Fall 2018 Center for Creative Retirement Courses

Specialty offerings in:

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.
2 Sessions, DCC B05 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Mon., 10/22 - 10/29, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

2 Sessions, DCC 136 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 10/23 - 10/30, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Janet Kiffney, Instructor

Frankly, My Dear: The REEL Story Behind Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind has been called "the most magnificent motion picture of all time." And millions of fans agree. But what most fans don't know is that endless trouble and months of behind-the-scenes turmoil almost doomed Gone With the Wind to failure.

Explore the intriguing history of this iconic 1939 film, including the writing and publishing of Margaret Mitchell's novel, the Hollywood frenzy of transforming the book into film, the Atlanta premiere, the Academy Awards, and more.
1 Session, DCC B06 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Sat., 9/29, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

New York Tales: Tall and True
Some of New York State's folklore is truly unbelievable. Some of its history is even more so.In this potpourri of history and folklore of the Empire State, we'll learn about two very different New Yorkers, both Civil War veterans, who were prolific liars. Bill Greenfield, the legendary Adirondack hunter, trapper and fisherman, told lies for fun. George Hull, perpetrator of the "Great American Hoax" – the Cardiff Giant – told lies for profit. We'll also learn why our border with Pennsylvania makes an abrupt right-angle turn at its western corner, a story of wilderness adventuring and international tension that culminates in a startling form of conflict resolution. We'll traverse the state to the triangular cut in our eastern border with Massachusetts, the curse of Maime O'Rourke, the origins of Albany's Robert Burns statue, and other delightful New York oddities, true and tall.
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 10/11, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sandy Shuman, Instructor

Checks and Balances: Congress vs. the Presidency
This is an examination of how the Founding Fathers separated, then checked and balanced power in our political system. The Constitutional roots of this essential political structure in our democracy will be studied, with case examples from US history. These include presidential impeachment and other struggles between the branches of government. Current and recent examples of checks and balances and their effectiveness will be discussed.
2 Sessions, DCC B06 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Mon., 10/15 - 10/22, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Henry Bankhead, Instructor

Tales from Mount McGregor
As a tour guide at Grant Cottage State Historic Site, Steve Trimm routinely talks about the life of Ulysses S. Grant. The cottage where General Grant died is located on Mount McGregor in Saratoga County. But there's much more to the history of Mount McGregor than General Grant's stay there. For example, there are Native American legends and adventures from the French and Indian Wars and the Revolution. There are tales linking the mountain to ancient Scotland and a World War II internment camp in Arizona. The mountain was home to the "Saratoga Witch," and to this day a ghost is sometimes seen there. A freed slave, a Mexican bandit, a Confederate general and many other fascinating characters visited the place. Steve will share all of their stories with the group.
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 10/19, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Steve Trimm, Coordinator

The Court and the Constitution
At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Ben Franklin was stopped by a woman as he left Independence Hall. She asked, "Dr. Franklin, do we have a monarchy or a republic?" He replied, "A republic, if you can keep it." So, what is a republic, and what have we done to keep it? The class will review the origins of the document, profile the delegates in attendance, and identify the compromises found in its text. We have kept it in a number of ways, but one of the least understood methods is through decisions made by the Supreme Court. How does the Court operate? What have been its most important decisions affecting the evolution of the Constitution? We will conclude with those two questions.
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 11/6, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ken Kiser, Instructor

Intentional Aging
As we age, we encounter deep physical, relationship and career transitions. This course assists anyone near retirement age with creating strategies to navigate this transition. You will be provided with the skills, resources and activities to understand how to move through this time with greater ease and enjoyment. Areas covered include relationships, exercise, purpose, time management, and mental and physical wellness. You will be guided through exercises in making decisions about where to live, how to structure your time, what to change in your exercise routine to prevent injury and promote strength and how committing to personal values will create improved and sustained mental health. This course is intended for anyone considering retirement, those who have recently retired, and those planning to work beyond retirement.
4 Sessions, ADM 101
Mon., 10/22 - 11/12, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Alixandra Foisy, Instructor

Nature at Your Doorstep and Coast to Coast
Denise Hackert-Stoner of Naturelogues will present two slide programs about the beauty and breadth of the natural history she and her husband have experienced while birding and photographing, both in the Capital Region and across North America.

