Winter/Spring 2019 Offerings: Center for Creative Retirement

We offer more than 60 educational and fun classes, trips and workshops to keep you active this winter and spring.

Frankly, My Dear: The REEL Story Behind “Gone With the Wind”
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.
60946
$49
1 Session, DCC 138
Sat., 3/30, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor
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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 American history, including presidential impeachment and other struggles between the branches of government. Current and recent examples of checks and balances and their effectiveness will be discussed.
61157
$39
3 Sessions, DCC B06
Mon., 4/1 - 4/15, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Henry Bankhead, 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.
60185
$12
2 Sessions, DCC B05
Tues., 4/30 - 5/7, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Janet Kiffney, Instructor
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60186
$12
2 Sessions, DCC 136
Thurs., 4/25 - 5/2, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Janet Kiffney, Instructor
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The Fascinating Life of Katrina Trask
Best known as the founder of Yaddo, the artists’ retreat in Saratoga Springs, Katrina Trask led an accomplished and intriguing life with a profound impact on the region. Her lasting legacies include those in both Saratoga Springs and Lake George. Betty Spinelli’s research has resulted in this popular presentation and talk that conveys the true essence of a woman whose life was filled with tragedy, romance and creativity.
61087
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 4/2, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Betty Spinelli, Instructor
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Two Presentations in One!

The Story of Betsy Doyle: A Woman of Courage and Strength in the War of 1812
Betsy Doyle lived near Fort Niagara where her husband, Andrew (born in Canada) served in the US Army during the War of 1812. Andrew was taken prisoner by the British and sent to London to stand trial as a traitor to the Crown. After the fall of Fort Niagara, Betsy had nowhere to turn for shelter for herself and her children. So began her winter journey for shelter and to find out what happened to Andrew. Her destination? Greenbush Cantonment.

The History of Hampton Manor: From the Beginning to the Present
Join us for a talk on the area now known as Hampton Manor and learn about its history before the development of the houses, during the housing development, the more historical homes in Hampton Manor and community activities of the past and present.
61088
$12
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 4/8, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Bobbie Reno, 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. This 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.
61091
$12
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 3/26, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jim Cochran, Instructor
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Science Fun for Everyone Part II
Learning something new can both be fun and a great way to exercise your mind. Participants in this class will take part in hands-on science activities designed for any age. In this year’s session, we will make bottle cap bugs, rain clouds in a cup, density rainbows, and one of our most requested activities - slime. If time allow, we can do additional activities. So, whether you are looking to be one of the coolest grandparents, or just want to experience something new, come and have some fun. Note: things may get a bit messy, so please dress appropriately.
60935
$12
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 3/28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fran Pilato, Instructor
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Journaling is for EVERYONE!
Discover what kind of journaling best suits you and how it can change your life! Explore the different journal types and formats, computer or handwritten, and learn how journaling has helped individuals with particular issues. Try out “wild writing” and learn what “rapid logging” is. How long does/should it take to keep a journal? How about making an accordion journal? Fire up your creativity and try it – you just might like it!
61108
$12
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 4/1, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Barbara Wyman, 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. Washington City, as it was then known, was a rustic, muddy town with few public buildings and a curious political code. While her husband dealt with issues of international and domestic affairs, 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.
61089
$37
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 3/27, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Historic Interpreter Phyllis Chapman, Instructor
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61090
$37
Wed., 4/10, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
1 Session, WIL 113
Historic Interpreter Phyllis Chapman, Instructor
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War, Peace, the Twilight Zone and Rod Serling
Rod Serling is remembered as the creator of the classic TV show “The Twilight Zone.” Before he was a celebrated writer, Serling was a WWII combat veteran who had come home from the war suffering from PTSD. It was through writing – in particular, writing some of his TV stories – that he began to come to terms with his deep, war-induced trauma and moral confusion. Two of Rod Serling’s 30-minute TV shows will be screened. Steve Trimm will discuss what Serling was ultimately trying to say, to himself and to us, about war and healing.
61110
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 4/12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Steve Trimm, Coordinator
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The Hudson Mohawk Region: The Silicon Valley of the 19th Century
The Capital District is widely considered to be one of the birthplaces of the American Industrial Revolution. An unparalleled crossroads of transportation led 19th century entrepreneurs to flock to this area. They used the cutting- edge technology of their day to transform the dominant rural-agrarian lifestyle into an infrastructure devoted to advancement of an American industrial enterprise. Developments in transportation, including the Erie Canal and railroads, were coupled with development of investment banking resources, as well as advanced educational opportunity, to lead to our modern urban-industrial way of life. Inventions and developments here produced many of the components of our modern lifestyle, such as mass production of practical clothing, labor-saving devices, mass-produced food and effective labor organizations. Their clear understanding of the cultural dimension of this technological change gave direction to some highly celebrated engineering innovations.
61109
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 5/3, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Michael Barrett, Instructor
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Perk up Your Day With Michele’s Spring Blooms
Come join Michele Peters, owner of Ambiance Floral and Events, and watch her create floral artwork one blossom at a time. Michelle is always thinking “outside the vase” and comes to Hudson Valley to surprise us with a range of whimsical and elegant designs. She leaves us with new techniques and shares what is new and trendy. You may even be one of the lucky students who carries one of her creations home! Course fee includes $14 materials fee.
61111
$26
1 Session, WIL 113
Thur., 4/4, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Michele Peters CFD, Instructor
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Travelling in 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 travelling in eastern, south and south eastern Asia soon, you may want to add some of these unique and “off the beaten track” locations to your itineraries.
61159
$45
4 Sessions, DCC B05
Mon. 3/25 - 4/15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Stuart Smyth, Instructor
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A Trilogy of Textiles
This three-part lecture series will examine the development of textile production and the historical impact it had on both British and American societies. Textile preparation will be explained and illustrated, including the introduction of the first block printing that added designs to fabric. Instructor Marilyn Sassi will illustrate how some of the earliest block prints were used in the London Foundling Hospital as tokens that were pinned to the registration forms filled out for each baby being admitted. Not only informative, the examples will pull at the heart strings. The lecture will also include textiles used for the home and clothing. A local primary source will be the account book used by Anna Beck who ran a tavern and dry goods store where she sold textiles in Schenectady’s Stockade during the 18th century.

