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2010 to Winter 2011 Elderhostel Calendar

Exploritas Elderhostel The Mountaineer Inn is an Road Scholar host site and program provider offering a wide variety of topics throughout the year.

So what is Road Scholar? Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) is a not-for-profit organization specializing in educational travel since 1975. Road Scholar participants are curious, adventuresome and open to experiencing the world through learning and travel. When you participate in an Road Scholar program, not only will you learn something, but you will be in the company of other people who believe that learning is one of the best parts of life. The educational focus and content of Road Scholar programs is what differentiates these vacations from commercial travel tours. And don’t worry, there are no tests at the end of the program! Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra "options" and no surprises. All programs include 3 meals a day, any field trip fees, accommodations and in most cases, transportation during the program.

Registration for the summer and fall 2010 programs is open now. To enroll in a program just click on the program name. Or you may contact Road Scholar directly by calling 1-877-426-8056 or visiting their website: www.Road Scholar.com. Please share this information with your friends, family and acquaintances. We hope you like our “lineup” and that you find a topic that interests you. See you in Vermont!
-        Royal & Ned Wilson

June 1 - 6:
The Topsy-Turvy World of Gilbert and Sullivan (11235)

June 13 - 18:
Mountain Dulcimer Workshop (8350)

June 13 - 18 :
Golfing in the Green Mountains (15288)

June 22 - 27:
Puccini, Operatic Man of the Theatre (11059)

July 6 - 11:
Great American Songbook (15290)

July 11 - 16: New!
Hollywood's Magical Musicals (11910)

July 11 - 16:
Golfing in the Green Mountains (15288)

July 18 - July 23:
Film Noir - A History of Movie Mystery (16285)

July 25 - 30:
Big Bands, Ragtime & All That Jazz! (8351)

August 3 - 8: New Instructor!
Chamber Music and the Marlboro Music Festival (12700)

August 8 - 13: Returning!
Beethoven's Nine Symphonies (12699)

August 15 - 20:
Broadway Musicals of the Twentieth Century (11060)

August 22 - 27:
Finding Your Healthy Balance (15291)

August 22 - 27:
Golfing in the Green Mountains (15288)

September 14 - 19:
Quilting: “Mile-a-Minute” Quilt & Vermont’s Bennington Quiltfest (14092)

September 20 - 25:
American Folk Music (12976)

September 29 - Oct 4:
“Ah Sweet Mystery”: The Art & Music of the Operetta (12977)

October 12 - 17:
Mozart “On Stage” (18067)

October 17 - 22: Returning!
Cardigan Complete: Design, Knit & Finish (14682)

January & March, 2011: 4 Sections!
Downhill Skiing: An Uplifting Experience, Starting Dates: January 2, January 23, March 6 & March 13 (12124)

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June 1 – 6:
The Topsy-Turvy World of Gilbert and Sullivan (11235)

The Victorian masters of English Operetta are celebrated in a lively, musical adventure. Through live concerts by noted performers, movies and recordings, the class experiences the delights of The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and other operettas while exploring the background and history of the Savoy masterpieces. Sing-alongs, scene readings and enactments bring the humor, poetry, music and genius of “G & S” to sparkling life in a wonderful week of “innocent merriment.” Click here to enroll in this program.
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June 13 – 18:
Mountain Dulcimer Workshop (8350)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play a musical instrument try the mountain dulcimer. Unlike the violin, it has fewer strings and no bow yet produces a wonderful sound. Participants start by building their own dulcimer from a kit with a wooden fret board and cardboard soundbox. Then you learn to play simple tunes. No prior musical training is necessary. Material covered will include how to tune the instrument, strumming, finger picking, rounds and other techniques. A concert by your instructors round out the week. You take home your dulcimer along with additional materials to help you further what you’ve learned. Click here to enroll in this program.
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June 13 — 18; July 11 — 16 & August 22 — 27:
Golfing in the Green Mountains (15288)

Improve your golf game and benefit from two days of coaching from an internationally recognized golf school and two days of unlimited play on the course. Each instructional day includes five hours of coaching and utilizes videotape swing analysis. Beginners to the very experienced welcome. Click here to enroll in this program.
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June 22 — 27:
Puccini, Operatic Man of the Theatre (11059)

No operas are more popular than La Boheme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, yet Puccini is not considered by most music critics to be among the top rank of composers. What is it that makes these operas hold the stage for each new generation as other "greater" works wane in popularity? A singer and director who has sung many of Puccini's character roles will guide us through Puccini's life and career and discuss what makes him the consummate composer for the theatre. Live demonstrations, audios and videos will cover all his stage works, illustrating his unequalled mastery of character, stagecraft and melody. Click here to enroll in this program.
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August 30 — September 4:
The Great American Songbook (15290)

