tioga-county.JPGOwego, N.Y. - Tioga County Tourism is pleased to announce its 2012 "Tioga Journeys" schedule of tours.  This is an opportunity for you to experience and tour those intriguing, interesting, and sometimes unusual, but always fun, destinations you probably wouldn't do on your own.  Whether on a bus or walking tour, each themed tour will be led by a knowledgeable step-on tour guide. Cost of the tour is $12 per person or $10 for seniors.  Most tours begin at 10 am and leave from the Tioga County Visitor's Center at 80 North Avenue, Owego, or you will meet at the tour, depending on the theme.  Reservations for the tour can be made by calling 1-800-671-7772.  Credit cards will be accepted.  Reservations are recommended and walk-ons will be allowed on a space-available basis. Theme titles this year include: Saturday, June 23, 10:00 am-12:00 noon "ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER" - BOAT TOUR:  A wonderful way to relax via boat ride on Waterman Center's "Susquehanna Shuttle" pontoon boat.  View eagle's nests, river wildlife, HiawathaIsland, and more.  Meet at the Marshland Road Riverfron tPark area. (This tour is $12 each-no senior discount.  Weather permitting.)  Saturday, June 30, 10:00 am-1:30 pm "DISCOVERY AT THE MANSIONS" - BUS TOURShort of calling it a museum, you'll be stunned when you visit this beautiful 1869 Victorian mansion featuring over 50 years of collecting the most unusual and fascinating things.  Then enjoy a trip to the gorgeous 1892 Waverly Inn for an inside tour and light refreshments.    Saturday, July 7, 10:00 am-1:30 pm "CURDS AND WHEY OF LIFE"- BUS TOUR: Heading into Pennsylvania's Endless Mountain country, you'll visit the Home Textile Tool Museum, the LeRaysville Cheese Factory, as well as a stop at Hearth Stone Gardens.  An enjoyable and educational experience.  Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am-1:00 pm "LEGENDS OF THE PAST" - BUS TOUR:  Learn about the history and architecture of some of Waverly, NY's most fascinating, historic homes.  Full of character and legends of the past, this tour ends with snacks at the beautiful Victorian, Waverly Inn.     Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am-1:00 noon "B&B, TEA AND ME" - BUS TOUR: Enjoy a stop at the Petal Pushers Gift Shop & Tea Room, then tour a charming bed & breakfast with Tea at the Edge of Thyme B&B.  They are noted for the "Best Afternoon Tea in the World." A nice tour with friends.  Saturday, July 28, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm "BARNLOADS OF TREASURES" - BUS TOUR: A trip to Tioga Downs' restored barns where 90 dealers  offer a large variety of antiques, collectibles, new and used furniture, crafts, jewelry, woodwork, gifts, dealer supplies & more, plus an outdoor flea market.  Lunch on your own at the Casino.  Saturday, August 4, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm "CORNELL PLANTATIONS TOUR - BUS TOUR: a trip to Cornell University's campus with a guided tour of their 50 acre arboretum and botanical gardens where you'll learn about its history and variety of plant collections. You'll see their new Nevin Welcome Center and a few new gardens, too.  (Bring a boxed lunch.)  Saturday, August 11, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm "BATTLE FOR FREEDOM" - BUS TOUR:  The Civil War era is commemorating its 150th anniversary within this time frame.  Appropriately, this trip will include a stop to the cemetery's Civil War gravestones as well as other places and interesting Civil War stories relative to Tioga County you never knew.  Saturday, August 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon "RESCUE ME" - BUS TOUR:  A unique visit and tour to Springbrook Farm, a private rescue farm caring and nurturing for miniature horses, larger horses, a burro, dogs and more.  Learn what therapy the animals go through and what is involved in this kind of mission. Saturday, August 25, 12:30 - 3:30 pm "BACK IN THE DAY" - BUS TOUR: A guided tour and a look inside of Newark Valley's historic buildings such as a church, mausoleum, and others.  Enjoy a spot of tea afterwards, plus hear stories from a living history re-enactor portraying Lydia Marie Childs, an 1833 abolitionist.  Saturday, September 8, 10:00-12:00 noon "ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER... AGAIN" - BOAT TOUR:  A wonderful way to relax via boat ride on Waterman Center's "Susquehanna Shuttle" pontoon boat.  View eagle's nests, river wildlife,HiawathaIsland, and more.  Meet at theMarshlandRoadRiverfrontPark area. (This tour is $12 each-no senior discount.  Weather permitting.)  Saturday, Septemer 15, 10:00-2:00 pm "HOW DOES HIS GARDEN GROW?" - BUS TOUR: The work of just one man, this is truly an amazing place. You'll see a mill, a covered bridge, a gazebo, a delightful potting shed, an enormous stone sundial, numerous gardens and a new carpenter's shop. In addition, on display is a rare fossil of an ancient sea creature that was found on the property. This is a private garden on six acres of land with over 550 plant varieties.  We'll stop for lunch (on your own) on our way back.    Saturday, September 22, 10:00-2:00 pm  "AND THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET" - BUS TOUR:  At the Ithaca Farmers' Market you'll find wines, beautiful flowers, unique gifts and specialty foods, clothing and accessories, and a dazzling array of paintings, pottery, woodworking, and jewelry offered by fine artists and craftspeople from our local area.  Listen to live music and sample burritos, sushi, Sri Lankan cuisine and the dozens of other delicious choices from renowned international cafes.  Lunch on your own. Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am-12:30noon "LIVING AMONG THE DEAD" - WALKING TOUR: Meet at the top of Evergreen Cemetery in Owego and get a guided tour with costumed interpreters.  Meet and talk to some of the most prominent people buried there about their life...and death.  A new tour will run every 15 minutes.   Saturday, October 6, 10:00-2:00 pm "CAN YOU DIG IT?" - BUS TOUR: Jam-packed with thousands of locally found archeological, prehistoric and Native American artifacts, it's the largest display in the region!  Hear about the Wooly Mammoth Exhibit and browse the large gift shop, too.  Then a lunch stop (on your own) at Shepard Hills Country Club.  Saturday, October 13, 10 am-12:00 noon "'HOP' TO IT" - BUS TOUR:  Take a guided tour of the newest and first Microbrewery in Tioga County!  Tour the Farmhouse Brewery in Berkshire and find out how they make handcrafted beer from their own hops and barley fields.  You can also purchase many different heirloom vegetables they grow.  Special bonus!  Last tour - sing-a-long with Daphne.