Community and Professional Education
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winter/Spring 2014 Offerings: Center for Creative Retirement

Explore the Past

Mrs. JJ Brown: Survivor of the Titanic
Margaret Brown, or “Mrs. JJ Brown” as she preferred to be addressed, is erroneously called “Molly” Brown, and is primarily known as a feisty westerner who survived the Titanic disaster. The magnitude of that event has unfortunately eclipsed so many of the other fascinating details of her remarkable life. Born of Irish parents in Hannibal, Missouri, she moved west as a young woman, married for love, and found incredible riches, as well. Follow her adventures and exploits with Phyllis Chapman as Margaret, as she invests her time and money in many worthy causes – juvenile delinquency programs, collecting art for public museums and the women’s suffrage movement. Her early life proved significant during the sinking of “the ship of dreams.” Mrs. Brown persuaded people to board lifeboats, encouraged survivors through the long night, and she followed up with those made destitute by the sinking, providing financial and emotional support to help them rebuild their lives. You’ll also see how the “other half” lived (or the “one percenters”) during the Gilded Age of money and social standing.
60035
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 4/15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

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Lucy Larcom, New England Mill Girl
Not just another 19th-century “mill girl,” who worked in the mills until she married. Through her writings and poetry, Lucy Larcom left us an inside look at the life in the early textile mills of New England. Born into a large family, Lucy began working in the mills as a young girl when her father died. After 10 years in the mills, she moved to the Midwest with her sister and brother-in-law, where she was able to further her education. Back in New England by 1852, she became a part of Boston's literary circle and re-established her friendship with John Greenleaf Whittier, who enlisted his contacts to help her publish her works. She took a position at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, teaching English Literature, where she became known for her innovative teaching methods. Her best-known book, “A New England Girlhood,” recounted her early days in the mills and gave her readers a first-hand account of the early days of industrial New England.
60074
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 3/24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

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Beginning Internet Genealogy
Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org are two giants of Internet genealogy. These destinations offer vast resources for researching your family's history, but how do you sift through all that information and find what you are looking for? Lisa Dougherty, a genealogist with nearly 20 years of experience in online research, will explain the content of these Web sites, their similarities and differences, and how to search them effectively to get to the "roots" of your family's story.
60041
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 3/25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

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Search for Your Irish Ancestors
Researching Irish-American ancestors can be quite a challenge for family historians. Even experienced genealogists can become frustrated at the lack of information and all those records that just say “Ireland” as a place of origin. Join professional and “genealogist-in-residence” for the Irish American Heritage Museum, Lisa Dougherty, for some suggestions on how to find that elusive Irish hometown, and what records are available for researching once you get there.
60040
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 4/29, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

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Maps, Maps, Maps: A Rare Collection of Historic Civil War Maps and Pictures
A love of history inspired Randy Patten to start collecting rare, Civil War maps and pictures. Now, three decades later, he's sharing his treasures for the first time. Many of these high-resolution photographs of the American Civil War are from the renowned photographers Alexander Gardner and Matthew Brady. The photos will tell the stories and the maps will put the photos into context, letting you know where it all happened. This presentation is not to be missed by history and photography lovers alike.
60073
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 4/10, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Randy Patten, Instructor

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Lincoln’s Secret: Chat with the Author
Local author Edward Peck will talk about his recently-released Civil War novel, “Lincoln’s Secret.” Edward will elaborate on some of the characters in his book and discuss their influence on Civil War history. He also will discuss the inspiration for the book, his goals in writing it and the process he used in its research. Edward will discuss the genre of historical fiction in general and also offer a brief reading from his novel.
60081
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 4/3, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Edward Peck, Instructor

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Trolley Postcards of Upstate New York
The Capital District and Upstate New York had a vast network of trolley lines that ran from Hudson to Warrensburg, and from Troy to the Mohawk Valley. Dime store postcards were a great way for people to remember the trips they took and what they did on vacation. Gino DiCarlo, local historian and author of “Trolleys of the Capital District,” takes us on a colorful visual trip to the resorts of the Adirondacks, the spas of Saratoga Springs as well as local amusement parks. Showing the history of what people did 100 years ago, before the automobile took the romance out of a Sunday afternoon. Gino will also talk about the process of developing of his book.
60029
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 3/14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Gino DiCarlo, Instructor

