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Decade By Decade: The 1930s – The New Deal, Hollywood and Swing

Program Number: 12339RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/13/2013 - 10/18/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Roaring ‘20s. The Great Depression. World War II. The Baby Boom. When you break down America’s history decade by decade, famous people, events and fads immediately come to mind. Join us for an interactive learning adventure that examines the people, events and popular culture of the 20th century — 10 years at a time. Who were the greatest leaders in the country? What type of music was moving the beat of the generation? How was Hollywood influencing popular culture? Answer these questions and more through lively discussion, media presentations and expert analysis.




Highlights

• Explore the popular culture of the decade from fashion to fads to Hollywood films.
• Discuss the influence and legacy of the politicians, entertainers and famous icons that helped shape the era.
• Attend a matinee performance and enjoy a delicious meal at the Fireside Theater.




Date Specific Information

10-13-2013

The 1930s — The New Deal, Hollywood & Jazz. Discuss the evolution of jazz, the fads and fashions of the ‘30s, the presidency of Herbert Hoover and the impact of the Great Depression on America.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.




Lake Geneva

One hour southwest of Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is a resort city whose popularity arose from its accessibility from Chicago via the railroad. With its many large summer homes, the city has been called "The Newport of the West," and it remains a year round destination for those seeking a quaint, lakeside getaway.



Accommodations
Lodging: Conference center on 52 wooded acres with 1,150 feet of shoreline. Alcohol not permitted on site.
Meals and Lodgings
   Covenant Harbor
  Lake Geneva, WI 5 nights
 Covenant Harbor
Type: Conference Center
  Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.
  Contact info: 1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org
  Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.
  Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $80.00 Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80.00 Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.
  Check out time: 10:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in begins at 4:00 pm in the Geneva Bay Retreat Center lobby. You will be staying at Covenant Harbor that night.
  End of Program:
Final lunch at 11:30 am. Check-out of rooms by 10:30 am. Departures by 1:00 pm. You will be staying at Covenant Harbor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. COVENANT HARBOR WAIVER. This form cannot be completed online. It is included in the pre-program materials just in front of the Participant Information Form. Please complete and return to the address provided.
  Parking availability:
Free surface parking adjacent to the conference center.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Geneva, WI
  Nearest highway: Highway 50.
  Nearest airport:  Gen. Mitchell International Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Geneva, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Gen. Mitchell Int'l Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI to Lake Geneva

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Covenant Harbor Van Shuttle
phone: 262-248-3600 x309
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 per person, $100 for two people traveling together
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

55 miles

   

Van Shuttle provided by Covenant Harbor from/to the Milwaukee airport on the program start and end dates only. Contact Ms. Brooke Furmanek, the program coordinator, to make your reservation at 262-248-3600 x309. One-way cost $75 per person or $100 for two people traveling together.

