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Mystery Loves Company

Program Number: 16144RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/9/2013 - 6/14/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Green Lake, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Gather on the shores of beautiful Green Lake with others who love a mystery. Meet and learn from five award-winning mystery authors. Author D.C. Brod will approach the myth to plotting and writing engrossing fiction. Authors Ted Hertel and Gary Warren Niebuhr will open the doors to your week of mystery adventure. Film expert Terry Faherty takes you on a fascinating examination of the clues and helps solve the mystery neither Chandler or Marlowe could solve. For those fans of the "cozy" mystery novels, we have author Maggie Ley-Hertel help fill you in on all the details. Enjoy an up-close-and-personal interaction with these authors and discussions of all things mysterious.




Highlights

• Star in a recreated Ellery Queen radio mystery from the 1940s, or sit on the sidelines as a guest detective and try to beat Ellery Queen to solving the mystery.
• Challenge your detective skills as you learn the solution to a murder mystery..
• Compare and contrast the novel and film of one of the greatest crime stories of all time, Raymond Chandler's novel "The Big Sleep" starring Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

6-9-2013

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



Coordinated by Green Lake Conference Center.




Green Lake

Located in the heart of Wisconsin, Green Lake received its first guests by horse-drawn carriage nearly 150 years ago. Today, as then, visitors seek the respite of Wisconsin’s deepest lake and 27 miles of shoreline.



Accommodations
Hotel guest rooms in a lovely setting, many overlook beautiful Green Lake. Televisions in lounge areas only. Non-alcohol facility.
Meals and Lodgings
   Green Lake Conference Center
  Green Lake, WI 5 nights
 Green Lake Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Accommodations will be in one of several comfortable on-site hotels. Comfortable guest rooms in a lovely setting with private bath. All hotel rooms are near to the shores of beautiful Green Lake.
  Contact info: W2511 State Highway 23
Green Lake, WI 54941 USA
phone: 920-294-3323
web: www.glcc.org
  Room amenities: Linens and towels and daily room service. Hair dryers are available upon request at the Guest services desk. Complimentary small bottles of shampoo and conditioner are not provided in hotel rooms. Television is available in the lounge areas on each floor.
  Facility amenities: Gift shop, laptop wireless Internet access, recreation center with fitness room, seasonal boat and bike rentals, climb Judson Tower for a breathtaking view of the lake and conference center grounds, golf on two PGA championship courses, walking and hiking trails, tennis courts and enjoy the beauty of the grounds. TV is available in hotel lounges only, daily papers available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for current pricing To check on availability, please call in advance when reserving for additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for current pricing To check on availability, please call in advance when reserving for additional nights.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in time at the Conference Center is 3:30 to 5:00 in the lobby by our Registration Desk. Dinner begins at 5:00 PM with the Program Session beginning at 6:30 PM. You will be staying at Green Lake Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program session concludes at 12:00 PM. Lunch is provided following session in our dining room from 12:00-1:00 PM. You will be staying at Green Lake Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo identification such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Free on-site parking. Several handicapped and regular parking locations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Green Lake, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Green Lake, WI.
  Nearest highway: Highway 23.
  Nearest airport:  Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW), Appleton, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Green Lake, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Appleton

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Green Lake Conference Center
phone: 920-294-3323
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

Make reservation at least two weeks in advance

 

Oshkosh

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Green Lake Conference Center
phone: 920-294-3323
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

Make reservation at least two weeks in advance

 

Columbus

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Green Lake Conference Center
phone: 920-294-3323
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

Make reservation at least two weeks in advance.