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Railroad Postcards of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys
The Capital District is the birthplace of passenger railroads and all the lines that followed the Mohawk and Hudson rivers went on to become famous lines of transportation. Every facet of local railroads was captured, printed on postcards and collected by fans and everyday people who loved a keepsake of their trip on the lines. The New York Central, Delaware and Hudson and others will be showcased from the 1900’s to 1950’s in beautiful hand-colored postcards from Albany and beyond. Join local author and historian Gino DiCarlo for a trip down memory lane, or railroad, to be more exact!
60030
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 4/25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Gino DiCarlo, Instructor

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NEW!
The American Hearth
In colonial America, the room where meals were prepared was considered the heart of the home. It was called the “keeping room” because the fire in this room was never allowed to go out. Matches were not invented until well into the 19th century, so starting a fire took a great deal of effort.

This class will begin with an overview of keeping rooms from 18th and early 19th century America, and discuss early cooking methods using the fireplace, hearth and the different styles of bake ovens that were developed. We will cover the evolution of fireplace design. Students will see examples of red ware, iron, brass, copper and tin cooking tools and see how the same foods prepared in the modern kitchens of today could also be done in the 18th century. Of special interest is the beehive oven which protruded out of the back wall of the keeping room. This feature kept the built up heat of the oven out of the house during warm weather. See how an entire Thanksgiving dinner was successfully prepared with a recently restored beehive oven!
60027
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 5/8, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

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Variations on 18th Century Dutch Architecture
When the Dutch first began to build their homes in early New York, they copied the homes they knew from both the cities and farmlands of the Netherlands. But, because New York's climate is milder in the southeastern part of the state, the building styles reflected in early Dutch homes near present day New York City and New Jersey are different than those closer to the Capital District. Also, because the Netherlands was both a very wealthy country and tolerant of all races and religions, many of which sheltered in the Netherlands before arriving in New York, her influence can also be seen in several other groups who settled locally. Because of these interactions, Dutch architecture forms the basis of the French Huguenot homes in New Paltz and Hurley and in the German buildings of Schoharie, Palatine Bridge, Nelliston and Stone Arabia. All of these homes are considered to be part of the Dutch Architectural history of New York, but their interesting variations are based in their native roots. The buildings and their interiors will be discussed and illustrated along with distinctive examples of their decorative arts and furnishings.
60026
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 5/1, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

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Tins and Country Store Collectibles
This class will illustrate how the common tin can should not be taken for granted and explore the rich history of food preservation and containers. In addition, a large assortment of tins will be shown to demonstrate the development of advertising through colorful and informative labeling.

The colorful general stores of 19th century America were home to both product and shipping containers that lined their walls and shelves. Non-perishables like coffee, tea and spices were dispensed out of delightfully designed tin storage containers, but meat, fish and other necessities that spoiled easily, were a much more difficult challenge for packaging.
60025
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 4/24, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

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James Longstreet and “Sam” Grant
James Longstreet was one of the Confederacy's greatest generals. What's not well known is that Longstreet and Ulysses S. Grant were cadets together at West Point. They served as young officers in the Mexican War and Longstreet was best man at Grant's wedding. Friends before the Civil War, they resumed their friendship one day after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox.

Join Steve Trimm, Grant Cottage State Historic Site tour guide, as he portrays James Longstreet. General Longstreet will reminisce about the events of his own life and give special attention to his unlikely friendship with Ulysses “Sam” Grant.
60031
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 5/6, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Steve Trimm, Instructor

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NEW!
History of Baseball in the Capital Region, Part II
Back by popular demand!! Join Frank as he continues his talk about baseball in the Capital District! Author of five books/booklets and monographs, in this session he will discuss the Mohawk Giants of Schenectady and African American players in Schenectady. Frank also will present more great stories of historic baseball in Albany and Schenectady and display some of his personal collection. Keetz began collecting baseball memorabilia as a child, and as an adult, his passion for baseball drove him to become a local authority on Schenectady baseball. Join us if you, too, love the game!
60044
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 5/2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Frank Keetz, Instructor

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The Coal Torpedo - A Confederate IED in the American Civil War
This is the story of a little known Confederate sabotage weapon, and the man who invented it.

