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LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN

Decade By Decade: The 1930s – The New Deal, Hollywood and Swing

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 18, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 13 - Arrival, Welcome and Orientation
Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Check-in at Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor at 4:00 pm central daylight time. Due to weekend groups we cannot guarantee your room until 4:00 pm. However, if you do arrive early you are welcome to bring in your luggage, have a cup of coffee and wait in the lounge or take a walk down by the lake until your room is ready. Room key, name tag and program booklet distributed at check-in.

Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. Most meals will be buffet style for this program. At dinner you'll find a salad bar with fresh greens and an array of toppings. Grab a seat in the dining room and take your glass to the beverage center for your choice of soda, iced tea, coffee, tea or ice water. Meal times are a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants and talk about past programs you have attended.

Evening: Gather at 7:15 pm in the lower level meeting room for ORIENTATION. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and amenities and answer any questions. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to the group and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 14 - The Evolution of Jazz; Free Afternoon; Food, Fash...
Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. At breakfast you'll find fresh fruit and a variety of hot items like egg beaters, bacon and oatmeal.

Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE EVOLUTION OF JAZZ. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE EVOLUTION OF JAZZ.

Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room. Try the soup.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the area. A popular option is to buy a ticket for one of the narrated boat cruises on the lake. The local Geneva Lake Historical Museum is open on Monday afternoons.

Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.

Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on FOOD, FASHION AND FADS.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

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

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 15 - The Great Depression; Presidential Politics; Holl...
The Great Depression; Presidential Politics; Hollywood; Food, Fashion & Fads

Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. The talented kitchen staff prepare almost everything from scratch, with very little salt. You're sure to find something you'll like to get the day off to a great start.

Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE GREAT DEPRESSION. The stock market crash of October 1929 sent the United States into The Great Depression. The Roaring Twenties had come to a screeching halt. The struggle to climb back from financial collapse continued throughout the 1930s. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY: HOOVER AND ROOSEVELT. Hoover tried to fix the country but was unsuccessful on many fronts. Roosevelt's election in 1932 was thought to signal Happy Days are Here Again but he had an uphill struggle ultimately creating an alphabet soup of government projects and agencies to try to revive the economy and spirit of everyday Americans.

Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room. Save room for a cookie.

Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on HOLLYWOOD DURING THE 1930s.

Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.

Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on FOOD, FASHION AND FADS.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

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

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 16 - Broadway; Matinee Musical Theater Performance; Fr...
Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.

Morning: Gather at 9:00 am in the meeting room for a forty-five minute lecture on "ONCE UPON A MATTRESS" with Broadway music instructor Mrs. Linda Bachand. Discuss the plot, characters and listen to the music. Take a break to get your coat, purse, etc. and then board our motor coach at 10:00 am for our FIELD TRIP to The Fireside Theater in nearby Fort Atkinson. Travel time is approximately one hour. Started in 1964 by Dick and Betty Klopcic as just a pyramid-shaped restaurant, this family-run business has grown to include a 1000 seat restaurant, a 600 seat theater and unique shops. Now run by Dick and Betty's son Rick and his wife Jane, the Fireside tradition of excellence continues with 5-6 professional productions each year, fine dining and offers its guests a place to create cherished memories. The Fireside's motto: People will come to a place they have been invited and will return to a place where they have been made to feel welcome.

Lunch: Plated meal at 11:15 am in the dinner theater restaurant. Your meal includes a non-alcoholic beverage, fresh baked bread, a green salad with fruit and papaya chutney dressing, half a rock Cornish game hen served with sweet potato souffle and asparagus, and lemon mousse cheesecake for dessert.

Afternoon: Enjoy a 1:30 pm performance of the hit musical ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Many moons ago in a far off place, lived a handsome prince with a gloomy face... For he could not find a bride. The Princess and the Pea is one of the best known fairy tales of all. You may think you know this time honored tale but let us tell you the real story in one of Broadway’s happiest shows. ONCE UPON A MATTRESS turns that well known fairy tale on its ear with the story of Princess Winifred of the Swamps and Prince Dauntless the Drab and their up and down, inside-out love story. Naturally the course of true love never runs smoothly when you have a domineering mother, a conniving wizard, a mute king, and a court full of knights and ladies desperate to get married. Delightful music, beautiful period costumes, and knee-slapping, rib-tickling comedy will fill the theater with happiness and joy! This is the show that made Carol Burnett a star. Listening devices available at the theater.

Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.

Evening: After a busy day at the theater you can relax and read, play a board game or come to the meeting room at 7:00 pm to watch a movie.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

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

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 17 - Foreign Policy; Legacy of the Decade; Hollywood; ...
Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.

Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on U.S. FOREIGN POLICY. As the United States continued to struggle domestically, foreign powers like Germany, Japan and the Soviet Union were flexing their world muscle and required a U.S. response. Take a 30-minute break at 10:30 am. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE LEGACY OF THE DECADE. As the decade closes the world is once again on the brink of war. Would the U.S. would join the war and would FDR effectively lead the country for a third term?

Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.

Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on HOLLYWOOD DURING THE 1930s. Discuss two of the most popular movies from 1939, "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz."

Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.

Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on FOOD, FASHION AND FADS.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 18 - Hollywood, Program Wrap Up, Departure
Note: Check-out of guest rooms by 10:30 am.

Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.

Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a sixty-minute lecture on HOLLYWOOD DURING THE 1930s. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:00 am. Check-out of rooms by 10:30 am. Come back to the meeting room at 10:30 am for a sixty-minute lecture on HOLLYWOOD DURING THE 1930s.

Lunch: Buffet at 11:30 am in the lower level dining room. Program ends after lunch. Departures by 1:00 pm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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