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Trips and Activities
Trips and Activities

700     Murder at the Mansion

Murder at the MansionWe will travel through spectacular Tennessee scenery straight into the 1890s at Falcon Rest, the Victorian mansion where history is fun.

We’ll be guests of “Gorilla Pants” manufacturer Clay Faulkner and his wife Mary at a banquet celebrating the 1897 opening of their mansion in McMinnville. Falcon Rest actors portray the Faulkners, but the real stars of this original murder mystery play are our group members, who assume the characters of actual people from the 1890s when they arrive. 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. After a dastardly murder interrupts the banquet, audience members help special guest Buffalo Bill Cody discover which one of them is the culprit.

The play takes place during a delicious meal with food like grandma used to make.  Once the murder is solved, guests are free to tourPic of Falcon Manor Falcon Rest Mansion at their own pace. Called “Tennessee’s Biltmore” by PBS, the 10,000 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, we can shop for souvenirs of  our visit to the 1890s in Falcon Rest’s Victorian Gift Shop.

As we head back home, we will enjoy a rib-tickling guided tour of the area, including the beautiful waterfalls at Rock Island State Park.

Wednesday, November 12, 10:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Bus Leaves at l0:30 a.m. SHARP from the flagpole in the RSCC parking lot.

Trip Leaders are Melanie Harless and Pat DeRoos.

Trip charge of $70 includes transportation, meal, performance, step-on-tour, and gratuities.  

701  National Transportation Research Center

As a User Facility, NTRC offers industry, academia, and other agencies the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation, and computational resources to advance transportation technologies. These resources are critical to their efforts in the areas of improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and addressing transportation systems issues, such as traffic congestion, evacuation planning and highway safety.


· 55,000 square feet of research laboratory space

· A second building with 30,000 additional square feet of space under construction.

· Access to ORNL world-class supercomputing, visualization, and materials science capabilities

· High bay space

· 80,000-pound pit reference scale

In addition to serving users, ORNL conducts approximately one-half of all its transportation research at NTRC. The nearly 200 ORNL employees based at NTRC work closely with government agencies, industry and universities through non-user facility partnerships including public-domain work for federal agencies, DOE-funded partnerships with industry, and proprietary contracts conducted on behalf of automotive companies and suppliers, large and small. Approximately 50 employees from The University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research work at NTRC where they operate several transportation laboratories and occasionally collaborate with ORNL.

Tour is limited to U.S. citizens.

You will provide your own transportation.  Directions will be provided in advance.  The NTRC is off the Pellissippi Parkway at Hardin Valley Road.

Wednesday October 22, 2:00  – 4:00 p.m.

Trip leader is Bob Olson

Trip charge of $5 covers administrative costs.

No Refunds.

702     Provision Center for Proton Therapy

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses a single beam of high-energy protons to treat various forms of cancer. Just as with conventional radiation therapy, proton therapy treats tumors by directing radiation into the tumor site where doses of radiation destroy cancerous cells.

However, unlike conventional radiation therapy, in which x-ray beams deposit their energy into the healthy tissue before and after the tumor site, physicians can control the timing and dosage of energy from protons, which allows the maximum energy deposited directly into the tumor, reducing damage to nearby healthy tissue and thus limiting negative side effects. The Provision Center for Proton Therapy is the first of its kind in Tennessee and only the second in the Southeast.

You will provide your own transportation.  Directions will be provided in advance.  The Provision Center for Proton Therapy is off of Middlebrook Pike at Dowell Springs.

Dinner will be provided.

Tuesday October 7, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Trip leader is Bob Olson

Trip charge of $5 covers administrative costs.

No Refunds.

703     LMU and Cumberland Gap

LMUDid you realize that within driving distance we have the second largest collection of Lincoln artifacts in the nation?  At the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, located in Harrogate, Tennessee, you will find an excellent display of assorted items from President Lincoln.

This ORICL day trip will be a chance to view the fall colors as we travel toward the Kentucky-Tennessee border.  The hills and farm lands are reason enough to travel, but the museum and information session about the University will impress each traveler.

After a box lunch picnic (probably the last of the season) at a nearby covered area, we will travel north to the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park Visitor Center where we will find an information desk, exhibits, history films, and books and maps available for sale.  Cumberland Crafts sells works by Southern Highland Cumberland GAp signCraft Guild members.  Ideas for holiday gifts will be on display.

This trip promises a fall color display and a relaxing, as well as informative, time with old and new friends.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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

Trip leader is Beth Paul.  Assistant Trip leader is Joanna Springmier.

Trip charge of  $45 includes transportation, meal, and all gratuities. 

No Refunds.

704     Historic and Artistic Adventures in the Shenandoah Valley

natural archCome join us for an exciting fall trip to some of the highlights in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  Our first stop will be to experience the grandeur of The Natural Bridge, once considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  We will have a short, self-guided tour and a box lunch.  Then we will board our coach for a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway atop the ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  After checking into our hotel in Staunton, VA, we will refresh a little and then enjoy an evening meal at the very popular Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant and Bakery.

The next morning we will travel to the Black Friar’s Playhouse for a guided tour.  This is the only authentic recreation in the world of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, home to the well-recognized American Shakespeare Center.  (We will return to the theatre in the evening to experience their production of “Comedy of Errors.” )  After the theatre tour, we will have a locally guided bus tour of everything Staunton has to offer.  This will include a special stop and tour of the Trinity Episcopal Church that is very famous for their stained glass windows, including 12 Tiffany Studio originals.  We will then have lunch at a local favorite restaurant, Kathy’s, for some comfort food.  After lunch we will visit Sunspots Studio where we will experience a hand blown glass demonstration by some of the region’s best artisans.  After this stop we will give everyone time to browse on their own the historic downtown area of Staunton that prides itself in having over 100 unique shops, galleries, coffee shops, wine bars, etc.  Before attending the evening theatre production we will have dinner at the Depot Grill, housed in the original freight depot which has been decorated withLee Chapel very nice Victorian era décor.

Thursday morning we will drive to historic Lexington, VA, and have an escorted horse drawn carriage tour of the town.  After the carriage ride, we will visit the Lee Museum and Chapel.  We will then relax and have a buffet (soups, salads, vegetable, breads, and desserts) at the Country Cookin restaurant.  We will then board our coach for our journey home and stopping at the Heartwood Craft Center in Abingdon, VA, if time permits.

This will be a fast-paced tour, but everyone can still go at their own speed.  Some walking will be necessary, but those with difficulty can pick their level of participation.

Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday, October 16, 2014 (return time TBD)

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

Trip leader is Tom Fuhrman.

Trip charge of $385 person double occupancy and $485 per person single occupancy, include transportation, lodging, admissions, meals, and gratuities.

No Refunds.

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