Thomas Edgeworth Courtenay, son of a former Royal Navy officer and harbor master of Belfast, came to America in 1842 after finding that his prospects in England and Ireland were severely limited. Settling in St. Louis, Missouri by 1845, Courtenay soon had a thriving business, a wife and two children by the time civil unrest in the country led to the outbreak of war, whereupon Courtenay joined the Confederacy.

You will hear about his motivation to invent the coal torpedo, an explosive device camouflaged as pieces of coal. Courtenay’s efforts to exploit the torpedo after the war bring the story into the 20th century. One of only four known examples of the torpedo as well as collection of Courtenay documents and letters will be available for inspection.
60043
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 3/18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Joseph M. Thatcher, Retired Curator
for the NYS OPRHP, Instructor

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Archaeology in Schenectady
CAP (the Community Archaeology Program) of Schenectady County Community
College offers a unique opportunity for people to get involved in hands-on, community-based archaeology. Using slides, displays, artifacts and hands-on activities, CAP staff will present highlights from its excavations and research into the history of Schenectady. Among other projects, the presentation will include:

  • Exploring the layers of history in the Stockade Historic District, which was founded in 1661
  • Finding and conserving artifacts from the French and Indian War military presence (1755-1763)
  • Exploring "sink holes" caused by railroad construction (1831)

The non-credit curriculum and history of CAP will be discussed with a focus on participation in Community Archaeology.
60079
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 3/28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Louise Basa and Daniel Bradt, Instructors

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Learn Something New

What Makes Tea Time?
Around the world, a cup of tea has become a social staging point. Varieties of black, green, white tea may serve a pivotal social and often medical function, as well as providing a lift in spirits and warmth. Come sample teas of many colors, learn the art of steeping and how to balance your day or mood through the selection of tea leaves or other mixtures. Learn a little history of tea traditions and how they evolved in a range of cultures. Open yourself to a wide world of sensory experience from your own cup. Please bring your favorite tea cup to class.
60070
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 3/17, 9:30 - 11: 30 a.m.
Elizabeth Kinney, Instructor

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A Very Special Coffee Morning
Do you love coffee? Spend the morning cupping with Fred Cashmere, founder and owner of Liquid Assets Coffee. You will hear all about the history of coffee, the roasting process, the varieties of coffee and how to evaluate the various flavors. What a great opportunity to sharpen your palate and learn to classify the flavor of your favorite cup. As an added treat, Blueberry Hill Café will provide an in-between snack to cleanse the palate. Please bring some of the beans or ground coffee that you normally drink for comparison.
60033
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 4/1, 10 a.m. - Noon
Cathy Sullivan, Coordinator
Fred Cashmere, 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.
60078
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 4/2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Andrew Geller and David Ornstein, Instructors

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Metal Detecting
Metal detecting is a growing hobby. During this presentation on the metal detecting hobby, Tim Myers, president of the Empire State Metal Detector Association and freelance writer for the Western Eastern Treasure Magazine, will briefly review a variety of metal detector brands and other detecting equipment available on the market today. He also will describe different types of detecting and will discuss the Metal Detector’s Code of Ethics. There will be discussion about the types of artifacts that can be found during each type of detecting. Antique artifacts found by detecting will be displayed.
60071
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 4/7, 1 - 3 p.m.
Timothy Myers, Instructor

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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.
60187
$10
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 5/6 and 5/13, 1-4 p.m.
Kevin Sarsfield, 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 co-pays of Medicare. You’ll learn what a Medigap plan is and how Medicare Part D (prescription drug insurance) works. In addition, you’ll learn about federal and state assistance programs for those who are income qualified.
60186
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 4/28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Janet Kiffney, Instructor

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Experience Incredible Cheeses and Specialty Foods with Honest Weight Food Co-op
Honest Weight Food Co-op is renowned for its selection of cheeses and unique specialty foods. But the best part is the people who work in that section of the store... their knowledge, their friendliness, their interesting combinations, their presentation and wonderful preparation tips! This is an invite you can’t pass up! Come sample their offerings. Those who have joined us before know about the unique flair co-op staff have for combining cheeses with other treats. Course fee includes a $9 materials fee.
60067
$19
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 5/5, Noon - 2 p.m.
Tom MacGregor and Drue Spallholz, Instructors

