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Verdi 200, Effervescent Operetta, and the Courage to Create Beauty

Program Number: 21055RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2013 - 8/23/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $586.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.



Verdi 200

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi, leading Italian composer of the late 19th Century. Led by professional opera artists, examine his operas including “La traviata” and “Aida,” and enjoy a concert by the Hart family.



Effervescent Operetta

Like champagne, the music is bubbly and intoxicating. Study famous operettas including “Die Fledermaus” and “The Merry Widow” as well as brilliant but less well known works such as “La belle Hélène” and a few rarities, all reflecting their times.



The Courage to Create Beauty

Beautiful music, art and photography express and inspire creativity. What are 2 steps leading to scientific insights and spiritual epiphanies? Creativity births new ideas that can challenge the establishment. Galileo, Einstein and Gandhi had courage to do so.




West Swanzey

Nestled in the valley of southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard-perfect towns in the Monadock region. Winding roads pass covered bridges, historic sites and the 3,000-foot Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular ascents in New England.



Accommodations
Lakeside cabins and condos at conference facility on shores of Swanzey Lake; limited first-floor rooms. Alcohol-free site.
Meals and Lodgings
   Pilgrim Pines
  West Swanzey 5 nights
 Pilgrim Pines
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere
  Contact info: 220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org
  Room amenities: Wifi is available in some rooms and Meetinghouse
  Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: NA 
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: NA 
  Check out time: 10:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. in Mayflower Lodge - Office. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 p.m. Mayflower Dining Room -Lunch. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No personal documents or passports needed
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Swanzey
  Nearest city or town:  Keene, NH
  Nearest highway: Interstate Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
  Nearest airport:  Manchester, NH
  From End of Program
  Location: West Swanzey
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Logan/Bradley/Manchester

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportation
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Logan-$59.00/Bradley-$59.00, for scheduled service to Keene. Manchester-$97.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours. Airport departures: 8:30 am,11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 9:00 pm 

 

Distance:

 

Logan-95 miles, Bradley-85 miles, Manchester-75 miles

   

Bus service is available from Bradley to Keene... requires bus change. No bus service from Boston or Manchester. Rental car is another option. Please call Chuck Anderson, coordinator 603-499-1994 to see about coordinating transportation schedules with other Participants.

 
Driving Directions
  Boston, MA Highway #2 West to 140 N. 140 N to 12 N. 12 N through Troy, NH to Flat Roof Mill Rd., (3.5 miles N of Troy) L on Flat Roof Mill Rd to #32. (about 4 miles - stop sign). R on 32 and an immediate L on Swanzey Lake Rd. 2.2 miles on Swanzey Lake Rd to West Shore Rd. Turn R and follow 1 mile to Pilgrim Pines sign.. continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
  Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA #91 N to exit 28A...(N of Greenfield, MA exit) Follow #10 N from that exit through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester look for Pilgrim Pines sign. When you pass the Shamrock Reality building, turn R on Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow 4 miles, bearing R to West Shore Rd. Turn L on West Shore Rd and follow one mile to Pilgrim Pines sign... continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
Equipment Requirements: NONE
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: Afternoon arrival/check in and Orientation
(Sunday, August 18)

Note: After Check-in you are invited to enjoy the beach, open for swimming, canoeing and relaxing.



   
 Afternoon: Registration begins at 3:00-3:30 p.m.in Mayflower Lodge - Office where you will receive a welcome packet with a an updated schedule, emergency information, and information about the campus. Coffee and snacks, 3:30-5:00 p.m
 Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style, 6:00 p.m in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, coffee and choice of drinks. (Gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).
 Evening: Orientation will begin at 7:30 p.m. It will include introductions of instructors, review of schedule for the week, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and an oppotunity to begin to become acqainted with other participants.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Effervescent Operetta, Courage to create beauty, Verdi 200, Boat rides on Swanzey Lake, canoeing, swimming, hiking
(Monday, August 19)

