A Catalog of Professional Development and Personal Growth Classes

                                               The Family That Crafts Together...

Elaine Snyder and her
daughters Christine and
Melinda have taken
several classes through
the college’s Office
of Community and
Professional Education.
Find a friend or family member and take a class together!         BEGINS JANUARY 17

SPRING 2019                                                       Be bold. Be a Viking.
Friends and family make
         classes more fun!
                                                                               Mark and Deanne Blanke     Grandmother Cathy Burns and
                                                                               German for Everyone:     grandaughter Annabelle Goyette
                                                                               Intensive 1                                Sewing 101

Elaine Snyder and daughters Melinda Colangione and Christine Beaulieu                                         Thomas and Christine Lally
                                                                                                                 Pilates Mat - Beginner

     ometimes it’s just more fun to take a class with a friend, and when

S    that friend is your mom, your daughter, your sibling or husband, it
     makes it all the more enjoyable.
                                                                                                               Sisters Kimberley Denue
                                                                                                               and Tara Farley-Wyckoff
                                                                                                               Beginner Cookie
                                                                                                               Decorating Class
One family that knows the joy of taking crafting classes together are Elaine
Synder and her daughters, Christine and Melinda, from Grafton.

They’ll admit that they’re a pretty creative family to begin with, but a few
years back they discovered the Arts and Crafts classes offered through Hud-
son Valley and they’ve been enjoying them together ever since.

“I think it started when I went to the basket weaving class with (Melinda’s)
daughter, Kayla,” said Christine. “We did that together and the next semes-
ter saw the stamping class and we decided to do that together. We’ve kind
of been doing it every semester since then.”

Mom and her daughters have taken a few basket classes as well as three or
four card stamping classes.

“We’re crafty people. We like to craft,” said Elaine. “We’ve always had
fun doing crafts together as a family. I enjoy spending time with my girls,
learning new things and when we get together a lot of the grandkids like to
do it, too.”

Elaine and Melinda took one of several card stamping classes together this
past fall and they enjoyed not only the time together but also the fact that
they were making something they could give away to friends and family.

So, if you’re interested in taking a class through Hudson Valley’s Office of
Community and Professional Education, ask a friend to join you! Share in
the fun of learning a new skill, a new hobby or a new fitness routine.
                                                                                                                      Alan and Joan Lutz
                                                                                                               Pilates Mat -Intermediate
                                                                Arts & Crafts                                               pg. 2 - 4
                                                                Business & Financial Planning                               pg. 5 - 6
                                                                Center for Creative Retirement                              pg. 7 - 16
                                                                Certificate Programs                                        pg. 17 - 19
                                                                Communication                                               pg. 20 - 21
                                                                Computers                                                   pg. 22 - 23
                                                                Cooking                                                     pg. 24 - 25
                                                                Driver Training                                             pg. 26
                                                                Motorcycle Courses                                          pg. 27
                                                                Health & Fitness                                            pg. 28 - 32
                                                                High School Equivalency                                     pg. 33
                                                                Certificate of Residence Information                        pg. 33
                                                                Kids On Campus                                              pg. 34
Whether it’s finding a new hobby, a new fitness
routine or a pathway to a new career, now is the                Leisure & Special Interest                                  pg. 35
time to start reaching your goals! Dive inside to               Programs for Professionals                                  pg. 36 - 37
discover a course or workshop that can enrich
your life personally or professionally.                         Registration Form                                           pg. 38
                                                                Registration Information                                    pg. 39
Our dedicated staff is ready to help you with
the registration process or you can access                      Course Index                                                pg. 40
the online registration 24 hours a day at www.
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Spring 2019                                                                         (518) 629-7339 • Community Education                            1
Arts & Crafts
Basic Watercolor                                  Cricut® Crafting Basics                            Light-Up
Join us to discover your own unique ways
of using transparent watercolor paint, from
                                                  Whether you’re a creative pro or brand new
                                                  to DIY, Cricut® will help you make personal-
                                                                                                     Wine Bottle
free experimentation to more controlled           ized, professional-quality projects with ease.     Painting
approaches. We will explore mixing and            Cricut® smart cutting machines allow you to        Class
layering colors, while observing flowers, still    create projects for home décor, parties and        Scientists have linked
life and landscape. Learn color theory, pencil    events, weddings, apparel and more. Learn          creative expression to
sketching exercises, composition, drawing         how to use Cricut Design Space™ software           overall wellness, brain
directly with a brush, and planning areas of      to find images, projects and fonts, and design      stimulation and stress
wash. Everyone is welcome - from first-timers      your heart out. All great projects start with      reduction. Art also
to long-time painters. Please bring any materi-   an idea - make yours come to life using your       enhances cognitive
als you may already have to the first class OR     computer, tablet or smartphone! We’ll learn        abilities, stimulates
purchase the following supplies: a pan set of     how to navigate Cricut Design Space™,              imagination, sharpens
transparent watercolor paint, a pointed-round     review the Cricut® smart cutting machine           problem solving skills,
watercolor brush size 6 (approximately), a 9      options, materials and tools. You’ll leave with    and so much more!
x 12” pad of 140# watercolor paper, some          a Spring Butterfly and Floral greeting card to      Join the experienced
sketching or copy paper for warm-ups, pencil,     take home. You will need your Hudson Valley        educators from Art in
masking tape, two water containers, and two       username and password. Course fee includes         Mind Creative Wellness Studio in learning
pieces of cardboard (slightly larger than size    a $3 computer fee and $5 materials fee.            how to paint on a glass wine bottle that
of paper).                                        61152                            $35               will light up to beautifully glow! You will be
60063                            $65              1 Session,DCC 134                                  walked through the steps of painting a spring
4 Sessions, DCC B05                               Sat., 3/9, 9 a.m. - noon                           blossom mountain scene on a frosted wine
Thurs, 5/9 - 5/30, 1 - 4 p.m.                     Heather Chase, Instructor                          bottle. Students must withdraw by March 4
Carol Bollinger Green, Instructor                                                                    for a full refund.
                                                  Glass Etching                                      The class will include:
                                                  Have you ever wanted to learn how to
                                                                                                       • Painting on a frosted wine bottle
                                                  personalize your glassware? Together, we
                                                                                                       • A battery powered cork with light string
                                                  will learn how to etch words on glass surfaces.
                                                                                                         attached to insert into bottle
                                                  We will practice on glasses and mason jars
                                                                                                       • An extra set of batteries to take with you
                                                  that you can take home that day. After this
                                                                                                       • An experienced, art educated instructor
                                                  class, you won’t have to pay for expensive
                                                                                                         to walk you through each step
                                                  personalized glassware because you will have
                                                                                                       • All supplies; and no experience necessary
                                                  the skill to do it yourself. Class fee includes
                                                                                                     61156                             $55
                                                  $10 materials fee.
                                                                                                     1 Session, DCC B06
                                                  61153                               $25
                                                                                                     Tues., 3/12, 6 - 8 p.m.
                                                  1 Session, DCC B06
                                                                                                     Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio, Instructor
                                                  Sat., 4/6, noon - 2 p.m.
                                                  Alexandra Omecinsky, Instructor
                                                                                                     Creativity with Pastels
                                                  Drawing from Nature                                This creative and engaging class will explore
                                                                                                     the use of a traditional medium (soft pastels) in
                                                  Learn the basics of drawing using observa-
                                                                                                     new and creative ways. We want you to come
                                                  tional skills and use nature as your motivation.
                                                                                                     to class prepared to have fun. We will learn to
                                                  We will explore the use of value, contrast,
                                                                                                     layer, create value, contrast and texture. Please
                                                  gradation and, finally, color to create your
                                                                                                     see the materials list for this class posted at
                                                  own drawings of nature items. Please see
                                                  the materials list for this class posted at
                                                                                                     61155                              $65
                                                                                                     4 Sessions, DCC B05
                                                  61154                              $65
                                                                                                     Sat., 3/2 - 3/30, 2 - 5 p.m.
                                                  4 Sessions, B05
                                                                                                     No class 3/23
                                                  Sat., 3/2 - 3/30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
                                                                                                     Dorothea Osborn, Instructor
                                                  No class 3/23
                                                  Dorothea Osborn, Instructor

