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Spring 2019 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.

Tour of the New YMCA - Friday, January 18

Trip Leader: Amelia Yessick (ameliaheath@hotmail.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Monday, January 14

Depart BCC: 9:00 a.m.; Return: 12:00 p.m.

Fee: No charge

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

UA Frozen Tide Ice Hockey Game - Saturday, January 19

Trip Leaders: Gloria Oglesby (bamaglo@comcast.net), Rodney Oglesby

Cancellation deadline: Friday, January 4

Depart BCC: 12:45 p.m. - Return approximately 7:00 p.m.

Fee:  $42 (includes transportation and ticket)

 Activity level: moderate (seating at the ice rink requires some stair climbing) 

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

Tours and Lunch, Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion and Battle-Friedman House - Friday, January 25

Trip Leader: Janie Bostick (jrsb1012@bellsouth.net) and Charlotte Lewis (charlotte.lewis9@att.net)

Cancellation Deadline: Wednesday, January 9

Meet at Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion:  10:45 a.m.; Tour Ends: 2:00 p.m.

Fee: $25 (includes tour fees and lunch)

Activity level: medium (walking and stairs)

Bidgood and Beyond:UA Campus - Friday, February 8

Trip Leaders: Amelia Yessick (ameliaheath@hotmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Tuesday, January 22

Depart BCC: 8:45 a.m.; return 1:15 p.m.

Fee: $50

Activity level: moderate (walking, standing, and stairs)

Setting the President's Table: White House China through the Years - Tuesday, February 12

Trip Leaders: Jennifer Woods (jwoods9388@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Monday, January 28

Depart BCC: 4:00 p.m.; return 9:00 p.m.

Fee: $50 (includes transportation and reception)

Activity level: Moderate (standing, stairs)

An Evening at the Opera - Thursday, February 21

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

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, February 14

Meet at Bryant- Jordan Hall, Bryce Campus: 6:45 p.m.; estimated rehearsal and 9:30 p.m.

Fee: No Charge

Activity level: Easy (several hours of sitting)

Geologic Field Trip of Tuscaloosa County - Friday, March 1 or Friday, March 8

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

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, February 14

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

Fee: $12 (includes transportation)

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

Sign up for either March 1 or March 8, but not both. The trips will be identical.

Books Along the Teche Literary Festival - Thursday, April 4-Monday, April 8

Trip leaders: Donna Boles (donnaboles@comcast.net) and Nini Jobson

Cancellation deadline: Friday, March 1

Depart BCC 9:00 a.m. Thursday, April 4; return 5:00p.m. Monday, April 8

Fee: $500 Dbl; $700 Sgl (includes all-inclusive Festival ticket and 4 nights hotel; a few meals will be Dutch-treat)

Activity level: moderate with some steps

Cahaba Timber (pole mill), Brierfield, and Lunch at Bright Star - Friday, April 12

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

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, March 28

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

Fee: $29 (transportation)

Activity level: moderate (walking and standing, on and off bus multiple times)

Spring Nature Walks! Ebenezer Swamp and Orr Park, Montevallo - Monday, April 15

Trip leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Charles Gleaton (idag13@aol.com)

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, March 28

Depart BCC 9:30 a.m.; return 4:00p.m. 

Fee: $37 (transportation)

Activity level: walking and standing

Pickens County Historical Highlights - Thursday, April 25

Trip leaders: Vickie House (v.house.2012@gmail.com) and Teresa Plowman (61plowman.teresa@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Wednesday, April 10

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

Fee: $42 (includes admission, transportation)

Activity level: moderate (walking and standing)

Civil War History in Mississippi and Tennessee - Wednesday, May 1 - Thursday, May 2

Trip leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) Tour Guide: Ron Houts

Cancellation deadline: Tuesday, April 16 (or hotel booking deadline)

Depart BCC 8:00 a.m. May 1; return 4:00p.m. May 2 

Fee: $165 Dbl; $230 Sgl (includes admission, transportation, hotel breakfast)

Activity level: moderate (walking and standing)

Early Tuscaloosa and the Capital Period - Thursday, May 9

Trip leaders: Debbie Deavours (ddeavours6643@gmail.com) and Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline: Wednesday, April 24

Depart BCC 9:45 a.m.; return 3:30 p.m. 

