Center for Creative Retirement

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

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NOTE:  Individuals enrolling in on-campus classes must follow the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students and should submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Form. Exemptions to these requirements may be requested based on either religious conviction or health reasons by submitting the appropriate Health Services form.

Courses

American Mah Jongg - Intermediate Level

So, you’ve learned the basics of Mahjong. Now let’s practice playing, conquer the card, and delve into strategies. Please bring your Mahjong set with you to class.

Course will be held in Day Care Center, Room B06

Criss Macaione, Instructor

American Mah Jongg - Intermediate Level
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ZSPI-170 500 0 seats left $69Section Full

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Anchor Diamond Park; Past and Present

Want to see a 300-year-old tree? Want to see the remains of life from the 1790s? You can tread where Teddy Roosevelt once did while visiting the estate one of his friends. Join Ballston Town Historian Rick Reynolds for a tour of Anchor Diamond Park, at the corner of Route 50 and Middleline Road in Ballston Lake, NY. The tour will include about two miles of walking in the woods (no hills), touring the historic remains on site as well as seeing the environmentally significant aspects of this park, developed by the town of Ballston over the past five years. Wear clothing and shoes suitable for the weather and the woods! You will be walking over uneven surfaces.

Course will be meet at 17 Middleline Road, Ballston Lake, NY

Rick Reynolds, Instructor

Lea Darling, Coordinator

Directions: Take I-87 North toward Glens Falls/Saratoga Springs to Exit 11 toward Ballston Lake/Burnt Hills. Take left onto Curry Ave., go though 2 roundabouts staying on County Highway 80. Turn right onto Eastline Rd., left onto Lake Rd., right onto Outlet Rd., left onto NY-50, sharp right onto Middleline Rd.

Anchor Diamond Park; Past and Present
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Tuesday, 10/11
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
ZCCR-686 500 4 seats left $12

Coming to America: Furniture of the Pilgrim Period

Because many of America’s first European settlers were not in a position to bring furniture with them when they left their home countries, most furniture didn't arrive in New York until the 1650s. Up until then, only very crude objects were made. Because furniture from the beginning of America's settlement is so difficult to find, museums usually combine the early seventeenth century, called either the Pilgrim or Jacobean Period, with the later seventeenth century, when Queen Mary of England married Prince William of Orange from the Netherlands and interior design became a blend of two cultures.

Using both room settings and details of individual pieces, this class will illustrate how many of these furniture forms evolved, and the contrast of seventeenth century furniture from New England with the extremely rare furniture made at this time in New York.

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113,

Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

Coming to America: Furniture of the Pilgrim Period
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Thursday, 10/6
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ZCCR-680 500 22 seats left $19

Design, Color and Texture: Flowers of the Fall

When do you ever have the opportunity to spend a morning with a versatile floral artist, who can design a classical look but make it follow a modern trend? Take advantage of instructor Michele's 30 years of experience and let her show you how you can put creativity and energy into floral designs for everyday and special events. If you have been with us before, you know she brings a passion for what she does, and always brings new ideas and demonstrates what is "hot" in the flower world. You may be one of the lucky students who carries one of her creations home! Course fee includes a $18 materials fee.

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Michele Peters, Instructor

Design, Color and Texture: Flowers of the Fall
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Wednesday, 10/26
9:00 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-338 500 2 seats left $30

Effectively Utilizing Ancestry.com to Discover Your Family History

Ancestry.com is the internet’s largest genealogy website, with more than 3 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 and find the information you are looking for, and how to create an online family tree that is both accurate and interesting enough to share!

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

Effectively Utilizing Ancestry.com to Discover Your Family History
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Tuesday, 11/15
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-333 500 19 seats left $15

Fall Foliage Hike at Dyken Pond

Enjoy the beauty of the forest on a fall foliage hike at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. We'll answer the questions of why trees turn colors and cover beginner tree identification while we enjoy peak colors of the season. Participants must be able to walk two miles at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.

Josh Pulito, Instructor

Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator

Directions: From East on Route 2. Watch for Tamarac School on the left and Tamarac Plaza on the right. Go 1.5 miles. Watch for Dyken Pond sign on the right. Turn right onto Route 79 (Blue Factory Rd). Go two miles. Turn left at Dyken Pond sign onto Route 80 (Madonna Lake Rd). Bear right at fork (Jay Hakes Rd. is to the left). Bear right at Dyken Pond sign onto Dyken Pond Rd. (go straight instead of following the turn). Continue 2.5 miles. Dyken Pond Road is a dirt road, go to the end.