Nature at Your Doorstep
If you think you have to travel to the far corners of the earth to explore the natural world, think again! Birds, flowers, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians abound in New York's Capital Region and just beyond. This program highlights the species that can be found in our own backyards and just a few hours' drive beyond.

Nature's Beauty from Coast to Coast
From sandy Atlantic beaches, to rocky Pacific cliffs; from lush valleys full of ferns and flowers to stark deserts; from lofty mountains to flowing rivers, our country offers a vast array of habitats and scenery.
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 9/14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Denise Hackert-Stoner, Instructor

"Victory Turned into Mourning": Farewell to Lincoln and Grant at the New York State Capitol
One hundred and fifty years ago, as the nation mourned its martyred president, a special funeral train journeyed from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Albany, New York was one of the major stops on its route. On April 26 of that year, Lincoln's body lay in the old state Capitol building while 50,000 people filed by to pay their respects. At the exact same time, over 400 miles to the south, assassin John Wilkes Booth was cornered in a tobacco barn, shot by a New York cavalryman, and died of his wounds.

Thirty years later, the New York State Capitol was once again the scene of a somber farewell, as President Ulysses S. Grant lay in the new Capitol Building.

This program will explore these solemn events and their connection to the New York State Capitol.
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 11/9, 10 a.m. - noon
Stuart Lehman, Instructor

Introduction to Folk Music Using Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar and Song
Come whet your musical appetite while hearing the history and sounds of various foot-tapping traditional and folk styles with George Wilson, a local multi-instrumentalist and singer, accomplished fiddler, folk music educator and performer. Listen to music from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, New England and Appalachia. The presentation will also include the music of some personalities from the past, like Uncle Dave Macon and Huddie Ledbetter, along with a discussion of how these sounds developed and George's off-the-cuff commentary.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
George Wilson, Instructor

Mrs. JJ Brown: Survivor of the Titanic
Margaret Brown was never called "Molly"– at least not to her face. Margaret, as she preferred to be called, became a millionaire when her husband JJ Brown struck gold, but she was far from the typical idle society lady. The real Margaret was an energetic, civic-minded character, a seasoned traveler who happened to be involved in the worst sea disaster in history – the sinking of the Titanic. A lifetime of helping others served her well that night. What really happened when the Titanic struck ice? Were the stories told about the sinking true? Were the stories about "Molly" true? Come find out!
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/10, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

Lillian Gish: Star of the Silent Screen
A child star of the stage, Lillian Gish never dreamed she would one day be a movie star. Films, a mainstay of modern entertainment, developed and grew from the ground up along with Lillian. This presentation will describe the evolution of the movies, from flip books and optical toys to the groundbreaking work of DW Griffith, the legendary director, along with the story of Lillian's own life. With her remarkably long career, which began in melodrama and continued into her late eighties, the woman who lived to be 99 years of age had seen it all. The audience will explore hands-on early filmmaking techniques and optical gadgets, and see clips from some of the most critically acclaimed films of the silent era.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 9/26, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Phyllis Chapman, Instructor

Troy's Heroic General: John Ellis Wool
Although born in Newburgh, New York, General John Ellis Wool had very strong ties to Troy. His military career spanned 51 years, and he served in three consecutive wars - the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War - with other assignments in between the major conflicts. Throughout his career, he was considered to be a capable officer, earning all sorts of accolades, promotions, and even the thanks of Congress. At the time of his forced retirement in 1863, he was the oldest officer to execute active command. This program will explore his illustrious military career, as well as his many connections to Troy.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 10/29, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jim Cochran, Instructor

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.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 9/17, 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Betty Spinelli, Instructor

Senior Cooking
Whether you have been cooking for friends and family all your life or have never set foot in a kitchen, it's never too late to learn a new recipe or skill. Together we will foster an appreciation for the art of cooking and life-long learning. Course fee includes $8 materials fee.
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 9/11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mirissa Casey, Instructor

Healthy Comfort Food
Who says comfort food can't be healthy? Join Mirissa Casey of the Chic Chef for this culinary adventure where we will cook (and taste) delicious recipes that are both
comforting and good for your diet. Course fee includes $8 materials fee.
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Fri., 9/21, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mirissa Casey, Instructor

