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Travel Buddy Networking

Every Wednesday 1st Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm-5:30pm
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 5:00pm

Details:

Why travel alone when you can go with a friend? Here’s your opportunity to meet others who are interested in visiting local sites and attractions. We connect each month to make plans for upcoming weeks.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Nancy Grim 434.973.7515

Fee: free


Lectures: Old Dominion Lecture series

Every Wednesday th Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:00pm

Details:

Old Dominion Lecture Series (for 2016)

The Old Dominion series is a fantastic way to experience the state of Virginia. Attend each month’s FREE talk (on the second Wednesday), then travel with us on a related day-trip! This year’s destinations include: Richmond’s Agecroft Hall and the Virginia House; the Five Forks Battlefield and Pamplin Park; Orange County’s James Madison Museum and Barboursville Vineyards; Richmond’s Maymont Park and Hollywood Cemetery; Culpeper County’s Graffiti House and Kelly’s Ford and Brandy Station Battlefields; Fredericksburg’s Kenmore and Belmont Plantations; the Gettysburg Battlefield and more! Speakers include: NPS Civil War historian Ron Wilson, Archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville, and award-winning Virginia historian Rick Britton. The Day-Trips: Depart from the Seminole Square Shopping Center (and departure times vary, see each day-trip listing), and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm (unless otherwise noted). Note: All the tours require walking. No day-trip in August, it’s too hot!
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• Lecture - Wed. March 9th - 6:oo pm – Richmond’s Medieval Homes (Rick Britton) – Come hear the fascinating details of how two English structures built in the Middle ages—Agecroft Hall & Virginia House, which began as an Augustinian priory—were purchased in the 1920s by well-to-do Virginians, dismantled, and then reconstructed in a beautiful Richmond west-end neighborhood.
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• Lecture - Wed. April 13th - 6:oo pm – The Civil War Battle of Five Forks: The Beginning of the End (Ron Wilson) – Fought on April 1, 1865, on the extreme right flank of the Petersburg defenses, Five Forks pitted Confederate Gen. George Picket against the ever-aggressive Union Gen. Philip Sheridan. The overwhelming Union victory was truly the beginning of the end for Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Come hear NPS Civil War historian Ron Wilson tell this great story!
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• Lecture - Wed. May 11th - 6:oo pm – Filippo Mazzei: Jefferson’s Vintner (Rick Britton) – Well-educated & highly ambitious, Italian-born Mazzei—who meant to establish a vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley—was diverted instead to Albemarle County by Thomas Jefferson, and a lifelong friendship ensued. Come hear about this brilliant Italian vintner and his association with the “Sage of Monticello!”
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• Lecture - Wed. June 8th - 6:oo pm – What We Can Learn From Cemeteries (Lynn Rainville) – Archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville—who specializes in the everyday lives of ordinary people—speaks on the hidden history that’s discoverable from a cemetery’s location, layout, tombstones, and inscriptions.
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• Lecture - Wed. July 13th - 6:oo pm – Cavalry in the American Civil War (Rick Britton) – On campaign, Civil War cavalrymen were their army’s “eyes and ears,” on the battlefield they protected their army’s flanks, and were frequently called upon to charge en masse. Come hear Civil War historian Rick Britton speak on the cavalry’s many and varied experiences!

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• Lecture - Wed. Sept. 14th - 6:oo pm – A Brief History of Fredericksburg (Rick Britton) – Established in 1728—and named for Frederick, Prince of Wales (1701-51), father of King George III—Fredericksburg was one of Virginia’s most important port cities. Since its founding, it’s witnessed arriving immigrants, economic success, and more than its share of bloodshed and strife. Historian Rick Britton tells the story!

NO AUGUST Lecture or Day trip

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• Lecture - Wed. Oct. 12th - 6:oo pm – The Gettysburg Campaign: Lee’s Second Invasion (Rick Britton) – Culminating in the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, the Gettysburg Campaign has been studied for over 150 years. What was Lee’s purpose in invading Pennsylvania? Was there really a chance of Confederate victory? Would Confederate success at Gettysburg have ended the war? And what if “Stonewall” Jackson had been present? Come hear the answers to these and many more fascinating questions! 

 

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Lectures: Travel Class

Every Thursday th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm-7:00pm
May 5, 2016 - June 2, 2016

Details:

The Early History of Charlottesville & Albemarle County:
The Late 1600s to the Mid-1800s
Lecturer: Historian Rick Britton

The perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

Introduction—Albemarle County’s history is rich with fascinating individuals and momentous events. First home to the Monacan Indians, Albemarle was settled by Europeans in the early 1700s. The County was founded in 1744: Charlottesville followed 18 years later in 1762. Luckily avoiding the American Revolution—except for housing British and Hessian prisoners and briefly hosting the Virginia legislature—Albemarle afterwards grew in population and prospered. Tobacco eventually gave way to wheat thanks to the efforts of Thomas Jefferson, and, following his two-term presidency, Jefferson retired to Albemarle County and founded the University of Virginia. Prosperity and educational advances, however, failed to end Albemarle County’s continuing reliance on the horrible institution of slavery. Join us as we explore “The Early History of Charlottesville & Albemarle County!” 
Our Lecturer—An award-winning local historian, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on central Virginia history, and three books—Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History (2006), Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (2008), and Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History (2015).
The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. on five consecutive Thursdays sessions, 6:oo–7:3o pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.
• Thursday, May 5th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle: The Land & Its First People
• Thursday, May 12th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle: Its Settlement & Founding
• Thursday, May 19th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle in the Late 18th & Early 19th Centuries
• Thursday, May 26th - 6:oo pm – Jefferson: Albemarle’s Favorite Native Son
• Thursday, June 2nd - 6:oo pm – Antebellum Albemarle: Slavery & the Coming Fury

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Day Trips: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 9:30am

Details:

The beautiful Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in June. Lunch on your own

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Member $55.00
Guest $65.00


Day Trips: Travel Session - Tour of Albemarle

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

A one-day guided* tour of Albemarle County featuring: the University of Virginia, Charlottesville’s Court Square, The Farm, lunch at Michie Tavern, and Scottsville on the James. *Guiding the tour will be Rick Britton!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Session - Tour of Albemarle

Member $87.00
Guest $97.00


Day Trips: Richmond’s Maymont Park & Hollywood Cemetery

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

In the morning we’ll tour the beautiful Maymont mansion and gardens built in 1893 by James Dooley, then dine at the Tobacco Co. Restaurant. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a Hollywood Cemetery tour delivered by Lynn Rainville. Designed in 1847, this gorgeous garden cemetery features two American presidents, six Virginia governors, two Supreme Court justices, and twenty-two Confederate generals!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Richmond’s Maymont Park & Hollywood Cemetery

Member $91.00
Guest $101.00


Lectures: Travel workshop with Steve Watson

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 1:00pm

Details:

Planning to travel. What do you need to know to secure your home while you are on holiday. Steve Watson MPO a crime prevention specialist of the Albemarle County Police Department will present on this important topic

CPTED Professional Designation

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Getaways: Nova Scotia and Canada's Maritimes

July 15, 2016 - July 23, 2016

Details:

Home to the world’s highest tides, breathtaking beaches and forests, historic harbors and the freshest seafood, Nova Scotia will give you memories that last a lifetime. Trip includes: Transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Round trip airfare out of Dulles, 13 Meals, Travelers Protection Plan and much more! 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

To make your reservation, call the Travel Office (434.974.6538) or email Linda.


Cruises: Day Trips: Hollywood Casino - Charles Town, WV

Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

Join usfor a day at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV.  The Casino is the place for exciting Vegas-style games.  Enjoy over 100 action-packed table games plus there is a 50-table poker room.  You will receive $20 in slots play.  Lunch is on your own at the Casino.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Hollywood Casino - Charles Town, WV

Member $55.00
Guest $65.00


Day Trips: Brandy Station Battlefield, Kelly’s Ford Battlefield & the Graffiti House

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

The morning will find us touring the Graffiti House—where soldiers North & South scribbled on the walls—and the nearby Kelly’s Ford Battlefield. After lunch at the lovely Kelly’s Ford Inn we’ll experience the Brandy Station Battlefield, where 16,000 cavalrymen clashed sabers on June 9, 1863

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Brandy Station Battlefield, Kelly’s Ford Battlefield & the Graffiti House

Member $94.00
Guest $104.00


Day Trips: Riverside Dinner Theatre - Oklahoma

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 9:45am

Details:

Join us as we travel to the Riverside Center for a performance of ,
the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein,II.  Set in
Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells
the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl
Laurey Williams.  A secondary romance concerns Cowboy
Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancee, Ado Annie.  Enjoy such songs
as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin”, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”,
“People Will Say We’re In Love”, “Kansas City”, “Oklahoma” and
many more!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Riverside Dinner Theatre - Oklahoma

Member $99.00
Guest $109.00


Getaways: Cruising the Adriatic and Dalmatian Coast

September 15, 2016 - September 24, 2016

Details:

Experience the history, culture, food and architecture of old-world Europe combined with amazingly blue seas, thick forests and the region’s best beaches. Combined exploration and relaxation for the perfect vacation!  Trip includes: Transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Round trip airfare out of Dulles, 22 Meals, Travelers Protection Plan and much more! 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

To make your reservation, call the Travel Office (434.974.6538) or email Linda.


