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Travel Buddy Networking

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 and Day Trip Series

2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:00pm

Details:

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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

——————————OCTOBER——————————
• 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


Day Trips: Old Dominion - Natural Bridge

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:00am

Details:

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

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Old Dominion - Natural Bridge

Member $81.00
Guest $91.00


Getaways: Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park

August 7, 2014 - August 15, 2014

Details:

Start off your tour in one of North America’s most rugged and beautiful cities, Calgary. Dine at the Prince of Whales hotel in a romantic alpine chalet atmosphere. Cruise on Upper Waterton Lake in Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Spend two nights at the historic Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier. Travel the famous Go-to-the-Sun Road in a “Jammer”. Spend two nights inside Canada’s First National Park, Banff National Park. Spend two nights in the mountain town of Jasper. Enjoy activities such as; a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a breathtaking view of the Banff village valley and surrounding mountains, a snowcoach excursion on the Columbia Icefield’s Athabasca Glacier and much more! Trip includes: Transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Round trip airfare out of Dulles, airport arrival and departure taxes, fuel surcharges, 12 meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners), and Travelers Protection Plan.

Cost per person is $4029 for double occupancy. Reservation deadline: check availability.

Please call the travel office at 434.974-6530 or email travel coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to book your trip or get more info.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Day Trips: Shenandoah Valley Music Festival - Oak Ridge Boys

Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 1:30pm

Details:

Join us for a night of music under the stars in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The Oak Ridge Boys have one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the country music industry. Bringing 50 years of tradition to a stage, each show remains as enthusiastic as the first. Before the concert at 7:00 pm, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner at Virginia House (formerly the Historic Orkney Springs Hotel). Make a great summer memory!

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival - Oak Ridge Boys

Member $99.00
Guest $109.00


Lectures: Travel Class - Architecture in Virginia

Every Thursday at 6:00pm-7:30pm
September 11, 2014 - October 9, 2014

Details:

Architecture in Virginia
The Pre-Jefferson Period: Pre-Georgian and Georgian Architecture, 1607-1780

Professor K. Edward Lay—Professor Lay is the authority on the architecture of the Old Dominion. 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. This fall, join us at the Senior Center as Professor Lay lectures on “The Pre-Jefferson Period.”

The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. for five sessions (all Thursdays), 6:oo–7:3o pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.

• Thursday, Sept. 11th - 6:oo pm – “The Architecture of Jefferson Country”
• Thursday, Sept. 18th - 6:oo pm - “Frontier Vernacular (Log), & Germanic Architecture”
• Thursday, Sept. 25th - 6:oo pm - “Pre-Georgian & Georgian Public Architecture, & Small Dwellings”
• Thursday, Oct. 2nd - 6:oo pm - “Georgian Grand Dwellings”
• Thursday, Oct. 9th - 6:oo pm - “Archival Research & Documentaion”

Travel Session, Thursday, Oct. 16th - A fabulous day-trip to Hanover and Goochland Counties featuring: Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, built c.1719 (where Henry formulated the ideas for his famous “Liberty or Death” speech); Fork Anglican Church, c.1736; Hanover Tavern (where we’ll dine); Hanover County’s c.1700s Courthouse & 1835 Goal; Rural Plains; and Tuckahoe Plantation, Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home. Built between 1730 and 1740, Tuckahoe is one of America’s finest plantation homes. A guest at Tuckahoe in the late 1700s commented that this unique Randolph-family home, along with its perfectly situated outbuildings, seemed “to be built solely to answer the purpose of hospitality.” Three centuries have passed, and Tuckahoe still fits the description of southern hospitality. (Bus tour departs 8:30 a.m., returns at approximately 5:30 p.m.. Travel session is a separate charge.)
Reading—K. Edward Lay, The Architecture of Jefferson Country, Charlottesville & Albemarle County, Virginia (University Press of Virginia, 2000) 

——————————Sign Up Today!——————————
For more information call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, go to http://www.seniorcenterinc.org), or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - Architecture in Virginia

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Day Trips: Old Dominion - Frontier Culture Museum

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8:30am

Details:

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 at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton, we’ll see the Cyrus McCormick Museum.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Old Dominion - Frontier Culture Museum

Member $73.00
Guest $83.00


Day Trips: Lectures: Historic Smithfield Virginia

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:45am

Details:

Join us for a fabulous day in Smithfield, a quaint river-port town on the banks of the Pagan River, known for its hams, hospitality and history.  We will explore the historic area with a local guide ,and tour St. Luke’s Church, the oldest English church in America.  Visit Darden’s Country Store to purchase your Thanksgiving country ham and see their smokehouse filled with country hams for which Smithfield is famous.  A delicious lunch at Smithfield Station is included.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Historic Smithfield Virginia

Member $90.00
Guest $100.00


Getaways: South of France and Provence River Cruise

October 1, 2014 - October 11, 2014

Details:

Welcome Aboard the Rhône and Saône French River Cruise! Enjoy beautiful scenery and lovely towns along the Rhone and Saône Rivers on a leisurely cruise through the wine country of France. All meals and excursions are included as you explore these rivers from the comfort of your river vessel, the Amadeus Symphony. Visit Paris, Lyon, Macon, Chalon Sur Saone, Avignon, Viviers Region and much more! Trip includes: Transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Round trip airfare out of Dulles, airport arrival and departure taxes, fuel surcharges, 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners), and Travelers Protection Plan. Rates are per person

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Day Trips: Virginia Quilt Museum

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8:30am

Details:

Join us as we visit the Virginia Quilt Museum and neighboring farmers’ market in Harrisonburg, the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.  The Quilt Museum blends the art, heritage, and social culture of Virginia in their beautiful collection of quilts.  The adjoining Farmer’s Market features fresh seasonal produce and an interesting variety of crafts.  For lunch and shopping, we’ll continue to the Shops at Dayton’s Market where you’re bound to find something delicious, something exciting, something unique and something memorable.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Virginia Quilt Museum

Member $42.00
Guest $52.00


Getaways: Portugal and Douro River Cruise

October 22, 2014 - November 1, 2014

Details:

Spend two nights in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal before embarking on the MS Douro Cruiser. Along the way you’ll enjoy an excursion to beautiful city of Guimarães, which includes a port wine cave tasting; tour the Douro Museum and Mateus Manor House; visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, the University of Shells and Plaza Mayor; experience the medieval town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo; and much more! Trip includes transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles Airport, roundtrip airfare out of Dulles, airport arrival and departure taxes, fuel surcharges, 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners), and Travelers Protection Plan. Passports required. Rates are per person

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center