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2017 Field Trips

Field Trips are available to all members regardless of location. This year’s field trips are listed by departure location (Tuscaloosa, Gadsden and Birmingham). For more detailed information on each of the trips, please view the course catalog.

Departing from Tuscaloosa

Transportation for the trips will be by charter bus or vans and a restroom on the bus is not guaranteed. The type of transportation provided is at the sole discretion of the OLLI Program Director. For more trip details, email the trip facilitator or call the OLLI Office, (205) 348-6482. Tuscaloosa trips will depart from the Bryant Conference Center (BCC), 240 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa.

Total Eclipse of the Sun – Tennessee: Monday, August 21

Facilitators: Philip Malone, philipgmalone@gmail.com and Gene Byrd, genebyrd@bellsouth.net)
Cancellation deadline: Monday, August 7
Depart BCC 6 a.m., estimated return 9 pm.
Fee: $50 (includes transportation, lunch, viewing glasses)
Activity level: Moderate walking on flat ground

Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain (Attalla, Alabama): Friday, September 22

Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner, sswims2001@gmail.com 

Cancellation Deadline: Thurs, Sept 7

Depart BCC: 8 a.m.; Return: 4 p.m.

Fee: $68 (includes transportation, admission, lunch)

Activity level: Moderate (walking outdoors on uneven, unpaved paths)

Historic Talladega College and Amistad Murals: Friday, October 6

Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner, sswims2001@gmail.com 

Cancellation Deadline: Thurs, Sept 21

Depart BCC: 8 a.m.; Return: 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $39 (includes transportation)

Activity level: Moderate/strenuous (extensive walking, stairs in all buildings)

Civil Rights Trail (UA campus, downtown Tuscaloosa): Friday, October 13

Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner, sswims2001@gmail.com 

Cancellation deadline: Thurs, Sept 28

Depart BCC: 8:45 a.m.; Return 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $32 (includes transportation)

Activity level: Moderate (walking indoors and outdoors, extended standing)

Famous Authors, Fabulous Houses (Tuscaloosa and Demopolis): Friday, October 27

Trip Leader: Amelia Yessick, ameliaheath@hotmail.com and Peggy Hamner sswims2001@gmail.com 

Cancellation deadline: Thurs, Oct 12

Depart BCC: 8 a.m., Return 5:15 p.m.

Fee: $56 (includes transportation and admission fees)

Activity level: Moderate (walking, stairs)

A Patriotic and Historical Journey through Cullman and Arab, Alabama: Thursday, November 9

Trip Leader: Sheree Miller, evergreens3@yahoo.com and Dan Miller

Cancellation deadline: Thurs, Oct 26

Depart BCC: 7 a.m.; Return 6 p.m.

Fee: $57 (includes transportation and admissions)

Activity level: Moderate (mainly walking inside and some walking outside on possibly uneven ground)

Two-for-One Sale (Louisiana): Friday, December 1 - Saturday, December 2

Trip Leader: Amelia Yessick, ameliaheath@hotmail.com 

Cancellation deadline: Mon, Oct 30

Depart BCC: Dec 1, 8 a.m., Return Dec 2, 7:30 pm

Fee: $227 Dbl, $322 Single (includes transportation, lodging and admission fees)

Activity level: Moderate (lots of walking)

Birding at Wheeler NWR: Friday, December 8

Trip Leader: Becky Embrey, emb619@aol.com 

Cancellation Deadline: Mon, Nov 20

Depart BCC: 7:30 a.m.; Return: 6 p.m.

Fee: $42 (includes transportation)

Activity level: Easy/moderate (walking on fairly level but unpaved trails)

Fantasy in Lights, Callaway Gardens, GA: Monday, December 11 - Tuesday, December 12

Trip Leader: Mavis Hughes, Barneybhughes@gmail.com 

Cancellation Deadline: Oct 10, 2017

Depart BCC: 8 a.m., Dec 11; Return: 6 p.m., Dec 12

Fee: $292 Dbl, $368 Sgl (includes transportation, lodging, admissions, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner)

Activity level: Easy

Depart from Gadsden

The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center was created to educate present and future generations about the extraordinary sacrifices of those who went above and beyond the call of duty to preserve the cause of freedom. The Medal of Honor and Chattanooga have been intertwined since the Medal’s inception in 1862. The first six recipients of the Medal were from Andrew’s Raiders.

My Old Kentucky Home, Churchill Downs and Museum Row (Bardstown and Louisville, KY):
Friday, September 22 - Sunday, Sept 24

Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont

Cancellation Deadline: Thurs, Sept 14

Depart Gadsden Center: 8 a.m.

Fee: $375 Dbl (includes lodging, transportation, admissions)

Activity level: Moderate (lots of walking)

A Chorus Line Play at Virginia Samford Theater (Birmingham, AL): Sunday, Oct 1

Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont

Cancellation Deadline: Thurs, Sept 21

Depart Gadsden Center: 12:30 p.m.

Fee: $55 (includes transportation, admission)

Activity level: Easy

Spectre, the “Big Fish” movie set ruins, and Old Town Alabama: Friday, Oct 6

Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont

Cancellation Deadline: Thurs, Sept 21

Depart Gadsden Center: 8 a.m.

Fee: $40 (includes transportation, admissions)

Activity level: Moderate (lots of walking)

The Glass Menagerie (Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL): Saturday, October 14

Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont

Cancellation Deadline: Thurs, Oct 5

Depart Gadsden Center: 9:30 a.m.

Fee: $60 (includes transportation, admission)

Activity level: Easy

Coosa Queen Riverboat (Riverside, AL): Friday, October 20

Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont

Cancellation Deadline: Thurs, Oct 9

Depart Gadsden Center: 12:30 p.m.

Fee: $50 (includes transportation, cruise with meal)

Activity level: Easy

Depart from Birmingham

All Greater Birmingham field trips depart from the Vestavia Hills Civic Center. Transportation is typically by a City of Vestavia Hills bus or van, with limited seating. Members pay in cash towards the cost of gas. Registration fee must be paid with registration. Cancellations may only be made by contacting Registration Services. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations after the cancellation date. Substitutions are not allowed.

Southern Museum of Flight: Friday, Sept 22

Trip Leader: Beth White, wytehaus1@msn.com 

Cancellation Deadline: Sept 8

Depart: 9:30 a.m.; Return 4 p.m.

Fee: $20 (includes museum and lunch); bring $1 for gas for the bus

Activity level: Easy

DeSoto State Park: Friday, Oct 20

Trip Leader: Beth White, wytehaus1@msn.com 

Cancellation Deadline: Oct 6

Depart: 8 a.m.; Return 6 p.m.

Fee: None; bring $20 for gas for the bus

Activity level: Moderate