PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff at our desk in the lobby beginning at 4:00 pm. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session before dinner. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.
ORIENTATION: Meet your fellow participants and the program staff during a get-acquainted session followed by an informative overview of the program. We will review the schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and emergency contact numbers, and answer any questions you may have. 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.Dinner: Dinner will be at 6:30 pm at the hotel.Evening: The remainder of the evening is yours to begin getting to know one another, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel as you prepare for tomorrow.
You are embarking on a special Road Scholar "FLEX" program that includes expert lectures and attending selected events from the schedules of Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto as well as a significant amount of free time to pursue your own interests with opportunities to dine out on your own. The preparatory materials you receive following enrollment will provide more details about the ticketed events included in your program. We highly recommend checking the Spoleto USA website that explains how the festival is organized and how you can purchase tickets when the time comes for the events you would like to attend on your own. We have your Road Scholar Spoleto tickets in hand. See
http://spoletousa.org/home/Lodging: The Mills House Wyndham Grand HotelMeals Included: Dinner
“Big” Spoleto — Spoleto Festival USA — was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene, and others who sought to create an American counterpart to their annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. It has become internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.
“Piccolo” (Little) Spoleto was designed and launched in 1979 by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs to complement the international scope of the parent festival. Piccolo Spoleto focuses primarily on artists of the Southeast region, presenting some 700 events. See http://www.piccolospoleto.com/.
Our program will include both Spoleto festivals. Please note: One of the advantages of taking this Road Scholar “FLEX” program is having guaranteed seats for performances and events that may otherwise be sold out.
Performance: Depart the hotel to walk to the Spoleto Chamber Music II at 11 am.Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular restaurant in the Historic District.Afternoon: Enjoy this afternoon performance of A Simple Space beginning at 2 pm. This Australian Acrobatic ensemble pushes the boundaries of human physicality. This performance is part of Spoleto Physical Theater.Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to explore the restaurants and cuisine of your choice. You are welcome to accompany the Group Leader (at your own cost). Restaurants near your hotel are: 82 Queens, Poogan's Porch, Husk, Peninsula Grille, Jestine's Kitchen, Hyman's Seafood Company. The restaurants listed are only a few of the many places to eat near your hotel. At this special time in Charleston, it is a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time. Plan your dinner time so that you will not be rushed for your evening performance that begins at 8 pm and is a block from your hotel.Evening: We will regroup after dinner to attend the evening performances, My Cousin Rachel. The incomparable Gate Theatre returns to Charleston with Daphne du Maurier’s spellbinding thriller, My Cousin Rachel. The performance begins at 8 pm at the Dock Street Theatre located a block from your hotel.Lodging: The Mills House Wyndham Grand HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch