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Immortals of Stage and Screen: Rodgers & Hammerstein and Fred Astaire

Program Number: 20622RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/2/2014 - 11/5/2014; 11/1/2015 - 11/4/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $475.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    

There are stars of Broadway and stars of Hollywood, but rarely do they coincide. Join us to examine the careers and memorable successes of the immortals of the entertainment world: the composer-lyricist team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and a performer who can truly be called inimitable — dancer-choreographer-actor-singer Fred Astaire. Experts lead you through their professional lives from hits to failures and their passage from stage to screen.




Highlights

• With experts on the American musical, examine the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein as groundbreaking works of art.
• Trace Fred Astaire’s career from his vaudeville beginnings to classic films.
• Enjoy many of your favorite songs associated with these stars, performed by professional musicians who accent the music with “behind-the-scenes” stories.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Black Rock Retreat Center.




Lancaster

Known worldwide as “Pennsylvania Dutch Country,” Lancaster and the surrounding countryside is home to the nation’s oldest Amish community. One of the longest-running farmer’s markets in the country attracts those seeking fresh produce and baked goods.



Accommodations
Modern retreat center in peaceful woodland setting in Lancaster County. In observance of the guidelines of this institution, only married couples or people of the same sex may share rooms. No alcohol or smoking permitted on grounds.

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

Bill Messenger is a musician whose Road Scholar programs are a mix of popular music history and song, combining whimsical tales with catchy tunes that tickle the ivories and the funny bone. In his musical career Bill has played backup piano for Mama Cass Elliot, studied musical composition at the Peabody Conservatory under Louis Cheslock and been voted “Baltimore’s Best Pianist” by the readers of Baltimore Magazine. Critic Robert Lippman called him “a cross between Max Morath and Victor Borge.”
 
Julie Kurzava

Julie Kurzava is a professional actor, singer and voice teacher. She has appeared in feature and independent films, on stage in theatrical and operatic performances throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, and in commercials and voiceover work. Julie is a classically trained singer who studied at Northwestern University and the Peabody Conservatory. She is a founder of New Moon Theater, a theater and opera company that tours schools, libraries and other venues in the Mid-Atlantic.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Black Rock Retreat
  Quarryville,PA 3 nights
 Black Rock Retreat
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center located in tranquil Lancaster County Pennsylvania providing Retreat Facilities for use by churches and other organizations. Black Rock Retreat offers comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.
  Contact info: 1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com
  Room amenities: Our comfortable rooms each have one queen size bed, two single beds and a private bath. There are several handicapped accessible rooms available, each with two queen size beds and a private handicapped accessible bathroom. Other equipment such as shower benches and raised toilet seats can be provided on a limited basis and you should call if you have specific concerns. Rooms are air conditioned/heated with in-room thermostats. Linens, towels and a small bar of soap are provided. Iron, ironing boards, and laundry facilities available for guest use. Please plan to bring all or your personal toiletries. There are no hair dryers in rooms, but there is one available at the front desk if needed. There are no TV's or Wi Fi access in the guest rooms. The rooms do not have refrigerators, but refrigerators are located throughout the building for guest use. We do not offer daily maid services, but fresh towels and linens are always available upon request. At the middle of the week, you will be able to request some housekeeping services for your room.
  Facility amenities: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of woods, all of the Road Scholar guest accommodations, meeting room and dining are located under one roof in our comfortable Maranatha Retreat Center. Abundant and delicious food is served buffet style and local PA Dutch specialties are included on the menu. Black Rock Retreat has many outside recreational opportunities including numerous hiking trails and a large outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. Inside, we offer a disc (frisbee) golf course, full size gymnasium suitable for walking, playing basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball and a small game room with a ping pong table and a Foosball table. The beautiful lobby has two fire places to allow you to enjoy a favorite book or relax with friends. There is a game cabinet in the lobby with common table games, cards and puzzles. Wi Fi is only available in the retreat center lobby as well as in the meeting rooms. Several newspapers are delivered to Lobby daily. Please visit our web site at www.BlackRockRetreat.com to see pictures of the guest rooms and other facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $70 per person Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $70 per person Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in Maranatha Retreat Center lobby from 4PM - 5:30PM. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat that night.
  End of Program:
Room checkout at 9AM. Program ends at 11:30AM with lunch served at 11:45AM. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Health and Safety Form
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quarryville,PA
  From End of Program
  Location: Quarryville,PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA
phone: 215-580-7800

