Community and Professional Education
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fall 2015 Offerings

CENTER FOR CREATIVE RETIREMENT

Medicare 101
It is important to understand how Medicare works and learn how to make the most informed decisions possible. In this two-session course, Medicare Parts A and B will be explained, including what is and is not covered. Your fiscal responsibility and ways to mitigate the potential copays of Medicare also will be discussed. 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.
50174
$10
2 Sessions, WIL 101
Wed., 10/21 - 10/28, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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50175
$10
2 Sessions, DCC B06
Thurs., 10/15 - 10/22, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Janet Kiffney, Instructor

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The Anti-Rent Wars: From Feudalism to Freedom in Upstate NY

A little-known piece of U.S. history happened here in upstate New York. The anti-rent struggle is an amazing story of rebellion, inequality, political struggle and militancy. Rather than sell their rich farmland, the patroons leased plots to tenant farmers who could never purchase land they and their descendants developed over generations. This course examines the centuries-long anti-rent battles that eventually forced the patroons to give up their vast, near feudal, possessions.
50555
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/19, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Henry Bankhead, Instructor

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Stitches In Time: A History Of Ladies' Needlework
It was Mary Queen Of Scots, imprisoned for most of her adult life, who made the practice of needlework popular throughout England. She kept her mind busy with elaborate needlework that filled her lonely days. She would stitch symbols within her work that vented her depression and despair. This needlework tradition eventually spread to most upper class women in England by the 17th century. After discussing works from the 17th century, the presentation will proceed into the 18th and 19th centuries when needlework became part of all young, American girls' education.
50488
$18
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/24, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

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Women and War: Part 1, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War
We will examine the roles, challenges and experiences of women during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, with a focus on women from New York State. War dramatically changed the roles and domestic landscape for many women during these conflicts. In times when there were no established government safety nets for families and when the primary breadwinner went off to war, how did women and families survive? Who were the women who joined, often in disguise, the army and fought alongside the men? Our speaker, Michael Aikey, is the retired director of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs.
50541
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/23, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Michael Aikey, Instructor

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Captured By The Indians

In 1763, during the infamous Wyoming Valley Massacre, a 13-year-old boy named Ezra was captured by the Delaware Indians. Traded to the Seneca, he remained a prisoner/slave until rescued a year later by Sir William Johnson. Reunited with family in the lower Hudson Valley, Ezra would witness Prendergast's Rebellion, a now-forgotten uprising of American farmers against British authority in 1766. And in 1775, as a young man of 24, he would enlist as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Ezra survived captivity, rebellion and revolution and died peacefully in his bed in 1834 at age 84. His story will be told by his descendant, Steve Trimm.
50516
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Steve Trimm, Instructor

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The Design, Color, Texture and Flowers of Fall
When do you have the opportunity to spend a morning with a versatile floral artist, who can design a classic 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. Michele 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. You may be one of the lucky students who carry one of her creations home! Course fee includes a $13 materials fee per person.
50339
$23
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/28, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Michele Peters, Instructor, Owner of Ambiance Florals and Events

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Antietam Remembered and Civil War Letters

The Battle of Antietam was the first major Civil War battle to take place on Northern soil. What impressions did the soldiers actually remember in their letters, diaries and memoirs? This illustrated talk recalls the campaign and battle, fought in Maryland on September 17, 1862, with plenty of first person impressions, and plenty of audience participation. The American armies of the Civil War were the first in history to be literate. The common soldiers could read newspapers, debate the merits of sermons and patriotic speeches, and write home. Their letters are a gripping and educating relic of the war. This introductory talk features numerous selections, illustrating the wide variety of subjects soldiers wrote about to the folks back home.
50537
$17
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 11/4, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Robert E. Mulligan, Instructor

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Dragons in the Garden

Many small creatures are losing habitat and need a helping hand. Your garden can be the perfect place to introduce a few natural elements and invite wildlife to visit and establish a home there. Amphibians and reptiles can be fun to watch, interesting to learn about and are important to local ecology. A monarch butterfly waystation can be an important resting stop for these small migrants. This program will cover the natural history of amphibians and reptiles and how you can create a wild refuge in your garden.
50536
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 11/12, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor

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Federal Furniture in America (1790 - 1830)

During the American Revolution, the building of new homes and much of the importation of goods from England came to a halt. After America's victory, there was a new sense of optimism and furnishing the many recently-built homes was a top priority. Even though England had been the enemy, she was also our fashion setter, and what was in vogue there was copied here.

