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Mysteries from Hidden History, Two Tales by Edgar Allen Poe, New Hampshire Stories, Music and Dance

Program Number: 21478RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2014 - 5/23/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal standing and walking.




Date Specific Information

5-18-2014

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Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.



Mysteries From Hidden History

Explore the mysteries that surround historical events from various countries and cultures. Uncover the origins of the phrases such as, “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” or “does history repeat itself,” as we explore the dark side of these stories.



Two Tales By Edgar Allen Poe

Poe remains one of America’s greatest story tellers. Join us as we read and discuss two of his tales of obsession and madness, “The Black Cat” and the incomparable “The Fall of the House of Usher.”



New Hampshire Stories, Music and Dance

Drawing on the expertise and experience of award- winning folk artist Dudley Laufmann, enjoy and explore the stories, poetry, traditional music and dance of New Hampshire that have made the “Two Fiddles” a legend in our time.




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
Conference facility with cabins and condos on the shore of beautiful Swanzey Lake; professional chefs serve all meals in traditional New England lodge. 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 shave 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:
3:00 p.m. in the lodge office. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 p.m. in lodge dining room after lunch. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Swanzey
  Nearest city or town:  Keene, NH
  Nearest highway: Interstare 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-$128.00/Addl passenger-$20.00 ea
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

 

Distance:

 

Logan 95 miles, Bradley 85 miles, Manchester, 75 miles.

   

No Bus service available from airports. Rental car is option. Enterprise and Avis have drop sites in Keene, NH (10 miles from Pilgrim Pines). Please call Chuck Anderson, coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about possibility of coordinating 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 Westport Village Rd and at the fork bear R on Homestead Rd for one mile to Swanzey Lake Rd. Turn R on Swanzey Lake Rd and go 1.8 miles 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.
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/Registration/Welcome reception/Opening dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, May 18)

Note: Welcome packet/Check into rooms/ Orientation -



   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION from 3:30-5:30 pm in the Mayflower Lodge Office on the Pilgrim Pines Campus. Upon arrival you will receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to date schedule, emergency contacts and other important information for the week. After you check into your room, we invite you back to the dining room for coffee and an opportunity to meet fellow Road Scholars.
 Dinner: Our welcome dinner begins at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served buffet style this meal will include a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are provided by our professional chefs on request.
 Evening: Orientation will begin at 7:15 pm with introductions of our instructors and program for the week. Time will be given to review the schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer questions. We are honored to have outstanding instructors who will give us insight into hidden historical events/people, the rest of the story along with exploring the life of Edgar Allan Poe and his writings. Then enjoy the stories, poetry, music and dance of New Hampshire. Following our orientation session you are invited for an evening snack and continued conversation. There will be opportunity to play table games, watch TV, begin a puzzle or relax before retiring for the night.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Beginning of classes and afternoon of recreation and relaxation on campus.
(Monday, May 19)

Note: Opportunities to enjoy recreational options available on campus; canoeing, tennis, golf, and an optional planned hike.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: Jim Perry will invite us into learning and sharing the rest of the story from the historical events and people. Coffee break will feature homemade Danish rolls, fruit, coffee, tea and water to renew your energy. Our second class of the morning led by Janet Grayson will begin our journey into the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Please bring a copy of "The Black Cat" and "The Fall of the House of Usher"
 Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room from 12:30-1:15 pm. Your choices will include a full salad bar, soup of the day, taco salad or a sandwich, brownies or cookies and drinks of your choice. Gluten free and special vegetarian meals are available upon request.
 Afternoon: An afternoon of recreation and relaxation choices await your pleasure. On campus opportunities will include canoeing, tennis, golf and an optional planned hike. along with great places to relax and read.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served 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 you choice. Alternative antrees and special dietary menus are available upon request.
 Evening: Following Dinner there will be an opportunity to join Jim Perry in his second presentation on hidden history to hear the rest of the story. Following the class session you are invited to a time of conversation, snack, watch TV, make a puzzle, games, read or whatever help you to wind down your day.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Classes and enjoyment of a tour of the covered bridges of Cheshire County
(Tuesday, May 20)

