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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

Cabin Fever Quilters Retreat
Feb
2
to Feb 4

Cabin Fever Quilters Retreat

Got cabin fever?  The cure is Watson Homestead’s Quilters Retreat!

“Scrap Quilt” Weekend Quilt Workshop

Download brochure here.

Scrap Quilts are once again in the spotlight for this year’s weekend workshop. One of the things that is so great about doing scrap quilts is that you learn something new about fabric combinations with each quilt you do.  This year’s quilt will allow you to fine tune your piecing and fabric selection skills while using up fabric you already have on hand. 

     As in the past, Linda’s construction techniques always contain a bit of magic, and this year is no exception. In addition to getting a scrap quilt full of personality, you will also have a BONUS QUILT out of the cutaways.

     The quilt you make this year can range anywhere from table runner size to a bed quilt, as you choose. Your instruction packet will have information for multiple size options, PLUS directions for a second quilt made from the cutaways.  Examples of a wall hanging size (with red borders) shown to the left.

     Just as in past years, Saturday night is “show and tell” and a good time to share projects that you have created. In addition to quilts, also bring along a non-quilt item that you have made. It can be knit, crocheted, painted, jewelry, scrapbook…just something fun to share. 

 * Once registered, students will receive a materials list detailing what to bring.  Workshop is limited to 30 students and a $5 handout fee for all class handouts will be collected in class.  

 

 

"Fabric Selection Made Easy" Pre-Retreat Class

     (This optional class will be offered Friday afternoon from 2pm – 5pm.  Those attending the Full Weekend can sign up for an additional $25 fee.  Those interested in attending the Friday Afternoon class only, can do so for a $30 fee.) 

     Does walking into a quilt shop leave you overwhelmed with all of the choices? Have you ever wondered why your fabrics are not as exciting when they are put together as you thought they would be? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then this skill building class is for you.

     During class, you will learn about fabric characteristics, and tips on how to combine fabrics. You will also work with your fabric stash as well as pieces shared among the class, creating your very own Fabric Selection Notebook to reference in future quilt making adventures. 

This class will be limited to 30 students, and each student will receive a supply list prior to class.  A $4 handout fee for all class handouts will be collected in class.   

 

Things to Know!

When:  February 2 - 4, 2018
Friday 6pm – Sunday 12:00pm  
“Scrap Quilt” Weekend Workshop

*** Optional “Fabric Selection Made Easy” class Friday 2pm – 5pm

Lodging:  Participants will stay in our hotel style West Wing rooms.  Each room contains two double beds and a private bath. We will assign roommates if none are requested.
 
Meals:   Meals begin with Friday Dinner through Sunday brunch, in our Main Dining Hall

Cost “Scrap Quilt” weekend workshop cost is $280 per person (Double Occupancy).   

“Fabric Selection Made Easy” class is an additional
$25
(for those attending the full weekend)
$30 (for those attending Friday’s class only)

Deposit of $100 per person is due at time of registration to secure your place, balance due by January 26, 2018.

 For more information or to register please contact our office at (607) 962-0541 or mail in the registration form.

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Road Scholar: Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
May
6
to May 11

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. ($999 per person double occupancy/ + $120 for single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Iroquois Culture - Yesterday and Today
May
15
to May 18

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 Countryconcurrent with Women at the Fire
May
20
to May 25

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. (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: Women at the Fire - An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay & Iron
May
20
to May 25

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. ($1079 per person double occupancy/ + $120 for single occupancy)   Note that both Women at the Fire programs are offered concurrently with Hiking programs.

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Road Scholar: Hiking the Finger Lakes Trail - Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Jun
3
to Jun 8

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
Jun
10
to Jun 15

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: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild
Jun
17
to Jun 22

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
24
to Jun 29

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. ($879 per person double occupancy / + $120 single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild
Jul
8
to Jul 13

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
Jul
15
to Jul 20

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. ($879 per person double occupancy / + $120 single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Jul
29
to Aug 3

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. ($879 per person double occupancy / + $120 single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Corning's Crafts Through the Ages with Your Grandchild
Aug
5
to Aug 10

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
Aug
19
to Aug 24

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. ($879 per person double occupancy / + $120 single occupancy)

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Road Scholar: Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Aug
26
to Aug 31

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. ($879 per person double occupancy / + $120 single occupancy)

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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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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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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: 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: Women at the Fire - An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay & Iron
Oct
14
to Oct 19

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. ($1079 per person double occupancy/ + $120 for single occupancy)   Note that both Women at the Fire programs are offered concurrently with Hiking programs.

