22358
Wisconsin
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 over 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 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, milk, 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. The first morning lecture will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the second starting at 11:00 a.m. The afternoon lecture will start at 2:00 p.m. Times are subject to change. Please let your Group Leader know about any dietary restrictions or mobility needs prior to the start of the program. Periods in the schedule labeled "Free Time" or "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 distance 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, Tea
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 retreat center dining room, the buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast breads and meats, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Jane Austen visits you from the autumn of 1815. Her first three novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park are published, and Emma is complete. She will speak about her childhood in Steventon, her brothers and beloved sister Cassandra and her writing. After a break, we’ll resume with our second lecture that introduces the time in which Jane Austen lived. Who were all the Georges and what was the Regency? What else was happening in the world during this time that would have influenced Jane's writing?

Lunch: In the retreat center dining room, the buffet offers a variety of rotating choices such as salad bar with lots of fresh toppings, sandwiches and wraps, soups, chips, and desserts, plus soft drinks, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: Learn about the language of flowers and make your own Tussie Mussie to take home along with a handwritten note created using a quill pen. Enjoy a visit from a nationally published author who has written several books about Jane Austen's life.

Dinner: Retreat center buffet.

Evening: Tea figures prominently in Austen's life and work. At the center of almost every social situation in her novels one finds tea. Learn more about tea and the rituals around serving and taking tea.

DAY
3
Archery, Free Afternoon, Period Music
Lake Geneva, WI
B,L,D
Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor

Breakfast: Retreat center buffet.

Morning: Archery was one of the few outdoor amusements that was suitable for both delicate ladies and strong men. Archery was a way for ladies to demonstrate their elegance and grace. This is your chance to show off your accomplishment to your fellow participants.

Lunch: Retreat center buffet.

Afternoon: Free Time. You might like to take advantage of the beautiful lakeside location for "a very long walk", engage some of your fellow Road Scholars in a spirited game of croquet or bowls. For those looking for some indoor entertainment we'll show "Emma" starring Gwyneth Paltrow in the meeting room.

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
Roles of Men and Women, Country Dancing, Theatricals
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: A favorite activity of Jane and her contemporaries, dancing was a way to be slightly unchaperoned with a potential suitor. There are detailed descriptions of various assemblies and balls in the novels. Learn more about dance during this period and try some simple patterns.

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
Other Authors, Money, Outdoor Games, Jane's Legacy
Lake Geneva, WI
B,L,D
Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: Examine other authors writing at the same time and who would have been known to Jane. Discuss how their works have fared with the passage of time. Do they compare favorably with Jane's work? Money figures prominently in all the novels. Discuss why it was so important.

Lunch: Dining room buffet.

Afternoon: Take some air and try out some Regency games such as croquette, bowls and the game of graces. Afterwards we'll start our wrap-up with a discussion of Jane's legacy -- the movies, the sequels, prequels and even a few zombies.

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

Evening: Enjoy an evening of Georgian/Regency themed parlor games. Remember, you needed to make your own fun. Learn the game of whist and make a silhouette.

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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