8553
Potosi
Looking on the Bright Side: Joy, Peace and Lots of Laughter
Feel at home in the Ozarks and enjoy laughter and fun as you explore the works of humorist authors such as Erma Bombeck and immerse yourself in the region’s culture and natural sites.
Rating (4.25)
Program No. 8553RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Potosi, MO
D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Arrive and check in beginning at 3:30pm. Fruit basket at registration table.

Afternoon: Check-in: Available from 3:30 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table 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, and other important information. Help yourself to the fruit basket! If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check-in. Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, or activities. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: Enjoy a special catered meal off site exclusively for our Road Scholar participants. The meal will include salad, a chicken entree with a vegetarian option. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know instructors and fellow participants as we enjoy an evening snack with decaf coffee and tea.

DAY
2
Humorous Authors, Humor & Music, Trout Lodge, Wine Tasting
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Low activity level.

Breakfast: In the dining room, our hot buffet breakfast varies daily with selections such as omelettes, biscuits and gravy, bacon or sausage, pancakes or French toast, fresh fruit, breads, cereals, and pastries plus juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: The first of our two sessions this morning is led by one of our instructors who has experience teaching, writing and finding humor in everyday life . They will focus on humorous authors. We’ll have a short break between classes, with fruit, coffee and water available during both sessions. Our humor instructor leads our second morning session that involves class participation in humorous activities. They learned much of what is taught by spending much time in a public school setting.

Lunch: In the dining room, the lunch menu varies with soup, salad bar, and a hot dish plus juice, milk, soda, coffee, tea, water

Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll explore humor and music. Our instructor has a great passion for music and humor in everyday life. The session may include film clips and discussion. Next, we’ll have a bus excursion to experience the beauty of Trout Lodge. Situated on a 360-acre lake, Trout Lodge is surrounded by 5,200 acres of forest-covered hills. You will also have free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: From earliest recorded history, good wine and good humor have been good companions. We’ll be joined by representatives from a local vineyard who will introduce the tastes of their fully Missouri-made wine and tell you about their wine-making process.

DAY
3
Writing, Karaoke, Pontoon Tours, and a Fun Movie!
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: The pontoon will be open-air with cushioned seating.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: It’s another morning with our fantastic instructor! Our Literature session will be focusing on humor in writing followed by silliness, amusements, and diversions. Coffee, tea, and water available during class.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Karaoke! Don't worry about knowing the lyrics, the screen shows you the words. Sing alone or together. Singing along with words on a screen first became popular nationally in the U.S. with the 1960s musical show called, appropriately, “Sing Along With Mitch.” The first actual karaoke machine appeared in Japan in the early 1970s and quickly spread through Asia and the western world. After Karaoke, enjoy a lovely ride on a pontoon boat, taking in the scenery of our 360-acre lake. This will be an informative tour where you will learn about the history of the YMCA of the Ozarks. After the pontoon tours, you will have an opportunity to head down to arts and crafts to have a blast Tie-Dying your very own t-shirt. (Participants are responsible for costs)

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: At the lodge, we'll see a fun film that will sure to have you laughing!

DAY
4
Parody, Poetry & Satire, games, Nature walk, visit to local winery
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Gradual hills and some rocky terrain on nature hike; bring appropriate footwear.

Breakfast: In the dining room

Morning: Parody: the deliberately exaggerated imitation of a well-known person, literary or musical work for comic effect. Poetry: words consciously chosen and arranged for their meaning and the effect caused by the sound and rhythm of words that may or may not rhyme. Satire: a technique used to highlight the follies and foibles of humanity. Our literature instructor gives examples and weaves them all together. Our humor enthusiast ends the morning with us outside (weather permitting) as groups of participants mix, mingle, and get silly together.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: We’ll take a field trip to Maramec Spring Park, which boasts the fifth largest natural spring in Missouri. Learn about the spring from a park naturalist. We’ll also recall the iron works based there in the late 1800's and early 1900's, through a museum and remaining historical markers. Next, we’ll head to a local vineyard and winery to see the wine-making process and machinery and learn from the experts. Plus an opportunity to taste & purchase the wine!

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: Spend a delightful evening together treating yourself to an Ice Cream Social, reminiscing about the days excursions, wine and beautiful scenery.

DAY
5
Mark Twain, Newspaper Fashion Show, Fun activities
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Learn about fascinating aspects of local boy Mark Twain with our Literature Instructor, hear an unfinished story, and then have fun finishing it yourself. Then our humor enthusiast gets our creative juices flowing with a newspaper fashion show. Create a costume entirely made out of newspaper, and craft a story for your character.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Take some time to be silly while participating in one of our instructor led Balloon Animals Classes. After all of that fun, take sometime in the afternoon to yourself. You can use this time to explore the beautiful Ozark scenery that Trout Lodge has to offer, sign up for an additional activity, or do some independent exploration. Please refer to the list of "Free Time Opportunities". Your Group Leader will be happy to provide you with some suggestions or direction to make your free time that much better!

Dinner: Enjoy a special catered meal including Salmon, rice, a vegetarian option and a delicious dessert. Wine is available.

Evening: Spend the evening with your new friends as we take a trip down memory lane. Enjoy a slide show of all of our favorite moments from our time together.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Potosi, MO
B,L

Activity note: Check out time is by 11:30 a. m. Box lunches (for an additional fee) will be available for those who wish to depart as soon as class is over. Please check with the Group Leader if you'd like to stay longer after the program concludes.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We’ll round out “Looking on the Bright Side” with 45-minute sessions from our literature and games instructors.Our instructors end the morning with a re-cap of the week, There are plenty of brain teasers, laughs and memories.

Lunch: Lunch is included on the last day of the program. Participants are welcome to stay and utilize Trout Lodge facilities and activities this afternoon. We hope you enjoyed all of your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!