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Great Feuds of Southern Appalachia, American Folk Dancing and Folk Song History

Program Number: 17844RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
Price starting at: $675.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

Participants should be able to walk a short distance and stand for one hour.




Date Specific Information

5-4-2014

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Coordinated by Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Center.



Great Feuds of Southern Appalachia

Discover the folklore and little known facts of some famous feuds of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Inspect specific motives behind well known feuds like the Hatfield's and McCoy's and explore other showdowns like the Matewan Massacre.



Folk Dancing Through Our History

Enjoy the social folk dancing that has always been a part of our American heritage from the stately Colonial English Country Dancing, the pioneer Play Parties, the rousing Virginia Reel, to the Appalachian and Western Squares. Simple, fun and great exercise, there is no experience necessary to enjoy these cultural treasures.



Folk Song History

Take a journey of our country through American folk songs. Learn the significance of music as it applies to colonialism, independence, seafaring, railroads, cowboys, the Civil War and the dust bowl days. Sing along and enjoy memories galore.




Smith Mountain Lake

This popular destination, often called the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains," comprises 500 miles of shoreline within a historic three-county region that includes Jefferson's "Poplar Forest" retreat and the birthplace of Booker T. Washington.



Accommodations
Modern conference center on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake; Wireless internet access throughout the entire 4-H Center campus.
Meals and Lodgings
   Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
  Smith Mountain Lake, VA 5 nights
 Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Contact info: 775 Hermitage Rd.
Wirtz, VA 24184 USA
phone: 540-721-2759 xext264
web: www.skelton4hcenter.org
  Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a dresser and abundant shelf/closet space, a table and two chairs for relaxing/reading. Table lamps and a clock radio are provided in each guest room.
  Facility amenities: The Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center is a modern, multi-purpose conference facility. Up to 400 people can gather in the Center's dining and auditorium facility and/or meet in our 12 meeting rooms. In addition, we offer two picnic shelters, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoes, mini-golf course, campfire circle, amphitheater campfire, sports fields, nature trails and a beautiful scene from the shoreline gazebo and deck. The Center has 57 lodging rooms with private baths than can sleep up to 228 people. We offer a quiet, peaceful setting which provides our Road Scholar guests the opportunity to focus on the coursework for the week and the time to get to know one another in greater depth.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $50-$60 Lodging may be available before and/or after each program begins. Please contact Dennis Crowley at 540-721-2759, ext. 264 to make arrangements.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $50-$60 Lodging may be available before and/or after each program begins. Please contact Dennis Crowley at 540-721-2759, ext. 264 to make arrangements.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Taubman Conference Room - 3 PM. You will be staying at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Taubman Conference Room - Noon. You will be staying at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is ample free parking available within 50 feet from the overnight accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Smith Mountain Lake, VA
  Nearest city or town:  Rocky Mount, Va and Bedford, VA
  Nearest highway: I-81
  Nearest airport:  Roanoke, Virginia
  From End of Program
  Location: Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Roanoke, VA

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 540-345-7711
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $70 per cab
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Very often Participants are able to obtain return transportation to the Roanoke, VA airport with fellow Participants they have met during the program; however, if this is not an option, additional transportation providers available to the Roanoke airport include: Liberty Cab - 540-344-1776, Prestige Limo - 540-342-8049, Executive Limo - 540-366-4644, Airport Limo - 540-345-7710

 

Roanoke, VA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 540-345-7711
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $70
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Additional transportation providers available from the Roanoke airport include: Liberty Cab - 540-344-1776, Prestige Limo - 540-342-8049, Executive Limo - 540-366-4644, Airport Limo - 540-345-7710

