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Your Country-by-Country Passport to the World

Program Number: 20859RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2014 - 9/19/2014; 4/19/2015 - 4/23/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/21/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $589.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Is there a country you’ve always wanted to visit or revisit, but you haven’t had time or the right opportunity? Join us for an interactive learning adventure that will educate you on much more than armchair travelogues. Each of these virtual journeys provides an array of rewards with highlights of history, heritage, literature, language, lore, music and food — all without leaving home. Explore one, explore all!




Highlights

• Hear lively presentations enhanced by performances or activities celebrating the country’s culture.
• Explore the lives of those who have made significant contributions to the world, and meet local residents who will share aspects of their heritage.
• Savor meals that highlight national specialties.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking required; participants are welcome to explore nature paths or lakefront.




Date Specific Information

9-15-2014

NORWAY: Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun, known for stunning fjords, Stave churches and lefse. Discuss Norway’s ties to the sea from Vikings to whale watching to caviar. Learn simple Norwegian words.
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4-19-2015

ENGLAND: Take a hop across the pond to the land that gave us Shakespeare, Churchill and fish and chips. England’s worldwide cultural and legal impact has been significant. Explore authors from Shakespeare to Austen and discuss their enduring legacies. Explore pub culture in London and the history of the public house. Tour the countryside from big cities to small towns to island life. Talk about England’s series of kings and queens as well as today’s monarchy and the challenges facing England in the 21st century.
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5-17-2015

SWEDEN: Enjoy a smörgåsbord of topics all related to Sweden’s fascinating history and cultural heritage. Explore a landscape of forests and seas with thriving cities. Delve into Viking history, Sweden’s monarchs and its more recent tradition of political neutrality. Explore the lives of notable Swedes and hear stories of immigrants who left their homeland for an unknown future in a new place called America. Learn some Swedish words and phrases and soon you’ll be saying “Please pass the herring!” like a native.
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Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.




Lake Geneva

One hour southwest of Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is a resort city whose popularity arose from its accessibility from Chicago via the railroad. With its many large summer homes, the city has been called "The Newport of the West," and it remains a year round destination for those seeking a quaint, lakeside getaway.



Accommodations
Conference center located on beautiful Geneva Lake in a 51-acre wooded site. Beautiful lake shore walking path for viewing historic mansions.
Meals and Lodgings
   Covenant Harbor
  Lake Geneva, WI 4 nights
 Covenant Harbor
Type: Conference Center
  Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.
  Contact info: 1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org
  Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.
  Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $80.00 Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80.00 Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.
  Check out time: 10:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in available from 4:00 pm at retreat center. You will be staying at Covenant Harbor that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes after 11:30 am lunch. You will be staying at Covenant Harbor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. COVENANT HARBOR WAIVER. This form cannot be completed online. You'll find the form before the Participant Information Form. Complete and return to the address provided.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Geneva, WI
  Nearest highway: Highway 50.
  Nearest airport:  Gen. Mitchell International Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Geneva, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Gen. Mitchell Int'l Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI to Lake Geneva

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Covenant Harbor Van Shuttle
phone: 262-248-3600 x309
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 per person, $100 for two people traveling together
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

55 miles

   

Van Shuttle provided by Covenant Harbor from/to the Milwaukee airport on the program start and end dates only. Contact Ms. Brooke Furmanek, the program coordinator, to make your reservation at 262-248-3600 x309. One-way cost $75 per person or $100 for two people traveling together.

