Community and Professional Education
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fall 2014 Offerings

CENTER FOR CREATIVE RETIREMENT

All About Butterflies
To many people, there is nothing more exciting than seeing a butterfly land on a nearby flower. Butterflies are beautiful, delicate and often elusive creatures. Their lives are unique and their skills are amazing. During this illustrated presentation, we will learn about their life cycles, favorite nectaring plants (and why), host plants, camouflage and other ways of fooling predators, as well as the various ways they survive winter. Even though they may not appear again until next summer, it is not too early to start planning for their arrival.
50376
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 11/7, 10 a.m. - Noon
Betty & John Nickles, Instructors

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Using Tea to Cleanse the Body
When Elizabeth Kinney was with us in the spring, many of you asked about teas that were good to cleanse the body. This semester we will learn about the simple process of body/mind cleansing through tea purification. Rather than adding a quick pill fix, learn how to change your perspective to appreciate more fully what we already have. This season's session has a focus upon grounding teas. As the plant's leaf energy sinks to the roots, so shall we direct ours. Teas we will sample include burdock and dandelion, chicory and beet roots plus others. Please bring your favorite tea cup to class for a delightful tea morning.
50377
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/21, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Kinney, Instructor

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Baseball in the Capital District: Part II
Join us as Frank Keetz continues his talk about baseball in the Capital District! Author of five books/ booklets and monographs, Frank will keep a smile on your face as he continues his heart-warming stories. He will discuss and illustrate minor league baseball in the area from 1895 to 1904. Future stars, end-of- season pennants races, "villain" umpires, financial problems and fan behavior – all with exciting stories. Join us if you, too, love the game!
50375
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/29, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Frank Keetz, Instructor

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Beekeeping 101
Would you like to raise honeybees in your backyard or learn more about the process? Well, have we got the buzz for you. Tony Antonucci, a local Rensselaer County beekeeper, who has mentored the bee club at Robert Parker School for the past five years will join us. He'll bring in a hive (minus the live bees), and talk about getting started, the clothing and equipment needed, obtaining and maintaining a hive, collecting honey, and common bee diseases. We will even have our own little "taste" of honey, where Tony will share his honey collection from around the world. He will share books about beekeeping and info about the local beekeeping clubs. Only you can decide if you're ready to enter the world of beekeeping! But if you are at all curious... then come join us for a delightful morning.
50373
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 11/6, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Tony Antonucci, Instructor

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Antiques and More
Come spend an exciting and 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 choose to bring to class. Bring in an item that you are curious about, set it on the table and when class begins Andy and David will discuss every object and what it is worth in today's market.
50372
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 9/15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Andrew Gellar & David Ornstein, Instructors

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Lighthouses on the Hudson River
The talk covers the lighthouses on the Hudson River in order going north, starting in New York City, and includes lighthouses which still exist today as well as lighthouses which are no longer standing. We'll discuss a little bit about the history, characteristics and operation of each lighthouse and a little about some of the most notable lighthouse keepers. The program is illustrated with both contemporary as well as vintage photographs as well as picture postcards. David will also answer any gardening questions you may have.
50374
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
David H. Chinery, Instructor

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EXPLORE THE PAST!

Furniture Combo
The first of this two-part lecture will cover the Pilgrim Century in American furniture from 1650 to 1688. Since few pieces of furniture, survive from the earliest date, the second half of the time frame is called The William And Mary Period as the two ruled England beginning at that time.

The first slide lecture will discuss many of the furniture forms used during this early time.

The second class will continue on with the William and Mary Period, and introduce the Queen Ann Period which began in 1702. It is within this time frame, continuing on to 1740, from which New York's earliest furniture survives.

