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Hollywood Casino - Daytime Horse Racing

Hollywood Casino - Daytime Horse Racing

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 9:00-8:00pm

Racing Day at Charles Town - Join us for a day of horse racing. This date is the only daylight racing day of the year. You can also try your luck at the Hollywood Casino where there are slots, table games and a large poker room. Lunch on your own. Receive $20 in free slots. 

Open to all.

Location: Charlestown, WV

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Hollywood Casino - Daytime Horse Racing

Member $64.00
Guest $74.00
Virginia International Tattoo

Virginia International Tattoo

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 9:00-8:00pm

Travel with us to Norfolk to attend the 23rd annual Virginia International Tattoo which is the largest Tattoo in the U.S. The Tattoo hosts over 200 performers from around the world.  It's a colorful celebration of patriotism, pride and international good-will, featuring military bands and drill teams, pipes and drums, dancers and choirs, and a breathless finale! Lunch on your own.

Location: Norfolk, VA

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Virginia International Tattoo

Member $115.00
Guest $125.00
Historic Garden Week

Historic Garden Week

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

Mark your calendar - details pending. We are planning a garden visit to the most well-known James River plantations in Virginia. - Westover Plantation, Shirley Plantation and Berkeley Plantatation.  We plan to have lunch at the Westover Episcopal Church in Charles City. Details Pending. 

Open to all.

Location: Richmond

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Historic Garden Week

Member $133.00
Guest $143.00
Travel Presentation - Home Comfort Travel

Travel Presentation - Home Comfort Travel

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm

Rich Lambert of Home Comfort Travel will present trips we have scheduled to Spain and Tuscany in 2020 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Travel Buddy Networking

Travel Buddy Networking

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 5:00-6:00pm

Why travel alone when you can go with a friend? Here’s your opportunity to meet others who are interested in visiting local sites and attractions. We connect each month to make plans for upcoming weeks.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Nancy Grim 434.973.7515

Fee: free

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 9:00-3:30pm

Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, 1607-1677), a Baroque period printmaker, produced up to 2,500 etchings during a prodigious 50-year career.  A promised gift to VMFA, this exhibition presents over 200 Hollar prints - remarkable for their range of subjects, stunning details and rare visuals records of 17th century Europe.  Lunch on your own at the Museum. Activity Level - Easy

Open to all.

Location: Richmond, VA

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Member $63.00
Guest $73.00
Travel Presentation - Philadelphia and the Revolutionary War

Travel Presentation - Philadelphia and the Revolutionary War

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 6:00-7:00pm

PHILADELPHIA REVOLUTIONARY WAR TRIP - Come hear award-winning historian Rick Britton talk about THE CENTER'S fabulous upcoming 5-day trip to Philadelphia (September 26 through 30). Philadelphia is where our Founding Fathers met, debated, and formed the United States of America. During the Revolution it was our capital city--numerous battles and campaigns were conducted for its defense. Come hear about our wonderful 5-day visit. Sign up and join us on a truly Revolutionary excursion

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond

Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 8:30-2:00pm

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies in the Conservatory and enjoy thousands of daffodils, tulips, cherry blossoms, azaleas, roses and much more in the garden's fifty acres.   Unique gifts are available for purchase in Ginter's Garden Shop.  Admission is included and lunch is on your own at the Robins Tea House or the Garden Cafe.

Open to all.

Location: Richmond, VA

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond

Member $63.00
Guest $73.00
 Great Parks, Ghost Towns, and Sedona’s Red Rocks

Great Parks, Ghost Towns, and Sedona’s Red Rocks

May 16-24, 2019

Travel the lonely roads of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, from the salt pans of the lowest place in North America to ghost towns perched high atop mined-out mesas. You’ll experience stark Death Valley, quirky Sedona, and the enchanting places in between.

Price Per Person: $3,634 double, $4,763 single.  Deposit: $350 per person includes Travelers Protection Plan. Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunches, and 5 dinners included.

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: Sedona, Arizona

Historic Maymont Estate

Historic Maymont Estate

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 8:00-4:00pm

Travel with us back in time to the Gilded Age of America. Built in the era of Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt, The Maymont Mansion and grounds stand today as a remarkably complete expression of opulence and historic spender. The Romanesque style mansion is filled with treasure from around the world on a background of sumptuous interiors. We will enjoy a private tour of the mansion, a walk of the ground then off to the John Marshall Ballroom for lunch (on your own) by Homemade by Suzanne. 

Open to all.

Location: Richmond, VA

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Historic Maymont Estate

Member $62.00
Guest $72.00
Historic Dumbarton Oaks Country Estate

Historic Dumbarton Oaks Country Estate

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 7:30-7:00pm

Tour sixteen acres of tier gardens designed by Mildred Bliss in the collaboration with Beatrix Farrand. Explore the museum known for its specialized collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Art. Lunch on your own in Georgetown. Special visit to Georgetown Cupcake as well. 