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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: 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: 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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Homestead for the Holidays: Gingerbread House Building Workshop
Nov
26
1:00 PM13:00

Homestead for the Holidays: Gingerbread House Building Workshop

Homestead for the Holidays 2017

GINGERBREAD HOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP

Sunday, November 26, 2017.  1 pm –3 pm
At THE WATSON HOMESTEAD

Join Susan Franceschi, the “Gingerbread House Lady”

All Materials will be provided.  Gingerbread – Icing – Candy and a Box to carry your house home, are all included.

Bring your Christmas Spirit, Joy & Creative Inner Elf to make the day fun and memorable while building a delicious gift for yourself and loved ones.  Additional activities include ornament creating and decorating traditional sugar cookies.

RSVP by November 17!          

The cost is $35 per gingerbread house.  Up to 4 people can successfully share the decoration process.  Larger families or groups may wish to order additional houses.

Opportunities to win Holiday gift baskets will be ongoing throughout the day, with a drawing at 1 PM.

To register: download, complete and mail in the registration form.

 

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Encaustic [hot wax] + Mixed Media Workshop
Sep
24
to Sep 26

Encaustic [hot wax] + Mixed Media Workshop

Encaustic (hot wax) + Mixed Media Workshop
THREE DAY Workshop For All Skill Levels
September 24-26, 2017
10 AM - 4 PM

Discover encaustics! Workshop includes painting
and collage with wax, fusing, carving into wax,
and more experimenting with techniques. You
can upcycle existing art (drawings, prints, photos)
if you like. See how encaustic painting can be a
sculptural art form. Apply tools and techniques to
create relief emphasizing positive and negative
space and contrast in darks and lights. All materials
provided. Cost: $515

Fees: Single Room: Two nights, includes 6 meals:
$291.60. Double Room: Two nights, includes 6 meals:
$216 per person. Commuter Fee: No overnight stay,
$81. Taxes are included in fees.

To register and for more info: marcieplusart@gmail.com

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Finger Lakes Regional Market
Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Finger Lakes Regional Market

EVENT SHOWCASING REGIONAL PRODUCTS & EXPERIENCES RETURNS

PAINTED POST, NY – There’s a reason the Finger Lakes is becoming known as one of the top tourist destinations in the world that goes beyond the stunning landscape. People from around the globe are discovering one thing that sets the region apart is the wide array of exceptional products and experiences offered by local farmers, chefs, brewers, artists, and more. On Saturday, September 9th, the folks from Simply Finger Lakes will bring some of the best products, growers, and artisans from the region together in one location for the 2nd Annual Finger Lakes Regional Market. Parking and admission for the event are free. 

Live blacksmithing demonstrations, delicious tastings of locally-produced cheeses, as well as handcrafted spirits from Four Fights Distilling. Arts and crafts, fun activities for the kids, fresh produce, food trucks, and more. There’s something for the whole family.

“The Finger Lakes Market will feature only those products and experiences made in the Finger Lakes,” says Simply Finger Lakes CEO Kevin Peterson. “Our goal is to create a unique shopping experience for our guests while they discover everything that is Simply Finger Lakes.”

The intention of the event is to showcase the best regional products, not merely in traditional static displays, but through interactive and educational activities and demonstrations that engage everyone. 

Just a few of the vendors and artisans who will be present for the popular event include the Southeast Steuben County Library with special activities for kids; the blacksmith from Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes who will bring the mobile blacksmith shop to provide live blacksmithing demonstrations; Cub Storms from 2 Crocked Pots; Vincent Van Go, the mobile art studio from F.L.A.V.O.R. Studio and Gallery, with artists Debbie Meritsky and Marc Rotman sharing their love of up-cycling local ingredients into wearable or usable art; and Painter Jay Pullman, one of the artists from the ARTS in Bloom Art Trail will also be there. Of course, don't forget the food trucks. 

Over the Moon Grilled Cheeserie and Milners Southern Smoked BBQ will be on site with delicious food available for purchase.

