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Looking on the Bright Side: Joy, Peace and Lots of Laughter

Program Number: 8553RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/5/2015 - 4/10/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/28/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015; 11/8/2015 - 11/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Potosi, Missouri
Price starting at: $595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Health & Fitness
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Join a week of feel-good fun that will make you laugh out loud as you learn to find humor in everyday life while playing some of the games you loved as a kid. Chuckle as we sample the works of hilarious authors like Erma Bombeck, take the opportunity to journal your own "best of times," and have a wonderful fun time while learning about music, singing and gaining insight on the Ozark humor and heritage. Explore the lovely campus of the Trout Lodge by hiking, going on a pontoon boat while you celebrate life and immerse yourself in the healing power of laughter.




Highlights

• Take a field trip to Maramec Spring Park to learn about its 100 million-gallon-per-day spring.
• Taste wines at the Peaceful Bend Winery and explore its cellar for an overview of the wine making process.
• Enjoy different activities such as boat riding, hiking, arts and crafts, mini-golf and much more!



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.



Coordinated by YMCA of Greater St. Louis/Trout Lodge.




Potosi

The Eastern Ozarks are defined as much by its history and culture as by geology, geography and landscapes. Potosi is one of several rural communities in this region of clear streams, big springs and pastoral scenery. Gently rolling hills, deep valleys and plateaus are home to small farms and an abundance of wineries which dot the countryside.



Accommodations
Conference center with comfortable lodge-style rooms that have a lake-view.

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

Sylvia Duncan is a published essayist, poet, and short story writer who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. She was a librarian for the St. Louis Public Library system and has a degree in communications from St. Louis University. Sylvia has been a freelance writer since the age of 10 and has been published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other local and national publications.
 
Rick Key

Rick Key has had a passion for music as long as he can remember. At an early age, he began tackling a wide array of musical instruments —accordion, clarinet, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin and harmonica. He eventually set his sights on playing the violin, but with a catch: He wanted to play it left-handed. This desire led to Rick teaching himself how to build his own violin, and that prompted his lifelong passion for fiddle making.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   YMCA Trout Lodge
  Potosi, MO 5 nights
 YMCA Trout Lodge
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.
  Contact info: 13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org
  Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.
  Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $65 per person special rate. Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $65 per person special rate. Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at 3:30 pm in the Lodge, Main Lobby. You will be staying at YMCA Trout Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
After lunch. Check out is 11:30 am. You will be staying at YMCA Trout Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking. Located up a small hill from the lodge. Handicap parking is available in the front drive.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Potosi, MO
  Nearest city or town:  Potosi, MO
  Nearest highway: MO State Hwy AA
  Nearest airport:  Lambert International (STL)
  From End of Program
  Location: Potosi, MO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Louis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YMCA Trout Lodge
phone: 573-438-2154
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40 per person / $65 per couple round-trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 depending on traffic 

   

Shuttle is run by YMCA Trout Lodge. Sign up form is sent out with Health Forms approximately 6 weeks before arrival. Current pick up times are: 1:30pm St. Louis Airport (Terminal 1) 1:45pm St. Louis Airport (Terminal 2) 2:30pm St. Louis Downtown Amtrak Station Return at end of program is approximately 2:00pm at airport and 2:45pm at train station.

 
Driving Directions
  Greater St. Louis Follow I-70 West to I-270 South. I-270 South to State Hwy 21 South. Follow 21 South to the town of Potosi. Turn right onto State Hwy 8. Follow 8 through town and continue for 10 miles. Turn right onto State Hwy AA. Main entrance to YMCA of the Ozarks is about 2 miles on the right.
Elevation Note: Elevation ranges from 800 - 1100 feet

Equipment Requirements: Bring a spirit that is ready for some fun!!
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 orientation.
(Sunday, September 20)

Note: Arrive and check in beginning at 3:30pm. Fruit basket at registration table.



   
 Afternoon: Check-in: Available from 3:30pm. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. Help yourself to the fruit basket! If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check-in. Orientation: 4:30pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, or activities. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: In the Trout Lodge dining room, enjoy a buffet with selections from two soups, salad bar, two entrees, assorted side dishes, and dessert bar. Drink options include: coffee, tea, water, juice, soda and milk.
 Evening: Introduce yourself, meet the instructors and get to know one another better. Enjoy an evening snack, decaf coffee and tea.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Two morning classroom sessions on humorous authors and distractions from daily life. One afternoon classroom session on humor and music. Join our tour guide to explore our facility by bus. Wine Tasting in the evening.
(Monday, September 21)

Note: Low activity level.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast varies daily,including sausage or bacon omelet, biscuits and gravy, bacon, pancakes or french toast. Fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries are always available. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk, and juices.
 Morning: Our first session will discuss humorous authors. Followed by a short break. The second session involves class participation and humorous activities. Coffee, water and fruit available during both classes.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch option with soup and salad bar. Menu varies. Coffee, tea, milk, water, juices and soda available at no extra cost.
 Afternoon: The afternoon classroom session consists of film clips and discussion about humor and music. Following the session, we'll experience the beauty of Trout Lodge, by bus with short walks to points of interest. Situated on a 360-acre lake, Trout Lodge is surrounded by 5,200 acres of forest-covered hills. There is also free time available to explore on your own.
 Dinner: In the dining room, enjoy choices of two entrees from the hot buffet bar, soup and salad bar, desserts and beverages all included.
 Evening: Peaceful Bend Vineyard brings local wines to us. Experience their fully Missouri-made wine. Join the owner in tasting wines and learning about the wine-making process.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Two morning sessions continue discussions of humor in writing and in daily life. The afternoon offers a field trip to Maramec Spring Park and Peaceful Bend Vineyard. After dinner relax and enjoy a movie.
(Tuesday, September 22)

