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Program Number: 20507RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 7/5/2015 - 7/10/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Warwick, New York
Price starting at: $715.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture; Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Join gifted scholars in a beautiful setting at the entrance to the historic Hudson Valley just 55 miles from New York City. In the ambience of rural charm and Victorian homes, learn from instructors who are passionate communicators and entertaining lecturers as well as respected scholars in their fields. Enjoy a wide variety of topics in music, history, contemporary issues, politics, peacemaking, literature, the environment, and people who have changed our world. Be inspired as you absorb stimulating information, rethink old ideas, and gain new perspectives on the world around us. As a special highlight, we'll attend a cultural event.




Highlights

• Enjoy a wide variety of topics in music, history, contemporary issues, politics, peacemaking, literature, the environment, and people who have changed our world.
• Be inspired as you absorb stimulating information, rethink old ideas, and gain new perspectives on the world around us.
• As a special highlight, we'll either attend a cultural event or go on a field trip related to one of the topics.



Activity Particulars

Be prepared for walking and standing for up to 90 minutes at museums and attractions, and getting on and off the charter bus multiple times. Stairs are also required to gain access to the classroom.




Date Specific Information

9-28-2014

The lecture topics for this date include: Twenty-first Century World Politics and Personalities; Shakespeare and Verdi: The Words and Music of Great Drama; Tough Guys: Images of the Hero in American Fiction and Film; and Favorite Sons: Distinguished Graduates of the US Military Academy. Enjoy visits to the United States Military Academy; and a performance of Opera (Carmen) at the Metropolitan Opera House. Be prepared for walking several city blocks.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



5-10-2015

The lecture topics for this date include Tennessee Williams: Dramatist of the Damned; Why Conflicts in the Arab World?; The Consequences of China and India; and Johnny Mercer: America's Musical Poet. Also, Enjoy attending a Broadway play in New York City. Be prepared for walking several city blocks.



6-14-2015

The lecture topics for this date include: The Presidents Club; Shakespeare at 450!; United Nations: Important or Impotent; and Breeding Grounds for Terrorists. Experience a docent-led visit at the United Nations and visit the site of Ground Zero. Enjoy a Shakespeare performance at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Participate in a guided visit to the United Nations and a reflective visit to Ground Zero. Be prepared for standing up to 90 minutes at the United Nations, walking while visiting the Ground Zero site for 90 minutes, walking several city blocks, and getting on and off the bus multiple times. Stairs are also required to gain access to the classroom.



7-5-2015

The lecture topics for this date include: John D. Rockefeller, Sr. - The Jekyll and Hyde of American Capitalism; The First Red Scare: The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti; Pioneers of Television Comedy; Pal Joey to South Pacific: 75th Anniversary of the Decade that Raised American Musical Comedy to an American Art Form; and The American Revolution: A New Perspective. Enjoy a guided visit to Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers.



7-26-2015

The topics for this date include: How the United States Became a Country of Immigrants: Then and Now; Inquisitive Looking: Lessons in Viewing Art; Opera: A Strategy for Novices and Aficionados; Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age. Enjoy a guided visit to the Tenement House Museum in New York City as well as a visit to the magnificent Frick Collection housed in the historic Frick Mansion in Manhattan.



8-9-2015

The lecture topics for this date include: The Hudson River School of Painters; Jewish Bad Boys of American Film: Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and the Coen Brothers; The Supreme Court and Current Controversial Decisions; and The Robber Barons of the 19th Century. Enjoy guided visits to Lyndhurst, the home of Jay Gould; and Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers.



10-4-2015

The lecture topics for this date include: A History of the British Monarchy; American Women Songwriters of the Great American Songbook; The Most Important Women of the 20th Century; and American Foreign Policy in the 21st Century. Also, we will participate in a guided visit to Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill and FDR's Springwood home in Hyde Park, New York.



10-25-2015

The lecture topics for this date include: The Forgotten War: The Controversies of the Korean War at Home and Abroad; The 1950's: "Happy Days" - Myth or Reality; The Life and Times of Dwight David Eisenhower; and American Popular Vocal Music from 1950 - 1959: Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald to Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. Also, enjoy a guided visit to West Point, lunch at the historic Thayer Hotel, and a self-guided visit to the Purple Heart Hall of Honor.



Coordinated by The Warwick Center.




