PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.
ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.
Dinner: Dinner at hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this program offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Getting to know your fellow participants.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.
Lodging: Wyndham Irvine - Orange County AirportMeals Included: Dinner
The instructor traces the history of Orange County from its ranching and farming roots into the sprawling, urban society of today.
FIELD TRIP: Laguna Beach
The group will ride shuttle buses while in Laguna Beach for the day and have an opportunity to meet and talk with local artists and observe them in their intimate spaces.Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Laguna BeachAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Laguna Beach continuesDinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: EXCURSION: Noguchi Garden/California Scenario
California Scenario was designed in 1980 by Isamu Noguchi, a renowned Japanese American sculptor and landscape architect. Also known as Noguchi Gardens, it is one of the most important outdoor sculpture gardens in the country. The engaging garden retreat occupies more than 1-1/2 acres and combines stone, sculpture, water, metal, earth and vegetation in a remarkable interpretation of our Southern California environment.Lodging: Wyndham Irvine - Orange County AirportMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. Today it is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage.Lunch: Lunch at Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot in San Juan Capistrano's historic train depot built in 1894.
The Los Rios District lies directly across the railroad tracks and is the oldest neighborhood in California. The forty homes that remain here include three original adobe structures. The Montanez, the Rios, and the Silvas are all that remain of the adobes that housed the builders of the mission and the mission ranch workers in the late 1700's and early 1800's.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
Enjoy a guided walk of the special exhibit, "Tsar's Cabinet: 200 Years of Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs", as well as one of the Museum's permanent exhibits, "The First Californians", which features Native American art and artifacts.
Following the docent tour, participants may explore the museum's other permanent exhibits such as California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos Gallery (1768-1848); Classic California: Recently Conserved Paintings from the Permanent Collection; Pre-Columbian Exhibits, featuring Arts from the sophisticated Pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico and Central America and Ancient Arts of China: A 5,000 Year Legacy.
We will arrive at the Bowers Museum around 1:30PM and participate in the guided tour from 1:45 to 3:00PM. We will depart the Museum at 4:00PM, leaving an hour to view other exhibits. Please make your plans accordingly.
Participants may also be interested in viewing the "Gems of the Medici," a specially ticketed exhibition, on their own. Tickets are priced at Seniors $13 p/p; Adults $15 p/p and may be ordered online in advance. Visit the Bowers website for more information at www.bowers.org and click on Current Exhibitions and then GEMS OF THE MEDICI.Dinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: CLASS: History of the Pageant of the Masters
The instructor will present a history of the Pageant of the Masters, with a behind-the-scenes-view of how the illusions are produced that highlights past objects featured in former pageants.Lodging: Wyndham Irvine - Orange County AirportMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gain insight into the artists whose masterpieces capture and enhance the Pageant's theme 'The Big Picture'.
FIELD TRIP: Irvine Museum
The Irvine Museum is the only museum in California dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism or Plein-Air paintings, an art style that flourished in California from 1890 to 1930.Lunch: LunchAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters
Take a docent-led tour of the Festival of Arts, a juried art show representing a complete spectrum of art media. You will also receive a private visit to the Irvine Bowl for a historical overview of the Pageant.Dinner: Dinner on your own at the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters
There are two restaurants on the grounds—the Tivoli Terrace Restaurant, a full-service, garden dining experience with live music, overlooking the art exhibit, and Gina’s “Alfresco”, offering a diversified menu with items such as Pizzetta which are freshly baked, 6” individual pizzas; various salads; grilled Italian-style sandwiches; and subs. Advanced reservations are necessary for Tivoli Terrace (949-494-9650 or www.tivoliterrace.com).
Tivoli Too, located on the Art-A-Fair Festival grounds (free admission with Festival of Arts ticket) at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd., offers gourmet dinners in a pleasant outdoor dining area. Reservations are recommended by calling 949-494-6044. Other Laguna Beach restaurants are within walking distance of the Festival of Arts grounds.
If making dinner reservations, please be aware that we are scheduled for a 4:00PM docent walk of the Festival of Arts and a 30-45 min presentation in the Irvine Bowl starting at 5:30PM. The Pageant begins promptly at 8:30 PM nightly.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Pageant of the Masters 'The Big Picture'
The Pageant of the Masters is the most incredible artistic event in Southern California. Every summer, since 1932, audiences have packed the outdoor amphitheater to witness the “living pictures” spectacle. Watch as artists magically transform live actors and intricate sets into remarkable re-creations of magnificent works of art. The 90 minute program is accompanied by a full orchestra, original score and live narration.Lodging: Wyndham Irvine - Orange County AirportMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
This is a time to share your thoughts and feelings about the Pageant with other group members before you depart the program.
HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Pageant of the Masters program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast
2485 McCabe Way, Suite 150
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone (949) 660-9112 or (877) 478-4637For additional information, visit: www.irvinecvb.org/contact
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone (800) 877-1115For additional information, visit: www.lagunabeachinfo.org