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American Musical Theater, Fred Astaire, and the Amish and Mennonite

Program Number: 10232RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/2/2014 - 3/7/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $613.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation; Theater; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

3-2-2014

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



Coordinated by Black Rock Retreat Center.



American Music Theatre

Relive the 1950's as we trace the history of the American Music Theatre. Lots of fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and sing-a-longs will make it all come alive!



Fred Astaire: The Man And His Musicals

After his incredible partnership with Ginger Rogers in their famous 1930's musicals, we'll follow Fred Astaire's career as a solo dancer in musicals of the 1940's and 1950's. Included will be film clips, recordings, live music and lively lectures.



The Amish And Mennonite Of Lancaster County

Who are the "plain people" and why do they live as they do? Discover the origins of the PA Dutch and gain a new understanding and insight into these fascinating people. We'll meet members of these groups and take a field trip around the scenic area.




Lancaster

Known worldwide as “Pennsylvania Dutch Country,” Lancaster and the surrounding countryside is home to the nation’s oldest Amish community. One of the longest-running farmer’s markets in the country attracts those seeking fresh produce and baked goods.



Accommodations
Modern retreat center in peaceful woodland setting; Buffet-style meals highlight local specialties and flavors. In observance of the guidelines of this institution, there is a request that only married couples or people of the same sex share rooms.
Meals and Lodgings
   Black Rock Retreat
  Quarryville, PA 5 nights
 Black Rock Retreat
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center located in tranquil Lancaster County Pennsylvania providing Retreat Facilities for use by churches and other organizations. Black Rock Retreat offers comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.
  Contact info: 1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com
  Room amenities: Our comfortable rooms each have one queen size bed, two single beds and a private bath. There are several handicapped accessible rooms available, each with two queen size beds and a private handicapped accessible bathroom. Other equipment such as shower benches and raised toilet seats can be provided on a limited basis and you should call if you have specific concerns. Rooms are air conditioned/heated with in-room thermostats. Linens, towels and a small bar of soap are provided. Iron, ironing boards, and laundry facilities available for guest use. Please plan to bring all or your personal toiletries. There are no hair dryers in rooms, but there is one available at the front desk if needed. There are no TV's or Wi Fi access in the guest rooms. The rooms do not have refrigerators, but refrigerators are located throughout the building for guest use. We do not offer daily maid services, but fresh towels and linens are always available upon request. At the middle of the week, you will be able to request some housekeeping services for your room.
  Facility amenities: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of woods, all of the Road Scholar guest accommodations, meeting room and dining are located under one roof in our comfortable Maranatha Retreat Center. Abundant and delicious food is served buffet style and local PA Dutch specialties are included on the menu. Black Rock Retreat has many outside recreational opportunities including numerous hiking trails and a large outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. Inside, we offer a disc (frisbee) golf course, full size gymnasium suitable for walking, playing basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball and a small game room with a ping pong table and a Foosball table. The beautiful lobby has two fire places to allow you to enjoy a favorite book or relax with friends. There is a game cabinet in the lobby with common table games, cards and puzzles. Wi Fi is only available in the retreat center lobby as well as in the meeting rooms. Several newspapers are delivered to Lobby daily. Please visit our web site at www.BlackRockRetreat.com to see pictures of the guest rooms and other facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $70 per person Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $70 per person Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in the lobby from 4PM - 5:30PM. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with lunch in dining room immediately following the final lecture. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quarryville, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Lancaster
  Nearest highway: Retreat Center is along Rt. 472.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International - PHL Airport Code
  From End of Program
  Location: Quarryville, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA
phone: 215-580-7800

 

Distance:

 

47

   

There is no direct shuttle service available from any of the major airports. However guests can take Greyhound bus or AMTRAK from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Public taxi service is available from Lancaster to Black Rock Retreat.

 
Driving Directions
  From Baltimore via I-95 and US Route 1 Exit I-95 in Maryland at Route 272 (Exit 100). Travel north on Route 272, until the intersection of US Route 1. Travel north on US Route 1. Get off at Route 472 (Oxford, PA exit). Turn left onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Harrisburg via the PA Turnpike East Exit the turnpike at exit #247 (Harrisburg). From toll booth take right hand ramp. Take Route 283 east to Lancaster, PA. Exit Route 283 at Route 72 (Manheim Pike). Travel on Route 72 south until it merges with Route 222 south (Prince Street). Travel on Route 222 through the town of Lancaster and continue on Route 222 south all the way to the town of Quarryville. (Watch the left turn that Route 222 south makes after the Willow Valley Resort, south of Lancaster). When in Quarryville, make a left at the first light (there will be a Ford dealership on your right) onto Route 372 east (State Street) and travel approximately 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Route 472 south. Travel approximately 4.5 miles, and Black Rock Retreat will be on your left. (Do not try to find us on Black Rock Road. We do not have an entrance on this road).
  From Philadelphia via I-95 and US Route 11 Exit I-95 in Pennsylvania after Chester, PA at Route 322 West. Travel north until you reach the intersection of US Route 1. Travel south on US Route 1 until you reach the exit for Route 472 (Oxford exit). Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Philadelphia via the PA Turnpike West Exit the turnpike at exit #326 (Valley Forge/King of Prussia). Almost immediately get on Route 202 south. Travel on this road until you reach US Route 1 south. Travel approximately 26 miles on Route 1 south until you reach the exit for Route 472. Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Wilmington, Delaware Take Route 141 or Route 48 to Route 41 North. Continue on Route 41 North until it intersects with Route 1. Take Route 1 South and get off at the fifth exit (Route 472). Turn right and go north on Route 472 for approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood.
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: Check in and registration/Orientation
(Sunday, March 2)