                      Additional off-campus art classes
                         can be found on page 13.

       PLEASE NOTE: Fees for materials are non-refundable less than
       five business days prior to the start of the course.

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  CARDS & STAMPING                                  FIBER ARTS
                                                Learn to Do Your
                                                Own Alterations
                                                Are you tired of clothes not fitting you?
                                                Alterations can be so costly. Why not do it
                                                In this class you will learn different methods
                                                of altering clothing or other household items.
                                                This class is for all levels, and you will be
                                                working at your own pace. No sewing
 FANCY FOLDS                                    knowledge is required. You must bring
 Learn the how-tos of these fancy folds,        your own machine. Please see the
 a different one each session.                  materials list for this class posted at
 The Never-Ending Card                          60513                               $65             Crochet for Beginners
 This card will give you a multitude of         5 Sessions, DCC B05                                 In this class, you will learn the basic crochet
 different looks each time you fold it.         Mon., 2/11 - 3/11, 6 - 8 p.m.                       stitches, including single, double and half dou-
 Course fee includes $5 materials fee.          Fatima Bey, Instructor                              ble, by creating a sampler scarf using various
 60982                            $13                                                               popular pattern designs. You will also learn
 Thurs., 2/28, 6 - 7:30 p.m.                                                                        the popcorn stitch, cluster stitch and others
                                                Knitting for Beginners                              while learning to follow the directions of a
 Twisted Gate Fold                              With only two stiches, you can create endless       pattern. Crochet uses one hook so is easier to
 Open this up and have it pop and twist         designs. This class will make a sampler neck        do for some of us (even if you are left hand-
 out. A real wowzer. Course fee includes        scarf and ribbed hat using the garter stitch        ed!) After completing this class you will be
 $5 materials fee.                              (knit every row), the stockinet stitch (knit a      able to make blankets, hats, purses, and more.
 60982                           $13            row, purl a row) and ribbing. Learn to cast         Hook and yarn will be provided at the first
 Mon., 2/11, 6 - 7:30 p.m.                      stiches into the needles and bind off the end       class. Class fee includes a $7 materials fee.
                                                row of stitches. This relaxing, creative class
 All Season 12x12                                                                                   60783                              $69
                                                can be fun whether you knit for yourself or
 Sampler                                        for someone else. Knitting needles and yarn
                                                                                                    5 Sessions, DCC 138
 Using a combination of stamps, papers                                                              Thurs., 2/14 - 3/14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
                                                will be provided at the first class. Class fee       Aleta Schweigert, Instructor
 and die cuts, make a sampler you will
                                                includes $7 materials fee.
 be proud to frame and hang. Frame is
                                                61073                             $69               61074                             $69
 not included. Course fee includes $10
                                                5 Sessions, DCC 138                                 5 Sessions, DCC 138
 materials fee.
                                                Tues., 2/12 - 3/12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.                Thurs., 3/28 - 4/25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m
 61103                           $18
                                                Aleta Schweigert, Instructor                        Aleta Schweigert, Instructor
 Mon., 3/11, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
                                                Collecting Fine Art:
 Birthday Cards
 Prepare yourself for upcoming birthdays.
                                                A History and                                             TAKE A CLASS
                                                Practical Guide                                          WITH A FRIEND!
 Cards for Women                                This course, divided into three sections –
 60984                            $18           Fine Painting and Works on Paper, Original
 Thurs., 3/7, 6 - 7:30 p.m.                     Prints, and Fine Sculptures and Ceramics
 Cards for Men                                  – will provide you with the skills needed                      It’s a fun way to
 61101                            $18           to curate a collection of art. We’ll discuss                spend time together
                                                how to identify your specific taste as well
 Thurs., 3/14, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
                                                as how to select the appropriate works for
                                                                                                          and learn something new.
 Cards for Kids                                 the style of your home, your budget and any
 61102                            $18           installation concerns. This course combines
 Thurs., 3/28, 6 - 7:30 p.m.                    art history with an insider’s guide from the
                                                perspective of the art business. We will also
                                                discuss the major collections and institu-
 All card classes are taught by Sharyn Bouck,   tions that specialize in each medium.
 independent Stampin’ Up demonstrator since     61175                             $49
 1996. Contact her at sharynbouck@hotmail.      3 Sessions, ADM 101
 com with any questions. Please bring double
                                                Mon., 2/18 - 3/11, 2 - 5 p.m., No class 3/4
 sided adhesive, sharp scissors.
                                                Diana Erdos, Instructor

Spring 2019                                                                                   (518) 629-7339 • Community Education                3

    All basket weaving workshops are taught by Joyce Flower. Students should bring a measuring tape, a pencil, spring-type clothes pins,
    scissors and an old towel to class. Please see the materials list for this class posted at

            Criss-Cross                                                                                                       You’ve Got Mail
           Bread Basket

