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9620 Dry Run Road
Painted post, NY 14870
USA

607-962-0541

Watson Homestead is a full service conference and retreat center, open year-round, serving 8000 - 10,000 guests annually.  In addition to hotel-style accommodations and meeting rooms, Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center has an indoor, heated swimming pool; climbing tower, historic one room schoolhouse, hiking trails, miniature golf, archery range, ball fields, covered picnic pavilion, full summer cabin area, playgrounds and a meditation labyrinth. Guests are served home-cooked, healthy meals buffet style in our dining room with a fireplace and panoramic view of 375 acres.  Call us today to book a day or overnight meeting or retreat.  Watson Homestead is an excellent location for youth, sports or organizational retreats, weddings, clergy or religious retreat groups, conferences, trade shows, banquets, seminars, quilt, scrapping, yoga and wellness retreats, team building and staff training retreats.

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Upcoming Events

Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Oct
20
to Oct 25

Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Immerse yourself in glass working as you delight in the natural beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flame working, and cold working as highly qualified glassmakers instruct and help you create beautiful glass objects. At the furnace, try your hand at glassblowing and work with molten glass to fashion paperweights and vessels. Using the basics of flame working, make beads and small scale sculptures. In the kiln shop, create fused jewelry pieces, small slumped projects and learn to sandblast glass. • Don't just watch a demonstration — make glass yourself! • Enjoy a historic walking exploration of the restored Market Street district of downtown Corning. • Marvel at 3500 years of glassmaking at the finest glass museum in the world. ($1069 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Oct
20
to Oct 25

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. ($999 per person double occupancy / +$100 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Nov
3
to Nov 8

Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Immerse yourself in glass working as you delight in the natural beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flame working, and cold working as highly qualified glassmakers instruct and help you create beautiful glass objects. At the furnace, try your hand at glassblowing and work with molten glass to fashion paperweights and vessels. Using the basics of flame working, make beads and small scale sculptures. In the kiln shop, create fused jewelry pieces, small slumped projects and learn to sandblast glass. • Don't just watch a demonstration — make glass yourself! • Enjoy a historic walking exploration of the restored Market Street district of downtown Corning. • Marvel at 3500 years of glassmaking at the finest glass museum in the world. ($1069 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Oct
6
to Oct 11

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. ($999 per person double occupancy / +$100 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Road Scholar: Women at the Fire - An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay & Iron
Oct
6
to Oct 11

Road Scholar: Women at the Fire - An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay & Iron

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Gather, slump, blow, stretch, throw, build, pour, glaze, twist, burnish and hammer will have new meanings for you after this intensive art week. Join fellow creative women for an introduction to glass-making, ceramics and blacksmithing in one of America's finest small art cities. Quiet, pastoral surroundings let you relax after each day of intensely creative work and learning. Get up close and personal with design, creation, aesthetics and history of handmade art as you try your hand at the torch and the wheel and take your treasures home as keepsakes from your memorable week.  Highlights: • Learn glassmaking, ceramics and blacksmithing techniques from talented instructors and use them to create your own beads, vases, clay pieces and ironwork. • Visit museums and galleries like the Rockwell Museum of American Art and the Corning Museum of Glass, where you’ll learn about 3500 years of glassmaking history and techniques. • Enjoy a curatorial lecture about the work of LC Tiffany and the women behind his legendary lampshades and stained glass windows. ($1049 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy)  Note that both Women at the Fire programs are offered concurrently with Hiking programs.

