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The Road Scholar Crafts Week at Snow Farm: Welding

Program Number: 2357RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/24/2014 - 8/30/2014; 9/13/2015 - 9/19/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Williamsburg, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Crafts
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat    

Join us for an exclusive, Road Scholar-only week of creativity at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, Mass.! Create artwork from metal that can weather the seasons and grace your garden and home for years to come. No previous experience is needed to create trellises, plant stands, weather vanes, gates, tables and sculptures as you fabricate with a range of metals and techniques. Learn the basics of welding, cutting and bending of steel, using rods, sheet and found objects. We’ll cap off the week with a student art show and wine-and-cheese reception!




Highlights

• In the heart of the picturesque Berkshire foothills, learn hands-on techniques from a professional artist.
• Savor the culinary delights of the Snow Farm kitchen as you enjoy meals prepared with organic and natural foods, topped off with delicious homemade breads and desserts.
• Studio explorations at the beginning and end of the week offer an exciting look at the progress of student artists who are participating in other workshops.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and long periods of standing.



Coordinated by Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program.




Williamsburg (Massachusetts)

In 1874, a burst reservoir flooded the mill town of Williamsburg and drove away much of its industry and labor force. Out of the devastation rose the Greek revival architecture seen today on the main avenues of the modern town, a popular base for the limitless outdoor, crafts and cultural opportunities of the Berkshires and the Five College area.



Accommodations
Architecturally designed dormitories; modest double-occupancy bedrooms share central bathroom unit with same gender (one dormitory is mixed gender with two gender-specific bathrooms). Studios in both original and new buildings. Hilly lawns, unpaved pathways.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Pat Bennett

Pat Bennett graduated from Mass College of Art with a B.F.A. and received her M.F.A. in sculpture from Alfred University. Pat has taught welding and lampworking at Snow Farm for many years. She currently teaches fabrication at Hampshire College.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program
  Williamsburg, MA. 6 nights
 Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program
Type: Other
  Description: Our facility is a blend of historic 200-year-old farm buildings and contemporary accommodations. Our professionally equipped studios are housed in both original and new buildings. Located in a beautiful pastoral setting Snow Farm is a special place; our setting is peaceful and inspirational with a variety of bird life, lakes nearby for swimming, hiking trails and historic New England all around us. Our own 1750 farmhouse is one of the oldest houses in the town of Williamsburg and historic Old Deerfield Village is only a short drive away.Snow Farm is a special place where students can come for inspiration and rejuvenation while learning a craft from master craftspeople.
  Contact info: 5 Clary Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096 USA
phone: 413-268-3101
web: www.snowfarm.org/
  Room amenities: You will be housed in one of a cluster of small living modules designed by a local architect. Accommodations at Snow Farm are rustic and pleasing but basic and spare. Each of our four living modules consists of a series of bedrooms opening onto a “corridor” which is essentially a roofed deck that is open to the outside at either end. Each module has its own centrally located bathroom unit which is shared with a number of other participants. The bathroom unit contains toilet stalls, sinks and hot showers and is accessed from the open corridor. One dormitory is mixed gender with two bathroom units, one for males and one for females. The bedrooms are arranged as doubles (or you may have registered for a single) with 2 comfortable twin-sized beds, a shelf unit and wall pegs for storing and hanging clothes—there is no dresser, closet, carpet, or chair. Each participant is provided with bed linens, towels, and blankets.
  Facility amenities: Snow Farm features 24 hour access to a microwave and refrigerator. A massage therapist is available on site one afternoon during the week. While our facilities do not have air conditioning, there are fans in all studios and participants may bring a fan for their room or borrow one from Snow Farm.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Bathroom (consisting of 3 sinks, 2 toilets, 2 showers) is shared by participants in the dorm. The average is 7-8 people sharing. One dorm is mixed gender with two bathroom units, one for males and one for females.
  Additional nights prior: Call site for price. Call site for availability and price.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call site for price. Call site for availability and price.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM at Snow Farm You will be staying at Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM at Snow Farm You will be staying at Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Williamsburg, MA.
  Nearest city or town:  Williamsburg
  Nearest highway: Rt.91
  Nearest airport:  Bradley International Airport, Hartford, CT.
  From End of Program
  Location: Williamsburg, MA.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Springfield, MA

