Center for Creative Retirement

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

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Courses

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. As we are only 4 months to St. Patrick’s Day there is no better way to relax and enjoy some Irish songs and to learn about where the songs came from. Bring a friend and double the enjoyment. Sl`ainte (Cheers)!

Don Kelly, Instructor

This course will meet in Day Care Building, Room B05

On-Campus Health Screening Process

A Musical Trip to Ireland
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Thursday, 11/12
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-453 500 1 seats left $15

Life of New Netherland & Dutch Holiday

2 Presentations in 1!

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 17th 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 Traditions in Colonial Albany and the Hudson River Valley

During the 17th 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 Hudson Valley during the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Sam Huntington, Instructor
Course will meet in Williams Hall, Room 112

On-Campus Health Screening Process 

Life of New Netherland & Dutch Holiday
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Thursday, 11/5
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-628 500 0 seats left $15Section Full

Steps to Organizing Your Family History Research

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information you’re collecting on your family history? Have a big box of family pictures and documents you don’t know what to do with? Confused by all the options offered in family history software? Help is on the way! Join professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty for tips and suggestions on how to get your family research organized and keep it that way.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

Steps to Organizing Your Family History Research
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Tuesday, 11/10
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-622 500 10 seats left $15

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.

Jim Cochran, Instructor

Course will be meet in Williams Building, Room 110

On-Campus Health Screening Process 

The Baltimore Plot
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Wednesday, 11/4
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-591 500 5 seats left $12

The Floors Still Hold Their Stories

This two-part class explores the history of floors. At the first class, we will begin learning about flooring in the 17th century, when rugs were far too expensive to place on the floor; the 18th century, when hand-loomed and imported rugs began to be used on floors; and the 19th century, when American factories began copying expensive imported rugs and made them available to the middle class through factories like those in Amsterdam, NY, which contributed to the wealth of the region. We will also learn about America’s woven, hooked and sewn carpets that were created either at home or by professional weavers.

The second class will present room settings, featuring the kinds of furnishings that were placed on the floors and carpets both for functional use and aesthetic appeal. They will begin with the first primitive homes in the colonies and end in America’s lavish Victorian period. Included will be both homemade and imported carpets, and the invention of linoleum.

Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

Course will be held in Williams Hall, Room 113

On-Campus Health Screening Process

The Floors Still Hold Their Stories
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Mondays, 11/2 - 11/9
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ZCCR-619 501 2 seats left $29

Get in Touch

Community and Professional Education

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 252

Fax: (518) 629-8103

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