By the mid 18th century, Pilgrim Century furniture was replaced by new styles coming in from England and relegated to attics where it was quickly forgotten. It wasn't until a succession of Centennial Exhibitions featured it as an important part of history, that these early furniture forms were revived. They began to be copied as Centennial pieces and went on to influence a whole new generation of cabinet makers in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
50325
$18
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Thur., 9/25 & 10/2, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

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Oliver and Martha Clarke - The Caretakers of Grant Cottage
After General Ulysses S. Grant's death at Grant's Cottage, Oliver and Martha Clarke became the caretakers of the Cottage. Oliver, a Union veteran, was a survivor of the infamous Andersonville prison camp. Drawing from Oliver's 40-page hand-written account of being a POW and articles that he and Martha authored during their years at Grant Cottage, Steve Trimm and Melissa Trombley-Prosch will bring this remarkable couple back to life. Melissa is a founder of The Friends of Grant Cottage and Steve is a Grant Cottage tour guide. If you love local history, this is a must do morning!
50371
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/7, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Steve Trimm & Melissa Trombley-Prosch, Instructors
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Lillian Gish: Silent Screen
The story of Lillian Gish and the cinema – both born as the 19th century ended and the 20th century began – presents a fascinating tale of the evolution of art, technology and celebrity. With a career that spanned seven decades, Miss Gish was a participant in the development of the cinema, from the silent era through the 1980s. From first-hand experience, Miss Gish understood the language of film and the new form of performance it required. See how simple toys and science created moving pictures, and how great actors and directors turned them into a legitimate art form that continues to entertain and move us today. Course fee includes a $8 materials fee.
50336
$18
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/17, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

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Helen Keller's Teacher
Under circumstances that put her at nearly every disadvantage – poverty, disability and abandonment – there was no expectation that Annie Sullivan would be able to rise above them and transform the life of another person. However, in spite of the handicaps she faced, her determination to overcome them helped her escape a Massachusetts poorhouse and eventually tutor a young disabled woman named Helen Keller through Radcliffe College.

Anne's troubled childhood helped her become a gifted and instinctive teacher, and her student, Helen, became the "family" Anne never had. Anne will share her thoughts on education, the effects of poverty upon children, disability, and, of course, the pride she took in Helen Keller's achievements. Course fee includes an $8 materials fee.
50337
$18
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/8, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

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LEARN SOMETHING NEW!

Become a Long Term Care Ombudsman
Our neighbors who live in nursing homes and adult care residences need your help to advocate on their behalf to ensure they experience the highest quality of care and quality of life while residing in these communities. The word ombudsman is of Swedish origin and can mean "citizen representative" or "one who speaks on behalf of others." An ombudsman can take on many roles, such as companion, advocate, educator, mediator and broker, while supporting people who live in these facilities. Residents often have little or no contact with the outside world or feel they lack control over their own lives. A certified ombudsman is a special volunteer who works with the residents to resolve complaints and concerns. The program's mission is ultimately to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of the residents in long term care facilities. Every ombudsman is provided with extensive training by the local sub-state coordinator on staff at the Red Cross. The training consists of 36 hours of classroom training.

A certified ombudsman is expected to make a commitment of 2-4 hours a week visiting and observing residents in their assigned facility of choice. Regular contact and support is provided by the local coordinator in order to promote ongoing coaching and supervision. Make a difference in your community and come to this informational session to see if acting as an ombudsman is right for you! Instructors Rich Haldeman and Edie Sennett will answer any and all of your questions and can share how acting as an ombudsman can be a very rewarding volunteer opportunity.
50320
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/18, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rich Haldeman and Edie Sennett, Instructors

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Introduction to Photoshop Elements 12
Learn about the use of the Organizer to organize find and view your photos. We will discuss how to import, name, save and, of course, organize your photos. Then we will learn about the Photo Editor to edit, enhance and add effects to your photos. We will discuss how to straighten, retouch, resize, crop and merge your photos. If time permits, we will also discuss layers, a valuable tool.
50324
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/20, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Bud Hovey, Instructor

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Hudson River Steamboat
Beginning in the mid-1800s, steamboats carried people between New York City and the Albany area on the Hudson River. Romantic images lull us into believing it was a quiet means of travel, but a crowded river, faulty equipment and the bravado of the captains resulted in at least one major catastrophe every year. Night boats collided and sank, carelessness caused boiler explosions, races put passengers at risk and fires would quickly swallow the wooden vessels. The grand Empire of Troy suffered many collisions. The Swallow broke in two on a rock, Reindeer's explosion took forty lives at once and the Oregon and C. Vanderbilt entered into an epic and dangerous race. Collected from eyewitness accounts, these are some of the most exciting and frightening stories of peril aboard steamboats on the Hudson River.

