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Ragtime, Early Tin Pan Alley & Dixieland Jazz on Jekyll: Millionaire’s Retreat

Program Number: 8009RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/26/2014 - 1/31/2014; 2/28/2016 - 3/4/2016; 10/23/2016 - 10/28/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $985.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation; History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Spend a week with one of the country's leading authorities and performers in the field of Ragtime, Dixieland and turn-of-the century popular music. Learn about great musicians like Scott Joplin, W. C. Handy, Irving Berlin, Fats Waller and others, and immerse yourself in the music with live piano performances of the tunes for which these artists are best remembered. Also explore Jekyll Island – one of Georgia’s southernmost barrier islands – home to the famous Jekyll Island Club, the exclusive and lavish resort where families like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts once wintered.




Highlights

• During your stay, learn the history of the extravagant Jekyll Island Club Hotel, formerly one of the most exclusive clubs in America which counted Morgans, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts among its members.
• Learn from one of American’s leading authorities and performers of Ragtime, Dixieland and other popular turn-of-the-century music with live piano performances and engaging lectures.
• Venture to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to witness the sea turtles that use the beaches of Jekyll Island as nesting grounds every year.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a half-mile on the beach for the marsh walk, standing for on-site lectures during excursions, getting on/off a van for the beach walk.



The Jekyll Island Club Hotel has a limited number of handicapped-accessible rooms. Please notify Road Scholar Contact Center Staff upon registration if a handicapped room is required. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Coordinated by Georgia College.




Jekyll Island

One of Georgia’s southernmost barrier islands, Jekyll Island has a storied past. At the turn of the century, it hosted an exclusive club that attracted the likes of the Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Much of that world is preserved in a historic district near the riverfront. Today, the island is popular for golfing, fishing and kayaking.



Accommodations
Participants will stay at the elegant and historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island`s only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark.

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

Tex Wyndham is an author, scholar, versatile musician, singer and all-around entertainer. A recognized authority on ragtime and early jazz, Tex has performed for a half-century in the U.S. and abroad as a ragtime soloist, band pianist, cornetist and bandleader. He has headlined national festivals and cruises, and can be heard on over 40 recordings. Tex has written a book on Dixieland music and many columns and reviews on ragtime and classic jazz.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  Jekyll Island, GA 5 nights
 Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Type: Resort
  Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.
  Contact info: 375 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 855-787-3857 xx9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com
  Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker.
  Facility amenities: Your resort fee provides: bell staff service with your luggage, housekeeping gratuity, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water (2), daily newspaper, use of in-room safe, local phone calls and in-coming faxes, toll free numbers and long distance access charges, high speed wireless Internet services, use of the fitness room, pool towel service (seasonal), beach pavilion chairs & umbrellas (seasonal), complimentary on property parking, and the use of computer station with printer in front desk lobby. Enjoy extraordinary amenities within the Jekyll Island Club Hotel accommodations (some are fee based): room service (7:00am 10:00pm), lending library, day spa and salon, gift shops, bike rentals, concierge services, swimming pool (outdoor), croquet lawn, and complimentary intra-island transportation.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $130 - $150 approximately $130 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $130 - $150 approximately $130 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration will be in the hotels lobby at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program will end at 10:30 a.m. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel is free of charge. There is a $6 entry fee when you come onto the Island.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jekyll Island, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Brunswick, GA
  Nearest highway: U.S. Highway 17.
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Jacksonville, FL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Jekyll Island, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Island Premier $35.00 for one and $5.00 each additional person one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 

Jekyll Island/Jacksonville, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
A2B Transport
phone: 912-233-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $90.00 for two people, $20.00 for each additional person.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113 and MAX Transport 912-634-7749.

