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JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA

Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and Dixieland Jazz; The Jekyll Island Club: Millionaire’s Retreat

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Elevation Note
Elevation is just above sea level.

Itinerary for Jan 26 — Jan 31, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.

Contact info:
375 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 855-787-3857 xx9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker.

Facility amenities: Your resort fee provides: bell staff service with your luggage, housekeeping gratuity, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water (2), daily newspaper, use of in-room safe, local phone calls and in-coming faxes, toll free numbers and long distance access charges, high speed wireless Internet services, use of the fitness room, pool towel service (seasonal), beach pavilion chairs & umbrellas (seasonal), complimentary on property parking, and the use of computer station with printer in front desk lobby. Enjoy extraordinary amenities within the Jekyll Island Club Hotel accommodations (some are fee based): room service (7:00am 10:00pm), lending library, day spa and salon, gift shops, bike rentals, concierge services, swimming pool (outdoor), croquet lawn, and complimentary intra-island transportation.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130 - $150 approximately
$130 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 26 - Arrive on Jekyll Island, GA and check into the Ho...
Arrive on Jekyll Island, GA and check into the Hotel. Dinner and orientation will follow.

Afternoon: Arrive on Jekyll Island, GA and check into the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Also, check in with the Road Scholar facilitator and you'll receive a program packet containing your name tag, most up-to-date schedule, and other helpful information.

Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in a banquet room at the historic Jekyll Island Club. The Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures. Its impressive members included such luminaries as J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Vincent Astor, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt. Other recognizable names on the roster were Macy, Goodyear and Gould.

Evening: Orientation will follow dinner. We will discuss program details and activities for the week.

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.

Contact info:
375 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 855-787-3857 xx9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker.

Facility amenities: Your resort fee provides: bell staff service with your luggage, housekeeping gratuity, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water (2), daily newspaper, use of in-room safe, local phone calls and in-coming faxes, toll free numbers and long distance access charges, high speed wireless Internet services, use of the fitness room, pool towel service (seasonal), beach pavilion chairs & umbrellas (seasonal), complimentary on property parking, and the use of computer station with printer in front desk lobby. Enjoy extraordinary amenities within the Jekyll Island Club Hotel accommodations (some are fee based): room service (7:00am 10:00pm), lending library, day spa and salon, gift shops, bike rentals, concierge services, swimming pool (outdoor), croquet lawn, and complimentary intra-island transportation.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130 - $150 approximately
$130 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 27 - Ragtime/Early Tin Pan Alley/Dixieland/Jazz, and J...
Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices. The Grand Dining room is beautifully restored in Victorian mode and features Ionic columns and gleaming white woodwork. Three handsome fireplaces add cheer on Winter days. In Spring, the lawns and the river seen through expansive windows frame the first blossoms of crepe myrtle and magnolia trees.

Morning: Learn about ragtime, including its history and structure, and its different styles. Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake and other prominent ragtime composers will be covered, including complete live piano solo performances of important rags.

Lunch: A delightful lunch will be served.

Afternoon: Learn about the millionaires, once representing 1/6 of our nation's wealth, who used this area as a winter retreat. A guide will lead you through the Club era and discuss the social history.

Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in one of the Jekyll Island Club's historic banquet rooms. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures in the Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark.

Evening: The instructor will talk about life in the colonies; what they wore, what they ate and their way of life. She will bring colonial clothing and dress some of the participants for a "look" at colonial dress.

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.

Contact info:
375 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 855-787-3857 xx9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker.

Facility amenities: Your resort fee provides: bell staff service with your luggage, housekeeping gratuity, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water (2), daily newspaper, use of in-room safe, local phone calls and in-coming faxes, toll free numbers and long distance access charges, high speed wireless Internet services, use of the fitness room, pool towel service (seasonal), beach pavilion chairs & umbrellas (seasonal), complimentary on property parking, and the use of computer station with printer in front desk lobby. Enjoy extraordinary amenities within the Jekyll Island Club Hotel accommodations (some are fee based): room service (7:00am 10:00pm), lending library, day spa and salon, gift shops, bike rentals, concierge services, swimming pool (outdoor), croquet lawn, and complimentary intra-island transportation.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130 - $150 approximately
$130 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 28 - Ragtime Jazz, Ecology, Sheet Music
Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices.

Morning: Begin with an introduction to blues music, its history and structure, including live piano performances of key blues compositions by W. C. Handy and other blues pioneers. Continue through the origins of Tin Pan Alley, touching on its prominent composers and lyricists, such as Irving Berlin, and hear some of its most famous works, such as "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Baby)".

