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An Ozark Experience

Program Number: 4555RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/5/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/11/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Mountain View, Arkansas
Price starting at: $578.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Immerse yourself in traditions as you take an unhurried view of the beautiful Ozark Mountain region. Float along the lazy flowing White River in a raft and enjoy a relaxing walk in the Ozark National Forest studying plants and wildlife. Become part of this way of life as you listen to songs and stories descended from the British Isles and visit with the Ozark Folk Center's artisans to discover their creative talents. You'll not forget this area after you've picnicked by a clear flowing stream or discovered the unrivaled beauty of Blanchard Cave — memories await you!




Highlights

• Feel the struggles and joy of life in the Ozarks in living history presentations and through the creative talents of local artisans.
• Go on an expert-led exploration of Blanchard Springs Caverns, one of the nation’s premiere cave systems.
• Delight in two evening musicals performed by Folk Center musicians.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile. Climbing in/out of rubber raft.



Coordinated by Ozark Folk Center.




Mountain View

Just a short distance from Mountain View, the hills and valleys of the Ozarks harbor geological wonders such as the Blanchard Springs Caverns, a maze of water-carved rock deep in the Ozark National Forest. The lively, old-time town itself is committed to preserving Ozark culture, including banjo picking and storytelling in the town square.



Accommodations
Lovely motel with forest view, outdoor pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
  Ozark Folk Center State Park 5 nights
 Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Type: Other
  Description: Newly renovated rooms with two queen sized beds; private bath; television with cable; telephone; set in a wooded area; all rooms non-smoking; patios with furniture; glider rockers in rooms.
  Contact info: 1032 Park Ave
Mountain View, AR 72560 USA
phone: 800-264-3655
web: www.ozarkfolkcenter.com
  Room amenities: Coffee maker with regular and decaf. coffee; small refrigerator; TV with cable.
  Facility amenities: Unheated, outdoor pool within walking distance of rooms; large lodge rec room for cards or visiting; a walking path from the Lodge area to meals and classes, although there is a Park bus that will take you to all meals and classes to and from the Lodge room area.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $65.-$70. for one/two people Please call 800-264-3655 to check on availability.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $65.-$70. for one/two people Please call 800-264-3655 to check on availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in from 2-4pm Central Standard Time @ Cabins at Dry Creek; light snacks, folders & name badges at Skillet Restaurant. You will be staying at Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center that night.
  End of Program:
Short closing session @ approximately 11:30am and noon with light lunch immediately following. You will be staying at Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Ozark Folk Center liability release form
  Parking availability:
No fee for parking; just in front of room or just across the road from room; outside of rooms with special needs, participants are housed within the same cluster of rooms; may request a room next to friends/family if sharing a ride or needing assistance
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ozark Folk Center State Park
  Nearest city or town:  Mountain View
  Nearest highway: 5, 9, 14
  Nearest airport:  Little Rock, AR
  From End of Program
  Location: Ozark Folk Center State Park
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Little Rock Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dona Sawyer
phone: 870-213-8144
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$160
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 1/2 

 

Distance:

 

230 miles round trip

   

Dona Sawyer can also be reached at donasdoings@yahoo.com. Other driver is Sharon Wesson at 870-585-2160.

 
Driving Directions
  Little Rock Go North on Hwy 67. Exit is Heber Springs, a right hand exit. Continue on this road, which is Hwy 5, North. Just outside of Heber Springs you will take Hwy 25, North, which is the bypass. Go through several small communities, i.e. El Paso and Rose Bud, Tumbling Shoals and Ida. At Wolf Bayou, Hwy 5, you will turn left and keep on this road until you come to a "T" road on the outskirts of Mountain View. This is Hwy 14. Turn left and continue until you come to a stoplight . At the light, turn right and continue for approx. 1 1/2 miles until you see a sign on your right for the Ozark Folk Center State Park. (you will go through one more light at the Wal Mart entrance) Turn left onto the Jimmy Driftwood Parkway/Spur Rd 382. This is the road to the Park (Dulcimer Shoppe is on your left) Follow Park signs to the Cabins at Dry Creek.
  Little Rock Airport Hwy. 440 East; continue to the Jacksonville Exit, Hwy. 67; going North take the right hand Exit for Heber Springs, this is Hwy. 5; stay on this road until you reach Hwy.5/25 North, which is the bypass. This road will pass through several small communities, i.e. El Paso, Rose Bud, Tumbling Shoals & Ida. At the Wolf Bayou community, Hwy 5 turns left and will take you to the outskirts of Mountain. View. At the T road (Hwy 14) you will turn left and come to a stop light; turn right and go a mile and a half and watch for the Park signs; turn left onto Jimmy Driftwood Parkway and this road will take you into the Folk Center; follow the signs to the Cabins at Dry Creek and HERE YOU ARE!!
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: After dinner there will be an overview of schedule and get acquainted. Park bus will take participants to an informal, local music program.
(Sunday, May 31)

Note: Should be able to get on & off bus; please let us know beforehand if bus with lift is needed.



