>xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo > Elderhostel Notebook #75 Oct 23, 2000 >oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox > >Welcome to Elderhostel Notebook, the e-zine where hostelers >compare notes on elderhostel programs. > >EN is an independent project, appreciative of but not associated >with Elderhostel Inc. http://www.elderhostel.org > >EN has a WWW site at >http://homepage.mac.com/jimolson/EHnotebook > >To subscribe to the e-mail edition and/or to submit reviews of >programs taken send an e-mail to the editor, Jim >Olson, at EHnotebook@aol.com > >Please keep all correspondence in simple e-mail text format. > >################################################ > From the Editor's Notebook >################################################ >As long as I had some reserve reports and enough new ones to make >up a complete issue I went ahead with this notebook a little >ahead of schedule and am now up to date on reports. > >You will notice a new url for the notebook web site in the >heading. I have moved the notebook to my free space on my Apple >iDisk utility where I have a more space. The AOL ftp space was >down to room for just one or two more issues and the new location >should be good for another five years at the current pace. > >I will keep the old location active for a while longer but will >not update it. If you want the most recent issues and the most >complete archive you will need to go to: > >http://homepage.mac.com/jimolson/EHnotebook > >The same is true for my Korean War page which is now at > > >http://homepage.mac.com/jimolson/Korea1951 > >################################################ > Program Reviews >################################################ > San Francisco Arts and Humanities (Union Square) > Croaker Institute, Newfoundland > Center for Studies of the Future: Las Vegas program > Theatre Week in Toronto > Lakeshore Resort-Free Man House--Branson, Missouri- > Discover Ipswich and Cape Ann, MA > Dixie College, St Charles, Utah (golf-geology -theatre) > >________________________ > > >San Francisco Arts and Humanities (Union Square) >October 2000 >Fred Haug as reported to Olsonjam@uwec.edu > >The program was held at the Stratford Hotel on Union Square in >the center of the city. This was an ideal location for the >several walking tours of the city and the availability of city >busses for those who wanted to explore various parts of the city >on their own during the limited free time. > >Lectures dealt with the history and culture of the city and were >illustrated with a four hour bus tour of the city, and several >walking tours where the group was divided into two sections. One >of these tours also involved a short ride on the city bus system >to areas in Chinatown. > >Breakfast was a continental breakfast at the hotel and other >meals were served at a nearby hotel a couple of blocks away, A >shuttle to the meal site was available the first day but since >nobody used it (all choosing to walk instead) it was omitted >after that. Meals were very good. > >The person who was to serve as coordinator had a medical >emergency a few days before the program began, and this resulted >in some changes in schedule with other staff members taking over >for her on a scheduled basis. While it would obviously have been >better to have the original coordinator with the program, this >arrangement worked well with a minimum of confusion and >disruption of the program. > >Lectures were excellent and all in all it was an excellent >program. > >______________________ > >Croaker Institute, Newfoundland >Port Union, Bonavista,Trinity,etc. >Trmpstmr@aol.com > >This program, offered in October 2000, was attended by my >companion, Dorothy O'Neil and me, of Warren, RI.in September >1999. We flew from Boston to Halifax, NS, then on a smaller >plane to St. John's, Nfld. We spent a night and the following >morning at the Cantwell House, a B B, on the second floor. A >3rd floor porch offers a grand view of the harbornd out to sea. >We had time to enjoy a wonderful meal along the water street, >down [and up again] a very steep hill, and also walked a bit, >seeing the architecture of the main part of the city. Many >Victorian houses as the city was destroyed by fire, and rebuilt >about 1860. > >The 180-mile trip from here to our elderhostel home in Port Union >was by bus, owned and operated by Murray, a very nice man. The >bus was a bit slow, especially against headwinds, but we managed, >stopping a few times for refreshments, etc. The scenery was not >spectacular, low hills coverred with scrubby vegetation, and some >views of the water. > > >We stayed in the Seaport Hotel along the highway in Port Union, >on the Bonavista Peninsula, a