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Valley Transporter
phone: 800-872-8752
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$55 (approximate cost)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Hartford, CT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Valley Transporter
phone: 800-872-8752
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60 (approximate cost)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Northampton, MA

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
The Taxi
phone: 413-585-8259

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25 (approximate cost)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From the East Take Rt.90-Massachusetts Turnpike- to exit 4 (West Springfield, Rt.91) Take Rt.91North to exit 18. At bottom of ramp, turn left toward Northampton (Rt.5) Continue straight to Main Street-intersection of Rt. 5 and Rt.9 Turn left on to Main St./Rt.9 West. Stay on Rt.9, bearing right out of Northampton past Smith College Continue on Rt.9 through Florence, until you reach a small rotary. Go half way around the rotary and continue on Rt. 9 through Haydenville and Williamsburg (notice the Williamsburg General Store on the left) Bear left on Rt.9 heading out of Williamsburg, for approximately 1.5 miles Take a left on to Hyde Hill Rd.-landmark is "Pat's" store on the left Approximately 1/2 mile up Hyde Hill Rd turn right at our wooden sign and green mailbox with our 5 Clary Rd address on it. Proceed to the top of our road to the main building (with lots of windows and red roof)
  From the North Take Rt. 91 to Massachusetts exit 20. After ramping off, go straight a few hundred feet to the first set of lights and take a right on to Bridge Road. Continue until it ends at the small rotary on Rt.9. Look Park is across the street. Take the first right on the rotary and continue on Rt.9 through Haydenville and Williamsburg (notice the Williamsburg General Store on the left) Bear left on Rt.9 heading out of Williamsburg, for approximately 1.5 miles Take a left on to Hyde Hill Rd.-landmark is "Pat's" store on the left Approximately 1/2 mile up Hyde Hill Rd turn right at our wooden sign and green mailbox with our 5 Clary Rd address on it. Proceed to the top of our road to the main building (with lots of windows and red roof)
  From the South Take Rt. 91 to Massachusetts exit 18. At bottom of ramp, turn left toward Northampton (Rt.5) Continue straight to Main Street-intersection of Rt. 5 and Rt.9 Turn left on to Main St./Rt.9 West. Stay on Rt.9, bearing right out of Northampton past Smith College Continue on Rt.9 through Florence until you reach a small rotary. Go half way around the rotary and continue on Rt. 9 through Haydenville and Williamsburg (notice the Williamsburg General Store on the left) Bear left on Rt.9 heading out of Williamsburg, for approximately 1.5 miles Take a left on to Hyde Hill Rd.-landmark is "Pat's" store on the left Approximately 1/2 mile up Hyde Hill Rd turn right at our wooden sign and green mailbox with our 5 Clary Rd address on it. Proceed to the top of our road to the main building (with lots of windows and red roof)
  From the West Take Rt.90-Massachusetts Turnpike- to exit 4 (West Springfield, Rt.91) Take Rt.91North to exit 18. At bottom of ramp, turn left toward Northampton (Rt.5) Continue straight to Main Street-intersection of Rt. 5 and Rt.9 Turn left on to Main St./Rt.9 West. Stay on Rt.9, bearing right out of Northampton past Smith College Continue on Rt.9 through Florence, until you reach a small rotary. Go half way around the rotary and continue on Rt. 9 through Haydenville and Williamsburg (notice the Williamsburg General Store on the left) Bear left on Rt.9 heading out of Williamsburg, for approximately 1.5 miles Take a left on to Hyde Hill Rd.-landmark is "Pat's" store on the left Approximately 1/2 mile up Hyde Hill Rd turn right at our wooden sign and green mailbox with our 5 Clary Rd address on it. Proceed to the top of our road to the main building (with lots of windows and red roof)
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: Welcome and orientation, followed by artist/instructors presentations.
(Sunday, August 24)
   
 Afternoon: 4:00 - 5:30 PM- Registration and room assignments
 Dinner: 6:15 PM - Dinner in dining hall. Our kitchen is a real focal point of Snow Farm. We have great natural foods and serve a variety of delicious menus — vegetarian dishes, chicken, and fish. We think you’ll love our home-baked breads and desserts (nothing from a mix!) Our salad bar features a bounty of fresh veggies, and tea, coffee, and water is available throughout the day.
 Evening: After dinner, join us for a Welcome/Orientation meeting in the dining hall followed by presentations from our resident artists and instructors.
   
