Pre/Post Events


More Fun and Fellowship


Join fellow NCSC attendees for fun, fellowship and sight-seeing before and after the conference! Events are being hosted by local NCSC volunteers/attendees beginning Thursday evening, June 7th. Post-conference events will extend beyond the weekend. Details Subject to Change!


 Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and lesser known as the runner-up to New York City for the cultural opportunities per capita, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN have much to see!  Pre- and post-conference activity details will be added soon! They will include the following and more:


Thursday, June 7th:

Swing Dance at Wabasha Caves

Since the 1920’s, the Wabasha Caves were used as a restaurant and nightclub, said to have been frequented by visitors such as John Dillinger and Ma Barker.  Join us for an evening of Swing in this historical cave!

Schedule (Subject to change)

5:30pm Carpool or Uber to the Wabasha Street Caves

6:15pm:  Lessons

7-10pm: Dance

Conclude at a local Restaurant (TBD)

Cost: $8.00 + Dinner   (Unless you go inside the Museum)


Two Tours, Two cities, in One Trip

Basilica of Saint Mary – America’s First Basilica AND Cathedral of St. Paul – National Shrine of the Apostle Paul

Recognized as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture in the country, the Basilica of Saint Mary was constructed between 1907 and 1915. It was raised to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Pius XI in 1926 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul. Learn about our bond of spiritual affinity with the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome and the Archconfraternity of the Apostle Paul.  Each year, the Cathedral of Saint Paul welcomes over 200,000 guests and visitors. The Cathedral is recognized as a historical landmark, one of the most prominent buildings in the city and as a center of spiritual worship.

Both the Basilica and Cathedral where designed by the illustrious French architect Emmanuel Masqueray and construction of both occured in the same time period.

1:15pm: Carpool to the Basilica in Minneapolis

2:00pm: Guided tour

3:15pm: Carpool to St. Paul Cathedral

3:45pm: Self-guided tour of the Cathedral (National Shrine of the Apostle Paul)

5:15pm: Mass at Cathedral

6:00pm: Dinner at Fern’s Restaurant

7:45pm: Arrive back at hotel

Price: $2 suggested donation to Basilica, $2 suggested donation to Cathedral, and dinner. (cost of ride sharing split by participants if using Uber or Lyft)


Friday, June 8th:

1) Arboretum  – 9am-4pm

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails.  Join us for an afternoon exploring lush trails and MN’s state flower, the Lady’s slipper.  We will conclude at locally owned Maynards restaurant, known for the best views of Lake Minnetonka

Schedule (Subject to change)

9am Meet in lobby and Carpool  to the Arboretum in Chanhassen

9:45am: Walk grounds

1:00pm: Carpool to Maynards restaurant  

1:30pm: Lunch

3pm(ish) : Return to Hotel


Arboretum: Group rate with 15+ people – $12 per person. 

Maynards: (Avg $15 per plate)


2) NE Minneapolis Church tour – 10am-3pm

Lower NE Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River, is home to a concentration of 17 Catholic Churches, most of which were built for different ethnic groups and many of which are only a block or two apart.  Join a local on a walking tour of a few of these ornate Churches, then conclude with lunch at Betty Dangers.

Schedule:  (Subject to Change)

10:00am:  Meet in Lobby of Hotel and carpool or Uber to NE Mpls

10:30am:  Arrive in NE Mpls

12:30pm: Lunch at Betty Dangers

2:00pm: Leave for Hotel


3) City Hike with Jen – 9am-3:30pm

The riverfronts of Minneapolis and St. Paul are both scenic and historic.  Join local Jen Messing for a walking tour of where Minneapolis grew up:  the Stone Arch Bridge overlooking St. Anthony Falls, the world’s largest flour mill, historic Main Street, Nicollet Island, and more.  This will be a leisurely 3 mile hike with several meandering “trails” to linger over local interests.  We will then enjoy patio seating at the Aster Café , facing downtown and the Mississippi River.

Schedule: (weather permitting):

9:00am: Meet in lobby of hotel and Carpool or Uber to Our Lady of Lourdes

9:45am: Depart to begin the city hike

12 noon: Option for Mass & prayer time at historic Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

1:00pm: Settle in at the Aster Cafe for lunch

2:30pm: Return to Hotel

COST: Free + Lunch


4) Minneapolis Institute of Art – 10am-3pm

Come explore Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and various exhibitions in the beautiful MIA (est. 1915)  Afterward, we’ll walk to “Eat Street” for lunch.

