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Stimulating Beverages: The History of Tea, Coffee, Chocolate in Early America

Program Number: 16102RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/29/2013 - 5/2/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Deerfield, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $590.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Nothing starts a day like a delicious cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate! Hands-on demonstrations and expert lectures at Historic Deerfield highlight these drinks, considered exotic when introduced to 17th-century New Englanders. Curators discuss the natural history of the source plants, the preparation of the beverages and the distribution throughout New England. In the historic houses, explore objects used to prepare and serve the three stimulating beverages and their important social role in early American life.




Highlights

• Taste Colonial hot beverages in a historic New England village and discover contemporary flavors of chocolate
• Gain skills to identify the highest quality tea, coffee and chocoloate -where it's found and how it's prepared before it reaches the consurmer.
• Knowledgeable experts present the origins, history, etiquette and culture of tea, coffee and chocolate.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a quarter mile; some stairs. Historic buildings do not have ramps or elevators.




Date Specific Information

4-29-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Historic Deerfield.




Deerfield

With a history encompassing both native inhabitants and European colonists, Deerfield offers a portrait of New England in its earliest days. This quintessential western Massachusetts village is surrounded by working farms and rolling cornfields, and its museum houses contain one of the best public collections of art and antiques in America.



Accommodations
Charming inn with individually decorated rooms with historical theme in the heart of Old Deerfield.
Meals and Lodgings
   Deerfield Inn
  Deerfield, MA 3 nights
 Deerfield Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The Deerfield Inn is an original historic inn that opened in 1884. It is located in the heart of Old Deerfield founded in 1673, an idyllic village surrounded by tranquil life, working farms, the Deerfield River, rolling hills and history that dates back 10,000 years. Deerfield has been the home of the Pocumtuck Indian people who farmed the rich soil on the banks of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers and English colonists who came here in the 1600s. The Inn is in the center of Historic Deerfield, a museum complex of fourteen museum houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. This area is known as a little piece of paradise and called the Happy Valley due to the fertile soil and clean water that produces an abundance of fruit, vegetables, fowl and fish that are taken avantage of in the Deerfield Inn's kitchen. The Deerfield Inn has an elegant Main Dining room, Tavern area, cozy Beehive Parlor that will be home to Participants. The Deerfield Inn is next store to the Museum Store. Additional amenities include beautifully appointed guest rooms. A post office, Deerfield Academy, Bement School and Eaglebrook School are all close by and provide a quaint New England educational atmosphere.
  Contact info: 81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342 USA
phone: 800-926-3865
web: www.deerfieldinn.com
  Room amenities: Fine Inn amenities including television, fresh fruit, soap, shampoo, lotion and other personal items. Complimentary tea and cookies served on most afternoons.
  Facility amenities: All rooms are artfully decorated with well appointed Colonial decor and some antiques. The rooms are named for original English settlers of Deerfield. There are 3 rooms available with 2 beds and one room to which a cot can be added. All other rooms have one bed - kings and queens. Two bed rooms will be given to unrelated roommates first. Beautiful grounds, fine dining room, casual cafe with seating inside and outside, Tavern Bar and Beehive Parlor which serves an old fashioned tea and cookies repast. Shorts walk on the street to museum houses and other fine buildings.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $155.00-180.00/room/night Call 800-926-3865 to make reservations to come early or stay late. Special Road Scholar rate for extended stay, based on availability, will be 10% off the season market rate of $155.00-180.00, plus 11.7% MA tax and service charge depending on the room.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $155.00-180.00/room/night Call 800-926-3865 to make reservations to come early or stay late. Special Road Scholar rate for extended stay, based on availability, will be 10% off the season market rate of $155.00-180.00, plus 11.7% MA tax and service charge depending on the room.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:30 p.m. at the Deerfield Inn. You will be staying at Deerfield Inn that night.
  End of Program:
11 a.m. at the Deerfield Inn. You will be staying at Deerfield Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is abundant free parking at the Deerfield Inn and museum areas at Historic Deerfield.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Deerfield, MA
  Nearest city or town:  Greenfield, MA
  Nearest highway: Interstate 91 and MA Route 2
  Nearest airport:  Bradley International Aiport Hartford/Springfield
  From End of Program
  Location: Deerfield, MA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Greenfield

