Fall 2019 Center for Creative Retirement Courses

We offer many educational and fun classes, trips and workshops to keep you active this fall.

TO LIFE! Part IX and X
TO LIFE! Part IX features nostalgic memories and happy times with Robert Goulet, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Barbara Cook, Carol Lawrence, Carol Channing, Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli, as well as singing music by Kander and Ebb, Meredith Willson, Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe. Part X is a tribute to the living legends of the American musical, including Charles Strouse, John Kander, Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman, plus a selection of love songs with Barbara Cook, Mary Martin and Audra McDonald.
50847
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/23, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Richard Feldman, Instructor
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Jack Casey’s Satire “A Parliament of Fowls”
Fiction author Jack Casey served as parliamentarian of the New York State Senate for 14 years, and he will discuss his new satire A Parliament of Fowls, which sends up the battle for power in the NYS Senate following President Obama’s victory in 2008. Casey, who has written several other books and screenplays, turns his pen to satire in this “birds-eye” view of political Albany. Apart from the fun and frolic, the novel explores the effect of multi-culturalism on the modern American political landscape.
51012
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 11/7, 1 - 3 p.m..
Jack Casey, Instructor
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Troy’s Tiffany Treasures
Troy is said to have more Tiffany stained glass per square mile than any other city in the nation. One of the top restoration experts refers to Troy as the “mother lode” of Tiffany glass. While it can be argued that is a slight exaggeration, we are still blessed with astonishing amounts, including some of the most famous windows that Louis Comfort Tiffany ever created. This illustrated lecture will give you a peek at some of the stained glass grandeur that the 19th century industrial fortunes made possible.
51154
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 11/8, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Michael Barrett, Instructor
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The Tragedy of Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton led the Federalist Party for over a decade, and served as Secretary of the Treasury, inventing fiscal policy that laid the foundation for a prosperous modern commercial nation. Yet shame over his humble origins dogged him and made him hypersensitive to criticism. Jack Casey, an author, attorney and former political leader, who just completed his historical novel, “Hamilton’s Last Clash,” will explore this uniquely American tragedy. While showing why Hamilton is the most influential of the founding fathers upon our way of life, Jack will share his views on the darker side of American adversarial politics, and will also acquaint attendees with Revolutionary-era songs he will play and sing.
50671
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 11/7, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jack Casey, Instructor
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Medicare 101
Medicare can be very confusing. There are many options and factors to consider. It is important to understand how Medicare works and what you need to know to make the most informed decisions possible. Medicare Parts A and B will be explained, including what is and is not covered. This session will also cover what a person’s fiscal responsibility is and the ways to mitigate the potential copays of Medicare. Learn how Medigap plans work 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
$12
2 Sessions, DCC B05
Mon., 10/28 - 11/4, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
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50175
$12
2 Sessions, DCC B06
Tues., 10/29 - 11/5, 6 - 7:30 p.m..
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Janet Kiffney, Instructor

The Baltimore Plot
In February of 1861, there were all sorts of rumors of plans to prevent Abraham Lincoln from attending his inauguration as the 16th president. This presentation explores the active plan to assassinate him in Baltimore as he made his way to Washington, DC. We’ll meet the cast of characters, including Lincoln’s inner circle, as well as the conspirators, and the undercover agents who thwarted the plan. We’ll follow the sequence of events, and examine the controversy surrounding this intriguing event in American history.
51153
$12
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/1, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jim Cochran, Instructor
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Dogs and Dementia: Using Animals and Nature to Reconnect
Researchers have known for years that having a pet can add years of health to a senior’s life. Recently, the use of pets in dementia facilities has been shown to improve the health and socialization skills of some dementia patients. Learn how to engage your loved one who is struggling with dementia through a pet, or how to use nature and other options to have a similar effect.
51218
$19
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/12, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Karen Laing of Health Literacy for All, Instructor
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Schuyler Mansion Series: Two Presentations in One!

When Alexander Hamilton Called Albany Home
When Alexander Hamilton Called Albany Home will show why Hamilton was drawn to Albany and the Schuyler Family. This talk outlines his life at Schuyler Mansion, his political discussions and conflicts, and his family’s strong attachment to Albany and the Schuyler family.

18th Century Gardening, Farming and Experimental Agriculture
Philip Schuyler had large estates near Albany and in Saratoga (today’s Schuylerville). Both contained pleasure gardens, orchards and food crops. Saratoga also grew flax for textiles. Learn more about 18th century gardening, farming and experimental agriculture through this lecture based on archaeology and historical documents.