 
Driving Directions
  From Chicago to Lake Geneva Take the I-294 N towards Milwaukee (there will be tolls). Take I-94 W (You are actually going north) to Milwaukee (There will be tolls). Take the Hwy 50 W exit to Kenosha/Lake Geneva. Follow Hwy 50 W approximately 28 miles to Lake Geneva. Stay on Hwy 50 W one mile and turn left into the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp entrance. The entrance is just before Highway 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway.
  From Madison to Lake Geneva Take I-90 south to I-43 north. Follow I-43 north to Hwy 50 east (Lake Geneva). Follow Hwy 50 for about 10 miles. As you enter Lake Geneva you are coming down a big hill and the highway will narrow from four lanes to two lanes, at this point the Covenant Harbor/Geneva Bay Centre entrance is on the right. Continue down the drive and bear to the right at the fork, up the hill to Geneva Bay Centre (three story red brick building). Passenger drop off to the left, parking to the right. Travel time approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.
  From Milwaukee to Lake Geneva Take I-43 south to Exit 36, Hwy 120 East Troy/Lake Geneva. Take Hwy 120 south 13 miles to Lake Geneva (three stop signs). Continue straight into Lake Geneva, do not follow Hwy 120 around the city, instead continue straight onto Broad Street to the second stop light (intersection of Broad St and Hwy 50, the lake will be directly in front of you). Turn right on Hwy 50 and proceed west one mile (the lake is on your left) to the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp/Geneva Bay Centre entrance on your left (lakeside). Look for the red "Welcome Road Scholar" sign. The entrance is just before Hwy 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway. If you see Snake Road you've gone too far. Continue down the driveway and bear to the right at Heinzelman Way, continue up the road and park in front of the thee-story brick building (Geneva Bay Centre).
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, Welcome and Orientation
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Check-in at Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor at 4:00 pm central daylight time. Due to weekend groups we cannot guarantee your room until 4:00 pm. However, if you do arrive early you are welcome to bring in your luggage, have a cup of coffee and wait in the lounge or take a walk down by the lake until your room is ready. Room key, name tag and program booklet distributed at check-in.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. Most meals will be buffet style for this program. At dinner you'll find a salad bar with fresh greens and an array of toppings. Grab a seat in the dining room and take your glass to the beverage center for your choice of soda, iced tea, coffee, tea or ice water. Meal times are a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants and talk about past programs you have attended.
 Evening: Gather at 7:15 pm in the lower level meeting room for ORIENTATION. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and amenities and answer any questions. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to the group and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Evolution of Jazz; Free Afternoon; Food, Fashion & Fads
(Monday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. At breakfast you'll find fresh fruit and a variety of hot items like egg beaters, bacon and oatmeal.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE EVOLUTION OF JAZZ. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE EVOLUTION OF JAZZ.
 Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room. Try the soup.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the area. A popular option is to buy a ticket for one of the narrated boat cruises on the lake. The local Geneva Lake Historical Museum is open on Monday afternoons.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on FOOD, FASHION AND FADS.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Great Depression; Presidential Politics; Hollywood; Food, Fashion & Fads
(Tuesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. The talented kitchen staff prepare almost everything from scratch, with very little salt. You're sure to find something you'll like to get the day off to a great start.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE GREAT DEPRESSION. The stock market crash of October 1929 sent the United States into The Great Depression. The Roaring Twenties had come to a screeching halt. The struggle to climb back from financial collapse continued throughout the 1930s. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY: HOOVER AND ROOSEVELT. Hoover tried to fix the country but was unsuccessful on many fronts. Roosevelt's election in 1932 was thought to signal Happy Days are Here Again but he had an uphill struggle ultimately creating an alphabet soup of government projects and agencies to try to revive the economy and spirit of everyday Americans.
 Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room. Save room for a cookie.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on HOLLYWOOD DURING THE 1930s.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on FOOD, FASHION AND FADS.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Broadway; Matinee Musical Theater Performance; Free Evening
(Wednesday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather at 9:00 am in the meeting room for a forty-five minute lecture on "ONCE UPON A MATTRESS" with Broadway music instructor Mrs. Linda Bachand. Discuss the plot, characters and listen to the music. Take a break to get your coat, purse, etc. and then board our motor coach at 10:00 am for our FIELD TRIP to The Fireside Theater in nearby Fort Atkinson. Travel time is approximately one hour. Started in 1964 by Dick and Betty Klopcic as just a pyramid-shaped restaurant, this family-run business has grown to include a 1000 seat restaurant, a 600 seat theater and unique shops. Now run by Dick and Betty's son Rick and his wife Jane, the Fireside tradition of excellence continues with 5-6 professional productions each year, fine dining and offers its guests a place to create cherished memories. The Fireside's motto: People will come to a place they have been invited and will return to a place where they have been made to feel welcome.
 Lunch: Plated meal at 11:15 am in the dinner theater restaurant. Your meal includes a non-alcoholic beverage, fresh baked bread, a green salad with fruit and papaya chutney dressing, half a rock Cornish game hen served with sweet potato souffle and asparagus, and lemon mousse cheesecake for dessert.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a 1:30 pm performance of the hit musical ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Many moons ago in a far off place, lived a handsome prince with a gloomy face... For he could not find a bride. The Princess and the Pea is one of the best known fairy tales of all. You may think you know this time honored tale but let us tell you the real story in one of Broadway’s happiest shows. ONCE UPON A MATTRESS turns that well known fairy tale on its ear with the story of Princess Winifred of the Swamps and Prince Dauntless the Drab and their up and down, inside-out love story. Naturally the course of true love never runs smoothly when you have a domineering mother, a conniving wizard, a mute king, and a court full of knights and ladies desperate to get married. Delightful music, beautiful period costumes, and knee-slapping, rib-tickling comedy will fill the theater with happiness and joy! This is the show that made Carol Burnett a star. Listening devices available at the theater.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: After a busy day at the theater you can relax and read, play a board game or come to the meeting room at 7:00 pm to watch a movie.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Foreign Policy; Legacy of the Decade; Hollywood; Food, Fashion & Fads
(Thursday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on U.S. FOREIGN POLICY. As the United States continued to struggle domestically, foreign powers like Germany, Japan and the Soviet Union were flexing their world muscle and required a U.S. response. Take a 30-minute break at 10:30 am. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a ninety-minute lecture on THE LEGACY OF THE DECADE. As the decade closes the world is once again on the brink of war. Would the U.S. would join the war and would FDR effectively lead the country for a third term?
 Lunch: Buffet at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on HOLLYWOOD DURING THE 1930s. Discuss two of the most popular movies from 1939, "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz."
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm for a ninety-minute lecture on FOOD, FASHION AND FADS.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hollywood, Program Wrap Up, Departure
(Friday, October 18)

