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Travel Buddy Networking

Every Wednesday 1st Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm-5:30pm
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 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: Travel Class - The Life and Times of James Monroe

Every Thursday th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00pm

Details:

Introduction—Last President of the “Virginia Dynasty,” James Monroe had a long and distinguished public career. Serving as a soldier, diplomat, governor, senator, and cabinet member, Monroe has the distinction of holding more offices than any other U.S. President. Best remembered, perhaps, for his Monroe Doctrine, his presidency was known as “The Era of Good Feelings.”

It’s way past time that we delve deeper into the life of this dedicated and patriotic Virginian. During this class we’ll learn about: his revolutionary enthusiasm; his amazing service at the Battle of Trenton; what slavery was like at Highland, his Albemarle County property; his Presidential Tours of New England and the South; and Monroe’s close friendship with George Washington. Join us as we explore “The Life & Times of James Monroe.”   

Our Lecturers—Scott A. Harris, Director of the James Monroe Museum; Nancy Stetz, Highland’s Education Programs Manager; Daniel Preston, Editor of the Papers of James Monroe; William Ferraro, Editor of the Papers of George Washington; and local Historian Rick Britton. 

The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. on five consecutive Thursdays, 6:oo–7:oo pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.

• Thurs., June 1st - 6:oo pm – “James Monroe; A Revolutionary Idealist” - Harris
• Thurs., June 8th - 6:oo pm - “Bona Fide Hero of the Revolution” - Britton
• Thurs., June 15th - 6:oo pm - “James Monroe & Slavery” - Stetz
• Thurs., June 22nd - 6:oo pm - “Monroe’s Presidential Journeys” - Preston
• Thurs., June 29th - 6:oo pm - “James Monroe & George Washington” - Ferraro

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - The Life and Times of James Monroe

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Lectures: Old Dominion Lecture and Day Trip Series

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 6:00pm

Details:

Old Dominion Lecture & Day-Trip Series (for 2017)

The Old Dominion series is a fantastic way to experience Virginia. Attend each month’s FREE talk (on the second Wednesday), then travel with us on a related day-trip! This year we’ll see: the Cross Keys and Port Republic Civil War Battlefields & the Port Republic Museum (in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley); the amazing Blackfriar’s Playhouse and the beautiful Thornrose Cemetery (both in Staunton); and (in Lexington) the Jackson House, Lee Chapel & the town’s numerous architectural gems. Speakers include: Civil War historian Rick Britton, archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville, and everyone’s favorite architectural historian Ed Lay. The Day-Trips depart from the Covenant Church parking lot (at the intersection of Rio Rd. & Belvedere Blvd.) and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm. Note: All tours require walking.

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• Lecture - Wed. May 10th - 6:oo pm – Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign (Rick Britton) – One of military history’s most brilliant operations, Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign diverted strength from Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s advance against Richmond. Though greatly outnumbered, Jackson used evasive maneuvering, and lightning-fast strikes to defeat his enemies. Come hear this fascinating story!

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• Lecture - Wed. June 14th - 6:oo pm – Slave Cemeteries of the Old Dominion (Lynn Rainville) – Archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville, who specializes in the lives of ordinary people, speaks on a topic that’s been too long neglected—Virginia’s slave cemeteries. Join us as we hear about how our state’s enslaved population honored its dead.

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• Lecture - Wed. July 12th - 6:oo pm – The Architecture of Downtown Lexington (Ed Lay) – Downtown Lexington, Virginia, is known for its stunning architecture—be it Greek Revival, Queen Anne, or “Picturesque Cottage” styles—and architectural historian Ed Lay is just the person to explain it to us! Come hear this much-sought-after speaker! 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Day Trips: Old Dominion - Staunton

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 9:00am

Details:

Staunton: Blackfriar’s Playhouse & Thornrose Cemetery (Rainville & Britton) – In the morning we’ll tour the beautiful Blackfriar’s Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, then dine at the Depot Grille. In the afternoon—after a visit to Sunspots to witness glass blowing—Lynn Rainville will give us a tour of the fascinating Thornrose Cemetery. Tour departs at 9:oo am.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Old Dominion - Staunton

Member $98.00
Guest $108.00


Day Trips: Riverside - Some Enchanted Evening

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 9:30am

Details:

Join us as we travel to the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts for a glorious celebration of music by

