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The Golden Age of American Musicals and Radio - That's Entertainment!

Program Number: 9315RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014; 3/23/2015 - 3/27/2015; 11/9/2015 - 11/13/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Kosher; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Journey from the 1920s to the 1950s to experience the “Golden Age” for American music, its musicals, and radio communication. The Brothers Gershwin and Fred Astaire created many unforgettable Broadway shows and musicals. The American Musical was evolving into a genre that would capture the world’s admiration and attention as is exemplified by the timeless "My Fair Lady." In the 1920s and 30s, radio created one vast and diverse audience that together experienced the news of the day as well as entertainment from a burgeoning array of shows and performers. Experience the highlights of this glorious time while relaxing by the lovely Delaware seaside!




Highlights

• Through film clips, recordings, live music, and lively lectures, learn how Fred Astaire’s career evolved and the Brothers Gershwin left a lasting imprint on the music of Broadway and Hollywood.
• Get an insider's look at one of America's greatest contributions to entertainment and world culture!
• Experience a time when entertainment and history unfolded with radio as the trusted and welcomed messenger.



Activity Particulars

Participants must be able to climb a few stairs, stand for up to an hour, get on and off a motor coach, and walk a few blocks indoors or out.



Coordinated by Delaware Technical Community College.





By George, It's Gershwin!


Fred Astaire: The Man and His Musicals



Rehoboth Beach

Long ago, Native Americans came here during the summer for cool breezes and abundant seafood. Today, visitors from the D.C. area and beyond flock to Rehoboth Beach -- established as a seaside resort in 1891 -- to enjoy those same features, and to relax on sandy beaches and in beachfront cafes.



Accommodations
Suites hotel with glass-enclosed heated pool one block from beach and boardwalk with convenient access to area attractions.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bill Messenger

Bill Messenger is a musician whose Road Scholar programs are a mix of popular music history and song, combining whimsical tales with catchy tunes that tickle the ivories and the funny bone. In his musical career Bill has played backup piano for Mama Cass Elliot, studied musical composition at the Peabody Conservatory under Louis Cheslock and been voted “Baltimore’s Best Pianist” by the readers of Baltimore Magazine. Critic Robert Lippman called him “a cross between Max Morath and Victor Borge.”
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Brighton Suites Hotel
  Rehoboth Beach 4 nights
 Brighton Suites Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: All suites hotel
  Contact info: 34 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DC 19971 USA
phone: 800-227-5788
web: www.brightonsuites.com
  Room amenities: Separate living room with full size sleep sofa; wet bar with refrigerator/freezer, microwave, hairdryer and coffee maker; two televisions with premium cable; data port phones; indoor pool; exercise ad changing rooms. Free Wireless Internet Access throughout hotel.
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool; exercise room, Free Wireless Internet Access Throughout Hotel
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies. Contact hotel for rates/availability.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies. Contact hotel for rates/availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 PM in hotel lobby for check in. You will be staying at Brighton Suites Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11 AM check out. You will be staying at Brighton Suites Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rehoboth Beach
  From End of Program
  Location: Rehoboth Beach
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Amtrak/Rehoboth-Lewes

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Service
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~ Approx. $44.00 refundable fare; 7-day advance purchase - $31.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

137 miles

   

There is Greyhound Bus Service from Amtrak Wilmington to Ocean City, MD - then taxi to hotel in Rehoboth/Lewes, DE - Taxi Service: Aaron's Taxi (410) 430-7728 approx. $65; Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 approx. $50 - Call ahead for current pricing and reservations.

 

Salisbury Wicomico Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Dave's Taxi
phone: 410-250-2400
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~ Approximately $50 Call for reservations & current pricing
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 ~ approx. $50 to Ocean City, MD &/or Rehoboth/Lewes, DE; Aaron's Taxi (410) 430-7728 ~ approx. $65 to Rehoboth/Lewes, DE &/or Ocean City, MD. Call for current pricing and reservations.

 

Cape May/Lewes Ferry

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dart Shuttle Bus
phone: 800-652-DART
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free shuttle service from ferry terminal to downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Shuttle service operates seven days a week June 15 to September 30. In May, early June and in October, the shuttle service runs on weekends only. For taxi service call City Cab 302-227-8294 or Eastside Cab 302-645-6800 approximately $25-$27.

 

BWI Marshall

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
BayRunner Shuttle
phone: 410-334-6440
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately First Person $104.00; Party of (2) $158.00; Party of (3) $206.00; Party of (4) $246.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~ 3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

110 miles

   

The above information is to the Park & Ride in Ocean City, MD; but then need to take taxi (Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 ~ approx. $50 & Aaron Taxi ~ approx. $65.00 (410) 430-7728 to Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, DE ) The Baltimore Washington International Airport does not provide commuter flights to the Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport. If you have chosen to fly into this airport, you must rent a car and follow driving directions from DC/Baltimore Area or use the BayRunner Shuttle.

