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2000 Years of Western Culture

Program Number: 16619RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/22/2013 - 9/27/2013; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $588.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

In a serene setting, examine the finest art, music and architecture beginning with the Renaissance and continuing into the 20th century. From the misfit Leonardo da Vinci through the irresistibly modern Baroque painter Rembrandt, the Russian and Norwegian Nationalists, Gustav Mahler and into the turbulent 20th century with its evolutions and innovations, a passionate and outstanding instructor -- referred to by his students as "the Beethoven of lecturers" --leads you on a whirlwind discovery of some of Western culture’s greatest achievements.




Highlights

• Discuss the works of Michelangelo and Bernini, then journey to Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site to view the works of one of America’s greatest sculptors.
• Learn about the great pipe organ composers of Europe, and listen to organ works of the Baroque, 19th and 20th centuries played by an outstanding organist in a local cathedral.
• Enjoy folk music traditions by classical European composers (Grieg, Smetana, Dvorak, Albeniz) and then participate in an evening of local traditional music and dance.



Activity Particulars

Minimal standing and walking.




Date Specific Information

9-22-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.




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
Conference facility with cabins and condos on the shore of beautiful Swanzey Lake; professional chefs serve all meals in traditional New England lodge. Alcohol-free site.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Gregory Athnos

Gregory Athnos is a retired from his role as professor of music at North Park University in Chicago, Ill. In addition to being an outstanding musicologist and conductor, Gregory has authored "The Easter Jesus and the Good Friday Church" and "The Art of the Roman Catacombs." He has the unique record of being an instructor for Road Scholar programs for 36 years, and has received the award of "Outstanding Instructor." Greg resides with his wife in Chicago.
 
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: All rooms have step-in showers.
  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 pm. in Mayflower Lodge - Office. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 pm. 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 special documents required
  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-$152.00/Bradley-$137.00/Manchester-$128.00/Addl passenger-$20.00 ea
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

 

Distance:

 

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.

 
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: No special equipment if required.
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/Registration Welcome Reception, Opening Dinner, Orientation
(Sunday, September 22)

Note: Check-in/welcome packet, Dinner and Orientation session



   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION beginning 3:00-3:30 pm in the Mayflower Lodge Office on the Pilgrim Pines Campus. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive you welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information for the week. WELCOME RECEPTION: Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00 pm with an opportunity to meet fellow Road Scholars.
 Dinner: Our welcome dinner begins at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served buffet style the meal will include a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are provided by our professional chefs on request
 Evening: Orientation 7:30 pm, will begin with introductions of our instructor Greg Athnos and program for the week. Time will be given to review the schedule, cover responsibilities safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer questions. PROGRAM OVERVIEW... We are honored to have Greg Athnos, retired professor of music from North Park University in Chicago return to be our instructor. Greg received Elderhostel's outstanding Instructor award and this is his 36th year to teach Elderhostel programs. His lectures for the week will feature composers and artists of the last 2000 years of Western Culture.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lectures on symbolism, Michelangelo and Handel's Messiah with an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon pontoon boat rides, canoeing, hiking, etc.
(Monday, September 23)

Note: Opportunities for waterfront activities on campus and a planned hike



   
 Breakfast: 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: Greg Athnos who received Elderhostel's outstanding Instructor award and has taught for 36 years in Elderhostel programs will begin morning with a lecture on "Visions: The Cathedral and Symbolism" Coffee Break will feature homemade danish rolls, fruit, coffee, tea and water. His second lecture of the morning will focus on "Michelangelo: Genius of the Renaissance"
 Lunch: 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 choosing. Gluten free or special vegetarian meals are available upon request.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the recreational opportunities on campus including boat rides, a planned hike, canoeing and the incredible beauty of the autumn season.
 Dinner: 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 menus are available upon request.
 Evening: Greg will conclude our day with a lecture on "Handel's 'Messiah' The Work You Think You Know - But Don't"

The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to converse, build a puzzle, watch TV read or join in a table game.

