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Songs and Laughter: For the Fun of It

Program Number: 15220RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2014 - 4/17/2014; 4/14/2015 - 4/17/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/5/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Delaware Technical Community College.



Laughter is the Best Medicine

Benefit and enjoy numerous styles of humor, which help relieve tension, pressure and stress while having a good time. Discover theories of comedy and learn how to retell great stories and irresistible jokes. Humor lifts the human spirit!



American Popular Songbook

Musical history is alive! Enjoy music from the Roaring 20s, the Swing Era, WWII and more! Savor memories, upbeat tunes and behind-the-scenes stories and trivia. Honor great personalities with discussion, live music, videos and lively interaction.



Sounds of the 1930s and 1940s

Examine the evolution of sounds of this era with an overview of ballrooms, theaters and clubs made famous by the Big Bands. Discuss leaders, arrangers, vocalists and soloists who found fame and fortune through this period of musical ingenuity.




Rehoboth Beach

Long ago, Native Americans came here during the summer for cool breezes and abundant seafood. Today, visitors from the D.C. area and beyond flock to Rehoboth Beach -- established as a seaside resort in 1891 -- to enjoy those same features, and to relax on sandy beaches and in beachfront cafes.



Accommodations
Suites hotel with glass-enclosed heated pool one block from beach and boardwalk with convenient access to area attractions.

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

Since retiring from Hunter College in 1991, Dr. Richard Smolens has combined his two great loves teaching and singing by lecturing and performing nationwide, and by introducing jazz to schoolchildren in Venice, Fla. He interprets songs that were created during the first half of the American 20th century, most notably the works of the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more. Based in West Grove, Pa., Richard spends the winter months singing and teaching in Georgia and Florida.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Brighton Suites Hotel
  Rehoboth Beach, DE 3 nights
 Brighton Suites Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: All suites hotel
  Contact info: 34 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 USA
phone: 800-227-5788
web: www.brightonsuites.com
  Room amenities: Separate living room with full size sleep sofa; wet bar with refrigerator/freezer, microwave, hairdryer and coffee maker; two televisions with premium cable; data port phones; indoor pool; exercise ad changing rooms. Free Wireless Internet Access throughout hotel.
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool; exercise room, Free Wireless Internet Access Throughout Hotel
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies. Contact hotel for rates/availability.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies. Contact hotel for rates/availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 PM in hotel lobby for check in on Tuesday afternoon You will be staying at Brighton Suites Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM check out on Friday You will be staying at Brighton Suites Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rehoboth Beach, DE
  Nearest city or town:  Bethany Beach, DE, Ocean City, MD
  Nearest highway: Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Wicomico Airport - Salisbury, MD
  From End of Program
  Location: Rehoboth Beach, DE
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Salisbury Wicomico Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Dave's Taxi
phone: 410-250-2400
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~ Approximately $50 Call for reservations & current pricing
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 ~ approx. $50 to Ocean City, MD &/or Rehoboth/Lewes, DE; Aaron's Taxi (410) 430-7728 ~ approx. $65 to Rehoboth/Lewes, DE &/or Ocean City, MD. Call for current pricing and reservations.

 

Amtrak/Rehoboth-Lewes

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Service
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~ Approx. $44.00 refundable fare; 7-day advance purchase - $31.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

137 miles

   

There is Greyhound Bus Service from Amtrak Wilmington to Ocean City, MD - then taxi to hotel in Rehoboth/Lewes, DE - Taxi Service: Aaron's Taxi (410) 430-7728 approx. $65; Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 approx. $50 - Call ahead for current pricing and reservations.

 

BWI Marshall

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
BayRunner Shuttle
phone: 410-334-6440
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately First Person $104.00; Party of (2) $158.00; Party of (3) $206.00; Party of (4) $246.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~ 3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

110 miles

   

The above information is to Ocean City, MD; but then need to take taxi (Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 ~ approx. $50 & Aaron Taxi ~ approx. $65.00 (410) 430-7728 to Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, DE )

 

Cape May/Lewes Ferry

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dart Shuttle Bus
phone: 800-652-DART
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free shuttle service from ferry terminal to downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Shuttle service operates seven days a week June 15 to September 30. In May, early June and in October, the shuttle service runs on weekends only. For taxi service call City Cab 302-227-8294 or Eastside Cab 302-645-6800 approximately $25-$27.

