Community and Professional Education

Fall 2017 Offerings: Center for Creative Retirement

Center for Creative Retirement Trips, Tours, and Off-Campus Classes Additional Information

Medicare 101
Medicare can be very confusing. There are many options and factors to consider. It is important to understand how Medicare works and what you need to know to make the most informed decisions possible. Medicare Parts A and B will be explained, including what is and is not covered. This session will also cover what a person's fiscal responsibility is and the ways to mitigate the potential copays of Medicare. Learn how Medigap plans work and what Medicare Part D (prescription drug insurance) is. In addition, learn about federal and state assistance programs for those who are income qualified.
2 Sessions, DCC B05
Fri., 11/10 - 11/17, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

2 Sessions, DCC 136
Mon., 11/13 - 11/20, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Janet Kiffney, Instructor

The Design, Color, Texture and Flowers of Fall
When do you ever have the opportunity to spend a morning with a versatile floral artist, who can design a classical look but make it follow a modern trend? Take advantage of Michele's 28 years of experience and let her show you how to put creativity and energy into designs and events. If you have been with us before you know she brings a passion for what she does, and many return because they know she always brings new ideas and demonstrates what is "hot" in the flower world. Come join us. You may be one of the lucky students who carries one of her creations home! Course fee includes a $14 materials fee per person.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/25, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Michele Peters, Instructor

Introduction to Folk Music Using Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar and Song
Come whet your musical appetite while hearing the history and sounds of various foot-tapping traditional and folk styles. Listen to music from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, New England and Appalachia. George Wilson will also "visit" the music of some personalities from the past, like Uncle Dave Macon and Huddie Ledbetter. Combine this with a discussion of how these sounds developed and George's off-the-cuff commentary and you have one rousing presentation. George Wilson, our local, talented, multi-instrumentalist and singer is an accomplished fiddler, folk music educator and performer. Join us for a fun-filled morning!
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/4, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
George Wilson, Instructor

Understanding Your Ancestry DNA Test
If you have done a DNA test through or are even thinking of doing one, you probably have many questions. Join professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty for an informative session that will guide you through the fundamentals of DNA tests. Topics covered will include DNA basics, interpreting ethnicity estimates, dealing with all those cousin matches, and incorporating the results into your genealogy research. Learn how to make the most of your test by utilizing it as another tool to discover your family history!
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/17, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 11/14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

Frankly, My Dear: The REEL Story Behind Gone With the Wind
"Gone With The Wind" has been called "the most magnificent motion picture of all time," and millions of fans agree. But what most fans don't know is that endless trouble and months of behind-the-scenes turmoil almost doomed "Gone With the Wind" to failure. Explore the intriguing history of this iconic 1939 film, including the writing and publishing of Margaret Mitchell's novel, the Hollywood frenzy of transforming the book into film, the Atlanta premiere, the Academy Awards and more. This is one course that no movie fan should miss.
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs., 10/19 - 10/26, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

The Fight for Women's Suffrage in New York State
November 6 marks the centennial of the Constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote in New York State. This historic vote occurred three years before the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and helped pave the way to its success.

Albany was the epicenter of the suffrage battle in New York State. Suffragists and anti-suffragists lobbied the legislature in support of their positions every year from 1854 to 1917. This program will explore this historic struggle through images from both suffrage and anti-suffrage sources.
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 11/2, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Stuart Lehman, Instructor

America's Constitution
This is a historical review of the United States Constitution that will cover how and why it was created, the principles and political realities motivating it, and the concerns and objectives of the players who wrote it. We will highlight how the founders viewed the crucial issue of power, its necessity and dangers, along with how the document has evolved over 228 years.
3 Sessions, DCC B06
Mon., 10/16 - 10/30, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Henry Bankhead, Instructor

Politics Stops at the Water's Edge? Dissent in the History of American Foreign Policy
It has long been said that political debate should end when the subject is our foreign policy. That, however, has never been the case. The class will examine opposition to foreign policy decisions from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam conflict and will include a look at the Mexican War, the acquisition of colonies after the Spanish American War, the issue of joining the League of Nations, and isolationist views prior to World War II. Ken Kiser is a former instructor from Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill.
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 11/7, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ken Kiser, Instructor

An Introduction to Music Reading
If you've always wanted to learn to read music, this is the perfect opportunity for you! If you are in a group where everyone has a songbook, the words are written underneath the treble clef staff. If you want to know the melody you need to know how to read the notes on the staff. Instructor Janine Budesheim will teach you an easy way to be able to do that. She has been an elementary music teacher and director of the Averill Park Community Orchestra for many years. Please bring pencils with you.
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs., 10/5 - 10/12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Janine Budesheim, Instructor

