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Door County's Peninsula Music Festival: Rich Repertoire, Passionate Performers

Program Number: 18777RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/11/2013 - 8/16/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Door County, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $889.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals; Music Appreciation
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Experience the renowned Peninsula Music Festival, delighting audiences since 1953. In addition to background talks and expert presentations, attend two concerts and a closed rehearsal featuring professional musicians who come from across the country to be part of this special celebration. Learn the eventís history and how it grew out of the Early Moravian Music Festival. Meet both the Music Director/Conductor and the Associate Conductor who will provide insights into their roles and the selection of repertoire and guests artists. Other highlights include exploring the Door Community Auditorium with its ideal acoustics and hearing behind-the-scenes perspectives and entertaining stories from the festivalís volunteer management and staff.




Highlights

ē Hear behind-the-scenes perspectives and entertaining stories from the festivalís volunteer staff.
ē Learn the eventís history and how it grew out of the Early Moravian Music Festival.
ē Join local experts for an exploration of the Mink River Estuary, Swedish baking demonstrations, storytelling and more!



Activity Particulars

Walking a few blocks indoors and out; standing up to an hour; some stairs.



Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.




Door County

Comprising the peninsula at Wisconsinís northeast tip dividing Green Bay from Lake Michigan, Door County is blessed with more than 300 miles of shoreline, numerous parks, many arts organizations, and year round activities amid the natural beauty of changing seasons.



Accommodations
Waterfront resort with indoor pool on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline bordered by pristine estuary.
Meals and Lodgings
   Rowleys Bay Resort
  Rowleys Bay, WI 5 nights
 Rowleys Bay Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.
  Contact info: 1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com
  Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.
  Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call resort for details. Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Call resort for details. Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Resort check-in begins at 3:30 pm. You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at 7:30 am. You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Surface lot parking available at no cost for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rowleys Bay, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Ellison Bay, WI.
  Nearest highway: Highway 42.
  Nearest airport:  Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB), Green Bay, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Rowleys Bay, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Green Bay to Rowleys Bay

 

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 or $100 for two people traveling together
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

92 miles

   

Van shuttle provided by Covenant Harbor from/to the Green Bay 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 Rowleys Bay Take I-94 West (youíll really be going north) to Milwaukee. In downtown Milwaukee, Take I-43 North towards Green Bay. At Green Bay, follow signs to Sturgeon Bay. Take exit 185 to Sturgeon Bay/Highway 57. Continue on 57 North to the Village of Sister Bay. At Highway 42 in Sister Bay, turn right and proceed North. You can either proceed North until you intersect with County Highway ZZ and turn right (East) on ZZ, following it as it winds around to Rowleys Bay Resort, OR Continue north on Hwy 42 for about two miles until you reach Wildwood Road and turn right (east). A sign for the resort marks the turn. Proceed on Wildwood until you reach the stop sign at County Highway ZZ, turn Left on ZZ (following it to the right) and continue to Rowleys Bay Resort.
  From Minneapolis/St. Paul to Rowleys Bay Take I-94 East towards Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls. Take Highway 29 East towards Wausau. Stay on Highway 29 until Green Bay. Highway 29 becomes Highway 54 (north around the city). Highway 54 becomes Highway 57 North towards Sturgeon Bay. Take 57 North to the Village of Sister Bay. At Highway 42 in Sister Bay, turn right and proceed North. You can either proceed North until you intersect with County Highway ZZ and turn right (East) on ZZ, following it as it winds around to Rowleys Bay Resort. OR Continue north on 42 for about two miles until you reach Wildwood Road and turn right (east). A sign marks the turn. Proceed on Wildwood until you reach the stop sign at County Highway ZZ, turn Left on ZZ (following it to the right) and continue to Rowleys Bay Resort.
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, August 11)
   