Accommodations: Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Formal morning and afternoon instruction; after dinner, enjoy a tour of all the studios with a brief explanation of what students are learning in a particular studio; open studio time for students throughout the evening.
(Monday, August 25)

Note: The studio tour involves walking short distances and standing for 30- 45 minutes.



   
 Breakfast: 8:00 AM - Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: 9:00-12:00 PM - Begin your formal instruction in the studio with our expert instructors, and get a handle on the materials, techniques and projects you’ll work on this week.
 Lunch: 12:15 PM - Lunch in the dining hall
 Afternoon: 2:00-4:30 PM - Formal instruction in the studio
 Dinner: 6:15 PM - Dinner in the dining hall
 Evening: 7:30 PM - Join us for an inspiring evening stroll around campus! We’ll stop at each studio for a brief presentation on what each workshop covers, and get a look at the student projects that are in progress. Open studio time is also available for those would who would like to continue to work on their projects.
   
Accommodations: Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Formal morning and afternoon instruction; after dinner, enjoy a presentation by a local artist, with images and discussion; open studio time for students throughout the evening.
(Tuesday, August 26)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 AM - Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Formal instruction in the studio
 Lunch: 12:15 PM - Lunch in the dining hall
 Afternoon: 2:00-4:30 PM - Formal instruction in the studio
 Dinner: 6:15 PM - Dinner in the dining hall
 Evening: 7:30 PM - Enjoy an illustrated talk and discussion led by a local guest artist in our dining hall. Open studio time is also available for those would who would like to continue to work on their projects.
   
Accommodations: Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Formal morning instruction; free afternoon and evening time for students to take advantage of open studio time or explore the local area.
(Wednesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 AM - Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Formal instruction in the studio
 Lunch: 12:15 PM - Lunch in the dining hall
 Afternoon: Free afternoon and evening. You may use this extra time to work in the studio, or take the opportunity to explore the surrounding area which is rich with museums, outdoor activities and great restaurants. A licensed massage therapist is available on site by appointment.
 Dinner: 6:15 PM - Dinner in the dining hall
 Evening: This is a free evening to relax or to explore on your own. Open studio time is also available for those would who would like to continue to work on their projects.
   
Accommodations: Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Formal morning and afternoon instruction; after dinner is Video Night or students may work in their studio throughout the evening.
(Thursday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 AM - Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Formal instruction in the studio
 Lunch: 12:15 PM - Lunch in the dining hall
 Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 PM - Formal instruction in the studio
 Dinner: 6:15 PM - Dinner in the dining hall
 Evening: 7:30 PM - Join us for video night in the dining hall, including all the popcorn you can eat! Open studio time is also available for those would who would like to continue to work on their projects.
   
Accommodations: Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Formal morning instruction and afternoon studio clean up; gallery show of student work and wine and cheese reception; after dinner auction
(Friday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 AM - Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Formal instruction in the studio
 Lunch: 12:15 PM - Lunch in the dining hall
 Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 PM - Complete your projects and help in studio cleanup! Share your art during a gallery show of student work and enjoy a wine and cheese reception at 5:00 PM.
 Dinner: 6:15 PM - Dinner in the dining hall
 Evening: 7:30 PM - Take part in a live auction of art works that includes donations from instructors and participants, as well as class projects or collaborative pieces.
   
Accommodations: Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Participants depart after breakfast by 9 AM.
(Saturday, August 30)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 AM - Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: 9:00 AM - Departure
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Williamsburg, MA. Massachusetts Department of Tourism
This is a good general resource for tourism in Massachusetts For additional information, visit www.mass-vacation.com
  Northampton Chamber of Commerce
This area, known as the Pioneer Valley, is home to several fine art museums, historic sites including the Emily Dickinson Homestead and Old Deerfield and various outdoor recreational sites where there is hiking, boating and swimming. Of nearby Northampton, the Boston Globe said, "This small city offers more restaurants and shops, certainly more galleries, theaters and performance venues than most urban centers dozens of times its size. Add two rivers, mountain views, landscaped parks and meadow walks, and you begin to see why people call it paradise"--The Boston Globe For additional information, visit www.explorenorthampton.com
  The Hidden Hills of Western Massachusetts
This is good resource for area museums, lodging, events and activities. To obtain this guide, send $1 to Hidden Hills,140 Pine Street, Florence,MA. 01062 For additional information, visit www.hidden-hills.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.


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