The Sound of My Rainbow, the Taste of My Clouds: A Synesthetic Exercise in Poetry
Synesthesia is the physiological crossing of the senses. This workshop explores the metaphoric connection of the syndrome with poetry. Through guided exercises in writing and sharing (if you are comfortable), we explore this metaphoric crossing of the senses. Participants need only bring paper, pen/pencils, an open heart and mind, and a willingness to try something new and different.
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 9/28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Wendy Harding, Instructor

Learning the Ins and Outs of Your Digital Camera
This two-session offering will concentrate on learning how to effectively use your new (or not-so-new) digital camera. You will learn about exposure, white balance, macro-mode, portrait settings, landscapes, bracketing, and more – all complex techniques that can be easily explained and mastered. Gather your favorite photos, organize your questions and bring along your camera and owner's manual. These classes are designed to inform in a relaxed, comfortable format. Remember to have the camera's battery fully charged and have an empty memory card.
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 11/6 - 11/13, 1 - 4 p.m.
Kevin Sarsfield, Instructor

Our Compelling Local History
Style and Sustenance: 17th Century Dining Customs of the Colonial Dutch
A fascinating history of Dutch colonial dining has emerged, based on local archaeology and documents, as well as Dutch genre paintings. Using these sources, this presentation will center on how a convergence of cultures in New Netherland, along with a complex trade network, gave rise to unique food-ways and table customs in the 17th century Hudson River Valley.

When Hamilton Became a Schuyler: From Caribbean Orphan to New Nation Elite
This presentation chronicle's Alexander Hamilton's journey across oceans and his rise up social and political ladders during and after the Revolutionary War. Of particular focus will be his marriage to Elizabeth Schuyler and how his relationship with the Schuyler family facilitated this advancement.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 11/5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator
Heidi Hill, Site Manager of Crailo and Schuyler Mansions, Instructor

Proctor: A Man, His Theater, Our Heritage
Frederick Freeman Proctor was near the end of his life when he chose Schenectady to build the greatest of his 52 theaters across the country. He spared no expense, and when the doors were opened on Dec. 27, 1926, every seat was filled to watch the featured silent film "Stranded in Paris" and five separate vaudeville acts. Using slides copied from original photographs, the entire history of the theater and the man it is named for will be illustrated, revealing an amazing life and career full of surprises. Slides will also document and compare how the theater has changed over its 90 years of life, from glittering success in the 1920s and 30s to such hard times that by the 1970s, there was a real threat that it would be torn down. Learn about how the theater was saved, rehabilitated and expanded, and its recent major restoration. Proctors has overcome every obstacle and now continues to grow its entertainment schedule, with plans to expand even further.
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/20, 10 a.m. - noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

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 28 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. Come join us, and you may be one of the lucky students who carries one of her creations home. Course fee includes $14 materials fee.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/24, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Michele Peters of Ambiance Florals and Events, Instructor

TO LIFE! Parts V and VI: Musical Theatre Selections
Celebrating Life Part V will celebrate love themes by Rodgers and Hart, Burt Bacharach, Bock and Harnick, Kander and Ebb and Rodgers and Hammerstein, featuring Marin Mazzie, Elaine Stritch, Judy Garland, Audra MacDonald and Jerry Orbach, with a special Sugar Babies medley with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller. Part VI celebrates fun, dreaming, optimism and dancing, with Chita Rivera, Jerry Orbach, Judy Garland, Tommy Tune, Sandy Duncan and Liza Minnelli.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/31, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Richard Feldman, Instructor

A Blending Of Households: The French Huguenot and Palatine Migration to the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys
When the Dutch first began to build their homes in early New York, they copied the homes they knew from both the cities and farmlands of the Netherlands. French Huguenots fled France to escape persecution and sheltered in both the Netherlands and Germany before arriving to New York. By 1710, the Palatine area of Germany was experiencing a severe famine and persecution from the 30 Year's War. This brought them into the Hudson Valley and ultimately into many areas of the Mohawk Valley. Because of the mingling of these families over the generations while living in Holland and Germany, a unique merging of cultures, building traditions and stylistic motives, was created in America.

All of these homes are considered to be part of the Dutch architectural history of New York, but their fascinating variations are based in native roots. Because masonry (brick) was considered more desirable in the Netherlands and local stone was free for the taking, the stone houses in Ulster County can be compared to the stone fortified homesteads in the Mohawk Valley.

