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Historic Lanesboro: Norwegian Heritage and Acclaimed Theater in the Midwest’s Best Small Arts Town

Program Number: 12129RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/11/2013 - 4/16/2013; 4/16/2015 - 4/21/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lanesboro, Minnesota
Price starting at: $754.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Velkommen! You’ve arrived in historic Lanesboro, Minnesota, a little city with a big reputation as the premier small-town arts and culture destination in the Midwest. Immerse yourself in Lanesboro’s unique blend of Norwegian heritage, Amish culture, scenic bikeways and rural life as you indulge your passion for the decorative arts, historic architecture and cutting-edge theater. Choose a program date that celebrates the town at large and its internationally acclaimed Commonweal Theater, or opt instead for an in-depth investigation of Norwegian Culture in Minnesota and the dramatist Henrik Ibsen. Whichever date you choose, you’ll see at least one production at the Commonweal Theater, dine at specially selected restaurants and meet local personalities eager to share the best of their historic hometown.




Highlights

• On a program focused on the award-winning Commonweal Theater, attend two performances in repertory and go behind the scenes of the theater with artist-administrators.
• Alternatively, let expert Ibsen scholars take you into the controversial and introspective dramas of his literary corpus and see a production during Ibsenfest.
• On either date, immerse yourself in small-town life as you learn the story of Amish settlement in rural Minnesota and enjoy meals at dining spots beloved by Lanesboro locals.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three blocks; minimal standing.




Date Specific Information

4-16-2015

This date celebrates the life and work of Henrik Ibsen, Norway’s famous son, The Father of Modern Drama. Meet actors, technicians and directors from the Commonweal Theater and see a production during Ibsenfest. Sample the delicacies of the koldtbord, experience Norwegian folk and decorative arts, hear Norsk spoken at an optional Lutheran service and more.



Coordinated by Winona State University.




Lanesboro

Historic Lanesboro, nestled against limestone bluffs in southeastern Minnesota, is the hub of the Root River State Trail System. Hailed as one of the finest rails-to-trails in the country, the 60-mile-long paved pathway runs along the river.



Accommodations
Centrally located inn with old-world charm
Meals and Lodgings
   Cottage House Inn
  Lanesboro, MN 5 nights
 Cottage House Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Participants will find that the rooms do not have television sets. You also need to bring your own shampoo and hair dryer.
  Contact info: 209 Parkway Avenue North
Lanesboro, MN 55949 USA
phone: 507-467-2577
web: www.cottagehouseinn.com
  Facility amenities: Nicely decorated rooms; large, comfortably furnished front porch.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Varies. Call inn for availability and prices.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies. Call inn for availability and prices.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Afternoon registration at Cottage House Inn in Lanesboro, MN begins at 3:30 pm and the program begins at 4:30 pm You will be staying at Cottage House Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by 11:00 a.m. in Lanesboro, MN. You will be staying at Cottage House Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Free parking in lot or on the street.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lanesboro, MN
  Nearest city or town:  Winona, MN or LaCrosse, WI.
  Nearest highway: Highway 43 and 16.
  Nearest airport:  LaCrosse Municipal Airport (LSE), LaCrosse, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lanesboro, MN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lanesboro, MN/Winona, MN

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Winona State University
phone: 507-457-2963
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

If traveling east, the train leaves before the end of the program so you would need to stay overnight and board the train the day after the program ends. Shuttle available to Winona hotel and taxi on your own to train station. If traveling west, the train leaves on the evening of the day the program ends. This service is available only on the day the program ends. Cost is $40 one way or $80 round trip. Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance - call 507-457-2963 to arrange.

 

LaCrosse WI/Lanesboro, MN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Winona State University
phone: 507-457-2963
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

University shuttle to Lanesboro from La Crosse, WI airport. This service is available for $40.00 one way or $80.00 round trip. Reservations required by calling 507-457-2963 at least 2 weeks in advance. This service is only available on the day the program begins. Flights need to arrive in LaCrosse no later than 2:00 p.m.

 

Lanesboro, MN/La Crosse, WI

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Winona State University
phone: 507-457-2963
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

University shuttle from Lanesboro, MN to LaCrosse, WI airport. Service is available for $40.00 one way or $80.00 round trip. Reservations required by calling 507-457-2963 at least 2 weeks in advance. This service is only available on the day the program ends. Flights should not leave before 1 p.m.

 

Winona,MN/Lanesboro, MN

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Winona State University
phone: 507-457-2963
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

If arriving by Amtrak from the east, train arrives in the evening. so you would need to come the day before the program starts and stay at a hotel in Winona that evening. Taxi from train to hotel on your own. Shuttle available to Lanesboro on the day the program starts only. Amtrak from the west arrives in the morning so you could arrive the same day the program starts. Cost is $40 one way or $80 round trip. Reservations required at least two weeks in advance - call 507-457-2963.

 
Driving Directions
  Interstate 90 Take Highway 43 south to Rushford; then Highway 16 to Lanesboro.
  LaCrosse, WI/LaCrescent, MN Take Highway 16 to Lanesboro.
  Rochester, MN Take Highway 52 south to Fountain; Highway 8 to Lanesboro.
  Twin Cities From I 94 or I 35 to 55, to 52 south to Rochester and Fountain, highway 8 to Lanesboro. From I 94 to Highway 61 south to Winona, 43 to Rushford, highway 16 to Lanesboro
  Winona, MN Take Highway 43 to Rushford (some of this is on I 90); then Highway 16 to Lanesboro.
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: Check-In & Orientation/Welcome at the Cottage House Inn. Meet the Road Scholar coordinators and the folks behind the scenes who are responsible for Ibsenfest.
(Thursday, April 11)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive in Lanesboro and check into Cottage House Inn. Pick up Road Scholar packets from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. At 4:30 pm we will meet for introductions and to review the schedule for the program.
 Dinner: 5:45 pm - Dinner in a local restaurant.
 Evening: 7:00 pm: First class period, Welcome to Lanesboro and the Commonweal and Ibsenfest. Meet some of the people in charge of the Ibsenfest and learn about how and why it got started.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes will begin your understanding of the current play and you will be able to participate in Ibsenfest activities.
(Friday, April 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cottage House Inn.
 Morning: Classes will introduce you to the play production process from the director and, designers. To understand Ibsen's works one must consider the social issues of the day and the complexity of human relationships. These factors influence how the production is staged to a great extent.
 Lunch: Lunch in Lanesboro.
 Afternoon: Ibsenfest activities, and/or programs about the play or Ibsen, himself. You will also have free time in the afternoon to explore Lanesboro or attend optional events. You may want to walk or bike the Root River State Trail which meanders amid 300-foot bluffs and along the peaceful Root River. The trail system loasts over 60 miles of paved surface. Bike rentals are readily available. Canoeing or Kayaking are also possible activities.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lanesboro.
 Evening: There is usually a musical program featuring Norweigan folk music.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Guest lecturers who are Ibsen scholars are featured as part of Ibsenfest. Various arts and crafts will be demonstrated along with samples of Norwegian foods. The premier of this year's Ibsenfest play will be presented in the evening.
(Saturday, April 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cottage House Inn.
 Morning: Class sessions will focus on Ibsen and his works. Visiting professors will be featured. Free time will permit your attendance at a variety of Ibsenfest events.
 Lunch: Lunch in Lanesboro.
 Afternoon: Ibsenfest activities will continue during the afternoon and will include special presentations. You will also be given free time to further explore Lanesboro and Ibsen events.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lanesboro.
 Evening: Attend the premier of this year's Ibsen play. You are also invited to an opening night post-show reception.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Optional Norwegian/English Lutheran Church Service. Visit the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa. It is the most comprehensive museum in the U.S. dedicated to a single immigrant group and houses over 24,000 artifacts.
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cottage House Inn.
 Morning: Optional Norwegian/English Lutheran worship service.
 Lunch: Have lunch in Decorah, IA before touring the museum.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Decorah, IA for a guided visit of the Vesterheim Museum. Examine the artifacts treasured by the Norwegian immigrants and learn their stories as they left Norway to settle in this area. Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum embodies the living heritage of Norwegian immigrants to America. Sharing this cultural legacy can inspire people of all backgrounds to celebrate tradition. With 16 historic buildings in its main complex, which occupies most of a square block in downtown Decorah, Iowa, Vesterheim houses over 24,000 artifacts, which include large samplings from the fine, decorative, and folk arts, and the tools and machinery of early agriculture, lumbering, and other immigrant industries.
 Dinner: Dinner at a Lanesboro restaurant.
 Evening: An optional video relating to Ibsen or Norwegian immigaration will be shown.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hear first-hand stories about the Amish settlements in sourtheast Minnesota. Learn about Life in Lanesboro and the transformation of this small, rural villeage into a thriving arts community. Tour the theatre and have a social with the actors.
(Monday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cottage House Inn.
 Morning: Classes on the Amish culture in southeastern Minnesota and the civic and community life in Lanesboro. Lanesboro is recognized as a model in the midwest because of its transformation from a declining town to a vibrant community with a diverse economy based on agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and the arts. Then listen to stories about the Amish side of Lanesboro and imagine living back in time where the horse and buggy still provide transportation and homes are lighted by kerosene lamps.
 Lunch: Lunch at Lanesboro restaurant.
 Afternoon: Additional class, theatre tour and free time. Visit with the actors about their roles in the Ibsen production and enjoy an informal reception with the Commonweal company.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in local establishment.
 Evening: Evening free for socializing and getting ready for next-day departure.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Commonweal Theatre future plans. Snacks at Cottage House Inn and farewells.
(Tuesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Cottage House Inn.
 Morning: Class on the future of the Commonweal Theatre.
 Morning: Turn in evaluation forms, say farewell to Lanesboro, the Cottage House, and your fellow travelers.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lanesboro, MN Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce
Your guide to Lanesboro. For additional information, visit www.lanesboro.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


A Doll's House


Author: Henrik Ibsen


Description: Reading the play before attending may enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the classes and the performance.





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