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DEERFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

Stimulating Beverages: The History of Tea, Coffee, Chocolate in Early America

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Program #16102RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Springtime dress-casual cool clothes. Sweater or jacket for air conditioned areas and cooler nights. Rain gear. Pen and notebook for lectures recommended.

Itinerary for Apr 29 — May 2, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: The Deerfield Inn is an original historic inn that opened in 1884. It is located in the heart of Old Deerfield founded in 1673, an idyllic village surrounded by tranquil life, working farms, the Deerfield River, rolling hills and history that dates back 10,000 years. Deerfield has been the home of the Pocumtuck Indian people who farmed the rich soil on the banks of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers and English colonists who came here in the 1600s. The Inn is in the center of Historic Deerfield, a museum complex of fourteen museum houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. This area is known as a little piece of paradise and called the Happy Valley due to the fertile soil and clean water that produces an abundance of fruit, vegetables, fowl and fish that are taken avantage of in the Deerfield Inn's kitchen. The Deerfield Inn has an elegant Main Dining room, Tavern area, cozy Beehive Parlor that will be home to Participants. The Deerfield Inn is next store to the Museum Store. Additional amenities include beautifully appointed guest rooms. A post office, Deerfield Academy, Bement School and Eaglebrook School are all close by and provide a quaint New England educational atmosphere.

Contact info:
81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342 USA
phone: 800-926-3865
web: www.deerfieldinn.com

Room amenities: Fine Inn amenities including television, fresh fruit, soap, shampoo, lotion and other personal items. Complimentary tea and cookies served on most afternoons.

Facility amenities: All rooms are artfully decorated with well appointed Colonial decor and some antiques. The rooms are named for original English settlers of Deerfield. There are 3 rooms available with 2 beds and one room to which a cot can be added. All other rooms have one bed - kings and queens. Two bed rooms will be given to unrelated roommates first. Beautiful grounds, fine dining room, casual cafe with seating inside and outside, Tavern Bar and Beehive Parlor which serves an old fashioned tea and cookies repast. Shorts walk on the street to museum houses and other fine buildings.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155.00-180.00/room/night
Call 800-926-3865 to make reservations to come early or stay late. Special Road Scholar rate for extended stay, based on availability, will be 10% off the season market rate of $155.00-180.00, plus 11.7% MA tax and service charge depending on the room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, April 29 - Welcome/Orientation/ “Stimulating Beverages: Thre...
Welcome/Orientation/ “Stimulating Beverages: Three Drinks that Changed the Way We Lived”

Note: This evening will set the stage for the week's activities. Meet your primary lecturer, Amanda Lange, Curator of Historic Interiors at Historic Deerfield, your group leader, and fellow participants. Hear a thought-provoking lecture about the three beverages that changed history - tea, coffee, and chocolate. Learn how the economics and the customs of the colonial times were profoundly affected by these "stimulating beverages."

Arrive To: Welcome: Check in at the Deerfield Inn and complimentary tea and cookies at the Deerfield Inn’s Beehive Parlor.

Afternoon: Meet your course instructor and fellow participants; review course schedule and logistics.

Dinner: Diner at the Deerfield Inn.

Evening: Introductory Lecture by Amanda Lange – Hall Tavern Orientation Theater

Lodging: Deerfield Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Deerfield Inn is an original historic inn that opened in 1884. It is located in the heart of Old Deerfield founded in 1673, an idyllic village surrounded by tranquil life, working farms, the Deerfield River, rolling hills and history that dates back 10,000 years. Deerfield has been the home of the Pocumtuck Indian people who farmed the rich soil on the banks of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers and English colonists who came here in the 1600s. The Inn is in the center of Historic Deerfield, a museum complex of fourteen museum houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. This area is known as a little piece of paradise and called the Happy Valley due to the fertile soil and clean water that produces an abundance of fruit, vegetables, fowl and fish that are taken avantage of in the Deerfield Inn's kitchen. The Deerfield Inn has an elegant Main Dining room, Tavern area, cozy Beehive Parlor that will be home to Participants. The Deerfield Inn is next store to the Museum Store. Additional amenities include beautifully appointed guest rooms. A post office, Deerfield Academy, Bement School and Eaglebrook School are all close by and provide a quaint New England educational atmosphere.