This class will examine furniture examples from different areas of the country and showcase Duncan Phyfe, who made New York City the leader in furniture construction for the first time. Contrasted with Phyfe's formal designs will be examples of country made furniture by cabinet makers working to emulate the new styles. Furniture will be illustrated in many period room settings and in close detail as well.
50513
$18
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/17, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

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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
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/7, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
George Wilson, Instructor

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New York State and the Civil War

There is a multitude of books about the Civil War: causes, personalities, battles – but how many books cover what the State of New York was enduring and doing during the war? Just three. His talk by Robert E. Mulligan examines the population, finances, industry and infrastructure, agriculture and the filling up of the vacant ranks. How did Syracuse salt play a role in the war? How important was the Erie Canal, or was the Erie Railroad more important? Did the draft really provide many soldiers?

Albany Rural Cemetery in the Civil War
Local Civil War historian Mark Bodnar will take you on a special tour of the Albany Rural Cemetery via PowerPoint, weaving a tapestry of military interest, genealogical research and local history. You'll be treated to a virtual tour over the three prominent ridges of the cemetery, visiting the graves of courageous soldiers and prominent civilians from the Civil War period. There are 26 general officers from the Civil War, six Civil War Medal of Honor recipients and three Confederate soldiers buried in Albany Rural Cemetery. The "tour" includes many images of unique and symbolic gravestones and monuments of the Victorian period, the iconography of which will be explained.

During this virtual tour, you will be introduced to statesmen, industrialists, clergy, authors and numerous soldiers, from privates to generals.
50538
$17
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 10/15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Robert E. Mulligan and Mark Bodnar, Instructors

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Digital Camera
This two-session class 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. These classes are designed to inform in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Remember to have the camera's battery fully charged and have an empty memory card.
50340
$10
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs., 11/5 and 11/12, 1 - 4 p.m.
Kevin Sarsfield, Instructor

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Twentieth Century Cookbooks in America

Local historian Tom Allison returns with more cookbook history - this time with a focus on 20th century cookbooks. The stories behind our favorite foods are sometimes fascinating and almost forgotten, but will be retold here for your enjoyment. There is a whole history behind how recipes or "receipts" were written. Come to hear about the first celebrity cook, Fanny Farmer, James Beard, Julia Child and Martha Stewart.

When the class is over, you will have a whole new appreciation for the next recipe you follow. The history of cookbooks from Fanny Farmer's "Cook-book of the Boston Cooking School" to Martha Stewart's latest, is worthy of serious study. You'll discover how some recipes are time capsules of an era while others are as relevant today as when they were first created.
50539
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 11/16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
J. Thomas Allison, Instructor

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Antiques and More
Come 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 an item that you are curious about, set it on the table and when class begins, Andy and David will discuss each and every object! They'll cover the history of the item, its popularity and what it's worth in today's market. Remember to bring only one item.
50372
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/6, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Andrew Geller and David Ornstein, Instructors

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The American Musical Theatre of the 1980s

In American musical theatre, the 80's are referred to as "The British Invasion." With "Evita" in 1980, Andrew Lloyd Webber introduced a new style of musical theatre, "the pop rock opera," where almost the entire production was sung. He followed it with "Cats," "Starlight Express" and "The Phantom of the Opera," which is still playing at the Majestic Theatre. In 1987, the French got on the bandwagon with "Les Miserables." American composers were still working and in 1984, Jerry Herman's "La Cage aux Folles" won the Tony as best musical while Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" won the Pulitzer Prize the same year. Other 80's musicals include "Barnum," "42nd Street," "Dreamgirls," "Big River" and "Into the Woods." We will see backstage interviews, rehearsals and production scenes from all the shows with stars Patti Lupone, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Jerry Orbach, George Hearn, Betty Buckley and Bernadette Peters.
50515
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Richard Feldman, Instructor

