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St. Augustine: 450 Years of History Comes Alive!

Program Number: 6642RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/27/2013 - 2/1/2013; 4/27/2014 - 5/2/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 11/30/2014 - 12/5/2014; 12/7/2014 - 12/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Augustine, Florida
Price starting at: $757.00 - 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: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Experience 450 years of colorful history as you discover St. Augustine — not as a tourist, but as an explorer. Examine the city's rich tapestry through lectures by local experts, live music, professional costumed re-enactments and expert-led field trips. Observe architecture of the Spanish, British and Venetian Renaissance periods. Journey from the pre-European era to the conquerors and the present. Immerse yourself in our historical treasure!




Highlights

• Examine the site where the Spanish landed, the Historic District, Castillo de San Marcos, Colonial Museum and Flagler College, an historic landmark hotel.
• Marvel at railroad magnate Henry Flagler's legacy of grand hotels, and exquisite examples of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture.
• View “Gilded Age” works of Tiffany at selected historic buildings.



Activity Particulars

There is moderate amount of walking, stairs and standing at historic sites and museums during field trips. Elevators are provided at several sites. Narrow streets and trolley design make this program more challenging for those with limited mobility.




Date Specific Information

1-27-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



4-27-2014, 10-12-2014, 12-7-2014

Cruise the waters of Historic St. Augustine aboard the Victory III. This narrated tour by the Captain provides an incomparable way to view St.Augustine’s historic landmarks and natural sites of interest.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



11-2-2014, 11-30-2014

Cruise the waters of Historic St. Augustine aboard the Victory III. This narrated tour by the Captain provides an incomparable way to view St.Augustine’s historic landmarks and natural sites of interest.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Augustine

St. Augustine is America’s oldest city. With a colorful past of 16th-century conquistadors and pirates, St. Augustine today is a thriving, multicultural community rich in historic sites and architecture, quaint residences and gardens, and a thriving cultural arts scene.



Accommodations
Beachfront hotel, outdoor pool, free parking.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
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!"
 
David Nolan

A respected historian and preservationist, David Nolan worked on the first official survey of old buildings in St. Augustine. He is a former trustee of the Fort Mose Historical Society and current trustee of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society, and is the author of several publications. David has worked tirelessly to promote public appreciation for the city’s African American history, and his research resulted in Lincolnville region being added to the National Register of Historic Places.
 
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.
 
Robert 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.
 
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
  St. Augustine, Florida 5 nights
 Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: On the beach, 151 rooms
  Contact info: 860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: eckerd.edu/roadscholar
  Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for prices Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for prices Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5 p.m. in the Pelican Room for Orientation & Introductions. You will be staying at Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Classes end at 11am and an early lunch served from 11am-12noon. You will be staying at Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Road Scholar Health & Safety form is required. Completed Health & Safety forms should be returned to the Program Coordinator at least two weeks prior to arrival. In the case of late enrollments, these documents can be brought to the site along with other necessary paperwork. You will also need a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license. If you have special dietary needs (low-salt, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc), you must notify us in advance and we will do our best to meet those needs.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the Holiday Inn, St. Augustine Beach for the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Augustine, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  St. Augustine, Florida
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Jacksonville, FL.
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Augustine, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Augustine

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Shuttle
phone: 904-825-0004
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for prices. Will vary depending on how many people they are transporting.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes 

   

Ask for Robin and tell her you're with the Eckerd College Road Scholar program.

 

St. Augustiine

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 904-824-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for prices
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 65 miles

   

Ask for Joan and tell her you are with the Eckerd College Road Scholar program.