Fall Foliage Hike at Dyken Pond
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Thursday, 10/6
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ZCCR-391 500 0 seats left $22Section Full

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Getting Started With Your Family History

Genealogy, or the study of family history, has been described as the "fastest-growing hobby in America." With the popularity of television shows like "Who Do You Think You Are," and the trends of giving DNA kits as gifts and reconnecting with distant relatives using social media, it's no wonder more Americans than ever before are interested in discovering their roots. Professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty will help you get started in the pursuit of your own family history by offering guidelines for gathering information, effectively using DNA testing and social media, and organizing your research. 

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

Getting Started With Your Family History
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Tuesday, 10/25
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-656 500 25 seats left $15

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt- Hyde Park

Visit Hyde Park, the home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on this unique tour. FDR returned to Hyde Park often to renew himself during times of personal and political crises. We will get to explore the Roosevelt saga during our tour of the house, to get a more intimate portrait of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. After lunch on our own, we will have the opportunity to see the exhibits at the nation’s first Presidential library as well as wander more than a thousand acres of gardens and trails. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.

Course will meet at 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY

Linda Jones, Coordinator

Directions: Take New York State Thruway (I-87): From either North or South Exit 18 (New Paltz), take 299 East, to 9W South, follow the signs to Mid-Hudson Bridge (also known as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge). After crossing bridge follow overhead signs to Route 9 North. You will come to the Roosevelt Home approximately 5 miles north once you exit the bridge.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt- Hyde Park
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Thursday, 10/13
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
ZCCR-691 500 0 seats left $22Section Full

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Ice Harvesting History

The ice trade, also known as the frozen water trade, was a nineteenth-century industry, centering on the east coast of the United States, involving the large-scale harvesting, transport and sale of natural ice for domestic consumption and commercial purposes. This class will provide a brief history of the industry’s development on the Hudson River and detail the process for harvesting, storing, and delivering ice. Tools of the trade will be on display. Instructor Tom Ragosta is the president of the Watervliet Historical Society, curator of the Watervliet Museum, and the Watervliet city historian.

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Tom Ragosta, Instructor

Ice Harvesting History
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Monday, 10/24
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-647 500 10 seats left $22

Knickerbocker Family Mansion: Ghosts, Tour and Lunch

The Knickerbocker Historical Society will be our hosts as they tell us about the history and ghosts of the Knickerbocker Mansion, which dates from about 1770. They will arrange for historical ‘ghosts’ to give moving firsthand accounts of their lives and experiences, and they will explain the renovations – the not-for-profit Society rescued the mansion from certain demolition and has continued to restore it. Our visit concludes with a chance to tour the mansion and to a colonial lunch cooked with authentic recipes, a delicious side to the history of the mansion. Course fee includes $25 materials fee.

Michele Doodian, Coordinator

Directions: Take Route 40 north to Schaghticoke. At the red light as you approach the village, turn left on Route 67, travel west toward Mechanicville. Drive 3 miles west, turn right onto Knickerbocker Road. The Mansion is the first building on the right.

Knickerbocker Family Mansion: Ghosts, Tour and Lunch
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Wednesday, 10/5
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
ZCCR-137 500 0 seats left $35Section Full

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Lead Belly, Singer, Songwriter, Murderer

Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly,” got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950?
This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as “The Midnight Special,” “Easy Rider,” “John Hardy,” “We’re in the Same Boat Brother,” and “Goodnight Irene.”

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Sandy Schuman, Instructor

Lead Belly, Singer, Songwriter, Murderer
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Wednesday, 9/28
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-682 500 6 seats left $22

Learn to Play Mah Jongg

Whether you are a complete beginner or just need a refresher, join us in learning to play Mah Jongg. This class includes basic instruction and the opportunity to play with people of varying skill levels. If you have a Mah Jongg set, please bring it with you.This will include a $10 materials fee for Mah Jongg card.

Course will be held in Day Care Center, Room B06

Criss Macaione, Instructor

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
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Tuesdays, 9/20 - 10/25
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ZSPI-119 500 0 seats left $69Section Full

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Life of New Netherland & Dutch Holiday

The Life and Legacy of New Netherland

New Netherland was a Dutch colony that existed in what is now New York, Con­necticut, and New Jersey. This talk exam­ines the history of the Dutch settlement of these areas during the seventeenth century, from Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River in 1609 through the English takeover of the colony in 1664. The discussion also examines the ways that Dutch culture, language, and tradi­tions lingered on long after the English takeover, some of which continue on to this day.