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New Sources for Finding Your Irish Ancestors

There's never been a better time to discover your Irish roots! With more and more genealogy resources becoming available online, including the collection of Catholic parish records from the National Library in Dublin newly digitized for Summer 2015, finding your elusive Irish ancestor is within reach for many. Join professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty for an overview on utilizing resources in both the USA and Ireland to make your ancestral journey back to the Emerald Isle a memorable and successful one!
50517
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues.,10/20, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

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Ancestry.com: Setting Up Your Family Tree & Effective Searching
Ancestry.com is the Internet's largest genealogy Web site with over 1.87 million users worldwide. 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
Tues., 11/17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

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The Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg

If you were here last spring to hear John McTague enlighten us on the particulars of Lincoln's trip to Gettysburg, then you know that he is an incredible speaker. This fall, John will present a lecture on the history of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, its many monuments and the brave soldiers who fought, died and were buried there.
50534
$18
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 10/29, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
John McTague, Instructor

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Troy: The Civil War and Draft Riot of 1863

This illustrated lecture, the result of over 30 years of research, is not a military history, but rather, it is a true story about the people and events that made a city great. It is a true story about people and events that don't always make it into the history books. Undoubtedly, Troy's most vigorous and influential period was the decades leading up to and during the years of the American Civil War. While the city was a bustling industrial center, the lives of her workers reflected the same social, financial and emotional upheaval that had torn the nation apart. Local economic and political disparity had led to the early and successful organization of labor, and related political affiliations. These factors were compounded by the first military conscription act in American history, which included provisions that many considered to be weighted against the laboring class. This turmoil led to what has been called the second most destructive draft riot in the nation, necessitating some rather unusual governmental responses.
50543
$18
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 11/5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Michael Barrett, Instructor

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Jane Addams, Social Worker: Conscience for a Gilded Age

New Visually Enhanced Program
As a child, Jane Addams told her parents that she wanted to "live among the poor, and help them" by becoming a doctor. While the medical degree did not come to pass, she found her life's work in addressing the broad needs of communities and society as a whole. Opening the first settlement house in America, Hull House, in Chicago's poor neighborhood, she and her colleague, Ellen Gates Starr, created an institution that not only provided the basic services of food, shelter and clothing, but fostered unity and belonging to a group of people with diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions.
50518
$20
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/13, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Historic Interpreter

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Women: Theirs Rights and Nothing Less - Susan B. Anthony
New Visually Enhanced Program
Truly a "local heroine," Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Mass., lived near Greenwich, NY, and taught at the Canajoharie Female Academy. She and her closest ally, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (from Johnstown, NY) led the campaign for women's' suffrage for over 50 years. While Stanton was a writer and theorist at home with her children, Susan was a tireless advocate who traveled the entire country, giving speeches, gathering signatures for petitions, and passing out pamphlets to gather public support and governmental action to give women the right to vote.
50519
$20
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 9/22, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Historic Interpreter

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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/.

New York City Bus Trip
A bus will leave at 7 a.m. from Crossgates Commons (behind Walmart) 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., 9/30, 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 ½ hour lock cruise, complete with sandwiches, salad, coffee, tea and dessert! Take in the scenic and historic Hudson River. Bring your binoculars to best see the birds and wildlife that live along the river's edge. The Dutch Apple sails rain or shine, but offers the best of both worlds with sunshine and breezes on the exterior deck or the protection of a fully enclosed and climate-controlled interior. Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon cruising the Hudson! Please wear comfortable low heeled or soled shoes for your safety. Course fee includes a $29 materials fee.
50040
$40
1 Session, Dutch Apple Cruises in Albany, NY
Wed., 10/14, 12:30 p.m., boarding
1 - 3:30 p.m., cruise and lunch
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator

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Lessons in Watercolor with Edith Leu

Join us for an adventure in transparent watercolor. Watercolor is forgiving, creative, portable and always fun. We will learn about edges, shadows, color mixing and more. These classes are appropriate for all levels of students. Paints, brushes and watercolor paper are provided. Coffee, beverages and baked goods are included. Course fee includes $45 materials fee.
50573
$55
1 Session, The Living Room Art Gallery at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands
Wed., 10/7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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50574
$55
1 Session, The Living Room Art Gallery at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands
Wed., 10/21, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator

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Painting the Harvest Moon: A Lesson in Oil on Canvas with Noreen Powell

The muted golden glow of a harvest moon has its own mysterious and enchanting aura. Hanging low and large in the autumn sky it is one of nature's prettiest celestial views. Learn to capture the essence of its beauty in paint. This class is perfect for beginner and intermediate painters. Join us as we celebrate the colors and mood of a harvest moon on canvas! This workshop includes all materials needed to finish a piece of art (note: the oil based paints are water soluble with no fumes), coffee and fresh baked goods in the morning and a scrumptious catered lunch. Course fee includes $65 materials fee.
50522
$75
1 Session, The Living Room Art Gallery at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands
Wed., 10/28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., with lunch at 12:15 p.m.
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator

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Renaissance Art: A Lesson in Pastels with Edith Leu

Oil-based pastels have been in use since the Renaissance. Join accomplished pastel artist Edith Leu for a relaxing workshop and one-on-one instruction in the art of pastels and still life drawing. This is an excellent opportunity to dabble in pastels without an expensive investment in materials. No experience necessary and our class size is kept small to allow for a lot of individual guidance. All materials are included. Coffee, cold beverages, bakery goods and refreshments provided. Course fee includes $45 materials fee.
50520
$55
1 Session, The Living Room Art Gallery at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands
Fri., 10/2, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator

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Claude Monet's Haystacks: A Lesson in Impressionist Art with Noreen Powell

Claude Monet was a master in the creation of sketchy and spontaneous paintings. He made no attempt to blend paint to create smooth tonal gradations and an optically accurate scene, and yet we love his work. His distinct style is noted in his lovely pastoral scenes - specifically his renderings of simple haystacks in a field. This relaxing workshop will lead even the most novice painter into Monet's world of Impressionist art. Participants will go home with their own interpretation of Monet's famous haystacks. All materials including paint, brushes and canvas will be provided. A catered lunch will be served at noon and is included in the course fee. Course fee includes $60 materials fee.
50521
$70
1 Session, The Living Room Art Gallery at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands
Sat., 10/3, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator

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A Tour of Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady
Our presentation will include the fascinating history of both the theater and the man who built it, Fredrick F. Proctor. Beginning in the arcade, visitors will view a new exhibit that features Mr. Proctor from his teen years as a high wire performer to the owner of over 50 theaters across the country. After listening to the history, a walking tour will feature the stage, cross over area back stage, dressing rooms, mezzanine, balcony and theater museum. Many of these theater areas have been newly cleaned and restored to their former beauty with years of dirt, tobacco tar and stains removed and new gilding carefully applied to match the original gold leaf.
50487
$10
1 Session, Proctor's Theatre
Wed., 9/30, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
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." The Lansingburgh 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 museum is in the attic of the building and 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. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.
50368
$15
1 Session, meeting at the Herman Melville House
Wed., 10/21, 10 a.m. - Noon
Paula Johannessen, Coordinator

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Capitol Hauntings: A Historical Ghost Tour of the New York State Capital
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 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.
50051
$10
1 Session, meet at the base of the Senate Staircase on the first floor of the Capitol
Mon., 10/26 , 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Cordinator

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A Trip to Historic Deerfield