J. Thomas Allison organized the Victorian Cultural League in Albany, in 1983 and has just completed two terms as treasurer for the Friends of Schuyler Mansion. Allison is also a member of the Goshen, Connecticut, Poestenkill and Spindle City historical societies.
50355
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/27, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
J. Thomas Allison, Instructor

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Owls in the Capital District
Owls have always fascinated people. Are they full of wisdom or messengers of doom? This class will teach you all about owls! Learn which species are native to the Capital Region, and how to identify them by sight and sound. We will do some hands-on investigating by dissecting an owl pellet to discover what prey species they eat. Course fee includes a $5 materials fee.
50348
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Tue., 9/23 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor

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Lincoln's Visit to Gettysburg
In November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln travelled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His presence was requested for the commemoration of a National Cemetery on the battlefield, just four months after the horrific struggle there.

Following the long oration by Edward Everett, the main speaker at the ceremony, Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in American history.

What were the circumstances surrounding Lincoln's acceptance of the invitation to Gettysburg? What did he do while in town? When did he truly write the Gettysburg Address?

Our speaker, John McTague, will enlighten us on the particulars of Lincoln's trip to Gettysburg, what he did, who he saw and the importance of his stay in the town. John has been a licensed Gettysburg Town Guide for the National Park Service since 2006. He has completed Gettysburg Battlefield Studies at Harrisburg Area Community College and was a lecturer at the 2008 Annual Licensed Town Guide Gettysburg Seminar, along with many other speaking engagements. John also has ties to the local area - he's a re-enactor with the 125th NY Volunteer Infantry Regimental Association.
50350
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/22, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
John McTague, Instructor

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Ancestry.com™: An Overview
Ancestry.com is the Internet's largest genealogy Web site with over 1.87 million users worldwide as of 2012. Its many features can be a great advantage to those researching their family history, but all that information can also be confusing and intimidating. Join experienced Ancestry user and professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty to find out what exactly Ancestry.com has to offer, how to perform effective searches, find the information you are looking for, and how to create an online family tree that is both accurate and interesting enough to share!
50328
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tue., 9/30, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

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Overcome Genealogy Roadblocks
It happens to everyone researching their family's history – eventually we all run into a "brick wall" that seems impossible to break through. Lisa Dougherty, a professional genealogist with 20 years experience, will offer some practical suggestions for overcoming genealogy roadblocks that you can start using immediately. One of them might be turning to FamilySearch.org, possibly the most useful genealogy Web site you've never heard of. Learn out about this treasure trove of genealogical information, and how you can use it to jump-start your research!
50329
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tue., 10/28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

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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 what a Medigap plan is and how it works and what Medicare Part D (prescription drug insurance) is. In addition, learn about federal and state assistance programs for those who are income qualified.
50175
$15
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Thur., 10/9 - 10/16, 10 a.m. - Noon
Janet Kiffney, Instructor

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TRIPS AND TOURS

Please note: several of these trips and tours include a materials fee for admission and/or meals. This fee is non-refundable five business days prior to the start of the course. Directions and additional information about off-campus tours and trips are posted at www.hvcc.edu/communityed/courseinfo.

Fall or Fields: Selected 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.
50083
$10
5 Sessions
Fri., 9/12, 10 a.m. - Noon, WIL 113 at HVCC for Orientation
Fri., 9/19 - 10/17, 10 a.m. - Noon (in the field)
No class 10/10
Betty and John Nickles, Instructors

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Tour and Lunch at The Skene Manor
Enjoy a visit to The Skene Manor, Whitehall's Castle on the Mountain, which 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. Then, a lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, beverages and dessert 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.
50076
$30
1 Session, The Skene Manor
Thurs.,10/9, 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jeanne Chenette, Coordinator

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Fall Tour of Washington Park and its Historic Homes
We take a step back in time to the mid-1800s to experience the genteel living of the nouveau rich in Troy's Washington Park and surrounding neighborhoods. You will be able to see firsthand, the loving care taken to rehabilitate and update many of these one-of-a-kind homes. You will see many different types of architecture including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne. We may even see a restoration in progress at one of the area homes. A small reception will be held in one of the tour stops.