Warwick

Warwick lies in a beautiful area at the entrance to the historic Hudson Valley just 55 miles from New York City. With Victorian and rural charm, Warwick and nearby Greenwood Lake attract visitors from near and far.



Accommodations
Conference center on 500-acre hilltop estate with magnificent mountain views and walking trails. First- and second-floor rooms, stairs only.

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

As a teacher of history, John Pinna serves as the director of foundation and government relations at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He shares his extensive knowledge of government relations and religious history through his roles on the Steering Committee at the International Religious Freedom Round Table and as a representative at the Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations. He is a member of the Oxford Round Table in England, and is also an IDEA Fellow, TAFT Fellow and a National Humanities Fellow. John received his B.A. in American studies, M.S. in history and an advanced degree in educational administration from Norwich University.
 
Mary Kingseed

Mary Kingseed obtained her B.A. degree from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. and her M.S. degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz majoring in history and secondary education. She taught United States history for 29 years at the middle and high school levels. She also taught in the honors history program and was the History Department chair for 10 years.
 
Benjamin Nelson

Benjamin Nelson graduated with a B.A. and M.F.A. from Columbia University and conducted post graduate studies at New York University. He was a professor of English and comparative literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. from 1962-2007, and is now Professor Emeritus. Benjamin is an author and the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Educator's Award from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
 
Robert Langran

Dr. Robert Langran is the author of four books, including a casebook on the Supreme Court. Currently a professor at Villanova University, Dr. Langran earned a bachelor’s at Chicago’s Loyola Univesity, a master’s at Fordham University and a Ph.D. at Pennsylvania’s Bryn Mawr College.
 
Kevin Farrell

Col. Kevin Farrell, Ph.D., USA Ret., is the former chief of International and military history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He earned his bachelor’s degree at West Point in 1986, his master’s in philosophy at Columbia University in 1997 and his PhD. at Columbia University in 1999. He is a former career United States Army officer having served as a Combat Battalion Commander in Iraq. Currently, he is the chief operating officer of Battlefield Leadership, LLC.
 
Joseph Corso

Joseph Corso earned a master’s in English with an emphasis on creative writing and Shakespeare at Queens College, the City University of New York, in 1992. He also studied English and Shakespeare at Cambridge University in England. Joseph has been on faculty at the Great Neck Public School's Adult Program and the Sewanaka Central High School District Continuing Education Program in Elmont, NY.
 
Ann Kelleher

Dr. Ann Kelleher earned a bachelor’s in political science at Michigan’s Hope College, a master’s in political science at Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in international studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Kelleher was on faculty at Washington’s Pacific Lutheran University from 1980-2012, and currently is executive director of the Center for Global Engagement at Washington’s Gonzaga University.
 
Peter Osborne

Peter Osborne is a noted writer and historian who has worked in the public history field for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Peter's interest as an historian is in regional history, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. He has also traveled the Lewis and Clark trail and published the book "Lewis and Clark and Me." Peter was the executive director of the Minisink Valley Historical Society in Port Jervis, N.Y. from 1981 to 2009, and was also the Port Jervis City Historian.
 
Louise Minks

Louise Minks is a professional artist, writer and historian. She is an elected member of the National Association of Women Artists and the author of "The Hudson River School," America's first landscape painters. Louise was awarded a painting residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, N.M., and is an artist-in-residence at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, as well as at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, Mass. She owns a gallery and studio in Montague, Mass.
 
