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Coastal History, Heritage, Culture and Nature, Plus a Schooner Sail on Mobile Bay

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Program #9237RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Mar 23 — Mar 28, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Beckwith welcomes you to your personal retreat area. Complete with pier, sunrises, and nature trails. Relaxing in overstuffed chairs, while enjoying coffee, tea or hot chocolate with your new friends.

Contact info:
10400 Beckwith Lane
Fairhope, AL 36532 USA
phone: 251-928-7844
web: www.beckwithccc.org

Room amenities: All rooms are climate controlled and have private bath. Common room with free coffee, TV, and refrigerator and microwave oven.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath and are individually climate controlled. Limited maid service daily. Common room has free coffee, tea and hot chocolate available at all times.

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

Additional nights before:
Local hotels include: Hampton Inn 251-626-2220 or 1-800-426-7866/ Marriott's Grand Hotel 251-928-9201 or 1-800-228-9290

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 23 - Registration and Orientation/Dinner in the dining...
Registration and Orientation/Dinner in the dining room/Getting to know you

Afternoon: Welcome by the University of South Alabama staff. Orientation for the conference center, schedule of activities, including information about field trips, are handled at this time. Questions are welcomed. (*Please note: schedule is subject to change based on weather and instructor availability.)

Dinner: Dinner served in the conference center dining room.

Evening: After dinner, we will have introductions and answer additional questions about the program, the conference center and the area. Evening ends by 8:30 PM.

Lodging: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beckwith welcomes you to your personal retreat area. Complete with pier, sunrises, and nature trails. Relaxing in overstuffed chairs, while enjoying coffee, tea or hot chocolate with your new friends.

Contact info:
10400 Beckwith Lane
Fairhope, AL 36532 USA
phone: 251-928-7844
web: www.beckwithccc.org

Room amenities: All rooms are climate controlled and have private bath. Common room with free coffee, TV, and refrigerator and microwave oven.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath and are individually climate controlled. Limited maid service daily. Common room has free coffee, tea and hot chocolate available at all times.

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

Additional nights before:
Local hotels include: Hampton Inn 251-626-2220 or 1-800-426-7866/ Marriott's Grand Hotel 251-928-9201 or 1-800-228-9290

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 24 - Morning classes include Music and History of the ...
Morning classes include Music and History of the area/Afternoon class on music/Evening class/All meals served in the dining room.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in conference center dining room.

Morning: Explore the origins of American fiddlin’, a different way of playing the violin. Learn how this instrument has produced beautiful ethnic and folk music from the 1600's to present day. Discover the use of this four stringed wooden instrument in the United States and Canada through styles such as Cajun, Bluegrass, Western, and others. Enjoy your instructor’s performances and demonstrations as you take in the sounds of beautiful melodies. Spend a class with a local historian! Learn about Mobile Bay and its explorations by the Spanish, French, and British. Trace the history of Fort Morgan and its role in the War of 1812, WWI, and WWII. From history buff to conservative listener, this segment is guaranteed to impress!

Lunch: Lunch served in conference center dining room.

Afternoon: Continue to explore the origins of American fiddlin’, a different way of playing the violin. Learn how this instrument has produced beautiful ethnic and folk music from the 1600's to present day. Discover the use of this four stringed wooden instrument in the United States and Canada through styles such as Cajun, Bluegrass, Western, and others. Enjoy your instructor’s performances and demonstrations as you take in the sounds of beautiful melodies.

Dinner: Dinner served in conference center dining room.

Evening: What makes someone decide to be a boat captain? What makes them decide to build a 72' wooden schooner? Enjoy these tales and more with the captain of the Joshua. Laugh along with the many sea adventures and stories that this colorful captain will share with you.

Lodging: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beckwith welcomes you to your personal retreat area. Complete with pier, sunrises, and nature trails. Relaxing in overstuffed chairs, while enjoying coffee, tea or hot chocolate with your new friends.

Contact info:
10400 Beckwith Lane
Fairhope, AL 36532 USA
phone: 251-928-7844
web: www.beckwithccc.org

Room amenities: All rooms are climate controlled and have private bath. Common room with free coffee, TV, and refrigerator and microwave oven.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath and are individually climate controlled. Limited maid service daily. Common room has free coffee, tea and hot chocolate available at all times.

