Pre-breakfast tai chi session. Getting in/out of maxi-vans; driving about 15 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking about 1/2 mile.
From 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in the Mayflower Dining Room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, hot and cold cereals, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, bread for toast, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Before breakfast, we will enjoy a tai chi session that promotes strength, balance, and peace of mind. After breakfast, our first class session will revolve around the question, “who are the native people of New England?” After a mid-morning break, we will finish our morning discovering the area’s archaeological record, including a hands-on examination of a range of stone tools and ceramics. We will cover archaeological sites, artifacts, dating techniques, and the problem of preservation with our lecturer.
In the Mayflower Dining Room, the lunch buffet includes a full salad bar, soup of the day, sandwich, dessert, coffee, tea, and water.
We’ll set out in maxi-vans to see the six covered bridges of Cheshire County, all within a 10-mile radius of Pilgrim Pines. The six bridges are all National Historic Landmarks and help to frame hundreds of years of local history and culture. Returning to Pilgrim Pines, the remainder of the afternoon is free. You might like to go kayaking, canoeing, or enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the campus with a good book.
Dining room buffet.
We will gather for an evening with a local resident and farmer to talk about life in Swanzey. He owns a land deed that dates back through his family to 1716. The remainder of the evening is free for the opportunity to have a snack in the dining room, read the paper, gather around the fire, work on a puzzle, watch TV, or engage in conversation with fellow Road Scholars.