Finger Lakes Regional Market
Saturday, September 9th
10am-4pm
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870

To learn more about the event, visit SimplyFingerLakes.com or contact Kevin Peterson at kevin@simplyfingerlakes.com.  Or follow on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/simplyfingerlakes).

Kevin Peterson
Simply Finger Lakes
SimplyFingerLakes.com

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College Admissions & Applications Workshop for Seniors
Jun
28
to Jun 30

College Admissions & Applications Workshop for Seniors

To register, complete and mail in the registration form in our brochure.

FOR SENIORS CLASS OF 2018

PROGRAM TOPICS

June 28 & 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
June 30, 2017 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 28, 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
26
to Jun 27

College Admissions & Applications Workshop for Juniors

To register, complete and mail in the registration form in our brochure.

FOR JUNIORS CLASS OF 2019


PROGRAM TOPICS

June 26 & 27, 2017 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 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.

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Mother's Day Brunch
May
14
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 and meat sauce. Hot soups and salad bar, and various breads. For dessert: cookies, brownies, assorted pastries, cherry and apple coffee cake.

Click here to view the event flier.

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
13
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 or for more information, contact Watson Homestead at 607-962-0541 or whomestead@stny.rr.com.  For directions, go to our website at www.watsonhomestead.com.

Click here to view the event flier.

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Pancake Supper
Mar
26
4:00 PM16:00

Pancake Supper

Where: Watson Homestead
9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY 14870

ADMISSION:
2 CANS OF FOOD AND $2.00


ADMISSIONS will be donated to:
Corning Meals on Wheels
AND
Painted Post Food Pantry

Sponsored by:
Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center
& Corning Catering, Inc.

For more information, download the Pancake Supper Flier.

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March Maple Family Weekend
Mar
17
to Mar 19

March Maple Family Weekend

Have you always wondered where real maple syrup comes from? Have you sugared in the past and wish to share this special tradition with your children? Do you choose pure
maple syrup over Log Cabin©?

Bring your family and join us in the peaceful and relaxing setting of Watson Homestead for an opportunity to immerse yourself in the process of maple sugaring, while spending quality time with those you love.

Throughout the weekend you will get an opportunity to participate in the process of making maple syrup. Everything from tapping trees, collecting buckets, evaporating away water, feeding the fire, and more. At the end of the weekend, you will return home with maple sugar candy and syrup that you actually helped make.

Making maple syrup takes time, however, when not sugaring you may want to read by the fire, play a game of carpetball, take a hike, join in an arts and craft project, help man the fire, or simply relax on your own. Our desire is that a weekend spent together will strengthen your family’s bond, making lasting memories, through an authentic hands-on experience. We can’t wait to see you in March!

For more information and pricing, download the March Maple Family Weekend Brochure.

To register, please call Watson Homestead at (607) 962-0541, E-mail whomestead@stny.rr.com, or mail registration form to:
Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center
9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY 14870

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Homestead for the Holidays: Gingerbread House Building Workshop
Nov
27
1:00 PM13:00

Homestead for the Holidays: Gingerbread House Building Workshop

Homestead for the Holidays 2016

GINGERBREAD HOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP

WHEN: Sunday, November 27, 2016: 1 pm –4 pm
WHERE: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center, 9620 Dry Run Rd., Painted Post
Join Susan Franceschi, the “Gingerbread House Lady.”
All Materials will be provided: gingerbread – icing – candy and a box to carry your house home.

Bring your Christmas Spirit, Joy & Creative Inner Elf to make the day fun and memorable while building a delicious gift for yourself and loved ones.  Additional activities include ornament creating and decorating traditional sugar cookies.

RSVP (Download the Registration Form) by November 22, 2016.  The cost is $35 per gingerbread house. Up to 4 people can successfully share the decoration process.  Larger families or groups may wish to order additional houses.

Opportunities to win holiday gift baskets will be ongoing throughout the day, with a drawing at 1 PM.

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Wine Glass Marathon
Oct
1
to Oct 2

Wine Glass Marathon

Watson Homestead welcomes all Wineglass Marathoners, Half-Marathoners , friends, and families! Rates include cabin/dorm lodging for Saturday night-Sunday morning, Saturday night pasta dinner and light snacks, coffee, & tea on race morning starting at 5 a.m.  Bottles of water upon arrival.  Showers available after the race.

