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An Ozark Experience

Program Number: 4555RJ
Start and End Dates:
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: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 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: Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, September 20)

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: One of two short movies; either the Road Scholar shorts or the documentary called "Just that much Hillbilly in Me."
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Scenic White River float; walk in old Calico; museum visit
(Monday, September 21)

Note: Should be able to load and unload from a large rubber raft; able to sit on a backless seat for up to two hours time; wouldn't mind using primitive facilities before loading rafts



   
 Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center
 Morning: A scenic drive to the Chessman Ferry landing to load the rafts for the float on the White River. Each raft will have a staff member to answer questions and talk about the area views. A snack and water provided.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch at the Calico Rock Recreation park
 Afternoon: A leisurely walk through old Calico with Greasy Slim, called so due to his work on the railroad. A short visit to the Calico Rock Museum before returning to rooms at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.
 Dinner: Dinner @ the Skillet Restaurant @ the Folk Center
 Evening: Learn the culture of the Ozarks by hearing about the food, clothing, social times and stories as related to the group by the Centers' former Crafts Director.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ozark artisans in the Village; storytelling at noon
(Tuesday, September 22)

Note: Most artisans work in air-conditioned comfort. There are areas for sitting and relaxing throughout the Park; fully accessible



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park
 Morning: The nuts and bolts of the Folk Centers' beginning and its present day mission. After a short break to have something hot or cold to drink, participants may enter the Crafts Village and visit with the working artisans. Music programs hourly and a storytelling program at noon.
 Lunch: Lunch @ the Folk Centers' Skillet Restaurant, following the noon program; approximately 12:30pm.
 Afternoon: A program on the social event called Playparty Games. Done during the time that dancing was considered to be bad, this fun activity will have you laughing. There will also be more time for exploring more of the Crafts Village.
 Dinner: Dinner @ the Skillet Restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center
 Evening: Multi-talented musician Joe Jewell, will have you tapping your toes as you learn about music and musical instruments of the Ozarks. Joe usually brings along one of the younger and equally talented performers from the Folk Center music family.
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ozark National Forest/ Blanchard Cave and Spring
(Wednesday, September 23)

Note: Walking 1 mile on grassy and hardtop terrain; another .9 of a mile in the Cave; Spring is 200 yards from bus



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast @ the Folk Centers' full service restaurant
 Morning: Before going on the guided walk in the National Forest, Tony Guinn will present the history of the area where the walk takes place. You'll find out about many aspects of this forest as you go along.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Blanchard Recreation Area
 Afternoon: View the movie, "The Amazing World Below and visit the Exhibit Hall, getting you ready for your guided tour of Blanchard Cave. Your guide will once again be Tony Guinn. Afterward the tour, there will be time to look over the items in the Interpretive Center before a short drive to Blanchard Spring.
 Dinner: Once again, we'll be @ the Skillet Restaurant
 Evening: First of the Folk Centers' evening musicals in the large auditorium @ the Park
   
Accommodations: Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Garden walk, square dancing, storytelling in the Village
(Thursday, September 24)

Note: In the afternoon a Folk Center bus will take you to the downtown area and pick you up; two different times to choose from, depending on your interest in the town.



   
 Breakfast: Skillet restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center
 Morning: The group will be divided into two smaller groups; one will have a talk and a garden walk in the Heritage Herb Gardens while the other group has fun with 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
 Lunch: Storytelling in the Village at noon and then lunch at the Skillet Restaurant at the Folk Center, approximately 12:30pm.
 Afternoon: A self-guided visit(w/map provided) of the historic buildings of Mountain View
 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, Dinner

Day 6: Living history, closing program, lunch before departure
(Friday, September 25)

Note: We encourage participants, who feel they must travel just after breakfast, to give a thought to staying for this last program; we try our best to make it worth the while



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided by the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park
 Morning: Living History presentation before returning to rooms for check-out by 11am; after short, closing remarks and comments, lunch
 Lunch: A light lunch @ the Skillet Restaurant (directly following the wrap-up) about 11:30-11:45am
   
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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