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An Ozark Experience

Program Number: 4555RJ
Start and End Dates:
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; Low Salt; Vegetarian; 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. Check-out is recommended before breakfast. 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, June 14)

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 where several different music groups/musicians will perform. You may stay for the first part of the program which is 1 hour or to the end, after 2 hours. Park bus will take you there and take you back to your rooms at either time.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Float the beautiful White River then enjoy a picnic lunch before learning the history of "old Calico." Explore the town's museum and stroll the streets of the small, rural river town.
(Monday, June 15)

Note: Should be able to get in and out of a rubber raft and be on the river for 2-2 1/2 hours. Rafts have no seat backs.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center
 Morning: After a short return to your rooms, we'll board the Parks' bus and travel approximately 27 miles to the Chessman Ferry access to the White River. The float takes you beside the limestone/sandstone bluffs overlooking this gently flowing river. Each staff member in your raft will talk about what you are seeing along this area and share some of their own stories, too.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch in the Calico Rock city park
 Afternoon: In the area of Calico Rock that's called "old Calico" you'll meet the character called Greasy Slim. Slim will relate stories of the history and happenings of a time gone by. We'll walk and he'll talk of the buildings that remain. Afterwards, we take the bus to the Calico Rock museum and there will also be time to stroll the streets of this small, rural river town, before returning to the Ozark Folk Center's Cabins at Dry Creek.
 Dinner: Dinner @ the Skillet Restaurant @ the Folk Center
 Evening: An evening program called "Ozark Lifestyles" given by our former Crafts Director, Kay Thomas. She'll bring the food, clothing, shelter and culture of the Ozarks to life, as she shares her love and knowledge of this area.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: First visit to the Folk Center's Crafts Village to talk with the artisans and learn their skills. Special noon program and an afternoon participatory program that's fun and brings the group together to share this fun.
(Tuesday, June 16)

Note: Set your own pace for the walk in the Crafts Village. Choose to participate, on several levels, in the afternoon program.



   
 Breakfast: Early morning breakfast @ the Skillet Restaurant
 Morning: After an orientation about the Ozarks and the Ozark Folk Center, there will be time for questions and further discussion. Then if you wish, take a short break for hot or cold drinks before the first visit to the Crafts Village. Spend time visiting with and learning from artisans making their items by hand; both modern & traditional. There are shops where you can dip your own colors on candles or make your favorite young 'un a rag dolly. Attend a noon programs of either storytelling, garden walks or a talk or perhaps meet the snake oil salesman, Obediah T. Fassbinder!
 Lunch: Lunch @ the Folk Center upon return; generally between noon and 12:30pm
 Afternoon: Class varies; could be playparty games or old time square dance; however, if the river is low and the float has taken some time, then we may offer a free afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner @ the Skillet Restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center
 Evening: Evening program on some aspect of the Ozarks; may be living history or may be about music & musical instruments
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: A walk in the Ozark National Forest, a picnic lunch and a guided tour of Blanchard Cave.
(Wednesday, June 17)

Note: Should be able to walk a mile on a hard surface and then a .9 of a mile walk in the cave.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast @ the Folk Centers' full service restaurant
 Morning: Travelling through the Ozark National Forest you will meet your morning presenter at the Blanchard shelter cave area. Learn about this part of the Ozarks by finding out about an early homesteaders in theat area. You'll follow a path from the present day to the remnants of the mill that the Mitchells ran. You'll also learn about plants, flowers, perhaps birds and fish.
 Lunch: Lunch @ the picnic pavilion in the Ozark National Forest.
 Afternoon: Travel to the Visitors Center which is now the entrance to Blanchard Cave. Before your guided tour of Blanchard, you can explore the exhibit hall and then view the movie, that helps to understand how the Ozarks were formed and what life is like in the dark of Blanchard Caverns.
 Dinner: Once again, we'll be @ the Skillet Restaurant
 Evening: First of the Folk Centers' evening musicals in the large auditorium, located within the Ozark Folk Center State Park.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Garden walk/talk, old time square dance, noon program in Crafts Village, walking tour of historic buildings in downtown Mtn. View, special concert and Folk Centers' evening musical.
(Thursday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Skillet restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center
 Morning: The group will be divided into two smaller groups; one will be learning an old time square dance an the other will be a guided walk & talk through the Heritage Herb Gardens. 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. There is another program at noon on the deck next to the Schoolhouse.
 Lunch: At the full service restaurant, the Skillet
 Afternoon: A self-guided tour (w/map provided) of the historic buildings of Mountain View. More often than not, there are musicians sharing their music in informal gatherings, around the courthouse square or on the porch of the Mountain View Music store. Many of the buildings have shops selling modern and antique items or something to eat or drink.
 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 in the large auditorium. The auditorium concert will be different from the previous evenings line-up, giving you more entertainment from this part of the Ozark Mountain region.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Living history presentation, final wrap-up and long good-byes.
(Friday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided by the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park
 Morning: A very moving portrayal of a soldier walking home from battle in the 1860's. Following will be time to pack and check out of rooms at the Dry Creek Cabins. Just before lunch there is a final wrap-up and discussion about the weeks events and any last questions about this "Ozark Experience."
 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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