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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 & Day-Trip Series

Every th of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:00pm

Details:

This year, our Old Dominion series takes us to historical sites all across our beautiful state. It’s a fantastic way to experience Virginia history—attend each month’s FREE talk, then travel with us to the spots where history happened! 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 include: the Sailor’s Creek & Appomattox Civil War sites; George Washington’s Mount Vernon; Fredericksburg’s 3 Revolutionary War-era museums; Staunton’s Woodrow Wilson Birthplace & Library; Bealeton’s Flying Circus Airshow; numerous sites across Mosby’s Confederacy; and the Yorktown Battlefield! Speakers include U.Va. professor & George Washington biographer Edward G. Lengel, Woodrow Wilson historian Judd Bankert, and award-winning Virginia historian Rick Britton.
• Day-Trips - Depart from the Senior Center and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm (unless otherwise noted). All the tours require walking.

——————————APRIL——————————
• Lecture - Wed. April 8th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle Boys in the Appomattox Campaign (Rick Britton) – Albemarle boys served in every branch of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia during his 1865 retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox Court House. They shouldered infantry muskets, manned artillery pieces, and rode in the much-diminished Virginia cavalry. Rick Britton is a Virginia historian specializing in 18th- & 19th-century Virginia history. Come hear how Albemarle County boys fared in Virginia’s last Civil War campaign!
——————————MAY——————————
• Lecture - Wed. May 13th - 6:oo pm – Inventing George Washington (Edward G. Lengel) – Founder, war hero, first president; George Washington was idolized by his countrymen during his lifetime. And this towering historical figure—our nation’s leader across three decades—continued to serve America even after his death in 1799: he evolved into an immortal symbol as the “Father of His Country.” Edward G. Lengel is editor-in-chief of the Washington Papers Project, a U.Va. professor, and the author of a number of Washington books. Come hear this Washington expert tell this fascinating story!

——————————JUNE——————————
• Lecture - Wed. June 10th - 6:oo pm – Taverns & Byways of Central Virginia (Rick Britton) – Eighteenth and early 19th-century Virginia was infamous for its rutted, and badly maintained, roads. Perhaps that’s why the taverns, inns, and ordinaries flourished! Come hear about central Virginia’s many wonderful taverns—those glorious and accommodating stop-overs—and their numerous customs and conventions.

——————————JULY——————————
• Lecture - Wed. July 8th - 6:oo pm – Woodrow Wilson: Scholar, Governor, & President (Judd Bankert) – Born in Staunton, Va., in 1856, Woodrow Wilson taught at three universities, presided over Princeton as president, then became governor of New Jersey, and the 28th president of the United States. (Is it fair that New Jersey claims him as one of her two presidents?) A former biathlete (who represented Guam at the 1988 Winter Olympics), living historian Judd Bankert is an expert on Woodrow Wilson. Join us for a fascinating talk!
——————————AUGUST——————————
• Lecture - Wed. Aug. 12th - 6:oo pm – Jimmy McConnell: U.Va. Student & WWI Aviator! (Rick Britton) – Jimmy McConnell is best remembered at U.Va. for all of his extracurricular activities. He was president of the Hot Feet (a raucous, medieval-style drinking club), edited the student magazine, and learned how to fly at the Milton airfield. When World War I came, McConnell became an ambulance driver (like Ernest Hemingway), then one of the first pilots of the soon-to-be-famous Lafayette Escadrille. His was an action-packed life! 
——————————SEPTEMBER——————————
• Lecture - Wed. Sept. 9th - 6:oo pm – John S. Mosby at the University of Virginia (Rick Britton) – Mosby—the future “Grey Ghost of the Confederacy”—was expelled from U.Va. for shooting a fellow student. His time behind bars, however, seemed to reform this scrappy youngster. He became a successful lawyer, then, in the Civil War, perhaps the most successful guerilla chieftain. Come hear the details of his time in Charlottesville!

——————————OCTOBER——————————
• Lecture - Wed. Oct. 14th - 6:oo pm – Revolutionary Victory: The 1781 Virginia Campaign (Rick Britton) – Amazingly, the American Revolution avoided Virginia for its first five years. Then, suddenly, 1781 witnessed a whirlwind Old Dominion campaign featuring lightning raids, an unexpected French naval victory, and, finally, the overwhelming Allied victory at Yorktown. This talk includes for the participants full-color maps of Yorktown illustrated by the speaker for the Mount Vernon web-site. Join us!

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Lectures: Travel Class - Virginia Vignettes

Every Thursday th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:00pm

Details:

“Virginia Vignettes:
Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History”
Lecturer: Historian Rick Britton

Introduction—Although named after Britton’s 2015 book, our “Virginia Vignettes” class presents an entirely different set of “characters & events”: The Monacan were a proud people who flourished in the Virginia Piedmont, warred against the Tidewater’s Powhatan Nation, and left behind a structure that piqued the interest of a budding archaeologist. French engineer Claudius Crozet—who’d served in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army—dug under Afton Mountain what became the world’s longest railroad tunnel. Overshadowed by other momentous events, the Battle of Trevilian Station—the Civil War’s largest all-cavalry fight—threatened the very existence of R. E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Demure Charlottesville charmer Maud Coleman Woods, thanks to the efforts of a New York writer and photographer, appeared on the front pages of all of America’s largest newspapers. A name familiar to long-time central Virginia residents, Monticello Dairy—despite its rather humble origin—became for many decades the “taste” of central Virginia! 
Our Lecturer—A much-sought-after speaker, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on central Virginia history, as well as two previous books—Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History and Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler. Come hear him weave his fascinating central Virginia stories!
The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. on six consecutive Thursdays sessions, 6:oo–7:3o pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.

