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Massachusetts
The Road Scholar Crafts Week at Snow Farm: Welding for Women
Join a group of curious and creative women to learn the basics of cutting, welding and brazing metal, with the beautiful backdrop of the Berkshires to inspire you.
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Program No. 11456RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Class
Williamsburg, MA.
D
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

Activity note: 4:00-5:30 p.m. check-in with the Group Leader at the Main Building at Snow Farm. If a taxi is bringing you to our location, please ask them to drop you off as close to the Main Building as possible. The Main Building is the largest building on campus located near the top of the campus.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:30 p.m. When you arrive, you will check in with the Group Leader and get your room assignment. You will also get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, ask for your packet when you check in with the Group Leader. Each room at Snow Farm is basic with two beds, pegs for hanging clothes, and a rustic shelf for belongings. There will be fresh linens on each bed (two flat sheets, one pillow case, two towels) as well as two blankets for each bed.

Dinner: 6:15 p.m. in the Snow Farm dining hall, cafeteria-style meal, self-serve salad bar, with coffee, tea, and water included.

Evening: Orientation. In the Common Room of the Main Building, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. If you arrive late, the Group Leader will meet with you individually. Meals are cafeteria-style in the Dining Hall: breakfast 8:00-8:45 a.m., lunch 12:15-1:00 p.m., dinner 6:15-7:00 p.m. We use local ingredients and offer a variety of delicious meals. Our salad bar features a bounty of fresh veggies. We think you’ll love our homemade desserts and warm cookies. Coffee, tea, and water are available at meals and throughout the day. Each day involves walking from the dormitories to the Dining Hall and studios. The estimated farthest distance is approximately 200 yards. The terrain on our campus is hilly, and the road connecting all buildings and facilities is dirt/gravel/stones. Morning classes will run from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon, afternoon classes 1:30-4:30 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Materials and tools are provided. The studios remain open for our use when classes end. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions for personal independent exploration. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. To round out the evening, we’ll have presentations by some of our resident artists and instructors. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Morning & Afternoon Instruction, Campus Walk, Open Studio
Williamsburg, MA.
B,L,D
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

Activity note: Walking up to 200 yards, standing 30-45 minutes at a time. Hilly terrain, road is dirt/gravel/stones.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: We will begin instruction in the studio with our expert instructors, with an introduction to the materials, tools, and techniques involved in this program, as well as the projects we will be working on while in the studio. After demonstrations of tools and techniques, and at the discretion of the instructor, we will begin hands-on work on our projects.

Lunch: In the dining hall. If it is nice weather outside, feel free to sit at tables on the patio to enjoy the surrounding view.

Afternoon: We’ll continue studio instruction with our expert instructors, learn more about materials and techniques, and begin/continue hands-on work on our projects. Open studio time is available after class. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: In the dining hall.

Evening: At 7:30 p.m., we’ll gather for a walk 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 in progress. For those would who would like to continue to work on their projects, open studio time is available. The Common Room is open 24/7 with comfortable wicker loveseats, Wi-Fi, and coffee tables and benches to gather and for conversation. Board games are in the cabinets and there are Adirondack chairs scattered throughout the campus to find a quiet place to sit.

DAY
3
Morning & Afternoon Instruction, Local Artist Presentation
Williamsburg, MA.
B,L,D
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

Activity note: Walking up to 200 yards, standing 30-45 minutes at a time. Hilly terrain, road is dirt/gravel/stones.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: We will continue to learn about the materials and techniques used in the disciplines we are studying and apply those concepts and techniques to our projects. The studio instructor will provide expert guidance, advice, and plenty of encouragement! The instructor will help us bring our own ideas and creativity to our project, and help us individualize our projects to make them personally meaningful.

Lunch: In the dining hall.

Afternoon: We will continue to apply the knowledge provided by the instructor to our own projects. Conversation and observation in the studio will undoubtedly lead to new ideas as we encourage each other while we are all learning new skills. Open studio time is available after class. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: In the dining hall.

Evening: We’ll regroup at 7:30 p.m. for an illustrated talk and discussion led by a local guest artist. Open studio time is available for those would who would like to continue to work on their projects.

DAY
4
Morning Instruction, Free Time, Open Studio
Williamsburg, MA.
B,L,D
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

Activity note: Walking up to 200 yards, standing 30-45 minutes at a time. Hilly terrain, road is dirt/gravel/stones.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: We will continue to learn about the materials and techniques used in the discipline we are studying, and apply those concepts and techniques to the projects we are working on. The more work we do in the studio, the more our skills will be developing. The instruction will provide expert guidance, advice and, of course, plenty of encouragement! Inspiration really gets flowing as we have acquired many new skills, have had plenty of time to practice, and are working on projects of individual design. It is an exciting time, and as the creativity flows, there’s no stopping us now!

Lunch: In the dining hall.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You are welcome to use this time to work in the studio, or take the opportunity to explore independently in the surrounding area that offers museums, outdoor activities, and great restaurants.

Dinner: In the dining hall.

Evening: At leisure. Work on projects independently, explore on your own, or just relax.

DAY
5
Morning & Afternoon Instruction, Video Night, Open Studio
Williamsburg, MA.
B,L,D
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

Activity note: Walking up to 200 yards, standing 30-45 minutes at a time. Hilly terrain, road is dirt/gravel/stones.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: Seeing our projects taking shape is exciting and rewarding! As studio instruction continues, we are realizing that our ideas are big and time is short. We are infused with purpose and excitement as we bring our ideas and projects closer to completion. Our final product going home with us will impress family and friends!

Lunch: In the dining hall.

Afternoon: With more time in the studio, we will be putting into practice the information and techniques taught by the instructors. With their guidance we will be well on our way to completing our projects! Open studio time is available after class. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: In the dining hall.

Evening: At 7:30 p.m., we’ll have movie night in the dining hall. Open studio time is available for those would who would like to continue to work on their projects.

DAY
6
Morning Instruction, Complete Projects, Art Show & Auction
Williamsburg, MA.
B,L,D
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

Activity note: Walking up to 200 yards, standing 30-45 minutes at a time. Hilly terrain, road is dirt/gravel/stones.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: Today is — already! — the last day of studio instruction and time to work on our projects. Concentrating on our work this morning will help bring those projects to completion. Instructors may talk about techniques for putting the finishing touches on our work, and how to continue working at home for those who are interested.

Lunch: In the dining hall.

Afternoon: It’s time to complete our projects and help in studio clean-up. We will put together an exhibit in the Main Building presenting the results of our projects for a gallery show of student work. We look forward to sharing our accomplishments of the week with our new Road Scholar friends. We have all learned so much and gained so many new skills this week. It will be rewarding to see how we have all grown and created beautiful things. And we will bring these new talents home, to share with family and friends there as well. We’ll enjoy by a wine and cheese reception at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: In the dining hall. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner, which will feature a special menu and Snow Farm’s signature maple cheesecake for dessert.

Evening: We’ll gather at 7:30 p.m. for a live auction of art works including donations from instructors and participants as well as class projects or collaborative pieces. Participation is optional. And fun! Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Williamsburg, MA.
B

Activity note: Check-out 9:00 a.m. Put used linens in the pillowcase and leave outside your door.

Breakfast: In the dining hall. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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