Antiques and More
Come and spend an engaging morning that will touch on history, geography, the arts and society. Owners Andrew Geller and David Ornstein of New Scotland Antiques will appraise a treasure that you bring to class. Bring in two items that you are curious about, set them on the table and when class begins, Andy and David will discuss each and every object! They'll cover the history of the items, their popularity and what they're worth in today's market. To be fair to everyone, please remember to limit your items to two.
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Andrew Geller and David Orstein, Instructors

Learning the "Ins and Outs" of your Digital Camera
This two-session offering will concentrate on learning how to effectively use your new (or not-so-new) digital camera. You will learn about exposure, white balance, macro-mode, portrait settings, landscapes, bracketing – all complex techniques that can be easily explained and mastered. Gather your favorite photos, organize your questions and bring along your camera and owner's manual to these classes designed to inform in a relaxed, comfortable format. Remember to have your camera's battery fully charged and have an empty memory card.
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 11/7 - 11/14, 1 - 4 p.m.
Kevin Sarsfield, Instructor

The Tragedy of Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton led the Federalist Party for over a decade, and served as Secretary of the Treasury, inventing fiscal policy that laid the foundation for a prosperous modern commercial nation. Yet shame over his humble origins dogged him and made him hypersensitive to criticism. Jack Casey, an author, attorney and former political leader, who just completed his historical novel, "Hamilton's Last Clash," will explore this uniquely American tragedy. While showing why Hamilton is the most influential of the Founding Fathers upon our way of life, Jack will share his views on the darker side of American adversarial politics, and will also acquaint attendees with Revolutionary-era songs he will play and sing.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/23, 1 - 3 p.m.
Jack Casey, Instructor

The Erie Canal - America's First Great Public Work
Jack Casey will discuss his historical novel, "A Land Beyond the River," which portrays New York State's rise to national preeminence as "The Empire State." Hudson Valley heiress Eleanora Van Rensselaer falls in love with a "real man" from the west, ship captain Daniel Hedges, a smuggler on Lake Erie. Soon the War of 1812 erupts and ends their affair. Only after each suffers great loss can they reconnect and join forces to assist DeWitt Clinton in realizing his vision, a 363-mile canal across New York State. Yet even as they collaborate, canal opponent Martin Van Buren employs a dark secret to blackmail Eleanora, and she must choose between her vast wealth and the man she loves. "A Land Beyond the River" was published in paperback by Bantam Books (1988), and in hardcover by Jack's imprint, Diamond Rock Publishing, Inc. (2005). He will enhance his discussion with a few canal songs.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/23, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jack Casey, Instructor

One Day Only: Homemade Pasta
Have you always wanted to learn how to make homemade pasta? This fun, hands-on class with The Chic Chef will teach you some simple ways to make homemade egg pasta to impress friends and family at special gatherings. Tastings for this menu may include: roasted shrimp ravioli; butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter sauce; simple roasted Roma tomato sauce; and fettuccini with white truffle butter sauce and mushrooms. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, DCC 135
Mon., 9/18, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mirissa Casey, The Chic Chef, Instructor

Mahican, Mohican, Mohegan?
Nobody's quite sure how to spell their name in English, but this Native American tribe was once a force to be reckoned with in the Hudson Valley. Their nation stretched from Dutchess County northward to Lake Champlain. The Mohawks, famed as the fiercest of warriors, feared them. Who were these First Americans? Where did they go? And why? Steve Trimm, amateur historian and tour guide at Grant Cottage State Historic Site, will answer these questions.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/13, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Steve Trimm, Instructor

The Elegant Art of Burlesque: A Personal Memoir
Spend a morning going back in time to when burlesque was the elegant art of the tease. There were comics, singers, big bands and, of course, the dancers. Your tour guide is April March, the First Lady of Burlesque, who at 82 still performs to sold out crowds across the country. April started performing at the age of 16 and after a lifetime of dedication to burlesque is one of its legendary performers. Her story is simply amazing.

She has a million stories that she and her collaborator, Susan Baird, will share with you at this session. Staying true to her dreams, she will draw you into a life that was glamorous, fun and dangerous; she will also be available to answer your questions and discuss her book, "Reflections of My Life: April March, the First Lady of Burlesque." This will be a session you will remember and talk about for some time.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
April March & Susan Baird, Instructors

America's Earliest Furniture
Beginning with the first American furniture made in Massachusetts circa 1670, this presentation will explain the reasons why furniture from this era is practically nonexistent in New York and will provide a comparison of the two dominant New World cultures - the Dutch and the English. Because this early period produced so little in trying to make a home comfortable, it is often linked to the William and Mary Period which began in 1688. Both the first furniture (Jacobean) and the William and Mary comprise the extent of Pilgrim Century material.

