Summer 2019 Offerings: Creative Retirement

This summer, we are offering these educational and fun trips to help keep you active!

Walking Among the Roses in Yaddo Gardens
The Yaddo Tour is a one and a half hour docent-led walking tour through the Yaddo gardens in Saratoga Springs. Yaddo is a working artists’ community where creative artists pursue individual and collaborative projects in a supportive environment. Nineteenth-century financier Spencer Trask designed the Yaddo Gardens in 1899 as a gift of love to his wife, Katrina.

You are invited to experience the smells and colors of these beautiful rose gardens. Some say they can feel the energy of the Earth and share in the spiritual intrigue passed down from Native Americans, Edgar Allan Poe, the Trask family and other contemporary Yaddo artist visitors. Come see what keeps the mystique surrounding the 400-acre estate at Yaddo alive. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
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$20
1 Session, Yaddo Gardens
Wed., 6/12, 11 - 12:30 p.m.
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
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Root for the Home Team: Tour “The Joe”
Our very own Tri-City Valley Cats are the proud Class A affiliates of the Houston Astros. The Astros are the 2017 World Series champions and 12 former “Cats” participated in Houston’s memorable 2017 season. On June 12, 2019 the ValleyCats kick off a new season at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium as the next round of future stars begin their journey to the big leagues.

Get ready for baseball by touring the stadium. Take a look at their great facilities, hear what’s new for the coming year and get a look at the batting cage and locker room.
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$10
1 Session, Joe Bruno Stadium
Thurs., 6/6, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator
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VISIT HISTORIC ST. AGNES CEMETERY
A Lesson in Painting Translucent Light
Have you ever wondered how artists manage to capture light in glass and water so well it looks real? It’s an easy technique, and you can learn it in this workshop! You’ll be seated in The Living Room Art Gallery located in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in front of a 16-by-20 inch canvas and given step-by-step instruction in how to create a beautiful painting using fast drying, virtually odorless acrylic paint. Under the guidance of Noreen Powell, participants will create an image of clear glass vases of water holding lovely summer flowers. This class is perfect for painters of all skill levels. We will paint from 10 a.m. - noon and then break for lunch, which promises to be a wonderful experience all by itself.

A delicious catered lunch will be served on Founders’ Hill where you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Hudson River Valley and distant mountains. The hill is easily accessible by car and you will have the option of driving yourself or being driven to the site. On the top of the hill you will be comfortably seated to enjoy an upscale version of an old-fashioned picnic just like the Victorians did in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in the 19th century. Lunch will be served indoors in the event of inclement weather. After lunch, class will resume in The Living Room Art Gallery.

All materials including canvas, paint and brushes are provided. The morning session will also include bakery goods from the famous Schuyler Bakery, mimosas, coffee and juice. Pamper yourself and enjoy a relaxing day learning something new in a positive, stress-free environment. Course fee includes $95 materials fee.
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$105
1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
Fri., 6/21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Noreen Powell, Instructor
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator
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Cruise on the Hudson and Champlain Canal with Mohawk Maiden Cruises
Climb aboard the 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 canal and Hudson River accompanied with historic narration and beautiful scenery throughout.

Our tour will start south through Lock C5, one of the deepest on the Champlain Canal, to the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater (the site of the turning point of the American Revolution). From the boat you can view the war cannons on Bemis Heights. We will also cruise past the waterfalls in Northumberland and view the cascades at Fort Miller.

Experience an afternoon of nature watching, education and plain relaxation! Be sure to bring your binoculars and a thirst for nature and history. Wear sneakers or appropriate footwear for walking safely on the boat.

Mohawk Maiden Cruises is a family owned and operated company, not a large tourist attraction. Caldwell Belle has an enclosed climate-controlled bottom deck with tables, chairs and a small snack bar for those who wish to enjoy the sights away from the elements. Following our cruise, we will walk around the Hudson Crossing Park directly adjacent to our launch site. During our walk, we will see the labyrinth, art works and interpretive signage. Course fee includes $18 materials fee.
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$28
1 Session, Mohawk Maiden Cruise dock
Boarding begins at 1:10 p.m.
Tues., 6/11, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
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Hudson Valley Sightseeing Cruise
Your list of top things to do in the Hudson Valley has to include a sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River! Enjoy clear views of historic Hudson River lighthouses, waterfront mansions, and other notable sites aboard the Rip Van Winkle two-hour sightseeing cruise. Highlighted by our knowledgeable cruise staff, you’ll see some of the region’s most unique and fascinating locations on the Hudson River waterfront! Course fee includes $25 materials fee.
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$35
1 Session, Meet at Hudson River Cruises in Kingston
Wed., 8/7, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator
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Bus Trip to MGM Springfield
Here’s your chance to explore the magnificently crafted MGM Springfield Casino. Almost a billion dollars was dedicated to bringing a Vegas style gaming and entertainment experience to the Northeast! This complex covers 14 acres and features 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and VIP gaming area. A $10 food voucher and roundtrip bus transportation is provided, the bus will leave the Crossgates Commons parking lot at 8 a.m. We will depart MGM Springfield at 5 p.m. Students must withdraw by 6/5 for a full refund. Course fee includes $45 course fee.
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$55
Thurs., 6/20, 8 a.m. departure
Joyce Feiring, 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 $65 materials fee.
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$75
1 Session, 25 Quakenbush Square
Fri., 6/21, 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 students 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 $55 materials fee.
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$65
1 Session, River Street, Troy
Sat., 6/22, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, 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.

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