Fall 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.

Confederate Museum & Memorial Park and Alabama State Capitol 

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Trip Leaders: Becky Embrey (emb619@aol.com) and Jennifer Woods (jwoods9388@gmail.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Depart BCC: 7:30 a.m.; return 6:30 pm
Fee: $70
Activity Level: moderate (walking, standing, some stairs)

 

Two Centuries of History on Display! Hoole Special Collections Library and
Paul W. Bryant Museum

Friday, September 20
Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Joanne Hawthorne (nanajo946@gmail.com)
Cancellation date: Tuesday, September 10
Depart BCC: 9:45 a.m.; return 2:45 p.m.
Fee: $25
Activity level: moderate (walking and standing)

Mobile Inside and Out

Thursday, October 3 – Saturday, October 5
Trip leaders: David Maxwell (dhmaxwell1@gmail.com) and Becky Embrey (emb619@aol.com 
Cancellation deadline: Tuesday, Sept 17
Depart BCC: 7:30 a.m., Oct 3; return 4:00 p.m., Oct 5
Fee: Single $548, Double $420 (lunch on 10/05, dinners on 10/03 and 10/04 are Dutch-treat)
Activity Level: Moderate but fast-paced 

Modern Aquaculture - Farmed Fish & Plants

Friday, October 11
Trip Leaders: Cade Cook (cadecook53@hotmail.com) and Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, September 26
Depart BCC: 8:00 a.m.; return 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $17
Activity level: Easy

Jasper, Alabama – Small Town, Outsized History!  

Friday, October 18
Trip Leaders: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com) and Marilyn Nevin (marilyn.nevin07@gmail.com)
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, October 3
Depart BCC: 8:00 a.m.; return 3:45 p.m.
Fee: $36
Activity Level: Moderate (walking, some stairs)

 

A Day of Animals, Fossils, and Fish in Bulldog Country!

Friday, October 25
Trip Leaders: Sheree Miller (evergreens3@yahoo.com) and Dan Miller
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, October 10
Depart Northport Civic Center parking lot: 7:30 a.m., return 4:45 p.m.
Fee: $37
Activity level: moderate (walking and standing)

Geologic Field Trip of Tuscaloosa County

Sign up for either November 1 or November 15, but not both.

Friday, November 1 
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, October 15
Friday, November 15
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, October 31
Trip Leader: Philip Malone (philipgmalone@gmail.com)
Depart BCC: 8:00 a.m.; return 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 (includes transportation)
Activity level: Easy/moderate (most time traveling in van)

Trash or Treasure

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Trip Leaders: Beth Seale (sealeb51@gmail.com) and Judy Campbell (judytcampbell@yahoo.com)
Cancellation deadline: Wednesday, October 30
Depart: BCC 9:00 a.m.; return: 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $37
Activity Level: Easy (walking indoors on flat surface)

Covered Bridges of Alabama

Tuesday, November 19
Trip Leaders: Richard Katz (rmoseskatz@gmail.com) and Philip Malone (philipgmalone@gmail.com)
Cancellation deadline: Monday, November 4
Depart BCC: 7:00 a.m.; Return 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $18
Activity level: Easy/moderate (most of time in van traveling)

American Village Christmas Lunch & Tour, plus Alabama National Cemetery

Monday, December 9
Trip Leader: Teresa Plowman (61plowman.teresa@gmail.com)
Cancellation deadline: Thursday, November 1
Depart BCC: 8:45 a.m.; return 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $66 (includes tour, lunch and transportation)
 

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.

An Automotive Adventure in Lincoln, AL

Wednesday, September 11
Trip Leader: Kay Kelley (kaykelley9@gmail.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, September 5
Fee: $62 (admissions, catered lunch, transportation)
Depart Shades Mountain Baptist Church 8:00 a.m.; return by 5:00 p.m.
Activity Level: Moderate

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL
Thursday, September 19
Trip Leaders: Sam Romano (sdr216erwin@att.net) and Betty Digges (bseph@aol.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, September 5
Fee: $76 (admission, transportation) plus Dutch-treat lunch
Depart Shades Mountain Baptist Church 8:00 a.m.; return by 6:00 p.m.
Activity Level: Moderate 

Appreciating the Dixie Art Colony, Wetumpka, AL

Friday, October 18
Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Friday, October 11
Fee: $48 (admissions, catered lunch, transportation)
Depart Shades Mountain Baptist Church 8:00 a.m.; return by 5:00 p.m.
Activity Level: Moderate

“Phantom of the Opera” at the Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, AL

Sunday, October 27
Trip Leader: Pam Moore (pamlmoore@hotmail.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Monday, October 21
Fee: $10.00; optional Dutch-treat meal at Pizitz Food Hall
Meet at the theatre at 1:15 p.m.
Activity Level: Easy

The Classics Go POP at the Alabama Symphony 
UAB Alys Stephens Center/Jemison Hall, Birmingham, AL

Friday, November 1
Trip Leader: Betty Digges (bseph@aol.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Friday, October 18
Fee: $22 (coffee and Danish, concert, discussion with Christopher Confessore)
Meet at 9:45 a.m. at UAB Alys Stephens Center (parking information TBA)
Activity Level: Easy

St. Nicholas Slavic/Russian Food Festival Park & Pastor Streets, Brookside, AL

Saturday, November 2
Trip Leaders: Betty Digges (bseph@aol.com) and Mary Frances Stayton (lovingcats@windstream.net)
Cancellation Date: Friday, October 25
Fee: Free; Dutch-treat lunch
Depart Shades Mountain Baptist Church 9:00 a.m. if carpooling; return by 5:00 p.m.
May drive personally if preferred.
Activity level: Moderate

Looking Back – Alabama’s Six State Constitutions and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, AL

Friday, November 15
Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Friday, November 8
Fee: $75 (admissions, lunch, transportation)
Depart Shades Mountain Baptist Church 8:00 a.m.; return by 5:00 p.m.
Activity Level: Moderate

Handel’s “Messiah” at Riverchase United Methodist Church

Sunday, November 24
Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Monday, November 18
Fee: Free
Performance time: 3:00 p.m. Please arrive by 2:00 p.m. (This is a free event that is always standing room
only). Carpooling from Shades Mountain Baptist Church available; arrange with Trip Leader

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.

Mayfield Dairy, Athens, TN

Friday, September 20
Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Cancellation Deadline: Friday, September 13
Depart: 8:00 a.m.
Fee: $30 (includes transportation, admission)
Activity Level: Easy

Tupelo, MS, and Memphis, TN

Friday, October 4-6
Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Cancellation Deadline: September 20
Depart: 8:00 a.m.
Fee: $340 dbl, $490 sgl (includes transportation, lodging, admission)
Activity Level: Mod

 

The Simon and Garfunkel Story, Oxford, AL

Sunday, November 3
Trip Leader: Jan Mackey (calkid4747@yahoo.com) and Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Cancellation Deadline: October 25
Depart: 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $45 (includes transportation,admission)
Activity Level: Easy

National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, AL

Friday, October 25
Trip leader: Shirley du Pont (slild01@aol.com)
Cancellation Deadline: October 19
Depart: 8:00 a.m.
Fee: $50 (includes transportation and admission)
Activity Level: Moderate (walking, mostly outdoors


Domestic and International Trips

America's Cowboy Country

September 26 – October 3, 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.