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CORNING, NEW YORK

Hands-On Glassmaking At the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

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Program #2388RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Oct 27 — Nov 1, 2013

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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: Sunday, October 27 - Registration/Orientation and afternoon swim.
Afternoon: Registration at 3PM in lobby, followed by refreshments in the dining room, then swimming in the pool from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: At 6 p.m. dinner is served 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.

Evening: At 7 PM we will introduce the site, staff and program details. Then we meet each other.

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: 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: Monday, October 28 - First working day at the Studio. Plus orientation...
First working day at the Studio. Plus orientation tour to the Corning Museum of Glass.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: Orientation tour of the Studio and meet its staff. Then participants begin schedule of small groups working for 90 minutes in each area of glass blowing, bead making, or kiln-working techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.

Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the third area. Introductory walk-through of the galleries at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead

Evening: Evening free to watch videos of master glassworkers who have taught at the Studio.

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: Tuesday, October 29 - Second working day at the Studio. Demonstration b...
Second working day at the Studio. Demonstration by master gaffer at the Studio.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: Participants work at the Studio in two areas: glass blowing, bead making, or kiln-working techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.

Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the third area. Master glassmaker demonstration at the Studio.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead

Evening: Evening free to watch videos of master glassworkers who have taught at the Studio.

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 Four: Wednesday, October 30 - Third working day at the Studio. More time to vis...
Third working day at the Studio. More time to visit the Museum or Rakow Research Library.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: Participants work at the Studio in two areas: glass blowing, bead making, or kiln-working techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.

Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the third area. This afternoon we have a guided tour of the Corning Museum of Glass. For a preview go to www.cmog.org.

Dinner: Free evening to find dinner on own on Restored Market Street in downtown Corning. A list and map will be provided.

Evening: Free evening to go into town, work on your final stencilling projects for sand blasting, or view videos by master glassmakers.

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 Five: Thursday, October 31 - Fourth and final working day at the Studio. Histo...
Fourth and final working day at the Studio. Historic Market Street walking tour.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: Participants work at the Studio in two areas: glass blowing, bead making, or kiln-working techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.

Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the third area. This afternoon we have a walking tour of the Market Street Restoration District and a culminating wine tasting.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead

Evening: Our final evening together always includes making hand-cranked ice cream and celebrating our glass creations with a show and tell. At this time we stamp Road Scholar passports and sit by the fire inside or a campfire outside, depending on the season.

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 01 - Final presentation: a session on identifying vari...
Final presentation: a session on identifying various glass types. A hands-on exploration of antique cut, pressed, engraved and iridized glass made in Corning.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: Our final presentation with Tom Dimitroff will be a pass-around session of various glass types. We will learn to differentiate cut from pressed glass and feel the surface of various styles and decorative effects on antique glass.

Lunch: Departures at 10:30 AM. Vouchers for admission to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown Corning will be available. Hope we'll meet again at another Road Scholar program!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Painted Post, NY
Coring's museumswww.cmog.org www.rockwellmuseum.org www.corningfingerlakes.com
Greater Corning Area Chamber of CommerceChamber: 607.962.8997 toll free 1.866.163.6264 Taxis and buses are available in the region for those without cars.
For additional information, visit: www.CorningNY.com

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
13 Hands-on experiences

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