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Road Scholar: Iroquois Culture - Yesterday and Today
Sep
30
to Oct 4

Road Scholar: Iroquois Culture - Yesterday and Today

(Road Scholar activity level – Easy Going)

The Iroquois Confederacy, established in the 1400s, united warring Indian nations and established peace in fertile glaciated valleys and mountains of upstate New York. Learn about the legacy of this remarkable culture as you meet members of the Iroquois community and embark on field trips to important sites in Iroquois history. Journey to Ganondagan State Historic Site for presentations by Iroquois educators on their history and culture, and gain a new perspective on Iroquois influences in American representational governance and environmental stewardship. • Learn about the influence of Iroquois Clan mothers on the women's suffrage movement during field trips to the Seneca Falls Women's Rights National Historic Park and Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY. • Meet two members of the Seneca Hawk Clan for an in-depth look into traditional music, storytelling and history, plus a native forester's perspective. • Enjoy excursions to the Rockwell Museum of American Art and Corning Museum of Glass. ($819 per person double occupancy / +$80 single occupancy)  Note that the October Iroquois program is offered concurrently with a Hiking program.

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Sep
29
to Oct 4

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. ($999 per person double occupancy / +$100 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Road Scholar: Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Sep
22
to Sep 27

Road Scholar: Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine

(Road Scholar activity level – Keep the Pace)

Enjoy a feast for the senses in the Finger Lakes region as you sample all the best on offer in the region, from fascinating forays into local geology to the amazing history of glassmaking and insights into Iroquois culture. Revel in the area’s natural beauty, admire the quality and diversity of its historic sites, and learn firsthand about its world-class wine industry during tours and tastings at several local farm wineries. • Stop in at three of the more than 100 wineries located in New York’s largest and oldest wine producing region to taste from a flight of sweet and dry wines. • Investigate the 3,500-year history of glass at the famous Corning Museum of Glass and learn about Steuben Glass in the Crystal City. • Expert-led walks and field trips expose you to distinctive architecture and preserved historic properties and include visits to an aviation museum and the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels. ($949 per person double occupancy / + $100 single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Women at the Fire - An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay & Iron
Sep
8
to Sep 13

Road Scholar: Women at the Fire - An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay & Iron

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Gather, slump, blow, stretch, throw, build, pour, glaze, twist, burnish and hammer will have new meanings for you after this intensive art week. Join fellow creative women for an introduction to glass-making, ceramics and blacksmithing in one of America's finest small art cities. Quiet, pastoral surroundings let you relax after each day of intensely creative work and learning. Get up close and personal with design, creation, aesthetics and history of handmade art as you try your hand at the torch and the wheel and take your treasures home as keepsakes from your memorable week.  Highlights: • Learn glassmaking, ceramics and blacksmithing techniques from talented instructors and use them to create your own beads, vases, clay pieces and ironwork. • Visit museums and galleries like the Rockwell Museum of American Art and the Corning Museum of Glass, where you’ll learn about 3500 years of glassmaking history and techniques. • Enjoy a curatorial lecture about the work of LC Tiffany and the women behind his legendary lampshades and stained glass windows. ($1049 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy)   Note that both Women at the Fire programs are offered concurrently with Hiking programs.

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Road Scholar: Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Aug
18
to Aug 23

Road Scholar: Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine

(Road Scholar activity level – Keep the Pace)

Enjoy a feast for the senses in the Finger Lakes region as you sample all the best on offer in the region, from fascinating forays into local geology to the amazing history of glassmaking and insights into Iroquois culture. Revel in the area’s natural beauty, admire the quality and diversity of its historic sites, and learn firsthand about its world-class wine industry during tours and tastings at several local farm wineries. • Stop in at three of the more than 100 wineries located in New York’s largest and oldest wine producing region to taste from a flight of sweet and dry wines. • Investigate the 3,500-year history of glass at the famous Corning Museum of Glass and learn about Steuben Glass in the Crystal City. • Expert-led walks and field trips expose you to distinctive architecture and preserved historic properties and include visits to an aviation museum and the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels. ($949 per person double occupancy / + $100 single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild
Aug
4
to Aug 9

Road Scholar: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild

(Road Scholar activity level – Keep the Pace)

