Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the Lincoln Room adjacent to the front desk to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: In our private dining room at the hotel, we will enjoy a plated dinner including fresh-baked breads and rolls, soup, hot entree, and dessert. Beverage choices include coffee, tea, milk, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Please let your Group Leader know about any dietary restrictions or mobility needs prior to the start of the program. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle. Walking and standing about 4 hours today indoors, on sidewalks, and stairs.
Breakfast: In our private meeting room, the buffet offers a selection of fresh fruit, scrumptious pastries, and hot cereal. Additional items may include yogurt or hard-boiled eggs along with coffee, tea, milk, juice, water.
Morning: We will meet in the lobby and take a short walk down the street to the Kohler Design Center. In the lower level, we'll be joined by a docent for an exploration of the history gallery. With a population just under 2,000, the Village of Kohler encompasses an area of just 4.5 square miles yet supports diverse cultural and recreational amenities. The village was incorporated in 1912, developed as a planned community by Walter J. Kohler, son of the founder of the Kohler Company, John Michael Kohler, with the talents of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. After our history primer, we will walk back to our accommodations and gather in our meeting room for an exploration of this historic property. Originally built to house the immigrant craftsmen, the American Club was been transformed from a dormitory to luxury resort in 1981. We will learn about the original uses of specific rooms and see the amazing transformation into luxury resort with courtyard gardens, priceless artwork, and cozy spaces for meeting friends.
Lunch: At the Horse & Plow restaurant, a former bowling alley from the turn of the 19th century, we will enjoy a pub salad, choice of half-sandwich, and soup. Beverages include coffee, soda, tea, milk, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.
Afternoon: We will gather in the Lincoln Room and choose to board our shuttle or walk to the Waelderhaus Museum, which was built in the architectural style of the Bregenzerwald region of Austria, ancestral home of the Kohler family, complete with intricate woodcut carvings and metalwork. We’ll learn more about the craftsmen that built the building and the groups that use it today.
Dinner: Tonight we'll savor history and fine food in the Wisconsin Room, we’ll enjoy a plated meal of chef’s choice for a starter, entree and dessert. Beverage choices include coffee, tea, milk, water; additional beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We will enjoy some local history tonight when we welcome a local expert from Henschel’s Indian Museum, built on the family homestead first settled in 1849. We will learn about the farm’s history and the archaeological digs that have taken place, pointing to evidence of over 10,000 years of human activity. The collection of artifacts is one of the most extensive in Wisconsin, including chipped stone tools and points, bone tools and copper implements.
Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle. Walking and standing about 2 hours today at the museum.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will meet in the lobby and board our shuttle for a quick drive through the surrounding neighborhood to see Kohler's iconic home design at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on our way to nearby Sheboygan, located along Lake Michigan. The center was established to allow the artists from the Kohler factory to share their full expressions of art with the community, now focusing on American contemporary art exhibits of paintings, photography, sculpture and other art forms. Here, we’ll hear from an artist connected with the Arts/Industry program, a partnership between Kohler Company and the arts center, to gain a greater understanding of art from the artist's perspective as they create art alongside the craftsmen making tubs, sinks and toilets. We will have some time to ourselves before lunch to explore the collection on our own.
Lunch: At the clubhouse restaurant of Blackwolf Run, Kohler's first PGA championship course, we will enjoy a lunch buffet with a variety of soups (the sausage and corn chowder is the signature soup), salad, entrees, desserts. Beverages include coffee, tea, soda, milk, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.
Afternoon: Today, we will learn what it takes to stage a major golf tournament, from course design to housing players to parking for spectators, at the two championship courses, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Both have hosted several major tournaments like the PGA and Women’s Open.
Dinner: At Cucina Italian restaurant, with views of Wood Lake, we’ll enjoy a plated meal featuring a salad, chef’s choice pasta entrée, and dessert. Beverage choices include coffee, tea, milk, water; additional beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Tonight at the hotel, we will welcome one of the hotel’s floral designers to learn about various flowers and how to incorporate them into floral design. We’ll discuss the characteristics of flowers, greenery, and how to make cut flowers last, as well as learn some tricks of the trade that we can all try at home.
Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle. Walking and standing about 3.5 hours today at the factory, walking outside. Fully enclosed shoes required plus provided protective eye and ear wear.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Docents from the Kohler Factory will meet us in our meeting room to begin our exploration of the Kohler Factory. We'll split into smaller groups for either the standard experience or a slightly shorter experience. The Kohler Factory encompasses several buildings – pottery, brass, and foundry – that create vitreous china sinks to enameled cast iron tubs. We’ll enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the production process.
Lunch: 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.
Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: At Whistling Straits’ clubhouse restaurant, we will enjoy a plated farewell meal from a menu created especially for our group including starter, entree and dessert. Beverage choices include coffee, soda, tea, milk, water; additional beverages available for purchase. The restaurant is located in the fortified stone clubhouse with a scenic view of Lake Michigan.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: To wrap up our time together in Kohler, we’ll be joined by talented chefs from the Kohler Kitchens to come in for a final lecture. We’ll learn more about food, nutrition, and enjoy tasting. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!