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Mountain View
An Ozark Experience
Join experts to celebrate the traditions of the Ozarks as you meet local artisans, take in a living history presentation, explore Blanchard Springs Caverns and raft the White River.
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Program No. 4555RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
After dinner there will be an overview of schedule and get acquainted. Before retiring for the evening, there is a movie on the Ozarks and it's present day people; some Folk Center employees are featured
Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: Should be able to get on & off bus; please let us know beforehand if bus with lift is needed.

Afternoon: Light snacks & get acquainted during check-in time; can pick up name badges & folders. Though every effort will be made to adhere to the scheduled activities, they may be subject to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner @ Skillet Restaurant

Evening: One of two movies; Road Scholar Shorts or Just that Much Hillbilly in Me.

DAY
2
Early breakfast, a short trip to the rooms and then a short bus ride to Chessman Ferry landing on the White River; float time depends on the flow of the river; view trees, birds, flowers and perhaps animals; picnic lunch to follow
Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: Should be able to get in and out of a rubber raft; sit for up to two hours on a raft seat with no back; would not mind using primitive facilities during the day

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center

Morning: A scenic drive to the Chessman Ferry landing on the White River; a 2-21/2 hour float with attention paid to birds, flowers, etc.; each raft will have a staff person to answer questions and give information

Lunch: A picnic lunch at the Calico Rock Recreation area

Afternoon: A stroll through "old Calico" with Greasy Slim, so called for his work on the railroad; a short stop at the Calico Rock museum to learn more about this river town and its history, as well as more about the White River itself

Dinner: Dinner @ the Skillet Restaurant @ the Folk Center

Evening: A delightful program of Ozark Lifestyles with the Parks' former Crafts Director. You'll learn about the culture of food, clothing, social gatherings and the many ways of an Arkansas Ozarker.

DAY
3
Breakfast and then an orientation about the Ozark Folk Center State Park, its inception, operation and mission of the founders; first visit with the working artisans with a noon storytelling program before lunch time
Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: All areas are fully accessible; many artisans work indoors; places to sit and rest throughout the Crafts Village

Breakfast: Breakfast @ the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center followed by an orientation on this unique Arkansas State Park and its operations. After a short period of questions and answers, a short break and then the first opportunity to visit with the working artisans in the Craft Village of the Folk Center

Lunch: There will be a noon program of storytelling on the deck next to the schoolhouse in the Crafts Village, followed by lunch at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park at approximately 12:30pm.

Afternoon: More time to explore the Crafts Village at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. An afternoon program of Playparty Games, allowing you to participate in the style of social gatherings held not only in the Ozark Mountains, but in many rural communities across the country.

Dinner: Dinner @ the Skillet Restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center

Evening: You'll be hearing about and tapping your toes to this evening of music and musical instruments with musician extraordinaire, Joe Jewell. He also includes one of the younger performers, in this fun fill evening.

DAY
4
Breakfast and then a scenic bus ride to the Ozark/St. Francis forest for the morning presentation and walk. Afterwards, a picnic lunch and then a very short ride to Blanchard Cave. After the guided tour a ride to Blanchard Spring before returning
Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: Should be able to walk up to 1 mile on grass and hardtop surfaces; .9 of a mile during the Cave tour and another 300 yards to the Spring at Blanchard

Breakfast: Breakfast @ the Folk Centers' full service restaurant

Morning: After a short return to your rooms, there will be a scenic ride to the Ozark/St. Francis forest for the mornings program and walk. Learn about the early homesteaders of this area and then take a "walk into the past" to what remains of their grist mill.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Blanchard Recreation area before boarding bus to the Visitors Information Center of Blanchard Spring Caverns.

Afternoon: View the movie "The Amazing World Below" as it sets the stage for your guided tour into Blanchard Cave. You may also examine the exhibits in another part of the VIC before your group enters the Cave. Afterwards, there will be time to look over the interpretive gifts' area and then a short, scenic drive to Blanchard Spring, before returning to the Cabins at Dry Creek at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Dinner: Once again, we'll be @ the Skillet Restaurant

Evening: First of the Folk Centers' evening musicals in the large auditorium @ the Park

DAY
5
Concurrent programs, short break and then groups switch, so each will have a chance to do both; final Crafts Village tour with working artisans, noon storytelling , lunch; downtown self-guided tour of the courtsquare at Mtn. View, county seat; return
Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Cabins at the Dry Creek @ Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: Folk Center bus will take you to the downtown area and pick you up; two different times to choose from, depending on your interest in the town. Map and historic information included in this self-guided outing

Breakfast: Skillet restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center

Morning: The group will be divided into two smaller groups; one will have a guided walk in the Heritage Herb Gardens of the Ozark Folk Center while the other will give it a go at old time square dancing. After a break for hot or cold drinks, the two groups will switch; the remainder of the morning can be spent in the Crafts Village, as this will be the final scheduled time for a visit with the artisans and to hear the days musicians. Another noon storytelling program on the deck next to the Schoolhouse.

Lunch: After the noon program in the Crafts Village there will be lunch at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park restaurant; about 12:30pm.

Afternoon: A self-guided visit (w/map provided) of the historic buildings of Mountain View. There will be two return times from town, back to the Folk Center Cabins or back into the Crafts Village.

Dinner: Grilled or fried, Arkansas raised catfish dinner complete with all the trimmings

Evening: A private, special concert for the Road Scholar participants and then the Folk Center music concert, different from the previous evenings line-up, in the large auditorium at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

DAY
6
Living history portrayal begins the morning before returning to rooms for check-out; closing get together with lunch directly following.
Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Activity note: Encouragement to stay for final morning program, even though you may have to leave before ending get together and lunch

Breakfast: Breakfast provided by the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park

Morning: Living History presentation and then back to the Cabin rooms for check-out. We'll have a short wrap-up with lunch following just after.

Lunch: A light lunch at the Skillet Restaurant at approximately 11:45am, before departure.






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