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Passport to Adventure: A Travel Film Series

Join us for the 49th Annual Passport to Adventure Film Series!

Six professional, full-color films with live commentary by the filmmakers. These films can be informative and educational for young people as well as adults. Take advantage of this inexpensive way to enjoy people and places from all over the globe. This is family entertainment at its best!

Click here to view the 2014-2015 Passport to Adventure brochure.

Passport to Adventure is a public, non-profit activity under the sponsorship of the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL). Witte Travel is proud to be an official sponsor.wittePassport Film Series


Tickets available after July 1, 2014 (Individual show tickets). Ticket sales are through the
Calvin Box Office only (located to the West Lobby of the Covenant Fine Arts Center).
Tickets also sold at door after 6 p.m. on the night of performance.

  • Season tickets: $25 (30% savings)
  • Single tickets: $6
  • Student tickets: $3

Purchase by phone 616-526-6282, tickets by postal mail, or drop off in person between 9-5, Monday through Friday.

Dates & Showtime

All programs are presented in the Covenant Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Volcanic Planet

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Volcanic Planet with Peter Rowe

Producer of the well-known TV series Angry Planet, Peter Rowe has climbed and experienced many of the world’s most active volcanoes. This film includes footage of the world’s largest lava lake, the world’s most dangerous volcano (Mt. Nyiragongo), a wedding held on the lip of an exploding volcano in the South Pacific, a visit to a newly formed volcanic island in Tonga, a rare exploration of the volcanic Crystal Cavein Chihuahua, Mexico, filming with the people who live beside the dangerous, active volcanoes of Indonesia and much more.

Great Britain

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM
It's Great!Britain with Monty and Marsha Brown

A genuine great Brit, Monty Brown, with Marsha Brown on hand to translate, takes a trip to visit His Family and Other Animals from all over England and Scotland. This film captures castles and picturesque ruins, old inns and monasteries, prehistoric tombs, stone circles, and giant white horses cut into limestone hillsides. Experience history and literature through the stories about Robin Hood, the Black Dog, the Lord Protector, the Great Fire of London, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Cerne Giant.

Canadian Train Ride

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM
The Great Canadian Train Ride with Doug Jones

Viewers will cross Canada on one of the last great trans-continental trains, the “Canadian,” which was refurbished to the luxurious condition of its inaugural run in 1955. Photographer Doug Jones invites armchair travelers to experience the “most romantic form of travel in the world” by boarding the train in Toronto as it begins a ride across the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, with stops in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Edmonton, and on to Saskatchewan and into the heart of the Canadian Rockies.


Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM
China Rising with Dale Johnson

In 2013 more cars were sold in China than in the USA, illustrating the rising middle class in a surging economy. In this film, Dale Johnson visits the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta soldiers, and rides the High Speed Bullet train to Shanghai. See the Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon in western China (which is much deeper and longer than the Grand Canyon), ultra-modern cities, and huge farming operations with giant tractors producing corn, soybeans and other crops on private farms,
not government collectives as in the past.


Thursday, April 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM
The Lure and Lore of Deserts with Sandy Mortimer

Discover what lures humans to deserts from Egypt to Jordan in the Middle East as well as in North America. Visit the mountain of Masada, the Kerak and other ancient castles, the valley of Wadi Rum, the magnificent Nabatean city of Petra, and Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities. The Sonoran, Mohave and Chihuahuan deserts in Arizona and Utah also speak of those lured to them throughout the centuries. Explore over 21,000 glyphs chipped in rock, white gypsum crystal dunes, and legendary ghost towns and masonry ruins that were home to prehistoric Salado people.

Barbados Sugar Plantation

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Barbados: Island in the Sun with Steve Gonser

Barbados emerged from the sea in the Caribbean Region less than one million years ago as the result of the collision of the North American and Caribbean plates. British rule carried on uninterrupted for 340 years before independence in 1966. Steve Gonser knows well this sophisticated tropical island with seemingly endless whitesand beaches and a rich West Indian tradition. In this film he shows the role of sugar plantations and rum on the island’s society, and many of the traditional arts and crafts of the deeply religious, generous, friendly and thoughtful people.