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STURGIS, MICHIGAN

Amish Mystery Quilt: Inspired by True Amish Mysteries and Tales

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Program #20986RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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
You will need a sewing machine, clean with new needle and in good working order. The sewing machine and materials are not included in the program cost.

Itinerary for Sep 21 — Sep 26, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 21 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrivals.

CHECK-IN: Begins at 4:00pm in the main office of the Retreat Center.



Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm. Meals are buffet style with a variety of dietary needs in mind. Our staff seeks to create tasty, home style meals that are good for you, too.

Evening: ORIENTATION: Begins at 6:30pm in the lower level of the Dining Hall. We will review the schedule for the week as well as the facilities and resources that are available during your free time. Emergency procedures and general questions will be covered, along with ample time for introductions of participants for this program and meeting your hosts and resource team.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 22 - Quilting Basics & Fabrics, Field Trip to Shipshew...
Note: Classes will be held on the lower level of the Retreat Center, just outside guest rooms to make the class room experience easy and comfortable. You may attend class in your slippers and view nature outside through the large windows facing the lake.

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am. Enjoy delicious hot entrees with the addition of fresh fruit. We prepare our eggs in a variety of ways throughout the week, plus breakfast meats and options such as pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.

Morning: CLASS 1: Quilt basics, pattern review, or favorite tools and notions.

• Learn quilting basics including how to set up a sewing machine for piecing and accurate seams. • Discuss the care and handling quilting tools, and safety in our classroom, especially with regard to rotary cutters and blades, pins, needles and scissors. • Learn the proper methods and tips for accurate cutting with a rotary cutter. • Review the quilt pattern we will use for our project to gain an overall understanding of the process.

BREAK

CLASS 2: Fabric colors and prints.

• Discuss your fabric choices for this project and share your preferences in color and style. • Learn the importance of mixing prints, colors, shades and values in fabric. • Use the color wheel to determine a color style and range for your sampler quilt.

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will depart from Amigo Centre for Shipshewana, Indiana, after lunch. During the field trip, we will visit an antique quilt shop and two local fabric stores where your instructor will be happy to help you pick out any additional fabric you may wish to purchase for your project to help tell your story.

Dinner: At 5:00pm, we will enjoy a "Thrasher's Meal" at a local Amish home. This delectable repast recalls the experience of Amish thrashers who worked together each year at harvest time followed by a delicious meal. We'll bring our pie back with us to Amigo - to enjoy a little later in the evening!

Evening: Return to Amigo Centre and enjoy a relaxing evening making new friends or work on your project.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 23 - Classes 3 - 6, Evening Campfire & Pontoon Rides
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00am. Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit, hot breakfast foods including eggs, meat and a variety throughout the week of pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.

Morning: Class instruction and work on project

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

After lunch, you'll have an opportunity for an informal nature walk along some of our many trails where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and lakeside. You might even see a deer!

Afternoon: Class instruction and work on project

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm. Get ready for some of our delicious desserts sure to tickle your palate Grasshopper Pie or Brownie Cheesecake, to name a few!

Evening: CAMPFIRE & PONTOON RIDES: Beginning around 6:00pm, we will have a campfire with pontoon rides by the boat house near the Retreat Center. You may enjoy a leisurely ride on Perrin Lake, and/or gather around the campfire, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and making S'mores. (Everybody wants s'more!) We will alternate groups on the pontoon to allow everyone to participate.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 24 - Classes 7 - 10, Share Your Talents & Tales
Note: Come prepared to share you talent this evening!

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. By now you'll be asking for some of our recipes -- baked oatmeal or homemade granola, everyone's favorite!

Morning: Class instruction and work on project

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: Class instruction and work on project

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 6:00 pm. Dessert will probably be Blueberry Crunch or Apple Crisp...both scrumptious!

Evening: SHARE YOUR TALENTS & TALES: We will gather around 7:00pm for our very own "Talent Show." Bring a story, poem, song, hobby, or whatever you would like to present (for up to 5 minutes). We will also have time for you to share stories of other Road Scholar programs you have participated in and would most recommend.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

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

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 25 - Classes 11 & 12, Field Trip for quilting experien...
Classes 11 & 12, Field Trip for quilting experience, Evening Presentation on Amish & Mennonites Quilts

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. In addition to the other tasty options, we might have coffee cake or rolls today!

Morning: Class instruction and work on project

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. We provide a variety of home style meals throughout the program. What has been your favorite thus far? Please be sure to let us know what you have liked the best.

Afternoon: After lunch you will have an opportunity to participate in a traditional Amish/Mennonite "quilting" complete with sharing stories of this rich and longstanding tradition.

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm. Our closing dinner of the program will be a special occasion for celebrating the camaraderie of shared experiences and new friendships.

Evening: Songs of the Pioneers - an evening of music entertainment and sing-a-long

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

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

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Six: Friday, September 26 - Final Review, Wrap-up, A Traditional Floor Quilt ...
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. Last chance to taste that delicious homemade granola...we're sure you'll want to purchase some to extend your Amigo memories!

Morning: CLASS 13 & Wrap-up: As a special treat, learn about a traditional floor quilt frame -- how to make your own, how to put a quilt top in a frame, and hand quilting in a floor frame. We'll answer any last minute questions and have time to show off your projects.

You will have time to pack up and check out of your room prior to lunch.

Lunch: The program concludes with lunch in the Dining Hall at 11:30am.

We trust you have enjoyed this new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future.Happy Trails to you until we meet again!

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch



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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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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
14 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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