 
Driving Directions
  From the North, South, East and West From the East, once you pass through the town of Ripon watch for the intersection of Highways 49, 23 and County A (traffic signal approximately four miles after you have exited the city of Ripon). From this intersection it will be 3.9 miles to the entrance gate of the Center. Look for a sign that says "Green Lake Conference Center and The Golf Courses of Lawsonia." You will enter by the brick wall and pillars. The entrance will be on your left. Stay on Highway 23, do not take Business 23, which will take you into the city of Green Lake. From the West, once you pass through the town of Princeton, watch for the intersection of Highways 23 and 73. (Acorn Ridge Motel is on your left, Bernie's Restaurant is on your right). Remain on Highway 23 going east. The conference Center is 3.1 miles from this intersection on your right. Note: There is a junction of highways 23 and 73 on the west side of Princeton. This is not the correct junction. Look for the landmarks as stated above, you need to keep going east on Highway 23 toward Green Lake. If you are coming from the south on Highway 73, heading north, at the intersection of 73 and 23, turn right (watch for Bernie's Restaurant and Acorn Ridge Motel). Remain on Highway 23 heading east for 3.1 miles. You will enter by the brick wall and pillars. You will see a sign that says "Green Lake Conference Center and The Golf Courses of Lawsonia." Proceed through the gates and watch for the signs. The road to the main conference center grounds and the Kraft Centre will be 1.5 miles. Park your car by the entrance of the Kraft Centre. This is where you will check in, receive your key card, and be directed to your housing for the week.
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: Arrival and Check In/The Usual Suspects
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival and check in at the Green Lake Conference Center. From the entrance gate to the Kraft Welcome Center it will be 1.5 miles, watch for signs. Park your car in the circle in front of the Kraft Centre. At the Kraft Centre you will meet your hosts, and you will receive your housing assignment and key card. After "moving in" you may want to explore the grounds, take a walk, or return to the Welcome Center and talk to your hosts. You may check in at our Kraft Centre anytime after 3:00 PM, however, on occasion you may not be able to check into your room until 4:00 PM. Dinner is served from 5:00 - 6:00 PM.
 Dinner: Buffet style dinner is served in the dining room.
 Evening: We will begin our orientation with an introduction to the Center as "your home" for the week. An overview of the program will prepare you for all that has been planned. Your program hosts will introduce you to the leadership, facility and program schedule. You will meet the award winning "Masters of Mystery" who will guide you through the week's puzzles, and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow "participants." The evening concludes with refreshments and snacks. You might choose to wind down for the evening by adjourning to the lobby or lounge of your housing accommodations for "after session" conversation, watch TV, or read before retiring for the evening.
   
Accommodations: Green Lake Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The History of Mystery, Real Life Crimes vs Fiction, Discussion of a True Crime Novels. Discussion of a Book Into Film: "The Maltese Falcon"
(Monday, June 10)

Note: Introduction to the masters on crime fiction. Learn about well-known and lesser-known mystery writers. Discuss how accurately the authors portray real life cases versus fictional stories. Free time to relax or to walk along the shores of beautiful Green Lake. Discuss and view the book into film "The Maltese Falcon."



