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Life and Music of Irving Berlin, Art of the Everyday, Homespun Humor

Program Number: 20982RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2013 - 5/2/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $697.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.



Life and Music of Irving Berlin

Discover Irving Berlin’s rise from Russian immigrant to legendary composer. In over 1,500 songs, 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, Berlin’s simple straightforward lyrics convey his love for America. Listen to Kate Smith’s “God Bless America.”



Art of the Everyday

Picture “The Milkmaid” or “Girl With a Pearl Earring” by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. We are fascinated by his use of color, composition, light and shadow. What makes these seemingly everyday events somehow elevated into the realm of “art.”



Home Spun Humor

Take some down home, honest advice from Mark Twain, Will Rogers and Andy Griffith. As social commentators, all three were able to use their wit and folksy style to poke fun at controversial situations and people without anyone being offended.




Lake Geneva

One hour southwest of Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is a resort city whose popularity arose from its accessibility from Chicago via the railroad. With its many large summer homes, the city has been called "The Newport of the West," and it remains a year round destination for those seeking a quaint, lakeside getaway.



Accommodations
Adult conference and retreat center of Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. The camp is set on 51 beautiful, wooded acres on the shores of Geneva Lake. Access to the public access lake path.
Meals and Lodgings
   Covenant Harbor
  Lake Geneva, WI 4 nights
 Covenant Harbor
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Located on beautiful Geneva Lake in a 52-acre wooded site. Public access walking path around the lake gets you up close to many of the historic mansions. Be sure to stay on the path.
  Contact info: 1724 Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org
  Room amenities: Local or 800 phone service, radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, soap, shampoo, lotion. There are no televisions in the rooms. No alcohol permitted on site.
  Facility amenities: Self contained conference and retreat center, meeting, sleeping and dining all in the same building. Elevator service to all three levels. Local phone service only. Mobile phone service may not be reliable. Two lounges with fireplaces. One television with basic channels in second floor lounge. No alcohol permitted on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for price information. Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability and price.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for price information. Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability and price.
  Check out time: 3:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in begins at 4:00 PM at conference center. You will be staying at Covenant Harbor that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 11:30 AM. You will be staying at Covenant Harbor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free surface parking for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Geneva, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
  Nearest highway: Highway 50.
  Nearest airport:  General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Geneva, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Gen. Mitchell Int'l Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI to Lake Geneva

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Covenant Harbor Van Shuttle
phone: 262-248-3600 x309
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 per person, $100 for two people traveling together
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

55 miles

   

Van Shuttle provided by Covenant Harbor from/to the Milwaukee airport on the program start and end dates only. Contact Ms. Brooke Furmanek, the program coordinator, to make your reservation at 262-248-3600 x309. One-way cost $75 per person or $100 for two people traveling together.

 
Driving Directions
  From Chicago to Lake Geneva Take the I-294 N towards Milwaukee (there will be tolls). Take I-94 W (You are actually going north) to Milwaukee (There will be tolls). Take the Hwy 50 W exit to Kenosha/Lake Geneva. Follow Hwy 50 W approximately 28 miles to Lake Geneva. Stay on Hwy 50 W one mile and turn left into the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp entrance. The entrance is just before Highway 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway.
  From Madison to Lake Geneva Take I-90 south to I-43 north. Follow I-43 north to Hwy 50 east (Lake Geneva). Follow Hwy 50 for about 10 miles. As you enter Lake Geneva you are coming down a big hill and the highway will narrow from four lanes to two lanes, at this point the Covenant Harbor/Geneva Bay Centre entrance is on the right. Continue down the drive and bear to the right at the fork, up the hill to Geneva Bay Centre (three story red brick building). Passenger drop off to the left, parking to the right. Travel time approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.
  From Milwaukee to Lake Geneva Take I-43 south to Exit 36, Hwy 120 East Troy/Lake Geneva. Take Hwy 120 south 13 miles to Lake Geneva (three stop signs). Continue straight into Lake Geneva, do not follow Hwy 120 around the city, instead continue straight onto Broad Street to the second stop light (intersection of Broad St and Hwy 50, the lake will be directly in front of you). Turn right on Hwy 50 and proceed west one mile (the lake is on your left) to the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp/Geneva Bay Centre entrance on your left (lakeside). Look for the red "Welcome Road Scholar" sign. The entrance is just before Hwy 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway. If you see Snake Road you've gone too far. Continue down the driveway and bear to the right at Heinzelman Way, continue up the road and park in front of the thee-story brick building (Geneva Bay Centre).
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 Orientation
(Sunday, April 28)
   
