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Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire

Program Number: 10551RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/14/2012 - 10/19/2012; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Explore the incredible beauty of southern New Hampshire as you journey through the breathtaking autumn tapestry of the Monadnock region. Immerse yourself in the history and stories of the people who have made this mountainous region their home during field trips to the historic towns of Harrisville, Nelson and Jaffrey. Ride across historic covered bridges and learn about their importance, and delight in New Hampshire’s music and dance traditions.




Highlights

• Delight in the vibrant reds, ambers and golds of the New Hampshire landscape during a day of autumn leaf peeping.
• Enjoy music for the soul and humorous presentations by local entertainers.
• Visit the Cathedral of the Pines, a beautiful outdoor sanctuary that also serves as a memorial to the nation’s fallen soldiers.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on some uneven surfaces; optional hikes. Choices will always be given to accommodate interests and physical abilities.



Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.




West Swanzey

Nestled in the valley of southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard-perfect towns in the Monadock region. Winding roads pass covered bridges, historic sites and the 3,000-foot Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular ascents in New England.



Accommodations
Conference facility with cabins and condos on the shore of Swanzey Lake. Alcohol-free site. Campground with hookups for RVs.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Alan Rumrill

Alan Rumrill is the executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Born in New Hampshire, Alan has a degree in history and has specialized in the history of the Monadnock region. "Monadnock Moments" will be part of the resources he will use from his weekly radio program to present stories of special people and places in southwest New Hampshire.
 
Dudley Jacqueline Laufman

As dance fiddlers known as the “Two Fiddles,” Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman have been performing since 1986. Their music has an earthy sound that combines the beating of their feet as they call out the figures for old time New Hampshire barn and square dances. They are self-taught and play by ear, having learned by the oral tradition. Prior to his work as one half of the “Two Fiddles,” Dudley — who has been calling dances for over 50 years — was the leader of the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra, the first dance band to make an LP recording. He received the National Heritage Fellowship award for his outstanding work in promoting and preserving the traditional music and dance of New England.
 
Jack Merlis

During his working years, Jack Merlis had a dual career. For 33 years he was an educator, teaching history in the New York City school system and served as a cantor: a Jewish clergyman whose main function is to lead the congregation in prayer. As a child of deaf parents, Jack’s choice of vocation was considered to be somewhat ironic and amazing by many in his community. An outstanding baritone, Jack has served in several prominent synagogues throughout New York City and Long Island.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Pilgrim Pines
  West Swanzey 5 nights
 Pilgrim Pines
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere
  Contact info: 220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org
  Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: NA 
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: NA 
  Check out time: 10:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. in Mayflower Lodge - Office. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 p.m. Mayflower Dining Room -Lunch. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Swanzey
  Nearest city or town:  Keene, NH
  Nearest highway: Interstate Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
  Nearest airport:  Manchester, NH
  From End of Program
  Location: West Swanzey
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Logan/Bradley/Manchester

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportation
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Logan-128.00/Bradley-$113.00/Manchester-$104.00 Addl person-$12.00 ea
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

   

Bus service is available from Bradley to Keene... requires bus change. No bus service from Boston or Manchester. Rental car is another option. Please call Chuck Anderson, coordinator 603-499-1994 to see about coordinating transportation schedules with other Participants.

 
Driving Directions
  Boston, MA Highway #2 West to 140 N. 140 N to 12 N. 12 N through Troy, NH to Flat Roof Mill Rd., (3.5 miles N of Troy) L on Flat Roof Mill Rd to #32. (about 4 miles - stop sign). R on 32 and an immediate L on Swanzey Lake Rd. 2.2 miles on Swanzey Lake Rd to West Shore Rd. Turn R and follow 1 mile to Pilgrim Pines sign.. continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
  Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA #91 N to exit 28A...(N of Greenfield, MA exit) Follow #10 N from that exit through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester look for Pilgrim Pines sign. When you pass the Shamrock Reality building, turn R on Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow 4 miles, bearing R to West Shore Rd. Turn L on West Shore Rd and follow one mile to Pilgrim Pines sign... continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Afternoon arrival
(Sunday, October 14)
   
 Afternoon: Registration begins at 3:00-3:30 p.m.in Mayflower Lodge - Office. Coffee and snacks, 3:30-5:00 p.m
 Dinner: Dinner, 6:00 p.m in the lodge.
 Evening: Orientation, 7:30 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast, 8:00 a.m in the lodge.
 Morning: Class one, 9:00 a.m - History of the Monadnock Region Break Class two, 10:45 a.m - Outdoor study of hills, trees, lake that surround us
 Lunch: Lunch, 12:30 p.m. in the lodge
 Afternoon: Hiking, Boating, Golf, Tennis, on campus
 Dinner: Dinner, 6:00 p.m in lodge
 Evening: Class three, 7:15 p.m - Intro to the covered bridges of Monadnock Region
 Evening: Evening snacks and fun 8:45 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the lodge
 Morning: Class one at 9:00 am - History of Region Continues Break Class two at 10:45 am - Music for the Soul
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm in the lodge.
 Afternoon: Tour of Covered Bridges - Hiking Opportunities Music and Dance of NH
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 pm in the lodge
 Evening: Music and Dance of NH
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 am in the lodge.
 Morning: 9:00 am Leave for full day tour by bus for "leaf peeping" and enjoy the autumn tapestry. Destination to be determined by leaf season.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm at a nice restaurant on tour
 Afternoon: Tour Continues
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 pm in the lodge.
 Evening: Music for the Soul
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 am in the lodge.
 Morning: Class one at 9:00 am - Music for the Soul Break 10:45 am - Leave for historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm on the common at Nelson, NH
 Afternoon: Tour of Nelson and Harrisville continues Concludes with opportunity to visit Cathedral of the Pines
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 pm in the lodge.
 Evening:
 Evening: 7:30 pm Participants are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:45 am in the lodge.
 Morning: Class one, 8:45 a.m., Check out of Rooms, 9:45 a.m., Class two, 10:15 a.m., Class three, 11:15 a.m.
 Lunch: Farewell luncheon, 12:15 p.m. in the lodge.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  West Swanzey New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism
State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development 172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856 Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1856 Fax: 603-271-6870 or travel@dred.state.nh.us To order your vacation kit please call: 800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) To speak with one of our Division office staff please call: 603-271-2665 For additional information, visit www.visitnh.gov/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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