16619
West Swanzey
2000 Years of Western Culture
Gain a deeper understanding of the triumphs of Western culture as you join renowned scholars to learn about the great artists, composers and thinkers who have shaped our world.
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Program No. 16619RJ
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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 & REGISTRATION beginning 3:00-3:30 pm in the Mayflower Lodge Office on the Pilgrim Pines Campus. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information for the week which we will review at Orientation. WELCOME RECEPTION: Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00 pm with an opportunity to meet fellow Road Scholars.

Dinner: Our welcome dinner begins at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served buffet style the meal will include a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are provided by our professional chefs on request

Evening: Orientation will begin at 7:15 pm, with introductions of our instructor Greg Athnos overview of the week's program. Time will be given to review the schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer questions. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: We are honored to have Greg Athnos, retired professor of music from North Park University in Chicago return to be our instructor. Greg received Elderhostel's outstanding Instructor award and this is his 41st year teaching on Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs. His lectures this week will cover "From Leonardo da Vinci to the Music of Europe Between the Two World Wars" Beginning with Leonardo da Vinci Professor Athnos will explore the Baroque era, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin to name a few. > Professor Athnos has taught more than 200 Elderhostel/Road Scholar weeks since he began in 1976.

DAY
2
Symbolism, da Vinci, covered bridges and Baroque
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Activity note: Covered bridge tour will be by maxi-vans with minimal standing and walking. Includes photo opportunities.

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: Greg Athnos will begin this morning with a lecture on "Through a Glass Darkly: The Cathedral Stained Glass, Symbolism" We'll have a short coffee break featuring homemade danish rolls, fruit, coffee, tea and water. After, Greg will continue with his second lecture on "Leonardo da Vinci: A Renaissance 'Misfit' in a Neo-Platonic World"

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 choosing. Gluten free or special vegetarian meals are available upon request.

Afternoon: After lunch, take some time to enjoy the recreational opportunities on campus including waterfront activities, a planned hike, canoeing and the incredible beauty of the early autumn season. In the late afternoon enjoy a tour of the 6 covered bridges of Cheshire County located within a 10 mile radius of Pilgrim Pines.

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 menus are available upon request.

Evening: Greg will conclude our day with a lecture on "Baroque: It's About Time." Following the lecture there will be an opportunity to enjoy a light snack in the Dining Room along with conversation, build a puzzle, watch TV read or join in a table game.

DAY
3
How to listen to a Symphony, Outstanding Musical Artist
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

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

Morning: This morning, Mr. Athnos will continue his lecture series focusing on "Baroque: The Birth of the Modern Orchestra." The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. Greg's second lecture this morning will examine "How to Listen to a Classical Symphony - part I"

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 food requests.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have an opportunity to relax and enjoy free time with options TBA In the late afternoon, Mr. Athnos will present his third lecture of the day on "How to Listen to a Classical Symphony - part II."

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style beginning at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.

Evening: Tonight at 7:30 pm an outstanding concert presented by a local musical artist After the presentation you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, puzzle-making, TV or relaxing.

DAY
4
Excursion for the day - Place - TBD
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Activity note: Day will be by tour bus with moderate walking and standing required.

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

Morning: This morning we'll travel by bus to a place, i.e., St Gaudens at Cornish, NH, or Bennington, VT for the art of Grandma Moses The excursion will include a lunch on site.

Lunch: A delicious Lunch will be served on site - place - TBD.

Afternoon: Our excursion will continue with a visit to places of interest in the area.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day, feast on make your own salad from the salad bar, hot buffet of meat and vegetable, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.

Evening: We will close our day with the music and dance of New Hampshire - Entertainers TBA. After the performance, you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, and your favorite way to conclude the day.

DAY
5
Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, pontoon boat rides
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Activity note: Pontoon boat ride for one half hour on Swanzey Lake. Easy access

Breakfast: A delicious breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. Enjoy the many choices that await your palate.

Morning: Mr Athnos will begin the day focused on "Mozart. the Neglected Genius and His Requiem" The morning break will bring coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. His second lecture of the morning will be on "Franz Schubert: The first 'Bohemian' composer, Master of the Art Song"

Lunch: Once again a full buffet lunch awaits you in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served from 12:30-1:15 pm the salad bar, soup of the day, tuna or turkey wraps,dessert and drinks of your choice await your consumption. Gluten free alternatives are always available upon request.

Afternoon: Determined by the weather, choices will be given to enjoy the beauty of the area, with opportunities for a pontoon boat ride, hiking, relaxing by the waterfront, etc. In the late afternoon, Mr. Athnos will present "Frederic Chopin: Genius of the 'New Keyboard'"

Dinner: Tonight a full linen dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm with making of your very own sundae for dessert.

Evening: After dinner, Mr Athnos will conclude the day with a lecture on "The Expatriates: Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky" After, you are invited to return to the Dining Room for a light snack and to enjoy conversation, work a puzzle, watch TV and close the day and the week with informal stories and camaraderie.

DAY
6
Shostakovitch, America the Beautiful, Program Concludes
West Swanzey
B,L

Breakfast: A full buffet Breakfast will be served from 7:45- 8:30 am and will feature baked oatmeal, a specialty of the house.

Morning: Mr Athnos lecture will be feature "America, the Beautiful" After there will be a short break for you to check out of your room to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. The morning will conclude with a wrap up session.

Lunch: Our farewell luncheon will be served at 12:15 pm and will feature once again our full buffet style menu and box lunches for those who need to leave early. We hope you have enjoyed this immersion into the music and art of these composers and artists who have had a great impact on our western culture.