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Trips and Activities

Trips and Activities

712     Ride with the Blue and the Gray

Capture 100 miles of Civil War history in East Tennessee from Knoxville to Chattanooga.  Learn from the soldiers own words what really happened in the Civil War 150 years ago. A Civil War Solider, dressed in full uniform will discuss the Civil War (a Union Soldier one way and a Confederate Soldier the other way) as we ride by bus to visit the following sites:

Chickamauga National Battlefield:  A guided tour by the park ranger of the first national military park in America (1890), including the museum, videos, and gift shop. What happened on the battlefield is “Gone with the Wind,” but not forgotten.

Fort Oglethorpe:  The army post, home of the 6th Cavalry (1861- present) was established in 1902, and opened in 1904. It was home of 4000 German prisoners. During World War II, it was also a major training center for the Women’s Army Corps. Experience the life and history from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bing Crosby to Lana Turner’s “Keep Your Powder Dry” (1945).

Sixth Cavalry Museum:  A guided tour of the museum.  Meet Colonel George R. McElroy Ret. (Papa George) commander of A Troop, 6th Cavalry, and dine with the 6th Cavalry.

If you enjoyed the ORICL trips to King’s Mountain, Dinner with the Governors, Walk in the Footsteps of History, and Digging Historical Artifacts, this trip is a MUST!!!

Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., September 10, 2015,

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

Trip Leader is Beth Paul.

Trip Charge of $55 includes transportation, meal, admission fees, step-on-guide and gratuities.

Last day to cancel with a refund is Friday, August 7

713     Music, Motorsports, Murder…and More   

bristol motorspeedwayWe will travel to scenic Northeast Tennessee for an adventuresome outing in Bristol and Kingsport. Our first stop will be the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, which opened only last year. Even those who are not country music fans will enjoy touring the museum which is dedicated to promoting and preserving the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachians. After our visit to the museum, we will go to historic downtown Bristol for lunch.

Our next stop will be the Bristol Motor Speedway where we will first head off to "Thunder Valley," the home of Bristol Dragway. After we cruise down the legendary quarter-mile, we’ll head up to Bruton Smith's suite and look over the magnificent high-banked half-mile wonder with seating for approximately 160,000 fans. When you think you have seen it all, you'll cruise down to the track where legends like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Darrell Waltrip raced for years. To complete our experience we'll take a lap around the track, which includes Bristol's high-banked turns and a ride down pit road just like yesterday's heroes and today's shining stars. It's "Thunder Valley" and "The World's Fastest Half-Mile!"

After our thrilling ride, we will go to our hotel, the Hampton Inn in Kingsport. After checking in and freshening up, we will head to Kingsport’s elegant Allandale Mansion for a tour, a delightful dinner and a Murder Mystery.

The next morning, we are off to Bays Mountain Park to hear the wolves howl and ride a barge.  After our fun in the park, we will travel to the Exchange Place for lots of fun at a mock wedding, a catered lunch at Roseland, and a tour of the Exchange Place, which is an l850’s working farm.

This trip will call for a great deal of walking, and after all our exciting adventures you may want to nap as we head home.

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., September 1 through  Wednesday, 5:00 p.m., September 2

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

Trip Leader is Melanie Harless. Trip Assistant is Margie Skipper.

Trip Charge is $325 for single occupancy and $275 for double occupancy, includes transportation, lodging, meals, and gratuities.

Last date to cancel with a refund is Friday, July 17

714     The A-B-C Trip – Architecture, Baseball, and Caverns

Join us for our ABC trip to Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana.  We will board our coach and drive to Louisville and tour the Louisville Slugger factory and museum.  The Louisville Slugger is the most famous of all bats used in baseball, from little leagues to the major leagues.  This family business was established in 1884 and has been an important “player” in the game ever since.  It is also the home to the world’s largest baseball bat.  After a light sack lunch at the facility, we will then drive to the Mega cavern, a man-made cavern of over 17 miles long that is located beneath the city of Louisville.  We will have a historic tram tour of the underground adventure rich in history, geology, mining, and on a very large scale.  Then, we will head to Seymour, Indiana for our first night’s stay.  Dinner will be at the highly acclaimed and family owned Cupid’s Arrow restaurant.

The next morning we will make the short drive to Columbus, Indiana, one of the most significant cities in the U.S. for architecture and public art.  We will tour the Dorel Tech Center and Crash Test Facility.  Dorel is the premier manufacturer of child car seats and restraints.  A step-on guide will escort us on a driving tour of the architecture and art of Columbus.  The art ranges from that of Henry Moore to Jean Tinguely’s seven ton kinetic sculpture.  The architecture comprises work by Eero and Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Robert Venturi, and Richard Meier, to name a few.  Columbus has been blessed with the name “Athens of the Prairie” and hosts thousands of guests every year that come to see the lasting effects of art and architecture on a small Midwestern city.  Lunch will be at the famed Zaharako’s Historic soda fountain and museum.  Then we will tour the Miller house, built in 1957 and designed by Eero Saarinen.  It is now a historic landmark, but was originally built for the owner of Cummins Diesel Company.  After a short, scenic drive to Nashville, Indiana, our dinner destination will be the Brown County Inn.  After dinner, we will drive to our lodging for the evening in French Lick, Indiana.

