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

Program Number: 9237RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/7/2013 - 4/12/2013; 8/31/2014 - 9/5/2014; 11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Fairhope, Alabama
Price starting at: $635.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Enjoy a week at a beautiful bayside retreat and discover a region with a history shaped by Spanish, French, British and Native American people. Examine the various architectural periods and styles that grace historic Mobile and experience the ambience of lovely Fairhope, a haven for artists and writers. Encounter natural wonders, enjoy the sounds of music, savor Southern hospitality and go for an afternoon sail aboard a 72-foot schooner in Mobile Bay.




Highlights

• On an architectural field trip, visit historic homes including the Richards DAR House, famed for its Antebellum “iron lace.”
• Take an expert-led journey aboard an eco-explorer boat into the Mobile Delta, a vital ecosystem with diverse flora and fauna, and look for dolphins and birds during a schooner sail.
• Study the origins of American fiddlin’ as you trace the development of beautiful ethnic and folk music, and hear a private performance by a virtuoso fiddler.



Activity Particulars

Walking less than a mile a day.




Date Specific Information

4-7-2013, 8-31-2014, 11-9-2014, 1-25-2015, 2-22-2015, 3-22-2015, 4-19-2015, 9-27-2015

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Coordinated by University of South Alabama.




Fairhope

Founded in 1894 by adventurous people seeking a personal utopia, lovely Fairhope sits high on bluffs overlooking Mobile Bay. This charming Southern city is known for its beautiful parks, moss-draped live oaks and picturesque downtown that attracts artists, writers and visitors alike.



Accommodations
Comfortable, 82-acre conference center amid ancient oaks and pines on the shores of Weeks Bay.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Devereaux Bemis

Devereaux is an architectural historian and director of the Mobile Historic Development Commission. He serves on the boards of the Mobile Revolving Fund for Historic Properties, the Maritime Advisory Council and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. He received a bachelor’s in art history and Russian language and an MBA from the University of South Alabama. He has done graduate work in art history at Tulane University and lives in an 1839 house in downtown Mobile that is being renovated.
 
Thomas Morley

As a classical, Celtic, and folk musician and educator, Tom Morley is one of the most visible violinists on the Gulf Coast. Classically trained with a degree in music education, Tom has earned a living with his violin in every musical direction. He has played professionally in Celtic, Cajun, folk, bluegrass, classical, swing, jazz, and country styles. Tom has released several CDs with numerous bands, and performed at venues including the Jazz & Heritage Fest and the French Quarter Festival.
 
Carol Bramlett

Through vision and persistence, Captain Carol Bramblett led the way for the building and completion of the 72 foot sailing vessel — and Official Tall Ship for the City of Mobile, Alabama — the “Joshua.” Patterned after the coastal schooners that sailed the bay in the late 1800s and 1900s, the wooden vessel carries up to 49 passengers for sails on Mobile Bay. Captain Carol also operates two additional vessels and enjoys leading inshore saltwater fishing trips.
 
Dean Mosher

Dean Mosher is a nationally respected artist and historian. His epic historical paintings can be found in museums, National Park visitor centers and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. For five years he held the office of Historian General of the Naval Order of the United States, and he was awarded the Commander General’s medal in 2006 for saving the Order’s archives. Dean lives with this wife and their two children in their two storybook castles, which have been featured on HGTV.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
  Fairhope 5 nights
 Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  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
  Additional nights after:  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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registrations begins at 4:00 PM You will be staying at Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Check out is 10 AM, Program ends by 11:00 AM You will be staying at Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Road Scholar Health Forms required for all programs. A boat waiver will also be used for this program.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free and is adjacent to your lodging building.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fairhope
  Nearest city or town:  Fairhope, Alabama
  Nearest highway: Alabama Highway 181.
  Nearest airport:  Mobile Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Fairhope
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Mobile to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mobile Bay Transportation
phone: 251-476-7711
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 for 1-3 people, or $25 per person for 4 people or more
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour and 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

48 miles

   

You must register at least 24 hours in advance. When you call you will get Yellow Cab, you must ask for Mobile Bay Transportation. They will transfer you to Mobile Bay Transportation. You can register on line by e-mailing dispatch@mobilebaytransportation.com or you can call 251-476-7711. Confirm your reservation before your flight lands to ensure pick up.