Contact info:
81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342 USA
phone: 800-926-3865
web: www.deerfieldinn.com

Room amenities: Fine Inn amenities including television, fresh fruit, soap, shampoo, lotion and other personal items. Complimentary tea and cookies served on most afternoons.

Facility amenities: All rooms are artfully decorated with well appointed Colonial decor and some antiques. The rooms are named for original English settlers of Deerfield. There are 3 rooms available with 2 beds and one room to which a cot can be added. All other rooms have one bed - kings and queens. Two bed rooms will be given to unrelated roommates first. Beautiful grounds, fine dining room, casual cafe with seating inside and outside, Tavern Bar and Beehive Parlor which serves an old fashioned tea and cookies repast. Shorts walk on the street to museum houses and other fine buildings.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155.00-180.00/room/night
Call 800-926-3865 to make reservations to come early or stay late. Special Road Scholar rate for extended stay, based on availability, will be 10% off the season market rate of $155.00-180.00, plus 11.7% MA tax and service charge depending on the room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, April 30 - “Tea: Why Americans Are Finally Embracing the Wor...
“Tea: Why Americans Are Finally Embracing the World's Second-most Popular Beverage”/“Coffee: Evolution from Bean to Cup” and “An Introduction to Tea Tables,” and Tealeaf Reading

Note: Local entrepreneurs in the tea and coffee business will provide fascinating talks on the current business of tea and coffee and as well as illuminate details of the types of tea and coffee and regions where they plants are grown. The Historic Deerfield Curator of Furniture will wow participants with beautiful 18th-century antique tea tables - how they were made and how to identify the authentic antiques.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Deerfield Inn

Morning: Morning lecture by Bob Heiss, owner of Tea Trekker, Northhampton, MA– Morning tour: "Hot Beverages in Context:" Room Studies with Master Guides (Ashley and Williams) or (Dwight and Wells-Thorn)

Lunch: Lunch at the Deerfield Inn

Afternoon: Afternoon lecture by Dean Cycon, owner Dean's Bean, an Organic Fair Trade Coffee Roaster based in Orange, MA, and Furniture Workshop by Josh Lane, Curator of Furniture – Flynt Center of Early New England Life

Dinner: Dinner at the Deerfield Inn. Theatrical consultations with Madame Tititana Tashkent, tea-leaf reader.

Lodging: Deerfield Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Deerfield Inn is an original historic inn that opened in 1884. It is located in the heart of Old Deerfield founded in 1673, an idyllic village surrounded by tranquil life, working farms, the Deerfield River, rolling hills and history that dates back 10,000 years. Deerfield has been the home of the Pocumtuck Indian people who farmed the rich soil on the banks of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers and English colonists who came here in the 1600s. The Inn is in the center of Historic Deerfield, a museum complex of fourteen museum houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. This area is known as a little piece of paradise and called the Happy Valley due to the fertile soil and clean water that produces an abundance of fruit, vegetables, fowl and fish that are taken avantage of in the Deerfield Inn's kitchen. The Deerfield Inn has an elegant Main Dining room, Tavern area, cozy Beehive Parlor that will be home to Participants. The Deerfield Inn is next store to the Museum Store. Additional amenities include beautifully appointed guest rooms. A post office, Deerfield Academy, Bement School and Eaglebrook School are all close by and provide a quaint New England educational atmosphere.

Contact info:
81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342 USA
phone: 800-926-3865
web: www.deerfieldinn.com

Room amenities: Fine Inn amenities including television, fresh fruit, soap, shampoo, lotion and other personal items. Complimentary tea and cookies served on most afternoons.

