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The Richmond Folk Festival: A World of Music

Program Number: 15514RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/10/2013 - 10/14/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Price starting at: $515.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Celebrate America’s roots, richness and diversity at the nation’s oldest multicultural arts festival. This moveable feast of music, dance, crafts, storytelling, living history and foods immerses you in color and creativity, examines America’s heritage, tempts your tastebuds, and lets you mingle with performers and artists from every state. Enjoy special classes taught by Virginia music historians and other experts.




Highlights

• Experience a variety of U.S. and international folk culture — and a big splash of Virginia tradition including string band music from the mountains, Piedmont blues, and gospel singers from Tidewater.
• On seven separate stages — five under tents with chairs and two open-air with hillside lawn seating — see performances of up to one hour, then eagerly wait for the next!
• Enjoy an expert-led exploration of Virginia’s Capitol, built in 1788 after a design by Thomas Jefferson, and view the exhibits at the city museum.



Activity Particulars

Walking 2-3 miles at festival; limited wheelchair access.




Date Specific Information

10-10-2013

We`ll list performers as soon as they are available, or check www.richmondfolkfestival.org.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.




Richmond

Founded in 1607, Virginia's capital is situated at the falls of the James River. This seat of colonial and Civil War history blends the legacy of settlers, patriots, presidents, free blacks and civil rights leaders with superb museums, monuments, mansions and gardens.



Accommodations
Beautifully renovated hotel in the heart of Richmond’s River District.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Express
  Richmond 4 nights
 Holiday Inn Express
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located on the edge of downtown Richmond, this former bank has been renovated into a small hotel, just a few blocks from popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the riverside parks along the whitewater of the Falls of the James River.
  Contact info: 201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn
  Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Variable by season. Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rates vary by season and are based on room availability.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Variable by season. Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rates vary by season and are based on room availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30-5:00 PM in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room checkout is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Those allergic to bees should carry their own bee sting kit.
  Parking availability:
Parking for guests is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Richmond
  Nearest city or town:  Petersburg is 25 miles south
  Nearest highway: I-64 and I-95
  Nearest airport:  Richmond International Airport (RIC)
  From End of Program
  Location: Richmond
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Richmond - Amtrak Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi stand
phone: 0/0--

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-25 minutes 

   

AMTRAK-Staples Mill station is 10-12 miles from the hotel. Cabstand is available. AMTRAK-Downtown station has a limited schedule; it is less than 3 miles from the hotel; there is no taxi-stand but you can call a cab from the station.

 

Richmond International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi stand
phone: NA -0/0-

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

   

A 24-hour taxi stand is available outside the baggage claim area. Cabs in the stand are generally from several different companies. Cost cannot be predicted, but if there are two or more in your group, this may be the less expensive option.

 

Richmond - Greyhound Bus

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Limited taxi service
phone: 0/0--

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15-20 minutes 

   

There is not a reliable taxi stand at the Greyhound Terminal, but you can call a cab from the station.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East on 1-64, from Norfolk, VA Beach, Williamsburg, to the Holiday Inn Express in Richmond Follow I-64 West to Richmond (do not take I-295). At downtown Richmond, get in one of the left lanes and take exit 190 (5th Street). Follow 5th Street to Canal Street (about 10 blocks). Turn Right onto Canal Street, then Right again onto 2nd Street, and the Holiday Inn Parking lot will be on your right. There are two entries to the parking lot and elevators to the hotel lobby from all parking levels.
  From the North on I-95 (Maryland, Washington DC) to the Holiday Inn Express, Richmond Follow I-95 South into Richmond (do not take I-295). Take exit 76B (Belvidere Street, US Rt.1). Get in the middle lane on the exit ramp and turn Left at the light onto Leigh - you should now be in the far right lane on Leigh. Turn Right at the next light onto Belvidere Street. Follow Belvidere to Cary Street (about 7 blocks), and turn Left onto Cary. Turn Right onto 2nd street (about 6 blocks) and the hotel will be on your left. There are two entries to the parking lot and elevators to the hotel lobby from all parking levels.
  From the South on I-95, from Petersburg, North Carolina, to the Holiday Inn Express in Richmond Follow I-95 North into Richmond. At downtown Richmond, take exit 74A (Downtown Expressway). After a very short distance, take the first exit (Canal Street, toll 30 cents exact change). Go straight on Canal (about 8 blocks), then turn Right onto 2nd Street. The hotel will be on your right. There are two entries to the parking lot and elevators to the hotel lobby from all parking levels.
  From the West on I-64, from Charlottesville, to the Holiday Inn Express in Richmond Follow I-64 east to Richmond (do not take I-295). Continue east when it merges with I-95. Take exit 76B (Belvidere Street, US Rt.1). Get in the middle lane on the exit ramp and turn Left at the light onto Leigh - you should now be in the far right lane on Leigh. Turn Right at the next light onto Belvidere Street. Follow Belvidere to Cary Street (about 7 blocks), and turn Left onto Cary. Turn Right onto 2nd street (about 6 blocks) and the hotel will be on your left. There are two entries to the parking lot and elevators to the hotel lobby from all parking levels.


