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Walking in Wildflowers: Spring At Shaker Village

Program Number: 8822RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/13/2014 - 4/18/2014; 4/5/2015 - 4/10/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Price starting at: $685.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Springtime in Kentucky brings forth an amazing display of wildflowers to the Kentucky River Palisades. Formed from the oldest exposed rock in Kentucky, the Palisades are carpeted with such early arrivals as the showy Virginia Bluebells, Nodding Trillium and Dwarf Larkspur. With local experts and naturalists, study wildflower and woody plant identification and learn about the efforts of preservationists to reintroduce native and heirloom plants and animals to Shaker Village.




Highlights

• Hike along the Kentucky River with local experts to learn about its geologic history and river features, and spot wildflowers along the way.
• Walk through the meadows of the Chinn-Poe Nature Preserve and admire its large savannah of restored native grasses and flowers.
• Share in Shaker meals, take in musical performances and get a first-hand look at Shaker crafts and craftsmanship.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 4 miles; trails rated easy to moderate; uneven terrain; some stairs.



Coordinated by Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.




Harrodsburg

In 1805, the Shakers established a community outside Harrodsburg in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region where they farmed more than 2,500 acres. Today, the 34 buildings are restored, and the village is a prime destination outside the historic city of Harrodsburg, which was founded in 1774, making it one of Kentucky’s oldest communities.



Accommodations
Guestrooms in restored Shaker buildings featuring hand-made Shaker reproduction furniture and contemporary baths.

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

Don Pelly is a naturalist and educational program manager at Shaker Village. A high school biology teacher for many years, Don also served as adjunct professor at Asbury College. Don's extensive knowledge of Kentucky's natural wonders is supplemented by his commitment to restoring and preserving Shaker Village's natural resrouces.
 
Jim Gentry

Jim Gentry is a wildflower educator, photographer, editor and naturalist from Lexington, Kentucky. A high school biology teacher for many years, Jim combines a knowledge of Kentucky wildflowers with extensive knowledge about birds and trees of the area.
 
Debbie Larkin

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Debbie Larkin is an herbalist and botanist who has worked as the village herbalist at Shaker Village. Debbie works as an environmental educator at Bluegrass Greensource, a non-profit organization that provides environmental resources and information to schools, community groups, local governments and citizens of Central Kentucky. She also owns The Stillroom, where she sells plants, herbs, and teaching aromatherapy and herbal remedies.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  Harrodsburg, KY 5 nights
 Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill offers overnight lodging in original Shaker buildings furnished with reproduction Shaker furniture. All rooms have private baths, televisions, and air-conditioning. Kentucky is located in the Eastern Time Zone and observes Daylight Saving Time from April through October.
  Contact info: 3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 USA
phone: 859-734-5411
web: www.shakervillageky.org
  Room amenities: Temperpedic mattresses, hair dryers.
  Facility amenities: Some rooms have wireless internet access (must bring own laptop) and satellite television. The opportunity to enjoy the peaceful serenity of simple yet elegant rooms furnished in reproduction Shaker furniture is unique.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $80+tax sngl; $90+tax dbl Additional nights must be pre-arranged by contacting the Program Coordinator at Shaker Village - (800) 734-5611, ext. 1550.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80+tax sngl; $90+tax dbl Additional nights must be pre-arranged by contacting the Program Coordinator at Shaker Village - (800) 734-5611, ext. 1550.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in after 3 p.m. You will be staying at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch. Check-out at 11 a.m. You will be staying at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A valid driver's license or photo ID is also required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Harrodsburg, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Harrodsburg, KY.
  Nearest highway: US 68.
  Nearest airport:  Bluegrass Field (LEX), Lexington, KY.
  From End of Program
  Location: Harrodsburg, KY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Bluegrass Field (LEX), Lexington, KY.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 
Driving Directions
  From Nashville Take I-65 north to Elizabethtown and exit 93 - Bluegrass Parkway. Take Bluegrass Parkway east to exit 59 A (intersection with US 127). At bottom of exit ramp turn right onto US 127 South. Approximately 10 miles, take US 127 South BY-PASS (turn left). Go 1 mile on US 127 South By-Pass to intersection with US 68. Turn left at stop light onto US 68 East. Take US 68 east approximately 6 miles to flashing caution light at village entrance. Turn left into village entrance, proceed to 3-way stop. Turn right and follow signs for "Hotel Check-in."
  I-75/I-64 - Lexington (from north and west and east) From I-64/I-75 take exit 115 (KY 922) south 2 miles to KY 4 (New Circle Rd.) take KY 4 south/west to US 68 (Harrodsburg Road). At bottom of exit ramp, turn right and take US 68 west to Shaker Village (once you cross the Kentucky River, village entrance is about 8 miles on your right). Turn right at village entrance; come to 3 way stop; turn right. Follow signs for "Hotel Check-in."
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: Arrive and check in/Dinner at the Trustees' Office Dining Room/Welcome and orientation. Check in after 3 p.m. EDT; dinner at 5:30; orientation at 7 p.m.
(Sunday, April 13)

