Local Field Trips

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Refunds will not be issued after the trip cancellation deadline. Substitutions are not allowed.

If a field trip is full, you may request to be placed on a waitlist.

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Members may participate in trips from any of the chapters  TUSCALOOSA – GREATER BIRMINGHAM  – GADSDEN

 


Greater Birmingham

BHM 201 Soap Making Experience
Friday, Jan. 26
Refund Deadline: Jan 17
Trip Leader: Annette Vazquez (drnocat@hotmail.com)
Meet 10:30 a.m. at 2805 2nd Ave. South
Fee: $18 (admission)
Activity Level: Easy
Discover the art of crafting all-natural soap then create your own soap in this one-hour hands-on class experience. Afterward, enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch at one of the local Pepper Place restaurants. Do not miss this unique learning adventure!

 

BHM 202 Exclusive to OLLI Members: “’Til Beth Do Us Part,” Homewood Theatre, Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday, Jan. 31
Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com)
Meet 7 p.m. at the Homewood Theatre
1831 28th Ave. S
Fee: $0 However, donations to Homewood Theatre are welcome
The Homewood Theatre has extended an invitation to OLLI members only. You are going to have the unique experience to be allowed to view the final dress rehearsal of the performance of “Til Beth Do Us Part.” Come join us in the Theatre’s lobby for some, wine, snacks and fellowship for this special event.

 

BHM 203 Civil Axe Throwing
Friday, Feb. 16
Refund Deadline: Feb 9
Trip Leader: Annette Vazquez (drnocat@hotmail.com)
Meet 10:45 a.m. at Avondale Library at 5th Ave. S, and carpool (due to limited parking)
Fee: $27
Activity Level: Moderately Strenuous (You MUST wear closed-toed shoes to participate)
This event gives you the opportunity to get in touch with your inner lumberjack. In this sport, the participant throws an axe at a target, to a hit a bullseye. There are a variety of axe sizes to match all types of throwing abilities, guided by an experienced coach. After this event, we will visit Avondale for some libations and grub.

 

BHM 204 Overnight Trip to Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site and Callaway Gardens
Thursday, Mar. 21
Refund Deadline: Feb 21
Trip Leaders: Annette Vazquez (drnocat@hotmail.com) and Co-trip leader Pam Moore (pamlmoore@hotmail.com)
Depart: Thursday, March 21, at 7:15 a.m. at the Riverchase United Methodist Church
Return: Friday, March 22, 4:30 p.m.
Fee: Double $425 Single: $525 (transportation, admission, and lodging)
Activity level: Easy walking on paved sidewalks and terrain, comfortable walking shoes and outdoor attire.
Explore two exciting venues in Georgia, first the historic Roosevelt’s Little White House where FDR visited frequently for his therapy and relaxation. This visit will include the FDR Museum, Guest House, Servant Quarters and the Warm Spring Pools. Next head over to the beautiful Callaway Gardens to check into your room. The next day you will explore the gardens on a docent led tour of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, the Ida Carson Chapel and the Discovery center. All meals are Dutch-treat, so you have control of your food budget.

 

BHM 205 A trip to the Kymulga Grist Mill, Sylacauga Marble Quarry, and Blue Bell Creamery
Friday, April 5
Refund Deadline: Mar 22
Trip Leader: Mary Frances Stayton (lovingcats@windstream.net) and Tour Guide: Ken Boyd
Depart Riverchase United Methodist Church (overflow lot): 8:15 a.m.
Return: 4 p.m.
Fee: $28 (transportation and admission)
Activity level: Moderate walking on uneven terrain, comfortable walking shoes and outdoor attire.
On this trip you will visit the historic Kymulga Grist Mill that will be docent-led by Ken Boyd and the onsite miller. After the tour of the mill, you will enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch at the Old Town Grille. Then off to Sylacauga to view the Marble Quarry. Finally, the day ends with a short tour of the Blue Bell Creameries to top the trip off with a delicious scoop of ice cream.

Gadsden

GAD 201 Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, Tuscaloosa, AL
Friday, Jan. 26
Refund Deadline: Jan. 15
Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Depart UA Gadsden Center: 8:30 a.m.
Return UA Gadsden Center: 6 p.m.
Fee: $50 (transportation)
Activity Level: Easy
The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion presents an immersive experience of the rich history of early Southern life to diverse audiences – with special emphasis on its founding family – through the preservation and interpretation of historic objects, structures, and landscapes. Built in 1862, this illustrious Italianate home was the residence of Senator Robert Jemison Jr. and his descendants for generations. Following the Great Depression, the mansion served the city as a public library and a publication office, and now operates as a historical museum.

 

GAD 202 Blues in the Night, ASF Montgomery
Saturday, Feb. 10
Refund Deadline: Jan. 29
Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Depart UA Gadsden Center: 9:30 a.m.
Return UA Gadsden Center: 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $90 (transportation, admission)
Activity Level: Easy
The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in “Blues in the Night,” a scorching, Tony-nominated musical! The 26 hot and torchy numbers tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences three women have with the lying, cheating snake of a man who does them wrong. Glorious songs from Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more tell of the pain and misery of life and love – and the dogged determination to get through it all – that is the essence of the blues.