   
 Arrive To: Check-in @ Cabins at Dry Creek from 2-4pm.
 Afternoon: Light snacks & get aquainted during check-in time; can pick up name badges & folders
 Dinner: Dinner @ Skillet Restaurant
 Evening: Transportation to one of the local, informal music programs known as Jimmy Driftwood's. There will be a number of different performers. Program lasts for 2 hours, but you will be able to ride the Park bus back to your room, half way through.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning program of Ozark social traditions; head to Blanchard Cave for movie & guided cave tour; walk to Blanchard Springs before heading back to the Folk Center for lunch; afternoon living history program and free time.
(Monday, June 1)

Note: Cave tour is .4 mile on well lit, non skid surfaces w/hand rails on inclines; Spring is 25 yards on wooden/concrete walkway.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center
 Morning: The trip on the gently flowing White River often allows for the viewing of birds, flowers, trees and beautiful bluffs of limestone and sandstone. Each staff in the raft, will offer their own special stories and history of this part of the river system.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch at the City Park in Calico Rock.
 Afternoon: We'll meet the character, Greasy Slim in what is now called "old Calico." While walking through this part of what was once a thriving river town, Slim will tell stories and history as he knew about from those days. (and the studying he's done in the present day!) Afterwards, you may visit the Calico Rock museum and walk in this picturesque town that sits alongside the White River.
 Dinner: Dinner @ the Skillet Restaurant @ the Folk Center
 Evening: An evening program called Ozark Lifestyles. This program covers many aspects of clothing, food, entertainment, basic living skills and language. It is presented by the Ozark Folk Centers' former Crafts Director, Kay Thomas.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Following an orientation about the Ozark Folk Center you'll be able to enter the Crafts Village and visit with the artisans working there. At noon there is a presentation on the deck next to the old Schoolhouse.
(Tuesday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast @ the Skillet Restaurant
 Morning: A staff guided float on the gently flowing White River; snack & water provided
 Lunch: Lunch @ the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center immediately following the noon presentation.
 Afternoon: During another visit to the Crafts Village you may participate in an Ozark social event known as a Playparty Game. It's fun and is sure to have you laughing and enjoying the companionship of the group.
 Dinner: Dinner @ the Skillet Restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center
 Evening: An interesting program on music and musical instruments of the Ozarks. You'll hear how they sound as well as learn why each was important to traditional music.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Program on the Folk Center and the Ozarks; first visit to Crafts Village; storytelling program @ noon; musicians give 30 minute concerts, hourly; attend the evening musical in Centers' large auditorium
(Wednesday, June 3)

Note: Craft area is fully accessible and has areas for sitting; shops are air conditioned



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast @ the Folk Centers' full service restaurant
 Morning: A short bus ride through the National Forest to the Blanchard Springs Caverns recreational area. Here you'll meet the Visitors Information Specialist, Tony Guinn and hear about one of the first families to settle this area. Then take a leisurely stroll with Tony, as she walks you to the remains of the mill that this family operated. You'll also see the dam and the lake that powered the mill.
 Lunch: Lunch @ the Blanchard Recreational area pavilion
 Afternoon: Just a few miles from the recreation area is the Blanchard Cave Visitors Center. Here you'll be able to walk through the exhibit hall and learn about life underground. There will also be a movie describing the Cave and it's unique features. The guided tour of the Cave is .9 of a mile on well lit, non slip walkways. Afterwards, you may shop for Nature oriented books, toys, jewellery and other handmade items. We will leave here and go the Spring that gives Blanchard it's name.
 Dinner: Once again, we'll be at the Skillet Restaurant
 Evening: First of the Folk Centers' evening musicals in the large auditorium at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. There will be a variety of musicians, dances and songs; both traditional tunes and those that sprang from this style of music.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning programs; noon storytelling in the Crafts Village; self guided tour of historic buildings in downtown Mountain View; final visit to Crafts Village; special, evening musical performance; Folk Center Musical in large auditorium.
(Thursday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Skillet restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center
 Morning: The group will be divided into two smaller groups; one group will have a walk and talk in the Folk Centers' garden and the other, a chance to learn old time square dancing. After a break for hot or cold drinks, the two groups will switch; the remainder of the morning can be spent in the Crafts Village, as this will be the final scheduled time for this visit. At noon, there will be another program on the deck next to the Schoolhouse.
 Lunch: The Folk Centers' the full service restaurant, the Skillet
 Afternoon: A self-guided tour (w/map provided) of the historic buildings of Mountain View. A bus will take you downtown and picked you up at 2 different, designated times.
 Dinner: Grilled or fried, Arkansas raised catfish dinner complete with all the trimmings
 Evening: A private, special concert for the Road Scholar participants and then the Folk Center music concert, different from the previous evenings line-up, in the large auditorium at the Park
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: A moving living history portrayal in the morning with room check-out immediately following. After this, we'll meet together for a final gathering and discussion of the weeks events. Lunch will be served directly after.
(Friday, June 5)

Note: You may drive your vehicle to the Skillet parking area after checking out of your room.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided by the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park
 Morning: Living History presentation.
After room check-out (10am) a wrap-up of the weeks events (11:15am)
 Lunch: A light lunch @ the Skillet Restaurant (directly following the wrap-up)
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Ozark Folk Center State Park Ozark Getaways
Phone: 888-679-2859 OR you may go to www.yourplaceinthemountains.com; this is the Mountain View area Chamber of Commerce website or call them at 870-269-8068 For additional information, visit www.ozarkgetaways.com
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


These Were the Last


Author: Helen Godsey


Description: Ms. Godsey, who grew up in the Ozarks, writes of life as she viewed it. She was a keen observer writing for the Ozarks Mountaineer about the Ozarks she loved so well.



Ozark Country


Author: Dr. William K. McNeil


Description: A well known folklorist of Ozark culture, humor and history, Dr. McNeil penned this book while working at the Ozark Folk Center State Park



Home for the 100th, Pictorial History of Mtn. View, AR 1890-1990


Author: Stone County Historical Society


Description: Wonderful pictures and stories about Mountain View (the town where this program is held & one of our away trips), it's people, buildings and life.



Life in the Leatherwoods


Author: John Q. Wolf, Jr


Description: Follow several families that settled early Arkansas, learning about food, clothing and life in this part of the Arkansas Ozarks.





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