   
 Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast is served in the dining room.
 Morning: We will begin each morning with daily announcements by your program hosts. Your leadership team will give a presentation and an overview of the day's activities. In our opening session we will discover over a century of the history of mystery. This will be everything you always wanted to know about the mystery genre in an entertaining presentation by one of the country's foremost authorities on crime fiction. Learn about both past masters of mystery and modern day future masters from a present day expert. Gary Warren Niebuhr's PowerPoint slide show will open the doors to your week of mystery adventure. From Edgar Allan Poe to Sue Grafton, everyone you need to know about will be discussed here. Mid-morning refreshment break will follow. In our second half of the morning we will get in on the fun of an interactive quiz game as your instructors challenge you to beat them in a contest of knowledge, skill, and wit. They'll provide the clues to test your familiarity with the best authors mystery has to offer. Come up with your own puzzlers to test their knowledge of crime and detection. Modern day and lesser-known authors will all be fair in this contest. At the end of this session, we guarantee you'll leave with a great list of "must-reads" to add to your stack of books.
 Lunch: Buffet style lunch is served in the dining room.
 Afternoon: For our afternoon session we will explore, The Life and Times of Dashiell Hammett. You've read "The Maltese Falcon" in preparation for the week's programming and you'll see the Humphrey Bogart version of the famous film this evening, but here's your opportunity to learn everything there is to know about its author. From his days as a pulp writer of stories of the Continental Op (based on Hammett's own experiences with the Pinkerton Detective Agency) to the only five novels he ever wrote to his final days drowning in alcohol with Lillian Hellmann, Hammett led a life even more adventurous than his famous protagonists. Hammett expert Gary Warren Niebuhr will reveal all the details of the author's life, writing, and tragic end. After this session we will offer free time to walk along the shores of beautiful Green Lake along with time to enjoy our beautiful grounds, rest, socialize, shop in our gift store or in nearby communities.
 Dinner: Buffet style dinner is served in the dining room.
 Evening: Tonight it is off to the movies as we review the award winning film, "The Maltese Falcon." This 1941 film version of Dashiell Hammett's novel was written for the screen and directed by John Huston. The film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade, with Mary Astor as his femme fatale client; along with Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet in his film debut. The film was Huston's directional debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. "The Maltese Falcon" has been named by many as one of the greatest films of all time and was cited by "Panorama du Film Noir Americain," the first major work on film noir, as the first film of that genre. The story concerns a San Francisco private detective's dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers who compete to obtain a fabulous jewel-encrusted statuette of a falcon. It is the tale of an anti-hero who must do the right thing because when a detective's partner is murdered, he's expected to do something about it. Following the film you will have your choice of activities, from watching some old-time TV shows to playing cards or board games or just relaxing.
   
Accommodations: Green Lake Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Review the classic "The Maltese Falcon," Interactive Workshop on Mystery Writing, Discussion on Legal Thrillers in Books and Film, Participate in a Crime Scene Investigation
(Tuesday, June 11)

Note: Discuss and evaluate the film "The Maltese Falcon." Learn about the elements that go into writing a mystery story with guidance from your instructors. Delve into the many legal thrillers that have been written into books and in films. Involve yourself in a CSI: Green Lake murder plot



   
 Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast is served in the dining room.
 Morning: Daily announcements by your program hosts. Leadership gives overview of day's activities. Next we begin our session discussing "The Maltese Falcon." The group will be led in a discussion of both the book and the film versions. We will discuss the themes and character development of the story, along with additional background on author Dashiell Hammett. Instructors will discuss the relationship between the book and the film, comparing and contrasting the two versions. We will also deconstruct the plot elements to determine how well the story holds up over seventy years later. Additionally, time permitting, we may discuss the two earlier film versions of the novel. After our morning break we "Plot It Yourself!" So, you want to be a writer but you say you don't know where to begin? Well, how about beginning at the beginning? With the guidance of your instructors we will have an interactive workshop aimed at putting the elements of a plot together into a cohesive whole. Bring those ideas you've had simmering in your mind for ages, throw them at your instructors, and they will either take them or discard them and tell you why they might or might not work in the context of a story. When we're finished, we expect to have the basis for a solid and entertaining mystery. The instructors will then prepare a synopsis of the story you created.
 Lunch: Buffet style lunch is served in the dining room.
 Afternoon: So we've had the chance to read " The Maltese Falcon," and see the film, but that only scratches the surface of the subject of noir books and films. Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes ad unsavory motivations. Hollywood's classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940's to the late 1950's. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has its roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Depression. Lead by Gary Warren Niebuhr, we will be looking at techniques used in this type of film (with background on the books associated with it), and the styles and stars of that era, along with illustrated examples. After this session you will have time to enjoy our beautiful grounds, go for a walk, rest, socialize, shop in our gift store or in nearby communities.
 Dinner: Buffet style dinner is served in the dining room.
 Evening: Tonight we will feature, CSI: Green Lake. "9-1-1, How may I help you?" "There's a man covered in blood lying on the floor in Kern Lodge here in Green Lake. I think he might be dead. Please hurry." "An ambulance and the police have been dispatched and they'll be here shortly." You are the first detective on the scene. You look for the clues. You write the report. You solve the crime. Is it murder, suicide, or an accidental death? You will work under the supervision of police sergeant Michael Black, an experienced crime scene investigator. You will have the rest of the week to investigate the crime and write your report for review by your supervisor. Then turn in your findings and listen as the solution is revealed Friday morning. Who knows? You might even catch a killer and win a prize for best or most complete or most original report. Following the program you will have your choice of activities from watching some old-time TV shows, or a movie to playing cards or board games or just relaxing.
   
