Center for Creative Retirement

We offer more educational and fun classes, trips and workshops to keep you actively engaged.

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Courses

Historic Albany Food Tour

A walking food tour is a progressive meal with a side of history. Taste Albany’s rapidly evolving culinary scene by exploring the “food print” of this 400+ year old city on the west bank of the Hudson River. Over the course of three hours and approximately 1.5 miles, you will enjoy 6-7 tastes and sips from 4-5 different, small independent restaurants. You will have enjoyed a full meal by the time the tour is over. This is a delicious way to kick off your weekend fun.  Course fee includes a $79 materials fee.

All students must provide proof of vaccination and boosters or a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event, directly to Amy Koren-Roth. Students must have a mask with them and use it when required. Each student must provide an email and cell phone number to the instructor.

• Students must bring a water bottle with them.

• All students must be able to walk 1.5 miles and stand for 5-10 minutes at a time.

Each student must provide answers to the following questions:

• Are you vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten free? Dairy free?

• Do you drink alcohol? Must be 21 years old to be served alcohol.

Your email will be provided to the instructor to follow-up regarding dietary restrictions and vaccine status.

Course begins at Albany Visitor's Center, 25 Quackenbush Square

Amy Koren-Roth, Instructor

Historic Albany Food Tour
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Friday, 7/1
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
ZCCR-543 700 8 seats left $89

Hudson River Maritime Museum and Solaris Boat Tour to Roundout Lighthouse

Join us for a ride on the Solaris, a 100 percent solar-powered tour boat that will take us to the Roundout Light House and museum. The museum’s collections include historic vessels, objects, archival material and art related to Hudson River transportation, industries and recreation such as paintings, prints, photographs, ephemera, blueprints, artifacts, ship models, a 100-year old shad boat, life boats, ice yachts, and information about the lighthouse tenders of the past. Course fee includes a $27 materials fee.

Linda Jones, Coordinator

Directions: Meet at 50 Roundout Landing, Kingston, NY Take I-87 S to I-587 E/NY-28 E in Ulster. Take exit 19 from I-87 S Merge onto I-787 S. Take exit 1 to merge onto I-87 S. - Toll road Take exit 19 for NY-28 toward Kingston W. - Toll road Follow I-587 E/NY-28 E and Broadway to Rondout Landing/E Strand St in Kingston. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto I-587 E/NY-28 E . Keep left to continue on Col Chandler Dr. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit. Continue onto Broadway. Turn left to stay on Broadway. Broadway turns slightly left and becomes Rondout Landing/E Strand St. Destination will be on the right.

Hudson River Maritime Museum and Solaris Boat Tour to Roundout Lighthouse
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Thursday, 6/16
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
ZCCR-674 700 0 seats left $37Section Full

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New Skete Monasteries

Experience the breathtaking churches, extensive gardens, waterfall features and the peace and solitude of New Skete! Learn about its history, art and culture. Your guided tour includes a tour of the churches, with one of the brothers giving a lecture on their history and the icons depicted on the walls, a question-and-answer session, a visit to the Meditation Garden and a slice of cheesecake. You may even catch a glimpse of the famed New Skete German Shepherd dog. Your tour will end with a visit to the monks’ gift shop and a stop at the nuns’ monastery for an opportunity to purchase cheesecake for home. Course includes a $10 materials fee. Brother Gregory, Instructor Lea Darling, Coordinator

Please use GPS for directions. The Address is: 273 New Skete Lane, Cambridge, NY

New Skete Monasteries
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Wednesday, 5/18
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
ZCCR-585 601 0 seats left $20Section Full

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Out and About in Bennington

You will travel about an hour east to North Bennington, Vermont to take a guided tour of the Park-McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion. In a time of heightened awareness of the Gilded Age, this trip will allow us to take our own steps into this opulent era. The mansion has 35 rooms and 200 acres of grounds and is located off Vermont Route 67A in North Bennington. Though you may have lunch on your own wherever you wish, we have been encouraged to bring lunch with us and enjoy eating on their gorgeous veranda. There is a walking trail you can use after lunch. At 2 p.m., we will travel a short way down the road to the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, where we’ll hear an introductory talk by a staff member and then tour the house on our own. Course fee includes a $13 materials fee.