Washington Park is described in an 1840s deed as a "private ornamental park for the use and recreation of the lots fronting said park." Owners would be charged for "fencing, improving, ornamentation, planting, keeping and maintaining said park and the walks and streets around the same." Today, surrounding homeowners are still assessed an annual maintenance fee for improvements and the upkeep of the grounds and fence.

There will be lots of walking on mostly uneven surfaces: sidewalks, grass, roads and some home interiors with multiple flights of stairs. Be mindful of your capabilities to keep up with the group as we have a tight schedule for the 2 1/2 hour tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet for all of the tour but do join us for this delightful glimpse into an era of long ago.

Meet in Washington Park across from the front of 195 2nd Street. Parking is along the bordering streets of Washington Park - Washington Place, 2nd and 3rd Streets and Washington Street. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
50322
$20
1 Sessions
Wed., 10/1, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,
Meet at 195 2nd St. in Troy, NY
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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50323
$20
1 Sessions
Wed., 10/1, 1-3:30 p.m.,
Meet at 195 2nd St. in Troy, NY
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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Visit the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program in Troy
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is the 21st century version of "votec" or "vocational" programs. These CTE programs offer high school students the opportunity to learn career skills while earning a Regents diploma. The half-day programs are a great way to work towards a Regents diploma and also explore a variety of careers through hands-on learning. Students earn technical certifications that prepare them for college or careers.

During our morning visit, the center will offer a complete tour of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered in the building, as well as a brief overview of other programs offered off-site. They will showcase three programs: cosmetology, criminal justice and culinary arts.

Cosmetology will include a demonstration of a hair technique or waxing. Criminal Justice will include a demo of finger printing. Culinary Arts will include a food tasting bar, which would be our last stop so that guests can sample, mingle and wind down.
50378
$10
1 Session, meeting at the Rensselaer Educational Center in Troy.
Thurs., 10/23, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Hidden History Gem: The Hoosac School
Dr. Edward Dudley Tibbits established the Hoosac School to provide an intimate, highly personalized educational setting in which each student could receive individualized attention and support. The 350-acre campus is the site of the former Tibbits family estate, adjoining the 850-acre Tibbits State Forest, and is full of hidden history. The late Burgess Meredith (1907-1997), the distinguished American actor, graduated from Hoosac in 1926. Owen Wister, the 19th century American novelist, wrote his classic, "The Virginian," while a summer guest of the Tibbits family here on the campus.

The Tibbits family claims that Thomas Edison got the idea for his incandescent light bulb from George Mortimer Tibbits, the school founder's grandfather. LeGrand Tibbits, the founder's brother, gave a band of gypsies permission in the late 1800's to camp at the Old Stone School House on the corner of the property. They finally left in 1965. Rumor ties LeGrand romantically with a gypsy princess during his youth. Don't miss your opportunity to explore the Hoosac School. A light lunch will be served.
50354
$10
1 Session, Hoosac School, Hoosick NY
Fri., 9/26 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kathy Sullivan, Coordinator

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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.

The Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy maintains the lighthouse and adjacent lands for the enjoyment of the public.

The restored, red-brick lighthouse offers overnight bed and breakfast accommodations, public tours and special events. Furnished as it may have looked in the early 20th century, the lighthouse 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, New York. Naturally, suitable, comfort-able shoes are recommended. Course fee includes a $8 materials fee.
50338
$18
1 Session, Meet at the lighthouse, Saugerties, NY
Thur., 10/16, Noon - 1 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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New York City Bus Trip
A bus will leave at 7 a.m. from Crossgates Commons (behind Wal-Mart) for New York City. The bus will drop you off and pick you up from the Bryant Park area in Manhattan, leaving New York City at 7 p.m. The outing is for the bus trip only. Arrangements for the day will be left open for you to do whatever you please. A small donation will be collected on the bus for driver gratuity. Course fee includes a $29 materials fee.
50094
$40
1 Session, Leaving from parking lot behind Crossgates Commons
Wed., 10/1, 7 a.m. departure
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator

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Dutch Apple Cruise on the Hudson
All aboard the Dutch Apple for a 2 1/2 hour lock cruise.  Lunch will be provided and includes assorted sandwiches, coffee, tea, soda and dessert. Take in the sights of the scenic and historic Hudson River. The Dutch Apple sails rain or shine but offers the best of both worlds with sunshine and breezes on the exterior decks or the protection of fully enclosed and climate-controlled decks. The Dutch Apple features ample free parking, U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessels, comfortable seating, clean restrooms and a full cash bar. They recommend wearing comfortable low heeled or soft soled shoes for your safety and bringing your binoculars to best see the birds and wildlife that live along the river's edge. Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon cruising the Hudson! Course fee includes a $40 materials fee.
50040
$50
1 Session, Dutch Apple Cruises in Albany, NY
Wed., 10/8, 12:30 p.m., boarding
1 - 3:30 p.m., cruise and lunch
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator

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Knickerbocker Family Mansion - Ghosts, Tour and Lunch
The Knickerbocker Mansion, which dates from about 1770, is currently under the care of the Knickerbocker Historical Society. This not-for-profit organization is restoring the Knickerbocker Family mansion which was rescued from certain demolition. The society will be our hosts for the day as they tell us about the history of the property and arrange for a couple of historic ghost speakers. Our visit concludes with a chance to tour the mansion and sit down to a colonial lunch cooked with authentic recipes. Not to be missed! Course fee includes a $25 materials fee.
50071
$35
1 Session, Knickerbocker Family Mansion
Wed., 9/10, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Visit Historic Grant Cottage
Ulysses S. Grant, hero of the Civil War and 18th President of the United States, died at Grant Cottage, in the town of Wilton, NY, on July 23, 1885. The General was broke and dying of cancer; literally, racing death to finish his memoirs (the sales of which he hoped would rescue his family from poverty). When the clock on the mantel was stopped at 8:08 a.m., the hour and minute of Grant's passing, time itself stopped within Grant Cottage. The rooms and their furnishings are as they were the sad morning of Grant's death.

In addition to touring the cottage and hearing about the general's tragic but ultimately triumphant final year, little-known and fascinating stories about U.S. Grant will be shared. You will also learn about "supporting players" in the Grant drama. Among them, Sam Willett, the Union veteran from Argyle, NY, who became the general's bodyguard; Charles Wood, the businessman from Troy who intervened at a critical moment to save the Grant family; Grant's African American valet, Harrison Terrell, a former slave; Simon Bolivar Buckner, a former Confederate general; and granddaughter, Julia, who would grow up to become a Russian princess and write her own memoir. Grant Cottage is full of marvelous, unexpected and sometimes improbable - but true! - tales. Tour guide Steve Trimm will share all of them with you.

