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Arts & the Outdoors: A Creative Escape with Your Grandchild

Get active and artsy with your grandchild at the beautiful Watson Homestead, where you’ll have a summer of a lifetime hiking, glassblowing, making ice cream, blacksmithing and more!
Rating (5)
Program No. 4983RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,299 / ADULT
749 / CHILD

At a Glance

Get fired up this summer as you and your grandchild create memories that will last a lifetime. During an exciting week in Corning, New York, every day is a new adventure! Get active and artsy with your grandchild at the beautiful Watson Homestead, where you’ll have a summer of a lifetime hiking, glassblowing, making ice cream, blacksmithing and more! When you’re not channeling your inner artists, experience fun activities that only these big open landscapes can offer: Hiking to waterfalls, aiming for the bullseye during archery and repelling from a 36-foot tower. Whatever way you and your grandchild like to learn, Corning has it all!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking and standing up to one-half mile, two hours; uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the ancient gorges and waterfalls as you hike Watkins Glen State Park.
  • Discover glassmaking at the Corning Museum of Glass, with its studio, Innovation Center and hot-glass show, and try your hand at glassmaking yourself!
  • Dive into the past at Heritage Village where you’ll step back into the 1700s and learn what life was like on the frontier. Expert blacksmiths will teach you how to create a few pieces from iron forged in fire.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
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Neil Yoder
Neil Yoder previously served as the program director at the Watson Homestead. He now oversees the facility but since he is a dedicated hiker, he will still be our hike leader for three days per week. He is an avid outdoorsman, hikes world peaks and is a great storyteller.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The American West: People, Places, and Ideas
by Suzan Campbell
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.
Corning and the Craft of Innovation
by Margaret B.W. Graham and Alec T. Shuldiner
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.
The Corning Museum of Glass; A Guide to the Collections
by Richard W. Price, editor
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
by Katharine Delavan Dyson
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.
Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass: American Classics
by Thomas Dimitroff
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.
The Maverick and His Machine
by Kevin Maney
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.
Glenn H. Curtiss
by Kirk W. House & Charles R. Mitchell
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.

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