This lecture will discuss and illustrate the buildings and their interiors, along with distinctive examples of their furnishings.
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 9/13, 10 a.m. - noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

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.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 11/7, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jack Casey, Instructor

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, 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.
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 11/7, 1 - 3 p.m.
Jack Casey, Instructor

Russell Sage, the Money King
Born into poverty, Russell Sage was a self-made man, although the man he made himself into was the quintessential robber baron of the Gilded Age. After leaving his home in Troy for the richer pickings of New York City, his financial manipulations of the Wall Street stock market, the banking industry, railroads and other major corporations became the stuff of financial legend. Along with his primary partner, Jay Gould, Sage pillaged and plundered the American economic marketplace for almost forty years. He was probably the wealthiest American at the time of his death in 1906, and his wife's reaction to his passing is one of the greatest stories of philanthropic retaliation in American history.

1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 11/2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Michael Barrett, Instructor

Murder and Mayhem in Rensselaer County
From the gallows to the electric chair, Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan will present a lecture on the seedier side of life in the county. Topics include everything from the story of brothel owner Mame Fay to the stories of the veiled murderess Henrietta Robinson, the poisoning of Marianne Green in Berlin, and the still-unsolved mystery of who killed Hazel Drew in Sand Lake. These and other juicy stories of crimes in Rensselaer County will be revealed!
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 10/17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Kathryn Sheehan, Instructor

Songs of Irish Immigration
America has been the destination of many immigrants, including many people of Irish descent who have searched for a new and better life, far from Ireland's shores. While they may have left their native homes, their hearts and minds remained on that island many miles away. Capital Region Irish folk singer Don Kelly returns to conduct this two-hour session, which will include familiar tunes and meaningful songs that tell the story of these people and how they long to return from whence they came.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 9/24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Don Kelly, Instructor

Nature in the Fall: Fall in Fields and Forests – Exploring Nearby Nature Preserves
Nature puts on a glorious display in the fall. Fall foliage reports become a part of the daily weather forecast. But nature has even more to offer – fascinating seed pods, 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 in our local counties taking time to observe, learn about, and enjoy the plants, wildlife and natural beauty around us.
Orientation: 9/21 10 a.m. - noon, WIL 113
4 Sessions, Fri., 9/28 - 10/19, in the fields
Betty and John Nickles, Instructors

Terrific Trees
Enjoy a fall foliage walk along forested trails as we learn to identify at least ten common hardwood trees and five evergreen trees. We'll look at leaves, barks, shape and twigs to get the full picture of our forested friends. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, Dyken Pond
Tues., 10/2, 10 a.m. - noon
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Going Once, Going Twice! Auctioneering 101
Dolores Meissner, New Lebanon's veteran auctioneer, talks about her personal journey, how she learned the auction business, and the rise of her fabled auction house. Along the way, she explains how it all works and how to get a bargain at an auction. You will be invited to preview items up for bid at an upcoming auction.
1 Session, Meissner's Auction Service
Thurs., 11/8, 10 a.m. - noon
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

Self-Care through Yoga and Meditation
The American Meditation Institute's easy-gentle yoga and breathing class is taught the same way it was thousands of years ago: as a preliminary practice to prepare both the body and mind for daily meditation. When your body is stiff or in pain, the mind is often distracted and cannot help you experience the positive effects of meditation. You'll learn the simple, therapeutic pleasures of focusing and stilling the mind, expanding your breathing capacity, relieving stiffness and stress, detoxifying the lymph system, stretching muscles and invigorating internal organs. Most students feel less stress and inflexibility after the very first class, and often find they move with more ease, gain physical confidence and enhance the flexibility and health of their bodies. Course fee includes $30 materials fee.
3 Sessions, American Meditation Institute
Thurs., 9/13 - 9/27, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator


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.
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 10/16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

DNA Testing for Genealogy: Beyond the Basics
DNA testing can be a powerful tool for finding living family, confirming your paper trail research and debunking family myths. Find out how to use your matches to achieve these goals, and how to branch out from Ancestry DNA to find different matches and more sophisticated tools, without paying for another test. Join professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty for a guide to taking your DNA test to the next level. Note: this class is for those who have already taken a DNA test and have received their results.
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 11/13, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

Trips and Tours

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. View directions and additional information about off-campus tours and trips. 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.

