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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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Road Scholar Events


New For 2017: Glassmaking and Society in Gilded-Age New York
Nov
12
to Nov 17

New For 2017: Glassmaking and Society in Gilded-Age New York

Journey through rolling hills from Corning to Elmira, New York and explore the landscape and abolitionist ideas that inspired Mark Twain during his 20 summers there. Visit Quarry Farm, the place where he wrote his most famous novels, and compare the late 19-century that Twain labeled “The Gilded Age” with our 21st-century American social issues and democratic ideals. Explore the social history and resources of the Crystal City of Corning, and investigate the rivalry between two of the greatest glass designers of the era, Tiffany and Carder.  • Discover significant sites in Elmira, New York that commemorate Mark Twain including his grave site, his wife’s family abolitionist church and the Clemens Performing Arts Center. • Explore the Corning Museum of Glass to learn about the history of glassmaking and enjoy lectures on luxury glass designers LC Tiffany and Frederick Carder. • Visit the Chemung County History Museum and the Clemens Performing Arts Center, both made possible by funding stretching back to the Gilded Age.  ($699 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy / $549 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #22775. Activity level 3: Moderate.

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Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Nov
5
to Nov 10

Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

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. ($965 per person double occupancy/ + $125 for single occupancy / $815 no accommodations) Road Scholar course #2388. Activity level 3: Moderate.

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Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Oct
22
to Oct 27

Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

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. ($965 per person double occupancy/ + $125 for single occupancy / $815 no accommodations) Road Scholar course #2388. Activity level 3: Moderate.

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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Oct
15
to Oct 20

Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

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: $859 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $709 no accommodations; and for September & October: ($899 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $749 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #12667. Activity level 5: Moderately Challenging.

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Iroquois Culture: Yesterday and Today
Oct
3
to Oct 6

Iroquois Culture: Yesterday and Today

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 Western Art and Corning Museum of Glass. ($575 per person double occupancy / +$100 single occupancy / $475 no accommodations). Road Scholar Course #13364. Activity level 2: Easy.

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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Oct
1
to Oct 6

Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

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: $859 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $709 no accommodations; and for September & October: ($899 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $749 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #12667. Activity level 5: Moderately Challenging.

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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Sep
24
to Sep 29

Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

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: $859 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $709 no accommodations; and for September & October: ($899 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $749 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #12667. Activity level 5: Moderately Challenging.

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine
Sep
17
to Sep 22

Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine

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. ($825 per person double occupancy / + $125 single occupancy / $675 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #1757. Activity level 4: Active.

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New for 2017: Women At The Fire: An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay and Iron
Sep
10
to Sep 15

New for 2017: Women At The Fire: An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay and Iron

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. ($995 per person double occupancy/ + $125 for single occupancy) The May 30 – June 4 program date is $80 more because it includes gala event: Recycled Runway at the Corning Museum of Glass. Road Scholar Course #22772. Activity level 3: Moderate.

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New For 2017: Glassmaking and Society in Gilded-Age New York
Aug
27
to Aug 31

New For 2017: Glassmaking and Society in Gilded-Age New York

Journey through rolling hills from Corning to Elmira, New York and explore the landscape and abolitionist ideas that inspired Mark Twain during his 20 summers there. Visit Quarry Farm, the place where he wrote his most famous novels, and compare the late 19-century that Twain labeled “The Gilded Age” with our 21st-century American social issues and democratic ideals. Explore the social history and resources of the Crystal City of Corning, and investigate the rivalry between two of the greatest glass designers of the era, Tiffany and Carder.  • Discover significant sites in Elmira, New York that commemorate Mark Twain including his grave site, his wife’s family abolitionist church and the Clemens Performing Arts Center. • Explore the Corning Museum of Glass to learn about the history of glassmaking and enjoy lectures on luxury glass designers LC Tiffany and Frederick Carder. • Visit the Chemung County History Museum and the Clemens Performing Arts Center, both made possible by funding stretching back to the Gilded Age.  ($699 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy / $549 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #22775. Activity level 3: Moderate.

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine
Aug
20
to Aug 25

Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine

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. ($825 per person double occupancy / + $125 single occupancy / $675 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #1757. Activity level 4: Active.

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine
Aug
6
to Aug 11

Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine

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. ($825 per person double occupancy / + $125 single occupancy / $675 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #1757. Activity level 4: Active.

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Corning's Intergenerational Experiences Over the Centuries
Jul
16
to Jul 21

Corning's Intergenerational Experiences Over the Centuries

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 Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum complex, including the 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: $1099 per first adult / $799 per second adult / $499 per child, ages 8 to 12) Road Scholar Course #4983. Activity level 4: Active.

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine
Jul
9
to Jul 14

Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine

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. ($825 per person double occupancy / + $125 single occupancy / $675 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #1757. Activity level 4: Active.

