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Savannah’s Rich Heritage, Remarkable History and Memorable Music

Program Number: 11376RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015; 2/21/2016 - 2/26/2016; 2/28/2016 - 3/4/2016; 3/6/2016 - 3/11/2016; 3/20/2016 - 3/25/2016; 4/3/2016 - 4/8/2016; 4/10/2016 - 4/15/2016; 4/17/2016 - 4/22/2016; 4/24/2016 - 4/29/2016; 5/1/2016 - 5/6/2016; 5/8/2016 - 5/13/2016; 5/15/2016 - 5/20/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Price starting at: $995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Like a graceful Southern Belle, Savannah is where charming public squares and stately live oaks stand alongside meticulously restored town-homes and enchanting cemeteries filled with ornate headstones. In some ways dignified and in others playful, the city is uniformly beautiful and goes out of its way to embody southern hospitality. Hit the streets and squares of Savannah to discover what makes the city special, from low country cuisine to Civil War history and a mosaic of residents, past and present.




Highlights

• Uncover colorful history from generals to ghosts during museum visits and expert-led walks through the historic district.
• Relax to the rhythms of yesteryear as you pay tribute to Savannah native Johnny Mercer during a private recital of his music.
• Taste distinctive Savannah flavors during an interactive cooking class with a noted chef.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on city streets, some uneven; stairs at museums, historic houses; getting on/off buses.




Date Specific Information

2-22-2015, 9-27-2015, 10-4-2015, 10-11-2015, 10-18-2015, 10-25-2015, 11-1-2015, 2-21-2016, 2-28-2016, 3-6-2016, 3-20-2016, 4-3-2016, 4-10-2016, 4-17-2016, 4-24-2016, 5-1-2016, 5-8-2016, 5-15-2016

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



Coordinated by Armstrong State University.




Savannah

One of the world’s most beautiful cities, with the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S., this is Savannah. Residents celebrate their culture, creativity and distinctive cuisine amid Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites, elegant architecture, lush parks, and more than 20 city squares.



Accommodations
First-class hotel in the heart of Savannah’s historic district.

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

A native of southern California, Chef Darin Sehnert pursued his culinary studies in hotel and restaurant management from California State Polytechnic University, and graduated with honors from Johnson & Wales University. He has been a chef in London’s theater district, at Walt Disney World, and the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Darin has also served on the faculty of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at Cal Poly Pomona, and has conducted culinary programs with Le Cordon Bleu-Paris.
 
Jamie Keena

Jamie Keena is a singer of old songs. His repetoire includes folksongs of America and the British Isles, patriotic airs, and “songs written to order” by Tin Pan Alley composers. He received a B.A. in music from the College of William and Mary, and studied voice for five years. Jamie has researched the roots of popular song classics and the development of the music industry. He accompanies his singing with guitar, banjo, and ukelele, and also plays the fife, hammered dulcimer, and concertina.
 
Scott Hodges

A native of Hodges, S.C., Scott has an intriguing family history in the town dating back to the 1750’s. While attending William and Mary College, Scott’s life-long love of colonial history and fascination with theatrics found direction at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. His passion for living history led him to develop several historical characters during his work at the Scott Fort King George State Historic Site, and he now offers these programs to organizations throughout the Southeast.
 
Kim Polote

Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Kim Polote has emerged as Savannah's foremost entertainer. A full-time singer, she has appeared on national television with her accompanist David Duckworth, and has performed with Harry Connick, Jr. She is the only Savannah native ever to win the gold medal for the annual American Traditions Vocal Competition hosted by the Savannah Music Festival. Kim headlines The Kim Polote Trio, which also includes talented musicians David and Alisha Duckworth.
 
