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From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart; Everyman of Film; 1950s Musicals

Program Number: 16981RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/19/2014 - 1/24/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $668.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Literature; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

There is minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

1-19-2014, 1-25-2015, 2-22-2015

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



Coordinated by Eckerd College.



Political Satire from Mark Twain to Jon Stewart

Political satire focuses on the foibles of politicians and allows us to inject humor into what is frequently not very humorous. Through lectures, writings and TV clips, we’ll examine some of the best American political satirists.



Everyman of Film: Lemmon, Eastwood, and Hanks

Through their films, these three actors became symbols of the American man at his best. They were pillars of moral courage and defenders of traditional values. Learn about their lives and gain appreciation for the "Everyman" image in their films.



Shall We Dance: Musicals of the 1950s

The 1950s brought new sophistication to musical theatre. Strong books heightened with words and music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe, Loesser, Styne, gave new focus to choreography by Robbins and Fosse. Lectures, film clips, live music.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis courts and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, fitness center.

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

Rick Kistner had two careers that could not have been more different. He spent 30 years in law enforcement as a police chief in cities in Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida. At the same time, his performing arts career landed him roles in over 100 stage productions, as well as in films, TV commercials and voice work. Rick has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton, and studied acting under Richard Digby Day at the Eugene Oneill Theatre Center in Connecticut.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, Florida 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On-site parking is free and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Amtrak 601 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, Fl 33602 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Website: www.supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended, but not necessary

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
CAR RENTAL

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport Car Rental Avis:800-831-2847 Budget:800-527-0700 Dollar:800-800-4000 Hertz:800-736-8222 Thrifty:800-847-4389 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Alamo:727-530-5491 Avis:727-530-5491 Budget:727-535-5263 Dollar:727-531-3557 Enterprise:727-524-1239 Hertz:727-531-3774

 
Driving Directions
  From North to Magnuson Hotel I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  From South to Magnuson Hotel I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.25 toll). Take Exit 16 right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  From St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport to Magnuson Hotel Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  From Tampa International Airport to Magnuson Hotel I-275 south toward St. Petersburg. You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Sea Level.

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: Welcome and Orientation/Magnuson Hotel
(Sunday, January 19)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK IN: From 3:00 pm at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the meeting room to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule that we will review during orientation in the evening. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULED TIMES COULD CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends, unpack, or relax by the pool.
 Dinner: Hotel Dining Room
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Political Satire / Everyman of Film / Special Guest Speaker
(Monday, January 20)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Political satire specializes in entertainment focused on the foibles of politicians. Wherever organized government exists, so does political satire. With our seasoned instructor, Joy Katzen-Guthrie, examine some of the best American political satirists and understand why their humor is timeless. There will be a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Hotel Dining Room
 Afternoon: Everyman of Film: Lemmon, Hanks and Eastwood. Begin the afternoon with our film historian and professional actor Rick Kistner as he discusses how these three actors became symbols of the American man at his best. Learn about their lives and see these images in their films. After class, you'll have time on your own to enjoy the amenities of the hotel. PLACEMENT OF CLASSES ON THE SCHEDULE (MORNING, AFTERNOON OR EVENING) ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall. A selection of various entries to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Take a break from your classes and enjoy a lesson in T'ai Chi with Eckerd College Professor Hong Gu.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, Everyman of Film / Field Trip / Movie Night
(Tuesday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Joy will continue her classes. There will be a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Hotel Dining Room
 Afternoon: Begin the afternoon with another class on Everyman of Film. Then, board our motor coach for a tour of a local museum. ALL EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall. A selection of various entries to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Movie Night - film related to one of the courses
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, 1950s Musicals / Everyman of Film
(Wednesday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Two lectures in the morning: Continuation of Twain to Stewart. Take a short refreshment break between classes. The 1950’s brought new sophistication to musical theatre. Spend the second part of the morning with our musician/performer/instructor Jason Fortner as you explore the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Loesser and more. Live performance of selected pieces will be featured this week.
 Lunch: Hotel Dining Room
 Afternoon: Continuation of Everyman of Film. After class, you'll have time on your own to enjoy the amenities of the hotel. Enjoy the walking trails, the tennis courts or just relax by the pool.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall. A selection of various entrées to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Final class for Everyman of Film
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 1950's Musicals / Field trip to downtown St. Petersburg / Live Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Continuation of classes on 1950's Musicals. There will be a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Hotel Dining Room
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on your own. Transportation provided to the waterfront area of downtown St. Petersburg. Lots of things to do within walking distance or local trolley ride: museums, shops, galleries, etc.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall. A selection of various entrées to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Jason will step away from the classroom to provide you with an evening of musical entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: 1950s Musicals
(Friday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Final two classes for 1950's Musicals Take a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Hotel Dining Room. Program concludes with lunch today. Thank you for choosing Eckerd College and the Magnuson Hotel for your Road Scholar experience.
 Afternoon: Have a safe journey home.
   
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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New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer


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Author: Stewart, Jon


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Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s


Author: Mordden, Ethan


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Author: McClung, Bruce D.


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