 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Island Premier $55.00 per person for two and $10.00 each additional person one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 
Driving Directions
  From Exit 29 on I-95 By Land On I-95 take Exit 29 onto Highway 17/82 North for 6 miles to the Jekyll Island Causeway (State Road 520). Proceed on the Causeway East 5 miles to the Jekyll Island collection station ($6 park entry fee). Proceed over the bridge and take the first left. This is Riverview Drive and takes you directly to the front of the hotel.
Elevation Note: Elevation is just above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: No special equipment is required.
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: Arrive on Jekyll Island, GA and check into the Hotel. Dinner and orientation will follow.
(Sunday, January 26)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive on Jekyll Island, GA and check into the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Also, check in with the Road Scholar facilitator and you'll receive a program packet containing your name tag, most up-to-date schedule, and other helpful information.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in a banquet room at the historic Jekyll Island Club. The Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures. Its impressive members included such luminaries as J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Vincent Astor, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt. Other recognizable names on the roster were Macy, Goodyear and Gould.
 Evening: Orientation will follow dinner. We will discuss program details and activities for the week.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ragtime/Early Tin Pan Alley/Dixieland/Jazz, and Jekyll History
(Monday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices. The Grand Dining room is beautifully restored in Victorian mode and features Ionic columns and gleaming white woodwork. Three handsome fireplaces add cheer on Winter days. In Spring, the lawns and the river seen through expansive windows frame the first blossoms of crepe myrtle and magnolia trees.
 Morning: Learn about ragtime, including its history and structure, and its different styles. Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake and other prominent ragtime composers will be covered, including complete live piano solo performances of important rags.
 Lunch: A delightful lunch will be served.
 Afternoon: Learn about the millionaires, once representing 1/6 of our nation's wealth, who used this area as a winter retreat. A guide will lead you through the Club era and discuss the social history.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in one of the Jekyll Island Club's historic banquet rooms. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures in the Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark.
 Evening: The instructor will talk about life in the colonies; what they wore, what they ate and their way of life. She will bring colonial clothing and dress some of the participants for a "look" at colonial dress.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ragtime Jazz, Ecology, Sheet Music
(Tuesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices.
 Morning: Begin with an introduction to blues music, its history and structure, including live piano performances of key blues compositions by W. C. Handy and other blues pioneers. Continue through the origins of Tin Pan Alley, touching on its prominent composers and lyricists, such as Irving Berlin, and hear some of its most famous works, such as "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Baby)".
 Lunch: A delightful lunch will be served.
 Afternoon: You will hear about the fascinating Ecology of one of Georgia's Barrier Islands. Learn about the inhabitants that call this area home such as the Knobbed Whelk, the State Shell of Georgia and other interesting critters. You'll also hear about the sea turtles who come back year after year to use the beaches of Jekyll Island as a nesting ground. You will enjoy an excursion to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, as well.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in one of the Jekyll Island Club's historic banquet rooms. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures in the Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark.
 Evening: See examples of sheet music cover art from the late 1800s to the late 1930s. Learn about some of the artists and several of the publishers. Find out how the sheet music publishing business expanded during the Tin Pan Alley period.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ragtime lecture, Free Afternoon and Evening
(Wednesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices.
 Morning: Continue your Tin Pan Alley adventure with live piano performances of selections by Jerome Kern ("They Didn't Believe Me""), Shelton Brooks ("Some Of These Days") and a special section on Walter Donaldson ("My Blue Heaven", "Yes, Sir! That's My Baby!" and many others). Learn why Tin Pan Alley died.
 Lunch: A delightful lunch will be served.
 Afternoon: Wednesday afternoon and evening is free to give participants a chance to visit nearby attractions such as St. Simons Island and enjoy the local cuisine. Dinner on your own.
 Evening: Free time for exploring on your own.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Dixieland Jazz, Georgia Sea Turtle Excursion
(Thursday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices.
 Morning: Explore Dixieland jazz via capsule biographies of some of the most influential Dixielanders, such as Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Eddie Condon, James P. Johnson and Louis Armstrong including live piano performances of tunes for which they are best remembered. Say good-bye with a special wrapup section of the program.
 Lunch: A delightful lunch will be served.
 Afternoon: Our ecology instructor will continue to amaze you with the many critters that call our area home. Marsh/Beach walk for a hands-on experience of Georgia's ecology.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in one of the Jekyll Island Club's historic banquet rooms. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures in the Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark
 Evening: An entertaining program will be held.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up/Departures
(Friday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty, healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room, including: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, sausage, oatmeal, "Home Fries", grits, and a Daily Special Breakfast Entrée. Homemade Danish, Muffins and Biscuits come fresh from the Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare your toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee as well as a selection of hot teas, milk (whole, 2% or skim) and an assortment of juices.
 Morning: Independent departures.
 Morning: Jekyll Island Trivia includes a summary of the week. Hotel check-out is at noon. We hope you have enjoyed this special new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jekyll Island, GA General Overview
Jekyll Island's Historic District has several speciality shops as well as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the clubhouse for many of America's elite business men. Other areas of interest located near Jekyll Island are St. Simons Island, home to several historic places including Fort Frederica, Bloody Marsh Battle site, etc. There are also other interesting islands located near Jekyll Island including Sapelo Island where you will find a plantation once owned by R. J. Reynolds and Cumberland Island home to many wild horses. Other areas of interest near Jekyll Island include Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, an old rice plantation and Brunswick Georgia which has many historic buildings and landmarks as well as several antique shops. Jekyll Island is located approximately one hour south of Historic Savannah Georgia.
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


Texas Shout: How Dixieland Jazz Works


Author: Tex Wyndham




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