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Artistic Modernism, Cuban Culture, and the Nature of Florida

Program Number: 21297RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/12/2014 - 1/17/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles.




Date Specific Information

1-12-2014, 1-25-2015, 2-8-2015

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



Coordinated by the Friendship Centers.



Discover Cuba’s History, Culture and Politics

Trace Cuban history from the colonial period through the ascendancy of Fidel Castro to the present. Hear first-hand stories from a Cuban citizen about his family’s role in the country's history. Complete your studies with an authentic Cuban dinner.



Artistic Modernism in America and 1913 Armory Show

Americans saw the first major exhibition of modern European art in the U.S. more than 100 years ago. Fauvism, Cubism and Dada sent them into a tailspin! Discover how the sensational and polemical critical responses created a watershed in the history of art.



Explore the Nature of Florida: Visit Two Museums

Trek through Historic Spanish Point, an indoor and outdoor environmental museum and archaeological site. At the South Florida Museum, trace Florida’s prehistoric era to its first people’s artifacts, including a planetarium incorporating the past, present and future.




Sarasota

Situated on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on Florida's west coast, Sarasota is rich in cultural treasures and recreational attractions within a short driving distance, including the outstanding John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of the Circus, art galleries, golf courses and beaches.



Accommodations
Resort hotel on the Gulf of Mexico. Facilities include business center, fitness center, two free-form pools and three Jacuzzis.

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

Baila Miller, the founder of Miller Music and Fine Arts programs, received her bachelor’s degree from Memphis State University in 1978 where she majored in social work. She later received a master’s in English, and taught at Memphis State University’s Intensive English for Internationals program for many years. Baila entered the doctoral program at The University of Memphis in the Department of Education, and has used her skills to design lifelong learning programs in music and the arts.
 
J. Byrne

Dr. J. Patrick Byrne is an epidemiologist and studies the distribution of diseases in population. He received his doctorate in medicine and his master’s in biostatistics. Working as an epidemiologist, Pat has visited or lived in more than 75 countries and has published many articles on health care. He has worked in various areas in the health care industry and was vice president of an organization that helped establish the national regulatory oversight programs for Medicare and Medicaid.
 
Eladio Amores

Eladio Amores was born in Marianao, Havana, Cuba, and has traveled through most of the world. A corporate consultant with the Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, he assists companies who are seeking to enhance their diversity and inclusion programs. Eladio has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in urban studies from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as a degree in public administration from the University of New Haven. He also is a graduate of the University of South Florida’s HR certificate program. Eladio is the former chair of the Florida Business Leadership Network, as well as the former chair of the Board of Directors of The Able Trust, which is the Florida Governor’s Alliance for the Employment of Citizens with Disabilities.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Lido Beach Resort
  Sarasota, FL 5 nights
 Lido Beach Resort
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel is located directly on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico. Take in breathtaking sunsets, enchanting tropical views and see dolphin making their daily trek through the Gulf. Walking distance to the renowned St. Armands Circle featuring dazzling dining, unforgettable entertainment and some of the finest boutique shopping in the world. Hotel has a Shuttle to drive guests to the Circle if they choose not to walk. When registering with Road Scholar there is an option to upgrade to a Gulf View Jr. Suite room which is classified as Category #1 for an additional fee.
  Contact info: 700 Ben Franklin Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34236 USA
phone: 941-388-2161
web: www.LidoBeachResort.com
  Room amenities: Category #2 Standard Room: Enjoy a room close to the beach in a four story building, a free daily newspaper, ample closet space, plush top bedding, a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, free Hi-speed Wireless Internet access, free self parking, voice mail, 25" TV, clock radio, electronic safe, and a hair dryer. Plus bottled water and microwave popcorn in your guest room. Category #1 Gulf View Jr. Suite: Must upgrade at time of registration with Road Scholar. This room features a private balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, more upgrades and is located in the 13 story tower. If you wish to upgrade to the Gulf View Jr. Suite, (Category #1) please do so with Road Scholar participant registration.
  Facility amenities: Enjoy two beachfront free-form pools, three poolside Jacuzzis with a tropical landscaped sundeck. Private beach so you can splash around in the surf. A 900 sq ft exercise room is available to guests if you desire more exercise than long walks on the beach. Services include; a business center, two restaurants, lounge, beachside tiki bar and a garden area with waterfalls. If you wish to upgrade to the Gulf View Jr. Suite, (Category #1) please do so with Road Scholar participant registration for an additional fee.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $264-$334 +20 nightly fee A green form is mailed to participants in their first welcome letter mailed within two weeks of enrollment date. Please make reservations directly with the Senior Friendship Centers by mailing us the form or by calling 941.556.3269, for a discounted rate for additional nights stay. You will be charged by the hotel upon arrival for the additional nights, plus a $20 per night resort fee, plus taxes. These rates are for 5 nights before and 2 nights after this program date. No deposit required!
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $264-$334 +20 nightly fee A green form is mailed to participants in their first welcome letter mailed within two weeks of enrollment date. Please make reservations directly with the Senior Friendship Centers by mailing us the form or by calling 941.556.3269, for a discounted rate for additional nights stay. You will be charged by the hotel upon arrival for the additional nights, plus a $20 per night resort fee, plus taxes. These rates are for 5 nights before and 2 nights after this program date. No deposit required!
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-in is 4:00pm. Road Scholar program registration is 3:30-5:00pm on the 8th floor. (see on-site hotel information board for exact location). You will be staying at Lido Beach Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel Check-out is 12 Noon. The program concludes at 10:30am; box lunch provided. You will be staying at Lido Beach Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Road Scholar Health & Safety Information and personal information form must be completed and mailed to Senior Friendship Centers no later than three weeks prior to program commencement.
  Parking availability:
Free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sarasota, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Sarasota and Longboat Key
  Nearest highway: I-75 and U.S. 41
  Nearest airport:  Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Sarasota, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sarasota Tampa Express
phone: 800-326-2800 x9413558400
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 to SRQ Airport or office of Sarasota Tampa Express
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 30 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Please call in advance for reservations. You will then need to call a taxi to get yourself to the hotel. They can tell you who to call.

