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CORNING, NEW YORK

Trio of American Genius: Mark Twain, Glenn Curtiss and Frederick Carder

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Program #19707RJ
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.
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.
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Itinerary for Apr 14 — Apr 19, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) in 1957 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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wi fi connection, chapel, coffee/beverage, and snacks.

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

Additional nights before: $75
Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 14 - Registration and Orientation. Afternoon swim.
Afternoon: Registration at 3PM in the lobby, refreshments in the dining room. Swimming pool available from 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Dinner: Dinner at 6PM

Evening: Orientation to the program and introductions of each other.

Lodging: Watson Homestead

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) in 1957 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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wi fi connection, chapel, coffee/beverage, and snacks.

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

Additional nights before: $75
Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 15 - Day-long visit to Elmira Twain sites and Elmira C...
Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room

Morning: Bus field trip to Quarry Farm, the summer site where Twain wrote his most famous novels. Then on to the Clemens and Langdon family grave site. At Elmira College we will visit exhibits and the famous Twain Study.

Lunch: We will eat the bag lunches we prepared at breakfast at the Chemung Valley History Museum

Afternoon: Lecture on Olivia Langdon who married Clemens in Elmira in 1870 by Rachel Dworkin at the CVHM. Then on to The Park Church, where the Clemens family worshiped and its famous abolitionist preacher, Thomas K. Beecher led a congregation of social reformers. A final visit to the Clemens Center to see a meticulously restored 1920s vaudeville theatre.

Dinner: Dinner in dining room

Evening: A visit from Mark Twain by impressionist James Ketcham.

Lodging: Watson Homestead

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

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) in 1957 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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wi fi connection, chapel, coffee/beverage, and snacks.

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

Additional nights before: $75
Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 16 - Classroom lectures continuing the exploration of ...
Classroom lectures continuing the exploration of Mark Twain and introducing the life and times of Glenn Curtiss.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room.

Morning: Two morning lectures with Dr. Barbara Snedecor about Twain, his work and influence on American literature.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the dining room.

Afternoon: Two afternoon lectures with Kirk House on Glenn Curtiss and his native Hammondsport. This small town bicycle maker went on to motorcycles and then aeroplanes to become the father of naval aviation. The pool will be open for a late afternoon swim.

Dinner: Dinner in dining room

Evening: View portions of the Ken Burns Twain documentary that were filmed at Quarry Farm.

Lodging: Watson Homestead

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

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) in 1957 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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wi fi connection, chapel, coffee/beverage, and snacks.

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

Additional nights before: $75
Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 17 - Day long visit to Hammondsport for the Glenn Curt...
Day long visit to Hammondsport for the Glenn Curtiss Museum and the Pleasant Valley Wine Company. Visit a LC Tiffany sanctuary interior at the Bath Presbyterian Church. Begin glass study with a pass around session.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room

Morning: Field trip to the Glenn Curtiss Museum where Kirk House will guide us through the aviation and Americana collections.

Lunch: Participants will eat bag lunches they prepared at breakfast.

Afternoon: We will visit the Pleasant Valley Wine Company for a tour and wine tasting. It is the oldest in New York State. On our way back to the Homestead, we'll stop for a brief visit to the Bath Presbyterian Church to see this stellar example of a full LC Tiffany designed sanctuary interior. Pool will be open for swimming, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner in dining room

Evening: We will have a pass-around session with a glass collector showing various types of glass surface decoration - getting us ready for our visit to Corning tomorrow.

Lodging: Watson Homestead

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

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) in 1957 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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wi fi connection, chapel, coffee/beverage, and snacks.

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

Additional nights before: $75
Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 18 - All day field trip to Corning for an investigatio...
All day field trip to Corning for an investigation of the Frederick Carder Steuben collection, plus tour of the Corning Museum of Glass and restored Market Street.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room

Morning: All day field trip to Corning to have a guided tour of the Frederick Carder Steuben Glass gallery at the Corning Museum of Glass. Participants will also receive a overview of the entire museum complex in order to select galleries and demonstrations to return to after lunch.

Lunch: Lunch vouchers for the Museum Café will be distributed.

Afternoon: Early afternoon is free to visit at the Museum. At 3 p.m. we will gather for an optional guided walking tour of the historic restored Market Street district in downtown Corning.

Dinner: Dinner in dining room

Evening: Our final evening together always features the group making ice cream the old fashioned way - hand cranked. Then we'll sample our efforts with toppings or home-made maple syrup from Watson Homestead. We also stamp passports this evening.

Lodging: Watson Homestead

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 19 - Guided tour of the Rockwell Museum of Western Ame...
Guided tour of the Rockwell Museum of Western American Art stellar collection in the fabulously restored Old City Hall.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room

Morning: Our final visit to Corning's historic district will be to have a guided tour of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, a collection of American art and Native American collections put together by Robert Rockwell, local businessman. It is housed in the restored 1893 Old City Hall Romanesque Revival building.

Lunch: Departures at 10:30 AM. Farewell - maybe we'll meet again at a future Road Scholar program!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Painted Post, NY
Finger Lakes Wine CountryRegional tourist information office. Travel guide available, call 866-946-3386.
For additional information, visit: www.corningfingerlakes.com

Important information about your itinerary:
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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