10551
New Hampshire
Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire
With autumn’s brilliance as your backdrop, witness the essence of New England in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, discovering historic towns, Colonial traditions and covered bridges.
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Program No. 10551RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
West Swanzey
D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Afternoon: Check-in and Registration will begin between 3:00-3:30 p.m. in the Mayflower Lodge - Office. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive your welcome packet, name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information which we will review during orientation. Coffee and snacks will be available for you between 3:30-5:00 p.m

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 p.m in the Mayflower Lodge, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices including a vegetarian option, plus coffee, tea and dessert.

Evening: Orientation, 7:15 p.m. We begin with introductions, then review the schedule, covers responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Close the day with a light snack, conversation, board games, TV in the dining and fireside room.

DAY
2
Monadnock & Covered Bridges, Hiking, Recreational Activities
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Morning class will begin at 9:00 am with a lecture by the Executive Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County on the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a power point presentation on the six covered bridges of Cheshire County.

Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to the choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free or special vegetarian is available upon request.

Afternoon: The afternoon will offer a maxi-van tour of the 6 covered bridges of Cheshire County followed by time to enjoy beautiful Swanzey Lake. Free Time opportunities will include a planned hike as well as options to canoe, golf, play tennis or just relax.

Dinner: Dinner, will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day a full buffet dinner awaits your palate featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Alternative entrées and special dietary needs are available upon request.

Evening: After dinner, we will enjoy a presentation on the fauna of the region for the purposes of tree identification and why leaves change color. The day will close with a light snack and opportunities for conversation, board games, puzzles, reading, or watching TV.

DAY
3
Regional History, Photography Tips & Walk, NH Song & Dance
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scramble eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Our first class of the day at 9:00 am will continue presenting the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. The morning will conclude with an opportunity to join a professional photographer for tips on taking pictures of the beautiful scenery in a walk on campus.

Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style 12:30- 1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, chicken sandwiches, dessert and choice of drinks. Our professional chefs are always available to prepare alternative menu requests.

Afternoon: In the early afternoon there will be time to enjoy recreational opportunities on campus including canoeing, tennis, golf, hiking and relaxing by the lake. In the late afternoon, the legendary Dudley Laufman, fiddler, storyteller, poet, and keeper of the traditional songs and dances of NH will join us for his first session on music and dance of New Hampshire.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious buffet will be served including a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Gluten free menu is available upon request.

Evening: After dinner Dudley Laufman will lead us in a evening of music and dance. A light snack, conversation, board games, building a puzzle, TV, will be available to close the day.

DAY
4
Leaf Peeping Excursion, Local Folk Artists
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Activity note: Tour by bus today; limited walking

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room, featuring pancakes, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: You are invited to board a tour bus for a full day of "leaf peeping" and picture taking. Our destination for the day will be determined by the foliage. The day will include a served lunch at a restaurant, a visit to a special sight--i.e., St Gauden's Gardens, Covered Bridge Museum, Deerfield, MA, etc.--and some information about people and places.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm at a nice restaurant on tour

Afternoon: Our "leaf peeping" exploration continues into the afternoon, returning to Pilgrim Pines in time for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Tonight will feature a lighter fare since our bigger meal was at noon. Tonight, soup, salad, sandwiches, and dessert will help us conclude this incredible day of beauty.

Evening: At the close of a fun day, enjoy music and laughter from our professional folk artists of the Monadnock region. After, a light snack, conversation, and activities of your choice will be available to close out the day.

DAY
5
Nelson & Harrisville Field Trips, Cathedral of the Pines
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Breakfast: A fantastic full buffet breakfast awaits you in the Mayflower Dining Room, served from 8:00-8:45 am.

Morning: Our morning will begin with free time to enjoy the beauty of the morning with a hike, picture taking, reading the paper or relaxing. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. After the break we will board maxi-vans for a field trip to the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville. When we arrive at Nelson, we'll enjoy a guided exploration covering the history of the town with Alan Rumrill, Executive Director of Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Lunch: Box Lunches will be served at 12:30 pm in the historic dance hall of Nelson, NH.

Afternoon: After lunch we will board the maxi-vans for a short trip to the historic mill town of Harrisville. Once again, Alan Rumrill will lead us on a guided exploration, concluding with a visit to the Cathedral of the Pines, to Keene, NH or campus depending on your preference.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. It will feature a full buffet menu and salad bar.

Evening: At 7:30 pm participants are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc. After, we invite you to the dining room for a snack, conversation and time to reflect our week together.

DAY
6
Hike to Skytop on campus, Wrap up session Check out of rooms
West Swanzey
B,L

Activity note: Optional hike will give a great view of Swanzey Lake and Mt Monadnock. Moderate grade on hard pack surface. Shorter hike to Beaver Habitat will be available.

Breakfast: A full buffet breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:30 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. The buffet will feature omelette's and the specialty of the house, baked oatmeal. We save the best for the last morning.

Morning: We will begin our morning with an opportunity to hike to Skytop on campus, about 45 minutes on hard pack surface. In the middle of the morning you will be asked to check-out of your room to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. Our week will conclude with wrap-up session to review our week together.

Lunch: Our Farewell Luncheon will be served buffet style at 12:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Box lunches will be available upon request for anyone who needs to leave at an earlier time. We hope you have enjoyed our celebration of the autumn tapestry and history of southwestern New Hampshire and hope you will join us for other Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all of your journeys and we encourage you to keep on Road Scholaring, wherever it may take you.






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