Registration Opens January 10th

JMU Women’s Basketball

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | Convocation Center

Join LLI as we become members of the JMU Nation and cheer on the Women’s Basketball team. The day includes a brief presentation on the history of the program and other interesting insider information from legendary coach Shelia Moorman in a private Convo Center hospitality room. We’ll then join the Pep Band, cheering squads, and other JMU fans for a fast-paced CAA game against the Townson University Tigers. Parking passes will be provided. Additional details will follow registration.


12:45 p.m. Pre-Game Presentation

2:00 p.m. Opening Tip-Off

Price per person: $6 per ticket payable with registration.

Refreshments available to purchase on-site. Register by January 27.

Massanutten Snow Tubing

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Family Adventure Park, Massanutten Resort

Come out for some fresh air and fun that everyone can enjoy! Tube solo or link up with other LLI members to tackle one of 16 tubing lanes that provide 900 feet of thrills. Two conveyor lifts allow for more tubing with less waiting. Children must be at least 36 inches tall to tube, but fun-loving adults of all ages are welcome! Additional details will follow registration.

Price per person: $15, payable at the entrance.

Price includes admission and use of snow tubes, tube runs, and tube lift. Register by January 30.

Fountain Cave Adventure Tour

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. | Grottoes, VA

Join us for an Adventure Tour through Fountain Cave as we stray off the beaten path and learn about Shenandoah Valley geology. Unlike its better renowned counterpart, Grand Cavern, Fountain Cave has not been groomed with gravel paths, handrails, or electric lights. Edward Weast discovered the cave in 1835 and its namesake comes from the three freshwater pools found near the original entrance.

We will get outfitted with helmets, headlights, knee pads and gloves for our two-hour guided adventure. Participants may follow the original 1800s footpath or opt for a more authentic caving experience involving more strenuous climbing and crawling through natural spaces. Closed-toe shoes or boots, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants are required. Flashlight recommended. Must be 12 years or older to participate. More details provided following registration.

Tour begins at 12.30 p.m. at 5 Grand Cavern Rd, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Price per person: $20 for adults, payable at entrance. Register by April 12.

River Raft Adventure

Monday, May 13, 2019* | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Site to be determined by Outdoor Adventure Experiences

Explore one of the many beautiful rivers in the Shenandoah Valley. Although final site selection will depend on weather and river levels, most trips are held on the South Fork of the Shenandoah, typically known as a quiet river. Our guided river tour will occur atop large white-water rafts that hold 6-8 people and are known for both their stability and ease of steering. These exciting adventures are suitable for everyone from families with young children to older adults.

Participants are required to wear a life jacket at all times while on the river. Also wear comfortable and weather appropriate clothing, preferably made out of synthetic fiber that dries quickly, and closed-toe shoes that you do not mind getting wet or muddy. Dry bags, first aid kits, and bathroom kits are provided. More details will be announced closer to our excursion!

Price per person: $28 - $42, depending on the number of registrants and applicable group discounts. Payment may be made by cash or check at portage but, pre-registration is required to save your spot on the boat! Register by May 1.

*Adventure Back-Up Date: May 16


EdVenture: Annual Lincoln Family Cemetery Event

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
Lincoln Homestead and Cemetery

Join Phil Stone, founder and president of the Lincoln Society of Virginia, for an annual program recognizing President Lincoln, his contributions to American history, and his local connections. Five generations of Lincoln’s relatives are buried at the Lincoln Family Cemetery. The ceremony, free and open to the public, has been conducted every year since 1976, and will be held at 2:00 p.m., whatever the weather.

Directions: From Harrisonburg: From corner of Route 33 West (W. Market Street) and Route 42 (Virginia Avenue) in Harrisonburg, travel 8.3 miles north on Route 42 (Harpine Highway).

From the north: South of Broadway on Route 42 and just south at the junction of VA 684. Turn on the east side of the road in a field just north of the Lincoln home. Parking is available, but walking several hundred yards to the event site is necessary.

Price per person: Free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

EdVenture: JMU X-Labs

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | JMU X-Labs

Pop-Up workshops are designed to be completed in a single session. This session, hosted by the JMU X-Labs, is a make-and-take course that provides opportunities to try a new skill, practice using equipment, and have fun.