Facility amenities: All rooms are artfully decorated with well appointed Colonial decor and some antiques. The rooms are named for original English settlers of Deerfield. There are 3 rooms available with 2 beds and one room to which a cot can be added. All other rooms have one bed - kings and queens. Two bed rooms will be given to unrelated roommates first. Beautiful grounds, fine dining room, casual cafe with seating inside and outside, Tavern Bar and Beehive Parlor which serves an old fashioned tea and cookies repast. Shorts walk on the street to museum houses and other fine buildings.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155.00-180.00/room/night
Call 800-926-3865 to make reservations to come early or stay late. Special Road Scholar rate for extended stay, based on availability, will be 10% off the season market rate of $155.00-180.00, plus 11.7% MA tax and service charge depending on the room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, May 01 - “Sweet Concoctions: The History of Chocolate in E...
“Sweet Concoctions: The History of Chocolate in Early America”/“Hot Beverages: Preparing and Serving Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate in 18th-century Style”

Note: The fascinating history of chocolate will be described. The afternoon will include hand-on activities and demonstration of colonial preparation of chocolate and service of tea. Historic Deerfield guides will illuminate the objects related to tea, coffee, and chocolate in museum houses and the modern gallery, today and Tuesday.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Deerfield Inn

Morning: Morning lecture by Amanda Lange – Hall Tavern Orientation Theater. Break (Coffee and Refreshments) & Time for the Shopping at the Museum Store and “Hot Beverages in Context,” Room Studies with Master Guides (Ashley and Williams) or (Dwight and Wells-Thorn)

Lunch: Lunch at Deerfield Inn

Afternoon: Hands on workshop by the Hearth Cooks – Hall Tavern North Kitchen and North Parlor

Dinner: Dinner at the Deerfield Inn

Lodging: Deerfield Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, May 02 - Early Bird Tour of the Flynt Textile Gallery & “T...
Early Bird Tour of the Flynt Textile Gallery & “The Connoisseurship of Today's Chocolate,”/Farewell Lunch

Note: Bob Heiss, owner of Tea Trekker in Northampton, MA, will lead participants in tasting of the highest quality estate chocolate. Bob provides an excellent introduction to tastings (of any kind) and brings very unique dark and milk chocolate samples to be tasted by all. The modern gallery of the museum will be open early for touring.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Deerfield Inn

Morning: Morning tasting workshop on “The Connoisseurship of Today's Chocolate,” with Bob Heiss, owner of the Tea Trekker, Northampton, MA. Tour of Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery and Into the Woods furniture exhibit with a Master Guide.

