Travel

Overnight Trips

 

Space Camp!

Members: $380/$450 (Double/Single)

Non-Members: $430/$500 (Double/Single)

Thursday, April 26 through Friday, April 27

University of Alabama-Huntsville

Leave gravity behind! Come learn what it’s like to be an astronaut! This fun, overnight excursion includes at tour of the Marshall Space Flight Center, dinner at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Biergarten on Thursday night, the Space Camp Experience on Friday, and one night’s lodging at the Huntsville Marriott. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the most comprehensive U.S. manned spaceflight hardware museum in the world. From America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. You won’t want to miss out!

 

Mackinac Island, Michigan

June 21 – 28

Price Depends on Seat Availability

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Savor two incredible nights amid the luxury of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Explore the wonderful city of Chicago with a local guide. Spend a night in the Bavarian-influenced town of Frankenmuth. In Dearborn, experience the inspirational Henry Ford Museum and view historic homes at Greenfield Village including the famous American workshops of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Robert Frost. Visit a Traverse City winery for a vineyard tour and wine tasting and see quaint Charlevoix’s unique stone “mushroom houses.” 

 

Day Trips

 

Day at the Musuems! (Lunch on Own)

$50 Members/$60 Non-Members

Thursday, February 1 at 8:00am

Jackson, MS

With two new museums now open in Jackson celebrating Mississippi’s vibrant and important history, let’s take a tour. There’s also a great installation at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Picturing Mississippi, displaying art from across Mississippi’s two hundred years. Stops may also be made at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, the Museum of Natural History, or the Museum of Muslim Culture. Visit one or visit all – the bus will drop-off and pick up throughout the day so you can go in depth at one museum or hit ‘em all.

 

An American in Paris (Lunch on Own)

$115 Members/$125 Non-Members

Saturday, February 3 at 8:30am

Saenger Theatre, New Orleans

Come enjoy a wonderful Off Broadway performance of the classic play about struggling artists and the difficulties of falling in love at the beautfiul Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. We’ll have lunch at Two Jacks in New Orleans and you’ll be dropped off at the door of the theatre for the afternoon matinee.

 

Ka Pottery Demonstration - $35

Seminar by Claudia Cartee

Wednesday, February 7 at 2:30pm

Cartee Pottery, Seminary, MS

Come enjoy a wonderful pottery demonstration led by Claudia Cartee of Ka Pottery. Cartee has 45 years experience as a professional artist and potter. She owns a studio and gallery near the town of Seminary.

Ka Pottery Studio and Gallery - 506 Shirley Sanford Rd, Seminary, MS 39479.

 

Field Trip by Dean Smith

Monday, February 26 at 12:30pm

Meador Homestead, Hattiesburg

Lunch with an oral history of the cabins and grounds of Meador Homestead. Dean will prepare a southern luncheon with soup, main course, dessert and drink. Dean Meador is a fifth generation Meador. She owns and operates Meador Bed and Breakfest in town. She will prepare a southern lunch and give an oral history of the Meador Homestead.

 

The Fungus Among Us! - $35

Friday, March 23 at 9:00am

Shroomdom, Poplarville

Shroodom is a field-to-forest mushroom and open farm in Poplarville with 14 wild edible mushrooms, 4 medicinal mushrooms, and an in-house lab. The staff picks from the forest floor and the organic garden and cooks what we have gathered! They also serve seasonal fresh food! Prepare for an outdoor adventure – bring boots, mosquito spray, and water. 

 

New Orleans History Day Trip - $35

Friday, March 23

9:00am-3:00pm

Day Trip by Ted duCharm

Join OLLI on a day trip to New Orleans! The day will start with a trip to Café du Monde for a café au lait and a short walking tour of the French Quarter. We will then drive up St. Charles Avenue to view the Garden District and the university area. Lunch (not included in the price) will be at the Audubon Park Golf Club Cafe or a nice French bistro by City Park. If time permits, we will also stop by the Museum of Art. Ted duCharm is a retired teacher of history, French, and geography. He has always had a great interest in history and how it influences life today. He is a world traveler and has lived in New Orleans for decades. He has given tours for the Friends of the Cabildo and New Orleans History Society.

 

Bay St Louis Foodie Tour - $50

Wednesday, April 4

9:30am-12:30pm

Off-Site: Lulu's

Seminar by Wendy Fairley

We will visit five different restaurants over a three-hour period, enjoy generous samples from great locally owned eateries enough for lunch, and learn interesting facts about the area, restaurants and cuisine. We will walk approximately one leisurely mile with abundant rest stops, water and bathroom breaks. Please dress casually and for South Mississippi weather! Wendy Fairley owns Tasty Tour of South Mississippi. She graduated from MGCCC with a degree in culinary arts.

 

 

 

Let's Go! I'll Pack an Alpaca! - $35 (Lunch on own)

Friday, April 6 at 9:00am

A-Stroka Gene-Us Alpaca Farm, Stringer

Alpacas? In Mississippi? Visit the A-Stroka Gene Us Alpaca Farm in Stringer, Mississippi, where we will learn about this gentle, fleece-bearing member of the camelid family. The owners will give us a tour, and teach us to make felted soap to take home. We will stop at Dean's Smokehouse for lunch.

 

Historic Laurel's Music and Legends! - $35

Field Trip by Kay Guiles

Friday, April 6 at 9:00am

This tour will introduce you to the historic area of Laurel, rich in culture and beauty. The morning will begin in the sanctuary of the historic First-Trinity Presbyterian Church with a brief organ recital by Kay Guiles, followed by a trip through the organ chambers and building. We will continue the morning with a walk through the neighborhood as we look in on the First United Methodist Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, and the Lauren Rogers Museum. A guide will introduce you to the beautiful area. Afterwards we’ll have lunch in historic downtown Laurel, followed by a visit to the Lauren Rogers Museum. Kay Guiles is organist of Hattiesburg's Main Street United Methodist Church and a retired instructor of music at Jones County Junior College.

 

Birds and Boats: Touring the Pascagoula - $35

Friday, April 27 (Backup: May 11)

1:30pm-3:30pm

Seminar by Captain Benny McCoy

Pascagoula River Audubon Center

Join OLLI for a unique boat tour of the Pascagoula River. We will stop along the way to learn about birds, plants, wildlife, and the people of the river. Perfect for novice or expert birders, this is a wonderful way to explore the longest free-flowing river in the lower forty-eight states. The tour begins and ends at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, so save some time to explore the trails and exhibits.

 

Looking to learn on the go? Look no further. With day trips throughout our terms and intermittent longer travel elsewhere, you're sure to find a trip that meets your needs and helps you learn along the way. Here's a taste of what's ahead in 2018: