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Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing, The Mighty Five and A Taste of Lancaster

Program Number: 20924RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2013 - 7/12/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $645.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    


Date Specific Information

7-7-2013

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Coordinated by Black Rock Retreat Center.



Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing

Take a journey from W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues to Stan Kenton’s Artistry in Rhythm with samples of great film performances, fascinating behind-the-scene stories and spirited live music. Program features popular presenter Bill Messenger.



The Mighty Five

Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers are the five most important Broadway composers of the 20th century. Under the guidance of Bill Messenger we will study their songs and lives and their lasting influence on the Broadway musical.



Taste of Lancaster County

Whoopie pies, Amish roast, homemade ice cream…guests will enjoy these tastes and so much more. Program includes hands-on experiences as well as visits to some of Lancaster County’s favorite “food stops” including Lancaster Central Market, Jam and Jelly Kitchen in Kitchen Kettle and an Old Order Amish home for a traditional meal.




Lancaster

Known worldwide as “Pennsylvania Dutch Country,” Lancaster and the surrounding countryside is home to the nation’s oldest Amish community. One of the longest-running farmer’s markets in the country attracts those seeking fresh produce and baked goods.



Meals and Lodgings
   Black Rock Retreat
  Quarryville, PA 5 nights
 Black Rock Retreat
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.
  Contact info: 1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com
  Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio.
  Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. Our beautiful pool provides a relaxing place to enjoy the afternoon free times. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $50.00 - $70.00/night. Depends on availability.
  Check in time: 5:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $50.00 - $70.00/night. Depends on availability.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in lobby from 4PM - 5:30PM. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat that night.
  End of Program:
Room checkout at 10AM. Program ends at 11:30AM with a boxed lunch to eat in the Dining Hall or as you travel home. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quarryville, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Lancaster
  Nearest highway: Retreat Center is along Rt. 472.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International
  From End of Program
  Location: Quarryville, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA
phone: 215-580-7800

 

Distance:

 

47 miles

   

There is no direct shuttle service available from any of the major airports. However guests can take Greyhound bus or AMTRAK from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Public taxi service is available from Lancaster to Black Rock Retreat.

 
Driving Directions
  From Baltimore via I-95 and US Route 1 Exit I-95 in Maryland at Route 272 (Exit 100). Travel north on Route 272, until the intersection of US Route 1. Travel north on US Route 1. Get off at Route 472 (Oxford, PA exit). Turn left onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Harrisburg via the PA Turnpike East Exit the turnpike at exit #247 (Harrisburg). From toll booth take right hand ramp. Take Route 283 east to Lancaster, PA. Exit Route 283 at Route 72 (Manheim Pike). Travel on Route 72 south until it merges with Route 222 south (Prince Street). Travel on Route 222 through the town of Lancaster and continue on Route 222 south all the way to the town of Quarryville. (Watch the left turn that Route 222 south makes after the Willow Valley Resort, south of Lancaster). When in Quarryville, make a left at the first light (there will be a Ford dealership on your right) onto Route 372 east (State Street) and travel approximately 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Route 472 south. Travel approximately 4.5 miles, and Black Rock Retreat will be on your left. (Do not try to find us on Black Rock Road. We do not have an entrance on this road).
  From Philadelphia via I-95 and US Route 11 Exit I-95 in Pennsylvania after Chester, PA at Route 322 West. Travel north until you reach the intersection of US Route 1. Travel south on US Route 1 until you reach the exit for Route 472 (Oxford exit). Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Philadelphia via the PA Turnpike West Exit the turnpike at exit #326 (Valley Forge/King of Prussia). Almost immediately get on Route 202 south. Travel on this road until you reach US Route 1 south. Travel approximately 26 miles on Route 1 south until you reach the exit for Route 472. Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Wilmington, Delaware Take Route 141 or Route 48 to Route 41 North. Continue on Route 41 North until it intersects with Route 1. Take Route 1 South and get off at the fifth exit (Route 472). Turn right and go north on Route 472 for approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood.
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 and registration/Orientation
(Sunday, July 7)
   
 Afternoon: RETREAT CENTER CHECK-IN AND PROGRAM REGISTRATION: As you enter Black Rock Retreat's Maranatha Retreat Center come on over to the Road Scholar table located in the center of the spacious lobby. Registration will take place from 4PM-5:30PM. You will receive your room assignment and all needed information for the program at that time.
 Dinner: Dinner is a buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room. Our guests will meet in the lobby for instructions. Our goal is to serve our guests healthy and delicious food featuring local tastes and recipes.
 Evening: ORIENTATION/GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Beginning at 7:15PM in our private meeting room we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible via the SPI. We appreciate your understanding. We will also spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The session will be followed by an ice cream sundae bar set up in the retreat center dining room with plenty of time to relax and prepare for the full day of activity and learning ahead.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Delightful Bill Messenger presents "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing".
(Monday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Popular speaker, Bill Messenger, will entertain and enlighten us on the fun topic of "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing". This talented pianist and story teller will bring this music to life.
 Lunch: Retreat Center dining room.
 Afternoon: Bill Messenger returns with a continuation on "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing". Black Rock Retreat's beautiful pool will be available for guests to enjoy in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Retreat Center dining room.
 Evening: Popular speaker and local theologian Brinton Rutherford will lecture on Amish and Mennonite history and present day beliefs.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: "Taste of Lancaster County" excursion!
(Tuesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Leave on charter bus for Downtown Lancaster City. Our day will begin with a 2 hour, historic walking tour of Lancaster City. After the tour, participants will have time to explore the city on their own. Options to explore include the Demuth Museum and Historic Lancaster Central Market.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in downtown Lancaster City.
 Afternoon: Guided by a local Amish-Mennonite, we will explore beautiful Lancaster County and taste some of the popular foods of the area. A visit to Kitchen Kettle Village is planned with delicious samples of jams, jellies and salsas.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional dinner in an Old Order Amish home.
 Evening: Enjoy peaceful country roads as we travel back to Black Rock Retreat.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Bill Messenger concludes his lectures on "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing". An afternoon of free time to enjoy Lancaster County on your own.
(Wednesday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Bill Messenger lecture on "Blues, Boogie and Big Band Swing" with film clips and songs.
 Lunch: Retreat center dining room.
 Afternoon: Free time. Black Rock Retreat pool will be available for our guest enjoyment. Possible zipline experience.
 Dinner: Retreat center dining room.
 Evening: Local author, Lillian Stoltzfus will share about her experience growing up "plain" and share about her new book, "Speaking Amish". "Make Your Own Soft Pretzel" experience....as well as eating them!
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bill Messenger lectures on "The Mighty Five". Possible concert or feature film in the evening.
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Bill Messenger brings to life "The Mighty Five" - Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers.
 Lunch: Retreat center dining room.
 Afternoon: "The Mighty Five" session continues with music, behind the scenes stories and film clips.
 Dinner: Retreat center dining room.
 Evening: Feature film highlighting one of the topics of the week.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program concludes with Bill Messenger lecture on "The Mighty Five".
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Lecture by Bill Messenger.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch to eat in Retreat center dining room or to go.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Quarryville, PA General Overview
Various attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions, museums and Sight and Sound Theatre. For additional information, visit www.padutchcountry.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


Amish Country


Author: Ruth Hoover Seitz


Description: Amish ways and reasons behind them.





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