Old Dominion Lecture and Day Trip Series2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm-7:00pm
April 9, 2014 - October 8, 2014
Old Dominion Lecture & Day-Trip Series (for 2014)
Our Civil War series has taken us all across Virginia. Now it’s time to explore some of the Old Dominion’s other great destinations. Mark your calendars! Join us at the Senior Center every second Wednesday for a FREE presentation, then sign up for the related day-trip. This year’s destinations: the National D-Day Memorial & Bedford; the Skyline Drive’s Skyland & Big Meadows; Luray & Shenandoah Caverns; Natural Bridge & Lexington; the Cyrus McCormick Museum & the Frontier Culture Museum; and three of the Revolutionary War’s most famous battlefields—Cowpens, King’s Mountain, & Guilford Court House! Speakers include award-winning Historian Rick Britton, and U.Va. History Professor Andrew O’Saughnessy.
• Day-Trips - Depart from the Senior Center promptly at 9:oo am and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm. (No day-trip in August, it’s too hot!) All the tours require walking.
• FREE Lecture - Wed. April 9th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle’s Own Frank Dabney Peregoy, Hero of the Normandy Invasion (Rick Britton) – On D-Day plus two, Tech. Sgt. Frank Peregoy—a member of 116th Infantry’s “Monticello Guard”—performed a feat of heroism that eventually won him the Medal of Honor. Come hear his story!
• Day-Trip - Wed. April 23rd – The National D-Day Memorial & Centertown Bedford, Virginia – First we’ll visit the National D-Day Memorial, a powerful and permanent tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the D-Day participants. After dining nearby, we’ll take in beautiful and historic Centertown Bedford. Tour departs at 9:00 am.
• Free Lecture - Wed. May 14th - 6:oo pm – Central Virginia’s CCC Boys & the Building of the Skyline Drive (Rick Britton) – You might be surprised to learn that several of the nation’s first CCC Camps were right here in Central Virginia. The CCC boys were hungry and thin, but they built for Virginia an enduring national treasure—the Skyline Drive!
• Day-Trip - Wed. May 28th – The Skyline Drive’s Skyland & Big Meadows – Join us for an entire day up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ll stop at all the best overlooks, take in Skyland Resort (where we’ll learn about the eccentric who established it), enjoy a picnic lunch, and explore Big Meadows. Bring your cameras! Tour departs at 9:00 am.
• Free Lecture - Wed. June 11th - 6:oo pm – Caverns of the Shenandoah, Wonders of the World (Rick Britton) – Come hear how, on August 13, 1878, local tinsmith Andrew Campbell discovered the largest cave system in the East—Luray Caverns. Imagine how the massive stalactites and stalagmites appeared that day, illuminated solely by the glow of a candle!
• Day-Trip - Wed. June 25th – Luray & Shenandoah Caverns & Luray, Virginia – Join us as we go underground! We’ll tour Luray Caverns in the morning, eat nearby in Luray, then enjoy Shenandoah Caverns in the afternoon. These cave systems are stunningly beautiful, two of the best the nation has to offer. Don’t miss this trip! Tour departs at 9:00 am.
• Lecture - Wed. July 9th - 6:oo pm – Tales of the Natural Bridge (Rick Britton) – Steeped in Native American lore, and once owned by Thomas Jefferson himself, the Natural Bridge has a fascinating history. Come hear it!
• Day-Trip - Wed. July 23rd – Natural Bridge & Lexington, Virginia – Following a wonderful morning at Natural Bridge, we’ll dine in Lexington, then enjoy a guided bus tour of the city’s many beautiful and historic sites. Tour departs at 9:00 am.
• Free Lecture - Wed. Sept. 10th - 6:oo pm – Cyrus McCormick, Rockbridge County Inventor (Rick Britton) – Until McCormick’s reaper came along, wheat was being harvested much as it had been for centuries. Cyrus was a mechanical genius, but did you know that the reaper’s success was due to the marketing savvy of another McCormick?
