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Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature’s Bounty, History, Art and Wine

Program Number: 1757RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/17/2014 - 8/22/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 6/28/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/21/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/28/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/4/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Corning, New York
Price starting at: $728.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Enjoy a feast for the senses in the Finger Lakes region as you sample all the best on offer in the region, from fascinating forays into local geology to the amazing history of glassmaking and insights into Iroquois culture. Revel in the area’s natural beauty, admire the quality and diversity of its historic sites, and learn firsthand about its world-class wine industry through meetings and tastings with several local winemakers.




Highlights

• Stop in at three of the more than 100 wineries located in New York’s largest and oldest wine producing region to taste from a flight of sweet and dry wines.
• Investigate the 3,000-year history of glass at the famous Corning Museum of Glass and learn about Steuben Glass in the Crystal City.
• Expert-led walks and field trips expose you to distinctive architecture and preserved historic properties and include visits to an aviation museum and the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles. Standing up to three hours on field trips, gallery visits. Optional hike down Watkins Glen gorge.




Date Specific Information

8-17-2014, 9-7-2014, 9-21-2014

2014 Special Exhibitions at the Corning Museum of Glass: Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass and Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries 2014 Special Exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art: On Fire: The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery
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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 nearly 400 acres of 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 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 at 10:30 AM 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: Interstate 86 (formerly NYS Route 17)
  Nearest airport:  Elmira-Corning Regional Airport (ELM)
  From End of Program
  Location: Painted Post, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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 

   

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

 

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 terminal in Corning with prior reservations. Bus companies serving this terminal are Shortline (www.coachusa.com/shortline) or NY Trailways (www.trailways.ny.com) or Greyhound (www.greyhound.com or 800-231-2222).

 
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 Orientation with an afternoon swim.
(Sunday, August 17)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Glacial Geology lectures, tower climb, half-day field trip to Elmira for Mark Twain history. and Stories from the Longhouse - Iroquois culture.
(Monday, August 18)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Watkins Glen Gorge, Lakewood Winery, Seneca Lake cruise and completion of Iroquois Stories. Lecture on Glenn Curtiss.
(Tuesday, August 19)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Glenn Curtiss Museum, Keuka Lake wineries: Pleasant Valley Wine Company and Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera, plus lake shore lunch.
(Wednesday, August 20)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Corning Museum of Glass plus walking tour of Historic Restored Market Street, Corning
(Thursday, August 21)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Guided tour of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art - the crown jewel in the Market Street Restoration District of Corning.
(Friday, August 22)
   
 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!
 Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Painted Post, NY Finger Lakes Wine Country
607.936.6544 tollfree 1.866.946.3386 For additional information, visit www.corningfingerlakes.com
  Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce
607.936-4648 toll free 1.800.463.6264 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 Museum of Glass website


Author: www.cmog.org


Description: This museum website is amazing - a good preview will allow you to make the most on your visit to this huge cultural attraction!



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.



Mark Twain: A Life


Author: Ron Powers


Description: A recent biography of this most biographied American writer, includes detailed life story and information about his family, publishers, books, successes and failures.



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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