Note: Check-out of guest rooms by 10:30 am.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a sixty-minute lecture on HOLLYWOOD DURING THE 1930s. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:00 am. Check-out of rooms by 10:30 am. Come back to the meeting room at 10:30 am for a sixty-minute lecture on HOLLYWOOD DURING THE 1930s.
 Lunch: Buffet at 11:30 am in the lower level dining room. Program ends after lunch. Departures by 1:00 pm.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
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Suggested Reading List


Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Author: H.W. Brands


Description: Drawing on archival material, public speeches, correspondence and accounts by those closest to Roosevelt early in his career and during his presidency, H. W. Brands shows how Roosevelt transformed American government during the Depression with his New Deal legislation, and carefully managed the country's prelude to war. Brands shows how Roosevelt's friendship and regard for Winston Churchill helped to forge one of the greatest alliances in history, as Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin maneuvered to defeat Germany and prepare for post-war Europe.



FDR


Author: Jean Edward Smith


Description: This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelts restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life. Smith recounts FDRs battles with polio and physical disability, and how these experiences helped forge the resolve that FDR used to surmount the economic turmoil of the Great Depression and the wartime threat of totalitarianism. Here also is FDRs private life depicted with unprecedented candor and nuance, with close attention paid to the four women who molded his personality and helped to inform his worldview: His mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, formidable yet ever supportive and tender; his wife, Eleanor, whose counsel and affection were instrumental to FDRs public and individual achievements; Lucy Mercer, the great romantic love of FDRs life; and Missy LeHand, FDRs longtime secretary, companion, and confidante, whose adoration of her boss was practically limitless. Smith also tackles head-on and in-depth the numerous failures and miscues of Roosevelts public career, including his disastrous attempt to reconstruct the Judiciary; the shameful internment of Japanese-Americans; and Roosevelts occasionally self-defeating Executive overreach. Additionally, Smith offers a sensitive and balanced assessment of Roosevelts response to the Holocaust, noting its breakthroughs and shortcomings.



Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s


Author: Adrienne A. McLean


Description: Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, and Gary Cooper-Glamour in a Golden Age presents original essays from eminent film scholars that analyze movie stars of the 1930s against the background of contemporary American cultural history. Stardom is approached as an effect of, and influence on, the particular historical and industrial contexts that enabled these actors and actresses to be discovered, featured in films, publicized, and to become recognized and admired-sometimes even notorious-parts of the cultural landscape. Using archival and popular material, including fan and mass market magazines, other promotional and publicity material, and of course films themselves, contributors also discuss other artists who were incredibly popular at the time, among them Ann Harding, Ruth Chatterton, Nancy Carroll, Kay Francis, and Constance Bennett.



The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedies of the 1930s


Author: Elizabeth Kendall


Description: In the 1934 classic It Happened One Night, heiress Claudette Colbert races away from the altar and a conventional marriage and throws herself into a wisecracking rough-and-tumble affair with Clark Gable. The new brand of movies following in the wake of Capra's kooky masterpiece-and the women starring in them-are the focus of Kendall's The Runaway Bride, a look at the films that mirrored the climate of the Great Depression while at the same time helping Americans get through it. Kendall details the collaborations between the romantic comedy directors and the female stars, showing how such films as Alice Adams (with Katherine Hepburn), Swing Time (where Ginger Rogers enjoys "A Fine Romance" with Fred Astaire), The Awful Truth (with Irene Dunne), and The Lady Eve (wherein Barbara Stanwyck's shapely leg repeatedly trips nave millionaire Henry Fonda) came to be, and what they said about the 1930s. Written with erudition and enthusiasm, The Runaway Bride is a trip through some of Hollywood's most memorable moments, and a key to the national issues of an era as revealed in its films.



The American People in the Great Depression


Author: David M. Kennedy


Description: Kennedy vividly demonstrates that the economic crisis of the 1930s was more than a reaction to the excesses of the 1920s. For more than a century before the Crash, America's unbridled industrial revolution had gyrated through repeated boom and bust cycles, consuming capital and inflicting misery on city and countryside alike. Nor was the alleged prosperity of the 1920s as uniformly shared as legend portrays. Countless Americans eked out threadbare lives on the margins of national life. Roosevelt's New Deal wrenched opportunity from the trauma of the 1930s and created a lasting legacy of economic and social reform, but it was afflicted with shortcomings and contradictions as well. With an even hand Kennedy details the New Deal's problems and defeats, as well as its achievements. He also sheds fresh light on its incandescent but enigmatic author, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Marshalling unforgettable narratives that feature prominent leaders as well as lesser-known citizens, The American People in the Great Depression tells the story of a resilient nation finding courage in an unrelenting storm.



The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945


Author: Gunther Schuller


Description: The Swing Era focuses on that extraordinary period in American musical history--1933 to 1945--when jazz was synonymous with America's popular music, its social dances and musical entertainment. The book's thorough scholarship, critical perceptions, and great love and respect for jazz puts this well-remembered era of American music into new and revealing perspective. It examines how the arrangements of Fletcher Henderson and Eddie Sauter--whom Schuller equates with Richard Strauss as "a master of harmonic modulation"--contributed to Benny Goodman's finest work...how Duke Ellington used the highly individualistic trombone trio of Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Juan Tizol, and Lawrence Brown to enrich his elegant compositions...how Billie Holiday developed her horn-like instrumental approach to singing...and how the seminal compositions and arrangements of the long-forgotten John Nesbitt helped shape Swing Era styles through their influence on Gene Gifford and the famous Casa Loma Orchestra. Schuller also provides serious reappraisals of such often neglected jazz figures as Cab Calloway, Henry "Red" Allen, Horace Henderson, Pee Wee Russell, and Joe Mooney. Much of the book's focus is on the famous swing bands of the time, which were the essence of the Swing Era. There are the great black bands--Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Earl Hines, Andy Kirk, and the often superb but little known "territory bands"--and popular white bands like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsie, Artie Shaw, and Woody Herman, plus the first serious critical assessment of that most famous of Swing Era bandleaders, Glenn Miller. There are incisive portraits of the great musical soloists--such as Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan, and Jack Teagarden--and such singers as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Helen Forest.





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