Getting on/off a bus. Walking a minimum of 200 yards to Main Arena, other walking according to personal preference to stages spread across 20 acres; mostly even pathways and grounds. The Monterey County Fairgrounds main entrance is handicapped accessible; advise Hidden Valley well in advance if you need wheelchair seating in the Arena. Listening devices available at no charge at Patron Services inside the Fairgrounds.
At the Lodge, the fresh daily buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon, granola, cereal, fresh fruit, homemade muffins, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll attend a Jazz History-Repertoire class led by our jazz teacher/performer who will discuss the festival performers and their repertoire. The first Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1958 featured jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Ernestine Anderson, Harry James, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday.
At the Lodge, we’ll have a plated, freshly prepared lunch from the Lodge’s kitchen with entrées such as a gourmet sandwich or chicken Caesar salad. Save room for dessert — it might be homemade cookies.
In our next Jazz History-Repertoire class, we’ll learn more about the festival performers and their repertoire. Each year the Monterey Jazz Festival brings together over 500 performing artists from all over the world. The Festival weekend features 50 performances across 9 different stages. These artists cover a diverse and vibrant range of musical styles and influences, making the Monterey Jazz Festival a role model in the performing arts, reaching heights that founder Jimmy Lyons imagined it could ever be.
Lodge plated meal.
We will travel by bus to the Monterey County Fairgrounds and attend the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival. Drop off will be on Garden Road by the Gate 3 ticket entrance. Our tickets permit us to explore the entire festival and attend the performances we choose in the Arena and seven others stages spread across 20 acres of oak-studded grounds. The Arena has backed reserved seats to relax and enjoy the performances. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not confirmed. When available, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Learn more at http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org. The bus will return to the lodge after the last scheduled concert, approximately 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10:45 p.m. on Sunday. For those who wish to return to the lodge earlier, there will be a bus at approximately 10:00 p.m.