sparsely populated area. Very >little highway traffic. Some of our meals were in a union hall, >a short walk from the hotel. We had the usual mix of >activities- historical talks in the morning, and trips and >outdoor activities. Some people took a morning walk, sometimes >seeing moose. > >On Monday we walked in Port U., which was started in the 1910s by >William F. Coaker, who moved the "Fishermen's Protective Union" >here and developed the port, appropriately named Port Union. In >1921, the town, along Port Union harbor [or harbour], had 532 >residents. We visited "The Bungalow", designed and built by >Wiliam C. in 1917: the Port U Historical Museum, located in a >former RR station; Holy Martys Church [Protestant]; the memorial >cemetery; and we saw worker's houses and several large buildings, >built when the fishing industry was thriving, but now vacant. > >Since severe restrictions were placed on fishing some years ago, >the economy of the province has been depressed. The next day >we went to Catalina [pronounced cat-a-line-a], lunching at the >Calvary United Church, whose women put on the lunch, a wonderful >meal. The women were raising money for various reasons, for their >church, for gowns, etc. Most of our meals were prepared by >various women's groups, and all were different and delicious, >mostly meat potatoes, but also seafood. The one in Catalina >included some moose meat! We visited the adjacent cemetery and >went to a nearby sea arch. > >Most of Wednesday was spent in Bonavista, at the end of the cape >of the same name, and the landfall of John Cabot on 24 June, >1497. At the port we visited a replica of the "Matthew", Cabot's >boat; the Mockbeggar property, the premises of a merchant; and >had lunch catered by the Methodist church women of Bonavista. >This lunch was several of which were accompanied by >entertainment, a man on a guitar, one on the accordian, joined by >members of our group who came up on stage and played various >"instruments", including a broom! One of the funniest performers >was elderly Mr. Johnst, who was attired in a dress and lip >sinced to a woman's voice. > >We also visited the "Ryan Premises", originally th headquarters >of a merchant family, now a museum, where, in addition to seeing >the wonderful displays, ship models, etc., we met the mayor of >Bonavista, a robust blone woman who had met and shook hands with >the Queen of England several years ago, during the anniversary of >Cabot's discovery. And I shook hands with the mayor. How >exciting can you get. A group of musicians entertained us here. >Dinner that night was prepared by St.Peter's Anglican church >choir of Bonavista. > >We reurned to Bonavista, stopping along the rugged, scenic coast >near the lighthouse, which we visited. We also visited Trinity, a >village which featured a very good museum and talk in the >interpretation center, a visit to St. Pauls' Church, a "handsome >interpretaiton of Gothic Revival style", a design said to be >"carefully studied, highly sophisticated and graceful"; Church of >the Most Holy Trinity, 1833, reputedly the oldest standing church >in Nfld.; and two very nice gift shops, It rained while we here, >the low clouds adding to the beauty of the land and sea scapes. > >A wonderful dinner here catered by the Anglican church women of >St. Paul's Church, Trinity. Our last day took us to "Elliston". >the "root cellar capital of Newfoundland", said to be unique in >the number of cellars that it has, these structures, buit into >the ground, used to store potatoes, turnips, beets, cabbage, and >neats. We visited some that were being restored. Lovely coastal >scenery here. Elliston hosts an annual festival. > >As with many other places in Newfoundland, it is a means of >brings in money from tourists. We had lunch prepared by th >Elliston Tourism Association, and supper done by the Bethany >United Church Women of Catalina. In all aspects, a wonderful >experience. The people of this area are wonderful, entertaining >and hospitable. The speakers were very informative, and Murray, >the bus driver, a real "peach". Our leader was Iva Duffet, a >native of this area, and a grand person. Very winning and able >in handling our needs on a daily basis. The participants were >all very nice people, and I even met a woman, Irene, who had >lived in my hometown, Garfield, NJ, for a few years. Murray >took most of us to St. John's airport, the cost for this trip $20 >[for about 180 miles]. Dorothy and I returned home, while others >went to other destinations, including the west coast of >Newfoundland and the old Viking settlement. > >Walter Nebiker > >__________________ > > >Center for Studies of the Future: Las Vegas program >#28310-1001-01 >"Robert H Stewart"
