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Winter At Pokagon

Program Number: 15828RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/26/2014 - 1/31/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Pokagon State Park, Indiana
Price starting at: $648.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

1-26-2014

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Coordinated by Pokagon State Park.



American Presidents: The Mediocrities?

Led by Dr. Randall Buchman, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Defiance College, we will examine some Presidents whom history has dubbed “not so great” and why, including Andrew Johnson, Warren G. Harding, and your nominations.



A Buffet of Favorites

Engage in some of our favorite subjects and activities including show-and-tell about music boxes, a Ragtime sing-a-long, memory enhancement and strength-and-stretch exercises, a session on your favorite books, antique evaluations, plus a Barbershop Quartet show!



Native Birds: Raptors, Migration and Rehabilitation

With park naturalists and guest speakers, learn about raptors and other native birds of Pokagon including their migration habits, and the rehabilitation of injured birds. Take short hikes (weather permitting) and view and discuss live birds.




Pokagon State Park

Located near Angola, Ind., Pokagon State Park and the surrounding area are resplendent with natural lakes, including scenic Lake James and Snow Lake. The park's tranquil setting offers respite to outdoors-lovers who enjoy boating, swimming and fishing in the park's cool, wooded setting.



Accommodations
Participants will reside, dine and meet in beautiful Potawatomi Inn. The original part of the inn was built in 1926. The new addition was completed in the fall of 1995. Rooms have two queen beds and private bath.

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

Dr. Randall L. Buchman is the Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, Defiance College. Dr. Buchman has been a visiting professor at Heidelberg college, Bowling Green State University and Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he has taught Native American History. He is the author of four books: “The Confluence,” “A Sorrowful Journey,” “Woods Journal” and “A Pictorial History of Defiance College.”
 
Marjorie Hershman

Marjorie Hershman is an interpretive naturalist and assistant park manager at Pokagon State Park in Indiana. She can normally be found in the nature center working with the animals, giving presentations and sharing the park's beauty with visitors of all ages.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Potawatomi Inn
  Angola, IN 5 nights
 Potawatomi Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Tudor style lodge located in Pokagon State Park. Most of the Road Scholar activities are held in the Lake James Conference Room. Meals are either in the Dining Room or the Conference Room.
  Contact info: 6 Lane 100A Lake James
Angola, IN 46703 USA
phone: 260-833-1077
  Room amenities: Queen size beds, private baths, full maid service.
  Facility amenities: Pool, sauna, whirlpool, library, several gas and woodburning fireplaces, craft room, activity room, and exercise room. Free coffee in the lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $99.00 + tax. Dec, Jan and Feb are toboggan weekends, so Friday night and Saturday night are usually booked up two years in advance. There are cancellations for those times, so the best procedure is to call in frequently to find out if any rooms are available.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $99.00 + tax. Dec, Jan and Feb are toboggan weekends, so Friday night and Saturday night are usually booked up two years in advance. There are cancellations for those times, so the best procedure is to call in frequently to find out if any rooms are available.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:30 PM Dinner in Lake James Conference Room You will be staying at Potawatomi Inn that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM after lunch in the Historic Dining Room. You will be staying at Potawatomi Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Free parking available at the Inn for the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Angola, IN
  Nearest highway: I-69.
  Nearest airport:  Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA), Fort Wayne, IN.
  From End of Program
  Location: Angola, IN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 
Driving Directions
  From the East Toledo, Ohio take I-80/90 toll road west to exit 144 to I-69 south. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.
  From the North From Detroit, take I-75 south towards Toledo. Merge onto the I-80/90 toll road west exit 144 to I-69 south. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn. From Lansing, Michigan, take I-69 south toward Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.
  From the South From Fort Wayne, Indiana take I-69 north to exit 354 and turn left off exit ramp onto State Road 127. Turn left at the stop light onto State Road 727. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn. Or From Indianapolis, take I-465 north and merge onto I-69 north exit 37B toward Fort Wayne. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn left off exit ramp onto State Road 127 and then left at the stop light onto State Road 727. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.
  From the West From Chicago, take the Tri-State East 294, onto the Indiana Toll Road, I-80/90. Take the Indiana Toll Road east and merge onto I-69 south, exit 144. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.
Equipment Requirements: Warm, waterproof hiking boots, warm outdoor wear for hiking in the snow in the winter.
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, Buffet Dinner, Park Orientation, Group photo, Meet your classmates
(Sunday, January 26)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in time is from 2:00-5:30 PM. Our meeting room will be available after 1:00 PM. You may store your luggage in the meeting room until your guest room is available (by 4:00 PM). Early bird activities will be available in the meeting room. Meet new participants, renew old friendships, play cards, help put together the jigsaw puzzle, play games or just visit.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM - Lake James Ballroom - "This is Pokagon State Park" with a Pokagon State Park Interpreter, followed by a group photo. Meet your classmates and then join us on a tour of the Inn. (Swim, sauna, whirlpool are open until 11:00 PM.)
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Optional Morning Exercises; History Part I; Native American Artifacts; Free Time; Show and Tell; Free Time
(Monday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00-11:00 AM - History Part I: "Native Americans from the Appalachians to the Mississippi" - Learn about Native American life on the continent prior to the arrival of European settlers, with Dr. Randall Buchman, author and professor emeritus at Defiance College.
 Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM - Native American Artifacts.

