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Quilting at the Monastery of the Ascension

Program Number: 19769RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/5/2013 - 8/11/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Jerome, Idaho
Price starting at: $698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Crafts
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Improve your quilting skills and learn the history of this beloved craft while making your own two-block quilt top alongside fellow quilters. Whether you are a novice or an experienced quilter, you will benefit from expert instruction and enjoy nightly presentations on a variety of related topics, as well as hands-on sewing demonstrations. Learn tips for keeping yourself healthy and dexterous while quilting, take part in daily exercise and enjoy sumptuous cuisine prepared by a noted chef.




Highlights

• Visit three local quilt shops and enjoy a picnic in a park en route through the Snake River Plain.
• Take in presentations on quilts in the American West, how quilt blocks got their names and more.
• Participants receive fabric kits composed of traditional, batik or bright fabrics in colors of their choice.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program. All outings are optional. Personal sewing machines welcome. Rentals available for $25 for the week. Fabric provided.



Coordinated by Benedictine Monastery of the Ascension.




Jerome (Idaho)

Surrounded by bountiful farmlands and bordering on the Snake River Canyon, Jerome county has 16,000 residents, including twelve Benedictine monks, who live a peaceful, prayerful life in a thoroughly modern monastery.



Accommodations
Guest house at the Monastery of the Ascension with private baths. Locally sourced meals favor organic produce and can accommodate special needs.
Meals and Lodgings
   Monastery of the Ascension
  Jerome, ID 6 nights
 Monastery of the Ascension
Type: Conference Center
  Description: The Road Scholar is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.
  Contact info: 541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377 x202
web: www.idahomonks.org
  Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms have private bath and shower, but are not as nice as main building.
  Facility amenities: Air conditioned. Free snack bar, laundry, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity (30 AMP only) and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers. Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.
  Check in time: 1:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers. Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.
  Check out time: 11:45 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:50 PM social in dining room. You will be staying at Monastery of the Ascension that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast, 7:40 AM. You will be staying at Monastery of the Ascension the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free, right in front of the building.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jerome, ID
  Nearest city or town:  Twin Falls, ID
  Nearest highway: I-84
  Nearest airport:  Twin Falls, ID
  From End of Program
  Location: Jerome, ID
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Twin Falls, ID airport or bus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Monastery Car
phone: 208-324-2377
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$12.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

   

There are four or five planes a day from Salt Lake City to Twin Falls and back. We can pick up people from any of these flights and deliver them back again.

 

Salt Lake City Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Salt Lake Express
phone: 800-356-9796
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 -$50 (varies with season)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

There have been various attempts at Salt Lake City--Boise shuttles. This is the best and we hope it will last for a long time. Much cheaper than flying, if you can make the connection. This shuttle lets people off at the Walmart in Jerome, and we can pick you up there and deliver you back, $20.00 round trip.

 

Boise Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Salt Lake Express
phone: 800-356-9796
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 -$50 (varies with season)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 50 minutes 

   

There have been various attempts at Salt Lake City--Jerome--Boise shuttles. This is the best and we hope it will last for a long time. Much cheaper than flying, if you can make the connection. (There are no direct flights from Boise to Twin Falls). There are several runs from Boise to Jerome each day, one in the morning, one if the evening. This shuttle lets people off at the Walmart in Jerome, and we can pick you up there and deliver you back, $20.00 round trip.

 

Twin Falls, ID

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Monastery Car
phone: 208-324-2377
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

   

The Greyhound bus comes through Twin Falls and leaves people off on the main street. There are several motels right across from the bus station. We will meet the bus and bring people to and from the monastery in a car.

 
Driving Directions
  Coming on I-84 from East. Turn at exit 173 (to Sun Valley). Go north (toward Sun Valley) on Hwy 93 for 4 miles just past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South), turn right, go for 1.5 miles, turn in at sign on right, "Monastery of the Ascension." [Or continue north on Hwy 93 for another mile to blinking yellow light, turn right onto Hwy 25 (toward Eden, ID, go 1.9 miles to a sign which also says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.]
  Coming on I-84 from West. There are two options. (1) Take the first Jerome exist (#165) and go straight through town on Highway 25/Main Street and then about four miles beyond until you come to the blinking red light at Highway 93 (just part the Jerome airport). Go straight across Highway 93 and proceed for 1.9 miles further on Highway 25 until you come to the "Monastery of the Ascension sign on the right. Turn right, go 0.5 miles and turn left at our sign up the tree-lined lane to the parking lot. (2) Turn at exit 173 (toward Sun Valley). Go north on Highway 93 for 4 miles past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South), turn right, go for 1.5 miles, turn right again at the sign, "Monastery of the Ascension" and proceed up the tree-lined lane to the parking lot.
  Coming on US Hwy 93 from south (Wells, NV; Twin Falls, ID). Continue north on Hwy 93, under the I-84 overpass and (toward Sun Valley) for 4 miles just past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South), turn right for 1.5 miles, turn in at sign, "Monastery of the Ascension." [Or continue north on Hwy 93 for another mile to blinking yellow light, turn right onto Hwy 25 (toward Eden, ID, go 1.9 miles to a sign which also says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.]
  Coming on Us Hwy 93 from north (Shoshone, ID) Travel south from town of Shoshone (about 12 miles) until come to blinking yellow light at Hwy 25. Turn left toward Eden, ID, and go 1.9 miles to a sign which says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.
Elevation Note: Monastery is located at 4000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Participants need to bring a sewing machine or rent one (we can arrange for rentals at $25 for the week). Fabric is supplied. We will send a list of other needed supplies following enrollment.
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 registration. Social with hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner and orientation
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Dinner: 5:50 Social; The program officially begins with a social at which soft drinks, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres are available.

