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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
Late summer dress-casual cool clothes. Sweater or jacket for air conditioned areas and cooler nights. Rain gear. Pen and notebook for lectures recommended.

Itinerary for Sep 16 — Sep 19, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: The Deerfield Inn is an original historic inn that opened in 1884, located in the hearth 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. It has been the home of the Pocumtuck Indian people who farmed the richest soil in America on the banks of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers and English colonists who came here in the 1600s. It is in the heart 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 Diningroom, Tavern area, cozy Beehive Parlor that will be home to Participants. The Deerfield Inn also has a gift area and is next store to the Museum Store. A post office, Deerfield Academy, Bement School and Eaglebrook School are all close by and provide a quaint New England educational atmosphere. Additional amenities include beautifully appointed guest rooms.

Contact info:
81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342 USA
phone: 800-926-3865 x4137745587
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 that 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: $225.00-.243.00/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 $250-270, plus 11.7% MA tax and service charge depending on the room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 16 - 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 to the present day are 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: Dinner 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, located in the hearth 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. It has been the home of the Pocumtuck Indian people who farmed the richest soil in America on the banks of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers and English colonists who came here in the 1600s. It is in the heart 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 Diningroom, Tavern area, cozy Beehive Parlor that will be home to Participants. The Deerfield Inn also has a gift area and is next store to the Museum Store. A post office, Deerfield Academy, Bement School and Eaglebrook School are all close by and provide a quaint New England educational atmosphere. Additional amenities include beautifully appointed guest rooms.

Contact info:
81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342 USA
phone: 800-926-3865 x4137745587
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 that 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: $225.00-.243.00/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 $250-270, plus 11.7% MA tax and service charge depending on the room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 17 - “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 t o Cup” and “An Introduction to Tea Tables,” and Tea-leaf 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 Cooks Shop Here, Northhampton, MA Furniture Workshop by Josh Lane, Curator of Academic Programs and Curator of Furniture – Flynt Center of Early New England Life

Lunch: Lunch at the Deerfield Inn

Afternoon: Afternoon tour: "Hot Beverages in Context:" Room Studies with Master Guides (Ashley and Williams) or (Dwight and Wells-Thorn) Afternoon lecture by Dean Cycon, owner Dean's Bean, an Organic Fair Trade Coffee Roaster based in Orange, MA, and

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, located in the hearth 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. It has been the home of the Pocumtuck Indian people who farmed the richest soil in America on the banks of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers and English colonists who came here in the 1600s. It is in the heart 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 Diningroom, Tavern area, cozy Beehive Parlor that will be home to Participants. The Deerfield Inn also has a gift area and is next store to the Museum Store. A post office, Deerfield Academy, Bement School and Eaglebrook School are all close by and provide a quaint New England educational atmosphere. Additional amenities include beautifully appointed guest rooms.

Contact info:
81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342 USA
phone: 800-926-3865 x4137745587
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 that 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: $225.00-.243.00/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 $250-270, plus 11.7% MA tax and service charge depending on the room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 18 - “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, September 19 - 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 Cooks Shop Here 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: Early Bird Tour of Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery and Into the Woods furniture exhibit with Ned Lazaro, Associate Curator of Textiles. Morning tasting workshop on “The Connoisseurship of Today's Chocolate,” with Bob Heiss, owner of the Cooks' Shop, Northampton, MA.

Lunch: Lunch at the Deerfield Inn.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Deerfield, MA
Side trips to Yankee Candle (candle museum), Magic Wings and museums in Amherst can be set up. Some locations are free (Yankee Candle store) Museum admissions are not included.
Visit campuses of Deerfield Academy and Bement School

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9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
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