Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013
9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014
10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014
West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at:
Price may vary based on date, departure city
History & Culture
15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian
Explore the incredible beauty of southern New Hampshire as you journey through the breathtaking autumn tapestry of the Monadnock region. Immerse yourself in the history and stories of the people who have made this mountainous region their home during field trips to the historic towns of Harrisville, Nelson and Jaffrey. Ride across historic covered bridges and learn about their importance, and delight in New Hampshire’s music and dance traditions.
• Delight in the vibrant reds, ambers and golds of the New Hampshire landscape during a day of autumn leaf peeping.
• Enjoy music for the soul and humorous presentations by local entertainers.
• Visit the Cathedral of the Pines, a beautiful outdoor sanctuary that also serves as a memorial to the nation’s fallen soldiers.
Walking up to one mile on some uneven surfaces; optional hikes. Choices will always be given to accommodate interests and physical abilities.
Date Specific Information
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.
Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.
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.
Conference facility with cabins and condos on the shore of Swanzey Lake. Alcohol-free site. Campground with hookups for RVs.
Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Alan Rumrill is the executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Born in New Hampshire, Alan has a degree in history and has specialized in the history of the Monadnock region. "Monadnock Moments" will be part of the resources he will use from his weekly radio program to present stories of special people and places in southwest New Hampshire.
Ron Arden — a professional violist, baritone soloist and conductor — has taught Road Scholar courses for nearly 20 years. Living and working in the greater Chicagoland area, Ron teaches voice as adjunct faculty at a local community college, is director of community orchestra, and plays viola in a string quartet and orchestra. He works as a consultant with churches to enhance worship ministries, and joins with his wife Cynthia in the music ministry of "A Cross Between."
Cynthia Arden is a professional violinist, pianist and teacher living and working in the greater Chicagoland area. In addition to giving private instrumental lessons, she plays in two orchestras, string quartets and serves as minister of music at her church. She works with her husband, Ron, in the music ministry of "A Cross Between." Cynthia has shared her gifts with the violin and piano on numerous Road Scholar programs, and enjoys performing a variety of musical genres.
Dudley Jacqueline Laufman
As dance fiddlers known as the “Two Fiddles,” Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman have been performing since 1986. Their music has an earthy sound that combines the beating of their feet as they call out the figures for old time New Hampshire barn and square dances. They are self-taught and play by ear, having learned by the oral tradition. Prior to his work as one half of the “Two Fiddles,” Dudley — who has been calling dances for over 50 years — was the leader of the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra, the first dance band to make an LP recording. He received the National Heritage Fellowship award for his outstanding work in promoting and preserving the traditional music and dance of New England.
Meals and Lodgings
Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
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.
Additional nights prior:
Check in time:
Additional nights after:
Check out time:
Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. in Mayflower Lodge - Office. You will be staying at
End of Program:
12:15 p.m. Mayflower Dining Room -Lunch. You will be staying at
the night before.
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Parking is free.
To Start of Program
Nearest city or town:
Interstate Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
From End of Program
Additional transportation information same as above
Advanced Reservations Required
Per Person/One Way:
Logan-$152.00/Bradley-$137.00/Manchester-$128.00/Addl passenger-$20.00 ea
Prices are subject to change.
6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Logan 95 miles, Bradley 85 miles, Manchester, 75 miles.
No Bus service available from airports. Rental car is option. Enterprise and Avis have drop sites in Keene, NH (10 miles from Pilgrim Pines). Please call Chuck Anderson, coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about possibility of coordinating schedules with other Participants.
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 onto Westport Village Rd. Follow to fork in Rd and bear R onto Homestead Ave. Follow Homestead Ave for about a mile to Swanzey Lake Rd. Turn R on Swanzey Lake Rd and go 1.8 miles 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.
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.
Arrival/Check-In/Registration Opening Dinner & Program
(Sunday, September 29)
Arrival/Check-In/Registration/Dinner and Orientation
Check-in and Registration begins at 3:00-3:30 p.m.in Mayflower Lodge - Office. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive your welcome packet, name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation. Coffee and snacks, 3:30-5:00 p.m
Dinner is at 6:00 p.m in the Mayflower Lodge, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices including a vegetarian option, plus coffee, tea and dessert.
Orientation, 7:15 p.m. We begin with introductions, then review the schedule, covers responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Close the day with a light snack, conversation, board games, TV in the dining and fireside room.
History lecture about the Monadnock region and covered bridges of Cheshire County. Opportunities for Boat rides and hiking
(Monday, September 30)
Boat rides, canoeing, on Swanzey Lake and an expert led hike will be available. Other options will include golf, tennis, reading
Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice..
Morning class will begin at 9:00 am with a lecture by the Executive Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. on the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a power point presentation on the covered bridges of Cheshire County.
Lunch will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to the choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free or special vegetarian is available upon request.
The afternoon will begin with a half hour lecture about Swanzey Lake and the terrain by a neighbor who will then lead a hike either to the Beaver Pond or to the vista on top of the hill for great pictures - weather permitting. Boat rides on Swanzey Lake will be offered as well as opportunities to enjoy canoeing, golf, tennis or hanging out
Dinner, will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day a full buffet dinner awaits your palate featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Alternative entrées and special dietary needs are available upon request.
The day will close with a light snack, conversation, board games, making a puzzle, reading, watching TV to close the day.