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine
Jun
25
to Jun 30

Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art and Wine

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. ($825 per person double occupancy / + $125 single occupancy / $675 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #1757. Activity level 4: Active.

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Corning's Intergenerational Experiences Over the Centuries
Jun
18
to Jun 23

Corning's Intergenerational Experiences Over the Centuries

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 Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum complex, including the 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: $1099 per first adult / $799 per second adult / $499 per child, ages 8 to 12) Road Scholar Course #4983. Activity level 4: Active.

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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Jun
4
to Jun 9

Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

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: $859 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $709 no accommodations; and for September & October: ($899 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $749 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #12667. Activity level 5: Moderately Challenging.

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New for 2017: Women At The Fire: An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay and Iron
May
30
to Jun 4

New for 2017: Women At The Fire: An Art Intensive with Glass, Clay and Iron

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. ($995 per person double occupancy/ + $125 for single occupancy) The May 30 – June 4 program date is $80 more because it includes gala event: Recycled Runway at the Corning Museum of Glass. Road Scholar Course #22772. Activity level 3: Moderate.

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 Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
May
21
to May 26

Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

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: $859 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $709 no accommodations; and for September & October: ($899 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $749 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #12667. Activity level 5: Moderately Challenging.

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Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
May
7
to May 12

Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

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.  ($965 per person double occupancy/ + $125 for single occupancy / $815 no accommodations) Road Scholar course #2388. Activity level 3: Moderate.

 

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Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Nov
13
to Nov 18

Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

Immerse yourself in hot and cold glassworking!  You will divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flameworking and coldworking.  Highly qualified instructors will help you create beautiful glass objects.  At the furnace, you will work with molten glass to fashion paperweights, flowers and vessels.  Using the basics of flameworking, you will make beads at the torch.  In the kiln shop, you will create layered and fused pieces such as sun-catchers, picture frames, tiles and jewelry.  In addition, you will learn to sandblast glass during the week.  Demonstrations by master glassmakers as well as lectures on Corning’s wonderful glass history augment the program.  ($925 double occupancy/ + $125 for single occupancy / $775 no accommodations) Road Scholar course #2388 Activity level: Active.

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Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Oct
23
to Oct 28

Hands-on Glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

Immerse yourself in hot and cold glass!  You will divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flameworking and coldworking.  Highly qualified instructors will help you create beautiful glass objects.  At the furnace, you will work with molten glass to fashion paperweights, flowers and vessels.  Using the basics of flameworking, you will make beads at the torch. In the kiln shop, you will create layered and fused pieces such as sun-catchers, picture frames, tiles and jewelry.   In addition, you will learn to sandblast glass during the week.  Demonstrations by master glassmakers as well as lectures on Corning’s wonderful glass history augment the program. ($925 double occupancy / + $125 for single occupancy / $775 no accommodations)  To register, go to www.roadscholar.org or call 877-426-8056.  Road Scholar Course #2388 Activity level: Active.

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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Oct
9
to Oct 14

Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

Explore the Finger Lakes Trail system that runs through wine country. Daily hikes on moderate to hilly terrain of up to 7 miles at a 2.5 mile per hour pace. Spectacular geologic wonders – gorges and waterfalls in Letchworth, Watkins Glen and Treman State Parks – sites built by the CCC in the ‘30s.  Hike near Keuka Lake in vineyards and forest. Special features include wine tastings, free time and tickets for Corning museums, forester/naturalist lecture and guided hikes.  Discover upstate New York’s white pine, hemlock and maple forests, and the educational perspective of environmentalists and Iroquois specialists. ($859 double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $709 no accommodations). Road Scholar course #12267; Activity Level #5 - Moderately Challenging.

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Iroquois Culture: Yesterday and Today
Oct
4
to Oct 7

Iroquois Culture: Yesterday and Today

The Iroquois Confederacy, established in the 1400s, united warring nations and established peace in fertile glaciated valleys and mountains of upstate New York. Learn about the history and legacy of this remarkable culture. Journey to Ganondagan State Historic Site where Iroquois educators present their culture - past, present and reaching forward to the seventh generation. Gain a new perspective about Iroquois influences on American representational governance and environmental stewardship. Visit sites in Seneca Falls linked to the influence of Iroquois clan mothers on the woman's suffrage movement. Experience stories, music, dance and craft of the Haudenosaunee – the People of the Long House.  ($549 double occupancy / +$100 single occupancy / $449 no accommodations)  Road Scholar course # 13364.

