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Learn to Play the Best Bridge of Your Life

Program Number: 17720RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013; 7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Dover, Vermont
Price starting at: $686.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bridge & Other Games
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

In picturesque Vermont, award-winning, certified instructors teach concepts rather than rules and help you master the game of bridge by playing hands. Each day's sessions include expert presentations on bidding, play of the hand and defense. By program’s end, you will have heightened your bridge skills and tested them by partnering up for a competitive but fun mini-tournament — perhaps with a jug of Vermont maple syrup as a grand prize!




Highlights

• Explore bidding with a modern, no-nonsense approach to Standard American, emphasizing competitive bidding tools.
• Learn all the secrets to taking tricks on purpose and see how easy it can be to count the cards.
• Examine defensive play and learn how to read through the back of your partner's cards.



Activity Particulars

Leisurely walking along groomed trails.



Program for those with a working knowledge of Bridge, whether social or duplicate, and play on a regular basis.




West Dover

One of the state’s most historic and scenic areas, the village of West Dover attracts visitors wishing to explore its well-preserved early 19th-century buildings, as well as to savor the stunning vistas of Mount Snow and the verdant Green Mountains.



Accommodations
Family-owned inn with outdoor hot tub and heated swimming pool.

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

Marti Ronemus is a nationally recognized columnist, author and lecturer who has been teaching bridge for over a decade and a half. She is on the American Contract Bridge League Celebrity Speaker Panel, and loves seeing players advance and grow. She believes that bridge is more fun than grownups should have, and knows that if you aren’t laughing, you aren’t learning! When she isn’t on the road, Marti and fellow teacher and husband Gary run Bridge Boardroom, a full-time bridge club in York, Pa.
 
Edward Scanlon

Edward Scanlon is a rising star in the bridge world. He became business manager at Bridge Boardroom seven years ago, having never played a hand of bridge. By the end of his first year, he was #11 nationwide in rookie scorers. Since then, he has become owner of the Boardroom — one of Pennsylvania’s biggest clubs — and one of the most sought-after teachers in the region. His fresh approach focuses on the joy of the game, and the fun of playing. He is also a tournament director. He, his wife Erica and their two sons, 19 and 3, live in York, Pa.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Gray Ghost Inn
  West Dover 5 nights
 The Gray Ghost Inn
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: The Gray Ghost Inn a country inn owner operated with a focus on individual service and personal attention.
  Contact info: 290 Route 100
West Dover, VT 05356 USA
phone: 800-745-3615 x8024642474
web: www.grayghostinn.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have private bath and moderate furnishings.
  Facility amenities: Several decks an porches for participants to enjoy as well as an outdoor hot tub and swimming pool. The Inn also features a large game room with a pool table and ping pong along with other entertainment.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $57 single $95 double Rate includes full breakfast cooked to order served with a smile.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $57 single $95 double Rate includes full breakfast cooked to order served with a smile.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 pm You will be staying at The Gray Ghost Inn that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 am You will be staying at The Gray Ghost Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Yes, and Included.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Dover
  Nearest city or town:  Wilmington
  Nearest highway: Interstate 91
  Nearest airport:  Hartford, CT
  From End of Program
  Location: West Dover
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hartford CT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Valley Cab
phone: 802-348-7827
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$160
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 40minutes 

 

Brattleboro, VT

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Valley Cab
phone: 802-348-7827
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

27 miles

 

Albany, NY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Valley Cab
phone: 802-348-7827
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$160
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

I hour 40 minutes 

   

price is for the drive and not per person

 

Boston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Valley Cab
phone: 802-348-7827
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$280
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours To the Gray Ghost Inn 

   