 
Driving Directions
  From Mobile Regional Airport to Beckwith Travel east on Airport Blvd. for 8 miles to I-65. Take I-65 South to I-10 East. Travel approximately 15.5 miles and you will take Exit 35 onto Hwy 98 South to Daphne & Fairhope. Stay on the four lane highway (do not exit onto Scenic Hwy 98). The four lane highway will narrow to two lanes. In approximately 3 miles Hwy 98 will intersect with Scenic Hwy 98 at a 4-way stop. Take a left onto Scenic Hwy 98. In approximately 2 miles you will see a Camp Beckwith sign where you will then turn right onto Mary Ann Beach Rd (CR 27 South). Continue on for approximately 2 miles, you will see a marking the entrance to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center to your left. Turn left into Beckwith and continue until you see Alves Hall. You will register here.
  From Pensacola Airport Take Airport Blvd. to Ninth Ave. then take Ninth Ave. South to Fairfield Ave. Take Fairfield Ave. West to Hwy 98, Take Hwy 98 West. Go through Elberta, Foley, and Magnolia Springs Cross the Louie Brannon Bridge (Fish River) Approximately 2 miles past the bridge you will see a Camp Beckwith sign. Turn left onto CR 27 South (Mary Ann Beach Rd.) Continue on for approximately 2 miles you will see a sign marking the entrance to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center on your left. Turn left into Beckwith and continue until you see Alves Hall. You will register here.
  Interstate 10: East or West Traveling from the east or west on I-10, take exit 35 onto Hwy. 98 South to Daphne & Fairhope. Stay on four lane highway (do not exit onto Scenic Hwy. 98), four lane highway will narrow to two lanes. In approximately 3 miles Hwy. 98 will intersect with Scenic Hwy 98. Turn left onto Scenic Hwy 98. In approximately 2 miles you will see a Camp Beckwith sign. Turn right onto CR 27 South (Mary Ann Beach Rd.) Continue on for Approximately 2 miles, you will see a sign marking the entrance to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center on your left. Turn left into Beckwith and continue until you see Alves Hall. You will register here.
  Interstate 65 From I-65, take exit 37 South, the Bay Minette/Gulf Shores Parkway exit. Take State Highway 287 south to State Highway 59 south, Gulf Shores Parkway. Take I-10 westbound at Loxley, Alabama (exit 44). Travel seven miles to exit 35. Take Exit 35 onto Hwy. 98 South to Daphne & Fairhope. Stay on four lane highway (do not exit onto Scenic Hwy. 98), four lane highway will narrow to two lanes. In approximately 3 miles Hwy. 98 will intersect with Scenic Hwy 98. Turn left onto Scenic Hwy 98. In approximately 2 miles you will see a Camp Beckwith sign. Turn right onto CR 27 South (Mary Ann Beach Rd.) Continue on for Approximately 2 miles, you will see a sign marking the entrance to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center on your left. Turn left into Beckwith and continue until you see Alves Hall. You will register here.
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: Registration and Orientation/Dinner in the dining room/Getting to know you
(Sunday, April 7)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning classes include Music and History of the area/Afternoon class in Music/Evening class Sailors Tales/All meals served in the dining room.
(Monday, April 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in conference center dining room.
 Morning: 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! 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.
 Lunch: Lunch served in conference center dining room.
 Afternoon: 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.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Class on Fairhope and Field trip to explore the city, Afternoon sail on Mobile Bay and evening class with ambassadors of the city, All meals in the conference center dining room.
(Tuesday, April 9)
   
 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 Living’s Readers 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 is served in the conference center dining room.
 Afternoon: Hoist the sail, man 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 family style 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.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field trip today Discover historic Mobile, Museum homes, Architecture class and lunch at a local seafood restaurant/Breakfast and Dinner served in the dining room.
(Wednesday, April 10)
   
 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: Enjoy 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: 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.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip to Five Rivers with Pontoon boat ride/lunch/ free afternoon/ Evening class on Artist and Writers/ Breakfast and Dinner served in the dining room.
(Thursday, April 11)
   
 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. Keep an eye out for alligators, birds and more.
 Lunch: Lunch served in the conference center dinning 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.) Explore the area on a guided field trip before returning back to Beckwith. See what an interesting and beautiful city fairhope is and what the surrounding communities have to offer.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the conference center dining room.
 Evening: This evening learn about local Artist and Writers, with one of Fairhope's premier writers. Learn what brings so many entrepreneurs to this small town.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast in the dining room/Morning Music class/ Check Out/Box lunch to go.
(Friday, April 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in conference center dining room.
 Morning: Check out of rooms. 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.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch ready to go in conference center dining room.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Fairhope Eastern Shore Art Center
Built 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 Park
Blakeley 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 Museum
Housed 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 Museum
For 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 Museum
It 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 Reserve
The 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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