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 a colonial lunch cooked with authentic recipes, a delicious side to the history of the mansion. Course fee includes a $25 materials fee.
1 Session, Knickerbocker Family mansion
Wed., 9/19, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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. When the clock on the mantel was stopped at 8:08 a.m., the hour and minute of Grant's passing, time itself stopped within Grant Cottage. The rooms and their furnishings are as they were that sad morning of Grant's death.

As well as touring the cottage and hearing about the General's tragic but ultimately triumphant and inspiring final year, 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 $10 materials fee.
1 Session, Grant's Cottage
Fri., 10/5, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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. The morning will begin with a tour of the Skene Manor, where you 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. Course fee includes $20 materials fee.
1 Session, The Skene Manor
Wed., 10/3, 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Murder at Cherry Hill: A Dramatic Tour Re-enacts 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 the popular "Murder at Cherry Hill" book and enjoy light refreshments at the end of the program.

Located at 523 ½ South Pearl Street, in Albany's south end, Historic Cherry Hill is a historic house museum in and the five-generation home of the Van Rensselaer family from 1787-1963. Please dress for the weather (rain or shine) and wear comfortable shoes. Inside, the tour will take participants up and down two flights of stairs; outside, participants will walk over some uneven ground. If you have any concerns, please call (518) 434-4791. Course fee includes $18 materials fee.
1 Session, Cherry Hill
Fri., 10/26, 4 - 6 p.m.
Cynthia Serbent, Coordinator


1 Session, Cherry Hill
Sat., 10/27, 4 - 6 p.m.

A Visit to the Mabee Farm Historic Site
The Mabee Farm Historic Site, part of the Schenectady County Historical Society, is the oldest house still standing in the Mohawk Valley. But in 1705, is also the oldest farm in the Mohawk Valley. With its deep history and riverside beauty, it's the perfect place to explore Mohawk Valley heritage. You can walk across weathered pine floors in the home of settlers Jan and Annetje, say hello to the resident farm animals, take a look at the hand-pegged 1760s Dutch Barn, or just meander through the orchards, gardens and forest trails. Two reproduced 18th century bateaux, the De Sagar and the Bobbie G, giving visitors an idea of how goods were shipped up and down the river. This visit will feature a house tour, a blacksmith demo and a barn building demo. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, Mabee Farm
Thurs., 10/4, 10 a.m. - noon
Paula Johannessen, Coordinator

A Short Talk and a Long Stroll Through the Victorian Village of Round Lake
Travel with Bill Ryan, the Round Lake village historian and former mayor, along with two deputy historians, Mike Roets and Scott Rigney, as they describe the founding of Round Lake and then take us on a walk through this magical little village. In September 1868, the Round Lake Camp Meeting Association of the Troy Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church was born as a camp meeting town. By 1869, crowds of up to 20,000 would attend Sunday services. Find out where the famous 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 would build an octagonal house, and enjoy a short organ program on their famous antique pipe organ.

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. This class will begin at the Auditorium, 2 Wesley Avenue, in Round Lake. Parking will be at the Round Lake Methodist Church, 34 George Ave. Please give yourself enough time to walk five minutes to the auditorium. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, Round Lake
Mon., 9/10, 1 - 3 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

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 a year, the modern fire hydrant, heating and cooking stoves and so much more. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, Burden Iron Works Museum
Tues., 10/30, 10 a.m. - noon
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Kayaking Tour of Dyken Pond
Learn the ins and outs of kayaking before heading out for a tranquil paddle along the shoreline of Dyken Pond, a 180-acre lake located on the Rensselaer Plateau. We'll learn water safety, what to bring on an excursion, how to enter and exit the boats from a dock, and proper paddle technique. Dyken Pond will supply the kayaks. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.