Note: There will be an pportunity for an organized Hike, Patoon Boat rides,and free time for waterfront activities.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast, 8:00 a.m in the lodge.
 Morning: Class one, 9:00 a.m. Effervescent Operetta Break Class two, 10:45 a.m. - Verdi 200
 Lunch: Lunch, 12:30 p.m. in the lodge
 Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. Free TIme - Options will include swimming, canoeing, golf, tennis, and hiking. Boat rides will be offered along with a hike to tippin rock.
 Dinner: Dinner, 6:00 p.m in lodge
 Evening: Class three, 7:15 p.m. - Courage to create beauty
 Evening: Evening snacks and fun 8:45 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Effervescent Operetta, courage to create beauty, Verdi 200, Hart Family in Concert, Covered Bridge tour
(Tuesday, August 20)

Note: Tour of six Covered Bridges of Cheshire County by Maxi-van and Swimming in Swanzey Lake



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the lodge
 Morning: Class one at 9:00 am - Effervescent Operetta Break Class two at 10:45 am - Verdi 200
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm in the lodge.
 Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. Tour by maxi vans of covered bridges of Chesire County. 4:00 p.m. Class three - Courage to create beauty
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 pm in the lodge
 Evening: 7:30 p.m. Hart family in concert Craig, operatic bass, Susan, piano coach along with their children will present a concert featuring, opera classical, broadway and fun selections.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Tour of Monadnock Region by maxi-vans, A celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday.
(Wednesday, August 21)

Note: Tour of the Monadnock region - place to be determined by weather and interests of the Road Scholars.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 am in the lodge.
 Morning: Class one at 9:00 am - Effervescent Operetta Break Class two at 10:45 am - Courage to create beauty
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm in the lodge.
 Afternoon: Tour of Monadnock Region by maxi-vans. The place will be determined by interest of Road Scholars and weather permitting. Late afternoon there will be opportunities for swimming and canoeing..
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 pm in the lodge.
 Evening: Class three at 7:15 p.m. - Wednesday night at the Opera - A Verdi Opera to celebrate his 200th Birthday
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Effervescent operetta, courage to create beauty, Verdi 200, Homespun,
(Thursday, August 22)

Note: Excursion to Keene during free time abd waterfront activities, canoeing and swmming. Participate in Homespun where Road Scholars are invited to share a poem, story, song, etc.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 am in the lodge.
 Morning: Class one at 9:00 am - Effervescent Operetta Break Class two at 10:45 am - Courage to create beauty
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm in the lodge.
 Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. Free Time - Options - will include waterfront activities and an excursion to Keene. 4:00 p.m. Class three - Verdi 200
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 pm in the lodge.
 Evening: 7:30 pm Road Scholars are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, creative writing, song, joke, etc.
 Evening: Following the program we will make our own sundaes.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Effervescent operetta, courage to create beauty, Verdi 200, check out of rooms and farewell luncheons.
(Friday, August 23)

Note: Check out of rooms, wrap up of classes and farewell luncheon



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:45 am in the lodge.
 Morning: Class one, 8:45 a.m.- Effervescent Operetta Check out of Rooms, 9:45 a.m., Class two, 10:15 a.m. - Courage to create beauty Class three, 11:15 a.m. - Verdi 200
 Lunch: Farewell luncheon, 12:15 p.m. in the lodge.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  West Swanzey New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism
State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development 172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856 Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1856 Fax: 603-271-6870 or travel@dred.state.nh.us To order your vacation kit please call: 800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) To speak with one of our Division office staff please call: 603-271-2665 For additional information, visit www.visitnh.gov/
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


The Story of Giuseppe Verdi


Author: Gabriele Baldini


Description: Good overview of Verdi's life and introduction to his operas. Available from Barnes and Noble in paperback



Beauty in Science and Spirit


Author: Paul H. Carr


Description: This is a book about the interplay of science and spirit. The scientific account of the origin of the universe complements that of spiritual stories. Each can be beautiful in its own way. Each has a different purpose. Spiritual stories answer "why" and give guidance and motivation for living. Scientific theories explain "how," give an account of measurements and make predictions. Integrating the "how" and the "why" leads to a beautiful new story that transcends national and cultural differences. Available from textbooks.com





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