Note: Evening orientation, introduction to instructors in lecture room setting



   
 Afternoon: Check in is after 3:00 PM. EASTERN DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME.
 Dinner: The Trustees' Office Dining Room features regional Kentucky dishes and some Shaker dishes. Dinner is served by candlelight, and will include entree', salad, vegetables, hot bread and dessert.
 Evening: Welcome and orientation at 7:00 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Hike along meadows; afternoon hike along Heritage Trail through wooded areas. Each area has its own unique habitat with different wildflowers, birds, and vegetation. An evening program includes slides of "spring bloomers."
(Monday, April 14)

Note: Instructors will lead 2 hikes through very different areas of Shaker Village and participants will discover an amazing number of wildflowers. Meals in the Trustees' Office Dining Room. Evening slide presentation on spring wildflowers in Kentucky.



   
 Breakfast: Country Buffet Breakfast includes bacon and sausage, eggs, gravy, grits, hot and cold fruits, oatmeal, cold cereals, biscuits and pumpkin muffins, coffee, and juice.
 Morning: Hike to the West Lot area, through meadowlands filled with wildflowers. Instructors will help to identify different species of flowers, birds, and vegetation.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Trustees' Office Dining Room will include sandwich and soup, fresh fruit and cookies.
 Afternoon: Afternoon hike along the Heritage Trail, through woodlands where the Shakers built their mills and a bridge across Shawnee Run. The bird observation area is here, as is an amazing variety of woodland flowers.
 Dinner: Dinner by candlelight in the Trustees' Office Dining Room with regional specialties and some Shaker dishes, includes salad, entree', vegetables, dessert, hot breads and choice of beverage.
 Evening: Slide presentation on "Spring Bloomers" - a sampling of Kentucky's beautiful spring wildflowers - by instructor Jim Gentry
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: After breakfast, we will hike to the Kentucky River, traveling through thousands of years of geologic time down through the Palisades of the Kentucky River. Along the way we will investigate flowers unique to the river habitat.
(Tuesday, April 15)

Note: This hike will take us down to the Kentucky River, with a sack lunch served at the Shaker Landing. After lunch we will hike along the river bottom, checking out wildflowers, birds and trees in this unique area.



   
 Breakfast: Country Buffet Breakfast includes bacon and sausage, eggs, cold and hot fruit, cold cereal, oatmeal, grits, biscuits and pumpkin muffins, gravy, coffee and juice.
 Morning: Join Don Pelly and Jim Gentry as we travel through thousands of years of geologic time hiking down to the Kentucky River. Along the way we will discover a number of wildflowers that grow only in the secluded climate of the river lowlands.
 Lunch: A sack lunch will be delivered to us to eat at the Shaker landing before we continue the hike.
 Afternoon: Hiking continues along the Kentucky River, and we will also see ruins of Shaker buildings, river features, waterfalls and different flowers and vegetation.
 Dinner: Dinner by candlelight at the Trustees' Office Dining Room, serving regional specialties and some Shaker dishes. Dinner includes salad, entree', vegetables, hot breads, dessert and choice of beverage.
 Evening: Evening walk and program on native grasses and prairies, including discussion of Shaker Village's "green" strategy.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike through the Chinn-Poe Nature Preserve, which includes a large savannah of restored native grasses and flowers similar to what the area looked like before white settlement.
(Wednesday, April 16)

