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NIAGARA FALLS (NEW YORK), NEW YORK

The Historic and Natural Gifts of the Niagara Region: From the Falls to the Underground Railroad

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Program #16303RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.
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Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 20, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: The Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara is a tranquil, peaceful site on 134 acres, conveniently located on the banks of the Lower Niagara River in Lewiston, New York. It features an outdoor labyrinth, nature trail, riverside chapel, indoor pool, healing massage and reflexology, arts, music, relaxation, and more. Designated as an Official Peace Site, Stella Niagara has a rich historical tradition in Western New York, and is well worth the visit! Our peaceful atmosphere provides individuals and groups with the opportunity to get away from the everyday demands and distractions and focus on personal goals and objectives, including lifelong learning and relaxation. Quality service and hospitality ensure a pleasant and enjoyable visit. Guests will be refreshed and motivated after visiting the Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference at Stella Niagara Education Park. Close distance to key features of the area: 10 miles north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara River. 4 miles south of Old Fort Niagara. 6 miles to the Niagara River Parkway in Ontario, Canada leading to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and Shaw Theater. 20 miles from the original Erie Canal and 15 miles to Welland Canal. 26 miles north of Buffalo, New York (36 miles to the airport). 90 miles north to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Contact info:
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, NY 14144 USA
phone: 716-754-7376
web: www.center-of-renewal.org

Room amenities: Single bed, easy chair, desk w/chair, lamp, fan, clothing racks, sink. Limited # of double rooms based upon availability where extra bed replaces easy chair. Double & single rooms are same basic size. Single upgrades guaranteed own room w/no roommate.

Facility amenities: Relaxing lounges and casual gathering areas both indoors and outside amidst all nature has to offer. Coffee and tea service available all day. Bookstore on site. Indoor swimming pool available for Road Scholar at specified evening times and days. Free outdoor parking, including room for trailers.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Common-area shower and commode facilities on each sleeping-room floor are separated for men and women. (NOTE: Four rooms with partial or full separate baths sometimes available for additional charge. Call Center directly (716-754-7376) for info.)

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Only $33 per person per night
SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE: Only $33 per person per night for any extra nights added to start or end of Road Scholar package for standard room. Meals @ $24 per person per day. (Recommend two-weeks advance notice on rooms and meals.)

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Check-in, first meal (dinner), orientation, first...
Check-in, first meal (dinner), orientation, first lecture (evening), welcome wine-&-cheese social

Afternoon: Check-in from 2:00 to 4:45 pm. Earlier check-ins available with advance notice.

Dinner: Dinner at Center of Renewal at 5:00 pm.

Evening: 6:30 pm Formal welcome and orientation session (meet the group!) 7:30 pm Evening learning program by adult learning facilitator and Center of Renewal Executive Director Nancy P. Askins. Explore the upcoming week's programs through formalized learning activity including Niagara Falls video. 8:30 pm Welcome wine-and-cheese social

Lodging: Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara is a tranquil, peaceful site on 134 acres, conveniently located on the banks of the Lower Niagara River in Lewiston, New York. It features an outdoor labyrinth, nature trail, riverside chapel, indoor pool, healing massage and reflexology, arts, music, relaxation, and more. Designated as an Official Peace Site, Stella Niagara has a rich historical tradition in Western New York, and is well worth the visit! Our peaceful atmosphere provides individuals and groups with the opportunity to get away from the everyday demands and distractions and focus on personal goals and objectives, including lifelong learning and relaxation. Quality service and hospitality ensure a pleasant and enjoyable visit. Guests will be refreshed and motivated after visiting the Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference at Stella Niagara Education Park. Close distance to key features of the area: 10 miles north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara River. 4 miles south of Old Fort Niagara. 6 miles to the Niagara River Parkway in Ontario, Canada leading to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and Shaw Theater. 20 miles from the original Erie Canal and 15 miles to Welland Canal. 26 miles north of Buffalo, New York (36 miles to the airport). 90 miles north to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Contact info:
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, NY 14144 USA
phone: 716-754-7376
web: www.center-of-renewal.org

Room amenities: Single bed, easy chair, desk w/chair, lamp, fan, clothing racks, sink. Limited # of double rooms based upon availability where extra bed replaces easy chair. Double & single rooms are same basic size. Single upgrades guaranteed own room w/no roommate.