Participate in the daily life of an early 19th-century frontier family while exploring the natural setting of 375-acre Watson Homestead. Participate in hands-on experiences including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tin-punching, blowing a glass ornament and more. Take field trips to Watkins Glen Gorge and other sites, make art projects, wade in the creek, climb the 36-foot climbing tower, archery and much more during this Intergenerational week of fun. • Explore the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes complex, including an Inn built in 1796, one-room schoolhouse, early 19th-century log cabin and agricultural exhibit. • Discover glassmaking past and present at the Corning Museum of Glass, with its studio, Innovation Center and hot-glass show. • At the Glenn Curtiss Museum see "Curtiss Jenny" and other early aeroplanes and make a model airplane.  (Double or triple occupancy: $1199 per adult / $699 per child, ages 8 to 12). Program can enroll up to two adults and two children per family.

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Road Scholar: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild
Jul
7
to Jul 12

Road Scholar: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild

(Road Scholar activity level – Keep the Pace)

Participate in the daily life of an early 19th-century frontier family while exploring the natural setting of 375-acre Watson Homestead. Participate in hands-on experiences including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tin-punching, blowing a glass ornament and more. Take field trips to Watkins Glen Gorge and other sites, make art projects, wade in the creek, climb the 36-foot climbing tower, archery and much more during this Intergenerational week of fun. • Explore the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes complex, including an Inn built in 1796, one-room schoolhouse, early 19th-century log cabin and agricultural exhibit. • Discover glassmaking past and present at the Corning Museum of Glass, with its studio, Innovation Center and hot-glass show. • At the Glenn Curtiss Museum see "Curtiss Jenny" and other early aeroplanes and make a model airplane.  (Double or triple occupancy: $1199 per adult / $699 per child, ages 8 to 12). Program can enroll up to two adults and two children per family.

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Road Scholar: Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Jun
23
to Jun 28

Road Scholar: Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine

(Road Scholar activity level – Keep the Pace)

Enjoy a feast for the senses in the Finger Lakes region as you sample all the best on offer in the region, from fascinating forays into local geology to the amazing history of glassmaking and insights into Iroquois culture. Revel in the area’s natural beauty, admire the quality and diversity of its historic sites, and learn firsthand about its world-class wine industry during tours and tastings at several local farm wineries. • Stop in at three of the more than 100 wineries located in New York’s largest and oldest wine producing region to taste from a flight of sweet and dry wines. • Investigate the 3,500-year history of glass at the famous Corning Museum of Glass and learn about Steuben Glass in the Crystal City. • Expert-led walks and field trips expose you to distinctive architecture and preserved historic properties and include visits to an aviation museum and the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels. ($949 per person double occupancy / + $100 single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild
Jun
16
to Jun 21

Road Scholar: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild

(Road Scholar activity level – Keep the Pace)

Participate in the daily life of an early 19th-century frontier family while exploring the natural setting of 375-acre Watson Homestead. Participate in hands-on experiences including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tin-punching, blowing a glass ornament and more. Take field trips to Watkins Glen Gorge and other sites, make art projects, wade in the creek, climb the 36-foot climbing tower, archery and much more during this Intergenerational week of fun. • Explore the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes complex, including an Inn built in 1796, one-room schoolhouse, early 19th-century log cabin and agricultural exhibit. • Discover glassmaking past and present at the Corning Museum of Glass, with its studio, Innovation Center and hot-glass show. • At the Glenn Curtiss Museum see "Curtiss Jenny" and other early aeroplanes and make a model airplane.  (Double or triple occupancy: $1199 per adult / $699 per child, ages 8 to 12). Program can enroll up to two adults and two children per family.

