1757
Corning
Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature’s Bounty, History, Art and Wine
Discover the Finger Lakes region as you visit the study where Mark Twain wrote “Tom Sawyer,” explore the Corning Museum of Glass and enjoy tastings at renowned vineyards.
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Program No. 1757RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Painted Post, NY
D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

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.

DAY
2
Glacial Geology, To Elmira, Mark Twain, Iroquois Culture
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

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. The pool is 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.

DAY
3
Watkins Glen Gorge, Winery, Seneca Lake Cruise, Lecture
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

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. Our first 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. Then we drive to the top of the famous Gorge for those who wish to walk down the full mile and a half, 832 stone 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 at Watson Homestead and served up at Watkins Glen State Park in a 1935-era stone pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Afternoon: Seneca Lake Cruise for an hour of well-deserved relaxation. An animated narration by our 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. Our first winery - Lakewood Vineyard - offers tasting and a beautiful lake overlook. Upon returning to the Homestead, the 36' vertical climbing tower will available for anyone who wishes to climb.

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.

DAY
4
Glenn Curtiss Museum, 2 Keuka Lake Wineries, lakeside lunch
Painted Post, NY
B,L
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

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 for those who can't stay for the Friday morning guided tour.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Corning Museum of Glass, Walk Historic Market Street
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

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 guided walk through galleries of 3500 years of glassmaking history. Next we sit down for the Hot Glass Show, one of five live demonstrations offered numerous times throughout the day. Next participants are free to explore in depth the museum galleries exhibiting historical periods and geographic locations of glassmaking around the world and through time. The Innovations Gallery also traces glass science, manufacturing and optics. New in 2015 is the Contemporary Art & Design Wing exhibiting huge and unusual new glass creations from artists around the world. Many fine gift shops are also available on site.

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 late 19th century commercial architecture and ornamentation within this historic 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.

DAY
6
Rockwell Museum of American Art
Painted Post, NY
B

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!