Facility amenities: Relaxing lounges and casual gathering areas both indoors and outside amidst all nature has to offer. Coffee and tea service available all day. Bookstore on site. Indoor swimming pool available for Road Scholar at specified evening times and days. Free outdoor parking, including room for trailers.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Common-area shower and commode facilities on each sleeping-room floor are separated for men and women. (NOTE: Four rooms with partial or full separate baths sometimes available for additional charge. Call Center directly (716-754-7376) for info.)

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Only $33 per person per night
SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE: Only $33 per person per night for any extra nights added to start or end of Road Scholar package for standard room. Meals @ $24 per person per day. (Recommend two-weeks advance notice on rooms and meals.)

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Old Fort Niagara (over 250 years old and instrume...
Old Fort Niagara (over 250 years old and instrumental in War of 1812), Niagara Power Project Power Vista (hydroelectric power), and Niagara Wine Trail Field Trip.

Breakfast: 8:30 am Breakfast at Center

Morning: Lifelong learning morning field trip to Old Fort Niagara, including Native American history and the War of 1812 (celebrating its bicentennial in 2012).

Lunch: 12:00 noon Lunch at Center

Afternoon: Lifelong learning field trip to New York State Power Authyority to learn about hydroelectric power in the Niagara Frontier. Enjoy a visit to a site along Niagara USA Wine Trail before returning to the Center of Renewal for dinner.

Dinner: 5:00 pm Dinner at Center

Evening: 6:00 pm - Optional Stella Niagara tour and centennial history with archivist Sr. Mary Serbacki, OSF. Open evening at the Center. Evening activities vary from night to night, typically includes such activities as classes, films, open times, periodic swim times (specific schedule), and socials.

Lodging: Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center

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

Description: The Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara is a tranquil, peaceful site on 134 acres, conveniently located on the banks of the Lower Niagara River in Lewiston, New York. It features an outdoor labyrinth, nature trail, riverside chapel, indoor pool, healing massage and reflexology, arts, music, relaxation, and more. Designated as an Official Peace Site, Stella Niagara has a rich historical tradition in Western New York, and is well worth the visit! Our peaceful atmosphere provides individuals and groups with the opportunity to get away from the everyday demands and distractions and focus on personal goals and objectives, including lifelong learning and relaxation. Quality service and hospitality ensure a pleasant and enjoyable visit. Guests will be refreshed and motivated after visiting the Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference at Stella Niagara Education Park. Close distance to key features of the area: 10 miles north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara River. 4 miles south of Old Fort Niagara. 6 miles to the Niagara River Parkway in Ontario, Canada leading to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and Shaw Theater. 20 miles from the original Erie Canal and 15 miles to Welland Canal. 26 miles north of Buffalo, New York (36 miles to the airport). 90 miles north to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Contact info:
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, NY 14144 USA
phone: 716-754-7376
web: www.center-of-renewal.org

Room amenities: Single bed, easy chair, desk w/chair, lamp, fan, clothing racks, sink. Limited # of double rooms based upon availability where extra bed replaces easy chair. Double & single rooms are same basic size. Single upgrades guaranteed own room w/no roommate.

Facility amenities: Relaxing lounges and casual gathering areas both indoors and outside amidst all nature has to offer. Coffee and tea service available all day. Bookstore on site. Indoor swimming pool available for Road Scholar at specified evening times and days. Free outdoor parking, including room for trailers.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Common-area shower and commode facilities on each sleeping-room floor are separated for men and women. (NOTE: Four rooms with partial or full separate baths sometimes available for additional charge. Call Center directly (716-754-7376) for info.)

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Only $33 per person per night
SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE: Only $33 per person per night for any extra nights added to start or end of Road Scholar package for standard room. Meals @ $24 per person per day. (Recommend two-weeks advance notice on rooms and meals.)

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - Niagara Falls geography and natural history, with...
Niagara Falls geography and natural history, with lifelong learning field trip to Niagara Falls State Park, Maid of the Mist boat ride (pending seasonal and weather restrictions).

Breakfast: 8:30 am Breakfast at Center

Morning: 9:30 am Morning learning session with specialists from Niagara Falls State Park (Topic: Niagara Falls Geography and Natural History).

Lunch: 12:00-12:45 pm Lunch at the Center of Renewal.

Afternoon: 12:45 pm Bus to Niagara Falls State Park (the oldest state park established in the USA, celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2010), Maid of the Mist boat ride (boat ride pending seasonal availability), and Goat Island (part of the Niagara Falls USA State park). A breathtaking afternoon experience!

