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The History of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Program Number: 12718RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: East Aurora, New York
Price starting at: $1,145.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join us at the historic Arts and Crafts community of Roycroft — founded by the entrepreneur Elbert Hubbard in 1895 — to explore Western New York's turn-of-the-century trail of architecture, art, craft and philosophy. Discover the renaissance of preservation, 21st Century decorative arts and the holistic ideals of an era of new thought. Field trips to the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin Complex and Graycliff Estate offer a look at the architect’s local gems, while an investigation into the works of William Morris and John Ruskin offer a look at the roots of the Arts and Crafts Movement.




Highlights

• Meet Roycroft Renaissance artisans and observe their crafts during on-site demonstrations.
• Delight in evening receptions at two historic Roycroft homes and experience their ambiance.
• Learn about the life and work of Roycroft’s charismatic founder, Elbert Hubbard.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 5 city blocks; standing up to 1-1/2 hours. Climbing stairs and standing during visits to historic homes.



Coordinated by The Foundation for the Study of the Arts & Crafts Movement at Roycroft.




East Aurora

Notable one-time residents of this rural village in Erie County include former President Millard Fillmore and Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft Movement that profoundly influenced 20th-century American architecture and design. Visitors to its bustling Main Street can enjoy a variety of local businesses, specialty shops and preserved homes.



Accommodations
Roycroft Inn, a National Historic Landmark featuring Roycroft furnishings in each suite.

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

Chuck LaChiusa is the creator of the website Buffaloah.com, a site that is dedicated to the unique architecture and history of Buffalo, N.Y. The site features thousands of photographs taken by LaChiusa of notable buildings, and has received awards from the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, Buffalo’s Preservation Board and Buffalo Spree Magazine. Chuck is the photographer for the book, "Oakland Place: Gracious Living in Buffalo," and a frequent architectural tour speaker and docent.
 
Edythe Turgeon

Edythe "Kitty" Turgeon has dedicated the last 39 years to the history and renaissance of the Roycroft, a community in East Aurora, N.Y. that was formed on the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. She has served as the executive director of the Foundation for the Study of the Arts and Crafts Movement at Roycroft since 1991, and owned the Roycroft Inn from 1971-1987. Edythe’s preservation efforts at Roycroft ensured that 13 of its buildings were awarded the status of National Historic Landmark.
 
Tom Bojanowski

Tom Bojanowski is a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and the American School of Craftsmen. Tom began his career as a designer at Fisher Price Toy Company, situated in East Aurora, N.Y. He is the most versatile of the new Roycroft artisans working in wood and metal, where he plies his handiwork talents in graphic and fine art, printing and hand illumination.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Roycroft Inn
  East Aurora, NY 5 nights
 Roycroft Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Historic 28 room Arts & Crafts style Inn that went through an $8 million renovation. 2005 marked the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Roycroft Inn. Highlight will be the viewing of the new Four Season murals in the entrance that were created to mark this event. Furnishings include both authentic and quality reproductions of Roycroft Furniture and other decorative items. Quaint country Inn surroundings will add to the pleasure to your experience.
  Contact info: 40 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY 14052 USA
phone: 716-652-5552
web: www.roycroftinn.com
  Room amenities: Internet access, phones, cable television
  Facility amenities: The Roycroft Inn, a National Historic Landmark, offers wide porches and various cozy seating areas just perfect for a game of chess, curling up with a good book, or sitting and contemplating life. In addition, a wide variety of recreational activities such as golf, tennis and skiing are available within close proximity to the Inn. A nice continental breakfast is available each morning.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for a quote "Road Scholar Rate" available upon request.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for a quote "Road Scholar Rate" available upon request.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-5 PM check-in at the Roycroft Inn Salon (lobby) You will be staying at Roycroft Inn that night.
  End of Program:
5 PM You will be staying at Roycroft Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. You will need a USA passport or a birth certificate and picture ID if you take a side trip to Canada during your free time.
  Parking availability:
Free off-street parking at the Inn
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  East Aurora, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Buffalo, NY
  Nearest highway: NY State I-90 to Route 400
  Nearest airport:  Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
  From End of Program
  Location: East Aurora, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Buffalo Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
ITA
phone: 800-551-9369

   

Transportation is also usually available through an East Aurora car service for $25 one-way, $40 round trip. Contact Foundation.Roycroft@gmail.com for more information.

 
Driving Directions
  From EAST (Rochester / Syracuse / Albany) Travel West on the NYS Thruway (Rte 90). Take exit 54 to Rte 400. Exit at Rte 20A / East Aurora. Turn right off the exit onto Rte 20A which becomes Main Street. Continue through the Village and turn left onto S. Grove St. The Inn is on the left at 40 S. Grove St.
  From NORTH (Buffalo / Toronto): Take Rte 190 South to the NYS Thruway (Rte 90) West. Take exit 54 to the Rte 400. Exit from Rte 400 at Rte 20A / East Aurora. Turn right off the exit onto Rte 20A, which becomes Main Street. Continue through the Village and turn left onto S. Grove St. The Inn is on the left at 40 S. Grove St.
  From SOUTH (Pittsburgh): Take I-79 N to I-90 East to NYS Thruway. Get off at Exit 54 (Rte 400 / East Aurora). Exit at Rte 20A / East Aurora. Turn right off the exit onto Rte 20A which becomes Main Street. Continue through the Village and turn left onto S. Grove St. The Inn is on the left at 40 S. Grove St.
  From WEST (Erie / Cleveland): Traveling East on the NYS Thruway (Rte 90), get off at Exit 54 (Rte 400 / East Aurora). Exit at Rte 20A / East Aurora. Turn right off the exit onto Rte 20A which becomes Main Street. Continue through the Village and turn left onto S. Grove St. The Inn is on the left at 40 S. Grove St.
Elevation Note: After checking in with the Welcoming Committee, get settled in your room and explore until dinner.