Price is for the drive and not per person

 
Driving Directions
  Boston Interstate 90 to I-91 north upon entering Vermont take Exit 2 to 9 west to the town of Wilmington. In Wilmington turn left on Route 100 North 7.5miles To the Gray Ghost Inn
  Montreal, Quebec Take I-89 South to White River Junction, VT. Merge onto I-91 South at White River Junction and continue toward Brattleboro. At Brattleboro, take Exit 2 to Route 9 West/Western Avenue. Turn right onto Route 9 West and follow to Wilmington. Turn right onto Route 100 in Wilmington. The Gray Ghost Inn is located 8 miles north on the right hand side. You will see our sign and the parking lot.
  New York City Interstate 87 to Albany/Troy take 787 to Route 7 East turns to 9 east in VT. Take 9 east to Wilmington VT turn right on Route 100 north 7.5miles to the Gray Ghost Inn.
Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes for the pleasure walks.
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: Welcome to the excitement of modern Bridge
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Arrive To: INN CHECK-IN: From 2:00pm. Along with your room assignment, you'll receive a program packet containing your name tag, most up-to-date schedule, and other helpful information. WELCOME RECEPTION: We'll gather at 5:30 in the main lounge to start getting acquainted
 Dinner: Plated dinner in main dining room. Meet your fellow players.
 Evening: Orientation will take place in main dining room discussing program details and activities. It’s time to start discovering why bridge is the most famous game in the world. Once you learn this game, you can go anywhere on the Planet Earth and immediately find fellow players-- language is no barrier! We’ll give you a little overview of what you can expect over the next few days, and how your life will change forever!!
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Getting Started On Our First Hand
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is cooked to order, featuring organic local foods and seasonal fruits
 Morning: We will tackle our learning in tiny bite-sized pieces, each one providing a foundation for what’s coming. You will learn by playing bridge, not listening to lectures. Each puzzle piece will be followed by sample hands.
 Lunch: A light plated lunch will be provided in the restaurant dining room. There will be a two and a half hour break including lunch. During this time we will host a walk or a leisurely trip into town.
 Afternoon: We will continue to fine-tune what we learned in the morning. We’ll focus on practice rather than absorbing new material. You’ll learn how the best part of bridge is your partner, and how many different ways there are to look at the same hand.
 Dinner: Dinner is served in the main dining room of the the Inn. This will be a plated dinner with selections made from the first night.
 Evening: Shuffle and Shmooze. We’ll gather with no set agenda, just “hang out,” deal some hands at random, see what we can discover about them. During the evenings free-play hostlers will get a chance to discover how todays lesson benefits their play. Instructors will be on hand to start the play and answer questions that may arise.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Getting In The Game
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is cooked to order, featuring organic local foods and seasonal fruits, served in the main dining room
 Morning: You’ll learn that there are no rules in bridge, only different approaches. Each hand is a mystery to be unraveled and explored. We will look at bidding, declarer play and defense. You will be amazed and entranced by the treats each hand holds. Brief coffee break during this presentation.
 Lunch: A light plated lunch will be provided in the restaurant dining room. There will be a two and a half hour break including lunch. After lunch, during the break there will be a historical presentation on life in Vermont and New England during he Revolutionary war.
 Afternoon: You’ll learn how the best part of bridge is your partner, and how many different ways there are to look at the same hand. We will learn to be flexible and enjoy “going with the flow” of the cards. You will come to understand that bridge is an art form, not a science!!
 Dinner: Served in main dining room
 Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: After dinner a discussion on the local flora and fauna will be led by a Vermont trained biologist. Samples of both animals and artifacts will be brought and discussed. This is an opportunity to draw out both myths and legends of Vermont history of wild animals and domestic life as it has evolved through the ages.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Planning The Play
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is cooked to order, featuring organic local foods and seasonal fruits, served in the main dining room.
 Morning: You’ll learn that there are no rules in bridge, only different approaches. Each hand is a mystery to be unraveled and explored. We will look at bidding, declarer play and defense. You will be amazed and entranced by the treats each hand holds.
 Lunch: A light plated lunch will be provided in the restaurant dining room. There will be a two and a half hour break including lunch. During this time we will host a leisurely trip into the town of Wilmington Vermont. Wilmington is a quaint little town rich in history and New England architectural features.
 Afternoon: Emphasizing the topic of the morning we’ll focus on practice rather than absorbing new material. You’ll learn how the best part of bridge is your partner, and how many different ways there are to look at the same hand. We will learn to be flexible and enjoy “going with the flow” of the cards.
 Dinner: Previously made dinner choices served.
 Evening: After dinner we will be featuring a musical performance by local performers. This in-house show will include melodies we can all sing-a-long, perhaps request a favorite and participate.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Discovering The Joy of The Game
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is cooked to order, featuring organic local foods and seasonal fruits, served in the main dining room.
 Morning: This morning we will learn by playing bridge, and give listening to lectures a break. You’ll learn that there are no rules in bridge, only different approaches. Each hand is a mystery to be unraveled and explored. We will look at bidding, declarer play and defense. You will be amazed and entranced by the treats each hand holds.
 Lunch: EXCURSION: A light plated lunch will be provided in the restaurant dining room. There will be a two and a half hour break including lunch. During this time we will host a walk or a leisurely trip into town. Dover valley trail provides a nice groomed trail for a stroll among the trees a guide will take a group for a 40 minute walk.
 Afternoon: Play in a mini-tournament!! You’re ready for prime time! Let’s play in a real game, with Masterpoints for the winners. What are Masterpoints? You’ll find out!! This is a great opportunity to see how games are played in clubs around the world. Get ready to take your show on the road.
 Dinner: Served in main dining room
 Evening: Tournament will continue with supervised free play to follow.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Play Well and Farewell.
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be cooked to order, featuring organic local foods and seasonal fruits, served in the main dining room.
 Morning: Awards ceremony, the winners of yesterday's tournament will be awarded....perhaps maple syrup we are after all in Vermont!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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