Ira Epstein

Dr. Ira Epstein, co-author of the "Proficient Reader," served as professor and chairperson of the Communication Skills Department at LaGuardia Community College, C.U.N.Y. and directed the college's Technology Learning Center. In addition to his academic life, he worked as a musician performing in the Catskills, recorded with Tayku, a Hebrew jazz/rock ensemble, taught music to children in summer camps and toured with Theodore Bikel and Herschel Bernardi in the 1970s as part of a UJA program. Most recently, he has been lecturing to adults on comedy and music and the music of Israel and he continues to speak at synagogues, senior citizen centers, libraries, and Road Scholar sites, and at meetings of national organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah and B'Nai B'Rith. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Brooklyn College, CUNY and his PhD. from Fordham University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Warwick Center
  Warwick, NY 5 nights
 The Warwick Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: The Warwick Center is located on 465 acres of pristine land overlooking the beautiful Warwick Valley. The Center offers 8 miles of beautiful hiking trails, beautiful views, a peaceful setting and access to many wonderful sites in and around the Hudson Valley.
  Contact info: 62 Warwick Center Road
Warwick, NY 10990 USA
phone: 845-986-1164
web: www.warwickcenter.com
  Room amenities: The rooms at The Warwick Conference Center have private baths, air conditioning, and wireless internet . However, hair dryers, shampoo, and facial soap are not provided. Please bring a radio if you so desire and an alarm clock.
  Facility amenities: The Warwick Conference Center offers private rooms with private baths and air-conditioning. Please bring an alarm clock and radio if you desire it. Hair dryers, shampoo, and facial soap are not provided. Outdoor swimming pool in operation from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 8 miles of beautiful hiking trails and scenic views.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $72/night Additional Nights are based on availability.
  Check in time: 4:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $72/night Additional Nights are based on availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration from 4:30 - 5:30 PM in the Main Lobby of the East House. You will be staying at The Warwick Center that night.
  End of Program:
Ends with an 12:00 p.m. lunch in the East House Dining Hall. You will be staying at The Warwick Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Warwick, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Middletown, New York
  Nearest highway: Highway Route 94
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY and Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ. ark Airports.
  From End of Program
  Location: Warwick, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To Warwick from Newburgh, NY - Stewart International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Stewart International Airport is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour from The Warwick Center. 

 

Distance:

 

Stewart International Airport is 45 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 at The Warwick Conference Center to obtain additional limousine services.

 

To Warwick from Newburgh, NY, Stewart International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Stewart Airport is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour from The Warwick Conference Center. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 45 miles from Stewart International Airport.

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Conference Center shuttle, complete the Road Scholar PIF travel section and return it to The Warwick Conference Center or call Arlene at 845.986.1164. You will receive a call to confirm your arrangements.

 

To Warwick from Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 Per Person or Traveling Pair
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

Newark International Airport is located 60 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Conference Center shuttle complete the Road Scholar PIF travel section and return it to The Warwick Conference Center or call Arlene at 845 986-1164. You will receive a call to confirm your arrangements.

 

To Warwick from Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Newark Airport Ground Transportation
phone: 800-247-7433

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $14.00 one way plus fare from Port Authority, NYC to Warwick on NJ Transit Bus Line.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 - 4 hours at a minimum. 

 

Distance:

 

Newark Liberty Airport is 60 miles from Warwick.

   

To take public transportation from Newark involves a 3 step process: 1. Take Newark Airport Shuttle to Port Authority in NYC. Go to the Transportation Information Desk to arrange. Time to NYC: 1 hour minimum. 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Line Bus # 197 to Warwick getting off at the Oakland Ave. Bus Stop. Cost: $6.25 one way using Senior Citizen card. Time to The Warwick Center from NYC: 2 hours. 3. Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 to arrange for pick-up. Cost: $5.00 one way.

 

To Warwick from Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain pricing.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

Newark Liberty Airport is 60 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

Call Arlene at The Warwick Center for additional limousine services. Phone: 845.986.1164.

 

To Warwick from Croton-on-Harmon, NY

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Croton-on-Harmon train station is located 1 hour and 15 minutes from The Warwick Conference Center. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is located 60 miles from Croton-on-Harmon train station.

   

To reserve The Warwick Conference Center shuttle complete the Road Scholar PIF travel portion of the form and return it to The Warwick Conference Center or call Arlene at 845.986.1164. Shuttle service arrangements will be confirmed by phone.

 

To Warwick from Croton on Harmon, NY

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes depending on traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 60 miles from the Croton on Harmon train station.

   

Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 at The Warwick Center to obtain additional limousine services.

 

To Warwick from Port Authority in New York City.

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New Jersey Transit Bus Line
phone: 973-275-5555

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$6.25 with Senior Citizen verification. Prices are subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 2 hours and 15 minutes from Port Authority. 

 

Distance:

 

Port Authority is 60 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

To arrive in Warwick using public transportation is a 3 step process: 1. Go to Port Authority in NYC (8th Ave. between 40th & 41st Streets). 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Line, Bus # 197 to Warwick, the Oakland Ave. bus stop. Cost: $6.25 with senior citizen verification. Time: 2 hours. For bus schedule go to www.njtransit.com or call 973.275.5555. 3. Call 845 986-1164 for pick-up from the bus stop in Warwick to The Warwick Center. Cost: $5.00 one way. Time: 15 minutes.

