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705     Festival of Nations

Come and enjoy musicians, dancers and acrobats invited to represent selected nations from around the world.festival of nations

Each spring, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, hosts the Festival of Nations where groups come from the selected nations to showcase the culture of their country.  In the past, they have hosted world class entertainers and performers from countries such as China, Russia, Ireland, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, and Trinidad.

We will enjoy the performances in comfortable, air conditioned theaters and throughout the park.  Our admission permits us to roam the park at our leisure.  Arrangements will be made for reserved times and seats for the featured groups to eliminate the need to stand in line.

dollywoodWe will enjoy a buffet lunch at Miss Lillian’s which features several entrees, salads, vegetables, drinks and dessert.

Our bus will provide transportation directly to and from the gate.

Some walking is required.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Both manual and electric wheel chairs are available for rent near the entrance gate.

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bus leaves at 8:00 a.m. SHARP from the flagpole in the RSCC parking lot.

Trip leader is Bob Olson.

Trip charge of  $130 includes transportation, admission, lunch and gratuities.

Last day to cancel with a refund is March 4.

706     Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Join us as we travel to a simpler time in history at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, America’s largest restored Shaker community, a destination surrounded by 3,000 acres of rock walls, rolling pastures and historic spaces. shaker village lodge

Pleasant Hill is a reflection of the Shakers’ intention to create heaven on earth.  They believed in simplicity and perfection and it is reflected in their architecture and craftsmanship.  The 1820 Meeting House, the most impressive architectural feat, is considered a technical marvel. Inverted hanging trusses were used to provide a large interior free of internal supports, giving the Shakers ample room to dance and twirl during worship services.

Pleasant Hill village was established in central Kentucky by a group of Shakers in 1805.  The community thrived until after the 1860s when changing social attitudes and the Industrial Revolution signaled its decline.  The last Pleasant Hill Shaker had died by 1923 and the property and belongings passed into private hands.  Pleasant Hill became just a small country town called Shakertown, and the Shakers were nearly forgotten until 1961 when a non-profit educational corporation was formed to restore the village. Since that time 34 buildings have been restored and 3000 acres of Shaker farmland preserved.

picture of buildingsWe will begin our visit to Shaker Village with a guided tour. Afterward, we will enjoy delicious Kentucky dishes made fresh from ingredients grown in the garden just steps from The Trustees’ Table. After lunch, we can tour on our own or browse three unique shops for the perfect gifts for family and friends. Weather permitting, we will complete our trip to Shaker Village by relaxing aboard the Dixie Belle Riverboat as it cruises through the Kentucky River Palisades.  If we are unable to take the cruise, we will likely get home sooner than time listed.

Due to the historic nature, accessibility can be difficult at Shaker Village. Most of the the buildings have at least one, if not many more, steps to enter.

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bus leaves at 6:30 a.m. SHARP from the flagpole at the RSCC parking lot.

Trip Leader is Melanie Harless.

Trip Charge of  $120 includes transportation, admission fees, meal, and gratuities.

Last Date to cancel with a refund is March 31.

707        Historic Downtown Bristol and Birthplace of Country Music Museum

We will travel to scenic Northeast Tennessee and Historic Downtown Bristol. We will first tour the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol which just opened in 2013. Even those who are not country music fans will enjoy touring the museum that offers a state of the art, interactive multimedia experience charged with making history come alive. It is dedicated to picture of country music museumpromoting and preserving the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachians and celebrates the influence and importance of Bristol's rich and unique musical heritage. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum features traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian and other sources throughout the year.

After our visit to the museum, we will step outside to historic downtown Bristol and walk to lunch at one of the near-by restaurants. State Street divides downtown Bristol.  The state lines of Tennessee and Virginia are literally the center of historic downtown, yet it brings together a mix of unique restaurants, antique shops, specialty stores, and an art and entertainment district.  After lunch, we will meet a tour guide and be treated to a  30-45 minute walking tour through the revitalized  historic downtown featuring turn-of-the-century architecture.

sixteen tonsWe will get back on the bus and go to see another birthplace, the house where Tennessee Ernie Ford was born in 1919. Tennessee Ernie Ford was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich bass-baritone voice and down-home humor, today, he is best remembered for his hit recordings of "The Shotgun Boogie" and "Sixteen Tons.”

This trip will call for a great deal of walking, so we may want to take a nap as we head for home or have a group sing-a-long of “Sixteen Tons.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bus leaves at 7:00 a.m. SHARP from the flagpole at the RSCC parking lot.

Trip Leader is Melanie Harless.

Trip charge of  $100 includes transportation, admission fees, meal, and gratuities.

Last Date to cancel with a refund is March 11.

