HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain 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!
INTRODUCTIONS & 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, answer any questions you may have, and talk about what's going on in St. Petersburg for free time options. The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)Dinner: Hotel Indigo's fine chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.Evening: The evening is yours to begin getting to know your fellow participants, walk around the neighborhood, or relax.
You are embarking on a new Signature City program in one of Florida's most welcoming and delightful cities. Famous for more than a century as a desired destination, St. Petersburg is aptly called "Sunshine City" with a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine. St. Pete is experiencing an exciting and enriching cultural renaissance as an art city with a number of world-class institutions, some of which you'll explore during our program.Lodging: Hotel IndigoMeals Included: Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Board the motorcoach with our historian, Jim Schnur, for a fun and informative ride through downtown St. Petersburg to learn about its history up to the present day.Lunch: Enjoy a delectable 3-course lunch in Marchand's Bar and Grill, the renowned dining room at the historic Vinoy Hotel.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Renaissance Vinoy Resort. On New Year's Eve 1925, Aymer Vinoy Laughner's dream of an incomparable luxury hotel opened. The Vinoy's resident historian will walk us through this magnificent hotel that was and still is one of the finest examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in Florida. With glazed quarry tiles, frescoed ceilings, intricate ornamental plaster and beautifully painted wood beams, it is a monument of grace and elegance.
You'll have free time after the field trip to linger at the Vinoy or explore on your own before dinner.Dinner: Hotel Indigo's fine chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.Evening: PRESENTATION: Stories and Colorful Characters of St. Petersburg. Get the low down on what's historic, relevant, and entertaining from a local historian.Lodging: Hotel IndigoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This past season, American Stage was awarded Best Theater Company by the annual survey of the Best of the Bay by Creative Loafing (12th year in a row) and Tampa Bay Magazine (8th year in a row).
Lodging: Hotel IndigoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continuing our theme, we next visit artist Duncan McClellen in his new St. Petersburg work-live-exhibit studio, a 7,800-square-foot warehouse transformed into a magnificent gallery. A First Prize winner in several national and local festivals, Duncan’s amazing glass creations are one-of-a-kind works with imagery inside, on the surface, and in some cases both.Lunch: Lunch will be at the Parkshore Grill across the street from the Fine Arts Museum. The chef strives to create every dish using locally grown organic produce, meat, and seafood.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Chihuly Collection. A short walk from the waterfront, The Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned Dale Chihuly's unusual artwork in a 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso. This is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose and designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience. His spectacular large-scale installations include the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the Collection along with several popular series works that have thrilled audiences around the globe.
The field trip will conclude at approximately 3:00pm and you'll have the rest of the afternoon to continue exploring on their own.Dinner: Hotel Indigo's fine chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Enjoy an evening of live musical entertainment by one of our outstanding local performers.Lodging: Hotel IndigoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Public Arts and Architecture. Our motor coach will take you throughout St. Petersburg with our expert historian, Marlys Meckler. St. Pete has long been a stylish city and was recently named a top art destination by American Style Magazine. Along with an extraodinary variety of architectural styles and representative buildings, there are more than 80 works of public art.Lunch: Returning to the hotel, you'll have a boxed lunch with choice of wrap, chips, fruit, cookies, beverage.
The program concludes with lunch.
We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new Signature City program and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch