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LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA

Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing, The Mighty Five and A Taste of Lancaster

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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Itinerary for Jul 7 — Jul 12, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. Our beautiful pool provides a relaxing place to enjoy the afternoon free times. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 07 - Check-in and registration/Orientation
Afternoon: RETREAT CENTER CHECK-IN AND PROGRAM REGISTRATION: As you enter Black Rock Retreat's Maranatha Retreat Center come on over to the Road Scholar table located in the center of the spacious lobby. Registration will take place from 4PM-5:30PM. You will receive your room assignment and all needed information for the program at that time.

Dinner: Dinner is a buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room. Our guests will meet in the lobby for instructions. Our goal is to serve our guests healthy and delicious food featuring local tastes and recipes.

Evening: ORIENTATION/GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Beginning at 7:15PM in our private meeting room we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible via the SPI. We appreciate your understanding. We will also spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The session will be followed by an ice cream sundae bar set up in the retreat center dining room with plenty of time to relax and prepare for the full day of activity and learning ahead.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. Our beautiful pool provides a relaxing place to enjoy the afternoon free times. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 08 - Delightful Bill Messenger presents "Blues, Boogie...
Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Popular speaker, Bill Messenger, will entertain and enlighten us on the fun topic of "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing". This talented pianist and story teller will bring this music to life.

Lunch: Retreat Center dining room.

Afternoon: Bill Messenger returns with a continuation on "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing". Black Rock Retreat's beautiful pool will be available for guests to enjoy in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: Popular speaker and local theologian Brinton Rutherford will lecture on Amish and Mennonite history and present day beliefs.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. Our beautiful pool provides a relaxing place to enjoy the afternoon free times. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 09 - "Taste of Lancaster County" excursion!
Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Leave on charter bus for Downtown Lancaster City. Our day will begin with a 2 hour, historic walking tour of Lancaster City. After the tour, participants will have time to explore the city on their own. Options to explore include the Demuth Museum and Historic Lancaster Central Market.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in downtown Lancaster City.

Afternoon: Guided by a local Amish-Mennonite, we will explore beautiful Lancaster County and taste some of the popular foods of the area. A visit to Kitchen Kettle Village is planned with delicious samples of jams, jellies and salsas.

Dinner: Enjoy a traditional dinner in an Old Order Amish home.

Evening: Enjoy peaceful country roads as we travel back to Black Rock Retreat.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. Our beautiful pool provides a relaxing place to enjoy the afternoon free times. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 10 - Bill Messenger concludes his lectures on "Blues, ...
Bill Messenger concludes his lectures on "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing". An afternoon of free time to enjoy Lancaster County on your own.

Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Bill Messenger lecture on "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing" with film clips and songs.

Lunch: Retreat center dining room.

Afternoon: Free time. Black Rock Retreat pool will be available for our guest enjoyment. Possible zipline experience.

Dinner: Retreat center dining room.

Evening: Local author, Lillian Stoltzfus will share about her experience growing up "plain" and share about her new book, "Speaking Amish". "Make Your Own Soft Pretzel" experience....as well as eating them!

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. Our beautiful pool provides a relaxing place to enjoy the afternoon free times. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 11 - Bill Messenger lectures on "The Mighty Five". Po...
Bill Messenger lectures on "The Mighty Five". Possible concert or feature film in the evening.

Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Bill Messenger brings to life "The Mighty Five" - Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers.

Lunch: Retreat center dining room.

Afternoon: "The Mighty Five" session continues with music, behind the scenes stories and film clips.

Dinner: Retreat center dining room.

Evening: Feature film highlighting one of the topics of the week.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 12 - Program concludes with Bill Messenger lecture on ...
Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Lecture by Bill Messenger.

Lunch: Boxed lunch to eat in Retreat center dining room or to go.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Quarryville, PA
General OverviewVarious attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions, museums and Sight and Sound Theatre.
For additional information, visit: www.padutchcountry.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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