Participants will learn how to use laser and vinyl cutters to create a custom keychain and etch a wine glass. Participants should bring their own wine glass; all other necessary materials will be provided. Chairs will be available for the workshop; however, some standing will be required.

We will meet at JMU parking lots R10/R11 at 8:30 a.m. to travel by shuttle to the X-Labs. Parking passes will be provided for JMU lots R10/R11. The course fee includes lunch served at the Festival Conference and Student Center.

Price per person: $25
Limited to 20 participants. Register by March 15.

EdVenture: Woodland Wildflowers Guided Tour

Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 4:00 p.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Harrisonburg, VA

Come see the beautiful spring wildflower bloom in the Norlyn L. Bodkin Oak-Hickory Forest. This moderate walking tour will be led by an Arboretum staff member, who will help participants identify notable specimens like bloodroot, squirrel corn, glory of the snow, and Virginia bluebells.

Tour begins at the Frances Plecker Education Center. Parking is available at the Plecker entrance gate or Lot R5.

Price per person: Free for LLI members
Limited to 20 participants. Register by April 4.

EdVenture: Newtown Historical Walking Tour

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. | Simms Education Center, Harrisonburg, VA

This ½ mile walking tour will help members learn about the history of Harrisonburg’s Newtown community, built following the Civil War by and for African-Americans.

Our EdVenture will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center, 620 Simms Avenue, with an introduction by local NAACP President Monica Robinson.

We will then visit four community sites to learn about historic landmarks and leaders who had a transformative impact on local life. Two leaders were the famous educator Lucy F. Simms, who lived and taught in Harrisonburg for more than 50 years until 1934, and Elon Rhodes (1922-2006), the first African-American to serve on the Harrisonburg City Council and local school board. Both have educational facilities named in their honor. Our tour will include visits to the historic Newtown Cemetery, where both Rhodes and Simms are buried, and the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, which was established in the late 19th Century and maintains an active congregation.

Representatives from three nonprofit organizations serving the Newtown community will be our guides. They represent the Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA), whose focus is on historical preservation and neighborhood revitalization; the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project (SVBHP), which conducts research that helps illuminate and share African-American history of the Valley; and the local chapter of the NAACP, whose mission is to ensure equality of rights for all persons and eliminate race-based discrimination.

Price per person: Free for LLI members
Limited to 18 participants. Register by May 1.

Coach Tours
Coach Tour: See What’s New at Monticello

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Charlottesville, VA

This coach tour will provide opportunities to view Thomas Jefferson’s private suite, bountiful gardens that provide stunning views, and new spaces and exhibits, including one focused on the Life of Sally Hemings, one of the most famous—and least known—African American women in U.S. history.

Upon our arrival to Monticello, we will board a shuttle that provides transport to the mountaintop estate. We will then take a 40-minute guided tour of the first floor before enjoying lunch on our own at the onsite cafe. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish, with options for escorted tours offered on the hour and exploration at the Visitor Center. To see all Monticello has to offer, visit

We will leave from Harrisonburg at 9:00 a.m. and return by approximately 5:15 p.m.

Price per person: $40
Limited 32 participants. Register by April 12. No refunds after April 22.

Please note that an additional $2.00 tip is recommended for the bus driver and will be collected during the return trip.

Coach Trip: Spring Fling at Blandy Experimental Farm & G.R. Thompson State Wildlife Management Area

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Boyce, VA

Join Nate Miller, professor of horticulture, and LLI member Sandra Conrad for this springtime lecture and guided walking adventure at three amazing outdoor venues: the Virginia State Arboretum, the Blandy Experimental Farm, and the G.R. Thompson State Wildlife Management Area.

Participants must be able to walk unaided over moderate paths of at least two miles round-trip. A JMU Assignment of Risk Waiver is required by all and will be provided for signature on the morning of the event.

We will depart promptly at 7:45 a.m. from the JMU Ice House Parking Lot and return at approximately 4:00 p.m. See online description for detailed itinerary.

