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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
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 Oct 28 — Nov 2, 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: Sunday, October 28 - Registration/Orientation
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 p.m. we will introduce the site, staff and program details. Then we meet each other and discuss Road Scholar activities and favorite programs from group participants.

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 29 - First day of glassmaking at the Studio. "Watch me...
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 cold process techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at the Studio

Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the other two areas. Master glassmaker demonstration or visit Corning Museum of Glass galleries.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead

Evening: Evening free to watch from a large selection of videos of master glassmakers 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 30 - Second day opf glassmaking. "My beads are almost ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: Participants work at the Studio in their first area: glass blowing, bead making, or cold process techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at the Studio

Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the other two areas. Master glassmaker demonstration or visit Corning Museum of Glass galleries

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead

Evening: Evening free to watch from a large selection of videos of master glassmakers 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 31 - Third day of glassmaking at the Studio. "My paper...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: Participants work at the Studio in their first area: glass blowing, bead making, or cold process techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at the Studio

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

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead

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, 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 Five: Thursday, November 01 - Fourth and final day of glassmaking at the Studio...
Fourth and final day of glassmaking at the Studio. "The sand blasting was 90% preparation and 10% action!"

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: Participants work at the Studio in their first area: glass blowing, bead making, or cold process techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at the Studio

Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the other two areas. This afternoon we have a walking tour of the Market Street Restoration District and visit hot glass shops and art studios in downtown Corning.

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 02 - "I never would have believed I would make so much...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: One concluding lecture at 9AM will highlight how the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood affected the Museum collections and famous library and how the restoration efforts from that disaster impacted current museum restoration practices.

Lunch: We'll make bag lunches at breakfast so we can depart as soon as the glass is delivered from the Studio. Vouchers for the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown Corning will be distributed. Hope we'll meet again at another Road Scholar!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Painted Post, NY
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
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
14 Hands-on experiences

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5
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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