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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Marge and Gower Champion, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.
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Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 25, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls; hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony.

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 20 - Welcome and Orientation / Magnuson Hotel
Arrive To: CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm at Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the classroom to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule we'll review during orientation this evening. 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! ORIENTATION: 5:00pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends, unpack, or relax by the pool.

Dinner: Hotel Dining Room

Evening: The evening is yours to begin getting to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack, or relax.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls; hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony.

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 21 - Marge & Gower Champion / Reiner & Brooks / Evenin...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: LECTURES: This immensely popular husband-and-wife dance team created some of the most visually stunning and groundbreaking dance scenes in movie musicals of the 1950’s. Our instructor/entertainer Joy Katzen-Guthrie, will start the first class with the youth, early ballroom dance influences, and early careers of Gower Champion and his first partner, Jeanne Tyler. After a short refreshment break, you'll explore the partnership and distinctive story dance style of the team of Gower Champion and Marjorie Belcher, with television breakthroughs. Lecture & Audiovisual Materials: Vintage television, performances of Gower Champion & Jeanne Tyler and Marge & Gower Champion. There will be a short refreshment break mid morning.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room

Afternoon: LECTURE: First brought together on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows”, Reiner & Brooks created some of the best skits in comedy history. With instructor Rick Kistner you will first explore the History and Science of Comedy followed by highlights of Carl Reiner's career. Be ready to laugh! Later in the afternoon there will be an opportunity to relax by the pool or take a walk on one of the many nature trails that the hotel has to offer.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Eckerd College CEC dining hall. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Evening: Take a break from the classroom to learn and practice the fine art of T'ai Chi with Eckerd College Professor Hong Gu. Hong has studied calligraphy, Northern-style martial arts, T’ai Ji and Qi Gong and is eager to share his knowledge with you.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls; hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony.

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 22 - Marge & Gower / Reiner & Brooks /Field Trip/ Movi...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: LECTURES: In today's first class Joy will take you through the Hollywood Years: The films: Showboat, Lovely to Look At, Everything I Have is Yours, Give the Girl a Break, Three For the Show, Jupiter's Darling. After a short refreshment break, you'll learn about the Broadway breakthroughs: Lend an Ear, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly!, Mack and Mabel.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room

Afternoon: LECTURE: Continue your trip down memory lane with Rick as you learn more about Carl Reiner's career. After a short break, Rick will share the highlights of Mel Brooks' career. After class board the bus for a field trip to a local area museum. ALL EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Eckerd College CEC dining hall. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Evening: MOVIE NIGHT: Film related to one of the courses. Title to be announced.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls; hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony.

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 23 - Marge & Gower / Kaye & Fine / Reiner & Brooks
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: LECTURES: Joy's final class on the Gowers will explore their marital breakup and their solo careers: The Swimmer, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, 42nd Street, Gower's death, and Marge Champion's appearances today. Enjoy a short refreshment break between classes. After the break, with instructor/entertainer Jason Fortner, you'll start classes with Danny & Sylvia: The Early Years. Danny Kaye was the actor/comedian of stage, screen, radio and TV. Sylvia was the architect of his most famous material. They worked together for over four decades creating a series of American Classics. (Lecture & Videos will be included in the classes)

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room

Afternoon: LECTURE: Rick will further examine Mel Brooks' career. After class there will be ample opportunity to enjoy the amenities that the hotel has to offer.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Eckerd College CEC dining hall. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Evening: LECTURE: Rick will lead you through the final class of Reiner & Brooks by discussion and visual aids exploring their careers together.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls; hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony.

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 24 - Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine / Free time in downtown ...
Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine / Free time in downtown St. Pete / Musical Entertainment

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: LECTURES: Jason will continue his classes with Danny as a Broadway Sensation. (Lecture & Videos) There will be a short refreshment break mid morning. Then Jason will take you to Danny's Hollywood Stardom.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on your own. Transportation provided to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg. Lots of things to do within walking distance or local trolley ride: museums, shops, movies, galleries, etc.

Dinner: At Eckerd College. Our chefs will prepare a special dinner for your last evening of the program.

