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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Virginia from Fairfield, OH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
This program offers a great mixture of folk music and dancing.The leader has a great sense of humor and the Cumberland Lake region is beautiful to experience.I loved all the dulcimer music.

Francisco from Del Mar, CA Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
Fun and educational but needs a little more variety. Leader, John Tierney,is good. In addition to leading, he mixes well with the participants and is naturally funny, sings, and plays the auto-harp. Ann MacFie, his Tonto, is a diminutive folk singer,folk music historian,dulcimer artist, and just a great person. The program follows the same format each day:folk music and folk dancing in the morning, an educational talk and short walk in the afternoon followed by dulcimer lessons for those interested. I found everything interesting but there could have been a bit more variety and I would have liked more about Eastern Kentucky besides Jean Ritchie and her music. The ice cream cones in Jabez are only $1.00!

Larry from Fort Wayne, IN Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
The program as explained by Road Scholar was accurate. The 4-H Center is remote, but the directions as followed were very good. Hikes (optional) to see Lake Cumberland and to the 'Jabez Mall' were excellent. I liked the dulcimer music and the guitar music. We had sing-alongs as well as solos by the dulcimer/guitar player. She did well with the folk music - sounded like folk singer (which she was!) We also had a presentation on 'natural remedies' that was excellent. I definitely learned new uses for items that we use every day and some that we do not use at all. All in all it was an excellent program at a remote, quiet site. We could enjoy nature.

Ellie from Fitchburg, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
Appalachian Folkways was my first Road Scholar trip and a beautiful introduction. I loved every minute!

Kay from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 08/02/15 - 08/07/15
What fun! I was immersed in folk music, even dulcimer playing, square and line dancing daily, optional walks, crafts, and story-telling. A very relaxing and down home experience. Good food, too.

Joyce from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/02/15 - 08/07/15
This program was a charming and informative adventure for my husband and myself. We learned so much about the area and especially loved the music and dancing every day.

Michael from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/02/15 - 08/07/15
The Appalachian folkways trip was a delightful experience. The instructors were fun and very knowledgeable. The remote site was beautiful, the rooms comfortable, and the conference center staff very accommodating.

Charlene from Independence, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/03/14 - 08/08/14
This was a wonderful program with great food and location. The instructors were wonderful and full of fun and knowledge. This was my first Road scholar program and I fully intend to go to many more. The other participants were very congenial and wonderfully interesting to be around as we represented many parts of the country.

Marshall from Mount Vernon, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/03/14 - 08/08/14
We thoroughly enjoyed the Appalachian Folkways program. The leaders and the instructors were knowledgeable, interesting and fun. The facility was comfortable and convenient. It was a very educational, pleasant and relaxing week. We enjoyed meeting congenial people from all over.

Phillip from Palatine, IL Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 08/03/14 - 08/08/14
This was our third Appalachian program. All three were different and very interesting and entertaining.

Monte from Casper, WY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/03/14 - 08/08/14
A very enjoyable program in an impressive and remote location, with charismatic directors and instructors; all served up with great food and hard working staff. This program is a needed "tonic" for the folkways of Appalachia!

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