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Savannah’s Rich Heritage, Remarkable History and Memorable Music

Program Number: 11376RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 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;
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    

Part demure Southern belle, part New Orleans jazzman, Savannah is where graceful plantation homes, charming public squares and stately live oaks stand alongside lively blues venues and gothic cemeteries filled with ornate headstones and eccentric ghost hunters. In some ways dignified and in others playful, the city is uniformly beautiful and goes out of its way to embody Southern hospitality and charm. Hit the streets and squares of Savannah to discover what makes the city special, from lowcountry geography 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 two miles on city streets, some uneven; stairs at museums, historic houses; getting on/off buses.



Program #11377 Savannah History, Mystery and Music offers many of the same educational elements, at a lower price with lodgings at a midtown motel.




Date Specific Information

9-21-2014, 10-5-2014, 10-12-2014, 10-19-2014, 10-26-2014, 11-2-2014, 2-22-2015, 3-1-2015, 3-8-2015, 3-22-2015, 3-29-2015, 4-12-2015, 4-19-2015, 4-26-2015, 5-3-2015, 5-10-2015, 9-27-2015, 10-4-2015, 10-11-2015, 10-18-2015, 10-25-2015, 11-1-2015

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



Coordinated by Armstrong Atlantic 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.
Paul Blatner

A native of Savannah and a 14th-generation Southerner, Paul Blatner has the distinct honor of being the co-founder and first curator-director of the Savannah History Museum. He holds master’s degrees in American studies and museum studies from the Smithsonian Institution Program at George Washington University, and is an avid antiques dealer. Paul’s colorful wit combined with his knowledge of Savannah’s past have made him a favorite instructor with Road Scholar participants for over 15 years.
 
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.
 
Christopher Hendricks

Chris Hendricks is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., and stayed there to be educated at Wake Forest University, where he majored in history and English. He went on to graduate school at William and Mary and specialized in Colonial American history. At William and Mary, he held an apprenticeship in historical archeology, and worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Chris taught for a year at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before coming to Armstrong in 1993.
 
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.
 
Alisha Duckworth

Alisha has performed the upright bass regularly in venues such as the Mulberry Inn, City Market, the Johnny Mercer Festival, and numerous other locations throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina. She has been making music with her husband David since she met him in 1992 as his guitar student, and can be heard playing great music around town and performing as the third member of extremely talented The Kim Polote Trio, along with David and Kim.
 
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 Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.
  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 Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.
  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 Road Scholar Health & Safety 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: Check-in, registration, dinner, and orientation at the hotel.
(Sunday, April 12)

Note: Please note: any element of this program schedule is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen circumstances.



   
 Afternoon: Afternoon check-in at the hotel starts at 4:00 p.m. and Road Scholar registration is in the lobby between 5:00-6:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel meeting room where orientation will take place following the meal.
 Evening: Orientation - meet and greet fellow participants and go over the week's itinerary.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Savannah's Historical Splendor: Lecture and field trip with a brilliant historian highlighting Savannah's fascinating evolution over the past centuries.
(Monday, April 13)

Note: An active afternoon of walking and riding to and from field trip and lunch locations over uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: In this morning's lecture, discuss the fascinating aspects of Savannah's history that shaped her unique, multifaceted culture.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant, The Gryphon, which occupies a former apothecary store.
 Afternoon: An expert-led, walking and riding adventure of the Historic District, taking in beautiful sites and hearing stories that will give true sense of Savannah's long journey.
 Dinner: Savor a delicious dinner with the group at Vic's on the River, located in a beautiful old cotton warehouse overlooking the Savannah River and historic River Street.
 Evening: After a long, busy first day, there will be no formal activity after dinner, leaving plenty of time to linger over the evening meal.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Savannah's Notable People, Places, and Pastimes: From the founder of the colony to the founder of the Girl Scouts, Savannah's past residents' stories are revealed today.
(Tuesday, April 14)

Note: An active morning of walking to and from field trip and lunch locations over uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Discover some of Savannah's notable people and places with a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. Meet the Gordons - a prominent, early Savannah family that made lasting impact on our historic city and beyond.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a lovely restaurant in the Historic District filled with history and charm.
 Afternoon: Visit with 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."
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner with your fellow participants at the hotel or a local restaurant.
 Evening: Spend the evening learning from one of our outstanding History professors about colonial architecture that can be seen throughout the historic district as well as entertainment customs of days long ago.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Savor Savannah's Southern Culinary Delights and Ponder Life in 19th Century Savannah: Spend the morning "in the kitchen" and the afternoon "in the past."
(Wednesday, April 15)

Note: An active morning and afternoon of walking to and from field trip and meal locations over uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Low country cooking with a renowned local chef - learn how to prepare popular local and regional specialties.
 Lunch: Enjoy the "fruits" of the morning cooking class, eating what was prepared at the cooking school.
 Afternoon: A late afternoon field trip to the Isaiah Davenport House reveals a detailed look into the celebrated visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to early 19th century Savannah.
 Dinner: Enjoy a relaxed-paced dinner with your fellow participants at a local restaurant filled with character and ambiance.
 Evening: Because of the late afternoon program, there will be no formal activity after dinner, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the evening meal.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Memorable Mercer Music and Free Afternoon/Evening: Enjoy the lyrics and melodies that shaped early American music then venture out into Savannah on your own.
(Thursday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Delight in an entertaining musical presentation featuring the songs of Savannah's own Johnny Mercer, performed by an outstanding trio of singer/musicians.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Afternoon: Free time: explore the beautiful historic district and all it has to offer on your own after lunch.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own: try a restaurant that wasn't included on your Road Scholar schedule this week.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to relax, enjoy an activity on your own, or prepare for your journey home.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Popular Songs in America and Program Wrap-Up: Learn while you listen to some instantly-recognizable songs then say good-bye to your group leaders and fellow participants.
(Friday, April 17)

Note: Program ends around 10:30 a.m. after morning class. Hotel check-out is at 11:00 a.m.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Enjoy a final musical lecture/presentation by our talented balladeer/historian - you might even be inclined to sing along to a few songs you know by heart! Finally, bid farewell to your fellow participants and coordinator. Thanks for joining us and have a safe journey home!
   
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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