51207
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 11/6, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Heidi Hill, Instructor
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All About Asia
Join us to discuss some of the many Buddhist, Mogul, Sikh and Chinese temples, sites and spectacular settings in Asian countries. If you are contemplating traveling in eastern, south or southeastern Asia soon, you may want to add some of these unique and “off the beaten track” locations to your itineraries.
51230
$45
4 Sessions, WIL 110
Fri., 9/13 - 10/4, 9 - 11 a.m.
Stuart Smyth, Instructor
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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. Please bring a 2019 National Mah Jongg League, Inc. Official Standard Hands and Rules card. If you have a Mah Jongg set, please bring it with you. Cards can be purchased at www.nationalmahjonggleague.org.
50572
$39
4 Sessions, DCC B06
Thurs., 10/3-10/24, 1 - 3 p.m..
Nancy Siegel, Instructor
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A New Look at Pre-History: Did Atlantis Exist?
This three-part series takes a look back at the earliest pages of human history. Part one, “Early Homo sapiens,” looks the various humanoids from Homo erectus to the many Homo sapiens, including Sapiens, Neanderthals, Denisovans, Floresiensis, and more. Part two, “The Mesolithic and Younger Dryas Event: 12,000 Years Ago” investigates the latest findings concerning the climate changes during the Younger Dryas and the effects on people living during the Mesolithic period. We will also begin to explore the writings of Plato and Moses and the Epic of Gilgamesh during part two. Part three, “Civilizations Prior to the Younger Dryas’ Cataclysmic Event,” will explore the possible civilizations prior to the Younger Dryas Event. Course fee includes a $30 materials fee.
51229
$85
3 Sessions, DCC B05
Wed., 10/9 - 10/23, 10 a.m. - Noon
Ernest Rugenstein, Instructor
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Using Ancestry.com for Your Family History
Ancestry.com is the internet’s largest genealogy website, with 15 million plus DNA testers and more than three million subscribers worldwide as of 2017. 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, how to find the information you are looking for, and how to create an online family tree that is both accurate and interesting enough to share!
51157
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor
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Understanding Your Ancestry DNA Test
Whether you have done an Ancestry DNA test or are just thinking about it, you are probably wondering just what it all means. This workshop, with professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty, will provide an overview of DNA basics, what you can expect from an Ancestry DNA test, why Ethnicity Estimates are not the most important part of the test, and how DNA can help you discover more about yourself and your family history.
50822
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 11/19, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor
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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing: Evelyn Nesbit and the Scandal, Murder and Trial of America’s Gilded Age
Come learn about the true story of a beautiful girl and two prominent, very extravagant men. It’s a tale of forbidden love, jealousy and mental instability that results in a shocking, cold-blooded murder, at a rooftop theater in New York City in front of nearly a thousand witnesses.

On June 25, 1906, Harry K. Thaw, a Pittsburgh millionaire and husband of the famous and glamorous Evelyn Nesbit, murdered Stanford White, America’s leading architect.

The trial that followed was quickly dubbed “the trial of the century” - it mesmerized the public and helped closed the curtains on America’s “Gilded Age,” an era known for its splendid excesses and the most acute gaps ever between America’s rich and poor. It’s a historically revealing story about American society at the turn of the century.
51005
$13
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 11/5, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Betty Spinelli, Instructor
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Old Saratoga Folklore and Heritage
Local history buff Mike Bielkiewicz, board president and volunteer at Hudson Crossing Park, will share over a dozen stories of Saratoga folklore and heritage from regional authors Stone, Brandow, Cramer, Vanderwerker, and Pitkin, along with background information he has collected over many decades. From the Saratoga Trail, used by Native Americans, to the introduction of railroads, the illustrated presentation will cover many landmark and historical events that make the regional heritage around Hudson Crossing Park so interesting.
51165
$18
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 9/17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mike Bielkiewicz, Instructor
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New York Tales: Tall and True - Part 3
Some of New York State’s folklore is truly unbelievable. Some of its history is even more so. In the third session of this popular series on Empire State history and folklore, we’ll learn about the New Woman of 1908 and how a song written on a New York City subway surreptitiously shifted society’s stance on suffrage. We’ll see two New York governors competing for president of the United States and how their campaign songs contributed to the contest. We’ll review the retrospective research on the New York roots of “God Bless America,” “Yankee Doodle,” “Okay,” and other delightful New York oddities, tall and true.
51016
$22
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 10/24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sandy Schuman, Instructor
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A Musical Trip to Ireland
“C`ead M’ile F`ailte” (“a hundred thousand welcomes”). You are warmly invited to come along with the Capital Region’s Irish folk, rebel and ballad singer (Irish) Don Kelly as he takes you on a two-hour musical trip to the Ole Emerald Isle. With his acoustic guitar and baritone voice, class participants will be taken back through Ireland’s rich and often troubled history. Familiar songs of resistance, emigration and love will be sung with an introduction explaining a bit about the song being shared. There is no better way to celebrate the half-way mark to St. Patrick’s Day than to relax and enjoy some Irish songs and to learn about where the songs came from. Sl`ainte (Cheers)!
51201
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/19, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Don Kelly, Instructor
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The History of the Watervliet Arsenal
Robert “Bob” Pfeil retired from the Watervliet Arsenal last year after 51 years of service. In this presentation, he will be talking about the history of the Watervliet Arsenal, including location, organizations, missions, military housing, Erie Canal, bridges, cemetery and ghosts.
51197
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/21, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bob Pfeil, Instructor
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NOTORIOUS! Shady Ladies of 19th Century America
Some people would rather be infamous than famous, and 19th century American women were no different! Scandal and gossip can be so delicious, and these ladies tasted their fair share of both. Phyllis Chapman, as Victoria Woodhull, who was “infamous” herself, delights with tales not only of her own escapades, but also those of naughty ladies such as Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, Lizzie Borden, Lydia Pinkham, Carry A. Nation and others. They were women who found innovative (and sometimes inappropriate!) means of making their way in the world. Tasty tidbits include the answers to questions such as, who was the inspiration of the all-American Gibson Girl? Did Lizzie do it? Why was Calamity Jane a calamity? In the days when a lady’s name only appeared in the newspapers three times in her life, these gals were frequently headliners. If you like gun-swinging, bone-crackling, axe-whacking, free-loving women, this is a must-see for you!
51158
$35
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor
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The Design, Color, Texture and Flowers of 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 Michele’s 30 years of experience and let her show you how you can put creativity and energy into designs and events. If you have been with us before you know she 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 carries one of her creations home! Course fee includes a $14 materials fee per person.
50339
$24
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/22, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Michele Peters, Instructor
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Lake George Theater
Join us for lunch and a show! The show is Lunch with Mrs. Baskin. Although she has no intention of buying anything, Mrs. Baskin, a sweet, retired widow, continuously sets up appointments with sales people solely to have lunch and conversation with them in her home. Two young sales people, Terry, who (unsuccessfully) sells garage doors and Kira, who (successfully) sells solar panels and has just learned that her fiancé is cheating on her, accidentally meet in Mrs. Baskin’s apartment. Although neither has the slightest intention of getting involved in a relationship, Mrs. Baskin thinks otherwise! You will be contacted prior to the trip to obtain your lunch order. Course fee includes a $58 materials fee.
51196
$69
1 Session, Lake George
Tues., 10/15, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m..
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator
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Historic Restoration: Creating Landmark Buildings from Ruins
Beginning with the first recreations of the British settlements of Jamestown and Plymouth, this two-part class will explore and explain the methods of restoring historic sites using historic journals and letters, archaeology and other research from the time period in question.

