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Savannah’s Rich Heritage, Remarkable History and Memorable Music

Program Number: 11376RJ
Start and End Dates:
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

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 $18 per day (with in/out privileges daily).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. 2-bed rooms have shower/tub combo w/ grab-bars. HC-accessible rooms (baths w/ roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited availability); not available for same-gender roommates.
  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 10:45 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 $18 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. Book reservations online. 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. Please check current prices when reserving since they are subject to change without notice. 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, October 18)

Note: Please note: any element of this program schedule is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen circumstances. If you arrive after orientation, please check with the front desk for your program materials.



   
 Afternoon: Afternoon check-in at the hotel starts at 4:00 p.m. Program Registration: 5:00-6:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby 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: A plated dinner will be served in the hotel meeting room before orientation, which will include salad, entrée, side, and dessert, along with iced tea and coffee.
 Evening: Orientation - meet and greet fellow participants and your Group Leader, go over your program packet materials, and discuss the week's up-to-date itinerary in the hotel meeting room after dinner. We will also answer any questions you might have as well.

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 also set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration during the week.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: General James Oglethorpe and Historic Savannah Part 1
(Monday, October 19)

Note: An active afternoon of walking to and from field trip and lunch locations with some periods of standing, over sometimes very uneven terrain. The distance may be up to 1 mile total, with very limited, short breaks at points in the field trip. There may be locations that require walking up and down several steps, including up into and down out of the trolley used for transportation.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m. 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: “Meet” General James Oglethorpe — in the person of our talented and knowledgeable historic re-enactor, who portrays General Oglethorpe full-character with incredible accuracy. Drawn from the pages of journals, diaries, and letters, learn about the early years of the “Georgia Experiment.”
 Lunch: Enjoy a light, plated lunch that includes a salad trio, iced tea, and dessert at a charming local restaurant filled with history and character.
 Afternoon: An expert-led, walking adventure of the Historic District, taking in beautiful sites and hearing 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.
 Dinner: Choose between two delicious entrees (along with salad, side, dessert, iced tea, and coffee) during our seated dinner with the group, located at a restaurant in the Historic District. Specialty beverages are available for individual purchase if desired.
 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: Historic Savannah Part 2 and Isaiah Davenport House
(Tuesday, October 20)

Note: An active day of walking to and from field trip locations with some periods of standing, over sometimes very uneven terrain, up to 1.5 miles total. There is no elevator at the Davenport House; participants must be able to climb and descend up to 3 flights of stairs during the visit as well as up into and down out of the trolley used for transportation.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m.
 Morning: In this morning's lecture, begin to discover the compelling aspects, layer by layer, square by square, of Savannah's history; from revolutionary to evolutionary, Savannah's major-event-filled past decisively defined her unique, multifaceted present. Finish up with another narrated walk in the Historic District.
 Lunch: Enjoy a seated, casual lunch, including a choice of sandwiches, a side, dessert, and iced tea or coffee at a lovely restaurant in the Historic District filled with local folklore, charm, and perhaps even a ghost story or two!
 Afternoon: On an afternoon walking field trip to the Isaiah Davenport House, participants will watch and listen as on-site experts reveal a detailed look into the fascinating aspects of 19th century Savannah people and events, especially as related to urban slavery. You'll gain a better insight into the stark juxtaposition of life for the privileged and free as opposed to the disadvantaged and enslaved.
 Dinner: Enjoy a plated dinner with your group, offering a choice between 2 entrees along with a salad, side, dessert, iced tea and coffee at a local Historic District restaurant.
 Evening: No formal activity is planned - enjoy time to socialize with fellow participants and your Group Leader over a relaxing meal.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: St. John's Cathedral and Temple and Free afternoon/evening
(Wednesday, October 21)

Note: An active morning of walking to and from field trip and meal locations over very uneven terrain - up to approximately 1 mile total at a comfortable pace with stops in between. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free; be sure to ask your Group Leader for activity and dining suggestions.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m.
 Morning: Discover one of Savannah's most iconic buildings, the towering Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, on our first stop this morning. We'll walk as a group to the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah - established near the end of the 18th century by immigrants fleeing turmoil in Haiti and France as the Congregation de Saint Jean-Baptiste. Next, the group will walk over to Temple Mickve Isreal - perhaps the most unique Jewish temple you'll ever see - whose congregation has a long history, dating back to 1733, when 42 Jewish immigrants set sail from England with little more than their beloved Torah; they arrived in a border colony town with an innovative vision for religious tolerance to start their lives anew in a land of freedom.
 Lunch: Enjoy a full, hot, buffet lunch offering several options with your fellow participants, served in the hotel restaurant after the morning activities.
 Afternoon: Free time: explore further the beautiful Historic District and all it has to offer on your own after lunch or perhaps venture out into the surrounding areas to take in sights and points of interest not included in the program.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Enjoy one of the countless, diverse dining establishments in the area that weren't part of your program. Your Group Leader or the hotel concierge will be happy to help you decide where to go.
 Evening: This evening is free; take the opportunity to discover more of this fascinating destination: City Market, River Street, or maybe a musical at the Historic Savannah Theater are calling your name!
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Johnny Mercer concert and interactive southern cooking class
(Thursday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m
 Morning: Delight in an engaging and entertaining musical presentation featuring the songs of Savannah's own Johnny Mercer, performed by an outstanding trio of singer/musicians. Between songs, you'll learn about the man behind the music, the life behind those timeless lyrics!
 Lunch: Hot, buffet lunch in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. Flexible timing and individual seating from the end of morning presentation until 2:00 p.m.
 Afternoon: Late afternoon, we’ll transfer via trolley to a local cooking school for an interactive demonstration of “Low-country cooking” with our renowned local expert. Learn how to prepare popular local and regional specialties as Chef Darin gives you valuable tips from his vast experience mingled with humorous wit. Shrimp and grits with red-eye gravy are the stars of the menu tonight, among other delicious, Southern-inspired dishes your taste buds will appreciate.
 Dinner: Enjoy the “fruits” of our cooking class, savoring the flavors of the meal you helped prepare.
 Evening: We’ll linger over our final dinner together, enjoying a farewell evening before riding back to the hotel together.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Popular Songs in America and program wrap-up
(Friday, October 23)

Note: Program ends around 10:45 a.m. after morning class. Hotel check-out is at 11:00 a.m.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m
 Morning: Learn the stories "behind the music" in our final lecture/performance by a talented balladeer/music historian - there will surely be a few songs you know by heart!

Finally, bid farewell to your Group Leader and new Road Scholar friends. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we 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.



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.



Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts


Author: Stacy A. Cordery


Description: An in-depth biography of the multi-talented Savannah native and founder of the Girl Scouts. Available on Amazon.com and the J.G. Low Birthplace.





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