Accommodations: Green Lake Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Suspense Workshop, The Mystery Greats, How To Outline Your Novel In An Hour, Musical Evening
(Wednesday, June 12)

Note: Learn how to create a suspense novel with the help of author LIbby Fischer Hellmann. Session on award-winning Mystery Greats. Workshop on how to outline a novel laced with suspense. Evening performance by a Barbershop Quartet



   
 Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast is served in the dining room.
 Morning: We will begin the day with daily announcements by your program hosts, and your leaders will discuss the day's activities. Let's begin the session with our suspense workshop. Author Libby Fischer Hellmann will present a workshop on how to create suspense. How does an author create a plot that will hold the reader's attention from the first word right down to the final sentence of a novel? How can an author make characters come alive on the page so that the reader cares about them from their introduction right through to their fates? How does setting enhance the tension in a story? Why does one story leave you breathless as you race through its pages and yet another one makes you yawn? Learn all about the secrets behind successfully holding a reader in the grip of suspense from one of today's masters. Next we will take a mid-morning refreshment break. For session two we delve into crime fiction and the social contract. It's been said that modern crime fiction offers a seamless way to explore today's political, economic, and social issues. From Scandinavia to Africa, Mongolia to Japan, New England to the Wild West, authors today are not afraid to frame their mysteries in historical or futuristic settings. But what makes some stories work and others fail? Instructors will talk about the development of mysteries as a social contract, and what that contract requires from both author and reader. We will then deconstruct one or two well-known novels that address important issues to see whether they fulfill that contract. Finally, we will get participants' opinions about what they like, don't like, or would like to see addressed in mysteries going forward.
 Lunch: Buffet style lunch is served in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Following lunch we will have a session on how to outline your novel in an hour. OK, you've now got your idea, you've got some thoughts on how to structure your plot, and you know when and how to lace the novel with suspense. But you don't know how to get from the beginning of the book to the final twist at the end. This workshop will help you achieve that goal. Prolific author Michael Black will tell you all the tricks you will need to know in order to construct an outline of your novel in just one hour." After this session you will have free time to shop in the Center's gift store or in neighboring communities. You might decide to spend some time enjoying our beautiful grounds, go for a walk or rest.
 Dinner: Buffet style dinner is served in the dining room.
 Evening: To conclude our busy day, we have planned a social evening with music and entertainment. You will be entertained by the Sawdust City Slickers, a local Barbershop Quartet whose music will be a joy and whose humor. . ., well, we will leave you to be the judge of that. It will be a fun night for all! The evening concludes with refreshments and snacks. Following the evening program, you will have a choice of activities from watching an old-time TV show or movie to adjourning to your hotel lobby or lounge for conversations, watching TV, or reading before retiring.
   
Accommodations: Green Lake Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mysterious Women of Crime, Talk to the Authors, Free Time, Rehearsal for the Radio Play, Presentation of "The Adventures of Ellery Queen"
(Thursday, June 13)