In the first class, we will compare homes built in England with the first homes built in New England to see how traditional techniques influenced building in early America. We will learn about some of the earliest restored buildings in Massachusetts and how decisions were made in the process of saving them.

The second class will compare 17th century Dutch building styles to the first homes built in New York State. Although none of the earliest Dutch homes have been left standing in either New York City or Albany, the beautifully rendered paintings of 1820s-era Albany artist James Eights bring those first Dutch settlements to life. We will examine the two oldest Dutch houses that have been restored in New York State and learn how museum curators, board members and archaeological historians determine what to restore or eliminate. We will also look at an unrestored 1720-era Dutch house with an original interior that experts are determining how to restore into a Landmark building.
51160
$29
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs., 10/3 - 10/10, 10 a.m. - Noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instuctor
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200 Years of the Rensselaer County Agricultural Society Fair
We all know it as the Schaghticoke Fair, but this important fair had its roots in downtown Troy as well as Lansingburgh, Sand Lake and Nassau before moving to its present location in Schaghticoke just before World War II. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will highlight the importance of the fair and the impact it has had on Rensselaer County and beyond.
51155
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Kathryn Sheehan, Instructor
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Albany’s Literacy Legacy
“Many literary legends have called Albany home, including William Kennedy and Gregory Maguire. But what other literary luminaries wandered the capital city’s streets? Did Herman Melville find inspiration for “Moby Dick” in his own backyard? What’s the connection between Vladimir Nabokov and the Albany Pine Bush? This and more will be revealed!
51205
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 9/30, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Maeve McEneny, Instructor
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Woman’s Work: Female Spies in The Civil War
During the Civil War there were thousands of spies of all kinds - Union, Confederate, official, unofficial, black, white, effective or ineffective. Of the thousands, probably several hundred were women. This was an unlikely group, but a fairly successful one. The focus of this presentation is a brief exploration of the espionage careers of some of the more notorious agents from both sides, including Elizabeth Van Lew and Kate Warne from the Union side, and Belle Boyd and Rose Greenhow from the Confederate side, among many others. Many of their exploits were daring and quite successful, and make for great stories.
51162
$12
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 9/24, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Jim Cochran, Instructor
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Samba Canasta
No, it is not a dance with cards. It is based on Canasta but is a few steps up from hand and foot or triple play. It requires a bit more strategic thinking, though the basics of Canasta (clean and dirty Canastas or books of seven cards) are the same. This version requires clean and dirty Canastas, a Canasta of sevens, a Canasta of wilds (jokers and twos), and at least one samba, a run of seven cards in suit. We’ll start by reviewing the basics of Canasta and the specific rules of this game. We’ll play some practice hands and later play some actual hands. The game plays best with four or six people. Subsequent dates will give a chance to play and answer any questions that players may have. Course fee includes a $3 materials fee.
51163
$28
4 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 9/17 - 10/8, 1 - 3 p.m..
Wendy Harding, Instructor
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OUT AND ABOUT

This fall we have four exciting day trips, including a bus trip. We will meet on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Hudson Valley for a quick orientation. At orientation, you will be provided with information on places to have lunch and directions to each place we are going. There will also be time to form carpools.

A Day with the Johnsons - Sept. 19
The Johnsons were a prominent family in the pre-revolution days. Sir William Johnson was an Irish pioneer who became an influential British superintendent of Indian affairs in the Province of New York, known for his strong relationship with the Mohawk and other Iroquois League nations.

In the morning we will go to Old Fort Johnson, a historic house museum and historic site. It is a two-story stone house originally enclosed in fortifications built by Sir William Johnson in about 1749. Sir William lived here before building Johnson Hall. He then turned this house over to his son.

In the afternoon we will continue with the next phase of Sir William’s life by going to Johnson Hall, a Georgian style estate built in 1763 by Sir William and Molly Brant and their eight children in Johnstown.

Storm King and Washington’s Headquarters - Oct. 3
The morning will be spent at the outdoor art center, Storm King. For the last 50 years it has been considered one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. We will be taking a tram that has a recording describing everything we’ll be seeing. After the tram we’ll have plenty of time to explore on our own.

We will then go off and have lunch on our own. In the afternoon we will go to the close-by Washington’s headquarters in Newburgh for a guided tour of the rooms in the house where history was made. One of the things Washington did here was create the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart. Explore the museum and climb the restored tower if you wish.