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Beginning Bridge
You will play bridge at your very first class. You do not need a partner to join. Just bring a good attitude and a desire to learn bridge. The game of bridge is mentally challenging, provides ongoing learning, social interaction and it’s fun! It is an inexpensive hobby that also offers travel opportunities. It is a game that evolves, so one could never get tired of it. Come join the fun and see what the game of bridge is all about.
60019
$51
5 Sessions, WIL 113
Wed., 4/9 - 5/7, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Marilyn Hart, Instructor

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Rejuvenating Your Garden
Is your garden overgrown or neglected? Just like we need an occasional makeover to look our best let's make a plan to give your garden a makeover. Get the most from your garden spaces and plants by evaluating the present and planning for a new and exciting future.
60022
$10
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 4/7, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Barbara Nuffer, Instructor

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Volkswalking in the Capital District
We all know that walking is good for us, both physically and mentally. But do you wish you had someone to walk with? Would you explore some other places to walk if you had someone to go with you? Come learn about volkswalking! The Empire State Capital Volkssporters is a club of over 300 members who hold walks every week from April through November and even some in the winter. If there’s snow, they snowshoe as well.

Volkssporting, which includes biking, swimming and cross country skiing in addition to walking, originated in Germany. There are now clubs in most states and Canada and anyone can join in their walks. All clubs subscribe to the motto “We walk for fun, fitness and friendship.” The first 30 to 45 minutes of the class will be a presentation on volkssporting with question and answer time. We will then hand out directions to the second part of the class, where you’ll need sneakers for a one hour guided walk- 5K (3.1 miles). You will encounter some uneven surfaces throughout our Troy walk, so be prepared. Put on your sneakers and start walking for fun, fitness and friendship!
60021
$12
1 Session, WIL 113 and then Troy walk location
Mon., 4/14, 10 a.m. - Noon
Lea Darling and Barb Kolapakka, Coordinators

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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 trips and tours are available here.

Jack McEneny’s Irish in Albany
Former Assemblymember Jack McEneny is back by popular demand with a trolley tour of Albany. Join us for an Irish Trolley Tour with John J. McEneny. Jack is an author and former state Assembly member who narrated and wrote WMHT Public Television’s Tricentennial documentary on Albany and authored “Albany: Capital City on the Hudson.”

The history of Irish Immigrants coming to Albany and to America will be chronicled. Irish immigrants who chose to come to America did so with little joy although their future in Ireland would only be more poverty, disease and English oppression. Their brogue and dress provoked ridicule; their poverty and illiteracy provoked scorn. Yet, instead of apologizing for themselves they united and took offense. Their strength was solidarity and they helped each other survive city life. Learn the intriguing story of Irish Albany – from an Irishman who knows!

If you have a copy of “Albany: Capital City on the Hudson,” feel free to bring it along for him to sign. Course fee includes $25 materials fee.
60028
$35
1 Session, Pick up at Hy Rosenblum
Administration Center parking lot, HVCC
Wed., 3/19, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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MASS MoCA Visit
Join us as we venture to MASS MoCA, nestled in North Adams, MA in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. This museum and creation space is unique in both its setting, a historic factory, and mission, in that art is simultaneously being created and displayed on its campus. Its galleries and theaters display new, original and innovative visual and performing arts. Our group will be treated to a guided tour and will see exciting new art in all phases of production at this one of a kind venue for contemporary art. You can then explore the museum and all it has to offer. Course fee includes a $22 materials fee.
60315
$32
1 Session, Meet at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA
Mon., 4/7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for guided tour
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator
This trip did not appear in the print version of the brochure.

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A Visit to the Albany Hall of Records
Was your family from Albany County or the city of Albany? The Albany County Hall of Records is unique among county agencies in that it has a joint city and county collection. Because the archival records of both Albany County and the City of Albany are housed in one location, the public is better able to research local and family history. Join us for a tour given by Craig Carlson, archivist/deputy director of the Hall of Records.