The second class will include a history of bed covers that ranged from the first bed rugs to woven coverlets and quilts. The 19th century brought advances in textile production and include roller printing, the jaccard loom and aniline dyes which will be compared to the previous natural dyes. Examples of roller printed fabrics used for home decor and in fashion will be illustrated.

The third lecture will showcase women’s needlework and will begin with Mary Queen of Scots, who, imprisoned for most of her adult life, made the practice of needlework popular throughout England. After discussing and illustrating works from the 17th century, the presentation will continue into the 18th and 19th centuries when needlework became an important part of a young, American girl’s education. Specialty work on clothing and furnishing for the home were also an important aspect of embroidery and will be pictured on period costumes and furniture.
61092
$39
3 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs., 4/11 - 4/25, 10 a.m. - noon
Marilyn Sassi, Instructor
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Writing to Rockwell
Norman Rockwell and his Saturday Evening Post magazine covers are familiar to most people. Rockwell was first and foremost a skillful storyteller, and many can relate to his emotional and nostalgic depictions of everyday life. We will look at Rockwell’s pictures and, using a prompt, write how the illustration’s storytelling or emotion relates to our lives, past or present. Or, letting the picture speak to you, write about what you think led up to the moment captured in the picture or what happened after that moment. Please bring a notebook and pens/pencils.
61093
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 5/2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Wendy Harding, Instructor
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The Journey of the Musicals Continues - TO LIFE! Parts VII and VIII
Following the themes of Parts I through IV of this series – making the most of every moment of every day – Part V illustrates optimism, living and loving in the moment, enjoying the unexpected and sometimes just singing to chase the blues away. Celebrate the best of times with Broadway songs performed by Barbara Cook, Ethel Merman, Jerry Orbach, Julie Andrews, Mickey Rooney, John Raitt and others. Highlights include “We’re in the Money,” “The Trolley Song,” “Put on a Happy Face” and a rare clip of Desi Arnaz singing “She Could Shake Her Maracas.”