Room settings will be illustrated from some of the earliest homes in America and then be followed by the furniture pieces discussed in detail.
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/28, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

NOTORIOUS! Shady Ladies of 19th Century America
Some people would rather be infamous than famous - and 19th century American women were no different! Scandal and gossip can be so delicious, and these ladies tasted their fair share of both. Phyllis Chapman, as Victoria Woodhull, who was infamous herself, will appear in costume to delight not only with her own escapades, but also those of naughty ladies such as Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, Lizzie Borden, Lydia Pinkham, Carrie A. Nation and others. They were women who found innovative (and sometimes inappropriate!) means of making their way in the world. Tasty tidbits include the answers to questions such as "Who was the inspiration for the all-American Gibson Girl? Did the Fox sisters really communicate with the dead, or were they clever tricksters? Why was Calamity Jane a calamity?" If you like gun-swinging, axe-whacking, free-loving women, this is a must-see for you!
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/27, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/11, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

If Dolls Could Talk: Their History Revealed
This lecture will use slides to illustrate a full history of dolls, from ancient times through the 1930's. Paintings of children with their dolls, an excellent source in dating them, will be used to feature dolls from Elizabethan and 18th century England (along with the dolls themselves). We then will focus on the many 19th century dolls made in Germany as it became the leader in the doll and toy industry. The finest French dolls will be represented, including exquisite automatons with their movement accompanied by built-in music boxes. America's ingenuity will be represented by the first talking doll by Edison and the unforgettable characters created in the early 20th century, the Campbell Soup Kids, Buster Brown and his dog Tige, Little Orphan Annie, and Shirley Temple. Not to be forgotten are the homemade dolls, from the simple, with yarn hair and shoe button eyes, to the elaborate, with hand-painted faces and hair. Many of these dolls are considered prime examples of American folk art and are highly valued in today's market. Class participants are invited to bring in their dolls to be viewed by the class and discussed for identification purposes.
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/14, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

"To Life" Parts I and II
American musicals have always featured songs of optimism, hope, celebration, following your dreams and making every day the best day of your life. "To Life" is a ten-part DVD series featuring songs from Broadway musicals that illustrate the importance of making every day the best day of your life!

Parts I and II features songs from Broadway musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Lerner and Loewe, Charles Strouse and Jule Styne, with Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Elaine Stritch, Julie Andrews, Patti Lupone, Angela Lansbury and Carol Channing.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Richard Feldman, Instructor

Half Moon Button Club Presents History, Collecting Tips
Lea Mastrianni of The Half Moon Button Club will present the history of button collecting, as well as information on various collectible button types and their compositions. Did you know that buttons can be made of glass, fabric, pearl, Bakelite, plastic, or wood? Lea will explain the world of button collecting, as well as share her vast knowledge of buttons and their historical significance. You are welcome to bring any buttons to be identified and receive information on composition. The Half Moon Button Club was founded in 1943. The club's mission is to promote interest in the collection of buttons, with a special interest in antique and vintage buttons from around the world. For more information on button collecting, please visit the website of the National Button Society at
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 10/26, 1 - 3 p.m.
Lea Mastrianni, Instructor

Small Town Veterans in Two Big Wars
This class focuses on two wars which deeply affected our country, the Civil War and World War I, from the point of view of one rural town in Rensselaer County, Schaghticoke. Town historian Chris Kelly will discuss the recruiting, training, and service of men from the town during both wars, as well as what their lives were like after their war service. About 265 men connected with Schaghticoke served in the Civil War and 150 men (and one woman) in the Great War. Chris has written biographies of all of them, and will choose some of her favorites for the talk, illustrated with photos of some of the men, the sites of the battles in which they fought, and their tombstones. Chris is the author of "Schaghticoke and the Great War."
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 10/20, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Chris Kelly, Instructor

The Wild Women of Rensselaer County!
Join Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan for this illustrated lecture on the "wild women" of Rensselaer County. Suffrage, anti-suffrage, education, labor and temperance are but a few of the historic subjects associated with famous women like Emma Willard and not so famous women like Julia Blanche Stover Clum and Evanetta Hare. These "wild women" made an impact on our county, state and nation, and their legacy is still in evidence today.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 11/1, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Kathryn Sheehan, Instructor

Eating Healthy for Your Active Lifestyle
Simple changes and small steps can bring some quick, satisfying results to an active lifestyle. Learn about a simple, fun delicious way to do food as well as eat-on-the-run options, pre-workout ideas and much more. Come ready to taste, prepare and share. Course fee includes $40 materials fee.
1 Session, DCC 135
Mon., 9/25, 11a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Anita DeCelle, Instructor
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

Irish and American Folk Music: Those Wonderful Old Melodies from Ireland
Ireland and America have produced an abundance of songs about people, struggles, happiness and sadness. Don Kelly and his acoustic guitar will take you down the path of wonderful old melodies from Ireland and from 1960-70's America. There will be opportunities for singing along (lyrics provided). Songs may trigger some happy memories and we will enjoy learning the background to some of the classic folk songs.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/20, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Don Kelly, Instructor