This is special tour of Historic Deerfield Village has been scheduled to coincide with the furniture classes being offered by Marilyn Sassi. Experts will discuss both style characteristics and construction details of these early pieces allowing a close up view of the furniture being examined. The tour reserved for us will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. Because many individual pieces will be discussed, the tour will be primarily in the Wright House (reflecting 150 years of furniture masterpieces) and the Woods Gallery. Those who would like to arrive earlier (doors open at 9:30 a.m.), will be able to visit any of the houses open that day for the same admission fee charged for our customized tour. Course fee includes $12 materials fee.
50514
$31
1 Session, Wright House, Deerfield Village in Massachusetts
Fri., 10/9, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

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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 recent 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 a colonial lunch cooked with authentic recipes. Course fee includes a $25 materials fee.
50071
$35
1 Session, meeting at Knickerbocker Family Mansion
Wed., 9/16, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, 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 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 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. Suitable, comfortable shoes are recommended. Course fee includes an $8 materials fee.
50338
$18
1 Session, Walk the trail and meet at the lighthouse, Saugerties
Thurs., 10/15, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Paula Johannessen, Coordinator

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Tour and Lunch at The Skene Manor
Enjoy a visit to The Skene Manor, one of the few remaining castles in northeast New York. Whitehall's "Castle on the Mountain" was constructed of stone blocks cut right out of the mountain that frames the manor. This magnificent structure shows 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. Course fee includes a $20 materials fee.
50076
$30
1 Session, The Skene Manor
Thurs., 10/8, 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Paula Johannessen, Coordinator

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Fall in Fields and Forests - Exploring Nearby Nature Preserves
Nature puts on a glorious display in the 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 session 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., 9/18, 10 a.m. - Noon, WIL 113
Fri., 9/25 - 10/16, 10 a.m. - Noon, In the field
Betty & John Nickles, Instructors

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Hiking in the Fall
For those who 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 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 will be announced at the orientation and each hike will be about two hours in length.
50082
$10
Orientation: Wed., 9/30 , 10 a.m. - Noon, WIL 113
Hikes: Weds., 10/7, 10/14 and 10/21, 10 a.m. - Noon or after meeting at hiking location
Bill Brodnitzki and Marcia Hopple, Instructors

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All Souls are Equal: Gender and Race Among the Shakers

This course explores the paradoxes of gender and race within the Shaker world, the clashing of state government and Shaker leadership and the experiences of female and African American Shakers. The Shakers welcomed black members and had connections to the Underground Railroad. However, friction between the Shaker ideal of equality and worldly laws and beliefs led to surprising legal battles and changes in NY State law, as well as tension among Shaker membership. The course will end with a short tour of the Shaker Heritage Society. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
50526
$20
1 Session, Shaker Heritage Society
Thurs., 10/1, 10 a.m. - Noon
Samantha Hall-Saladino, Coordinator

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Oktoberfest at Different Drummers
Come explore some of the favorite dishes of Germany, and celebrate the harvest just in time for Oktoberfest, the country's most popular festivity. Together, with Deanna Fox, we will make traditional sugared almonds, soft pretzels, sausage with braised red cabbage, pretzel-crusted schnitzel with mustard sauce, German potato salad, and easy apple strudel. Course fee includes a $55 materials fee.
50366
$65
1 Session at Different Drummers Kitchen, Stuyvesant Plaza
Tues., 9/29, Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Cricket Creek Farm Tour and Cheese Making Demonstration
On this farm tour, you will visit a 100-year-old dairy farm nestled in the Berkshires. The small, diversified, farm consists of a herd of Brown Swiss and Jersey cows, mixed heritage breed pigs, a small flock of laying hens and an on-site bakery. Cricket Creek's mission is to produce nourishing food that honors their animals, respects the land, and feeds the community. It exemplifies a sustainable model for small farm viability. We will meet the animals, observe cheese making, explore the farm and visit the farm store. You may end your tour by purchasing some of the farmstead cheeses, raw milk, homemade breads, pasture-raised, grass fed beef, pasture raised pork, maple syrup, honey, etc.