Part VI adds the concepts of success, following dreams, believing in yourself, and dancing your troubles away to all the previous themes of making every day the best of times. Music by Charles Strouse, Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe and Kander and Ebb will be performed by Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Dolores Gray, Jack Cassidy, Tommy Tune and others. Highlights are “Kickin’ the Clouds Away,” “The Varsity Drag,” “Wouldn’t It be Lovely” and “Applause.” Be with us to relive many of those magical moments, see these clips, hear their great music and learn from the masters!
61085
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 4/24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Richard Feldman, Instructor
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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 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.
61112
$25
4 Sessions, ADM 101
Mon., 2/11 - 3/4, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Alixandra Foisy, Instructor
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The Rescue of Charles Nalle
When Charles Nalle escaped from slavery in Virginia, he traveled the Underground Railroad to Sand Lake and Troy, New York. The Fugitive Slave Law provided, however, that he still belonged to his owner, his all-white half-brother who sent an agent to capture him and bring him home. Seized on the street and dragged before a magistrate, Nalle was about to be shipped back south to his owner when Harriet Tubman, in Troy to visit relatives, sparked a riot to free him. Nalle’s violent and daring escape on April 27, 1860, demonstrated Troy’s prominence in the Abolitionist movement, and Nalle relocated his wife and five children to live in Troy throughout the Civil War.
61113
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 3/14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jack Casey, Instructor
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New York Tales: Tall and True - Part 2
Some of New York State’s folklore is truly unbelievable. Some of its history is even more so. This program continues the sold-out fall session with more hard-to-believe true tales: “The Great American Hoax,” “How New York State Got its Western Border,” “A Month of Sundaes,” and “The First Fountain.”
61158
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 4/5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sandy Schuman, Instructor
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The Trial of Bat Shea
The novel “The Trial of Bat Shea” tells the true story of class warfare and a convoluted capital case that resulted in a wrongful execution. Jack Casey has written this story into a screenplay and a stage play with music that he produced in 2008. He will discuss the story and also play songs on his guitar to dramatize its message. Retired after 35 years in politics, Casey practices law from a townhouse in downtown Troy and is a former political leader in Rensselaer County.
61114
$25
1 Session, WIL 113
Thurs., 3/14, 1 - 3 p.m.
Jack Casey, Instructor
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New Discoveries: Researching the Abolitionist Movement in Rensselaer County
Join Kathy Sheehan, Rensselaer County and Troy City historian, as she discusses information uncovered in recent years about the abolitionist movement. This presentation includes research on the Baltimore Family and information gleaned from the Troy Savings Bank Archives. We never get to write the last line in history, and new scholarship is always coming to the surface from unlikely sources. This is a lecture not to be missed.
61115
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 4/17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Kathryn Sheehan, Instructor
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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 to these classes designed to inform in a relaxed, comfortable format. Remember to have the camera’s battery fully charged and have an empty memory card.
60187
$12
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 5/7 - 5/14, 1 - 4 p.m.
Kevin Sarsfield, Instructor
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Owls in the Capital District
Owls have always fascinated people; some see them as being full of wisdom, while others consider them messengers of doom. Learn which species are native to the Capital Region, how to identify them by sight and sound, and do some hands-on investigating by dissecting an owl pellet to discover what prey species they eat.
61084
$12
1 Session, WIL 113
Wed., 4/3, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Lisa Hoyt, Director, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
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Samba Canasta
No, Samba Canasta is not a dance with cards. It is based on the popular card game but requires a bit more strategic thinking, though the basics of Canasta 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 sessions will give you a chance to play and answer any questions you may have. Course fee includes $2 materials fee.
61094
$27
3 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs.,4/25 - 5/9, 1 - 3 p.m.
Wendy Harding, Instructor
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TWO PRESENTATIONS IN ONE!
Schuyler Mansion: The House and the Sisters Who Lived There

The Schuyler Women
The Schuyler Sisters have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical “Hamilton: An American Musical,” but did you know that there were actually five sisters? Learn what it was like growing up in the wealthy Schuyler household during this in-depth look at the history of the Schuyler women, which centers on their daily lives and the impact they had in shaping their family’s history.

