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2000 Years of Western Culture

Program Number: 16619RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

In a serene setting, examine the finest art, music and architecture beginning with the Renaissance and continuing into the 20th century. From the misfit Leonardo da Vinci through the irresistibly modern Baroque painter Rembrandt, the Russian and Norwegian Nationalists, Gustav Mahler and into the turbulent 20th century with its evolutions and innovations, a passionate and outstanding instructor -- referred to by his students as "the Beethoven of lecturers" --leads you on a whirlwind discovery of some of Western culture’s greatest achievements.




Highlights

• Discuss the works of Michelangelo and Bernini, then journey to Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site to view the works of one of America’s greatest sculptors.
• Learn about the great pipe organ composers of Europe, and listen to organ works of the Baroque, 19th and 20th centuries played by an outstanding organist in a local cathedral.
• Enjoy folk music traditions by classical European composers (Grieg, Smetana, Dvorak, Albeniz) and then participate in an evening of local traditional music and dance.



Activity Particulars

Minimal standing and walking.



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
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.

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

Gregory Athnos is a retired from his role as professor of music at North Park University in Chicago, Ill. In addition to being an outstanding musicologist and conductor, Gregory has authored "The Easter Jesus and the Good Friday Church" and "The Art of the Roman Catacombs." He has the unique record of being an instructor for Road Scholar programs for 36 years, and has received the award of "Outstanding Instructor." Greg resides with his wife in Chicago.
 
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: 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:
3:00 pm. in Mayflower Lodge - Office. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 pm. 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. No special documents required
  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-$128.00/Addl passenger-$20.00 ea
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hrs to 2 1/2 hrs 

 

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 From Boston, take Highway 2 West to 140 N toward Wincendon, MA. 140N will merge into 12 N in Wincendon. Continue to follow 12 North through Troy, NH. Approximately 2 miles north of Troy you will see a sign for Pilgrim Pines. Continue on 12 North and turn left onto Flat Roof Mill Rd. (If you go by a Honda dealership on your left you missed the turn.) Follow Flat Mill Rd for approximately 4 miles to route 32 (T intersection). At the intersection, turn right onto Route 32 and then take an immediate left onto Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow Swanzey Lake Rd for 2.2 miles and you will come to the dam on Swanzey Lake. Just after the dam, the first road you will see on your right will be East Shore Road. Continue driving 100 yards more to your second right, which will be West Shore Rd (there should be a sign for Pilgrim Pines). Turn right and follow West Shore Road one mile to the Pilgrim Pines sign. Continue 1/4 mile past the sign to the Conference Center. The Mayflower Lodge will be on your left and that is where we will meet and eat.
  Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA From Hartford, CT or Springfield, MA, take Route 91 N to Exit 28A (just N of Greenfield, MA) toward Route 10 North. Follow 10 North through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester, look for Pilgrim Pines sign. Just before the Ashuelot River, turn right onto Westport Village Road. Continue straight on Westport Village Road for approximately half a mile and then bear right at the fork onto Homestead Ave. Continue for another half mile before taking a right onto Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow Swanzey Lake Road for approximately 1.5 miles, before turning left onto West Shore Rd. Continue one mile to the Pilgrim Pines sign and the Mayflower Lodge - Office will be on your left.
Equipment Requirements: No special equipment if required.
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, September 21)

Note: Check-in/welcome packet, Dinner and Orientation session



   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION beginning 3:00-3:30 pm in the Mayflower Lodge Office on the Pilgrim Pines Campus. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive you welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information for the week. WELCOME RECEPTION: Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00 pm with an opportunity to meet fellow Road Scholars.
 Dinner: Our welcome dinner begins at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served buffet style the 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 7:30 pm, will begin with introductions of our instructor Greg Athnos and program for the week. Time will be given to review the schedule, cover responsibilities safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer questions. PROGRAM OVERVIEW... We are honored to have Greg Athnos, retired professor of music from North Park University in Chicago return to be our instructor. Greg received Elderhostel's outstanding Instructor award and this is his 36th year to teach Elderhostel programs. His lectures for the week will feature composers and artists of the last 2000 years of Western Culture.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lectures on the Baroque era with an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon pontoon boat rides, canoeing, hiking, etc.
(Monday, September 22)