Open to all.

Location: Washington, DC

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Historic Dumbarton Oaks Country Estate

Member $75.00
Guest $85.00
Travel Class - Virginia's Civil War

Travel Class - Virginia's Civil War

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm

Virginia’s Civil War: Campaign & Battles of the Old Dominion, Part II with Civil War Historian Rick Britton

The perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

We’ll start off with an astounding Confederate victory, Chancellorsville, then explore the Gettysburg Campaign, the second invasion of the North. In 1864, with the advent of Union Gen. U. S. Grant—and adept, and aggressive commander—we’ll witness the slow grinding down of Confederate forces. The Overland Campaign led inexorably to the siege of Petersburg and Richmond . . . which led inevitably into the Appomattox Campaign and defeat. Join us as we explore the last two years of the conflict in the Old Dominion (each session featuring a slide presentation)—a great way to learn about Virginia’s Civil War!

An award-winning local historian, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on the Civil War, and two books— Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (2008), and Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History (2015).

The class startsTuesday, June 4th, 4:00–5:30 p.m. (and continuing for another 5 Tuesdays at The Center, the Travel class will be the 6th Tuesday). 

  • Tuesday, June 4th - 4:oo pm – The Chancellorsville Campaign
  • Tuesday, June 11th - 4:oo pm – The Gettysburg Campaign
  • Tuesday, June 18th - 4:oo pm – The Wilderness & Spotsylvania Court House 
  • Tuesday, June 25th - 4:oo pm – The Battles of North Anna & Cold Harbor
  • Tuesday, July 2nd - 4:oo pm – The Siege of Petersburg & Richmond
  • Tuesday, July 9th - 4:oo pm – The Appomattox Campaign
  • Tuesday, July 23rd – Travel Session: An entire day touring Overland Campaign battlefields with historian Rick Britton. We’ll start off by seeing the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania Court House (one of the war’s most heavily contested defensive positions), then take a trail walk through the North Anna site. After lunch we’ll tour the beautifully preserved Confederate works at Cold Harbor. Join us! (Tour departs 8:00 a.m., returns between 4:30 & 5:30 p.m. Travel Session is a separate charge.)

Location: The Center

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Travel Class - Virginia’s Civil War

Member $80.00
Guest $90.00
The Kennedy Center -

The Kennedy Center - "Hello, Dolly"

Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 8:30-8:00pm

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend, Betty Buckley stars in this universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls the “best show of the year!”    Breaking box office records on Broadway,“ Hello, Dolly” pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion.  This musical comedy dream is a “must-see” event.  Lunch on your own at The Kennedy Center. WAITLIST ONLY 

Open to all.

Location: Washington, DC

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts - South Pacific

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts - South Pacific

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 9:30-5:30pm

Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" intertwines the themes of romance and duty to create a story that is all at once hilarious and heartbreaking. Enjoy favorite songs such as Bali Hai, I'm Going to Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Younger Than Springtime and Some Enchanted Evening. Lunch is included. Activity Level - Easy 

Open to all.

Location: Riverside Theatre

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Riverside Center for the Performing Arts - South Pacific

Member $113.00
Guest $123.00
Toftcombs Mansion House - Edinburgh, Scotland

Toftcombs Mansion House - Edinburgh, Scotland

August 1-9, 2019

Built in 1824, Toftcombs has welcomed many notable guests during its time as a former hotel and private residence. George Orwell resided at the house in 1948 as a guest of his friend Georges Kopp who was his commander in the Spanish civil war. 

Nestled within 10 private acres in the stunning Scottish Borders countryside, only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Toftcombs is beautiful and grand, yet relaxed and comfortable, providing a spacious haven to enjoy memorable times. Breakfast is included daily. Call the travel office to book your room! Space is limited!

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts  - Annie

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts - Annie

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 9:30-5:30pm

This musical at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is based on the comic strip character "Little Orphan Annie" who believes her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her.  Daddy Warbucks agrees to help her in her quest.  Sally Struthers returns to Riverside to reprise her Broadway role as the wicked Miss Hannigan. Enjoy favorite songs such as  "Easy Street", "It's the Hard Knock Life" and, of course, "Tomorrow".  Lunch is included in the price. Activity Level - Easy 

Open to all.