The Restoration of Schuyler Mansion: Tradition and Technology Accomplish the Impossible
For the 100 years that Schuyler Mansion has been an historic site open to the public, a restoration of the Ruins of Rome and a glorious papier-mâché ceiling have been, it seems, impossible to accomplish. Learn how advances in technology and new techniques have helped restore the mansion to the grandeur of the 18th century. Other fascinating projects will be highlighted as well, along with a peek into what’s in store for future restorations.
61116
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 3/25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Heidi Hill, Instructor
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GENEALOGY

DNA & Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide
New to the world of genealogy and DNA? The television commercials make it look so easy, but can you really use your DNA test to help discover your family history? Professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty will outline the basics of both traditional genealogy research and understanding your DNA test. Learn how to combine the two and make important discoveries in your family history!
61086
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 3/12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor
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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! (This class is for those who have already taken a DNA test and have received their results.)
61080
$15
1 Session, WIL 113
Tues., 4/16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor
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COOKING WITH THE CHIC CHEF

Mirissa Casey is the owner of The Chic Chef. She has extensive experience in teaching cooking courses and catering around the Capital Region.

Mexican Cooking
Join us to learn how to make several basic Mexican American appetizers, salads and street tacos, just in time for your Cinco de Mayo party. Learn a few new twists from your traditional Taco Tuesday. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
61173
$35
1 Session, DCC 135
Mon., 4/29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mirissa Casey, Instructor
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Methods of Cooking
This class will focus on two or three methods of cooking, and we will prepare a dish for each in a fun casual hands-on interactive class environment. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
61174
$35
1 Session, DCC 135
Mon., 5/6, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mirissa Casey, Instructor
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ENJOY THE OUTDOORS

Come See the Wild Flowers 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 towards 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.

This is an easy walking trail. Botantist David Hunt will guide the walk, talk about the wildflowers found along the trail and present a brief history of the old Rutland Railroad line. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
60948
$20
1 Session, meet at the Corkscrew Rail Trail in Stephentown
Sat., 5/11, 1 - 3 p.m.
Coordinator Millie Smith
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Spring Sensations - Exploring Nearby Nature Preserves
As the snow melts and the ground thaws, nature springs to life and puts on a glorious display. The spring palette includes a bounty of wildflowers like trillium, dog toothed violets, and lady slippers. An upward glance reveals the flowering shadblow and cherry. The first class of this series will meet at the college and include preparation, along with a presentation illustrating what we might see. In the following weeks, we will explore four of our favorite local preserves, taking time to observe, learn about and enjoy the plants, wildlife and natural beauty around us.
60023
$12
5 Sessions, WIL 113
Fri., 4/26, 10 a.m. - noon
Fri., 5/3 - 5/24, 10 a.m. - noon at Selected Preserves
Betty and John Nickles, Instructors
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TRIPS AND TOURS

Please 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. Center for Creative Retirement Additional Information (Directions for the Trips, Tours and Off-Campus Classes)

An Irish Lunch and Irish Music, Too
The love songs of Ireland and America connect their people. Join Irishman Don Kelly as he and his acoustic guitar cover dozens of melodies of devotion to people and their lands.