 
Driving Directions
  1. NORTH: Direct: Jacksonville International Airport I-95 to Exit #311 to SR 207 (N) to SR 312 (E) [3.7 mi.] over the Intracoastal to A1A (middle lane—look for “Welcome to St. Augustine Beach” sign) [3.6 mi.]. Proceed beachside on A1A (S) to Holiday Isle on your left [2.5 mi.].
  SOUTH I-95 (N), off on SR 206 (E) Exit 305 – Towards St. Augustine Beach, Crescent Beach, Ft. Matanzas – continue to end (approx. 8 miles) – left onto A1A (N) - bear right at fork in road and look for Holiday Isle on right (860 A1A/Beach Blvd.)
  WEST I-4 (E) to I-95 (N) off on SR 206 (E) Exit 305 – Towards St. Augustine Beach, Crescent Beach, Ft. Matanzas – continue to end (approx. 8 miles) – left onto A1A (N) - bear right at fork in road and look for Holiday Isle on right (860 A1A/Beach Blvd.)
Equipment Requirements: Walking shoes and climate appropriate, casual clothing.
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
(Sunday, January 27)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in, Holiday Isle, St. Augustine lobby.
 Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Evening: Evening orientation at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Oldest City: Before & After the Europeans / Sightseeing Train ride through the Historic District / Guided Field Trip to the Historic Fort Castillo de San Marcos /St. Augustine: Our Little Jewel by the Sea
(Monday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Morning: Spend the morning exploring, through lecture and slides, the pre-European history of St. Augustine. Take a short break and then enjoy the viewing of a video that will help enhance your trip to the Castillo de San Marcos Fort.
 Lunch: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Afternoon: Non-stop tour of Historic District via sightseeing train. Then explore the Historic Castillo De San Marcos Fort.
 Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Evening: See St. Augustine come alive through selected slides and commentary by our professor of photography. NOTE: All evening lectures, presentations and entertainment are subject to change.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Flagler and the Gilded Age / Field Trip to Memorial Presbyterian Church and the former Ponce de Leon Hotel / Evening of Musical Entertainment.
(Tuesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Morning: Spend the morning with Henry M. Flagler, railroad tycoon. Learn about his life and impact he had on the state of Florida and the city of St. Augustine. Enjoy as your instructor comes to class costumed as Henry Flagler. After a short break, view a video about Whitehall: The Flagler Museum. Learn all about this historic monument's impact on the area.
 Lunch: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Afternoon: Tour the Memorial Presbyterian Church founded in 1889 - an elegant example of Venetian Renaissance architecture. Then visit the magnificent Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College) and see over $300 million of Tiffany glass. Founded in 1888, the hotel is a magnificent example of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture and is listed on the National Historic Registry. Railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler commissioned architects Carrera and Hastings to design these outstanding examples of America's Gilded Age. Later, the two young architects designed the New York Public Library and the US Senate Office Building.
 Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Evening: Evening of Musical Entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Costumed Presentation/Lecture/Afternoon in the Historic District /Evening Musical Entertainment or lecture
(Wednesday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Morning: Begin the morning being entertained and instructed by one of the costumed period actresses in her portrayal of a noted historical figure. Then, take a break. This is followed by a lecture topic to be announced.
 Lunch: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Afternoon: Free time on your own in the Historic District. Boxed lunch provided or lunch on your own. This is an opportunity to spend time on your own to visit some additional sites or revisit areas seen earlier in the week. Transportation to and from the Historic District is provided.
 Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Evening: Title or subject to be detemined.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Historical Harmonies of the 1st Coast / Time on Your Own & Scenic Cruise / Evening Entertainment
(Thursday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Morning: Spend the morning studying the Music of the First Coast through music of the eras. Lecture and live musical presentations will enhance your appreciation of the topic. Then, Take a break and head to the Historic District for the late morning and afternoon. This is an opportunity to spend time on your own to visit some additional sites or revisit areas seen earlier in the week. Transportation to and from the Historic District is provided.
 Lunch: Bus departs for the Historic District (boxed lunch provided). Then, meet at the City Marina for a Scenic Cruise.
 Afternoon: There will be time after the cruise to visit some additional sites. Transportation to and from the Historic District is provided.
 Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Evening: Evening of Musical Entertainment - Razz-Ma-Tazz and All That Jazz.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Closing Program and Concert
(Friday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.
 Morning: Costumed presentation by local instructor and concert by G. Brody.
 Lunch: Beach Garden Restaurant. The program concludes with lunch today.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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