Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. When you arrive at Hidden Valley’s campus, come over to the main office next to the parking lot to register with the program staff, receive your room assignment, and get your welcome booklet containing your name-tag and up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute updates. All information for our week together will be reviewed at Orientation after dinner. Please let us know if you will be arriving late. At 5:00 p.m. we’ll meet our fellow participants for a wine and cheese reception in the Fireside Room. We’ll enjoy some California wines and/or juices and savor cheese and crackers before dinner.
Dinner: Like all meals at Hidden Valley, dinner will be a buffet in the Dining Room. Dinners will feature selections from the "salad bowl of the universe," as well as tastefully prepared entrees. All baked goods are also prepared on campus. Included beverages are coffee, tea, water, juices, and California wines.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone, review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Introduction of participants is done as part of Orientation. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Activity note: Minimal walking on flat terrain
Breakfast: Breakfast is prepared fresh each day in our campus kitchen and served buffet style. Warm from the oven baked goods accompany the normal breakfast offerings of oatmeal, eggs, grits, fruit, toast, etc.
Morning: Members of the Festival join with Road Scholar students to review the history of Jazz through lecture and live performance.
Lunch: Lunch time and an opportunity to enjoy wonderful soups, sandwich makings, or Asian inspired dishes . . . all prepared fresh in our kitchen by the staff that’s been with us for over 20 years.
Afternoon: A talented pianist, teaching from the keyboard, will introduce us to the music of Scott Joplin. You may even recognize some of his hit tunes from the turn into the 20th century that are still engrained in the music world. Before dinner, a local vinyardist will join us in the Dining Room for an introductory class during which we will learn about new wines, the process that goes into producing them, and ultimately experience them through a tasting. Carmel Valley is one of the seven appellations comprising Monterey County’s diverse wineries; of these, Carmel Valley is perhaps the most distinct. Nestled in the Santa Lucia foothills, our summers yield exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other red varietals.
Dinner: Hidden Valley buffet
Evening: A coastal biologist will join us in our Theater to introduce and explain some of the fascinating natural history of this extraordinary area. His presentation will be accompanied by a wealth of gorgeous slides.
Activity note: 20 minute car ride to Bed and Breakfast in Monterey; walking a couple of small city blocks to performance venues.
Breakfast: Hidden Valley buffet
Morning: Members of the Festival continue their review of jazz history and take a look at the performers for this year's festival.
Lunch: Hidden Valley buffet
Afternoon: Jazz Bash Patron’s tickets and festival programs are distributed. Your Patron’s Badge enables you to have reserved seating at all concerts and venues and enjoy a stunning Patron’s Lunch on Saturday, hosted by the festival. Depart to Monterey where we will check-in at the Merritt House Inn, an historic adobe Bed & Breakfast conveniently located in downtown Monterey, a couple of blocks from the festival venue. Jazz Bash by the Bay begins. Stroll through downtown Monterey to the renovated Conference Center and Portola Hotel & Spa with 8 venues and 7 dance floors. Enjoy the many colorful forms of American classic jazz including traditional, ragtime, swing, gypsy, zydeco and blues. World-class musicians make Monterey their home for the weekend when historic Monterey comes alive with the tunes of our rich musical heritage.
Dinner: Dinner on your own in downtown Monterey. A $15 stipend is given for each meal not provided while participants attend the festival. Festival venues are located in downtown Monterey area where there are a variety of interesting restaurants to choose from – all conveniently located in a couple block radius to the performances and our lodgings.
Evening: Continue to enjoy the opening night performances at Jazz Bash by the Bay.
Activity note: Walking a few blocks around historic downtown Monterey.
Breakfast: A wonderful breakfast provided by the Merritt House Inn.
Morning: Jazz Bash by the Bay. Continue to explore the world of Dixieland Jazz at festival performances.
Lunch: As the festival’s guests, enjoy a special Patron’s Party, a gorgeous musical brunch in a nearby hotel with all Patrons of the Festival at the Monterey Marriott Hotel just one block from the festival venue.
Afternoon: Jazz Bash continued. Free time at the festival gives participants the chance to explore between performances. Stroll through the historic red brick Plaza, Custom House, or Old Fisherman’s Wharf where you can watch the seals, pelicans, and boats in the marina.
Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Evening: Jazz Bash continued.
Activity note: Walking a few blocks in downtown Monterey; 20 minute car ride back to Hidden Valley.
Breakfast: A wonderful breakfast provided by the Merritt House Inn
Morning: Check-out of Merritt House Inn & Jazz Bash by the Bay
Lunch: Lunch on your own.
Afternoon: See any concluding performances at the Jazz Bash festival and return to Hidden Valley at 4:00 pm.
Dinner: Conclude your weekend of Dixieland jazz with a special Barbecue at Hidden Valley
Evening: Relax after a long weekend dancing and grooving to Dixieland jazz. Enjoy a film or time at leisure with fellow participants enjoying tea, coffee, and sharing festival experiences.
Activity note: Casual check out after breakfast
Breakfast: In the Dining Room, we’ll enjoy a farewell breakfast buffet to commemorate the great program we have had with new Road Scholar friends. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoyed your time at the Jazz Bash by the Bay. Travel safely.