While you listen to his music, you will also hear the history of the songs and perhaps join in on a few Irish tunes. Westfall Station Café will have you feasting on a traditional Irish buffet, including Irish pub salad, corned beef and cabbage, carrots, and traditional Irish bread. Dessert, coffee, tea and soda are also included. Course fee includes $20 materials fee.
60953
$35
1 Session, meet at Westfall Station Café
Tues., 3/12, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Don Kelly, Instructor
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Ten Broeck Mansion Tour with Tea
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. Arrive early and after parking at the rear of the mansion gardens, stroll the tulip-filled path to enter the mansion and have a tour followed by a lovely tea. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
60959
$27
1 Session, meet at Ten Broeck Mansion
Tues., 5/21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette 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 $25 materials fee.
60018
$35
1 Session, meet at Knickerbocker Family Mansion
Thurs., 5/16, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
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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. Though the outside may look imposing, those who have been inside have experienced the house’s true magnificence and warmth. 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 $20 materials fee.
61081
$32
1 Session, meet at Batcheller Mansion
Thurs., 3/21, 1 - 3 p.m.
Paula Johanessen, Coordinator
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A Visit to the Burden Iron Works Museum
Located in the former office of one of the most important firms in the history of iron and steel, the Burden Iron Works 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.
60949
$22
1 Session, meet at Burden Iron Works Museum
Fri., 3/29, 10 a.m. - noon
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
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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 preliminary practices 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. In this class, 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. You may move with more ease, gain physical confidence and enhance the flexibility and health of your body. Course fee includes $30 materials fee.
60945
$40
3 Sessions, meet at American Meditation Institute
Thurs., 4/11 - 4/25, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Melanie Gloeckner, RYT, Instructor
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Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs for Easter
This fun new craft to try is actually part of a long tradition to many others. First, you’ll learn how to hollow out the egg by creating one neat hole. Then you will learn how to use a traditional wax tool called a kistka to draw with wax on your egg. Using layers of wax and brightly-colored dyes, you will create intricate designs on your egg. Then you’ll melt off the wax and reveal the many beautiful colors hiding below. This may sound difficult, but it is not. Even children who scratch squiggly lines on their eggs end up with bright and beautiful results. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.
60749
$25
1 Session, The Albany Art Room
Wed., 3/20, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Karen Schupack, Instructor & Owner of Albany Art Room
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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 $8 materials fee.
60470
$18
1 Session, meet at the lighthouse, Saugerties, NY
Thur., 5/9, noon - 1:30 p.m.
Linda Lyden, Coordinator
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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. 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.
60457
$20
1 Session, meeting at the Grant Cottage Visitor’s Center
Mon., 5/13, 10 - 12:30 p.m.
Lea Darling, Coordinator
NOTE*

New Skete Monasteries Tour in Cambridge
On this outing, experience the breathtaking churches, extensive gardens, waterfall features and 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 to bring home. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
61118
$20
1 Session, meeting at the Church
Wed., 5/8, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Brother Gregory, Instructor
Paula Johanessen, Coordinator
NOTE*

61119
$20
Wed., 5/15, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
NOTE*

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 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. Visitors 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.
60032
$30
1 Session, meeting at Skene Manor
Tues., 4/30, 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jackie Tremont, Coordinator
NOTE*

Introduction to Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to stay active through the winter season and it’s easy to do! We will cover types of snowshoes, how to dress, equipment needed and all you need to know to get started on staying healthy and enjoying the outdoors. Dress in layers and wear winter boots with a flat heel. We will supply the snowshoes.
60698
$27
1 Session, Dyken Pond
Tues., 3/5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Lisa Hoyt, Director, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
NOTE*

NYC Bus Trip
The bus will leave the Yankee Trails Bus Depot at 7:30 a.m. and 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. Course fee includes a $40 materials fee.
60947
$45
Wed., 5/29
Joyce Feiring, Coordinator
NOTE*

Walking Tour of Troy’s Historic Washington Park, Surrounding Homes and Artists Studio with Tea
Enjoy taking a step back in time to the mid-1800’s to see and experience the genteel living of the nouveau rich of Troy’s Washington Park, surrounding neighborhoods and newly-added artist enclave. You will be able to see firsthand the care taken to rehabilitate and update many of these one-of-a-kind homes. You will see many different types of architecture, including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne. We may even see a restoration in progress at one of the homes. Recently, several artists have been setting up studios in this rich cultural area, and we will visit one or more. 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. Be mindful of your capabilities to keep up with the group as we have a tight schedule to adhere to for the 2 1/2 hour tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet for all of the tour. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
60460
$20
1 Session, meet in Washington Park across from the front of 195 2nd Street
Thurs., 5/23, 10 - 12:30 p.m.
Cynthia Serbent, Coordinator
NOTE*

The State Education Building
The Education Building of the State of New York was completed in 1912 and was the first major governmental building constructed exclusively for educational purposes. The tour begins with a look at the architectural elements of the building. Inside, it includes stops at the Liberty Bell, the Rotunda, the mural paintings, the Regents Room, and concludes with a viewing of the monumental artwork “The Genius of America” in Chancellor Hall. Please bring photo identification.
61095
$12
1 Session, meet at 89 Washington Ave, Albany
Sat., 4/6, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
NOTE*