> >This Elderhostel was held at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las >Vegas. Unless you are a hardy Elderhosteler we cannot recommend >these accomodations. In order to reach anything, your room, the >classrooms where classes are held, the restaurtants, etc. - >anything - you must first locate the elevators servicing your >required floors and then cross the casino....every time! Remember >Nevada has no nonsmoking laws. It's a lot like breathing the old >airlines recycled air 24 hours a day. The EH program itself is >interesting and the speakers we were able to hear before dropping >out were competent. The coordinator and hotel staff were busy but >accomodating. It is the crowded elevator trips and long walks to >and from everything, plus waiting in lines for buffet >massproduced food that definitely turned us off. > >If you like crowds, 24 hours a day, and don't mind numerous >elevator trips, go ahead. we regret we attempted this but Las >Vegas has to be seen to be believed. Someone said the Univ. of >Nevada at Las Vegas has a good Elderhostel, near or on campus. >Callie and Bob > >______________ > > > Theatre Week in Toronto > firstname.lastname@example.org > >In September (2000) I attended an Elderhostel theatre week in >Toronto and I give it a mixed review. On the plus side - >excellent lecturers, all from the lively Toronto theatre scene - >actors, directors, producers. The down side - really dreadful >seats - an unforgivable 5th balcony for a production of Twelfth >Night , faroff balcony seats for Pinter's intimate drama >Betrayal. And the worst possible date for a look at a new play by >a very young playwright - the very first preview. > >The price of this 5-day week was almost double that of the usual >US and Canada Elderhostels, so one would think the Toronto >planners didn't have to scrimp and save on tickets - especially >since the American dollar is worth $1.50 in Canada. The program >itself was poorly coordinated : the bus that was supposed to >come, didn't, and the lecturer who was supposed to lecture had >no idea he was scheduled to lecture. > >Accomodations at a well-located Quality Inn - almost on the >campus of the University of Toronto - were excellent with super >hot showers , sensational water pressure. But the food left a lot >to be desired - no salads at all the first few days and then >skimpy bits of lettuce now and then and only after pleading for >salads by assorted Elderhostelers. And at breakfast time, no >orange juice or any other juice, no choice of skim as well as >regular milk, no fresh fruit . > >O Canada, is this a way to treat a good neighbor ? > >RBrotman > >____________________ >Lakeshore Resort-Free Man House--Branson, Missouri- >September, 2000 >email@example.com > >SITE: Very well maintained gounds on Lake Taneycomo, about 3 >miles from downtown Branson. Individual cottage/motel type units; > boat dock and fishing pier, swings, playlots; centralized >building for social/dining/classroom needs,comfortable walking >distance from sleeping quarters; outdoor swimming pool; outdoor >easily accessible ice/pop machine; parking in front of each >individual unit > >ACCOMMODATIONS: Several varieties--we had a two room >housekeeping unit (with refrigerator/freezer/microwave/cable TV) >ouside deck with table and chairs; bedroom with two double beds >and small bathroom adjacent; unit had an adjustable >air-conditioner and space heater (this site can be quite humid in >the morning because of waterfront and many trees, but when the >sun shows--it's very pleasant)The unit is immaculately clean and >you are expected to keep it that way while you are there; YOU >change your own towels and linen in the main office as often as >you need to; maid service, if you request it, is available >Other units were larger, newly remodeled (some newly built) and >furnished with good quality furniture > >FOOD: Daily breakfast and lunch in the dining room (limited >menu, but you can request special items you need) Dinner is also >limited, but we did eat out several times before evening shows at >various restaurants (BBQ Smorgy, Lawrence Welk Complex before >show, Hot smorgy on boat cruise) CLASSROOM: It was the dining >room converted into classroom with a very comfortable fireplace >to take out chill and windows exposing a gorgeous outdoor >atmosphere; > >COURSES: Co-ordinated with the Branson Shows/Music scene viz. >Spirituality presented by a very interesting combination retired >entertainer/comedian and presently active preacher ---VERY >EFFECTIVE DAILY START; the MC from the Presley Jamboree Show who >gave excellent historical background of Branson and entertained >us with a great singing voice; a couple (husband and wife) from >the Baldknobbers