David Duckworth

David Duckworth has been a full-time musician in Savannah since 1992, working as a pianist and a record producer. In this time, he has been one of the city's most prolific producers of jazz recordings. David’s music has been featured on PBS and Georgia Public Radio, and he has traveled to perform in New York and Paris several times. David, along with Kim Polote, and his wife Alisha, make up the musical group, The Kim Polote Trio.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
  Savannah, GA 5 nights
 Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.
  Contact info: 15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com
  Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Hotel's regular seasonal rate. Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the hotel's seasonal rates. Hotel staff won't have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start but can still arrange additional reservations if space is available; the hotel fills quickly during popular travel seasons, so please call as early as possible to book additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Hotel's regular seasonal rate. Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the hotel's seasonal rates. Hotel staff won't have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start but can still arrange additional reservations if space is available; the hotel fills quickly during popular travel seasons, so please call as early as possible to book additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is available starting at 4:00 p.m.; registration with group leaders is in the lobby from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after morning class around 10:30 a.m. Hotel check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Signing an Armstrong State University Waiver of Liability/Hold Harmless Agreement is required in order to participate in the program. This form is mailed or emailed with the welcome materials and is to be mailed back to Armstrong State University before the program begins.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking is required at the DeSoto Hilton and is at the participants' expense for $16 per day. In/out privileges with unlimited vehicle access are included. There is also a parking garage 1 block down the street for $0.50 per hour.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Savannah, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Tybee Island, Georgia
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95.
  Nearest airport:  Savannah International Airport (SAV), Savannah, GA.
  From End of Program
  Location: Savannah, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Savannah Historic District

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
KShuttle
phone: 877-243-2050
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 - 30 minutes, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 18 miles

   

$30 round trip. Advanced reservations required. This shuttle serves the Historic District and Hilton Head Island only. There is no free public transportation from the Savannah/Hilton Head Int'l Airport. Website: www.kshuttle.com/

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate I-95 north or south bound to Savannah Historic District/DeSoto Hilton: Exit at 99A (I-16 east), follow to the end where it merges into Montgomery Street. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Liberty Street. Follow for 5 blocks to the DeSoto Hilton, which will be on your right.
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 and Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, February 22)

Note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.



   
 Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:00-6:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
 Dinner: In our meeting room at the hotel, enjoy a plated meal with salad, entrée, side dish, dessert.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: An Introduction to Savannah's Rich History / Historic District Walking Field Trip
(Monday, February 23)

Note: Some uneven terrain while walking.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille, the breakfast buffet is available from 6:30 a.m. and offers a variety of hot and cold items and beverages. Set a breakfast date with some of your fellow participants or get an early start on your own, allowing for a before-class work-out in the fitness center or a morning stroll outside the hotel.
 Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert, an historian with extensive knowledge about Savannah’s history, to learn about some of the fascinating aspects of the people and events that her unique, multifaceted culture over centuries.
 Lunch: At a charming local restaurant in a former apothecary store, enjoy a light, plated lunch.
 Afternoon: Our expert-led walking field trip in the Historic District takes in beautiful sites as we hear stories that will give true sense of Savannah's long journey. Today's field trip will include a visit to the Massie Heritage Center, Georgia's first public school.

We'll return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: At a popular local restaurant situated in a former cotton warehouse overlooking the Savannah River and historic River Street, enjoy a plated meal with salad, choice of entrée, side dish, dessert; specialty beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: At leisure. Linger over the evening meal and share your impressions of Savannah with your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: “Meet” General Oglethorpe / Colonial Architecture and Customs / Lowcountry Cooking with a Renowned Local Chef
(Tuesday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: In the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: “Meet” General James Oglethorpe — from the pages of journals, diaries, and letters of that time period, Gen. Oglethorpe comes to life and relays the first years of the "Georgia Experiment. You’ll be mesmerized by our talented and knowledgeable historic re-enactor, who portrays General Oglethorpe full-character with incredible accuracy.
 Lunch: In our hotel meeting room.
 Afternoon: One of our outstanding history professors will discuss examples of colonial architecture in the Historic District as well as entertainment customs of days long ago.

