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The Virginia International Tattoo at the Virginia Arts Festival

Program Number: 18354RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/24/2014 - 4/27/2014; 4/23/2015 - 4/26/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Price starting at: $725.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

More than just a bulldog inked onto a U.S. Marine, tattoos are ceremonial performances of military music that have evolved from a European tradition dating to the 17th century. Each tattoo is different and influenced by the culture of the country whence it originated. Attend America’s largest tattoo, held annually as the headliner of the Virginia Arts Festival.




Highlights

• Observe over 800 performers — military drummers, pipers and drill teams — plus choirs and dancers.
• Delve into Norfolk’s U.S. Navy history as you enjoy a boat excursion through the Norfolk Naval Base and a visit to the Nauticus interactive museum.
• Enjoy VIP seating for the Parade of Nations, featuring bands, floats and marching units from all NATO member countries.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to few blocks per day over uneven terrain; standing at theaters and museums.




Date Specific Information

4-24-2014

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




Norfolk

Virginia's second-largest city, bordered by the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay, enjoys a long history as a strategic military position and is home to the world’s largest naval base and the defense headquarters of NATO. Visitors to the Ghent Historic District can admire stately architecture just a short walk from shopping, dining and nightlife.



Accommodations
Hotel located on the Norfolk waterfront.

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

Sharon began working as a Site Coordinator and Group Leader with Road Scholar programming throughout Vermont in 2003. Since that time, she has helped in developing programs that take her all over New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. She received her certification with IGA (International Guide Academy) in 2012 and continues working with them as an instructor helping others achieve certification as tour guides and directors.
 
James Dassatti

James Dassatti is the executive director of the Vermont Living History Association and states that he “lives to teach.” A graduate of Norwich University in Vermont, James instructs Road Scholar programs on Lake Champlain history and the American Revolution.
 
Peggy Haile McPhillips

Peggy McPhillips is a life-long resident of Norfolk, Va., and a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton Va. She currently serves as president of the Norfolk Historical Society, and is on the boards of the Friends of Historic Houses, Chrysler Museum of Art, Friends of Norfolk's Historic Cemeteries and Norfolk History Museum. Peggy is the author of “Historic Photos of Norfolk, Virginia,” and contributes to Downtowner Magazine. Sharing Norfolk's history is one of her favorite things to do!
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
  Norfolk, VA 3 nights
 Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located near the waterfront and easy access to many of our Tattoo events. Free parking in the Main Street Garage which is located across from the hotel on Atlantic Street. There is a connecting bridge located on the 3rd floor of the hotel to the garage. If guests park in a different garage (ie. Waterside Garage) we will not be able to validate your parking tickets.
  Contact info: 235 E. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-628-6449
web: www.marriott.com
  Room amenities: Guest rooms: Wireless, Air conditioning Alarm clock Bottled water, for a fee Coffee maker/tea service Electrical adapters Individual climate control Iron and ironing board Luxurious bedding - down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens Mini fridge in some rooms Pillows: down/feather Pillows: foam Bathroom Amenities Hair dryer
  Facility amenities: Fitness Fitness Center , Swimming Virginia Beach Oceanfront 20 mile(s) Indoor Pool Whirlpool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $129 to $149 Call Provider for rates and information.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $129 to $149 Call Provider for rates and information.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Please check in with the Road Scholar on site coordinator in the hotel lobby after you have checked into your room beginning at 3:00pm. Free parking in the Main Street Garage You will be staying at Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
This program concludes with lunch at Nauticus at 11:30am. You will be staying at Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free adjacent to the hotel. Park in the Main Street Garage which is located across from the hotel on Atlantic Street. There is a connecting bridge located on the 3rd floor of the hotel to the garage.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Norfolk, VA
  Nearest city or town:  Norfolk
  Nearest highway: Rte 264
  Nearest airport:  Norfolk International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Norfolk, VA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Norfolk, VA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Connection
phone: 866-823-4626
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Airport Connection is available 24 hrs./day. They will accept on-line reservations at onetransportationsolution.com. One passenger at full fare, each addl. pass. at $5.00 p.p., max. of 4 pass. on one fare.