Bennington and Vicinity - Oct. 10
In the morning we will go to the Bennington museum, where experienced docents who are well-versed in the changing and permanent exhibitions can add interesting details to our visit. We will meet outside the museum at 10 a.m. for the two-hour tour. This will be followed by lunch on your own in Bennington or Arlington.

After lunch will make the short drive to Arlington. There we will go to the Chocolatorium in East Arlington. This unique location offers a talk/film on the history and culture of chocolate and how it is made. The exhibit includes regularly scheduled chocolate tastings and demonstrations conducted by their chocolatiers. The Yankee Peddler gift shop is also on the site.

Alternate side trips can be made at your discretion/time to the Chocolate Barn for great home-made ice cream, the Sugar Shack for maple sugar info and gifts and Norman Rockwell exhibit, and/or the Robert Frost home.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Well, Not Quite (Bus trip) - Oct. 17
We are doing something new and very exciting for our bus trip. We will board the bus at Hudson Valley Community College and head to Essex, Connecticut. There we will board a steam train for a 12-mile narrated round trip. You will be seated in vintage coaches for this trip through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River. There will be deep water, coves, inlets and more to see, plus historic sites including Gillette Castle, the Godspeed Opera House and others.

The boat returns to Deep River Landing, where we meet the train to take us back to Essex Station. The bus will meet us there.

Students will receive an itinerary approximately one week prior to orientation.
Course fee includes a $95 materials fee.
50184
$129
4 Sessions, Various Locations
Thurs., 9/19, 10/3, 10/10 and 10/17
Linda Jones, Coordinator
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour
Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York’s capital city is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. This leisurely three-hour, 1.5-mile walk includes plenty of refreshing stops, including six different food and beverage tastings, so it’s suited for most ages and fitness levels. You’ll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany’s food scene and discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on the city. We sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off your weekend in the Capital District.

Food tours help tell the story of a city in a delicious way; they’re about tasting local foods and getting exposure to the entrepreneurs who are bringing creativity to their city. Wear comfortable walking shoes and come hungry – by the end of the tour you will have eaten a complete lunch. Please contact the course coordinator, Amy Koren-Roth at info@tasteoftroyfoodtours.com, at least seven business days before your tour if you have any dietary restrictions or do not drink alcohol. Course fee includes a $65 materials fee.
51104
$75
1 Session, 25 Quakenbush Square
Fri., 10/18, 12:45 - 4 p.m..
Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Coordinator
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Central Troy Historic District Food Tour
Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to learn about Troy and the role food is playing in bringing the city back to life. This leisurely three-hour, 1.5-mile walk includes plenty of refreshing stops, including five different food and beverage tastings, so it’s suited for most ages and fitness levels. Experience the vibrant culinary scene that surrounds Troy’s amazing farmer’s market. We will sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to round out your perfect Saturday in the Collar City. This tour ends in time for you to shop the market and meet the local farmers and vendors.

Food tours help tell the story of the city in a delicious way: they’re about tasting local foods and getting exposure to the entrepreneurs who are bringing creativity to their city. Wear comfortable walking shoes, come hungry - by the end you will have eaten a complete brunch/lunch.

Although students of any age may participate in the Albany and Troy Food Tours, alcohol will be served at some tour stops. Please note that participants under the age of 21 will not be served. Please contact the course coordinator, Amy Koren-Roth at info@tasteoftroyfoodtours.com, at least seven business days before your tour if you have any dietary restrictions or do not drink alcohol. Course fee includes a $60 materials fee.
50816
$70
1 Session, River Street, Troy
Sat., 10/19, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m..
Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Coordinator
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Asian Cooking 101
In this class, we’ll sample the flavors of Eastern and Southeast Asia, including Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian Thai cuisine. Learn how to make your own Chinese takeout and your own hibachi-style fried rice, among other tasty dishes. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
51238
$35
1 Session, DCC 135
Mon., 10/7, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m..
Mirissa Casey of The Chic Chef, Instructor
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Holiday Sides with a Twist
In this class, you’ll learn how to make new and unique side dishes and appetizers for Thanksgiving or other holidays to mix the menu up a bit. Surprise your friends and family with a few new recipes that will be sure to get you invited for holidays to come!
51239
$35
1 Sessions, DCC 135
Mon., 11/4, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m..
Mirissa Casey of The Chic Chef, Instructor
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First Lady Dolley Madison: The Toast of Washington City
In 1809, when “Lady President” Dolley Madison and her husband President James Madison took residence in the “President’s Palace” – the White House – it was an unfinished and unfurnished hull in Washington City, as it was then known. While her husband dealt with issues of international and domestic affairs, including a second war with Britain, Dolley began transforming the White House into a welcoming, tastefully decorated public space. She crafted a social climate that fostered personal alliances, earned the respect of foreign emissaries, and promoted national unity.

At her lively parties, politicians and regular people mingled within a structure of polite behavior and personal interaction, forging connections that could serve the interests of the nation as a whole. In this presentation, we will explore Dolley Madison’s legacy and accomplishments, and find out why she remained the social center of Washington long after her husband’s death.
51159
$35
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor
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EXPLORE NATURE THIS FALL!

