20538
Pennsylvania
Lifestyles of Faith – Past and Present in Lancaster County
Learn the story of the religious communities of Lancaster County, where you’ll visit historic homes, hear engaging lectures and speak with members of an Old Order Amish family.
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Program No. 20538RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check in and registration/Orientation
Quarryville, PA
D
Black Rock Retreat

Afternoon: Registration and welcome in retreat center lobby.

Dinner: Dinner is a buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room. Our guests will meet in the lobby for instructions. Our goal is to serve our guests healthy and delicious food featuring local tastes and recipes.

Evening: ORIENTATION/GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Beginning at 7:15PM in our private meeting room we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible via the SPI. We appreciate your understanding. We will also spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The session will be followed by an ice cream sundae bar set up in the retreat center dining room with plenty of time to relax and prepare for the full day of activity and learning ahead.

DAY
2
Guided tours of historic Ephrata Cloister and Lititz Moravian Church.
Quarryville, PA
B,L,D
Black Rock Retreat

Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: See a glimpse of this interesting part of Lancaster's history as we are guided around the Ephrata Cloisters. Also included will be a stop at an Amish farm and gift shop operated by a charming and welcoming Old Order Amish family.

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided during the tour.

Afternoon: Travel to beautiful Lititz for tour of Lititz Moravian Church. Learn about the Moravian heritage and the history of this quaint town.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: PBS film: Amish - People of Preservation

DAY
3
Excursion to Downtown Lancaster City and Landis Valley Museum
Quarryville, PA
B,D
Black Rock Retreat

Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Leave on charter bus for Downtown Lancaster City. Our day will possibly include a walking tour of the city as well as Demuth Museum and historic Lancaster Central Market.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Lancaster City.

Afternoon: Learning continues by visiting the interesting Landis Valley Museum and enjoying a guided "Taste of Pennsylvania Dutch" tour.

Dinner: Experience a traditional meal in an Old Order Amish home.

Evening: Savor the experiences of the day as we meander back to Black Rock Retreat on peaceful country roads.

DAY
4
Amish and Mennonite lecture and free time
Quarryville, PA
B,L,D
Black Rock Retreat

Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: "The Radical Reformation - Then and Now" lecture by Brinton Rutherford about the Amish and Mennonites.

Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: Local presenter, Carolyn Mellinger, will share from her life - "Growing Up Mennonite" followed by opportunity to make (and eat) your own soft pretzel.

DAY
5
Lancaster County Three Histories Tour - featuring Swiss German, Native American and African American Story Tellers
Quarryville, PA
B,L,D
Black Rock Retreat

Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Leave on coach for "Three Stories" tour. Sites include Bart Meeting House, site of Christiana Resistance (Underground Railroad) and 1719 Hans Herr House.

Lunch: Boxed lunch.

Afternoon: "Three Stories" tour continues with travel to Columbia, Conestoga, Habecker Mennonite Church and sites in Lancaster City and Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: "Quakers in Our Midst" lecture by Brinton Rutherford.

DAY
6
Quarryville, PA
B,L

Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Program concludes with wrap-up session.

Lunch: Boxed lunches are available at end of session at 10AM.






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