All the Women in the Schuyler Mansion
The Schuyler Mansion was home to Philip J. Schuyler, the renowned Revolutionary War general, U.S. Senator, and entrepreneur. He and his wife, Catharine Van Rensselaer, raised eight children. The wedding of daughter Elizabeth Schuyler to Alexander Hamilton took place in the house in 1780. Join us for a PowerPoint presentation on the lives of all of the Schuyler women – Philip Schuyler's wife Catharine, her daughters Angelica, Elizabeth, Margaret (Peggy), Cornelia and Catharine, and the enslaved women who worked at the home - and discuss the impact they had in shaping the family's place in history. Finally, the "dirtier" side of history will be discussed. You will have fun learning about the toilets and toiletries and the realities of hygiene in the 18th century.
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 9/22, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Michelle Mavigliano, Instructor

Exploring Troy's History
In this session discover the history of Troy's Oakwood Cemetery and bell manufacturing in Troy and West Troy. In the first part of his lecture, Michael Barrett will discuss Oakwood Cemetery. While it did not officially open until 1850, a number of cemetery consolidations and reburials push the historical record of deaths back to the very earliest years of the city. He will share stories of founding families, the prominent educators, industrialists and business people, military heroes and other colorful characters who helped make Troy the great city that it is.

Did you know from 1808 - 1952 over 100,000 bells were manufactured in Troy and West Troy? Listen as Michael shares information on this enduring industrial legacy that created many of our most famous American-made bells and chimes.
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 11/3, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Michael Barrett, Instructor


Please note: several of these trips and tours includes a materials fee for admission and/or meals. This fee is non-refundable five business days prior to the start of the course. Course registrations may not be transferred to another person. If you are unable to attend a class, you may not send someone else in your place.
Center for Creative Retirement Trips, Tours, and Off-Campus Classes Directions and Additional Information

Culinary Adventure: Central Troy Historic District Food Tour
This leisurely three-hour, 1.5-mile walk includes plenty of refreshing stops (five different food/beverage tastings), so it's suited for most ages and fitness levels. Experience the vibrant culinary scene that surrounds Troy's amazing farmer's market. This tour ends in time for you to shop the market and meet the local farmers and vendors. Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to learn about Troy and the role food is playing in bringing the city back to life. We will sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to round out your perfect Saturday in the Collar City. Food tours help tell the story of the city in a delicious way: they're about tasting local foods and getting exposure to the entrepreneurs who are bringing creativity to their city. Wear comfortable walking shoes, come hungry - by the end you will have eaten a complete brunch/lunch. Course fee includes $44 materials fee.
1 Session, 275 River Street, Troy
Sat., 9/23, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

1 Session, 275 River Street, Troy
Sat., 10/14, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Instructor

Painting the Sun
Join instructor Noreen Powell for a lesson in oil on canvas where you will paint the sun setting on an ocean pier. The class will be held in the Living Room Art Gallery located in historic St. Agnes Cemetery. You will receive one-on-one instruction in linear perspective, light and shadow in this fun and relaxing class. All materials including paints, brushes and canvas are provided with three hours of professional instruction. Coffee, beverages and delicious snacks are also included. Course fee includes $45 materials fee.
1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
Sat., 11/11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Noreen Powell, Instructor
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator

Tour and Lunch at The Skene Manor
Enjoy a visit to The Skene Manor, Whitehall's castle on the mountain. It is one of the few remaining castles in northeast New York. The castle was constructed of stone blocks cut right out of the mountain that frames the manor. This magnificent structure shows turn-of-the-century craftsmanship rarely duplicated today. Our morning will begin with a tour of The Skene Manor where we will experience the grandeur that exemplified turn-of-the-century wealth. We will then enjoy a lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, beverages and dessert, which will be served in the tea room. You will be contacted prior to the trip for your sandwich order. All who visit rave about the lunch and the dedication of the volunteer staff who run the manor. Now, experience it for yourself! Course fee includes a $20 materials fee.
1 session, The Skene Manor
Thurs., 10/19, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

Autumn Reflection Scene
Join us in The Living Room Art Gallery located in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery for step-by-step instruction on how to create a beautiful autumn landscape similar to the one pictured below. All materials, including paints, brushes and canvas are provided. This relaxing lesson in art is appropriate for beginner and intermediate painters. Learn to paint in a stress-free environment! Class size will be kept small to allow for a lot of one-on-one attention. Delicious baked goods from the famed Schuyler Bakery, coffee and tea are included. Course fee includes $45 material fee.
1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
Sat., 9/30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator
Karen Woodin, Instructor

The Saugerties Lighthouse
Join us at the Saugerties Lighthouse, an 1869 landmark on the Hudson River that now stands proudly as a living museum and a renowned bed and breakfast. Step back in time over a hundred years to experience the charm and rustic simplicity of life in the middle of the river. Furnished as it may have looked in the early 20th century, the light-house contains a small museum, gift shop, parlor, kitchen, keepers' quarters, and two guest bedrooms. The operational light-tower offers a panoramic view of the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains.