Linda Jones, Coordinator

Directions: Meet at Park-McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion, N. Bennington, VT. NY-7 E to Farmers Inn Rd in HoosickContinue on Farmers Inn Rd. Take Ore Bed Rd and Park St to Park McCullough Dr in BenningtonTurn left onto Farmers Inn Rd. Turn right onto Ore Bed Rd/Sparks RdContinue to follow Ore Bed Rd. Entering Vermont - Merge onto River Rd. Turn left to stay on River Rd. Turn right to stay on River Rd. Turn left onto Park St. Turn left. Turn right onto Park McCullough Dr. Destination will be on the left.

Out and About in Bennington
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Thursday, 6/2
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
ZCCR-673 700 0 seats left $23Section Full

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Root for The Home Team: Tour The Joe

The ValleyCats are an independent professional baseball team, set to begin their second year as members of the Frontier League. They play home games at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, or “The Joe” as some fans call it. The stadium is located on our very own Hudson Valley Community College campus. There isn’t a bad seat in the house at The Joe! The stadium holds 4,500 people and includes 10 high-end luxury suites and four picnic areas for group outings. They play 53 home games at The Joe from May through September. Get ready to celebrate the 2022 season by touring The Joe. Take a look at their great facilities, hear what’s new for the coming year and get a look at the batting cage and locker room.

Jean Chenette, Coordinator

Directions: The Joe Bruno Stadium is located on the Hudson Valley Community College’s Campus.  The meeting spot will be at the ValleyCats box office.

Root for The Home Team: Tour The Joe
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Tuesday, 6/7
10:00 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-317 700 26 seats left $12

Taste of Troy Food Tour

Discover why Troy is a foodie destination. This 200+ year old city provides a very walkable way to experience the vibrant culinary scene surrounding Troy’s year-round farmer’s market. Our tour is a buffet of seven tastes (bites and sips) from four different small independent restaurants and some tastes from farmer’s market vendors, which will add up to a complete meal with a side of history over the course of three hours. We will walk about 1.5 miles, with tastings lasting 15-20 minutes each. Course fee includes a $75 materials fee.

All students must provide proof of vaccination and boosters or a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event, directly to Amy Koren-Roth. Students must have a mask with them and use it when required. Each student must provide an email and cell phone number to the instructor.

• Students must bring a water bottle with them.

• All students must be able to walk 1.5 miles and stand for 5-10 minutes at a time.

Each student must provide answers to the following questions:

• Are you vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten free? Dairy free?

• Do you drink alcohol? Must be 21 years old to be served alcohol.

Your email will be provided to the instructor to follow-up regarding dietary restrictions and vaccine status.

Course begins at DeFazio's Pizza, 266 Fourth Street (Must arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour)

Amy Koren-Roth, Instructor

Taste of Troy Food Tour
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Saturday, 7/2
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
ZCCR-491 700 0 seats left $85Section Full

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Tour Experience of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence

Hear the voices of Black abolitionists and freedom seekers who were part of the Underground Railroad movement, the first civil rights movement in the United States. Learn about the public side and about the Black leadership of the Underground Railroad and its relevance for us today.  A new interpretation of an old story, the tour experience will be interactive and conducted both inside and outside the residence. Please dress comfortably for the weather conditions. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.

Jim Cochran, Instructor

Directions: 194 Livingston Ave., Albany, NY. Take I-787 S to Albany. Take exit 6 from I-90 W, continue on U.S. 9 S. Drive to 194 Livingston Ave.  

Tour Experience of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
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Wednesday, 6/8
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ZCCR-672 700 12 seats left $20

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Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)