Lunch: A delightful lunch will be served.

Afternoon: You will hear about the fascinating Ecology of one of Georgia's Barrier Islands. Learn about the inhabitants that call this area home such as the Knobbed Whelk, the State Shell of Georgia and other interesting critters. You'll also hear about the sea turtles who come back year after year to use the beaches of Jekyll Island as a nesting ground. You will enjoy an excursion to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, as well.

Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in one of the Jekyll Island Club's historic banquet rooms. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures in the Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark.

Evening: See examples of sheet music cover art from the late 1800s to the late 1930s. Learn about some of the artists and several of the publishers. Find out how the sheet music publishing business expanded during the Tin Pan Alley period.

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.

Contact info:
375 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 855-787-3857 xx9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker.

Facility amenities: Your resort fee provides: bell staff service with your luggage, housekeeping gratuity, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water (2), daily newspaper, use of in-room safe, local phone calls and in-coming faxes, toll free numbers and long distance access charges, high speed wireless Internet services, use of the fitness room, pool towel service (seasonal), beach pavilion chairs & umbrellas (seasonal), complimentary on property parking, and the use of computer station with printer in front desk lobby. Enjoy extraordinary amenities within the Jekyll Island Club Hotel accommodations (some are fee based): room service (7:00am 10:00pm), lending library, day spa and salon, gift shops, bike rentals, concierge services, swimming pool (outdoor), croquet lawn, and complimentary intra-island transportation.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130 - $150 approximately
$130 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 29 - Ragtime lecture, Free Afternoon and Evening
Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices.

Morning: Continue your Tin Pan Alley adventure with live piano performances of selections by Jerome Kern ("They Didn't Believe Me""), Shelton Brooks ("Some Of These Days") and a special section on Walter Donaldson ("My Blue Heaven", "Yes, Sir! That's My Baby!" and many others). Learn why Tin Pan Alley died.

Lunch: A delightful lunch will be served.

Afternoon: Wednesday afternoon and evening is free to give participants a chance to visit nearby attractions such as St. Simons Island and enjoy the local cuisine. Dinner on your own.

Evening: Free time for exploring on your own.

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.

Contact info:
375 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 855-787-3857 xx9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker.

Facility amenities: Your resort fee provides: bell staff service with your luggage, housekeeping gratuity, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water (2), daily newspaper, use of in-room safe, local phone calls and in-coming faxes, toll free numbers and long distance access charges, high speed wireless Internet services, use of the fitness room, pool towel service (seasonal), beach pavilion chairs & umbrellas (seasonal), complimentary on property parking, and the use of computer station with printer in front desk lobby. Enjoy extraordinary amenities within the Jekyll Island Club Hotel accommodations (some are fee based): room service (7:00am 10:00pm), lending library, day spa and salon, gift shops, bike rentals, concierge services, swimming pool (outdoor), croquet lawn, and complimentary intra-island transportation.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130 - $150 approximately
$130 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 30 - Dixieland Jazz, Georgia Sea Turtle Excursion
Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices.

Morning: Explore Dixieland jazz via capsule biographies of some of the most influential Dixielanders, such as Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Eddie Condon, James P. Johnson and Louis Armstrong including live piano performances of tunes for which they are best remembered. Say good-bye with a special wrapup section of the program.

Lunch: A delightful lunch will be served.

Afternoon: Our ecology instructor will continue to amaze you with the many critters that call our area home. Marsh/Beach walk for a hands-on experience of Georgia's ecology.

Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in one of the Jekyll Island Club's historic banquet rooms. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures in the Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark

Evening: An entertaining program will be held.

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 31 - Program Wrap Up/Departures
Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices.

Morning: Independent departures.

Morning: Jekyll Island Trivia includes a summary of the week. Hotel check-out is at noon. We hope you have enjoyed this special new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Jekyll Island, GA
General OverviewJekyll Island's Historic District has several speciality shops as well as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the clubhouse for many of America's elite business men. Other areas of interest located near Jekyll Island are St. Simons Island, home to several historic places including Fort Frederica, Bloody Marsh Battle site, etc. There are also other interesting islands located near Jekyll Island including Sapelo Island where you will find a plantation once owned by R. J. Reynolds and Cumberland Island home to many wild horses. Other areas of interest near Jekyll Island include Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, an old rice plantation and Brunswick Georgia which has many historic buildings and landmarks as well as several antique shops. Jekyll Island is located approximately one hour south of Historic Savannah Georgia.

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