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Discover Lanesboro, Minn. and the Award-Winning Commonweal Theater

Program Number: 6809RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lanesboro, Minnesota
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

The Commonweal Theatre boasts a rare organizational model, with professional artists who come from all over the country fulfilling the company’s needs as both artists and administrators who simultaneously create, teach, and learn. Get acquainted with the theatre and the lovely historic village of Lanesboro, MN by exploring its art and architecture, and learning about rural life and Amish culture.




Highlights

• Attend two performances including "Around the World in 80 Days" by Mark Brown and "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard.
• Delve into the story behind the story as you explore the processes that go into staging a theatre production.
• Go behind the scenes with the Commonweal Theatre Company to learn about its operations and talk with artist-administrators about their challenges and opportunities.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Winona State University.




Lanesboro

Historic Lanesboro, nestled against limestone bluffs in southeastern Minnesota, is the hub of the Root River State Trail System. Hailed as one of the finest rails-to-trails in the country, the 60-mile-long paved pathway runs along the river.



Accommodations
Lodging: Centrally located inn with old-world charm.
Meals and Lodgings
   Cottage House Inn
  Lanesboro, MN 5 nights
 Cottage House Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Participants will find that the rooms do not have television sets; however, a set is available in the comfortable lobby of the facility. Free Wi-Fi is available. The Cottage house is centrally located to all that Lanesboro has to offer - the trail, shopping and the Theatre.
  Contact info: 209 Parkway Avenue North
Lanesboro, MN 55949 USA
phone: 507-467-2577
web: www.cottagehouseinn.com
  Facility amenities: Nicely decorated, large, comfortably furnished front porch. Off-street parking is available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Varies. Call Inn for availability and prices.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies. Call Inn for availability and prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
check in between 3:30pm-4:30pm in Lanesboro, MN. You will be staying at Cottage House Inn that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 a.m. in Lanesboro, MN. You will be staying at Cottage House Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking in lot of the Cottage House Inn.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lanesboro, MN
  Nearest city or town:  Winona, MN or LaCrosse, WI.
  Nearest highway: Highways 43 and 16.
  Nearest airport:  LaCrosse Municipal Airport (LSE), LaCrosse, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lanesboro, MN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

LaCrosse, WI

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Provided by Winona State University
phone: 507-457-2963
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

You need to arrive at LaCrosse, WI (LSE) Airport by 1:30 p.m. the day the program starts for pickup service.

 

Winona,MN

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Provided by Winona State University
phone: 507-457-2963
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

If arriving in Winona on Amtrak from the west, you need to arrive the day before the program starts and overnight in Winona. Taxi service available to local lodging. Transportation to Lanesboro will be provided on the day the program starts. If arriving in Winona on Amtrak from the east (Chicago) it arrives at 10:00 a.m. and you can be picked up and taken to Lanesboro on the day the program starts.

 

Lanesboro, MN

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Provided by Winona State University
phone: 507-457-2963
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Amtrak heading west departs around 7:45pm. You will be dropped off at the Winona, MN Amtrak station after the program ends. The Amtrak heading east departs around 10:00 a.m. Therefore, you would need to overnight in Winona on the day the program ends (WSU shuttle will drop you off at any Winona hotel/motel). You would then need to take a taxi from the hotel to the train station the following morning.

 

Lanesboro, MN

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Provided by Winona State University
phone: 507-457-2963
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Early afternoon flight works best. The earliest airport arrival time would be 12 noon. This service is available on the day of departure only.