                                                                           You’ve Got Mail
                                                                           We’ll learn to weave this hanging wall basket, perfect for the day’s
                                                                           mail, using natural, dyed reed and seagrass in a choice of colors,
    Criss Cross Bread Basket                                               and finish it off with a sturdy hand carved oak bushel basket han-
    Weave this adaptation of the criss cross basket from last semester     dle. This rectangular basket measure 12” long by 4” wide and 6
    using a wooden Williamsburg handle for a longer, rectangular           1/2” tall without the handle. Course fee includes $28 materials fee.
    shape. This sturdy basket is woven with natural and dyed reed          61106                                                  $55
    and measures 15” long by 9” wide and 5” tall without the handle.       1 Session, DCC B06
    It is finished off with a dyed reed decorative top knot. Course fee     Sat., 3/30, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with half hour break for lunch
    includes $29 materials fee.
    61104                                                 $65              Stars and Stripes
    2 Sessions, DCC B05                                                    This basket is woven with natural, red and blue reed or varying
    Wed., 2/13 - 2/20, 6 - 9 p.m.                                          sizes. Starting with a woven round base of 6 1/2”, it is approxi-
                                                                           mately 8” tall. Stars and Stripes is accessorized with a fabric strip
    Springtime Splendor                                                    of stars on a blue background and finished off with navy leather
    This basket is for experienced weavers only!                           bushel basket handles. Course fee includes $30 materials fee.
    Using a plastic bowl as a mold, we will start to weave on a 5”         61105                                                  $65
    round wooden base. Using various sizes of dyed and natural             2 Sessions, DCC B05
    reed, we will do some twining and twilling as well as embellish-       Wed., 3/6 - 3/13, 6 - 9 p.m.
    ments with ash indian curls to give the basket a distinctive look.
    The finished basket is approximately 5” tall and 10” wide
    Course fee includes $35 materials fee.
                                                                                                     Stars and Stripes
    61107                                                 $69
    2 Sessions, DCC B05
    Wed., 4/10 - 4/17, 6 - 9 p.m.

         Springtime Splendor

                                                                         PLEASE NOTE: Fees for materials are non-refundable less
                                                                         than five business days prior to the start of the course.

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Business & Financial Planning

Notary Public Review                              Maximizing Your                                    Save Money with
Workshop - Prepare                                Social Security Benefit                            Extreme Couponing
for the NYS Exam                                  A few key decisions can make a big difference      Learn how to save money every day with
This workshop prepares you for the New York       in the amount of your Social Security benefit.      extreme couponing. Coupons are not just for
State Notary Public test and will provide you     Attend this hands-on workshop and learn            groceries. The savings can add up to hundreds
with a comprehensive view of the notary           strategies to get the most money from Social       or even thousands of dollars every year.
public’s role.                                    Security. Learn how to plan for taxes, health
                                                  care and other costs during retirement, as well    This comprehensive workshop will teach you:
Confusing laws, concepts and procedures will      as how to wisely grow and protect your retire-     • where to find all different types of coupons,
be clearly explained and clarified. Examples       ment income. This session will cover key Social      even for high-ticket items
will be provided to illuminate situations that    Security benefit choices, such as individual        • how to find the best coupon apps and
a notary public office is likely to encounter.     and spousal options, and help you understand         websites
Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest,     simple steps to maximize your benefit. Join         • how to match coupons with sales for
maintaining professional ethics, charging         us before you make financial decisions that           maximum savings
proper fees, handling special situations, when    may not be able to be reversed. Course fee         • how to find other people to trade coupons
to defer to an attorney, and minimizing legal     includes $5 materials fee.                           and merchandise with
liability.                                        60016                            $19               Feel free to bring your coupons to class for
                                                  1 Session, ADM 102                                 a trading session. This workshop is taught
This workshop is a must for candidates who        Wed., 4/10, 6 - 8 p.m.
want to become fully aware of the authority,                                                         by someone who has used many couponing
                                                  Frank Finch, Instructor                            secrets to save thousands. Course fee includes
duties and responsibilities involved in becom-
                                                                                                     $10 materials fee.
ing a notary. All materials will be provided,     Your Passport                                      60978                           $29
including website information, booklets and
forms. Also featured is an 80-question practice   to Retirement:                                     1 Session, ADM 103
exam that attempts to emulate the actual          The Complete Financial                             Wed., 4/24, 4 - 5 p.m.
                                                                                                     Leeanne Krusemark, Instructor
New York State mandatory exam. Course fee         Management Workshop
includes a $10 materials fee.
60615                             $47
                                                  Thinking about retirement or creating an
                                                  investment plan? Do you need to do some
                                                                                                     Explore 250 Legitimate
1 Session, ADM 103
                                                  estate planning? This course will inform you       Home-Based Business
Fri., 3/8, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Victor Bujanow, Instructor
                                                  of the potential benefits of effective financial     Ideas
                                                  management and show you techniques that            Tired of working for someone else? Do you
                                                  will assist you in meeting your goals.             need to make more money? Turn your talents
                                                  Topics include the seven roadblocks to             and hobbies into profits by starting a home
                                                  financial success; the six keys to financial         business. Taught by a former chamber of
                                                  success; risk management; cash management,         commerce president and award-winning
                                                  including how to create liquidity, pay down        business owner, this is probably the most
                                                  debt, and increase savings; investment plan-       comprehensive business startup workshop you
                                                  ning, including what the pros do, strategies for   will ever find.
                                                  successful investing, stocks, bonds, annuities,
                                                  and mutual funds; tax management and               You will discover:
                                                  tax planning; retirement planning, including       • more than 250 legitimate home
                                                  calculating the cost of retirement, sources of       business ideas
                                                  retirement income, IRA(s), 401-K’s, 403-b(s),      • mandatory legal documentation
                                                  457 plans; and estate planning, including pro-     • many ways to market your product/service
                                                  bate, estate taxes, intestacy, wills and trusts.   • how to take tax deductions (this workshop
                                                  The course concludes with how to prepare             included!)
                                                  your own plan. Call Steve Miner at (518) 272-
                                                  6747 for more details. Course fee includes $26     If you really want to succeed in a home
                                                  materials fee for the workbook.                    business, this step-by-step session is a must!
                                                  *Your spouse, partner or significant other is       Course fee includes $20 materials fee.
                                                  encouraged to attend at no charge, but will        60979                            $55
                                                  need to register for the course as well. Please    1 Session, ADM 103
                                                  note that you will only receive one workbook       Wed., 4/24, 6 - 8 p.m.
                                                  per couple.                                        Leeanne Krusemark, Instructor
                                                  60077                             $65
                                                  *60423 - Please use this course number to
     Course descriptions                          register a partner
     are subject to change                        3 Sessions, DCC 138
     without notice.                              Tues., 4/2 - 4/16, 6 - 9 p.m.
                                                  Stephen F. Miner, CLU, ChFC, Instructor

Spring 2019                                                                                   (518) 629-7339 • Community Education                    5