Because of its location on the river, tours must be scheduled with tide schedules in mind. The lighthouse can be reached via a half-mile nature trail of dirt and rock paths with wooden bridges and boardwalks and sandy trails. It is at the end of Lighthouse Drive in the village of Saugerties. Suitable, comfortable shoes are recommended. Course fee includes $8 materials fee.
1 Session, Meet at the lighthouse, Saugerties, NY
Thurs., 10/12, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cynthia Serbent, Coordinator

Murder at Cherry Hill: A Dramatic Tour Re-enacts a Fateful Evening
A rifle shot, a scream, and the Cherry Hill household erupts into chaos! On May 7, 1827 a notorious murder occurred at Cherry Hill mansion that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany's last public hanging. Join us at Historic Cherry Hill to investigate the scene of the crime and relive the differing perspectives of those who witnessed that fateful night. Attendees will receive our popular "Murder at Cherry Hill" book and enjoy light refreshments at the end of the program. Historic Cherry Hill is a historic house museum in Albany, and the five-generation home of the Van Rensselaer family from 1787-1963. It is located in Albany's South End, on South Pearl Street between First and McCarty Avenues. Please dress for the weather (rain or shine) and wear comfortable shoes. Inside, the tour will take participants up and down two flights of stairs; outside, participants will walk over some uneven ground. Course fee includes $18 materials fee.
1 Session, Cherry Hill
Fri., 10/27, 4 - 6 p.m.
Paula Johannesen, Coordinator

1 Session, Cherry Hill
Sat., 10/28, 4 - 6 p.m.
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Knickerbocker Family Mansion - Ghosts, Tour and Lunch
The Knickerbocker Historical Society will be our hosts as they tell us about the history of the Knickerbocker Mansion, which dates from about 1770. They will arrange for historical 'ghosts' to give moving first-hand accounts of their lives and experiences, and they will explain the renovations – the not-for-profit Society rescued the mansion from certain demolition and has continued to restore it. Our visit concludes with a chance to tour the mansion and to a colonial lunch cooked with authentic recipes, a delicious side to the history of the mansion! Course fee includes $25 materials fee.
1 Session, Knickerbocker Family Mansion
Wed., 9/20, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Paula Johannesen, Coordinator

Tour & Book at the Batcheller Mansion
We will be treated to a first person tour of the Batcheller Mansion by Mr. George S. Batcheller (portrayed by local author and Victorian historian Hollis Palmer). The Batcheller Mansion is an icon of Saratoga. Built in 1873-74, the house had to be finished in time to host a reception for President Grant. Anyone who has ever been by the house considers the outside to be imposing and those who have been fortunate enough to be inside have experienced the house's true magnificence and warmth. The entire experience takes about 90 minutes and allows guests to appreciate what it was like to live in the Victorian house the New York Times called "Saratoga's Crowning Glory." The tour includes going up and down stairs. Course fee includes $20 materials fee.
1 Session, the Batcheller Mansion in Saratoga
Tues, 10/10, 1 - 3 p.m.
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Capitol Hauntings: A Historical Ghost Tour of the New York State Capitol
Explore the haunted history of one of New York State's architectural treasures, the Capitol building in Albany. Find out about the night watchman who still makes his rounds, despite his death in a 1911 fire. Search for the missing murals above the Assembly Chamber and hear about the eccentric artist who painted them.

Examine the strange gothic creatures carved in stone on the famous Million Dollar Staircase. These and other "strange incidents" will be the subject as we "walk the halls" with Stuart W. Lehman, education coordinator for the New York State Capitol. Our Capitol Hauntings tour begins at the base of the senate staircase on the first floor of the Capitol. Be prepared to show photo ID.
1 Session, Plaza Visitor Center on the North Concourse
Mon., 10/30, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Fall in Fields and Forests – Exploring Nearby Nature Preserves
Nature puts on a glorious display in the fall. Fall foliage reports become a part of the daily weather forecast. But nature has even more to offer – fascinating seed pods, colorful fungi, migrating butterflies and birds, and animals preparing for winter. Our first class will be a classroom orientation at the college including a photo preview and various facts about what we might see. In subsequent sessions, we will walk through selected preserves in our local counties taking time to observe, learn about, and enjoy the plants, wildlife and natural beauty around us.
5 Sessions Fri., 9/15, 10 a.m. - Noon, WIL 113
Fri., 9/22-10/13, 10 a.m. - Noon in the fields
Betty and John Nickles, Instructors

