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Program #13364RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 May 13 — May 16, 2014

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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.org

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 - open mid-May through October, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, 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: Tuesday, May 13 - Check in, woods walk and Iroquois creation story ...
Lunch: Registration opens at 11 am in the lobby. Lunch in the dining room is served at 12:30 pm. Lunch buffet includes a salad bar daily in addition to featured entres.

Afternoon: We will introduce the site, staff, program details and group members to each other. Woods walk in the old growth forest on Watson Homestead property with Michael DeMunn, Seneca Indian forester and conservationist.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6 pm 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 7 pm will be a storytelling format of the Iroquois creation story by Jenny Monroe, our Road Scholar coordinator and Iroquois specialist.

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.org

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 - open mid-May through October, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, 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: Wednesday, May 14 - Day program with Seneca artist, faith keeper and ...
Day program with Seneca artist, faith keeper and teacher, Bill Crouse, plus session on Iroquois beadwork and the Indian Boarding school movement.

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 am in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered each day for Road Scholarlers.

Morning: Our lead instructor, Bill Crouse, Seneca Hawk Clan, will give two cultural presentations including storytelling, dance, music and historical information about his people. Bill is an artist, faith keeper and cultural teacher at the Salamanca School district, where he has taught for over 20 years.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Homestead.

Afternoon: We will finish up with Bill's presentation and hear from Dolores Elliott on Iroquois beadwork.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6 pm 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: Our evening speaker, Rita Pope, will share a multi-media presentation on the Indian boarding school movement.

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.org

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 - open mid-May through October, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, 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: Thursday, May 15 - Motorcoach excursion to Victor, NY for the Ganond...
Motorcoach excursion to Victor, NY for the Ganondagan State Historic Site and to Seneca Falls, NY.

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 am in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered each day for Road Scholars.

Morning: Depart on day-long field trip to Seneca Falls and Ganondagan. In Seneca Falls we'll have a ranger tour of the place where the American women's movement began at the Women's Rights National Historic Park, plus visits to Elizabeth Cady Stanton's home and the Women's Hall of Fame. On the coach, we'll have a lecture providing links between the Iroquois Clan Mothers and the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848.

Lunch: We will eat the bag lunches we prepared at breakfast at the Women's Rights National Historical Park.

Afternoon: Then we travel alongside the Erie Canal to Victor, NY, home of Ganondagan State Historic Site with its full scale furnished Iroquois longhouse and other exhibits. Native staff will instruct. Our return trip will be through Canandaigua and alongside Canandaigua Lake to Naples, through wine country.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6 pm 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: 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: Friday, May 16 - Final presentation on Iroquois culture, guided to...
Final presentation on Iroquois culture, guided tour at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and optional visit to the Corning Museum of Glass.

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 a final segment of Q&A about the Iroquois culture, then group will depart in their own cars for a curatorial tour at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown Corning. In addition, admission vouchers for the Corning Museum of Glass will be distributed. For those participants without cars, transportation will be provided to the Rockwell Museum and to any required bus or airport connections required.

Lunch: Participants will depart from the Rockwell Museum. It's always hard to go our separate ways - maybe we'll meet again at another Road Scholar!

Afternoon:

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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