How to Earn Extra                                  Make Money with a                                Stocks, Bonds,
Money with a Mystery                               Virtual Assistant/Word                           and Investing:                      ONLINE
Shopping Business                                  Processing Business                              Oh, My!
Have you ever wanted to become a mystery           If you can type, then you can make money at      Are you looking for a solid class
shopper? Have you seen ads telling you how         home using your computer. Having already         in the basics of stocks, bonds, finance and
to become one, but only if you send them a         learned all about home-based business suc-       investing? Haven’t the slightest clue how
lot of money? You do not have to pay to begin      cess (participants must attend “Explore 250      to prepare for retirement, pay for college, or
your new career in this exciting field. In this     Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas”), you      even manage your personal finances? Wish
class, you will learn how to start your business   will discover:                                   you had some guidance to put your finances
endeavor (participants must also attend                                                             into perspective? And do you wish you could
Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business         • how and where to find clients                   do it all without having to pay a broker or
Ideas) and learn how to:                           • 50 ways to advertise/market your services      financial advisor? Well, look no further. This
                                                   • effective home office equipment choices         class takes you through the fundamentals of
• sign up with many legitimate mystery             • 100 ways to make money with a computer         investing and not only teaches you about the
  shopping companies without fees                  • FREE national networking information           stock markets, 401k plans and retirement,
• avoid the pitfalls and scams                                                                      but will address personal financial issues
• create a required mystery shopping               There really is a need for your services, so
                                                   learn to be your own boss, set your own hours,   that are often ignored. This course is taught
  resume and profile                                                                                 online through Ed2go. You will receive your
• take care of legalities and taxes regarding      and make more money. Course fee includes
                                                   $10 materials fee.                               username and password via email within
  this income                                                                                       one week of registration. More detailed
• become a merchandiser, too, for extra            60980                            $29
                                                   1 Session, ADM 103                               information on this course can be found at
                                                   Wed., 4/24, 8 - 9 p.m.
                                                   Leeanne Krusemark, Instructor                    60976                            $115
With a few simple steps, you can start mystery
                                                                                                    Online Course Dates: 3/13 - 5/3
shopping today! Course fee includes $10
materials fee. Students will receive a list of
25 legitimate companies you can apply to.                                                           Start Your Own
60060                            $29                                                                Small Business                      ONLINE
1 Session, ADM 103                                                                                  Learn how to take your dream
Wed., 4/24, 5 - 6 p.m.                                                                              of starting a business and put it into
Leeanne Krusemark, Instructor                                                                       action. In this class, you will learn everything
                                                                                                    you need to know about starting a business.
                                                                                                    You’ll begin by discovering the tricks to
                                                                                                    picking the right opportunity for you. Next,
                                                                                                    you’ll learn how to develop proven market-
    DO YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR A COURSE?                                                          ing techniques to easily build sales. Since
                                                                                                    every business needs money, we’ll discuss
                                                                                                    traditional and non-traditional financing
                                                                                                    options. Finally, you’ll learn easy-to-implement
                                                                                                    employee-management procedures and how
                                                                                                    to write business policies that help you build
                                                                                                    your business. In the final lesson, you’ll learn
                                                                                                    time-management techniques especially for
                                                                                                    entrepreneurs. While taking this course, you’ll
                                                                                                    discover the secrets that separate the success-
                                                                                                    ful entrepreneurs from the struggling ones.
                                                                                                    This course is taught online through Ed2go.
                                                                                                    You will receive your username and password
                                                                                                    via email within one week of registration.
                                                                                                    More detailed information on this course can
    Contact our office                                                                              be found at
                                                                                                    60977                              $115
    at (518) 629-7339                                                                               Online Course Dates: 3/13 - 5/3

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Center for Creative Retirement
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. Directions and additional information about off-campus tours and trips are posted at
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.

Frankly, My Dear:
The REEL Story Behind                                                                                        GENEALOGY
“Gone With the Wind”
“Gone With the Wind” has been called “the                                                                DNA & Genealogy:
most magnificent motion picture of all time.”                                                             A Beginner’s Guide
And millions of fans agree. But what most                                                                New to the world of genealogy and DNA?
fans don’t know is that endless trouble and                                                              The television commercials make it look so
months of behind-the-scenes turmoil almost                                                               easy, but can you really use your DNA test to
doomed “Gone With the Wind” to failure.                                                                  help discover your family history? Professional
                                                                                                         genealogist Lisa Dougherty will outline the
Explore the intriguing history of this iconic
                                                                                                         basics of both traditional genealogy research
1939 film, including the writing and pub-
                                                                                                         and understanding your DNA test. Learn how
lishing of Margaret Mitchell’s novel, the
                                                                                                         to combine the two and make important
Hollywood frenzy of transforming the book
                                                                                                         discoveries in your family history!
into film, the Atlanta premiere, the Academy
Awards, and more.                                    Medicare 101                                        61086                            $15
                                                     Medicare can be very confusing. There are           1 Session, WIL 113
60946                            $49
                                                     many options and factors to consider. It is         Tues., 3/12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
1 Session, DCC 138
                                                     important to understand how Medicare works          Lisa Dougherty, Instructor
Sat., 3/30, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor                           and what you need to know to make the most
                                                     informed decisions possible. Medicare Parts         DNA Testing for
Checks and Balances:                                 A and B will be explained, including what is
                                                                                                         Genealogy -
                                                     and is not covered. This session will also cover
Congress vs. the                                     what a person’s fiscal responsibility is and         Beyond the Basics
Presidency                                           the ways to mitigate the potential copays of        DNA testing can be a powerful tool for
                                                                                                         finding living family, confirming your paper
This is an examination of how the Founding           Medicare. Learn how Medigap plans work
                                                     and what Medicare Part D (prescription drug         trail research, and debunking family myths.
Fathers separated, then checked and balanced
                                                     insurance) is. In addition, learn about federal     Find out how to use your matches to achieve
power in our political system. The Constitu-
                                                     and state assistance programs for those who         these goals, and how to branch out from
tional roots of this essential political structure
                                                     are income qualified.                                Ancestry DNA to find different matches and
in our democracy will be studied, with case
                                                     60185                             $12               more sophisticated tools, without paying for
examples from American history, including
                                                     2 Sessions, DCC B05                                 another test. Join professional genealogist
presidential impeachment and other struggles
                                                     Tues., 4/30 - 5/7, 10 - 11:30 a.m.                  Lisa Dougherty for a guide to taking your DNA
between the branches of government. Current
                                                                                                         test to the next level! (This class is for those
and recent examples of checks and balances
                                                     60186                             $12               who have already taken a DNA test and have
and their effectiveness will be discussed.
                                                     2 Sessions, DCC 136                                 received their results.)
61157                             $39
                                                     Thurs., 4/25 - 5/2, 6 - 7:30 p.m.                   61080                              $15
3 Sessions, DCC B06
                                                     Janet Kiffney, Instructor                           1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 4/1 - 4/15, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
                                                                                                         Tues., 4/16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Henry Bankhead, Instructor
                                                     The Fascinating Life                                Lisa Dougherty, Instructor
                                                     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
       PLEASE NOTE:                                  lasting legacies include those in both Saratoga
       Fees for materials are                        Springs and Lake George. Betty Spinelli’s
       non-refundable less than                      research has resulted in this popular presenta-
       five business daysprior to                    tion and talk that conveys the true essence of
       the start of the course.                      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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                                                   Woman’s Work:                                        First Lady Dolley
                                                   Female Spies in                                      Madison: The Toast
                                                   the Civil War                                        of Washington City
                                                   During the Civil War there were thousands of         In 1809, when “Lady President” Dolley Mad-
                                                   spies of all kinds - Union, Confederate, official,    ison and her husband President James Madi-
                                                   unofficial, black, white, effective or ineffective.   son took residence in the “President’s Palace”
                                                   Of the thousands, probably several hundred           – the White House – it was an unfinished and
                                                   were women. This was an unlikely group, but a        unfurnished hull. Washington City, as it was
                                                   fairly successful one. This is a brief exploration   then known, was a rustic, muddy town with
                                                   of the espionage careers of some of the more         few public buildings and a curious political
                                                   notorious agents from both sides, including          code. While her husband dealt with issues
                                                   Elizabeth Van Lew and Kate Warne from the            of international and domestic affairs, Dolley
                                                   Union side, and Belle Boyd and Rose Green-           began transforming the White House into a
                                   TWO             how from the Confederate side, among many            welcoming, tastefully decorated public space.
The Story of
               PRESEN E!                           others. Many of their exploits were daring and       She crafted a social climate that fostered per-
                   IN ON
Betsy Doyle:                                       quite successful, and make for great stories.        sonal alliances, earned the respect of foreign
A Woman of Courage                                 61091
                                                   1 Session, WIL 113
                                                                                      $12               emissaries, and promoted national unity.