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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country
Oct
2
to Oct 7

Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

Explore the Finger Lakes Trail system that runs through wine country. Daily hikes on moderate to hilly terrain of up to 7 miles at a 2.5 mile per hour pace. Spectacular geologic wonders – gorges and waterfalls in Letchworth, Watkins Glen and Treman State Parks – sites built by the CCC in the ‘30s.  Hike near Keuka Lake in vineyards and forest. Special features include wine tastings, free time and tickets for Corning museums, forester/naturalist lecture and guided hikes.  Discover upstate New York’s white pine, hemlock and maple forests, and the educational perspective of environmentalists and Iroquois specialists. ($859 double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $709 no accommodations). Road Scholar course #12267; Activity Level #5 - Moderately Challenging.

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Sep
25
to Sep 30

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

Our most popular program - such a Feast for the Senses!  The fine art of wine tasting co-mingled with an appetizer of glacial geology, gorge hike and Finger Lake cruise.  The entrée -- the amazing 3500-year history of glass from the famous Corning Museum of Glass, with its Hot Glass Show and Innovation Center.  Side dishes include walking tours of local architecture and award-winning historic preservation, amazing museums of aviation and a presentation on Iroquois culture.  Dessert is a visit to the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels and a special feature all about the English glassmaker, Frederick Carder, founder of Steuben Glass in 1903.  Revel in the quality and diversity of historic sites and the natural beauty of our region.  P.S. Don’t forget your corkscrew!  ($799 double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $645 no accommodations).  Road Scholar course # 1757; activity level #4 - Active.

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Sep
11
to Sep 16

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

Our most popular program - such a Feast for the Senses!  The fine art of wine tasting co-mingled with an appetizer of glacial geology, gorge hike and Finger Lake cruise.  The entrée -- the amazing 3500-year history of glass from the famous Corning Museum of Glass, with its Hot Glass Show and Innovation Center.  Side dishes include walking tours of local architecture and award-winning historic preservation, amazing museums of aviation and a presentation on Iroquois culture.  Dessert is a visit to the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels and a special feature all about the English glassmaker, Frederick Carder, founder of Steuben Glass in 1903.  Revel in the quality and diversity of historic sites and the natural beauty of our region.  P.S. Don’t forget your corkscrew!  ($799 double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $645 no accommodations).  Road Scholar course # 1757; activity level #4 - Active.

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Aug
28
to Sep 2

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

Our most popular program - such a Feast for the Senses!  The fine art of wine tasting co-mingled with an appetizer of glacial geology, gorge hike and Finger Lake cruise.  The entrée -- the amazing 3500-year history of glass from the famous Corning Museum of Glass, with its Hot Glass Show and Innovation Center.  Side dishes include walking tours of local architecture and award-winning historic preservation, amazing museums of aviation and a presentation on Iroquois culture.  Dessert is a visit to the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels and a special feature all about the English glassmaker, Frederick Carder, founder of Steuben Glass in 1903.  Revel in the quality and diversity of historic sites and the natural beauty of our region.  P.S. Don’t forget your corkscrew!  ($799 double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $645 no accommodations).  Road Scholar course # 1757; activity level #4 - Active.

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Corning's Intergenerational Experiences Over the Centuries
Aug
7
to Aug 12

Corning's Intergenerational Experiences Over the Centuries

Participate in activities from the daily life of an early 19th century frontier family.  Discover glassmaking past and present.  Explore the natural setting of Watson Homestead with its 500 acres, creek, woods and 36’ climbing tower.  Hands-on experiences include blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, tin punching and glass blowing and fusing.  Field trips to the Corning Museum of Glass with its Studio, Innovation Center and Hot Glass Show.  Hike down the famous gorge at Watkins Glen. The Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum complex includes 1796 inn, one-room schoolhouse, 1800s log cabin, and blacksmith shop.  At the Glenn Curtiss Museum see “Curtiss Jenny” and other early aeroplanes.  Local sightseeing, art activities and a historic architecture guided walk complete this fun-filled week for grand bigs and littles!  Double or triple occupancy: from $1149 per first adult / $829 persecond adult / $499 per child, ages 8 to 12.  Road Scholar course #4983, activity level 4 - Active.

 

 

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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature's Bounty, History, Art & Wine
Jul
31
to Aug 5

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

Our most popular program - such a Feast for the Senses!  The fine art of wine tasting co-mingled with an appetizer of glacial geology, gorge hike and Finger Lake cruise.  The entrée -- the amazing 3500-year history of glass from the famous Corning Museum of Glass, with its Hot Glass Show and Innovation Center.  Side dishes include walking tours of local architecture and award-winning historic preservation, amazing museums of aviation and a presentation on Iroquois culture.  Dessert is a visit to the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels and a special feature all about the English glassmaker, Frederick Carder, founder of Steuben Glass in 1903.  Revel in the quality and diversity of historic sites and the natural beauty of our region.  P.S. Don’t forget your corkscrew!  ($799 double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $645 no accommodations).  Road Scholar course # 1757; activity level #4 - Active.

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