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9620 Dry Run Road
Painted post, NY 14870


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

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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.