Historical Hike: Discovering Past Land Use
Journey back in time on a two-mile hike to read the history written in the landscape. By looking for clues that explain changes in forest composition, we'll discover how people used the land over the last 300 years and evidence of past climatic changes. We'll find evidence of old farms, roads, pastures, and logging, and how these activities have changed the forest we see today. The forest holds many clues, and this class will have you acting as a detective to unearth the history of the land. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the outdoors. Course fee requires $8 materials fee.
1 Session, Dyken Pond
Tues., 9/26, 1 - 3 p.m.
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor, Director, Dyken Pond
Environmental Education Center
Paula Johannesen, Coordinator

Trip to Cooperstown
We will meet in Cooperstown to visit the Fenimore Museum and the Farmers' Museum. Both museums will be open that day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for self-guided tours. In addition, we will be given a guided tour of the Iroquois Storage Facility, which is not normally open to the public. The Fenimore Museum has an excellent collection of American folk art paintings, sculpture and objects in their ongoing exhibits and an outstanding collection of American Indian objects and art. Other galleries will feature paintings by Frank Farmer and Tracy Helgeson, and exhibits "Hamilton's Final Act" and "The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection."

Just across the street is the Farmers' Museum, a complete assemblage of a 19th century village and collections of utilitarian objects used in 19th century towns and farms. Our tour of the Iroquois Storage Facility begins at 10 a.m. after meeting up at 9:45; all participants will be given maps with the directions to it (only a short distance away from the museums). Only 20 can go through the storage facility at one time so if we have more sign up, an additional tour will be held at 11 a.m. Those waiting for the second tour can begin touring the Fenimore Museum as there is so much to see. Lunch is on your own with nice cafes in both museum locations and many fine restaurants to pick from within the village of Cooperstown. The fee includes all day admissions to both museums and the storage facility tour as well. Course fee requires $24 materials fee.
1 Session, Wed., 9/6, 9:45 a.m. meet in the parking lot to the right of the Fenimore Museum
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

Tour of the Times Union
Come along for a wonderful opportunity to tour the Times Union, our local newspaper. We will hear about careers at the Times Union, the newsroom and the production facility (press room and plate-making).
1 Session, Times Union Building
Tues., 9/12, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

Ten Broeck Mansion Tour with a German Lunch
The elegant Ten Broeck Mansion was the home of two of Albany's most prominent families. It was originally built in 1798 as a Federal-style country home for merchant and Mayor Abraham Ten Broeck, who had served as a major general of the Albany militia during the Revolutionary War and distinguished himself at the Second Battle of Saratoga in 1777. Architectural details from this period include a delicate roof balustrade on the outside and a superb spiral staircase within. In 1848, the home became the residence of banker and philanthropist Thomas Worth Olcott and underwent modifications that included the addition of Greek Revival porticos to the doorways and marble mantels in the main first-floor rooms. Today the home reflects Olcott's era of occupancy and contains a collection of furnishings from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as some fine portraits on loan from the Albany Institute of History and Art. Also of note are the house's intact wine cellar (which was only discovered in the 1970s) and its attractive gardens. After parking at the rear of the mansion gardens, stroll the garden path to enter the mansion and have a tour followed by a hearty German lunch. Vegetarian meal options are available upon request. Course fee includes $30 materials fee.
1 Session, Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany, NY
Tues., 9/26, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

The Development of the Rensselaer Technology Park from Two Perspectives
In the late 1970's the economy of upstate New York was in poor condition. Manufacturing jobs were moving overseas or to the "sun belt." We were labeled the "rust belt" and told that our best days were in the past. Then a man with a remarkable vision, RPI President George Low, stepped forward with the message that we had a bright future as a center for high technology. At the core of his vision was a proposal to develop the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush. The presenters, including the developer and those who were part of local government, will discuss how Low's vision became a reality. They will also share insights into some of the behind-the-scene details that went into various projects in the Tech Park.
1 Session, Rensselaer Tech Park
Thurs., 10/26, 1 - 3 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator
Presenters: Michael Wacholder, William Dedrick and James Flanigan

Hiking for the Inexperienced and Newly Retired - Two-hour orientation and three two-hour hikes
For those who always wanted to enjoy the outdoors but never had the time or did not know where to start, this course will open the door. October is a great month to take those first steps. The leaves are turning, the air has a freshness and with a little preparation you can be out there enjoying nature and getting a little exercise. What to wear, where to go and how to be safe will be covered. Hike locations and directions will be given at the orientation and the hikes will be about two hours in length.
4 Sessions, DCC B05
Thur., 10/5, Orientation 10 a.m. - noon
Hikes on Thurs., 10/12 - 10/26
10 a.m. - noon or after, meeting at hiking locations
Taconic Hiking Club volunteer instructors Macia Hopple and Joanna Ezinga

Cruise on the Hudson and Champlain Canal with Mohawk Maiden Cruises
Climb aboard the M/V Caldwell Belle, the only authentic chain-driven stern-wheel paddle boat on the Champlain Canal, for a tour filled with the rich history of the canal and Hudson River accompanied with historic narration and beautiful scenery throughout.