 
Driving Directions
  From Chicago to Lake Geneva Take the I-294 N towards Milwaukee (there will be tolls). Take I-94 W (You are actually going north) to Milwaukee (There will be tolls). Take the Hwy 50 W exit to Kenosha/Lake Geneva. Follow Hwy 50 W approximately 28 miles to Lake Geneva. Stay on Hwy 50 W one mile and turn left into the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp entrance. The entrance is just before Highway 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway.
  From Madison to Lake Geneva Take I-90 south to I-43 north. Follow I-43 north to Hwy 50 east (Lake Geneva). Follow Hwy 50 for about 10 miles. As you enter Lake Geneva you are coming down a big hill and the highway will narrow from four lanes to two lanes, at this point the Covenant Harbor/Geneva Bay Centre entrance is on the right. Continue down the drive and bear to the right at the fork, up the hill to Geneva Bay Centre (three story red brick building). Passenger drop off to the left, parking to the right. Travel time approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.
  From Milwaukee to Lake Geneva Take I-43 south to Exit 36, Hwy 120 East Troy/Lake Geneva. Take Hwy 120 south 13 miles to Lake Geneva (three stop signs). Continue straight into Lake Geneva, do not follow Hwy 120 around the city, instead continue straight onto Broad Street to the second stop light (intersection of Broad St and Hwy 50, the lake will be directly in front of you). Turn right on Hwy 50 and proceed west one mile (the lake is on your left) to the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp/Geneva Bay Centre entrance on your left (lakeside). Look for the red "Welcome Road Scholar" sign. The entrance is just before Hwy 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway. If you see Snake Road you've gone too far. Continue down the driveway and bear to the right at Heinzelman Way, continue up the road and park in front of the thee-story brick building (Geneva Bay Centre).
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 and Orientation
(Monday, September 15)
   