708     Spring Day at Beautiful Cheekwood Estate

This unique 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, includes something for everyone.  The house is one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era Estate in the United States.   The botanical garden, a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with eleven specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape, was recently named a TOP TEN BEST public garden by readers of USA Today.cheekwood

The history and origin of Cheekwood are intimately interwoven with the growth of Nashville, the Maxwell House coffee brand and the Cheeks, one of the city's early entrepreneurial families.   In 1928, Postum (now General Foods) purchased Maxwell House's parent company, Cheek-Neal Coffee, for more than $40 million. The Cheeks then bought 100 acres of what was then woodland in West Nashville for a country estate. After visiting England, the Cheeks chose to emulate the Georgian Revival style in the creation of their country home as a limestone mansion with extensive formal gardens a la the grand English houses of the 18th century they saw there.

Pieces from Cheekwood's Museum of Art are displayed throughout the 30,000-square foot Georgian-style mansion. During our visit we may see items from Cheekwood’s own world-class collections of American and contemporary painting and sculpture, English and American decorative arts, silver, and the most comprehensive collection of Worcester porcelain in America or from cheekwooda yet to be finalized traveling exhibition. The Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail on Cheekwood’s grounds is a unique attraction among American art museums - a place where contemporary sculpture by internationally recognized artists is integrated into reclaimed woodland.

Our visit will begin with an hour long ‘Insider’s View’ guided tour where we will learn the intriguing story of the estate that Maxwell House Coffee built.  In addition to the history of the Cheek family and the 1930s era house and garden, we’ll also get a brief look at the Art Collections now housed in the former Cheek residence.   We’ll then move from the house to lunch in the Pineapple Room Restaurant which overlooks the greenery of Cheekwood’s west lawn through floor to ceiling picture windows.

In the afternoon, we may take a guided tour of either the house or the gardens or you may use this time to explore the collections, exhibitions, and gardens at your own pace utilizing the many gallery guides and campus maps available through Visitor Services.

Much of the Cheekwood property remains in its natural historical state with hills and uneven footing. Please use caution and wear appropriate shoes for walking.

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. SHARP from the flagpole at the parking lot.

Trip leader is Sue Frederick.

Trip charge of  $120 includes transportation, admission fees, meal and gratuities.

Last date to cancel with a refund is March 18.

709     Literary History of East Tennessee

Did you know that our area has ties to many famous writers?  Join us for a day learning a little bit about the several authors from our area.  Storyteller Laura Still helps you live the stories of pioneers, soldiers, outlaws, and even fictional characters who walked these streets before you.  Knoxville has a rich history full of colorful characters and famous, and infamous, figures Picture of Market Squarewhose lives have been the inspiration for books, movies, and works of art. Take a stroll through history in beautiful downtown Knoxville while listening to true tales of the heroes, heels, and hardened criminals that are part of the hidden lore of this unique East Tennessee town.

In the morning we will travel to Downtown Knoxville which was the home of Cormac McCarthy, Nikki Giovanni, James Agee, and more. We will start out on Market Square with a guided Literary Heritage Tour.  We will visit the scenes that inspired these authors and walk in the footsteps of their characters.  From George Washington Harris and Frances Hodgson Burnett to Cormac McCarthy and Nikki Giovanni, poetry, mysteries, bestsellers, and great movies. There’s plenty to choose from.

After the tour, time will be allotted for lunch on your own at one of the many options that are now available in downtown Knoxville.

In the afternoon, we will head to Clinton to visit the Alex Haley Farm.  Roots:  The Saga of an American Family, written by Alex Haley in 1976 along with the groundbreaking miniseries of the same title aired in 1977, launched the career of this author for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.  During his time teaching at the University of Tennessee, Haley became a close friend of John Rice Irwin, founder of the Museum of Appalachia, who helped him buy land in Anderson County.  The Haley farm is a beautiful 157 acre tract now owned by the Children’s Defense Fund after Haley’s death in 1992.  The facility is now used to conduct many advocacy and service programs for children and families.

Two on-site structures to be visited are the Langston Hughes Library, a private, non-circulating, 5,000 volume reference collection and reading room.  The second structure is the Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel established after the events of September 11, 2001.  Both buildings were designed by the award-winning Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin.  The Haley farm is the only site in the country with two Maya Lin structures.

Monday, May 16, 2016, 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. SHARP from the flagpole at the RSCC parking lot.

Trip Leader is Laura Bowles

Trip charge of $65 per person includes transportation, tours, and gratuities. 

Last date to cancel with a refund is April 8.

710 Spallation Neutron Source

We have the opportunity to visit the accelerator tunnel of the Spallation Neutron Source during a shutdown.  This tour will Pic of SNS signrequire a mile of walking.  Participation is limited to United States citizens.  Names must be provided by January 8, and a photo ID will be necessary.  Registration will be on a first come first served basis.

Friday, January 22, 2016  9:20 a.m. 

Bus leaves at 9:20 a.m. SHARP from the flagpole at  RSCC parking lot.

Trip leader is Bob Olson.  Home phone 220-5186, cell 382-5766.

Trip charge of $22 per person includes transportation and gratuities. 

No Refunds.


Contact: Laura Bowles • (865) 481-2000 ext.2271 •

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