and Strength in the                                Tues., 3/26, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
                                                                                                        At her lively parties, politicians and regular
                                                                                                        people mingled within a structure of polite
War of 1812                                        Jim Cochran, Instructor
                                                                                                        behavior and personal interaction, forging
Betsy Doyle lived near Fort Niagara where her
husband, Andrew (born in Canada) served in         Science Fun for                                      connections that could serve the interests of
                                                                                                        the nation as a whole. In this presentation,
the US Army during the War of 1812. Andrew         Everyone Part II                                     we will explore Dolley Madison’s legacy
was taken prisoner by the British and sent to      Learning something new can both be fun and           and accomplishments, and find out why
London to stand trial as a traitor to the Crown.   a great way to exercise your mind. Participants      she remained the social center of Washington
After the fall of Fort Niagara, Betsy had          in this class will take part in hands-on science     long after her husband’s death.
nowhere to turn for shelter for herself and her    activities designed for any age. In this year’s      61089                              $37
children. So began her winter journey for shel-    session, we will make bottle cap bugs, rain          1 Session, WIL 113
ter and to find out what happened to Andrew.        clouds in a cup, density rainbows, and one of        Wed., 3/27, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Her destination? Greenbush Cantonment.             our most requested activities - slime. If time
                                                   allow, we can do additional activities. So,          61090                         $37
The History of Hampton Manor:
                                                   whether you are looking to be one of the cool-       Wed., 4/10, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
From the Beginning to the Present
                                                   est grandparents, or just want to experience         1 Session, WIL 113
Join us for a talk on the area now known as
                                                   something new, come and have some fun.               Phyllis Chapman, Instructor
Hampton Manor and learn about its history
                                                   Note: things may get a bit messy, so please          Historic Interpreter
before the development of the houses, during
                                                   dress appropriately.
the housing development, the more historical
homes in Hampton Manor and community
                                                   60935                              $12               War, Peace, the
activities of the past and present.
                                                   1 Session, WIL 113                                   Twilight Zone
                                                   Thurs., 3/28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
61088                            $12
                                                   Fran Pilato, Instructor                              and Rod Serling
1 Session, WIL 113                                                                                      Rod Serling is remembered as the creator
Mon., 4/8, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Bobbie Reno, Instructor                            Journaling is                                        of the classic TV show “The Twilight Zone.”
                                                                                                        Before he was a celebrated writer, Serling was
                                                   for EVERYONE!                                        a WWII combat veteran who had come home
                                                   Discover what kind of journaling best suits          from the war suffering from PTSD. It was
      TAKE A CLASS                                 you and how it can change your life! Explore         through writing – in particular, writing some
                                                   the different journal types and formats,
                                                                                                        of his TV stories – that he began to come
                                                   computer or handwritten, and learn how jour-         to terms with his deep, war-induced trauma
                                                   naling has helped individuals with particular        and moral confusion. Two of Rod Serling’s
                                                   issues. Try out “wild writing” and learn what        30-minute TV shows will be screened. Steve
                                                   “rapid logging” is. How long does/should it          Trimm will discuss what Serling was ultimately
                                                   take to keep a journal? How about making an          trying to say, to himself and to us, about war
                                                   accordion journal? Fire up your creativity and       and healing.
                                                   try it – you just might like it!                     61110                            $15
                                                   61108                            $12                 1 Session, WIL 113
                                                   1 Session, WIL 113                                   Fri., 4/12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    It’s a fun way to spend time together          Mon., 4/1, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.                         Steve Trimm, Coordinator
    and learn something new.                       Barbara Wyman, Instructor

8    Community Education • (518) 629-7339                                                                                              Spring 2019