1 Session, Dyken Pond
Wed., 9/19, 10 a.m. - noon
Lisa Hoyt, Instructor
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

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 $30 materials fee.
1 Session, Ten Brock Mansion
Tues., 10/9, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

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 an $8 materials fee.
1 Session, Saugerties Lighthouse
Thurs., 10/18, noon - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

Enjoy a Taste of History with a Peebles Tour
Peebles Island is the home of the New York State Preservation and Conservation Headquarters. During the tour you will discover how their expert staff cares for the various collections at the 35 state historic sites maintained by state parks. We will tour some of the conservation labs where the preservation of paper, textiles, paintings and furniture takes place.
1 Session, Peebles Island
Thurs., 11/1, 10 a.m. - noon
Paula Johannessen, Coordinator

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 begins at the base of the Senate Staircase on the first floor of the Capitol.
1 Session, Capitol Information Desk
Mon., 10/29, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Naumkeag House and Gardens Tour in Stockbridge
Naumkeag House is an original Berkshire country cottage built in 1886. The house sits on more than 40 acres of land with sweeping views of Monument Mountain and the Berkshire Hills. It is surrounded by eight acres of distinctive gardens, some of the most beautiful in America.

The 46-acre, three-season Gilded Age "cottage" estate was designed by architect Stanford White and completed in 1886 for prominent New York lawyer Joseph Choate, later the U.S. Ambassador to England, and his wife, Caroline Sterling Choate. The site has just completed a five-year, $4.5 million restoration – come help them celebrate! Course fee includes $16 materials fee.
1 Session, Naumkeag
Tues., 9/25, 10 a.m. - noon
Paula Johannessen, Coordinator

Behind the Scenes Tour of WMHT
Tour the WMHT studios! You will get a chance to see the different stages of WMHT TV production, editing and broadcast. You'll also tour the radio studios for WMHT 89.1; WEXT 97.7 and RISE. Finally, you'll learn about the educational and community programs and online materials which further the public broadcasting mission of lifelong learning
and enjoyment of the arts.
1 Session, WMHT
Thurs., 9/27, 10 a.m. - noon
Cynthia Serbent, Instructor

Dutch Apple Cruise on the Hudson
All aboard the Dutch Apple for 2 ½ hour lock cruise, complete with sandwiches, salad, coffee, tea and dessert! Take in the scenic and historic Hudson River. Bring your binoculars to best see the birds and wildlife that live along the river's edge. The Dutch Apple sails rain or shine, but offers the best of both worlds with sunshine and breezes on the exterior deck or the protection of a fully enclosed and climate-controlled interior. Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon cruising the Hudson! Please wear comfortable low heeled or soled shoes for your safety. Course fee includes a $37 materials fee.
1 Session, Dutch Apple Cruises
Tues., 9/25, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Boarding begins at 12:30 p.m.
Joyce Fiering, Coordinator

Walking Tour of Troy's Historic Washington Park and Surrounding Homes, and Tea
Enjoy taking a step back in time to see and experience the genteel living of the nouveau rich of Troy's Washington Park. You will be able to see firsthand, the loving care taken to rehabilitate and update many of these one-of-a-kind homes of the emerging upper middle class of the 19th century and visit their own private park. A tea reception will be held in our last home visit on the tour.

There will be lots of walking on mostly uneven surfaces: sidewalks, grass, roads, and some home interiors with multiple flights of stairs, climbing up and down. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet for all of the tour. Meet in Washington Park across from the front of 195 Second Street. Parking is along the bordering streets of Washington Park - Washington Place, Second Street, Third Street and Washington Street. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, meet in Washington Park across
from the front of 195 Second Street
Mon., 10/1, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

Mount Lebanon Home of the North Family Shakers
Mount Lebanon was the leading Shaker society in America for 160 years, from its founding in 1787 through its closing in 1947. The North Family was its face to the wider world, composed of some of the most progressive and public Shakers in history. Join this guided tour as we go into four buildings for an in-depth look at this special group. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, Shaker Museum in New Lebanon
Mon., 10/1, 10 a.m. - noon
Marie D'Entrone, Coordinator

Walking Tour of Brunswick's Historic Forest Park Cemetery
For half a century, the Forest Park Cemetery on Pinewoods Avenue, east of the city of Troy, has captured the fascination of people from near and far. Put on your walking shoes, come out and learn about the history and legends of Forest Park. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, Forest Park Cemetery
Wed., 9/12, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jim Cochran, Coordinator

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 recycling easier because you don't have to separate items before recycling them. It's also better for the environment, with less going into the landfill and more to be reused.