 

Norfolk

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Black & White
phone: 757-855-4444

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $25-$30.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Several taxi companies are available outside the terminal upon your arrival. B&W wil accept credit cards

 

Norfolk, VA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Andy's Cab
phone: 757-461-8880

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $28.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Several taxi companies are available outside the terminal upon your arrival.

 
Driving Directions
  From East •Take I-64 East toward Richmond •Just before reaching Richmond, take I-295 South (toward Norfolk, Virginia Beach) •Bypass Richmond, then get back onto I-64 East. •Continue to I-264 West and take Exit 284A (toward Norfolk). •Follow Exit 9 to Waterside Drive.
  From North •Take Interstate 95 South toward Richmond. •Just before Richmond, take Interstate 295 South (toward Norfolk, Virginia Beach). •Bypass Richmond, then get back onto Interstate 64 East. •Continue to Interstate 264 West and take Exit 284A (toward Norfolk). •Follow to Exit 9 Waterside Drive.
  From South •Take I-95 South to Route 58 East (toward Norfolk). •Follow Route 58 East to I-264 East (toward Norfolk). •Go through the downtown tunnel and over the bridge. •Take the Waterside Drive Exit and stay on the left.
  From West •Take Route 58 East (toward Norfolk). •Follow 58 East to I-264 East (toward Norfolk). •Go through the downtown tunnel and over the bridge. •Take the Waterside Drive Exit and stay on the left.
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: Afternoon Arrival/Orientation
(Thursday, April 24)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK IN: Park in the Main Street Garage which is located across from the hotel on Atlantic Street. There is a connecting bridge located on the 3rd floor of the hotel to the garage. If guests park in a different garage (ie. Waterside Garage) we will not be able to validate your parking tickets.Please arrive at the Hotel to register between 3:00-4:30pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Program staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 6:00 PM to settle into your room.
 Dinner: This evening enjoy a three course plated dinner served at the hotel. This may also be a buffet. TBD
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will ask participants introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions. We will have a representative from the Tattoo in to welcome us.
   
Accommodations: Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Museum visit, meet with members of the Virginia International Tattoo and Tattoo performance
(Friday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts will be at the hotel. They serve a variety of plated options. Breakfasts may also be served as a buffet. TBD
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we will visit the Glass blowing Studio at the Chrylser Museum. The Main buliding of the museum is under costruction this year and as such will be closed. Centuries-old paintings cannot be kept in a facility without temperature and humidity control, so as this work progresses, portions of the Museum will be closed as the art is moved into safekeeping. The entire main building has been closed throughout 2013, with the intended grand reopening of the Museum scheduled for April 2014. If the main building is open, we will explore this venue.
 Lunch: Lunch will be provided in one of Norfolk's many lovely restaurants.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Meet with performers and directors of the Festival to learn planning, booking and performing in the Tattoo. This discussion will be followed by a behind the scenes tour of the Tattoo.
 Dinner: Another wonderful three course dinner will be served at the hotel. You will make dinner selections prior to arrival.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: The beat of the drums, the call of the trumpets, the roar of the crowds-the mighty sounds of the Virginia International Tattoo return to Norfolk in May! The Tattoo is sure to set hearts racing with more than 850 performers from several countries joining forces, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Germany and the Czech Republic. It was awarded the American Bus Association's prestigious "Internationally Known Event" designation as one of the "Top 100 Events in North America". The Tattoo thrills with music, majesty, and might. You have to see it to believe it!
   