6:15 Dinner; The Hors d'oeuvres are followed by a banquet welcome dinner. All meals are prepared by our chef LuAnn Stites Kraft, who is beloved of all who visit the monastery for her wonderful cooking. If you let us know on the questionnaire we send, she will prepare special diets.

 Evening: 7:30 PM Orientation to the facility and its amenities, the program and the instructors and introductions of participants. There will be quilt game with prizes as well.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Getting started: setting up machines, distributing fabrics. Instructors' trunk show.
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: 8 AM All meals are served in the dining room. Meals: Meals are served buffet style. Chef LuAnn Kraft purchases much of the food locally, often from organic farmers. For example, milk comes in glass bottles from a small dairy whose small herd consists of registered Holsteins, which are fed on grass--a rare exception amid the large dairies of the area. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entrée, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: Classes are held in the conference room or in the audio-visual area off the lobby. The complimentary snack bar is always available. 9:00 AM-11:30 AM: Setting up machines, distributing fabrics, getting started. Review preparing fabric and rotary cutting. Quilters' exercises interspersed.
 Lunch: 12:10 Dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entrée and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:30–4:30. Introduction of curved piecing.
 Dinner: When asked to describe our food, Chef LuAnn said that as much as possible she wants it to be "fresh, local, healthy, simple and delicious."
 Evening: Presentation: Instructors' Trunk Show.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Introducing Block B. Western Women and their Quilts.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: 8 AM All meals are prepared in the monastery kitchen and served in the dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: 9:00-11:30 Introduction of eight-pointed Star Block.
 Lunch: 12:10 Dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 Cutting demonstration. Begin cutting and sewing.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM Dinner in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Evening: Presentation: Tools of the Trade
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit three area quilt shops. Picnic lunch.
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: 8 AM Dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: 9:00 AM Quilt shop hop. Board bus to visit at least three quilt shops in the area. On-board lectures about local geology, geography and history.
 Lunch: 12:10 Lunch. Picnic lunch at a local park.
 Afternoon: Continue visiting quilt shops, and on-board presentation about local geology, geography and history.
 Dinner: 5:50 Dinner at the monastery.
 Evening: One Block, Several Names: Quilt Blocks' Changing Names
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Continue work on quilt or projects. Presentation: Websites for quilters.
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: 8 AM Dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 Continue sewing blocks with the assistance and input of instructors. Demonstrations of three-dimensional techniques for art quilts (for those interested).
 Lunch: 12:10 Dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:30-4:00 Continue working on quilt, Preparing a quilt for quilting.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Evening: Presentation: How Quilting Changed: A Brief History
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Continue working on quilt or project. Evening social and banquet. Show and Tell.
(Saturday, August 10)
   
 Breakfast: 9:00 AM Breakfast in dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: 10:00-11:30 Continue sewing on your quilt with assistance and input of instructors. Demonstrations and quilters' exercises.
 Lunch: 12:10 Lunch in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:30-4:00 Continue working on quilt.
 Dinner: 5:50 Social, followed by a farewell banquet conjured up from wonderful local ingredients by Chef LuAnn Kraft.
 Evening: 7:15 Show and Tell, followed by wrap up in the conference room.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Good-bye's After Breakfast
(Sunday, August 11)
   
 Breakfast: Early bird pick-up breakfast will be available from 6:00 AM.

Breakfast will be served at 7:40 AM. Sunday breakfast is cereals and rolls. The program concludes after breakfast on Sunday with farewells and a leisurely exit.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jerome, ID General Overview
The Monastery of the Ascension and its attached retreat center are located centrally in the Magic Valley, five miles east of Jerome and ten miles north of Twin Falls. The monastery is within two hours' drive of Boise (state capitol; churches; Birds of Prey Center), Glens Ferry (Oregon Trail Interpretative Center; Three Island State Park), Malad Gorge State Park, Sun Valley, Jackpot, NV, Craters of the Moon, City of Rocks, Silver Creek Preserve, 1000 Spings (e.g., the spectacular Niagara Springs), Hagerman Fossil Beds Headquarters and Museum (Hagerman, ID), and ice caves north of Shoshone. There a number of museums (e.g., at College of Southern Idaho and in Twin Falls and Jerome), antique stores, galleries, and quilt shops, as well as numerous golf courses, several hot springs, and scenic boat rides in the Snake River Canyon.
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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