Laurelville is a place where people gather for a variety of reasons:  to renew their spirits, enhance their knowledge, catch up with friends and family, meet new friends, and of course, to have fun.  We know about summer camps, association weekends, Friendship Week, Mennocycle, family reunions and a few other activities over the past several years. But, did you know that Laurelville also sponsors a Frank Lloyd Wright educational program and Biking the Gap tours through Road Scholar?

FLWFrank Lloyd Wright: Revolutionary Contributions to Modern Architecture is a 5-day program that features educational presentations and tours of local Wright-designed homes. Expert lecturers from Fallingwater (one of Wright’s most famous designs) provide their vast knowledge of his 75-year career and influence on today’s architectural design. The program includes field trips to the Duncan House, Kentuck Knob, and Fallingwater. This year we have two sessions with maximum enrollment and a waiting list. Laurelville program staff is in discussion with Road Scholar and Fallingwater to add a third session. For more information and a short video please visit Laurelville’s web site or the Road Scholar web site.

GAP bikingLaurelville has sponsored Bicycling the Great Allegheny Passage in the Laurel Highlands for several years. This year we added a 150-mile bicycling trip to the program–a 5 day, 4 night trip from Cumberland, MD, to Pittsburgh, PA–WOW! Participants will experience crossing bridges over the Youghiogheny River, the 1000-foot Keystone Viaduct and the amazing Big Savage Tunnel.  We will also benefit from the local knowledge of Allegheny Trail Alliance founding member and nature photographer Paul Weigman.  For more information regarding Bicycling on the “Great Allegheny Passage” please visit Laurelville’s web site or the Road Scholar web site.

The Frank Lloyd Wright: Revolutionary Contributions to Modern Architecture and Bicycling the “Great Allegheny Passage” are only two examples of how Laurelville continues to provide a ministry of hosting as well as encouraging personal growth and well-being. Please continue to pray for us as we grow new programs and hosting opportunities to fulfill the Laurelville mission.

by David Dupuis, Laurelville Program Director