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Trips and Tours

To offer learning and social opportunities during Osher breaks, Intersession and Summer Seminar events fill the gap.

 

Intersession Events

Intersessions are visits to sites of local interest or on the RIT campus during our breaks between terms and are planned by the volunteer Intersession Committee. Members provide their own transportation and most events are free or involve a minimal fee; some events allow members to pay for and bring a guest. Recent events include: Genesee Country Village & Museum holiday tour and luncheon, Eastman Museum gingerbread house display, and tours of RIT’s MAGIC Center and the 3-D printed prosthetics lab. Intersessions are publicized via emails, class announcements, and posters in the building.

 

Summer Seminar Trip Series

Held during the months of June, July, and August, our Summer Seminar program consists of four bus trips, each on a Thursday, to destinations within 2 to 2 ½ hours of Rochester. Each Thursday trip is preceded by an accompanying lecture on the Tuesday of that same week. The lectures, held at Osher and free for members and their guests on a first-come, first-served basis, are presented by experts on the trip locales. You must register and pay a nominal fee for each trip which covers the cost of your meal (one per trip), the coach rental, the bus driver's tip, honoraria for the speakers, and any entrance fees. Each member may register one guest per trip.

Summer Seminar packets containing complete descriptions, schedules, costs, and registration forms are mailed to current members' homes on April 1st. Since the trips tend to be very popular, it is wise to get your registrations and fees in as soon as possible. Wait lists are kept in the order that requests are received . To request a packet, or for more information, email osher.info@rit.edu.  

2020 Schedule:

SEMINAR #1: Crystal City Escape
LECTURE: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 (10 am – noon)
Our first speaker is Nancy Gong who has gained a reputation as one of the foremost glass artists in the country. Nancy will focus on two-dimensional contemporary glass using her knowledge of hot and cold contemporary glass making processes. Our second speaker is Tim McDonnell, an Osher member and course leader since 2005. His topic will be “Images of the Civil War”.
FIELD TRIP: Thursday, June 25, 2020 (7:30 am – 5:40 pm)
Enjoy a day in Corning, NY at the Rockwell Museum and the world famous Corning Museum of Glass. Sand cast your own goblet!

SEMINAR #2: Western New York History and Art
LECTURE: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (10 am – noon)
Richard Reisem, our first speaker, has written 16 books about local history, architecture, and cemeteries. He will speak on“Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad”. Our second lecturer is Valerie O’Hara, President and Designer at Pike Stained Glass Studios, who will speak on “A History of Stained Glass”.
FIELD TRIP: Thursday, July 16, 2020 (7:30 am – 5:45pm)
Enjoy a tour of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, lunch at The Pearl Street Grill, and a visit to the Buffalo Religious Arts Center.

SEMINAR #3: Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake Gypsy
LECTURE: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 (10 am – noon)
We are, again, pleased to welcome Michael Lasser who will lecture on “Becoming Sondheim”. He will focus on the relationship between Sondheim and Oscar Hammerstein and look at Sondheim’s three earliest shows, West Side Story, Gypsy, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
FIELD TRIP: Thursday, July 30, 2020 (7:45 am – 9:30 pm)
Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, have lunch on your own, see Gypsy, and have dinner at Queenston Heights Restaurant in Queenston, Ontario.

SEMINAR #4: Lockport Locks and Becker Farms
LECTURE: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (10 am – noon)
Our first speaker is Jarmila Haseler, Agriculture Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension. We’ll learn what makes Western New York conditions so special for apples, grapes, and other crops that are grown at Becker Farms and other locations in the Niagara region. Our second speaker is Don Nims, an engineer with Bergmann Associates, who has been very involved in the Flight of Five Project. To carry the canal across the Niagara Escarpment in Lockport, 19th-century engineers built an amazing five-step staircase lock. The restoration of this marvel is adjacent to the current operating canal system, and Don will provide expert insight into this project.
FIELD TRIP: Thursday, August 6, 2020 (7:30 am – 5:00 pm)
Enjoy a boat ride on the canal, dine at 80 Main Banquet and Catering, and tour and enjoy the variety of crops and products at Becker Farms in Gasport.