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Singing in the Heart of America: A Choral Workshop

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Itinerary for Jul 8 — Jul 13, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. Internet browser/web TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in-room refrigerator with your reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 + tax; as available
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, July 08 - Begin your music filled week as we focus on the f...
Begin your music filled week as we focus on the folk influence on music including American and International folk songs arranged for chorus.

Note: At the hotel

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Meet the hosts and review the musical plans for the week.

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. Internet browser/web TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in-room refrigerator with your reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 + tax; as available
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 09 - Rehearsals and classroom discussions begin at the...
Rehearsals and classroom discussions begin at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Note: At the Hoogland Center for the Arts

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Rehearsals and classroom discussions begin.

Lunch: Noon: Catered lunch at the Hoogland Center for the Arts

Afternoon: Rehearsals continue and 4-5:30pm is free time

Dinner: 5:30-6:30 PM at the hotel

Evening: 6:30 PM Movie Night!

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. Internet browser/web TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in-room refrigerator with your reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 + tax; as available
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 10 - Continue rehearsals and classroom discussions.
Note: At the Hoogland Center for the Arts

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Continue rehearsals and classroom discussions at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Lunch: Noon: Catered lunch at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Afternoon: Continue rehearsals and 4 PM is free time.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Group Singing!

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. Internet browser/web TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in-room refrigerator with your reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 + tax; as available
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 11 - Free time to visit downtown historic sites and se...
Free time to visit downtown historic sites and see a musical at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Note: At the Hoogland Center for the Arts

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Free time to visit downtown historic sites or rehearse on your own.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Rehearsal continues.

Dinner: 5:30pm at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Evening: 6:30pm, pre-show discussion and attend a 7:30pm performance of “a musical ‘Hootenanny” at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. Internet browser/web TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in-room refrigerator with your reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 + tax; as available
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, July 12 - Concert day has arrived! Continue final rehearsal...
Concert day has arrived! Continue final rehearsals for the public concert and talent revue.

Note: At the Hoogland Center for the Arts

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Continue rehearsal

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Dress rehearsal and pubic concert at 2:30pm at the Hoogland Center for the Arts followed by free time to rehearsal on your own for the evening talent revue.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Let your talents shine in our musical revue at the hotel!

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, July 13 - Wrap up of the week activities.
Note: At the hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Discussion of programming ideas, issue passport stickers, and farewell to participants.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Springfield, IL
1908 Race Riot Self-Guided TourA tragic series of events in Springfield's history led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. The story of the 1908 Race Riot and its victims is told through a self-guided, eight-marker walking tour, beginning at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumDedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th President, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features hi-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861. The Presidential Library is home to the world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related documents, artifacts and books, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library. Located at 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Subject to change, please call to confirm hours before you visit. MUSEUM HOURS: Open daily, 9am-5pm (last museum admission is 4pm). Library: 112 North 6th Street; LIBRARY HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday - Open for exhibit. Phone: (800) 610-2094. Admission: MUSEUM : Effective July 1, 2010. Age 16-61 $12; Senior (62 and Up) $9.00; Military (ID Required) $7.00; Students (ID Required) $9.00; Children (Age 5-15) $6.00; Children (Under 5) Free. LIBRARY: Free. Days Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
Dana-Thomas HouseFrank Lloyd Wright-designed home. In 1902, local socialite and activist, Susan Lawrence Dana, hired a rising architect from Chicago to remodel her family home. This is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best prairie houses and contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Located at 301 E. Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62703. Hours are subject to change. Please call (217) 782-6776 to confirm hours before you visit. Wed - Sun. 9am-4pm. Last tour begins at 3:50pm. Visitor Center is handicapped accessible. Gift shop on site. Suggested donation - $10 for adults.
For additional information, visit: www.dana-thomas.org
Elijah Iles HouseThis is Springfield’s oldest home, built circa 1830s in Greek Revival style by city founder Elijah Iles. The house contains period furnishings and also houses the Springfield Museum with exhibits of local history. Located at 628 South Seventh, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Open Wednesday and Saturday, 12-4 PM. Closed November through March. Days Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Phone (217) 492-5929. Admission: Suggested donation - $3.00.
Executive MansionHome of the Illinois governor. Seven U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have been received here. Three levels are open to the public including four formal parlors; a state dining room; ballroom; four bedrooms, including the Lincoln bedroom; and a library handcrafted from native American Black Walnut. (Mansion closed during official State functions.) Located at 410 E. Jackson Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30am-11am & 2-3:30pm. Saturday: 9:30-11am. Phone (217) 782-6450. Days Closed: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Illinois State CapitolThe first legislative session was held in this state capitol in 1877. The growth of the state had increased the need for more file storage and office space than the Old State Capitol allowed. Today it is the center of state government and houses the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer, as well as the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action from balcony-level seating when the legislature is in session. (Accessible entrance at east side.) West entrance is currently closed. Located at 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-3:30pm. Phone (217) 782-2099. Days Closed: New Years Day, Presidents' Day, Easter Sun, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Admission Free
Lincoln Home National Historic Site“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington." Abraham Lincoln left his home of seventeen years (1844-1861) to serve as president of a nation on the verge of Civil War. The Lincoln home has been restored to its 1860 appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, and politician. Your tour of this national treasure will be conducted by National Park Service Park Rangers. Start your visit at the Visitor Center located at 426 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm. Phone: (217) 391-3221. Free tickets are required and may be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center. Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/liho
Lincoln TombThis beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. Also located within Oak Ridge Cemetery are the Illinois War Memorials (World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War). The entrance is located 1500 Monument Ave., inside Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Hours: are subject to change. Hours: Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Nov-Feb, Tues-Sat 9am-4pm; Mar-April, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm; May-Labor Day, 7 days a week 9am-5pm; Post Labor Day-Oct 31, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Phone: (217) 782-2717. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also see: www.lincolntomb.org
Lincoln's New Salem Historic SiteAbraham Lincoln grew to “a man of purpose and destiny” during his six years (1831-37) living and working in New Salem Village. Here, he clerked in a store, enlisted in the Blackhawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, studied law and was elected legislator. Timber houses, shops, and stores now comprise the reconstructed historic village where history comes to life as costumed interpreters take on the characters of the people who lived and worked here more than 150 years ago. Located 20 miles NW of Springfield at 15588 History Lane, Route 97, Petersburg, IL. Hours: September through April, Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm; May through August, daily 9am to 5pm. Phone: (217) 632-4000. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com
For additional information, visit: www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/new_salem.htm
Old State Capitol State Historic Site“A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. He tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. On May 3 and 4, 1865, Mr. Lincoln’s body lay in state in Representatives Hall as a crowd estimated at 75,000 filed past to pay their last respects. (Last tour 45 minutes before closing.) Located at 1 Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: 9am to 5pm,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested.
Union Square Park and the Illinois Visitor CenterUnion Square Park and the Illinois Visitor Center at Union Station are located directly across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The Visitor Center provides information to visitors on Springfield area historic sites and attractions and other Illinois tourism opportunities. The park has gardens, walking paths, sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and a sculptured monument to commemorate the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield. Located at 500 E. Madison, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Daily 9-5. Hours are subject to change, please call. Union Square Park is open from 8am to 10pm. daily. Phone (217) 557-4588. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

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