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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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Gerald Brody

Gerald Brody, a performing pianist since early childhood, has resided in St. Augustine with his wife Susan since 1993. He was acclaimed locally for his extremely popular radio program, "The Joy of Opera", which aired for 15 years. He now shares his rare collection with his Road Scholar participants and performs at the piano. Gerry is regarded as a regional expert in the history of sound recording, and is the author of "Opera: You Never Knew You Loved It!"

George Strock

George Strock received his bachelor’s in history from the University of Wisconsin and master’s in history from DePaul University. For 30 years, he worked for the National Park Service as a historian and interpreter at the Castillo de San Marcos, Gettysburg, Cape Hatteras, Harper’s Ferry and other sites. Since retiring from the Park Service in 1995, he has served as consultant and exhibit planner for various historic sites and leads visitors at the Oldest House and the Pena-Peck House.

Kenneth Barrett

A native Floridian, Ken Barrett graduated from St. Joseph Academy and received degrees from Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. While associated with the National Park Service, Ken photographed parks in this region and organized their archives. A freelance photographer, Ken's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including, "The Houses of St. Augustine" and "Florida's Colonial Architectural Heritage." Ken is also a frequent exhibitor at Florida art shows.

Eddie Joyce Geyer

Eddie Joyce Geyer, a native Floridian, was the former director of Visitor Services for the St. Augustine Historical Society for 18 years. A popular presenter and panelist, Eddie has appeared before such organizations as the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Association of Travel Writers, the American Association for State and Local History, and the Florida Museum Association. Eddie has enjoyed her Road Scholar experience as a hostess and presenter in the Southeast.

Margaret Kaler

Margaret Kaler is an actor, storyteller and local history interpreter with the Old Florida Museum. She works with the What’s In a Name Players, performing Shakespeare and improvisational pieces. She often works with Limelight Theatre and is producer of “Comedy Histrios,” a production of authentic 16th century entertainment. Margaret also portrays famous women including Harriet Beecher Stowe and Emily Dickenson, and recently attended two state political conventions as Susan B. Anthony.

Robert Gill

Robert Gill is one of the most sought after and respected professional actors in Florida, with credits in St. Augustine dating back to 1981. One of the premier Shakespearean actors in the state, he was recently seen as Prospero in "The Tempest", as well as Henry Higgins in "Pygmalion". This year saw the debut of his new one-man show, Eric Bogosian's "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll", played to sold-out audiences, before taking it on the road. He continues to bring his Mark Twain, Henry Flagler, and murder mystery dinner theatre shows to the Raintree Restaurant in St. Augustine year round.

Bob Patterson

Bob Patterson is — among many other things — a folklorist, musician, author, photographer, historian and conservationist with a genuine heart for the natural wonders of Florida. His passion for the state’s untamed people and places is truly contagious. Bob’s songs and stories illustrate the “real” Florida through colorful characters, native history and humor. Bob is a member of the Florida Storytelling Association and a co-founder of the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival.

James Bullock

James Bullock is a playwright, historian and reenactor, who is passionate about the history of Fort Mosé and works to gain a deeper understanding of the collective roles of people of African descent in Colonial times. He has shared his passion for history during presentations for the U.S. Army Reserve and others, and received the 2006 Interpretive Guide Award from Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. He is also actively involved in community theater.

Thomas Graham

Dr. Thomas Graham has been a professor at Flagler College for 35 years. He currently teaches history and is Emeritus in the Humanities Department. Thomas earned his PhD in history from the University of Florida, and his research has focuses on 19th century U.S. history. He’s written five books and he’s served on the Board of Directors and eventually become the President of the St. Augustine Historical Society.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
6 Performances


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