Rodgers and Hammerstein who established the Broadway musical as an American genre.  Enjoy music

from musicals such as Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Cinderella,

Flower Drum Song, and the The Sound of Music.  Lunch is included.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Riverside - Some Enchanted Evening

Member $105.00
Guest $115.00


Day Trips: Travel Session - James Monroe

Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9:00am

Details:

An entire day focusing on Fifth President James Monroe! In the morning we’ll take in Fredericksburg’s wonderful James Monroe Museum then dine nearby at Cracker Barrel—LUNCH IS ON YOUR OWN. In the afternoon we’ll get a very special treat, a one-of-a-kind tour of Monroe’s Highland featuring a presentation by Director Sara Bon-Harper on all of the latest archaeological discoveries. Come join us!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Session - James Monroe

Member $86.00
Guest $96.00


Day Trips: Hollywood Casino

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 8:30am

Details:

Try your luck at the Charles Town Hollywood casino in West Virginia. They have exciting Vegas-style games including slot machines, game tables and much more. Receive $20 in slot plays upon your arrival. Lunch is on your own. Activity Level Easy

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Hollywood Casino

Member $60.00
Guest $70.00


Day Trips: Kennedy Wade Grist Mill and Ann Hathaway Tea Room

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10:15am

Details:

Built in 1750 we will tour the oldest grist mill in Virginia. I produces stone-ground grit flout and buckwheat pancake mix. We will have lunch (ON YOUR OWN)  then we will enjoy a authentic devonshire cream tea at the Ann Hathaway Tea room (included)  in Staunton, a reproduction of Shakespeare’s wife’s cottage at Stratford-on-Avon. Lunch is on your own. Activity level Easy

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Kennedy Wade Grist Mill and Ann Hathaway Tea Room

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Day Trips: Old Dominion - Lexington

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 8:30am

Details:

Lexington: The Jackson House, Lee Chapel, & Lexington’s Architecture – (Lay & Britton) The morning will find us touring the VMI Museum—which features numerous “Stonewall” Jackson items—and the nearby Lee Chapel & Museum. After an Italian buffet lunch at Salerno’s, Ed Lay will give us a walking tour of downtown Lexington! Tour departs at 8:3o am.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Old Dominion - Lexington

Member $94.00
Guest $104.00


Day Trips: Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

A Summer concert in Orkney Springs is a must. Join us as we make our way to Orkney Springs for the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival for the sounds of the Midtown Men. these four stars from the original cast of “Jersey Boys.” The shoe is complete with dazzling choreography and incredible vocals, this electrifying performance will include ‘60s hits from the Beatles, the Rascals, the Turtles, Motown, The Four Seasons, and more. (Not a performance of, not affiliated with the show “Jersey Boys.”) Dinner is included

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Member $112.00
Guest $122.00


Lectures: Travel Class - Civil War Nuts and Bolts

Every Tuesday th Tuesday of the month at 3:00pm-4:00pm
September 19, 2017 - October 17, 2017

Details:

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

Introduction—To historian Rick Britton, the phrase “Civil War Nuts & Bolts” means the practical details of the average soldier’s day-to-day existence. Plenty has been written about Civil War battles, and the great and not-so-great generals who conducted them. By comparison, little has been penned regarding the lives of the North and South’s 3 million soldiers. This class seeks to answer the most common Civil War nuts-and-bolts questions, such as: How did the soldiers camp? What did they eat and who supplied it? Why did they wear wool? How did they carry all their accoutrements? How fast did they march? How far could they march in a day? How fast could they load and fire? Did they really fight shoulder-to-shoulder? Why? If you’re interested in the Civil War, we know you’ve got plenty of questions. Write them down and sign up for this class!
Our Lecturer—An award-winning Charlottesville-based historian, Rick Britton has published scores of Civil War articles, and has led Civil War battlefield tours all across Virginia for over a decade. He’s also written 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. beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 19, then continuing for 4 consecutive Tuesdays, 3:oo–4:3o pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.
• Tuesday, Sept. 19th - 3:oo pm – “Infantry, the Queen of the Battlefield”
• Tuesday, Sept. 26th - 3:oo pm – “Cavalrymen, the War’s Beaux Sabreurs”
• Tuesday, Oct. 3rd - 3:oo pm – “Artillery, Rifled & Smoothbore” 
• Tuesday, Oct. 10th - 3:oo pm – “The War’s Unsung: Engineers, Commisaries & More!”
• Tuesday, Oct. 17th - 3:oo pm –  “Battle & Leaders of the Civil War”

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - Civil War Nuts and Bolts

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Getaways: Chateau de Courtomer in Normandy, France

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 5:00am

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

Five day trips are planned - The Beaches of Normandy, Mont, St.Michel, Giverny, Local Villages tour and the Loire Valley of the Chateaux circuit.

