Savannah’s Rich Heritage, Remarkable History and Memorable Music
Discover the charm of Savannah as you visit historic monuments, enjoy a concert of Johnny Mercer’s music, try your hand at southern cooking and uncover this grand city’s roots.
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Program No. 11376RJ
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Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Savannah, GA
DeSoto Savannah Historic District

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:00-6:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table across from the front desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, program materials, and other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a plated dinner including salad, entrée, side dish, dessert, coffee, iced tea, water.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. We will have an expert local historian as our primary lecturer and educational resource. We will do a lot of walking in this program and use a trolley that has X# steps up/down. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

General Oglethorpe, Savannah History Part 1
Savannah, GA
DeSoto Savannah Historic District

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 1.5 miles and standing; few short breaks; climbing steps; very uneven terrain.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold items and beverages. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m. Set a breakfast date with some of your fellow participants or get an early start on your own, allowing for a before-class work-out in the fitness center or a morning stroll outside the hotel.

Morning: “Meet” General James Oglethorpe in the person of our talented and knowledgeable historic re-enactor, who portrays General Oglethorpe full-character with incredible accuracy. Drawn from the pages of journals, diaries, and letters, learn about the early years of the “Georgia Experiment.”

Lunch: We’ll walk to a charming local restaurant filled with history and character for a light plated lunch that includes an entrée, dessert, iced tea, coffee, water.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll go for an expert-led walking field trip in the Historic District. We’ll start with a visit to the Massie Heritage Center, Georgia's first public school, where we’ll have a presentation providing an in-depth overview of Savannah's colorful past as well as hands-on activities. We'll then walk through some of the district's most picturesque squares and connect the places to the stories about the people and events that have defined this truly unique city.

Dinner: At a dining establishment with a colorful history, our plated dinner includes salad, a choice of two delicious entrées, side dish, dessert, iced tea, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. After a long, busy first day there will be no formal activity after dinner, leaving plenty of time to relax over the evening meal and get better acquainted with each other. We’ll ride back to the hotel together via trolley.

Savannah History Part 2, Isaiah Davenport House
Savannah, GA
DeSoto Savannah Historic District

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 2 miles, standing indoors and out; 3 flights of stairs at Davenport house (no elevator).

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll continue our discovery of Savannah's compelling people, places, and events starting with an engaging overview presented by our historian in the hotel meeting room. After a short break, we’ll head out on another walking field trip to cover even more of our picturesque Historic District.

Lunch: In the hotel restaurant, help yourself to a lunch buffet offering multiple tasty options including dessert and choice of beverage.

Afternoon: We’ll go out on a late afternoon walking field trip that will include a visit to one of Savannah's most iconic houses of worship: the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, home of the Diocese of Savannah. Next, it's on to the Isaiah Davenport House; during a special program designed exclusively for our group, we'll watch and listen as on-site experts reveal a detailed look into the fascinating aspects of 19th century Savannah people and events, especially as related to urban slavery; you'll gain a better insight into the stark juxtaposition of life for the privileged and free as opposed to the disadvantaged and enslaved.

Dinner: We will walk from the Davenport House to a nearby popular restaurant where our plated dinner includes salad, a choice of 3 tempting entrées, side dish, decadent dessert, with iced tea, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase. Enjoy entertaining piano music as we dine.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy time to linger over the evening meal while socializing with fellow participants and your Group Leader. We’ll walk back as a group, but those who wish are welcome to return independently.

Colonial Customs, Free Time
Savannah, GA
DeSoto Savannah Historic District

Activity note: N/A.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our expert history professor will enlighten us with stories of colonial customs and traditions, as practiced by the new country's earliest citizens. The colonial era extended from the founding of Georgia in 1733 until the Revolutionary War. The last of the original thirteen colonies, its early experience was markedly different from the rest.

Lunch: At a lovely restaurant in the Historic District, we’ll have a casual plated lunch with choice of sandwich, a side dish, dessert, iced tea, coffee, water. The restaurant is full of charm and local folklore, perhaps even a ghost story or two!

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to explore further in the beautiful Historic District or venture out into surrounding areas to take in sights and points of interest not included in our program.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to try one of the many and varied dining establishments in the area we have not experienced. The hotel concierge can also assist you in deciding where to go.

Evening: At leisure. See and do more of what interests you most. City Market, River Street, or maybe a musical at the Historic Savannah Theater are calling your name!

Johnny Mercer Concert, Interactive Southern Cooking Class
Savannah, GA
DeSoto Savannah Historic District

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll delight in an engaging and entertaining musical presentation featuring the songs of Savannah's own Johnny Mercer, performed by an outstanding trio of a noted professional singer and instrumentalists. Between songs, we’ll learn about the man behind the music and the life behind those timeless lyrics!

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We’ll travel via trolley to a local cooking school for an interactive demonstration of Lowcountry cooking with opportunities to hands-in participation. We’ll learn how to prepare popular local and regional specialties as Chef Darin gives us valuable tips — spiced with humorous wit — from his vast experience. The star of the menu is Shrimp and Grits with Red-eye Gravy, among other delicious, Southern-inspired dishes your taste buds will relish.

Dinner: In our special farewell dinner, we’ll enjoy the “fruits” of our cooking class labors, savoring the flavors of the meal we helped to prepare. Beverages include flavored iced tea, coffee, water; there will also be a limited selection of wines (by the glass or bottle) available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll linger over our final meal together, sharing favorite experiences before riding back to the hotel together.

Popular American Songs, Program Concludes
Savannah, GA

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a talented balladeer and music historian who will tell us stories “behind the music” of some popular American songs as he plays and sings. You are invited to join in! We’ll then bid farewell to new Road Scholar friends and our Group Leader. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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