Program Registration: After getting your room assignment, please go to the Road Scholar desk on Level 2 outside Northstar Ballroom to pick up your Arrival Packet.
Orientation: The orientation begins at 3:30 PM. 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 as you get to know your fellow adventurers eager to begin their week of a Twin Cities Celebration! Delight in an original Radio Thriller performance designed by the Guthrie Theater specifically for Road Scholar participants. This uniquely customized radio drama will be presented by the team who brought us the popular series Shades Brigade. Produced in the style of the golden age of radio and performed live on stage with two Guthrie actors performing all the characters and sound effects. This Road Scholar original piece will undoubtedly be a fun, lively, and engaging way to start off your week!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, ... so much to see, where to start?Dinner: Enjoy a delightful dinner in the lovely ambiance of a nearby restaurant. 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.Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore local fare.Evening: At your leisure.Lodging: Hyatt Regency MinneapolisMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.Lunch: On your own to discover your favorite little eatery.Afternoon: Enjoy some free time before dinner. Your 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.
Optional 30 minute self-guided tour of inside of Minnesota's capitol. Bus will depart from hotel at 2:00PM and return at 3:30PM.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. Your 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 a nearby venue.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.
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 doingsLunch: 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!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
-Built from 1907-1915, the vision of Archbishop John Ireland
-Stained glass windows tell the story of Mary’s life
Located at: 88 N. 17th St. Minneapolis, MNFor additional information, visit: http://thebasilicalandmark.org/
The cornerstone was laid on June 2, 1907. The first liturgy was held on Palm Sunday, March 28, 1915. Work continued on the interior for decades. On October 14, 1958, it was consecrated by Archbishop William O. Brady, securing its place among the premier houses of worship in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Buildings in 1974.
The Minnesota Orchestra and Vocal Essence are some of the groups that present concerts at the Cathedral each year. The waves of immigrants that flooded into Minnesota in the late 19th and early 20th centuries fueled the diversity that the archdiocese still enjoys. The Cathedral of Saint Paul has always been an open and welcoming community of faith. The Shrine of the Nations is a testament to the important roles that immigrant communities have played in the history of the Cathedral. These shrines surrounding the sanctuary honor saints who were important to the many different ethnic communities that helped to build the Cathedral that we see today.
Tours of the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Paul are held every Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m. Tours are free of charge, though donations are gratefully received. Private tours may be scheduled by contacting Mary Connelly at 651.228.1766. Tours are suspended on Holy Days and civil holidays.
Located at: 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MNFor additional information, visit: www.cathedralsaintpaul.org/archives
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers.
Information from www.comozooconservatory.org. For additional information call 651-487-8200 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.comozooconservatory.org
The Foshay Tower marked a significant landmark locally in the push skyward, as the tower was the first in the city to surpass the height of Minneapolis City Hall, completed in 1906. It remained the tallest building in Minneapolis until the IDS Center surpassed it in 1972.
Located at 821 Marquette Ave S. Minneapolis, MN
Open Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm
Sunday from 11am-5pm
No ticket sold 15 minutes before closing.For additional information, visit: http://foshaymuseum.com/home.html
Information from www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/. For additional information call 651-297-2555 or visit their website.
Located at: 240 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MNFor additional information, visit: www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/
Whereas earlier projects catered to the city’s business and commercial sectors, the Loring Park Redevelopment District aimed to encourage high-density, low-rise development (residential and a hotel complex). The results were 2,500 residential units and a 1/3-mile greenway.
Unlike other greenways constructed during this time, multiplying in suburban areas and taking advantage of their natural resources, this greenway was urban in nature. It was composed of a series of open spaces, beginning with an entry plaza along the mall, and moving westward, by way of a pedestrian bridge spanning La Salle Avenue, to conclude at Loring Park, where a new mist fountain was constructed as a terminating focal element. The rich sequence of pedestrian-scaled spaces includes diverse water features (fountains, sprays, channels), pavilions with tables and chairs, public sculpture, a sunken playground, shuffle board courts, and a site-specific furnishing palette of kiosks, bollards, seating and lighting.
Access next to Hyatt Hotel.For additional information, visit: http://tclf.org/landscapes/loring-greenway
Information from www.minneapolisparks.org. For additional information call 612-230-6400 or visit their website.For additional information, visit: www.minneapolisparks.org
Information from www.mallofamerica.com. For additional information call 952-883-8800 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.mallofamerica.com
Designed to reflect residents' civic pride and deep commitment to education and literacy, Minneapolis Central Library offers nearly 100 percent access to its collection, the center of the third largest per capita public library collection of any major city in America with a collection of more than 2.4 million items--including books, DVDs, music, government documents and more.
