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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Carson Hudson

Carson Hudson is an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter who has dedicated his career to bringing the music, lore and history of America to life. After in-depth research of entertainment forms from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, he began learning traditional performance practices and sideshow secrets. Since then, he has researched, written, performed and directed more than a score of productions and programs for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This work earned him an Emmy and several Telly Awards in screenwriting. In spite of this, Carson still manages to find time to deliver engaging lectures on Revolutionary and Civil War military history for Road Scholar programs.

Rebecca Suerdieck

An accomplished historical character interpreter, puppeteer, and folk dancer, Rebecca Suerdieck is one of the few 17th-century English domestics experts in the world, having researched various topics related to working-class women in the 14th through 18th centuries. She is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and holds a bachelor's in education, with concentrations in English history, music composition, film production, and Medieval and Renaissance studies. Rebecca has continued her education at Christopher Newport University with studies in historic archaeology, and is the author of two works: "A Brief History of New Pocoson and Charles Parish" and "An Introduction to English Country Dancing".

John Labanish

A native of Western Pennsylvania, John earned his B.A. in history and English from St., Vincent College and his M.A. in American history from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught history, government, and English at private and public schools in Michigan and Pennsylvania. During 13 years at the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, John advanced from collections registrar to curator of education and exhibits, and eventually became director. John also served as an adjunct professor of museum studies at Duquesne University. In 2008, he retired after 23 years at Colonial Williamsburg where he was involved in historic area interpretation, supervision and training of interpreters, historical building management, and first person character interpretation. Presently, John serves as a docent at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary and as a member of the James City County Historical Commission.

Dr. Susan Kern

A former archaeologist at Monticello, Susan Kern is passionate about American history. In her current role, Susan is a Visiting Associate Professor in the history department of the College of William & Mary, and teaches for the National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD), a program of courses in early American history, material culture, and museum studies. Her book, "The Jeffersons at Shadwell," won Virginia Historical Society's Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography, and the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Susan holds an M.A. in architectural history from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in history from William & Mary.

Tom Marshall

An instructor in the Music Department at the College of William and Mary for more than 20 years, Tom Marshall has been performing private concerts for Road Scholar participants at the historic Wren Chapel for many years. He has served for two decades as a harpsichordist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he has performed numerous works of the concerto grosso style in original orchestrations, on original instruments. He is featured on many of the historical recordings issued by the foundation. A long-time member of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as organist for the Williamsburg United Methodist Church since 1977. Tom performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony, numerous baroque chamber ensembles, and organ and harpsichord recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He has made seven study tours in Europe to examine and play many surviving keyboard instruments from the 15th to the 19th century.

Stephen Christoff

Stephen Christoff has been a musical fixture at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 15 years. Since 2006, he has performed his one-man show called "Seller of Songs" at the Hennage Theater in Colonial Williamsburg to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. In 2007, Stephen was a member of a collaborative performance team that played over 100 performances of "American Musicworks," a signature show designed for the Dewitt Wallace Galleries folk art exhibition, and also performed for the Jamestown 2007, Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival. He has headlined at locations including Mount Vernon, Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Virginia's Yorktown Celebration Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Library of Congress, The Black Swamp Arts Festival and Disney's Epcot Center.

Bly Straube

As a member of the team of archaeologists who found the remains of James Fort, the site of America's 1607 birthplace, Bly Straube is renowned for her knowledge on the earliest days of our country's history. Since 1973, she has worked in the Williamsburg area as a historical archaeologist, first with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and then as co-founder of the James River Institute for Archaeology. Bly is now employed by Preservation Virginia at Historic Jamestowne, and her most recent work is displayed in the Vorhees Archaearium. She has completed a book on the exhibit, "The Archaearium: Rediscovering Jamestown 1607-1609, Jamestown Virginia." Bly has recorded many programs for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and recently earned her Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, England. She has been teaching Road Scholar programs for more than eight years.

Buck Woodard

Buck Woodard has been the director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's American Indian Initiative since 2008. He has also served as an advisor to the governor of Virginia on the Virginia Council on Indians, as well as an advisor for the National Park Service, New Line Cinema, NOVA and PBS, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Buck recently earned his Ph.D. in historical anthropology at the College of William & Mary, and is an adjunct instructor of anthropology for Virginia Commonwealth University's School of World Studies. Buck has been lecturer for Road Scholar since 2006.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
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