 

Distance:

 

47 miles

   

There is no direct shuttle service available from any of the major airports. However guests can take Greyhound bus or AMTRAK from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Public taxi service is available from Lancaster to Black Rock Retreat. •Taxi service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Contact Yellow Cab at 717-397-8100 for more details

 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 
Driving Directions
  From Baltimore via I-95 and US Route 1 Exit I-95 in Maryland at Route 272 (Exit 100). Travel north on Route 272, until the intersection of US Route 1. Travel north on US Route 1. Get off at Route 472 (Oxford, PA exit). Turn left onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Harrisburg via the PA Turnpike East Exit the turnpike at exit #247 (Harrisburg). From toll booth take right hand ramp. Take Route 283 east to Lancaster, PA. Exit Route 283 at Route 72 (Manheim Pike). Travel on Route 72 south until it merges with Route 222 south (Prince Street). Travel on Route 222 through the town of Lancaster and continue on Route 222 south all the way to the town of Quarryville. (Watch the left turn that Route 222 south makes after the Willow Valley Resort, south of Lancaster). When in Quarryville, make a left at the first light (there will be a Ford dealership on your right) onto Route 372 east (State Street) and travel approximately 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Route 472 south. Travel approximately 4.5 miles, and Black Rock Retreat will be on your left. (Do not try to find us on Black Rock Road. We do not have an entrance on this road).
  From Philadelphia via I-95 and US Route 11 Exit I-95 in Pennsylvania after Chester, PA at Route 322 West. Travel north until you reach the intersection of US Route 1. Travel south on US Route 1 until you reach the exit for Route 472 (Oxford exit). Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Philadelphia via the PA Turnpike West Exit the turnpike at exit #326 (Valley Forge/King of Prussia). Almost immediately get on Route 202 south. Travel on this road until you reach US Route 1 south. Travel approximately 26 miles on Route 1 south until you reach the exit for Route 472. Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Wilmington, Delaware Take Route 141 or Route 48 to Route 41 North. Continue on Route 41 North until it intersects with Route 1. Take Route 1 South and get off at the fifth exit (Route 472). Turn right and go north on Route 472 for approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood.
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: Check in and registration/Orientation
(Sunday, November 2)
   
 Afternoon: RETREAT CENTER CHECK-IN AND PROGRAM REGISTRATION: As you enter Black Rock Retreat's Maranatha Retreat Center come on over to the Road Scholar table located in the center of the spacious lobby. Registration will take place from 4PM-5:30PM. You will receive your room assignment and all needed information for the program at that time.
 Dinner: Dinner is a buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room. Our guests will meet in the lobby for instructions. Our goal is to serve our guests healthy and delicious food featuring local tastes and recipes.
 Evening: ORIENTATION/GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Beginning at 7:15PM in our private meeting room we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible via the SPI. We appreciate your understanding. We will also spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The session will be followed by an ice cream sundae bar set up in the retreat center dining room with plenty of time to relax and prepare for the full day of learning ahead.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Rogers and Hammerstein lectures led by Peabody professor Julie Kurzava.
(Monday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Morning: Rogers and Hammerstein lecture: Step back into the 40's and 50's and learn why this collaboration between 2 mature, seasoned professionals reflected the sensibilities of an era. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a tractor and wagon around the 100 acres of beautiful Black Rock Retreat.
 Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Afternoon: Singer/actor Julie Kurzava gives a performer's perspective on the works of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
 Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Evening: Showing of Rogers and Hammerstein film complete with freshly made popcorn and soda.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fred Astaire lectures by Bill Messenger featuring film clips and behind the scenes stories.
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Morning: Bill Messenger delights with many stories and samplings of the entertainer Fred Astaire.
 Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in dining room.
 Afternoon: Fred Astaire lecture by popular Road Scholar speaker Bill Messenger followed by PBS film presentation of Amish: People of Preservation.
 Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in dining room.
 Evening: Showing of Fred Astaire film followed by an ice cream sundae bar.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fred Astaire lecture by Bill Messenger
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
 Morning: Film clips and stories about Fred Astaire led by presenter Bill Messenger.
 Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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