 Arrive To: Travel to Lake Geneva on your own -- OR -- join the Covenant Harbor van shuttle departing from the Milwaukee airport at 4:00 pm. Advance Reservation Required. Claim your luggage and meet at the GoRiteway kiosk by 3:45 pm. You will arrive in Lake Geneva at 5:30 pm in time for check-in, dinner and orientation.
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Check-in begins at 4:00 pm in the lobby of the Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp and Retreat Center. Please, no early check-ins; however, if you do arrive early, you are welcome to bring in your luggage and wait in the lounge until your room is ready. Pick up your program booklet, name tag and room key from your Group Leader who will be in the lobby. The booklet will contain the final day-by-day schedule and other program information that we will review during orientation.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. Meals served at the retreat center are buffet style. At dinner you'll find a salad bar with fresh greens and an array of toppings along with hot entrees and a dessert. Be sure to pace yourself, there are a lot of choices. Find a seat in the dining room and take your glass to the beverage center for your choice of milk, soda, iced tea, coffee or ice water. Meal times are a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants and talk about past programs you have attended.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for ORIENTATION. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and answer any questions. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Life and Music of Irving Berlin, Art of the Everyday, Home Spun Humor
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. You'll find a variety of hot and cold dishes along with fresh fruit and juice.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute session on THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN with Linda Bachand. Linda is a favorite instructor of many Road Scholar participants. Discuss Irving Berlin's early years in New York as a Russian immigrant. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am to stretch and get another cp of coffee. Come back at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute session on THE ART OF THE EVERYDAY with fine arts instructor Greg Athnos.
 Lunch: At 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a second ninety-minute session on THE ART OF THE EVERYDAY.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute session on HOME SPUN HUMOR with local instructor Chris Brookes. Tonight we'll look at the wit of Mark Twain.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Life and Music of Irving Berlin, Art of the Everyday, Home Spun Humor
(Tuesday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute session on THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN. From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood, Irving Berlin did it all. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am for a quick walk outside. Come back at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute session on ART OF THE EVERYDAY. Consider works by Vermeer and discuss his subtle use of light and shadow.
 Lunch: At 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for the final ninety-minute session on ART OF THE EVERYDAY.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute session on HOME SPUN HUMOR. Tonight we'll look at the commentary of Will Rogers.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Life and Music of Irving Berlin, Musical Theater Performance, Home Spun Humor
(Wednesday, May 1)

Note: Theater complex is ramped, no stairs.



   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a fifty-minute session on THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN. Board our motor coach at 10:00 am for the one hour ride to nearby Fort Atkinson and The Fireside Theater, a regional, equity dinner theater. The owners of the Fireside believe that people will come to a place they have been invited, and will return if they were made to feel welcome.
 Lunch: Plated lunch served at 11:15 am in the theater restaurant. Menu to be announced. After lunch you'll have some time to look in the shops at the theater complex before the show.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a 1:30 pm PERFORMANCE of the hit musical ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Three of the greatest names in American Musical Theater - Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Irving Berlin - came together to create one of the most original and beloved musical comedies of all time, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Many shows claim to be classics but this one truly is. It tells the tale of Annie Oakley - the world's greatest sharpshooter - and her topsy turvy, hilarious journey to find fortune, fame, and true love. Along the way she meets Buffalo Bill, Chief Sitting Bull, and an array of colorful characters who help her in her quest. Yet they still find time to sing some of the greatest songs ever to be sung on Broadway. Every song is a hit including "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better," "The Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night," and that great anthem of the American stage "There's No Business Like Show Business." Return to Lake Geneva after the performance.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute session on HOME SPUN HUMOR. Tonight we'll wrap up with the wisdom of Andy Griffith.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Life and Music of Irving Berlin, Departure
(Thursday, May 2)

Note: Late check-out has been arranged for all Road Scholar participants. We ask that you clean off the beds so the Housekeeping Staff can remake the beds and begin cleaning for weekend guests.



   
 Depart From: For those returning to the Milwaukee airport with the Covenant Harbor van shuttle, bring your luggage to the lobby for a 12:30 pm departure. You will arrive at the airport at approximately 2:00 pm. IMPORTANT: Do not make any flight plans earlier than 4:00 pm.
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a sixty-minute session on THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN. Talk about the show you saw yesterday. What did you like or dislike? Take a thirty-minute break at 10:00 am. This is a good time to take some things to your vehicle. Come back at 10:30 am for our final sixty-minute session on THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN. Discuss Berlin's lasting legacy to Broadway and the American identity.
 Lunch: At 11:30 am in the lower level dining room. Program ends with lunch. Thank you for joining us for this Road Scholar program. Safe travels.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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


As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin


Author: Laurence Bergreen


Description: Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was unable to read or write music and could only play the piano in the key of F-sharp major; yet, for the first half of the twentieth century he was Anerica's most successful and most representative songwriter, composing such hits as "Alexander's Ragetime Band," "Cheek to Cheek," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "White Christmas," " Anything You Can Do," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "God Bless America." "As Thousands Cheer" explores with precision and sensitivity Berlin's long, prolific career; his self-doubt and late-blooming misanthropy; and the tyrannical control he exerted over his legacy of song. From his immigrant beginnings through Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood to his reclusive and bitter final years, this definitive biography reveals the man who wrote 1500 songs but could never quash the fear that, for all his success, he wasn't quite good enough.





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