The next morning, we will begin by touring the French Springs Hotel and Spa that was founded in 1845.  Over the years, it became a world and nationally recognized spa and resort with its mineral springs and famous Pluto water.  It catered to many of the rich and famous over the years, including Bing Crosby, and Abbott and Costello.  It is now completely restored and has 443 guest rooms and a world class spa with 24 treatment rooms and an adjoining 42,000 square foot casino.  It is listed on the Historic Hotels of America and The National Historic Registry.  We will then drive to the nearby West Baden Springs Hotel and Spa for a tour.  The present building was built in 1902 and is a circular structure topped with a large 200 foot dome.  It was fashioned like the grand spas of Europe.  After many years of neglect it has been restored to its former grandeur.  It is listed on the National Historic Landmarks.  After the tour, we will have a light lunch at the resort before returning to Oak Ridge.

Tuesday, 7:15 a.m., July 21 through Thursday, 8:00 p.m., July 23

Bus will leave from the flagpole at the RSCC parking lot at 7:15 a.m. SHARP.

Trip Leader is Tom Fuhrman.  Assistant Trip Leader is Connie Battle.

Trip charge of $565 (single occupancy) and $465 (double) includes transportation, lodging, meals, admissions, guides, and all gratuities.

NO REFUNDS

715     Civil War Ball at Falcon Rest Mansion

rebel flagWe will attend an 1863 Civil War banquet and ball in McMinnville, Tenn., given in honor of dashing Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his 21-year-old bride Mattie.

Falcon Rest actors portray Morgan and local hostess Lucy Virginia French. However, the real stars of this original Civil War show will be our group members, who'll assume the characters of real people who were actually in McMinnville in 1863. One of us will even get to play the blushing bride herself! There are no lines to remember or pressure to participate, so you'll be free to ad lib as much or as little as you like – which makes for some pretty hilarious dialogue.

Audience members with two left feet don't have to worry, either. The setting is a ball, but this is a show -- not a dance -- and no one will be called on to waltz. Even in the midst of a war, the Morgans' days in McMinnville were happy ones, so the show weaves humor in with history.

As the action progresses, we'll enjoy a delicious meal based on menus from Virginia French's Civil War diary. Once the performance is over, guests are free to tour the Falcon Rest Mansion at their own pace. Called “Tennessee’s Biltmore” by PBS, the10,000 square foot mansion is filled with museum quality antiques, and some say it’s presided over by Mr. Faulkner’s friendly ghost. After the tour, you can shop for souvenirs of your visit to the 1890s in Falcon Rest’s Victorian Gift Shop.

As we head back to Oak Ridge, we will enjoy a guided tour of the area, including the beautiful waterfalls at Rock Island State Park.

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., July 14falcon rest

Bus leaves at l0:00 a.m. SHARP from the flagpole in the RSCC parking lot.

Trip Leader is Melanie Harless.

Trip charge of $80 includes transportation, meal, performance, step-on-tour, and gratuities.

NO REFUNDS

716     ORICL Fall Retreat 2015

For 2015, ORICL will return again to a favorite retreat destination, Fall Creek Falls State Park.  This year’s trip will be Monday through Wednesday, October 12 – 14, 2015.  Set on the Cumberland Plateau near Pikeville, TN (two hours by car from Oak Ridge), the park is one of the most popular state parks in the United States.  Full of scenic waterfalls, ravines, and hiking trails of all levels of difficulty, the park should be resplendent in fall colors at the time of the retreat.

A wide variety of activities (some organized and some on your own) will be available:  ranger talks, guided walks, pontoon boat rides, canoeing, rowing, golf, afternoon movies, and nightly programs.  Monday and Tuesday evening will feature guest lecturers and  before dinner receptions.  Take all the free time you want to enjoy the many beauties of the park.  Lodging and meals will be provided in the Fall Creek Falls Inn and Restaurant.

It will be a great opportunity to be with old friends and to make new friends!trees

Monday through Wednesday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2015.

Participants must provide their own transportation.

Trip charge of $205 per person for double occupancy and $295 per person for single occupancy includes lodging, meals, and gratuities.

Trip leader is Beth Paul. Assistant trip leader is Dick Paul.

Last date to cancel with refund is Friday, September 4

717     The University of Tennessee:  College of Veterinary Medicine and Advanced Medical  Simulation  Programs

ORICL has the unique opportunity to visit two very interesting and well respected programs at UTK.  We hope you will join us for the opportunity for a behind the scenes look at these two wonderful programs that are in our back yard!

The UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation is a state of the art 6500 square foot simulation center offering medical teams at the UT Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM), UT Medical Center (UTMC), and healthcare professionals across the region opportunities to master medical skills using life-size human patient simulators, laparoscopic and endoscopic simulators, and other skills-building models. The learner groups include future and current surgeons, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, nurses, obstetrician-gynecologists, and dentists.

Medical simulation immerses the learners into an artificial but lifelike medical environment where skills can be learned and practiced with immediate feedback from peer and/or faculty observers or computerized performance metrics integrated into some simulators. Simulation can replicate almost any diagnostic or therapeutic situation, from simple IV insertions using low-fidelity task technology to complicated surgeries using high-fidelity, computerized manikins or virtual reality modules. After touring this impressive facility, we will have a brief lunch stop and then will visit the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the only 28 veterinary colleges in the nation, training future animalsveterinarians while serving pet owners, the livestock industry, protecting public health, enhancing medical knowledge, and generating benefits to the state and nation.  Animals from aardvarks to zebras are part of their program, and we will be privileged to see these vets in action!

Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., August 13, 2015

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

The trip leader is Beth Paul.  The assistant trip leader is Bob Olson.

Trip charge of $60 per person includes transportation, meal, and gratuities.

Last date to cancel with a refund is Friday, July 9

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