Show- She demonstrated violin repairing and then >sang beautifully while he accompanied her with guitar and smiling >face; one of the executives from the Baldknobbers Show (a retired >performer from the original cast) also gave us a historical >perspective of Branson and the show business development; the >KITCHEN BAND with washboard, kitchen utensils, etc. entertained >us one evening as part of the Baldknobbers influence on Branson; >country dances lecture by a professor from the U. of Missouri; >Tony Mend.... a thalidomide victim with no arms (he has a >headline show of his own on the strip) who plays stringed >instruments with his toes---he also talked about his very moving >experience in Los Angeles (in the 80's) when the Pope visited and >broke the procession rank to kiss and hug Tony (this was viewed >by millions throughout the world)---Tony's life was forever >changed by this and now Tony entertains throughout the entire >world with top stars in the entertainment world > >FIELD TRIPS: Evening Shows viz. the Presley Country Review; the >Lawrence Welk Show (Lennon Sisters, Jack Imel, and JoAnn Castle >plus a cast of young up and coming entertainers; Henning State >Park hike featuring Missouri Glades (hillsides); Fish Hatchery >(which supplies Lake Taneycomo with an endless supply of fish you >can catch from the dock at the Free Man House; a Lake Tanneycomo >afternoon/evening cruise with supper and vocal entertainment > >DIRECTORS: TOP NOTCH ----Andy and his wonderful Wife(the >chef/cook) as well as daughter and in-laws couldn't do enough to >meet our every whim/need. Andy took one of the best group >pictures I've experienced in 25 Elderhostels. Andy assisted all >in booking of shows not included in our program. >N.B. A number of us flew into the Springfield, Mo airport. >Grayline provided a shuttle service ($20.00) directly to your >unit door. Instead of having a car, we decided to use the local >shuttle service Andy recommended; it was great (except one time) >to get you to and from the shows without putting up with the >nightmare driving problems in Branson---and the fee was very >reasonable (based on distance to/from shows/destinations) > >OVERALL EVALUATION: This is the way to experience Branson (my >next visit will be for the Christmas shows--Andy does schedule >Elderhostel programs for that time). Handicapped persons >might need more than usual assistance at this site since it is >hilly and a lot of gravel paths. (We did have several people in >the group who needed help.) There are a couple of units with >ramps. I don't know whether all units were without grab bars in >the bathroom; ours had none. Many in the group had cars and took >in extra shows on their own. We took in 4 extra shows, since we >came a day early and stayed over an extra night (which was no >problem for the hosts to arrange). If you have any specific >concerns/questions about this program/site contact me your >Elderhostel Junkie Leonard Rogus at e mail >firstname.lastname@example.org HAPPY ELDERHOSTELING TO ALL!!! > > >____________ > > >Discover Ipswich and Cape Ann >21422-1015-01 >October 15-20 2000 (Five Night Program) > From Helen Sternheim (Helen@k12s.phast.umass.edu) > >Explore one of New England's best kept secrets: Ipswich and Cape >Ann. Founded in 1633, Ipswich was a leader in the Puritan plan to >settle the New World, and for 100 years was second only to Boston >in importance. With more 17th century houses than any town in the >US, Ipswich is a living heritage museum. Through lectures and >field trips, learn about Cape Ann, its historic coastline, and >its centuries-old industries of fishing, mills, and shipbuilding. >Meet local people who will share their maritime history and art. >Discover the hidden beauty of this area. Study the ecosystems of >the coastal salt marshes, the Ipswich River, and the barrier >beaches. Learn how conservationists are fighting to preserve this >beautiful but fragile environment. > >My husband and I just returned from this Elderhostel, our 24th. >The program was great and just as promised if not more than the >brief description about suggests. > >Our group of 42 participants stayed at the Atlantis Motor Inn in >Gloucester MA. The rooms were very large and each had two double >beds. Every room had a balcony that overlooked the rocks and the >ocean. Breakfast was served each morning at the motel and you >had juice, coffee a muffin and a choice of Oatmeal or a cold >cereal. Our coordinator provided grapes and bananas at our >morning coffee break to supplement the breakfast menu. > >We then met in the parking lot for an outing each day. On Monday >we toured Ipswich and visited a graveyard, modern church, the >historical society and an historic