We will see a short informative video and then go on a guided walking tour. Wear sneakers and dress appropriately for the outside temperature, as the garage doors will be open. If you are sensitive to odors, this may not be the class for you.
1 Session, 865 South Pearl Street, Albany
Fri., 10/12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator

Out and About
A Trip to the Canajoharie Area
Fri., Sept. 21
We will be meeting at Hudson Valley Community College 8 a.m. At that time we will discuss any concerns or needs you have about directions or anything else. You will also be filling out a form to pick out which lunch you want to order. If you wish, you can try to find others to carpool with. Since each of our trips will be at least 50 minutes or more, this could be a good way to save on gas.

Fort Klock, St. Johnsville
Fort Klock is located in one of New York State's premier historic areas. Built in 1750 by Johannes Klock, a German Palatine who came to area with the great Palatine migration, this fortified home was built from locally-mined limestone and included defensive musket loopholes, in the outer walls to protect his family during two 18th century conflicts.

Van Alstyne Homestead
The Van Alstyne Homestead Society and Museum is a fortified homestead, typical of 18th-century Dutch architecture, featuring colonial artifacts, furnishings and 19th century images of historic sites by artist Rufus Grider. The long, low rectangular fieldstone house was built in 1730 with a steeply pitched gambrel roof and a garrett under the roof a 2.5-story frame addition runs across the rear. Our own fabulous Marilyn Sassi will be giving a tour.

The Arkell Art Museum
The American painting collection was established by Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company. The paintings he collected are recognized today as some of the best works created by leading late 19th- and early 20th-century American artists.There will be an exhibition of landscape paintings and an exhibit of Beechnut Animals. Course fee includes $43 materials fee. Students must withdraw by 8/30 for a full refund.

3 Sessions, Out and About Sites
Fri., 9/21, Thurs., 9/27 and Thurs., 10/4
Linda Jones, Coordinator

A Day in Glens Falls
Thurs., Sept. 27
The Hyde Collection
They will have a large collection of impressionist paintings done by women. They will also have their permanent collection and there is an attached house that is very interesting and has quite a lot of fabulous art.

The Shirt Factory – an historic building that has a self-guided exhibit of its history.
It is now the home of a number of interesting shops where you will be able to browse to your heart's content. Course fee includes $43 materials fee. Students must withdraw by 8/30 for a full refund.

3 Sessions, Out and About Sites
Fri., 9/21, Thurs., 9/27 and Thurs., 10/4
Linda Jones, Coordinator

Farm to Table Lunch Plus
Thurs., 10/4
On our third outing we will be going to the charming village of Rensselaerville for
a marvelous lunch at the Kahar Farm. There will be three choices of lunches with farm fresh ingredients. After lunch, anyone who cares to do some walking can join in a walk up to a beautiful waterfall, which is basically behind the farm. It's a great chance for fresh delicious food and a getaway to the country.

Course fee includes $43 materials fee. Students must withdraw by 8/30 for a full refund.

3 Sessions, Out and About Sites
Fri., 9/21, Thurs., 9/27 and Thurs., 10/4
Linda Jones, Coordinator

Day Trip to Fort Ticonderoga and Narrated Boat Tour on Lake Champlain
Join Leslie C. Johnson, Secretary of Le Federation franco-americaine du New York and faculty in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences at Hudson Valley Community College, to travel back in time to experience living history at Fort Ticonderoga.

Fort Ticonderoga is a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain. It was constructed by Canadian-born French military engineer Michel Chartier de Lotbinière, Marquis de Lotbinière between October 1755 and 1757 during the French and Indian War and controlled a river portage alongside the mouth of the rapids-infested La Chute River.

Ticonderoga was explored, ascended, and defended by water. Now it's your chance to be a part of this experience! Step aboard the 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat to travel around the Ticonderoga Peninsula. In 90 minutes you will enjoy centuries of stories that floated across this ancient lake.

This day trip includes free time to explore the various museums on the fort grounds, experience the daily routines of 18th century military life, a boxed lunch and a stop at the Kings Garden to explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America. Course fee includes $74 fee. Students must withdraw by 8/30 for a full refund.
1 Session, meet at HVCC
Tues., 9/18, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Leslie Johnson, Coordinator

NYC Bus Trip
The bus will leave the Crossgates Commons parking lot at 7:30 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. Course fee includes a $40 materials fee.
1 Session, depart at 7:30 a.m.
Wed., 10/3
Joyce Fiering, Coordinator

Lunch, Lectures and Learn at Westfall Station Café

How Journalism Has Returned to the 19th Century, with William M. Dowd
The issue of objective vs. partisan journalism is not merely a 21st century debate, it is a return to what constituted American journalism for most of this nation's history, especially in the knock-down, drag-out days of the 1800s.

