Conference center check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Program Registration, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby of the conference center to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
In the dining room, we will step back in time as we dine on a Civil War-era dinner, served at 5:30 p.m. with live music. Coffee, tea, iced tea, water included.
During dinner, we will enjoy a live performance of period music in the dining room. Orientation, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Site Coordinator will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar “Retreats” program that provides our signature educational experience in a peaceful, natural setting. In addition to classes and field trips, there will be opportunities for light morning exercise, interaction with members of the local community, a farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, and evening entertainment. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Afterwards, we will enjoy a special presentation of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Special Order 191, as local historians trace the path of the ill-fated lost order from Lee’s desk to Union General George B. McClellan’s hand. We will explore the impact this single event had on the events to come.