PACKAGE RATES

Cabin Housing: $40.00 per person per night (10 person minimum)

For more information on the Wineglass Marathon, visit this website:
http://wineglassmarathon.com/

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Falling Leaves Festival
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Falling Leaves Festival

Corning's Native American Council Presents...

Falling Leaves Festival

An Interactive Pow Wow - Rain or Shine!

September 24th

Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Open Daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Join us for Native American social dancing, drums and flute music, arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, food, and more!

This event is free and open to the public - rain or shine! Free parking!

For more information, download the flier and visit www.fallingleavesfestival.com

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

Finger Lakes Regional Market

FREE ADMISSION - FREE PARKING

Outdoor regional market showcasing the products and experiences of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

September 10, 2016
10 AM - 6 PM
Watson Homestead, Painted Post, NY
(Finger Lakes vendors welcome to apply.)
www.simplyfingerlakes.com

Finger Lakes Regional Market Flyer
The Finger Lakes Market Vendor Application
Finger Lakes Regional Market Vendor Rules and Regulations

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College Admissions & Applications Workshop: Rising Seniors
Jun
29
to Jul 1

College Admissions & Applications Workshop: Rising Seniors

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Barbara Bergman is the Director of College Counseling at Georgetown Day High School in Washington, D.C. During her 30 years of college counseling experience Barbara was also the Associate Director of Admissions at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She comes to us with the advantage of having been “on both sides” of the college admissions process, and of having parented her own children through the college process.

Fees include program, lunch each day, and separate evening for parents. Full and partial scholarships are available. First generation college/university applicants are encouraged to apply.

PROGRAM TOPICS FOR RISING SENIORS
June 29 & 30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
July 1, 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.
• 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.

PARENT EVENING FOR RISING SENIORS
June 29, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• Understanding the 4-year college admissions process “from start to finish.”
• Finding the best academic, social and financial fit.
• Accessing financial aid (need and non-need based).
• Ways to support your child through this process.
• Admissions options (Early Decision, Early Action, Rolling and Priority) and timelines.
• The transition from high school to college.

Register by March 15, 2016.   Registration form can be downloaded here.  
Program limited to 50 students.

Questions to Donna Cummings, whomestead@stny.rr.com, (607) 962-0541.

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College Admissions & Applications Workshop: Rising Juniors
Jun
27
to Jun 28

College Admissions & Applications Workshop: Rising Juniors

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Barbara Bergman is the Director of College Counseling at Georgetown Day High School in Washington, D.C. During her 30 years of college counseling experience Barbara was also the Associate Director of Admissions at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She comes to us with the advantage of having been “on both sides” of the college admissions process, and of having parented her own children through the college process.

Fees include program, lunch each day, and separate evening for parents. Full and partial scholarships are available. First generation college/university applicants are encouraged to apply.

PROGRAM TOPICS FOR RISING JUNIORS
June 27 & 28, 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.
• 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 FOR RISING JUNIORS
June 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• How to get started with the college admissions process.
• Standardized tests and timeline.
• How to strengthen the college resume.
• Accessing need based financial aid and scholarships.
• Ways to support your child throughout the college process.

Register by March 15, 2016.   Registration form can be downloaded here.  
Program limited to 50 students.

Questions to Donna Cummings, whomestead@stny.rr.com, (607) 962-0541.

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Painting in Encaustic & Mixed Media
Apr
10
to Apr 12

Painting in Encaustic & Mixed Media

Discover encaustics! See how encaustic (hot wax) painting can be a sculptural art form. Apply tools and techniques to create relief emphasizing positive and negative space and contrast in darks and lights. Workshop includes painting and collage with wax, fusing, carving into wax, and more experimenting with techniques. In addition, you can upcycle existing art (drawings, prints, photos) if you like.

  • Learn basic techniques in encaustic painting.
  • Experiment with materials (collage) and integrate drawings and collage materials into an encaustic painting.
  • Learn how to build up surfaces in encaustic painting creating a sculptural form.

 Instructor:  Marcie Wolf Hubbard (http://www.marciewolfhubbard.com)

Marcie received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Studio Art and studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has taught, completed artist residencies and exhibited with over 40 organizations and is currently teaching at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

When: April 10, 11, 12 (Sunday - Tuesday) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center, 9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY 14870
Who: Anyone over the age of 18, all skill levels welcome!