Immerse yourself in the diverse styles of America’s most popular 20th-century composers. In the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, the lives and work of musical legends such as Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Arlen come to life through expert instruction and analysis. Trace their development through Tin Pan Alley, Broadway musicals and motion pictures and gain an understanding and appreciation for these composers and their bountiful legacy to the world through recordings, movie clips and live performances. Live piano music will accompany the lectures. Click here to enroll in this program.
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July 11 – 16:
Hollywood's Magical Musicals (11910)

From the earliest days of sound cinema to the present, musicals have remained an adored film genre. Whether written directly for the screen or adapted from the stage this great American art form continues to evolve and delight. In this class we will screen and discuss films from every time period and genre. We will enter the worlds of Busby Berkeley, Fred and Ginger, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb and more. The Mountaineer’s Filmmaker/Professor will explore how the form works and why we love it so. Click here to enroll in this program.
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July 11 - 16:
Golfing in the Green Mountains (15288)

Improve your golf game and benefit from two days of coaching from an internationally recognized golf school and two days of unlimited play on the course. Each instructional day includes five hours of coaching in a 4-to-1 player-to-pro ratio and utilizes videotape swing analysis and clinics in rules, etiquette and general conditioning. Click here to enroll in this program.
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July 18 – 23:
Film Noir-A History of Movie Mystery (16285)

“Who done it?” That's the central question in any mystery. “How did they do it?” That’s a mystery we’ll solve by exploring and analyzing the filmmaking techniques of the great mystery directors, screenwriters, and composers in a number of classics as well as some lesser known but significant films. We’ll screen films such as “The Third Man,” “White Heat,” and “Double Indemnity.” Whether the darkness of the urban landscape or the blackness of the Private Eye’s soul, the innocent man on the run or buried sorrows exposed to light, the genre of film noir is an atmospheric thrill. Enjoy a Filmmaker’s commentary as she leads you through this world of suspense and changes the way you look at film. Click here to enroll in this program.
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July 25 – 30:
Big Bands, Ragtime & All That Jazz! (8351)

Our program follows the development of Jazz from its beginnings in New Orleans, through its development in Chicago, Kansas City and New York while listening to examples of Dixieland, ragtime, blues, big bands, swing and bebop. Material covered includes how to listen to jazz, roles of vocal and instrumental soloists, and the roles of rhythm players. Improvisation, tune construction, and chord progressions will be explained. We’ll have an on-site live performance. Click here to enroll in this program.
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New Instructor! August 3 - 8:
Chamber Music and the Marlboro Music Festival (12700)

For many, the music composed for small ensembles represents the art at its most intimate and expressive. In this program for new and long time music lovers, we shall discuss the history of chamber music through musical examples ranging from duets for two horns to compositions for small chamber ensembles. We’ll attend the famed Marlboro Music Festival to experience a live rehearsal and a formal concert. Click here to enroll in this program.
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Returning! August 8 - 13:
The Nine Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven (12699)

When we consider the human spirit, often, we think first of Beethoven. Overcoming many travails, including deafness, this master gave us immortal music, including nine symphonies. In this program for new and longtime music lovers, we shall examine Beethoven's life; the period in which he worked; and non-technically study--and simply enjoy--these masterpieces. Click here to enroll in this program.
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August 15 - 20:
Broadway Musicals of the Twentieth Century (11060)

This course will cover the great musical theatre of Broadway that produced many of the popular songs of the last century. Topics will include vaudeville of Cohan and Foy, operetta of Friml, Herbert and Romberg, the great jazz age of Gershwin, Kern and Porter, the great musicals of Rodgers & Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Bock & Harnick, Loesser, as well as the modern musicals of Webber, Sondheim, etc. We’ll discuss how the music and the artform evolved, the great actors of each age and the growing technical complexity. There will be recordings as well as demonstrations and sing-alongs. Click here to enroll in this program.
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August 22 - 27:
Finding Your Healthy Balance (15291)

Take advantage of a team of fitness specialists assembled to help you find a healthy balance of diet and exercise. Discover a range of activities and methods, geared specifically to seniors, to use in the quest for total body health, and benefit from the expertise of fitness professionals that include a personal trainer, yoga instructor, aquatic trainer and registered dietician. Begin each day with a power walk, flexibility training, low-impact resistance training and a session in yoga or aquatic exercise. Presentations address nutrition, diet and other related topics, and you’ll take home a set of stretch tubes and new knowledge to help maintain the healthy diet and exercise habits you’ve fostered in the program. Click here to enroll in this program.
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August 22 - 27:
Golfing in the Green Mountains (15288)

