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Corning's Intergenerational Experiences Over the Centuries

Program Number: 4983RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2013 - 8/9/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Corning, New York
Price starting at: $684.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 12 years of age.

Participate in the daily life of an early 19th-century frontier family while exploring the natural setting of 500-acre Watson Homestead. Participate in hands-on experiences including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tin-punching, glass fusing and more. Take field trips to Watkins Glen Gorge and other sites, make art projects, wade in the creek, climb the 36-foot climbing tower, archery and much more during this Intergenerational week of fun.




Highlights

Explore the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum complex, including the inn built in 1796, one-room schoolhouse, early 19th-century log cabin and agricultural exhibit.
Discover glassmaking past and present at the Corning Museum of Glass, with its studio, Innovation Center and hot-glass show.
At the Glenn Curtiss Museum see "Curtiss Jenny" and other early aeroplanes and make a model airplane.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing up to one-half mile, two hours; uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

8-4-2013

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Coordinated by Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center.




Corning

The southern gateway to the Finger Lakes region in western New York, Corning is a charming and historic community best known for the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, as well as nearby glacial lakes and gorgeous panoramas.



Accommodations
Conference center on 500 acres of beautiful unspoiled land with heated indoor pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
  Painted Post, NY 5 nights
 Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $85 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $85 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in lobby, starting at 3 PM. You will be staying at Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with a take away lunch at 11:30 a.m. You will be staying at Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at Watson Homestead is available at no charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Painted Post, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Corning, NY
  Nearest highway: NYS Route 17 / Interstate 86
  Nearest airport:  Elmira-Corning Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Painted Post, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Corning

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Watson Homestead staff are available to pick up participants from the bus terminals in Corning or Gang Mills with prior reservations. Bus companies serving these two cities are Shortline (www.coachusa.com/shortline) or NY Trailways (www.trailways.ny.com).

 

ELM

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

thirty minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Watson Homestead staff are available to pick up participants from the Elmira-Corning Regional airport (ELM) with prior reservations. Airlines serving ELM include USAir, Delta and Continental.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany, Massachusetts & New England: Find your way to Interstate 88 (just north west of Albany, off I 90). Travel west on I 88 to Binghamton. Then go west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Canada and Buffalo: Take Interstate 90 East to Rochester, then 390 South. Route 390 T's into Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17). Take I86 east to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Jamestown and the West Travel east on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Pennsylvania and South: Travel north on State Route 15 N (future interstate 99) from Harrisburg to Interstate 86 West (also NY State Route 17) at Painted Post. Take Interstate 86 West to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From the New York metropolitan area: Travel west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration and Swimming/Orientation
(Sunday, August 4)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at 3PM in the lobby, refreshments in the dining room. Swimming pool available from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6PM
 Evening: We'll go over our week's schedule and get to know each other with various ice breakers and name games.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visit the Glenn Curtiss Museum of Aviation, lunch at Keuka Lake and hike down the famous Watkins Glen Gorge, hayride.
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room
 Morning: Field trip to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum of Aviation in Hammondsport. After a tour of the museums collections of early motorcycles and airplanes, students will create and fly their own airplane creations.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch served at Champlain Beach, along the shores of Keuka Lake.
 Afternoon: Hike down the famous Watkins Glen gorge with many waterfalls and deep caverns. Upon returning to the Homestead, afternoon swim time in the pool.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room
 Evening: Tonight we have our hayride to the one room schoolhouse on our site.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit the Corning Museum of Glass and create your own blown ornament and fused piece at the Hands-on Glass Studio in Corning. Climb the 36 foot tower! Begin the painting of our ceramic art projects in the Art Room.
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to the famous Corning Museum of Glass, the largest collection of glass in the world. This morning we will also each blow a glass ornament and make a fused glass magnet or pin.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch served on the Patio of the Museum of Glass.
 Afternoon: Finish up our visit to the Corning Museum of Glass complex and return to the Homestead to climb the 36' vertical climbing tower. Plus afternoon swim time in the pool.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room
 Evening: Evening program: We begin painting our ceramic projects in the Art Room.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning and lunch at the Benjamin Patterson Inn in Corning to work on early 19th century crafts. Walking tour of historic Market Street to learn about 19th century architecture. Slippy slide and pool time. Iroquois stories.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room
 Morning: Field trip to the Benjamin Patterson Inn, home of the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society. There we will divide into small groups to experience hands-on early 19th century crafts: blacksmithing, spinning, open hearth cooking, their log cabin and the one-room schoolhouse.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch served at the Inn.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit historic Market Street and learn about the architectural vocabulary for brick buildings with amazing terra cotta ornamentation, all manufactured in 19th century Corning. Plus afternoon slippy slide and swim time in the pool.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room
 Evening: Evening program includes Iroquois stories, artifacts and music.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Woods hike to gather dried materials for creating a branch weaving. Creek Crawl and many more art and craft projects. Campfire with songs and skits by the grandchildren. Hand crank ice cream!
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room
 Morning: Woods hike on our property to gather natural materials to make a branch weaving. We will look for tree and flower species, animal tracks and evidence of insects.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Art activities including completing the branch weavings, candle dipping, rope making and tin punching. Late afternoon we will have a creek crawl - looking for fish, salamanders and frogs! Plus afternoon swim time in the pool.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room
 Evening: Evening program will be making hand-cranked ice cream and our final campfire with s'mores, stories and songs.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final art project, nine patch paper quilt square and one last swim in the pool. Checkout and departures.
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room
 Morning: We will explore the geometric traditions of the nine-patch quilt square and make a few squares with paper rather than cloth. One final swim for the students while the grandparents pack the car.
 Lunch: Everyone creates bag lunches for departures at 11:30 a.m. Vouchers to visit the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown corning will be available.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Painted Post, NY Finger Lakes Wine Country
607.974.6570 tollfree 1.800.596.9322 For additional information, visit www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com
  Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce
607.962.8997 toll free 1.866.163.6264 For additional information, visit www.CorningNY.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Corning and the Craft of Innovation