Dinner: 5:00 pm Dinner at the Center of Renewal.

Evening: 8:00 pm in the Main Lounge: Enjoy our showing of the feature film, "Niagara", starring Marilyn Monroe and filmed right here in Niagara Falls. Popcorn and other treats will enhance the movie experience!

Lodging: Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center

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

Description: The Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara is a tranquil, peaceful site on 134 acres, conveniently located on the banks of the Lower Niagara River in Lewiston, New York. It features an outdoor labyrinth, nature trail, riverside chapel, indoor pool, healing massage and reflexology, arts, music, relaxation, and more. Designated as an Official Peace Site, Stella Niagara has a rich historical tradition in Western New York, and is well worth the visit! Our peaceful atmosphere provides individuals and groups with the opportunity to get away from the everyday demands and distractions and focus on personal goals and objectives, including lifelong learning and relaxation. Quality service and hospitality ensure a pleasant and enjoyable visit. Guests will be refreshed and motivated after visiting the Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference at Stella Niagara Education Park. Close distance to key features of the area: 10 miles north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara River. 4 miles south of Old Fort Niagara. 6 miles to the Niagara River Parkway in Ontario, Canada leading to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and Shaw Theater. 20 miles from the original Erie Canal and 15 miles to Welland Canal. 26 miles north of Buffalo, New York (36 miles to the airport). 90 miles north to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Contact info:
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, NY 14144 USA
phone: 716-754-7376
web: www.center-of-renewal.org

Room amenities: Single bed, easy chair, desk w/chair, lamp, fan, clothing racks, sink. Limited # of double rooms based upon availability where extra bed replaces easy chair. Double & single rooms are same basic size. Single upgrades guaranteed own room w/no roommate.

Facility amenities: Relaxing lounges and casual gathering areas both indoors and outside amidst all nature has to offer. Coffee and tea service available all day. Bookstore on site. Indoor swimming pool available for Road Scholar at specified evening times and days. Free outdoor parking, including room for trailers.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Common-area shower and commode facilities on each sleeping-room floor are separated for men and women. (NOTE: Four rooms with partial or full separate baths sometimes available for additional charge. Call Center directly (716-754-7376) for info.)

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Only $33 per person per night
SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE: Only $33 per person per night for any extra nights added to start or end of Road Scholar package for standard room. Meals @ $24 per person per day. (Recommend two-weeks advance notice on rooms and meals.)

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada lifelong learning f...
Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada lifelong learning field trip. TO CROSS THE USA-CANADA BORDER, YOU MUST BRING VALID PASSPORTS (or other mandatory customs documents) as required by USA and Canadian Customs.

Breakfast: 8:30-9:10 am Breakfast at Center.

Morning: Open morning until bus leaves for Canada trip at 11:30 AM. IMPORTANT! BRING PASSPORT AND JACKETS FOR TRIP TO CANADA!

Lunch: Join the group for a special lunch in the restaurant at the top of the Skylon Tower overlooking Niagara Falls -- breathtaking views and a wonderful meal, too! Skylon Tower's world-famous dining simply must be experienced. Their award-winning continental cuisine is presented in an elegant setting 775 ft. above the Falls. Experience once-in-a-lifetime views of Niagara Falls, the Great Gorge, and Niagara Wine District. Lunch includes admission to the Skylon Tower Ride-to-the-Top and Indoor/Outdoor Observation Decks.

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit on the Canadian side of the Falls, followed by an open late afternoon through evening for your own personal exploring near Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada including Victoria Park.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Plenty of places to eat in the area, including upscale restaurant at Table Rock (right next to Horseshoe Falls), Victoria Park (overlooking the American & Bridal Veil Falls), around Skylon Tower (where we had lunch earlier today), and in the Village of Lewiston back in the USA.

Evening: Re-join the group and board our bus (at the Table Rock loading area immediately next to Horseshoe Falls) for our return trip back to the USA. Exact time to board the bus will be announced ... will depend upon timing for evening light displays at the Falls which varies daily depending upon sundown and darkness. Usually around 9:15 pm in May, earlier in September.