   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, all in one day, plus a covered bridge tour and classical piano concert
(Tuesday, September 24)

Note: By maxi-van a tour of the covered bridges of Cheshire County concluding the day with a classical piano concert



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, breads to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: Mr Athnos will continue his lecture series focused first today on "Bach: The Man Who Made All the Wrong Decisions" The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. Greg's second lecture of the day will focus on "Mozart, Salieri, and the "Requiem"
 Lunch: 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 food requests..
 Afternoon: The afternoon will feature an opportunity to tour the six covered bridges of Cheshire County by Maxi- van. In the late afternoon, Mr Athnos will present his third lecture of the day on Beethoven's 9th Symphony: Portrait of the French Revolution"
 Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style beginning at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
 Evening: Entertainment tonight will feature a concert by a classical pianist. - TBA. After the concert you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, puzzle-making, TV or whatever.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field trip to Norman Rockwell site in Arlington, VT and lunch at Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln's home.
(Wednesday, September 25)

Note: Field trip will be by bus and will include a box lunch at Hildene, a tour of Hildene and a visit to a Norman Rockwell site.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring pancakes, sausage or bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: Our field trip will be by bus to a Norman Rockwell site. The field trip will continue with a box lunch at Hildene followed by a tour of Robert Todd Lincoln's home and grounds.
 Lunch: A delicious Box Lunch will be served onsite at Hildene.
 Afternoon: Our Field trip will continue in the afternoon returning late afternoon to the Pilgrim Pines Campus.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day, feast on make your own salad from the salad bar, hot buffet of meat and vegetable, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
 Evening: We will close our day with the music and dance of New Hampshire - Entertainers TBA After our music and play you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, and your favorite way to conclude the day.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lectures today will feature Dvorak, Tschaikowsky, and the Impressionist era.
(Thursday, September 26)

Note: Opportunity will be given to enjoy the beauty of nature and express oneself through Homespun



   
 Breakfast: A delicious breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. Enjoy the many choices that await your palate.
 Morning: Mr Athnos will begin the day focused on "Dvorak and Smetana: Bohemian Nationalists" The morning break will bring coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. His second lecture of the morning will be on "Tschaikowsky: Russian With a 'Western View'".
 Lunch: Once again a full buffet lunch awaits you in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served from 12:30-1:15 pm the salad bar, soup of the day, tuna or turkey wraps,dessert and drinks of your choice await your consumption. Gluten free alternatives are always available upon request.
 Afternoon: Determined by the weather, choices will be given to enjoy the beauty of the area, i.e., trip to Keene, hiking, relaxing by the waterfront, etc. Late afternoon, Mr Athnos will bring us into the world of "The Impressionists: Monet & Debussy: Breaking the Rules"
 Dinner: Tonight a full linen dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm with no dessert as we will be making our own sundaes later in the evening.
 Evening: Tonight, Road Scholars are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they have the opportunity to share their favorite story, poem, writing, song, joke, etc with all their friends.
 Evening: After our Homespun, return to the Dining Room where we will make our own sundaes, enjoy conversations and close the day, the week with informal stories.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Closing lectures on Rachmaninoff & Stravinsky along with Poland 1989: I was there!
(Friday, September 27)

Note: Closing lectures, check out of rooms and farewell luncheon



   
 Breakfast: A full buffet Breakfast will be served from 7:45- 8:30 am and will feature baked oatmeal, a specialty of the house.
 Morning: Mr Athnos first lecture will be feature "Rachnmaninoff & Stravinsky: Abandoning Bolshevik Russia" Then, we will check out of our rooms to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. The morning will conclude with Greg's final lecture on "Poland, June, 1989: Beginning of the End of the Soviet Union - I was there!"
 Lunch: Our farewell luncheon will be served at 12:15 pm and will feature once again our full buffet style menu and box lunches for those who need to leave early. We hope you have enjoyed this immersion into the music and art of these composers and artists who have had a great impact on our western culture
   
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.


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