Dutch Holiday

This talk will explore traditions in colonial Albany and the Hudson River Valley during the seventeenth century. Dutch settlers to the Hudson River Valley brought Old World traditions and culture with them. Long after the English takeover of New Netherland, Dutch language, traditions, and customs lingered on. In colonial New Netherland and New York, holiday traditions followed a familiar Dutch form, but often merged with other traditions as well. This lecture highlights the ways that Dutch holidays like Shrovetide (Carnival), Pinkster, and St. Nicholas Day were cele­brated in the Hudson Valley during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Sam Huntington, Instructor

Life of New Netherland & Dutch Holiday
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Friday, 10/7
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-628 500 0 seats left $15Section Full

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Mary Shelly

Mary Shelly, whose macabre novel “Frankenstein” is a staple in the weeks leading to Halloween, led a life that could easily be the plot of a contemporary soap opera. The daughter of parents who had themselves flaunted societal conventions, Mary outdid them in her quest for personal freedom during an era that stifled female ambition. Learn about her complicated relationship with her parents, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelly, her stepsister Jane/Claire, and the Shelly family, as well as why she died with Percy Shelly’s heart literally in her possession. Also, discover the competition that created “Frankenstein” during one of Europe’s strangest summers.

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Barbara Roosevelt, Instructor

Mary Shelly
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Monday, 10/17
10:00 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-675 500 0 seats left $12Section Full

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Mrs. JJ Brown Survivor of the Titanic

Margaret Brown, or Mrs. JJ Brown, as she preferred to be addressed, has been described as a feisty Westerner, a rather “common” woman who survived the Titanic disaster. But there was so much more to this remarkable and adventurous lady, who spoke five different languages! Tales of her flamboyant lifestyle and world travels have superseded her participation in numerous public causes and in addressing social issues, including juvenile delinquency, public appreciation for the arts, and women’s suffrage. During the disaster, she remained calm and resourceful, urging others to act swiftly and remain positive, and she chaired a Titanic Survivor's Committee for the rest of her busy life. Learn more about her life story in this unique class.

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

Mrs. JJ Brown Survivor of the Titanic
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Wednesday, 10/19
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-264 500 2 seats left $25

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

Michele Doodian, Coordinator

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

New Skete Monasteries
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Wednesday, 10/12
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
ZCCR-585 500 0 seats left $22Section Full

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Norman Rockwell Presentation

Learn about Normal Rockwell’s life and art during this presentation. We will explore the life of Norman Rockwell, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the background and history of the artist, his family, his schooling, his teachers, mentors and illustrators, his painting approaches, his most iconic works, his personal life, and the way his work ties into American culture. 

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Dan Carubia, Instructor

Norman Rockwell Presentation
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Tuesday, 11/1
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-684 500 8 seats left $12

Police Reform 1865 Style!

A dilemma faced the New York State Legislature at the end of the Civil War in 1865. What could be worse than “corner loungers”, intemperance, and voter fraud? Truly there was a need to get these grievous problems under control. But how, when the police were either ineffective or outright corrupt? The public perception, if not reality, believed crime to be increasing in the cities and villages of the Capital District. The Republicans at the time, who had gained control of the legislature and governor’s office, believed that if political influence (i.e. Democratic Tammany Hall) were removed from the local police forces (under commissioners appointed by the governor), the public would have the necessary protection from the crime that was plaguing local cities and towns. Find out how it worked and how it turned out!

Course will be held in  Daycare Center, Room B06 

Jill Knapp, Instructor

Police Reform 1865 Style!
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Monday, 10/24
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-683 500 20 seats left $19

Strolling Through Round Lake

Travel along with lifetime Round Lake resident Scott Rigney, a deputy historian, and Lydia Hoffman, Round Lake Village resident and organ expert, as they describe the founding of Round Lake and the history of the Ferris Tracker organ, and then take us on a walk through this magical little village.  

Find out where the famous 1847 Ferris Tracker organ came from, why the streets are arranged in a hub and spoke pattern, what the term camp houses means, what Victorian architecture looks like, and why someone built an octagonal house here. We will also be entertained with a short organ program with organist Jon Fuller on the famous antique pipe organ before our stroll.

