18777
Wisconsin
Door County's Peninsula Music Festival: Rich Repertoire, Passionate Performers
Celebrate the history and world-renowned talent of Door County’s Peninsula Music Festival, where you’ll attend performances, lectures, rehearsals and speak with industry professionals.
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Program No. 18777RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Rowleys Bay, WI
D
Rowleys Bay Resort

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:30 p.m. You are welcome to arrive as early as you like, but accommodations will not be available before the noted time.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check-in.

Dinner: In our reserved section of the hotel restaurant, we will have a buffet including freshly baked bread, a salad bar, soups, hot entrees, and dessert, plus coffee, tea (hot/iced), soda, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Unless specified otherwise, transportation will be provided primarily by trolley, which will require going up/down a few steps when getting on/off. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest of the day ahead.

DAY
2
Music Festival History, Violinist, Fish Boil, Reed Making
Rowleys Bay, WI
B,L,D
Rowleys Bay Resort

Breakfast: In our reserved section of the hotel restaurant, we will enjoy a plentiful buffet offering rotating choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, hot cereals, pastries, yogurt, and fruit, plus coffee (regular/decaf), tea, juices, water.

Morning: Begin your program with a visit from Peninsula Music Festival Executive Director Sharon Grutzmacher. This world-class music festival started in 1953 in a school gymnasium but now has a permanent home at the Door Community Auditorium. The Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra consists of outstanding musicians from around the country. Not only is the Peninsula Music Festival unique in the fact that it is located in Door County, but it is also unique in that the entire nine concert season is performed in three weeks each August. The history is rich in wonderful characters and stories. After more than 60 years, there isn’t much that HASN’T happened! After a short break we'll hear from Challoner Brown, a long-time volunteer with the Festival. There are only two full time staff members at the Peninsula Music Festival, all the rest are volunteers. Without the help of over 100 volunteers, the Peninsula Music Festival would not take place. Founded by and run by volunteers for its first 38 years of existence, the Festival is a model for successful volunteer management. From serving lunch to the orchestra to picking up guest artists at the airport, to finding belts, bow ties or white jackets to replace ones that have been left behind. The volunteers have done it all, seen it all and heard it all!

Lunch: Hotel restaurant plated lunch. The restaurant is not typically open for lunch, but they are open for Road Scholar. Enjoy a rotating choice of sandwich and side plus dessert along with a beverage such as coffee (regular/decaf), milk, soda, iced tea or water.

Afternoon: Take a walk with Jewel Peterson Ouradnik through the hotel and down to the water's edge and learn more about the history of this area located near the Mink River Estuary and across from Newport State Park. After a short break we will meet professional violinist Kirstin Greenlaw and learn more about her musical journey. It wouldn't be a trip to Door County without attending a traditional Door County fish boil. Join the resident storyteller at the fire pit out front to learn the history of this treasured tradition. Bring your camera for the spectacular "boil over". When the fish is done we eat.

Dinner: Hotel restaurant buffet. Tonight the buffet features the traditional Door County Fish Boil with potatoes, onions, coleslaw, rye bread, and cherry dessert. If you're not a fan of fish there will be lots of other delicious choices.

Evening: Learn more about the fascinating and technical job of reed making.

DAY
3
Music Librarian, Pre-Concert Talk, Festival Concert
Rowleys Bay, WI
B,L,D
Rowleys Bay Resort

Activity note: Steps up onto the trolley.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: The Music Librarian for the Peninsula Music Festival will talk about where the music comes from, how it is prepared for rehearsal and performance and about licensing and royalty fees. This is an interesting job and very few people even know it exists. The librarian will bring a full set of symphony music and explain all that goes into its preparation.

Lunch: Hotel restaurant plated lunch.

Afternoon: Pre-Concert Talk: After lunch, learn more about the festival from one of the Emerging Conductors about the composers and music you will hear at this evening's concert.

Dinner: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Evening: Peninsula Music Festival Concert: Board our trolley for a quick trip to Fish Creek and the Door Community Auditorium for tonight's concert. Check back for a list of the pieces to be played.

DAY
4
Door Community Auditorium, Closed Rehearsal
Rowleys Bay, WI
B,L
Rowleys Bay Resort

Activity note: Steps up onto the trolley.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: Board the trolley for a short ride to Fish Creek. Now that you've heard some of the history of the festival and seen your first concert, we'll take a trip back in time at the Gibraltar School to visit the old gymnasium where the orchestra performed for its first 38 seasons. This will help put all of the history from day one into a visual context. We will then walk to the adjoining Door Community Auditorium to learn about this state of the art facility. It's well known that rehearsals for the festival are closed to the public, but we have received a special invitation to attend part of a rehearsal of the Festival Orchestra. Meet with festival staff to answer questions about the rehearsal process and what needs to be accomplished before the concert. Bonus Stop At Seaquist Orchards Farm Market. On our way back to the resort we'll stop at one of the largest cherry producers in Door County, Seaquist Orchards Farm Market for some tasting of locally-made products, most of them featuring cherries.

Lunch: Hotel restaurant plated lunch.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon: There are lots of options in Door County. Stay at the resort and rent a kayak or join a Segway tour. If you have a vehicle, you might venture further afield and visit an artists' studio or gallery and look for original art. Some choose to drive to Northport and buy a ticket for the ferry to Washington Island and explore the Stave Church and lavendar farm. Information on special events and options will be provided.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. The resort is featuring their fish boil buffet or you can get just soup and salad buffet for a reduced rate.

Evening: Free Evening: Perhaps you'll to buy a ticket for a theater performance, attend a community music concert, or simply relax along the water's edge.

DAY
5
Operations, Pre-Concert Talk, Festival Concert
Rowleys Bay, WI
B,L,D
Rowleys Bay Resort

Activity note: Steps up onto the trolley.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: John Quigley, Operations Coordinator for over 22 years, will give you a behind the scenes look at everything that can go right and wrong during the three week Festival. Through a fun interactive presentation, you will experience the Festival from the ‘other side of the curtain’.

Lunch: Hotel restaurant plated lunch.

Afternoon: We are delighted to welcome Maestro Victor Yampolsky, who will come to the hotel to talk about his role in the festival. He is the primary conductor for the festival as well as the Music Director, which means he has a major role in selecting the music to be performed each season. What is his process for selecting the music the orchestra will perform? How does the Music Director work with the management of the festival to obtain the music? Does an orchestra really follow and/or need the conductor? Maestro Yampolsky is a delight; he also has a fascinating personal story of his journey from Russia to the United States. You'll also learn more about the composer and music for tonight's concert.

Dinner: Hotel restaurant buffet. Tonight the restaurant is featuring prime rib.

Evening: Peninsula Music Festival Concert: Again, we'll board our trolley for a quick trip south to Fish Creek for tonight's concert. Check back for a list of the pieces to be played.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Rowleys Bay, WI
B

Activity note: Check-out is by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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