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Program #1565RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 23, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 18 - Afternoon Arrival/Orientation
Arrive To: CHECK IN:Please arrive at the Hotel to register between 3:00 and 4:30pm. Check in at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 5:00pm to settle into your room.

Dinner: All dinners will be served at the hotel. Please remember that all dinners are buffet style or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. This will provide you with information about the inn, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will discuss how with 65 non-profit cultural institutions including Berskhire Theatre Festival, MASS MoCA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Francine & Sterling Clarke Art Institute and Shakespeare & Company, the Berkshires have earned the privilege of calling themselves America's Premiere Cultural Resort. We will ask participants introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions. Following orientation, we will have our first program which will be an introduction to the area and to the theatre companies we will visit throughout the week.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 19 - MassMoCA/Berkshire Theatre Festival
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.

Lunch: Lunch is at the hotel.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: This afternoon's lecture at the Inn is given by Rosalind Cramer, who is your main speaker for the entire week. Roz is Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at Daemen College, Buffalo, NY where she served for thirty-six years. She was co-founder of the award winning Theatre of Youth Company and its artistic director for thirteen years. Roz has performed in theatres throughout western New York, including MusicalFare where she appeared as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, for which she received an Arties Award. Roz has conducted workshops in schools and other venues and has written plays that have been produced at Alleyway, Toy Co, and MusicalFare theatres. She has directed and acted in over 250 productions. Presently, Roz and her husband Stan, reside in Williamstown, MA and Sarasota, FL. She has performed with the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Asolo Theatre Festival. Currently she is an instructor for Road Scholar in both Williamstown and Sarasota and teaches theatre at the Longboat Key Educational Center. Roz is in the WNY Walk of Fame and has received an Arties Lifetime Achievement Award. She will speak with you about the play you are seeing tonight. Activity Counts: Expert-led lectures 1

Dinner: All dinners will be served at the hotel. Please remember that all dinners are buffet style or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Travel to Stockbridge to see a performance at Berkshire Theatre Festival. THE CAT AND THE CANARY by John Willard at The Unicorn Sponsored by Stuart M. Fischman Esq. in Loving Memory of my Parents Louis and Edith Fischman. As the clock strikes midnight, the relatives of Cyrus West assemble at his mansion to read his will twenty years after his death. In an unexpected twist of fate, young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus’ large fortune, under one condition: that she is deemed legally sane. When the group finds out that a lunatic has escaped from the nearby asylum, inexplicable things begin to happen and Annabelle begins to fear for her sanity and for her life. A suspenseful and delightful “who-dunnit,” this mystery will have audiences on the edge of their seats and begging for more. Founded in 1928, Berkshire Theatre Festival is one of the oldest professional regional theatres in the United States and the longest-running cultural organization in the Berkshires. Now under the helm of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, BTF presents theatre that matters world premieres, contemporary works, and classics that speak to who we are in our world today. The Main Stage (408 seats), cataloged by the National Register of Historic Places, was originally designed and built by Stanford White as the Stockbridge Casino in 1888. The mission of BTF's second stage, the intimate Unicorn Theatre (99 seats), is to provide a home for emerging artists and new theatrical ideas. BTF's education program, BTF PLAYS!, reaches over 10,000 children annually through school residencies, touring performances, and summer performance training and writing programs. During the summer months BTF opens its doors to over 75 administrative, acting, and technical interns and apprentices. Every effort will be made to also include a pre or post show talk or a meet and greet actors, interns or backstage staff.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 20 - Cark Art Institute/Barrington Stage Company
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we travel to the Clark Art Institute, the Berkshire's premier museum. In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the hotel