 

To Warwick from John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New York Airport Service
phone: 718-560-3915
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Current rates: $23.00 from JFK to Port Authority and $15.00 from LaGuardia to Port Authority.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Total travel time is 3 hours and 30 minutes to 4 hours. 

 

Distance:

 

LaGuardia Airport is 65 miles from Warwick and Kennedy Airport is 75 miles from Warwick.

   

To arrive at The Warwick Center is a 3-step process: 1. Contact New York Airport Service at www.nyairportservice.com or call to arrange transport from either airport to Port Authority in Manhattan. Travel time: 60-90 minutes. 2. From Port Authority to Warwick use the New Jersey Transit Line bus # 197 to the Oakland Avenue bus stop in Warwick. Cost: $6.25 with senior citizen verification. Travel time: 2 hours. 3. Arrange to be picked up at the bus stop by calling 845-986-1164.

 

Warwick, NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Cost from Warwick bus stop to The Warwick Conference Center is $5.00 one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 15 minutes away from the Village of Warwick bus stop. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 3 miles from the Village of Warwick bus stop.

   

To arrive in Warwick from Port Authority is a 3 step process: 1. Go to Port Authority in NYC, (8th Ave. between 40th & 41st Streets). 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Line, Bus # 197 to the Oakland Ave. bus stop in Warwick. Cost: $6.25 one way with senior verification. Time: 2 hours. For bus schedule, go to www.njtransit.com or call 973 275.5555. 3. To arrange for shuttle from the bus stop to The Warwick Center complete the PIF travel section or call Arlene at 845.986.1164 .

 
Driving Directions
  FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Take Interstate 90 south to Interstate 84 south through Connecticut into New York. Proceed to Route 17 (Exit 4 E). Take 17 east to Exit 124 (Goshen, NY). Proceed on 17 A south through Florida, NY. Continue to take 94 south through the village of Warwick, NY to Pennings Lane. Turn left onto Pennings Lane to Hoyt Road. Turn left onto Hoyt Road watching for The Warwick Conference Center on your right.
  FROM CONNECTICUT Take Rt 84 West to Exit 4E, taking Route 17 East to Route 17A Florida/Goshen Exit 124. Take Route 17A until it merges with Rt 94 at the first traffic light in Florida. Drive THROUGH the Villages of Florida and Warwick. Stay on Rt 94 South until Pennings Lane. Turn Left onto Pennings Lane. Follow the signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM NEW YORK THRUWAY/NORTH OR SOUTH Exit at Harriman - Exit 16. Take Rt 17 West to Exit 126 - Chester exit. Look for Route 94 South (or West). Take Rt 94 South toward Florida/Warwick. Continue on Rt 94 through the Villages of Florida and Warwick. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles beyond the Village of Warwick passing Shop Rite, Pennings Orchards and Warwick Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership, all on your left. Turn left at the next intersection onto Pennings Lane. Follow signs to the Warwick Center.
  FROM SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY Take 287 North to Exit 52B for Rt. 23 North. Take Rt. 23 North to 515 North. Take 515 North to Vernon where 515 North becomes Rt 94 North. Take Rt 94 North to Pennings Lane. Turn right onto Pennings Lane. Follow signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM WASHINGTON, D.C./PHILADELPHIA AREA Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway North to Route 17 North. Approximately 2 1/2 miles past Tuxedo Park you will come to a traffic light. Exit left at the traffic light - Junction 17A. At the stop sign at the top of the hill, make a left hand turn onto Rt 17A (Sterling Forest). Rt 17A will take you directly to Warwick. At the "T" intersection in Warwick, turn LEFT onto Route 94 West. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles passing Shop Rite, Pennings Orchards and Warwick Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership, all on the left. Turn left at the next intersection onto Pennings Lane. Follow the signs to The Warwick Center.
  NYC/GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE From the George Washington Bridge, take Interstate 80 West to Exit 53 for Rt 23 North. Take Rt 23 North to 515 North. Take 515 North to Vernon where 515 North becomes Rt 94 North. Take Rt 94 North to Pennings Lane. Turn right onto Pennings Lane. Then follow signs to The Warwick Conference Center.
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:
(Sunday, September 28)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at The Warwick Conference Center in late afternoon for check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a Wine and Cheese Reception and introduce yourself to fellow participants.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the East House Dining Hall. Enjoy a bountiful buffet with entrées varying from turkey, pork, chicken, beef, and fish. Dinner will include a fresh salad bar, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and dessert. All meals at The Warwick Conference Center include a vegetarian option.
 Evening: (All itinerary details subject to change.) Following dinner there will be a time of introductions and an orientation session to familiarize everyone with The Warwick Conference Center and the week's activities.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Enjoy a Wine Tasting at the Demarest Hill Winery located in Warwick.
(Monday, September 29)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet. Daily entrées will rotate, but you can look forward to a variety of breakfast foods including scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, ham, bacon, oatmeal, toast, muffins, yogurt, cold cereal, and hot coffee, tea, and orange juice.
 Morning: Begin the day with a stimulating lecture on the topic: "Twenty-first Century World Politics and Personalities". Stretch your legs for a brief break with coffee or tea. Return to the classroom for the first lecture on the topic: "Shakespeare and Verdi: The Words and Music of Great Drama".
 Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch in the East House Dining Hall with entrées including a variety of the following: soup, sandwiches, paninis, pasta, salad bar, and a dessert.
 Afternoon: After a delicious lunch, delve into the topic: "Tough Guys: Images of the Hero in American Fiction and Film" followed by free time with the option to visit a local winery for a wine tasting. Demarest Hill Winery is located just outside the Village of Warwick, where the Master Vintner learned wine-making in his native Italy. Autumn is also a beautiful time to hike the trails or walk on the beautiful Warwick Center property.
 Dinner: A plentiful buffet dinner will be served in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Meet in the lecture room for the second lecture on the topic: "Twenty-first Century World Politics and Personalities". End the day with an evening snack over conversation with new friends.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Attend the opera "Carmen" at the Metropolitan Opera House located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
(Tuesday, September 30)

