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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. Channel 8 News, 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.

The Summer 2017 trips are:

Genesee Adventure - Waterfalls and Warplanes.  Lecture is on June 20. Member Tim McDonnell will talk about the changes in the Genesee River over time. Naomi Wadsworth from the Warplane Museum will tell us about the trip the "Whiskey-7" warplane took to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landing. On the Field Trip on June 22, we will have a bus tour of Letchworth State Park including a stop at the new Humphrey Nature Center, have lunch at Glen Iris Inn, and tour the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo. 

Shaw Festival - "Me and My Girl". Lecture is on July 11th. WXXI's Michael Lasser will be  with us again to discuss "The Yanks and the Brits", how musicals move from the West End to Broadway and back. We will travel to Canada for the Field Trip on July 13th to see the musical "Me and My Girl". We will have time to "browse" in Niagara-on-the-Lake and have dinner at Queenston Heights Restaurant.

Left of "Wright"-  Lecture is on July 25. Daniel Cody will discuss the Automobile History in Rochester and focus on George Selden and James Cunningham who tried to make Rochester a car manufacturing center. Richard Reisem will give insights into the Blue Sky Mausoleum in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The Field Trip on July 27 will take us to the Pierce Arrow Museum in Buffalo where we will view historic automobiles and have a guided tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station. Buffet lunch will be at Chef's Restaurant followed by a visit to the beautiful grounds of Forest Lawn Cemetery with a step-on guide.

Sampling Foods of the Finger Lakes - The Lecture is on August 8th. Carl Moody will be with the Cornell Cooperative Harvest New York Team. His talk will be on the cheese industry in Western New York. Robert Hadad from the Cornell Vegetable Program will talk about organic farming in Western New York. The first stop on our Field Trip on August 10th will be at Muranda Cheese, followed by lunch and wine tasting at Ventosa Vineyards and Café Toscana. The afternoon stop is at Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm to sample strawberries and other fruits.