To offer learning and social opportunities during Osher breaks, Intersession and Summer Seminar events fill the gap.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEMINAR #1: Central New York Adventure
Enjoy a guided tour of Skä•noñh, a museum of the history and culture of the Onondaga, lunch at The Spaghetti Factory, and a tour of the Erie Canal park.
LECTURE: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
FIELD TRIP: Thursday, June 27, 2019 (7:30 am – 5:30 pm)
Our first speaker is a representative of Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor; our second speaker is Bruce Schwendy, board member of the Canal Society of New York. The topic of his lecture is the “Three Eras of the Erie Canal”.
SEMINAR #2: Pan American Exposition, Buffalo History Museum
Enjoy a tour of the Pan American Exposition Exhibit, lunch at The Pearl Street Grill, and a visit to the Buffalo History Museum.
LECTURE: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
FIELD TRIP: Thursday, July 11, 2019 (7:30 am – 5:30 pm)
Our first speaker is Daniel Cody, who was the past collections manager and registrar for the Rochester Historical Society. He will provide a brief focus on the Pan American Exhibition of 1901, the effect of the assassination of President McKinley, and how Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th president. The title of his lecture is: “The 1901 Pan American Exhibition – Promise of a New Century and Tragedy which Brought Change”. Our second speaker is Chuck Bayliss, executive director of the Military History Society of Rochester.
SEMINAR #3: Seneca Lake by Bus and Boat
Travel down the west side of the lake, take a cruise with Captain Bill, dine at Wagner Vineyards, and finally continue on the east side to see the white deer at Romulus.
LECTURE: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
FIELD TRIP: Thursday, July 25, 2019 (7:30 am – 5:30 pm)
Our first speaker is Jim Kennard, a retired Kodak engineer, who has been searching shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and elsewhere since the 1970s. He will discuss the historic ship used to transport Union troops down the lake to Watkins Glen on their way to Elmira and points south. Our second speaker is Walter Gable, the Seneca County historian since 2003 and a lifelong resident of Seneca County.
SEMINAR #4: Brigadoon at the Shaw Festival
Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, have lunch on your own, see Brigadoon, and have dinner at Queenston Heights Restaurant in Queenston, Ontario.
LECTURE: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
FIELD TRIP: Thursday, August 8, 2019 (7:45 am – 9:30 pm)
We are pleased to welcome back Michael Lasser for his lecture on “Brigadoon and the Rediscovery of America”. Before the “golden age” of American musicals, musical comedy was largely an urban form. With the Dust Bowl, a new interest in rural life and the rediscovery of Americana arose with Oklahoma, Carousel, and Paint Your Wagon being set in small towns. Additionally, South Pacific and Brigadoon have foreign settings.