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Saint Mary of the Woods
The Covered Bridges of Indiana
Alongside an expert, visit covered bridges in Parke County, learning about the engineering and maintenance of these historic monuments, as well as the music and community they inspired.
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Program No. 6714RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Registraion, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Local Music
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
D
Mary O. Goodwin Guest House

Activity note: Tour of campus by bus. Evening entertainment in the dining room after dinner.

Afternoon: Arrive at Mary O. Goodwin Guest House for check-in 2:00-4:00 PM. With a guide, take a bus/walking tour of the campuses of the College and the Sisters of Providence.

Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.

Evening: Get acquainted session in Providence Center followed by "Music from Covered Bridge Country" performed by Saint Mary of the Woods College music professor, Tracy Richardson, PhD. Tracy is a native of Parke County and a popular musician in this area having performed for years and a variety of venues. In addition to performing and teaching, Tracy has written several songs which she will sing for you.

DAY
2
Three lectures on bridges and their lore.
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
B,L,D
Mary O. Goodwin Guest House

Activity note: Classroom settings.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Le Fer Hall.

Morning: Learn from a Parke County bridge builder and covered bridge restorer how a community came together to replace a beloved bridge lost to arson. Hear how other bridges starting to crumble are brought back to life.

Lunch: Lunch in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.

Afternoon: Hear about Indiana Folklore and Music. Learn where the term "Hoosier" came from, the folk stories of the area, and the music from the hills of southern Indiana from a professor of Folklore at Indiana State University.

Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.

Evening: Parke County history teacher and President of the Parke County Historical Society will show his reel to reel movie of the Covered Bridge Festival in its early days. He will discuss how the Festival came to be, how it has evolved, his family's participation through the years, and the economical impact of the Festival on Parke County.

DAY
3
Bus tour of covered bridges in Parke County / Lunch at Turkey Run State Park / Evening Performance: Native American Flute
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
B,L,D
Mary O. Goodwin Guest House

Activity note: Several opportunities to get off the bus at bridge sites and at Turkey Run State Park. Native American Flutes is in a classroom setting.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Le Fer Hall.

Morning: This morning we'll join a Parke County tour guide and bridge expert, to travel by bus to visit some of the 30 bridges in the county. At all bridge sites, participants will explore and examine the bridges, ask questions of the guide, take pictures, walk across all and under one of the bridges, and enjoy their picturesque settings.

Lunch: Lunch at Turkey Run State Park. Turkey Run will offer their delicious fried chicken lunch buffet in the lodge.

Afternoon: After lunch we will board the bus to resume our bridge tour and end the day with a visit to the Tree Stump Tombstones in an old cemetery.

Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.

Evening: Learn from local musicians and purveyors of hand made Native American flutes the legends of the flute, how they are made and how to make music with them. In addition to hearing some original and traditional flute music performed by our presenters, you, too, will be given a lesson and have an opportunity to play the flute.

DAY
4
Morning: lecture. Afternoon: lecture, tour: Evening: Music
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
B,L,D
Mary O. Goodwin Guest House

Activity note: Morning lecture is outside if weather permits. Jacket may be needed. White Violet Center is a combination of classroom and easy walking on paved surface as well as some uneven garden paths but good paths nearby. Folklore and evening entertainment are classroom settings.

Breakfast: Breakfast in LeFer Hall

Morning: Attend a demonstration of the craft of processing timber as it was done before sawmills. The presenter will show the use of many tools of woodcraft and share details about which woods were chosen for what uses and why.

Lunch: Lunch in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.

Afternoon: Learn about the ecological mission of the Sisters of Providence at the White Violet Center and visit with the award-winning alpacas. https://spsmw.org/white-violet-center-for-eco-justice/

Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.

Evening: Music From Indiana and Beyond - The trio of guitar, mandolin and Irish tin whistle will share songs and tunes from both sides of the Atlantic. All are professional musicians who have played together and separately in many venues locally, nationwide and abroad. Of note, the mandolin player had won the national mandolin competition two times before his 20th birthday.

DAY
5
Ernie Pyle Museum World War II Museum/Visit to the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival/ Evening Entertainment: Mandolin, Guitar, and Irish Tin Whistle Folk and Patriotic Tunes and Songs
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
B,L,D
Mary O. Goodwin Guest House

Activity note: Small museum, easy walking and seating available. Festival involves lots of walking, mostly good paths but can be uneven. There is random park bench and picnic table types of seating available. Evening entertainment in the dining room after dinner.

Breakfast: Breakfast in LFer Hall.

Morning: Board the bus after breakfast. First stop is the Ernie Pyle State Historic Site in Dana, IN. After a guided visit, re-board the bus for the opening day of the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. Our first festival stop will be the town square in Rockville, IN.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Festival.

Afternoon: After lunch, board the bus for Bridgeton, IN. Here you will walk across and examine the bridge you learned about during the Tuesday session on bridge construction. The original Bridgeton Bridge was destroyed by an arsonist but this new bridge is a replica and remains one of the most beautiful and popular bridges and bridge settings in Parke County. Visit the old grist mill still producing a wide variety of stone ground whole grain flours and mixes. You'll roam the quaint old town turned festival site and visit many vendors offering crafts, quilts, pottery, weaving, food, art work, and much more.

Dinner: Enjoy a closing banquet dinner in our private dining room. .

Evening: Local storyteller and teacher of storytellers will entertain us with tales about characters and events that happened in this area. The stories will often have a haunting quality as she tells about the lives of people who have gone before and the mysteries surrounding their lives here in the Wabash Valley.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
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Activity note: Dining room seating.

Breakfast: Farewell breakfast in O'Shaughnessy Dining Hall.

Morning: Independent Departures after breakfast. We hope you enjoyed the program.