• Thursday, June 4th - 6:oo pm – The Monacan Nation: People of the Piedmont
• Thursday, June 11th - 6:oo pm – Claudius Crozet & the Blue Ridge Tunnel
• Thursday, June 18th - 6:oo pm – Custer vs. Hampton: the Battle of Trevilian Station
• Thursday, June 25th - 6:oo pm - Maud Coleman Woods: Charlottesville’s Own “Miss America”
• Thursday, July 9th - 6:oo pm – Monticello Dairy: The “Taste” of Central Virginia

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - Virginia Vignettes

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Day Trips: Tangier Island

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 5:45am

Details:

Don’t miss a delightful summer journey on the Chesapeake Bay! We’ll board The Chesapeake Breeze in Reedville for the trip to Tangier Island, a charming little island dubbed the “soft shell crab capital” of the nation. After a delicious all-you-can eat meal at Hilda Crockett’s Chesapeake House, there will be time to shop and/or explore the island on foot or by golf cart. Lunch is included in the price.

Location: Senior Center


Day Trips: Travel Session: Trevilian Station Battlefield, Exchange Hotel, & Maplewood Cemetery

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 9:00am

Details:

A Civil War day-trip led by historian Rick Britton featuring: Charlottesville’s Maplewood Cemetery (final resting place of Confederate Generals John M. Jones and Armistead L. Long), Gordonsville’s Exchange Hotel (where 70,000 sick and wounded soldiers were treated during the war), lunch at the fabulous BBQ Exchange, and then an entire afternoon on the Trevilian Station Battlefield. The Civil War’s largest all-cavalry battle, Trevilian Station pitted Union Gen. Philip Sheridan against Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Session: Trevilian Station Battlefield, Exchange Hotel, & Maplewood Cemetery

Member $76.00
Guest $86.00


Day Trips: Old Dominion - Woodrow Wilson Staunton

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:00am

Details:

The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace & Library is a beautifully restored Greek Revival manse that sits atop Gospel Hill in Staunton’s historic district. During our morning there, we’ll retrace Wilson’s inspiring journey from the Shenandoah to the White House. After eating nearby, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city’s many wonderful architectural gems.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Old Dominion - Woodrow Wilson Staunton

Member $88.00
Guest $98.00


Getaways: Seven Wonders of Oregon - Featuring the Mt. Hood Railroad, Timberline Lodge and Crater Lake National

August 7, 2015 - August 15, 2015

Details:

From painted deserts to rainforest gorges to the mighty Pacific coast, experience the variety, beauty and majesty of Oregon and its seven unique wonders. 1) Columbia River Gorge including beautiful Mulnomah Falls and mammoth Bonneville Lock and Dam; 2) Conquer majestic Mount Hood aboard the Mt Hood Scenic Railroad; 3) See the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains and experience an exciting jet boat excursion through Hells Canyon National Recreation Area; 4) Absorb the ethereal beauty of the Painted Hills in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument; 5) See the red rock spires of Smith Rock soar high above the high desert plateau; 6) Visit the incredible Crater Lake National Park and take the 35-mile long Rim Drive; 7) Explore the magnificent Oregon Coast including Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Three Capes Scenic Drive. So much to see and do on this adventure! Trip includes: transportation to and from Dulles, round-trip airfare, 14 meals, and Travelers Protection Plan.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Day Trips: Old Dominion - The Flying Circus

Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 9:00am

Details:

We’ll start with a visit to the wonderful Culpeper Area Museum, then lunch in downtown Culpeper. After a stroll about the town, we’ll thrill to biplane acrobatics at the fabulous Flying Circus Airshow.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Old Dominion - The Flying Circus

Member $81.00
Guest $91.00


Lectures: Travel Class - Post Jefferson Period in Virginia

Every Tuesday th Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:00pm

Details:

The Post-Jefferson Period in Virginia:
Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Victorian, and 20th Century Architecture, 1830-1939

Our Lecturer—When you think of Virginia’s rich architectural history, one name ¬immediately comes to mind: K. Edward Lay. Now retired, but still extremely busy, Ed Lay is the Cary D. Langhorne Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he taught architecture, architectural history, and historic preservation. During a distinguished career spanning over four decades, Ed Lay—through his teaching, his writing, and his wonderfully popular tours—has been enlightening young and old about Virginia’s beautiful and historic built environment. Now, this fall, join Professor Lay at the Senior Center as he explores the fascinating architecture of “The Post-Jefferson Period.”

The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. for five sessions (all Tuesdays), 6:oo–7:3o pm.