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

Additional nights before:
Local hotels include: Hampton Inn 251-626-2220 or 1-800-426-7866/ Marriott's Grand Hotel 251-928-9201 or 1-800-228-9290

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 25 - Field trip Discover historic Museum homes, Archit...
Field trip Discover historic Museum homes, Architecture class and lunch at a local seafood restaurant/Breakfast and Dinner served in the dining room. Evening class on Music

Breakfast: Breakfast served in conference center dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a class with an architectural historian. Learn about Mobile’s architecture in discussions surrounding 18th and 19th century styles including bungalow, Creole, Antebellum, Victorian, and Italianate. Topics may include churches, homes, and commercial buildings. Discover how details followed individual tastes and trends of the time. Visit the Richard’s DAR House, furnished and administered by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Period House-Museum. Built in 1860, this handsome historic home, a Town House of the Italianate style, tells in superb architectural detail of fashionable life during Mobile’s affluent ante-bellum days. The House is famous for its iron lace that lavishly decorates the front façade. Enjoy tea and cookies as you experience Mobile’s true Southern hospitality.

Lunch: Lunch is served at a unique local seafood restaurant that has been serving seafood dishes to the Gulf Coast for over 70 years. Known far and wide for its "Oyster—fried, stewed or nude," Wintzell's Oyster House was founded in 1938 by Oliver Wintzell. You will enjoy the atmosphere and of course the food.

Afternoon: Take a field trip to the Conde Charlotte Museum home, Mobile's first official jail, this Federal-style home was built in 1822 and features period rooms containing French, British, Spanish, Confederate, and American furnishings and decor.

Dinner: Dinner served in conference center dining room.

Evening: Continue to explore the origins of American fiddlin’, a different way of playing the violin. Learn how this instrument has produced beautiful ethnic and folk music from the 1600's to present day. Discover the use of this four stringed wooden instrument in the United States and Canada through styles such as Cajun, Bluegrass, Western, and others. Enjoy your instructor’s performances and demonstrations as you take in the sounds of beautiful melodies.

Lodging: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beckwith welcomes you to your personal retreat area. Complete with pier, sunrises, and nature trails. Relaxing in overstuffed chairs, while enjoying coffee, tea or hot chocolate with your new friends.

Contact info:
10400 Beckwith Lane
Fairhope, AL 36532 USA
phone: 251-928-7844
web: www.beckwithccc.org

Room amenities: All rooms are climate controlled and have private bath. Common room with free coffee, TV, and refrigerator and microwave oven.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath and are individually climate controlled. Limited maid service daily. Common room has free coffee, tea and hot chocolate available at all times.

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

Additional nights before:
Local hotels include: Hampton Inn 251-626-2220 or 1-800-426-7866/ Marriott's Grand Hotel 251-928-9201 or 1-800-228-9290

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 26 - Class on Fairhope and Field trip to explore the c...
Class on Fairhope and Field trip to explore the city , Afternoon Sail in Mobile Bay/ Evening class/ Meals served in the dining room.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in conference center dining room.

Morning: Become a part of Fairhope, a small Southern city known for its lovely parks, moss-draped live oaks, and charming panoramic views of Mobile Bay. Discover how artists, writers, and craftsmen have found this storybook city to be an inspiring haven for their work and creativity. In this class, you will get a taste of the rich history and heritage that makes Fairhope one of the top three Southern towns in Southern Livings Reader Choice Awards. Next, take a tour of Fairhope, unique Utopian community. Don't miss the beautiful floral exhibits on each downtown street corner.

Lunch: Lunch served in conference center dining room.

Afternoon: Hoist the sail, take the wheel or trim the sheets while enjoying a private sail aboard a 72' wooden schooner. Watch for dolphins and sea and shore birds. View historic Middle Bay Lighthouse as you cruise Mobile Bay, explored by the Spanish, French, and British.

Dinner: Dinner served in conference center dining room.