You will be walking on even and uneven surfaces for up to a mile. Wear appropriate footwear and be prepared to stand for up to 1.5 hours. Some folks may want to bring a small folding chair. Dress appropriately for the weather, as we may be walking in the rain. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.

This class will begin at the Auditorium, 2 Wesley Avenue in Round Lake. Parking will only be at the Round Lake Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue, and the Zim Smith Bike Trail off Lake Ave next to Leah’s Bakery (perfect for a bakery item and coffee). Participants, please give yourself time to walk the 10 minutes to the Auditorium so that you are seated by the starting time of your class.

Course will meet at 2 Wesley Ave, Round Lake, NY

Lea Darling, Coordinator

Directions: From North – Take Route 87 South to Exit 11. Turn left at the light at the end of the off ramp. Continue down the hill to the S curve, RLUMC is on the right OR Take Route 9 south through Malta. As you are leaving Malta you will start to head down a hill. At the bottom of the hill there is a stop light. Turn right at the stop light, the church is 1/2 mile on the left.

From South - Take Route 87 north to Exit 11. Turn right at the light at the end of the off ramp. Continue down the hill to the S curve, RLUMC is on the right. OR Take Route 9 north from the Clifton Park area. As you start to enter the Round Lake/Malta area you will pass under a green railway bridge and you will see the Lake on your right. Take a left at the stop light just past the lake. The church is 1/4 mile on the left.

Strolling Through Round Lake
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Friday, 10/7
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ZCCR-298 500 0 seats left $25Section Full

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The Art of Oratory

Some public addresses lodge in our brains, sometimes under pedagogical mandate, sometimes under the sheer mesmerizing power of the words themselves. What is it about such oratory that makes it worth remembering? This session will take up the question, using examples both familiar and not-so-familiar to illustrate and interrogate the power of artful public speech. We will touch upon the origins of Western oratorical practice in an art called “rhetoric” by the ancient Greeks, and incorporated into our academic traditions where remnants of it remain today. But the emphasis will be on actual examples of powerful oratory and the question of what makes it powerful and what sort of cultural work oratory performs.  

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Michael Halloran, Instructor

The Art of Oratory
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Monday, 10/3
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-677 500 23 seats left $12

The Bard, The Boys, The Beard

This three-part presentation will explore the history of Shakespeare in America; Shakespeare and the troops during the Civil War; and finally, the profound relationship between Shakespeare and Lincoln. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is needed.

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Jim Cochran, Instructor

The Bard, The Boys, The Beard
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Tuesday, 9/27
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-679 501 10 seats left $12

The Death of Rensselaer County Sheriff's Deputy Griggs

Willard Griggs is the only Rensselaer County Sheriff Deputy to ever have died in the line of duty. He was mortally wounded on an East Greenbush farm in 1869 during the Anti-Rent incident. This program will provide an overview of the Anti-Rent War in Rensselaer and Albany Counties, and one of its key players, Walter Church, the grandson of Angelica Schuyler. It will discuss the incident in which Griggs was wounded and the unprecedented court proceeding leading up to the trial for his murder. The outcome of the trial and its aftermath will be discussed.

Course will be held in  Daycare Center, Room B06 

Jill Knapp, Instructor

The Death of Rensselaer County Sheriff's Deputy Griggs
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Tuesday, 11/1
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-399 500 8 seats left $19

The Gilded Age Rises Again in Troy, NY

Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathryn Sheehan will present an illustrated lecture on how Troy’s nineteenth century architecture became an integral backdrop to the Julian Fellows HBO series “The Gilded Age.” Kathryn worked with the location scouts and production designer on locations throughout the city, and provided information on how Troy appeared during the Gilded Age and who the major players representing both “old” and “new” money were in the city at the time. Kathryn will also share some of the behind-the-scenes stories that happened during the filming for season one. 

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Kathryn Sheehan, Instructor

The Gilded Age Rises Again in Troy, NY
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Wednesday, 11/9
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-676 500 0 seats left $19Section Full

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The Murder at Cherry Hill

Historic Cherry Hill is a historic house museum in Albany, NY, and the five-generation home of the well-known Van Rensselaer family from 1787-1963. In 1827, a murder occurred at the Cherry Hill farm. The crime aroused tremendous public interest, and the subsequent trial culminated in the last public hanging in Albany. Although it appeared to be a crime of passion, it uncovered some simmering issues of the day, including women's roles and legal rights; social class, punishment and the law; and slavery in New York. Hear the words of those involved in the crime and decide who you think was guilty or innocent.