Note: Discussion on famous women mystery authors focusing on Agatha Christie. One-on-one interview between authors Libby Fischer Hellmann and Michael Black. Rehearsal for evening play and performance of "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" by participants.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast is served in the dining room.
 Morning: Daily announcements by program hosts, along with an overview of the day's activities. We'll start our morning discussing the Mysterious Women of Crime. Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, was not the first woman to write of detection, but she is probably the most famous. But there have been many murderous female writers both before and after Dame Agatha. Are today's women authors better than Christie? Why have women writers become so prominent? You can decide for yourself after this presentation on modern day female mystery authors as you learn all about the distaff side of crime writing. We will conclude our first session of the morning with a refreshment break. Next we will listen to Libby Fischer Hellmann and Michael Black, two of today's outstanding mystery writers, interview each other. Have you ever wondered how writers become writers? Who and what are their inspirations? What drove them to the lonely business of writing? How do they create their characters? Why do they write more than one series, and how do they keep all of those characters, plots and settings straight? Do they ever get writers' block, and how do they overcome it if they do? Ask them all the questions you want in a "don't miss" opportunity to get the answers you are seeking!
 Lunch: Buffet style lunch is served in the dining room.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will have our rehearsal for the evening radio play. We have terrific roles for eager stars-in-the-making as you join the Mighty Road Scholar Arts Players in this old-time radio recreation. But all good actors need to be dedicated to their art, which means they must rehearse. But don't worry - no memorization is required, just an ability to read a script you hold in your hands . . . just like it was done all those years ago in the radio studio. For those not in the play you will have the afternoon free to explore the Conference Center grounds and the lake. You might choose to visit and shop in nearby towns. Whatever you choose, the time will be yours.
 Dinner: Buffet style dinner is served in the dining room.
 Evening: This evening our Mighty Road Scholar Arts Players will perform a radio play on the Adventures of Ellery Queen. Have you ever wanted to be on the stage? Have you dreamed of becoming a radio star? Well, tonight is your chance as we feature the presentation of an actual Ellery Queen radio mystery from the 1940's. You may have decided to sit on the sidelines and be one of the guest detectives who try to beat Ellery Queen himself to the solution of the challenging mystery. This promises to be a fun evening for all, from actors, to detectives, to spectators. So get ready to take your bows in front of a live audience of the other program attendees! Refreshments will be served after the performance. Here is your final chance to participate in the "after session" viewing of a classic old time TV show or movie. For those of you exhausted by your fantastic performance "on stage", you might choose to play cards or board games or just relax.
   
Accommodations: Green Lake Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Your Mystery Favorites, The Crime Is Solved: CSI Is Decoded, Departure
(Friday, June 14)

Note: Discussion on your favorite authors of today. Our investigation is now closed and the Crime Scene Investigation has been solved. . .did you uncover the mystery? Final Q & A



   
 Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast is served in the dining room.
 Morning: Today we'll begin by packing up, and loading our cars. Next we will gather in our meeting room where your program hosts will make final announcements and give you additional information on checking out of your rooms. For your first session we will begin by discussing your mystery favorites. So, you think that you know better than the instructors who the best writers of today are? How about the best crime TV shows and movies? Here's your chance to prove it! Come prepared to tell the entire group about the mysteries, the authors, the TV shows and the movies that you love. As other attendees talk about their favorites, your list of authors, your list of books and shows to enjoy will increase exponentially. Time permitting, your instructors will also tell you about their favorite police and legal dramas. Refreshments will be served between sessions. We will not keep you in suspense any longer. The Crime is Solved: CSI will be Decoded. You're the lead detective on the case. You've had three days to examine the crime scene, spot the clues and interview the witnesses. You've sifted through the evidence, drawn your own conclusions, and written your report outlining your theory of the case. It's time for your supervisor, to review your report in front of the other investigators. Will you be promoted from beat cop to gold-shield-detective? Or will you be sent back to the streets, checking to be sure that the doors of businesses are locked up for the night? Prizes will be awarded, so you will have to do your best to get your promotion. To finish out the morning session we will have a final question and answer period in which the participants will be able to make suggestions on how to make this program better and to share with the instructors their ideas on what they would like to read, discuss and learn for future programming. The program concludes with lunch. We want to thank you for coming and wish you a safe journey home.
 Lunch: Buffet style lunch is served in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar program concludes with lunch. Safe Travel Home!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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The Maltese Falcon


Author: Dashiell Hammett




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