Following Mr. Trimm's program, participants will have a small tea and assorted sandwiches before departing. 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 is a three-hour program with some standing and walking. Please wear comfortable shoes. We will meet at the Grant Cottage visitor's center to begin our tour. Course includes a $13 materials fee.
50326
$23
1 Session, Grant Cottage Visitor's Center in Wilton, NY
Tue., 9/30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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Oktoberfest At Different Drummer's Kitchen
We're bringing a taste of Germany to Albany this fall! Celebrate Oktoberfest with us at Different Drummer's Kitchen. Deanna Fox will lead the class through a delicious menu of classic German dishes. Students will have the chance to help prepare all dishes and eat the feast together. Our fabulous menu includes: soft pretzels, burnt sugar almonds, sausage with red cabbage, pretzel-crusted schnitzel with mustard sauce, German potato salad, German chocolate cake with coconut-pecan frosting. Course fee includes a $55 materials fee.
50366
$65
1 Session, Different Drummer's Kitchen
Fri., 10/24, Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Round Lake Stroll
Join Bill Ryan, the Round Lake village historian and former mayor, as he describes the founding of Round Lake and takes you on a walk through this magical little Victorian village. In 1868, the Round Lake Camp Meeting Association of the Troy Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church was founded. The first camp meetings drew 2,000 to 8,000 people for each of the 10 days and by 1869, huge crowds of up to 20,000 would attend Sunday services. Learn where the village's famous organ came from, why the streets are arranged in a hub and spoke pattern and more. See fine examples of Victorian architecture including an octagonal house. You will be walking on a variety of surfaces for up to a mile so please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared to stand for up to 1 ½ hours.
50079
$10
1 Session, Round Lake Town Hall in Round Lake, NY
Mon., 9/29, 10 a.m. - Noon
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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50080
$10
1 Session, Round Lake Town Hall in Round Lake, NY
Mon., 9/29, 2 - 4 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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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 the 1911 fire. Search for the missing murals above the Assembly Chamber and 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 Lehman, education coordinator for the New York State Capitol. Our Capitol Hauntings tour begins at the Plaza Visitor Center on the Concourse.
50051
$10
1 Session, State St. Lobby of NYS Capitol in Albany, NY
Mon., 10/20, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Hiking in the Fall
This introductory guided hiking class is ideal for those who are new to hiking. Always wanted to enjoy the out of doors 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 is crisp and with a little preparation you can be out there enjoying nature and getting some exercise. What to wear, where to go and how to be safe will be covered at the orientation. Local hike locations will be announced at the orientation and each hike will be about two hours in length.
50082
$10
4 Sessions
Wed., 10/1, 10 - Noon, WIL 113 at HVCC for Orientation
Wed., 10/8 - 10/22, 10 a.m. - Noon, Hiking Locations
Bill Brodnitzki and Marcia Hopple, Instructors

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Learn to Play Pool
Do you have a hidden urge to be a pool shark? Did you always want to play as a kid and never had the chance? Well, this is the class for you! Rocco Spinelli, Jr, has offered us a wonderful opportunity to have lessons and practice at his family's Golden Cue Billiard Lounge. He will even throw in the pizza. Beverages are on your own.

This 20-table pool hall has a two-generation family history but they are well prepared to take on our Creative Retirement crowd. And when you are there... look for the original Table No. 23, because it is something of a shrine. That's where Minnesota Fats shot nine ball in an exhibition in 1968. Course fee includes a $20 materials fee.
50367
$30
3 Sessions, The Golden Cue Billard Lounge
Tues., 10/28-11/11, 1- 3 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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A Tour of the Melville House with the Lansingburgh Historical Society
Melville House was built in 1786 by Stephan Gorham, the first postmaster of Rensselaer County. A New York State historic marker commemorates the nine years that author Herman Melville lived there and wrote his first two novels, "Typee" and "Omoo." Melville was a graduate of The Lansing-burgh Academy and taught in the area. The Lansing-burgh Historical Society's collections, housed at the site, include maps, photographs, diaries, business records, town and village records, and the Burleigh panoramic views. The unique "Attic Museum" houses tools, materials and products of the community's extensive 19th century brush and oil cloth industries.

The tour consists of a review of the history of Melville House and Lansingburgh. We will talk a little about the significance of the Lansing family, Herman Melville's time in the 'Burgh, other important 'Burgh people, the Village Burying Ground and Old Catholic Burying Ground, Lansingburgh industries, and related information. The museum is in the attic of the building has two rather long steep flights of stairs. Persons with walking difficulty may choose not to see the upstairs museum. Most of the talk will be in the public area on the first floor.
50368
$15
1 Session, Herman Melville House
Fri., 9/19, 10 a.m. - Noon
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Tour of the State Education Building
In 2012, the New York State Education Department celebrated the 100th anniversary of The State Education Building.

The department invited the public to join the celebration by taking a tour of the building. The tours explored the history of the building and allowed the public to view this magnificent architectural gem. Hudson Valley is proud to announce that we are able to offer this unique tour for our Creative Retirement students.

