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Wisconsin
Society in Jane Austen’s World: England’s Regency Period
Time travel with expert historians to England’s Regency Period as Jane Austen’s world comes alive through fascinating lectures, discussion and immersive Austen-era activities.
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Program No. 22358RJ
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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: Retreat center 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 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. 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.

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 us 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: We'll learn about the language of flowers and make our own Tussie Mussies to take home, along with a handwritten note created using a quill pen. Afterwards, we will enjoy a visit from a nationally-published author who has written several books about Jane Austen's life.

Dinner: Dining room buffet.

Evening: We will learn more about tea and the rituals around serving and taking tea, which occupies a prominent place in Austen's life and work.

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

Activity note: Classroom day with minimal walking.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: Archery was one of the few outdoor activities of the period that was considered suitable for men and women. Archery was a way for ladies to demonstrate their elegance and grace. Let's show off our accomplishment to each other.

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.

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 & Women, Country Dancing, Theatricals
Lake Geneva, WI
B,L,D
Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor

Activity note: Classroom day with minimal walking.

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. We'll 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

Activity note: Minimal walking, standing outside for Regency lawn games.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We will examine other authors writing at the same time and who would have been known to Jane and 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. We'll discuss why it was so important.

Lunch: Dining room buffet.

Afternoon: Let's 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: For our final evening, we will enjoy Georgian/Regency themed parlor games. Remember, it was a time when one needed to make their own fun. We'll learn the game of whist and make a silhouette.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Lake Geneva, WI
B

Activity note: Retreat check-out is 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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!






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