An outstanding baritone will present an evening of music for the soul featuring a the great baritones of the ages along with his own life story.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
History of the region, Music for the soul, Covered bridge tour, Two Fiddles
(Tuesday, October 1)
Classes on history and music followed by a maxi-van tour of the covered bridges followed by music and dance of NH
Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scramble eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
Our first class of the day at 9:00 am will continue presenting the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a second presentation on outstanding baritones through the ages.
Lunch is served buffet style 12:30- 1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, chicken sandwiches, dessert and choice of drinks. Our professional chefs are always available to prepare alternative menu requests.
Our expert instructor will lead a tour using maxi-vans to the 6 covered bridges of Cheshire County In the late afternoon, Music and Dance of NH will be led by Two Fiddles, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman of Canterbury, NH. Dudley received the National Folk award for being a keeper of the stories, music and dance of Monadnock region.
Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious buffet will be served including a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Gluten free menu is available upon request.
After dinner,Music and Dance of NH will continue led by the Two Fiddles. A light snack, conversation, board games, building a puzzle, TV, will be available to close the day.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
"Leaf Peeping" by Tour bus. Served lunch will be at a restaurant and place to be determined by autumn tapestry.
(Wednesday, October 2)
Tour by bus today for "leaf peeping" and picture taking. Day will include lunch in a restaurant and limited walking.
Breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room, featuring pancakes, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.
You are invited to board a tour bus for a full day of 'leaf peeping" and picture taking. Our destination for the day will be determined by the leaf season. The day will include a served lunch at a restaurant, a visit to the special site of St Gauden's Gardens, and enjoy the beautiful tapestry along the journey.
Lunch at 12:30 pm at a nice restaurant on tour
Our "leaf peeping" Tour continues for the afternoon, returning to Pilgrim Pines in time for dinner.
Dinner will be served buffet style 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Tonight will feature a lighter fare since our bigger meal was at noon. Tonight, soup, salad, sandwiches, and dessert will help us conclude this incredible day of beauty.
After dinner, Music for the Soul will feature a genre of musical styles presented by professional musicians. A light snack, conversation, and activities of your choice will be available to close this day.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Field trip to historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville and opportunities to visit Cathedral of the Pines or Keene, NH
(Thursday, October 3)
Field trip to Nelson and Harrisville featuring a guided tour of these historic towns.
A fantastic full buffet breakfast awaits you in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served from 8:00-8:45 am. .
Our morning will begin with a third lecture about the history of the Monadnock region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. After the break we will board maxi-vans for a field trip to the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville. When we arrive at Nelson, a guided tour will be given along with the history of the town by Alan Rumrill, Executive Director of Historical Society of Cheshire County.
Box Lunches will be served at 12:30 pm in the historic dance hall of Nelson, NH.
After lunch we will board the maxi-vans for a short trip to the historic mill town of Harrisville. Once again, Alan Rumrill will lead a guided tour. The afternoon will conclude with opportunity to visit Cathedral of the Pines, or to Keene, NH or return to the campus.
Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. It will feature a full buffet menu and salad bar.
7:30 pm Participants are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc.
To close our week together, participants will be invited to participate in a Homespun event where they will have the opportunity to share their story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Music for the soul/check-out of rooms/wrap-up session and farewell luncheon
(Friday, October 4)
Check-out of rooms and opportunity to say thank you and farewell at luncheon
A full buffet breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:30 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. The buffet will feature omelette's and the specialty of the house, baked oatmeal. We save the best for the last morning.
We will begin our morning with power point presentation of covered bridges around the USA/World. In the middle of the morning you will be asked to check-out of your room to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. Gathering informally around a cup of coffee we will unwrap the week, sharing stories/pictures and what we have learned.
Our Farewell Luncheon will be served buffet style at 12:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Box lunches will be available upon request for anyone who needs to leave at an earlier time. We hope you have enjoyed our celebration of the autumn tapestry and history of southwestern New Hampshire and hope you will join us for other Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all of your journeys and we encourage you to keep on Road Scholaring, wherever it may take you.
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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
A Keene Sense of History II
Author: David R. Proper
Description: Why did a Cheshire County man leave his house and live in a cave for several months during the Revolutionary War? What was a hogreeve? What Keene resident won the Boston Marathon seven times? These and many other questions are answered by Keene historian in David Proper's book.
Monadnock Moments..Historic tales from Southwest New Hampshire
Author: Alan F. Rumrill
Description: Inspired by beloved local storyteller Fritz Wetherbee, Historical Society of Cheshire County director Alan F. Rumrill collected their stories in his series, "Monadnock Moments" broadcast on Keene radio station WKNE from 1985 to 2005. Here he has gathered one hundred of his most interesting vignettes and paired them with historic images, chronicling the lives of business man, politicians and soldiers and spinning tales of disaster, murder and adventure that all had their roots in towns of southwest New Hampshire.
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As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.
Specifically, this program includes:
5 nights accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Expert-led lectures: 7
Led by one or more of our world-class instructors, typically in a classroom setting, lectures come in the form of presentations, discussions or workshops and offer expert insight into your area of study.
Field trips: 7
The world is your classroom, as you're on location with an instructor to pursue your educational theme firsthand.
A performance can range from a night at the opera to a visit from a local performer at your hotel.
Plus these special experiences...
History, Music and Dance of NH
Covered Bridge Tour
Day of "Leaf Peeping" by tour bus with a nice luncheon off-site.
Fieldtrip to historic towns of Nelson, an agriculture center and Harrisville, featuring mills of New England. Both towns are on the national registry
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And included with all Road Scholar programs:
Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, providing 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage.
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