The Hudson                                        Travelling in Asia                                 Writing to Rockwell
                                                                                                     Norman Rockwell and his Saturday Evening
Mohawk Region:                                    Join us to discuss some of the many Buddhist,
                                                                                                     Post magazine covers are familiar to most
                                                  Mogul, Sikh and Chinese temples, sites and
The Silicon Valley                                spectacular settings in Asian countries. If you    people. Rockwell was first and foremost a
of the 19th Century                               are contemplating travelling in eastern, south     skillful storyteller, and many can relate to his
The Capital District is widely considered to be   and south eastern Asia soon, you may want to       emotional and nostalgic depictions of every-
one of the birthplaces of the American Indus-     add some of these unique and “off the beaten       day life. We will look at Rockwell’s pictures
trial Revolution. An unparalleled crossroads of   track” locations to your itineraries.              and, using a prompt, write how the illustra-
transportation led 19th century entrepreneurs     61159                             $45              tion’s storytelling or emotion relates to our
to flock to this area. They used the cutting-      4 Sessions, DCC B05                                lives, past or present. Or, letting the picture
edge technology of their day to transform         Mon. 3/25 - 4/15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.                speak to you, write about what you think led
the dominant rural-agrarian lifestyle into an     Stuart Smyth, Instructor                           up to the moment captured in the picture or
infrastructure devoted to advancement of an                                                          what happened after that moment. Please
American industrial enterprise. Developments      A Trilogy of Textiles                              bring a notebook and pens/pencils.
                                                                                                     61093                              $15
in transportation, including the Erie Canal and   This three-part lecture series will examine the
railroads, were coupled with development                                                             1 Session, WIL 113
                                                  development of textile production and the
of investment banking resources, as well as                                                          Thurs., 5/2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
                                                  historical impact it had on both British and
advanced educational opportunity, to lead to                                                         Wendy Harding, Instructor
                                                  American societies. Textile preparation will be
our modern urban-industrial way of life. Inven-   explained and illustrated, including the intro-
tions and developments here produced many         duction of the first block printing that added      The Journey of the
of the components of our modern lifestyle,
such as mass production of practical clothing,
                                                  designs to fabric. Instructor Marilyn Sassi will   Musicals Continues -
                                                  illustrate how some of the earliest block prints
labor-saving devices, mass-produced food          were used in the London Foundling Hospital         TO LIFE!
and effective labor organizations. Their clear    as tokens that were pinned to the registration     Parts VII and VIII
understanding of the cultural dimension of this   forms filled out for each baby being admitted.      Following the themes of Parts I through IV
technological change gave direction to some       Not only informative, the examples will pull at    of this series – making the most of every
highly celebrated engineering innovations.        the heart strings. The lecture will also include   moment of every day – Part V illustrates
61109                             $25             textiles used for the home and clothing. A         optimism, living and loving in the moment,
1 Session, WIL 113                                local primary source will be the account book      enjoying the unexpected and sometimes just
Fri., 5/3, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.                 used by Anna Beck who ran a tavern and dry         singing to chase the blues away. Celebrate the
Michael Barrett, Instructor                       goods store where she sold textiles in Sche-       best of times with Broadway songs performed
                                                  nectady’s Stockade during the 18th century.        by Barbara Cook, Ethel Merman, Jerry Orbach,
                                                                                                     Julie Andrews, Mickey Rooney, John Raitt
                                                  The second class will include a history of bed     and others. Highlights include “We’re in the
                                                  covers that ranged from the first bed rugs to       Money,” “The Trolley Song,” “Put on a Happy
                                                  woven coverlets and quilts. The 19th century       Face” and a rare clip of Desi Arnaz singing
                                                  brought advances in textile production and         “She Could Shake Her Maracas.”
                                                  include roller printing, the jaccard loom and
                                                  aniline dyes which will be compared to the         Part VI adds the concepts of success, following
                                                  previous natural dyes. Examples of roller print-   dreams, believing in yourself, and dancing
                                                  ed fabrics used for home decor and in fashion      your troubles away to all the previous themes
                                                  will be illustrated.                               of making every day the best of times. Music
Perk up Your Day                                  The third lecture will showcase women’s
                                                                                                     by Charles Strouse, Rodgers and Hammerstein,
                                                                                                     George Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe and
With Michele’s                                    needlework and will begin with Mary Queen          Kander and Ebb will be performed by Liza
Spring Blooms                                     of Scots, who, imprisoned for most of her          Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Dolores Gray, Jack
Come join Michele Peters, owner of Ambiance       adult life, made the practice of needlework        Cassidy, Tommy Tune and others. Highlights
Floral and Events, and watch her create floral     popular throughout England. After discussing       are “Kickin’ the Clouds Away,” “The Varsity
artwork one blossom at a time. Michelle is        and illustrating works from the 17th century,      Drag,” “Wouldn’t It be Lovely” and “Ap-
always thinking “outside the vase” and comes      the presentation will continue into the 18th       plause.” Be with us to relive many of those
to Hudson Valley to surprise us with a range of   and 19th centuries when needlework became          magical moments, see these clips, hear their
whimsical and elegant designs. She leaves us      an important part of a young, American girl’s      great music and learn from the masters!
with new techniques and shares what is new        education. Specialty work on clothing and fur-     61085                            $15
and trendy. You may even be one of the lucky      nishing for the home were also an important        1 Session, WIL 113
students who carries one of her creations         aspect of embroidery and will be pictured on       Wed., 4/24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
home! Course fee includes $14 materials fee.      period costumes and furniture.                     Richard Feldman, Instructor
61111                           $26               61092                          $39
1 Session, WIL 113                                3 Sessions, WIL 113
Thur., 4/4, 9:30 a.m. - noon                      Thurs., 4/11 - 4/25, 10 a.m. - noon
Michele Peters CFD, Instructor                    Marilyn Sassi, Instructor

Spring 2019                                                                                   (518) 629-7339 • Community Education                  9

Intentional Aging                                  The Trial of Bat Shea                              Owls in the
As we age, we encounter deep physical,             The novel “The Trial of Bat Shea” tells the true   Capital District
relationship and career transitions. This course   story of class warfare and a convoluted capital    Owls have always fascinated people; some
assists anyone near retirement age with            case that resulted in a wrongful execution.        see them as being full of wisdom, while
creating strategies to navigate this transi-       Jack Casey has written this story into a           others consider them messengers of doom.
tion. You will be provided with the skills to      screenplay and a stage play with music that        Learn which species are native to the Capital
understand how to move through this time           he produced in 2008. He will discuss the story     Region, how to identify them by sight and
with greater ease and enjoyment. Areas cov-        and also play songs on his guitar to dramatize     sound, and do some hands-on investigating
ered include relationships, exercise, purpose,     its message. Retired after 35 years in politics,   by dissecting an owl pellet to discover what
time management, and mental and physical           Casey practices law from a townhouse in            prey species they eat.
wellness. You will be guided through exercises     downtown Troy and is a former political leader     61084                             $12
in making decisions about where to live, how       in Rensselaer County.                              1 Session, WIL 113
to structure your time, what to change in your     61114                           $25                Wed., 4/3, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
exercise routine to prevent injury and promote     1 Session, WIL 113                                 Instructor: Lisa Hoyt, Director, Dyken Pond
strength and how committing to personal            Thurs., 3/14, 1 - 3 p.m.                           Environmental Education Center
values will create improved and sustained          Jack Casey, Instructor
mental health. This course is intended for any-
                                                                                                      Samba Canasta
one considering retirement, those who have         New Discoveries:                                   No, Samba Canasta is not a dance with cards.
recently retired, and those planning to work
beyond retirement.                                 Researching the                                    It is based on the popular card game but
61112                            $25               Abolitionist Movement                              requires a bit more strategic thinking, though
                                                                                                      the basics of Canasta are the same. This
4 Sessions, ADM 101                                in Rensselaer County                               version requires clean and dirty Canastas, a
Mon., 2/11 - 3/4, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.                 Join Kathy Sheehan, Rensselaer County and
Alixandra Foisy, Instructor                                                                           Canasta of sevens, a Canasta of wilds (jokers
                                                   Troy City historian, as she discusses infor-       and twos), and at least one samba, a run of
                                                   mation uncovered in recent years about the
The Rescue of                                      abolitionist movement. This presentation
                                                                                                      seven cards in suit. We’ll start by reviewing
                                                                                                      the basics of Canasta and the specific rules
Charles Nalle                                      includes research on the Baltimore Family and      of this game. We’ll play some practice hands
When Charles Nalle escaped from slavery in         information gleaned from the Troy Savings          and later play some actual hands. The game
Virginia, he traveled the Underground Railroad     Bank Archives. We never get to write the last      plays best with four or six people. Subsequent
to Sand Lake and Troy, New York. The Fugitive      line in history, and new scholarship is always     sessions will give you a chance to play and
Slave Law provided, however, that he still be-     coming to the surface from unlikely sources.       answer any questions you may have. Course
longed to his owner, his all-white half-brother    This is a lecture not to be missed.                fee includes $2 materials fee.
who sent an agent to capture him and bring         61115                             $15              61094                             $27
him home. Seized on the street and dragged         1 Session, WIL 113                                 3 Sessions, WIL 113
before a magistrate, Nalle was about to be         Wed., 4/17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.                      Thurs.,4/25 - 5/9, 1 - 3 p.m.
shipped back south to his owner when Harriet       Kathryn Sheehan, Instructor                        Wendy Harding, Instructor
Tubman, in Troy to visit relatives, sparked a
riot to free him. Nalle’s violent and daring       Learning the Ins
escape on April 27, 1860, demonstrated Troy’s
prominence in the Abolitionist movement, and       and Outs of Your
Nalle relocated his wife and five children to       Digital Camera
live in Troy throughout the Civil War.             This two-session offering will concentrate on
61113                              $25             learning how to effectively use your new (or
1 Session, WIL 113                                 not-so-new) digital camera. You will learn
Thurs., 3/14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.                    about exposure, white balance, macro mode,            DON’T WAIT TOO LONG!
Jack Casey, Instructor                             portrait settings, landscapes, bracketing and
                                                   more-- all complex techniques that can be             Each class has a minimum required
New York Tales:                                    easily explained and mastered. Gather your            enrollment. If you find a course that
Tall and True - Part 2                             favorite photos, organize your questions and          you would like to take, encourage
Some of New York State’s folklore is truly         bring along your camera and owner’s manual
                                                                                                         a friend to join you. Sometimes one
unbelievable. Some of its history is even more     to these classes designed to inform in a re-
                                                   laxed, comfortable format. Remember to have
                                                                                                         or two people make the difference
so. This program continues the sold-out fall                                                             between “go” or “cancel.” Many
session with more hard-to-believe true tales:      the camera’s battery fully charged and have an
                                                   empty memory card.                                    of our courses fill early.
“The Great American Hoax,” “How New York
State Got its Western Border,” “A Month of         60187                            $12
                                                   2 Sessions, WIL 113                                   Don’t be disappointed because
Sundaes,” and “The First Fountain.”
                                                   Tues., 5/7 - 5/14, 1 - 4 p.m.                         you waited until the last minute!
61158                           $25
1 Session, WIL 113                                 Kevin Sarsfield, Instructor
Fri., 4/5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.                                                                                  REGISTER TODAY!
Sandy Schuman, Instructor

