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Looking on the Bright Side: Joy, Peace and Lots of Laughter

Program Number: 8553RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/24/2013 - 3/1/2013; 5/11/2014 - 5/16/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Potosi, Missouri
Price starting at: $555.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Health & Fitness
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Join a week of feel-good fun that will make you laugh out loud as you learn to find humor in everyday life while playing some of the games you loved as a kid. Chuckle as we sample the works of hilarious authors like Erma Bombeck, take the opportunity to journal your own "best of times," and have a wonderful fun time while learning about music, singing and gaining insight on the Ozark humor and heritage. Explore the lovely campus of the Trout Lodge by hiking, going on a pontoon boat while you celebrate life and immerse yourself in the healing power of laughter.




Highlights

• Take a field trip to Maramec Spring Park to learn about its 100 million-gallon-per-day spring.
• Taste wines at the Peaceful Bend Winery and explore its cellar for an overview of the wine making process.
• Enjoy different activities such as boat riding, hiking, arts and crafts, mini-golf and much more!



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.



Coordinated by YMCA of Greater St. Louis/Trout Lodge.




Potosi

The Eastern Ozarks are defined as much by its history and culture as by geology, geography and landscapes. Potosi is one of several rural communities in this region of clear streams, big springs and pastoral scenery. Gently rolling hills, deep valleys and plateaus are home to small farms and an abundance of wineries which dot the countryside.



Accommodations
Conference center with comfortable lodge-style rooms that have a lake-view.

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

Sylvia Duncan is a published essayist, poet, and short story writer who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. She was a librarian for the St. Louis Public Library system and has a degree in communications from St. Louis University. Sylvia has been a freelance writer since the age of 10 and has been published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other local and national publications.
 
Rick Key

Rick Key has had a passion for music as long as he can remember. At an early age, he began tackling a wide array of musical instruments —accordion, clarinet, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin and harmonica. He eventually set his sights on playing the violin, but with a catch: He wanted to play it left-handed. This desire led to Rick teaching himself how to build his own violin, and that prompted his lifelong passion for fiddle making.
 
Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson spent 35 years teaching in the public school system. Along with teaching reading, English and adult GED programs, she taught journalism and advised on the student newspaper. Her papers took many top honors. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Missouri.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   YMCA Trout Lodge
  Potosi, MO 5 nights
 YMCA Trout Lodge
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Hotel-style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Rooms include two queen sized beds, private bathroom and individual heating and air conditioning controls. Rooms do not include televisions. Free WiFi is available.
  Contact info: 13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org
  Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.
  Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $65 per person special rate. Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $65 per person special rate. Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at 3:30 pm at YMCA Trout Lodge, main lobby. You will be staying at YMCA Trout Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
After lunch. Check out is 11:30 am. You will be staying at YMCA Trout Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking. Located up a small hill from the lodge. Handicap parking is available in the front drive.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Potosi, MO
  Nearest city or town:  Potosi, MO
  Nearest highway: MO State Hwy AA
  Nearest airport:  Lambert International (STL)
  From End of Program
  Location: Potosi, MO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Louis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YMCA Trout Lodge
phone: 314-241-9622
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40 per person / $65 per couple round-trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 depending on traffic 

   

Shuttle is run by YMCA Trout Lodge. Advanced Sign up required. Current pick up times are: 1:30pm St. Louis Airport (Terminal 1) 1:45pm St. Louis Airport (Terminal 2) 2:30pm St. Louis Downtown Amtrak Station Return at end of program is approximately 2:00pm at airport and 2:45pm at train station.

 
Driving Directions
  Greater St. Louis Follow I-70 West to I-270 South. I-270 South to State Hwy 21 South. Follow 21 South to the town of Potosi. Turn right onto State Hwy 8. Follow 8 through town and turn right onto State Hwy AA. Main entrance to YMCA of the Ozarks is about 2 miles on the right.
Elevation Note: Elevation ranges from 800 - 1100 feet

Equipment Requirements: Bring a spirit that is ready for some fun!!
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: Chek-in and orientation.
(Sunday, February 24)

Note: Arrive and check in beginning at 3:30pm. Fruit basket at registration table.



