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Duos: Comedy Teams, Political Couples, and Musical Partners

Program Number: 15059RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/16/2013 - 6/21/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Join us for a week devoted to twosomes — beginning with a look at the lives of noted comedy teams such as Abbott & Costello and Martin & Lewis. Then move into the political arena. What would John and Abigail Adams think of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt? Wrap up with some Broadway music from the likes of Lerner & Loewe as you explore often turbulent partnerships and hear classic hit songs.




Highlights

• Discussions of comedy teams such as Burns & Allen are accompanied by film of famous comedy acts, while musical recordings enhance discussions of Broadway duos such as Rodgers & Hammerstein.
• Learn from a noted historian and author about political couples like George and Martha Washington and Harry and Bess Truman.
• Enjoy lunch and a matinee performance of a stirring musical at The Fireside Theater.



Activity Particulars

Limited walking; climbing stairs.



Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.




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
Conference center on 52 wooded acres with 1,150 feet of Geneva Lake shoreline. Alcohol not permitted on site.
Meals and Lodgings
   Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor
  Lake Geneva, WI 5 nights
 Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor
Type: Conference Center
  Description: 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 with 1150 feet of lake frontage. Public access lakeside walking path provides close viewing of the historic lake mansions. Several historic building remain from the original Sturges family estate including the boathouse and carriage house.
  Contact info: 1724 W. Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org
  Room amenities: Couch, table and chair, telephone with voice mail, free local or 800 calls, clock radio, and hair dryer. No televisions in sleeping rooms. No alcohol permitted on site.
  Facility amenities: Self contained conference and retreat cetner, meeting, sleeping and dining all in the same building. Elevator access to all three levels. Local phone service only. Mobile phone service may not be reliable. No TVs in rooms; however there is one TV with basic news channels in second floor lounge. Internet computer available in first floor lounge. No alcohol permitted on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $80.00 per night Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80.00 per night Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in begins at 4:00 pm in the Geneva Bay Retreat Center lobby. You will be staying at Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after 11:30 am lunch. Departures by 1:00 pm. You will be staying at Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Covenant Harbor waiver.
  Parking availability:
Free surface parking for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Geneva, WI
  Nearest highway: Highway 50.
  Nearest airport:  Gen. 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/Welcome, Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Check-in at Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp at 4:00 PM central time. Please, no early check-ins. If you do arrive early you are welcome to bring in your luggage, have a cup of coffee and wait in the lounge or take a walk down by the lake until your room is ready. Room key, name tag and program booklet distributed at check-in.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. Most meals are buffet style. Grab a seat in the dining room and take your glass to the beverage center for your choice of soda, iced tea, coffee, tea or ice water. Meal times are a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants and talk about past programs you have attended.
 Evening: After dinner, gather in the meeting room 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 to the group and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies.
   
Accommodations: Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Musical Partners/Free Time/Comedy Teams
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. You'll find lots of choices from pastries to fresh fruit to hot dishes. There's something for every taste.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on MUSICAL PARTNERS with Linda Bachand. Start with the musical partnership of George and Ira Gershwin. Listen to great live music from Linda. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am. Walk down to the lake and our historic boathouse. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on COMEDY TEAMS with Chris Brookes. Take a look at the lives and comedy of George Burns and Gracie Allen.
 Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room. Our talented kitchen staff prepares delicious choices for you each day. Check out the salad bar.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME: The afternoon is yours to enjoy lovely Lake Geneva and the surrounding area. The Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers several narrated cruises around the lake and the Geneva Lake Museum offers a glimpse into the past with wonderful displays of the area's past from historic mansions to the Playboy Club.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. Enjoy a satisfying meal with new fiends.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for our second ninety-minute lecture on COMEDY TEAMS with Chris. Tonight we'll look at the lives and comedy of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. What a nice way to conclude the day -- with a laugh.
   
Accommodations: Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Political Couples/Musical Partners/Comedy Teams
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. Maybe this morning it will be egg beaters, potatoes, coffee, and a seat along the windows to watch the squirrels at play.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on POLITICAL COUPLES with Dr. Ellen Langill. We'll start, appropriately, with George and Martha Washington. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am. Our 52 acres provides endless opportunities for exploration. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on POLITICAL COUPLES with Ellen. Continue the conversation of couples who have shared the White House.
 Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room. Be sure to save room for a cookie.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on MUSICAL PARTNERS with Linda. Compare the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein with those of Rodgers and Hart. Brilliant, yes; troubled, often.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. Remember to pace yourself.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on COMEDY TEAMS with Chris. Wrap up our three lecture series with the lives and comedy of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
   