Note: Afternoon field trip includes walking on sidewalks and gravel.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: We begin the day with humor in writing. Following a short break, return for silliness, amusements and diversions. Coffee, tea, and water available during class.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in the dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Maramec Spring Park, which boasts the fifth largest natural spring in Missouri. Learn about the spring from the park naturalist, and explore the iron works based there in the late 1800's and early 1900's, through the museum and remaining historical markers. Immediately after the park, we will visit Peaceful Bend Vineyard. Learn about the wine-making process and machinery from the experts. Taste the local wine. Wine is available for purchase.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Evening: Relax at the lodge and enjoy some popcorn while watching a film about the music and history of the Ozark region.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: In the morning we will deepen our understanding of authors, gather new titles to add to your book list, and escape the toil of the daily grind. The afternoon offers a look inside the violin-making process.
(Wednesday, September 23)

Note: The nature hike has gradual hills and somewhat rocky terrain. Bring appropriate footwear.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room, also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Start the day with parody, poetry and satire. End the morning outside, weather permitting, mixing in groups with other participants and getting silly.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Afternoon: See each step of how violins are made with a local luthier. Enjoy a guided mile-long hike on well-kept nature trails on Trout Lodge property.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Evening: Evening tea. Enjoy coffee, tea and scones as you spend time with your fellow participants and make new Road Scholar friends.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Finish an unfinished story by Mark Twain, learn how everyday objects can be used for games and laughter, and warm up the vocal chords with some karaoke. Spend the last night with friends and ice cream. l.
(Thursday, September 24)

Note: The pontoon boat is open-air, with comfortable seating.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Learn more about local-boy Mark Twain. Hear an unfinished story, and then get an opportunity to finish it yourself. Then get creative juices flowing with a newspaper fashion show.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Afternoon: Sing alone or with your friends. Karaoke is fun for all ages. Don't worry about the lyrics, the screen shows you the words! Free afternoon to try new activities at the Lodge or get a closer look at Sunnen Lake on a pontoon boat ride. Or explore the surrounding area. Sights worth seeing include Elephant Rocks State Park, Fort Davidson, the antiques in Caledonia, and Bonne Terre Mines.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Evening: Ice Cream Social. Spend a delightful last evening of the program at an ice cream social with all the fixings. Passport stickers will be available, so bring your passport.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up the week talking about best-selling books, funny state mottos, learning to play an instrument!
(Friday, September 25)

Note: Check out time is by 11:30am. Please check with the Group Leader if you'd like to stay longer after the program concludes.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: 3 - 45 minute classroom sessions with short breaks between them. Classes will finish by 11:00am. First, take a trip through history with best-selling books from 1900 to today. The second session offers brain teasers and playful state mottos. Conclude the program by learning how to play an instrument.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies. Lunch is included in the program. A boxed lunch is available for an additional fee for those that wish to leave as soon as class is over.
 Afternoon: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! Free time available to use YMCA Trout Lodge after check-out for all participants. Do some of the activities that you wanted to do but didn't get the chance like horseback riding or climbing towers.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Potosi, MO YMCA Trout Lodge
Full use of YMCA Trout Lodge. Includes boathouse, fishing, hiking, tennis, golf, mini-golf, lake swimming, Arts and Crafts, horseback riding and climbing towers. Some may require an additional fee. For additional information, visit www.ymcatroutlodge.org
  Elephant Rocks
The giant elephant-shaped granite boulders are the star at Elephant Rocks State Park. The coarsely crystalline red granite forms are popular with history buffs (who like to read the names of the 19th century miners who used to work in the area and who carved their names into rocks), children (who love to climb and scramble over and through the rocks) and parents (who revel in taking pictures of their children pretending to push the rocks). The park has a trail that winds through the rocks, which is an interpretative Braille trail. Abundant picnic areas and vibrant fall colors add to the park’s appeal. For additional information, visit mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park
  Johnson Shut-ins
Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites. For additional information, visit mostateparks.com/park/johnsons-shut-ins-state-park
  Fort Davidson
Fort Davidson (at the base of the lookout, Pilot Knob Mountain) was a strong defensive position: hexagonal walls nine feet high and ten feet thick, surrounded by a dry moat nine feet deep. Two long rifle pits ran out from the walls and a reinforced board fence topped the earthworks. Access to the fort was through a drawbridge on the southeastern corner of the structure. In September of 1864, Fort Davidson became the scene of one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War in Missouri . . . the Battle of Pilot Knob. For additional information, visit www.missourihistorictowns.com/missouri-historic-places/pilot-knob-missouri-history-landmarks.htm
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


If life is bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?


Author: Emma Bombeck


The signet book of American humor


Author: Regina Barreca


Leaving Home


Author: Garrison Keillor


The English comic characters


Author: J.B. Priestley




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