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
ABC Cab
phone: 413-773-9062

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Peter Pan bus lines to Greenfield. For schedules and rates call: 800-237-8747 or visit the company website: www.peterpanbus.com/

 

Hartford

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cool Rides
phone: 413-218-9054
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~$100/ride (if two or more people ride is still ~$100)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

   

Cool Rides offers door to door service with no other passanger pick ups or drop offs. Visit company website: www.coolridesnorthampton.com/index.htm

 

Hartford

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Valley Transporter
phone: 800-872-8752
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~$65/person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 hours or more depending on # of other passengers 

   

Valley Transporter offers a shared ride shuttle. Reservations can be made online at valleytransporter.hudsonltd.net/res

 
Driving Directions
  Bradley Int'l Airport Hartford/Springfield Exit Airport, go north on 91 towards Springfield, stay on 91, past Holyoke, Northampton. From the airport about 55 to 60 minutes. Exit 24, turn right onto 5&10 North and follow signs for Historic Deerfield, about 6 miles. Car service available at the airport.
  From 1-91 exit 24 going north Old Deerfield is approximately 6 miles north on Route 5 & 10, when you see Richardson's Candy Kitchen slow down, turn left at the Sunoco Station, go right about one half mile to the Deerfield Inn, heart of Historic Deerfield.
  From 1-91 exit 25 going south Old Deerfield is approximately 5 miles north on Route 5 & 10, when you see Richardson's Candy Kitchen slow down, turn left at the Sunoco Station, go right about one half mile to the Deerfield Inn, heart of Historic Deerfield.
Equipment Requirements: Springtime dress-casual cool clothes. Sweater or jacket for air conditioned areas and cooler nights. Rain gear. Pen and notebook for lectures recommended.
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: Welcome/Orientation/ “Stimulating Beverages: Three Drinks that Changed the Way We Lived”
(Monday, April 29)

Note: This evening will set the stage for the week's activities. Meet your primary lecturer, Amanda Lange, Curator of Historic Interiors at Historic Deerfield, your group leader, and fellow participants. Hear a thought-provoking lecture about the three beverages that changed history - tea, coffee, and chocolate. Learn how the economics and the customs of the colonial times were profoundly affected by these "stimulating beverages."



   
 Arrive To: Welcome: Check in at the Deerfield Inn and complimentary tea and cookies at the Deerfield Inn’s Beehive Parlor.
 Afternoon: Meet your course instructor and fellow participants; review course schedule and logistics.
 Dinner: Diner at the Deerfield Inn.
 Evening: Introductory Lecture by Amanda Lange – Hall Tavern Orientation Theater
   
Accommodations: Deerfield Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: “Tea: Why Americans Are Finally Embracing the World's Second-most Popular Beverage”/“Coffee: Evolution from Bean to Cup” and “An Introduction to Tea Tables,” and Tealeaf Reading
(Tuesday, April 30)

Note: Local entrepreneurs in the tea and coffee business will provide fascinating talks on the current business of tea and coffee and as well as illuminate details of the types of tea and coffee and regions where they plants are grown. The Historic Deerfield Curator of Furniture will wow participants with beautiful 18th-century antique tea tables - how they were made and how to identify the authentic antiques.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Deerfield Inn
 Morning: Morning lecture by Bob Heiss, owner of Tea Trekker, Northhampton, MA– Morning tour: "Hot Beverages in Context:" Room Studies with Master Guides (Ashley and Williams) or (Dwight and Wells-Thorn)
 Lunch: Lunch at the Deerfield Inn
 Afternoon: Afternoon lecture by Dean Cycon, owner Dean's Bean, an Organic Fair Trade Coffee Roaster based in Orange, MA, and Furniture Workshop by Josh Lane, Curator of Furniture – Flynt Center of Early New England Life
 Dinner: Dinner at the Deerfield Inn. Theatrical consultations with Madame Tititana Tashkent, tea-leaf reader.
   
