Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:50 p.m.
11:00 a.m. Welcome and Orientation. The Group Leader, Heather Newman, will greet everyone and review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, Zoom meeting protocols, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions. 11:15 a.m. Lecture by Ian Newman. To say that Cornwall is distinctively different from the rest of England is an understatement. There are significant variances in language, topography, the natural environment, economic history and heritage, and the spirit of the people. In this audio-visual presentation, we will get an overview of the many elements that contribute to the distinct culture of Cornwall — not the least of which is its spectacular landscape. Cornwall also includes a royal Duchy, one of only two in England, established in 1337. By charter, the Duke of Cornwall is the heir to the throne. It comprises nearly 19,000 acres (7,571 hectares). 11:50 a.m. Introductions. We will say hello to our fellow Road Scholars and our Study Leader.
12:15 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will first take a look at mysterious Bodmin Moor, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We’ll then set out on a virtual hike along the coast from the picturesque harbor at the village of Boscastle to breathtaking Trebarwith Strand, characterized by its dramatic coastal cliffs. Highlights en route will include Boscastle Harbour, Rocky Valley, Bossiney Haven, Tintagel Castle and Trebarwith Strand itself. 1:00 p.m. Break. 1:30 p.m. Lecture. In this illustrated presentation, we will unravel Dark Age history from religious spin and fictional froth surrounding the most enduring of Britain’s heroic figures, King Arthur. Was he a warlord, mercenary, action hero, myth, or all of these? 2:30 p.m. Lecture. Cornwall has traded with North Africa since the Dark Ages. We’ll learn the significance and traditions of “mellow yellow” — the color and taste of saffron — saffron loaves, and heavy cakes with an unexpected language link to North America. 2:45 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow. 2:50 p.m. Today’s session will end.