Elderhostel At Peabody

June 20, 1993|By Edward Gunts

Elderhostel is a non-profit organization that provides low-cost educational programs for adults aged 60 and older. The Boston-based headquarters oversees a network of nearly 2,000 academic and cultural institutions throughout the United States and Canada and in 47 countries overseas. Hosts include colleges and universities, conference centers, youth hostels, YMCAs and YWCAs, state and national parks, museums, theaters and other sites.

Starting this week, the expanded Elderhostel program at Peabody Institute will bring approximately 4,000 senior citizens a year to Peabody for week-long courses in music and dance. For $345 per person, the students will spend six nights at the Peabody Inn, receive meals in the student cafeteria, and take 22 1/2 hours of courses about music and other subjects. They'll also receive guided tours of the city and tickets to local musical performances, including concerts and recitals by Peabody students.

Peabody's program will run 44 weeks a year, up from 29 last year. The only way that a person under 60 can participate is to sign up with someone who is 60 or older. More information about the program is available from Elderhostel's headquarters at 75 Federal St., Boston, Mass. 02110. Phone: (617) 426-7788.

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