Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the East House Lobby. Check-in and register with the Road Scholar program staff to receive your room assignment and informational packet with your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information that we will review during orientation. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk of the East House Lobby.
Dinner: Dinner is in the East House Dining Hall. Enjoy a bountiful buffet with entrées varying from turkey, pork, chicken, beef, and fish. Dinner will include a fresh salad bar, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and dessert. All meals at The Warwick Conference Center include a vegetarian option.
Evening: (All itinerary details subject to change.) ORIENTATION: The on-site Road Scholar coordinator will greet you, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have, and provide an introduction to The Warwick Conference Center. The evening will conclude with light refreshments. Please be aware that program activities and schedule times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.
Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet in the East House Dining Room. Daily entrées will rotate, but you can look forward to a variety of breakfast foods including scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, ham, bacon, oatmeal, toast, muffins, yogurt, cold cereal, and hot coffee, tea, and orange juice.
Morning: Begin the day with the first stimulating lecture on the topic: "Mel Brooks: Tasteless and Terrific." Mel Brooks is the most controversial funnyman in American film. He leaves audiences shaking with laughter and aghast with embarrassment. Brooks is more than a big laugh or deep groan. He is also an angry moralist who uses satiric humor to register his moral outrage at the follies and flaws of allegedly civilized man. After this lecture we will take a brief break and then return to the classroom for the second lecture on the topic: "Sinatra and Riddle: A Marvelous Marriage of Musical Masters." Between 1954 and 1966, Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle revolutionized the art of words set to music in American popular song. In this first session we will begin examining the collaboration of singer and arranger.
Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch in the East House Dining Room with entrées including a variety of the following: soup, sandwiches, paninis, pasta, salad bar, and a dessert.
Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will return to the classroom for the first lecture on the topic: "How American Exceptionalism Happened." The first session will examine America's first century and her early cultural development with an emphasis on the evolution of American values and views on its place in the world. Later in the afternoon, you may want to visit a local winery, the Demarest Hill Winery for wine tasting. Demarest Hill Winery is located just outside the Village of Warwick and about three miles from the Conference Center. Or you may want to drive into the beautiful and historic Village of Warwick to explore and shop. If you desire a quieter afternoon, you may decide to take a hike on one of the Warwick Conference Center trails or walk the beautiful grounds of the Conference Center.
Dinner: A plentiful buffet dinner will be served in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: After dinner we will return to the classroom for the second lecture on the topic: "Mel Brooks: Tasteless and Terrific." In these sessions the films of Mel Brooks that will be under discussion are "The Producer", "Blazing Saddles", and "The History of the World Part One". At the conclusion of the lecture you are invited to enjoy an evening snack in the dining room and visit with fellow Road Scholars.
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: After a hearty breakfast, we return to the classroom for the second lecture on the topic: "How American Exceptionalism Happened." This session will focus on how Americans see themselves. The instructor will examine four contrasting American perspectives on the international role of the United Sates. There will be a brief coffee/tea break following this lecture. Our second lecture for the morning will be on the topic: "Sinatra and Riddle: A Marvelous Marriage of Musical Masters." As in the first session the instructor will examine their collaboration of singer and arranger by sampling and evaluating songs from 13 "concept albums" and over 100 "single" recordings.
Lunch: A hearty and satisfying buffet lunch will be served in the East House Dining Room.
Afternoon: Following lunch we will provide an optional trip to the Harness Racing Museum and the Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. You will get to drive a sulky to the finish line in the 3D simulator, call and judge a race, and learn about the fascinating history of America's first sport. The museum is also home to the largest collection of Currier and Ives trotting prints. If you opt not to visit the museum, stay at the Conference Center for a relaxing afternoon.
Dinner: Enjoy a bountiful buffet dinner in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: After dinner we will return to the classroom for the third and final lecture on the topic: "How American Exceptionalism Happened." This final session will focus on United States foreign policy in the twenty-first century and learn how American exceptionalism applies in recent United States foreign policy. There will be ample time for questions and discussion on this relevant subject. Snacks will be available in the dining room after the lecture. With a snack in hand, join fellow Road scholars in the Main Lounge for conversation, table games, or the news of the day.
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: After breakfast we reconvene in the classroom for the final lecture on the topic: "Sinatra and Riddle: A Marvelous Marriage of Musical Masters." You will continue to enjoy hearing more of the sampling songs from 13 "concept albums" and over 100 "single" recordings. Again, we will have an opportunity to ask our final questions before we break for an early lunch.
Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch in the East House Dining Room.
Afternoon: Enjoy an informative lecture to prepare us for the Broadway performance of "A Bronx Tale" this evening. Then board the charter bus to the Longacre Theatre where we will be dropped off in ample time to use the restrooms and find our theatre seats.
Dinner: Enjoy a leisurely box dinner on the chartered bus as we travel through the countryside into New York City.
Evening: Enjoy the Broadway performance of "A Bronx Tale". "A Bronx Tale" is a streetwise musical that takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Featuring a doo-wop score, "A Bronx Tale" is a story about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family. After the show, board the charter bus to the Warwick Conference Center. A light snack will be served on the way back.
Breakfast: A hearty country breakfast will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: Following a delicious breakfast we will return to the classroom for the first lecture on the topic: "Gettysburg and the Civil War." This lecture will give a brief overview of the sequence of events in the Civil War that led to the two armies colliding into one another in the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The improvised battle that unfolds witnesses mistakes made by officers on both sides and sets the stage for the orchestrated battle that will follow the next day. After this lecture, we will take a short "stretch" break. Coffee and tea will be available to enjoy and take back to the classroom. The next lecture will continue on the topic: "Gettysburg and the Civil War." Our focus will be the "Orchestrated Battle", covering the events of the second day of battle. Road Scholars will see examples of effective leaders and examples of missed opportunities that would not materialize again.
Lunch: Enjoy a leisurely buffet lunch in the East House Dining Room.
Afternoon: After lunch we will return to the classroom for the final lecture on the topic: "Gettysburg and the Civil War." This final session will focus on Pickett's Charge and the Aftermath. This session will cover Lee's decision to order Pickett's charge on the final day of the battle and why it failed, resulting in a Union victory. It will also cover the decision to dedicate a military cemetery there and Lincoln's immortal address, along with the long term ramifications of the outcome of the battle.
Dinner: Enjoy a relaxing dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: Following dinner we will make our way to Mulder Chapel for a piano performance of both jazz and classical music performed by a classically trained pianist. Following the performance we will return to the Conference Center for an ice cream social with fellow participants.
Breakfast: A hearty breakfast will be served in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: After breakfast we will return to the classroom for the final lecture of this Road Scholar program, Meeting with Gifted Scholars. Our final lecture is on the topic that we began with on Monday morning: "Mel Brooks: Tasteless and Terrific." There will be time for questions and discussions before we break for an early lunch.
Lunch: Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. in the East House Dining Room. Departure and farewells immediately after lunch.