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Program #9535RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Dec 3 — Dec 6, 2012

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. Comprised of over 500 acres, the site is located 15 minutes (8 miles) west of Corning. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) on his birthplace - hence Watson Homestead.

Contact info:
9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870 USA
phone: 607-962-0541
web: www.watsonhomestead.com

Room amenities: Heat and AC, some rooms feature an outside patio and are located one level below the dining room and classroom level - via stairs. Since we are a retreat center, individual guest rooms do not have television sets. There are television sets in three lounge areas available for guests.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, free parking and snacks.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $85
Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, December 03 - Orientation and first lecture
Lunch: Registration at 11 am in the lobby. Lunch in the dining room is served at 12:30 PM. Lunch buffet includes a full salad bar daily in addition to featured entres.

Afternoon: We will introduce the site, staff and program details. Then we will introduce group members to each other. Next we will commence our glass program with a lecture or a video on the history of the Crystal City. Swimming pool available from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.

Evening: Lecture at 7PM on the Market Street Historic District and local regional history.

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. Comprised of over 500 acres, the site is located 15 minutes (8 miles) west of Corning. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) on his birthplace - hence Watson Homestead.

Contact info:
9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870 USA
phone: 607-962-0541
web: www.watsonhomestead.com

Room amenities: Heat and AC, some rooms feature an outside patio and are located one level below the dining room and classroom level - via stairs. Since we are a retreat center, individual guest rooms do not have television sets. There are television sets in three lounge areas available for guests.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, free parking and snacks.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $85
Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, December 04 - Corning Museum of Glass, the Rakow Library, and b...
Corning Museum of Glass, the Rakow Library, and blowing a glass ornament.

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7.

Morning: Travel to the world famous Corning Museum of Glass for a tour through the 3500 years of glass artistry, the science and industry exhibitions and the Hot Glass Show and other demonstrations. We will also have a gallery talk by one of the Museum curators.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Afternoon: Our appointment at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass to blow an ornament and make a fused suncatcher. We will also visit the Rakow Library. Exploration of the galleries continues with a tour of the Rakow Library and its rare boook holdings. Participants may wish to use the Rakow Library to research an aspect of glassmaking history, a glass artist or find out information about something they own. Upon return to Watson Homestead, swimming pool will be available from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.

Evening: Lecture on Steuben Glass during the Frederick Carder years (1903-32) and modern Steuben (1932 to 2011).

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. Comprised of over 500 acres, the site is located 15 minutes (8 miles) west of Corning. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) on his birthplace - hence Watson Homestead.

Contact info:
9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870 USA
phone: 607-962-0541
web: www.watsonhomestead.com

Room amenities: Heat and AC, some rooms feature an outside patio and are located one level below the dining room and classroom level - via stairs. Since we are a retreat center, individual guest rooms do not have television sets. There are television sets in three lounge areas available for guests.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, free parking and snacks.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $85
Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, December 05 - More at the Corning Museum of Glass and Market St...
Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7.

Morning: Our in-depth investigation of the Museum's holdings continue with two staff presentations and a tour of the Frederick Carder Steuben collection.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will shuttle by bus to downtown Corning for an architectural walking tour of the Market Street Historic District with hot glass shops and architecturally significant examples of late 19th century brick and terra cotta commercial buildings. We will visit the private home of a Carder Steuben glass collector in Corning's historic Southside neighborhood disctict for a Finger Lakes wine reception.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a full salad bar with each dinner.

Evening: This evening's activity, a Watson Homestead tradition, is for everyone to help crank the ice cream, then it's your choice of toppings or home-made maple syrup!

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, December 06 - Lecture on "Museum Under Water" and a hands-on gl...
Lecture on "Museum Under Water" and a hands-on glass object identification program.

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7.

Morning: Check out of rooms after breakfast. We will have two final morning lectures on the effects of the flood of 1972 on the Museum and city. Plus a final session of pass around and identify glass onjects, cut, pressed, engraved and iridized. Vouchers for admission to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown Corning will also be distributed.

Lunch: You will create your own sack lunch at breakfast to eat at your convenience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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10 meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
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