Unique Schoharie Tour - History, Eggs, Folk Art and More
We will visit several unique Schoharie County sites. See the Mildred Vrooman Easter Egg Collection with thousands of hand-painted eggs. Marvel at egg dioramas: U.S. Presidents, 1st Thanksgiving, a circus and more. Join us to tour the 18th century Colonel Peter Vrooman house, with original features including Dutch doors, wide plank floors, ancient beams, and unexplained markings. Hear interesting stories about the house and its owners. This is the first time the house has been opened for tours by the present owners. We’ll also visit a covered bridge and Old Stone Fort Museum and conclude with a delicious lunch at the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, the Capital Region’s longest running country store. Please note parts of this trip are not handicap accessible. Course fee includes $37 materials fee.
61120
$49
1 Session, Meet at Old Stone Fort
Wed., 4/17
Berna Heyman, Coordinator
NOTE*

Crailo: the Dutch Lifestyle 350 Years Ago
Crailo, the museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley, offers so much to discover. Join us for a tour on the foodways 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 $4 materials fee.
61122
$14
1 Session, Meet at Crailo
Tues., 3/19, 10 a.m. - noon
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
NOTE*

Tour the American Italian Heritage Museum
The American Italian Heritage Museum is the largest Italian American Museum in the east, ten rooms of exhibits plus a gift shop. The mission of the museum is to honor the region’s Italian immigrants, tell their story and showcase the contribution of Italian Americans. Professor Philip J. DiNovo is the museum’s founder and president, and in 1994 he was knighted by the Italian government for his years of service to the Italian American community. Come visit and absorb some of the immigrant experience. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.
61121
$15
1 Session, American Italian Heritage Museum
Fri., 3/22, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette, Coordinator
NOTE*

The Doane Stuart Green Roof
Come and see the 22,000 square foot Green Roof at the Doane Stuart School – a living science lab. The Green Roof is the only one of its size in the Capital Region and serves each division of the school. Learn about the benefits to Doane Stuart and to the environment, different plants that were planted and how the Green Roof was installed. This living science lab not only educates the students of the school but also serves to educate the Capital Region. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
61117 $20
1 Session, Doane Stuart in Rensselaer
Tues., 5/14, 1 - 3 p.m.
Paula Johanessen, Coordinator
NOTE*

Bus Trip to Tarrytown
We board our bus to Tarrytown at Hudson Valley Community College and will first visit Lyndhurst Castle to explore the evolution of American identity and take a guided tour of 19 elaborately decorated rooms in the mansion interior. After lunch on your own, we will visit nearby Sunnyside, the home of author Washington Irving. Course fee includes $55 materials fee.
61017
$65
1 Session, Meet at HVCC
Thurs., 6/6
Linda Jones, Coordinator
NOTE*

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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.

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.
61066
$75
1 Session, 25 Quakenbush Square
Fri., 5/17, 12:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Coordinator
NOTE*

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.

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.
61065
$65
1 Session, River Street, Troy
Sat., 5/18, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Coordinator
NOTE*

VISIT HISTORIC ST. AGNES CEMETERY

Moon Dance on the Water
Join award winning artist Karen Woodin for a very special artists’ retreat and create your own version of moonlight on calm waters. Under Karen’s expert guidance and one-on-one instruction, you will learn painting techniques to capture the very essence of soft moonlight shining down on gently rippled water. This workshop will allow you to leave the stresses of daily life and let your creativity come alive in The Living Room Art Gallery located in the Visitors Center of beautiful, historic St. Agnes Cemetery. Class size is limited to 12 participants to allow for a lot of individual attention. This class is perfect for painters of all skill levels. Paints, brushes and canvas are provided. Delicious baked goods, mimosas, coffee and tea are offered in the morning and a catered lunch is served at noon. Register for this unique experience and enjoy a completely relaxing day! Course fee includes $100 materials fee.
61078
$110
1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
Sat., 3/23, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Karen Woodin, Instructor
NOTE*

