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Winter At Pokagon

Program Number: 15828RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Pokagon State Park, Indiana
Price starting at: $675.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Pokagon State Park.



American Presidents: The Mediocrities?

Led by Dr. Randall Buchman, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Defiance College, we will examine some Presidents whom history has dubbed “not so great” and why, including Andrew Johnson, Warren G. Harding, and your nominations.



A Buffet of Favorites

Engage in some of our favorite subjects and activities including show-and-tell about music boxes, a Ragtime sing-a-long, memory enhancement and strength-and-stretch exercises, a session on your favorite books, antique evaluations, plus a Barbershop Quartet show!



Native Birds: Raptors, Migration and Rehabilitation

With park naturalists and guest speakers, learn about raptors and other native birds of Pokagon including their migration habits, and the rehabilitation of injured birds. Take short hikes (weather permitting) and view and discuss live birds.




Pokagon State Park

Located near Angola, Ind., Pokagon State Park and the surrounding area are resplendent with natural lakes, including scenic Lake James and Snow Lake. The park's tranquil setting offers respite to outdoors-lovers who enjoy boating, swimming and fishing in the park's cool, wooded setting.



Accommodations
Participants will reside, dine and meet in beautiful Potawatomi Inn. The original part of the inn was built in 1926. The new addition was completed in the fall of 1995. Rooms have two queen beds and private bath.

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

Dr. Randall L. Buchman is the Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, Defiance College. Dr. Buchman has been a visiting professor at Heidelberg college, Bowling Green State University and Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he has taught Native American History. He is the author of four books: “The Confluence,” “A Sorrowful Journey,” “Woods Journal” and “A Pictorial History of Defiance College.”
 
Marjorie Hershman

Marjorie Hershman is an interpretive naturalist and assistant park manager at Pokagon State Park in Indiana. She can normally be found in the nature center working with the animals, giving presentations and sharing the park's beauty with visitors of all ages.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Potawatomi Inn
  Angola, IN 5 nights
 Potawatomi Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Tudor style lodge located in Pokagon State Park. Most of the Road Scholar activities are held in the Lake James Conference Room. Meals are either in the Dining Room or the Conference Room.
  Contact info: 6 Lane 100A Lake James
Angola, IN 46703 USA
phone: 260-833-1077
  Room amenities: Queen size beds, private baths, full maid service.
  Facility amenities: Pool, sauna, whirlpool, library, several gas and woodburning fireplaces, craft room, activity room, and exercise room. Free coffee in the lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $99.00 + tax. Dec, Jan and Feb are toboggan weekends, so Friday night and Saturday night are usually booked up two years in advance. There are cancellations for those times, so the best procedure is to call in frequently to find out if any rooms are available.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $99.00 + tax. Dec, Jan and Feb are toboggan weekends, so Friday night and Saturday night are usually booked up two years in advance. There are cancellations for those times, so the best procedure is to call in frequently to find out if any rooms are available.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:30 PM Dinner in Lake James Conference Room You will be staying at Potawatomi Inn that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM after lunch in the Historic Dining Room. You will be staying at Potawatomi Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Free parking available at the Inn for the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Angola, IN
  Nearest highway: I-69.
  Nearest airport:  Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA), Fort Wayne, IN.
  From End of Program
  Location: Angola, IN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 
Driving Directions
  From the East Toledo, Ohio take I-80/90 toll road west to exit 144 to I-69 south. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.
  From the North From Detroit, take I-75 south towards Toledo. Merge onto the I-80/90 toll road west exit 144 to I-69 south. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn. From Lansing, Michigan, take I-69 south toward Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.
  From the South From Fort Wayne, Indiana take I-69 north to exit 354 and turn left off exit ramp onto State Road 127. Turn left at the stop light onto State Road 727. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn. Or From Indianapolis, take I-465 north and merge onto I-69 north exit 37B toward Fort Wayne. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn left off exit ramp onto State Road 127 and then left at the stop light onto State Road 727. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.
  From the West From Chicago, take the Tri-State East 294, onto the Indiana Toll Road, I-80/90. Take the Indiana Toll Road east and merge onto I-69 south, exit 144. Follow I-69 to exit 354 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.
Equipment Requirements: Warm, waterproof hiking boots, warm outdoor wear for hiking in the snow in the winter.
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 / Buffet Dinner / Park Orientation / Group photo / Meet your classmates
(Sunday, January 25)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in time is from 2:00-5:30 PM. Our meeting room will be available after 1:00 PM. You may store your luggage in the meeting room until your guest room is available (by 4:00 PM). Early bird activities will be available in the meeting room. Meet new participants, renew old friendships, play cards, help put together the jigsaw puzzle, play games or just visit.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM - Lake James Ballroom - "This is Pokagon State Park" with a Pokagon State Park Interpreter, followed by a group photo. Meet your classmates and then join us on a tour of the Inn. (Swim, sauna, whirlpool are open until 11:00 PM.)
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Optional Morning Exercises / Presidents Part I / Free Time / Show and Tell / Free Time
(Monday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00-11:00 AM - Presidents Part I: Presidency, a look at the not so great ones. "Who are they? Review the ranking systems. Let's start with the lowest. Why he was? What was his wife like?" Presented by Dr. Randall Buchman, author and professor emeritus at Defiance College.
 Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM - Memory Program with Lou Ann Homan-Saylor. Lou Ann Homan-Saylor is a storyteller, teacher, writer, actress and a collector of front porch stories.