In the early evening, we’ll ride to a cooking school for a demonstration-lecture with a renowned local chef. Learn about traditional Lowcountry cooking and how to prepare popular local and regional specialties in a fun, interactive format. Receive valuable tips via Chef Darin's vast experience and humorous wit while preparing popular local and regional specialties. Shrimp and grits with red-eye gravy are the stars of the menu tonight, among other delicious dishes you're sure to appreciate.
 Dinner: Enjoy the "fruits" of the cooking class and savor the local flavor of what we’ve helped prepare at the cooking school.
 Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace / Isaiah Davenport House
(Wednesday, February 25)

Note: Walking to/from field trip and meal locations, up to approximately 1.5 miles at a comfortable pace; some uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: In the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Savannah has been the home of innumerable noteworthy individuals. One of them was Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. The beautiful home where she was born and raised — known officially as the Wayne-Gordon House — now serves as a National Center for the organization. Led by an expert, we’ll explore this handsome English Regency house that became Savannah’s first registered National Historic Landmark in 1965 and learn about the families who had a lasting impact on our historic city and beyond.
 Lunch: At a lovely restaurant in the Historic District, enjoy a casual lunch with choice of sandwiches, side dish, and dessert. The 17Hundred90 Inn and restaurant is filled with history, charm, and even a ghost story or two!
 Afternoon: During a late afternoon field trip to the Isaiah Davenport House, we’ll have an expert-led, detailed look into the fascinating aspects of 19th century Savannah people and events. This stately Federal-style house we would call a mansion, constructed in 1820 by master builder Isaiah Davenport for his family, is one of the oldest brick structures in the city. Changing hands, it gradually deteriorated over generations until threatened with demolition in 1955. Then, as the first act of the Historic Savannah Foundation, it was saved, restored, and opened to the public as a museum in 1963. Learn about the house, its inhabitants, and Savannah’s historic preservation movement.
 Dinner: Enjoy a relaxed, plated dinner with salad, choice of three entrées, side dish, and dessert; adult and specialty beverages available for purchase. The River House Seafood Restaurant is situated directly on the Savannah River with breathtaking views of massive cargo ships occasionally passing by just outside the windows.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Music of Johnny Mercer / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Thursday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Delight in an entertaining musical presentation featuring the songs of Savannah's own Johnny Mercer, performed by an outstanding trio with a singer and instrumentalists. A native of Savannah, John Herndon Mercer (1909-1976) became one of the most prolific and successful figures in 20th century American popular music. He wrote more than 1,400 songs for two dozen theatrical productions and 100 movies, garnering 18 Academy Award nominations and four wins for “Best Song” — the most famous of which remains “Moon River.” Mercer was a leading radio personality and recording artist, co-founder of Capitol Records, and co-founder of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His “sound” came from his upbringing in the scenic countryside surrounding Savannah including African-American music as well as public concerts and dances.
 Lunch: In the DeSoto Grille.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: American Popular Song / Wrap-Up Session / Program Concludes
(Friday, February 27)

Note: Hotel check-out is by 11:00 a.m.



   
 Breakfast: In the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Our talented balladeer/historian will give a final presentation on American popular song. Hear favorite standards and feel free to join in! This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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


Savannah in the Time of Peter Tondee: The Road to Revolution in Colonial Georgia


Author: Carl Weeks


Description: Fictional account of Savannah's first 50 years from Oglethorpe to Independence



A Black Woman's Civil War Memories


Author: Susie King Taylor Weiner


Description: Reissue of a 1902 book by a nurse/teacher/former slave-memoirs of a black woman around the time of the Civil War.



Civil War Savannah


Author: Derek Smith


Description: Glimpse into the lives of the men and women who forever will be associated with Savannah through the wartime deeds.



Lady From Savannah: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low


Author: Daisy Gordon Lawrence


Description: Story of the founder of the Girl Scouts and her remarkable family. Available form the Girl Scouts.



The Complete Stories: Flannery O'Conner


Author: Flannery O'Conner


Description: Native Savannian who won the 1971 National Book Award for Fiction. Thirty-one tales depicting the humorous, of near tragic conditions of life in the Deep South during the fifties.



Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


Author: John Berendt


Description: Referred to in Savannah as "The Book"-non-fiction, adult language-account of a local antique dealer, Jim Williams', four (!) trials for the same murder in the 1980's-also a Clint Eastwood movie released in 1997.



Spectres and Other Strange Tales/Savannah


Author: Margaret W. DeBolt


Description: Good dose of regional history and insights into the lives of people living in and around Savannah for decades-and of course-local legends/ghost stories.



A Guide to the Georgia Coast, The Georgia Conservancy


Author: Suzanne McIntosh


Description: Natural, historical, cultural, and recreational sites along the Georgia coast are described in detail. Includes driving maps and directions.





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