Note: Opportunities for waterfront activities on campus and a planned hike



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style 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: Greg Athnos who received Elderhostel's outstanding Instructor award and has taught for 36 years in Elderhostel programs will begin morning with a lecture on "Introduction to the Baroque (1600-1750): It's About Time." Coffee Break will feature homemade danish rolls, fruit, coffee, tea and water. His second lecture of the morning will focus on "Baroque Creations: The Orchestra, Oratorio, Passion, Cantata, and Opera"
 Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style 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 meals are available upon request.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the recreational opportunities on campus including boat rides, a planned hike, canoeing and the incredible beauty of the autumn season.
 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 your choice. Alternative entrées and special dietary menus are available upon request.
 Evening: Greg will conclude our day with a lecture on "Rembrandt: "I will give you the treasure of darkness." The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to converse, build a puzzle, watch TV read or join in a table game.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Our focus will be on the Classical era with a focus on how to listen Beethoven's 5th, all in one day, plus a covered bridge tour and classical piano concert
(Tuesday, September 23)

Note: By maxi-van a tour of the covered bridges of Cheshire County concluding the day with a classical piano concert



   
 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: Mr Athnos will continue his lecture series focused first today on "How to listen to a Symphony" The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. Greg's second lecture of the day will continue our journey on "How to Listen to a Symphony"
 Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style 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 food requests..
 Afternoon: The afternoon will feature an opportunity to tour the six covered bridges of Cheshire County by Maxi- van. In the late afternoon, Mr Athnos will present his third lecture of the day on Beethoven's 5th Symphony: Is Is Autobiographical?"
 Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style beginning at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
 Evening: Entertainment tonight will feature a concert by a classical cellist. - TBA. After the concert you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, puzzle-making, TV or whatever.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field trip to Bennington, VT to visit Bennington Center for the Arts and a Cathedral.
(Wednesday, September 24)

Note: Field trip will be by bus and will include a box lunch at the Bennington Center for the Arts.



   
 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 bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: Our field trip will be by bus to Bennington, VT. The field trip will continue with a box lunch at the Bennington Center for the Arts, a Cathedral and Classic Car Museum.
 Lunch: A delicious Box Lunch will be served onsite at Bennington Center for the Arts
 Afternoon: Our Field trip will continue in the afternoon returning late afternoon to the Pilgrim Pines Campus.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day, feast on make your own salad from the salad bar, hot buffet of meat and vegetable, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
 Evening: We will close our day with the music and dance of New Hampshire - Entertainers TBA After our music and play you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, and your favorite way to conclude the day.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lectures today will focus on the Romantic era. .
(Thursday, September 25)

Note: Opportunity will be given to enjoy the beauty of nature and express oneself through Homespun



   
 Breakfast: A delicious breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. Enjoy the many choices that await your palate.
 Morning: Mr Athnos will begin the day focused on "Music in the Aftermath of Beethoven and the Music of Franz Schubert" The morning break will bring coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. His second lecture of the morning will be on "Frederic Chopin: Champion of Poland and Giant of the Keyboard'".
 Lunch: Once again a full buffet lunch awaits you in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served from 12:30-1:15 pm the salad bar, soup of the day, tuna or turkey wraps,dessert and drinks of your choice await your consumption. Gluten free alternatives are always available upon request.
 Afternoon: Determined by the weather, choices will be given to enjoy the beauty of the area, i.e., trip to Keene, hiking, relaxing by the waterfront, etc. Late afternoon, Mr Athnos will "Berlioz and Liszt: Two Post-Beethoven Romantic Revolutionaries"
 Dinner: Tonight a full linen dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm with no dessert as we will be making our own sundaes later in the evening.
 Evening: After our Homespun, return to the Dining Room where we will make our own sundaes, enjoy conversations and close the day, the week with informal stories.
 Evening: Tonight, Road Scholars are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they have the opportunity to share their favorite story, poem, writing, song, joke, etc with all their friends.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Closing lectures on 20th Century composers
(Friday, September 26)

Note: Closing lectures, check out of rooms and farewell luncheon



   
 Breakfast: A full buffet Breakfast will be served from 7:45- 8:30 am and will feature baked oatmeal, a specialty of the house.
 Morning: Mr Athnos first lecture will be feature "Rachnmaninoff & Stravinsky: Abandoning Bolshevik Russia" Then, we will check out of our rooms to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. The morning will conclude with Greg's final lecture on "Poland, June, 1989: Beginning of the End of the Soviet Union - I was there!"
 Lunch: Our farewell luncheon will be served at 12:15 pm and will feature once again our full buffet style menu and box lunches for those who need to leave early. We hope you have enjoyed this immersion into the music and art of these composers and artists who have had a great impact on our western culture
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  West Swanzey New Hampshire Division 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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