 Afternoon: WELCOME TO LAKE GENEVA! Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Geneva Bay Retreat center check-in available from 4:00 pm central daylight time. You are welcome to arrive as early as you wish, however we cannot guarantee that your accommodations will be available for occupancy before 4:00 pm. Room key, name tag and program booklet distributed at check-in.
 Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. You'll find a variety of hot entrees along with salad and soup. Grab a seat in the dining room and take your glass to the beverage center for your choice of soda, iced tea, coffee, tea or ice water. Meal times are a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants and talk about past programs you have attended.
 Evening: ORIENTATION. Gather at 7:15 pm in our meeting room. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and amenities and answer any questions. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to the group and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: A Little Bit of Norway / Exploring Language / Norway's Struggle for Independence / Fishing for Tradition / Norwegian Film
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. You'll find a variety of hot entrees along with fresh fruit and juice.
 Morning: A LITTLE BIT OF NORWAY. Gather at 9:00 am in the lower level meeting room. For the Midwesterner, Norway conjures up images of lutefisk, lefse, mountains and trolls. Norway is this and so much more. We will take a visual tour visiting travel highlights in Norway. Finally, we will catch a glimpse of modern Norway. Why does Norway continually top the lists of the best place in the world to live? Glimpses of Norwegian art, music and folklore will help us explore the Norwegian identity. Take a break at 10:30 am. Stretch, take a walk outside and refill your coffee cup. EXPLORING THE NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am. Learn some basic Norwegian phrases and aspects of the Norwegian sound system. In addition, we will talk about the complex and fascinating language situation in Norway today and how it got to be that way. Nothing too difficult, it's all for fun.
 Lunch: Buffet-style lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room. The kitchen staff will prepare Norwegian inspired menu items to feature a select meals.
 Afternoon: NORWAY'S STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE. Gather at 2:00 pm in the meeting room. Explore Norway’s often tumultuous relationships with its neighboring Scandinavian countries. Take a break at 3:30 pm. FISHING FOR TRADITION. Come back to the meeting room at 4:00 pm. Take a lighthearted look at the Norwegian tradition of lutefisk.
 Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: NORWEGIAN FILM. Gather at 7:15 pm in the lower level meeting room. Enjoy a Norwegian film. There will be popcorn.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Norway During World War II / Art and Architecture / Myth, Sagas and Folk Tales / Immigrant Food Ways
(Wednesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: NORWAY DURING WORLD WAR II. Gather at 9:00 am in the lower level meeting room. Discuss Norwegian resistance efforts during the war including the heavy water sabotage at the Vemork Hydroelectric Plant. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am. This is a lovely time of year to get outside. ART AND ARCHITECTURE. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am. Edvard Munch became the leading force in the creation of the Expressionist style. His Scream (1895) remains one of the most reproduced paintings on earth. In this masterpiece, he used form and color (reds and yellows) to convey his deep personal vision of the horror of existence. In his works Munch explored the themes of life, love, fear, melancholy and death.
 Lunch: Buffet-style lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: MYTHS, SAGAS AND FOLK TALES. Gather at 2:00 pm in the meeting room. Gods and Giants, Trolls and Hags, silly Kings and Ashlad populate the literature of Norway. Meet Vikings and skalds and the Norwegian pair who rival the Brothers Grimm. Class concludes at 3:30 pm. Enjoy some free time before dinner.
 Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: NORWEGIAN IMMIGRANT FOODWAYS. Gather at 7:15 pm in the meeting room. Meet Karl Kaphengst from Old World Wisconsin, a living history museum. Explore the what, why and how of the immigrant food experience. When were certain foods eaten and what substitutions were made when certain foods were not available?
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Flavors from the Scandinavian Kitchen / Norwegian Composer Edvard Grieg / Rosemaling Demonstration / Hardanger Fiddle Performance
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: FLAVORS FROM THE SCANDINAVIAN KITCHEN. Gather at 9:00 am in the lower level meeting room. Butter and cardamom, salt and dill, cod and cream, welcome to Norway! Join Covenant Harbor’s Executive Chef for demonstration cooking followed by extensive sampling. Take a break at 10:30 am. NORWEGIAN COMPOSER EDVARD GRIEG. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am. Edvard Grieg is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum, as well as helping develop a national identity, much like Jean Sibelius and Antonín Dvorák did in Finland and Bohemia respectively.
 Lunch: Buffet-style lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: ROSEMALING DEMONSTRATION. Gather at 2:00 pm in the meeting room. Rosemaling in Norway originated in the low-land areas of eastern Norway particularly in the Telemark and Hallingdal, but also in Numedal and Setesdal and in other valleys in Vest-Agder, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane and Rogaland. Rosemaling designs use C and S strokes and feature scroll and flowing lines, floral designs, and both subtle and vibrant colors. Class concludes at 3:30 pm. Enjoy some free time before dinner.
 Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: HARDANGER FIDDLE PERFORMANCE. Gather at 7:15 pm in the lower level meeting room. The Hardanger fiddle (in Norwegian, hardingfele) is often called the national instrument of Norway. It is similar to the violin and each one is a handmade work of art. A typical hardingfele is beautifully decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay and black pen-and-ink drawings, called rosing.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Norwegian Immigration / Program Wrap Up / Departure
(Friday, September 19)

Note: Check-out of rooms by 11:00 am.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: NORWEGIAN IMMIGRATION. Gather at 9:00 am in the lower level meeting room. Explore the push and pull factors that brought so many Norwegians to the United States, many to the upper Midwest. Take a break at 10:30 am. Check-out of rooms by 11:00 am. PROGRAM WRAP UP. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am. Discuss what you have learned during this program experience. Did you have a favorite presentation or presenter. What will you take away from is program?
 Lunch: Buffet-style lunch at 11:30 am in the lower level dining room. Program concludes after lunch. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAM IN LAKE GENEVA. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lake Geneva, WI Lake Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
Your guide to Lake Geneva. For additional information, visit www.lakegenevawi.com
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


In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream


Author: Eric Dregni


Description: Eric Dregni’s great-grandfather Ellef fled Norway in 1893 when it was the poorest country in Europe. More than one hundred years later, his great-grandson traveled back to find that—mostly due to oil and natural gas discoveries—it is now the richest. The circumstances of his return were serendipitous, as the notice that Dregni won a Fulbright Fellowship to go there arrived the same week as the knowledge that his wife Katy was pregnant. Braving a birth abroad and benefiting from a remarkably generous health care system, the Dregnis’ family came full circle when their son Eilif was born in Norway.





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