A few of the documents you will discover are: naturalization papers from Albany County, 1827-1991; declarations of intention, 1827-1991; tax rolls, land records, and Albany City Directories, 1830-2013 (some include the city Rensselaer and Hampton Manor). They also house state and Albany County census records, from 1855-1930 and criminal records from the city and county of Albany.
60039
$10
1 Session, Albany Hall of Records
Wed., 4/9, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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Tour “The Joe”
The Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, located on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College is the home field of the Tri-City ValleyCats. The Cats are a New York-Penn League Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. As members of the 14-team New York-Penn League, their rivals include affiliates of the Mets, Yankees and Red Sox organizations.

They play about 38 home games at “The Joe,” a 4,500 seat stadium, from June through September. In 2013 the Tri-City ValleyCats won the New York-Penn League Championship and now prepare to take on this year’s challenges!

Get ready to kick off the 2014 season by touring the Joe. Our group will get an insider look at these great facilities and have an opportunity to see the locker room.
60045
$10
1 Session, Meet at the Valley Cats office at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
Tues., 5/20, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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The Mystery of the Albany Mummies at Albany Institute of History and Art
The exhibition, GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, reunites all the components of Ankhefenmut’s coffin and interprets the world in which he lived and worked. The exhibition addresses specific themes associated with the mummies. The first explores the 1909 acquisition of the museum’s two mummies and coffins from the Cairo Museum. The second section provides insights into mummification and the ancient Egyptian concept of the afterlife. Participants will discover the world of Ankhefenmut and his roles as both sculptor and priest, as well as our own fascination with ancient Egypt today. Course fee includes $8 materials fee.
60036
$18
1 Session, Meeting at Albany Institute of History and Art
Wed., 4/2, 10 a.m. - Noon
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.
60037
$39
1 Session, Leaving from parking lot
behind Crossgates Commons
Wed., 4/9, 7 a.m. departure
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator

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Schenectady Culinary Luncheon
Join for us a delectable luncheon at the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department at Schenectady County Community College. The menu will be designed by the Quantitative Foods lab instructor and class. If you prefer a vegetarian entree, please notify us at the time of registration. Lunch will be served in the Van Curler Room on the SCCC campus. We will be treated to a tour of the facilities at 11:30 and lunch will be served at approximately 12:15. Course fee includes an $18 materials fee.
60038
$28
1 Session, Schenectady County Community College
Wed., 3/26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Joyce Feiring, Instructor

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Enjoy a Taste of History with a Peebles Island Tour
Peebles Island is the headquarters of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites and Bureau of Historic Preservation Field Services. During the tour you will discover how the expert staff cares for the various collections at New York’s 35 state historic sites. We will tour some of the conservation labs where the preservation of paper, textiles, paintings and furniture takes place.
60049
$10
1 Session, Peebles Island State Park in Waterford, NY
Mon., 3/31, 10 a.m. - Noon
Cathy Sullivan, Instructor

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Follow the History Trail of September 1755
Join us for a day to find out what happened in September of 1755, during the French and Indian War. Visit Blind Rock, the ancient boulder which was known to both Native Americans and early colonists as the bounds between lands held by the English and French prior to the French and Indian War (1754-63). We will also visit the Bloody Morning Scout Battlefield – site of the first phase of the Battle of Lake George. The Battle of Lake George was part of a campaign by the British to expel the French from North America.

We will meet at the Log Jam Restaurant in Lake George at 10 a.m. The group will travel to the above historic sites in Warren County with Randy Patten as your guide. Randy also will provide historical background sheets on the locations to the attendees. Bring a bag lunch, your walking shoes and a love of things historical.
60188
$35
1 Session, Meet at the Log Jam Restaurant in Lake George, NY
Wed., 5/7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Randy Patten, Instructor

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Tour of the New Honest Weight Food Co-op
The Honest Weight Food Co-op has built a brand new environmentally sustainable grocery store at 100 Watervliet Ave. in Albany. It offers an improved shopping experience for member-owners and customers by providing a larger store with greatly increased parking and expanded services. Its size also increases the co-op's ability to support local farmers. Come explore and shop the various departments including a full service deli, expanded meat, seafood, cheese and specialty foods section and the famous bulk department. During our behind-the-scenes visit we’ll see the community room, the teaching kitchen and so much more!
60064
$10
1 Session, Demonstration Kitchen at Honest Weight Food Co-op
Mon., 3/24, 9 - 10 a.m.