• Designed by Cesar Pelli, the world renowned architect
• Other projects by Pelli include Manhattan's World Financial Center and the Wells Fargo Financial Center in Minneapolis
• Opened Saturday, May 20, 2006
• Eye-catching canopy roof that projects over Hennepin and Nicollet entrances
• 8,140 square-foot atrium links two buildings that make up the library
• Combination of transparent and translucent glass with seasonal Minnesota imagery such as water, snow, trees and prairie grass
• 18,560 square-foot "green" roof planted with low-growing, sun- and drought-resistant ground cover
Located at 300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MNFor additional information, visit: www.hclib.org
The City Hall and Courthouse was built between 1887 and 1906 on the site of the first public schoolhouse west of the Mississippi River. Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis each occupied half of the building. The County ceremoniously moved in November 11, 1895 and the City followed on December 15, 1902. A 1904 Minnesota Statute decreed that both parties were to share in the care and regulation of the building under the direction of the Municipal Building Commission.
When completed, the City Hall and Courthouse had more than enough room for government functions - a blacksmith shop, a horse stable, a wool brokerage, and a chicken hatchery rented the building's excess space. After 1940, things started getting crowded and, despite major modifications, the only solution was a new building. Hennepin County moved most operations across the street into its new Government Center in 1975.
Located at: 350 S. 5th St. Minneapolis, MNFor additional information, visit: www.municipalbuildingcommission.org/Building_History.html
The Minneapolis Park System consists of 182 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Together, these properties total nearly 6,732 acres of land and water.
Information from www.minneapolisparks.org. For additional information call 612-230-6400 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.minneapolisparks.org
Located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, the 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river overlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native and prairie woodland wild flowers.
Sea Salt Eatery Offers fresh seafood April through October.
Located at 4801 South Minnehaha Park Dr. Minneapolis, MNFor additional information, visit: www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=71
Information from www.arboretum.umn.edu. For additional information call 952-443-1400 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.arboretum.umn.edu
The Science Museum's building is 370,000 square feet, built into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The museum's 70,000 square feet of exhibition space includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery and five permanent galleries covering the topics of palaeontology, physical science and technology, the human body, peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River, and the museum's collections. The Mississippi River flows just outside the windows of the museum and past the museum's ten acres of outdoor exhibits and programming space.
Located at: 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN or call for more information at: 800-221-9444.For additional information, visit: www.smm.org/about
When it's freezing cold, or horribly humid and hot, the Minneapolis skyways are a climate-controlled haven. Yes, people from other cities think we are like hamsters in a exercise run. But it's bliss to leave your coat at the office in winter or not worry about sunburn in the summer.
Getting into Minneapolis Skyways
The glass skyway tunnels are obvious. Getting into them can be less so. A couple of buildings have "Skyway Connection" marked on their doors, but most assume you just know the way in.
Actually it's quite easy to get in. Usually, going into any building with tunnels going in and out on the second floor, and the way to the skyway is marked or you'll be able to see the way. If it's rush hour or lunchtime, just follow the crowds!
Navigation in Minneapolis Skyways
Navigating the skyway system can be tricky. Most look very similar and there's only a few signs, and fewer maps. It's also easy to get disorientated in Minneapolis' skyways, since most office buildings and most tunnels look the same. Add distracting shopping malls and attractions and it's easy to get lost if you are not familiar with the system. A map is an essential piece of equipment.
Minneapolis Skyway Maps
If you are in Minneapolis the free magazine Downtown Guide is widely distributed in magazine racks in Minneapolis skyways, and has a skyway map printed in the back.
When are the Minneapolis Skyways Open?
The opening hours of the skyways in Minneapolis are controlled by the buildings they link.
Minneapolis' skyways are not open 24 hours. Most open from early morning until late at night. The skyways are open fewer hours on Sunday, usually closing in the early evening.For additional information, visit: http://minneapolis.about.com/od/travelweather/a/skyways.htm
Their core values are that literature is essential, writing can be taught, inclusiveness is imperative, boldness brings excellence, community makes them strong, and wise management fuels their success.
Each year the Loft engages more than 3,000 beginning, intermediate and advanced writers in learning opportunities, hosts more than 100 authors in readings and dialogues that draw more than 10,000 people, connects with more than 160,000 unique visitors through digital resources on our website, collaborates with at least 30 local and national organizations to enrich the literary environment and, through contracts, awards, and grants, pays writers more than $400,000.
In their evaluations, 96% of students report that their class helped them improve their writing, 91% identified their next steps as a writer, and 94% would recommend their class to others.
Located at: 1011 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis, MNFor additional information, visit: www.loft.org
Through the universal language of art, visitors to TMORA explore new and unique perspectives on Russia, a country with a recorded history that spans over one thousand years. Recognizing the importance of educating current and future generations about Russian art and related cultures, TMORA’s exhibitions are designed to provide our guests with an opportunity to examine important artistic achievements and historical events through the works of the region’s most esteemed artists.
Housed in a beautifully renovated historic building, the Museum’s multi-level galleries provide a tranquil and intimate setting for TMORA’s exhibitions and educational events. We look forward to welcoming you to The Museum of Russian Art, a cultural venue like no other.
Located at 5500 Stevens Ave. S. Minneapolis, MNFor additional information, visit: http://tmora.org
Information from www.walkerart.org. For additional information call 612-375-7600 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.walkerart.org