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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.
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.
The shore of sparkling Lake Geneva is the perfect setting for a learning adventure with gifted instructors who are passionate communicators in a fascinating array of topics. Experience programs that are intellectually stimulating but easy on the body and joints. Relax on covered decks with fresh breezes or try out the lakeside walking path.


• Enjoy courses in history, music, politics, literature and biographies of people who have changed our world.
• Absorb stimulating information, rethink old ideas and gain new perspectives.
• As a special highlight, attend a cultural event.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Minimal walking required; participants are welcome to explore nature paths or lakefront.

Date Notes
NOEL AND COLE: Witty, charming and sophisticated, these are just a few words to describe Noel Coward and Cole Porter. These composers and songwriters both led fascinating lives and created memorable musicals like "Anything Goes" and plays like "Hayfever". Attend a performance of Coward's play "Fallen Angels" at the Milwaukee Chamber Theater. 6/5/2016
FINE ARTS AND MUSIC: Join esteemed instructor Greg Athnos for a special program to celebrate his 40 years teaching for Road Scholar. This week will be an All Greg - All Week format with some of Greg's favorite topics. Included this week will be the music of Gilbert and Sullivan along with a matinee performance of "Pirates of Penzance" at Skylight Music Theater. 6/19/2016
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: Explore the importance of the summer solstice to early Celts and Christians. Discuss the significance of Stonehenge and bon fires. Delve into William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" when the line is blurred between the real world and the fairie world.6/26/2016
EXPLORING AMERICA DURING THE 1960s: JFK and Johnson were in the White House dealing with the Cold War, Civil Rights and Vietnam while the Beatles, Motown, Laugh-In and the Smothers Brothers took care of everything else. This decade is one of hectic change compared to the 50s. Attend a performance of "Rockin' at the Fireside" at The Fireside Theater. 7/17/2016
DUOS: COMEDY TEAMS, POLITICAL COUPLES AND MUSICAL PARTNERS: Learn about comedic timing from teams like Burns and Allen. Delve into the public and personal lives of presidents and first ladies like the Washingtons, Adames and Roosevelts. Explore Broadway composing teams like Rodgers and Hart. Attend a performance of “Singin’ In the Rain” at The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson.7/31/2016
EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL: Trace the development of the American musical from its beginning in the music review to the golden age of musicals with great story and music. Progress to the spectacle production and conclude with today's hit shows based on popular movies. Attend a performance of "Singing in the Rain" at The Fireside Theater. 8/7/2016
SCANDALS AND SCOUNDRELS: We all, whether we admit it or not, pause in line at the store to scan the latest tabloid headlines. Why are we captivated by Richard Nixon and Watergate or O.J. Simpson’s trial? Take a closer look at some notable scandals and discuss the public reaction then and now. Attend a performance of “Man of La Mancha” at the Marriott Theater.8/21/2016
THE GILDED AGE IN AMERICA: Coined by writer Mark Twain, the gilded age was a time of great disparity between the haves and the have nots. Take a closer look at the wealth and excess of the Vanderbilts and Carnegies as well as the lives of immigrants who fueled the machine of industrialization.Take a field trip to Black Point, the only historic mansion of Geneva Lake open to the public.9/25/2016
THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM: In this election year, take a look back at some interesting and questionable election results. Do you remember the hanging chad of the 2000 election? Attend a performance of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at the Marriott Theater.10/9/2016
THE GREAT LAKES AND CLEAN WATER: The five great lakes, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario contain 21% of the world’s surface fresh water by volume. As the world’s population increases, so does the demand for fresh water. Enter the discussion around topics of protection, pollution, and access of this precious resource. Take a field trip to Milwaukee and the School of Freshwater Sciences.10/16/2016
CLASSICAL COMPOSERS WHO REDEFINED MUSIC: Popular instructor Greg Athnos is your guide for an exploration of music by Haydn, Beethoven, Wagner and others. Delve into personal lives, professional successes and failures, and world events to look for clues to their greatness. Attend a performance of "Million Dollar Quartet" at The Fireside Theater.

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4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Performances


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