 
Driving Directions
  Airports Baltimore/Washington International (800) 435-9294 Philadelphia International Airport (800) 745-4283 Washington/Dulles Airport (703) 572-2700 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (703) 417-8000 Salisbury-Ocean City, MD Wicomico Airport (410) 742-4190
  To Brighton Suites From New England Area From the New England States, Take I-95 South, to the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Route 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE. Continue south. Approaching Milford, DE follow Route 1 south/shore points approx. 25 miles to Rehoboth. At Rehoboth Beach, follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right at First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on left.
  To Brighton Suites From New York State/Canada Take I-81 South, through New York, to Harrisburg, take I-83 South to the Route 695 "Beltway" around Baltimore, MD. Take Route 695 to Route 97 South to Annapolis, MD. Follow signs for Bay Bridge to Route 50 East. Route 50 east to Route 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Route 9 east to Route 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites From Points North (Phila., PA/Wilmington, DE) I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Rt. 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE. Continue south. Approaching Milford, DE follow Rt. 1 south/shore points approx. 25 miles to Rehoboth. At Rehoboth Beach, follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right at First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on left.
  To Brighton Suites From West (DC/Balt., MD) Rt. 50 east to Rt. 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Rt. 9 east to Rt. 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.,). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites From the South (Norfolk, VA) From Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, follow Rt. 13 North. At Pocomoke, MD bear right onto Route 113 North to Millsboro, DE. At Millsboro take Route 24 east (towards Rehoboth Beach) to Route 1, turn south on Route 1. Approaching Rehoboth, exit on 1A (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right on First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites Hotel via Cape May/Lewes Ferry From NY/NJ Please call ahead for reservation on Cape May/Lewes Ferry 800-643-3779. Travel on New Jersey Turnpike to Garden State Parkway to Route 109 at Cape May/Lewes Ferry in Cape May, NJ. From Lewes, DE take Route 1 south to Rehoboth Beach. Follow 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites from Great Lakes Region Take I-70 East to the Baltimore, MD area. From I-70, take the Rt. 695 "Beltway" southeast to the Glen Burnie area, and Route 97 South. Take Route 97 South to Route 50 East (Annapolis/Bay Bridge). Take Route 50 East to Route 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Route 9 east to Route 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.,). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites from Philadelphia/Charlotte Airports Fly into the Philadelphia or Charlotte International Airports and transfer to a commuter flight to Salisbury Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport in Salisbury, MD. Call US Airways Charter Services at 800-428-4322 to make reservations and for current schedule, or call Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport directly at 410-548-4827. The Baltimore Washington International Airport does not provide commuter flights to the Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport. If you have chosen to fly into this airport, you must rent a car and follow driving directions from DC/Baltimore Area or make reservations with the BayRunner Shuttle Service.
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: Warm Welcom!/Introductions and Fred and Ginger
(Monday, March 23)
   
 Afternoon: Introductions and Orientation
 Dinner: Delicious Dining at Hotel
 Evening: Fred and Ginger welcomes you! Meet the couple that changed the face of American musical films.
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Study of West Side Story vs My Fair Lady/American Musical Theatre/An Exciting Time alone with Fred
(Tuesday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Cafe adjoining Hotel.
 Morning: West Side Story and My Fair Lady a study in contrast. Lecture and discussion of the musicals.
 Lunch: Lunch in Cafe adjoining Hotel.
 Afternoon: Music, Lecture & Discussion on the History of American Musical Theatre. Trace the history of musical theatre from burlesque to the changes following West Side Story.
 Dinner: Dinner at Local Restaurant
 Evening: An exciting time alone with Fred Astaire. An intimate look at this American legend.
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Historic Rehoboth/Fred Astaire/Entertainment
(Wednesday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Cafe adjoining Hotel
 Morning: Presentation: A study in contrast "George Gershwin and Irving Berlin"
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Fred Astaire-"The Later Years" After the end of his legendary parternship with Ginger Rogers, Astaire continued to make musicals including "Holiday Inn" (1942) with Bing Crosby, "Sky's The Limit" (1943) with Joan Leslie and "Blue Skies" (1946), his second and last movie with Crosby. He also partnered with numerous other dancers, including Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse and Judy Garland
 Dinner: Hotel Dining
 Evening: Entertainment with popular local musicians, The Back Bay Strummers.
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: See a production setup given by a local theatre group. Also Cole Porter, Cander&Ebb, Kern, and Hamlish
(Thursday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cafe adjoining Hotel
 Morning: Presentation of how to build a production by Clear Space Theatre Company. Free Time.
 Afternoon: Lecture - Cole Porter, Cander & Ebb, Gerome Kern, and Marvin Hamlish. Learn about their lives and music.
 Dinner: Dinner at Local Restaurant
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Musical Wrap-Up
(Friday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cafe adjoining Hotel
 Morning: Lecture: Brief History of the 20th Century Popular Music Before Rock and Roll. Program ends 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Rehoboth Beach General Overview
Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce For additional information, visit www.beach-fun.com
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