Lodging: Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Conference Center

Description: The Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara is a tranquil, peaceful site on 134 acres, conveniently located on the banks of the Lower Niagara River in Lewiston, New York. It features an outdoor labyrinth, nature trail, riverside chapel, indoor pool, healing massage and reflexology, arts, music, relaxation, and more. Designated as an Official Peace Site, Stella Niagara has a rich historical tradition in Western New York, and is well worth the visit! Our peaceful atmosphere provides individuals and groups with the opportunity to get away from the everyday demands and distractions and focus on personal goals and objectives, including lifelong learning and relaxation. Quality service and hospitality ensure a pleasant and enjoyable visit. Guests will be refreshed and motivated after visiting the Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference at Stella Niagara Education Park. Close distance to key features of the area: 10 miles north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara River. 4 miles south of Old Fort Niagara. 6 miles to the Niagara River Parkway in Ontario, Canada leading to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and Shaw Theater. 20 miles from the original Erie Canal and 15 miles to Welland Canal. 26 miles north of Buffalo, New York (36 miles to the airport). 90 miles north to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Contact info:
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, NY 14144 USA
phone: 716-754-7376
web: www.center-of-renewal.org

Room amenities: Single bed, easy chair, desk w/chair, lamp, fan, clothing racks, sink. Limited # of double rooms based upon availability where extra bed replaces easy chair. Double & single rooms are same basic size. Single upgrades guaranteed own room w/no roommate.

Facility amenities: Relaxing lounges and casual gathering areas both indoors and outside amidst all nature has to offer. Coffee and tea service available all day. Bookstore on site. Indoor swimming pool available for Road Scholar at specified evening times and days. Free outdoor parking, including room for trailers.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Common-area shower and commode facilities on each sleeping-room floor are separated for men and women. (NOTE: Four rooms with partial or full separate baths sometimes available for additional charge. Call Center directly (716-754-7376) for info.)

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Only $33 per person per night
SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE: Only $33 per person per night for any extra nights added to start or end of Road Scholar package for standard room. Meals @ $24 per person per day. (Recommend two-weeks advance notice on rooms and meals.)

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Underground Railroad field trip with costumed re-...
Underground Railroad field trip with costumed re-enactors, lifelong learning lectures, and evening closing reception.

Breakfast: 8:30-9:10 am Breakfast at Center

Morning: Visit the special docent-led Underground Railroad exhibit at Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum.

Morning: See the inspiring historic "Freedom Crossing" status (on the Village of Lewiston waterfront) depicting Josiah Tryon helping slaves cross the river into freedom in Canada.

Lunch: 12:00 PM Lunch at Center

Afternoon: 12:45 PM - Board bus for continued field trip on the Underground Railroad, including Murphy's Orchard, with Underground Railroad re-enactor Peter Green as former New York State Governoe DeWitt clinton. Experience the farm now known as Murphy Orchards, originally established by Charles McClew in 1850. Charles and his wife, Anna Marie, are believed to have been involved in the Underground Railroad Network from 1850 until 1861. The house, barn, and orchards themselves remain virtually as they were when built 150 years ago, offering an authentic setting for sharing the history of the Underground Railroad. Additionally, as a working farm, experience a real hands-on illustration of how farming in the new American Colonies eventually led to the horrifying chattel slavery that existed for generations.

Dinner: 5:00 pm Dinner at Center with re-enactor Peter Green.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Join re-enactors from the 1800's in an Underground Railroad performance in the Main Lounge. Met abolitionists "Josiah and Sally Tryon" (Lewiston Council on the Arts) as they share their stories of 19th Century life and related challenges. 8:15 pm - Closing social before heading home tomorrow.

Lodging: Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 20 - Lunch before departure after a wonderful week
Breakfast: 8:30 am Breakfast at Center

Morning: Morning open until 10:10 am to finish packing and checking out from room. 10:15-11:45 am Final learning session and fun competition exercise: "All You've Learned about Niagara Falls", facilitated by adult learning facilitator and Center of Renewal executive director Nancy P. Askins. Enjoy this final session structured as a fun-filled learning game complete with prizes!

Lunch: 12:00 noon Lunch at Center; program officially ends after lunch. Have a safe trip home, and thank you for enjoying our Niagara Falls area Road Scholar lifelong learning adventure!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara, NY
Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitor's Bureau1-800-BUFFALO (283-3256)
For additional information, visit: buffalocvb.org/home.html
Historic Lewiston and Youngstown, NYLower Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce (716) 754-9500
For additional information, visit: www.niagara-lewiston.org
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.1-800-338-7890
For additional information, visit: www.niagara-usa.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.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
2 Performances

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