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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

The Richmond Folk Festival: A World of Music

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Program #15514RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Comfortable walking shoes for field trips.

Itinerary for Oct 10 — Oct 14, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located on the edge of downtown Richmond, this former bank has been renovated into a small hotel, just a few blocks from popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the riverside parks along the whitewater of the Falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Variable by season.
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rates vary by season and are based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Thursday, October 10 - Arrival/Orientation
Afternoon: Welcome to Richmond! Check-in for your room at 3:30 PM or later at the hotel desk. Register for your program at the Road Scholar desk in the hotel lobby from 3:30-5:00 PM.

Dinner: In hotel or at a nearby restaurant

Evening: Orientation and introductions - meet your fellow participants. Review the Folk Festival program.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located on the edge of downtown Richmond, this former bank has been renovated into a small hotel, just a few blocks from popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the riverside parks along the whitewater of the Falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Variable by season.
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rates vary by season and are based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Friday, October 11 - Classes/Field trip tour of Historic Richmond/ Ope...
Classes/Field trip tour of Historic Richmond/ Opening night of Richmond Folk Festival

Breakfast: In hotel

Morning: Celebrate the smorgasbord of folk culture that is one of America’s great treasures. Listen to performers from ethnic communities across the country, to international performers on tour of the U.S., and to a big splash of Virginia tradition, including string band music from the mountains, Piedmont blues, and gospel singers from Tidewater. See such things as Hula dancing, fancy Sunday hats, and hand crafts like carved canes, duck decoys, and fiber arts, all in a park setting on the downtown James River waterfront. You’ll also enjoy classes taught by musicologists and an exploration into Richmond and Virginia history. Rarely is such a rich diet of culture available in such a comfortable situation. The following is a sample schedule.The Richmond Festival grew from the National Folk Festival held here for three years, the oldest multicultural festival in the U.S. We begin the program this morning with classes taking an overview of Amwerican folk music.

Lunch: In hotel

Afternoon: Board our coach for an afternoon excursion to historic city sites that includes the State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the Valentine Richmond History Center, the city museum. We'll drive through historic Shockoe Bottom and Church Hill to view neighborhoods, architecture, and St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry made his famous speech during the Second Virginia Convention.

Dinner: In hotel

Evening: Opening night for Richmond Folk Festival, 7:00-10:00 pm. Accompany the group to one of the stages, or go independently to another of your choice. Of the seven separate stages usually offered, five are under tents with chairs for seating, one of which has a dance floor. Two stages are open-air, with hillside seating on grass. Certain stages offer quieter acts and others feature the more boisterous acts. Performers typically appear for 45 minutes or an hour on a stage, and then another group will follow. Thus one can stay in one seat and see a number of performances in any given time period. Please note: The Folk Festival takes place in sloped park land on the bank of the James River. There are paved, cobbled, and gravel paths but the terrain can be uneven at times, making the Festival site unsuitable for anyone with serious mobility issues.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located on the edge of downtown Richmond, this former bank has been renovated into a small hotel, just a few blocks from popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the riverside parks along the whitewater of the Falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Variable by season.
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rates vary by season and are based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Saturday, October 12 - Class/Richmond Folk Festival/Dinner on your own a...
Class/Richmond Folk Festival/Dinner on your own at the Festival/Richmond Folk Festival

Breakfast: In hotel

Morning: Music that we think of as "American" evolved from a blend of cultures and traditions. Class this morning focuses on regional, ethnic and American music. In addition, we'll discuss today's performances at the Festival.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Attend the Festival. Of the seven separate stages usually offered, five are under tents with chairs for seating, one of which has a dance floor. Two stages are open-air, with hillside seating on grass. Certain stages offer quieter acts and others feature the more boisterous acts. Performers typically appear for 45 minutes or an hour on a stage, and then another group will follow. Thus you can stay in one seat and see a number of performances in any given time period. Dance performances and craft demonstrations are just as varied as the music. The Festival grounds also incorporate the American Civil War Center and the Tredegar Ironworks, headquarters for the NPS Richmond National Battlefield, both of which waive admission fees for the weekend.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at the Festival allows you to eat when you'd like and eat what you'd like. Especially on Brown's Island, there are numerous food booths with a variety of regional, ethnic and American foods to choose from, including vegetarian.

Evening: Attend Folk Festival. The performances continue until 10 pm, but you can return to the hotel when you are ready.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Located on the edge of downtown Richmond, this former bank has been renovated into a small hotel, just a few blocks from popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the riverside parks along the whitewater of the Falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Variable by season.
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rates vary by season and are based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Sunday, October 13 - Class/ Richmond Folk Festival
Breakfast: In hotel

Morning: Final class with our musicologists. We'll also talk about the performances coming up this afternoon.

Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: Attend Richmond Folk Festival. The final session of performances--catch up to the groups you've missed and heard about, or go again to hear your favorites.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant

Evening: Folk Festival Wrap-up. We'll meet to compare notes and share highlights of the festival experience.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Monday, October 14 - Departure
Morning: Departure after breakfast


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