Rhapsody in Spring
Bring your favorite spring flowers to bright and glorious life on canvas under the direction of accomplished artist Noreen Powell. Her florals are outstanding and her calm and gentle teaching skills will soothe your soul as you enjoy a relaxing day painting in an art gallery located in a Victorian-era cemetery. You will receive four hours of expert instruction in a small class setting using acrylics on a 16x20 inch canvas to design a vision of color, line and composition featuring lovely florals of your own creation. This workshop is perfect for painters of all skill levels. All materials, including paints, brushes, canvas and easels are provided. The class also includes coffee and baked goods in the morning and a delicious catered lunch at noon. This is a great way to learn to paint without having to make an expensive investment in materials. Come spend an afternoon with like-minded people and unleash the artist in you! Course fee includes $85 materials fee.
61071
$95
1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
Sat., 4/13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator
Noreen Powell, Instructor
NOTE*

Gravestone Restoration
In honor of Mother’s Day, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery will host a gravestone restoration workshop focusing on the graves of women and children. Tragically, this Victorian-era cemetery, like most of its kind, serves as the final resting place for thousands of mothers and children who were unfortunate victims of a time when medical care and medicines were primitive and often ineffective. Some statistics note infant mortality in the 19th century as high as 50 percent before the age of one year. Childbirth was dangerous and too often fatal. Over time the memorials to these poor souls have suffered the effects of the elements and need cleaning and repair. This special workshop is a way for us to remember the lives of mothers and children gone too soon. Materials for cleaning and simple repair are provided. You will need to bring waterproof work gloves, a plastic trowel and a spade for digging. Refreshments and bottled water provided. Feel free to bring lunch or order from a local deli. Restroom facilities are on site in our Visitors Center located in St. Agnes Cemetery. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
61067
$25
1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
Fri., 5/10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kelly Grimaldi, Instructor
NOTE*

SARATOGA’S “GREAT LADIES” WALKING TOUR

Join local author and 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 called home.

Tour of North Broadway
This tour starts at the corner of North Broadway and Van Dam and includes stories about the man who was so mad at the city he turned his back on it and the son who took his mother’s jewels from her safety deposit box and, better yet, what he did with them. There is on-street parking on North Broadway and side streets. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
61082
$22
1 Session, meet at the corner of North Broadway and Van Dam
Wed., 5/1, 1 - 3 p.m.
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
NOTE*

Tour of Union Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Congress Park
This tour starts at Union Gables on Union Avenue and will include stories about the old Skidmore campus, the families that didn’t think Prohibition pertained to them, and the man whose father saved the Union in the Civil War with a simple invention. There is on-street parking on Union, Clark and Regent. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
61083
$22
1 Session, meet at Union Gables on Union Avenue
Wed., 5/22, 1 - 3 p.m.
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator
NOTE*

OUT AND ABOUT

Course fee includes all three trips and includes a materials fee of $150.

May 16 - Great Food and Architecture

We’ll begin our adventure at Hudson Valley Community College at 8 a.m. for a quick orientation and if anyone wants to make carpool arrangements. Next, we’ll begin our adventure with a tour of the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, followed by a buffet lunch with a beautiful view of the Hudson River. In the afternoon, we will visit the Victorian home of Daisy Suckley, a confidante of Franklin Roosevelt. The home’s interiors were designed by the now-famous Joseph Burr Tiffany.

May 23 - A Day in Sharon Springs

Our day will start with a tour of the Beekman 1802 farm. After a tour of the farm, our tour guide will accompany us to the Beekman 1802 mercantile to answer any questions on the products produced on the farm. After our tour, you will have time to wander the village of Sharon Springs. In the afternoon, we will enjoy high tea at Miss Lodema’s Tearoom in the historic Rasboro Hotel. Your tea begins with soup, sandwiches, clotted cream and dessert.

June 6 - Return to Tarrytown

We board our bus to Tarrytown at Hudson Valley Community College and will first visit Lyndhurst Castle to explore the evolution of American identity and take a guided tour of 19 elaborately decorated rooms in the mansion interior. After lunch on your own, we will visit nearby Sunnyside, the home of author Washington Irving.

60994
$159
3 Sessions, 5/16, 5/23 & 6/6
Linda Jones, Coordinator
NOTE*

*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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