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive at the hotel in the afternoon. Due to larger weekend groups, your room probably won't be ready until the stated check-in time. However you are welcome to explore the grounds, waterfront and bakery until your room is ready. Check in with the group leader to receive your name tag and program booklet. Check in with the hotel to receive your room assignment.
 Dinner: Buffet at 5:00 pm in the resort restaurant. You'll find lots of choices in hot and cold dishes.
 Evening: After dinner gather as a group for ORIENTATION. We'll receive the schedule and have a chance to get to know one another. Tonight's meeting will be kept short since many of you will have driven longer distances and would prefer to get to bed early.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History of Peninsula Music Festival / Door County Fish Boil / Evening Entertainment
(Monday, August 12)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the resort restaurant. This part of Door County was settled by Scandinavians. Perhaps this morning you'll want to try the Swedish pancakes with cherry topping and whipped cream.
 Morning: Begin your program with an on-site lecture on THE HISTORY OF THE PENINSULA MUSIC FESTIVAL with Executive Director Sharon Grutzmacher. This world-class music festival started in 1953 in a school gymnasium but now has a permanent home at the Door Community Auditorium. The Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra consists of outstanding musicians from around the country. Not only is the Peninsula Music Festival unique in the fact that it is located in Door County, but it is also unique in that the entire nine concert season is performed in three weeks each August. The history is rich in wonderful characters and stories. After 60 years, there isnít much that HASNíT happened! A 30-minute break to stretch your legs and then come back for a second lecture on THE ROLE OF THE SUSTAINING COMMITTEE. There are only two full time staff members at the Peninsula Music Festival. Without the help of over 100 volunteers, the Peninsula Music Festival would not take place. Founded by and run by volunteers for its first 38 years of existence, the Festival is a model for successful volunteer management. Ms. Challoner Brown, president of the volunteer committee for the Peninsula Music Festival, will share her insight on how the Festival comes together each year with the hard work of the volunteers. From serving lunch to the orchestra to picking up guest artists at the airport, to finding belts, bow ties or white jackets to replace ones that have been left behind. Our volunteers have done it all, seen it all and heard it all!
 Lunch: Buffet in the resort restaurant. Delicious choices await.
 Afternoon: MEET THE RESORT OWNER and learn about the history of Rowleys Bay Resort. Take a walk with Jewel Peterson Ouradnik down to the water's edge and learn more about the history of this area on the Mink River Estuary and across from Newport State Park. Come back to the hotel BAKERY BEHIND THE SCENES with Jewel as she explains how they make their famous caramel pecan rolls and Swedish skorpa. If that wasn't enough you'll want to join the resident storyteller and learn the history of the DOOR COUNTY FISH BOIL. Bring your camera for the spectacular "boil over". When the fish is done we eat.
 Dinner: Buffet in the resort restaurant. Tonight's menu features the traditional Door County Fish Boil with fresh Lake Michigan Whitefish, real Wisconsin melted butter, potatoes, onions, coleslaw and cherry dessert. For those who don't like fish there are may other choices on the buffet.
 Evening: Evening entertainment TBA.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Meet the Music Librarian / Meet the Associate Conductor / Evening Concert
(Tuesday, August 13)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the resort restaurant. There is always fresh fruit available in addition to hot entrees.
 Morning: MEET THE MUSIC LIBRARIAN. The Music Librarian for the Peninsula Music Festival will talk about where the music comes from, how it is prepared for rehearsal and performance and about licensing and royalty fees. This is an interesting job and very few people even know it exists. The librarian will bring a full set of symphony music and explain all that goes into its preparation.
 Lunch: Buffet in the resort restaurant. Have you tried the home made dinner rolls yet?
 Afternoon: After lunch, MEET THE ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR. Learn more about the role of Associate Conductor and what it is like to be a female conductor in a profession dominated by men. You'll also learn more about the composers and music you will hear at this evening's concert.
 Dinner: Buffet in the resort restaurant.
 Evening: PENINSULA MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT. Board our motor coach for a quick trip to Fish Creek and the Door Community Auditorium. PMF Concertmaster Igor Yusefovich, who last appeared in Mozart's Violin Concerto #5 in 2011, teams with PMF Principal Oboe Eric Olson, who most recently soloed in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in 2007, to perform Bach's Violin and Oboe Concerto, last performed at the festival in 1965. Handel's Water Music Suite #1 was first performed at the PMF in 1977 with Michael Charry conducting and most recently in 2004 with Victor Yampolsky conducting. The program concludes with Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, last performed in 2007 with Maestro Yampolsky conducting.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Closed Rehearsal / A Taste of Door County / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Wednesday, August 14)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the resort restaurant. Have you tried the caramel pecan rolls, they are to die for.
 Morning: We will take a FIELD TRIP to Gibraltar School and visit the old gymnasium where the orchestra performed for its first 38 seasons. This will help put all of the history from day one into a visual context. We will then walk to the adjoining Door Community Auditorium for a full tour of that facility. We'll attend a rehearsal of the Festival Orchestra. Rehearsals are usually closed to the public so this will be a special treat for Road Scholar participants. Meet with festival staff to answer questions about the rehearsal process and what needs to be accomplished before the concert. On our way back to the resort we'll stop at one of the largest cherry producers in Door County, Seaquist Orchards Farm Market for some tasting of locally-made products, most of the featuring cherries.
 Lunch: Buffet in the resort restaurant.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME. The afternoon is free so participants can choose activities of their own interests. Visit an artist's studio or gallery and look for original art. Take the ferry to Washington Island and explore the Stave Church and ostrich farm. Information on special events and options will be provided.
 Dinner: Buffet in the resort restaurant.
 Evening: FREE TIME. The evening is free so participants can choose activities of their own interests. Go to a play at Peninsula Players Theater or American Folklore Theater, explore the local music scene or soak up a gorgeous sunset.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Meet a Local Musician / Meet the Music Director / Evening Concert
(Thursday, August 15)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the resort restaurant.
 Morning: Meet a local Door County musician who is creating original music.
 Lunch: Buffet in the resort restaurant.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon you will MEET THE CONDUCTOR. Maestro Yampolsky will come to the resort to talk about his role in the process. What does he do and how does he do it? How does the Music Director work with the management of the Orchestra to program and prepare a season of music? Does an orchestra really follow and/or need the conductor? Maestro Yampolsky is a dynamic speaker and sure to delight the participants. You'll also learn more about the composer and music for this evening's concert.
 Dinner: Buffet in the resort restaurant.
 Evening: PENINSULA MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT. Board our motor coach for a quick trip to Fish Creek. Tonight the festival welcomes pianist Inna Faliks for her PMF debut. This all-Prokofiev program markes the PMF premiere of the Symphony No. 6. The only previous PMF performance of the First Piano Concerto was in 1964 with Ralph Votapek and Thor Johnson conducting. The Third Piano Concerto has been performed six times previously: in 1964 with John Browning and Thor Johnson conducting; in 1968 with Leonard Pennario and Thor Johnson; in 1975 with Ralph Votapek and Guy Taylor conducting; in 1980 with Gary Graffman and Michael Charry; in 1998 with John Browning and Victor Yampolsky; and most recently in 2006 with Andrew Armstrong and Maestro Yampolsky.
   
