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Lake Geneva
The World of Jane Austen and the Regency Period
The works of Jane Austen come alive as you discuss her most popular characters and themes, and enjoy activities such as a lakeside promenade, archery and evening theater.
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Program No. 22358RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lake Geneva, WI
D
Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor

Activity note: Check-in from 4:00 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 to the Road Scholar table in the lobby 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 to 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 the retreat center dining room, the buffet offers a variety of hot dishes as well as salads and dessert, plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water.

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. Lectures throughout the week will be approximately 1.5 hours long. Please let your Group Leader know about any dietary restrictions or mobility needs prior to the beginning of the program. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always 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.

DAY
2
Jane Austen & Her Life, Regency Period, Promenade
Lake Geneva, WI
B,L,D
Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile, approximately an hour round-trip; uneven terrain with crushed gravel, stepping stones, pavers, grass.

Breakfast: In the dining room at 8:00 a.m., our breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meat (bacon, ham, sausage), hot and cold cereals, fruit, toast, bagels, muffins, yogurt, milk, juices, coffee (regular and decaf), tea, water.

Morning: We begin with an introduction to Jane Austen and her life. Born in 1775 in Hampshire, England, to well-respected and educated parents, she grew up surrounded by literature and was encouraged to read her father’s extensive personal library. Writing served as a hobby in the evenings until her father died unexpectedly from illness in 1805, when Jane began to publish her writing under a pseudonym to help the family with their financial status. After a break, we’ll resume with our second lecture that introduces the time in which Jane Austen lived. While the dates defining the Regency Period are debated, it was a period of elegance, notable for its accomplishments in art and architecture, and rich in literature and Romanticism. Having six novels published, Jane Austen’s literature helps to define the period as much as Lord Byron’s poetry and John Constable’s paintings.

Lunch: In the dining room at 12:30 p.m., the lunch buffet features a rotating variety of choices such as a fresh salad bar, sandwiches, wraps, soups, sides, dessert, coffee (regular/decaf), tea (hot/iced), milk, soda, water.

Afternoon: As would have been appropriate for ladies and gentlemen of the time, we'll take a lakeside promenade along the Geneva Lake shore line. In addition to enjoying the beauty of the lake, our Group Leader will share stories of the wealthy families from Chicago who built their summer homes along the shore along with local history.

Dinner: Dining room buffet.

Evening: We’ll be joined by an expert for an informative and entertaining presentation on more fascinating aspects of the Regency Period.

DAY
3
Gender Roles, Free Time, Period Music
Lake Geneva, WI
B,L,D
Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: As we continue to delve into the world of Regency England, we’ll learn about the roles of men and women in this highly stratified society. It was not a time of equality between the sexes! Beyond the affluence enjoyed by a few, life experiences differed greatly for men and women. We'll expand on this theme using examples from Austen's novels.

Lunch: Dining room buffet.

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. You might like to take advantage of the beautiful lakeside location and engage some of your fellow Road Scholars in a spirited game of croquet or bowls. Follow the game with light refreshments in the historic lakeside boat house. Free

Dinner: Dining room buffet.

Evening: It is well documented that Jane practiced her music at the fortepiano for an hour each morning. A professional pianist will join us to discuss and perform music of the Regency period that Jane would have known and played.

DAY
4
Jane Austen’s World, Regency Authors, Archery, Theatricals
Lake Geneva, WI
B,L,D
Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We’ll examine the world Jane Austen knew. A lot was happening in her short lifetime. The Industrial Revolution was taking hold in England and changing the social order. The American colonies were fighting back against King George III. Jane must have known about these world events as two of her brothers served in the Navy, but she didn’t write about them specifically. After a break, we’ll resume with a survey of various writers Jane would have read in her father’s library and who influenced her own writing.

Lunch: Dining room buffet.

Afternoon: While many kinds of activities were not available to women, archery was considered an acceptable pastime where ladies could demonstrate their feminine grace. Take your turn with a quiver of arrows at the on-site archery range with our adventure center staff.

Dinner: Dining room buffet.

Evening: We’ll go further into the mindset of the Regency Period with amateur theatricals. Evenings without television meant that you had to create your own entertainment. We will pass out some short scripts and divide into small groups to perform theatricals such as people of Jane’s time might have done.

DAY
5
Jane's Legacy, Afternoon Tea, Regency Dinner, Regency Dance
Lake Geneva, WI
B,L,D
Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We will continue to delve into the world of Jane Austen and the intricacies of the Regency Period. Discuss Jane’s enduring legacy from the work she left behind. The six novels she produced have cemented her place as one of the best writers in English literature. Which is your favorite? “Emma” with the handsome, clever, and rich Emma Woodhouse? “Sense and Sensibility” with the Dashwood sisters? Or is is “Pride and Prejudice” with the bumpy romance between Lizzy Bennett and Mr. Darcy?

Lunch: Dining room buffet.

Afternoon: Dining room buffet. While we often think of taking “tea” as the later Victorian high tea with scones and tea sandwiches, tea during the Regency period was a smaller affair but still very important. Enjoy a cup of tea while you learn about the history of tea and the many rituals surrounding it.

Dinner: In the dining room, we’ll enjoy a Regency-era themed farewell dinner.

Evening: Regency Dance. A favorite activity of Jane and her contemporaries, dancing was a way to be unchaperoned with a potential suitor. There are detailed descriptions of various assemblies and balls in their novels. We’ll have a dance class led by a dancing master to learn some of the simple pattern dances common during Jane’s life, then enjoy dancing to end our time together. Then prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Lake Geneva, WI
B

Activity note: Check-out is by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet. This concludes our program. 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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