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True Appalachian Arts, Literature and Culture, Plus Body Recall: Fitness for Life

Program Number: 6721RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/19/2013 - 5/24/2013; 5/18/2014 - 5/23/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Price starting at: $671.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Stretching from New York state to Georgia, Appalachia is an area of the United States as misunderstood as it is varied and beautiful. Gain a more nuanced understanding of this region’s rich history and culture, including exercise techniques developed in Appalachia that increase your strength and flexibility.




Highlights

• Separate stereotypes from realities as you learn about true Appalachia and its traditional arts, literature and crafts.
• Experience the uniqueness of Appalachian music and dance in Berea, the folk arts capital of Kentucky.
• Participate in Body Recall: Fitness for Life, a nationally recognized fitness program born in Appalachia and aimed at improving muscle tone and flexibility without pain.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Berea College.




Berea

This small town south of Lexington near the edge of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region is renowned for its small college, Southern hospitality and commitment to the arts and crafts of the Appalachian Mountain region, which community artisans, musicians and gallery owners celebrate through their work.



Accommodations
Historic hotel with Southern charm.

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

Chris Green is director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center and is serving as the vice-president/president elect of the Appalachian Studies Association. His books include “The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism,” which won the 2009 Weatherford Award for the best non-fiction book about Southern Appalachia, “Rushlight: Poems”, and “Coal: A Poetry Anthology,” which he edited. Chris grew up in central Kentucky, was an associate professor of English and graduate humanities at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V., and feels blessed every day to be at Berea and to be serving the people of Appalachia.
 
Deborah Thompson

When she’s not playing the banjo, guitar or dulcimer, Deborah Thompson can be found teaching classes and workshops on Appalachian music and dance to groups of all ages. A Ph.D. candidate in geography at the University of Kentucky, she is working on her dissertation research on the interconnections of music and community in eastern Kentucky while working half time at Berea College. Deborah has led programs for public school residencies, Appalshop’s Banjo Day, Hindman Family Folk Week, Augusta Heritage Center and Road Scholar. She specializes in interpreting Appalachian music and dance, presenting programs that tie together the history of the Appalachian region, giving demonstrations on various instruments, and sharing a smattering of music theory. Her training includes many years of performance and playing with traditional musicians and interviewing traditional artists for cultural and heritage studies.
 
Steve Gowler

Steve Gowler has been at Berea College since 1993. During that time, he has served as head of public services in Hutchins Library, director of special collections & archives, and director of general education. He now teaches full time in the college's general education program. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Steve took a sabbatical leave to conduct research on the American abolitionist William Goodell, who was a colleague and mentor of Berea's founder, John G. Fee, and the grandfather of Berea's third president, William Goodell Frost.
 
Carolyn Wallace

Carolyn Wallace holds a graduate degree in medical anthropology and has a passion for promoting options that create a healthier culture. She is a natural health professional and a certified Body Recall instructor, and was awarded an exemplary Body Recall certification which reflects loyalty, commitment and a high level of leadership skill in all levels of classes. She has been involved in research projects, training development, health fairs, conferences, and workshops, often leading demonstrations with the fall recovery team of students from her fall prevention and recovery classes. In addition, Carolyn serves on the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network committee and is certified as a facilitator in the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. On a personal level, she has experience as a primary caregiver for a family member with Alzheimers Disease and another who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Boone Tavern Hotel
  Berea, KY 5 nights
 Boone Tavern Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Built in 1909 to house the many visitors to the college, Boone Tavern Hotel, part of the Historic Hotels of America, has gained a reputation for elegant dining and a welcoming atmosphere. Berea College students play a big part at Boone Tavern Hotel by providing guests with friendly and courteous service in the Hotel and Dining Room. These students work 10 to 15 hours weekly while carrying a full academic load. Since 1855, all of Berea's 1500 students are employed in one or more of 140 work areas at the college.
  Contact info: 100 Main St.
Berea, KY 40403 USA
phone: 800-366-9358
web: www.boonetavernhotel.com
  Room amenities: Coffee pots and coffee in all rooms as well as hair dryers, cable TV, luggage racks, iron and ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Student made furniture in the guest rooms. Board games in the lobbies. Wireless internet in all rooms. Business Center located in the lobby with computer for internet access. Gift Shop.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $90 - $110. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $90 - $110. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4 PM Registration at Hotel, Orientation at 5 PM. You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Health & Safety Form and Housing/Travel Form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at Boone Tavern Hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berea, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Berea; Richmond (12 miles)
  Nearest highway: I-75.
  Nearest airport:  Lexington Bluegrass Airport (LEX), Lexington, KY.
  From End of Program
  Location: Berea, KY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lexington, KY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Berea College
phone: 859-985-3641
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 one way or $80 Round Trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