Lunch: Lunch at the Deerfield Inn.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Deerfield, MA
Chaning Blake Meadow WalkFree time activity in Old Deerfield. A fully accessible footpath open seasonally, the Channing Blake Meadow Walk takes visitors past a working farm and through meadows to the Deerfield River. Interpretive panels along the one-third mile walk describe local geology, natural history, and Native and European presence. The program with end with guided walk along the Meadow Walk but it will open through the rest of the program.
For additional information, visit: www.historic-deerfield.org/outdoors
Emily Dickinson MusueumAmherst is a 15 mile drive from Deerfield. Emily Dickinson Museum consists of two historic houses,The Homestead and The Evergreens, in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts, closely associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of the poet Emily Dickinson. The Evergreens, next door, was home to her brother Austin, his wife Susan, and their three children. The Emily Dickinson Museum was created in 2003 when the two houses merged under the ownership of Amherst College. The Museum is dedicated to educating diverse audiences about Emily Dickinson’s life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance, and to preserving and interpreting the Homestead and The Evergreens as historical resources for the benefit of scholars and the general public. The museum is about 3 blocks from the Natural History Museum of Amherst College that in destination of the day's field trip. Admission not included in program price.
For additional information, visit: www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/index.html
Eric Carle MuseumFree time activities near Deerfield accessible by personal car. The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
For additional information, visit: http://www.carlemuseum.org/Home
Historic Deerfield Cooks' GardenFree time activity in Old Deerfield. This kitchen garden serves as a source of fresh ingredients for the museum’s open hearth cooking demonstrations and classes. The garden contains an assortment of useful plants commonly found in New England during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The Cooks’ Garden was dedicated in 2006 in memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske, a member of the museum who enjoyed open hearth cooking and gardening, and with thousands of others died on September 11, 2001. Funds from the Margaret Quinn Orloske Endowment are used to replenish heirloom plants, for general garden maintenance, and for support of the open hearth cooking program
Historic Deerfield Museum StoreFree time activity in Old Deerfield Historic Deerfield Museum Store offers a wide array of gifts and books. Find a variety of American crafts, jewelry, and reproductions as well as souvenirs. The bookshop features thousands of titles on art, history, craft, and architecture. A children’s book section offers books for young readers of all ages.
For additional information, visit: www.historic-deerfield.org/museum-store-page
Kringle CandleFree time activities near Deerfield accessible by personal car. Kringle Candle unites the best of the traditional and the new, with exciting candle products designed to mesh with virtually any decor. The company has worked hand-in-hand with the industry's finest perfumers to select an array of robust, realistic candle fragrances. The company's all-white candles not only blend perfectly with all backdrops, they emit the purest, brightest light possible. The Kringle Candle store complex includes that restaurant, The Farm Table.
For additional information, visit: https://www.kringlecandle.com/
Magic WingsFree time activities in Deerfield accessible by personal car. Enjoy other local attraction along Deefield main artery - routes 5 & 10. Magic Wings Butterfly conservatory, 8,000-square foot conservatory is home to nearly 4,000 free-flying butterflies from all over the world! Summer hours 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Spring, Fall and Winter hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admissions are not included.
For additional information, visit: www.magicwings.com/
Memorial LibrariesFree time activity in Old Deerfield The libraries of Deerfield’s two museums, Historic Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, are housed together in one building, known as the Memorial Libraries. The Henry N. Flynt Library serves primarily as a research center for Historic Deerfield’s collections and programs. Holdings are particularly strong in the decorative arts, architecture, and material culture of early New England, and include approximately 21,000 printed volumes, numerous periodicals, and more than 2,000 microforms accessible through an online catalog. The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library collections document the life and thought of Deerfield from the close of the 17th century to the 20th. The library’s 24,000 books, many with histories of local ownership, include literature, sermons, history, travel, biography, and works on agriculture, animal husbandry, and domestic economy. The library also has an extensive manuscript collection, rich in material on families and local history. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For additional information, visit: www.historic-deerfield.org/library
Shelburne Falls - Bridge of FlowersShelburne Falls is a 10 mile drive from Deerfield. Bridge of Flowers the only garden of its kind in the world meticulously tended by the Shelburne Falls Women's Club with over 500 varieties of flowers, vines and shrubs assure a 400-foot span of continual blooms. This walkway bridge connects the two sides of the Shelburne Falls which is bisected by the Deerfield River.
For additional information, visit: www.bridgeofflowersmass.org/
Yankee CandleFree time activity in Deerfield accessible by car. Flagship store for Yankee Candle, based in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. World's Largest Candle Store. It's a candle lover's dream - over 160 of our famous, true-to-life scents, plus beautiful accessories, accents and collectibles. Come Experience Wax Works - The Newest Area of Yankee Candle Village! Enjoy Wax Hands, Wax Souvenirs, Wax Art and so much more. Candlemaking Museum. Ever wonder how Colonial Americans lit their homes? See fascinating, free daily demonstrations of nineteenth-century candlemaking.Open everyday 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
For additional information, visit: www.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycbvp/ycContent.jsp?page=%2fNavigation%2fNon+Product+Left%2fAbout+Yankee+Candle%2fVisit+a+Flagship+Store%2fFlagship+Store

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