Please register in advance for field trips at the Harris Center Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm.
December 7th: Colonial Christmas at American Village, Montevallo, AL
At the American Village Colonial Christmas our luncheon hostess will be young Martha Washington. George and Martha Washington were married on twelfth night, or the twelfth day after Christmas. Martha will tell visitors about how she met George Washington and their courtship. Our tour includes a visit to Washington’s Continental Army Encampment at Valley Forge. In spite of extremely difficult conditions at one of the Continental Army’s darkest hours, three soldiers reflect and sing about the joy of Christmastime. A visit to a Virginia settler’s home finds three wives of Continental Army soldiers remembering their husbands and missing them at Christmas. The ladies lift each other’s spirits and dance to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Eleanor Parke Custis (George Washington’s granddaughter) shares with visitors her memories of her grandfather and festive Christmas traditions at Washington’s Mount Vernon. We will also enjoy Christmas music with guitar accompaniment and sing-along carols in the Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel and see the extensive miniature Christmas Village with 55 buildings, over 150 figurines, and a working Southern Railway train! The cost of the trip includes transportation, admission and lunch. $30. Payable to AAB.
Age: 50+ Day: Friday Date: 12/7 Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Harris Center
December 11th: Fantasy in Lights, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
8 million lights. 15 dazzling scenes. 1 magical night. Fantasy in Lights is not only the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," as named by National Geographic Traveler. Be amazed as we head off to a winter wonderland and enjoy the Christmas Village for shopping and the light show on an open-air Jolly Trolley. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for dinner. $20. Payable to AAB
Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Date: 12/11 Time: 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Location: Harris Center
December 14th: Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, AL
Tackle all your holiday shopping as we venture to the Riverchase Galleria shopping center with more than 150 stores and is the largest enclosed shopping center in Alabama. Stores include Belk, Clarks, Express, Gap, Lane Bryant, Macy’s, Michael Kors and Yankee Candle among many more! The cost of the trip includes transportation to the mall. Bring extra money for lunch at the Galleria. $5. Payable to AAB.
Age: 50+ Day: Friday Date: 12/14 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Harris Center
January 11th: Jasmine Hill Gardens Camellia Show, Wetumpka, AL
Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum, "Alabama's Little Corner of Greece", features over 20 acres of year-round floral beauty and classical sculpture, including statuary honoring Olympic heroes and mythical gods. The Olympian Centre welcomes visitors with a video presentation of Jasmine Hill's history and a display of Olympic memorabilia from the Games of past years. A tour of Jasmine Hill offers spectacular and ever-changing views, including our full-scale replica of the Temple of Hera ruins as found in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Flame. At the Jasmine Hill Gardens Camellia Show we will enjoy hundreds of varieties of gorgeous blossoms along native stone walks. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $15. Payable to AAB.
Age: 50+ Day: Friday Date: 1/11 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: Harris Center
January 25th: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Backstage Tour, Montgomery, AL
Alabama Shakespeare Festival is the largest professional theatre in Alabama and one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the world. From its founding in a high school auditorium in Anniston in 1972 to its designation as the State Theater of Alabama in 1977 to the stunning $21.5 million performing arts complex in Montgomery, ASF has been a leader in the performing arts throughout the state, region, and country. As a beloved Alabama arts institution, ASF broadens the cultural identity of the South by producing Shakespeare, contemporary plays, musicals, and exciting new works that focus on the Southern experience. Since its inception, ASF has provided education programs to more than one million students; annually, SchoolFest, a student-matinee program, presents high-quality theatrical experiences to nearly 40,000 students. Under the dual leadership of Artistic Director Rick Dildine and Executive Director Todd Schmidt, ASF seeks to build community by engaging, inspiring, and entertaining people with transformative theatrical performances and compelling educational and outreach initiatives. On our Backstage Tour we will step behind the scenes and see how the talented professionals inside this amazing facility create the magic you see on stage. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $10. Payable to AAB.
Age: 50+ Day: Friday Date: 1/25 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: Harris Center
February 22nd: Tuskegee Airmen Museum, Tuskegee, AL
The Tuskegee Airmen sprang from an experiment conducted by the US Army Air Corps (Army Air Forces) to see if Negroes (primarily African-Americans) had the mental and physical capabilities to lead, fly military aircraft, and the courage to fight in war. The Airmen were not limited to pilots, they included technicians, radio operators, supply personnel, medical personnel, parachute riggers, mechanics, bombardiers, navigators, meteorologists, control tower operators/dispatchers, cooks, and much, much, more. Included also were the Caucasian military personnel who oversaw base operations, as well as native-Americans, Caribbean islanders, Latinos, and people of mixed racial heritage. The Tuskegee Airmen shared an experience unique to its time. The experiences of these pioneers opened doors that led to corridors of opportunities for others to enter, eventually leading to the Presidency of the United States. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $5. Payable to AAB.
Age: 50+ Day: Friday Date: 2/22 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: Harris Center
February 28th: Musical TBA, Wetumpka Depot Players, Wetumpka, AL
The Wetumpka Depot Players have a rich 37 year history of thrilling audiences with comedies, dramas and musicals! The historic Wetumpka train depot was deteriorating so in the spring of 1980, a small group of local residents decided to form a community theatre and put on the show, Nine Girls to help renovate the building. In the winter, the building was cold and audiences dressed in layers to stay warm. In the summer, patrons wore shorts and brought fans. But the shows were entertaining and the community rallied around the new group. The audiences enjoyed “tried and true” plays such as Count Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mousetrap. Due to copyright laws, the name of the musical cannot be revealed at the time of this publication. However, check out the February edition of Senior Connection to find out what we will be seeing! We promise you won’t want to miss it! The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for dinner prior to the show. $15. Payable to AAB.
Age: 50+ Day: Thursday Date: 2/28 Time: 4:00 - 11 p.m. Location: Harris Center