Approx. 75 Miles

   

Prior arrangements must be made with program coordinators

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 Take Exit #77, from the North turn left off ramp, from the South turn right of the ramp. Continue 2 miles to a traffic light at Ellipse St. Continue Straight and you will see a sign on the right that you are entering Berea College campus. Continue straight up the hill and throught the next traffic light. The College Square and Boone Tavern will be on your left. At the four way stop sign turn left, parking is located on your left behind Boone Tavern.
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: Arrive and Check In/Welcome & Orientation
(Sunday, May 19)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00 - 4:00 PM Check-In at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.
 Dinner: Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room, the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.
 Evening: Begins at 5:00 PM in the Skylight Room at Boone Tavern with dinner to follow in the Boone Tavern Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Begin the day with a Body Recall session, followed by sessions on the history of Berea College and a tour of campus. Afternoon sessions on Appalachian culture with an evening of Traditional Appalachian music.
(Monday, May 20)

Note: Walking tour of Berea College Campus. Approximately one hour of walking and standing with a student tour guide.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available between 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: Body Recall Fitness, a low-impact exercise class. One-hour program on Berea College History.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch available between 12:00-1:00 PM in Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Afternoon: Student-led, one-hour introduction of Berea College campus. One hour program on History of the Appalachian region. One hour program on Traditional music and instruments of the Appalachian region.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Evening: 7:00-8:00 PM Appalachian music.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Start the day off with another Body Recall session. Lectures on Appalachian Culture, Music, and Stereotypes with an evening of dancing by the Berea Festival Dancers.
(Tuesday, May 21)

Note: Low impact Body Recall session and light and easy folk dancing in the evening.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available between 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: Low impact fitness class. Program topic: One hour program on Appalachian History.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch available between 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Afternoon: Sessions on Appalachian Culture and History
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Evening: 7:00-8:00 PM Berea Festival Dancers
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Start the day off with a Body Recall Session, session on Appalachian Culture. Enjoy an afternoon shopping in the local shops and seeing artists work. Wind down with the sounds of Traditional Appalachian and Folk tunes performed by local musicians.
(Wednesday, May 22)

Note: Low impact Body Recall Session



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: Body Recall Session. One hour presentation on Appalachian Values & Humor.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at Boone Tavern Dining Room
 Afternoon: One hour presentation on Appalachian Stereotypes. One hour presentation on Appalachian Literature.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room of Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Evening: 7:00-8:00 PM Appalachian Music.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Start the day with a Body Recall session. Afternoon excursion to visit a local artisan. Evening ends with Jammin' on the Front Porch, bring along your instruments and play along with local musicians in a jam session.
(Thursday, May 23)

Note: Low impact Body Recall session, off campus excursion to a local artisan shop.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: Low impact fitness class.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch available 12:00-1:00 PM in Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Afternoon: Afternoon field trip to a local artisan's shop.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room of Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Evening: Hear local musicians sing folk, bluegrass, gospel and other local music while strumming on their favorite instrument on the front porch of the depot in Old Town Berea. Bring your favorite instrument along and join in!
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final morning of Body Recall. Session will include a special presentation from the Body Recall Presentation Team as well as a guide on how to prevent falls.
(Friday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: Final session of Body Recall. Hear from local members of Body Recall and learn about the ways to prevent falls and fall correctly.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch available 12:00-1:00 PM in Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Afternoon: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. Program ends at 12:00 Noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Berea, KY Berea
Berea is a mecca for artists and craftsmen who make beautiful treasures. Don't miss out on the new Kentucky Artisan Center displaying crafts, books, music and food of Kentucky. Berea also hosts a number of antique stores. For additional information, visit www.berea.com
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.

Suggested Reading List


The Doll Maker


Author: Harriette Arnow


The United States of Appalachia


Author: Jeff Biggers


Night Comes to the Cumberlands


Author: Harry Caudill


Somethings Rising


Author: Jason Howard and Silas House


Hillbilly: A CUltural History of an American Icon


Author: Anthony Harkins


Faith and Meaning in the Southern Uplands


Author: Loyal Jones


River of Earth


Author: James Still




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