60065
$10
1 Session, Demonstration Kitchen at Honest Weight Food Co-op
Mon., 3/24, 10 - 11 a.m.

60066
$10
1 Session, Demonstration Kitchen at Honest Weight Food Co-op
Mon., 3/24, 11 a.m. - Noon
Jean Chenette, Instructor

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Spring Sensations - Exploring Nearby Nature Preserves
As the snow melts and the ground thaws, nature springs to life and puts on a glorious display. The spring palate includes a bounty of wildflowers like trillium, dog toothed violets, and lady slippers. An upward glance reveals the flowering shadblow and cherry. The first class at the college will include a presentation illustrating what we might see. The following weeks, we will explore three of our favorite local preserves taking time to observe, learn about and enjoy the plants, wildlife and natural beauty around us.
60023
$10
5 Sessions
Fri., 4/11, 10 a.m. - Noon, WIL 113
Fri., 4/25 - 5/16, 10 a.m. - Noon, Selected Preserves
Betty and John Nickles, Instructors

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, lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, beverages and dessert will be served in the tea room. Choose from chicken salad, tuna salad, reuben or roast beef on either white, whole wheat or rye bread. Everyone raves about the lunch and the dedication of the volunteer staff who run the Manor. Experience it for yourself! Course fee includes a $20 materials fee.
60032
$30
1 Session, The Skene Manor in Whitehall, NY
Wed., 5/14, 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Instructor

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Knickerbocker Family Mansion - Ghosts, Tour and Lunch
The Knickerbocker Historical Society will be our guests as they tell us about the history of the Knickerbocker Mansion, which dates from about 1770. They will arrange for a couple of historic “ghosts” to give moving firsthand accounts of their lives and experiences and will explain the ongoing renovations to the mansion 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 sit down to a colonial lunch cooked with authentic recipes, a delicious finale to the day. Course fee includes a $25 materials fee.
60018
$35
1 Session, Knickerbocker Family Mansion
Wed., 5/7, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Instructor

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Discover Troy - Washington Park and its Victorian Homes
Have you ever walked through the Washington Park area and marveled at the many beautiful renovated homes and their exclusive park? Well, now you can enter some of these unique homes built in the 1840’s by some of Troy’s prominent citizens. We will visit four or five homes and you will see restoration as well as new construction behind old walls. Begun as a residential square by old Troy families, rising Irish families and later other immigrants, Washington Park reflects the social and economic history of the city. Your tour will also include their private ornamental park enjoyed as a quiet, scenic front yard of the neighborhood. We will end our afternoon with a small reception in one of the mansions.

Please note that there is a great deal of walking on uneven surfaces during the tour including: sidewalks, grass, roads and some home interiors with multiple flights of stairs and the group keeps to a tight schedule during the two-hour walking tour. So put on your walking shoes, and join us for a glimpse into an era of long ago.
60020
$30
1 Session, Meet at 195 2nd St. in Troy, NY
Tues., 5/13, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Instructor

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Tour Steepletop - Home of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Steepletop, the farmhouse home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Columbia County. To hear her poetry read in the midst of her surroundings is an incredible experience. This National Historical Landmark was Edna St. Vincent Millay's estate and our visit will include a guided tour of the house, writing cabin and gardens. Walking shoes for the tour are recommended. The site is wonderfully restored and the docents are very knowledgeable. The house remains much as Millay left it and gives visitors a real sense of her life in this bucolic setting.
60024
$30
1 Session, Steepletop in Austerlitz, NY
Thurs., 5/15, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Jean Chenette, Instructor