 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Starlight Limousine
phone: 941-923-1896
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $95 to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 30 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

They use executive town cars and SUVs, please ask for Rick.

 

Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Diplomat Taxi
phone: 941-365-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min. 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

Taxis are readily available 24hrs a day at the SRQ Airport.

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 From I-75 exit #210 (Fruitville Rd) go west six miles to Tamiami Trail, also known as U.S. 41. Turn left and continue south three blocks to Gulfstream Avenue. Make a right onto the Causeway, John Ringling Bridge and continue to St. Armands Circle. Continue halfway around the circle and follow the signs to Lido Beach and make a left at the beach onto Ben Franklin Drive. The Lido Beach Resort will be on your right just past the public beach and is approx. 7.5 miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
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 & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Getting to Know You
(Sunday, January 12)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: 4:00pm. Rooms may be ready earlier.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby between 3:30-5:00pm to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that we'll review during orientation.
ORIENTATION: Begins at 5:00pm in our meeting room. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.
 Dinner: Dinner is a catered affair (by the hotel restaurant) in our private room beginning at approximately 6:00pm. We have worked with the chef to provide meals that are both tasty and nutritious. (There will be a vegetarian option available for you if you note a vegetarian preference on your Health & Safety form.)
 Evening: GETTING TO KNOW YOU: After dinner we'll spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full day of activity ahead.
Enjoy your week in this lovely city of Sarasota; you'll encounter fascinating highlights of history and culture, people and places.
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Historic Spanish Point, lecture and DVD.
(Monday, January 13)

Note: Walking will be up to two miles at a 2.0 pace over the course our time at Historic Spanish Pt.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in our private room and includes; scrambled farm fresh eggs, crisp smoked bacon, individual assorted yogurts, sliced fresh fruit & bananas, hot oatmeal, cold cereal and milk, whole wheat and white toast, butter and preserves, freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, herbal teas and orange juice.
 Morning: DVD: Reflections: A History of Sarasota County, discover the evidence of the past that has been preserved.

FIELD TRIP: To Historic Spanish Point. Over 4,000 years ago, people lived at what is now Historic Spanish Point. Here these early Floridians fished and hunted, made tools from shell, bone and wood, mended their fishing nets, cooked their food and buried their dead. Learn about the burial mound and two middens or shell mounds, which contain the evidence of lives of these early people. The middens were created from shell, bones and other day-to-day accumulations. The unique archaeological exhibition,

