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Tunes and Tales by the Gulf: Music and History on Alabama’s Beautiful Mobile Bay

Program Number: 14414RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/9/2014 - 2/14/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Orange Beach, Alabama
Price starting at: $649.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join us in beautiful Orange Beach for a finger-snapping, toe-tapping musical celebration and historical adventure amid the marvelous beauty of the Gulf of Mexico coast. Trace the evolution through time and place of beloved North American musical styles like Appalachian, Cajun, Cape Breton, bluegrass, Celtic, Western swing and jazz, and hear tales of out of area history featuring, explorers, soldiers, a famous admiral and other memorable characters. Come in the fall or winter to uncover the natural history of Alabama, or visit during Mardi Gras to experience the delights of America’s original celebration of this special time of year.




Highlights

• Explore Fort Morgan on Mobile Bay as you learn from expert historians about the many early explorers that put the region on the map.
• Trace the development of American fiddlin’ — a different way of playing the violin — and hear some of the beautiful ethnic and folk music played on this instrument since the 1600s in a private performance by a virtuoso fiddler.
• Choose a program date to match your interests, whether it’s our special celebration during Mardi Gras in Mobile or a winter or fall foray into the flora and fauna of the region.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

2-9-2014, 10-26-2014

On this date, enjoy a special focus on the natural beauty of the Alabama Gulf including Gulf Beaches, Wetlands and Barrier Islands. Learn about the wildlife of this dynamic area and discuss the ecological challenges facing the region On an field trip view the flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



2-15-2015

Enjoy Mardi Gras festivities from a priveleged vantage point on the parade route in downtown Mobile.



Coordinated by University of South Alabama.




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.

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

J.D. Crowe is a newspaper cartoonist who draws five cartoons a week on local, state and national issues for the Press-Register in Mobile, Alabama. Earlier in his career, J.D. was a freelance artist and writer in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego. Currently working on his fifth editorial cartoon collection book, J.D. lives in Fairhope, Ala., with his wife, daughter and a menagerie of animals.
 
Macon Young

Macon Young has led explorations of Mobile, Ala., for more than 25 years — and her knack for theater goes back even further. Macon first acted in a kindergarten play and, bitten by the thespian bug, continued right on into high school and college. She has joined two local community theaters and worked onstage and backstage. She is an aficionado of Mobile's local history and customs.
 
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 Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: prices vary with the seasons Ask for Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-In at 4:00 PM, Registration from 4:00-5:30 PM You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Class ends at 10:30 AM, Hotel Check-Out 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
 

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. Prices subject to change.

 

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. Prices subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate 10, east or west Take exit 44 to merge onto Hwy 59 at Loxley, AL. Head south on Hwy. 59, Gulf Shores Parkway, about 35 miles to Gulf Shores. Hwy. 59 ends at Hwy. 182. Turn left on Hwy. 182, East Beach Blvd, which becomes Perdido Beach Blvd. for 3.5 miles. Hilton Garden Inn is on the right side of the road.
  From Interstate 65 (Montgomery, AL) Traveling south on I-65, take exit 37 south, the Bay Minette/Gulf Shores Parkway exit. Turn left on State Hwy. 287 south, then follow to State Hwy. 59 south (Gulf Shores Parkway). Travel about 60 miles to Gulf Shores. Hwy. 59 ends at Hwy. 182 (called “The T”.) Turn left on Hwy. 182, East Beach Blvd, which becomes Perdido Beach Blvd. Hilton Garden Inn is 3.5 miles on the right side of the road.
  From Pensacola Airport Turn left on 12th Avenue entrance and go 6/10 of a mile to Bayou Blvd. Turn right on Bayou Blvd. and travel 7 miles to Blue Angel Parkway (Hwy. 173). NOTE: Bayou Blvd. changes names several times, but stay on it. Turn left on Blue Angel Parkway (Hwy. 173) 6.8 miles to Hwy. 292. Turn right on Hwy. 292, go 20 miles to Hilton Garden Inn.
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 dining room/Introductions
(Sunday, February 9)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome by the University of South Alabama staff. Orientation to the program week in the classroom. 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 and the weather conditions.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning class on Humor and Comedy and Swing, Jazz and Big Band/afternoon class continue Music/All meals served in the hotel dining room/Evening class on turtles
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Begin your program with laughter. Enjoy stories told in a humorous way. You will be laughing to ordinary everyday stories with just a small twist, learn how you can make your own stories fun. 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 a relaxing lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Continue to 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 dining room.
 Evening: Explore the endangered Alabama Red-Bellied Turtle. Found only in this area of the gulf coast, discover facts about the life and impact of this small turtle. Learn about life cycles, biology and conservation of sea turtles. Understand why each of these species are important to our eco-system.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning class will be on Beaches, Wetlands and Barrier Islands/ Afternoon field trip to learn about flora and fauna of the area/All meals in the hotel dining room/Evening class
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room
 Morning: Begin your day with Gulf Beaches, Wetlands and Barrier Islands. Your instructor has a unique understanding of Alabama's natural resources and the pressures facing them. You will discuss land development, erosion, land forms, wetlands, long shore currents and more.
 Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Discover all you have discussed in the morning session as you take a bus tour of the area. You will view the flora and fauna while learning unique features of the Gulf Coast. Your University of South Alabama instructor will be the guide for this tour.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Tonight enjoy a local cartoonist. Explore humor in local and national politics and more through the eyes of a cartoonist.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning class on Humor and Comedy and Music/Free Afternoon to explore the area on your own/All meals served in the hotel dining room/Evening class
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Movies can bring out so many emotions. This morning, you will enjoy movie clips and discuss the humor and comedy found. 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 - buy direct from over 120 brand name manufacturer and designer outlet stores. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find endless “must see” venues. Check out Fort Morgan or the Naval Air Station.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel dining room
 Evening: Discover Jubilee, a natural phenomenon that takes place from time to time on the shores of Mobile Bay in Alabama. Occurring mainly on warm summer nights, often in the early pre-dawn hours, the event initiates a joyous beach party. Learn what this rare celebration is all about and why it benefits coastal residents.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning class on Area History/Afternoon class on the Marine Life /All meals served in the hotel dining room/Evening class
(Thursday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Dive into the history of the local area, from early explorers, to Native Americans to a famous battle, discover this unique coastal area.
 Lunch: Lunch is served in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a class given by a representative from the Alabama Department of Marine Resources. Learn about the Gulf Coast seafood industry. Study the different types of marine life found in the Gulf of Mexico and their effects on the coastal economy.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Learn all about alligators this evening. Your presenter will bring a baby alligator to help with the teaching. Explore alligators habits, eating habits and unique features.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast in dining room/ Check out and morning class on Native and Migratory birds.
(Friday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dinning room.
 Morning: Check out of your room.Class on native and migratory birds. This area is one of the first major stopping points for birds flying north. Learn about the many different species traveling through our area.
 Lunch: A boxed lunch to go will be ready after last morning class. You should be finished around 10:30 AM
   
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. For additional information, visit www.fws.gov/bonsecour
  Fort Morgan
Fort 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.

Suggested Reading List


Beachcomber's Guide to Gulf Coast Marine Life, 3rd Edition


Author: Susan Rothchild


Description: ISBN: 1-58979-061-8



Mobile: The History of Alabama's First City


Author: Michael Thomason,ed.




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