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Studying Film and the Charms of New Hampshire

Program Number: 21025RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/8/2014 - 6/13/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

A resident of Walpole, N.H., Ken Burns has directed and produced films that capture the American experience — and is widely regarded as one of the best documentary filmmakers of our time. Gain a new perspective on the life and works of this extraordinary storyteller as you screen several of his films, and take a field trip to Walpole where his company, Florentine Films, is located. Enjoy an opportunity to explore the quaint, surrounding New Hampshire towns known for their covered bridges, folk music and historic landmarks.




Highlights

• View the Ken Burns film, The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God, and enjoy a field trip to Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H., a National Historic Landmark.
• Trace the history of Florentine Films, founded by Ken Burns, and spend an afternoon in Walpole, N.H., home of the film company’s headquarters.
• Screen When Lincoln Paid, a 100-year old film directed by Francis Ford that was rediscovered in a local barn.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking over flat terrain.




Date Specific Information

6-8-2014

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
Lakeside cabins and condos at conference facility on shores of Swanzey Lake; limited first-floor rooms. Alcohol-free site. Single rooms available at no extra cost.
Meals and Lodgings
   Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
  West Swanzey 5 nights
 Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Tranquil and beautiful, Pilgrim Pines Conference Center is nestled on the scenic shores of Swanzey Lake and it is surrounded by tree laden hills. In this setting, you are invited to relax and be renewed in mind, body and spirit.

Pilgrim Pines is owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church of the East Coast Conference and has been a provided for Road Scholar since 1988. It has been our policy not to allow alcoholic beverages on campus. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas in the out-of-doors. Most Road Scholar classes are presented in our beautiful open-space Meetinghouse while the Undercroft (lower level of our Chapel) and Chapel are used as needed.
  Contact info: 220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org
  Room amenities: A variety of housing accommodations awaits your choice and needs during your stay at Pilgrim Pines. All rooms have private baths, new beds and walk-in showers with liquid soap. Each room has a table, a chair or chairs, a clock, radio, Kleenex, closet and lamps, along with its own heating unit and fans for the summer season.

Since we do not have daily housekeeping services our guests are asked to make their own beds (linens and towels and bath mats provided), and at the end of their stay strip the beds, put the linens and towels in a pillow case and bring to designated location. Replacement linens and towels/washcloths are available upon request during the week.

There are no TVs or phones in any of the rooms. A TV set with full cable access is available in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room. A courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of the Mayflower Lodge along with Wi-Fi access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel.
  Facility amenities: Our main class area at Pilgrim Pines is in the Meetinghouse, a beautiful structure with nature views through the windows and capable of holding up to 60 people. Our onsite Chapel which houses a grand piano, pipe organ and video projector is also occasionally used for classroom activities, while the Undercroft is used for our hands-on craft programs.

Meals are served buffet style in our Mayflower Dining Room by full-time professional chefs who not only provide excellent meals with many choices, but also work to create alternate menus for special dietary needs indicated on Participant Information Forms returned prior to the start of the program. The superb quality and consistency of our food service has been a trademark of our Conference Center.

Before or after meals, relax in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room and browse through our small library, enjoy conversation and/or view a favorite program on our one TV set with full cable access. While there are no phones in each room, a courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of Mayflower Lodge along with wireless internet access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel. Snacks including fruit are provided each evening in the dining room and juices, soda, coffee and tea are available at any time. Morning coffee and snack is served in the classroom. Additionally Pilgrim Pines features the opportunity to enjoy (weather permitting) the sandy beach, waterfront activities, golf on our 9 hole course, tennis or a hike around the lake all at no additional cost.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after:  Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.
  Check out time: 10:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 p.m. Pilgrim Pines Office - Registration You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 p.m. Mayflower Dining Room -Lunch. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  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-$104.00 Addl person-$20.00 ea
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

   

Bus service is available from Bradley to Keene... requires bus change. No bus service from Boston or Manchester. Rental car is another option. Please call Chuck Anderson, coordinator 603-499-1994 to see about coordinating transportation 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 is needed
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, Welcome Reception, Opening Dinner, Orientation, Program Overview
(Sunday, June 8)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION. 3:00-3:30 pm in Mayflower Lodge on the Pilgrim Pines campus. When you will get your room assignment, you also receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, room key, up-to-date schedule and other important information we will review during orientation this evening. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. WELCOME RECEPTION; Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00pm and begin getting to know the program staff and fellow participants.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm in the lodge, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices include vegetarian options plus coffee, tea, and dessert.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: 7:15pm. We will begin with introductions, then review the schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have about our week together. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: We will begin our exploration into the production of award winning films by Ken Burns, including subjects, research methods, incredibly complex editing, and the life history of a creative genius.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: About Florentine Films & Ken Burns, Walpole NH Field Trip, Recreational Opportunities, Ken Burns Film
(Monday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread, toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning we will explore the history of Florentine Films. Since its founding in 1976, Florentine Films has produced some of the most honored documentaries ever made. We will also examine the life and creativity of its founder, Ken Burns, purpose and mission, research and subjects, future projects, marketing, etc. Ken was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1975 and went on to be one of the co-founders of Florentine Films. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. PRESENTATION continues: Using DVDs, we will review the types of films produced by Florentine Films through the years.
 Lunch: Lunch is from 12:30-1:15pm, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room. Choose from a full salad bar, soup of the day, taco salad, and/or make your own sandwich, brownies or cookies and drinks of your choosing (gluten free or vegetarian available upon request).
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Boarding maxi-vans, we will ride to Walpole, NH, the home town of Ken Burns and Florentine Films. Founded in 1736, Walpole is a typical rural New England agricultural town with working farms, schools, a small business district and several restaurants, inns, shops, and a characteristic town green. As a special treat, we will stop at Burdick’s, nationally known for its handmade chocolates. Returning to campus, there will be opportunities for a late afternoon swim in Swanzey Lake, canoeing, golf, tennis, or relaxing on the beach (weather permitting).
 Dinner: Dinner is 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 (gluten free or vegetarian is available upon request).
 Evening: FILM: At 7:15pm, we will view a Ken Burns documentary film "The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God" presented on a large screen with excellent sound followed by analysis and discussion.
 Evening: The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to discuss the film or relax and join in various activities.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Development of Film Dept at Keene State College/Covered Bridges Excursion, Recreational Opportunities, 100 yr old film
(Tuesday, June 10)