 

GAD 203 Savoy Automobile Museum, Cartersville, GA
Friday, Feb. 23
Refund Deadline: Feb. 12
Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Depart UA Gadsden Center: 8:30 a.m.
Return UA Gadsden Center: 6 p.m.
Fee: $60 (transportation and admission)
Activity Level: Easy
Guests visiting this world-class museum and showgrounds will be met with an assortment of automobiles and original works of art. Whether you are someone just curious about cars, an automobile enthusiast or a serious car collector, you are invited to pause for a moment and take in the artistic beauty of the magnificent machines found inside Savoy Automobile Museum.

 

GAD 204 Out and About in Thomasville, GA
Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3
Refund Deadline: Feb. 20
Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Depart UA Gadsden Center: 8:30 a.m.
Return UA Gadsden Center: 4 p.m.
Fee: Double $375, Single $610 (transportation, lodging, admission)
Activity Level: Easy
Experience the charm, history and flavors of Cartersville and Thomasville, Georgia. Explore the 1861 Distillery, Lapham-Patterson House, and Pebble Hill Plantation. We will savor wines at Farmer’s Daughter Winery, marvel at the ancient Big Oak and stop by the Thomasville History Center. Enjoy two days of immersive travel, uncovering the best of these Georgia gems.

 

GAD 205 Dayspring Dairy
Saturday, TBD (dependent on 2024 sheep shearing)
Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Fee: TBD
Activity Level: Easy
Keep an eye out on OLLI Communications for more information about this upcoming field trip.

Tuscaloosa

TUS 201 Historic Meridian Mississippi with Lunch at Weidmann’s – Trip Canceled for the spring

 

TUS 202 School of Fashion Design in Drummond Lyon Hall
Friday, Feb. 9
Refund Deadline: Jan. 19
Trip Leader: Amelia Yessick (ameliaheath@hotmail.com)
Depart BCC: 9:15 a.m.
Return BCC: 1 p.m.
Fee: $5
Activity Level: Easy to moderate-walking and standing.
Join us on a guided tour of the newest building on campus, Drummond Lyon Hall which houses the School of Fashion Design, Textiles, and Interior Design of UA College of Human Environmental Sciences. The new 25,000-square-foot building provides space to preserve, celebrate and study fashion history and develop fashion industry leaders of the future. It is also home to the Fashion Archives Collection, established in the 1930s. A Dutch-treat lunch at The Fresh Food Company on campus will follow the tour.

 

TUS 203 A Night at the Opera
Thursday, Feb. 22
Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 8
Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)
Meet at Bryant-Jordan Hall, 285 Kilgore Lane, Bryce campus: 6:30 p.m.
End: 10 p.m.
Fee: none
Activity Level: Easy
Watch a rehearsal of the opera “L’elisir d’amore,” a comic melodrama by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. A pianist will accompany UA students and faculty as they perform, and Paul Houghtaling, director of opera theatre at the University, will talk to the audience before the opera begins. It will be a night to remember!

 

TUS 204 Airbus Helicopters/Mississippi Steel Processing
Wednesday, March 20
Refund Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 28
Trip Leader: Danielle Houston (dhouston6565@gmail.com)
Depart BCC: 8:30 a.m.
Return: 4 p.m.
Fee: $95
Activity Level: Easy to moderate – walking and standing.
Tour and receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of helicopter manufacturing and steel production. With a focus on the importance and dedication to environmental sustainability and manufacturing, attendees will walk away with an appreciation for the industries that produce and support local and national customers, from the military to EMS, law enforcement, border patrol and more. Enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch and chartered transportation. (TUS 204 Continued)

 

TUS 205 University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing
Thursday, March 28
Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, March 14
Trip Leader: Danielle Houston (dhouston6565@gmail.com)
Meet: 9 a.m. (Self-drive to the College of Nursing)
Return: 10:30 a.m.
Fee: No fee
Activity Level: Easy to moderate – walking and standing.
Watch a demonstration of how simulators create real life medical and crisis scenarios. Tour classrooms and labs that provide clinical experiences that ease the transition into the working world for graduates. A highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Beard Home Health & Hospice Laboratory, the first of its kind at The University of Alabama.

 

TUS 206 Birds, Beach, and Bellingrath is BACK!
Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6
Refund Deadline: Thursday, March 7
Tour leader and bird guide: Dwight Lammon Trip
Facilitator: Becky Embrey (embreyrebekah@gmail.com)
Depart BCC: 8:30 a.m. Thursday
Return to BCC: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Fee: $650 Single, $550 Double (Transportation, lodging and admission)
Activity Level: Moderate/difficult. Lengthy periods of walking on uneven ground and off established paths. Standing for long periods of time, and steps with and without rails.
Experience three days of fun and birding, just in time for the spring bird migration. Led by OLLI’s own birding expert, Dwight Lammon, this adventure will be packed with birding opportunities from the minute our bus departs! We will visit the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and Shell Mound as well as historic Fort Gaines and the renowned Alabama Aquarium in Dauphin Island. As our group heads home, we will tour beautiful Bellingrath Gardens.