Hiking for the Inexperienced or Newly Retired
This is an introductory class for new hikers taught by experienced hikers from the Taconic Hiking Club. The classroom orientation will cover topics such as appropriate clothing and gear, safety, and your questions. Then we will take to the trails for hikes on three consecutive Wednesday mornings. Registration preference will be given to first timers. Hikes are generally easy to moderate in difficulty, covering 3-5 miles, though rough terrain may be encountered. Participants should be able to walk continuously for the duration of the hike with occasional five minute breaks.
50082
$10
Orientation: Wed. 10/2, 10 a.m. - Noon, WIL 113
3 Sessions, Wed. 10/9 - 10/23, 10 a.m. - Noon in the fields
Joanna Ezinga, Marcia Hopple, James Slavin and Martha Waldman, Coordinators
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Fall in Fields and Forests - Exploring Nearby Nature Preserves
Nature puts on a glorious foliage display in the fall. But the season also means colorful fungi, migrating butterflies and birds, and animals preparing for winter. Our first class will be a classroom orientation at the college, including a photo preview and various facts about what we might see. In subsequent sessions, we will walk through selected preserves, taking time to observe, learn about, and enjoy the plants, wildlife and natural beauty around us.
50083
$10
Orientation: Fri. 9/13, 10 a.m. - Noon, WIL 113
4 Sessions, Fri. 9/20 - 10/11, 10 a.m. - Noon in the fields
Betty & John Nickles, Instructors
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A Tree Identification Walk Along the Corkscrew Rail Trail
The Corkscrew Rail Trail begins at Knapp Road in Stephentown, NY and heads south under a shady tree canopy towards New Lebanon for a five-mile round trip.

The natural surface rail trail follows the route of the Rutland Railroad, which carried freight and passengers until 1952. We’ll walk the trail and discuss its history while botanist David Hunt points out rare plants, trees, vines and more. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
Millie Smith, Coordinator

51038
$20
1 Session, Corkscrew Trail
Sat., 9/28, 1 - 3:30 p.m..
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51166
$20
1 Session, Corkscrew Trail
Sat., 10/5, 1 - 3:30 p.m..
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Trail Walk and Tour of BASF’s Urban Nature Center in Rensselaer
Did you know that the City of Rensselaer has a reclaimed nature center? The BASF Environmental Education Classroom and Wildlife Habitat was established in 2011. Tour and learn about the workings of the LEED Platinum Green Building with longtime BASF employee Wayne St. Clair, walk the nature trail, and participate in hands-on activities. If you have binoculars, please bring them. A snack will be provided and it is a rain or shine program.
51164
$10
1 Session, BASF Nature Center
Thurs., 9/26, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Jim Cochran & Fran Pilato, Coordinators
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Mindful Walking in Nature
Research shows that taking walks in nature helps us refresh, brings a sense of calmness and is good for our health. Stopping and consciously engaging our senses in our surroundings relaxes both body and mind and deepens our connection to the natural world. We’ll incorporate short, simple mindfulness exercises during our walk that will help relieve stress and tension and bring more awareness of the beauty of nature. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
51216
$20
1 Session, Dyken Pond
Tues., 9/24, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor
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Hiking for Beginners
Are you interested in hiking but don’t know where to start? This class will give you all of the basics to get you moving, including the 10 essentials you should carry with you, how to dress for success in the outdoors and more tips to keep you safe and knowledgeable. After class discussion, we’ll venture out on the trail and enjoy an easy hike. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
51217
$20
1 Session, Dyken Pond
Wed., 10/2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor
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Green Building and Pond Life Program at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
On this trip, we’ll tour the Platinum LEED Certified Visitors Center at Five Rivers to view and discuss green building features, then explore one of 16 ponds to engage in hands-on exploration of life in the pond. Collect, observe, sketch and identify macroinvertebrates to reveal the pond’s health. Experience for yourself the engaging programming and active stewardship taking place at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center. Course fee includes a $8 materials fee.
51198
$18
1 Session, Five Rivers
Mon., 9/23, 10 a.m. - Noon
Betty & John Nickles, Coordinators
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TRIPS AND TOURS

New Skete Monasteries Tour
Experience the breathtaking churches, extensive gardens, waterfall feature 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 fee includes a $10 materials fee.
51156
$20
1 Session, New Skete Monastery
Wed., 10/16, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m..
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
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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 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 a $25 materials fee.
50071
$35
1 Session, Knickerbocker Family Mansion
Tues., 9/17, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m..
Jean Chenette, Coordinator
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Ten Broeck Mansion Tour with a 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 and distinguished himself at the Second Battle of Saratoga in 1777. Architectural details from this period include a delicate roof balustrade on the outside and a superb spiral staircase within. 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. Also of note are the house’s intact wine cellar (which was only discovered in the 1970s) and its attractive gardens. 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. Vegetarian meal available upon request. Course fee includes a $30 materials fee.
50845
$40
1 Session, The Ten Broeck Mansion
Tues., 10/8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m..
Jean Chenette, Coordinator
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A Visit to the Burden Iron Works Museum with Michael Barrett
Located in the former office of one of the most important firms in the history of iron and steel, the museum covers the industries that made Troy one of the birthplaces of the American industrial revolution. Among other things, the area gave the world the detachable collar and cuff, the hook-headed railroad spike, the armor for the USS Monitor, machine-made horseshoes at a rate of 51 million per year, the modern fire hydrant, heating and cooking stoves and so much more. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
51003
$20
1 Session, Burden Iron Works Museum
Fri.,, 10/18, 10 a.m. - Noon
Michael Barrett, Instructor
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The Best of Oakwood
Did you know the Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel & Crematorium at Oakwood Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark? We will hear the story behind the creation of this opulent 125-year-old building, resplendent with Tiffany windows, marble mosaics and carved oak features. Time will be allowed for photos and then we will take a walking tour of the cemetery. Oakwood was one of the first “rural cemeteries” in the country, with serpentine roads and lovely landscaping

