Excellent and very educational
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Afternoon: 3:00 p.m. Registration and walking tour (optional) at 4:00 pm
Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Meals are buffet style with a variety of dietary needs in mind. Our staff seeks to create tasty, home style meals that are good for you, too!
Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Activity note: We begin with orientation to the Amish and Mennonite heritage. We will travel to Shipshewana, for a hands on learning experience at Menno-Hof, designed and built by Amish and Mennonites in the community to provide an accurate overview of their shared heritage. We will complete our day with a delicious "Thresher's meal" at an Amish home.
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am. Enjoy delicious hot entrees with the addition of fresh fruit. We prepare our eggs in a variety of ways throughout the week, plus breakfast meats and options such as pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.
Morning: Prior to breakfast, you will have an opportunity to hike along one of Amigo's many trails. Will we see deer today? Bring along your camera and walking shoes. After breakfast our first class includes Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: What is "Anabaptist" and where do the Amish and Mennonite traditions begin?
Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.
Afternoon: Field Trip to town of Shipshewana, IN, and a visit to Menno-Hof, a non-commercial setting to learn accurate information about the faith and life of Mennonites and Amish in north-central Indiana, one of the world's largest Anabaptist communities.
Dinner: At 5:00 pm we will enjoy a "Thresher's Meal" at a local Amish home. This delectable repast recalls the experience of Amish threshers who worked together each year at harvest time followed by a delicious meal. We'll bring our pie back with us to Amigo - to enjoy a little later in the evening!
Evening: Return to Amigo Centre and enjoy a relaxing evening making new friends or simply enjoying your surroundings.
Activity note: We learn more about Amish and Mennonite migrations and settlements, then after lunch visit local Amish businesses including a school, woodworking shop, herb and fabric store and opportunity for a buggy ride.
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am. Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit, hot breakfast foods including eggs, meat and a variety throughout the week of pancakes, baked oatmeal or French toast.
Morning: Prior to breakfast, you will have an opportunity to hike along one of Amigo's many trails. How many birds or flowers can you identify? Don't forget your camera and walking shoes. After breakfast our class covers Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Migrations and Settlements.
Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert. After lunch, you'll have an opportunity for an informal nature walk along some of our many trails where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and lakeside. You might even see a deer!
Afternoon: We visit a local Amish school, woodworking business, herb and fabric store and enjoy an opportunity for an Amish buggy ride or visit with a local Amish family.
Dinner: Dinner is in Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Get ready for some of our delicious desserts -- sure to tickle your palate -- Grasshopper Pie or Brownie Cheesecake, to name a few!
Evening: Campfire & Pontoon rides: Beginning around 6:00 pm we'll have a campfire with pontoon rides by the boat house near the Retreat Center. You may enjoy a leisurely ride on Perrin Lake, and/or gather around the campfire, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and making S 'mores. (Everybody wants s' more!) We will alternate groups on the pontoon to allow everyone to participate.
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am. By now you'll be asking for some of our recipes -- baked oatmeal or homemade granola, everyone's favorite!
Morning: Prior to breakfast, you will have an opportunity to hike along one of Amigo's many trails. Perhaps today we will enjoy the call of the Sandhill Cranes on the lake! Walking shoes will be helpful and bring your camera along! After breakfast our class will meet with a local Amish couple who are prepared to share their story as well as answer questions you may have.
Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. Pull up a chair and sit down for one authentic farm-to-table meal.
Afternoon: Free time opportunities to explore the local community.
Dinner: There are many unique restaurants in the area where you may choose to enjoy some local cuisine.
Evening: SHARE YOUR TALENTS & TALES: We will gather around 7:00 pm for our very own "Talent Show" with and for the group. Bring a story, poem, song, hobby, or whatever you would like to present (for up to 5 minutes). We will also have time for you to share stories of other Road Scholar programs you have participated in and would most recommend.
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am. In addition to the other tasty options, we might have coffee cake or rolls today.
Morning: Prior to breakfast, you will have an opportunity to hike along one of Amigo's many trails. The early morning sunrises can be spectacular at Amigo! Bring your camera and good walking shoes of course! After breakfast our class will include Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Gemeinschaft, core Anabaptist values, World War II and CPS... just to name a few of the topics we will cover today.
Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. We provide a variety of home style meals throughout the program. What has been your favorite thus far? Please be sure to let us know what you have liked the best!
Afternoon: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Meetinghouse Theology, Confessions of Faith, Schools, Earning a Living ... are some of the topics we will discuss today.
Dinner: Dinner is in Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Our closing dinner of the program will be a special occasion for celebrating the camaraderie of shared experiences and new friendships.
Evening: An evening of music entertainment and sing-a-long
Breakfast: Dining Hall buffet. Last chance to taste that delicious homemade granola... we're sure you'll want to purchase some to extend your Amigo memories!
Morning: Prior to breakfast, you will have one more opportunity to hike along one of Amigo's many trails. Where do you want to revisit - High Point, the Meadow Lookout, the boardwalk across the marsh... many possibilities! After breakfast at 9:00 am our program concludes with our final Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: What the Amish can teach us. We will wrap up with a closing ceremony. We trust you have enjoyed this new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Happy Trails to you until we meet again!
Excellent and very educational
I learned a whole new insight into, and respect for, the amish and Mennonite communities..
The pace of the program was just right for older persons. 2 people with walkers did fine, except they needed help with doors. They used the elevator instead of the stairs. It would have been better if everything - lecture hall and dining room were both on one floor. I used both elevator and stairs. I loved the nature center, especially watching the birds.
The formal content of the course was very good. But I object strongly to the students/customers being asked to sing a religious song/prayer before being allowed into the dining hall at every meal. Clearly the people managing this course felt we students must all believe in their religion. I shall be wary of signing up for any more Road Scholar courses. Boyce Rensberger
Website is great; glad to finally receive an evaluation (even if the leader names were incorrect.)