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2018 Fall 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). Domestic and International Trips are listed at the bottom of the page. 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.

The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Hanceville) and Vulcan, Mythical Roman God of Fire and Forge - Thursday, September 13

Trip Leader: Jennifer Woods (jwoods9388@gmail.com

Cancellation Deadline:  Wed, Aug 29

Depart BCC:  8:00 a.m.; Return: 6:30 p.m.

Fee: $46 (includes admission, transportation)

Activity level:  Moderate (walking, extended standing, stairs)

Antiquing in Hartselle & Smith Farms, Cullman - Thursday, September 20

Trip Leaders: Sheree Miller (evergreens3@yahoo.com) and Dan Miller

Cancellation deadline: Wed, Sept 5

Depart BCC: 7:30 a.m. - Return 5:30 p.m.

Fee:  $40 (includes transportation)

 Activity level: moderate (walking and standing indoors and on pavement) 

Geologic Field Trip of Tuscaloosa County - Friday, October 5

Trip Leader: Philip Malone (philipgmalone@gmail.com)

Cancellation Deadline:  Thurs, Sept 20

Depart BCC:  8:00 a.m.; Return: 5:00 p.m.

Fee: $21 (includes transportation)

Activity level: Easy/moderate (most of time traveling in van)

Sign up for either October 5 or October 19 but not both. The trips will be identical

Geologic Field Trip of Tuscaloosa County - Friday, October 19

Trip Leader: Philip Malone (philipgmalone@gmail.com)

Cancellation Deadline:  Thurs, Oct 4

Depart BCC:  8:00 a.m.; Return: 5:00 p.m.

Fee: $21 (includes transportation)

Activity level: Easy/moderate (most of time traveling in van)

Sign up for either October 5 or October 19 but not both. The trips will be identical

NOAA National Water Center & UA’s AIME (Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center - Friday, October 26

Trip Leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Joanne Hawthorne

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, October 11

Depart BCC: 9:45 a.m.; return 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $10 (includes transportation)

Activity level: moderate (walking and standing indoors and on paved surfaces outdoors)

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park and Orville Farmers Market - Friday, November 2

Trip Leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Pam Tran (pam@ua.edu)

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, October 18

Depart BCC: 8:00 a.m.; return 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $48 (includes transportation)

Activity level: Easy

Montgomery Museums - Wednesday, November 14

Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Monday, October 1

Depart BCC: 8:00 a.m.; return 6:30 p.m.

Fee: $48 (includes admission, transportation)

Activity level: Moderate/difficult (walking and standing outdoors and on pavement)

American Village Christmas Lunch & Tour plus Alabama National Cemetery - Monday, December 3

Trip Leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Jennifer Woods (jwoods9388@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, November 1

Depart BCC: 8:15 a.m.; return 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $71 (includes tour, lunch, transportation)

Activity level: Moderate (walking and standing outdoors and on pavement)

UA Printing Services & 3-D Printing Lab (College of Engineering) - Thursday, December 6

Trip leaders: Sheree Miller (evergreens3@yahoo.com) and Joanne Hawthorne (nanajo946@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, Nov 22

Depart BCC 9:00 a.m.; return 3:00p.m.

Fee: No Charge, shuttle provided

Activity level: moderate (walking and standing indoors and on pavement)

Depart from Greater Birmingham

All Greater Birmingham field trips depart from the Vestavia Hills Civic Center. Trip fee must be paid with registration. Cancellations must be made by contacting Registration Services, 205-348-3000 or 1-866-432-2015. Refunds will not be issued after the cancellation deadline. Substitutions are not allowed.

The Martian Frontier - Thursday, October 11

Trip Leader: Nancy Ekberg (nanekberg@aol.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, October 4

Fee: $20 (includes program and bus transportation, which is required)

Depart from Vestavia Hills Civic Center 12:15 p.m.; return by 3:30 p.m. Activity Level: Eas

Jonesboro, GA Official Home of Gone With the Wind - Friday, November 9

Trip Leader: Mary Frances Stayton (lovingcats@windstream.net)

Cancellation Deadline: Friday, November 2

Fee: $75 (includes transportation on tour bus and hot lunch on site)

Depart Vestavia Hills Civic Center 7:30 a.m.; return by 6:00 p.m.

Activity Level: Moderate

 

Depart from Gadsden

These trips depart from UA Gadsden Center. Registration fee must be paid with registration. Cancellations must be made by contacting Registration Services, 205-348-3000 or 1-866-432- 2015. Refunds will not be issued after the cancellation deadline. Substitutions are not allowed.

Hello, Dolly! Play at Virginia Samford Theatre - Sunday, September 16

Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Friday, September 7

Depart: 12:30 p.m.

Fee: $60 (includes admission, transportation)

Activity Level: Easy

Jonesboro, GA Official Home of Gone With the Wind - Friday, October 5

Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Friday, September 21

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $60 (includes admission, transportation)

Activity Level: Moderate

Savannah, GA - Friday - Sunday, October 26 - 28

Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Friday, October 12

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $400 double, $700 single (includes admission, transportation)

Activity Level: Moderate

Domestic and International Trips

Birding in Costa Rica

November 24 – December 2, 2018

Trip Leader: Becky Embrey emb619@aol.com;

Tour guide: Dwight Lammon

$1488 Double occupancy

$1922 Single occupancy

Airfare, trip insurance, Birmingham transportation separate

Join our group for 9 days in paradise! 3 different birding venues including an opportunity to see the famous Quetzel. Costa Rica offers over 830 bird species, plus we will tour a coffee plantation, waterfall gardens and, possibly, a volcano! 3 nights at the famous Rancho Naturalista and 2 nights at the beautiful Trogon Lodge.

Journey to Oaxaca & Puebla Ancient civilizations and Modern Cuisine

March 13 – 23, 2019

Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner sswims2001@gmail.com

$2339 Double-occupancy

$2869 Single-occupancy

Includes 10 nights of accommodations, 23 meals, 4 expert-led lectures, 11 field trips, 4 Hands-on- experiences, and more)

On this 11- day Adventure of Mexico’s southern states of Oaxaca and Puebla experience a magical blend of the ancient and the modern. Amid the mountains and valleys of the central highlands, learn about the two most fascinating aspects of the region – its history and its food.

Highlights of Scotland and Ireland

July 13 – 22, 2019

Trip Leader: Marilyn Nevin

marilyn.nevin07@gmail.com

$2799 Double occupancy no flights

$3194 Single occupancy no flights

On this 10 day trip see the sights and sounds from Edinburgh, Scotland to Dublin, Ireland

Fall Foliage Tour: Vermont to Massachusetts

October 15– October 22, 2018

(optional excursion 2 extra nights in Boston).

Trip Leader: Marilyn Nevin

marilyn.nevin07@gmail.com

$2749/double occupancy (includes flight)

$450 optional excursion (extra two nights Boston) $549

Travel to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Boston. Travel tour includes scenic bus tours and scenic Train Ride.

NOTE: THIS TRIP IS FULL. TO BE PUT ON A WAIT LIST CALL 1(844)739-9771.

Viking River Cruise

November 5 – 13, 2019

Trip Leader: Jennifer Anderson janderson@ccs.ua.edu

$2999 up to $3699. Rates vary based on Cabin selection

Includes: Round-trip airfare, 8-day cruise visiting 3 countries and 10 ports, cabin, all onboard meals, 6 shore excursions with local guide. Explore one of Germany’s best preserved medieval castle. Discover the various culinary traditions of Alsace. Explore the Black Forest and visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock making demonstration. Turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities and beautiful scenery of the Middle Rhine River.