George Webb, one of our guides, calls the centennial of the State Education Building a chance to "see what's behind the columns." You probably know the columns already: the massive colonnade on Washington Avenue across from West Capitol Park remains one of downtown Albany's most striking vistas. But in recent years too few members of the public have seen the building's eye-popping interior, from its soaring central rotunda to the gorgeous oak-paneled Regents Room, where portraits of educational leaders going back to Alexander Hamilton gaze down on those charting the state's current path. Webb, who was the director of facilities for over 30 years, will be joined by Bill Winchester, former assistant director of facilities at the State Education Department.
50369
$10
1 Session, The State Education Building
Sat., 10/25, 10 a.m. - Noon
George Webb & Bill Winchester, Instructors

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Kayak and Canoe Dyken Pond
After basic instruction on paddle techniques and safety, enjoy a tranquil paddle around Dyken Pond, a 180-acre lake located on the Rensselaer Plateau. We'll look for wildlife along the shore and birds in the air. Bring binoculars if you have them, a water bottle and sunscreen. Wear comfortable clothes and water shoes or old sneakers. You may get slightly wet. Course fee includes a $5 materials fee.
50370
$15
1 Session, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
Tues., 9/9, 2 - 4 p.m. (rain date 9/16)
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor
Kathy Sullivan, Coordinator
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GET CREATIVE!

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 the camera's battery fully charged and have an empty memory card.
50340
$10
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 11/4 & 11/11, 1-4 p.m.
Kevin Sarsfield, Instructor

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The Journey Through Musicals Continues
To Life, Part VII
Part VII of the "To Life" series continues the theme of making every day the best day of your life and enjoying every moment. Following your dreams, living your dreams and believing in yourself will be seen with Michael Crawford as P.T. Barnum in "Join the Circus." Also featured are Liza Minnelli singing "I Am My Own Best Friend"and John Raitt's "Soliloquy" from Carousel. Feeling good when you're dancing will be illustrated by Tommy Tune, Lee Roy Reams and "The Lambeth Walk."A Gershwin medley with Dolores Grey and Jack Cassidy and Robert Goulet's "The Happy Time" completes Part VII.

To Life, Part VIII
Part VIII of the "To Life" series features the theme of different ways people fall in love. Featured are Shirley Jones, Mary Martin, Marin Mazzie, John Raitt, Martha Wright and Jack Lemmon as Og, the leprechaun, in "Finian's Rainbow, singing "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love, I Love the Girl I'm Near." We'll see songs that have uplifting positive outlooks such as "Sing, Sing, Sing,""Put on a Happy Face," "High Hopes" and a rare clip of "Over the Rainbow" with the original lyricist E.Y. (Yip) Harburg ending with Audra MacDonald's "Climb Every Mountain."We will relive many of those magical moments. Don't miss seeing these clips and hearing their great music!
50342
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Richard Feldman, Instructor

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Flowers of the Fall: Design, Color and Texture
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 Peter's 28 years of experience and let her show you how you can put creativity and energy into designs and events. If you have been with us before you know Michele brings a passion for what she does. Many return because they know she always brings new ideas and demonstrates what is "hot" in the flower world. Come join us as we "ohh and ahh."And... you may be one of the lucky students who carries one of her creations home! Course fee includes a $13 materials fee per person.
50339
$23
1 Session, WIL 113
Thur., 10/30, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Michele Peters, Instructor

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NEW!
Knife Skills, Hands-on at Different Drummer's Kitchen
Learn how to dice, slice, chiffonade, julienne and perform other techniques. This hands-on workshop includes knife care, sharpening and honing. A light fruit snack will be served. The school will provide a set of knives for each student's use.
50379
$55
1 Session, at The Cooks Resource Cooking School
Thurs., 9/18, Noon - 2 p.m.
Lynn Sunderland, Instructor
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Introduction to Folk Music Using Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar and Song
Come whet your musical appetite while hearing the history and sounds of roots music. Listen to music from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, New England and Appalachia. Combine this with a discussion of how these sounds developed and you have one rousing presentation. George Wilson, accomplished fiddler, folk music educator and performer, has planned a great morning for the music lover in you! Join the fun!
50091
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
George Wilson, Instructor

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