| Breakfast: ||In the conference center dining room.|
| Morning: ||A local expert will lead our field trip to the charming community of Fairhope —
supposedly named for an expression by its founders who thought they would have “a fair hope of success” as a sort of Utopian, “single tax” colony. They were followers of social reformer Henry George, who wrote a book in 1879 called “Progress and Poverty” that laid out his economic theories intended to help close the gap between rich and poor. Since then, Fairhope has become one of the prettiest places in Alabama and a jewel of the Gulf Coast, situated on a bluff overlooking Mobile Bay. It became a resort community, with vacationers and visitors, artists and writers, who fell in love with its salubrious climate, natural beauty, and peaceful atmosphere. Like many small cities in the 20th century, though, it eventually began to feel modern problems. Thanks to imaginative, forward-thinking residents and officials, Fairhope transformed itself into an open and inviting European-style village, filled with art galleries, bookstores, boutiques, cafés and restaurants, and perhaps most of all a celebration of individuality.|
We’ll then take a field trip transfer to Fairhope and experience its lovely parks, moss-draped live oaks, panoramic views of Mobile Bay, and floral exhibits on downtown street corners. Gain an understanding and appreciation of how and why artists and artisans, writers and other creative minds have made this their inspirational haven. We’ll return to the hotel after the field trip with time to freshen up before lunch.
| Lunch: ||In the conference center dining room.|
| Afternoon: ||As a very special highlight, we’ll cast off for a sailing field trip exclusively for our group aboard the 72' wooden schooner “Joshua.” Under expert guidance, you can hoist the sail, take the wheel, trim the sheets, or simply observe as we sail along this bay claimed by Spanish, French, and English explorers before it became part of the U.S. Watch for dolphins, sea and shore birds as the captain provides commentary.|
| Dinner: ||In the conference center dining room.|
| Evening: ||We’ll have a presentation with a special guest that illuminates some significant aspect of local history and culture. Come and be alternately entertained, delighted, or surprised.|