Accommodations: Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Matinee Theater Performance/Evening Entertainment
(Wednesday, June 19)

Note: Theater/restaurant complex is ramped for easy access.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. You might opt for something light this morning as the meals at the theater tend to be rather hearty.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a sixty-minute lecture on MUSICAL PARTNERS with Linda. Look at the creative team of Allen Menken and Howard Ashaman, creators of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors." Then board our motor coach at 10:15 am for The Fireside Theater in nearby Fort Atkinson. Travel time is approximately one hour. Started in 1964 by Dick and Betty Klopcic as just a pyramid-shaped restaurant, this family-run business has grown to include a 1000 seat restaurant, a 600 seat equity dinner theater and unique shops. Now run by Dick and Betty's son Rick and his wife Jane, the Fireside tradition of excellence continues with 5-6 professional productions each year, fine dining and offers its guests a place to create cherished memories. The Fireside's motto: People will come to a place they have been invited and will return to a place where they have been made to feel welcome.
 Lunch: Plated lunch at The Fireside Theater served at 11:15 am. Today's menu includes your choice of coffee, tea or milk and fresh baked bread. Please talk to your Group Leader in advance if you have food allergies or dietary restrictions. Menu: Asian Salad, Roast Boneless Pork Chop and Panna Cotta.
 Afternoon: MATINEE THEATER PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a performance of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at The Fireside Theater. Performance begins at 1:30. It is a fun-filled, delightful spoof of all those great old 50’s science fiction movies. Seymour, the nerdy clerk at a down-on-its luck flower shop, loves the shop’s beautiful cashier Audrey and sets out to impress her by growing the world’s most unusual plant. Hilarity ensues when he discovers that the plant requires more than just water and sun to thrive. A tuneful musical score and a quirky, off-beat romance makes this show one of the last decade’s most successful and entertaining shows.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. What does the kitchen staff have in store for us tonight?
 Evening: It's been a big day at the theater, so tonight enjoy some FREE TIME. You can relax, read or come to the meeting room for a classic movie musical and some fresh popcorn.
   
Accommodations: Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Political Couples / Musical Partners / Comedy Teams
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. Is it an oatmeal morning?
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on POLITICAL COUPLES with Ellen. Discuss the fascinating lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am. Come back at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on POLITICAL COUPLES. Wrap up the four lecture series with first couples from the recent past.
 Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room. Soup and salad?
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a bonus lecture TBA.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for some light entertainment. Tonight we welcome Dr. Trevor Stephenson from Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Stephenson is a professional musician and Artistic Director of the Madison Bach Musicians. He plays the works of the great classical masters like Bach and Mozart on historically accurate instruments. His performance is half entertainment and half history lecture. You're sure to be amazed at his depth of knowledge and phenomenal keyboard skills. CDs will be available for purchase.
   
Accommodations: Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Musical Partners / Departure
(Friday, June 21)

Note: Check-out of rooms by 10:30 am.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am to wrap up our program with a sixty-minute lecture on MUSICAL PARTNERS with Linda. Look at the work of Lerner and Loewe including their classic musical "My Fair Lady." Take a thirty-minute break at 10:00 am. Come back at 10:30 am for a final sixty-minute lecture with Linda on MUSICAL PARTNERS.
 Lunch: Buffet at 11:30 am in the lower level dining room. Departure by 1:00 pm. Thank you for joining us for this Road Scholar program. Safe travels home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lake Geneva, WI Lake Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
Your guide to Lake Geneva. For additional information, visit www.lakegenevawi.com
  The Cheese Box
The Cheese Box is the oldest and only remaining cheese store in the Lakes Area. For sixty years a visit to Lake Geneva has not been complete without a stop at the Cheese Box stock up on fine Wisconsin cheeses. For additional information, visit www.cheesebox.com
  Old World Wisconsin
The immigrants and pioneers who settled Wisconsin came from vastly different cultures. Yet they all shared a common purpose - the determined pursuit of the American Dream. Old World Wisconsin tells their stories by re-creating a world in which farmers, tradesmen and shopkeepers lead their lives the same way these settlers did. Come to see, hear and smell the same things that filled the senses of those hardy souls who chose to build new lives in a faraway place called Wisconsin." About 30 minutes from Lake Geneva. For additional information, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org/oww/details.asp
  Yerkes Observatory
The Yerkes Observatory is an astronomical observatory of the University of Chicago in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. It was created in 1897 by George Ellery Hale and financed by Charles T. Yerkes. A 102 cm (40 inch) refracting telescope built by the master optician Alvan Clark is located inside; it was the largest telescope until the construction of Mount Wilson's reflector. It remains the largest refracting telescope ever used. Public tours conducted on Saturdays. For additional information, visit astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/
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Suggested Reading List