Come to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and step back into a quieter time. Dress appropriately for a farm.
50540
$10
1 Session, Meeting at Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown
Fri., 10/2, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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Tour of the New York State Military Museum

This tour of the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs will include a history of the museum and its world class collections, an insider's view of the museum's exhibits and a behind-the-scenes peek of the state's military history collection. Tour guide, Michael Aikey, is the retired director of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs.
50542
$13
1 Session, at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs
Thurs., 10/22, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Michael Aikey, Instructor

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Fall Tour of Washington Park and its Historic Homes
Step back in time to experience the genteel living of the nouveau rich of Troy's Washington Park neighborhood. You will see firsthand the loving care taken to rehabilitate and update many of these one-of-a-kind homes and visit their own private park. We may even see a restoration in progress. A small reception will be held in one of the tour stops.

Be mindful of your ability to keep up with the group as we have a tight schedule to adhere to for the two and a half 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 available along the bordering streets of Washington Park - Washington Place, 2nd and 3rd Streets and Washington Street. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
50322
$20
1 Session, Meet at 195 2nd St. in Troy
Mon., 9/28, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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NEW!
Going Once, Going Twice: Auctioneering 101

Dolores Meissner, New Lebanon's veteran auctioneer, talks about her personal journey, how she learned the auction business, and the rise of her well-known auction house. Along the way, she explains how the business works and how to get a bargain at an auction. You will be invited to preview items up for the upcoming auction that weekend.
50531
$10
1 Session, Meissner Auction Service, New Lebanon
Fri., 10/9, 10 a.m. - Noon
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Slate Valley Museum and Quarry Visit
The Slate Valley Museum explores, preserves and celebrates the history and heritage of the Slate Valley, a 30-mile long and six mile wide area along the New York-Vermont border where rock has been quarried since 1850. Participants will explore this rich cultural, industrial and geological story through a guided tour of the museum. The group will then drive to a nearby slate quarry, where they will experience a tour of modern slate industry facilities led by slate workers. Since the tour will take place in an industrial, commercial environment, boots are recommended and open-toed shoes are not permitted. Those with mobility issues will be able to see some of the quarry from their car. Walking, round trip, about half a mile to the quarry will be on unpaved, uneven dirt roads used for heavy lifting equipment, so please plan accordingly. Wear sturdy shoes and be dressed for walking outdoors in a quarry. Please do not wear open-toed shoes. Course fee includes a $3 materials fee.
50527
$13
1 Session, Slate Valley Museum, Granville
Wed., 9/30, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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A Short Talk and a Long Stroll Through the Victorian Village of Round Lake
Travel with Round Lake village historian Bill Ryan, and two deputy historians, Mike Roets and Scott Rigney, as they describe the founding of Round Lake. The Round Lake Camp Meeting Association of the Troy Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in 1868 as a camp meeting town. These first camp meetings drew 2,000 to 8,000 people. In 1869, crowds of up to 20,000 attended Sunday services. We will find out where the famous organ came from, why the streets are arranged in a hub and spoke pattern and what the term "camp houses" means. We also will be entertained with a short musical program 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 one and a half hours. Some folks may want to bring a small folding chair. This class will meet at the Auditorium, 2 Wesley Avenue, in Round Lake on Tuesday, September 29. Choose one class time, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Parking will be at Leah's Cakery, 3 Curry Road and the Round Lake Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue.
50079
$10
Tues., 9/29, 10 a.m. - Noon

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50080
$10
Tues., 9/29, 2 - 4 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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Beef 101
Jaime Ortiz, executive chef and general manager of 677 Prime, will lead our class through a delicious experience, giving you an inside look into the world of high-end beef. His fabulous menu consists of grilled flat iron steak and goat cheese flatbread with red wine onions, arugula and crispy shallots, slow-cooked Kobe beef cheeks with sweet potato polenta. There will also be a trio of steak samples: prime ribeye, petite filet and prime NY strip served with truffled steak fries, and a surprise dessert. Course fee includes a $59 materials fee.
50529
$69
1 Session, Different Drummer's Kitchen, Stuyvesant Plaza
Tues., 10/20, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator
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NEW!
Get Your Sauce On with Questar III High School Culinary Arts Students

Questar III's career and technical education (CTE) programs offer high school students the opportunity to learn valuable career skills while still earning their Regents diploma. The half-day programs help students develop industry specific skills, practice team work and problem solving and offer opportunities for internships with local businesses.