Accommodations: Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Parade of Nations, Victory Rover Harbor Cruise and Evening performance with the Virginia Coast Chorus
(Saturday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts will be at the hotel. They serve a variety of plated options. Breakfasts may also be served as a buffet. TBD
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we will enjoy the Parade of Nations in VIP seating. Take your reserved seat at the Parade of Nations. Witness this fabulous parade of bands, floats and marching units from all member NATO nations.
 Lunch: Lunch is provided, however you get to choose from among the many eateries in the Waterside Marketplace or on Town Point Park.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Victory Rover offers 2 hour long narrated naval base cruises daily from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin. Their professional captains provide a fascinating and entertaining commentary as we cruise the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor. Thrill to the sight of Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Submarines, Guided Missile Cruisers, and all of the other ships that form the World's most powerful Armada.
 Dinner: Another wonderful three course dinner will be served at the hotel. You will make dinner selections prior to arrival.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight we enjoy a performance by the Virginia Coast Chorus. They are a membership organization of female singers, who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize, and have fun. The Virginia Coast Chorus (VCC) was founded in 1986. We range in age from teens to 80s - we are nurses, teachers, government employees, administrative assistants, homemakers, students, retirees - everyday women just like you. We have varied music backgrounds from degrees in music to "can't read a note!" We currently have approximately 40 members from all parts of the Greater Tidewater area. Virginia Coast Chorus loves to get out and sing for our community. We sing at annual shows, a number of community events, and at annual competitions. We are available to sing at your next function or event. If you're looking for a unique musical experience to liven up your event, please check out our Hire Us section. Education In addition to sharing our music with others, another great passion of ours is learning more about the art of a Capella singing. Vocal instruction is a regular part of chorus rehearsals, and a very important component of the chorus experience. A couple of times a year, we will get coaching from a visiting master in the art of barbershop, where we learn many fabulous tricks of the trade
   
Accommodations: Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Nauticus
(Sunday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts will be at the hotel. They serve a variety of plated options. Breakfasts may also be served as a buffet. TBD
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Nauticus inspires and educates with engaging & interactive experiences that celebrate our connections with today's maritime world. Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk's harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world's largest Navy. Programs may be on river ecology, science or other subjects. Boxed lunch available @ Nauticus (option to return to Nauticus after check out)
 Lunch: Boxed lunch available @ Nauticus
   
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.

Suggested Reading List


Legacy: Walter Chrysler Jr. and the Untold Story of Norfolk's Chrysler Museum of Art


Author: Peggy Earle


Description: The Norfolk museum that would one day bear the Chrysler name was always a good museum of its kind, home to a respectable collection serving a smallish city. But when Norfolk native Jean Outland married Walter Chrysler, heir to the automobile manufacturing fortune and an avid art collector, the museum found a person with whom its fortunes would be intertwined, sometimes spectacularly, for decades to come. Walter had already established a Chrysler Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but in 1971—in need of more space and, admittedly, a fresh start—he relocated the operation to Norfolk. In Legacy, Peggy Earle paints a vivid picture of this provincial museum’s transformation into one of the finest art museums on the East Coast. She also delivers a captivating portrait of Walter Chrysler, a generous and demanding man who found in art patronage a focus not only for his wealth but also for his tremendous energy. Not content to merely admire the work, Walter had a naturally gregarious side and was apt to deal with artists such as Pablo Picasso directly. And yet he was also intensely private. Earle provides readers with a fascinating view of the politics of the museum world, where even good relationships are never uncomplicated. (The addition of the Chrysler collection’s works to the museum was not unanimously applauded by the community; nor was it a foregone conclusion that, upon Chrysler’s death, the pieces would even stay with the museum.) This lively account of the unlikely union between an arts maverick and a city on the cusp of cultural evolution sheds new light on how great art finds a place to call home.



Historic Photos of Norfolk


Author: Peggy Haile McPhillips


Description: From Norfolk Naval Base, the world's largest naval base, to the Norfolk Southern Railway, one of North America's largest railroads, Historic Photos of Norfolk is a photographic history collected from the areas top archives. With around 200 photographs, many of which have never been published, this beautiful coffee table book shows the historical growth from the mid 1800's to the late 1900's in stunning black and white photography. The book follows life, government, events and people important to Norfolk and the building of this unique city. Spanning over two centuries and two hundred photographs, this is a must have for any long-time resident or history lover of Norfolk!



Norfolk: A People's History


Author: Ruth A.Rose


Description: With Norfolk: A People's History, Ruth A. Rose takes a fresh look at the people who made Norfolk but who are often overlooked in other versions of the city's history.





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