James Madison University

Trips and Social Events

Note: Theatre tickets are non-refundable.

Preview of Events

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (snow date Thursday, January 16)
Gilkerson Activity Center - Westover Park
305 S. Dogwood Drive Harrisonburg, VA

Evening on the Town - Opera Spotlight

Tuesday, February 6
8:00 p.m. Forbes Center - Concert Hall
5:30 p.m. dinner at Chop House

Songs and scenes from the world's greatest operas come alive in an enchanting evening that will amaze audiences! Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this event is your opportunity to see this incredibly talented core of future stars perform works like "E lucevan le stelle" from Puccini's magnificent opera Tosca, and "Largo al Factotum" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville, considered one of the most challenging baritone arias to perform.

Member tickets  $57   Non-member tickets   $62   Deadline: January 4

ED-Venture - Civil War on the Homefront at the Widow Pence Farm

Monday, March 17
Widow Pence Farm

Experience a time gone by at the Widow Pence Farm, situated on part of the Cross Keys Battlefield. Learn about the plight of civilian population as it entwined with the conflict and brutality of our American Civil War and how it touched every aspect of life for one particular Shenandoah Valley family.

ED-Venture - A Spring Trio of Our Towns – Singers Glen   

Saturday, March 29
To Be Determined

Perhaps our most charming local town and famous for its musical past, Singers Glen shines in its rural setting.  No one can tell its story better than resident historian Dale MacAllister, leader of the Shenandoah Valley Folklife Society and editor of its newsletter.  He is past president and continued supporter of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, past presenter for LLI and the “must go to” for all local history questions.  Dale will guide us through all that is Singers Glen; from shape note music to local lore, funny stories and anecdotes.  Then a tour to the town’s historic cemetery where we will view the wonderfully carved Victorian tombstones and demystify the allegory and symbolism represented there.  A personally guided, insider’s tour of a special “Our Town.” 

ED-Venture - A Spring Trio of Our Towns – Port Republic 

Saturday, April 5
Frank Kemper (Turner Ashby) House

We will tour the Frank Kemper (Turner Ashby) House and Museum led by Ellen Kaylor, in period costume,  and she will guide us through the exhibits and explain the importance and functions of the collections.  The museum also features a documentary film on “Stonewall” Jackson’s narrow escape from Union forces.  Then, with the expert guidance of Rebecca Hooke Chalam, we will take a walking tour of Port Republic and Rebecca, in the guise of her forbearers, the prominent Hooke family, will regale us with anecdotes, histories, and stories of the village and its inhabitants. 

ED-Venture - A Spring Trio of Our Towns – New Market

Saturday, April 12
Virginia Museum of the Civil War

history laden frontier town and a “hallowed ground” site of a bloody civil war battle.  We will tour the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and enjoy the “Captains” interpretive guided tour; next we will view the film Field of Lost Shoes.  The group will then proceed to the grounds and experience the battlefield talk.  We will be guided through the Bushong Farm and learn of its role in this historic event.  Break for lunch “on your own,” whether picnic at the museum or dine in town.  Betty Karol Wilson, owner of the Apple Blossom Inn, will lead our visit to historic New Market.  She has a Ph.D. in music history, is a local historian, a past presenter for LLI, and is a knowledgeable and expert guide.  In period costume, she will stroll with us through the town’s important landmarks, regale us with stories of its inhabitants, reveal to us New Market’s histories and bring to life its past glories.

Performance - H. M. S. Pinafore

Thursday, April 17
8:00 p.m. Forbes Center - Concert Hall
5:30 p.m. dinner at Clementine

Set sail on the high seas with Gilbert and Sullivan's gleeful and sassy satire H. M. S. Pinafore. This lighthearted and hilarious operetta spoofs British social mores in a convoluted tale of mistaken identity and star-crossed lovers. Old Admiral Sir Joseph Porter plans to marry the much younger Josephine with the consent of her father, Captain Corcoran. But Josephine is in love with Ralph, a common seaman, and the couple plans to elope with the help of the crew. Dick Deadeye overhears their plan and tells the Admiral. To further complicate matters, Little Buttercup professes her love for the Captain and tells him a big secret – that Ralph and the Captain were switched at birth. Social conventions are soon overturned and chaos reigns in this delightfully silly and wild romp! Enjoy favorites like "We Sail the Ocean Blue," "Little Buttercup" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore."

Member tickets $46 Non-member tickets $51 Deadline: March 15

Trip - Smithsonian Institute – National Mall

Wednesday, April 30
Blue Ridge Hall

Enjoy a carefree day at the Smithsonian Institution visiting world- class exhibits.  There are numerous free museums on the Mall catering to widely different interests.  Do you like art?  Then visit the National Gallery of Art, The Freer or Sackler Gallery, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the African Art Museum, the American Art Museum.  Are you a history buff?  Then visit the American History Museum or the American Indian Museum.  Do you like aviation and space exploration?  The Air and Space Museum has the Wright brothers’ flyer, Lindberg’s Spirit of Saint Louis, Mercury Space capsule, and flight adventures through IMAX large screen movies.

Trip - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Sully Plantation

Thursday, May 22
Blue Ridge Hall

The UDVAR-HAZY NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM has a spectacular collection of airplanes and space vehicles.  Under one roof are the Space Shuttle DISCOVERY, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress ENOLA GAY, the Air France Concorde, plus more than 100 other aircraft and historical aviation artifacts.  The National Air and Space Museum has IMAX Theater films, a 360 degree view aviation observation tower, flight simulators, daily tours, a restaurant (McDonalds), and a gift shop.  The entire history of human flight is well represented within the great hall exhibits.

SULLY PLANTATION, completed in 1799, was the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first Representative to Congress.  He was also the uncle of General Robert E Lee.  On the National Register for Historic Places, Sully Plantation also includes original outbuildings, representative slave quarters and gardens.  Guided tours highlight the early 19th century life of the Richard Bland Lee family, tenant farmers and enslaved African Americans.  Sully Plantation is just a few minutes away from the National Air and Space Museum.  There will be light to moderate walking at both sites.

ED-Venture - Grandma Moses’ Footsteps in the Shenandoah Valley

Thursday, June 5
Blue Ridge Hall

 “Give me the Shenandoah Valley every time!” Grandma Moses wrote.  Many of the places mentioned by Grandma Moses in her autobiography and painted by her can still be seen today.  Valley historian Nancy Sorrells will take the group on a journey that follows the Moses family footsteps. 

ED-Venture - Heartflame Garden & Radical Roots Organic Farm

Thursday, June 26
Elkton Community Center

Heartflame Garden in Elkton is the garden of Gabriel and Inanna Garretson.  It is a little jewel of extensive gardens, shady paths, and hidden delights nestled against the Shenandoah National Park.  It covers six acres total, with 1 ½ acres of cultivated gardens along with birds, butterflies, and bubbling springs.  Inanna Garretson will lead the tour of the gardens containing more than 250 daylilies, early summer flowers, and shrubs surrounding their straw bale home.