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Portrait and Landscape Painters, Contemporary Poets, the Challenge and Fun of Puzzle-Solving

Program Number: 21513RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2014 - 6/6/2014;
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 Salt; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal standing and walking.




Date Specific Information

6-1-2014

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Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.



Portrait and Landscape Painters; Past and Present

Get inspired as you study portrait and landscape artists of the past and present. Through personal story and demonstration, learn from a nationally renown artist couple about drawing, light and shadow, and composition, before joining us on a field trip to a studio to see works first hand.



Contemporary Poets

Join us as we discover contemporary poets, both famous and less well known, whose work has benefitted from the master, Robert Frost. Learn what to look for and think about when reading poems by Mary Oliver, Maxine Kumin, Ruth Stone, and others.



The Challenge and Fun of Puzzle-Solving

Explore the complexities of Crosswords, Acrostics, Puns and Anagrams, and more. Led by a NY Times puzzle constructor, learn the “rules,” time-tested strategies and tips to help you solve these puzzles. Sessions are hands-on all ending with high fives!




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 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 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.
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 & Program
(Sunday, June 1)

Note: Check into rooms - Evening Orientation



   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: 3:00-3:30 p.m.in Mayflower Lodge on the Pilgrim Pines campus. When you get your room assignment, you also receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, 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. Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00 pm. .
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Lodge, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices including a vegetarian option plus coffee, tea and dessert.
 Evening: Orientation: 7:15 pm. We will begin with introductions, then review the schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. The evening will conclude with an opportunity for conversation, snacks, watching TV, puzzle making, and table games.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Beginning of classes and opportunities to enjoy waterfront activities, hike, play golf, tennis, rest, read and enjoy the beauty of the campus.
(Monday, June 2)

Note: Opportunities for recreation and relaxation



   
 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: Our day will begin with a class focused contemporary poets past and present. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. An outstanding portrait and landscape artist will lead the second half of the morning focused on landscape artists, past and present.
 Lunch: Lunch,will be served from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to the choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies and drinks of your choosing. Gluten free or special vegetarian is available upon request.
 Afternoon: The afternoon will offer you free time to enjoy the campus at Pilgrim Pines. There will be opportunities for hiking, canoeing, waterfront activities, reading, golf, tennis, and relaxation.
 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 entree, dessert, and drinks of your choice. Alternative entrees and special dietary needs are available upon request.
 Evening: After dinner you are invited to join with a NY Times puzzle constructor who will guide you into your first experience of puzzle solving. After class, the day with conclude with an opportunity for conservation, snacks, table games and puzzle making.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Classes and tour of the covered bridges of Cheshire County
(Tuesday, June 3)

Note: Photo opportunities during tour of covered bridges of Cheshire County



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room 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: Our first class of the morning will invite you into discussion of chosen contemporary poems, meaning and poets. The morning break will feature coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. Portrait Painters, past and present will be the focus of the rest of the morning.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room 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 menu requests.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will offer a maxi-van tour of the six covered bridges of Cheshire County. There will be opportunities to take photos and learn about the various bridges that all cross the Asheulot River. In the late afternoon we will have a session on solving crossword puzzles, puns and kens.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room at 6:00 pm. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious menu will include the salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Special dietary needs are available upon request.
 Evening: After dinner, relax and enjoy the music of a wonderful folk singer from the Monadnock region. The evening will conclude with opportunities for conversation, snacks, watch TV, table games and puzzle making.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field trip to Crescent Studios and painting demonstration
(Wednesday, June 4)

Note: Field Trip to Crescent Studios by maxi-van located in the hill country of the Monadnock region.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring pancakes, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: Our first class of the day will continue our exploration of contemporary poets, reading of their poetry and discussion. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and muffins to help renew your energy. Following the break, we will load into maxi-vans for a field trip to Crescent Studios, located in the hill country of Stoddard, NH. At the Studios we will be greeted by two outstanding artists who will welcome us to their place and give during this day a demonstration of portrait and landscape painting.
 Lunch: During the noon hour we will enjoy a box lunch complete with sandwiches, chips, fruit, soup, cookies, and choices of drink.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, our demonstration class will continue and there will be time to take photos of this beautiful, secluded place. We will return in the late afternoon to Pilgrim Pines
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Special dietary menus are available upon request.
 Evening: This evening we will explore the mysteries and fun of solving crossword puzzles, puns, kens . Following our class, you will have opportunity to unwind the day with conversation, snacks and various activities of your choice.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Classes today/Art Show and Homespun
(Thursday, June 5)

Note: Opportunity to enjoy art show and participate in Homespun



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of French toast, eggs, sausage or bacon, breads to toast, yogurt, granola , coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: Our first class of the morning we will give us opportunity to discuss our experience at Crescent Studios and continue our discussion of portrait and landscape artists, past and present. During the break, coffee, tea, water, fruit and home made donuts will be served to renew your energy. Our morning will conclude with our continued class on puzzle solving. There will be opportunity to test how much your skills have grown this week.
 Lunch: Our luncheon will be served buffet style from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, soup, sandwiches, chips, dessert and drinks of your choice. .
 Afternoon: Options will be announced for you to consider for the early afternoon and our afternoon will conclude with a class on contemporary poets, past and present.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served with linens, buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room and will feature a delicious menu of meat and vegetable, full salad bar, dessert and choices of drinks.
 Evening: You are invited to an art show presented by the participants in the watercolor program that has been going the same time as our week together. Following the art show all Road Scholars are are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc. The evening will conclude with an opportunity for snacks, conversation, finishing the puzzle making, playing table games, etc.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final class sessions/Check out of rooms and Farewell Luncheon
(Friday, June 6)

Note: Check out of rooms and farewell luncheon



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:30 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a specialty of the Pilgrim Pines kitchen, baked oatmeal. The menu will also include omelette's, bacon or sausage, breads to toast, yogurt, granola, hot and cold cereals, coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: Our first class today with be our final chance to see how much we have learned about puzzle solving. Following the class there will be opportunity for you to move out of your room so the housekeeping staff can prepare for the next group coming to Pilgrim Pines. Mid morning, coffee, tea, water, fruit and a delicious coffee bar will be served to help renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a brief class led by our artists and the morning will conclude with the class on poetry.
 Lunch: Our Farewell luncheon at 12:15 will give us an opportunity say thank you and enjoy a delicious buffet menu which will include the salad bar, chicken sandwiches, chips, soup, dessert and drinks of your choice. A box lunch will be available upon request for those Road Scholars who need to leave early or have longer distances to travel. It has been another great week because of the spirit and participation of you.
   
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.


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