   
 Afternoon: Orientation at 4:30pm.
 Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at Lodge.
 Evening: Instructor introductions and get to know you activities. Refreshments will be served.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Conferences. Facility van tours. Nature Hike.
(Monday, February 25)

Note: Day begins with announcements from YMCA staff at 8:15 AM in the Meeting Room.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Comedic Writers Session - Humorists who were best selling authors (75 minutes) Humor and Fun and Games Session (75 minutes) Break with refreshments, coffee, tea and lemonade available.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets.
 Afternoon: Humor in Music and Entertainment Session - Multimedia session with humor is acting, singing and variety (75 minutes) Facility Tours - Guided tour of the YMCA's 5000 acre property by shuttle bus. Nature Hike - Guided 1 mile nature hike through an Ozark forest.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets.
 Evening: Evening tea - an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better. Hot tea, coffee, and scones will be available.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Conferences. Free time. Pontoon tours. Wine tasting.
(Tuesday, February 26)

Note: Each pontoon tour lasts 25 minutes. Pontoon trips will begin at 3 PM. Free time activities are available through YMCA Trout Lodge.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Comedic Writers Session - features clever word play on the written page or on the screen as well as cartoonists. (75 minutes) Humor and Fun and Games session (75 minutes) Break with refreshments, coffee, tea and lemonade available.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets.
 Afternoon: Humor in Music and Entertainment session focuses on the violin and the art and skill that is needed to make one. Demonstrations on making a Ozark style fiddle (75 minutes) Afternoon pontoon tours of 360 acre Sunnen Lake.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets.
 Evening: Wine tasting with Peaceful Bend Winery.Katie Gill from Peaceful Bend is a member of the Missouri Wine and Grape board and will discuss the Missouri wine industry. She will provide samples of different wines and discuss the variations of each.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Conferences. Maramec Springs State Park and Peaceful Bend Wineries field trip.
(Wednesday, February 27)

Note: Bus will depart at 12:15pm and return at dinner time. Bring your camera!



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Comedic Writers Session - features humor in fiction and scriptwrighting (75 minutes) Humor and Fun and Games session includes group and parlor games (75 minutes) Break with refreshments, coffee, tea and lemonade available.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets.
 Afternoon: Trip to Maramec Springs Park and to Peaceful Bend Winery (www.peacefulbend.com). Maramec Springs is the site of a 100,000,000 gallon per day spring, area history museum and Trout farm for area trout streams. Trip includes videos on the spring and on the Trail of Tears relocation led by the park's naturalist. Peaceful Bend stop includes tour of cellar led by the wine maker and overview of winemaking process. Tasting room and gift shop is also open.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets.
 Evening: Humor in Music and Entertainment session focuses on a feature length movie or documentary. Includes discussion on movie. Refreshments include popcorn.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Conferences. Free afternoon. Ice cream social.
(Thursday, February 28)

Note: Free time favorite is Elephant Rock State Park located about 40 minutes south of the YMCA.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Comedic Writers Session - features modern humor and satire (75 minutes) Humor and Fun and Games session (75 minutes) Break with refreshments, coffee, tea and lemonade available.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets.
 Afternoon: Humor in Music and Entertainment session allows participants to show off their vocal talents during YMCA Idol, a karaoke based session. Free afternoon to try new activities at the Lodge or to explore the surrounding area. Sights worth seeing include Elephant Rocks State Park, Fort Davidson, the antiques town of Caledonia, and the Bonne Terre Mines.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets.
 Evening: Ice Cream Social and sharing session. Participants can share poetry, limericks, or other writings that they have done throughout the week while socializing and eating ice cream with all the fixings.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up sessions. Check out. Free time.
(Friday, March 1)

Note: Box lunches are available for an additional fee and are ready at 7 AM in the dining room. Must be ordered in advance.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Comedic Writers Session - Trends of the best sellers for the last century (45 minutes) Humor and Fun and Games Session focuses on childhood games (45 minutes) Humor in Music and Entertainment session focuses on whimsical sing-a-longs, campfire songs and jingles.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch with a soup, chili and salad bar. Menu varies, but includes one vegetarian entree and options for vegan and gluten free diets. BOXED LUNCH AVAILABLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE.
 Afternoon: Free time available to use YMCA Trout Lodge after check-out for all participants. Do some of the activities that you wanted to do but didn't get the chance like horseback riding or climbing towers.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Potosi, MO YMCA Trout Lodge
Full use of YMCA Trout Lodge. Includes boathouse, fishing, hiking, tennis, golf, mini-golf, lake swimming, Arts and Crafts, horseback riding and climbing towers. Some may require an additional fee. For additional information, visit www.ymcatroutlodge.org
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.


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