3:30 PM: Enjoy free time to hike in the park, read a book, use the pool or whirlpool, or take a nap.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 pm - Show and Tell. Bring a favorite favorite music box to share with the group. First will be a short introduction by Hynn Herche on music boxes and than we will let you take the floor and show us your favorite music box. (3 min limit.)

Free Time: The remainder of evening may be spent singing old favorites or putting together a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards or games, or just enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and popcorn with your classmates.
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Optional Morning Exercises / Presidents Part II / Small Group Breakouts / Free Time / Rag Time History / Free Time
(Tuesday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00 - 11:00 AM: Presidents Part II - 1920 - Warren G. Harding and the "Roaring '20s" with Dr. Randall Buchman.
 Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM: Breakout Groups (First Session). Participants will be broken down into smaller groups for one of three rotating breakout sessions -

Winter Birds of Pokagon: Participants will learn about winter birds at Pokagon, with an indoor presentation followed by a short walk around the nearby grounds (weather permitting).

Exercise for Active Older Adults

Favorite Books - Bring your favorite book to discuss with the group.

3:30 PM: Enjoy free time to hike in the park, read a book, use the pool or whirlpool, or take a nap.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Rag Time History led by Lynn Herche.

Free Time: The remainder of evening may be spent singing old favorites or putting together a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards or games, or simply enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and popcorn with your classmates.
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Optional morning exercises / Continue breakout group rotations / Trinkets and Treasures Antique Evaluations
(Wednesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00 AM: Breakout Groups (Second Session). Participants will continue their rotation of breakout sessions in their smaller groups - Winter Birds of Pokagon: Participants will learn about winter birds at Pokagon, with an indoor presentation followed by a short walk around the nearby grounds (weather permitting).

Exercise for Active Older Adults

Favorite Books - Bring your favorite book to discuss with the group.
 Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM: Breakout Groups (Third Session). Participants will continue their rotation of breakout sessions in their smaller groups - Winter Birds of Pokagon: Participants will learn about winter birds at Pokagon, with an indoor presentation followed by a short walk around the nearby grounds (weather permitting).

Exercise for Active Older Adults

Favorite Books - Bring your favorite book to discuss with the group.

3:30 PM: Enjoy free time to hike in the park, read a book, use the pool or whirlpool, or take a nap.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Trinkets or Treasures? Antique Evaluations with Roger Lash in the Lake James Room. Don't forget to bring an item for evaluation. Afterwards, have a cup of tea or hot chocolate and sing-along with the gang or play cards, games, or help put together a jigsaw puzzle.
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Optional morning exercises; Presidents Part III - 1865-1876 - Andrew Jackson; Raptors with Bob Walton; Free time; Barbershop Quartet
(Thursday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00 am - Presidents Part III - 1865-1876 Presidencies focusing on Andrew Jackson, Impeachment and US Courts - will it ever get better? with Dr. Randall Buchman.
 Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM - Raptors featuring Bob Walton and his volunteers from Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab. They will be bring approximately 8 different real birds and have lots of great information.

3:30 PM: Enjoy free time to hike in the park, read a book, use the pool or whirlpool, or take a nap.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM: Dinner buffet in the Historic Dining Room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Join us for a night of entertainment you are sure to enjoy, filled with our favorite Barbershop Quartet. Afterwards, have a cup of tea or hot chocolate with the gang, play cards or games, or help put together a jigsaw puzzle.
   
Accommodations: Potawatomi Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Optional morning exercieses; Presidents Part IV; Checkout/Lunch
(Friday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet in the Historic Dining Room. Please come to breakfast early, if you plan to exercise at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM: Early Morning Exercises in the Lake James Room for those interested (something for everyone).
 Morning: 9:00 AM: Presidents Part IV - Today Dr. Randall Buchman will wrap up the President discussion by letting you pick the president you would like to discuss. He will have a list and you will be able to pick two from that list that you would like to know more about.
 Lunch: Checkout anytime before noon.

11:00 AM: Lunch buffet in the Historic Dining Room followed by goodbyes and farewells.
   
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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