Ragtime, Early Tin Pan Alley & Dixieland Jazz on Jekyll: Millionaire’s Retreat
Jekyll Island was once an exclusive destination for millionaires and political elite. Join us at the historic Jekyll Island Club for an adventure of learning and island exploration.
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Program No. 8009RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Spend a week with one of the country's leading authorities and performers in the field of Ragtime, Dixieland and turn-of-the century popular music. Learn about great musicians like Scott Joplin, W. C. Handy, Irving Berlin, Fats Waller and others, and immerse yourself in the music with live piano performances of the tunes for which these artists are best remembered. Also explore Jekyll Island – one of Georgia’s southernmost barrier islands – home to the famous Jekyll Island Club, the exclusive and lavish resort where families like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts once wintered.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking up to a half-mile on the beach for the marsh walk, standing for on-site lectures during excursions, getting on/off a van for the beach walk.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • During your stay, learn the history of the extravagant Jekyll Island Club Hotel, formerly one of the most exclusive clubs in America which counted Morgans, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts among its members.
  • Learn from one of American’s leading authorities and performers of Ragtime, Dixieland and other popular turn-of-the-century music with live piano performances and engaging lectures.
  • Venture to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to witness the sea turtles that use the beaches of Jekyll Island as nesting grounds every year.

General Notes

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel has a limited number of handicapped-accessible rooms. Please notify Road Scholar Contact Center Staff upon registration if a handicapped room is required. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Tex Wyndham
Tex Wyndham is an author, scholar, versatile musician, singer and all-around entertainer. A recognized authority on ragtime and early jazz, Tex has performed for a half-century in the U.S. and abroad as a ragtime soloist, band pianist, cornetist and bandleader. He has headlined national festivals and cruises, and can be heard on over 40 recordings. Tex has written a book on Dixieland music and many columns and reviews on ragtime and classic jazz.
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