Lectures: Travel Class - A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County

Every th of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00pm

Details:

A New Beginning:
Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County
Lecturer: Historian Rick Britton

The perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

Introduction—The Civil War’s termination left Albemarle County in a political, economic, and social abyss. Ironically, it also simultaneously brought freedom and military occupation. Thanks to emancipation, a number of Black Baptist churches were established and several local African Americans rose to prominence. During this “new beginning”—a time of rebuilding—county residents refocused on farming. Technology and more railroads modernized the county. One of its manufacturing firms gained a national reputation for excellence. In the century’s final years Charlottesville became a city, Mr. Jefferson’s gorgeous Rotunda was gutted by fire, and one of Albemarle’s own was named the nation’s “most beautiful blonde.” Join us for a fabulous new lecture class: “A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County!” 
Our Lecturer—An award-winning local historian, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on central Virginia history, and three books—Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History (2006), Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (2008), and Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History (2015).
The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. on five consecutive Thursdays, 6:00–7:30 pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00.
• Thursday, Sept. 22nd - 6:oo pm – A New Beginning: Albemarle in the Late 1800s
• Thursday, Sept. 29th - 6:oo pm – A Choir of the Whole: Albemarle’s Black Baptist Churches
• Thursday, Oct. 6th - 6:oo pm – Clothing a Nation: The Charlottesville Woolen Mills
• Thursday, Oct. 13th - 6:oo pm – Educating the Poor: The Samuel Miller Story
• Thursday, Oct. 20th - 6:oo pm – Maud Coleman Woods: America’s Most Beautiful Blonde

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Day Trips: Historic Kenmore and Belmont, the Gari Melchers

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

In the morning we’ll take in Kenmore, a beautiful Georgian-style mansion built prior to the Revolution by Fielding Lewis, George Washington’s brother-in-law. Nearby we’ll visit the Gen. Hugh Mercer Monument, and the final resting place of President Washington’s mother. After lunch we’ll experience Belmont, once owned by world-class artist Gari Melchers. Built in the first decade of the 1800s, Belmont, one hundred years later, was the residence and studio of one the most famous painters in the world!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Historic Kenmore and Belmont, the Gari Melchers

Member $105.00
Guest $115.00


Getaways: 2016 Cuba Experience

October 9, 2016 - October 17, 2016

Details:

Travel with Mayflower Tours where we explore the cultural and historic legacy of our neighbor to the South People to People travel encourages our personal relationship with the peoples of this island nation. You will interact on a daily basis with its citizens, and learn of the creativity and effort it has taken the Cuban people to achieve a positive lifestyle amid the changes that have affected them these past six decades.  Trip includes: Transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Round trip airfare out of Dulles, 20 Meals, People to People educational experience, Travelers Protection Plan and much more!

Location: Senior Center

To make your reservation, call the Travel Office (434.974.6538) or email Linda.


Day Trips: POQUOSON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00am

Details:

If you love seafood, join us as we travel to the Hampton Roads area for the 36th annual Poquoson Seafood Festival.  The festival features over 150 arts and craft vendors, seafood vendors, commercial vendors and musical entertainment.  This festival is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Chesapeake working watermen.  Lunch is on your own at the festival - there is a wide variety of seafood for everyone.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

POQUOSON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Member $55.00
Guest $65.00


Getaways: Gettysburg

October 26, 2016 - October 28, 2016

Details:

Join us for a fantastic three-day and two-night Gettysburg jaunt. We’ll stay at the centrally located 1863 Inn of Gettysburg and spend our time touring the battlefield—where we’ll focus on the second day’s fighting—and the many wonderful museums & sights!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Gettysburg

Member - Double per person $535.00
Guest - Double per person $560.00
Member - Single $660.00
Guest - Single $685.00


Day Trips: White House Holiday Tour

Sunday, December 25, 2016 at 6:00am

Details:

Travel with us again to Washington, D.C. NO DATE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED  We will take a self-guided tour of The White House and see the festive holiday decorations.  We have requested a tour in December (date to be determined by The White House).Please get your name on the “interest” list as soon as possible if you are interested.  Some walking is involved and there will be waiting in line at The White House.  Lunch on your own at the Pentagon City Mall
A valid government-issued U.S. ID card (e.g. drivers license, military ID, etc.) or a valid U.S. or other official government-issued passport is required.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Getaways: Chateau de Courtomer in Normandy, France

September 29, 2017 - October 6, 2017

Details:

Package Includes
Airport transfers
Flight
Welcome reception
All meals
Adult beverages
5 day trips
Entrance fees
All the comforts of home!

- Chateau was completed in 1789 on the eve of the French Revolution
- Located on an old Roman road leading through Normandy
- One of the rare estates where many of its old buildings still remain intact: a glaciere, spring house, Orangeri, two little chapels, stables
where racehorses were bred, many farm buildings, and a17th-century Protestant chapel
- Situated on 300 acres of private park, woodlands, pasture and fields
- A short bike ride or walk away is the Village of Courtomer, offering artisanal cider, an open-air fresh market, Calvados shop, and a
brick oven boulangerie
- The entire structure of the 17,500 sq ft residence has gone through extensive renovations since 2005, retaining the charm and style of
France’s elegant past
- Two hours from the D-day Beaches in Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, the Chateaux of the Loire, Paris and many other
unique monuments of France’s fascinating history and culture
- Travel Insurance is not included but is highly recommended

Cost
$4,295 per person
$1,000 non-refundable deposit required to secure room.
$1,000 due Januray 31, 2017. Balance due by June 1, 2017.
Contact: Senior Center Inc Travel - 434 974 6538

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free