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Jekyll Island
Intermediate Bridge and The Jekyll Island Club: Millionaire’s Retreat
Join experts to improve your bridge skills and learn new techniques amid the Gilded Age splendor of Jekyll Island. Plus, enjoy behind the scenes access to the Jekyll Island Club!
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Program No. 11602RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
Jekyll Island
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table 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, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In a private banquet room at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we’ll enjoy a three-course chef’s choice meal including a salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, and water; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be available to give suggestions for excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost.

DAY
2
Bidding, Playing & Defending-NoTrump/Historic District
Jekyll Island
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Activity note: Participants must be able to get on and off a tram and be prepared for minimal walking and standing during the Historic District excursion.

Breakfast: In the Club’s Victorian-era Grand Dining Room, we’ll enjoy a buffet with an assortment of seasonal fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, hot and cold cereals, breakfast meats, breakfast potatoes, grits, homemade pastries, toast, bagels, and muffins, and a daily special breakfast entrée, plus coffee, tea, milk, juices, and water.

Morning: This program is intended for participants who already play social or duplicate bridge who would like to improve their game based on modern bridge guidelines. Intermediate Bridge is a program designed to present modern bridge popular conventions such as Stayman, Jacoby Transfer, Week and Strong opening bids and Slam bidding as well as the use of overcalls and takeout and negative doubles in the bidding process. Modern play of the hand and defense by the opposition are also presented. This program is NOT intended for those who have never played the game of bridge or advanced bridge players nor those who wish to focus on tournament play. Our expert will cover Modern Bidding which includes opening the bidding and responding at the appropriate level as well as making a plan to fulfill the contract. We will discuss the Stayman Convention which includes the importance of the 4-4 fit am using partner's responses to get to the best contract. Also we will cover Jacoby Transfer a response in an artificial manner so that the NT opener's hand remains hidden and bidding the best contract. Hands illustrating each lesson will be played during morning instruction.

Lunch: In a banquet room, we’ll enjoy a selection of salad, sandwich or soup, plus coffee, tea, and water.

Afternoon: We will learn about Jekyll's History and then with our Group Leader, we’ll board a tram to see the island’s 240-acre National Historic Landmark District, where gilded-era millionaires spent winter vacations with family, friends, and each other. It is said that Jekyll Island’s wealthy visitors once represented 1//6 of our nation's wealth. When they weren’t relaxing at this special retreat, these famous families were building America’s economic empire.

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: We’ll participate in our first mini-bridge tournament with our new friends and our instructor. In a relaxed and social environment, we’ll play and analyze hands based on this morning’s subject matter

DAY
3
Bidding/ Beach walk / Bridge Play
Jekyll Island
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Activity note: Participants will be transported by a 15 passenger van to the one hour beach/marsh walk.

Breakfast: At the Club in the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: Today our focus will be on Bidding and Responding to Opening Bids of One of a Suit depending on the points of each player is essential to the contract. Then we will cover rebids by Opener and Responder that must be carefully determined or the right decision for the contract cannot be easily made.

Lunch: At the Club.

Afternoon: A local expert, will tell us about the fascinating ecology of this Barrier Island. One of its inhabitants, the Knobbed Whelk, is the State Shell of Georgia. We’ll also discuss the sea turtles that come back year after year to use the beaches of Jekyll Island as a nesting ground. We’ll take a passenger van to the beach for our ecology beach walk.

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: Mini-bridge tournament. We will continue to fine-tune what we learned through play and discussion.

DAY
4
Defend Yourself /Free Afternoon and Evening
Jekyll Island
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Breakfast: At the Club in the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: This morning our instructor will focus on Overcalls and Bids by the Advancer which are the ways you may compete if your hand meets certain requirements. We will move on to Takeout Doubles and Responses which are ways to compete with a hand of opening strength with support for the unbid suits.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at the Jekyll Island Club. Suggestions include the Club Café, Jekyll Island Club Hotel's popular bakery-delicatessen; the Victorian-era Grand Dining Room; or the Courtyard at Crane, which offers casual fine dining a short stroll from the main hotel

Afternoon: Free afternoon. 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 and give directions. You might visit the Jekyll Island Historic District, to see how the millionaires enjoyed their winter vacations here. Or take a leisurely walk to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. This is also an ideal time to discover the island’s pristine beaches and nature reserves. The Club’s conference room will also be open for participants who would prefer to continue playing bridge.

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 and give directions.

Evening: At leisure to explore more of Jekyll Island, relax at the Club, or play more bridge in the conference room.

DAY
5
Strong & Weak Opening Bids /GA Sea Turtle Center / Wrap Up
Jekyll Island
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Activity note: Participants will walk a shot distance to the Sea Turtle Center and should be prepared to stand for about 30 minutes during the excursion.

Breakfast: At the Club in the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: This morning we will continue to build confidence on Slam Bidding that gives large bonuses for bidding and making contracts when you have 33-37 combined points. Also we will cover Weak Opening Bids that allow you to compete by opening hands with fewer points and a long suit.

Lunch: At the Club.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll walk over to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. Also we will have a review and wrap-up of some key concepts discussed this week during our Bridge lectures. We hope that we will have improved your knowledge and enjoyment of the lifelong game of bridge, and strengthened your confidence that you can hold your own with anyone playing the Standard American system.

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: We’ll gather for another evening of “no agenda” play, with our instructor on hand to make comments and answer questions. This morning’s lessons are the building blocks for this evening’s play. It’s a great way to learn.

DAY
6
Behind the Scenes at the Club / Program Concludes Note: Hotel Check-out by 12:00 p.m.
Jekyll Island
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Activity note: Standing for the excursion inside the hotel with minimal walking

Breakfast: At the Club in the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: We’ll also go behind the scenes to see how the Jekyll Island Club has maintained its standards of luxurious service for over a century. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!