 

TUS 207 Total Eclipse of Sun in Arkansas
Monday, April 8
Refund Deadline Line: Monday, Apr. 1
Leader: Philip Malone (philipgmalone@gmail.com)
Depart BCC: 5:30 a.m.
Return to BCC: 10:30 p.m.
Fee: $28 (transportation)
Activity level: Moderate – long trip riding in a van and a long day
Opportunity to see a total eclipse of the sun. This will be a one-day trip to see the total eclipse of the sun as it crosses Arkansas. We will pick the most likely place to view it based on weather reports the morning of the eclipse. The eclipse will last about three hours, with the totality lasting about four minutes. Remember, never look directly at the sun without proper equipment. Viewing glasses will be provided.

 

TUS 208 Historic Town of Springville, AL
Thursday, April 11
Refund Deadline: Thursday, March 21
Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)
Depart BCC: 8:45 a.m.
Return BCC: 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $85 (transportation)
Activity Level: Moderate – walking, standing
Springville, incorporated in 1880, is known for its historic downtown. Before lunch, tour the Museum of City History, take a short walking tour down Main Street, and visit the Presbyterian Church, built in 1873. In the afternoon, spend time in the antique mall and enjoy ice cream in Lassiter’s Sundries before returning home.

 

TUS 209 Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra rehearsal
Sunday, April 28
Cancellation Deadline: Wednesday, April 17
Trip Leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) & Donna Boles
Meet at UA Moody Music Building: 6:15 p.m.
End: 9 p.m.
Fee: none
Activity level: Easy
The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra will close its season with “Heroes,” a concert honoring people who have inspired us through history. The musicians will rehearse segments of the Pulitzer Prizewinning “New Morning for the World” by Joeseph Schwantner and Beethoven’s “Eroica Symphony.”

 

TUS 210 Photography Field Trip
Tuesday, April 30
Trip Leader: Philip Malone (philipgmalone@gmail.com)
Meet: Early morning at a location in Tuscaloosa (exact time and location TBD)
End: Afternoon
Fee: No cost to register
Activity Level: Moderate, able to walk two miles and negotiate stairs.
Bring your favorite camera (Philip will use an iPhone 13) and be prepared to try some new techniques to expand your photographic horizons. On this trip, you will drive your car or meet to carpool. Locations will be shared closer to the trip. We will start early to catch the morning light, then go to sites to photograph indoors and try other camera settings to get amazing photos. After a Dutch-treat lunch, we explore other location, weather permitting.

 

TUS 211 We Promise you a Rose Garden!
Wednesday, May 1
Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, April 13
Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)
Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Bobby Babb’s home
End: 11:30 a.m.
Fee: none
Activity level: Easy/moderate – walking, standing outside)
Bobby Babb again invites OLLI members to visit his garden, with more than 150 varieties of roses. Hear his tips on cultivation and recognizing varieties while enjoying the flowers’ beauty. Participants will receive directions before this drive-yourself tour. If the forecast calls for inclement weather, this trip will be rescheduled.

 

TUS 212 A Day with OLLI Member Rama Pidikiti
Friday, May 3
Refund Deadline: April 18
Trip Leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Mary Jon Sneckenberger
Meet at the home of Rama Pidikiti at 9 a.m.
Tour Ends: 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $40 (garden tour and lunch)
Activity level: Moderate/strenuous – extensive walking outdoors, sometimes on uneven ground
Rama Pidikiti invites members to tour some of her 40-acre property. Rama will lead the tour and discuss landscaping tips and ideas for recycling used materials in the garden! After walking the property, enjoy an Indian lunch on her patio. Participants will receive directions beforehand. If the forecast calls for inclement weather, this trip will be rescheduled. Proceeds from this trip benefit OLLI at UA.

 

TUS 213 A Day with OLLI Member Rama Pidikiti
Friday, May 10
Refund Deadline: April 25
Trip Leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Mary Jon Sneckenberger
Meet at the home of Dr. Rama Pidikiti at 9 a.m.
Tour Ends: 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $40 (garden tour and lunch)
Activity level: Moderate/strenuous – Extensive walking outdoors, sometimes on uneven ground
Rama Pidikiti invites members to tour some of her 40-acre property. Rama will lead the tour and discuss landscaping tips and ideas for recycling used materials in the garden! After walking the property, enjoy an Indian lunch on her patio. Participants will receive directions beforehand. If the forecast calls for inclement weather, this trip will be rescheduled. Proceeds from this trip benefit OLLI at UA.


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