- 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


Getaways: New England and Cape Cod

October 8, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Details:

Autumn Foliage in New England and Cape Cod
featuring Martha’s Vineyard and Mount Washington Cog Railway
     
        Enjoy the tranquil backroads of Vermont, the monumental mansions of Rhode Island, gingerbread cottages of Martha’s Vineyard, and the history of Boston while taking in the best autumn colors New England has to offer.

-13 Meals (5 dinners, 1 lunch and 7 breakfasts)

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Getaways: Seminar in Berlin

October 22, 2017 - October 30, 2017

Details:

Senior Center members here is an opportunity to travel to Berlin for a tour that intends to illustrate the richness, complexities and problems of German cultural and political history. Our tour features daily lectures, visits to major sites, museums, churches monuments, neighborhoods, parks and nearby Potsdam. The faculty instructor will be Gordon m. Stewart - Professor Emeritus, Department of German, University of Virginia and Olli faculty member.  Call Senior Center, Inc Travel to book your reservation. (434) 974 6538 Space is limited and capacity controlled.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center


Getaways: Ireland

November 8, 2017 - November 18, 2017

Details:

Ireland - Coast to Coast
featuring a two-night stay at the Abbey glen Castle

          From its bustling, historic capital of Dublin to its quaint villages, Ireland is yours to explore. Visit the scenic countryside of Killarney and the historic Blarney Castle. The beauty of the Connemara surrounds you and is the perfect setting for your two-night castle stay. Experience all that Ireland has to offer.

-17 Meals (9 breakfasts and 8 dinners)

Please call the travel office at 434.974.6538 for details and costs.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Getaways: Royal Caribbean International - Grandeur of the Seas

December 9, 2017 - December 21, 2017

Details:

A Southern Caribbean Holiday Getaway aboard Royal Caribbean International - Registry - Bahamas. We will spend 12 night Southern Caribbean Cruise to St. Thomas, Antigua, St, Kitts & Nevis and St. Maarten. Trip includes round-trip transportation, all meals, entertainment, port fees and taxes, Travel insurance is recommended. Gratuities are not included. Book your trip today by calling the travel office at 434-974-6538

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Day Trips: White House Holiday Tour

Monday, December 25, 2017 at 5:00am

Details:

DATE:  December, 2017 - DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED - please note it is NOT December 25th.
Travel with us again to Washington, D.C. where 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 is a possibility of waiting in line at the gate.  Lunch is on your own at the Fashion Centre Mall in Pentagon City.
A valid government-issued United States ID card (e.g.) driver’s license, military ID, etc. or a valid United States or other official government-issued passport is required.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Getaways: YELLOWSTONE, GRAND TETONS AND MT RUSHMORE

June 14, 2018 - June 23, 2018

Details:

Tour Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. Watch Old Faithful erupt in natural wonder. Tour historic mining towns and discover treasures of the Old West.  Trip includes: Transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Round trip airfare out of Dulles, 13 Meals, Travelers Protection Plan and much more!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Getaways: SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI ADVENTURE

September 9, 2018 - September 22, 2018

Details:

Experience the culture, history and beauty of four African Countries. Experience history in Johannesburg and amazing safari adventures in Kruger, Hwange and Chobe National Parks. Stand in awe at nature’s supreme masterpiece- Victoria Falls, and relax on a spectacular sunrise cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Discover the best of these four countries on this South African safari and adventure. Trip includes: Transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Round trip airfare out of Dulles, Inter country airfare in Africa, 24 Meals, Travelers Protection Plan and much more!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Getaways: CLASSIC ITALY BY RAIL

October 29, 2018 - November 7, 2018

Details:

For centuries it was the center of civilization, and Italy continues to fascinate with historic cities, majestic vistas and hill towns frozen in time. Experience the visual delights and marvel at the historic sites as you travel through Italy on this amazing tour!  Trip includes: Transportation from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Round trip airfare out of Dulles, 11 Meals, Travelers Protection Plan and much more!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center