Location: Riverside Theatre

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Riverside Center for the Performing Arts - Annie

Member $113.00
Guest $123.00
Philadelphia - Revolutionary War Getaway

Philadelphia - Revolutionary War Getaway

September 26-30, 2019

Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States. It’s where our Founding Fathers met, discussed, debated, and formed a new country. Founded in 1682 as the capital of William Penn’s Crown Province, Philadelphia, by 1775, was our nation’s largest city with a population of 25,000. Our first seat of government, it’s where the Declaration of Independence was written. During the war, numerous battles and campaigns were conducted for its defense. When it comes to Revolutionary War tourism, Philadelphia is the place to go!

Join award-winning historian Rick Britton as we explore Revolutionary War Philadelphia and its environs (September 26 through September 30). (Note that the Activity Level for this tour is Active.)

Your Philadelphia Experience Includes:

  • Museums - Visits to the city’s wonderful Revolution-related museums and sites, including: the Museum of the American Revolution, Independence Hall & Congress Hall, the Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell, and the Graff House where Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration (just to name a few).
  • Guided Battlefield Tour - A day-long charter bus tour to two of the best Revolutionary War sites—the Brandywine Battlefield and Valley Forge—led by military historian Ed Lengel, former U.Va. history professor and editor in chief of the Papers of George Washington.
  • Evening Presentation – A lecture by historian Rick Britton on the Declaration of Independence and the many myths of the American Revolution.
  • Independence Walking Tour – A 75-minute stroll through Philadelphia history. We’ll walk in the footsteps of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin (literally!).
  • Guided Walking Tours – Led by Rick Britton, we’ll take in sites not covered in the above (sites TBA).
  • City Tavern – To help us get into the proper spirit, we’ll lunch at the famous City Tavern, where the ambience, menu, and waitstaff are totally Revolutionary! (Lunch included.)
  • Spasso’s Italian Restaurant – Could we go to Philly and not dine Italian style?! (Dinner included.)

Amenities & Cost:

  • Transportation - Amtrak to and from Philadelphia: transfers to and from Amtrak Station. Charter bus service for our day-long battlefield tour.
  • Accomodations – A 4-night stay at the beautiful Sheraton Society Hill, conveniently located in the city’s historic district. Breakfasts are provided!
  • Admissions – With the Philadelphia Pass (included), admission will be covered to most museums and historic sites.
  • Group Meals – A group lunch at City Tavern, a group dinner at Spasso’s Italian Restaurant.
  • Cost – Per person, based on double occupancy - $1272: Single occupancy - $1945. Deposit - $750.

Sign up below, or for more information, contact the Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538.

Open to all.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

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Philadelphia - Revolutionary War Getaway

Member - per person Double $1,272.00
Member - Single $1,945.00
Guest - per person Double $1,297.00
Guest - Single $1,970.00
Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

October 9-19, 2019

Spend two nights exploring Lisbon, then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier. Visit Spain’s walled city of Salamanca, and the quaint and historic towns of Portugal along the Douro River. Airfare after June 30, 2018 will be 2 for 1 airfare or $625 per person.

Price Per Person: starts at $5428 double, $8547 single for Riviera deck. Deposit: $829 per person includes Travelers Protection Plan 

Plus Travelers Protection Plan $429 per person

Minimum Participants: 15

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: Portugal

Fee: free

Royal Caribbean International - South Eastern Coast

Royal Caribbean International - South Eastern Coast

December 12-20, 2019

We will sail on Royal Caribbean International's Grandeur of the Seas to the South Eastern Coast. We will begin our cruise from the Port of Baltimore and cruise along the southeastern coast and the Bahamas. We will set sail in Nassau, Bahamas, then onto Cococay, Bahamas and then to the Port Canaveral and Charleston, SC. Join us for this holiday cruise at sea. Included ground transportation, all meals, accommodations, entertainment and gratuities. Travel protection is available. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

2019 White House Tour

2019 White House Tour

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 | 5:00-6:00am

This trip to DC for a self-guided tour of the White House adorned in its holiday finest is a perennial favorite! We have requested a tour in December, but the date will be determined by the White House. Please call the travel office to put your name on the interest list as soon as possible. Some walking is involved and there is a possibility of waiting in line at the gate. Lunch is on your own. A valid government-issued United States ID (driver’s license, military ID, etc.) or a valid US or other official government-issued passport is required.

Open to all.

Location: Washington, DC

Fee: To be announced

Panama

Panama

February 13-20, 2020

Essence of Panama  - The diversity of Panama unfolds as you discover the colonial architecture of Panama City, the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, local customs and craftsmanship and Panama’s beautiful beaches. You’ll experience it all on this tour of Panama. Early bird savings of $100 per person. Round trip airfare out of Dulles, 22 Meals, Travelers Protection Plan and much more! 

Price Per Person: $4,688 double, $5,687 single

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners

Deposit: $549 per person includes Travelers Protection Plan 

Location: Panama