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Jun
9
to Jun 14

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. ($999 per person double occupancy / +$100 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Jun
2
to Jun 7

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. ($999 per person double occupancy / +$100 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Countryconcurrent with Women at the Fire
May
19
to May 24

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Countryconcurrent with Women at the Fire

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. ($999 per person double occupancy / +$100 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Road Scholar: Women at the Fire - An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay & Iron
May
19
to May 24

Road Scholar: Women at the Fire - An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay & Iron

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Gather, slump, blow, stretch, throw, build, pour, glaze, twist, burnish and hammer will have new meanings for you after this intensive art week. Join fellow creative women for an introduction to glass-making, ceramics and blacksmithing in one of America's finest small art cities. Quiet, pastoral surroundings let you relax after each day of intensely creative work and learning. Get up close and personal with design, creation, aesthetics and history of handmade art as you try your hand at the torch and the wheel and take your treasures home as keepsakes from your memorable week.  Highlights: • Learn glassmaking, ceramics and blacksmithing techniques from talented instructors and use them to create your own beads, vases, clay pieces and ironwork. • Visit museums and galleries like the Rockwell Museum of American Art and the Corning Museum of Glass, where you’ll learn about 3500 years of glassmaking history and techniques. • Enjoy a curatorial lecture about the work of LC Tiffany and the women behind his legendary lampshades and stained glass windows. ($1049 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy) Note that both Women at the Fire programs are offered concurrently with Hiking programs.

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Road Scholar: Iroquois Culture - Yesterday and Today
May
13
to May 17

Road Scholar: Iroquois Culture - Yesterday and Today

(Road Scholar activity level – Easy Going)

The Iroquois Confederacy, established in the 1400s, united warring Indian nations and established peace in fertile glaciated valleys and mountains of upstate New York. Learn about the legacy of this remarkable culture as you meet members of the Iroquois community and embark on field trips to important sites in Iroquois history. Journey to Ganondagan State Historic Site for presentations by Iroquois educators on their history and culture, and gain a new perspective on Iroquois influences in American representational governance and environmental stewardship. • Learn about the influence of Iroquois Clan mothers on the women's suffrage movement during field trips to the Seneca Falls Women's Rights National Historic Park and Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY. • Meet two members of the Seneca Hawk Clan for an in-depth look into traditional music, storytelling and history, plus a native forester's perspective. • Enjoy excursions to the Rockwell Museum of American Art and Corning Museum of Glass. ($819 per person double occupancy / +$80 single occupancy)  Note that the October Iroquois program is offered concurrently with a Hiking program.

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Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
May
5
to May 10

Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Immerse yourself in glass working as you delight in the natural beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flame working, and cold working as highly qualified glassmakers instruct and help you create beautiful glass objects. At the furnace, try your hand at glassblowing and work with molten glass to fashion paperweights and vessels. Using the basics of flame working, make beads and small scale sculptures. In the kiln shop, create fused jewelry pieces, small slumped projects and learn to sandblast glass. • Don't just watch a demonstration — make glass yourself! • Enjoy a historic walking exploration of the restored Market Street district of downtown Corning. • Marvel at 3500 years of glassmaking at the finest glass museum in the world. ($1069 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum
Nov
4
to Nov 9

Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Immerse yourself in glass working as you delight in the natural beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flame working, and cold working as highly qualified glassmakers instruct and help you create beautiful glass objects. At the furnace, try your hand at glassblowing and work with molten glass to fashion paperweights and vessels. Using the basics of flame working, make beads and small scale sculptures. In the kiln shop, create fused jewelry pieces, small slumped projects and learn to sandblast glass. • Don't just watch a demonstration — make glass yourself! • Enjoy a historic walking exploration of the restored Market Street district of downtown Corning. • Marvel at 3500 years of glassmaking at the finest glass museum in the world. ($999 per person double occupancy/ + $120 for single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum
Oct
21
to Oct 26

Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Immerse yourself in glass working as you delight in the natural beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flame working, and cold working as highly qualified glassmakers instruct and help you create beautiful glass objects. At the furnace, try your hand at glassblowing and work with molten glass to fashion paperweights and vessels. Using the basics of flame working, make beads and small scale sculptures. In the kiln shop, create fused jewelry pieces, small slumped projects and learn to sandblast glass. • Don't just watch a demonstration — make glass yourself! • Enjoy a historic walking exploration of the restored Market Street district of downtown Corning. • Marvel at 3500 years of glassmaking at the finest glass museum in the world. ($999 per person double occupancy/ + $120 for single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Oct
14
to Oct 19

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. (For May & June: $899 per person double occupancy / +$120 single occupancy and for September & October: $949 per person double occupancy / +$120 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Road Scholar: Iroquois Culture - Yesterday and Today
Oct
2
to Oct 5

Road Scholar: Iroquois Culture - Yesterday and Today

(Road Scholar activity level – Easy Going)

The Iroquois Confederacy, established in the 1400s, united warring Indian nations and established peace in fertile glaciated valleys and mountains of upstate New York. Learn about the legacy of this remarkable culture as you meet members of the Iroquois community and embark on field trips to important sites in Iroquois history. Journey to Ganondagan State Historic Site for presentations by Iroquois educators on their history and culture, and gain a new perspective on Iroquois influences in American representational governance and environmental stewardship. • Learn about the influence of Iroquois Clan mothers on the women's suffrage movement during field trips to the Seneca Falls Women's Rights National Historic Park and Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY. • Meet two members of the Seneca Hawk Clan for an in-depth look into traditional music, storytelling and history, plus a native forester's perspective. • Enjoy excursions to the Rockwell Museum of American Art and Corning Museum of Glass. ($599 per person double occupancy / +$72 single occupancy)  Note that the October Iroquois program is offered concurrently with a Hiking program.

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Sep
30
to Oct 5

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. (For May & June: $899 per person double occupancy / +$120 single occupancy and for September & October: $949 per person double occupancy / +$120 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Sep
23
to Sep 28

Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

(Road Scholar activity level – Outdoor – Spirited)

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. (For May & June: $899 per person double occupancy / +$120 single occupancy and for September & October: $949 per person double occupancy / +$120 single occupancy)  Note that three of the Hiking programs are offered concurrently with other programs: one Iroquois program and two Women at the Fire programs.

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Native Nations Festival
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Native Nations Festival

FREE, open to the public - rain or shine!

Come join the excitement at the Watson Homestead!
9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY 14870

Saturday, September 22: 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday, September 23 9 am - 4 pm

Arts & Crafts
Live Drumming, Singing & Traditional Dance
Intertribal Teachings
Native American Food
Live Hawk Demonstration And Much More!!!

Come, participate and learn!

For more information visit http://www.sevengenerationsofstewards.org/native-nations-festival/

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Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum
Sep
16
to Sep 21

Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum

(Road Scholar activity level – On Your Feet)

Immerse yourself in glass working as you delight in the natural beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flame working, and cold working as highly qualified glassmakers instruct and help you create beautiful glass objects. At the furnace, try your hand at glassblowing and work with molten glass to fashion paperweights and vessels. Using the basics of flame working, make beads and small scale sculptures. In the kiln shop, create fused jewelry pieces, small slumped projects and learn to sandblast glass. • Don't just watch a demonstration — make glass yourself! • Enjoy a historic walking exploration of the restored Market Street district of downtown Corning. • Marvel at 3500 years of glassmaking at the finest glass museum in the world. ($999 per person double occupancy/ + $120 for single occupancy)

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Finger Lakes Regional Market
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Finger Lakes Regional Market

EVENT SHOWCASING REGIONAL PRODUCTS & EXPERIENCES RETURNS

Finger Lakes Regional Market

Saturday, September 8th

10am-4pm

Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870

Outdoor market showcasing the great products and services of the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Free admission and free parking. visit www.fingerlakesmarket.com for more information

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College Admissions & Applications Workshop for Seniors
Jun
26
to Jun 28

College Admissions & Applications Workshop for Seniors

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 7, 2018! To register, complete and mail in the registration form in our brochure.