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NEW!
Watervliet Historical Society
The building that houses the Watervliet Historical Society was formerly The North Dutch Reformed Church. Built in 1839, it was one of 17 churches built in the small city. This museum deals with the history of the current city of Watervliet (formerly West Troy) and the historical significance this area had on all of New York State. You will hear how the Erie Canal was a major factor in the development of Watervliet and how the Meneely Bell Foundry became the master bell castor of their time. The Watervliet Arsenal also brought many people to this area. You will also hear about the history of West Troy Stoneware and how this area evolved into one of the major centers of American stoneware production. Join us for a very informative visit and learn about some fascinating local history! Course fee includes $5 materials fee.
60047
$15
1 Session, Watervliet Historical Society
Thurs., 3/27, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Instructor

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Lunch and a History Lesson at the Watervliet Arsenal
We invite you to join us for lunch followed by a presentation by Robert Pfeil, director/curator of the Watervliet Arsenal Museum. We will begin with a delicious lunch, served in the Cannon Community Club, consisting of sliced sirloin, chicken cacciatore, baked ziti, roasted rosemary potatoes, Prince Edward vegetables, dessert, bread, salad and coffee. Following lunch, Bob will tell the story of the Watervliet Arsenal from its early days when they produced the tools that protected our country to a manufacturer of items for the non-defense industry. We may even be lucky enough to see the machine shop. It is America's oldest arsenal and was established by Congress in 1813 with the purchase of twelve acres. Today it is a 47-acre area with 200 years of stories to tell. Bob will offer a historical view of the site spanning decades. For entry to the Arsenal, visitors are required to present a photo ID (driver’s license or passport) to the guards at the gate. Course fee includes $22 materials fee.
60048
$32
1 Session, Meet inside the Arsenal at the Cannon Community Club
Tues., 4/8, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Instructor

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Out and About
We invite you to join us as we head out to explore a real mix of unusual destinations. This spring we will visit Vermont, Massachusetts, the Schoharie Valley and Greene County. Many of these visits will be firsts for our program, while the others are proven winners.

Out and About begins with a brief orientation at the college prior to the first outing where the group will receive directions to all of the sites and arrange for carpools. The course fee includes a $75 materials fee for entrance/tour fees and/or meals.

Thursday, May 15 - Orientation at HVCC then Shakespeare & Company, and Ventfort Hall (Lenox)
After our brief 9 a.m. meeting at Hudson Valley Community College to distribute information and arrange for car-pooling, for those who wish to do so, we will travel to Shakespeare & Co in Lenox.Shakespeare & Company, a theater company that performs as the Elizabethans did, has more than 150 artists and provides in-depth classical training. The company also produces new plays of political and social significance. This is an opportunity for lovers of Shakespeare to reacquaint themselves with his world. We shall have a backstage tour and lunch is included. Ventfort Hall, which we will tour, is an imposing mansion built in 1893 for J.P. Morgan’s sister, Sarah. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Millennium program of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is the home of The Museum of the Gilded Age.

Thursday, May 29 - The Saugerties Lighthouse (Saugerties), and the Bronck Museum (Coxsackie)
The Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy administers the lighthouse, which has been reconstructed and open to visitors. In keeping with its mission of preserving the lighthouse and educating the public, the conservancy rents four apartments in the lighthouse where it also maintains a museum and provides tours. We shall have a tour that includes the museum and a view from the tower. Our docent will provide a history of the lighthouse, and we can view a 20-minute documentary to learn of its dramatic reconstruction. Because of its location on the river, tours must be scheduled with tide schedules in mind. Tides permitting, the lighthouse is reached via a half-mile nature trail of dirt and rock paths with wooden bridges and boardwalks and sandy trails. Suitable, comfortable shoes are recommended. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Bronck Museum. This site has several buildings of historical interest including residences, barns and other farm buildings. Rather than a single docent for our tour, we can proceed from building to building at our own speed as each site has docents to guide visitors.

Thursday, June 5 - The Cherry Valley Museum (Cherry Valley), and Palatine House (Schoharie)
Located in the Schoharie Valley in the village of Cherry Valley, this museum is home to some of the finest examples of Early Americana in the state. We’ll tour their collection of Victorian furniture, housewares, toys and clothing. The museum contains artifacts from the Cherry Hill Massacre of November 11, 1778 which has been described as one of the worst massacres of the Revolutionary War. In the afternoon, we’ll tour the 1743 Palatine House, a medieval, German-style building built by the Palatine colonists for their minister, Peter Nicholas Sommers, who came to Schoharie from Hamburg, Germany. The house was restored in 1971 and a “living museum” was created. Visitors can learn about and experience colonial life and times when they visit the house, grounds and adjacent cemetery, where Sommers and his wife are buried. As this site is not-for-profit, donations are welcome.