We’ll enjoy fascinating stories as we visit beautiful monuments for some of the influential citizens of 19th century Troy. The graves of Emma Willard, Civil War General George Thomas, Russell Sage, William H. Frear and “Uncle Sam” Wilson will be among those we’ll learn about. Before we return along Millionaire’s Row, our walk will be highlighted by a stop at the panoramic overlook where you can see the Cohoes Falls, the Hudson and Mohawk rivers.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear good walking shoes. You might want to bring bottled water as well. This slow-paced walk is approximately 1 and ½ miles round trip and is on mainly level paved roads with one or two dirt paths. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.
51206
$25
1 Session, Oakwood Cemetery
Mon., 9/23, 1 - 3 p.m..
Heidi Klinowski, Instructor
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Murder at Cherry Hill: A Dramatic Tour of a Fateful Evening
A rifle shot, a scream, and the Cherry Hill household erupts into chaos! On May 7, 1827 a notorious murder occurred at Cherry Hill mansion that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany’s last public hanging. Join us at Historic Cherry Hill to investigate the scene of the crime and relive the differing perspectives of those who witnessed that fateful night. Attendees will receive our popular “Murder at Cherry Hill” book and enjoy light refreshments at the end of the program. Course fee includes a $20 materials fee.
50651
$30
1 Session, Cherry Hill
Fri., 10/25, 4 - 6 p.m..
NOTE*


50750
$30
1 Session, Cherry Hill
Sat., 10/26, 4 - 6 p.m..
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Visit Historic Grant’s Cottage
Ulysses S. Grant, hero of the Civil War and 18th President of the United States, died at Grant Cottage, in the town of Wilton, NY, on July 23, 1885. Today, the rooms and their furnishings are as they were that sad morning of Grant’s death. You’ll tour the cottage and hear about the General’s tragic but ultimately triumphant and inspiring final year, and guide Steve Trimm will share little-known and fascinating stories about U.S. Grant. Grant Cottage is full of marvelous and unexpected tales. A walk out to Promontory Point on a clear day is amazing, with views of the Berkshires, Green and Adirondack Mountains. This is a two-and a- half hour program with a lot of standing and walking. Please wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking on paved and uneven surfaces, and dress for the weather. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
50326
$20
1 Session, Grant’s Cottage
Thurs., 10/10, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..
Lea Darling, Coordinator
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The Saugerties Lighthouse
Join us at the Saugerties Lighthouse, an 1869 landmark on the Hudson River that now stands proudly as a living museum and a renowned bed and breakfast. Step back in time over a hundred years to experience the charm and rustic simplicity of life in the middle of the river. The Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy maintains the lighthouse and adjacent lands for the enjoyment of the public. The restored red-brick lighthouse offers overnight bed and breakfast accommodations, public tours and special events. Furnished as it may have looked in the early 20th century, the lighthouse contains a small museum, gift shop, parlor, kitchen, keepers’ quarters, and two guest bedrooms. The operational light tower offers a panoramic view of the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains. Because of its location on the river, tours must be scheduled with tide schedules in mind. The lighthouse can be reached via a half-mile nature trail of dirt and rock paths with wooden bridges and boardwalks and sandy trails. It is at the end of Lighthouse Drive in the village of Saugerties, New York. Suitable, comfortable shoes are recommended. Course fee includes a $8 materials fee.
50338
$18
1 Session, The Saugerties Lighthouse
Thurs., 10/17, Noon - 1:30 p.m..
Jean Chenette, Coordinator
NOTE*

Capitol Hauntings: A Historical Ghost Tour of the New York State Capitol
Explore the haunted history of one of New York State’s architectural treasures, the Capitol building in Albany. Find out about the night watchman who still makes his rounds, despite his death in the 1911 fire. Search for the missing murals above the Assembly Chamber – and the eccentric artist who painted them. Examine the strange gothic creatures carved in stone on the famous Million Dollar Staircase. These and other “strange incidents” will be the subject as we walk the halls with Stuart W. Lehman, assistant curator for the New York State Capitol. Our Capitol Hauntings tour will start at the tour desk on the first floor of the Capitol. Please note that everyone will have to go through metal detectors and show photo identification before entering the building.
50051
$10
1 Session, Capitol Information Desk
Mon., 10/28, 3:30 - 5 p.m..
Mel Witkowski, Coordinator
NOTE*

Tour & Book at the Batcheller Mansion
On this outing, participants are treated to a first-person tour of the Batcheller Mansion by Mr. George S. Batcheller, portrayed by local author and Victorian historian Hollis Palmer. The Batcheller Mansion is an icon of Saratoga. Built in 1873-74, the house had to be finished in time to host a reception for President Grant. The entire experience takes about 90 minutes and allows guests to appreciate what it was like to live in the Victorian house the New York Times called “Saratoga’s Crowning Glory.” Course fee includes a $20 materials fee.
51200
$30
1 Session, Batcheller Mansion
Wed., 9/25, 1 - 3 p.m..
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
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NYC Bus Trip
The bus will leave the Crossgates Commons parking lot at 8 a.m. 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. Non-stop both ways. Course fee includes a $40 materials fee.
51034
$45
Wed., 9/25
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator
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Tour and Lunch at The Skene Manor
Enjoy a visit to The Skene Manor, Whitehall’s Castle on the Mountain, which is one of the few remaining castles in northeast New York. The castle was constructed of stone blocks cut right out of the mountain that frames the manor. This magnificent structure shows turn-of-the-century craftsmanship rarely duplicated today. Our morning will begin with a tour of the Skene Manor, where we will experience the grandeur that exemplified turn-of-the-century wealth. Then, a lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, beverages and dessert will be served in the tea room. You will be contacted prior to the trip for your sandwich order. All who visit rave about the lunch and the dedication of the volunteer staff who run the manor. Now, experience it for yourself! Course fee includes a $20 materials fee.
50076
$30
1 Session, The Skene Manor
Fri., 10/11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m..
Lea Darling, Coordinator
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Well, Not Quite (Bus Trip)
We are doing something new and very exciting for our bus trip. We will take the bus to Essex, Connecticut. There we will board a steam train for a 12-mile narrated round trip. You will be seated in vintage coaches for this trip through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River. There will be deep water, coves, inlets and more to see, plus historic sites including Gillette Castle, the Godspeed Opera House and others. The boat returns to Deep River Landing, where we meet the train to take us back to Essex Station. The bus will meet us there.