house. At each location a >docent told us about the facility. We had a delicious box lunch >at the church. On Tuesday we visited Gloucester and the Cape Ann >Historical Museum, The Gloucester Fish Auction and the Schooner >Adventure. Lunch was at a restaurant adjacent to the Fish >Auction. On Wednesday we visited the Essex Shipbuilding museum. >There was an interactive discussion, museum tour and hands on >activities. We had a box lunch here and then took off for our >free afternoon. On Thursday we visited Crane Beach in Ipswich >and some interesting houses. We had a lunch of clam chowder and >crab cakes at the Ipswich Shellfish Company and then had a tour >of the facility. Between the fish auction on Tuesday and the >shellfish company on Thursday we learned how fresh and frozen >fish makes it to our local markets and restaurants. On Friday we >visited Fort Hill Park in Gloucester and returned to the Cape Ann >Historical museum to tour and learn about the parts we missed on >Tuesday. Everyday was busy and very educational. > >We had dinner at two restaurants in Gloucester and Rockport and >had a choice of fish or other entrees every night. Our final >dinner was a choice of Lobster or Steak or chicken. The portions >were very generous and the meals were very good. > >On Monday evening we had a talk about Gloucester to prepare us >for our Tuesday outing. On Tuesday evening we had a discussion >about the book and movie "The Perfect Storm". On Wednesday >evening one of our three excellent coordinators treated us to an >evening of folk songs. Our program ended by 8:45 PM each evening >and we all returned to our rooms tired but satisfied. > >We had three excellent coordinators who shared the job of taking >us to the various locations and keeping us informed on the way. >They all were very caring and we all enjoyed knowing them. I >would heartily recommend this program. > > >____________ > > >Dixie College, St Charles, Utah (golf-geology -theatre) >BHall55@aol.com > > > >We spent the last week of September in St Charles, Utah, at an >Elderhostel sponsored by Dixie College.The subjects were golf, >geology and theater. There were two groups at this Elderhostel. >The other group was doing golf, geology and hiking. The two >groups were basically combined except when we had discussions >about theater and they had extra hikes. > >Each morning we had two hours of golf instruction at the Entrada >Golf Academy. The group instruction was very well done, so each >individual received attention and help. We also had time to play >on our own at least one afternoon. On Thursday we had a scramble >and all played nine holes. There was time to play more if you >wanted to. I was especially impressed with the golf instruction >and the help we received. On Monday afternoon we had a basic >class in the geology of the area and then went on a hike through >a couple of the canyons that surround the St. George area. It is >really a spectacular area and worth seeing. In the geology area, >we all took a bus to Zion National Park on Friday and had a >couple of guided hikes through this great park. > >Our group had a class on the play "Driving Miss Daisy" and some >of the technical aspects of the play as compared to the movie. >The next day we went to Cedar City to see the play as presented >by the group from the Utah Shakespeare Festival. It was very well >done and was an enjoyable experience. One night we took the bus >to a casino just over the Nevada State line for dinner and some >gambling. We were also taken to see some petroglyphs and to see a >recent dig where some dinosaur prints have been found and have >received major publicity. In spite of all these activities we had >time to do some exploring in St. George on our own. > >The accommodations were in the Dixie College Elderhostel Center, >which is an older girls dorm that had been converted to a small >conference center. The rooms were clean, had private baths with >showers, and were very adequate. Breakfast was continental style >in the conference center. Lunch was either at the Dixie College >cafeteria or was a box lunch when we went on excursions. When we >went to the theater we were taken to a very nice restaurant. >Dinners were served in the cafeteria and were average. As the >coordinator said, we found many ways to serve chicken. The staff >was outstanding. The coordinators were always there and >participating in the activities and are to be commended for >keeping everything moving as it was planned. All in all, this was >a very busy week and most enjoyable. I would advise anybody that >is interested in golf that this is an excellent way to improve >your skills or to learn the game-if you are new at the game. > >Bud Hall >BHall55@AOL.COM