Note: Get acquainted with your fellow Road Scholars during an evening Ice Cream Sundae Social after Orientation.



   
 Afternoon: RETREAT CENTER CHECK-IN AND PROGRAM REGISTRATION: As you enter Black Rock Retreat's Maranatha retreat Center come on over to the Road Scholar table located in the center of the spacious lobby. Registration will take place from 4PM-5:30PM. You will receive your room assignment and all needed information for the program at that time. Black Rock's beautiful swimming pool will be open and available for your use from noon until 5PM. You are welcome to enjoy this facility prior to registration/check-in or afterwards as time allows.
 Dinner: Dinner is a buffet-style meal in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room. Guests will meet in lobby for instructions. Our goal is to serve healthy and delicious food featuring local tastes and recipes.
 Evening: ORIENTATION/GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Beginning at 7:15PM in our private meeting room, we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding. We will also spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The session will be followed by and ice cream sundae bar set up in the retreat center dining room with plenty of time to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full days of activity ahead.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Relive the entire 20th century as we trace the American Musical Theatre with Bill Messenger. In the evening, learn the fascinating history of the Amish and Mennonites as presented by Dr. Brinton Rutherford.
(Monday, March 3)

Note: Enjoy a tractor and wagon ride around the spacious 100 acres of Black Rock Retreat.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Morning: Explore The History of Musical Theatre with lively entertainer and lecturer, Bill Messenger. Lecture also includes numerous fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and sing-a-longs.
 Lunch: Buffet-style meal in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Afternoon: "The History of Musical Theatre" with Bill Messenger. Take a grounds tour of our beautiful and tranquil retreat center property in a tractor pulled wagon.
 Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Evening: "The Amish and Mennonites" Lecture by Professor Brinton Rutherford detailing the history and culture of this fascinating group of people.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Spend the day exploring and touring Lancaster county by coach, visiting local attractions.
(Tuesday, March 4)

Note: Enjoy the fellowship of a local family as we take our evening meal at an Amish home.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Morning: Continuing learning about the Amish and Mennonites as we explore Lancaster County.First stop is the Lancaster Mennonite Information Center.
 Lunch: Packed box lunch to be eaten before continuing our exploration of Lancaster County. Location is to be determined
 Afternoon: Continue our journey through Lancaster County by visiting several local establishments, including an Amish Quilt Shop and The Kitchen Kettle Village. On the coach, be escorted by our Amish-Mennonite guide as she shares Lancaster County from her perspective as a former member of the Old Order Amish Church.
 Dinner: Experience a traditional meal in an Old Order Amish Home.
 Evening: Savor the experiences of the day as we meander back to Black Rock Retreat on peaceful country roads.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Final American Musical Theatre lecture by Bill Messenger and a free afternoon to enjoy local attractions or to relax or hike on the property. Enjoy the music of the swing era with an evening Jazz concert featuring Bill Messenger and guests.
(Wednesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Morning: "History of Musical Theatre" lecture by Bill Messenger.
 Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Evening: Relax to the great songs of the Swing Era! Enjoy a concert by Bill Messenger and former Black Rock Road Scholar Participant and Jazz clarinetist, Mac Given. Followed by an opportunity to make (and eat) your own soft pretzels.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: "Fred Astaire" lecture by Bill Messenger and musical evening TBA.
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Morning: "Fred Astaire" lecture by Bill Messenger filled with film clips and behind the scenes stories.
 Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Afternoon: "Fred Astaire" lecture by Bill Messenger
 Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Evening: Fred Astaire film to be announced.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: "Fred Astaire" lecture by Bill Messenger.
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Morning: "Fred Astaire" lecture by Bill Messenger.
 Lunch: Lunch served in our dining room directly following the last lecture.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Quarryville, PA General Overview
Various attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions, museums and Sight and Sound Theatre. For additional information, visit padutchcountry.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.

Suggested Reading List


Broadway Musicals: Show by Show


Author: Stanley Green


Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time


Author: Ken Bloom & Frank Vlastnik


Amish Country


Author: Ruth Hoover Seitz


Description: Amish ways and reasons behind them.





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