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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 21 — Sep 26, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. Comprised of 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, 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: Sunday, September 21 - Registration and Orientation with an afternoon sw...
Afternoon: Registration open from 3 to 4:30 PM in the lobby, refreshments in the dining room. Swimming pool available from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at 6PM in the Dining Room. All dinners feature full salad bar, plus hot entree (meat and vegetarian) dessert, and continuous beverages.

Evening: Orientation at 7 PM in the classroom. We will introduce program staff, each other, and go over site operations and the week's schedule.

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 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, 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: Monday, September 22 - Glacial Geology lectures, tower climb, half-day f...
Glacial Geology lectures, tower climb, half-day field trip to Elmira for Mark Twain history. and Stories from the Longhouse - Iroquois culture.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room features a cereal bar and/or hot entree, juice and fresh fruit daily. Coffee, decafe, hot tea and cold beverages are available in the dining room 24 hours a day.

Morning: Morning presentation about glacial geology of New York State and the Finger Lakes region readies us for our gorge hike and travel among the lakes through the week.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining room features full salad bar, and hot entree or soup, or sandwich bar.

Afternoon: After lunch we will depart by bus for Elmira to visit the sites related to Twain' history, the family gravesite, and his study now situated on Elmira College Campus. At 4:30 the 36' vertical climbing tower will available for anyone who wishes to climb. The pool is also open at 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at 6PM in the Dining Room. All dinners feature full salad bar, plus hot entree (meat and vegetarian), dessert and continuous beverages.

Evening: After dinner our lecture/storytelling performance begins explaining the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture. Included will be the Thanksgiving Address, the Creation Story, and the story of the Peacemaker and the formation of the Five Nations Confederacy. Elements of Iroquois culture and social anthropology are offered in addition to a review of their contributions to American culture and contemporary life.

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 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, 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: Tuesday, September 23 - Watkins Glen Gorge, Lakewood Winery, Seneca Lake ...
Watkins Glen Gorge, Lakewood Winery, Seneca Lake cruise and completion of Iroquois Stories. Lecture on Glenn Curtiss.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room features a cereal bar and/or hot entree, juice and fresh fruit daily. Coffee, decafe, hot tea and cold beverages are available in the dining room 24 hours a day.

Morning: Bus departure at 8:45 AM to Montour Falls, Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake sites. We drive to the top of the famous Gorge for those who wish to walk down the full 800 steps (usually a 90 minute leisurely walk for Road Scholars). Two other places to enter the Gorge are also offered for those not wishing so many steps - an entrance at the South Pavilion offers a 20 minute walk down to the bus; or a walk in from the main entrance at the bottom of the gorge allows individuals to choose how much they wish to go up, so they can turn around and go back down to the bus. Beautiful waterfalls and dynamic geology are everywhere in this spectacular gorge. Photography is encouraged. Everybody rides the bus up to lunch together!

Lunch: Picnic Buffet Lunch, created by the Watson Homestead kitchen and served up at Watkins Glen State Park in a 1935-era stone pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Afternoon: Our first winery - Lakewood Vineyard - offers tasting and a beautiful lake overlook. Next stop - Seneca Lake Cruise for an hour of well-deserved relaxation. An animated narration by our Coast Guard Captain covers the history of the lake, salt mining beneath and the mirco-climate so conducive to grape growing. Many vineyard views from aboard this all-wood cruiser. Next stop will be to Montour Falls - both the village and its famous falls - actually a hanging valley, as you learned at yesterday's geology lecture. Upon returning to the Homested, the final portion of the Iroquois cultural program will be offered.

Dinner: Dinner at 6PM in the Dining Room. All dinners feature full salad bar, plus hot entrée (meat and vegetarian), dessert and continuous beverages.

Evening: After dinner, we'll be treated to an animated lecture by Kirk House about Glenn Curtiss - the fastest man on wheels and a major American inventor and aviator. Granted his first famous flight happened four years after the Wright Brothers, however all eyes were on Hammondsport in 1908 and beyond as this genius caught by storm a nation ready to take to the skies.