• Day-Trip - Wed. Sept. 24th – The Cyrus McCormick Museum & the Frontier Culture Museum - First we’ll tour the Frontier Culture Museum, where the fabulous outdoor farm exhibits display the rural life and culture of early migrants to the American colonies. After lunch in Staunton, we’ll see the Cyrus McCormick Museum. Tour departs at 9:00 am.
• Free Lecture - Wed. Oct. 8th - 6:oo pm – Turning Point in the Carolinas (Andrew O’Shaughnessy) – Three battles mark the turning point in the Revolution’s “Southern Campaign”—King’s Mountain, Cowpens, and Guilford Court House. The first two destroyed British General Cornwallis’s light troops, while the third cost him so many casualties that he shifted his focus to Virginia. Come hear this fascinating story!
• Multi-Day-Trip – Thurs. Oct. 23rd to Fri. Oct. 25th - King’s Mountain, Cowpens, Guilford Court House & Charlotte, NC - In the course of our three-day jaunt into North and South Carolina, we’ll tour all three of these battlefields, and take in the sights in nearby Charlotte! Tour departs at 9:00 am.
Open to all.
Location: Senior Center
“From Seedling to Supper Table; Monticello’s Farms, Gardens, and Cookery”Every Thursday at 6:00pm-7:30pm
May 22, 2014 - June 26, 2014
Introduction—Join our two Jefferson scholars—Peter J. Hatch and Leni Sorensen—as they explore the cultivation of Monticello’s rich soil, and the wondrous meals prepared by Jefferson’s enslaved cooks. Few things fascinated Thomas Jefferson as much as gardening. As the sixty-eight-year-old ex-President wrote in 1811: “[N]o occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth. . . . ut tho’ an old man, I am but a young gardener.” And few individuals would pass up an invitation to dine with Jefferson. According to the Rev. Manasseh Cutler, one White House dinner featured “rice soup, round of beef, turkey, mutton, ham, loin of veal . . . fried eggs, fried beef . . . [and] a pie called macaroni.” Dessert consisted of “Ice-cream . . . very porous and light, covered with creamsauce—very fine.” Join us for a “very fine” experience as we learn about Jeffersonian agriculture and food preparation: “From Seedling to Supper Table!”
Our Lecturers—Much sought after as speakers, our presenters are experts in their fields. A professional Gardener and Historian, Peter J. Hatch served as Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds for 35 years. He’s also penned four celebrated books on Jefferson’s gardens. Leni Sorensen—who worked at Monticello as both a culinary and an African American historian—is now an Independent Scholar, Consultant, and a Teacher of Rural Life Skills. An organizing member of the Virginia Food Heritage Project, she’s currently cooking her way through Mary Randolph’s 1826 recipe book “The Virginia House-Wife.”
The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. on six consecutive Thursdays sessions, 6:oo–7:3o pm
• Thurs., May 22nd - 6:oo pm – “Thomas Jefferson, Farmer & Gardener” - Hatch
• Thurs., May 29th - 6:oo pm – “Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden: An Ellis Island of Vegetable Novelties” - Hatch
• Thurs., June 5th - 6:oo pm – “The Fruits & Fruit Trees of Monticello: The Origins of American Horticulture” - Hatch
• Thurs., June 12th - 6:oo pm – “Cooking for the President” - Sorensen
• Thurs., June 19th - 6:oo pm – “From Slave Gardens to Soul Food” - Sorensen
• Thurs., June 26th – 6:oo pm – A Special Lab-Class Featuring Two Dishes & One Bread (TBA) Prepared in the Senior Center Kitchen! - Sorensen
Open to all.
Location: Senior Center
Old Dominion - Luray CavernsWednesday, June 25, 2014 at 8:30am
Luray & Shenandoah Caverns & Luray, Virginia – Join us as we go underground! We’ll tour Luray Caverns in the morning, eat nearby in Luray. This cave systems is stunningly beautiful, one of best the nation has to offer. Lunch is included.
Open to all.
Location: Senior Center