 
Driving Directions
  Roanoke, Virginia From I-81 take exit 143 - I-581 South (220 South) through Roanoke and Boones Mill. Continue past Boones Mill - being careful to avoid the speed trap almost continually in operation here - for approximately 4 1/2 miles to the traffic light at Wirtz Rd. (Route 697). A Dairy Queen & Exxon station will be on the corner on your left. Turn left on Wirtz Rd. and follow this road for approximately 5 miles to a stop sign. At the stop sign turn left onto Booker T. Washington Highway (Route 122). Go about 1 mile to Burnt Chimney Rd. (Route 670) and take a hard right. Follow this road for 7 miles to Lovely Valley Rd (Route 668) - you'll start to see small green signs directing you to the 4-H Center - and take a right onto Lovely Valley Rd. Follow this road about 1 mile to the stop sign. Turn right onto Crafts Ford Rd. (Route 944) - go approximately 1 1/2 miles to a sharp curve and turn left onto Hermitage Rd. (Route 669) . Follow Hermitage Rd. to the Center - the Taubman Conference Center where registration will be held is in the first building on your left as you enter the Center grounds just past the cemetery. A map with detailed instructions will be included in the Welcome Packet.
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/Center Tour/Dinner/Orientation/Get Acquainted
(Sunday, May 4)

Note: Our casual, 30 minute walking tour of the Center grounds will introduce you to the features offered on site. Participants should be able to walk up a short, relatively steep walkway - or may opt out of this part of the tour.



   
 Afternoon: Participants are welcome to arrive at the Center any time after 1 PM; however, formal registration begins at 3 PM and extends until 5 PM. At 5 PM we'll gather together in the Conference Center to begin a voluntary casual walking tour of the Center grounds and facilities.
 Dinner: Your first meal with us will be dinner served in Smith Hall - the Center's administrative and dining facility. All meals are served in an "all you can eat" buffet style which has people coming back for oftentimes more than seconds - including dessert! We can accommodate low fat, low salt, vegetarian and Atkins Diet devotees.
 Evening: Your Road Scholar Coordinator will begin the Orientation/Get Acquainted portion of the program promptly at 7 PM. The first 45 minutes of the program are spent on administrative issues such as emergency procedures, phone numbers, etc. We will also view a 10 minute film which provides a good overview of Smith Mountain Lake itself. Given past experience we should be through by 8:30 PM allowing you ample opportunity to rest up for the next day's activities.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/Folk Dances/Folk Song History/Lunch/Great Feuds/Dinner/Feuds
(Monday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Our first breakfast at the Center will begin at 7:30 - the buffet line will remain open until 8:15; however, as is usually the case, most participants will arrive early to begin sampling the fare.
 Morning: The morning period of instruction will begin at 8:45 providing ample time to freshen up after breakfast. From 8:45 until 10:15 we'll begin our discussion about the fascinating story of American Folk Dances. After a 15 minute break at 10:30 we'll start our review of the great folk songs of the U.S. and how they came into being.
 Lunch: Our first lunch together will introduce you to the many and varied delicacies prepared in our kitchen under the guidance of our own "Aunt Mandy".
 Afternoon: Afternoon class will begin at 1 PM and you won't have to worry about falling asleep as we begin our study of the fascinating history and origins of some of the famous feuds in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Class will end at 2:30 enabling you to explore the many nearby historical attractions, do some antique shopping or simply relax at the lakeside gazebo and deck.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30.
 Evening: Beginning at 7 PM we'll resume our study of some of the more (in)famous Appalachian feuds. Class will conclude at 8:30 allowing those who wish to do so to read, play cards, surf the Web and/or socialize.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast/Folk Song History/Feuds/Lunch/Trip to Booker T. Washington's Birthplace/Dinner/Folk Dances
(Tuesday, May 6)

Note: We will tour Booker T. Washington's Birthplace which will necessitate walking a short distance and standing for approximately one hour.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30.
 Morning: Class will start at 8:45 with a continuation of our study of the folk songs which mirrored the history of the U.S.. Later in the morning after a 15 minute break we'll rejoin our discussion of Appalachian feuds.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from Noon until 12:45.
 Afternoon: You're in for a real treat as we travel to Booker T. Washington's Birthplace and National Monument to view and tour the boyhood home of the great African-American educator and leader who was born into slavery on this farm in 1856. A brief orientation film and a walking tour of the site are highlights of the visit.
 Dinner: Dinner from 5:30 to 6:15 PM.
 Evening: Class again will begin promptly at 7 PM and conclude by 8:30 PM. Tonight we'll have the pleasure of learning more about the development of the unique American Folk Dance culture.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast/Folk Dances/Folk Song History/Lunch/Feuds/Dinner/Folk Song History/Movie
(Wednesday, May 7)