Note: Be prepared to get on and off a coach bus several times and walk a few blocks.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Return to the classroom refreshed and ready for the first lecture on the topic: "Tough Guys: Images of the Hero in American Fiction and Film". Enjoy a brief break with a cup of coffee or tea. Return to the classroom to learn more about "Shakespeare and Verdi: The Words and Music of Great Drama".
 Lunch: A hearty and satisfying buffet lunch will be served in the East House Dining hall.
 Afternoon: After lunch enjoy a bit of free time and then get ready for a delightful evening at the Opera. Board the charter bus for New York City. Sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery as we drive into the City.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own near The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. A list of restaurants will be provided.
 Evening: The doors of the Metropolitan Opera open at 7:00 p.m. Prepare to enjoy the opera "Carmen" at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in North America. It presents about 27 different operas each year in a season which lasts from late September through May. After the opera, board the charter bus for our return trip to The Warwick Conference Center.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Enjoy a wine-tasting at Demarest Hill Winery located just outside the Village of Warwick.
(Wednesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: After a refreshing night of rest, return to the classroom for a lecture on the topic: "Favorite Sons: Distinguished Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point". Enjoy a brief break with a cup of coffee or tea. Then return to the classroom for a continuing presentation on "Favorite Sons".
 Lunch: Enjoy a satisfying lunch served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
 Afternoon: After lunch return to the classroom to hear the concluding lecture on "Favorite Sons: Distinguished Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Then have a well-deserved break with the option of attending a wine-tasting at the local winery, hike the trails or walk on the beautiful Warwick Center property or engage in a discussion with fellow participants on observations and insights from your lectures.
 Dinner: Enjoy buffet dinner in the East House Dining Room.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening of entertainment followed by a delicious evening snack and good conversation with fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Enjoy a docent-led visit to the United States Military Academy at West Point in West Point, NY.
(Thursday, October 2)

Note: Be prepared to get on and off the coach bus multiple times and be able to walk at West Point in order to enjoy the various points of interest on the property.