A Window to the Past located inside the madden, presents what archaeologists have discovered about these early inhabitants. See the citrus packing house and Frank and Lizzie Webb Guptill's home, which has been restored to its pioneer era beginnings. See Mary's Chapel and the Pioneer Cemetery where the Webb family and other early settlers are buried. The major plant communities and many plants are identified throughout the site. Stroll through the "Gracious Palmer Era" where Bertha Matilde Honore Palmer was a visionary who in 1910 recognized the subtropical paradise of Sarasota as one of the world's choicest locations. Purchasing a large portion of present-day Sarasota County, this widow of Chicago magnate Potter Palmer set about planning her acreage for real estate development, cattle ranching and citrus groves. At Spanish Point, site of her winter estate Osprey Point, she designed elaborate gardens while also preserving the pioneer dwellings and remains of pre historic life. Enjoy the restored formal lawns and plantings, including her Water Garden, the Sunken Garden and Pergola, the Duchene Lawn and the Fern and Jungle Walk with the scenic aqueduct. Although Mrs. Palmer died in 1918, Historic Spanish Point remained in the Palmer family until 1980 when the site was donated to Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc.

 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in an local restaurant in Southern Sarasota.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Journey across time as you explore the west coast of Florida with nature expert in the classroom. Discuss the sights and sounds experience during your morning exploration. Did you know John Greene Webb moved his family from Utica, New York to established a homestead on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay. The Webbs named their homestead Spanish Point to honor the good advice of a trader from Key West. (This is the only historical or archaeological evidence of a Spanish connection to the museum.) The family planted citrus, sugar cane, and many vegetables. The family built a packing house to prepare it for market. Discuss the actual packing house visited this morning. To transport the produce, John’s sons Jack and Will, along with son-in-law, Frank Guptill, built a ten ton schooner called Vision.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner (catered by the hotel restaurant) in our private room.
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Learn about Cuban history and Artistic Modernism in America/Evening play at the Asolo Theatre.
(Tuesday, January 14)

Note: Optional beach walk on your own at your own pace in the afternoon. Bus will drop off and pick up participants directly in front of the Asolo Theatre.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in our private room.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Trace Cuban history from the colonial period through the ascendancy of Fidel Castro to the present.

PRESENTATION: Discover how Americans saw the first major exhibition of modern European art in the U.S. more than 100 years ago.

 Lunch: We'll have lunch in our private meeting room at the hotel.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Delve into Fauvism, Cubism and Dada and learn how this art sent American's into a tailspin! OPTIONAL: Afternoon beach walk, right outside your hotel room.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner (catered by the hotel restaurant) in our private room.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Attend a play at the Asolo Theatre.
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit South Florida Museum, Aquarium and Planetarium, Free Evening (dinner on your own to experience local cuisine.)
(Wednesday, January 15)

Note: Walking up to one mile at museum exploring two floors with multiple galleries with elevators. Round trip walking from museum to lunch up to 3/4 of a mile. Take the hotel shuttle to St. Armands Circle for dinner on your own, some restaurants are close to the drop off point and some are up to a ¾ of a mile away round trip walking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in our private room and includes; scrambled farm fresh eggs, crisp smoked bacon, individual assorted yogurts, sliced fresh fruit & bananas, hot oatmeal, cold cereal and milk, whole wheat and white toast, butter and preserves, freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, herbal teas and orange juice.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore South Florida Museum, Aquarium and Planetarium. The first floor features fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest marine and mammal inhabitants and archaeological material representing paleoindian, archaic and pre-contact cultures. You will find the Great Hall, Land of Change, Fabulous Florida Seas, Archaic Peoples and the Tallant Gallery.

The South Florida Museum houses over 20,000 objects that include paleontology, archaeology, decorative arts, textiles, ethnography, minerals, modern shells and more. The Museum's extensive open storage system makes objects from the collections visually accessible to the public. The objects in Visible Storage invite individual exploration, and comparison of materials and technologies from societies all over the world. To add to the sense of discovery, many objects are stored in cabinets with drawers that slide open to reveal their contents. Next see how Medical history of the community is explored through collections of antique medical equipment, recreated doctors offices, an operating room and early 20th century pharmacy. Then explore exhibits in the Environmental Wing which are designed to educate all visitors about Florida’s environment incorporating the past, present and future. The message of the three exhibits; Riverine, Pine Uplands and Estuary focus on environmental awareness of our regions unique bio diversity. Meet Snooty, our very own ambassador for manatees and other endangered species and has participated in training with New College and the Mote Marine Laboratory staff, contributing to our knowledge of manatees. Enjoy a presentation, covering everything from eating habits and reproduction to physiology.