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: Check-in and tour/Evening Activity
(Sunday, October 5)
   
 Afternoon: 3-5 pm - Registration in the salon (lobby) of the Roycroft Inn. There you will receive information about your Road Scholar in East Aurora. Note: Daily itineraries may change slightly due to some construction that is scheduled on the Roycroft Campus.
 Dinner: Dinner in one of the historic dining rooms.
 Evening: "Getting To Know You" Dinner. Following dinner there will be an orientation and further opportunity for folks to get to know one another.
   
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Roycroft Campus/historic home
(Monday, October 6)
   
 Breakfast: Self serve continental style
 Morning: Learn about the history of the Roycroft Inn with a docent. Lecture - History and Philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement - Lecture to be held in one of the historic buildings on the Roycroft Campus
 Lunch: Lunch in the Power House
 Afternoon: After lunch we will have a demonstration by one of the Roycroft Renaissance artisans. After you will do a walking tour of the Roycroft and learn about the 14 buildings that make up the Campus. Your afternoon ends with a wine and cheese reception in the historic Fournier House, one of the landmark buildings on the Campus.
 Dinner: Seasonal local fare in historic dining room
 Evening: Presentation by a Frank Lloyd Wright expert - subject and lecturer to be announced.
   
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Graycliff Estate/Artisan Demonstrations
(Tuesday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Self serve continental style
 Morning: Docent led tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent Graycliff Estate in Derby, NY. Graycliff is an architectural jewel set on a scenic 8.4 acre estate on a cliff overlooking Lake Erie. It was designed by Wright for Martin’s wife Isabelle, built between 1926 and 1927 and occupied by the family from 1928 to the mid-1940s. The spacious Isabelle R Martin House and accompanying Foster House and Heat Hut served as the summer home of Isabelle R. Martin, her husband, Darwin D. Martin, and their family. The Martins were among Wright’s most loyal patrons, and Wright also designed a residential compound for the family on Jewett Parkway in Buffalo.
 Lunch: Sit down lunch in a local restaurant featuring regional favorite foods.
 Afternoon: Artisan demonstrations and tour of Roycroft Antique Shop building.
 Dinner: Buffet supper at historic private loft residence.
 Evening: Show and Tell - Guests are encouraged to bring an Arts & Crafts item for discussion and information.
   
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit to Darwin Martin Complex/Motor coach tour of Buffalo
(Wednesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Self serve continental style
 Morning: 1 1/2 hour docent led exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin Complex which is undergoing a multi million dollar restoration. You will view the newly reconstructed pergola and other buildings. Time to visit the Wisteria Museum Shop.
 Lunch: Lunch at a legendary Buffalo restaurant so you can sample Buffalo style cuisine to include chicken wings and beef on weck.
 Afternoon: Shuffle off to Buffalo to visit the grand historic architectural sites including the Louis Sullivan's Guaranty Building, H.H Richardson's Psychiatric Center complex, FLW's Blue Sky Mausoleum, the Erie Canal terminus and the Frederick Law Olmsted Park System.
 Dinner: Dinner at a landmark Buffalo Restaurant
 Evening: Relaxing return to East Aurora
   
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tiffany Windows and Artisan Visit/Free time
(Thursday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Self serve continental style
 Morning: A brief visit to Baker Memorial Church to view fabulous Tiffany Windows then off to see the workshop and craft of some Roycroft Master Furniture Makers.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own, at restaurant of your own choice.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the Village shops such and Vidler's 5 & 10 cent store, Fisher Price Outlet Store, Toy Town Museum, or a quick jaunt to view the almighty Niagara Falls.
 Dinner: Dinner featuring regional and seasonal cuisine
 Evening: Presenatation on a related Arts & Crafts topic
   
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Arts & Crafts Styles around the World/Departure
(Friday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Self serve continental style
 Morning: Lecture and slide presentation on the International Arts & Crafts Movement. Also an update on the future of the Roycroft Campus by a member of the board of the Roycroft Campus Corporation.
 Lunch: Graduation Luncheon at the Roycroft Inn
 Afternoon: Guests depart for home at approx 2pm.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  East Aurora, NY Buffalo Visitor Bureau
call 1-800-BUFFALO (283-3256) to receive information about events and tourism opportunities in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Region. For additional information, visit www.buffalocvb.com
  Buffalo and Erie County Historic Society
Housed in one of the original building built for the Pan American Exposition of 1901. This museum and library has a wonderful permanent exhibit on Buffalo commerce and history. Special exhibitions throughout then year usually focus on Western New York themes For additional information, visit www.bechs.org
  Burchfield Penney Art Center
Art Center dedicated to Western New York Artists. Affiliated with Buffalo State College and located next to the historic Richardson Tower Complex with grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. For additional information, visit www.burchfield-penney.org
  East Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Offers information for your stay in East Aurora and surrounding areas. For additional information, visit www.eanycc.com
  Roycroft Inn
The Roycroft Inn who celebrated the 100th Anniversary of it's opening in 2005 is the first building to go through a major restoration on the Roycroft Campus. Plans are underway to revitalize the rest of the Campus through the efforts of the Roycroft Campus Corporation. The next few years will be interesting to watch For additional information, visit www.roycroftinn.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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