Join Bill Dowd, a resident of Rensselaer County, for a discussion about the turnaround of one of a democratic nation's most enduring, ever-changing, and necessary institutions – where it came from and where it is going. Bill's journalistic credentials range from the early 1960s through the early part of this century as a reporter, columnist, editor and publishing executive who has straddled the worlds of "hot type" through electronic online news.

During the lecture, you will enjoy a lunch of beef tips with mushrooms, pasta a la vodka, seasonal vegetables, Westfall salad, potato salad and rolls. Your meal will include soda, coffee, tea, iced tea and specialty desserts. Course fee includes $20 materials fee.
1 Session, Westfall Station Café
Tues., 10/23, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

History of the Dutch in Albany
Join local historian Maeve McEneny Johnson as she discusses Albany Dutch history at Westfall Station Cafe.

The Albany Dutch culture is more than just tulips and wooden shoes! Echoes of Albany's Dutch roots can be felt throughout Albany, from our street names to our architectural gems. Learn how the tenacious Dutch adapted to the New World, formed relationships with the Native Americans and adjusted to English rule before the Revolution.

During the lecture, you will enjoy a lunch of Dutch cheeses, sandwiches (ham, roast beef, turkey, salami, Swiss, cheddar and American cheeses with an assortment of bread and rolls), accompanied by Westfall Station salad, fruit salad and potato salad. Your meal will include soda, coffee, tea, iced tea and specialty desserts, including some Dutch surprises.

Maeve McEneny Johnson got her early start in history as the daughter of Albany historian and former State Assembly member John "Jack" McEneny. She works at Discover Albany as their education and heritage coordinator. Course fee includes $20 materials fee.
1 Session, Westfall Station Café
Tues., 9/18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator

Fall Hiking

Hiking for the Inexperienced or Newly Retired
This is an introductory class for new hikers. If you enjoy being outdoors and want to explore the wonderful hiking trails in the region, but don't know where to begin, experienced hikers from the Taconic Hiking Club will help you get started. The classroom orientation will cover topics such as safety and appropriate clothing and gear, and answer all your questions. Then we will take to the trails for hikes on three consecutive Wednesday mornings. Registration preference will be given to first timers. While hikes are generally easy to moderate in difficulty, occasional rough terrain may be encountered. Participants should have the ability to walk continuously for 20-30 minutes.
Orientation, Wed., 10/3, 10 a.m. - noon, WIL 113
3 Sessions, Wed., 10/10 - 10/24, 10 a.m. - noon in the fields
Joanna Ezinga, Marcia Hopple, Walt Addicks, Instructors

A Fall Walk Along the Corkscrew Rail Trail
The first section of the Corkscrew Rail Trail opened in June 2015. It begins at Knapp Road in Stephentown, and heads south under a shady tree canopy toward New Lebanon.

The natural surface rail-trail follows the route of the Rutland Railroad, which carried freight and passengers until 1952. This section of tracks was nicknamed "The Corkscrew" because of its tight turns between hills. The trail is an easy walking trail, and is five miles round trip. We will have a two-hour walk, talking about the history of the Old Rutland Railroad line, and a botanist will point out rare plants, trees, vines, native and non-native species. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, Corkscrew Rail Trail
Sat., 10/13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Millie Smith, Instructor

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. 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. Each Friday, 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.

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. 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 least seven business days before your tour if you have any dietary restrictions or do not drink alcohol. Course fee includes $54 materials fee.
1 Session, 25 Quakenbush Square
Fri., 10/12, 12:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Coordinator

Central Troy Historic District Food Tour
This leisurely three-hour, 1.5-mile walk includes plenty of refreshing stops (five different food/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. This tour ends in time for you to shop the market and meet the local farmers and vendors.

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. We will sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to round out your perfect Saturday in the Collar City. 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.

Please contact the course coordinator, Amy Koren-Roth, at least seven business days before your tour if you have any dietary restrictions or do not drink alcohol. Course fee includes $44 materials fee.
1 Session, River Street, Troy
Sat., 10/13, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Coordinator
Note: 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.

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