 Lunch: We'll have lunch out in one of Bradenton's characteristic restaurants along the new Riverwalk area of downtown.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch walk back to the museum and visit the planetarium. The Bishop Planetarium is a multipurpose, all-digital domed theater, boasting one of the most advanced projection systems in the world. OPTION: Continue exploring on your own to revisit any areas of specific interest to yourself.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own. We suggest walking or taking the hotel shuttle to St. Armand's Circle, renowned as a continental marketplace. The Circle is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present. Relax and enjoy a meal from a plethora of award winning restaurants; trinkets and treasures, from gourmet snacks to candlelit feasts.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Linger over dinner with new found friends, stroll around St. Armand's Circle, or set off to explore more of what Sarasota has to offer.
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Expand your knowledge with presentations on art and Cuban stories. Free afternoon and evening dinner at Cuban restaurant.
(Thursday, January 16)

Note: Bus will transport participants to dinner at a Cuban restaurant. Return to the hotel by walking or hotel shuttle service. (There is a 1/2 mile walk from the restaurant to the designated pick up point to return to the hotel.)



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in our private room.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Hear first-hand stories from a Cuban citizen about his family's role in the country's history.

PRESENTATION: Discover how the sensational and polemical critical responses created a watershed in the history of art.

 Lunch: Have lunch (catered by the hotel restaurant) in our private room.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Opportunity to explore area on your own or a walk on the beach searching for seashells or just relax at the pool?
 Dinner: Partake in a award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine while surrounded by the circle's paradise of lush tropical landscaping that creates an international atmosphere of friendly warmth, enduring elegance, and timeless style. This restaurant in Sarasota opened in 1959 on St. Armands Circle, and is now the oldest restaurant in Sarasota.

(Please note wine or alcohol beverages is not included in the dinner but you may purchase on your own for an additional fee.)

 Evening: Continue your dining experience and dessert with your Cuban instructor.
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Nature of Florida presentation/Program concludes.
(Friday, January 17)

Note: No scheduled activities/ Program ends after lunch.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in our private room and includes; scrambled farm fresh eggs, crisp smoked bacon, individual assorted yogurts, sliced fresh fruit & bananas, hot oatmeal, cold cereal and milk, whole wheat and white toast, butter and preserves, freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, herbal teas and orange juice.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: A close-up look at the state's plants, animals, people and places.
 Lunch: Box lunches are provided and available for those who need to depart early. If you wish to stay and have your lunch after the final presentation, you may eat in our private room or on the patio by the pool.
This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed this new learning adventure and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sarasota, FL Sarasota attractions
Sarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Sarasota Opera House, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co., Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks. For additional information, visit www.sarasotafl.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.

Suggested Reading List


Documents of the 1913 Armory Show: The Electrifying Moment of Modern Art's American Debut


Author: Walt Kuhn, Kenyon Cox, Arthur B Davies, Elie Faure


Description: Documents of the 1913 Armory Show: The Electrifying Moment of Modern Art's American Debut Kenyon Cox Arthur B. Davies lie Faure Paul Gauguin Frederick James Gregg Frank Jewett Mather, Jr. Walter Pach Francis Picabia Theodore Roosevelt Vincent van Gogh www.holartbooks.com Tucson, Arizona Hol Art Books, 2009 The text of this book is in the public domain All other rights reserved First published in 1913 as a series of pamphlets by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors For more information about this book please e-mail info@holartbooks.com Library of Congress Control Number: 2009935515 ISBN 978-0-9823257-3-5 (e-book bundle) ISBN 978-0-9823257-0-4 (hardcover) www.holartbooks.com #A027028 This volume collects the complete texts of two paperback books, also published by Hol Art Books: For and Against: Views on the Infamous 1913 Armory Show The New Spirit: Pamphlets from the Infamous 1913 Armory Show



The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution


Author: Marilyn Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt


Description: The 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art (or Armory Show) marked a turning point in the history of American art and culture. Organized by a small group of American artists and presented in the huge space of the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City, this ambitious exhibition of 1,400 works was the moment when the American public was introduced to European avant-garde art. This outstanding interdisciplinary volume re-examines the exhibition and its historical and cultural context. It includes over thirty essays by eminent scholars across diverse fields to evoke the wider social, political, and economic climate during the 1913 show.



For and Against: Views on the Infamous 1913 Armory Show


Author: Kenyon Cox, Arthur B. Davies, Frederick James Gregg and Frank Jewett


The Legacy: South Florida Museum


Author: Thomas Peter Bennett


Hidden History of Sarasota


Author: Jeff LaHurd


The Florida Manatee: Biology and Conservation


Author: Reep, Roger L. & Bonde, Robert K.


The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa


Author: Dr Gary R Mormino and George Pozzetta


Ybor City Chronicles: A Memoir


Author: Ferdie Pacheco




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