conway, New Hampshire – TAX FREE SHOPPING at over 60 factory outlet stores.

9:30 A.M. – Arrive at Settlers’ Green.  If you wish to take the optional one hour trip to the Christmas Tree Shop remain on the bus.  The bus will be open from 1:00 to 1:30 to put your parcels on.

3:00 P.M. – The bus will depart for the Look Out for photo opportunities.

3:30 P.M. – The bus will depart for the Christmas Loft.

4:00 P.M. – Arrive at the Christmas Loft.

5:00 P.M. – The bus will depart for the hotel.

6:30 P.M. – The bus will take us to our hotel to drop off our parcels.

7:30 P.M. – Departing hotel and going to Kohl’s at 17 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine.

8:45 P.M – The Bus will return to the Hotel.

Day 3 – Sunday, October 27, 2013

6:15 A.M. – Wake-up call.  Complimentary continental breakfast provided.

7:45 A.M. – The Bus will depart hotel for Bangor- Please make sure you have your entire luggage. Please leave the hotel keys in the Room.

10:15 A.M. – The bus will arrive at  Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. 

11:15 – The bus will arrive at Bangor Mall.  If you wish to take the optional one hour trip to Walmart where groceries are available remain on the bus.   This is a lunch stop so you may eat at the mall or get something to take on the bus.

1:15 P.M. – Bus will depart for Houlton. We will complete our customs forms along the way. Do not fill out the bottom if you are planning on shopping at the Duty Free. Please keep your receipts! 

3:00 P.M. – Arrive at Duty Free Shop, 4 Airport Dr  Houlton, ME 04730 (1 207-532-6540)

PLEASE DO NOT SPRAY PERFUMES DUE TO ALLERGIES.

3:45 P.M. – Customs

5:15 P.M. – The bus will depart.  You may now set your watch ahead an hour as you are in Atlantic time.

6: 45P.M. – We will arrive at the Irving Big Stop in Lincoln NB for a rest stop.  This is your chance to get something take out for supper.

7:15 – The bus will depart for the next stop.

8:35 –  We will arrive at the Irvin Big Stop at Salisbury NB for a rest stop.

9:00 – We will depart for Sackville.

9:45 P.M. Sackville     10:15 P.M. – Port Elgin

 

Not only is this a chance for you to have a great shopping get-away but in doing so you are supporting a great charity. 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

 

Super 8 Portland/Westbrook Area

208 Larrabee Rd, Westbrook, ME, 04092, US

Phone: (207) 854-1881

Fax: (207) 854-0078

 

 Make yourself at home in one of the 105 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and you can also request irons/ironing boards.  Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a spa tub.  A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily.  We also provide a 24 hour front desk.

 The hotel does not have a restaurant but the following are within walking distance:  Ruby Tuesday, Chopotle, Panara Bread, Pizza Hut, Burger King, McDonald’s, Denny’s, Season Grill and The Egg & I.  However, each room does have a microwave and a refrigerator. 

 

SHOPPING COUPONS & DISCOUNTS

 

Maine Mall

http://www.mainemall.com/

Settlers Green Outlet Village

http://www.settlersgreen.com/

Burlington Coat Factory

http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/

Christmas Tree Store

http://www.christmastreeshops.com/store-locator

Bangor Mall

http://www.simon.com/mall//?id=844

 

Pedvac Foundation Ltd. acts only as an Agent for the Passengers with Respect to the Dining, Attractions, Admissions, Transportation, and therefore, cannot accept any responsibility for missed connections, delayed departures, or arrivals, loss, damage or injury to persons or property. Pedvac Foundation Ltd., cannot accept responsibility for itinerary changes, changes in accommodations, transportation, attractions, Pedvac Foundation reserves the right to substitute. (arrangements of equal value).

Pedvac Foundation Ltd. is not responsible for stolen or damaged vehicles left in parking lots while away.

 

  •  Travel insurance is not included in your tour package
  •  Please have your US Travel Insurance and Proper Medical coverage.
  •  Passports are a requirement.
  •  Children traveling without both parents, need a consent form.
  •  If you take medications, it must be in the original bottles.
  •  Please have your name, address and phone number on all luggage.  One carry-on per person and one large suitcase only.
  • Please do not wear strong scents due to allergies.
  • No smoking or drinking on the Motor Coach.
  • $800 (Canadian) Spending Limit includes your duty free – 1.5L of wine or 1.14L of liquor or 24X355 ML cans or bottles of beer or ale. 200 cigarettes, 200 tobacco sticks, 50 cigars or cigarillos and 200 grams of manufactured tobacco.

 

Please keep all Receipts for Customs.

 

Please keep all receipts in one place for Customs on return to Canada.

We recommend that you take photocopies of credit cards and important documents with 1-800#’s. It is also recommended that you contact your credit card company to advise them that you will be traveling throughout the United States.

 

Do not try to cross the border with any citrus fruit.  It will be confiscated by the border officers and you could be denied entry into the country.

 

*** Pedvac will be providing large plastic bags with name tags for everyone to put their purchases into in the luggage hold.

Looking forward to a fun and bargain-filled weekend with you all.

See you on the bus,

Vivienne