Note: This hike will include some strenuous terrain as we hike through an area restored to its native savannah condition.



   
 Breakfast: Country Buffet Breakfast at the Trustees' Office Dining Room includes bacon, sausage, eggs, grits, cold and hot fruit, oatmeal, grits, cold cereal, biscuits, pumpkin muffins, gravy, coffee or tea and juice.
 Morning: Hike to the West Lot of the village, where open meadows abound in wildflowers. This area has been restored to its native savannah condition by replanting warm-weather grasses and native flowers.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room will include soup and salad, or sandwich, with cookies and fresh fruit, and choice of beverage.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to tour Shaker Village, visit crafts demonstrations, or travel off-site to visit attractions in the surrounding area (transportation to off-site attractions is on your own).
 Dinner: Dinner by candlelight in the Trustees' Office Dining room with regional specialties and some Shaker dishes. Dinner will include salad, entree', vegetables, hot breads, dessert, and choice of beverage.
 Evening: Evening program on Shaker herb and seed industry by a local herbalist will explore useful plants and flowers.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning program on woody plant identification, and in the afternoon travel to a remnant of savannah woodland from the period prior to white settlement in the area. Instructions on tree identification, as well as measuring champion trees.
(Thursday, April 17)

Note: Morning will be spent in Shaker Village identifying trees and learning to measure champion trees. In the afternoon travel just a mile away to see the remnant of the savannah woodland that existed in the area prior to white settlement. Evening performance of Shaker music by soloist.



   
 Breakfast: Country buffet Breakfast in the Trustees' Office Dining Room includes bacon and sausage, eggs, cold and hot fruit, grits, gravy, oatmeal, cold cereals, biscuits and pumpkin muffins, coffee and juice.
 Morning: Program on woody plant identification takes us around the Shaker village, looking at trees and other woody plants. Group will be divided into smaller groups for better student/instructor ratio.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room will include soup and salad or sandwich, cookies and fresh fruit.
 Afternoon: Hike to an area near the village where the remnant of the native savannah woodland can be seen - this area looks much as it did prior to white settlement.
 Dinner: Dinner by candlelight in the Trustees' Office Dining Room will include regional specialities and some Shaker dishes. Dinner includes salad, entree', vegetables passed family-style, hot breads, dessert and choice of beverage.
 Evening: Solo performance of Shaker music by candlelight in the magnificent 1820 Shaker Meeting House as our program draws to an end.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Explore the Shakers' connection to the land, and today's efforts by preservationists to re-introduce native and heirloom plants. We will explore sustainable agriculture, and discuss lessons rom the past that can still be used today.
(Friday, April 18)

Note: At Shaker Village's garden participants can learn about the Shakers' farming and efforts of today to use sustainable practices and employ local sources of food.



   
 Breakfast: Country Buffet Breakfast in the Trustees' Office Dining Room includes bacon and sausage, eggs, grits, gravy, cold and hot fruit, cold cereals, oatmeal, biscuits and pumpkin muffins, coffee and juice.
 Morning: Ralph Ward, Historic Farm Program Manager, will lead a walk and talk through the garden that supplies food to the dining room. Participants will discuss sustainable agricultural practices, and learn about the local food movement while enjoying the beauty of spring plants.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room. Participants will have the option of signing up for a box lunch to take with them after check-out at 11 a.m.
 Afternoon: End of program - depart
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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The Shaker Experience in America


Author: Stephen J. Stein


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