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Shawna Reilly, Instructor

The Murder at Cherry Hill
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Thursday, 9/29
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-434 500 11 seats left $15

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. The Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy maintains the lighthouse and adjacent lands for the enjoyment of the public. The restored red-brick lighthouse offers overnight bed and breakfast accommodations, public tours and special events. Furnished as it may have looked in the early 20th century, the lighthouse contains a small museum, gift shop, parlor, kitchen, keepers’ quarters, and two guest bedrooms. The operational light tower offers a panoramic view of the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains. Because of its location on the river, tours must be scheduled with tide schedules in mind. The lighthouse can be reached via a half-mile nature trail of dirt and rock paths with wooden bridges and boardwalks and sandy trails. It is at the end of Lighthouse Drive in the village of Saugerties, New York. Suitable, comfortable shoes are recommended. Course fee includes a $8 materials fee.

Paula Johannesen, Coordinator

Directions: Southbound on NYS Thruway/I-87 to the RT-32 exit-(Exit 20) - toward Saugerties/Woodstock. Turn left onto NY-32, turn left onto NY-212/NY-32, which becomes Ulster Ave. Continue on Ulster Ave. for 1.0 mile, bear right at Market St., go 1 block turn left at Main St., go 1 block stay straight to US-9W/Main St. Go 0.4 miles where 9W curves to the left, turn right onto Mynderse St., go 0.3 miles turn slight left onto Lighthouse Dr. Go 0.4 miles turn right into the lighthouse parking lot after the US Coast Guard station. Follow the lighthouse trail. Go 0.5 miles.  Please wear comfortable shoes.

The Saugerties Lighthouse
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Thursday, 10/13
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
ZCCR-337 500 0 seats left $20Section Full

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To Life...To Life...Parts III and IV

To Life!! Part III celebrates life with believing, love and comedy featuring Zero Mostel, Dame Judy Dench, Bea Arthur, and Angela Lansbury, as well as a Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand duet about love and a tribute to Frank Loesser's musicals, “Where’s Charley?”, “Guys and Dolls” and “The Most Happy Fella.”

Part IV features themes of remembering, following your dreams and celebrating the moment, with Jerry Orbach, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Hugh Jackman, Carol Channing and Martha Raye.

Course will be held in  Williams Hall, Room 113

Richard Feldman, Instructor

To Life...To Life...Parts III and IV
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Wednesday, 11/2
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-503 500 8 seats left $15

Tour and Class at The Empire State AeroSciences Museum

Enjoy a fun and informative day at the Empire State AeroSciences Museum, a one-of-a-kind cultural facility located at the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville. The day starts off with a class on the history of aviation, where folks can learn about the evolution of aircraft from the Wright Brothers to today. As part of class, you’ll be able to see actual aircraft up close – everything from a 1910 Curtiss Pusher to the spectacular F-14 Tomcat. Next, we’ll enjoy a tour of the museum, which includes a variety of unique historic exhibits. As part of the tour, you’ll visit the museum’s wonderful airpark, featuring more than twenty historic aircraft, and be able to hop inside some. The museum is truly a gem, and recently undertook a revitalization of the interior exhibits, not to mention erection of the replica Concorde supersonic transport in front, which certainly is an eye-catcher. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.  

Course meets at  the Empire State AeroSciences Museum, 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville, NY

Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator

Directions: Take I-787 N toward US-7. Take NY-7 W to NY-146 W in Clifton Park. Take Exit 9, follow NY-146 W and Glenridge Rd to Rudy Chase Dr in East Glenville

Tour and Class at The Empire State AeroSciences Museum
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Friday, 10/21
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
ZCCR-196 500 0 seats left $27Section Full

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Tour and Tea at Ventfort Hall

Built in 1893 as a summer residence for Sarah Morgan, sister of the famous financier J.P. Morgan, Ventfort Hall was an example of the opulent Gilded Age lifestyle. Sadly, after years of neglect, the mansion was slated for demolition in the 1990s. Painstaking restoration has brought this hidden architectural gem back to life. The first floor, veranda, and second floor are open for a tour that will take you back in time! Ventfort Hall is located in picturesque Lenox, Massachusetts, set against the scenic backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains. We will have a guided tour of the mansion and see a historic clothing exhibit, courtesy of the Berkshire County Historical Society, along with an exhibit featuring large-scale prints made directly from Gilded Age glass negatives, mostly from portrait studios of the time. They are wonderfully detailed and some are also "manipulated" images - think Photoshop techniques done by hand. A special tea will be served after the tour, with a traditional silver service surrounded by a decadent spread of sandwiches and sweets. Course fee includes $35 materials fee.

