16102
Deerfield
Stimulating Beverages: The History of Tea, Coffee, Chocolate in Early America
Take your taste buds on a well crafted adventure as you learn about Colonial era beverages, explore a historic New England town and dive deep into the traditions of early American life.
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Program No. 16102RJ
Length
4 days
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4 days
3 nights
9 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Deerfield, MA
D
Deerfield Inn

Afternoon: Check into program at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern starting at 4:00 p.m. Orientation to program: 4:30 p.m. when you will meet your group leader and fellow participants and review course schedule and logistics.

Dinner: Dinner at the Deerfield Inn.

Evening: This evening will set the stage for the week's activities. Hear a thought-provoking lecture about the three beverages that changed history - tea, coffee, and chocolate from Amanda Lange, Curator of Historic Interiors at Historic Deerfield. Learn how the economics and the customs of the colonial times to the present day are profoundly affected by these "stimulating beverages."

DAY
2
Briefing on Tea in America, Tea-leaf Reading
Deerfield, MA
B,L,D
Deerfield Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Deerfield Inn

Morning: Morning lecture, "Tea: Why Americans Are Finally Embracing the World's Second-most popular Beverage" by Bob Heiss, owner of Tea Trekker, Sunderland, MA will provide a fascinating talk on the current business of tea, illuminating the details of the types of tea and regions where the plants are grown. After we'll enjoy a workshop, "Refinement & Revolution: 'Taking Tea' in Colonial America" by Barbara Mathews, Public Historian & Director of Academic Programs – Flynt Center of Early New England Life

Lunch: Lunch at the Deerfield Inn

Afternoon: After lunch we'll split the group for field trip to learn about "Hot Beverages in Context", Room Studies with Master Guides of the Ashley, Williams, (first half of the rotation) and Well-Thorn Houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life (the other half of the rotation). We'll learn about the objects associated with tea, chocolate, and coffee drinking from expert guides. See them displayed in the context of their use in the Museum Houses. We'll also explore the "Museum Attic", the visible storage area of the Flynt Center with a fun scavenger hunt for specific fine objects used for preparing and serving the hot beverages. Upon completion of first half of their rotations, the group will be switched to enjoy the other half.

Dinner: Dinner at the Deerfield Inn.

Evening: "Ascertain Your Own Mind & Life's Journey through the Symbols Created by Tea Leaves": enjoy this participatory and entertaining presentation on tea-leaf reading by group leader, Julie Orvis:

DAY
3
History of Tea, Coffee & Chocolate in 18th-century America
Deerfield, MA
B,L,D
Deerfield Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Deerfield Inn

Morning: The morning will begin with a lecture on the history of chocolate, "Food of the Gods: An Overview of the History of Chocolate in Early America." with Claire Carlson, Coordinator of Educational Programs at Historic Deerfield. A three-program rotation including a hearth demonstration of preparation of colonial chocolate; an interactive presentation on the botanical nature of the cacoa plant, (as the presenter says: "Thank a fly, for your chocolate pie!"); and a tour of Historic Deerfield's remarkable silver and metal collections that feature 18th century tea and chocolate service vessel, include objects made by Paul Revere.

Lunch: Lunch at Deerfield Inn and free time to explore the Museum store.

Afternoon: In the early afternoon local coffee entrepreneurs and small business owners, Sean and Darren Pierce, will give a presentation of the contemporary business of coffee roasting and will lead a tasting of several styles of coffee roasts. After participants will have free time to return to the Flynt Center of Early New England Life and the other Historic Deerfield museum houses or take in other free time activities that are listed in the free time section.

Dinner: Dinner at the Deerfield Inn.

Evening: "The Commercialization of Taste: History of Coffee," lecture by Jenna Teachout, former Historic Deerfield Summer Fellow and tutor who is focusing graduate research on the history of coffee and its impact on taste and the economy.

DAY
4
Program Concludes
Deerfield, MA
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast at Deerfield Inn

Morning: After breakfast, check out of your room and then join in the fun and delicious tasting workshop on “The Connoisseurship of Today's Chocolate,” by Bob Heiss. Bob will lead participants in tasting of the highest quality estate chocolate, providing an introduction to tastings and a very unique blend of dark and milk chocolate samples to be tasted by all.

Lunch: Lunch at the Deerfield Inn.