Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in our meeting room on the second floor 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. 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 including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. All transportation to and from the festival will be via bus unless specified otherwise. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. Because our programs are planned far in advance, specific information about the festival showings will not available at the time of publication or in the preparatory materials. It will be published on our website as soon as it is announced; usually two weeks prior to the festival start date.
Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, we will enjoy a tasty and nutritious catered meal featuring two entrees, two sides, and dessert, plus coffee (decaf & regular), hot tea, bottled water.
Evening: Spend time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full day of activity ahead. This program takes you inside the renowned Sarasota Film Festival. The film festival’s program director and our film maven have selected a number of films representing the depth and breadth of festival offerings You will also have some free time to pursue your personal interests. Plus, some nice surprises!
Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy a full buffet including a variety of eggs, sausage, yogurt, oatmeal, biscuits, muffins, waffles, and cereal, plus assorted juices, coffee, tea.
Morning: In our private meeting room, our film festival maven will discuss the Sarasota Film Festival and film making. Since relatively modest beginnings in 1999, the festival has grown to an annual 10-day event presenting some 200 films with more than 250 filmmakers in attendance. There are multiple special events, symposiums, panels, and conversations featuring leaders in the film industry. Learn more about the fascinating history, achievements, and what lies ahead. After a brief coffee break, we’ll learn more about Film Noir and its place in the film industry.
Lunch: At the hotel, choose from a selection of wraps, sandwiches,
Afternoon: Departing by bus, we will head to the festival complex in downtown Sarasota to view our first film. The festival emphasizes the best in new cinema alongside exciting repertory work with more than 200 choices including features, documentaries, shorts, foreign films and more. Films can run from 11:30am to midnight daily during the festival. View the second selected film in our series with discussion after the viewing. As the director of the festival has said, "Our audience continues to allow us to take risks with new, exciting films. This year's festival program is our largest ever, reflecting the growth of our festival and our belief that cinema can provide an important framework for audiences and artists to examine the variety of human experience."
Dinner: At a local Asian Buffet in Sarasota, we will enjoy a choice of salad, entrees, and sides with dessert, plus coffee (decaf and regular), tea (hot or iced), water.
Evening: Experience our third film from the festival. Board the bus and return to the hotel.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: At the hotel with our film maven, we will have a talkback on the films we viewed on our first day at the festival.
Lunch: At the hotel.
Afternoon: At the festival, we will view our fourth and fifth films.
Dinner: At a local restaurant we will have a buffet including salads, meats, sides, and dessert, plus coffee (decaf and regular), tea (hot or iced), soft drink, water.
Evening: At the hotel, watch a John Ringling DVD narrated by Hal Holbrook in preparation for the Ringling Museum visit.
Activity note: Film Discussion, Festival Films 6 & 7, Filmmaker Tribute
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: At the hotel, we will discuss the films we have seen so far.
Lunch: At a popular local deli, select a main course with a soup and dessert, plus coffee (decaf and regular), tea (hot or iced), soft drink, water.
Afternoon: At the festival, we will view our sixth and seventh films.
Dinner: 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.
Evening: We will transfer by bus to the Sarasota Opera House for the 2016 Filmmaker Tribute. Each year, the Sarasota Film Festival honors cinema's greatest stars at the Filmmakers Tribute event, the highlight of the annual festival. After Filmmaker Tribute, enjoy the closing night film at the Sarasota Opera House.
Activity note: Walk up to 1-1/4 miles with long periods of standing; plenty of benches to rest on.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: John Ringling, one of the five original circus kings of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, became quite wealthy. Beginning in 1911, he and wife Mable purchased and developed a splendid estate covering 20 acres of waterfront property. The estate and its extraordinary holdings - now part of Florida State University - is one of the largest museum complexes in the U.S. With a local expert, (timed ticketed event) we will explore the palatial Ca’ d’Zan – described as “the last of the Gilded Age mansions” to be build in America – with a timed ticked given by the museum. After extensive travel through Europe, the John and Mable greatly admired the art and the Venetian architectural styles of the Ducal Palace, Ca’ d’Oro, and the Grunwald Hotel. Wanting to bring the architectural styles home with them, the Ringling’s began constructing the Ca’ d’Zan in 1924 and finished the complex just before Christmas of 1926.
Lunch: At the museum’s restaurant Muse, choose from a blend of classic Italian and American favorites featuring fresh seasonal ingredients, plus coffee (decaf and regular), tea (hot or iced), soda, water. Select your lunch entree on first day.
Afternoon: Various docents are located in the museums and lead walks through the museums extensive grounds and collections. See the Group Leader for the scheduled times. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at the extraordinary Ringling Art Museum to explore on your own. The incredible building housing the collection emulates the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Contracting architect John H. Phillips, construction began in 1927 but was slowed due to economic and financial misfortune, followed by Mable’s death in 1929. With new determination to finish the museum in Mable’s memory, Ringling borrowed money as needed. Completed in 1931, “The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art” officially opened to the public. After exiting the two Art Museums, Circus Museum, and Tibbels Learning Center, explore the gardens and grounds at your leisure. All you see was given to the people of Florida, thus preserving for generations to come the exuberant lifestyle of America's spectacular Roaring Twenties. The beautiful landscaped grounds contain over 400 species of exotic Florida trees, plants, flowers, sculpture garden figures, and Mable's historic rose garden. Board bus back to hotel for chance to rest before dinner and the last evening film.
Dinner: At a local restaurant we will have a farewell dinner featuring a salad, entrees, and sides with dessert, plus coffee (decaf and regular), tea (hot or iced), water.
Evening: Returning to the film festival, we will view the last film in our series. In addition to the annual film extravaganza, the Sarasota Film Festival has a year round impact on the region through programs in partnership with local and national organizations and schools. Activities include filmmaking, film criticism, screens and more offered at no cost to students. These activities often result in films that are presented as part of the festival.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-8:45am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.
Morning: At the hotel, learn about the famous Groucho Marx from our resident clown. Considered one of the best comedians of the modern era, Groucho Marx serves as an idol and a source of inspiration for many actors and comedians. We will then take a brief coffee break. We will reconvene for a final discussion with our film maven on everything we saw at the Sarasota Film Festival. What was your family film of the week and why? Was it one you saw on your own or from our selection?
Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch to enjoy in the hotel lobby or on the road. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we 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!