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 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, 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 Four: Wednesday, September 24 - Glenn Curtiss Museum, Keuka Lake wineries: Pleasa...
Glenn Curtiss Museum, Keuka Lake wineries: Pleasant Valley Wine Company and Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera, plus lake shore lunch.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room features a cereal bar and/or hot entree, juice and fresh fruit daily. Coffee, decafe, hot tea and cold beverages are available in the dining room 24 hours a day.

Morning: Our bus or coach departs at 8:45 AM for Hammondsport and Keuka Lake. First stop is the Glenn Curtiss Museum of Aviation History. Next a visit to Bonded Winery # 1 - Pleasant Valley Wine Company for a tour of the stone vineyard buildings, the champagne riddling room and tastings at the bar.

Lunch: Lakeside quick lunch at Champlain Beach, Keuka Lake, the site of Curtiss' famous flight. We'll make our sandwiches from a buffet before we leave in the morning and they will be brought chilled to the site with fruit, chips, cookies and drinks.

Afternoon: Next we'll travel up the west side of Keuka Lake to visit Dr. Konstantin Vinifera Wine Cellars, most award winning of our wineries. There we'll overlook Keuka Lake and finish our time in wine country with a delightful tasting of many of their wines.

Dinner: Free evening to find dinner at one of many restaurants in the historic district of Corning. A list of staff favorites will be provided. Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art is open until 8 p.m. - vouchers for admission will be provided.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Conference Center

Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. Comprised of 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, 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 Five: Thursday, September 25 - Corning Museum of Glass plus walking tour of Hist...
Corning Museum of Glass plus walking tour of Historic Restored Market Street, Corning

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room features a cereal bar and/or hot entree, juice and fresh fruit daily. Coffee, decafe, hot tea and cold beverages are available in the dining room 24 hours a day.

Morning: Today's field trip is to the world renowned Corning Museum of Glass. We begin with a brisk walk through galleries of 3500 years of glassmaking history. Next we sit down to view a narrated live hot glass show at the Steuben factory. Next participants are free to explore the numerous museum galleries exhibiting historical periods and geographic locations of glassmaking around the world and through time. Many fine gift shops, including a Steuben Glass shop are there, too!

Lunch: Lunch at the Museum Cafe - vouchers will be provided for a diverse selection of entrées, salads and sandwiches.

Afternoon: After lunch participants will finish up in the Museum galleries, the Science and Innovation Center and shopping. At 1:30 PM a guided tour is available to view the largest public collection of Carder Steuben Glass (1903-32) and watch artists create glass at the torch, furnace and in the cold working shops of the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass - site for the Hands-on Glassmaking Road Scholar programs. At 2:30 PM an optional visit to the Rakow Library on the Museum campus to view their special exhibit or collections. Then at 3:30 PM, an optional walking tour of the Market Street Historic District will be offered. For those not interested in the five block stroll, alternate transportation at 4:15 PM is available from the Museum. The guided walking tour will examine in detail not only the architecture and ornamentation of this historic commercial district but show how the district maintains aesthetic and entrepreneurial interests, special events, tourism and public art projects. Our last stop will be at a wine shop that stocks a large selection of Finger Lakes wineries for a final tasting.

Dinner: Dinner at 6PM in the Dining Room. All dinners feature full salad bar, plus hot entree (meat and vegetarian), dessert and continuous beverages.

Evening: Thursday evening after dinner we traditionally make homemade ice cream - yes, the hand-crank method, with everyone helping! Served up with fabulous toppings (including our homemade maple syrup) for our final social evening - a celebration of new friendships and accomplishments.

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 26 - Guided tour of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art...
Guided tour of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art - the crown jewel in the Market Street Restoration District of Corning.

Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room features a cereal bar and/or hot entree, juice and fresh fruit daily. Coffee, decafe, hot tea and cold beverages are available in the dining room 24 hours a day.

Morning: We will gather at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning for a guided tour with Jenny Monroe of the permanent collections of paintings and bronzes put together by collector and businessman, Robert F. Rockwell. The art collection is housed in the meticulously restored 1893 Old City Hall, part of the downtown Corning, Market Street Historic District. Farewell - hope to see you again at another Road Scholar program!

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Meals Included: Breakfast


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Painted Post, NY
Finger Lakes Wine Country607.936.6544 tollfree 1.866.946.3386
For additional information, visit: www.corningfingerlakes.com
Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce607.936-4648 toll free 1.800.463.6264
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.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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