Course will meet at 104 Walker St. Lenox, MA

Paula Johannesen, Coordinator

Directions: Take I-90 E toward Boston, take Exit 2 Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, slight right after the toll to US 20/Housatonic St., follow US 20 W, in Lenox turn left onto Rt. 183/Walker S. Ventfort Hall is located approximately ½ mile on the left.

Tour and Tea at Ventfort Hall
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Tuesday, 10/4
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
ZCCR-183 500 0 seats left $47Section Full

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Tour of County Waste Single Stream Recycling Plant

How does Single Stream Recycling (SSR) work, and why do it? Come and find out the answers and see the workings of this busy facility. SSR makes it easier for individuals to recycle, because separating is not necessary. SSR is better for the environment, with less going into the landfill and more to be reused.

We will start with a short, informative presentation, and then go on a guided walking tour. You will be asked to wear a hard hat and a safety vest. You will be walking up flights of stairs and experiencing loud noises. Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and dress for outside temperatures, as the garage doors will be open. If you are sensitive to odors, this may not be the class for you. Parking is at the plant, 865 South Pearl St. Albany. After parking, look for the office sign and walk in.

Course will be meet at 865 South Pearl St, Albany, NY (in main office of plant)

Lea Darling, Coordinator

Directions: Take I-87 South toward Albany/Schenectady. Take Exit 2W toward Schenectady. Bear right onto NY-5/Central Ave., turn left onto Lincoln Ave., road name changes to Rapp Rd N, take right to destination.

Tour of County Waste Single Stream Recycling Plant
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Tuesday, 10/4
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ZCCR-568 500 0 seats left $12Section Full

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Visit the BASF Environmental Educational Classroom and Wildlife Habitat

Learn how what was once an industrial landfill has been transformed into a diverse ecosystem that provides habitats for native species and migratory birds. Walk the trails through meadow, forest, and freshwater habitats. Participate in nature-based activities in the sustainably-designed green educational classroom. Lunch will be provided.

 Jim Cochran & Fran Pilato, Coordinators

Directions: Take Route 4 heading South, toward East Greenbush. At the intersection between the Target and Walmart Plazas, turn right onto Third Ave. Extension. Continue down Third Ave. Extension, passing through 4 traffic lights. At the 5th traffic light, turn left onto Broadway (if you continue straight you will go over the bridge into Albany). Pass through 2 traffic lights, Broadway becomes Riverside Ave. on the other side of the intersection with Routes 9 & 20 (Columbia Turnpike). Fort Crailo will be on your left just past the first stop sign. Continue straight after the second stop sign and look for a small, white BASF sign. Turn left and bear left at the second while BASF sign.

Visit the BASF Environmental Educational Classroom and Wildlife Habitat
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Tuesday, 10/18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ZCCR-526 500 11 seats left $12

Walking Tour of Troy's Historic Washington Park and Surrounding Homes and Tea

Enjoy taking a step back in time to the mid-1800s to see and experience the genteel living of the nouveau rich of Troy’s Washington Park, its surrounding neighborhoods, and its newly-added artist enclave. You will be able to see firsthand the loving care taken to rehabilitate and update many of these one-of-a-kind homes once owned by the emerging upper middle class of the nineteenth century, and visit their own private park. You will see many different types of architecture, including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne. We may even see a restoration in progress at one of the area homes. Recently, several artists have been setting up studios in this rich cultural area, and we may visit one. A tea reception will be held in the last home we visit on the tour.

 

The tour will include lots of walking on mostly uneven surfaces: sidewalks, grass, roads, and some home interiors with multiple flights of stairs. Be mindful of your capabilities to keep up with the group, as we have a tight schedule to adhere to for the two-hour tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet for all of the tour. Dress for the outdoors, rain or shine. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.

Course will meet at Second Street entrance into Washington Park, Troy, NY

Lea Darling, Coordinator

Directions: Meet at Washington Park across from the front of 195 2nd St., Troy, NY 12180. Parking is along the bordering streets of Washington Park – Washington Place, 2nd and 3rd streets and Washington Street. This is a walking tour with many uneven surfaces and stairs. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Walking Tour of Troy's Historic Washington Park and Surrounding Homes and Tea
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Friday, 9/30
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
ZCCR-329 500 0 seats left $25Section Full

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