Thursday, June 12 - Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home (Manchester)
We will spend the day visiting this little-known site where there are numerous exhibits. Robert Todd Lincoln, (the only child of the Lincolns to survive into adulthood) became president of the Pullman Company – once the largest manufacturing corporation in America. He purchased a 500-acre property and this became the Lincoln family home for 70 years. The Friends of Hildene purchased and began to restore it in 1978 upon the death of the last Lincoln descendant to live there. At present there is the mansion; a peony garden with thousands of blooms, some of which date back to 1907; a solar farm, Sunbeam; a luxury Pullman car; and a civil rights historical exhibit. We will tour the property and have access to its walking trails and spectacular mountain views. We will be able to break for lunch in Manchester and then return to Hildene for the afternoon.

60080
$85
Thurs., 5/15, 9 - 9:30 a.m., Orientation, WIL 113
Thurs. 5/15 - 6/12, 10 a.m. start, Out and About Sites
Judy Beiss and Fran Krause, Coordinators

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Get Creative

In Blooming Color
Spend the morning with Michelle Peters, a versatile floral artist with more than 28 years of experience and the ability to design classic arrangements that appeal to modern trends. Known for thinking outside the vase, she will show you how to put creativity and energy into your designs. She also will share the latest international ideas and demo what is hot in the flower world. Michelle brings a true passion for what she does and she’ll share it with you as you admire, learn, and maybe even make something to take with you. Perhaps you’ll be one of the lucky students to bring one of her creations home! Course fee includes a $12 materials fee.
60069
$22
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 5/14, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Michelle Peters, Instructor

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NEW!
Paint Your Own Greeting Cards
Professional artist and instructor Noreen Powell will guide you in creating six unique cards. You do not have to be an artist to create cards that will delight the special people in your life for whatever occasion you choose. All supplies and inspiration will be provided for an afternoon of fun and creativity! Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
60050
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 3/31, 1 - 3 p.m.
Noreen Powell, 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 the “why” and “how” of the way 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!
60042
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 4/4, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
George Wilson, Instructor

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Ukrainian Eggs, Pysanky Eggs
This is a fun new craft to try! Well, it may be new to you but is a long tradition to many others. Create one neat hole in the egg. No more blowing! Then you will learn how to use a traditional wax tool called a kistka to "draw" with wax on your egg. Using layers of wax and brightly-colored dyes, you will create intricate designs on your egg. The final step is so exciting! You melt off the wax and reveal the many beautiful colors hiding below. This may sound difficult but it is not. Even children who scratch squiggly lines on their eggs end up with bright and beautiful results. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee that covers instruction and supplies to make one egg.
60046
$25
1 Session, The Albany Art Room
Thurs., 4/3, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Karen Schupack, Instructor

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NEW!
The Journey Through Musicals Continues

To Life, Part V
Following the themes of Parts I through IV of this series, making the most of every moment of every day, Part V illustrates optimism, living and loving in the moment, enjoying the unexpected and sometimes just singing to chase the blues away. Celebrate the best of times with Broadway songs performed by Barbara Cook, Ethel Merman, Jerry Orbach, Julie Andrews, Mickey Rooney, John Raitt and others. Highlights include “We're in the Money,” “The Trolley Song,” “Put on a Happy Face” and a rare clip of Desi Arnaz singing “She Could Shake Her Maracas.”

To Life, Part VI
Part VI adds the themes of success, following your dreams, believing in yourself and dancing your troubles away. We’ll hear compositions by Charles Strouse, Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe and Kander and Ebb performed by Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Dolores Gray, Jack Cassidy, Tommy Tune and others. Highlights are “Kickin' the Clouds Away,” “The Varsity Drag,” “Wouldn't It be Loverly” and “Applause.”

Be with us to relive those magical moments. See the film clips, hear their great music and learn from the master!
60034
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 3/26, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Richard Feldman, Instructor

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