One of our most popular CTE programs is Culinary Arts at the Rensselaer Educational Center. The Culinary Arts program teaches students the management and culinary skills needed for a career in the hospitality and food service industries. This includes classroom study, lab work and mentored work experiences.

Join us for an opportunity to learn the basics of making fresh pasta and sauce with high school seniors. The students will lead the hands-on class from start to finish and all participants will leave with a sampling of pasta and sauce. Students will engage with participants and share their career goals.

The address is Rensselaer Educational Center, 35 Colleen Road, Troy. Visitors may park in the first parking lot to the right as they pull in to school grounds. There are several handicapped parking spaces, if needed.
50528
$10
1 Session, Rensselaer Educational Center in Troy
Wed., 10/21, 9 a.m. - Noon,
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Join the Matinee Theater Players
If you have a love of theater and acting, you're invited to join the actors and directors of Matinee Theater Players. This group meets at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts each Tuesday afternoon to "play" with improv, rehearse one act plays that they'll perform in November, and to support each other in improving their craft. This past year, the group has performed in two schools and three outside venues in addition to the show for the center. The Matinee Theater Players welcome new people and everyone has a chance to perform. Not sure if it's for you? Come see the players perform their newly-created show on Nov. 10 at noon for a walk in price of $15 and we will throw in lunch!
50530
$10
Tues., 9/8, Noon - 3 p.m.
Will meet consecutive Tuesdays until the work is completed.
Sand Lake Center for the Arts
Val Kavanaugh, Facilitator

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Ten Broeck Mansion Tour with 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. 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. 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. Course fee includes $20 materials fee.
50533
$30
1 Session, Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany
Tues., 10/ 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Visit Historic Grant Cottage and Have Tea
Ulysses S. Grant, hero of the Civil War and 18th President of the United States, died at Grant Cottage, in the town of Wilton, 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. The rooms and their furnishings are as they were the same morning of Grant's death.

In addition to touring the cottage and hearing about the general's tragic but ultimately triumphant final year, little-know and fascinating stories about U.S. Grant will be shared. You will also learn about "supporting players" in the Grant drama.

Participants will enjoy a small tea and assorted sandwiches before their tour of the cottage. We may even have a secret family member of Grant's with us to share more stories of the illustrious general. This is a two and a half 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 fee includes a $15 materials fee.
50326
$25
1 Session, Grant Cottage Visitor's Center, Wilton
Fri., 9/25, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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50449
1 Session, Grant Cottage Visitor's Center, Wilton
Fri., 9/25, Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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NEW!
Discover the Pine Bush

Sign up for an extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. We will begin inside with an overview of the Pine Bush followed by Exploration in the Discovery Center. Experts will then guide you through a 0.9 mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover the Pine Bush's natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations. Please remember to dress for the weather, wear long pants and sturdy walking shoes and bring drinking water. Course fee includes a $3 materials fee.
50532
$13
1 Session, at Albany Pine Bush
Tues., 9/15, 10 a.m. - noon
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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NEW!
Tree Identification and Fall Foliage Hike

Conifers and deciduous, softwoods and hardwoods - how do you tell the difference? Learn to identify at least ten trees of the northern hardwood forest on a leisurely walk along the trails of the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. We will look at leaves, bark and other distinguishing characteristics of trees. Bring tree identification books if you have them, pad and pen. Course fee includes a $5 materials fee.
50535
$15
1 Session, Dyken Pond
Mon., 9/28, 1 - 3 p.m.
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor

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