Note: Tour of covered bridges by maxi-va



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 8:00-8:45am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room, featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, breads to toast, scramble eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Today we will focus the development of the film department at Keene State College, methods of research used to prepare for each film project and steps needed to move from research to production. The focal point of our discussion will be a recent production by the students. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. FILM: We will view film followed by analysis and discussion.
 Lunch: Lunch is from 12:30-1:15pm in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style, 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: EXCURSION: After lunch, we will board the maxi-van to visit the six covered bridges of Cheshire County. Ingenious New Englanders took the covered bridge designs of Central Europe and applied them to the new world, launching a new era in bridge construction. The first covered bridge in New Hampshire appeared in the 1820s. Nearly 400 covered bridges stood in the state at one time. Today, only 54 of these historic structures remain. In the late afternoon, enjoy a hike, swimming in Swanzey Lake, canoeing, golf, tennis, etc. (weather permitting).
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious full buffet will be served including a a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).
 Evening: This Evening we will view the documentary "Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio." For 50 years radio dominated the airways as its first mass medium. This film examines the lives of three men who shared the responsibility for its invention and early success. The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to discuss the film or relax and join in a variety of activities.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shaker Village Museum Excursion, Two Fiddles, Film: "When Lincoln Paid"
(Wednesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 8:00-8:45am in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style, featuring pancakes, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Now that you've seen the film about the Shakers, get a first-hand glimpse at how they lived. We will leave at 8:45am by bus to Canterbury, NH and the Shaker Village Museum. We will have a guided exploration of this National Historic Landmark and museum nestled among the rolling hills of wooded central New Hampshire with nearly 700 acres of forests, nature trails, gardens and ponds, as well as 25 original and four reconstructed Shaker buildings.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the Shaker Village picnic area with a delicious lunch furnished by the Pilgrim Pines kitchen.
 Afternoon: LOCAL CULTURE: Two Fiddles. After lunch, we will journey to the home of Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman who perform together as “Two Fiddles” and who are dedicated to preserving the traditional songs and stories of New Hampshire. Dudley has been awarded the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, the National Heritage Fellowship. We will enjoy music and dance in their barn and have late afternoon tea before returning by bus to the Pilgrim Pines campus.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious buffet includes a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).
 Evening: FILM: At 7:30pm, we will watch "When Lincoln Paid" -- an historic silent film from the early 20th century directed by Francis Ford (brother of John Ford) who also appears as Abraham Lincoln. This 100-year old film was found in a barn in Nelson, NH in 2006. Learn the story of the film, its re-discovery, and restoration. The film is important for its historical theme, Lincoln's practice of pardoning young Civil War soldiers condemned to die, if any extenuating circumstances might have been involved; for its place in film history; and for what it has to show about the techniques that influenced movie-maker John Ford and others down to Ken Burns. The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to discuss the film and/or relax and join in a variety of activities.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Documentary Film Production, Film Analysis: "Unforgivable Blackness," About Swanzey Lake, Ken Burns Film, Homespun & Ice Cream Sundaes
(Thursday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 8:00-8:45am, buffet style, in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, breads to toast, scramble eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Today we will explore the task of final film editing and the steps required to make a film ready for production. FILM: On the big screen in the chapel, we will view, analyze, and discuss "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" by Ken Burns. Johnson was the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World, whose dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and riots in the early 20th century. As Ken Burns has written, "Johnson in many ways is an embodiment of the African-American struggle to be truly free in this country -- economically, socially and politically. He absolutely refused to play by the rules set by the white establishment, or even those of the black community. In that sense, he fought for freedom not just as a black man, but as an individual." The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to help renew your energy.
 Lunch: Lunch is at 12:30pm in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style, with a variety of choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, choice of cold cuts for sandwiches, dessert and drinks (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).
 Afternoon: Completion of documentary will continue following lunch. In the later afternoon enjoy a presentation on the local terrain and Swanzey Lake. There will be opportunities for recreational hiking, swimming, canoeing, golf, tennis, or relaxing on the Swanzey Lake beach (weather permitting).
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm, buffet style, in the Mayflower Dining Room will include a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, and drinks of you choice (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).
 Evening: The evening will conclude with "make your own sundaes" in the dining room. Delayed gratification!
 Evening: HOMESPUN: At 7:30pm, we will enjoy an evening of fun where everyone has an opportunity to share favorite stories, poems, writing, songs, jokes, etc.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ken Burns Documentary Film & Discussion, Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 8:00-8:45am, buffet style, in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a full menu which include baked oatmeal as a specialty of the house.
 Morning: FILM: We will view and discuss a concluding documentary film "Brooklyn Bridge" by Ken Burns with an appreciation for his achievements. Mid-morning you will have opportunity to check out of your rooms and then enjoy coffee, tea, and muffins to renew your energy. During a final wrap-up session, we will review what we have seen and learned.
 Lunch: Noon: Our closing lunch in the Mayflower Dining Room is an opportunity to say farewell to new-found friends. Box lunches will be available for those who need to get on the road. The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this special new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  West Swanzey New Hampshire Devision 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
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