   
 Breakfast: A hearty country breakfast will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Return to the classroom to hear a lecture on the topic: "Tough Guys: Images of the Hero in American Fiction and Film".
 Lunch: An early lunch will be served buffet style in the East House dining hall.
 Afternoon: Board the charter bus for West Point, NY. Enjoy a docent-led visit of the Military Academy at West Point, the home of many of America's distinguished sons and the "long gray line". Visit the military museum at West Point as well as the Visitor's Center. Board the charter bus for the return trip to The Warwick Conference Center.
 Dinner: Enjoy a relaxing dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Spend the evening in discussion with the Gifted Scholars and other fellow participants asking your questions and sharing your thoughts. Top off the evening by making your own sundae in the East House Dining Hall.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast will be served in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Return to the classroom ready to hear the final lecture on the topic: "Shakespeare and Verdi": The Words and Music of Great Drama". Take a quick coffee or tea break and return to the classroom for the final lecture on the topic: "Twenty-first Century World Politics and Personalities".
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. in the East House Dining Hall. Departure and farewells immediately after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Warwick, NY Borderland Farm
A 230 acre riding facility, indoor ring, lighted outdoor ring, miles of trails. Located at the NY/NJ line. Reservations required. For additional information, visit www.wolfsbane.com/borderland/
  Demarest Hill Winery
28 different wines created from select varietal grapes by a master vintner who learned winemaking in Italy. The wineries' specialties include Warwick Black Pearl and Peach Wine, both from the vineyards at this winery. For additional information, visit www.demaresthillwinery.com
  Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Drive a sulky to the finish line in the 3-D simulator. Riveting state-of-the-art and interactive exhibits. Call and judge a race. Theaters tell the fascinating history of America's first sport. Open daily from 10 - 6. For additional information, visit www.harnessmuseum.com
  Pride of the Hudson
Cruise through history and the majestic beauty of the Hudson River on a 2-hour narrated sightseeing cruise. For additional information, visit www.prideofthehudson.com
  Washington's Headquarters
Gen. Washington made this fieldstone farmhouse his Continental Army headquarters and spent more time here than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. At this site, Washington created and awarded the original purple heart badge. In 1850 the property became our nation's first public historic site. Open Wed. - Sat., 10-5. Sun. 1-5.
  West Point Museum
Military uniforms, flags, weapons and military art of both American and European derivation. Museum galleries include History of the Academy and the Corps of Cadets, US Army History, and History of Warfare from Egyptian times to Desert Storm. For additional information, visit www.usma.edu/Museum/
  West Point Tours, Inc.
Enjoy a guided tour of the U.S. Military Academy. Walk the paths of generals and presidents tracing the footsteps of our country's great leaders. Enjoy spectacular views of the majestic Hudson River. Hear exciting tales and fascinating stories. Tour buses depart daily from the West Point Visitor Center. For additional information, visit www.westpointtours.com
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Suggested Reading List


Shakespeare's Festive Comedy


Author: Cesar Lombardi Barber


Description: "C.L. Barber is the most compelling of the anthropological critics and his book, 'Shakespeare's Festive Comedy,' is to my mind far and away the most illuminating yet to appear on its subject." Arthur M. Eastman, in "A Short History of Shakespearean Criticism".



Verdi's Shakespeare - Men of the Theater


Author: Garry Wills


Description: This dazzling study of the three operas that Giuseppe Verdi adapted from Shakespeare's plays takes readers on a wonderfully engaging journey through opera, music, literature, history, and the nature of genius. Lovers of Verdi or Shakespeare or - one hopes - both, should revel in Wills's discussion of these men who were creatures of the theaters of their time. He describes the conditions under which playwrights worked in Elizabethan times and how opera composers worked in 19 century Italy, and then he concentrates on the three plays made into operas by Verdi: "Macbeth," "Othello," and "The Merry Wives of Windsor." He offers original insights into the plays themselves and then into the operas. This is a book to be savored by anyone who loves these works.



West Point - An Illustrated History of the United States Military Academy


Author: Bennett H. Berman and Michael E. Monbeck


Description: Behind the living legend that is West Point is a distinguished and dramatic legacy. All the world knows of West Point, home of the U.S. Military Academy, famous for military discipline and spirit. This lavishly illustrated volume reveals its full-dress history. This book reveals the very heart of the Academy: the changing and not-so-changing face of cadet life. The All-Volunteer Army and women cadets may be new developments, but the curriculum and discipline have survived almost intact since 1833 and the grueling schedule and exacting standards have ever remained in full force. In these pages, a unique and intriguing American institution comes alive through splendid plates and full-color photographs.



Will in the World


Author: Stephen Greenblatt


Description: Stephen Greenblatt, the charismatic Harvard professor, has written a biography that enables us to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life; full of drama and pageantry, and also cruelty and danger; could have become the world's greatest playwright. "Will in the World" interweaves a searching account of Elizabethan England with a vivid narrative of the playwright's life. The basic biographical facts of Shakespeare's life have been known for over a century, but now Stephen Greenblatt shows how this particular life history gave rise to the world's greatest writer.





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