Cost:

  • Single Room:  (2 nights and 6 meals) $684.00 (includes food, all class fees, room)
  • Double Room:  (2 nights and 6 meals) $609.00 per person (includes food, all class fees, room) 
  • Commuter: 3 days of class $510 per person (includes 3 lunches, dinner on Tuesday evening, all class fees)

Questions? Contact Contact Guest Services:  Phone (607) 962-0541E-mail whomestead@stny.rr.com

Register: REGISTER BY MARCH 15, 2016!  Phone-in credit card registration (607) 962-0541 or mail registration form with payment to: Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center, 9620 Dry Run Rd., Painted Post, NY14870

For more information, download the flier/registration form.

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Cabin Fever Quilter's Retreat
Feb
5
to Feb 7

Cabin Fever Quilter's Retreat

Got cabin fever?  The cure is Watson Homestead’s Quilters Retreat!

With Instructor Linda Halpin

“PICK UP STICKS” Weekend Quilt Workshop

Welcome to the Eleventh Annual Cabin Fever Retreat at Watson Homestead!  This year’s class features the quilt Linda was commissioned to design for the 2015 Wisconsin Statewide Shop Hop.  It combines all of her favorite things: working with a wide variety of fabrics, making small blocks that look harder to do than they are, and new patchwork tricks that make the process efficient with excellent results.

The Shop Hop quilt was a two color quilt, combining the red and grey fabrics of this year’s feature fabrics.  But Linda couldn’t stop there; she had to see what it would look like using a mixture of lots of colors.  The hardest part of this class will be deciding which way you want to color your quilt.

Just as in past years Saturday night is “show and tell” and a good time to share projects that you have created. In addition to quilts also bring along a non-quilt item that you have made. It can be knit, crocheted, painted, jewelry, scrapbook…just something fun to share.

* Once registered, students will receive a materials list, detailing what to bring.  Workshop limited to 30 students and a $5 handout fee for all class handouts will be collected in class.

For more information and pricing, download the Cabin Fever Quilter's Retreat Brochure.

To register, please call Watson Homestead at (607) 962-0541, E-mail whomestead@stny.rr.com, or mail registration form to:
Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center
9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY 14870

 

 

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Gingerbread House Building Workshop
Nov
29
1:00 PM13:00

Gingerbread House Building Workshop

Gingerbread House Building Workshop

Meet Santa and have a Santa Cookie and Hot Cocoa.

Join Susan Franceschi, the “Gingerbread House Lady,”
and make a Gingerbread House!

All Materials will be provided. Gingerbread – Icing – Candy and a flat box to carry your house home, are all included. Additional activities include ornament creating and decoration traditional sugar cookies.

RSVP by November 23, 2015 - call (607) 962-0541 or e-mail whomestead@stny.rr.com. The cost is $35 per gingerbread house.

Up to 4 people can successfully share the decoration process. Larger families or groups may wish to order additional houses.

Opportunities to win Holiday gift baskets will be ongoing throughout the day, with a drawing at 2:30 PM.

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Wine Glass Marathon
Oct
2
to Oct 4

Wine Glass Marathon

Watson Homestead welcomes all Wineglass Marathoners, Half-Marathoners , friends, and families! Rates include lodging for Saturday night-Sunday morning, Saturday night pasta dinner, Sunday morning continental breakfast, water bottles upon arrival, free wireless, free shuttle service to the expo and starting line bus in Corning! Rates for additional days/nights or meals are available upon request.

PACKAGE RATES

Cabin Housing: $40.00 per person per night (10 person minimum)
Hotel Room: $65 per person per night (double occupancy).
Hotel Room: $120 per person per night (Single Occupancy).

For more information on the Wineglass Marathon, visit this website:
http://wineglassmarathon.com/

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Falling Leaves Festival
Sep
25
to Sep 26

Falling Leaves Festival

Corning's Native American Council Presents...

Falling Leaves Festival

An Interactive Pow Wow - Rain or Shine!

September 25th & 26th

Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Open Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Native American Social Dancing - with Bill Crouse as MC from the Seneca Nation and the Allegheny River Dancers
  • Drums and music
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Demonstrations
  • Storytelling
  • Food
  • And Much more!