Required innoculations:

Yes: Those allergic to bees should carry their own bee sting kit.

Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes for field trips.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to Richmond! Check-in for your room at 3:30 PM or later at the hotel desk. Register for your program at the Road Scholar desk in the hotel lobby from 3:30-5:00 PM.
 Dinner: In hotel or at a nearby restaurant
 Evening: Orientation and introductions - meet your fellow participants. Review the Folk Festival program.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes/Field trip tour of Historic Richmond/ Opening night of Richmond Folk Festival
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: Celebrate the smorgasbord of folk culture that is one of America’s great treasures. Listen to performers from ethnic communities across the country, to international performers on tour of the U.S., and to a big splash of Virginia tradition, including string band music from the mountains, Piedmont blues, and gospel singers from Tidewater. See such things as Hula dancing, fancy Sunday hats, and hand crafts like carved canes, duck decoys, and fiber arts, all in a park setting on the downtown James River waterfront. You’ll also enjoy classes taught by musicologists and an exploration into Richmond and Virginia history. Rarely is such a rich diet of culture available in such a comfortable situation. The following is a sample schedule.The Richmond Festival grew from the National Folk Festival held here for three years, the oldest multicultural festival in the U.S. We begin the program this morning with classes taking an overview of Amwerican folk music.
 Lunch: In hotel
 Afternoon: Board our coach for an afternoon excursion to historic city sites that includes the State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the Valentine Richmond History Center, the city museum. We'll drive through historic Shockoe Bottom and Church Hill to view neighborhoods, architecture, and St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry made his famous speech during the Second Virginia Convention.
 Dinner: In hotel
 Evening: Opening night for Richmond Folk Festival, 7:00-10:00 pm. Accompany the group to one of the stages, or go independently to another of your choice. Of the seven separate stages usually offered, five are under tents with chairs for seating, one of which has a dance floor. Two stages are open-air, with hillside seating on grass. Certain stages offer quieter acts and others feature the more boisterous acts. Performers typically appear for 45 minutes or an hour on a stage, and then another group will follow. Thus one can stay in one seat and see a number of performances in any given time period. Please note: The Folk Festival takes place in sloped park land on the bank of the James River. There are paved, cobbled, and gravel paths but the terrain can be uneven at times, making the Festival site unsuitable for anyone with serious mobility issues.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Class/Richmond Folk Festival/Dinner on your own at the Festival/Richmond Folk Festival
(Saturday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: Music that we think of as "American" evolved from a blend of cultures and traditions. Class this morning focuses on regional, ethnic and American music. In addition, we'll discuss today's performances at the Festival.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Attend the Festival. Of the seven separate stages usually offered, five are under tents with chairs for seating, one of which has a dance floor. Two stages are open-air, with hillside seating on grass. Certain stages offer quieter acts and others feature the more boisterous acts. Performers typically appear for 45 minutes or an hour on a stage, and then another group will follow. Thus you can stay in one seat and see a number of performances in any given time period. Dance performances and craft demonstrations are just as varied as the music. The Festival grounds also incorporate the American Civil War Center and the Tredegar Ironworks, headquarters for the NPS Richmond National Battlefield, both of which waive admission fees for the weekend.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own at the Festival allows you to eat when you'd like and eat what you'd like. Especially on Brown's Island, there are numerous food booths with a variety of regional, ethnic and American foods to choose from, including vegetarian.
 Evening: Attend Folk Festival. The performances continue until 10 pm, but you can return to the hotel when you are ready.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Class/ Richmond Folk Festival
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: Final class with our musicologists. We'll also talk about the performances coming up this afternoon.
 Lunch: At the hotel
 Afternoon: Attend Richmond Folk Festival. The final session of performances--catch up to the groups you've missed and heard about, or go again to hear your favorites.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant
 Evening: Folk Festival Wrap-up. We'll meet to compare notes and share highlights of the festival experience.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Departure
(Monday, October 14)
   
 Morning: Departure after breakfast
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