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Mysteries of the Deep, Snapshots in History, and Roots of North American Fiddlin'

Program Number: 17090RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/24/2013 - 3/1/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Orange Beach, Alabama
Price starting at: $669.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    


Date Specific Information

2-24-2013

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Coordinated by University of South Alabama.



Mysteries of the Deep: Tragedy, Disasters and War

Explore the watery graveyard that is home to many unexplained disasters. Discuss tragedies that could have been avoided and positive changes that have resulted. Examine the Titanic, H.L. Hunley, Lusitania and more.



Pensacola Naval Air Museum, Ft. Morgan, Mobile Bay

Explore artifacts and 140 restored aircraft on a field trip to the Navy museum. At Fort Morgan, learn about its role in the War of 1812, WWI and WWII. Discover the history of Mobile Bay and Spanish, French and British explorations with a local expert.



Roots of American Fiddlin' & Regional Styles

Follow fiddle music from the 1600s to today with instructor’s performance, lectures, and recordings. Trace the evolution of music across the U.S. and Canada with a variety of styles: Appalachian, Cajun, Cape Breton, Bluegrass, Celtic, Western Swing and Jazz.




Orange Beach

Brilliant white-sand beaches greet beautiful emerald waters at this beachfront resort on the north shore of the Gulf of Mexico, 26 miles west of Pensacola. Golf courses, hiking trails, fresh water fishing and bike paths are just a few minutes away.



Accommodations
Hotel with private balconies, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and fitness room on a private white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn
  Orange Beach 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel is located on a private white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has deluxe accommodations with private balconies, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere that awaits guests.
  Contact info: 23092 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1600
web: www.hiltongardeninn.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports, a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, complimentary USA Today each weekday morning and daily maid service is provided.
  Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel has an in-room hospitality center with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports. Each guestroom has a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, On Command® video, TV video games and complimentary HBO and USA Today each weekday morning. The hotel has an indoor-outdoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and 24-hour complimentary business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: prices vary with the seasons Ask for best rate
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: prices vary with the seasons Ask for best rate
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-In at 4:00 PM, Registration is from 4:00-5:30 PM You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel Check-Out is at 11:00 AM You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Road Scholar Health Form required for all programs.
  Parking availability:
Parking is Free in Hotel private parking lot for the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Orange Beach
  Nearest city or town:  Orange Beach, Alabama
  Nearest highway: Highway 182
  Nearest airport:  Pensacola Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Orange Beach
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Pensacola to Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Yellow Cab/Mobile Bay Transportation
phone: 251-475-7711
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

One Way $125 for 1 to 4 people or $32.50 a person for 5 or more
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 Hour 15 Min's 

 

Distance:

 

36 miles

   

You must register at least 24 hours in advance. The sooner you register, the easier it is for them to match you with someone else and lower your cost. 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 emailing dispatch@mobilebaytransportation.com or you can call 251-476-7711. Confirm your reservation before your flight lands to ensure pick up.

 

Mobile to Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$139.00 for up to 4 people - prices may change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

69.5 miles

   

Traveling to the hotel from the airport, is very expensive. If you plan to site see in the area, you might consider renting a car. You must register at least 24 hours in advance. When you call you will get Yellow Cab, you must ask for Mobile Bay Transportation. You can register on line by emailing dipatch@mobilebaytransportation.com or you can call 251-476-7711. Confirm your reservation before your flight lands to ensure pick up.

