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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 short, between-term trips to interesting local attractions. The Monroe County Forensics Lab, Albert Paley Studios, an RPO rehearsal, the Jello Museum, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and a Red Wings baseball game are a few of our previous Intersession adventures. Upcoming Intersession events can be found on the Events Calendar.

 

Summer Seminar Events

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 bus 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 each member's home 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.

Stay tuned for the Summer 2017 schedule!

 

The Summer 2016 trips were:

Thursday, June 23rd: Trip 1 is to the famous locks at Lockport, which were the hardest part of the canal to construct. We will have a 2-hour cruise through the many locks. Following lunch at the Canalside Banquet Center, we will travel to Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY where we will have a guided tour of the fort and then have time to explore the fort on our own.

Thursday, July 11th: Trip 2 is to the Museum of the Earth, north of Ithaca. On this trip, Tim McDonnell will discuss the geologic terrain along the route. We will have a docent-led tour of the museum and have time to look at the many exhibits on our own. Lunch will be at the historic Taughannock Farm Inn. After lunch, there is a brief stop at Taughannock Falls where we will visit the Hosmer Estate Winery. There will be time after the wine tasting to purchase wine or other items at the gift shop.

Thursday, July 21st: Trip 3 is handicapped accessible. We will travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Shaw Festival. We have reserved 50 great seats to see Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd”. This is a dark musical with clever lyrics and some comedic moments. Plans are to arrive around 11 am to allow for any snags at the border crossing and still have time for lunch and to browse around this quaint small town. The gardens are beautiful and well kept. Dinner following the matinee is at the Queenston Heights Bistro overlooking the Niagara Gorge. Arrival home will be around 9:30 pm. Passports or an enhanced driver’s license must be shown to the trip leaders before getting on the bus. This is a MUST.

Thursday, August 11th: First stop for Trip 4 is at the Aquarium in Niagara Falls, NY. We will be treated to performances of seals and other aquatic creatures. There will be ample time to explore other features of the aquarium. Following lunch at Como’s, it’s on to the Carousel Museum in North Tonawanda. The museum has recently been updated and there are many exhibits to explore. Rides on the large antique carousel will be an added treat. Mark your calendars now with dates for the trips. Besides being educational, this is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow Osher classmates.