Evening: Bring your camera tonight. You will meet 6 young ladies chosen to be ambassadors of the area. Admire their antebellum inspired dresses as you learn about their organization and duties as a Dogwood Trail Maid.

Lodging: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beckwith welcomes you to your personal retreat area. Complete with pier, sunrises, and nature trails. Relaxing in overstuffed chairs, while enjoying coffee, tea or hot chocolate with your new friends.

Contact info:
10400 Beckwith Lane
Fairhope, AL 36532 USA
phone: 251-928-7844
web: www.beckwithccc.org

Room amenities: All rooms are climate controlled and have private bath. Common room with free coffee, TV, and refrigerator and microwave oven.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath and are individually climate controlled. Limited maid service daily. Common room has free coffee, tea and hot chocolate available at all times.

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

Additional nights before:
Local hotels include: Hampton Inn 251-626-2220 or 1-800-426-7866/ Marriott's Grand Hotel 251-928-9201 or 1-800-228-9290

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 27 - Field trip to Five Rivers with Pontoon boat ride/...
Field trip to Five Rivers with Pontoon boat ride/Free afternoon/ Evening class/ All meals served in the dining room.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in conference center dining room.

Morning: Board the Delta Explorer for a trip into Mobile's Delta. Delight in this exploration, with a guide, into the wildlife, flora, fauna, and history of this diverse ecosystem that is so vital to the coastal environment.

Lunch: Lunch served in the Conference Center dining room

Afternoon: Take this afternoon to explore the local hot spots on your own. In picturesque downtown Fairhope, just up the hill from the bay, you'll find shops, boutiques, cafés, art galleries and gift shops galore. The beaches, a short drive south, provide opportunities for souvenir shopping, beach combing, and relaxation! Make a trip to the causeway to sample the area’s finest cuisine – fresh gulf seafood. While you’re there, don’t miss the USS Alabama Battleship. (Free Afternoon planned unless changes with venders or instructors.)

Dinner: Dinner served in the conference center dining room.

Evening: Learn about the history of Beckwith Conference Center. From humble beginnings to squatters and hurricanes, explore the interesting history of this Episcopal Camp and Conference Center.

Lodging: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 28 - Breakfast in the dining room/Morning Class on Fai...
Breakfast in the dining room/Morning Class on Fairhope's Artist and Writers/ Check Out/Box Lunch to go

Breakfast: Breakfast served in conference center dining room.

Morning: Check out of rooms. This morning learn about the local Artist and Writers, with one of Fairhope' s premier writers. Learn what brings so many entrepreneurs to this unique small town.

Lunch: Boxed lunch ready to go in conference center dining room.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Fairhope
Eastern Shore Art CenterBuilt around the site of wood burning Pinewood Kiln, an Alabama Historical Landmark. Monthly exhibits feature oils, watercolors, mixed media, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Concerts, lectures and workshops also featured.
For additional information, visit: www.esartcenter.com
Historic Blakeley ParkBlakeley is the site for the last major battle of the Civil War. Excellently preserved battlefield and breastwork for you to come and explore.
For additional information, visit: www.blakeleypark.com
Marietta Johnson MuseumHoused in one of the 1907 classrooms of the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education. The museum contains books, literature, artifacts, photos and videotapes pertaining to the progressive philosophy of Marietta Johnson.
For additional information, visit: www.mariettajohnson.org
The Fairhope MuseumFor and exciting view into Fairhope's past, please visit the Fairhope Historical Museum. The museum is full of artifacts from old Fairhope. You can see displays on Clay City, the Single Tax Association and the Civil War. You can also see personal belongings from some of Fairhope's first families.
U.S. Sports Academy, Sport Art MuseumIt is considered to have one of the largest collections of sport art in the world. Additionally, it houses archives which document the history of science of sport. Tours are available and it is free to the public.
For additional information, visit: www.asama.org
Weeks Bay ReserveThe Weeks Bay Reserve provides a living laboratory for education and research groups to learn about estuaries, those coastal area where rivers meet the sea. The Reserve is manage by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and is also a part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
For additional information, visit: www.weeksbay.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

Ratings

4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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