• Tuesday, Sept. 15th - 6:oo pm – “An Overview of Architecture in Virginia, 1607-1839; intro to the Greek Revival, 1830-1860; the Classical Orders”
• Tuesday, Sept. 22nd - 6:oo pm - “The Greek Revival, 1830-1860”
• Tuesday, Sept. 29th - 6:oo pm - “The Gothic Revival, 1830-1860; the Victorian Era, 1860-1890”
• Tuesday, Oct. 6th – no class
• Tuesday, Oct. 13th – 6:oo pm - “Eclectic and Modern Public Buildings, 1900-1939”
• Tuesday, Oct. 20th - 6:oo pm - “Eclectic and Modern Houses, 1900-1939; Later Trends”

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - Post Jefferson Period in Virginia

Member $75.00
Guest $85.00


Day Trips: Old Dominion - Arlington Cemetery and Manassas Museum

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 8:00am

Details:

We’ll enjoy the Manassas Battlefield in the morning, then Arlington National Cemetery in the afternoon, including: Arlington House—Lee’s home—the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, J.F.K.’s gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, & more! Lunch is included.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Old Dominion - Arlington Cemetery and Manassas Museum

Member $94.00
Guest $104.00


Getaways: San Francisco and Wine Country

October 5, 2015 - October 9, 2015

Details:

Explore San Francisco, one of America’s great unique and historic cities, including a bay cruise and cable car tour; then journey into California’s wine country with tastings, shopping, and a scenic rail excursion aboard the meticulously restored vintage rails cars of the Napa Valley Wine Train. Trip includes: transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport; round-trip airfare out of Dulles; 5 meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners), and Travelers Protection Plan.

Location: Senior Center


Day Trips: Riverside - Sister Act

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 9:30am

Details:

Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a night club performer, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone think to look - a convent!  Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris (now Sister Mary Clarence) helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.  A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!  a delicious lunch is included.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Riverside - Sister Act

Member $99.00
Guest $109.00


Day Trips: POQUOSON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:00am

Details:

Join us as we travel again to the Hampton Roads area for the 35th annual Poquoson
Seafood Festival.  The festival features over 150 arts and craft vendors,
seafood vendors, commercial vendors and musical entertainment.  Last year
we had a great time and enjoyed delicious seafood - there is a wide variety
of seafood for every palate.  This festival is dedicated to preserving the heritage
of the Chesapeake working watermen.  Lunch is on your own at the festival.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

POQUOSON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Member $55.00
Guest $65.00


Day Trips: Virginia Museum of Transporation - Roanoke Museums

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 8:00am

Details:

Roanoke has a gold mine of transportation history museums.  Join us as we visit Virginia’s largest collection of the trains, cars, trucks and planes of the last century.  Enjoy the extensive O model gauge railroad layout, see what made the Norfolk and Western Railway an American success story and climb aboard the last two existing steam locomotives as well as seeing up close railroad cars of all types.
Then we’ll return to the bygone era of steam power as we visit the Museum of O. Winston Link’s stunning photographs of the last days of steam power trains and the people who made them run.  Train enthusiast or not, this is a day not to be missed.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Virginia Museum of Transporation - Roanoke Museums

Member $65.00
Guest $75.00


Day Trips: Old Dominion - Yorktown

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 8:00am

Details:

The Yorktown Battlefield – In the morning we’ll take in the Yorktown Battlefield Museum (which features a short film). After dining nearby, we’ll spend the afternoon visiting the Hornwork, the French Grand Battery, Redoubts #9 & #10, and Surrender Field. Lunch is included

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Old Dominion - Yorktown

Member $82.00
Guest $92.00


Day Trips: Riverside - Mame

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 10:45am

Details:

This lavish musical, set in New York City, revolves around the hilarious
antics of Mame Dennis, an extravagant bon vivant , whose life is
turned upside down when the son of her late brother comes to live with
her. Mame tries her best to keep up here usual fabulous flair while
responsibly raising her new son. Memorable songs include Mame, It’s Today,
Open a New Window, If He Walked into My Life, We Need A Little
Christmas, Bosom Buddies, and That’s How Young I feel.This trip includes lunch.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Riverside - Mame

Member $99.00
Guest $109.00


Cruises: Western Caribbean - Royal Caribbean International

November 30, 2015 - December 12, 2015

Details:

Celebrate the holiday on the open seas with us on board the newest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. “Anthem of the Seas’” Our voyage will include newly-designed staterooms, game-changing technology, groundbreaking venues and incredible dining options. We will visit.Cape Liberty, New Jersey; Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Cozumel, Mexico; Cape Liberty, New Jersey. Passport Required. Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Day Trips: White House Tour - Interest only

December 25, 2015

Details:

We are planning our annual White House Holiday tour. If you want to see the festive holiday decorations on display at the residence of the President, please contact the travel office 434.974.6538 to get your name on the “interest” list immediately. This does not commit you to the trip, but is required for you to be able to go. We have requested a tour in December, but the the White House determines the date, and we cannot guarantee we will get a tour. Lunch would be on your own at the Pentagon City Mall.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


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