Schedule: (Subject to change)

10am Carpool or Uber to MIA

1:00pm: Walk to “Eat Street” for multiple choices of restaurants for lunch

3:00pm: Leave for Hotel

Cost: Free + Lunch


Sunday, June 10th:

1) James J Hill House and St. Paul Cathedral – 2:30 – 8pm

Visit the largest house in St. Paul, the iconic James J. Hill House, a 36,000 SF mansion built for Railroad CEO James J Hill.  Marvel at the impressive house details such as chandeliers, stained glass, and hand-carved woodwork sprawled throughout the home. Discover original mechanical systems that provided heat, light, water, ventilation, and security.  After a guided tour, we will walk up to the highest point in downtown St. Paul, the famous Cathedral of St. Paul (National Shrine of the Apostle Paul) and conclude the evening at Moscow on the Hill for Dinner

Schedule (Subject to change)

2:30pm: Carpool to St. Paul

3:00pm: Tour of James J Hill House

4:30pm: Self guided tour of the Cathedral of St. Paul

5:45pm:  Dinner at Moscow on the Hill

Price:  $8-10 (depending on interest – discount for group at JJ Hill house) plus Dinner


2) Minnetonka pontoon ride with dinner at Lord Fletcher – 1:30 – 10:00pm

Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes!  Explore Lake Minnetonka on a five-hour pontoon ride (Max 18 people per 30′ Pontoon) and conclude at Lord Fletcher’s restaurant for dinner.  

Schedule (Subject to change)

1:30pm Carpool to Lake Minnetonka

2-7pm: Spend time on Lake

7:30pm: Eat at Lord Fletchers

9:00pm: Return to Hotel

Cost: $25 + Dinner   (Assuming 18 person capacity per pontoon is met)


3) Lakes and Gardens – 1:30 – 7pm

Spend the afternoon with new found friends relaxing at the most popular Lakes in Minneapolis:  Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, or Lake of the Isles, and enjoy a stroll through the lovely Rose Garden and Japanese Garden off of Lake Harriet.  Later that evening, we will reconvene for a rooftop dinner at Amore Uptown.

Lake Calhoun has canoe, kayak, and paddle-board rentals!

Schedule (Subject to change)

1:30opm Carpool to the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet, then divide group based on interest:  i.e: walk around lake vs. canoe trips or Japanese Garden

5:00pm- Meet at Amore for dinner


4) Isle Royale National Park – June 10-15th

Post-conference backpacking to Isle Royale National Park (a confirmed trip hosted by Into the Deep!)


Monday, June 11th:

St. Croix River Excursion

Enjoy a whole day relaxing near the St. Croix River.  After a hike through picturesque Interstate park, we will eat lunch at the classic 50’s Drive In Restaurant, then board a Ferry for an 80 minute excursion down the St. Croix River.  Afterward, we will enjoy wine tasting and Dinner at the Dancing Dragonfly, before returning to the hotel.

Schedule (Subject to change)

9:00am: Carpool to St. Croix Falls, WI  (Interstate Park) (1 hr, 10 min drive)

10:00am: Arrive at Interstate Park and hike

1-2:30pm:  Drive to The Drive In for lunch (1.3 miles/3 min drive)

3:00-4:30pm  Ferry cruise on St. Croix River (starts there in Taylor Falls, ½ mile away)

5:00pm: Wine Tasting and dinner at Dancing Dragonfly (5 miles/10 min away) Note: DD is only open till 6pm on Sundays

7:00pm: Depart for hotel


  • Cruise $17.50  (20 or more people)
  • Wine Tasting:  $15.00 per person
  • Lunch approx: $
  • Dinner approx: $$


Tuesday – Wednesday, June 12th & 13th:

Trip to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is the only Marian shrine in the United States on the site of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is the possibility (depending on expressed interest) that a couple of the local volunteers will be leading a trip to the Shrine. They would carpool (or take a bus) there Tuesday (the drive being about 4 1/2 to 5 hours, one way), stay one night in WI, and return in time to be back in the Twin Cities by Wednesday at 6 or 7pm so that people could either fly out that evening or stay at a local hotel and fly out on Thursday morning. If you are interested in joining the trip, please send us a message through the Contact Us page. All responses must be made by May 1st after which a decision will be made about planning a trip or not.




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