If you want any further information, Google Essex Steam Train and boat. There may be time afterwards to explore some of the local sites. Course fee includes a $49 materials fee.
51231
$59
1 Session, Meet at HVCC
Thurs., 10/17, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m..
Linda Jones, Coordinator
NOTE*

The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle: Exhibit and Docent Tour at Albany Institute of History and Art
The exhibition will discuss the wide-ranging intellectual, social, and political interests of Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler and her daughters Angelica, Elizabeth, and Margaret (Peggy) – three sisters who witnessed history unfold in Albany, New York, Philadelphia, Paris, and London. As the wife of Alexander Hamilton, Eliza had a front row seat to events that shaped this country in the years immediately following the revolution. For many years, Angelica lived abroad where she entertained royalty, diplomats, and artists in Paris and London. She maintained life-long friendships with the prominent figures she met, like Thomas Jefferson, and patronized artist John Trumbull. Peggy married Stephen Van Rensselaer III, who ranks 10th on Business Insider’s list of wealthiest Americans of all time.

The exhibition will use clothing, decorative arts, portraits, and manuscripts from the Revolutionary Period to the Federal Period to tell the stories of the Schuyler women. The exhibition will be installed in the second floor galleries of the museum. The Albany Institute has secured the loan of the rarely-exhibited John Trumbull portrait of Angelica Schuyler Church with her child and servant from a private collection, and significant loans from Columbia University, New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many others. Course fee includes a $8 materials fee.
51204
$18
1 Session, Albany Institute
Fri., 10/4, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
NOTE*

Cruise on the Hudson and Champlain Canal with Mohawk Maiden Cruises
Climb aboard the rustic M/V Caldwell Belle, the only authentic chain-driven stern wheel paddle boat on the Champlain Canal, for a tour filled with the rich history of the Champlain Canal accompanied by historic narration and beautiful scenery throughout. Our 2.5-hour tour will start south through Lock C5, one of the deepest locks on the Champlain Canal, and cruise on the Hudson River past Schuyler Island before returning through the lock to travel north through a mile-long man-made section of the canal. Back on the Hudson, we will cruise past the Northumberland waterfalls to Fort Miller before returning south to the dock. Experience an afternoon of nature watching, education and plain relaxation! Be sure to bring your binoculars and a thirst of nature and history. Mohawk Maiden Cruises is a small, family-owned and operated company, not a glossy tourist attraction. Wear sneakers or appropriate footwear for walking safely on the boat and climbing stairs. The Caldwell Belle has a small enclosed cabin on the bottom deck with tables and chairs for those who wish to enjoy the sights away from the elements. Water, soda and prepackaged snacks are available for purchase for a small fee. Following our cruise, we will be given a tour of the many faceted Hudson Crossing Park directly adjacent to our launch site.

During our hour walking tour, we will see the River Walk Sensory Trail, perhaps some wildlife, Eagle Point, Saratoga Falls, the labyrinth, art works and interpretive signage to enhance our walking experience. Wear sneakers and dress accordingly for the elements during our walk. The Mohawk Maiden Cruises dock is located next to Lock C5 on the Champlain Canal near the Village of Schuylerville. Course fee includes a $18 materials fee.
50720
$28
1 Session, Mohawk Maiden Cruise dock
Mon., 10/7, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..
Boarding begins at 9:15 a.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator
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Crailo and its Dutch Lifestyle: 350 Years
Crailo, the museum of the Colonial Dutch in The Hudson River Valley, offers so much to discover. Join us for a tour of the floodways and domesticity in the 17th century colony of New Netherland. By closely examining archaeological artifacts, historic reproductions, documents and Dutch genre paintings, a rich picture of the Dutch lifestyle 350 years ago along the Hudson River is revealed. The tour will end in Crailo’s kitchen cellar, where a costumed interpreter will share recipes, cooking techniques and typical menus of a Dutch American home of the 1600s. Course fee includes a $4 materials fee.
51199
$14
1 Session, Meet at Crailo
Fri., 10/18, 10 a.m. - Noon
Cynthia Serbent, Coordinator
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Saratoga’s Great Ladies Walking Tours

Join local author and Victorian historian Hollis Palmer, Ph.D., as he relates infamous incidents from his books, turning them into entertainment. He tells stories much the same way your grandfathers did – oh, that’s right, he is a grandfather. See and hear about the Great Ladies (the original name for Victorian houses) of Saratoga through a series of walking tours. The tours will tell about the families who built the houses and made them homes as you gaze upon the beautiful mansions they each called home. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.