Our tour will sail 10 miles down the Hudson River through Lock C5, one of the deepest on the Champlain Canal, to the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater (the site of the Turning Point of the American Revolution). From the boat you can view the war cannons on Bemis Heights. We will also cruise past the waterfalls in Northumberland and view the cascades at Ft. Miller.

Experience an afternoon of nature watching, education and plain relaxation! Be sure to bring your binoculars and a thirst for nature and history. Wear sneakers or appropriate footwear for walking safely on the boat. Caldwell Belle has an enclosed climate controlled bottom deck with tables, chairs and a small snack bar for those who wish to enjoy the sights away from the elements. Following our cruise, we will have a 1 hour tour of the Hudson Crossing Park.

Mohawk Maiden Cruise's port is located next to Lock C5 on the Champlain Canal near the Village of Schuylerville in the town of Sara-toga. Course fee includes $23 materials fee.
1 Session, meeting at The Mohawk Maiden Cruises dock
Boarding Begins at 12:40 p.m.
Tues., 10/10, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

Walking Tour of Troy's Historic Washington Park and Surrounding Homes, with Tea
Enjoy taking a step back in time to see and experience the genteel living of the nouveau rich of Troy's Washington Park. You will be able to see firsthand, the loving care taken to rehabilitate and update many of these one-of-a-kind homes of the emerging upper middle class of the 19th century and visit their own private park. A tea reception will be held in our last home visit on the tour.

There will be lots of walking on mostly uneven surfaces: sidewalks, grass, roads, and some home interiors with multiple flights of stairs, climbing up and down. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet for all of the tour. Meet in Washington Park across from the front of 195 2nd Street. Parking is along the bordering streets of Washington Park - Washington Place, Second Street, Third Street and Washington Street. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
1 Session, Meet in Washington Park across from the front of 195 2nd Street
Tues., 9/26, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

Historic Grant's Cottage Tour
Guide Steven Trimm will provide a tour of the historic cottage and share little-known stories about U.S. Grant. Grant Cottage is full of marvelous, unexpected and sometimes improbable - but true tales. Steve will share all of them with you. Following his program, we will depart for a tour of the college and we'll have the chance to marvel at the fall season views of the Berkshires, Catskills and Green Mountains from Promenade Point. We may even have a secret family member of Grant's with us to share more stories of the illustrious President U.S. Grant. This may be up to a 2.5-hour program and requires standing during the cottage segment of the tour. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly. We will meet at the Grant Cottage Visitor's Center to begin our tour. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.
1 Session, meeting at the Grant Cottage Visitor's Center
Tues., 10/3, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

A Morning With Two Local Town Historians
Sharon Zankel, the Town of Brunswick historian, will present "Pictorial Tour of Three Brunswick Historic Sites." Using photographs and historic information compiled over many years, she will explain why three of her town's historic sites – the Forest Park Cemetery, a 19th-century schoolhouse, and an 18th-century farmstead – are significant historic resources and she will describe how they serve the community today.

Next, Bobbie Reno, the East Greenbush town historian, will relate her fascinating research about a local artist: "Edmonia Lewis, An Artist of Determination and Courage." Bobbie's presentation will feature Edmonia Lewis, a sculptor of African American and Native American descent who was born in 1844 in Greenbush. She overcame race and gender discrimination to become an internationally acclaimed artist only to be "forgotten" for over 100 years since her death in 1907.
1 Session, WIL 113
Monday, 10/2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sharon Zankel and Bobbie Reno, Instructors

A Short Talk and a Long Stroll Through the Victorian Village of Round Lake
Travel with the Round Lake village historian and past mayor Bill Ryan, along with two deputy historians, Mike Roets and Scott Rigney, as they describe the founding of Round Lake and take us on a walk through this magical little village. Begun in September 1868, the Round Lake Camp Meeting Association of the Troy Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church was born as a camp meeting town. These first camp meetings drew 2,000 to 8,000 people for each of the 10 days. Find out where the village's famous organ came from, why the streets are arranged in a hub and spoke pattern, what the term "camp houses" means, what Victorian architecture looks like, and why someone would build an octagonal house. We will also be entertained with a short organ program before class on their famous antique pipe organ.