 
Driving Directions
  Interstate 90 Take Highway 43 south to Rushford; then Highway 16 to Lanesboro.
  LaCrosse, WI/LaCrescent, MN Take Highway 16 to Lanesboro.
  Rochester, MN Take Highway 52 to Fountain and Highway 8 to Lanesboro.
  Winona, MN Take Highway 43 to Rushford (some of this is on I 90); then Highway 16 to Lanesboro.
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 & Check In/Norwegian Dinner at local church featuring ham, meatballs, lefse, homemade pies and several side dishes/Orientation & Introduction to the Commonweal Theatre.
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive in Lanesboro and check into Cottage House Inn.
 Dinner: 4:30 PM - Travel by van to Union Prairie Church for a delicious traditional Norwegian dinner.
 Evening: 6:00 PM Orientation and Introductions. 7:00 PM First class period, Welcome to the Commonweal.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes/Optional excursion around Lanesboro to view several of the historic Victorian homes and bed and breakfast locations/Free time to shop or enjoy the bike path on foot or cycle. Attend the play in the evening.
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cottage House Inn.
 Morning: Begin your exploration of the first play with classes on the direction and design of the production..
 Lunch: Lunch in Lanesboro.
 Afternoon: Participate in another class to enhance your enjoyment of the play. Join your coordinator on an optional drive around Lanesboro to view the lovely Victorian architecture and layout of the village.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lanesboro.
 Evening: Enjoy the first production in your Road Scholar experience. The actors will take time after the play to hear your comments and reactions.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: This day is spent on a field trip. Tour the trout fish hatchery; visit a working dairy farm for a look at rural life today; visit the Filmore County Historical Society museum; go for a short walk along the bluffs and learn about our native raptors.
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: After breakfast at the Cottage House, board the bus for a day of exploring. Morning tours will include a trout hatchery and working dairy farm.
 Morning: The Lanesboro area is home to numerous trout streams and trout fishing is an important recreational pastime. We will tour the trout hatchery and see trout in various stages of growth. You will see a very interesting video on the process of breeding and stocking area streams. Then visit a working dairy farm, hosted by a modern farmer who shares his views on farming and how he operates his facility.
 Lunch: Lunch in area restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the many treasures at the Filmore County Historical Society Museum. It contains a wide variety of exhibits focusing on various time periods. Visit a turn-of-the-century newspaper office, an old-fashioned post office, an antique country kitchen, or nostalgic soda fountain. Ladies will be fascinated viewing exhibits of vintage and antique fashions from a bygone era. The collection numbers well over 15,000 three-dimensional objects plus over 10,000 printed, written, and photographic materials. The majority of artifacts date from 1860 to 1915, with a fair number of turn-of-the-century objects. After exploring the museum we will travel to the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. Eagle Bluff is dedicated to fostering environmental awareness, and promoting respect and personal responsibility. We will take a short guided walk along the bluffs to see the natural beauty that makes this area of Minnesota such a treasure. While at the Center we will also have a program on local raptors which will include up-close viewing of several different birds.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lanesboro.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Class exploring the direction and design of the play. Observe a rehearsal and take a backstage theater tour. Get all of your questions about Lanesboro answered by community representatives. Enjoy a class and social hour with the actors.
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cottage House Inn.
 Morning: Begin the study and analysis of the second play that you will see. Hear directly from the director and designer on how they work together to create the unique Commonweal production.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own (at one of the many varied restaurants in Lanesboro or travel to another nearby town).
 Afternoon: Get a backstage tour of the Commonweal Theatre. This is followed by a class on civic and community life in Lanesboro in which you can ask all of the questions about the town which have been generated as you experience life in such an interesting location. Another afternoon class will consist of meeting the cast of the next play and enjoying a reception with them following their presentation.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lanesboro.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Hear a first-hand account of Amish customs. Get ready for the second play with theatre classes. Explore art in the local landscape with a class and free time. Attend the second play.
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Cottage House Inn.
 Morning: The first class of the morning is taught by a person known and trusted by the Amish who live in the country around Lanesboro. She will give you an honest and candid explanation of Amish beliefs and customs. This will be followed by a class on the play to be seen this evening.
 Lunch: Lunch in Lanesboro.
 Afternoon: Classes describing the local art scene and how to adapt a novel to the stage. Free time in the afternoon will be provided to tour the Lanesboro Historical Society or enjoy the bike/walking trail.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lanesboro.
 Evening: See play in the evening.
   
Accommodations: Cottage House Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The final class will explore the future of the arts in Lanesboro and include advance information about Commonweal theater plans.
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: There will be a final class session after breakfast and the program will end at approximately 10:00 a.m.
 Morning: Class, checkout, and farewells.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lanesboro, MN Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce
Your guide to Lanesboro. Call 800-944-2670. For additional information, visit www.lanesboro.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.


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