Fee: $28 (includes tour fees, transportation)

Activity level: moderate (walking indoors and outside, standing)

Spring Around the Midwest - Monday, May 13-Saturday, May 18

Trip leaders: Amelia Yessick (ameliaheath@hotmail.com) and Bill Yessick

Depart BCC 7:00 a.m. Monday, May 13; return 5:00p.m. May 18 

Fee: $1,299 Dbl; $1,599 Sgl; $100 deposit required. Final payment due April 3, 2019 (includes deluxe motor coach transportation, 5 hotel nights, admission to attractions, and 11 meals)

Activity level: moderate

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.

Sandhill Cranes/Birding at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge - Monday, January 21

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

Cancellation Deadline: Monday, January 14

Fee: $45 (includes charter bus transportation)

Depart from Vestavia Hills Civic Center 7:30 a.m.; return by 5:30 p.m.

Activity Level: Moderate (walking and standing both outdoors and indoors)

Find Romance at the Alabama Symphony- Friday, February 15

Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com) and Betty Digges (bseph@aol.com

Cancellation Deadline: Friday, February 1

Fee: $18 (includes breakfast pastries and coffee, concert, and discussion with Music Director Carlos Izcaray)

Meet 9:45 a.m. at UAB Alys Stephens Center (parking information TBA)

Activity level: Easy

Dazzling Daffodils at Gibbs Gardens - Friday, March 15

Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com) and Mary Frances Stayton (lovingcats@windstream.net)

Cancellation Deadline: Friday, February 1

Fee: $90 (includes charter motorcoach transportation, garden admission, and tram)

Depart Galleria parking lot (near JCPenney) 7:30 a.m.; return by 6:30 p.m. 

Activity Level: Moderate

The Vine and Olive Colony and the Rooster Bridge Centennial - Friday, April 12

Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com); Facilitator: Faye Lambert

Cancellation Deadline: Tuesday, April 2

Fee: $70 (includes transportation and admission fee)

Depart VHCC: 8:30 a.m.; return by 5:30 p.m.

Activity Level: Moderate (walking, standing, stairs)

Painting with a Twist - Thursday, April 25

Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, April 18

Fee: $35

Meet at Painting with a Twist 1:30 p.m.; program ends 3:30 p.m.

Activity Level: Easy

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.

Ivy Green and Alabama Music Hall of Fame - Friday, January 18

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

Cancellation deadline: January 11

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $30 (Includes transportation, Dutch-treat at the Claunch Cafe)

Activity Level: Easy

Million Dollar Quartet Play at Virginia Samford Theatre, Birmingham, AL - Sunday, January 27

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

Cancellation Deadline: January 18

Depart: 12:30 p.m.

Fee: $60 (includes admission and transportation)

Activity Level: Easy

Plains, GA - Friday - Sunday, February 22 - 24

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

Cancellation Deadline: February 8

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $245 Dbl; $415 Sgl (includes transportation, lodging, admissions)

Activity Level: Moderate

Plains, GA - Friday - Sunday, February 22 - 24

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

Cancellation Deadline: January 25

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $200 Dbl; $325 Sgl (includes transportation, lodging, admission)

Activity Level: Moderate

Plains, GA - Friday - Sunday, February 22 - 24

Trip Leaders: Carl Saxton and Shirley du Pont

Cancellation Deadline: February 22

Depart: 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $30 (includes transportation)

Activity Level: Easy, some walking

 

Domestic and International Trips

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

America's Cowboy Country

September 15 – 22, 2019

Trip Leader – Beth Seale (sealeb51@gmail.com)

$3749 Triple occupancy; $3799 Double occupancy; $5099 Single occupancy

Includes: Roundtrip airfare, 8 days and 7 nights of accommodations, 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, and a tour guide for the duration of the trip.

Visit Yellowstone, Grand Tetons National Park, Mount Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse Memorial on this 8-day trip into cowboy country. Watch Old Faithful erupt, marvel at the towering peaks of the Grand Tetons, and tour the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

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.