Note: Another day devoted to singing and dancing - participation encouraged, but not required.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast again at 7:30 AM.
 Morning: Class will begin again at 8:45. This morning we'll resume our fascinating look at the varied style of American Folk Dances and from 10:30 until Noon continue our study of the many varieties of Folk Songs which have mirrored the growth of America.
 Lunch: Lunch from Noon until 12:45 PM.
 Afternoon: Class reconvenes again at 1 PM. This afternoon we'll spend an all too brief period of time studying the causes of and participants in the great Hatfield/McCoy feud.. Afternoon class ends at 2:30 PM affording you your last opportunity to do some area exploring on your own before the schedule becomes too busy to allow it.
 Dinner: Dinner again at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Class at 7 PM. Until 8:30 you'll be enthralled by stories and anecdotes about folk songs including a number of sing alongs of old favorites. After hearing and singing all these memorable tunes it will be an interesting change of pace to view a light comedy. Following a short break we'll show the 1991 movie "What About Bob?". The movie - although in the film supposedly taking place on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire - was actually filmed at Smith Mountain Lake. As a result, locations and sites in the movie will be pointed out tomorrow as we travel to our "field trip" destinations - your chance to see a little of what goes into selecting scenes and locations for movies.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Breakfast/Folk dances/Folk Songs/Lunch/Field Trip to the National D-Day Memorial/Dinner/Entertainment
(Thursday, May 8)

Note: Our trip to the D-Day Memorial will necessitate walking a short distance and standing for approximately one hour. Golf carts are available for those not able or desiring to walk or stand for this amount of time.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.
 Morning: From 8:45 until 10:15 we'll continue our study of the many facets of Folk Dancing. From 10:30 until Noon we'll resume studying the fascinating aspects of our national folk song heritage - including how to play the Appalachian dulcimer.
 Lunch: Lunch at Noon.
 Afternoon: We'll begin our trip by boarding our motor coach after fortifying ourselves at "Aunt Mandy's" luncheon buffet. Our ride to the D-Day Memorial will take us past a number of interesting historical and local sites which we'll be sure to describe. A few locations appearing in the "What About Bob?" movie shown last night will also be pointed out. The National D-Day Memorial is a stirring and moving memorial and testament to the courage and bravery of those men and women who participated in the invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. Those who have experienced the Memorial will never forget the lasting impression it leaves on the heart and soul. We'll arrive back at the Center in time for Dinner at 5:30.
 Dinner: The last dinner at the Center.
 Evening: The entertainment will leave you pleasantly surprised and finally mesmerized by the talent on display. Since you all have a long trip home tomorrow the "show" will conclude by 10 PM.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast/Check Out of Rooms/Folk Dances/Feuds/Lunch/Departure
(Friday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.
 Morning: You'll have until the class starts (8:45) to move out of your rooms; however, if you need more time, just let us know and we can arrange a later "check out" time. During our last classes together we'll conclude our studies of American Folk Dances and Appalachian feuds and you'll leave with a much greater appreciation of both fields of study.
 Lunch: Lunch at Noon.
 Afternoon: Departure after Lunch. Have a safe trip home!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Smith Mountain Lake, VA Activities
Enjoy hiking on our scenic Shoreline Trail and keep in shape throughout the week. The trail winds along the shores of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake for approximately 1 mile. For additional information, visit www.skelton4hcenter.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


Blood Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance


Author: Liosa Alther


Booker T Washington: A Re-Examination


Author: Lee Walker


Courthose Tragedy Hillsville, VA


Author: Rufus Gardner


Guest of Honor: Booker T Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation


Author: Deborah Davis


Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day


Author: Cornelius Ryan


The Bedord Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice


Author: Alex Kershaw


The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys


Author: Dean King


The Story of My Life and Work


Author: Booker T Washington


Up From History


Author: Robert Norrell


Up From Slavery


Author: Booker T Washington




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