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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 Nov 17 — Nov 22, 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.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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wifi connection, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, and abundant 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, November 17 - Registration and Swimming/Orientation
Afternoon: Registration at 3PM in the lobby, refreshments in the dining room. Swimming pool available from 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Dinner: Dinner at 6PM

Evening: Orientation to the program and introductions to 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.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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wifi connection, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, and abundant 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, November 18 - Introducing local context for Twain and Curtiss a...
Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room

Morning: Two lectures, each 90 minutes on Mark Twain and History of the Crystal City, stretch/snack break between. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Lecture on Glenn H. Curtiss and American Aviation. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Pool will be open for swimming.

Dinner: Dinner in dining room

Evening: Viewing parts of the Ken Burns film on Twain that were filmed locally.

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.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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wifi connection, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, and abundant 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, November 19 - Field Trip to the Carder Collection at Corning an...
Field Trip to the Carder Collection at Corning and the Glenn Curtiss Museum

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room.

Morning: Morning lecture on Mark Twain, followed by field trip to the Carder Collection at the Corning Museum of Glass

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

Afternoon: Field trip continues to Hammondsport, village of Curtiss' birth and his early inventions. A wonderful museum of his achievements plus local Finger Lakes history. Don't miss the restoration shop where museum volunteers recreate antique aeroplanes.

Dinner: Dinner in dining room

Evening: We'll open the pool after dinner, due to our late afternoon field trip.

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.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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wifi connection, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, and abundant 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, November 20 - Monring lectures on Twain and Curtiss with aftern...
Monring lectures on Twain and Curtiss with afternoon free for on own visits to the Corning Museum of Glass and downtown Corning.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room

Morning: Morning lectures on Mark Twain and Glenn H. Curtiss and American Aviation. Stretch/snack break between. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch at the Homestead

Afternoon: Afternoon free to return to Corning Museum of Glass on own, or hike on trails on Homestead property, weather dependent. Pool will be open for swimming, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner in dining room

Evening: Evening curatorial lecture.

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.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.

Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wifi connection, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, and abundant 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, November 21 - Field Trip to Quarry Farm, site of Twain's family...
Field Trip to Quarry Farm, site of Twain's family's summer home in Elmira. Field Trip to two Aviation Centers.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room

Morning: Bus field trip to Quarry Farm for lecture and tour, then on to Elmira College for exhibits on Twain and the Twain Study.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Elmira College Campus Center in the college dining hall.

Afternoon: A quick stop at the Twain gravesite, then on to two aviation museums - the National Soaring Museum and the National Warplane Museum.

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 fudge sauce 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, November 22 - Final Twain lecture and departure with bag lunch ...
Final Twain lecture and departure with bag lunch and vouchers to visit the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown Corning.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room

Morning: Final lecture on Twain. Participants depart with bag lunch and vouchers to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown Corning.

Lunch: Participants assemble their own bag lunch for departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Painted Post, NY
Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce607.962.8997 toll free 1.866.163.6264
For additional information, visit: www.CorningNY.com

Important information about your itinerary:
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