The Street Where I Live


Author: Alan Jay Lerner


Description: This is a highly personal biography of three great shows: My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Gigi. Warm, witty, loving, often hilarious, and poignant in its affection for a glorious era in the American theater, it is the story of what Mr. Lerner calls "the sundown of wit, eccentricity, and glamour." The author himself, try as he will to keep himself out of his pages, emerges not merely as a great talent, but as a man of laughter and love. His principals, however, are Moss Hart and Fritz Loewe, with a stupendous supporting cast: Julia Andrews, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Cecil Beaton, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Caron, Vincente Minnelli, Arthur Freed ...and on an on. They are seen intimately in moments of triumph, disaster, doubt and panic, pettishness and hilarity. Sometimes they were amateurs at private living, but they were always professionals at the creation of theater. And the creation of theater is the matrix of this wonderful book. Here is how a show is conceived, financed, written (and rewritten and rewritten), produced, staged, saved, and finally given to the public.



The Sound of Their Music: The Story of Rodgers and Hammerstein


Author: Frederick Nolan, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein


Description: The greatest partnership in the history of the musical, captured in print, wonderfully illustrated. For this new edition, the book has been completely rewritten and substantially expanded to include material on Rodgers' early career with Lorenz Hart as well as his later work, and also features recollections from such theatrical titans as Sheldon Harnick, Martin Charnin, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents. Also, a completely new appendix reveals the details of the continuing worldwide phenomenon of Rodgers and Hammerstein's work up to and including the 2002 centennial year for Rodgers.



Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History


Author: Kati Marton


Description: Marton uncovers the behind-the-scenes dynamics of the ultimate power couples, showing how first ladies have used their privileged access to the president to influence staffing, promote causes, and engage directly in policy-making. Edith Wilson secretly ran the country after Woodrows debilitating stroke. Eleanor Roosevelt was FDRs moral compass. And Laura Bush, initially shy of any public role, has proven to be the emotional ballast for her husband. Through extensive research and interviews, Marton reveals the substantialyet often overlookedlegacy of presidential wives, providing insight into the evolution of womens roles in the twentieth century and vividly depicting the synergy of these unique political partnerships.



Gracie: A Love Story


Author: George Burns


Description: "SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE..." With those now familiar words, George Burns and Gracie Allen bid farewell to devoted audiences at the end of each of their broadcasts throughout the Golden Age of radio and television. Now, in this moving portrait, George Burns tells the story of his life with Gracie, the dizzy comedienne whose "illogical logic" charmed America. Burns recalls their first meeting, the vaudeville tours, family days in Hollywood, and their lasting friendship with Jack Benny and other entertainment greats. Here is one of America's most beloved comedians remembering the woman he loved best and the extraordinary life they shared together.



Abbott and Costello in Hollywood


Author: Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo


Description: The personal archivist of the Abbott and Costello estates and the founder of the Official Abbott and Costello Fan Club join forces to produce this definitive history of the timeless comedy team's fabulous film career. Drawing on studio archives, Bud and Lou's personal scrapbooks and more than 75 interviews, each of Abbott and Costello's 36 movies is described in remarkable detail, including cast and crew credits, synopsis, script excerpts, production notes, cut scenes, and final reviews. Also documented is the team's early career in burlesque and radio, as well as the years following their split. Includes over 150 rare, behind-the-scenes photos; an introduction by Jerry Lewis; foreword by Bud Abbott Jr. and Chris Costello, Lou's daughter; and the complete text of "Who's On First?"



Dean and Me


Author: Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan


Description: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis soared to popularity in post-World War II America, as their unlikely chemistry proved successful. The two met in New York City in 1945, where Lewis, a struggling comedian, and Martin, a handsome crooner, were looking to hit the big time. This candid memoir examines the tumultuous yet productive relationship that developed between the two as they spent 10 years performing live shows and making movies. As Lewis tells it, in the early years of the duo's success, they began hanging out with movie stars and other celebrities, and life was one continuous party, with loads of money and all the booze, babes, and good times that either could ask for. But despite attempts to manage their egos and to handle the other pressures that come from living a fast life, eventually the magic began to fade and the two finally called it quits in 1956. After parting ways, both achieved great solo success: Martin becoming a member of the famous Rat Pack and Lewis a successful writer, producer, and director. Although they never really worked together again, Lewis maintains that he never stopped loving Dean Martin, and indeed this book is an adoring tribute to the man.



The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs


Author: Michael Feinstein


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