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4 Days | 3 Nights
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.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Bill Smith

Bill Smith is renowned for possessing all the skills associated with the Adirondack guides of lore. He is a performance-minded storyteller, a musician and songwriter, an educator deeply knowledgeable on the area’s flora and fauna, and a maker of twig mosaic furniture and wooden baskets hewn from logs. Road Scholar participants find their time with Bill to always be enjoyable, educational and entertaining.

Mr. Dan Berggren

Rooted firmly in the Adirondacks, Dan Berggren is an award-winning musician and educator who grew up on land farmed by his mother's family for generations. Having worked as a forest ranger and on survey crews, Dan’s style captures the spirit of the mountains. He has entertained audiences from New York State to Vermont, Kentucky and Texas, and overseas in the British Isles, Eastern Europe and Central Africa. His original music has been featured nationally on public radio and television.

Dr. Dick Gilman

Dick Gilman has a Ph.D. in geology but his heart is in music. He is equally at home playing fiddle or lap dulcimer, calling square dances or telling stories. A veteran of mountain music festivals he has also been a compelling force behind the restoration of the historic Fredonia Opera House. With several albums to his credit, Dick is an award winning teacher for both beginners and advanced students. He is a favorite at Sagamore's annual Mountain Music Weekend.

Mrs. Carmen Gilman

Carmen Gilman made her public singing debut at the ripe old age of 3 and has a deep folk music repertoire. Her fortes include dancing, dulcimer and devising lyrics. With her husband and a neighbor, she is part of a singing group called the Newton Street Irregulars and has made several albums. If you’ve been told — and believe — your musical skills are lacking, don’t worry. Carmen is an expert at bringing the music out of those who claim to have no talent.

Mr. John Kirk

John Kirk is known for his lyric voice, good sense of humor and versatile instrumental skills. On fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, keyboard and tin whistle, John demonstrates a vast knowledge of musical traditions. John has recorded music with his wife Trish, as well as with the Susquehanna Stringband, the Dawnland Singers and the Vanaver Caravan. His song, “Long Roads,” was recorded by the Dixie Chicks, and he can be heard on various projects with Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and other musicians.

Ms. Trish Miller

Trish Miller has been teaching and performing Appalachian clogging since 1980. She plays guitar, banjo and mandolin, and also calls dances and has choreographed country routines for theater and concerts. Trish gained professional dance experience with the Green Grass Cloggers, and performed with them internationally as well as across the U.S. Since 1985, Trish and her husband, John Kirk, have been working together as teaching artists in school music and dance programs.

Group Leaders

Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Nancy Foltz

Nancy Sue Foltz is an artist and certified art teacher who has been directing the crafts program at Great Camp Sagamore for almost a decade. A former high school teacher, she focuses on offering a wide variety of age-appropriate crafts. From pots to plant pressing, from pine cone art to painting tee shirts, from papier mache to paper hats and so many things in between, her ideas are always fresh. Grandkids will end up with some great, outdoorsy craft projects to bring home. Among her other duties at Sagamore, Nancy Sue is also the group leader for many Road Scholar programs.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
9 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances


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