20379
Natchez
Signature City Natchez: Jewel of History and Culture on the Mississippi
Get to know Natchez on the Mississippi through expert lectures, excursions to antebellum mansions, cultural performances and the down home taste of authentic Southern cuisine.
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Program No. 20379RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Natchez, MS
D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

Afternoon: 4:30-6 p.m. registration in the hotel lobby. At 6 p.m. attend a Welcome-To-Natchez reception with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel..

Evening: Introductions of individuals, and overview of the week's agenda by program provider Carolyn Vance Smith, author of "Natchez: An Illustrated History" and other non-fiction books about Natchez

DAY
2
Lectures about Natchez History & Culture
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast is served every morning beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: An overview lecture about Natchez history precedes a lecture about architecture and decorative arts in Natchez.

Lunch: A buffet luncheon will be served at the hotel.

Afternoon: A guided walking field trip high above the Mississippi River leads to the National Historic Landmark mansion, Rosalie, where the group will explore the house and grounds. Wind up the day with a glass of complimentary soft drink or wine at the hotel. At 6 p.m. a guided ride around Natchez allows you to see the city and its environs.

Dinner: A seated dinner will be at a restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River, the reason for the site of Natchez.

Evening: "Chopin and Champagne" is a piano concert by an Eastman School of Music professional in his historic home, followed by a glass of bubbly or juice and a guided exploration of the many antique collections in the mansion.

DAY
3
Lecture on Natchez Architectural Styles & Decorative Arts
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture about Natchez and slavery will precede a lecture about the changing current of the Mississippi River by the author of a new book on the subject. Q&A will follow the lectures.

Lunch: Lunch is at a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: A guided exploration of St. Mary (Catholic) Basilica points out breathtakingly beautiful marble, gilt, stained glass, and faux graining. Afterward is a field trip to Natchez in Historic Photographs, a collection of outstanding photos that cover more than 100 years. Wind up the afternoon with a complimentary soft drink or glass of wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a downtown restaurant featuring delectable foods mentioned in William Johnson's 1836 diary entries, foods continually eaten in the Deep South until today.

Evening: "Narrative of a Natchez Slave" is a one-person enactment with commentary about an actual Natchez slave who escaped to become a free man in the North. The performance is followed by a guided exploration of the Natchez Museum of Afro-American History and Culture.

DAY
4
Lectures on African-American History of Natchez
Natchez, MS
B,L
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture on Natchez during the Civil War precedes a lecture on the African-American history and culture of Natchez by a Natchez National Historical Park historian who tells the story of the Free Black, William Johnson, who worked as a barber until his death in 1851. He kept a detailed diary for 18 years, which was published as "William Johnson's Natchez" in 1951 and later became the basis of a biography, "The Barber of Natchez." An exploration is included of the William Johnson House, a multi-million-dollar restoration project of the National Park Service.

Lunch: Lunch is at Trinity Episcopal Church, built in 1822 and the oldest church building in Natchez. The meal is prepared and served by the Churchwomen, who use proceeds to help finance outreach projects.

Afternoon: .A guided exploration of Trinity Church's architecture and decorative arts follows lunch. Lafarge and Tiffany windows enhance false-grained pews and other beautiful furnishings. The visit will be enhanced by a short concert of organ music. Next is an expert-led exploration and film at Temple B'Nai Israel, one of the oldest Jewish temples in the South. Free time follows. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel. Free time follows. Wind up the day with complimentary soft drink or wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner is on-your-own. Choose from an upscale, white-tablecloth restaurant or a cozy, informal cafe for some of the best food in the South. Staff members will assist with reservations.

Evening: Inside palatial Stanton Hall, a National Historic Landmark mansion will be a concert called "Mississippi Music: All Shook Up!" Songs from the birthplace of America's music will make you tap your toes to blues, country, rock 'n' roll, jazz, and more, presented by a bi-racial professional duo. You'll be dancing in the street!

DAY
5
Reconstruction, Natchez writers, photos, gospel music
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture on Reconstruction after the Civil War precedes a session devoted to writers inspired by Natchez, including Mississippi's Pulitzer Prize winner, Eudora Welty. Readers are invited to help read aloud one of her stories set in Natchez.

Lunch: Lunch will be at historic Magnolia Hall, owned by the Natchez Garden Club, a group of hundreds of women interested in historic preservation.

Afternoon: An expert-led exploration of Magnolia Hall and its costume collection precedes an exploration of Pleasant Hill, a mansion that is a favorite of Fall Pilgrimage. Wind up the day with complimentary wine or soft drink at the hotel.

Dinner: A buffet dinner featuring regional specialties will be at the Carriage House on the grounds of Stanton Hall.

Evening: The evening is a perfect finale for the week, with a performance by Amos Polk's Voices of Hope Spiritual Singers at the Carriage House restaurant on the grounds of Stanton Hall. The choir presents stirring gospel selections.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Natchez, MS
B

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.






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