PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff at our desk in the lobby beginning at 4:00 pm. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session before dinner. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.
ORIENTATION: Meet your fellow participants and the program staff during a get-acquainted session followed by an informative overview of the program. We will review the schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and emergency contact numbers, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Dinner will be at 6:30pm in the hotel restaurant, the Barbadoes Room. This is one of South Carolina’s top restaurant choices with its warm, intimate atmosphere and Low country cuisine. During free time, you can also relax in comfortable surroundings in the adjacent First Shot Lounge and Best Friend Bar.Evening: The remainder of the evening is yours to begin getting to know one another, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel as you prepare for tomorrow.
You are embarking on a special Road Scholar "FLEX" program that includes expert lectures and attending selected events from the schedules of Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto as well as a significant amount of free time to pursue your own interests with opportunities to dine out on your own. The preparatory materials you receive following enrollment will provided more details about the ticketed events included in your program. We highly recommend checking the Spoleto USA website that explains how the festival is organized and how you can purchase tickets when the time comes for the events you would like to attend on your own. To avoid duplication, DO NOT ORDER TICKETS UNTIL AFTER YOU RECEIVE YOUR PREPARATORY MATERIALS. See
http://spoletousa.org/home/Lodging: The Mills House Wyndham Grand HotelMeals Included: Dinner
“Big” Spoleto — Spoleto Festival USA — was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene, and others who sought to create an American counterpart to their annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. It has become internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. Spoleto website for tickets is: spoletousa.org
“Piccolo” (Little) Spoleto was designed and launched in 1979 by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs to complement the international scope of the parent festival. Piccolo Spoleto focuses primarily on artists of the Southeast region, presenting some 700 events. See http://www.piccolospoleto.com/.
Please note: One of the advantages of taking this Road Scholar “FLEX” program is having guaranteed seats for performances and events that may otherwise be sold out.
FIELD TRIP: We will depart the hotel for a short walk to one of the offerings by Spoleto. Tickets have been purchased for Chamber Music IV at 11 am. Popular twice-daily concert series features 11 fresh and distinctive programs performed by a talented roster of artistsLunch: Lunch will be at a popular restaurant in the Historic District.Afternoon: The popular Ring Shouters will perform at our hotel just for our Road Scholar group. The Ring Shouters, one of the worlds top performing artists of the Geechee Gullah culture, are descendants of African slaves continuing the tradition of their ancestors with music and culture. They performed at the Smithsonian and during the presidential inauguration .
The Ring Shouters will finish their performance around 3:30 pm and at 5:00 pm we will meet at the Charleston Library Society on King Street for a "conversations with Michelle Dorrance before attending Dorrance Dance at 8:00 pm.Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to explore the restaurants and cuisine of your choice. You are welcome to accompany the Group Leader (at your own cost).Evening: We will regroup after dinner to attend Dorrance Dance at 8:00 pm. This unconventional tap troupe challenges the notions of tap in a new and exciting way.Lodging: The Mills House Wyndham Grand HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
PERFORMANCE: We will take in one of the performances from the Piccolo Spoleto schedule. One of the most fascinating aspects of both "big" and "little" Spoleto is the extraordinary richness and diversity of performances and events spanning opera, theater, dance, music of all kinds, visual arts, and talks by some of the artists themselves. We are eager to let you know what this morning will bring as soon as the schedules are announced.Lunch: Your big block of free time begins with lunch on your own to explore the restaurants and cuisine of your choice. We will provide a list of restaurants located within walking distance of your hotel and within the historic district.Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: This is your opportunity to select the performances and events most pleasing to you, either individually or with new friends. In addition to posting every performance and event, the Spoleto websites also provide a map to show at a glance where each venue is located.Dinner: Continue your personal independent exploration with dinner on your own -- no need to rush back to the hotel unless you choose. There are so many options for having a delicious dinner out in Charleston, though if you have something special in mind, we advise making reservations in advance because the city is so crowded during the festival.Evening: FREE EVENING: Choose your preferred performances or events. As soon as the schedule is published, you can review everything available for this evening and purchase tickets online. Please do not order and pay for tickets until you see what is included in the Road Scholar program.Lodging: The Mills House Wyndham Grand HotelMeals Included: Breakfast