3:30 PM: Enjoy free time to hike in the park, read a book, use the pool or whirlpool, or take a nap.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 pm - Show and Tell. Bring a favorite item from the 1940s that you have saved and tell why it means so much to you. It doesn't need to have monetary value. (3 min limit.)

Free Time: The remainder of evening may be spent singing old favorites or putting together a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards or games, or just enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and popcorn with your classmates.
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Optional Morning Exercises; History Part II; Small Group Breakouts; Free Time; Native American Stories; Free Time
(Tuesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00 - 11:00 AM: History Part II - Native Americans and the 200 years of Co-Habitation with Dr. Randall Buchman.
 Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM: Breakout Groups (First Session). Participants will be broken down into smaller groups for one of three rotating breakout sessions -

Winter Botany: Participants will learn about winter plants, their buds bark and berries, with an indoor presentation followed by a short walk around the nearby grounds.

Tai Chi

Make a Native American Talking Stick: Learn the legend of the talking stick and make your own.

3:30 PM: Enjoy free time to hike in the park, read a book, use the pool or whirlpool, or take a nap.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Lucy LaHurreau shares her stories as a Potawatomi Indian.

Free Time: The remainder of evening may be spent singing old favorites or putting together a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards or games, or simply enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and popcorn with your classmates.
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Optional morning exercises; Continue breakout group rotations; Trinkets and Treasures Antique Evaluations
(Wednesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00 AM: Breakout Groups (Second Session). Participants will continue their rotation of breakout sessions in their smaller groups -

Winter Botany: Participants will learn about winter plants, their buds bark and berries, with an indoor presentation followed by a short walk around the nearby grounds.

Tai Chi

Make a Native American Talking Stick: Learn the legend of the talking stick and make your own.
 Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM: Breakout Groups (Third Session). Participants will continue their rotation of breakout sessions in their smaller groups -

Winter Botany: Participants will learn about winter plants, their buds bark and berries, with an indoor presentation followed by a short walk around the nearby grounds.

Tai Chi

Make a Native American Talking Stick: Learn the legend of the talking stick and make your own.

3:30 PM: Enjoy free time to hike in the park, read a book, use the pool or whirlpool, or take a nap.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Trinkets or Treasures? Antique Evaluations with Roger Lash in the Lake James Room. Don't forget to bring an item for evaluation. Afterwards, have a cup of tea or hot chocolate and sing-along with the gang or play cards, games, or help put together a jigsaw puzzle.
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Optional morning exercises; History Part III - "The Railroad in the US"; How do trains run?; Toy Trains; Free time; "40s Music" sing along
(Thursday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00 am - History Part III - The Railroad Story in the Eastern US: Learn about the introduction of the railroad in the United States with Dr. Randall Buchman.
 Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM - Trains - Learn how a steam engine functions and about America's love of toy trains. Bring your favorite toy train.

3:30 PM: Enjoy free time to hike in the park, read a book, use the pool or whirlpool, or take a nap.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Join us for a sing along with music from the 1940s with Bruce Johnson and friends. Take the opportunity to sing along, dance or just listen and enjoy. Afterwards, have a cup of tea or hot chocolate with the gang, play cards or games, or help put together a jigsaw puzzle.
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Optional morning exercieses; History Part IV; Checkout/Lunch
(Friday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00 AM: History Part IV - "The Railroad Story in the Eastern US Part 2: Onto the Mississippi." Join us for our final lecture, covering the western expansion of the railroad with Dr. Randall Buchman.
 Lunch: Checkout anytime before noon.

11:00 AM: Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room followed by goodbyes and farewells.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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