Free Admission and Parking!

www.fallingleavesfestival.com

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

Mother's Day Brunch

Give your Mother the gift of a day off and bring her out to the beauty of Watson Homestead for a delicious Mother's Day brunch.  The cost is $15.00 per person, children ages 6-12 $7.00 and children under 5 free.  Reservations are required so please call 607-962-0541 and get your spots reserved today. 

Brunch Selections: Scrambled eggs, home fries, maple sausage links, bacon, French toast, Corning Catering carving station with beef, ham, turkey breast, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, hot vegetables Chicken Ala King with biscuits, yams, wild rice with sausage, baked ziti with sauce and cheese, hot soups, macaroni and cheese, black bean casserole, salad bar and other delicious choices!  For dessert: cookies, iced brownies, cherry strudel and warm apple or peach cobblers!

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"Muds & Suds" Children's Challenge
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

"Muds & Suds" Children's Challenge

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 10 a.m.  Additional waves will follow every ten 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 or for more information, contact Watson Homestead at 607-962-0541 or whomestead@stny.rr.com.  For directions, go to our website at www.watsonhomestead.com.

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Infinite Possibilities: A Woman's Retreat - Stepping Into Your Power
Apr
24
to Apr 26

Infinite Possibilities: A Woman's Retreat - Stepping Into Your Power

Do you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Are important decisions in your life based on stress or fear? Would you like to release what is holding you back from fulfilling your dreams? This retreat, led by Enolia Foti, brings spiritual teachings from around the world to empower women. Participate in rituals based on native cultural traditions to empower yourself in day to day activities, break out of your conditioned routine, and release stress and fear! Let your heart open and your creativity blossom in a safe, sacred place for connection and healing.  April 24-26, 2015  Cost: $375  
To register: http://www.enoliafoti.com/register.html

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March Maple Family Weekend
Mar
13
to Mar 15

March Maple Family Weekend

A weekend to bring families closer together, centered around the process of making maple syrup.  Families will learn what it takes to make maple syrup by tapping trees, collecting sap, cooking sap, and then turning it into syrup.  In addition to maple syrup making, families are free to join in making a craft, take a hike, playing a game, take a nap, or simply relax.  The weekend is a 2 night, 4 meal package.  Meals begin Saturday with breakfast and end with Sunday brunch. 

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Cabin Fever Quilt Retreat
Feb
6
to Feb 8

Cabin Fever Quilt Retreat

Linda Halpin will join us once again to instruct at our Cabin Fever Quilt Weekend February 6-8, 2015.  This years workshop entitled "Postcards" is described by Linda in the following:

POSTCARDS:  A Remembrance Quilt:
Welcome to the Tenth Annual Cabin Fever Retreat at Watson Homestead!  This year’s class features the quilt I was commissioned to design for Wisconsin’s Statewide Shop Hop.  In it, we take rectangular motifs that have been fussy-cut out of the specialty fabric of your choice and turn them into squares that can then be set together in a traditional block arrangement.  The design created by the setting blocks serves to further frame your specialty fabric.
What is so much fun about this design is the possibilities!  Use rectangles of plain fabric and embellish them with signatures, turning it into an Album Quilt (great for weddings, graduations, or reunions!), or fill them with quotes for an Inspirational Quilt.... how about doing some photo transfers for a really special keepsake.... or fussy cut motifs from children’s prints to make a Story Quilt.  What ideas can you come up with?

 The class sample is a wall-hanging size (41” x 41”) but instructions include multiple sizes so you can make the size of your choice

click here for full brochure

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Pre Retreat Quilting Class
Feb
6
2:00 PM14:00

Pre Retreat Quilting Class

Linda Halpin will once again be leading a quilting class prior to our main Cabin Fever Quilt Retreat.  This year's pre retreat class entitled "ROLLING STAR" is seen here and described as follows:
The first time I made this design, it was as the Bonus Quilt made from the leftovers of a larger quilt.  I have always loved this pattern, and decided to make it all on its own.  The result?  Some more of my ‘Stitching Magic’.....  While this star looks like it is made up of 21 teeny tiny pieces, there is not a single triangle cut in this method of construction.  Instead, you will be cutting 3 sizes of squares, and with a few simple steps, they will be transformed into this Rolling Star block!  So much fun, so much magic.

Click here for full brochure

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