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Enjoy the musical stylings of Joy Katzen-Guthrie as she performs live for you at an Eckerd College venue. After the performance you will return to the hotel in plenty of time to pack for your departure.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 25 - Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine Lectures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: LECTURES: With several videos and illustrations, Jason will wrap up his classes with Danny Kaye:the Final Years. (Lecture & Videos) There will be a short refreshment break in mid-morning between Jason's lectures.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room. Program concludes with lunch today.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


St. Petersburg, Florida
Beach Drive & Downtown WaterfrontAlthough you will have an opportunity during the week, a short cab drive from the Magnuson hotel will take you to St. Petersburg, which boasts a downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district that includes outdoor cafes and restaurants, world class museums and a dazzling array of shops, galleries, businesses, hotels and bed & breakfasts that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of the city. A continuous string of green parks winds along the seven-mile waterfront that is home to many special events and festivals each year. Enjoy a stroll along downtown St. Pete's Beach Drive featuring unique shops, world-class museums and galleries as well as amazing dining options for every taste and budget. Just across from Beach Drive you will find beautiful city parks and St. Pete's fabulous waterfront. To top things off, a horse drawn carriage ride in the evening will make your visit to Beach Drive a memorable experience and you will definitely be looking forward to your next visit to our city.
Museum of Fine ArtsA short cab drive from the Magnuson hotel will take you to the Museum of Fine Arts. From a legendary permanent collection, to fascinating traveling exhibits, to exciting events in the heart of the downtown scenic waterfront, the Museum of Fine Arts is ready to inspire you with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art. Discover 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present – the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, Cézanne, Renoir and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida’s most respected photography collections. Since 2008, longtime Museum friends Martha and Jim Sweeny have given prints from their own collection and substantial funds for purchases. This represents the first time that some of the most compelling works have been shown together. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon thru Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Thurs: 10 am - 8 pm; Sun: Noon - 5 pm.
For additional information, visit: www.fine-arts.org
Salvador Dali MuseumA short cab drive from the Magnuson hotel will take you to the Dali Museum which has a collection that is rich in works from artist Salvador Dali's entire career (1904-1989), with key works from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity. The Collection includes 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, bookworks, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts, and an extensive archive of documents. Founded with the works collected by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the Museum has made significant additions to its collection. The third floor galleries in the Tom and Mary James Wing provide a chronological gathering of Dali's paintings. The small salons along the outer walls are illuminated by special skylights and display the large paintings over which Dali labored in the last decades of his career. The Hough Family Wing provides visitors a chance to see other aspects of the artist's work, featuring his films, photographs, objects and works on paper. The distinguished building, which opened on Jan. 11, 2011, enables the Museum to protect and display our collection, to welcome our public, and to educate and promote enjoyment. In a larger sense it is a place of beauty dedicated, as is Dali's art, to understanding and transformation. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon, Tues, Wed: 10:00am - 5:30pm; Thurs: 10:00am - 8pm; Fri & Sat: 10:00am - 5:30pm; Sun: 12 noon - 5:30pm
For additional information, visit: www.thedali.org
St. Petersburg Museum of HistoryPinellas County’s oldest museum was founded in 1920 as the St. Petersburg Memorial Historical Society. Through the determination and effort of Mary Wheeler Eaton and others, the Society began collecting artifacts, natural history specimens, archival documents, photographs, papers, and “boxes of unknown treasures that were just dropped on our doorstep during the night.” In 1922, the Society became incorporated and the city of St. Petersburg provided the use of an old aquarium building (located on the same site as today’s museum) for the public display of the Museum’s collections. A colorful collection of World War II posters is now on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. From “Rosie the Riveter,” flexing her biceps to instructions on how to “Win with Tin”, this exhibit looks back at The St. Petersburg Homefront, 1941-to-1945. The display includes a selection of uniforms, weapons and personal memorabilia on loan from private individuals and the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo. Remember, Uncle Sam would say, “I want you to see this exhibit!” Titled “Piering into the past, pondering the future,” the exhibit begins with the first pier erected in 1899. Of particular interest is the damage to a pier by the 1921 hurricane, the only direct hit the area has experienced. The future is represented by models and illustrations of the three finalists selected to replace the present pier. HOURS OF OPERATION: Tue thru Sat: 10:00am–5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm–5:00pm. Closed Mondays
For additional information, visit: www.spmoh.com
St. Pete BeachesA short cab drive from the Magnuson hotel will take you to the famed St. Pete Beach. Voted #1 Beach in the U.S. and #5 in the world in 2012, St. Pete Beach has so many activities that you may never leave the island! Spend the day shopping on historic Corey Avenue, dine at a waterfront restaurant, or spend the day skim boarding. No visit would be complete without visiting the Don CeSar Beach Resort. Built during the Jazz Age, the Don has hosted many famous celebrities and has been a beacon of the beach for more than 80 years. St. Pete Beach was originally made up of four areas: Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Petersburg Beach. In 1957, the four communities merged into the City of St. Petersburg Beach. Later the city voted to shorten its name to St. Pete Beach.
For additional information, visit: www.visitstpeteclearwater.com

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