Author: Margaret B.W. Graham and Alec T. Shuldiner


Description: For those interested in the history of research and development at Corning Incorporated, this large volume combines both history of the company renamed after moving to its new location in the city of Corning in 1868, through the end of the 20th century. The processes, scientists, engineers, patents, and corporate expansion are covered with some photos, many notes and a detailed index.



Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass: American Classics


Author: Thomas Dimitroff


Description: This essential reference work provides a detailed study of Frederick Carder, his contributions to the Steuben Glass Works, and the captivating works of art he produced in glass. To dazzle and delight the reader, there are over 760 photographs and 450 line drawings, the vast majority of which provide illustration for 800 pieces of Steuben glass from the famous Rockwell collections. Reference material and photographs never before in print are provided. The text evaluates Carder and the Steuben Glass Works that he co-founded in 1903 in a critical light. It reviews Carder's lengthy and productive career, analyzes his changing role within the company, and places Carder's artistic contributions within the matrix of the international decorative arts industries of his time. A section valuable to all collectors is one in which many aspects of identification and evaluation are covered--signatures, relative rarity, and dating.



Glenn H. Curtiss


Author: Kirk W. House & Charles R. Mitchell


Description: Glenn Curtiss beat even the Wright brothers (who sued him bitterly) to get pilot's license No. 1 in America. He teamed with Alexander Graham Bell, helped develop the moving wing part known as the aileron, introduced tricycle landing gear, made the first airplane sales, and turned aeronautics into a multimillion dollar business. His innovations ranged from the Curtiss Pusher to the hydroaeroplane, the flying boat, and the Curtiss Jenny. Curtiss, his engines, and his airplanes dominated the world of early aviation on this side of the Atlantic. Glenn H. Curtiss: Aviation Pioneer charts Curtiss's breakneck course across two continents, North America and Europe, setting speed and distance records, experimenting with military applications, always striving for a safer, faster airplane. Fostering both water flyers and shipboard landing, he became the Father of Naval Aviation. But even the skies were not wide enough for the busy brain of Curtiss. Glenn H. Curtiss: Aviation Pioneer also tracks his dizzying ride from a village bicycle shop to record-smashing motorcycle races, futuristic travel trailers, and city building in the Florida land boom.



The American West: People, Places, and Ideas


Author: Suzan Campbell


Description: Permanent collection catalog for the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, NY. This collection of American paintings, bronzes, firearms and Native American artifacts was assembled by the late Robert F. Rockwell, local businessman, and established as a museum in 1976. It is an unusually fine collection of mid-to-late 19th and 20th century art works documenting the westward expansion movement, the popular illustrations created about it, and includes contemporary artists, many who are Native American.



The Corning Museum of Glass; A Guide to the Collections


Author: Richard W. Price, editor


Description: Full color guidebook of the 3500-year history of glassmaking using color plates of significant objects with full descriptions, plus chapter overviews of the various technological advancements through the ages. An exceptional pre-visit view of the museum and its collections or souvenir memory collection. Much of the book's information and its images can also be found on the Museum's website at www.cmog.org.



The Finger Lakes Book


Author: Katharine Delavan Dyson


Description: Travel guide to the top sites in the 14-county western New York State region, the Finger Lakes. Good for adding pre- and/or post-program activities. Good photos and maps included.



The Maverick and His Machine


Author: Kevin Maney


Description: The latest biography of Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM, and founder of Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center, on farm of his birth in 1879. Includes information about Watson and the Making of IBM. Author Kevin Maney of USA Today was the first biographer of Watson given access to the original boxes of personal and corporate ephemera that were sealed at his death in 1956.





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