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    Schuyler Mansion: The House                                                      TWO
                                                                                              S            ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
                                                                                PRESEN E!
    and the Sisters Who Lived There                                                 IN ON

    The Schuyler Women                                                                                  Come See the Wild
    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
                                                                                                        Flowers along the
    like growing up in the wealthy Schuyler household during this in-depth look at the history of       Corkscrew Rail Trail
    the Schuyler women, which centers on their daily lives and the impact they had in shaping their     The first section of the Corkscrew Rail Trail
    family’s history.                                                                                   opened in June 2015. It begins at Knapp
                                                                                                        Road in Stephentown and heads south under
    The Restoration of Schuyler Mansion:                                                                a shady tree canopy towards New Lebanon.
    Tradition and Technology Accomplish the Impossible                                                  The natural surface rail-trail follows the route
    For the 100 years that Schuyler Mansion has been an historic site open to the public, a resto-      of the Rutland Railroad, which carried freight
    ration of the Ruins of Rome and a glorious papier-mâché ceiling have been, it seems, impossible     and passengers until 1952. This section of
    to accomplish. Learn how advances in technology and new techniques have helped restore the          tracks was nicknamed “The Corkscrew”
    mansion to the grandeur of the 18th century. Other fascinating projects will be highlighted as      because of its tight turns between hills.
    well, along with a peek into what’s in store for future restorations.                               This is an easy walking trail. Botantist
    61116                                                             $15                               David Hunt will guide the walk, talk about
    1 Session, WIL 113                                                                                  the wildflowers found along the trail and
    Mon., 3/25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.                                                                       present a brief history of the old Rutland
    Heidi Hill, Instructor                                                                              Railroad line. Course fee includes $10
                                                                                                        materials fee.
                                                                                                        60948                              $20
                                                                                                        1 Session, meet at the Corkscrew Rail Trail
                                                                                                        in Stephentown
   COOKING WITH THE CHIC CHEF                                                                           Sat., 5/11, 1 - 3 p.m.
                                                                                                        Coordinator Millie Smith
Mirissa Casey
                                                      Mexican Cooking                                   Spring Sensations -
                                                      Join us to learn how to make several basic
                                                      Mexican American appetizers, salads and           Exploring Nearby
                                                      street tacos, just in time for your Cinco de      Nature Preserves
                                                      Mayo party. Learn a few new twists from your      As the snow melts and the ground thaws,
                                                      traditional Taco Tuesday. Course fee includes     nature springs to life and puts on a glorious
                                                      $10 materials fee.                                display. The spring palette includes a bounty
                                                      61173                             $35             of wildflowers like trillium, dog toothed
                                                      1 Session, DCC 135                                violets, and lady slippers. An upward glance
                                                      Mon., 4/29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.                      reveals the flowering shadblow and cherry.
                                                      Mirissa Casey, Instructor                         The first class of this series will meet at the
                                                                                                        college and include preparation, along with a
                                                      Methods of Cooking                                presentation illustrating what we might see.
                                                      This class will focus on two or three methods     In the following weeks, we will explore four
                                                      of cooking, and we will prepare a dish for        of our favorite local preserves, taking time
                                                      each in a fun casual hands-on interactive         to observe, learn about and enjoy the plants,
                                                      class environment. Course fee includes $10        wildlife and natural beauty around us.
                                                      materials fee.                                    60023                              $12
                                                      61174                            $35              5 Sessions, WIL 113
                                                      1 Session, DCC 135                                Fri., 4/26, 10 a.m. - noon
                                                      Mon., 5/6, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.                       Fri., 5/3 - 5/24, 10 a.m. - noon,
                                                      Mirissa Casey, Instructor                         at Selected Preserves

                                                      Mirissa Casey is the owner of The Chic Chef.
                                                      She has extensive experience in teaching
                                                      cooking courses and catering around the                     Long Distance
                                                      Capital Region.
                                                                                                                  Backpacking -
                                                                                                                  see page 35

    Spring 2019                                                                                   (518) 629-7339 • Community Education                11

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. Directions and additional information about off-campus tours and trips are posted at
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.