Note: Tour of covered bridges and opportunities for recreation and relaxation



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, breads to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon,fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: At 9:00 am you are invited to the meetinghouse for our first session of the day on the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. Mid morning we will enjoy a third lecture by Jim Perry continuing the series on hidden history.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring soup of the day, make your own sandwich, salad bar, dessert and drinks of your choice. Requests for special menus can always be made.
 Afternoon: During our free time, following lunch there will be an opportunity to tour the six covered bridges of Chesire County by maxi-van. In the late afternoon we welcome Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman for their first presentation on music and dance of New Hampshire. These sessions with the Two Fiddles will introduce you to the stories, songs, poetry and dances of the Monadnock region.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. The menu will include a full salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert, homemade breads and drinks of your choice. Enjoy the wonderful food entrées prepared by our professional chefs.
 Evening: Following Dinner, the Two Fiddles will lead us in an evening of music and dance. Dudley has received the National Folk award to his artistry and teaching through the years of the traditional music, dance and stories. You will also enjoy his award winning poetry. Following the session you are invited to continue conversation over a snack, watch TV, read, make a puzzle, or close out the day the way you choose. Thank you for being here.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Excursion and class in historic Nelson Town Hall
(Wednesday, May 21)

Note: Excursion and dance in historic Nelson Town Hall



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring pancakes, sausage or bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt and granola bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: We will begin our day with the fourth presentation on stories from Hidden History with Mr Perry helping us discover the rest of the story. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and muffins to renew your energy. The second part of the morning we will be entertained by the music and dance of New Hampshire led by the Two Fiddles.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining room from 12:30 -1:15 pm and will include a salad bar, soup of the day, and a choice of deli wraps. In addition to a dessert of the chefs choice, coffee, tea, milk, juices are available for your consumption. Alter menus are available upon request.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will make an excursion to historic town of Nelson, NH where Dudley began his career as a fiddle player, dance caller and keeper of the stories. The Town Hall is a hub for contra dancing today and holds the legacy of traditional New England and dances. The Two Fiddles will conduct their final class with us in this historic place.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert and choice of drinks Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
 Evening: After Dinner you are invited to enjoy an Open Evening where you decide what you would like to do. We will have some options for you to consider but if it a night you wish to catch up on your reading, take a walk after dinner, talk, watch TV, play games, whatever. A list of options will be given for you to consider. 8:45 pm Evening Snacks
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mariposa Folk Art Museum
(Thursday, May 22)

Note: Opportunity to explore Peterborough, NH



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring hot and cold cereals, breads to toast, scrambled eggs, waffles, bacon or sausage, yogurt and granola bar, plus coffee, tea, milk and juice.
 Morning: Our day will begin our final presentation from Mr Perry focusing on people and events from Hidden History. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. The second class of the morning will bring us back into the discussion of Poe's life and writings.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring soup of the day, salad bar, chicken sandwiches, dessert and choice of drinks. Alternative menus are available upon request.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you will have an opportunity for an excursion to the Mariposa Museum located in Peterborough, NH. Featuring a collection of folk art from around the world, you have enjoy exploring and experiencing hands-on art.
 Dinner: Our final Dinner will be served buffet style 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, homemade bread, drinks of your choice and make your own sundaes.
 Evening: Road Scholars are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc. Following our session you are invited for a snack, continued conversation, finish the puzzle, read, watch TV to conclude our final evening together.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up classes
(Friday, May 23)

Note: Check out of rooms



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 7:45-8:30 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring baked oatmeal, a specialty of the house. In addition, there will be omelette's, bacon, sausage, breads to toast, cold cereals, yogurt and granola bar, and coffee, tea, milk and juice.
 Morning: Our classes for today will focus on Edgar Allan Poe. We thank Janet Grayson for helping us to unwrap these tales of mystery and imagination. Please bring a copy of "The Black Cat" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" 1Mid Morning we will take a break to Check out of our Rooms to enable our staff to prepare the rooms for the group arriving Friday afternoon, Following our morning snack we will have our final session on Poe.
 Lunch: Our farewell luncheon will be served at 12:00 noon in the Mayflower Dining Room and will feature once again our full buffet style menu. Box lunches will be available for those who need to leave early. We hope you have enjoyed this week of immersion into history, mystery and music/dance.
   
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/
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


The Black Cat


Author: Edgar Allan Poe


Description: Available through Amazon and online. Poe writes: "For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief, Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not--and very surely do I not dream, But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul. My immediate purpose is to place before the world, plainly, succinctly, and without comment, a series of mere household events.



The Fall of the House of Usher


Author: Edgar Allan Poe


Description: Paperback addition is available at Amazon and online. In the Fall of the House of Usher a visitor realizes there is a terrible malady within the house. When the Narrator arrives at the house he realizes that Usher is ill. As the story progresses and the plot winds and twists the reader is caught up in the malevolent house. This is not a story to read on a stormy night while sitting all alone in an old squeaky house with shadows.





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