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NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS

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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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Itinerary for Jul 13 — Jul 18, 2014

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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, July 13 - 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, July 14 - 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. Please remember that lunches are plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

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 of BENEFACTORS at Berkshire Theatre Festival. Benefactors by Michael Frayn directed by Eric Hill at The Unicorn Theatre The acrimonious give and take of life sets up the premise for Michael Frayn’s (Noises Off and Copenhagen) Tony Award-nominated Benefactors. In 1960s London, visionary architect David, played by long time BTG alum David Adkins, struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects as his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. He and his wife, Jane, played by Adkins’ real-life partner Corinna May, are also trying to salvage the troubled marriage of their neighbors played by real-life married couple, Colin (Walton Wilson) a former journalist and Shelia (Barbara Sims), a hopeless romantic and retired nurse. Skillfully examining the fragility of human relationships, Benefactors sketches an intricate portrait of 1960s idealism and the toll political and psychological sacrifice has on hope, friendship, and love. Benefactors is directed by long-time BTG director, writer and actor, Eric Hill who recently directed the annual classic, A Christmas Carol and performed as Ebenezer Scrooge. He has directed many productions at BTG including: Oklahoma!, The Who’s Tommy, and A Chorus Line. Adkins and May were featured in BTG’S 2013 Same Time, Next Year. Wilson performed in Eugene O’Neil’s Anna Christie which was also performed in 2013 and Barbara Sims is co-curator of the annual Made in the Berkshire Festival. 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. 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.

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, July 15 - Cark Art Institute/Williamstown Theatre Festival
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 restaurant.

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 to Wiliamstown Theatre Festival for The East Coast premiere of "A GREAT WILDERNESS" by Samuel D. Hunter After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way. With profound humanity and subtlety, Obie Award-winning playwright Hunter navigates complex moral terrain, exploring the shifting motives and inconstant strength of our personal convictions.

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, July 16 - Shakespeare & Co
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Hotel restaurant.

Morning: FREE MORNING

Lunch: Lunch is served at the hotel

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Enjoy further lectures with Roz Cramer.

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

Evening: PERFORMANCE:Travel by coach to Shakespeare & Co to see a performance of JULIUS CAESAR in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE directed by TINA PACKER featuring JASON ASPREY, NIGEL GORE, and ERIC TUCKER The riveting and bloody story of Julius Caesar heats up the Bernstein stage in this pared down ‘bare Bard’ production, in which 7 actors play all the roles. This psychological drama follows the conspiracy against and assassination of the Roman Dictator by his closest friends and peers and the brutal aftermath of his murder. 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.

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, July 17 - Barrington Stage Company
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: PRESENTATION: Enjoy further lectures with Roz Cramer.

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

Evening: PERFORMANCE:Barrington Stage Company. BREAKING THE CODE By Hugh Whitemore Starring Mark H. Dold Directed by Joe Calarco The life story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who solved the German Enigma code during World War II, not knowing he'd fight a much harder personal battle on the homefront.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 18 - 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


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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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