Franklin Square - Saratoga’s Oldest Neighborhood
See the oldest house in Saratoga, the homes of the Marvin brothers and attorney William A. Beach. We start at Crafters’ Gallery; you may park in one of the three parking garages nearby, one behind Crafter’s Gallery (one block west of Broadway).
51202
$20
1 Session, Meet at Crafter’s Gallery
Wed., 10/9, 1 - 3 p.m..
Paula Johannesen, Coordinator
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Where They Rest, How They Lived - Greenridge Cemetery
This tour focuses on the families with the great markers in Saratoga’s Greenridge Cemetery. The tour includes pictures of the houses the families built, along with their stories. The names of many will be familiar from the other tours. Parking is in the cemetery.
51203
$20
1 Session, Meet at Greenridge Cemetery
Wed., 10/23, 1 - 3 p.m..
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
NOTE*

VISIT HISTORIC ST. AGNES CEMETERY

Nature in the Abstract
Many art enthusiasts consider only realistic depictions of objects in nature with a fixed set of aesthetics to be acceptable (or academic) art forms. Art instructor Dorothea Osborn rejects that notion by teaching her students how to really appreciate abstraction in art and how to successfully create it themselves. In this exciting acrylic painting class, we will cover abstraction in a fun, relaxed environment. We will cover history, techniques, tradition, psychology of seeing, materials, and methods of painting to create a successful abstract painting that expresses the essence of a subject. Come and learn what makes a successful abstract painting. Even if you have learned about abstraction before, you will come away with much more successful piece of artwork while having fun. All materials including canvas, paints and brushes are included. Coffee, tea, juice, fresh fruit and delicious baked goods are also provided. The Living Room Art Gallery is an open, airy space with a lot of natural light to give you a sense of peace while you express your own unique creativity. Course fee includes a $50 materials fee.
51211
$60
1 Session, The Living Room Art Gallery
Fri., 11/22, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dorothea Osborn, Instructor
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator
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Painting in the Style of Vincent Van Gogh with Noreen Powell: Wheat Field and Cypress Trees
Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890) explored the capabilities of color and shape to express his complicated emotions as he confronted nature. Described as a tormented man who suffered from epileptic seizures, he was uniquely creative in the ways he arbitrarily used color to, as he said, “express myself forcibly.” Though he never lived to enjoy celebrity status as an artist, Van Gogh was one of the foremost geniuses of the Post-Impressionism period. His style is easily recognizable, and his vast collection of work continues to be among the most celebrated in history. This three-hour class will take you step by step in the creation of a Van Gogh-inspired field of wheat with cypress trees and rolling hills against his iconic swirling sky. You will work on a 16-by-20-inch canvas with acrylic paints under the guidance of accomplished artist Noreen Powell to create your own beautiful ode to the great Van Gogh. Paint, brushes, canvas and refreshments are all included in the price. This class is perfect for beginner and intermediate painters or for anyone wishing to try something new without having to invest in expensive supplies. Come relax in the peaceful setting of The Living Room Art Gallery, located in the Visitors Center, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands and paint with a small group of like-minded, positive people! Registration is limited to allow a lot of one-on-one instruction. Course fee includes a $50 materials fee.
51208
$60
1 Session, Living Room Art Gallery
Sat., 10/26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m..
Noreen Powell, Instructor
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator
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Strolling a Park in Autumn with Noreen Powell
If you love the work of artists from the Post-Impressionist period of the late 19th century, you will enjoy learning to paint like them! In this class, you will learn how to make a beautiful composition of shapes using dramatic, blazing color and bold brush strokes much like the style of Van Gogh. You will work on a 16-by-20-inch canvas with acrylic paints under the guidance of accomplished artist Noreen Powell. Different application techniques, including the use of palette knives, brushes and paper towels, will be explained and demonstrated to allow you to create your own version of a leisurely stroll in the park on a brilliant fall day. Paint, brushes, canvas and refreshments are all included in the price. This class is perfect for beginner and intermediate painters or for anyone wishing to try something new without having to invest in expensive supplies.

Come relax in the peaceful setting of The Living Room Art Gallery, located in the Visitors Center, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Ave., Menands, NY and paint with a small group of like-minded, positive people! Course fee includes a $60 materials fee.
51209
$60
1 Session, Living Room Art Gallery
Sat., 11/30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m..
Noreen Powell, Instructor
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator
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Reflections of Autumn: An Art Class to Remember
If you are an intermediate artist interested in honing your skills under the tutelage of one of the area’s most talented artists in recent history, this class is for you. Karen Woodin will spend the day teaching you how to capture the brilliant colors of an autumn day on canvas using water-soluble oil paint. Her expert teaching skills will have you mastering techniques in painting and allow you to create your own version of beautiful trees reflected in gently rippled water. You will enjoy a day of relaxation in the completely stress-free environment of The Living Room Art Gallery, located in the Visitor Center at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. This unique class will include canvas, paint, brushes, a wonderful selection of baked goods, coffee, juice and mimosas in the morning and a delicious catered lunch at noon. Class size is limited to allow for a lot of one-on-one instruction. Course fee includes a $95 materials fee.
51210
$105
1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
Sat., 10/19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m..
Karen Woodin, Instructor
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator
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*NOTE

Several of these trips and tours includes a materials fee for admission and/or meals. This fee is non-refundable five business days prior to the start of the course. Course registrations may not be transferred to another person. If you are unable to attend a class, you may not send someone else in your place.
Each class has a minimum required enrollment. If you find a course that you would like to take, encourage a friend to join you. Sometimes one or two people make the difference between “go” or “cancel.” Many of our courses fill early. Don’t be disappointed because you waited until the last minute!
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