 
Driving Directions
  AIRPORTS Baltimore/Washington International (800) 435-9294 Philadelphia International Airport (800) 745-4283 Washington Dulles Airport (703) 572-2700 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - (703) 417-8000 Salisbury-Ocean City, MD Wicomico Airport - (410) 742-4190
  To Brighton Suites From New England Area From the New England States, Take I-95 South, to the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Route 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE. Continue south. Approaching Milford, DE follow Route 1 south/shore points approx. 25 miles to Rehoboth. At Rehoboth Beach, follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right at First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on left.
  To Brighton Suites From New York State/Canada Take I-81 South, through New York, to Harrisburg, take I-83 South to the Route 695 "Beltway" around Baltimore, MD. Take Route 695 to Route 97 South to Annapolis, MD. Follow signs for Bay Bridge to Route 50 East. Route 50 east to Route 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Route 9 east to Route 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites From Points North (Phila., PA/Wilmington, DE) I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Rt. 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE. Continue south. Approaching Milford, DE follow Rt. 1 south/shore points approx. 25 miles to Rehoboth. At Rehoboth Beach, follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right at First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on left.
  To Brighton Suites From West (DC/Balt., MD) Rt. 50 east to Rt. 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Rt. 9 east to Rt. 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.,). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites From the South (Norfolk, VA) From Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, follow Rt. 13 North. At Pocomoke, MD bear right onto Route 113 North to Millsboro, DE. At Millsboro take Route 24 east (towards Rehoboth Beach) to Route 1, turn south on Route 1. Approaching Rehoboth, exit on 1A (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right on First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites Hotel via Cape May/Lewes Ferry From NY/NJ Please call ahead for reservation on Cape May/Lewes Ferry 800-643-3779. Travel on New Jersey Turnpike to Garden State Parkway to Route 109 at Cape May/Lewes Ferry in Cape May, NJ. From Lewes, DE take Route 1 south to Rehoboth Beach. Follow 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites from Great Lakes Region Take I-70 East to the Baltimore, MD area. From I-70, take the Rt. 695 "Beltway" southeast to the Glen Burnie area, and Route 97 South. Take Route 97 South to Route 50 East (Annapolis/Bay Bridge). Take Route 50 East to Route 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Route 9 east to Route 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.,). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites from Philadelphia/Charlotte Airports Fly into the Philadelphia or Charlotte International Airports and transfer to a commuter flight to Salisbury Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport in Salisbury, MD. Call US Airways Charter Services at 800-428-4322 to make reservations and for current schedule, or call Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport directly at 410-548-4827. The Baltimore Washington International Airport does not provide commuter flights to the Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport. If you have chosen to fly into this airport, you must rent a car and follow driving directions from DC/Baltimore Area or make reservations with the BayRunner Shuttle Service.
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: Warm Welcome!/Stand Up!
(Monday, April 14)
   
 Afternoon: Introductions, Orientation, Social Hour
 Dinner: Hotel Dining room
 Evening: Comedy Presentation - Always Start With a Laugh! Mr. Stan Raskin
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Love that Music!/Swing That Tune!/Entertainment
(Tuesday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel cafe.
 Morning: Musical Presentation:" Music from Broadway and Hollywood" Dr. Dick Smolens
 Lunch: Hotel Dining room
 Afternoon: Presentation: Comedy stand up routine. Mr. Stan Raskin followed by Guided Tour of Historic Rehoboth (Lecture if inclement weather) Ms. Joan Ridolfi
 Dinner: At Local Restaurant
 Evening: Musical Performance, "A Salute to the American Popular Song" Great music, trivia, and nostalgia. Dr. Dick Smolens
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Start with a Smile, Musical Performance/Free Afternoon/Local Restaurant - Farewell Concert
(Wednesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel cafe.
 Morning: Comedy Presentation: Humor with Stan, Mr. Stan Raskin
 Lunch: Leisurely lunch at local restaurant
 Afternoon: Performance: "Harlem on My Mind" ---------- Dr. Dick Smolens followed by free time until dinner
 Dinner: Hotel Dining Room
 Evening: Nostalgic trip to the late 30's, 40's. "Echoes of the Stage Door Canteen" ------Dr, Dick Smolens
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Leave Them Laughing
(Thursday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel cafe. Check out prior to 11 a.m.
 Morning: Jokes, Jokes, and more Jokes with Mr. Stan Raskin. Program ends 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Rehoboth Beach, DE Rehoboth Beach, DE
Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce - Calendar of Events and local area For additional information, visit www.beach-fun.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


An Anatomy of Humor


Author: Arthur Asa Berger


Laughter Really is the Best Medicine


Author: Editors of Readers Digest


NPR Laughter Therapy: A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious


Author: NPR


A Fine Romance-Jewish Songwriters, American Songs


Author: David Lehman


Great American Songwriters and Their Songs


Author: William Zensser




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