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate 10, east or west Take exit 44 south at the Loxley Alabama exit. Go south on State Highway 59, Gulf Shores Parkway, about 35 miles into Gulf Shores. Hiqhway 59 ends at Highway 182. Turn left on Highway 182, East Beach Boulevard. East Beach Boulevard becomes Perdido Beach Boulevard. Hilton Garden Inn is 3.5 miles on the right.
  From Interstate 65 (Montgomery, AL) Take exit 37 south, the Bay Minette/Gulf Shores Parkway exit. Take State Highway 287 south to State Highway 59 south, Gulf Shores Parkway. It is about 60 miles to Gulf Shores. Highway 59 ends at Highway 182. Turn left on Highway 182, East Beach Boulevard. East Beach Boulevard becomes Perdido Beach Boulevard. Hilton Garden Inn is 3.5 miles on the right.
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: Check-in and Orientation/Dinner in the hotel dinning room/Introductions
(Sunday, February 24)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome by the University of South Alabama staff. Orientation to the program week. Questions about program, area will be answered at this time.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel Dining room
 Evening: After dinner we will have introductions and answer any additional questions about the program, hotel and area.**Please note scheduled times are subject to change based on instructor availability.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Two Morning Classes this morning: Mysteries of the Deep and Battle of Mobile Bay/Field Trip to the USS Alabama/Evening class/All Meals served in the hotel dining room
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel’s dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy an intriguing class on unexplained ocean disasters. Discover the details of war and non-war related ship tragedies as you discuss how these mishaps could have been avoided. The instructor encourages you to recognize positive changes that resulted from these catastrophes as you examine well known cases such as the Titanic, CSS Hunley, the Lusitania, and others. "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Sail into a class on the Battle of Mobile Bay. A local expert discusses the battle and Mobile, Alabama – the Confederacy’s last major port on the Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Visit the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park to view a replica of the Submarine HL Hunley. Learn why this submarine, designed, built and tested in Mobile during the early years of the Civil War, is a special part of our Gulf Coast history.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy an entertaining evening class to end your day! From area studies to humor, storytelling, or helpful information, this is a session you’re sure to enjoy!
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Classes are Mysteries of the Deep and Fiddlin' /Afternoon Class continues with more Fiddlin'/Evening Class/All meals served in the hotel dining room
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room
 Morning: Enjoy an intriguing class on unexplained ocean disasters. Discover the details of war and non-war related ship tragedies as you discuss how these mishaps could have been avoided. The instructor encourages you to recognize positive changes that resulted from these catastrophes as you examine well known cases such as the Titanic, CSS Hunley, the Lusitania, and others. 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: Enjoy lunch in the hotel 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 is served in the hotel's dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy an entertaining evening class to end your day! From area studies to humor, storytelling, or helpful information, this is a session you’re sure to enjoy!
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning classes include Battle of Mobile Bay and Fiddlin'/Free Afternoon to explore the area on your own/Evening class on Mysteries of the Deep/All meals served in the hotel dining room.
(Wednesday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Sail into a class on the Battle of Mobile Bay. A local expert discusses the battle and Mobile, Alabama – the Confederacy’s last major port on Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War. 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 is served in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon exploring one of the Gulf of Mexico’s most beautiful areas! Relax, take a walk on the beach, feast on fresh gulf seafood, or shop at local boutiques. Visit the Tanger Outlet Mall where you’ll find over 120 brand name and designer outlet stores. Whatever your interests, you are sure to find endless opportunities for fun exploration of the beach area.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel dining room
 Evening: Enjoy an intriguing class on unexplained ocean disasters. Discover the details of war and non-war related ship tragedies as you discuss how these mishaps could have been avoided. The instructor encourages you to recognize positive changes that resulted from these catastrophes as you examine well known cases such as the Titanic, CSS Hunley, the Lusitania, and others.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Field Trip to Fort Morgan/Lunch at a local restaurant/Field Trip to the Naval Air Station/Dinner in the hotel dining room/Evening class
(Thursday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Forget the history books and the classroom chalkboards, experience history first-hand along Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast. During your field trip to Fort Morgan you will meet a guide who will explain how the Spanish used Fort Morgan in the 1500's, then rebuilt it in the early 1800's as protection against Native Americans. Standing atop the fort with a view of the once-embattled Mobile bay - imagine the summer of 1864 when Confederate and Union naval forces fought for control of the harbor entrance.
 Lunch: Enjoy coastal cuisine at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Experience the proud history of flight on a field trip and guided tour of the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. One of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world, NAS is home to over 140 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. The Museum features memorabilia from each era of fighting including personal mementos from historic battles, flight logs, vintage equipment, and flight clothing.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy an entertaining evening class to end your day! From area studies to humor, storytelling, or helpful information, this is a session you’re sure to enjoy!
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Check Out /Class on Mysteries of the Deep/Box lunch to go
(Friday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dinning room.
 Morning: Check out of rooms. Enjoy an intriguing class on unexplained ocean disasters. Discover the details of war and non-war related ship tragedies as you discuss how these mishaps could have been avoided. The instructor encourages you to recognize positive changes that resulted from these catastrophes as you examine well known cases such as the Titanic, CSS Hunley, the Lusitania, and others.
 Lunch: Box lunch to go.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Orange Beach Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Explore more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything. Reptile House, Aviary, petting zoo. Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo featured on Animal Planet's "The Little Zoo That Could". For additional information, visit www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com
  Bike Trails
Biking trails available throughout the Gulf State Park. Additional trails available in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
  Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Hike through unspoiled forest to view wildlife. Beach access available.
  Fort Morgan
Fort built in the 1500's by the Spanish. Known mostly for its strategic location during the Civil War's Battle of Mobile Bay. Visit the fort museum and learn from the guides and reenactors about the Confederate soldiers of 1864.
  Gulf State Park
18 hole golf course, 6,000 acre park with walking trails and nature center are available at Gulf State Park. You can also fish in the Gulf or in a fresh water lake, or walk along the 2 1/2 mile beach on the Gulf of Mexico. For additional information, visit www.dcnr.state.al.us
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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