Price per person: $42 payable to LLI; $5 cash or check made payable to FOSA (The Foundation of the State Arboretum) to be collected during bus ride. Suggested $2 tip to the bus driver per person.

Bring your own lunch. Limited to 24 participants. Register by April 19.

Coach Tour: Hillwood Estate & National Cathedral

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Washington, D.C.

This day-long coach tour includes visits to two inspirational venues: the Hillwood Estate and Gardens and the Washington National Cathedral. Hillwood is a decorative arts museum and home to one of the nation’s finest orchid collections. The Washington National Cathedral holds a unique place at the intersection of sacred and civic life, serving as a space where the country gathers during moments of national significance.

We will depart from the Farmer’s Market in Harrisonburg at 7:00 a.m. Upon arrival at Hillwood Estate, we will take a guided tour of their spectacular 13-acre formal gardens. A tour of the estate will follow and includes a special exhibition titled Perfume & Seduction, a Givaudan collection of 18-century luxury objects presented for the first time stateside. This special exhibition features elegant silver, gold, and porcelain accessories that combine luxury, novelty, and exoticism. These objects were used in a daily performance known as la toilette, an elaborate ritual adopted by wealthy Parisians that included luxurious pampering, primping, wardrobe assessment, and even meetings with special visitors to discuss current events.

Following a sandwich buffet luncheon at Hillwood Estate, we will depart for the National Cathedral, where we will be greeted by a docent tour of the spiritual home for our nation. The Cathedral features various Gothic architectural styles and several other works of art including over 200 stained glass windows. We will depart after touring the Cathedral and arrive in Harrisonburg at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Please be advised that this is an active walking tour and is not recommended for those who have difficulty navigating garden terrain or using stairs unaided.

Price per person: $80 per person with meal included.
Limited to 32 participants. Register by May 7.

Please note that an additional $2.00 tip is recommended for the bus driver and will be collected during the return trip.

Coach Tour: Garth Newel Music Center

Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. | Hot Springs, VA

Known for its breathtaking scenery, world-class performances, and sumptuous meals, the Garth Newel Music Center provides a unique experience for lovers of chamber music and fine dining.

Situated in the heart of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, Garth Newel presents more than 50 live, professional performances annually, engaging with audiences through conversational and interactive programs performed by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and other renowned guest musicians.

Our coach tour to this rural retreat includes round-trip transportation, an early evening concert, and a gourmet picnic prepared by Resident Chef Josh Elliott.

We will depart promptly at 12:00 p.m. from the JMU Ice House Parking Lot and return at approximately 7:45 p.m. (Parking permits are not required.)

Interested members are also encouraged to attend the complementary Brown Bag Lunch presentation scheduled for April 2, 2019 at the Ice House, which will highlight musical selections to be performed as part of the coach tour program.

Price per person: $58 per person
Limited to 25 participants. Register by June 30

Please note that an additional $2.00 tip is recommended for the bus driver and will be collected during the return trip.

A Historical and Biblical Tour of Turkey

September 9 - 22, 2019

Join us for this international tour to one of the most historic and beautiful places in the world. Amble through Istanbul’s Egyptian and Spice Bazaars; listen to an orchestra concert in the underground Roman Cisterns; bow your heads in reverence in the House of the Virgin Mary; bathe in Cleopatra’s thermal pools of Pamukkale (“cotton castle” in Turkish); and trek through the ancient Greek-Roman City Hierapolis.


Turkey offers much to see, taste, tour, and visit and provides one of the most beautiful country sides in all of Europe and Asia. This promises to be a trip you will never forget! Please contact the trip organizer for detailed tour itinerary.

Please note that this international tour requires frequent activity and may include moderate to difficult walking conditions on uneven pavement at times. Participants should be comfortable navigating such terrain independently.

Price per person: $2,200 - $2,700 (depending on the number of participants).
Price includes all hotels, transportation to/from Dulles, professional guide service, all domestic travel in Turkey, museum entrance fees, and most meals. Price does not include international airfare.

This tour is limited to 15 participants and will be led by Claudia Hanna Veysel, who has taught several courses and led international tours for JMU LLI since 2014.

Phone: (540) 578-0200

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