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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
Length
6 days
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1,599
Georgia

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Program No. 8009 RJ
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Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
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Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2021
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Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
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Feb 20 - Feb 25, 2022
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Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
2,099
Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2021
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2,099
Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
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2,129
Feb 20 - Feb 25, 2022
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2,129
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
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2,129

At a Glance

Spend a week with two 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, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and others, and immerse yourself in the music with live piano, flute and vocal 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. At the hotel, there are steps leading from the Bellstand to the veranda at the entrance (there is a handicap lift available). There are also 4 steps leading to the front desk. There is a gift shop at the hotel that has steps as well, which include 3 steps up and 3 steps down.

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 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.
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Georgia Graves
Georgia Graves has developed and coordinates teacher training workshops on Georgia's sea turtles, shorebirds, marine mammals and coastal ecology for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of 26 such reserves in North America. Georgia leads nature and history programs and works with Georgia's sea turtle conservation project.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Georgia Graves has developed and coordinates teacher training workshops on Georgia's sea turtles, shorebirds, marine mammals and coastal ecology for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of 26 such reserves in North America. Georgia leads nature and history programs and works with Georgia's sea turtle conservation project.
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JoAnn Buisson is a retired elementary school teacher from Boston, Mass. After college, she was employed as a nursery school teacher until 1981. She remained at home until 1994 in order to raise her children. In 1994, JoAnn accepted a position with a local elementary school as an art teacher, eventually retiring in 2014. Upon retirement, she moved to Jekyll Island with her husband. She continues her interest in the arts, taking several classes in pottery.
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Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, ASCAP composer, educator and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in Connecticut. In addition, he has lead two bands in the UK: the Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band and Jeff Barnhart’s British Band, which performs small group swing of the 30’s. Jeff enjoys performing with smaller groups, most notably Ivory&Gold®, a group he co-leads with his wife, Anne Barnhart.
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Anne Barnhart is a flutist and vocalist who has musical experiences with Ivory&Gold® have taken her around the world. Her performances have been enjoyed from coast to coast in the US and abroad the world. When she is onstage, audiences are dazzled by her technique, awed by her tone and enthralled with her timing when bantering with her husband, pianist Jeff Barnhart. Anne is also a gifted educator, having taught hundreds of students over the past 30 years. Anne holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music.
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jekyll Island, GA
D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

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
Ragtime, Early Tin Pan Alley, Dixieland, Historic District
Jekyll Island, GA
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

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 instructors will begin our program with the first of their 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, flute and vocal performances of important, and fun, rags and ragtime songs.

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: Hotel meal.

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
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

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, flute and vocal performances of compositions by W. C. Handy, Bessie Smith and other blues pioneers. Our instructors will continue through the origins of Tin Pan Alley, touching on its composers, lyricists and performers including the incomparable Irving Berlin and Sophie Tucker. We’ll hear such famous works as "Alexander's Ragtime Band,” “Some of These Days,” 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: Hotel meal.

Evening: FUN Concert after dinner featuring Ivory&Gold® including elements and styles being explored during the morning sessions.

DAY
4
Music Continues , Free Time
Jekyll Island, GA
B
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Our music instructors will join us at the Club to continue our Tin Pan Alley adventure with live piano, flute and vocal performances of selections by Jerome Kern ("They Didn't Believe Me"), Walter Donaldson (“Makin’ Whoopee”, "My Blue Heaven", "Yes, Sir! That's My Baby!") and George Gershwin (too many to list) among many others. They’ll also discuss what exactly the “Great American Songbook” really is and tell the story of why Tin Pan Alley disappeared.

Lunch: 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.

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
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

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 instructors will lead our final class with short biographies of some of the most influential early jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Eddie Condon, James P. Johnson and Fats Waller. We’ll hear live piano, flute and vocal performances of tunes for which these figures are best remembered, along with some representative recordings. 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
Jekyll Island, GA
B

Activity note: Standing for the excursion inside the hotel with minimal walking.

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Independent departures.






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