Program Registration: After getting your room assignment, please go to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register, pick up your Arrival Packet, which will have the latest updated schedule, and find out the time of the day’s Orientation.
Orientation: Enjoy a warm welcome and introductions to staff and your fellow participants. We will review the schedule and discuss responsibilities, schedule changes, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, contact numbers for key staff and answer all your questions.Dinner: Enjoy a sumptuous meal at our lovely hotel in downtown Minneapolis.Evening: Have an enjoyable evening at our entertaining and informative event as you get to know your fellow adventurers eager to begin their week of a Twin Cities Celebration!Lodging: Hyatt Regency MinneapolisMeals Included: Dinner
We start by letting you get your bearings aboard a motor coach in this “City of Lakes” — 22 lakes within its boundaries and all in a “green urban environment.” Led by our favorite architect, you’ll get an insider’s view of the building of Minneapolis and its tree-lined streets and lakeside boulevards. And the city is never more beautiful with spring blossoming in all its glory.Lunch: At one of our local favorite eateries.Afternoon: The afternoon is spent in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, with its extraordinary exhibitions and one of the country’s finest, wide-ranging art collections — Rembrandt to van Gogh, Monet to Matisse, Asian to African. Expert art docents take you on a custom-designed exploration of this art lover’s paradise. You’ll also enjoy time on your own to explore MIA treasures: Chinese bronzes, Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, a Chinese reception hall, Egyptian mummies ... so much to see, where to start?Dinner: Enjoy a delightful dinner in the lovely ambience of the downtown Atlas Grill. Perhaps you'll choose a Minnesota favorite, walleye — a tasty, freshwater fish native to Minnesota’s gleaming lakes — accompanied by sautéed bell peppers and curried potatoes. The mouth-watering options are plentiful.Evening: At your leisure.Lodging: Hyatt Regency MinneapolisMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Later, we’ll explore the lovely Minneapolis Riverfront to learn about its dramatic past and bright future. We’ll cross the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of St Anthony Falls, the historic buildings surrounding it and downtown Minneapolis. Learn about people who have worked here, as well as the history of this area, once the milling center of the world. Then explore St. Anthony Main, a charming little neighborhood tucked into this historical setting.Lunch: On your own to discover your favorite little eatery in St Anthony Main.Afternoon: Coach to the University of Minnesota campus to explore the Weisman Art Museum, an architectural marvel designed by Frank Gehry. A campus landmark on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the building presents two faces — from the campus side a brick façade that blends with existing brick-and-sandstone buildings, and from the river side, curving and angular brushed-steel sheets that are an abstraction of a waterall and a fish.
Enjoy some free time before dinner. You Group Leader will suggest things for you to do on your own. You may also see a list of Free time Opportunities at the end of this Daily Schedule.Dinner: Enjoy a lovely dinner at the hotel.Evening: A lively night of entertainment starts off with a bang as “Edna the Kissing Bandit” joins us, bringing to life St. Paul’s colorful history through the tumultuous era of gangsters and prohibition. From John Dillinger to Baby Face Nelson and, of course, Ma Barker … the country’s most notorious criminals holed up in “safe” St. Paul in the 1930s.Lodging: Hyatt Regency MinneapolisMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
In the latter half of the morning, delve into the Twin Cities’ literary lights. The focus will be F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose home at 599 Summit Avenue we’ll view in Saint Paul, as well as his influence on the area.Lunch: Enjoy Swedish delicacies at the American Swedish Institute and learn about "fika," a Swedish social institution. This is a daily break that is more about friends gathering to chat than the coffee and treats that accompany it.Afternoon: With an expert docent, delve into the Swedish heritage of the Twin Cities at the magnificent Turnblad Mansion, former home to Swedish immigrant newspaperman Swan J. Turnblad and today home to the American Swedish Institute. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, history comes alive at this French Chateau-style mansion with its beautiful blend of period rooms and galleries showcasing art and artifacts.
Enjoy some free time before dinner. You Group Leader will suggest things for you to do on your own. You may also see a list of Free Time Opportunities at the end of this Daily Schedule.Dinner: Enjoy a superb meal at the hotel.Evening: Relax to the strains of exquisite music at a classical music concert by Flying Forms at the hotel.Lodging: Hyatt Regency MinneapolisMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Also on Summit Avenue, see the homes of Garrison Keillor and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Then swing by Common Good Books — this is Garrison Keillor’s bookstore — and spend a few minutes perusing the racks of this neighborhood bookstore and talk to a local author. Among notable books is architectural photographer Karen Melvin’s “Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District,” which takes you inside some of the grand Summit Avenue homes you’ve just experienced.Lunch: At the Minnesota History Center café.Afternoon: Enjoy a captivating afternoon at the Minnesota History Center, exploring subjects as diverse as Charles Lindberg, Spam, wartime Minnesota, ice fishing, and butter sculptures from the Minnesota Fair. Don’t miss the Tornado House, where you step in and relive an actual tornado passing over your “house.” It’s an unforgettable experience!
Then, at the Minnesota State Capitol, relish a look at one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the nation — its marble dome second only in size to that of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. You’ll get a historical panorama dating from early days to current political doings.Dinner: On your own to explore many sumptuous options of local fare.Evening: At your leisure.Lodging: Hyatt Regency MinneapolisMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast
Today, the American Swedish Institute, housed in the Turnblad Mansion, is a place to learn about and experience Swedish, Swedish-American, and Nordic culture, learn about the role of Swedish and other immigrants in Minnesota’s history, and share stories and experiences.
Information from www.americanswedishinst.org. For additional information call 612-871-4907 or visit their website.For additional information, visit: www.americanswedishinst.org