An Irish Lunch and
Irish Music, Too                                         FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The love songs of Ireland and America connect
their people. Join Irishman Don Kelly as he and     Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour
his acoustic guitar cover dozens of melodies        Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York’s
of devotion to people and their lands.              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
While you listen to his music, you will also
                                                    it’s suited for most ages and fitness levels. You’ll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing
hear the history of the songs and perhaps join
                                                    up Albany’s food scene and discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you
in on a few Irish tunes. Westfall Station Café
                                                    develop a fresh perspective on the city. We sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off
will have you feasting on a traditional Irish
                                                    your weekend in the Capital District.
buffet, including Irish pub salad, corned beef
and cabbage, carrots, and traditional               Food tours help tell the story of a city in a delicious way; they’re about tasting local foods and
Irish bread. Dessert, coffee, tea and soda          getting exposure to the entrepreneurs who are bringing creativity to their city. Wear comfortable
are also included. Course fee includes $20          walking shoes and come hungry – by the end of the tour you will have eaten a complete lunch.
materials fee.                                      Please contact the course coordinator, Amy Koren-Roth at, at least
60953                             $35               seven business days before your tour if you have any dietary restrictions or do not drink alcohol.
1 Session, meet at Westfall Station Café            Course fee includes $65 materials fee.
Tues., 3/12, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.                      61066                                                                                     $75
Don Kelly, Instructor                               1 Session, 25 Quakenbush Square
                                                    Fri., 5/17, 12:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ten Broeck Mansion                                  Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Coordinator
Tour with Tea
The elegant Ten Broeck Mansion was the              Central Troy Historic District Food Tour
home of two of Albany’s most prominent              Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to learn about Troy and the role
families. It was originally built in 1798 as a      food is playing in bringing the city back to life. This leisurely three-hour, 1.5-mile walk includes
Federal-style country home for merchant and         plenty of refreshing stops, including five different food and beverage tastings, so it’s suited for
Mayor Abraham Ten Broeck, who had served            most ages and fitness levels. Experience the vibrant culinary scene that surrounds Troy’s amazing
as a major general of the Albany militia during     farmer’s market. We will sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to round out your perfect
the Revolutionary War and distinguished him-        Saturday in the Collar City. This tour ends in time for you to shop the market and meet the local
self at the Second Battle of Saratoga in 1777.      farmers and vendors.
Architectural details from this period include
a delicate roof balustrade on the outside           Food tours help tell the story of the city in a delicious way: they’re about tasting local foods and
and a superb spiral staircase within. In 1848,      getting exposure to the entrepreneurs who are bringing creativity to their city. Wear comfortable
the home became the residence of banker             walking shoes, come hungry - by the end you will have eaten a complete brunch/lunch.
and philanthropist Thomas Worth Olcott and
                                                    Please contact the course coordinator, Amy Koren-Roth, at, at least
underwent modifications that included the
                                                    seven business days before your tour if you have any dietary restrictions or do not drink alcohol.
addition of Greek Revival porticos to the
                                                    Course fee includes $55 materials fee.
doorways and marble mantels in the main
                                                    61065                                                                                 $65
first-floor rooms. Arrive early and after parking
                                                    1 Session, River Street, Troy
at the rear of the mansion gardens, stroll the
                                                    Sat., 5/18, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
tulip-filled path to enter the mansion and
                                                    Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours, Coordinator
have a tour followed by a lovely tea. Course
fee includes $15 materials fee.
                                                    NOTE: Although students of any age may participate in the Albany and Troy Food Tours,
60959                              $27
                                                    alcohol will be served at some tour stops. Please note that students under the age of 21
1 Session, meet at Ten Broeck Mansion
                                                    will not be served.
Tues., 5/21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jean Chenette Coordinator

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                                                   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
Knickerbocker Family                               goods, mimosas, coffee and tea are offered in the morning and a catered lunch is served
Mansion - Ghosts, Tour                             at noon. Register for this unique experience and enjoy a completely relaxing day! Course
and Lunch                                          fee includes $100 materials fee.
                                                   61078                                                                           $110
The Knickerbocker Historical Society will be
                                                   1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
our hosts as they tell us about the history of
                                                   Sat., 3/23, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
the Knickerbocker Mansion, which dates from
                                                   Karen Woodin, Instructor
about 1770. They will arrange for historical
‘ghosts’ to give moving first-hand accounts
of their lives and experiences, and they will      Rhapsody in Spring
explain the renovations – the not-for-profit        Bring your favorite spring flowers to bright and glorious life on canvas under the direction
Society rescued the mansion from certain           of accomplished artist Noreen Powell. Her florals are outstanding and her calm and gentle
demolition and has continued to restore it.        teaching skills will soothe your soul as you enjoy a relaxing day painting in an art gallery
Our visit concludes with a chance to tour          located in a Victorian-era cemetery. You will receive four hours of expert instruction in a
the mansion and to a colonial lunch cooked         small class setting using acrylics on a 16x20 inch canvas to design a vision of color, line
with authentic recipes, a delicious side to the    and composition featuring lovely florals of your own creation. This workshop is perfect for
history of the mansion. Course fee includes        painters of all skill levels. All materials, including paints, brushes, canvas and easels are
$25 materials fee.                                 provided. The class also includes coffee and baked goods in the morning and a delicious
60018                            $35               catered lunch at noon. This is a great way to learn to paint without having to make an
1 Session, meet at Knickerbocker                   expensive investment in materials. Come spend an afternoon with like-minded people
Family Mansion                                     and unleash the artist in you! Course fee includes $85 materials fee.
Thurs., 5/16, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.               61071                                                                           $95
Marie D’Entrone, Coordinator                       1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
                                                   Sat., 4/13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tour & Book at the                                 Kelly Grimaldi, Coordinator
                                                   Noreen Powell, Instructor
Batcheller Mansion
On this outing, participants are treated to a
first-person tour of the Batcheller Mansion by
                                                   Gravestone Restoration
                                                   In honor of Mother’s Day, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery will host a gravestone restoration
Mr. George S. Batcheller, portrayed by local
                                                   workshop focusing on the graves of women and children. Tragically, this Victorian-era
author and Victorian historian Hollis Palmer.
                                                   cemetery, like most of its kind, serves as the final resting place for thousands of mothers
The Batcheller Mansion is an icon of Saratoga.
                                                   and children who were unfortunate victims of a time when medical care and medicines
Built in 1873-74, the house had to be finished
                                                   were primitive and often ineffective. Some statistics note infant mortality in the 19th cen-
in time to host a reception for President Grant.
                                                   tury as high as 50 percent before the age of one year. Childbirth was dangerous and too
Though the outside may look imposing, those
                                                   often fatal. Over time the memorials to these poor souls have suffered the effects of the
who have been inside have experienced the
                                                   elements and need cleaning and repair. This special workshop is a way for us to remem-
house’s true magnificence and warmth. The
                                                   ber the lives of mothers and children gone too soon. Materials for cleaning and simple
entire experience takes about 90 minutes and
                                                   repair are provided. You will need to bring waterproof work gloves, a plastic trowel and
allows guests to appreciate what it was like to
                                                   a spade for digging. Refreshments and bottled water provided. Feel free to bring lunch or
live in the Victorian house the New York Times
                                                   order from a local deli. Restroom facilities are on site in our Visitors Center located in St.
called “Saratoga’s Crowning Glory.” Course
                                                   Agnes Cemetery. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
fee includes $20 materials fee.
                                                   61067                                                                          $25
61081                            $32
                                                   1 Session, St. Agnes Cemetery
1 Session, meet at Batcheller Mansion
                                                   Fri., 5/10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thurs., 3/21, 1 - 3 p.m.
                                                   Kelly Grimaldi, Instructor
Paula Johanessen, Coordinator

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