21025
West Swanzey
Studying Film and the Charms of New Hampshire
Study the films of Ken Burns near the place where he lives, Walpole, New Hampshire, and enjoy the historic landmarks and New England charm of the surrounding towns.
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Program No. 21025RJ
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6 days
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 will begin between 3:00-3:30 pm in Mayflower Lodge on the Pilgrim Pines campus. You will receive your room assignment along with a welcome packet containing your name tag, room key, up-to-date schedule and other important information we will review during orientation this evening. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. WELCOME RECEPTION: After settling into your room, join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00pm and begin getting to know the program staff and fellow participants.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 pm in the lodge, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices include vegetarian options plus coffee, tea, and dessert.

Evening: ORIENTATION will begin at 7:15 with introductions before we review the schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have about our week together. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: After orientation we'll begin our exploration into the production of award winning films by Ken Burns, including subjects, research methods, incredibly complex editing, and the life history of a creative genius.

DAY
2
Florentine Films & Ken Burns, Walpole, NH,
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Activity note: Walking through studio and three city blocks for tour to Walpole.

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

Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning we will begin by exploring the history of Florentine Films. Since its founding in 1976, Florentine Films has produced some of the most honored documentaries ever made. We will also examine the life and creativity of its founder, Ken Burns, purpose and mission, research and subjects, future projects, marketing, etc. Ken was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1975 and went on to be one of the co-founders of Florentine Films. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. PRESENTATION continues: Using DVDs, we will review the types of films produced by Florentine Films with a special focus on the new documentary "Vietnam". which is still in production.

Lunch: Lunch is from 12:30-1:15 pm, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room. Choose from a full salad bar, soup of the day, taco salad, and/or make your own sandwich, brownies or cookies and drinks of your choosing (gluten free or vegetarian available upon request).

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch we'll board maxi-vans or a bus for our ride to Walpole, NH, the home town of Ken Burns and Florentine Films. Founded in 1736, Walpole is a typical rural New England agricultural town with working farms, schools, a small business district and several restaurants, inns, shops, and a characteristic town green. As a special treat, we will stop at Burdick’s, nationally known for its handmade chocolates.

Dinner: Dinner is 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 (gluten free or vegetarian is available upon request).

Evening: FILM: At 7:15 pm, we will enjoy our first excerpt from "Vietnam" which is still in production. We will also begin our exploration of latest films. The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to converse, play a parlor game, put together a puzzle, watch TV to wind up our first day.

DAY
3
Film Dept at Keene State College, Ken Burns films
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Activity note: We will use maxi-vans to tour the six covered bridges located within a 10 mile radius of Pilgrim Pines. There will be photo opportunities.

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

Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning we'll focus on the development of the Film Department at Keene State College. We'll examine the methods of research used to prepare for each film project and steps needed to move from research to production. The morning break will feature coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to renew your energy. The morning will continue with special films produced by Larry Benaquist and the film dept at Keene State College of Keene, NH.

Lunch: Lunch is from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style, 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: EXCURSION: After lunch, we will board the maxi-van to visit the six covered bridges of Cheshire County. Ingenious New Englanders took the covered bridge designs of Central Europe and applied them to the new world, launching a new era in bridge construction. The first covered bridge in New Hampshire appeared in the 1820s. Nearly 400 covered bridges stood in the state at one time. Today, only 54 of these historic structures remain. In the late afternoon, enjoy a hike, swimming in Swanzey Lake, canoeing, golf, tennis, etc. (weather permitting).

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious full buffet will be served including a a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).

Evening: This evening we will continue to view clips from n. the newest Ken Burns Documentaries The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to continue to discuss the film or relax and join in a variety of activities.

DAY
4
Nelson & Harrisville, "When Lincoln Paid" & Silent Films
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Activity note: Field trip to historic towns will require some standing and walking.

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

Morning: Our morning will begin with a lecture on the history of Southwest New Hampshire,. Mid morning after a coffee break we will board maxi-vans or a bus for a field trip to the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville. We will enjoy a guided tour to learn the history of Nelson,NH, an agricultural town on the National Registry. The common and area have remained the same for the last 150 years. .

Lunch: A box lunch provided by the Pilgrim Pines kitchen will be served in the historic town hall of Nelson.

Afternoon: LOCAL CULTURE: Folk artists will perform during our lunch break. We will enjoy music and dance in town hall home of the revival of contra dancing. After the excitement, we will continue our journey four miles down the hill to Harrisville, a historic old mill town on the National Registry. Late afternoon, we will return to campus.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious buffet includes a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).

Evening: FILM: At 7:30 pm, we will watch "When Lincoln Paid" -- a historic silent film from the early 20th century directed by Francis Ford (brother of John Ford) who also appears as Abraham Lincoln. This 100-year old film was found in a barn in Nelson, NH in 2006. Learn the story of the film, its re-discovery, and restoration. The film is important for its historical theme, Lincoln's practice of pardoning young Civil War soldiers condemned to die, if any extenuating circumstances might have been involved; for its place in film history; and for what it has to show about the techniques that influenced movie-maker John Ford and others down to Ken Burns. The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to discuss the film and/or relax and join in a variety of activities.

DAY
5
Documentary Film Editing, "Unforgivable Blackness," Homespun
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Activity note: Patoon boat rides on Swanzey Lake, Enjoy waterfront activities including a swim in Swanzey Lake.

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

Morning: PRESENTATION: Today we will explore the task of final film editing and the steps required to make a documentary film. . Mid morning you are invited to renew you personal energy with coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts. FILM: We will view "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" by Ken Burns. Johnson was the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World, whose dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and riots in the early 20th century. As Ken Burns has written, "Johnson in many ways is an embodiment of the African-American struggle to be truly free in this country -- economically, socially and politically. He absolutely refused to play by the rules set by the white establishment, or even those of the black community. In that sense, he fought for freedom not just as a black man, but as an individual."

Lunch: Lunch is at 12:30 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style, with a variety of choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, choice of cold cuts for sandwiches, dessert and drinks (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).

Afternoon: Completion of documentary will continue following lunch. In the late afternoon enjoy a presentation on the local terrain and Swanzey Lake. There will also be opportunities for recreational hiking, swimming, canoeing, golf, tennis, or relaxing on the Swanzey Lake beach (weather permitting).

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm, buffet style, in the Mayflower Dining Room will include a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, and drinks of you choice (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).

Evening: Following Homespun there will be an opportunity for conversation, a light snack, finish the puzzle, watch TV or read the newspaper.

DAY
6
Discussion, Wrap-Up Session, Program Concludes
West Swanzey
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast is from 7:45-8:30 am, buffet style, in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a full menu include baked oatmeal a specialty of the house.

Morning: 8:45 am - FILM: We will view and discuss a concluding clips from the documentary "Vietnam" and other films by Ken Burns followed by a wrap up session. br> Mid-morning you will have opportunity to check out of your rooms and then enjoy coffee, tea, and muffins to renew your energy. During a final wrap-up session, we will continue our review what we have seen and learned this week.

Lunch: Noon: Our closing lunch in the Mayflower Dining Room is an opportunity to say farewell to new-found friends. Box lunches will be available for those who need to leave early. The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this special new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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