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Roz lectures on the play you'll see tonight.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the Hotel. Please remember that all dinners are either buffet or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: PERFORMANCE:Travel by coach to Pittsfield to see a performance of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Barrington Stage Company. Director Julianne Boyd sets Much Ado in Messina, Sicily, in the mid-1930s. The strains of jazz and Latin rhythms fill the air as the fun-loving, confirmed bachelor Benedick (Christopher Innvar) returns home from war to be met by the smart, headstrong Beatrice (Gretchen Egolf) - always ready to do combat with a “merry war” of witty insults. Their love story is set against a darker one of young love between Claudio and Hero, threatened by the machinations of the malicious Don John (Mark H. Dold). At once passionate, sexy and bitingly funny, Much Ado is filled with some of the most brilliant comedic repartee ever written. See why many call Much Ado the precursor to the screwball comedy. Barrington Stage Company has become the fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, attracting some 45,000 patrons each year, and gaining national recognition for its superior quality productions and comprehensive educational programming Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, Barrington Stage has produced several award-winning plays and musicals, beginning with winning the Elliot Norton/Boston Theatre Critics Award in its very first year for The Diary of Anne Frank. Several other BSC productions, including Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Three Viewings, A View From The Roof, Ears On a Beatle, Mack and Mabel, South Pacific, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Follies, West Side Story and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have been named among the top ten productions of the year in many area newspapers leading The Boston Globe to laud BSC as one of the jewels in the state's crown.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 21 - Weston Playhouse
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Hotel restaurant.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Enjoy further lectures with Roz Cramer.

Lunch: Lunch is served at the a local eatery

Afternoon: PERFORMANCE:Travel by coach to Weston, Vt to see a matinee performance at Weston Playhouse. 42ND STREET follows small-town girl Peggy Sawyer as she realizes her dream of opening in a big Broadway musical, only to find herself thrust into the lead. With toe-tapping favorites like “We’re In the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway,” 42nd Street will lift your spirits and bring back fond memories. Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin Book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes In 1935, while Franklin D. Roosevelt was coping with the Great Depression, Weston-born architect Raymond Austin was putting the finishing touches on a playhouse that one New York critic would later call "the most beautiful theatre in New England." Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organization. Under Ewen, Fort, and Stettler, the Playhouse has redefined its role as a professional regional theatre, expanding its offerings beyond the traditional summer months and creating outreach programs which can serve Southern Vermont audiences on a year-round basis. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of its Board of Directors, Theatre Associates, community volunteers, patrons, company members and alumni, the theatre completed a $2 million capital campaign in 2002. The campaign secures the future of the Weston Playhouse with the establishment of a major endowment, the purchase and renovation of property for artist housing and rehearsal space, and capital improvements to the Playhouse facility including air conditioning and an infrared listening system. With an eye to the future and unparalleled support from its extended family of theatregoers and artists, the Weston Playhouse continues to build on the tradition of quality entertainment and community involvement which has characterized Vermont's Oldest Professional Theatre from its inception.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner will be served at the hotel.

Evening: FREE EVENING

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 22 - Free Time/Shakespeare & Co
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the Hotel restaurant. Please allow enough time to get to the morning activity promptly.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Roz will discuss with us the play we'll see this afternoon.

Lunch: Lunch is served at the hotel.

Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Travel to Shakespeare & Co to see MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN By Bertolt Brecht Directed by Tony Simotes Featuring Olympia Dukakis, Apollo Dukakis, and John Douglas Thompson Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Mother Courage and Her Children is set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War and follows the fate of Mother Courage, an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army, intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war. Mother Courage and Her Children still resonates today as a profound insight into the moral implications of war. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Apollo Dukakis, and Artistic Director Tony Simotes reteam after the critically acclaimed, sold out run of The Tempest during Shakespeare & Company’s 35th Season. “I had a terrific time last summer exploring The Tempest with Tony and the amazing cast and crew,” Olympia Dukakis said when Mother Courage and Her Children was announced in the fall. “I consider Shakespeare & Company one of my artistic homes – a place of artistic support and enthusiasm. I jumped at the chance to get in the room with Tony and my brother again.” Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance, and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did — in love with poetry, physical prowess, and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors, and designers of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. The company also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance. Every effort will be made to also include a pre or post show talk or a meet and greet actors, interns or backstage staff.

Dinner: Dinner is served at a nearby restaurant or en-route to the evening venue.

Evening: FREE EVENING

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 23 - Final Lecture/Final lunch/ program closes
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Final lecture and wrap up of the program is followed by time to pack and prepare for lunch.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch for travel. Check out at 11:00.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


North Adams, MA
Berkshire Visitors BureauBerkshire Visitors Bureau 3 Hoosac St, Adams, MA 01220 (800) 237-5747
For additional information, visit: www.berkshires.org
Discover New EnglandAn excellent source of information about New England
For additional information, visit: www.discovernewengland.org/
Massachusetts Office of travel & TourismMassachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism 10 Park Plaza Suite 450 Boston Ma 02116 (617- 973-8500 (800) 227-MASS
For additional information, visit: www.massvacation.com/

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