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Jekyll Island
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
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jekyll Island, GA
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In a private banquet room at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we’ll enjoy a Southern meal with salad, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will 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. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be available to give suggestions for excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost.

DAY
2
Early Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, Dixieland, Historic District
Jekyll Island, GA
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Activity note: Participants must be able to get on and off a tram and be prepared for minimal walking and standing during the Historic District excursion.

Breakfast: In the Club’s Victorian-era Grand Dining Room, we’ll enjoy a buffet with an assortment of seasonal fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, hot and cold cereals, breakfast meats, breakfast potatoes, grits, homemade pastries, toast, bagels, and muffins, and a daily special breakfast entrée, plus coffee, tea, milk, juices, and water.

Morning: In our private meeting room at the Club, our music instructor will begin our program with the first of his four musical presentations. Today’s class is about ragtime, including its history, structure, and different styles. Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, and other prominent ragtime composers will be covered, with complete live piano solo performances of important rags.

Lunch: In a private dining room, we’ll enjoy a selection of soup and salad or a sandwich, plus coffee, tea, and water.

Afternoon: We load the tram with our Group Leader and have the history presentation at the Historic District Museum classroom. After a presentation on Jekyll’s history, we’ll climb aboard a tram to see the island’s 240-acre National Historic Landmark District, where gilded-era millionaires spent winter vacations with family, friends, and each other. It is said that Jekyll Island’s wealthy visitors once represented 1/6 of our nation's total wealth. When they weren’t relaxing at this special retreat, these famous families were making deals and building America’s economic empire. We’ll have expert commentary aboard the tram and make two stops in the Historic District.

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: A hands-on encounter with native reptiles and amphibians. Learn about the biology and ecological roles of our local "herps", and enjoy the chance to handle snakes, turtles, alligators, and more in a safe environment.

DAY
3
Music Continues, Ecology & Beach Walk
Jekyll Island, GA
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Activity note: Participants will be transported by a 15 passenger van to the one hour beach/marsh walk.

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Our day starts with our second class at the Club - an introduction to blues music and its history and structure, with live piano performances of compositions by W. C. Handy and other blues pioneers. Our instructor will continue through the origins of Tin Pan Alley, touching on its composers and lyricists, including the incomparable Irving Berlin. We’ll hear such famous works as "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Baby)".

Lunch: At the Club.

Afternoon: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will tell us about the fascinating ecology of this Barrier Island. One of its inhabitants, the Knobbed Whelk, that is the State Shell of Georgia. We’ll also discuss the sea turtles that come back year after year to use the beaches of Jekyll Island as a nesting ground. We’ll then take a passenger van to the beach for our ecology beach walk.

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: A guest lecturer will bring examples of sheet music cover art from the late 1800s through the late 1930s. We’ll learn about some of the artists and several of the publishers of this unique artwork, and also see how the sheet music publishing business expanded during the Tin Pan Alley period.

DAY
4
Music Continues, Free Time
Jekyll Island, GA
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Our music instructor will join us at the Club to continue our Tin Pan Alley adventure with live piano performances of selections by Jerome Kern ("They Didn't Believe Me"), Shelton Brooks ("Some Of These Days") and a special section on Walter Donaldson ("My Blue Heaven", "Yes, Sir! That's My Baby!" and many others). He’ll also tell the story of why Tin Pan Alley died.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at the Jekyll Island Club. Suggestions include the Club Café, Jekyll Island Club Hotel's popular bakery-delicatessen; the Victorian-era Grand Dining Room; or the Courtyard at Crane, which offers casual fine dining a short stroll from the main hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You might want to visit nearby attractions, such as St. Simons Island, which has been inhabited for over 4,000 years and is the site of numerous colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War battles. Or head to historic Jekyll Wharf and its many opportunities for sightseeing and nature cruises.

Evening: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

DAY
5
Music Continues, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Evening Program
Jekyll Island, GA
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Activity note: Participants will walk a short distance to the Sea Turtle Center and should be prepared to stand for about 30 minutes during the excursion.

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: In our private meeting room at the Club, our music instructor will lead our final class with short biographies of some of the most influential Dixieland jazz musicians, including Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Eddie Condon, James P. Johnson, and Louis Armstrong. We’ll hear live piano performances of tunes for which they are best remembered. Our presentation concludes with a special wrap-up session about the music we’ve experienced during the program.

Lunch: At the Club.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll take a break from music and millionaires and walk over to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment.

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: Jekyll Island's 10 miles of beach and outlying sand dune ecosystem provides many shells on the coast. Our expert will share her collection beautiful whelk shells, perfectly formed conch shells and much more with the group.

DAY
6
Behind the Scenes at the Club, Program Concludes
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Activity note: Standing for the excursion inside the hotel with minimal walking.

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Independent departures.