Accommodations: Rowleys Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, August 16)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the resort restaurant. This is your last chance to eat the resort's famous caramel pecan rolls and Swedish pancakes with cherry topping!
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Please turn in your program evaluation to the Group Leader. Check out and departure. Thank you for joining us for this Road Scholar program.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Rowleys Bay, WI American Folklore Theatre
American Folklore Theatre (AFT) is a critically acclaimed professional theatre company that presents original musical theatre under a canopy of stars at the Peninsula State Park Amphitheater mid-June through August. AFT moves indoors at the Door Community Auditorium September through mid-October for its fall season. Phone: (920) 854-6117. For additional information, visit www.folkloretheatre.com
  Cherry Train
Enjoy a tour of Washington Island, up to 2 hours in length with three selected stops along the way. Learn island history and living folklore and legends, accompanied by your expert tour guide. Combo ticket available for Washington Island Ferry & Cherry Train. Phone: 800-223-2094. For additional information, visit www.cherrytrain.com
  Door Community Auditorium
Door Community Auditorium is a year-round center for the arts presenting the best in music, dance and theatre. Phone: 920-868-2728. For additional information, visit www.dcauditorium.org
  Edgewood Orchard Galleries
Known since 1969 for exhibitions exploring ideas in a wide range of media, Edgewood Orchard Galleries has become one of the Midwest's most respected art galleries. Housed in a restored fruit barn built in 1918, the gallery presents monthly changing feature shows, along with general exhibits of work by over 150 artists. Paintings, sculpture, glass, clay, wood and jewelry are all represented. The serene setting features a bricked courtyard, arbor and glassed portico with bistro tables and chairs. A tranquil sculpture garden guides visitors through the woods and gardens surrounding the gallery. Phone: 920-868-3579. For additional information, visit www.edgewoodorchard.com
  Golf Course Options
Visit the Door County.com website for course information under the DO section. For additional information, visit www.doorcounty.com
  Peninsula Players
The Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theatre. The season runs mid-June to mid-October with performances Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Experience the theatre-in-a-garden and find out why more than 35,000 people were thrilled by last season's shows. Phone: 920-868-3287. For additional information, visit www.peninsulaplayers.com
  Washington Island Ferry
At the tip of the Door County peninsula, youíll find Northport Pier and the Washington Island Ferry Line to Washington Island. The island is a 35-square mile, year-round home to 700 people and a destination for thousands of visitors annually. The Washington Island Ferry Line is a vital, year round transportation link, crossing Deathís Door passage on the way to the island. Phone: 800-223-2094. For additional information, visit www.wisferry.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


Door County Tales


Author: Gayle Soucek


Description: Befitting its role as Wisconsin's thumb, Door County has its own unique pulse. It is the idyllic paradise "north of the tension line," that sends many unsuspecting tourists spiraling into an addiction that lands them in a summer home. It is also the "Door of the Dead," which some historians blame for more shipwrecks than any other body of fresh water in the world. The variety of nature's splendors and terrors is matched by the cast of characters that has risen up among them. In "Door County Tales," these characters are given free rein, which seems only proper in a place where one might walk out of a restaurant and see goats grazing on the roof.



Door County Visitors Guide


Author: Door County Chamber of Commerce


Description: Published annually, this visitors guide is your key to everything happening in Door County. Order online at www.doorcounty.com or call toll-free 1-800-527-3529. You'll find recommendations for restaurants and activities throughout the peninsula.





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