Accommodations: Deerfield Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: “Sweet Concoctions: The History of Chocolate in Early America”/“Hot Beverages: Preparing and Serving Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate in 18th-century Style”
(Wednesday, May 1)

Note: The fascinating history of chocolate will be described. The afternoon will include hand-on activities and demonstration of colonial preparation of chocolate and service of tea. Historic Deerfield guides will illuminate the objects related to tea, coffee, and chocolate in museum houses and the modern gallery, today and Tuesday.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Deerfield Inn
 Morning: Morning lecture by Amanda Lange – Hall Tavern Orientation Theater. Break (Coffee and Refreshments) & Time for the Shopping at the Museum Store and “Hot Beverages in Context,” Room Studies with Master Guides (Ashley and Williams) or (Dwight and Wells-Thorn)
 Lunch: Lunch at Deerfield Inn
 Afternoon: Hands on workshop by the Hearth Cooks – Hall Tavern North Kitchen and North Parlor
 Dinner: Dinner at the Deerfield Inn
   
Accommodations: Deerfield Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Early Bird Tour of the Flynt Textile Gallery & “The Connoisseurship of Today's Chocolate,”/Farewell Lunch
(Thursday, May 2)

Note: Bob Heiss, owner of Tea Trekker in Northampton, MA, will lead participants in tasting of the highest quality estate chocolate. Bob provides an excellent introduction to tastings (of any kind) and brings very unique dark and milk chocolate samples to be tasted by all. The modern gallery of the museum will be open early for touring.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Deerfield Inn
 Morning: Morning tasting workshop on “The Connoisseurship of Today's Chocolate,” with Bob Heiss, owner of the Tea Trekker, Northampton, MA. Tour of Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery and Into the Woods furniture exhibit with a Master Guide.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Deerfield Inn.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Deerfield, MA Chaning Blake Meadow Walk
Free time activity in Old Deerfield. A fully accessible footpath open seasonally, the Channing Blake Meadow Walk takes visitors past a working farm and through meadows to the Deerfield River. Interpretive panels along the one-third mile walk describe local geology, natural history, and Native and European presence. The program with end with guided walk along the Meadow Walk but it will open through the rest of the program. For additional information, visit www.historic-deerfield.org/outdoors
  Emily Dickinson Musueum
Amherst is a 15 mile drive from Deerfield. Emily Dickinson Museum consists of two historic houses,The Homestead and The Evergreens, in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts, closely associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of the poet Emily Dickinson. The Evergreens, next door, was home to her brother Austin, his wife Susan, and their three children. The Emily Dickinson Museum was created in 2003 when the two houses merged under the ownership of Amherst College. The Museum is dedicated to educating diverse audiences about Emily Dickinson’s life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance, and to preserving and interpreting the Homestead and The Evergreens as historical resources for the benefit of scholars and the general public. The museum is about 3 blocks from the Natural History Museum of Amherst College that in destination of the day's field trip. Admission not included in program price. For additional information, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/index.html
  Eric Carle Museum
Free time activities near Deerfield accessible by personal car. The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. For additional information, visit http://www.carlemuseum.org/Home
  Historic Deerfield Cooks' Garden
Free time activity in Old Deerfield. This kitchen garden serves as a source of fresh ingredients for the museum’s open hearth cooking demonstrations and classes. The garden contains an assortment of useful plants commonly found in New England during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The Cooks’ Garden was dedicated in 2006 in memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske, a member of the museum who enjoyed open hearth cooking and gardening, and with thousands of others died on September 11, 2001. Funds from the Margaret Quinn Orloske Endowment are used to replenish heirloom plants, for general garden maintenance, and for support of the open hearth cooking program
  Historic Deerfield Museum Store
Free time activity in Old Deerfield Historic Deerfield Museum Store offers a wide array of gifts and books. Find a variety of American crafts, jewelry, and reproductions as well as souvenirs. The bookshop features thousands of titles on art, history, craft, and architecture. A children’s book section offers books for young readers of all ages. For additional information, visit www.historic-deerfield.org/museum-store-page
  Kringle Candle
Free time activities near Deerfield accessible by personal car. Kringle Candle unites the best of the traditional and the new, with exciting candle products designed to mesh with virtually any decor. The company has worked hand-in-hand with the industry's finest perfumers to select an array of robust, realistic candle fragrances. The company's all-white candles not only blend perfectly with all backdrops, they emit the purest, brightest light possible. The Kringle Candle store complex includes that restaurant, The Farm Table. For additional information, visit https://www.kringlecandle.com/
  Magic Wings
Free time activities in Deerfield accessible by personal car. Enjoy other local attraction along Deefield main artery - routes 5 & 10. Magic Wings Butterfly conservatory, 8,000-square foot conservatory is home to nearly 4,000 free-flying butterflies from all over the world! Summer hours 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Spring, Fall and Winter hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admissions are not included. For additional information, visit www.magicwings.com/
  Memorial Libraries
Free time activity in Old Deerfield The libraries of Deerfield’s two museums, Historic Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, are housed together in one building, known as the Memorial Libraries. The Henry N. Flynt Library serves primarily as a research center for Historic Deerfield’s collections and programs. Holdings are particularly strong in the decorative arts, architecture, and material culture of early New England, and include approximately 21,000 printed volumes, numerous periodicals, and more than 2,000 microforms accessible through an online catalog. The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library collections document the life and thought of Deerfield from the close of the 17th century to the 20th. The library’s 24,000 books, many with histories of local ownership, include literature, sermons, history, travel, biography, and works on agriculture, animal husbandry, and domestic economy. The library also has an extensive manuscript collection, rich in material on families and local history. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information, visit www.historic-deerfield.org/library
  Shelburne Falls - Bridge of Flowers
Shelburne Falls is a 10 mile drive from Deerfield. Bridge of Flowers the only garden of its kind in the world meticulously tended by the Shelburne Falls Women's Club with over 500 varieties of flowers, vines and shrubs assure a 400-foot span of continual blooms. This walkway bridge connects the two sides of the Shelburne Falls which is bisected by the Deerfield River. For additional information, visit www.bridgeofflowersmass.org/
  Yankee Candle
Free time activity in Deerfield accessible by car. Flagship store for Yankee Candle, based in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. World's Largest Candle Store. It's a candle lover's dream - over 160 of our famous, true-to-life scents, plus beautiful accessories, accents and collectibles. Come Experience Wax Works - The Newest Area of Yankee Candle Village! Enjoy Wax Hands, Wax Souvenirs, Wax Art and so much more. Candlemaking Museum. Ever wonder how Colonial Americans lit their homes? See fascinating, free daily demonstrations of nineteenth-century candlemaking.Open everyday 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. For additional information, visit www.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycbvp/ycContent.jsp?page=%2fNavigation%2fNon+Product+Left%2fAbout+Yankee+Candle%2fVisit+a+Flagship+Store%2fFlagship+Store
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Suggested Reading List


Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage


Author: Louis Evan Grivetti & Howard-Yana Shapiro


"Tea Drinking in 18th-Century America: Its Etiquette and Equipage." United States National Museum Bulletin 225


Author: Rodris Roth


Description: Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology. Paper 14, pp. 1-30



"The Silver Chocolate Pots of Colonial Boston" in New England Silver & Silversmithing 1620-1815


Author: Gerald W.R. Ward


Description: Edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward. article: pp. 61-88



British Teapots and Tea Drinking, 1750-1850


Author: Robin Emerson


Chocolate: The Nature of Indulgence


Author: Ruth Lopez


Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate Wares in the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum


Author: Julie Emerson


Coffee: A Dark History


Author: Antony Wild


In Praise of Hot Liquors: The Study of Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea-Drinking 1600-1850


Author: Peter Brown


Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee


Author: Dean Cycon


The Chocolate Tree: A Natural History of Cacao


Author: Allen M. Young


Description: Available through Historic Deerfield Museum Store.



The Coffee House: A Cultural History


Author: Markman Ellis


The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars


Author: Joel Glenn Brenner


Description: Available through the Historic Deerfield Museum Store.



The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural and Natural History of Cacao with Recipes


Author: Maricel Presilla


The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse


Author: Brian Cowan


Description: Available through the Historic Deefield Museum store.



The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide


Author: Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss


Description: Available through the Historic Deerfield Museum Store.



The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to the World's Best Teas


Author: Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss


The True History of Chocolate


Author: Sophie D. & Michael D. Coe


Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World


Author: Mark Pendergrast




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