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2018 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.

The UA Equestrian Program - Fri, Jan 26

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

Cancellation deadline: Thurs., Jan 11

Depart BCC: 8:15 a.m.; Return 3:00 p.m. Fee: $35 (includes transportation)

Activity level: Easy/moderate (extensive standing and walking on uneven ground)

Walking Tour of Historic Bryce Main - Fri, Feb. 9

Trip leaders: Amelia Heath (ameliaheath@hotmail.com) and Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com)

Tour Guide: William Teague, Professor, UA Dept. Theatre and Dance

Cancellation deadline: Thurs., Jan. 25

Depart BCC: 12:45 p.m, return 5:00 p.m.

Fee: $27 (includes transportation and dessert/beverage)

Activity Level:  Moderate (walking, stairs) 

Highlights of Talladega - Talladega College, Art Bacon Art Gallery and Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind - Fri, Feb. 16

Trip Leader: Peggy Hamner (sswims2001@gmail.com); Tour guide: Dionne Edison, Dept. of Education, Talladega College

Cancellation Deadline: Thurs., Feb. 1

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

Fee:  $39 (includes transportation)

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

UA Opera Rehearsal of “SEMELE” - Thur, Feb 22

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

Cancellation deadline: Monday, February 12

Meet at Bryant-Jordan Hall, Bryce campus: 6:45 pm; estimated rehearsal end 9:30 p.m.

Fee: none

Activity Level: Easy (several hours of sitting)

UA Student Recreation Center and Stran-Hardin Arena - Fri, March 2

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

Cancellation deadline:  Thurs, Feb. 15

Meet at Recreation Center: 1:30 p.m.; end: 4:30 p.m.

Fee: None

Activity level: Easy

“Taking a Second Look” Christenberry Photographic Exhibit, Greensboro/Newbern -  Fri, March 9

Trip Leaders: Jennifer Woods (jwoods9388@gmail.com), Beth Seale (sealeb51@gmail.com)

Tour Guide: Winne Cobbs Depart BCC:

Cancellation date:  Thurs, Jan 25

Fee: $60 (includes transportation, exhibits, lunch)

Activity level:  Moderate (some non-strenuous, walking)

A Scenic Tour through Northwest Alabama - Thurs, March 22 - Fri, March 23

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

Cancellation deadline: Wed, March 7 (or deadline for booking hotel)

Depart BCC:  8:00 a.m., Thurs. - Return 5:00 p.m. Fri.

Fee: $154 (includes transportation, admissions, and lodging)

Activity Level:  Moderate/strenuous due to terrain/stairs

Spring Pilgrimage, Columbus, Mississippi - Sat, April 7

Trip leader: Mavis Hughes (barneybhughes@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline:  Thurs, March 22

Depart BCC:  7:00 a.m. Return:  5:30 p.m.

Fee: $68 (includes transportation and bus tour with guide)

Activity level: Easy (walking)

Birds, Beach and Bellingrath - Thurs, April 12 – Sat, April 14

Trip Leader:  Becky Embrey (emb619@aol.com)

Tour Leader: Dwight Lammon (Dwight.lammon@gmail.com)

Cancellation deadline:  Tues, March 13

Depart BCC: 8 a.m. April 12; Return 6:30 p.m. April 14

Fee: $450 Dbl (includes, lodging, admission fees, lunch at Bellingrath and box lunch on Friday)

Activity level: Strenuous

Bibb County Glades Preserve and Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park - Thurs, April 19

Trip Leader: Amelia Yessick (ameliaheath@hotmail.com) Tour Guides: Dwight Lammon and Linda Sherk

Cancellation Deadline:  Wed, April 4

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

Fee: $34 (includes transportation, park fees and box lunch)

Activity level:  Moderate/strenuous (2-hour hike)

Much Ado About Nothing (The Octagon Stage), Alabama Shakespeare Festival - Sat, April 28

Trip Leaders: Isabel Oldshue (ioldshue@gmail.com) and Donna Boles (donnaboles@comcast.net)

Cancellation deadline:  Fri, March 30

Depart BCC: 9:00 a.m. - Return approximately 7:00 p.m.*

Fee:  $82 (includes transportation and ticket)

Activity Level: Easy (walking, flat; stairs)

Cahaba Lily Festival - Sat, May 19

Trip Leader: Gloria Oglesby (bamaglo@comcast.net) and Mavis  Hughes (Barneybhughes@gmail.com)

Cancellation Deadline:  Fri, May 4

Depart BCC:  8:00 a.m.; Return:  by 4 p.m.

Fee: $50 (includes transportation and admission)

Activity Level:  Moderate (walking outdoors)

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.

A Conversation about Art History (Birmingham Museum of Art) - Thurs, Jan 4

Trip Leader: Beth White (wytehaus1@msn.com) & Nancy Ekberg (nanekberg@aol.com)

Cancellation Deadline: Tues, December 19, 2017

Depart:  9:30 a.m. – Return:  2:00 p.m.

Fee: $10 (includes admission); Dutch-treat lunch; Transportation provided by Vestavia Hills. You will receive more information from the trip leader.

Activity Level: Easy

Sylacauga Marble Festival - Fri, April 6

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

Cancellation Deadline:  Fri, March 23

Depart:  9 a.m. – Return:  6 p.m.

Fee: $25 (charter bus transportation); Dutch-treat lunch & ice cream

Activity Level:  Moderate, extensive walking

McWane Science Center Tour - Tues, April 24

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

Cancellation Deadline: Tues, April 10

Depart:  12:45 p.m. – Return:  5:45 p.m.

Fee: $6 (admission, unless you are already a McWane member). Transportation provided by Vestavia Hills. You will receive more information from the trip leader.

Activity Level:  Moderate; some standing

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.

Unclaimed Baggage and Russell Cave (Scottsboro and Bridgeport, AL) - Fri, Jan. 19

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

Cancellation deadline:  Thu, Jan 11

Depart from Gadsden:  8:00 a.m.

Fee: $30 (includes transportation and admission), Dutch-treat lunch

Activity Level:  Moderate (shopping, walking)

Chicago, Virginia Samford Theatre (Birmingham, AL) - Sun, Jan 28

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

Cancellation deadline:  Mon, Jan 22

Depart from Gadsden:  12:30 p.m.

Fee: $60 (includes transportation and admission)

Activity level: Easy

The Hermitage and Upper Room Nashville, TN - Sat, Feb 10

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

Cancellation deadline:  Thu, Feb 1

Depart from Gadsden:  8:00 a.m.

Fee: $60 (includes transportation and admission), Dutch-treat lunch

Activity level:  Moderate (walking)

Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum Berry College, Mount Berry, GA - Fri, Feb 23

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

Cancellation deadline:  Thu, Feb 15

Depart from Gadsden:  8:00 a.m.

Fee: $50 (includes transportation and admission), Dutch-treat lunch

Activity level:  Moderate (lots of walking)