FOR SENIORS CLASS OF 2019

PROGRAM TOPICS

June 26 & 27, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
June 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – Noon


• The variety of 4-year college/university options
and resources to utilize to research them.
• Standardized testing options and schedules.
• How college/university admissions decisions
are made.
• Options for accessing financial aid.
• Different types of 4-year college admissions
programs and timelines.
• Students will learn how to compile a thoughtful
college list (to match needs, interests and
backgrounds).
• Students will participate in mock admissions
simulations.
• Students will complete a draft of the Common
Application.
• Students will begin writing the college essay.
• Students will draft a college resume to include
curricular, extracurricular and work experience.
• Admissions options (Early Decision, Early Action,
Rolling and Priority) and timelines.

PARENT EVENING
June 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include:

• All topics above will be covered. In addition,
parents will have multiple opportunities to
ask questions. We will also talk about ways
to support your child throughout the college
process and how to navigate the transition from
high school to college.

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College Admissions & Applications Workshop for Juniors
Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

College Admissions & Applications Workshop for Juniors

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 7, 2018!  To register, complete and mail in the registration form in our brochure.

FOR JUNIORS CLASS OF 2020


PROGRAM TOPICS

June 25, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Key factors in the 4-year college admissions process.
• How to get started with the college search process.
• Developing the “short list” of colleges.
• College/university requirements for admission.
• Critical high school course requirements.
• Review of standardized testing options and dates.
• What rising juniors can do to strengthen their
college admissions resume.
• College admissions simulation.
• Accessing need based financial aid and outside
scholarships.
• Knowing how to access resources in the college
search process.

PARENT EVENING
June 25, 2018 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include:
• All topics above will be covered. In addition,
parents will have multiple opportunities to
ask questions. We will also talk about ways
to support your child throughout the college
process.

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Mother's Day Brunch
May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Mother's Day Brunch

Watson Homestead invites you to a Mother's Day Brunch!
Reservations required. Call 607-962-0541.

$15 per person
Children Ages 6-12 $7.00
Children under 5 FREE

Sponsored by Corning Catering & Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Mother's Day Feast Includes:
Scrambled eggs, home fries, maple sausage links, bacon, chicken Ala King with Biscuits. Corning Catering Carving Station with ham, turkey breast, stuffing, garlic smashed potatoes. Penne with tomato basil sauce, alfredo.  Linguini tossed with olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese.  Hot soups and salad bar. For dessert: cookies, brownies, assorted pastries, cherry and apple coffee cake.

For more information call: 607-962-0541
Or e-mail us at whomestead@stny.rr.com
Visit our website www.watsonhomestead.com

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Muds & Suds
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Muds & Suds

A Family-Fun Day for children ages 5 to 12.  This is a child friendly, age appropriate, non-competitive event to bring children together for some of their favorite Spring things: Being Active, Being Outside and Getting Dirty!

The Getting Dirty Obstacle Course is designed to give children over and under fun – wet, dry, slippery and some parts filled with mud!  Other challenges will include soap suds, bubbles, slippy slide and athletic whimsies.  Parents will be responsible for the getting clean part, so bring towels and a set of clean clothes, plus swim suits for the whole family to enjoy our heated swimming pool afterward.

The fabulous fun kicks off with the first wave of 25 starting at 10am. Additional waves will follow every 10 minutes as needed. 

All participants receive a t-shirt, participation ribbon and a picnic lunch: hamburger or hotdog, chips, watermelon, cookie & drink.  Spectators are welcome and additional lunch tickets can be purchased for $5 with child’s registration.  Cost is $20 per child prior to May 1st and $25 after May 1st. 

To register, please mail registration form, release/waiver form and payment to:
Watson Homestead, 9620 Dry Run Rd., Painted Post, NY  14870

For questions, contact Watson Homestead at 607-962-0541 or whomestead@stny.rr.com.  For directions, click here.
 

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