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Program #9535RJ
4 Days | 3 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.
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 Dec 3 — Dec 6, 2013

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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.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: Tuesday, December 03 - Orientation and welcome to the Crystal City with ...
Orientation and welcome to the Crystal City with two lectures, on the history of Steuben Glass and Early American glass.

Lunch: Registration at 11 am in the lobby with this week's hosts. Lunch in the dining room is served at 12:30 PM. Lunch buffet includes a full salad bar daily in addition to featured entres.

Afternoon: Jenny Monroe, site coordinator, will introduce the site, staff and program details. Then we will introduce group members to each other. Next we will commence our glass program with a lecture by Tom Dimitroff on the history of the Crystal City. The swimming pool will be available from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.

Evening: Lecture at 7PM on Glass in Early America by Mary Cheek Mills, educator at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: 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.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: Wednesday, December 04 - At the Corning Museum of Glass, we will blow an o...
At the Corning Museum of Glass, we will blow an ornament, have gallery tours and lectures, plus have free time to explore the amazing collections that span 35 centuries and varied shops within this museum - the finest collection of glass in the world.

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered each day to participants.

Morning: Our first day at the world famous Corning Museum of Glass. We begin the day with our appointment at the Studio to blow an ornament and make a fused suncatcher. We will also have a lecture by Tom Dimitroff in the Carder Steuben Gallery. Then we'll walk across the parking lot to visit the main museum and do a quick walk through with Jenny Monroe introducing the various galleries of art, science and technology that span 3500 years of glass history. We will see the Hot Glass Show and other demonstrations.

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

Afternoon: After lunch we will have a docent-led tour of the Heinemann Collection - an amazing private collection of the best of contemporary glass from artists around the world, 1960s to the present. After a break of an hour of free time to explore on your own, we will re-group to have a gallery lecture by Jane Shadel Spillman, Curator of American Glass, on Louis Comfort Tiffany. Upon return to Watson Homestead, swimming pool will be available from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.

Evening: Opportunity to view films created by the Museum featuring master glass artists.

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.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: Thursday, December 05 - More at the Corning Museum of Glass including the...
More at the Corning Museum of Glass including the Rakow Research Library, the Conservation Laboratory and a gallery tour. Then off to visit historic Market Street district and have a wine reception at the home of a Steuben collector. Homemade ice cream!

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered daily to participants.

Morning: We will visit the Rakow Research Library for a tour with Elizabeth Hylen who will show us its rare boook holdings. Our next stop will be a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum Conservation Laboratory with a presentation by Steven Koob and/or Astrid vanGiffen about how they conserve glass in the collection and ready it for travel. Then we have another hour of free time at the Museum before lunch.

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

Afternoon: We will have a docent-led tour of highlights of the historic collection from ancient glass through the European collection. Then after a final hour of free time, we will board our bus for a drive-thru tour of the Market Street historic district, an architecturally significant collection of late 19th century brick and terra cotta ornamented commercial buildings. We will visit the exquisitly restored home of a Carder Steuben glass collector, Dick Bright, in Corning's historic Southside neighborhood disctict and enjoy a Finger Lakes wine reception.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM 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 with each dinner.

Evening: This evening's activity, a Watson Homestead tradition, is for everyone to help crank the ice cream, then it's your choice of toppings or home-made maple syrup!

Lodging: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Friday, December 06 - Guided tour of the western American art collectio...
Guided tour of the western American art collections at the Rockwell Museum in downtown Corning. Also of note is the meticulous restoration of the 1893 Romanesque Revival Old City Hall building for the art collections between 1981 and 2006.

Depart From: Farewell to all - maybe we'll meet again on a future Road Scholar program.

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered each day to participants.

Morning: Check out of rooms after breakfast. We will travel to to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art for a guided tour. Your Corning Museum of Glass admission is also extended to today if you wish to return prior to your departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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Included
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3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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