You will be walking on even and uneven surfaces for up to a mile. Wear appropriate footwear and be prepared to stand for up to 1.5 hours. Some folks may want to bring a small folding chair. This class will begin at the auditorium, 2 Wesley Avenue, in Round Lake. Parking will be at the Round Lake Methodist Church, 34 George Ave. Please give yourself enough time to walk five minutes to the auditorium. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, 2 Wesley Avenue in Round Lake
Tues., 9/12, 10 a.m.-noon
Lea Darling, Coordinator

Self-Care through Yoga and Meditation
The American Meditation Institute's easy-gentle yoga and breathing class is taught the same way it was thousands of years ago: as preliminary practices to prepare both the body and mind for daily meditation. You'll learn the simple, therapeutic pleasures of focusing and stilling the mind, expanding your breathing capacity, relieving stiffness and stress, detoxifying the lymph system, stretching muscles and invigorating internal organs. Most students feel less stress and inflexibility after the very first class. You'll move with more ease, gain physical confidence and enhance the flexibility and health of your body. When your body is stiff or in pain, the mind is often distracted and cannot help you experience the positive effects of meditation. Course fee includes $30 materials fee.
3 Sessions, American Meditation Institute
Thurs., 9/14 - 9/28, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Historic Huguenot Street
Join Leslie C. Johnson, secretary of Le Federation Franco-Americaine du New York and a faculty member at Hudson Valley Community College, to travel back in time and experience the story of the French Huguenots.

The history of the Huguenots began in 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany, when Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation spread throughout Europe as thinkers such as Luther and John Calvin, a Frenchman, influenced people to break their ties to the Roman Catholic Church and embrace new manners of Christian worship that focused on the central importance of Biblical texts and a personal relationship with God. Calvin was especially important in France where his followers, drawn primarily from the middle class and skilled artisans, came to be called Huguenots.

This day trip incudes free time to explore the museum and gift shop as well as walking the short distance to the streets of artistic New Paltz. Round-trip bus transportation from HVCC is included with this trip. The bus will return to HVCC at approximately 6 p.m. Course fee includes $50 materials fee.
1 Session, Huguenot Street in New Paltz
Sat., 10/14, 8:30 a.m. Departure
Leslie Johnson, Coordinator

Another Morning at the MiSci Museum
The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady celebrates science, invention, and imagination and is home to the Suite-Bueche Planetarium. During our morning, we will spend 45 minutes in the planetarium viewing the digital show "Saturn: Ring World:, which features an up-close view of Saturn and a look inside the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, which began orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004. We will also take part in one of their most popular classes, Optical Illusions and Brain Games.

The class will illustrate how artists and scientists have created techniques to fool the mind and take advantage of the way the eyes and brain process images. Later, you will be free to explore the museum on your own. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, miSci in Schenectady
Mon., 9/18, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., meeting at The Museum of Innovation and Science
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Wildlife Trail Cameras
Have you ever wondered what wildlife may be passing through your property or which animals visit public lands? View photographs of wildlife caught on motion- detection cameras mounted at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center and learn how these cameras are being used to gain insight into wildlife conservation. Natural history of each mammal will be covered and if you are interested in purchasing your own camera, we'll cover basic camera functions and tips for getting the best photographs. Students must withdraw by 9/12 for a full refund.
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 9/19, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor

A Visit to Via Aquarium in Schenectady
Experience the wonders of the ocean in your backyard! The Via Aquarium is the Capital Region's only full-scale aquarium. Explore over 25,000 square feet of oceanic treasure as you embark on an exciting self-guided tour and visit over 2,000 creatures of the sea. Our interactive, self-guided tour will take you through lakes, rivers, streams, kelp forests and coral reefs! Course fee includes $12 materials fee.
1 Session, Thurs, 9/7, 1 - 3 p.m.
meet at the Aquarium entrance
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

Day Trip to Fort Ticonderoga and Narrated Boat Tour on Lake Champlain
Join Leslie C. Johnson, secretary of Le Federation Franco-Americaine du New York and a faculty member at Hudson Valley Community College, to experience living history at Fort Ticonderoga.

This large 18th-century fort was built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain in northern New York. The site controlled a river portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George, and was a key battleground in conflicts over trade routes between the British and the French.

Later, we will step aboard a 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat to travel around the Ticonderoga Peninsula. In 90 minutes, you will enjoy centuries of stories that floated across this ancient lake.

This day trip incudes free time to explore the various museums on the fort grounds and experience the daily routines of 18th century military life, along with a stop at the King's Garden to explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America. Round-trip bus transportation from HVCC and boxed lunch is included with this trip. The bus will return to HVCC at approximately 6 p.m. Course fee includes $74 materials fee.
1 Session, Fort Ticonderoga
Tues., 9/19, 8:30 a.m. departure

1 Session, Fort Ticonderoga
Sat., 10/7, 8:30 a.m. departure
Leslie Johnson, Coordinator