Improve your golf game and benefit from two days of coaching from an internationally recognized golf school and two days of unlimited play on the course. Each instructional day includes five hours of coaching in a 4-to-1 player-to-pro ratio and utilizes videotape swing analysis and clinics in rules, etiquette and general conditioning. Click here to enroll in this program.
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September 14 - 19:
Quilting: “Mile-a-Minute” Quilt and Vermont’s Bennington Quiltfest (14092)

Enhance your quilting skills while making the “Mile-a-Minute” quilt. Comprising 6" finished scrappy squares, the final size depends on you. The instructor, an expert Vermont quilter, will supply material. As a special highlight, enjoy a field trip to the Bennington Quiltfest, featuring more than 200 new and antique quilts, demonstrations, and vendors providing finished works, materials, and patterns. This year’s featured quilter is Bethany Reynolds, originator of “Stack-n-Whack.” New projects for returning participants. Click here to enroll in this program.
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September 20 - 25:
American Folk Music (12976)

Like a majestic maple tree with an expansive root system, so is the American Folk Music genre. Through discussion and recordings, we’ll explore the ancestry, the songwriters, instruments, tunes and lyrics that make up America’s “music from the people.” We’ll tie these experiences together with a performance by and discussion with noted folk music artists. Sing-a-longs, more live performances and a hands-on session round out this special week. Click here to enroll in this program.
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September 29 — October 4:
“Ah Sweet Mystery”: The Art & Music of the Operetta (12977)

For over one hundred years, Operetta charmed audiences the world over. This brilliant era is explored in its many thrilling manifestations, from Offenbach's sparking French soufflés, to Johann Strauss, Jr.’s swirling Viennese waltzes and onto the sparkling and clever English Comic Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. The vibrant American Operetta is also celebrated, from its roots in John Philip Sousa and Victor Herbert, to its early Twentieth Century masters Sigmund Romberg and Rudolf Friml. Operetta’s influence on popular culture is seen ranging from the films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy to the musicals of Rodgers, Bernstein and Sondheim. Sing-alongs, scene readings and enactments bring the humor, poetry, music and genius of the Operetta to life. This enchanting week is capped by “Encore! A Concert of Operetta Favorites,” presented by a company of professional performers. Click here to enroll in this program.
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October 12 - 17:
Mozart “On Stage” (18067)

No composer created more delightful and yet moving operas than the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In his tragically short life, he produced such beloved masterworks as "Don Giovanni," "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Magic Flute." Your guide to his life and work will be an opera enthusiast, who is also a performer and director. Videos and recordings will entertain you, while giving insight into what makes Mozart still so vital onstage more than 200 years after his death. The week will be capped when your instructor is joined by another New York performer for a live concert of Mozart arias and duets. Click here to enroll in this program.
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Returning! October 17 - 22:
Cardigan Complete: Design, Knit & Finish (14682)

There are easy techniques you can learn to give your knitted sweater a polished, professional look. We will discuss how to plan your project to make the finishing easier and more beautiful. During this course we will plan, knit and finish a small sized cardigan. The details of making a great cardigan will be covered, including the one row buttonhole, and inserting a zipper. The 4 different seaming methods used in every sweater, increases and decreases, picking up stitches evenly will all be covered. Weaving in ends, proper seaming, and blocking will make an amazing difference in the finished product. You put a lot of time into knitting your sweater - why not finish it with style? Click here to enroll in this program.
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4 Sections! January & March, 2010:
Downhill Skiing: An Uplifting Experience: Jan 2, Jan 23, Mar 6 & Mar 13 (12124)

A comprehensive downhill skiing program designed to improve your technique and skills. Taught by Mount Snow’s Ski Pros, sessions will include on-mountain lessons and daily fitness tips for strength and flexibility. Includes 4 full days lift ticket. Enjoy Vermont’s closest and 2nd largest ski resort. This picturesque setting offers other winter activites such as horse-drawn sleigh rides, village shopping & snowshoeing. Evenings: A Tour of 20th Century Musical Theatre--Evenings will be devoted to the history and music of American Musical Theatre. Live piano music. On-line enrollment opens June 21, 2010.
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Comments About Our Programs

“The whole program exceeded my expectations.”

“I would love to attend this program again and will give plaudits to anyone who is considering Elderhostel skiing program or anyone wishing to visit Mount Snow.”

“It was a well planned and executed program.”

“Just great!”

“The best in content, presentation and administration of all the Elderhostles [I’ve] attended.”

“Food was way over Elderhostel standards—excellent.”

“[The instructor} was possibly the best instructor ever.”

“A gifted teacher, amusing and entertaining as well as knowledgeable & informative.”



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