Programs

Miranda Armstrong invites you to an afternoon tea in her lovely garden. Adelaide Drennan, who designed the garden, will lead the tour, discussing the planning and design challenges of a shady urban lot. Participants will receive directions once registered. Space is limited to 12


Friday, June 14, 2024
The Shoal Creek Park breaks out in rich colors with summer wildflowers. Verna Gates, an ethnobotanist, will guide us along the flat paths that surround the creek edges pointing out the plants and unique habitats along the trail. After our tour, we will go into town for a Dutchtreat lunch at the Main Street Tavern. Then, we will visit Orr Park renowned for its walking trail lined with trees intricately carved with animals and faces by local artist Tim Tingle.


Thursday, June 20, 2024, Orr Park
Come along on a guided tour of two Birmingham landmarks: the Lyric Theatre and the Alabama Theatre. Explore the rich history of the theatre district and marvel at each venue's distinctive architectural details. The highlight of the tour? A demonstration of the famed Wurlitzer Pipe organ, "Big Bertha." Don't miss the exclusive behind-the-scenes look at these historic structures. Limited to the first 20 to register


Thursday, August 1, 2024, Alabama Theater
The Jones Valley Teaching Farm teaches young people how to grow healthy food for themselves and their community. Their education model connects students to food, farming, and the culinary arts. Take a behind-the-scenes look led by JVTF staff and learn how they are creating a healthy future for today's students. Limited to the first 20 to register.


Thursday, July 11, 2024, Jones Valley Teaching Farm
The Southern Museum of Flight is one of the largest flight museums in the South featuring over one hundred historic aircraft. The docent tour will share the rich and exciting history of aviation. Members will have a chance to ride in a flight simulator. After the tour we will head over to the Irondale Café, the Original Whistle Stop Café, for a Dutch Treat lunch.


Thursday, July 25, 2024, Southern Museum of Flight
In 1974, archaeologists made a startling discovery in China: thousands of life-sized ceramic warriors carved and buried in the tomb of an ancient emperor. Nearly 50 years later, visitors can see a replica of the intricate works in the unlikely location of Alabama's Troy University.


Friday, June 14, 2024, Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park and International Arts Center
Join us for the world premiere of Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder's play "Zelda in the Backyard." We will see main character Libby on a heartfelt journey through time and memory. Inheriting a 1961 Rolls Royce, she uncovers her father's legacy. With determination and Southern charm, she restores the car and her family's past. Named after Zelda Fitzgerald, the car becomes a symbol of love and loss, reshaping Libby's understanding of marriage and family.


Saturday, June 29, 2024, Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Experience the charm of an 1800s home with a modern 2024 perspective. Join us for a tour of this beautifully restored and redecorated 1840s house. Following the tour, indulge in heavy hors d'oeuvres while enjoying the sunset over the grounds. You can meet us there or join our carpool from UA Gadsden Center. Don't miss out on the fun!


Friday, July 19, 2024
Clarksdale is the birthplace of the blues and rock 'n' roll. The first rock and roll song ever recorded, "Rocket 88," was written and rehearsed in Clarksdale by Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston. The first song Elvis Presley ever recorded was written by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, a local gospel singer, who wrote "That's All Right". A trip to the B.B. King Museum will get us ready for the Ground Zero Blues Club. The club opened in 2001 and is owned by Morgan Freeman (yes, that Morgan Freeman). We will take a historic tour by Robert Birdsong, a former Clarksdale fireman and cultural historian, to learn about the area. A visit to Dockery Farms, a place considered by many, including blues legend B.B. King, to be the birthplace of the blues. The trip will also include a visit to the Grammy Museum to learn about Grammy Awards history.


August 2-4, 2024, Delta Blues Museum
Join us for a day of art, culture, and culinary delights! Enjoy Billy Renkl's exhibition and the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Hear Margaret Renkl read from "The Comfort of Crows," and savor hors d'oeuvres and wine. Connect with OLLI members and enrich your day with insightful discussions. Register now for a unique experience!


Wednesday, August 7, 2024
The tour begins in Meridian, Mississippi with a visit to legendary gravesites of the King and Queen of the Romani. (Toss a coin, make a wish.) We eat lunch at Weidmann's Restaurant, partially owned by actress Sela Ward, a University of Alabama graduate. Our last destination is the Dentzel Carousel Museum. Enjoy a special private tour ending with a one-of-a-kind historic carousel ride (optional).


Friday, June 14, 2024, Rose Hill Cemetery
Experience the extraordinary focus and dedication of the storied Alabama football program! See firsthand the full-size indoor practice field, team meeting rooms, coaches' offices, the victory walls and trophy cases, national championship rings, the world-class workout facility and more.


Monday, June 24, 2024, Mal Moore Athletic Facility
Experience the extraordinary focus and dedication of the storied Alabama football program! See firsthand the full-size indoor practice field, team meeting rooms, coaches' offices, the victory walls and trophy cases, national championship rings, the world-class workout facility and more.


Monday, June 24, 2024, Mal Moore Athletic Facility
Watch a Summer Camp wheelchair basketball game played by visiting students and talk to UA students running the summer program. Then walk through the Stran-Hardin Arena, a state-of- the-art facility for UA's Adapted Athletics Program to see the NCAA regulation game venue for wheelchair basketball, locker rooms, training room, strength and conditioning gym, team meeting room and VIP area. There will be time for lots of questions!


Friday, June 28, 2024, Stran-Hardin Arena
Join us as we take a guided tour of the newly opened University of Alabama Catherine and Pettus Randall Family Welcome Center located in the renovated Bryce Main Building and a special tour of the State of Alabama Mental Health and Bryce Hospital Museums located on the second floor. Our guide for the upstairs tours will be Steve Davis, a Bryce archivist. We will see state-of-the-art presentations depicting the U of A campus and activities as well as the massive renovations completed and future plans for the historic main building.


Friday, July 12, 2024, Bryce Campus
We will have a private tour of Rickwood Field, America's oldest baseball field, which opened on Aug. 18, 1910. After a visit to the gift shop, we will enjoy a Dutch treat dinner in Hoover. Then, we head to the Regions Hoover Met field to catch the Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Birmingham Barons baseball game.


Friday, July 19, 2024, Rickwood Field
Our first stop will be Wills Creek Winery to see how wines are made. You may sample and purchase one or more of its 20 varieties of wine. We will enjoy a catered lunch on the property. Next stop we tour Booth Western Art Museum. The only museum of its kind in the Southeast, the Booth Museum houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western American art in the country. The next day, we will learn about the history of Northwest Georgia at the Bartow Museum, where artifacts, photographs, documents and interactive exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife and lifestyles of years past.


July 25-26, 2024, Wills Creek Winery
Dining Social meets on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. (new time)


Tuesday, June 25, 2024, Avenue Pub
Dining Social meets on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. (new time)


Tuesday, July 16, 2024, Chuck's Fish